FALL 2013 News
Welcome 1st Year Students...
Hello First-Year Class!
Welcome to our First-Year Information newsletter, the FYI. We hope that what we are sharing will be helpful for you. Please feel free to write to us with questions or comments to our e-mail:
The GatorAiders, Joe and I are here to help you, so if you would also like to request articles or submit your own, please feel free to do that!
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by Nayanci and Dora
Many new students want to know how they can meet new people and network in college. The best way to make this happen is getting involved! Whether it’s becoming involved with an organization, a sorority or fraternity, or just attending free campus events, the best way to seek out these interests is through Student Involvement and Career Center (SICC).
Through SICC you can view a full directory of these organizations and groups to figure out what calls your attention. Also, throughout the year, SICC provides free workshops. These workshops provide information on how to become more involved, building resumes, networking, and even forming your own organization. You should definitely stop by their office for any related questions.
Another useful tool to remain connected is OrgSync. This is a website in which you can login with your SF State ID, to create an online community for your school. In this way, different organizations can streamline upcoming events, keep track of membership and track out-of-the-classroom involvements. Therefore, make sure to add your favorite organizations online through OrgSync!
Another way to meet new people and become involved on our campus is to go to events available on campus. Most students don’t know about on-campus events because San Francisco State is known as a "commuter school." Student life has a Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter, with constant updates on the latest events happening on campus. Whether it’s a basketball game or a free movie night, once you “like” the page or follow Instagram or Twitter, you will be informed.
It's easy to stay updated with free campus events. So, get involved and start your exciting journey at SF State!
Student Life Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LifeAtSFState
Student Life Twitter page: @lifeatsfstate
Even MORE Involved!
While in college, you should definitely focus on your studies diligently to maintain good academic standing, but you should also know that being involved with the campus community is necessary to expand on your network, make new friends and share your experiences together.
I was highly involved in my high school's campus community and wanted to find that outlet again at San Francisco State, but I had no idea where to start because there are so many student clubs, organizations, and programs. Most first year students are hesitant to delve into finding any type of organizations or clubs.
How does one even begin to find what his or her interests are? During the first few weeks of each semester, student organizations set up tabling at the Quad and the Malcolm X Plaza to promote themselves. Seasoned students pass out fliers, sell food to raise money, have interactive games, and more.
Besides meeting with student organizations face to face, the Student Involvement and Career Center is a great place to seek clubs and organizations that fits your academic endeavors, interests, etc. Located on the 2nd floor of the Student Services Building, SICC has an organization database dedicated to sorting out all of the clubs and organizations that you can choose from.
Getting involved on campus can really be motivating because it helps you network easily with other members who share similar interests, and it empowers you to get involved in student life.
For more information about student organizations on campus, visit the website!
SFSU has its own Geniuses for Tech Support!
Should your computer ever stop working, catch a virus, or have any other problems, the Helpdesk offers free technical support! The Helpdesk assists anyone who may have software or hardware issues with their devices.
Located in ADM 110, the Helpdesk is open Monday-Thursday 8am to 6pm and Friday 8am to 5pm. While you could get assistance over the phone, at 415-338-1420, it's always advisable that you come in person, as this could provide for a quicker solution.
Need to borrow a laptop for free?
The library lends both Mac's and PC's with Microsoft Office and other common programs installed. Bring your student ID! Use is restricted to on campus, with a 4 hour limit.
If you are new to SF State, you probably noticed the multiple garbage cans lined up next to each other: green, blue and black. Also, you probably noticed the dirty looks you get when you do not utilize these cans properly. SF State has a goal of Zero Waste, disposing properly of everything we use. For your convenience, here's are few ways to keep up with our school’s goal of sustainability:
1.Learn to utilize the three options of using these garbage cans. There are signs and pictures displayed on the bins to help you. Green = compost. Blue = recycle. Black = garbage/landfill.
2. Ditch the plastic water bottles! Bring your reusable water bottles to campus. Water bottle refilling stations are installed throughout campus. No need to spend money on something that is free. Here’s a link to find a water bottle station near you: http://news.sfsu.edu/water-bottle-filling-stations-installed
3. Pack your reusable cloth bags. Like any true San Franciscan, you might end up at a farmers market or pick up new books. Don’t get caught buying a paper bag. That ten cents charge can go to your coffee fund.
