Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Going from Senior to Freshman: Tips to Help You Transition

The transition from high school senior to college freshman can be overwhelming. We've all experienced moments of uncertainty and worry. Here are three simple things that I have found helpful.

  1. Get Involved: Reach out to peers and teachers, join clubs, and follow Vol State’s social media for Events and Student Opportunities. 
  2. Stay Organized: Get a planner or event recording device, print out tentative class schedules from eLearn, and create buffer dates. 
  3. Ask Questions: Find someone in your classes, a faculty member, or reach out to the Student Engagement and Support Center on campus for any questions you have. (Questions are normal!)
-Winnie Combs

The Feed Food Pantry for All Vol State Students

The Feed is the Vol State student food pantry. It’s free and available to all students who need grocery items, hygiene products, household items, and baby products. To get started you will need to fill out the information sheet. You can use the QR code in this post or click on: https://forms.office.com/r/SNxFaqhjBm

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Students: Three Things to do Now

Welcome to the first week of classes. Here are three things to do now:

-Buy the textbook. You can borrow it to read in the library this week, but if an instructor requires a textbook you need to buy it now. Make sure you have the correct edition if you are buying it outside of the Bookstore.

-Keep a calendar for upcoming big assignments. It helps to have the big assignments for all of your classes in the same place for easy reference.

-If you are considering changing your class schedule be sure to investigate the Financial Aid implications. Your academic Advisor or the Advising Center can help with that. Or visit Financial Aid.

Have a great semester!

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Get the Latest Info with Vol State Social Media

We have several ways for you to keep up with the latest Vol State information on social media, including a Facebook page, Instagram page, and Twitter feed. We’re also doing Tik Tok videos this semester. We provide students with reminders, important information, and student success tips. We even have a special Group page as part of our main Facebook page. That student discussion page is just for students to ask questions of each other, get advice, sell textbooks, and maybe even make friends. You will need to Like our main Facebook page first. Then click on the Groups tab under the “More” tab at the top of the page.

Visit: www.facebook.com/volstate

You can also join these campus Facebook pages:

Springfield: https://www.facebook.com/volstatespringfield/

Cookeville: https://www.facebook.com/volstatecookeville/

Livingston: https://www.facebook.com/Vol.State.Livingston/

Visit this web page for links to our main Vol State social media pages: www.volstate.edu/publicrelations

And Student Engagement has its primary feed on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vsccstudentlife/

Monday, August 23, 2021

Commit to College Completion

We have Commit to Completion flags up on our campuses for the start of the semester. They're intended to set a tone for the coming school-year and remind you why you are here. Committing to Completion means that you will earn your degree or certificate. It's most important to remember that commitment when times get tough, as they inevitably will.  
We will have a Commit to Completion board for you to sign at Fall Campus Kick-Off Days on the Gallatin campus this Wednesday, August 25th and Thursday, August 26th. Stay tuned to your campus Facebook pages for details on the other campuses.

Here are a few ideas to help you do well in your classes:

-Attend all of your class meetings. College courses move quickly and skipping classes will cause you to fall behind.

-Keep looking ahead on the course schedule for each class you take. Work ahead on assignments if you can.

-Talk to your instructor if you don't understand something or if you need help. They're not here to give you extensions or allow you to get out of work. They are here to help you learn and succeed. Don't be embarrassed about not understanding something....that's why you're here and that's why we're here.

-Get extra help. We have a number of free academic support services available to all students. Those services will really help you as the semester piles up with assignments and papers. We've collected the services in one list that we call the "College Success Zone." You can view the list of free services here: https://www.volstate.edu/collegesuccess

You can do this. We will help. Commit to college completion.

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Join Us for Pioneer Preview Week in Gallatin

Pioneer Preview Week is August 16-20th on the Gallatin campus to help you get ready for the fall semester. On Monday the 16th offices will be open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. We will be closed that morning. Tuesday through Thursday hours are 8.am. to 6 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Student Services will be open to pass out ID’s and parking passes. Students are also encouraged to walk their schedule that week. The Student Engagement Office will have giveaways & snacks in the Wood Campus Center. You can also visit the Library and Learning Commons for ways they can help you with your classwork.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Six Things to do Now to Get Ready for Fall Classes


 -We’re almost there! Vol State Fall classes start the week of August 23, depending on your class meeting day. Online students should login to all of their classes on the 23rd with eLearn. You can find the eLearn link on My Vol State.

   -It’s important to attend your first classes and login to each online course for your financial aid requirements.

   -Even more important- attending class will give you a better chance of doing well. If you miss classes you will have a hard time keeping up.

   -Double check your schedule in My Vol State to make sure it is what you expect. As always: Livingston, Springfield, and Cookeville are other campuses, not buildings in Gallatin. Make sure you are set with where your class meets.

   -Here is a link to the Gallatin and Cookeville campus maps, so you can figure out where your classes will be. Make sure you arrive at least 45 minutes early the first week to decide where you are going to park. For Springfield and Livingston all classes are in the same interconnected building. But still give yourself extra time to find parking.

   -You will need a mask inside all buildings and classrooms on all campuses, regardless of your vaccination situation. Masks are not required outside. We’re not sure of how long this will continue. It will be based on CDC guidelines and Covid cases in our area.


Friday, August 6, 2021

Get Ready for Fall Classes with Vol State Days August 9-12

There’s still time to apply and register for fall classes at Vol State! Join us for Vol State Days taking place August 9-12 from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and August 13 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

All Vol State locations will be ready to help you complete anything needed before Fall classes begin August 23. Our staff is ready to help you apply, meet with an advisor, review financial aid as needed, register for classes, take a campus tour, obtain a parking permit and student ID and buy your books.
Stop by the welcome table located inside the Ramer Building for the Gallatin Campus and in the main lobby at our locations that include Springfield, Livingston and Cookeville to get started. Hourly prizes will be awarded to those who attend this event in-person and all students who have registered for fall will be automatically entered to win prizes such as Apple AirPods, a laptop, bookstore vouchers and an iPad along with some really cool Vol State swag!
Questions? Please contact our Admissions Department at 615-230-3688. See you on campus soon – Go Pioneers!