The First 6 Weeks
Week 1 - Welcome to Aims!
We are thrilled that you are here at Aims Community College! Our mission at the Center
for the First-Year Experience is to create and sustain an environment that supports
a successful academic and social transition of students into the Aims community. As
you may recall from New Student Orientation, organization is an important key to success
in college as your life will be very different from the worlds of high school and
- Pick up a student handbook or another planner/calendar system of your choice.
- Write down your class schedule for all 15 weeks.
- As soon as possible, gather all your syllabi and write down important dates, assignments,
readings, quizzes, exams and papers that are due for each of your classes; this way
you will be prepared and can avoid late night cram sessions.
- Once you’ve entered this information, add in anything else that never changes – your
work schedule, home responsibilities, extra-curricular activities, etc.
- See that open free space? Make sure you block out time daily to study, but don’t forget
to pen in “me” time. You need to make sure you’re taking care of yourself as well.
- Keep your planner with you at all times! If you use the Aims student handbook as your
planner, you will have quick access to all of the semester’s events and important
dates. You can also find event information on the event page.
- If you need help, stop by the FYE office and we can provide you with guidance and
resources to better manage your time.
Week 2 - Let's Talk About You...
Now that you’re feeling a little more settled, one of the best things about college
is meeting people who are different from you and expanding your personal and professional
networks! You are an important member of our community, and we hope that you foster
new relationships across campus throughout your first year!
A few important interactions and conversations you should make:
- Introduce yourself to each of your instructors.The best time to do this is after class
and during office hours.
- Make a friend in each of your classes. This way, if you have to miss class, you have
someone you feel comfortable connecting with to get information on topics/assignments
missed. You also have a study buddy and a new member of your support network.
- Hang out in the lobbies of the different buildings where students typically convene
between classes and step out of your comfort zone. Introduce yourself to another student
who isn’t in any of your classes. Who knows, this person could become a lifelong friend!
- Connect with your advisor, even if it’s via email or phone, and talk about how things
are going and if you need help. Advisors are here to help you succeed!
Check your myAims
account often. Remember, this is your primary email account while you’re a student
at Aims and instructors and staff will expect that you are checking it regularly.
Each week you will also be emailed the Aims Weekly; this is your primary source for
the week’s events on campus.
Week 3 - Making the GrAde...
By now you are realizing the differences between high school, work, and college in
all areas of your life. If you haven’t felt it already, your classes will likely become
more intense as course readings and assignments increase. However, some classes may
feel like they require less work than you had expected. But, beware. You are accountable
for all assignments and readings, regardless if they are collected. For classes that
assign more reading than others, why not take the opportunity to fine-tune your note-taking
skills? Stop by the Center for the First-Year Experience to pick up handouts with
helpful note-taking advice.
Don’t forget to:
- Sit in the T-zone – that’s the area of the classroom that includes the front row and
middle seats. Here you are more likely to hear, be seen, and be heard by your instructors
- Make sure you attend EVERY class session! Even if attendance is not factored into your final grade through points,
it is factored in by your mastery of material presented during class. If you’re not
in class you can’t master the material.
- Have the internal desire to succeed!
- Get to know your classmates and form study groups. When it's test time, these people
will become an invaluable resource.
- Hang out in the Learning Commons often. Utilize the computer lab, library and tutoring services available to you FREE as a student.
- Attend iFocus workshops.This workshop series will assist you in developing and achieving your goals and plans
while attending Aims. The five iFocus tracks were created to meet the needs of Aims
students in the areas of academic, financial, leadership, technology and career development.
goals for each of your classes (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-Bound).
Week 4 - Just Do It!
In the past four weeks you’ve already become an asset to our college community! If
you are not already involved in a club or organization, we strongly recommend you
do so to reap all the benefits that come along with membership! Getting involved makes
you an even more valued member of the community. It’s a great way to gain skills that
may help your future career. It’s also another opportunity to meet new people and
find your “niche” at Aims!
Check out the Student Leadership and Development web pages where you can find out about services, activities, clubs and organizations that you
can become a part of or even create! Some of the existing clubs and organizations
- Aims Ambassadors for Christ
- Aims Community College Chapter of SALUTE – Veterans National Honor Society
- Aims English Honors Society
- AIMS PRISM (GSA)
- Aims League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
- Aims Music Club
- Aims Women in Transition Together (W.i.T.T.)
- Phi Theta Kappa (PTK)
Aims has more than 20 clubs and organizations, however, if you don’t see something
that interests you we encourage you to create your own!
Week 5 - A Sound Mind and Body
By now you have faced, and possibly experienced, many of the challenges and pressures
associated with college (academics, meeting new friends, developing a support system
and managing your time.) Always know that you have the support of your instructors,
advisors and staff.
Keep in mind it is very important to take care of yourself. Don't be afraid to ask
for help if you are going through a tough time. Aims offers FREE counseling services to registered students.
Here is some helpful advice:
- Eat healthy by balancing your diet with fruits and vegetables. An apple a day will get you an A!
- Carve out time for exercise. Remember, as a student, you have FREE access to the gym. Consider taking a P.E. class to break up your day.
- If you think you may use drugs or alcohol, know the risks and consequences!
- Try to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night!
- Make time every week in your planner to focus on you and the things you enjoy. Spend
time with a loved one, go for a jog, get a massage, watch a movie…
Week 6 - Celebrate...and Prepare
Congratulations! You have accomplished so much in your first five weeks! Just think
of all the changes you’ve adjusted to. Some were easily navigated, while others were
much more challenging. The important thing is that YOU’VE MADE IT THIS FAR!!! No doubt
that you will go all the way!
Now that you’re nearing mid-terms, it would be a good time to think about the following:
- Evaluate the SMART goals you created for yourself at the start of the term and continue to set goals; they
will help you stay the course.
- If your course posts midterm grades, check them by logging in to your myAims account. If your instructor doesn’t post midterm grades, still check in on your progress
- where you’re doing well and what you might need to do to improve.
Reflect on the semester so far. Give yourself a high five for your accomplishments,
and think about areas that you could improve upon to keep your staying power through