A Simple 5-Step Guide to Survive Finals

Can you believe it is almost the end of Fall Quarter already? Wow! This is another quarter with remote learning, and we know 2020 has been a very challenging year for many people, college students included of course.

As we are getting closer to the holidays and start planning the last month of the year, many of us are also thinking about finals week, and how in the world we are going to go through the stress of this last week of the quarter.

The thoughts of getting good grades, doing the math to see how many points we need to get a 4.0, finishing up the endless study guides, and even deciding whether we have time to see friends can be very overwhelming.  

We created a guide of 5 simple study tips that will help you overcome the stress and anxiety, and hopefully help get you safely through finals week. Here they are! 

1. Beware of due dates 

Knowing when your finals will take place will prepare you to study with enough time in advance. At the beginning of the quarter, it may seem like final exams are far away, but keeping track of how much time you have to study, and this will help you organize your schedule and study in time. 

2. Really Use Office Hours 

This is an important step. Talking to your instructors and having a one-on-one interaction with them (especially during a socially distanced world), will help you understand the class better. Professors are always willing to help you succeed in the class, so don’t hesitate to ask questions! 

3. Take breaks

It is important to let our mind rest. Since we are currently doing most of our work on a screen, your body needs breaks to perform at its best. When you take breaks, you let your body reset and return to work recharged to studying again. Even a 15-min break will make a difference.  

4. Use apps to create flashcards

Flashcards are a great way to review topics and study for finals. There are multiple apps that allow you to create flashcards and play around with them. Try with Quizlet, create your own, and test yourself. Doing this in times where you would normally waste time on social media can help a lot! 

5. Sleep

To perform well in any type of activity, it is important to stay well-rested and sleep well. Your mind and body need it, so make sure you are getting enough sleep to be able to absorb all the information you need for final exams.  

Easy, right? 

The most important part here is to congratulate yourself for all the hard work you’ve done so far. Taking the time to appreciate what you have done throughout the quarter will help you begin Winter 2021 with a great and positive attitude. 

Remember that Shoreline has many alternatives to support you in your studies. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you’re struggling in school. Being in college in a pandemic is not easy but you made it through another quarter, great job! 

Winter 2021: Fun Classes in BUS, CMST, PSYC, and more!

Fall Quarter is almost over! We’re already looking ahead to Winter Quarter. Have you registered for classes yet? If you’re still looking for some exciting classes in Business, Communications, or Social Science, check out these classes that might fulfill some of your requirements! Ready to register? Check out the full class schedule here and see how to talk to your academic advisor here.

PSYC 230: Multicultural Psychology (5 credits)

How does culture influence the brain? Why are stereotypes so widespread? What is implicit bias? This class helps students understand the relationships between individuals and culture. 
Video Introduction 
Pre-requisites: 2.0 or better in PSYC 100. 
Fulfills: Multicultural Understanding requirement or Social Sciences distribution requirement 

CMST 285: Critical Intercultural Communication (5 credits) 

Money. Power. Identity. Relationships. Explore the dynamics and complexities of cultural clashes in our increasingly globalized and modern world. 
Pre-requisites: ENGL 099 or EAP 099, or placement into ENGL 101. 
Fulfills: Multicultural Understanding requirement 

SOC 112: Introduction to Criminology (5 credits)

Are you looking to become an FBI agent or police officer? This course gets you to think about ways to engage and change our criminal justice system. 
Pre-requisites: Recommended that students have earned 2.0 or better in ENGL 101 (concurrent enrollment OK) 

GEOG 204: Weather, Climate, Ecosystems (5 credits)

How and why does climate change? How do we know that climate changes? This course examines weather and climate on our plant on regional and global scales, and from time scale of seasons to millennia. 
Pre-requisites: Placement into or completion of ENGL 099 or EAP 099 
Fulfills: Lab Science distribution requirement 

PSYC 225: Drugs and Behavior (5 credits)

Oregon just voted to decriminalize possession of heroin and cocaine. Our views on drugs are changing. From prevention to addiction to treatment, from individual effects on behavior to policy decisions, get ready for a deep dive into the world of drug use. 
Video Introduction 
Pre-requisites: None 
Fulfills: Social Sciences distribution requirement 

BUS 247: Social Media Marketing (5 credits)

You most likely have a social media profile, but is having a presence of Facebook the same thing as doing business on Facebook? You are already familiar with the platforms, so let’s expand upon your knowledge and creativity to benefit businesses and launch your career. 
Video Introduction 
Pre-requisites: Recommended that students have completed BUS 120 or ENGL 279. 