For more information regarding Zero Waste at SF State visit:
Health Center Offers Flu Vaccine
While you have settled in at school, you’ve probably met new friends, bonded with your roommates and learned a thing or two. With the midterm month upon us at SF State, many of you will begin to cram for exams, lab quizzes and research papers. With that in mind, you may also want to know that the flu season is coming.
A simple solution for students during this time of the year is to visit the Student Heath Services for a flu shot.
The Immunization Center offers flu vaccinations for students in the Student Health Building. The cost is $20 and will be billed to your student account and can then be paid at the Bursar’s.
Please note that the visit to the clinic is available BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. You can make your appointment online via myHealth at shs.sfsu.edu.
The hours are:
Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
by Ashley B and Skye
The most forgotten requirement...
Online Advancement of Student Information Skills (OASIS) is not only a graduation requirement, but there are additional important functions as well.
Here is a list of the top 5 reasons to do OASIS ASAP:
1. Utilization of the J. Paul Leonard Library for research:
Believe it or not, Wikipedia is not considered
a legitimate way of conducting research. One of the main purposes of OASIS is to teach you how to locate strong and relevant sources through academic databases accessible through the library website.
Did you know that when using Turnitin.com it is possible to plagiarize your own writing? I didn't know either until I found out that it actually happened to someone else. OASIS has a chapter dedicated to educate students on what it means to plagiarize and how to avoid it at all costs.
3. Find Valuable Sources:
You will learn how to distinguish a valuable and credible source apart from a source not worth mentioning! Your professors may insist that you use sources that are peer reviewed in order to guarantee high credibility.
4. Cite Sources:
You will learn how to create valid citations in order to prevent plagiarism and to provide clarity on how you obtain your second source. You will also learn how to use popular ways to cite sources using MLA and APA, which will be expected by many of your professors!
5. You must complete OASIS in order to graduate!
We hope that our 5 reasons to complete OASIS will encourage you to obtain these skills sooner than later!
A place for outdoor recreation!
Have you ever seen the new beautiful green field located between the Humanities Building and Village B by Font Blvd? Well, if you haven’t then you definitely should check it out! West Campus Green is a new field that was just completed over the summer.
There are many fun activities available to do, such as play soccer, have picnics on the new tables, or just enjoy the scenery. New lights have been installed for nighttime activities.
West Campus Green is available to reserve for larger groups of people.
For soccer and flag football fanatics, SF State offers both intramural soccer and flag football. Every semester, all students are welcomed to participate in either league. Divisions include Men’s A, Men’s B, Co-Ed, and Co-Ed B. Soccer games are held every Tuesday and Wednesday nights. And flag football games are held every Monday and Thursday nights. Prior to enrolling, there is a league fee of $30.
For more information about upcoming seasons, you can go to the Campus Recreation Website
Come one, come all and check out West Campus Green at San Francisco State University!
What to get into an "impacted" major?
As someone who was just accepted into an impacted major last Spring 2013, I want to shed some light on the subject.
Basically, an impacted major means that more people want to declare that major than there is room for.
Impacted majors for Fall 2014 includes the following:
Business - Concentration in Accounting only
Apparel Design and Merchandising
Biology (both B.S. and B.A.)
Chemistry (both B.S. and B.A.)
Child and Adolescent Development
Undeclared with an interest in Nursing
Visual Communication Design
Each will have specific requirements and/or prerequisites in order to be accepted to the school of that major. Once you’ve completed these courses, or while you are in the semester of completing them, you will want to apply for your choice major. The departments will review the applications and depending on the process for each major, the department will let you know if you have been accepted or not.
I applied for Psychology in Fall 2012 and was accepted in April 2013. Luckily the only major class required before applying was Psychology 200. While I was waiting for acceptance to the program, there were still a few classes I could take that would help me graduate.
On a plus side of the impacted major, you won’t have to compete with the entire campus to get the required classes for your major. Many courses in impacted majors will be restricted to only students declared as that major. Some classes, like Chemistry 115 and Biology 101, are still hard to acquire because they are also requirements for several other impacted majors.
