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Student Survival Skills 101

Quick tips to make your experience at SFSC a successful one!


  1. Believe in yourself! Believe you can succeed, and you will.
  2. Set realistic goals. Select goals that fit with your interests and abilities and put your best effort in all your work.
  3. Create win-win relationships with faculty and other college personnel. It is important to maintain positive working relationships with faculty and other college personnel.
  4. Attend class and be on time! Remember learning happens here.
  5. Pay attention to deadlines. There are deadlines to enroll, deadlines to apply to financial aid, deadlines to pay, and deadlines for graduation, etc. Missing a deadline could cause more than a few headaches.
  6. Know when to ask for help. Our instructors want to see you succeed. Don’t wait until the end of the term to get help in class. Did you know Student Support Services offers free tutoring, or that you can receive online tutoring through See a counselor if you are experiencing difficulties. Counselors can help you assess the situation, make the most informed decision, and help you connect with other key resources on campus.
  7. Take advantage of college resources. Advising and Counseling, Career,and the Tutoring and Learning Center (TLC), Student Support Services,  Financial Aid, are just a few of the resources here on campus ready to help you make your college experience a successful one.
  8. Enjoy college life! Get involved! Not all learning happens while you are in class. Get involved with one of many extra curricular activities. You will have an opportunity to gain leadership skills, meet new people, and have some fun while learning.
  9. Read your College Catalog. Your catalog contains all sorts of useful information. The catalog serves as your contract with SFSC.
  10. Remember that other students are not advisors. If you have a question regarding college policies, transfer information, financial aid, etc., speak with someone from that office to get the most accurate answers to your questions.
  11. Take personal responsibility for your college experience. What you get out of college is largely determined by the effort you put forth. Learning is an active process; don’t just sit back and expect it to occur. Remember that you have both rights and responsibilities as a student.
  12. If you have earned 30 hours towards your degree, please meet with your academic advisor or counselor to complete your application for graduation.
  13. Don't be too hard on yourself. If you experience a set-back remain positive and move forward.
  14. Meet with your SFSC Counselor or Advisor at least twice a semester, more frequently if you are experiencing any difficulties related to school.

Best wishes from Advising and Counseling!

Advising and Counseling Center
South Florida State College
600 West College Drive
Avon Park, FL 33825

To contact us:
Phone: 863-784-7131
Fax: 863-453-2365