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Learn more about student life and what you can accomplish at Joliet Junior College in our blog.

5 Life Hacks for JJC Students

Posted by Sam Ritz on Jul 10, 2017 8:11:56 AM

You can find new "life hack" ideas around every corner of the internet - from putting pancake batter into a ketchup bottle to placing tea bags in your shoes to absorb the odor. But did you know that there are life hacks just for JJC students, too? Check out five of them below!

 

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Tags: Tips & Tricks, About JJC

7 Reasons Why JJC is the Best Place to Start Your Education

Posted by Sam Ritz on Jun 12, 2017 8:29:38 AM

Thinking about college?

Consider JJC: an option that's not only close to home, but also a great fit for anyone, whether you're a graduating high school senior, an adult looking for a fresh start or still undecided. Check out our list below for seven reasons why JJC is the perfect choice.

Still not sure? Summer classes are still available - try one out and see how you like it on campus! 
Summer Session III begins July 3. Apply here for free, then register for classes via MyJJC! Call (815) 280-2493 for questions.

 

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Tags: For New Students, Tips & Tricks, About JJC

How to Do Well in Your Summer Class (Even Though it's Only 6 Weeks Long)

Posted by Sam Ritz on May 22, 2017 8:01:35 AM

While there are many benefits to taking summer classes (check out 10 of them here), it's no secret that they can be challenging. And since the semester is shorter, it's essential to be on top of your game. If this is your first time taking a summer class, look no further than our blog below, where we highlight a few tips and tricks that will help you successfully complete your class.

Not enrolled?
You can still register for our 2018 summer sessions starting on May 21, June 4 or July 2 by visiting MyJJC.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Take a Summer Class

Posted by Sam Ritz on Apr 17, 2017 8:05:36 AM

 

With summer comes the sweet taste of ice cream on your tongue, the smell of sunscreen, cold lemonade and... summer classes?

You heard us right! There are many benefits that come with taking college classes over the summer. Read our list below to discover why you might want to register for a class or two! 

JJC's Summer Sessions for 2018
Summer Session I: May 21 (six weeks)
Summer Session II: June 4 
(eight weeks)
Summer Session III: July 2 
(six weeks)

To register, visit MyJJC or contact the Registration Office.

 

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Tags: For New Students, Tips & Tricks, About JJC

Common Scholarship Myths - Busted

Posted by Sam Ritz on Apr 7, 2017 12:17:33 PM

 

Applying for scholarships can seem intimidating on the outside, but what many students don't know is that it's one of the easiest ways you can earn money for school. No joke.

And that's FREE money, btw! 

But it takes too much time. And I'm going up against SO MANY OTHER students who probably have higher grades than me, so why bother? Right? Wrong!

JJC has more than $500,000 in scholarship money to award this year - so don't miss out on this golden opportunity. If you're not sure if applying for scholarships is the right route for you, we encourage you to think again, and take a look at our scholarship myth list below. 

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Tags: Money Saving Tips, For New Students, Tips & Tricks

How to Start Your Summer Internship Search

Posted by Sam Ritz on Feb 13, 2017 10:34:54 AM

Have you ever thought about getting a summer internship? Internships are great resume builders and they also give you the opportunity to obtain real world experience. Another benefit is that students are 67 percent more likely to be hired by the company they intern for, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) - which means a job after graduation!

No matter what field you're entering, internships will give you an advantage in the workforce. Below are five ways you can start your summer internship search now.

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6 Strange (But Useful) Ways to Prepare for Finals

Posted by Sam Ritz on Dec 5, 2016 8:23:00 AM


Ahhh, the sweet relief of the end of the semester. Pretty soon you'll be on break, enjoying well deserved time off. 

But it's not over yet - and you still have to make it through final exams! To help out, here's a fun list below - you may be surprised to discover how well you can pull off some of these strange (but useful!) study tips.

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How to Start Your Transfer School Search NOW

Posted by Sam Ritz on Nov 10, 2016 8:03:38 AM

Did you know that there are more than 2,600 four-year schools in the U.S. (and 119 in Illinois)? That's a crazy amount to choose from!

According to InsideHigherEd, 37 percent of all college students will choose to transfer to another school at one point or another during their time in college. So, as a JJC student, how do you even begin to start your transfer school search? With so many choices and so much to do, we've put together a few tips on how you can start your search right now. 

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Tips for Navigating the Joliet Regional Job Fair

Posted by Michelle Nagy on Apr 5, 2016 8:59:59 AM

Are you in the market for an internship or job? The Annual Joliet Regional Job Fair is a great place to start!

This year’s event takes place on Friday, April 8 from 1-4 p.m. at JJC (J-Building). There will be more than 60 local and national companies on site, including Home Depot, H&M, Walgreens, NAPA Auto Parts, Harrah's Joliet Casino & Hotel, Exelon and more.

If you plan to attend, make sure to dress in professional business attire, bring resumes, and come prepared for on-the-spot interviews.

Not sure if your resume is up to par, or need to brush up on your interviewing skills? We got you covered! Check out the videos below for helpful tips.

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Tips for Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions

Posted by Michelle Nagy on Dec 22, 2015 9:10:23 AM

JJC New Year's Resolutions 

January is almost over – how are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? If the answer is ‘not great’ or 'I don't want to talk about it,' don’t worry, it’s not too late to turn things around! Read on for helpful tips to keep your resolutions going all year long.

1. Tell your #Squad: Individuals that let others know about their resolutions are more likely to keep them. So fill your family, friends – or if you’re feeling bold – Facebook community in on your 2016 goals. Having the backing of the people you care about can go a long way (and it really ups the accountability factor).

2. Try the 15 Minute Rule: Doesn’t it seem like when you try to give something up, that’s the only thing you can think about? Next time the ‘craving’ hits, take note of the time, and then give yourself 15 minutes before giving in. In the meantime, do a task or activity that keeps you occupied – like scrolling through Facebook, going for a walk or calling a friend. Often, these cravings are a result of visual cues – example: watching a Pepsi commercial and then making a beeline for the vending machine. By giving your brain something else to do for those 15 minutes, you’ll likely forget all about the craving.

3. Visualize Your Success: It’s been scientifically proven that individuals who physically see their resolutions are more likely to keep them. Try writing your goals down on paper, or printing out images of the people or places that inspired them in the first place – like a picture of your family. Put these items near spots that tempt you, like a family photo where you usually keep your cigarettes, or your written weight loss resolutions on the cabinet with the Girl Scout cookies.

4. Be Careful What You Wish For: It’s easy to make a blanket resolution like “I want to lose 10 lbs.” But this type of resolution requires you to take multiple sub-steps in order to be successful.  For example, if you’re trying to lose weight, a few extra minutes on the treadmill every week isn’t going to cut it. You’ll likely need to cook and eat differently, start a consistent workout routine or even avoid certain places altogether. (Maybe stepping inside Starbucks without ordering a 400-cal. Frappuccino sounds like medieval torture). Those that think through the sub-steps and possible roadblocks associated with their resolutions are more likely to keep them.

5. Rework the Absolutes: Think back to your last fight with a family member or significant other. Did you find yourself saying (or screaming) “You ALWAYS…” or “You NEVER...” The words ‘always’ and ‘never’ are absolutes, and while they typically don’t help you win arguments, they definitely don’t help you keep resolutions. If you made a resolution like, “I’m never smoking again,” try reworking it to instead include a limited restriction. “I’ll only smoke on the weekends.” Continue refining the resolution based on your progress, until you ultimately DO quit smoking.

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Tags: Tips & Tricks, Holidays