BUS 143: Materials Management (4 credits) 

Amazon, Costco, Walmart target, and the thousands of online retailers – How do they manage so much inventory? Supply Chain Management is a growing industry positioned to lead businesses into the future. 
Pre-requisites: None 
Fulfills: Requirement for AAAS in Purchasing and Supply and several certificate programs – ask your advisor for more details

INTST 200: States and Capitalism: Origins of Western Wealth and Power (5 credits)

The nation-state system and capitalism have come to dominate the way the world organizes its political and economic systems. This class will examine how these distinctly modern institutions evolved as Europe moved from the medieval period to the modern era. 
Pre-requisites: None 
Fulfills: Social Sciences distribution requirement 

HIST 117: Western Civilization II: The Early Modern World (5 credits)

Explore the Renaissance, thinkers like Machiavelli, and More’s Utopia. Explore the Scientific, Glorious and French revolutions. Study history with primary documents. 
Pre-requisites: Recommended that students have earned 2.0 or better in ENGL 101 (Concurrent enrollment is OK)

ANTH 130: World Cultures (5 credits)

 This course will help you draw closer to people and places around the world, exposing you to cultural traditions both ancient and modern. We will examine megaliths, explores the Maya collapse, learn about Scandinavian reindeer herders, analyze K-Pop videos, and much more! 
Pre-requisites: None 
Fulfills: Social Sciences distribution requirement 

SOC 270: Race, Power, Food (5 credits)

This course examines the politics of nutrition in the age of globalization. Together, we will revisit, re-envision, and re-articulate dominant understandings of history and culture as they relate to food. 
Pre-requisites: Recommended that students have earned 2.0 or better in ENGL 101 (Concurrent enrollment is OK) 
Fulfills: Multicultural Understanding requirement or Social Sciences distribution requirement 

Bus 255: Principles of Management (5 credits)

Do you aspire to manage a team, department, or company? Explore management topics including organizational culture, ethics, entrepreneurship, innovation, change, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Build skills to effectively lead in today’s dynamic work environments. 
Pre-requisites: Recommended that students have completed BUS 104 and/or BUS 250 

HIST 214 (and 214W): Pacific Northwest History (5 credits)

Dig deep into your historical backyard, exploring this region’s diverse past. Go beyond the popular tales you grew up with to learn the rich history of the Pacific Northwest from the First Peoples to you. 
Pre-requisites: For 214, recommended that students have completed ENGL 101 (Concurrent enrollment is OK). For 214W, recommended that students have earned 2.0 or better in ENGL 101. 
Fulfills: 214 fulfills Social Sciences distribution requirement. 214W fulfills Social Sciences distribution requirement and meets UW’s “writing intensive” criteria. 

BUS 218: Sustainable Business Strategies (5 credits)

How do leading organizations deliver long-term value to all stakeholders? Why should we think globally before acting locally? Use systems thinking to explore the nature of purpose-driven business, and how to make progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 
Pre-requisites: None 
Fulfills: Sustainable Business Leadership certificate requirement 

Online Learning Tips

We’re a few weeks into Fall Quarter! Some students are in their third quarter of online learning, and our new students may be starting their first quarter of online learning. No matter how much or how little experience you have with taking your classes online, there are always new tips and tricks that can help you make the most of your learning experience. Check out these tips from some of our International Student Leaders (ISLs)!

Asking For Help:

  • “If you have any concerns or problems with studying class materials or reading stuff, remember that you can always find help directly from your instructors, friends, or school services (library, learning centers, online tutoring, etc.). Just emailing, finding them when you need it, you can get help as soon as possible. Don’t delay!” – Kate
  • Go to the teacher’s office hour frequently! It is definitely one of the best ways to get in touch with the professors and ask questions directly during the online learning period.” – Bosco

To-Do Lists and Planning Ahead:

  • “Before my day ends, I like to make myself a ‘What should I do tomorrow?’ planner. I would list the bunch of assignments that are due in one up to five calendar days and also specify how long I would spend my time working on that particular task.” – Cheryl
  • “At the beginning of the week or day (your choice!), spend some time to think about what you hope to accomplish each day and estimate how long it will take to complete each task. Try to balance out the workload into a course of five to seven days, and reflect on how well your time was spent each day.” – Sophia
  • “With online classes, there might be more homework and assignments than face-to-face classes since there is a lot of stuff that you have to read on your own and learn. My tip for you is that you need a plan properly about what thing is important and among a lot of work, which ones should be done first. – Kate
  • Setting a clear goal can help you stay motivated and avoid procrastination. Your goals should be specific and easy to measure, such as ‘I will watch the first three videos under week 4 in the module and complete the rough draft for my research paper.'” – Sophia

Learning Style and Environment:

  • Find a space at home that is quiet and away from distractions. Though we may be tempted to study/do our homework on our bed, in front of the TV, or near the kitchen, these are not the ideal place for studying. Also, always try to keep your desk as clean as possible to eliminate further distractions. Your study space should have enough lighting and a chair that you are comfortable sitting in. – Sophia
  • “As for me, I love love love to start early. Let’s take one example of my weekly assignment for this quarter, CS 141 long assignment, which is due every Sunday. Background story, I’m just not good at coding and stuff, but I like to do this homework by Tuesday so that I can ask my friend to help me in case I miss something or if my program doesn’t work. I would finish my task by Thursday to ask for my instructor’s feedback, and she would generously help me and return her feedback in less than one day. By then, I would receive a rough look at my assignment’s grading scheme, which I would then improve for the better. In the end, I would finalize my code by Friday and still have two more bonus days in case something goes wrong.” – Cheryl
  • Which one is you, early-bird or night-owl? You feel good about studying at what time, morning, afternoon, or evening? Which time do you think is your best time for memorizing things? And of course, which time your brain may work less efficiently?” – Kate

Do you have your own ideas and advice for others? Leave them in the comments below! Good luck everyone and remember, we are here to help! Have a great Fall Quarter!

From the Office of the President: Response to SEVP & F-1 Modifications for Fall

Dear Students,

The Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP) announced Monday that students at colleges that are going to be fully online in fall quarter (due to the Covid-19 pandemic) will not be able to stay in the U.S., but would need to take online coursework from overseas.

For those Shoreline international students who are already taking courses from overseas, our understanding is that this change will not affect you. For students who are still in the U.S., we understand that this news might be causing you and your families stress. It is important to know that these modifications have not been published to the Federal Register, and are not yet final. It is also not clear how these modifications will be implemented.

I am working closely with our International Education Department, campus leadership, professional organizations, colleges and universities in the state and across the country to get further information and to come up with solutions to make sure that our students are able to continue to pursue their academic goals while remaining safe and healthy. We will also be exploring options to work with our congressional representatives and other state officials to advocate on behalf of our students.

An update to this message will be sent on Friday, July 10th from Samira Pardanani, Executive Director of International Programs. Please watch your Shoreline email and Shoreline social media accounts for that message.

Please know that Shoreline Community College supports and cares about all of you.

Wishing you continued good health and well-being,

Cheryl Roberts, Ed.D.
President

Focus on the Things You Can Control

This infographic is a good reminder that we should all focus as much as we can on the things we can control when life confronts us with a difficult situation, rather than worrying about the things we cannot control.

Remember, if you would like to talk to someone, you can reach out to the International Education staff at IEhelp@shoreline.edu or contact Shoreline’s counseling center at 206-546-4594. We’re here to help!

Take care, and stay distant, stay healthy!

COVID-19: International Student Insurance Coverage

Treatment of the coronavirus is covered under the international student insurance plan similar to other illnesses.  

For instance, coverage for the coronavirus may be covered up to the plan maximum, unless it’s determined to be a pre-existing condition. If you have questions about pre-existing conditions, please contact Shoreline’s international student insurance provider LewerMark at 1-800-821-7710. 

If you have not downloaded your insurance card, please visit https://www.lewermark.com/student-login/ and log in with your Shoreline SID number and your birthdate (format MMDDYYYY – for example, March 4, 2020 is 03042020). Follow the instructions, then click the menu button at the top to access your ID card. If you are having problems, please contact IE. 

