Information & Computer Science

Leeward CC Newsletter May 5, 2016

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I hope everyone has had an exciting and rewarding semester, and is looking forward to new adventures in the Fall 2016! As classes come to a quick halt it becomes difficult to focus on anything but academia, please don't forget to register for classes in the Fall.

Staying relaxed and focused may seem difficult to do these last few weeks of school. So it's so important to give yourself time to breathe, and take frequent breaks when studying for finals. Setting a schedule/timetable (and sticking to it) for studying will help keep you organized and maximize your efficiency as a test taker and overall student.

As a reminder, this will be the last newsletter for the year. You will begin to receive them again at the start of next semester.

Have a fun and safe summer break!

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Congratulations to all of our 2015- 2016 ICS graduates, you have started your journey here at Leeward CC and stuck with it. Job well done to the 10 Fall 2015 graduates and the 13 Spring 2016 graduates!

You are on your way to many more great opportunities in your future, and have really proven your dedication by completing your degree!

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Summer’s coming up! It’s time to relax and get away from all the stress and challenges of college. Have fun and be adventurous, but keep one thing in mind: always work towards self-improvement! Summer break is three months long, so don’t waste these precious moments of your life. Set yourself up for success now and you’ll be more than ready for future challenges!

Here’s an excerpt of an article that’ll tell you ways you can break out of your shell and grow as a person.

42 Practical Ways To Improve Yourself

by Celestine Chua

As a passionate advocate of growth, I’m continuously looking for ways to self-improve. I’ve compiled 42 of my best tips which might be helpful in your personal growth journey. Some of them are simple steps which you can engage in immediately. Some are bigger steps which takes conscious effort to act on. Here they are:

· Read a book every day. Books are concentrated sources of wisdom. The more books you read, the more wisdom you expose yourself to. What are some books you can start reading to enrich yourself?

· Learn a new language. Learning a language is a whole new skill altogether and the process of acquainting with a new language and culture is a totally a mind-opening experience.

· Pick up a new hobby. Beyond just your usual favorite hobbies, is there something new you can pick up? Any new sport you can learn? Examples are fencing, golf, rock climbing, football, canoeing, or ice skating. Your new hobby can also be a recreational hobby. For example, pottery, Italian cooking, dancing, wine appreciation, web design, etc. Learning something new requires you to stretch yourself in different aspects, whether physically, mentally or emotionally.

· Level up your skills. If you have played video games before especially RPGs, you’ll know the concept of leveling up – gaining experience so you can be better and stronger. As a blogger, I’m constantly leveling up my writing skills. As a speaker, I’m constantly leveling up my public engagement abilities. What skills can you level up?

· Wake up early. Waking up early (say, 5-6am) has been acknowledged by many (Anthony Robbins, Robin Sharma, among other self-help gurus) to improve your productivity and your quality of life. I feel it’s because when you wake up early, your mindset is already set to continue the momentum and proactively live out the day. Seth recently wrote a waking up early series which you should check out to help cultivate this habit.

To read the full article and the rest of the tips, click the following link:

Summer Internship Opportunity with the State of Hawaii

"TIP is a unique opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to gain training and experience in state government and assist in organization change management, business process re-engineering and/or information technology systems and solutions."

"Must be currently enrolled as a graduate student or undergraduate student with Junior or Senior standing with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.2 or higher. Majors include: Management Information Systems, Information and Computer Science, Informatics, Information Technology Management, Information System Security or related field. Additional areas of study may include, but not be limited to the following: Cloud Computing, Computer Systems and Networks, Enterprise Web Applications, IT Infrastructure Security, Mobile Computing, Web Publishing, Cybercrime, Digital Forensics, Visual Basic Application Development, Object Oriented Application Development and IT Project Management or related field."

"Students will be assigned to program teams, enabling them to work with state employees and transfer their classroom activities to actual work experiences."

Apply for the summer internship soon!

Closing Date: 06/13/16

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ICS Success Skills

Please help your student success support team, by recommending success skills you've acquired through your time as an ICS student. These may include tactics you wish you had when you were a new student. All information collected will be "anonymous", and may be used for educational purposes. This will be invaluable information for new prospective ICS students, in helping ease their journey through this challenging major.

The linked form has further instructions: Click ME!

Don't forget that the Fall 2016 payment deadline is Friday, July 22, 2016
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Amy Amper

Program Counselor

Academic Counseling, Class Registration, and Degree Planning

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Peer Mentor

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