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Sam Ritz

Sam is the Marketing Content Specialist at Joliet Junior College. She can be reached at ssottosa@jjc.edu or ext. 2489.

Recent Posts

7 DIY Projects To Get You Ready for Fall Semester

Posted by Sam Ritz on Aug 6, 2018 8:08:00 AM

Are you creative? Love do-it-yourself (DIY) crafts? Want to stay occupied before classes begin in just a few short weeks? Look no further than this blog, where we list seven DIY projects that will get you ready for fall semester

JJC fall classes begin Monday, Aug. 20. Haven't had the chance to apply? There's still time! Visit jjc.edu/apply.

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Tags: For New Students, Just for Fun

You're Graduating... Now What?

Posted by Sam Ritz on May 7, 2018 8:15:00 AM

"So... what are you going to do after you graduate?"

We're guessing you've probably heard a million versions of this question over the past few months from your family and friends. If you're unsure about what your next step should be after you graduate this year, check out our list below for some quick tips.

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Tags: Tips & Tricks

Money Management Tips

Posted by Sam Ritz on Feb 26, 2018 8:15:00 AM

Whether you're age 18 or 38, keeping a balanced budget is tricky - especially if you're in college and juggling multiple costs. 

According to a Gallup poll, only 30 percent of Americans keep a regular household budget. If you don't have a budget (but would like to create one), we've gathered a few helpful tips that will get you started below. 

Questions about your financial aid? Visit jjc.edu/financial-aid.

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Tags: Money Saving Tips, Tips & Tricks

Social Media Tips & Tricks

Posted by Sam Ritz on Feb 12, 2018 10:52:00 AM

Did you know that more than 70 percent of employers look up their applicants on social media? If you're nearing graduation, there's no better time than the present to start adjusting the way you use social media so you'll have a better chance at landing the perfect job. 

Read on for five social media tips and tricks below.

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Tags: Tips & Tricks

5 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month

Posted by Sam Ritz on Feb 5, 2018 8:10:00 AM

Note: This article was published in 2018 and may contain information about events that have already passed.

February is Black History Month - a time to celebrate diversity, create awareness and honor the African Americans who have played significant roles in U.S. history, from Harriet Tubman to Martin Luther King, Jr.

There are so many ways you can celebrate - take a look at our list below for some ideas.

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Tags: Just for Fun, Holidays

5 Reasons Why College is Worth the Money

Posted by Sam Ritz on Jan 29, 2018 9:08:00 AM

It's no secret that college can be expensive - but it's also an investment in your future. When you spend money on classes to obtain a degree, remember that you're doing it to give yourself a huge advantage in the workforce.

How huge? You may be surprised to learn how valuable a college degree really is - even if you're only planning on getting an associate degree. Take a look at five reasons why college is a good idea despite the high cost below. 

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Tags: Money Saving Tips, Careers, Tips & Tricks

QUIZ: What Should I Study?

Posted by Sam Ritz on Dec 18, 2017 8:02:21 AM


Undecided about your major? You're not alone. According to the academic advising journal The Mentor, approximately 20 to 50 percent of college students are undecided in their first year of college.

To see which JJC majors would best fit your interests, we've created a quick 11-question quiz that follows the six basic personality types outlined below. Make sure to keep track of your answers as you go along.

Looking for a more in-depth test to help you choose a major? Take the JJC Career Services Career Coach assessment here.

Need some more clarity? Make an appointment with a counselor at the Career Services Center. Call (815) 280-2756 or email careers@jjc.edu 

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Tags: Careers, Just for Fun

9 Awesome Gifts You Can Afford on a College Student Budget

Posted by Sam Ritz on Dec 11, 2017 9:45:03 AM

 
Gift giving is stressful when you're on a college student budget - but it's not impossible! If you're unsure what you're going to do about your Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa gifts this year, check out a few of our gift ideas below, ranging from $1 to $20.


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Tags: Money Saving Tips, Holidays

7 Ways to Make Studying for Finals Fun

Posted by Sam Ritz on Nov 27, 2017 8:32:46 AM

Finals week is right around the corner! This year they begin the week of Monday, Dec. 11. 

We know that this time of year can often be stressful, so we've come up with a few ways to make this semester's studying session a little more fun. Take a look at our list below and good luck on your finals, students!

 

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5 Local, In-Demand Career Education Jobs You Can Get with a JJC Degree

Posted by Sam Ritz on Oct 16, 2017 9:03:56 AM


Thinking about your future career? Consider career education. These jobs are on the rise in the Joliet region, and we've compiled a list of the most in-demand positions you can obtain with only an associate degree. Check them out below!

All information was pulled from the EMSI data set for the Joliet region. 

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Tags: In-Demand Jobs, Careers