How to Enroll: Video

Hello All,

I hope you are having a great week so far! Here is the video I made on how to register. If you need to refer back to it and it gets lost in your emails, it will also be here under the “Peer Mentor” category.

I hope you find it helpful, and as always, if you have any questions, eel free to reach out! 🙂

Friday Motivational Post!!

Hello All,

I hope you are doing well and you had a great week! We are halfway through! Can you believe it?? I just wanted to end the week with a little motivation, so enjoy the video below!

When you’re feeling tired, overwhelmed, or discouraged, just remember: YOU CAN DO THIS!! So many before you have gotten through it, so many after you will get through it, YOU can do it, too. And you don’t have to do it alone. You have a lot of people and resources there to help you! You can always reach you if you need anything.

Enjoy your weekend!!

Peer Mentor Check-In 10.6

Good Morning Everyone!!

I hope you are doing well and you’ve been having a great semester so far. I’ve been reading your posts on “Our Stories” and it’s been really cool getting to know some of y’all a little better. I promise, I will respond to all of your posts. But I just wanted to remind the entire group that you are smart, you are capable, and you can do this!

Below is my update for the week. As always, feel free to reach out for anything (Ngozi.Okonkwo@mail.citytech.cuny.edu), and enjoy the rest of the week!

1. Courageous Dialogue Workshop- *HAPPENING TODAY* 

Do you want to learn how to be more engaged in difficult conversations? Partnering with LeaderShape, Student Life and Development is hosting a workshop on courageous dialogue to teach students how to be more present and engaging in difficult conversations. Join us on Tuesday, October 6th at 12:30PM via zoom with the information below.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 819 0179 9767
Passcode: 196871
2. SGA EVENT: Mental Health Check-In, Thursday Oct 8th 12:45-2 pm
Having a virtual semester can be difficult, but no says you have to do it alone. Student Government Association presents a Mental Health Check-in. Come join your SGA Officers and The Counseling Center to talk about what concerns you have this semester and learn about the various resources that are provided for you.

Take a break for yourself and join us! We can’t wait to see you.

Please Feel Free to contact our VP of Activities & Events with any questions or concerns.
SGAAE@citytech.cuny.edu

3. SGA Senator Recruitment– so as I’ve mentioned before, I am a part of the Student Government Association at City Tech, and we are currently recruiting Senators for the School of Professional Studies! SGA advocates on be half of the student body and plans events that would benefit the needs of the student body. It’s a really great organization and a great way to get involved, meet amazing people, and give back to your school and community. As our faculty advisor, I’m sure Prof C. would agree 🙂

I’ve attached a link to the New York City College of Technology Student Government Association Constitution which outlines your powers as a senator (Article V, Section IX ) and the requirements to join SGA (Article IV, Section 2) . According to the constitution, applicants would need a GPA of at least 2.5. Unfortunately, first semester college students don’t have GPAs yet, but if you are a transfer student, you are eligible to apply through this link. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1KXEF8K9CetRbpq2_wNj5ytVRuPy4542K3a29auwMvcU/viewform?edit_requested=true

There would probably still be some opportunities next semester to apply so for those who can’t just yet, I just wanted you to get familiar with SGA, what we do, and what you could possibly be doing in the future.

4. NO SCHOOL NEXT MONDAY (Oct 12th) !!! (Yaaaayyy!! Enjoy your day off!) and Next Wednesday (October 14th) will follow a Monday Schedule (all you classes that you normally have on Monday will happen on Wednesday)

That’s all from me! I hope you found this helpful. Enjoy the rest of your day and week!

 

 

Academic Affairs Virtual Town Hall Tonight!! (9.23)

Hi Everyone!!

I hope you are having a good week so far! You should have recieved an email (and possibly text message) from City Tech Navigate about a town hall this evening at 5pm. If you are free, I would highly recommend attending. You will have a chance to meet the President, Dean of your school and other really cool people as well as hear and ask questions about online advising, tutoring, and more. If you didn’t see the email, I will add the meeting login below. I hope to see you there!

Zoom ID: 921 9780 5537; Passcode: CTHall1209

Peer Mentor Update 9.21

Hi guys!! I hope you had a great weekend! It was really great to meet you all *virtually* last week. Below are my updates for the week. It’s a bit of a read, but there’s a lot of important info, so I encourage you to go all the way through. As always, let me know if you have any questions! 🙂  Email: Ngozi.Okonkwo@mail.citytech.cuny.edu

1) National Voter Registration Day, Tuesday, September 22nd

Take action, join student leaders and volunteers to text peers, friends, family and others on your contact list encouraging them to register to vote.

Check out  @citytechsld on Instagram for more information.

2) Voter Registration Panel + Discussion, Friday, September 25th

Promoting Voter Registration – Join us as student leaders and volunteers follow-up with a panel discussion to answer student questions about voter registration and absentee ballots.

