One Thing to Know: Why Take College 101?

You know about College 101, right?

If you’re thinking, “Yup, that’s the class they’re making me take my first semester,” well, then, sure… that’s one way to look at it.

I believe College 101 will influence your future more than any other class you take at NWTC. Why?

College 101 is all about you, and that’s the one thing instructor Jo Scott wants students to know.

College 101 instructor Jo Scott

Yes, you will gain skills that lead to success in college and employment (e.g., how to use Blackboard, how to balance college/work/family, and so on), but that’s only part of the class’s appeal.

“It’s way more than you think,” Jo says. “It’s more than just learning to 'do' college. It’s a springboard to knowing yourself.”

In other words, in College 101, you will take an honest look at yourself and discover why you do what you do. You will learn ways to deal with your weaknesses (yes, we’ve all got some!) and make the most of your strengths.

Did you know that personal development is a $9.9 billion industry? People pay a lot of money for the kinds of things you’ll learn in College 101. They read books and watch videos. They take webinars and seminars. They listen to Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations podcast during their lunch breaks (okay, that example applies to me – an unapologetic-fan-of-Oprah!).

Still not convinced taking College 101 is a good thing?

Consider this: Companies want employees who have solid “soft” skills – such as being dependable, organized, responsible, and well spoken. As Jo says, your technical skills will get you the job – your soft skills (a.k.a., your employability skills) will allow you to keep and advance in your job.

Jo told me about an interesting quote commonly attributed to Mark Twain, and the quote is something like this: “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”

In researching that quote, I found an interpretation that really hit home with me:

“Your ‘frog’ is your biggest, most important task, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on if you don’t do something about it. It is also the one task that can have the greatest positive impact on your life and results at the moment.”

Is College 101 your “frog”?

Sign up for College 101 by going to Find a Class

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About the Expert

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Jo Scott is a full-time College 101 instructor. She enjoys being a catalyst for change and seeing students experience their "ah ha" moments in class. She loves seeing students continue on their journey to graduation and hearing how College 101 made a difference in their lives. In her free time, Jo enjoys organizing, being crafty, and traveling. Her favorite spot so far: the Dominican Republic.