These are all the things to keep in mind when choosing your major, especially an impacted one.
by Jewel and Anna
MORE THAN JUST YOUR AVERAGE DINING EXPERIENCE…COME DINE WITH US!
Ever wonder where you can eat on campus that’s cheap, high quality, and even bring your date? What most students do not know at San Francisco State University is that we have our very own fine dining restaurant, The Vista Room located on the top floor in Burk Hall.
For $15 per person, your meal includes an appetizer, entree, and dessert along with other beverages prepared with fresh ingredients from renowned vendors.
What’s unique about The Vista Room is that it acts as a learning and teaching laboratory for students where they obtain hands-on management experience in the food and beverage industry. The foods served are prepared under the supervision of a professional chef who has been in the restaurant business for numerous years.
Being a Hospitality and Tourism Management major myself, and undergoing the Foods and Production program within my major, I was able to gain experience in management, leadership, and teaching skills that will be valuable for a lifetime.
Hooked yet? Want to know how to a make reservations? The Vista Room accepts prepaid reservations with a credit card, personal check, or your SF State Onecard. All reservations must be made by 10 a.m. the day of your meal.
The restaurant is open Monday through Friday from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., which would give you couple of hours to enjoy your wonderful lunch. In addition, if you have any special events, the Vista Room even allows block groups.
The Vista Room is one beautiful experience you won’t want to miss during your time at San Francisco State University. Not only does this supports students studying in the food service field, but also gives you a chance to experience fine dining at an amazing price!
We would definitely recommend the Vista Room to all SF State students who want an unforgettable experience!
To appreciate San Francisco's history, culture and science explorations, a great thing to do is to go to a museum located in San Francisco.
Students find that the price of admission a bit steep, but almost all museums offer free days. I can't imagine anything better than going to my favorite museum for free.
Here are some of the museums that offer free admissions days:
• Cable car museum - always free!!!
• Conservatory of Flowers, de Young Museum, Legion of Honor and SF MOMA - First Tuesday of the month.
• San Francisco Zoo - First Wednesday of the month.
• Asian Art Museum - First Sunday of the month.
• Academy of Sciences have free days per zip code. So check your zip code to see when is your free day!
• The Exploratorium have five free days a year - check for those days as well.
Always, bring proof of your SF residency as most events are free only for S.F. residents. Hope you enjoy!
Besides museums, there are lots of other free events in San Francisco as well! Of course there is the Golden Gate Bridge, but there’s also:
• Golden Gate Park
• Sea lions at Pier 39
• Stern Grove concert festivals
• Amoeba Music free shows
• Farmer’s markets
• Outdoor roller skate parties on Fridays at the Ferry Building
• Yoga in the Park on Sundays
Hope you find lots of fun and free things to do in the city!
Oct. 21st - Credit/No Credit Deadline
Nov. 11th - Campus Closed
Nov. 18th - Full Spring 2014 class schedule viewable
Nov. 18th - View GatorReg times and dates for Spring
Nov. 25th-27th - Campus Closed
Nov. 28th-29th - Campus Closed
Dec. 5th - Fee Payment Deadline for tuition
Nov. 15th-Dec. 6th - Freshman Advising Workshops (next section)
Nov. 26th - Course withdrawal deadline
Nov 30 - Advising in the Towers event
Dec. 9th-20th - Early Priority Registration period (EPR)
Dec. 14th - Saturday-class final exam (consult your syllabus)
Dec. 16th - Last Day of Instruction (final exams following week)
Dec. 17th-21st - Final Exams (see the Final Exam Schedule)
Dec. 25th-31st - Campus Closed
Jan. 7th-17th - Final Priority Registration period (FPR)
Jan. 9th - Fall grades available on SF State Gateway
Jan. 23rd - Official transcripts available with semester Grades
When it's time to start planning for next semester, things start to get a little hectic around the Advising Center. Amid project completion, all-nighter exam cramming, midterms, holidays and such, students tend to wait until the last minute to plan for the next semester. To assist the most students as possible, we are providing three ways for you to get advising and class choice help for next semester:
1) Freshmen Fridays - one-on-one, 3 dates, no appointment
2) Group Workshops - group of 20, 25 dates, need reservation
3) Drop-in advising - one-on-one, anytime, no appointment
Drop by one of these events and get help planning your schedule for Spring 2014.