If you haven’t gotten a flu shot this year yet, it is recommended. The cost of the flu shot may be covered in your insurance under the $250 wellness benefit. The $250 maximum per year includes the cost of routine physical exams and other preventative immunizations. If you are not sure if you have used your $250 benefit yet, please contact LewerMark by phone, chat, or email. 

Some other free resources that are included in the cost of health insurance are: 

Teladoc: Speak with a licensed doctor by web, phone, or mobile app, 24/7 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). These doctors can treat general medical conditions and/or behavioral health, and can also prescribe medicine over the phone. If you are sick but do not believe you have COVID-19, Teladoc may be a good option for you. The phone number is 1-800-835-2362. You can also visit www.teladoc.com to sign up, or download the free Teladoc app. 

Nurse Line: Speak with a registered nurse over the phone, 24/7. They can help you decide what medical options are available or where to go if you are sick or injured. There is also translation assistance with Nurse Line. The phone number is 1-866-549-5076, and you should be ready to provide your name, SID, and date of birth. 

MySSPThe international student insurance plan includes the My Student Support Program, or MySSP. MySSP is designed to help students with stress, sadness, loneliness, and more, as well as supporting students with adapting to a new culture and being successful at school. Students who use MySSP can connect to a support advisor 24/7 by mobile app, online chat, or over the phone (1-866-743-7732). 

Scholastic Emergency Services (SES): SES may cover the cost of a visit from a family member if a student is hospitalized for 5 or more days. Likewise, if a student experiences the loss of an immediate family member, SES will cover the cost of a round trip ticket so that the student may return to his/her home country. 

If you have questions about the international student insurance plan or any of these services, contact Yushin Wung

What to do if you feel sick 

If you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, please call a doctor right away. You can call an urgent care clinic near campus or your home to speak with a healthcare professional, who will give you additional instructions. If you feel sick but you do not have these symptoms, you can also visit your urgent care clinic or you can use the Teladoc or Nurse Line service. 

In order to help the campus stay safe, if you feel that you are experiencing symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has, please fill out this form

Below is a short list of urgent care clinics close to Shoreline, or you can use this link to search for additional doctors included in your insurance plan: https://www.lewermark.com/find-a-doctor-or-pharmacy-first-health/ 

Swedish Edmonds Urgent Care 
21600 Highway 99 
Kruger Building, Suite 240 
Edmonds, WA 98026 
Open: M-F, 8:00-8:00; S-S, 8:00-4:00 

University of Washington Neighborhood Clinic – Shoreline 
1355 N. 205th St. 
Shoreline, WA 98133 
206-542-5656 
Open: 7 days, 10:00-8:00 

Everett Clinic – Shoreline 
1201 N. 175th St. 
Shoreline, WA 98133 
206-401-3200 
Open: M-F, 8:00-7:30; S-S, 9:00-7:30 

Everett Clinic – Edmonds Walk-in Clinic 
21401 72nd Ave. W 
Edmonds, WA 98026 
425-304-1101 
Open: M-F, 8:00-7:30; S-S, 9:00-5:00 

Immediate Clinic – Shoreline 
20120 Ballinger Way NE 
Shoreline, WA 98155 
206-365-9000 
Open: 7 days, 8:00– 8:00 

Snow Watch! Tips for Campus Closures and Winter Weather

The Seattle area enjoys a mild climate – usually. But once in a while, we do see some cold weather and snow. Because it doesn’t happen very often, it’s important to be prepared when we are expecting enough snow to affect our daily routines.

If it snows enough, Shoreline Community College may open late or the campus may close for the whole day. Here are some ways to stay informed:

  • Sign up for Shoreline RAVE alerts. You can choose to be notified by phone call or text and email for urgent Shoreline notifications.
  • Check your @go.shoreline.edu email or the Shoreline website to see if campus will open late or be closed for the day.
  • Sign in to Canvas to see if your instructors still expect you to complete or submit assignments online.

If you are not used to cold weather and snow, here are some tips:

  • Avoid driving unless absolutely necessary. Driving on snowy and icy roads can be very dangerous, especially for those who do not have experience.
  • If you do drive, drive slowly and leave plenty of space between you and the car in front of you – stopping quickly may not be possible on snow and ice. Keep a warm blanket in your car to use if you get stuck.
  • If you ride the bus, check King County Metro to see if bus routes are changed.
  • When you go outside, wear warm clothing: a winter coat, hats, gloves, and waterproof shoes or boots are all good ideas. To make sure drivers can see you, it is also helpful to wear bright colors.
  • Walk carefully and slowly to avoid slipping and falling.

