For Running Start Students

When you signed on as a Running Start student, you agreed, together with your parents, that you would take on the role of an adult college student. This is a serious responsibility. Here are some reminders and some advice to set you up for success at YVCC.

  • Have reasonable expectations. If this is your first quarter at college, do not expect to do your best work. This does not mean that you should expect to do poorly, only that it will take you some time to adjust to the differences between high school and college, so you may not receive the same high grades that you’ve been used to.
  • Keep in mind that different instructors have different policies, so be sure to always read your syllabus and talk with your instructors.
  • Be familiar with the Student Rights and Responsibilities Code of Conduct available from the ASYVCC office in paper form, and available at this link on YVCC’s website. In particular, you should know the policies on attendance, and on cheating and plagiarism.
  • Due dates generally matter. Missing class on the day an assignment is due, for whatever reason, is an unacceptable excuse for failing to meet the deadline. Be proactive. You live in an era of tremendous technology. You can scan your assignment to your computer, email it to a friend, who can then print it out and deliver it to your instructor’s mail box. Contact your instructors to find out what they consider an acceptable format for submitting an assignment if you cannot be in class.
  • You are expected to complete the work of the course. Instructors rarely provide make-up work late in the quarter to help you compensate for a poor start.
  • If you do the same level of work and invest the same amount of time in your college classes as you do for your high school classes, you will likely do poorly in college. College classes run at a faster pace than high school classes and have higher standards than typical high school classes.
  • If you behave in college classes the same way you behave in high school classes, other students will recognize you as a high school student and will treat you accordingly. If you want to be treated as a college-student, you will have to act accordingly.
  • If you are truly interested in being in college, do not insist on hanging out only with other Running Start students. For example, coordinating your travel schedule with other Running Start students doesn’t mean that you have to take the same classes. If you end up in the same classes, split up and sit with other students. It will give you more resources for making a successful adjustment to college.
  • When you signed on to be a Running Start student, you were told that high school events, even graduation-related events, are not legitimate excuses for missing college classes. Individual instructors may make some exceptions. Be sure to communicate with your instructor to find out their individual policies regarding such absences. Also, plan ahead. Many instructors will work with you, but not if you wait until the last minute, and certainly not after the fact.

In addition to my advice above, YVCC has a site that compares high school with college to help you in your adjustment to college.

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