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My name is Alexa Noelle LaRosa. I am a 22-year-old Journalism major at Suffolk County Community College. My journey with journalism will continue after this semester as I go down the road of furthering my education and getting my Bachelor's degree. My goals are big and my dreams are bigger. I have a love for cooking and writing. I hope one day to become an English teacher. Having the opportunity to teach the youth about what is not only important to me, but what's important worldwide is truly motivating to me.

SCCC trustees propose a record $350 tuition rate hike

Thanks By Courtney Nigro and Alexa LaRosa

The Suffolk County Community College board of trustees proposed a $226.4 million budget for the 2018-2019 school year at its April 19 meeting that would increase tuition by a record $350.

The increase would boost annual tuition from $4,870 to $5,220 for full-time students. Part-time students would also be impacted, as the cost per credit would increase from $203 to $218.

The SCCC budget calls for a 4 percent increase in the county’s contribution to college costs, but, according to Newsday, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone wanted the school to include only a 1.5 percent increase.

In its resolution, the board said the increase is necessary to meet the operational needs of the college.

The spending package was approved in a 6-1 vote. Student trustee Jerome Bost dissented. Bost could not immediately be reached for comment.

SCCC spokesman Drew Biondo said the college is waiting on the county’s contribution to the budget.

“We’re cognizant of student’s feelings about a tuition increase,” Biondo said. “We will do everything in or power to keep the education at our college affordable.”

The legislature will take up the issue in the next few weeks.

The board of trustee’s next meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. today in the boardroom of the Learning Resource Center at the Grant Campus in Brentwood.

Ten Popular Spots to Hang Out at on Campus

College can be stressful, so sometimes students want to wind back and relax. Luckily, our campus is filled with tons of hang out spots that are available to students. These spots allow students to sit down, relax and enjoy the little free time they have before going back to their classes.

img_1538.jpg 1. The cafeteria in the Babylon Student Center is a hyped up spot for college students. It is common to see a packed room during common hour. Students go here to wind down and eat some food before continuing on with their school day.

img_1530.jpg 2. This is a hidden spot on our campus. Not many people know about this. It is quiet and peaceful and it’s a perfect spot to go to when you want to be alone. It is located underneath the library.

img_1535.jpg 3. This spot is within the platform of the Babylon Student Center. Mariana Guimaraes, a journalism student here at SCCC says, ” I always see a lot of people reading a book or catching up on homework in this mini development. If the weather is nice, it’s the perfect spot to get things done.”

img_1540.jpg 4. Starbucks is one of the newest additions on our Ammerman Campus. This is a great hangout spot and has an environment in which people like studying in. It’s the perfect mix, drinking some coffee and hitting the books. IMG_1537 5. This is the continuation of the mini development within the Babylon Student Center. You can see a student engaging himself in his book outside in this great weather. img_1527.jpg6. Overall, the Huntington Library is a very popular spot to hangout in and do some homework, but when the weather is beginning to be friendly to us, students tend to evacuate out of the library and sit outside of it. img_1525.jpg 7. Our courtyard here on campus is one of the most popular hang out spots. On nice days, students tend to play Frisbee, read a book, or just sit and talk with their friends. This is a great area for communicating and taking your mind off of your work load.  IMG_15228. The courtyard has multiple different sides which makes it large enough to sit a lot of people. IMG_15169. This spot is right outside the Islip Arts Building. A lot of people come sit out here in between their classes. Usually, it is full with people and you can barely get a spot to sit at. This picture was taken at a time where most people were in class.

Summer internships available to earn real-world experience and credits, too

Career Services Office’s flyer for summer internships. Photo credit: Alexa LaRosa

Suffolk’s Career Services Center has begun accepting applications for summer internships.

If you are looking for an opportunity to enhance your abilities in your field and earn credits by doing so at the same time, Suffolk County Community College is just the place to help you proceed with this goal.

Two internships will be offered this summer are the BUS 150 business internship and HUM 130/WST 130 humanities internship.

According to the Career Services Office, the courses “will be offered online and allow students to work in an area of their choosing while gaining credit towards their degree.”

Internships are an important factor in being a college student moving forward into the real world. So, what are the benefits of internships? The Career Services Office lists four major benefits:

1. The opportunity to test out different careers to see which ones suit you.
2. A process by which you can earn college credit and career experience at the same time.
3. A way to bridge the perceived gap between school and work;
4. A foundation for a professional career.

Internships are a major applicant that’s focused on while reviewing a resume. The more you are involved and active in your desired career, the better the outcomes will be.

So, how does one become part of an internship? Anthony Cognat, a 20-year-old who attended Suffolk in 2016, says it takes effort.

“When I got my internship for the police department it wasn’t something that just fell into my lap. I had to work for it and get myself noticed, I put myself out there and made it known that this is exactly where I wanted to be,” Cognat said.

