Student Services Bldg., 1st Fl.
Alan Brooks Bram, MS
After my first semester at CSUN as an undergraduate Business major, I was placed on academic probation, for poor GPA. It took me several semesters of focus and determination to change my major and my mindset. I was fortunate enough to have found a student success book which helped me work my way back to good academic standing. I believe that if I was able to overcome my initial setback to become a college counselor, anyone on probation has the capacity to do the same. I had to learn skills and techniques on my own to turn my academics around. Our students have the good fortune of access to probation counselors, such as myself and Diane, who can guide them toward their own skill development and campus resources. We sincerely are here to help – one student at a time.
Diane Orellana, MA
I began my studies at Glendale Community College, and like many community college students, I too worked part-time while attending school full-time. I think the key to my success in college was proper time-management skills. While attending GCC, I enrolled in a personal development counseling course (similar to our Counseling 20 or 40 courses offered at Pierce College); there I learned effective strategies to improving my skills as a college student. Every weekend I devoted half an hour to filling out and reviewing my weekly/monthly planner; this way I didn't miss any assignments or important deadlines. Making routines for yourself is a good way to manage your time effectively while you're in college. Lastly, with the encouragement of family, professors and counselors, my college journey consisted of knowing when to ask for help. I hope you consider attending one of our workshops and follow up with a counseling appointment. We look forward to meeting you!
Review Creating a work/school balance (a college student perspective) to learn about some effective time management strategies.