Arizona Business and Leadership Club

Do you dream of being the CEO of a large corporation? What about opening your own business or even just working for a small business? Maybe you’d rather use your creative side to advertise someone’s business.

Any way you choose to become part of the corporate world after college, the Arizona Business and Leadership Club on the Glendale Community College campus can help you achieve your dreams.

While most business majors might find it obvious to become part of this club, students majoring in computers, marketing, dance, fire science or anything else can use the knowledge taken from this organization in their future endeavors. After all, no matter what career you choose to pursue, chances are you will need to communicate on a professional level with someone!

Not only does this club give you the opportunity to become more prepared for a corporate position, it could possibly even jump start your career. The events hosted by the Business and Leadership Club at GCC make for a great way to network with prospective employers.

Below are some frequently asked questions to help you determine if this is the right group for you. Please leave your comments if you’ve ever thought about joining the Arizona Business & Leadership Club or if you’ve ever been to a meeting. Continue reading

Anger Mismanagement

I’m married to one of the calmest men on the face of the planet. He’s a rock. From time to time I am tempted to take his pulse and make sure he’s still with us. I love that about him. On top of everything else I find attractive in him, I especially love that he has great boundaries. And because of that, he rarely has the need to be angry.

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A Few of My Un-Favorite Things

Today I am going to talk about the student parking lot, enrollment center and students who want to join some activities here at GCC, but don’t have the opportunity to.

First, the student parking lot: I think students don’t have enough parking lot spaces because in my case, every time I come to school, I have a hard time finding open spots due to the amount of parking GCC has. It seems like employee parking spots are all over GCC, even though most of those spots are most of the time empty. As a consequence, students go to class late; therefore, miss out on the quiz and some points, which sometimes can lead to drop of a class after too many absences.

Next, the enrollment center. Sometimes in financial aid and advisement, there aren’t enough people to help the students. Most of the time, there is a long with 10-20 people and financial aid only has two people to answer the students’ questions. As a result, some students miss the beginning and sometimes the whole class because those students have really important questions to ask and if they don’t get help that specific day, they have their class drop or not get financial aid to pay for their classes.

Last, some students want to join activities here at GCC but may not be able due to their schedule. The president in the activities should make sure the time is reliable for all students. For example, the African club: instead of having the meetings on Friday at 1 pm, they can do it on a Saturday afternoon – that way more students will be able to attend the meetings. Moreover, even students who have children or work during the week will be able to accommodate those meetings; therefore, more people will participate in the development of GCC.

Respect in the Classroom

So here we are at the end of February… For the most part, we are back into the swing of things. For some of us, the first exam is quickly approaching and for others we are finally past it. Every new semester comes with its own excitement and curiosity… sometimes even anxiety.

When each of us starts a new class, whether it’s your first semester at GCC, or at any college ever or you have been going for 50 years, we have to learn the new professor. How will they grade? Will they give busy work assignments? Will we have a study guide? How hard is the exam going to be? Some of those get answered on the first day when the instructor discusses the syllabus. However, others, and a hundred different questions, stay unanswered well into the semester.

The main cause of anxiety for me in a new class is the environment. Whether or not I enjoy a class has to do with three main components: the subject matter; the instructor and the classroom environment. Now in part, the instructor plays a role in the environment as well. But so do we. As students, we determine how interactive the class is. We also determine the amount of time spent on each concept based on our questions, feedback and understanding. However, the biggest part of the environment to me is the level of respect shown by all parties.

Respect is something that needs to go both ways in a classroom, especially at the college level. How can we be expected to learn from someone who doesn’t respect us? On the flip side, how can we expect someone to teach us if we don’t respect them? Respect can be shown in a myriad of ways. One way I find the most common way to demonstrate respect in a classroom setting, and easy to measure, is punctuality and attendance. I expect the instructor to be there on-time (preferably early actually) and I will be there on-time. Now, that’s not to say that once or twice over the course of the semester a student or the instructor won’t be a few minutes late or even have to be absent. But, it shouldn’t be the ‘norm’. In order to succeed, attendance is important.

Now, I know every instructor says attendance is important in his or her class, but I honestly think it is important in every class. To be a successful student you also have to show that respect – not only to the instructor but also to your fellow students. The classroom environment is very important and can highly impact your learning. To do well in any class, I believe you must be there and actively listening, for each class period.

How do you judge a good classroom environment? What can you do in your classes to improve the current environment for you and the other students?

From Africa to Arizona

Hi! My name is Reine, Dianzinga. I am from Africa, Congo, Brazzaville which is located in the central part of Africa. I am working on two associates and one certificate which are: dancing and accounting for associates and communication for a certificate.

I decided to come to Glendale Community College because my mother’s friends gave me the advice and I was used to the Glendale area because of the fact that I like to do everything in Glendale even though I live in Camelback and Phoenix College is closer to me.

At GCC, I like how the advisors take their time to help the students get the right classes, the way some teachers teach the classes like communication classes and dance classes. This semester I am taking public speaking, nutrition and geography class and I hope next semester I would be able to take the classes I am comfortable in like a dance class.

At GCC, even though we have tutors for students, that’s not enough because we have limited tutors which I was unfortunate to experience. For example, one day I went to ask at the center for learning (the place where we go to get tutors) for a geography tutor and the lady I was talking to told me they didn’t have any tutors for geography and that she was very sorry about the inconvenience. I was very disappointed.

Being a student from another country here is hard because a lot of people don’t take me seriously and ignore me sometimes because of my accent. The differences would be that some American students don’t talk to foreign students, so foreign students like myself tend to talk to people who come from another country. Some teachers don’t try to understand the foreign no matter what the student does, which makes me uncomfortable and less open-minded in class. Hopefully, next semester I would not have any teacher like that again. People should be more open minded and include everyone in the circle, even if the person is not from here.

To become a foreign student yourself, learn about the study abroad program at Glendale Community College.