The following dates are on a drop-in basis:
Nov. 15th @ City Eats Dining Center 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Nov. 22nd @ Library 121 10am-2pm
Dec. 6th @ Towers Conference Center 11-1pm
Please bring all advising documents for us to help you plan your schedule for the Spring Semester. You will need the following:
1) Your DARs report (from your MySFSU);
2) Your 2013-2014 Bulletin (if you have one);
3) A Class Planner - click HERE to print a copy;
4) A list (or transcript) of any previous college work you've done;
5) A list of all AP/IB tests in which you've scored a "3" or better.
FRESHMEN GROUP ADVISING SESSIONS:
These sessions are held in the Advising Center (Administration Building room 211).
Sign up in advance by filling out this online form:
Space is limited. Sign up today!
Advising Center Drop-In/Quick Questions:
What some students forget is that we have drop-in hours EVERY WEEK during the semesters (including during summer and winter breaks). When a lot of students decide to come at the END of the semester, our wait times can easily reach over one hour!
We recommend utilizing one of the methods above or come EARLY to our regular drop-in hours listed below:
Every Monday - Thursday from 10am to 4pm
by Febby & Lori
Are you interested in learning different languages, experiencing new cultures and making new friends from different countries without having to ditch school?
If the answer is yes, then why not study abroad? The Office of International Programs at San Francisco State University offers study abroad programs in over 20 countries a semester or for a year long.
This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students with as little as 30 units, and you can still graduate on time. Not only that, students pay the same amount of tuition as they would on campus. Financial aid is not an issue, because you will still receive the same amount studying abroad as you normally would.
There are different programs that you can apply to, such as the CSU International Programs and SF State Exchange Program. The difference between the two programs is that the CSU International Programs is open to students on all 23 CSU campuses for an academic year-long. Whereas SF State Exchange Program is only open to SF State students for a semester or for a year-long.
The classes that you take abroad can count as a major, minor, or even as general education credits towards your graduation. You do not have to speak a foreign language if you plan to study abroad in most non-English speaking countries. All you need is a 2.75 or 3.0 GPA minimum and an interest to go abroad.
Still Interested? First thing you need to do is to attend the mandatory information meeting at the Office of International Programs, which is located at the Village at Centennial Square, Building C.
They offer 50 minute sessions every:
Monday at 10 a.m.,
Tuesday at 11 a.m., and
Wednesday and Thursday at 2 p.m.
You will find out more information about studying abroad once you go to the information meeting.
Still have questions after that?
The advisors and peer mentors are available to help you every Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon, and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for drop-in advising. No appointments necessary, it is on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Cannot make it to any of those hours? Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 415-338-1293.
Are you lost and can't figure out what minor to choose? Well, here are some friendly tips and solutions.
Firstly, you need to do some research on the minor that you would like to pursue. Be sure to visit a academic advisor specific to your minor and feel free to ask for his/her input.
Secondly, make sure that the minor fits in with the time frame of when you expect to graduate, because picking up a minor means that there are extra units that you need to complete.
Thirdly, and most importantly, make sure to pick a minor that you will enjoy.
Even though choosing a minor may be a difficult decision, there are many benefits to having a minor. For instance, having a minor will diversify you as a student within your major. Also, having a minor can give you an extra competitive edge in today's tough job economy where employers are looking for prospects with diverse backgrounds and expertise in various skills. Adding a minor will enrich your college experience at SF State and may compliment your major.
Are you wondering how to obtain a minor? Don’t fret, it’s easy!
First, go to www.sfsu.edu and in the search bar, type in “change minor form.” The first link will bring you to the form with the heading “San Francisco State University Request for Change/Declaration of Undergraduate Minor.” Please note that you cannot obtain or change a minor if you already have 96 units. When you have arrived at the Request Minor form, click on the space above the “name, email, SFSU ID, etc.” and type all of the information needed or you may write it out with a pen. Then, take the form to the department of your chosen minor.
