First-Year Experience Faculty and Staff:
Director, Student Leadership & Development
Success Tip: Identify the skills you already have which assisted you in getting to this point in life, and use those characteristics to help you meet your goals. You are competent and valuable, and you can be successful here at Aims and beyond.
I work in and outside of the classroom with first year students, and their professors. In the first year of college, many students face challenges. By participating in the AAA classroom, I hope to help integrate students into the college experience, as well as make their first year as enjoyable as possible. The purpose of a peer coach is to create a sustaining learning environment that supports a successful academic and social transition of AAA into the Aims community.
Success Tip: Get involved on campus! Not only will this help build lasting connections with other students, but can also provide some accountability for involvement.
Success Tip: Break large projects down into little sections and set due dates for each section to avoid becoming overwhelmed or procrastinating.
Coordinator, First-Year Experience
Furthermore, I think that the academic and personal support offered at community colleges has a positive and lasting effect on the educational experiences of the students who attend them. I have chosen education as a profession because I know first-hand that students that come from diverse backgrounds appreciate mentors who they can relate to. While working at Aims I have had the opportunity to meet and work with people from various walks of life that has helped me to understand that each student has a unique situation, style of learning, and pathway to success.
I truly believe in student success, and because of individuals that believed in me, I have had the opportunity to attend, succeed, and navigate the college system. I hope to be that individual for you!
Student Success Tips:
- Perseverance is the first step toward success
- Never take no for an answer (with regards to your educational goals)
Success Tip: Do not be afraid to say, “I don’t get it.” Then ask for help!
Ty’ Ray Thompson
Coordinator, Center for the First-Year Experience
This is what I look forward to being for Aims students, a coach and a #1 fan.
Student Success Tip: 1) Take the time to do some goal planning, 2) tell someone you trust and respect about your goals, 3) post them in a place where they are visible and look at them daily, and 4) think positive and tell yourself *you can*!
Assistant Director, Center for the First-Year Experience
It is my personal goal to get to know as many of you as I can through the various activities and events the Center hosts and the classes I teach. I want the Center to become your go-to safe space when you need help - we want to connect you to the people and resources on campus that will help you succeed! Stop in and visit us and let’s make it a great first year!
I love teaching AAA because it gives me the unique opportunity to become a part of the students’ stories and they a part of mine. Students grow a tremendous amount over the course of 15 weeks and to be involved in that transformation is truly a gift.
Success Tip: after the first few classes, take all of your syllabi and transfer assignment due dates, tests, quizzes, papers, readings, etc… into your planner. This will allow you to prioritize each day, week, and month so you aren’t scrambling to complete your work the night before.