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Navigating your path to a diploma is a new and exciting time. You may feel a bit nervous but just remember you are not alone. Everyone, from the senior who is about to graduate to the incoming new students who are new to campus, can have trouble finding their way. But, Hostos has your back.

Every week, the College will send out “Caiman Clues” — important tips and deadline reminders about everything from financial aid to advisement.

Simply follow our Facebook (@HostosCC), Twitter (@HostosCollege) and Instagram (@HostosCollege) for helpful clues you can use all year round.

Good luck!
 
CAIMAN CLUES: WEEK 11
 
Stay on top of your course assignments and academic plans. Check in with people who are here to help and explore the technology at your fingertips!

Check your Email - Never miss another Hostos email! Download your Hostos email to your phone, click here.  

​DegreeWorks ​- Use the GPA calculator in DegreeWorks! Put in your expected grades for this semester and see what GPA you could earn!

Study - Keep your tutoring appointments or create a study group to help you succeed in your classes.

Support our Caimans - Support our champion women's basketball team. They're playing Kingsborough Community College on November 14th at 6:00 p.m. in our gym. 

Don’t forget to check back in for next week’s Caiman Clues.
Sincerely,
Hostos Community College

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CAIMAN CLUES: WEEK 10
 
We know you’re committed to your classes and assignments, so don’t forget to stay in the loop. We want you to have the full Hostos experience to get to know your new environment. 

Cheer on our Caimans - The men's basketball team will have their first home game against Suffolk County Community College on November 9th. Our champion women's basketball team will be playing against Kingsborough Community College on November 14th. Check out the athletics webpage to keep up with our sports teams and learn more about the facilities available to you.  

​Graduation ​- Today, November 6th, is the last day to apply for graduation. Visit the Registrar’s Office to fill out your Request for Graduation form. If you are interested in transferring to a 4 year college, please visit the Transfer Services office located in the Savoy building room D-101A.

Registration - Set up an appointment to check in with your Advisor or Success Coach for support. It’s time to get advised and enroll for winter and spring 2020 courses.

Don’t forget to check back in for next week’s Caiman Clues.
Sincerely,
Hostos Community College

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CAIMAN CLUES: WEEK 9
Week 9 is a great time to check your syllabi to be on top of your classes and be reminded of important upcoming deadlines. On a happy note, is this your final semester? Congratulations, you did it!!

Check your syllabus - Make sure you are keeping track of your assignments and due dates. Make a plan or ask for help.

Withdrawals - November 5th is the last day to withdraw from classes with a “W” grade. There are serious financial aid considerations that need to be weighed before withdrawing from a class, so be sure to discuss this decision with your faculty member (look at your syllabus for office hours!) and also with your Success Coach or Advisor in advance. 

Graduation ​- Don’t forget to apply for graduation!  November 6th is the last day to do so. Visit the Registrar’s Office to fill out your Request for Graduation form. If you are interested in transferring, please visit the Transfer Fair on the C- Building Bridge, November 7th from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Don’t forget to check back in for next week’s Caiman Clues.
Sincerely,
Hostos Community College

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CAIMAN CLUES: WEEK 8
 
Don't forget about the resources and programs we offer on campus! There’s always an event to attend or resource available to support you during your time at Hostos.

Career Services - Interested in an internship or new employment? Career Services can help you with your resume, cover letter and interview! Have you checked out their Caiman Professional Wardrobe? Visit the Career Services office in the D building (Savoy) in room D-210 or visit them on the bridge for the Career Fair on October 24th from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm.

Health & Wellness events - Have you gone to Zumba or yoga yet? Try some free salsa dance classes, relax and paint or draw, or join the Shape-Up NYC free Afro-Caribbean dance fitness class. For information on the events, check "The Link" email or click here.

Registration ​- Haven’t registered yet? Speak to your Advisor or Success Coach today! Make sure you get the schedule you want by registering early.

Don’t forget to check back in for next week’s Caiman Clues.
Sincerely,
Hostos Community College

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CAIMAN CLUES: Week 7
 
Welcome to another week of Caiman Clues! We’re almost midway through the semester, and now that you’ve had a few days off, we hope you’re ready to “hit the books”: midterm season has arrived! It’s a busy time of the semester, but don’t worry, we’ve got the clues to help you out! Best of luck with your exams and projects.

Resources - Check out the HALC and Writing Center for additional support in your classes!

Financial Aid - File your financial aid application for next year 2020-2021. Be sure to check off “work study” if you are interested in a part-time job. 

Activities ​- Take time out to participate in a college event or club activity. Socializing helps to feel relaxed and expand your network of friends on campus.

Don’t forget to check back in for next week’s Caiman Clues.
Sincerely,
Hostos Community College

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CAIMAN CLUES: Week 6

We hope the clues are helping you get to know the campus and provide the support you need. It’s already time to start thinking about next semester. We’re sure you have lots of questions: What are the courses I need to complete my degree? When do I register? Should I take a winter class? This week’s clues point you towards the answers. 

Enrollment for Winter and Spring term - Enrollment for winter and spring 2020 will open next week! Check CUNYfirst to view the date of your enrollment appointment and be sure to register early to get the best selection of courses!