For example, if I want to obtain a minor in Chemistry, I must turn in the form to the Chemistry Department. Usually it takes approximately a week for the head of the department to approve your request. Once the department chair approves your minor, you will receive an email to pick up your form. Then, head down to the Student Services Building and turn it in to the Registrar's Office and they will input your minor information.
And POOF! You now have a minor! Good luck, and choose your minor wisely.
by Ashley R.
Satisfy your "Inner Foodie"
The growing craze of gourmet food trucks is sweeping across the country providing diners with excellent multi-cultural fare for their inner foodie. SF State has two food truck locations on campus every day to tickle your taste buds and fuel your body for long days of school.
Since the success of having a food truck at the location between the Science Building and Hensil Hall, SF State Gator Group added another location at our beautiful West Campus Green along Font Blvd. The food trucks are available from 11a.m to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Make sure to ‘Like’ SFSU Gator Group on Facebook or follow them on Twitter to check the food truck schedules or additional locations.
Keep an eye on their page as these schedules are subject to change!
Besides the food trucks, a new wave of restaurants is present at SF State this fall. One buzz-worthy restaurant to note is an Asian-fusion café known as Quickly. Opened since the first day of the semester, Quickly is the first branch located on campus of a major university. The menu offers many products such as egg puffs, Vietnamese sandwiches, frozen yogurt, as well as countless amount of other desserts and blended beverages. A key ingredient that Quickly has in their drinks is Boba, also known as tapioca pearls. Boba means "big pearls," but to many who are familiar with the drinks called them "bubble teas." Boba can be added to more than 50+ flavored teas like thai tea, avocado or mango. Their prices range from $2 to $10 and the staff hands out stamp cards that rewards consumers a point towards a complimentary menu item.
Another choice on campus is Nizario’s Pizza, a new spot that opened in Summer 2013. Pizzas are made with a variety of toppings such as pesto chicken or ham and pineapple! Yum! Great quality pizza and awesome prices! It is located on the Recreation and Dining level in the Cesar Chavez Student Center next to Ike’s sandwich shop.
by Angelina and Jay
As busy college students, most of our time is spent on studying, writing papers or catching up on reading. I'm sure many of you have heard of the term, "freshman 15," meaning that during your freshmen year most freshmen are likely to gain 15 pounds due to the lack of physical activity. As such, it is extremely important to make time to engage in exercise to stay fit and healthy.
Our campus recreation offers a wide variety of free fitness classes that range from Turbo Kick to Aqua Fit, or even modern belly dancing.
Classes are offered Monday through Friday and a full schedule may be found through the campus recreation website: http://www.sfsu.edu/~recsport/index.html. If you prefer to exercise individually, our strength and conditioning room, located in GYM 148, is open to students during the evenings on weekdays. Our swimming pool, in GYM 121, is also available Monday through Friday after 12 p.m. Locker rooms are available for $15 a semester with free towels.
Also available on campus the Village Fitness Center located right next to the Village at Centennial Square. This gym has all the equipment you need to stay healthy and active to fight off the dreaded “freshman 15." They have your standard free weights, machine weights, cardio machines, even Yoga/Pilates and hardcore Boot Camp classes. Please go to their website, www.myvfc.com for hours and services. They offer memberships for faculty, staff, students -- even for alumni. Please visit the gym or website for more information. You can "like" their page on Facebook or follow them on Twitter to stay updated every day or for online services.
Staying healthy and active while juggling between your school work and social life can be tough, but the benefits you gain from it is never-ending. Bring a friend if you need that extra boost of confidence and support to stay on track. Even if you've never worked out before, just put yourself out there and try something new!
Are you undeclared and planning to declare a non-impacted major? Or you just want to change your major next semester?
“I came in as an undeclared student. I spent a year before I found out what I am interested in. I made appointment with an advisor in the Kinesiology department, Dr. Abraham. He explained to me about Kinesiology and what are some career choices. Based on what I wanted to do in the future, I chose Kinesiology as my major. I followed the steps on how to declare a major on the registrar website. After my department signed my changing major form, I just turned it in to the registrar office. It was a long process to figure out the major but a fast process to declare my major. It was really helpful to talk to an advisor before declaring a major."
