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to do list

Fall 1st Year

    • Come see the STEM Center and meet some of the staff who work there.
    • Use the sign-in computers in the STEM Center to register at the beginning of each semester, and to keep track of the hours you spend in the Center.

    • Explore eligibility for MESA membership by making an appointment with the MESA Counselor.  You will develop an education plan during this meeting.

    • Use drop-in tutoring for math, physics, chemistry, computer science and other science classes.  Consult the STEM Center schedule online to see when drop-in tutoring is available for various STEM courses.

    • Attend any special workshops that are offered for classes you are taking (Academic Excellence Workshops  for Math 4, Math 5ABC, Physics 4ABC and ACCESS Sessions for Chem 1A, 1B, 12A, Bio classes)

    • Attend a STEM Center Event, such as a the STEM Friday Colloquia
    • Make your own study groups with others in your classes, or in the STEM Center who have the same level of dedication to learning that you do.  Use the STEM Center as your campus meeting place.  The breakout rooms are often available for group study.

    • PREP:  Whenever you are about to take Math 4, consider signing up for PREP so that you can greatly improve your chances for success in studying precalculus and beyond.  Announcements are posted and sent electronically.

    • Attend the workshop, "Drafting an Education Plan". This workshop is designed to help you understand the process of how to sequence courses so you are as efficient as possible with your time.
    • Get your Ed Plan approved by a counselor to obtain priority registration.
    • Complete the application forms for financial aid, including the BOGW (Board of Governors’ Fee Waiver) or the complete online Federal Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA), if you have not already done so.
    • Start building good study habits right away.  Visit your faculty during their office hours so they know your goals and your level of dedication.
    • Come to the MESA end of year party! Celebrate your successes.

 

Spring 1st Year

    • Revisit last semesters To-Do List
    • TAG Agreement. If you plan to transfer to a UC school, you should get information about Transfer Admission Guarantee Argreements. See a counselor or STEM Center Staff about how to write a TAG Agreement.

    • Cabrillo Scholarship:  Complete the application for the general Cabrillo Scholarship each year.  This places you in consideration for lots of scholarships offered through the college and private sources throughout the school year. 
    • Attend a STEM Center Event, such as a the STEM Friday Colloquia or field trip.
    • Attend the workshop, "Drafting an Education Plan" in the STEM Center if you need to prepare or revise your Ed Plan.
    • Maintain priority registration - always have an up-to-date and approved Ed Plan
    • Apply for Financial Aid if you have not already done so. Due early March.
    • Consider joining one of the clubs that are related to your STEM major.  Information about clubs is available on the STEM website.

    • Continue to meet with your faculty in their office hours, especially those teaching subjects in your major.  Use that time not only to discuss current material, but also to discuss your plans for the future.  These relationships are very important when you need to get letters of recommendation from faculty for scholarships, internships and applying to some transfer universities.  

    • Summer School: If you have the time, consider using summer session to complete some of the general education (GE) courses needed prior to transfer.

    • Consider taking an Honors course, and learn about the benefits of the program.

    • Attend an End of the Year Celebration and Scholarship Banquet.  Hear from alumni, celebrate with transfer students who are leaving, and socialize with your study partners.

 

Continuing Year Fall

    • Check out TAG Agreements if you haven't already done so.

    • Resume & Personal Statement: Now is the time to put an academic resume and a personal statement together.  Look for resources at the Student Employment webpage, workshops that are offered through the Counseling Department, and utilize faculty and staff in the STEM Center to help you write these important documents that represent you professionally.  You will then be able to update and revise them as needed.

    • Be on the lookout for scholarships and internships  that are a good fit for you.  If you find out about an opportunity with a short turnaround time to apply, having faculty relationships and a resume and personal statement ready to go will make the process easier.  Get in the habit of applying often to anything that looks like a good match. Plant many "seeds" - prune later.

    • Indentify summer internships.
    • Join MESA or become a "Friend-of-MESA"
    • Attend a STEM Center Event, such as a the STEM Friday Colloquia or field trip.
    • Attend the workshop, "Drafting an Education Plan"
    • Become a STEM ambassador - Bring a friend or classmate to the STEM Center and introduce them to the many resources available.Meet with a counselor to get your Ed Plan approved.
    • Complete the application forms for financial aid, including the BOGW (Board of Governors' Fee Waiver) or the complete online Federal Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA), if you have not already done so.
    • FAFSA- You need to reapply each year.  Apply as soon as you can to make the priority deadline in early March.  Be sure to indicate that you are interested in Workstudy.

    • Consider joining one of the clubs that are related to your STEM major.  Information about clubs is available on the STEM and MESA websites.
    • Come to the MESA end of year party!

 

Continuing Year Spring

    • Internship & Summer Programs:  Applications are usually due very early in spring semester for lots of opportunities across the whole nation.  Be adventurous and apply for something that might give you the benefit of study and travel.  Plan on spending some of the winter break on these applications!
    • Resume & Personal Statement:  Keep updating these important documents to reflect the coursework you have completed as well as your involvement in any extracurricular activites such as clubs, internships, scholarships or tutoring positions.  Continue to refine these so they describe you ever more accurately.

    • FAFSA:  Your financial aid application is most important in the spring before your last year at Cabrillo.  Work with a counselor or the Financial Aid Office to make sure your application is complete, on-time, and being sent out to all the universities for which you will be applying. Due early March.

    • Attend an STEM Center Event, such as a the STEM Friday Colloquia or field trip.
    • Attend the workshop, "Drafting an Education Plan" if you've changed your major or transfer school.
    • Visit Transfer Universities:  Be on the lookout for transfer events sponsored by the universities you are interested in.  There are a couple of field trips each fall sponsored by MESA that you can attend.  Look for postings and electronic announcements.  There is much to be gained by visiting a campus in person, talking to students and faculty, and getting a feel for that university’s culture.

    • Meet with a counselor to get your Ed Plan approved if you have not done so or if you Ed Plan has changed.
    • Tutoring:  When you are far enough along in your coursework, consider applying to be a tutor on campus.  It is a great way to deepen your understanding of the material, help other students, act as a role model, and earn money all at the same time.

    • Attend an End of the Year Celebration and Scholarship Banquet.  Hear from alumni, celebrate with transfer students who are leaving, and socialize with your study partners.

 

Final Year Fall

    • Submit your TAG Agreemetn if you have one. .

    • FAFSA:  Your financial aid application is most important in the spring before your last year at Cabrillo.  Work with a counselor or the Financial Aid Office to make sure your application is complete, on-time, and being sent out to all the universities for which you will be applying. Due early March.

    • College Application List - Once you've done research on programs and acceptance rates, you are ready to decide where you will apply.

    • Attend a small-group workshop on how to apply to the CSU and UC schools.

    • Apply to your dream school and a few more!
    • Attend a technical or scientific conference.

 

Final Year Spring

 

 

 

 

 
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