Prior to being a student at CPCC, I was always known as the quite or introvert one out of all my friends. I would often say “I’d like to be more adventurous,” but I did nothing to explore that aspect of myself.  For an example I never joined clubs or got involved in extra-curricular activities in high school, because I was afraid to fail.  But all that soon changed once I was asked to join the Student Government Association at the Cato Campus. Once I was accepted into the organization, I dived right into it, not really knowing the magnitude of how much I was about to gain from this experience. Immediately, I had to learn how to work with others, problem solve, and lead.

              Looking back on my overall experience as an involved student, I would say it was one of the most important and necessary things I could have done as a student. Being involved helped me grow into a more responsible student.  I noticed I took my education even more serious just to maintain the appropriate grade point average to continue to be active in the organization. Also, I observed that I grew into the habit of working with others and that helped me become closer to my goal in being less introverted.  This helped me in class when I would have to do presentations or even just answer an instructor’s question.

                Lastly, being involved taught me about the campus/college.  I was aware of all resources provided for me and it drew me closer to meeting as well as, getting to know the staff of the college. As a student I found it was most helpful to know who to turn to when I had questions or concerns.   It was refreshing to have advisors know me personally and by name. All in all, I have to give thanks to my peers and the club advisors of SGA, for teaching and supporting me through the journey of being a newly involved student. I plan to continue to stay involved and I assure others that it is most certainly worth giving it a try.

JaKeyla Wallace, Cato Student Life

Leadership is Your Ticket to Success

                Imagine you just graduated from college or will be graduating in a couple of weeks and you’re feeling the anticipation and excitement of landing that first job in your field.  You’ve cleaned up your resume, filled out numerous applications, written countless cover letters, and even persuaded your most challenging, yet respected instructor to write you a reference letter.  You are prepared….or so you think.  The awaited day has arrived and you go into your first interview.  Packed with your credentials and armed with the perfect speech about your academic success, you enter the waiting room of the office suite and find yourself surrounded by other recent college graduates with similar credentials, grades, and that perfect smile.  Reality hits and you begin to ask yourself some questions.  What makes me different or makes me stand out from the rest?  What have I done or accomplished that makes me the one to hire?

                These and other questions quickly run through your head as you anxiously take your seat beside your competition.  Just as you begin to sit, however, a cool breeze comes over you.  You take a deep breath and a little confident smile creeps upon your face.  Why?  You have what companies and organizations are looking for and needing.  You have a history and a record of being a team player, motivator, critical thinker, relationship builder, planner and organizer, record keeper, and most importantly, an effective leader.  Your years in college were not only spent mastering your subject matter, but you learned how to make a positive difference in an organization and in the greater community and learned how to work with others to accomplish amazing things.  You learned these important lessons by getting involved in student clubs and organizations, doing community service, attending the annual Student Leadership Conference, or participating in one of the leadership programs CPCC has to offer.  While you were in college, you went beyond self, and wanted to make your college, your campus, and/or your community a better place for others.  You learned leadership, and so in this waiting room you smile, sit confidently, and clearly know why you are the best candidate.

 -Davis Mahatha, Student Life Coordinator at the Cato Campus

Welcome Our New Team Member

Anita McGill- Student Life Coordinator for the Harper Campus

I would like to invite you all to join me in welcoming our new Student Life Coordinator at Harper Campus, Anita McGill. Anita, a mother of three children, was an employee of Mitchell Community College for four years before moving to CPCC. In her first three years at Mitchell CC, she was an employee of Student Activities and in her last year she served in Disability Services. Earlier this year, Anita taught an ACA class at Levine Campus and she enjoyed every part of it and the experience of being at CPCC was very pleasant.

When asked why she decided to move to Central Piedmont Community College, and Student Life in particular, Anita pointed out that it was because of the great reputation Central Piedmont Community College has and she was very enthusiastic when she saw the Student Life position available.  It was perfect timing!

Ever since she has joined and become a member of the Harper campus this semester, she has enjoyed her work there very much. She believes it is a very good campus with numerous opportunities. Anita has been impressed by the Club Advisers at the Harper Campus who are motivated to try and recruit students in student organizations and get students involved despite the fact that this can sometimes be difficult due to their demanding studies.

Anita is looking forward to many great years at Central Piedmont Community College and we are glad to have her as a part of our CPCC family! We are looking forward to working with her and sharing our wonderful college experience with her!

Thank you,
Ali Hamud

Student Resources Day 2015

              Navigating college can be pretty tricky. Figuring out how you will get to school, meals, crazy class schedules, paying for things and many other competing interest can eat up your time in the first few weeks. This may make it difficult for you to take a moment to see what resources are available. The Student Life office, along with many other campus partners at CPCC, offers a way for you to get plugged into these resources!

Each CPCC campus will offer students the opportunity to meet many of the essential service providers on each campus at their Student Resources Day. Vital services such as Financial Aid, Service Learning, Center for Military Families and Veterans, and many others will be present. This is a great opportunity for new students to see what services are offered at CPCC, as well as a chance to make connections with important staff that could assist with any issues that may come up in your time here at CPCC. Returning students can also take advantage of this event by becoming aware of resources that they may not have known existed on campus. Students that are taking classes on multiple campuses are encouraged to attend this event at each campus to ensure that they are aware of the location and providers of important campus services.

This event is intended to assist student with navigating the sometimes difficult landscape that is college. There are several people at Central Piedmont Community College that are committed to the success of the students. Many of these individuals will be present at this event, so do not miss an opportunity to stop by for some important information and a chance to make the connections that will improve your experience with CPCC!!

-Omar Crenshaw
Central Campus Student Life Coordinator

College is what YOU make it, GET INVOLVED!

The truth is, college is your time to find what drives you, to make lifelong friendships, and to explore who you are as a person. In Student Life, we believe so much of this can be experienced in the ways in which you become involved on campus. Your college experience while here at CPCC can be amplified and ignited outside the classroom as well as inside it. CPCC has so many opportunities for involvement and it is truly a place where each student can find something that kindles their passion as a person as much as their classes kindle their passion as a student. Students who get involved on campus create for themselves an experience that stretches far beyond the walls of the classroom and allows them to experience friendship, teamwork, leadership and perhaps most importantly, fun! So make time to do more than just go to class. Being involved while I was in college helped me find my best friends, made some of my favorite memories, and built the portfolio and professional network that landed me a job in my career.

CPCC has more than 60 different student clubs and organizations, focusing on leadership, service, common interests, or as part of a program of study. With so many options, you are sure to find something that speaks to you! We know that students who get involved are more likely to stay in school, more likely to graduate or transfer successfully, and are more likely to get a job when they leave. So what is there to lose!?

Not sure where to start? Join us at a Welcome Event or  Contact the Student Life Coordinator on your campus. Our former students will always have a home in Student Life, and we want to help you find your place here too.