For non-impacted major:
Time period - For Fall term: August 1 - October 1; For Spring term: January 1 - March 1
If you have any concerns or need any help to choose a major, you can make an appointment with the Undergraduate Advising Center. It's located at the Administration Building, Room 211.
Or you can contact the major department that you are interested and get advising from them. Get advising before you make a decision on changing or declaring a major is very beneficial.
After you get the advising and decide what major you want to declare, then you can find the declaring major form by simply go on the registrar website.
For an impacted major, please see the article below.
by Andrea, Jessica and Ashley P.
Needless to say, academics are important at SF State. Although most departments offer tutoring services, there are two available that are most popular, the Learning Assistance Center (LAC) and the Campus Academic Resource Center (CARP). These two centers offer a variety of services and have tutors available for almost any subject you need tutoring for.
CARP and LAC are under the Division of Undergraduate Studies Tutoring Services and a free service to all SF State students. CARP allows a maximum of two appointments per week for each subject you are taking. The LAC allows two appointments per week, one for reading/writing, and one for math/science. Both services allow for drop-in or weekly scheduled appointments. Also, the LAC offers an added benefit of same-day appointments but that is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Plus, both the LAC and CARP tutoring services offer free workshops to SF State Students. The LAC offers a writing workshop to freshmen who are enrolled in English 201/202, 104/105, or 106. CARP offers many workshops as well, one in particular is the Study Skills Workshop consisting of scholarship essay writing, resume and cover letter writing, and time management. It will to be offering a new Oral Presentation and Note-Taking Workshop as well.
These centers also have workshops offered through different departments. For more information and a list of the subjects offered, you can find out more on the LAC website at http://sfsu.edu/~lac/tutorsubject.html.
CARP appointments can be scheduled by calling the Tutorial Lab at (415) 405-0971 or by visiting HSS 344 during operation hours: Monday thru Thursday 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. and Friday from11 a.m. - 2 p.m. You can find out more information by visiting their website: www.sfsu.edu/~carp1 or email: email@example.com.
LAC appointments can be scheduled by calling (415) 338-1993 or go to HSS 348 during Monday thru Thursday 9 a.m. -4 p.m. You can visit their website: www.sfsu.edu/~lac for more information or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
College is an entirely different ball game compared to high school. Classes may have less homework, but that means that what will be graded speaks volume to the overall grades. Some classes have only a midterm and final, which may or may not be an advantage, depending on your current situation.
Nonetheless, it is important to stay caught up and aware of all class assignments. Do not tell yourself that "I'll read the assignment later," because often times you will end up cramming right before the test. Let’s face it, we all have suffered through all-nighters right before an exam. These all-nighters are not the best experience.
If you’re anything like me and had trouble obtaining good studying habits, try these quick and easy studying tips that helped me as a freshman:
• The best way to be prepared for class is to read the text or do the homework before the next class so you know what makes concrete sense to you and what is still vague.
• If any information that is repeated more than once it’s going to be on the test.
• Don’t let social activities take priority before your studying. If you like being social, consider having a study group.
• Plan your breaks in the short and long terms. If you must make a Saturday night party, then you’ll have to spend that afternoon at the library. If you’re hitting the books during the day, then plan an hour break for suppertime and a treat yourself for some dessert.
• Study groups help some students memorize better and to clarify difficult points. And it is a great way to have a social life in college while keeping good study habits.
• If you have difficulty concentrating, try to lighten your class load. 12 credits is a good amount of credits to schedule for each semester. That will ensure approximately 12 to 24 hours of studying per week.
• Manage your time wisely. Allow yourself to get enough sleep. Set a curfew and stick to it, and get up a reasonable time in the morning. Set your alarm!
• If your teacher provides practice tests, be sure to take them. That's a good way to get an idea of what will be on your final exam.
• And probably the most important is to RELAX! Set aside time to unwind. You don’t want to burn out before the final!
These tips from "wikihow" helped be become a better student at SF State, and have also allowed me to excel in many disciples in the campus community. My biggest motivation for college is to treat every professor and class as if it were a job interview. Give it 100% and nothing less, go to class prepared, manage your time to the best of your ability, prioritize your school life above your social life, be responsible, and most of all, take time out for yourself to relax and relieve stress.
