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Sam Ritz

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

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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

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Tags: For New Students, Just for Fun

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. 

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Tags: Money Saving Tips, Tips & Tricks

Visiting China: A Study Abroad Experience

Posted by Sam Ritz on Jun 26, 2017 7:54:27 AM

From June 1 to 18, a group of Joliet Junior College students arrived in China for the experience of a lifetime. Unsure of what lay before them, the group was excited to explore a new culture, new cities and to meet new people. 

Read their firsthand accounts below to see what it was like studying abroad in China this summer.

Interested in Studying Abroad? Click here to see what opportunities JJC has to offer!

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Tags: Study Abroad

6 Ways Emojis Sum Up Life at JJC

Posted by Sam Ritz on Jan 17, 2017 7:58:53 AM

Emojis have taken the world by storm! Did you know that in 2015, the Oxford Dictionary even chose an emoji (😂 ) instead of a word for their annual Word of the Year designation?

With emojis getting a lot of attention lately because of their ability to describe feelings (😃 or â˜¹ï¸ ) or let's be honest - basically anything (like🍕 or ðŸˆ ) - we wanted to share the top six emojis that best describe life at JJC.


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Tags: Just for Fun

NEW: Sign up for JJC Reminders and Get Them Sent Straight to Your Phone

Posted by Sam Ritz on Sep 6, 2016 7:54:36 AM

With class projects, homework, student activities, work and family obligations, it can be hard sometimes to remember everything on your to-do list.

At JJC, we want you to be successful, so we've created a new notification system (through our JJC mobile app) that will remind you of important deadlines - and give you one less thing to worry about! 

(IMPORTANT: This notification system through our mobile app should not be confused with JJC's Emergency Alert System, which notifies students of school closings and other emergencies)

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Tags: About JJC

JJC Students Study Abroad in Japan

Posted by Sam Ritz on Jul 12, 2016 12:39:36 PM

Anticipating an adventure, ten Joliet Junior College students eagerly boarded a plane for a study abroad trip to Matsuyama, Japan, earlier this summer. From touring shrines and castles to meeting new friends, JJC students immersed themselves in the culture and earned college credits by taking classes taught by JJC professor Nataliya Marchenko through Ehime University in Matsuyama. 

Read a collaborative blog below to see what the students experienced during their first ten days in Matsuyama, Japan. 

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Tags: Study Abroad