Maria Savino, a 24-year-old from Riverhead who has been part of a medical investigation internship, said, “It benefited me to be able to experience it to make sure it’s what I wanted to do for my future—and it was—so it just confirmed this is what I am meant to do.”

Being part of an internship could really help you decide whether or not you are going down the right path. It brings you into the world of your desired career.

Start with focusing on your area of interest and do your research. The Career Services Office at SCCC could help lead you in the right direction when going through this process as well.

If you are interested in these summertime internships send an email to and provide your name, student ID# and area of interest.

For further information and details. visit the Career Service Office in Babylon Student Center, Room 205, or call 631-451-4049

SCCC needs designated smoking areas

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Photo by Alexa La Rosa

Imagine walking on campus and smelling the fresh, crisp air as you’re walking to class. Unfortunately, your imagination could be blurred by the actual cigarette smoke constantly blowing in your face.

Suffolk County Community College has tried so hard to enforce the tobacco-free rule. Signs read, “For better health smoking and use of tobacco products, vapor or e-cigarettes are prohibited everywhere on our property.” Yet, everywhere I walk I smell the staleness of cigarette smoke or the clouds created by e-cigarettes.

Our college has dreadfully failed at the attempt of creating a smoke-free environment. So, I came up with an alternative.

Designated smoking areas.

SCCC being a smoke-free facility is an inconvenience to those who do smoke. Students have to fight their urges to smoke a cigarette just to obey college rules. I get it; no one really wants to walk outside and immediately be immersed in an environment that smells like an ashtray. But creating designated smoking areas will keep that from happening.

There are students who need a quick smoke break. A lot of the times students catch a quick smoke to ease their stress. It often helps calm people down after taking an exam or sitting in a class they utterly dread. Students around campus seem to not want their freedom being taken away from them. So, let’s compromise.

Creating designated smoking areas would honestly create a fresher environment for our college community as well as satisfy those who do smoke. So, it’s ultimately a win-win situation. I feel as if this rule could easily be enforced as well as followed. You should expect to not get the results you presumed if you’re prohibiting someone from an addicting habit, so instead let’s help them in a way where they feel comfortable smoking a cigarette and the community stays smelling fresh at the same time. 

5 things every transferring student needs to know

So you’re getting ready to transfer to a four-year college or university next semester and, like many students in the same boat, you’re probably freaking out for a variety of reasons. We’re here to take some of the stress off your shoulders. Here are five things that will prepare you to make the next big leap.

  1. Map out a plan

Make a list of schools that have your major or program, then break it down from there. How many of your credits will get transferred to your next college of choice? The more credits the better. This process will help you stay organized and will avoid any complications down the line.

  1. You aren’t alone. Talk to people.

Suffolk County Community college itself offers a lot to students who are transferring. The Campus Counseling Center is a great resource for those who aren’t sure which step to take first. The counselors are there to sit down with you and help you through this process. Same goes for professors and even other students.

Jenna Berte, a former SCCC student who transferred to the University of Delaware in 2018 said, “I did most of the work with my transferring process. If I needed help, I contacted professors I was close with or advisors that I knew would help me at Suffolk.” Do not be afraid to talk to people. And especially don’t miss out on the Ammerman Campus Counseling Center’s Spring 2018 Transfer Day this Wednesday, from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Babylon Student Center’s Montauk Point Room. You can meet with representatives from more than 60 colleges and universities, pick up brochures and ask questions about the institutions, their curricula, and the application process.

  1. Don’t be afraid of change.

You’re finally going to leave Suffolk County Community college and move onto bigger and better things. Don’t get me wrong, SCCC is great, but it’s nothing compared to other colleges. I transferred out of a college in Fredonia and came here to Suffolk, now this process is starting all over again for me. I wasn’t afraid of change and you shouldn’t be either. Change, after all, is inevitable.

Maria Savino, a student from John Jay who transferred here to Suffolk said, “My advice to anyone that is going to transfer in the future is, do not be scared of change. You will miss what you left behind, but what is coming is far better because it’s one step closer to all you have dreamed of. Enjoy the process and the journey.”

  1. It’s a stressful process, but it doesn’t have to be a difficult one.

There are a lot of different elements and series of questions within this process. Am I choosing the right school? Can I afford this school? Will they accept me? Stop. Breathe. You got this.

Berte said to her, “The transferring process wasn’t necessarily difficult as it was stressful. It was stressful trying to figure out what classes would transfer over to the university I’m at now and whether or not they’d be of any use to me when I got here to University of Delaware. It was tedious and most of the stress is on you to figure out deadlines and transfer information.” You can’t expect any situation leading you to your future to be simple. That’s just how life works.

  1. Enjoy the ride. Everything is going to be OK.

When I transferred to Suffolk, I wasn’t sure I was making the right decision. But now, I am graduating this semester with a degree and then attending another school to get another degree. You must trust your instincts and always follow your heart. I promise everything will be okay. This is your journey and honestly, it’s only the beginning of it. Hang on tight and enjoy the ride. It’ll be a good one.