Help! I Took Too Many AP Classes in High School and I Don’t Know What To Do with Them?
I was a typical high school nerd—an overachiever who took a bunch of AP classes to get ahead in college. I took AP courses in World History, US History, Psychology, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and Business Calculus. If you’re like me, then you can relate to the nights when you fell asleep and drooled over your textbook, or when math seemed totally foreign, or all the money you spent buying AP prep books.
Well, I’m here to tell you that the time and effort you took are finally paying off if you scored a 3 or above on your AP exams (or passed high-level International Baccalaureate [IB] exams). I'm thankful to say that I did just that, and here's a run down of how it helped with earning my college units:
• AP World: 3 units for Behavioral and Social sciences (BSS) and 3 for Humanities and Creative arts (HCA)
• AP US: 3 for BSS, 3 for HCA, and fulfilled the US History requirement
• AP Psych: 3 for BSS
• AP Micro/Macro: 6 (3+3) for BSS
• AP Calc: 4 for Physical and Biological Science (PBS) and fulfilled my Segment I Quantitative Reasoning requirement
My AP exams gave me a total of 29 college credits! That puts me at Sophomore standing as soon as I entered college! From the get-go, I already satisfied the BSS requirement, the US history requirement, and got a head start on both the PBS and HCA requirements. The extra units I've earned could count towards my Electives. Furthermore, as a Business major, I fulfilled my core classes (Micro and Macro Economics, and Business Calculus) with my high school AP courses.
What does this mean for you? Well, if you passed your AP exams with a 3 or above, you will have earned college credits! If you want to know how many credits, the SF State website has a nifty page :
You can look up the information tp see where your AP credit counts.
If you took International Baccalaureate (IB) courses instead, you can view the earned credits at:
Also, if you passed AP English in Language and Composition or Literature (English A1/A2 for IB), then you have satisfied Segment I for Written Communication (ENG 114 and 214.)
If you're not sure how your exam scores count toward your major, don't worry! If you already declared a major, your exam score(s) should appear on your DARS report. If you have any questions or concerns about your AP scores and DARS report, you can always talk to the Registrar located in the Student Services Building. And there you have it, AP (and IB) scores, demystified.
Performing Arts is a big part of my life and I am always trying to encourage others to participate in the arts or support the arts by coming to the events at SF State.
Since these shows are on campus they are very affordable.
Coming up this month, the Theater Arts Department is presenting "The Unmentionables", a play by Bruce Norris. It is a comedy set in a modern-day African country. The play centers around four Americans who are hoping to “do good in the world” and how they deal with the conditions and controversies that plague Africa, such as money, power, and politics. Directed by Professor Bill Peters, The Unmentionables runs during October 24 to 26 at 8 p.m. and October 27 at 2 p.m. For all shows, the general admission is $12 $8 for students.
Also, presented by the Theater Arts Department is the musical "A Chorus Line". This iconic musical, which is based on true stories, focuses on a group of dancers who go through a very unique audition experience as they are asked to re-live personal stories from their childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood. Through this process they break down walls and build camaraderie as they realize their common backgrounds. A Chorus Line won 9 Tony awards, including Best Musical, as well winning the Pulitzer for Drama with music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban and book by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante. The musical is directed by Tony nominee and Associate Professor, Barbara Damashek and Assistant Professor Ray Tadio is the choreographer. It will run from December 5th to 7th and 12th to 14th at 8 p.m. Then December 8 and 15 at 2 p.m. On preview night, tickets are $5. For all other shows, general admission is $12 and $8 for students.
Both The Unmentionables and A Chorus Line are playing in the Little Theater located in the Creative Arts Building.
Opening the same weekend as A Chorus Line is the New Moves Choreography Showcase presented by the Dance Department. The New Moves Choreography Showcase presents choreography by advanced students in the Dance Department. This year alumnus Qinmin Liu (whose last year's piece Ji, “Season” was chosen for the American College Dance Festival Gala) is returning with a new piece. Also, faculty member Wendy Diamond will choreograph the showcase for the first time. New Moves runs from Thursday, December 5 until Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. It is in the Mckenna Theater located in the Creative Arts Building. Although the official ticket links are not up, but they should cost $8 and $12.