It’s an event in collaboration with NYPIRG AND SGA – two organizations on campus that I would DEFINITELY recommend you, as future lawyers, get involved in. I am currently an SGA officer – I serve as a Senator for the School of Tech and Design- so feel free to ask me any questions about getting involved with SGA.

Check out  @citytechsga on Instagram for more information.

3) CREAR FUTUROS Meet-up: This group meet-up will be about all of us getting to know each other and the resources CREAR has to offer as we embark together on this virtual/distance-learning journey together! All are welcome!

Tuesday 9/22 @ 12:30pm https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScymJfLMS8XkAJTO9tlSoHneAX5Bfg2iG8dPr8-MruDz47l7g/viewform

Thursday 9/24 @12:30pm https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdEoAztvRHZ08kqwVpoLtNavWlA039oTZpE98f2fb7ghA0Yng/viewform

4) CRITICAL INFO with NGOZI: Complete the Census!

The National Census closes on September 30th! Make sure you’ve been counted! (Also, enjoy this highly embarrassing info video that I made for you guys lol)

Fill out the census here: my2020census.gov

5) Student Life Sponsors: National Hispanic Heritage Month, MOVIE NIGHT

Thursday, September 24th @ 12:30PM

Feature Presentation: FRIDA
Check out  @citytechsld on Instagram for more information.

6) Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15th – October 15th

Social Media Activities by @citytechsld

  • APRENDE A HABLAR ESPAÑOL/Learn to Speak Spanish

Word of the Day
Tell us how you would use the word of the day in a sentence. Type the sentence out and #espanolwithcitytech or tag @citytechSLD

  • HISPANIC HERITAGE TURN UP: A Bailar!

Turn up SLD’s Office Playlist by adding your favorite track #SLDturnup

  • HISPANIC SPOKEN WORD POETRY CONTEST

Topic: Identidad (Identity)

To participate post your poem on your Instagram story. Be sure to tag @citytechSLD and include #identitycitytech. SLD will share all entries.

Voting will be done on Instagram. The winner will be determined through student votes. Students will vote by responding to SLD’s question sticker with the IG handle of the participant they thought had the best poem.

Prizes will be given for 1st and 2nd place.

7) Workshops from the Counseling Center. Email counseling@citytech.cuny.edu for links to workshops.

  • Getting Motivated to Study Adjusting to the changes of remote learning can heighten doubts and can compromise motivation. This workshop teaches skills to counter the expectations of failure. You’ll learn about the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviors; uncover the underlying beliefs that fuel negative thoughts and practice constructive alternatives to increase hopefulness and motivation. Wednesday 9/23 @ 2:30PM
  • City Tech and Dealing with Diversity Racism, class, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion are the many ways we are defined. How can we live and learn together during these difficult times. Thursday 9/23 @ 12:00 PM
  • I’m Just Not a Math Person Math produces anxiety for more students than any other subject because of incorrect myths and counterproductive attitudes. This thinking causes poor exam performance and a reluctance to enter math related careers. This workshop will help you reduce your anxiety and misconceptions about math to improve your online learning experience. Wednesday 9/30 @ 11:00 AM
  • LGBTQ+ Group Talk Drop-In Weekly forum for LGBTQ+ students to meet one another, discuss topics related to gender and sexuality, and offer mutual support. Mondays at 4PM
  • Straight Up Talk About Racism A group that seeks to speak the truth about historical and present-day RACISM in all it’s form and it’s detrimental impact on our Country, State, City and Community. The group will develop coping mechanisms as well as introduce a Call to Singular and Collective actions to improve the educational, psychological, social and economical state of its members. The book, “CASTE” by Isabel Wilkerson and the life of Rep. John Lewis will be the guiding forces of this group. Tuesdays at 1PM
  • Weekly Meditation Group Our lives can be difficult to manage during these times. Learn simply meditation practices to improve focus, reduce stress and moving forward toward your goals. Wednesdays at 3:30PM

Counseling-Workshops Info 

8) Free Online Citizenship Classes for Green Card Holders

9) Campus Movie Fest Comes to City Tech! The world’s largest student film festival like you’ve never experienced it before. More info here.

10) Online Tutoring is Available for the following Math and Biology Courses: MAT 1275CO, MAT 1275, MAT 1375, MAT 1475, MAT 1575, BIO 1101 and BIO 1201. See Flyer for details on scheduling an appointment.

FALL2020OnlineTutoring

If you made it this far, congrats! Have a great week and let me know if you’re planning on going to any of the events!

Introducing your Peer Mentor!

Hello!

On Monday, Sept. 14, in Intro class, we’ll be visited by your FYLC Peer Mentor, Ngozi Okonkwo!  Here’s a message from Ngozi, and your can read Ngozi’s other posts by clicking the “Peer Mentor” category:

“A Peer Mentor is a fellow student at City Tech who serves as an extra resource and guide for new students on how to navigate through college. Sometimes it’s easier and more beneficial to ask certain questions to a student who has been in your shoes rather than a professor, and that’s what I’m here for! You can come to me with any and all questions (ex: how to set up your email, Blackboard, financial aid and scholarships, activities and events, clubs, etc.) and I can help to point you in the right direction. The one thing that I am not is a tutor/ TA. I can point you to different tutoring resources or advise you on how to set up office hours with your professor if you need extra help in your courses, but I personally won’t be able to answer specific class questions (especially considering I’m a mechanical engineering technology major whose main exposure to Law comes from Law and Order and How to Get Away with Murder).”