Get acquainted with your Degree Map - Every major has a map, find yours here: http://bit.ly/HostosDegreeMap 

Review your DegreeWorks - CUNY has an online advisement tool called DegreeWorks. It shows in electronic form how you are progressing through the degree map. Log in to look at your audit here and bring questions to your Advisor or Success Coach.

Apply/Renew your FAFSA - The new 2020-2021 FAFSA is here! To begin your application, select the “START HERE”button on the FAFSA homepage. Or download themyStudentAid app for iOS and Android. Feel free to contact or visit the Hostos Financial Aid Office if you have any questions or would like help completing your FAFSA in our Microlab.

Know your Academic Calendar - Check the Academic Calendar. No scheduled classes on 10/8 and 10/9. College is closed on Monday 10/14. Classes follow a Monday schedule on Wednesday, 10/16.

Don’t forget to check back in for next week’s Caiman Clues.
Sincerely,
Hostos Community College

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CAIMAN CLUES: Week 5
                        
It’s WEEK 5, students! September 23rd marked the official first day of the fall season and you have officially completed 1/3 of the semester! Last week we encouraged you to check in with your advisor or Success Coach. This week, we hope you will do the same with your professors and the Hostos Academic Learning Center (HALC). Pay special attention to the final clue below:

Check-in with faculty! - Visit your professors' office hours to discuss your progress in their course in regards to work and your goals. 

Check the Academic Calendar - No  classes are scheduled on 9/30 and 10/1. Use those days to study for your classes. 

Visit HALC or Writing Center - Having trouble with some classes? Pick out one or two classes that you find most challenging, bring an assignment and questions to a tutoring sessions in the HALC (C-596) or Writing Center (C-596A).

Don’t forget to check back in for next week’s Caiman Clues.
Sincerely,
Hostos Community College

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CAIMAN CLUES: Week 4
 
Congratulations on making it to Week 4! We hope that you are enjoying your studies and life on campus. It was great seeing so many of you on the bridge for Welcome Day, getting information and enjoying the donuts and pizza! As the semester moves along, don’t forget the following:

Time to Check in! - Stop in to see your advisor or Success Coach - let them know how you're doing this semester and talk to them about any support you need. If you need additional support touch base with Supplemental Instructors in the classroom or locate your Peer Mentor or Peer Leader through your advisement office.

Succeed @Hostos! - Professors post updates on your progress in class! Check out any Kudos you received for doing well in class! 

Official "W" Period - Having challenges with a class? Never withdraw/("W") from a class without speaking to your advisor or Success Coach. There are financial impacts you need to understand!

Don’t forget to check back in for next week’s Caiman Clues.
Sincerely,
Hostos Community College

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CAIMAN CLUES: Week 3

It’s WEEK 3 already! Time to check your syllabi and make sure you are up to date on assignments and have created a plan for success. There are plenty of resources at Hostos to help you get (and stay!) on track. Be sure to visit the HALC and the library as some good first steps. Staying “on track” requires more than studying, however, so don’t be shy about checking out the Health and Wellness or Counseling Centers. You may even run into them on the bridge at some point, so stop by and introduce yourself. Finally, don’t forget to have some fun and meet some new people. Keep your eyes open for posters and events around campus. We’re here for you!

Important  Resources- Familiarize yourself with some resources the college has to offer, such as: Hostos Academic Learning Center (HALC), Library, Writing Center, Workshops, Wellness Center, and Counseling Center. 

The Link - Regularly check your email for "The Link", our email about campus events. Weeks of Welcome is happening, join us for the remaining 3 days if you haven't stopped by the bridge yet. Get your free slice on Pizza Friday!

Major Change - September 16th is the last day to change your major and for it to be effective in the fall semester.

Don’t forget to check back in for next week’s Caiman Clues.

Sincerely,
Hostos Community College

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CAIMAN CLUES: Week 2
 
Now that you have found all your classrooms, bought all your books*, and are excited to learn, why not take a moment to look around and see what else Hostos has to offer? Have something to eat, take in a movie with your peers and browse some workshop offerings. Next week, we’ll point you in the direction of more resources for learning. This week, just settle in and start to get familiar with your campus environment.

Know your Caiman Card- With your Hostos ID, not only can you access each building, but it can be used to buy food at the Hostos Cafe and for printing in our Computer Labs. For more information click here.

Join Clubs - Hostos has many clubs and various campus activities! September 10th at 5:30 pm is movie night in the Student Lounge.

Workshops - Take advantage of the several free student workshops offered by the College. Check the calendar of workshop events here.

Graduating Students - Transfer services office is holding events to help students transfer to a 4-year CUNY school. If you are interested in attending this event please register here.

(*If you have not bought your books or are having trouble ordering them, please see your advisor or success coach for assistance. It’s important not to fall behind in your reading.)
 
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CAIMAN CLUES: Week 1

Read your Syllabus- All the important information about your class is found in the syllabus your professor(s) will provide. Read it, highlight it, and keep it handy. Record important dates and make your plans. Check out this link on how to use the syllabus.

Know Your Professor - Get to know faculty names and office hours. Professors are here to help you succeed in your career.

September 2 - The College is closed and it is the last day to add/change a course with a fee.

Check your "To Do" list in CUNY First -
did you apply for TAP? (lots of students file for FAFSA and forget TAP!). Your "To Do" list will show you if additional information is needed such as financial aid checklist and/or verification items.  

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