Alright, fast-forward 3 months from new student orientation and you’ll get to exactly where I’m at now. Where is that? Well so far I’ve been a student at Fox Valley Technical College for approximately 14 weeks now, and I have already done a plethora of new and exciting, skillful and useful, strange and exciting things. What kind of things you ask? I’ve already seen the process of water treatment, toured a fish hatchery, calculated the flow of Mud Creek, visited a landfill and recycling center, blown up a beaver dam, made a map of the Bordini Center using only a compass, learned how to identify tons of Wisconsin plants, and went bird-watching on a wildlife refuge. Whew! Talk about a busy first semester! Even having all that done, I still haven’t completed the semester yet…with almost 4 weeks left until the end of the year, we have hit crunch time!
I feel like this is a good time to talk about the Teaching and Learning Center. What is it? It’s a straight up godsend. Their mission says it all: to provide access to supplemental academic support to improve learning outcomes for FVTC program students through engagement with faculty and peer tutors. Basically do whatever they can to help you understand your course materials and get you through the work with as little as struggle possible. You know the best part of it? It’s staffed by the faculty that teaches the classes themselves or by peer tutors who have firsthand knowledge of the material! Not to mention they are open 6 days a week. This is just one more way that FVTC has once again catered to my needs. Now wish me luck on the upcoming 3 weeks before finals! It’s going to fly by!