Here’s Ngozi’s email address if you’d like to reach out: Ngozi.Okonkwo@mail.citytech.cuny.edu

Peer Mentor Weekly Post, 9.8.20

Hi everyone!! I hope you had a great long weekend, and I hope your classes are going well! Bellow are my updates for this week! As always, feel free to reach out to me with any and all questions at Ngozi.Okonkwo@mail.citytech.cuny.edu. Have a great rest of your week 🙂

1) It is Club Involvement Week! Student Life is featuring many of the student clubs on its Instagram this week. Check them out  @citytechsld . There are also meetings each day for new students to get familiar with the different Clubs and leaders. Getting involved in a club is a great way to meet people, learn about city tech, do what you love or learn something new! I highly encourage it!

2) Online Tutoring is Available for the following Math and Biology Courses: MAT 1275CO, MAT 1275, MAT 1375, MAT 1475, MAT 1575, BIO 1101 and BIO 1201. See Flyer for details on scheduling an appointment: FALL2020OnlineTutoring

3) If you are in need of a computer or tablet to complete your coursework, you can fill out this form to borrow a device: https://www.citytech.cuny.edu/loaner/

4) Information regarding online learning tools and technology can be found here: http://www.citytech.cuny.edu/virtual/learn-anywhere.aspx

5) A list of contact information for important City Tech offices can be found here: http://www.citytech.cuny.edu/virtual/virtual-offices.aspx

6) The Fall 2020 semester calendar can be found here. It contains important school-wide dates and information for the fall semester.

7) Below are workshops from the Counseling Center. Email counseling@citytech.cuny.edu for links to workshops.

  • New Student Help: Managing College Online First year students can feel lost and unsure about college. This workshop will identify ways to navigate college online through City Tech’s website and online resources. Wednesday 9/9 @12:00PM
  • LGBTQ+ Group Talk Drop-In Weekly forum for LGBTQ+ students to meet one another, discuss topics related to gender and sexuality, and offer mutual support. Mondays at 4PM
  • Straight Up Talk About Racism A group that seeks to speak the truth about historical and present-day RACISM in all it’s form and it’s detrimental impact on our Country, State, City and Community. The group will develop coping mechanisms as well as introduce a Call to Singular and Collective actions to improve the educational, psychological, social and economical state of its members. The book, “CASTE” by Isabel Wilkerson and the life of Rep. John Lewis will be the guiding forces of this group. Tuesdays at 1PM
  • Weekly Meditation Group Our lives can be difficult to manage during these times. Learn simply meditation practices to improve focus, reduce stress and moving forward toward your goals. Wednesdays at 3:30PM

Flyer with more info: Counseling-Workshops Info

8) Voter Registration Form Mailing Project: Voter Registration Form Mailing Project seeks to inform and educate the community about all the ways they can vote. Make the effort to inform your community about the different ways voting can be done.

Link to request voter registration form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdtmj-9cK0-Hy4bCS5LImc26aZ-8II47nKo4S9PQQOt8t_1wg/viewform

That’s all my updates! Like always, let me know if you have any questions! Enjoy the rest of your week.

Hi!! I’ll be your Peer Mentor for the Semester. Welcome to City Tech!

Good Morning Everyone!! Happy Friday and congrats on finishing your first full week of college!!! My name is Ngozi and I’ll be your Peer Mentor for the semester. (check out my video bellow to learn more about me and why I’m here!)

As I stated in the video, I’m here as an extra resource to help and guide you through your first semester of college. Starting college is already a difficult transition without the weight of learning virtually during a global pandemic. So we all need a little extra support and encouragement, and I’m here for you! If you have any questions at all, pleaseee email me at Ngozi.Okonkwo@mail.citytech.cuny.edu.

Throughout the semester, usually on Mondays or Tuesdays, I will be posting tips, resources, information and events, so continue to check this page for updates!

Making sure you have everything up and running during your first week is really important in having a smoother semester. From the posts and interactions that I’ve been seeing on OpenLab, it looks like you guys are already doing great! Here is a first week checklist to help you make sure you are properly set up for the semester –> Companion_FirstWeekChecklist_F20 . While the contents of the checklist remain the same, this checklist was made for an on-campus semester. So instead of visiting the various rooms, you can email the departments if you need any extra help -their emails can be found on the City Tech website. If you can’t find the email, or you’d just rather ask me, feel free to email me and I’ll do my best to help!

I’m excited to work with you this semester. It may be difficult, but we can do it!! Once again, welcome to City Tech, congrats on completing your first week, and have a great long weekend!