We hope you all stay safe and warm. Sometimes, the best thing to do on a wintry day is to curl up on a cozy chair with a nice hot cup of coffee (or hot chocolate) and a good textbook!

5 Tips to Help Students Manage Their Time

Whether you’re starting college this quarter or coming back after summer break, it’s always a good idea to prepare for the routine of being a student again. One of the most important ways to succeed in and out of the classroom is to master time management. Here are 5 tips to help you get started!

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Use a calendar to keep up with your classes

Some people like using the latest technology on their smartphones, while others prefer posting a big paper calendar on their wall and covering it with notes. Either way is great, as long as you use your calendar to keep track of all of your reading, assignments, and tests. Review your calendar frequently so you know what important deadlines are coming up.

Carefully review your syllabus for each class

Do you know what a syllabus is? It’s a document that every one of your instructors will give you that explains the requirements and expectations for your classes, as well as a schedule of readings, assignments, and tests. Remember that calendar we just talked about? You can put all of the assignments from each syllabus on it at the beginning of classes so that you can beginning planning for the whole term.

Set routines for yourself

Doing things on a regular schedule can help you avoid procrastinating, or waiting to do important work until it is almost too late. Set aside regular times each day and each week for reading, working on assignments, and doing other work for your classes. You will become used to this schedule and form good study habits much more easily this way.

Break down big projects into smaller tasks

In college, you’ll have many long papers, presentations, and big projects to do. When you have to write a 15-page paper, think about what small steps you’ll need to take in order to complete the assignment. You need to decide what the topic will be, do your research (and make sure to note down where all of your information comes from so that you can properly cite all of your sources and avoid plaigarism!), and you can even divide the paper into different sections that you complete one at a time.

Ask for help!

If you find that you are having trouble managing your time or keeping up with your classes, we at Shoreline are here to help! You can always come to the International Education department in PUB 9302 to talk to an advisor or just to learn about all the resources that the college has to offer you, from tutoring in specific subjects to the Writing & Learning Studio, where you can get help with those big papers! The best part is that it’s all free!

Shoreline Offers Affordable Education

Shoreline Community College’s affordable tuition makes studying in the United States more accessible for international students. Shoreline has plenty to offer students, no matter your education goals. Whether you want to complete your high school diploma while taking college classes, improve your English, try out different classes to pick the right major, or complete the first two years of your bachelor’s degree, you can do it here at Shoreline Community College.

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Starting your university education at Shoreline Community College can help you save money before you go to a four-year university or pursue other goals. Including housing and living expenses, it will cost a student less than $20,000 a year! Our inexpensive education is still high quality, with experienced faculty and staff who are here to assist you along your college journey.

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You can view a breakdown of our costs by visiting our International Admissions webpage. If you have any questions or would like more information about studying at Shoreline, don’t hesitate to reach out to the International Education Department!

– Meg Humphrey

Medical Insurance

Medical care in the U.S. is very expensive!  Therefore, as an international student (F-1 visa), you are REQUIRED to have health insurance during your studies at Shoreline Community College.  In order to ensure adequate coverage, you MUST purchase this insurance through the College.

 Shoreline Community College Requirements

If you are purchasing medical insurance through Shoreline Community College:

  • The college contracts with Firebird International Insurance, which is provided by Summit America.  The cost of the Firebird International Insurance plan is US$366 per quarter.  Coverage is also available for your child(ren) and/or spouse during your studies.

  • You will purchase the insurance plan when you register for classes each quarter and pay the premium along with your tuition.

  • You are required to attend the Health Care session with a Firebird International Insurance representative during ISOP (new student orientation) and will receive the insurance policy and ID card.

  • Maximum benefit of U.S. $250,000 per illness or injury

  • Coverage anywhere in the world including your home country only in the event of an emergency.

  • Medical evacuation back to your home country – maximum benefit of up to $50,000

  • Repatriation of remains – maximum benefit of up to $50,000

To view complete coverage and policy details, please visit the Firebird International Insurance website www.fiig-insurance.com.

 

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