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  • 11:12 am on April 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Social Media Tip 

    If you don’t have much time to check your personal social media accounts during the day, spend about 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes at the end of the day checking your notifications, messages and news feed.
    For example, find out who you can connect with on LinkedIn.  Check LinkedIn groups.  If you can participate in a discussion, do it.  Answer questions.  Ask questions.  Browse through your news in LinkedIn.  Share San Jac news in LinkedIn.  Is there a big event going on at the College?  Share it! Do we have a new program?  Share it!  Was your colleague recognized for an award?  Share it!
    You can do all or some of this in just 15 minutes.

     
  • 3:49 pm on April 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Soon-to-be May Graduate Shares Her Success Story 

    Karrah Shremshock

    Graduation Tweet

    A student tagged San Jacinto College in a tweet (seen above) about applying for May commencement.  We reached out to Karrah Shremshock and asked her to write a piece about her experience. 

    Read Karrah’s story on the path to becoming San Jac Certified on our Tumblr.  http://sanjacintocollege.tumblr.com/post/81613545412/a-bigger-and-brighter-future 

    If you are having trouble viewing the post, you can read it below.

    A Bigger and Brighter Future

    For me, this isn’t just a graduation. This isn’t my beginning, nor is it my end. My name is Karrah Shremshock, and I am a 25-year-old (soon-to-be) graduate of San Jacinto College. To understand how much this means to me, you might need some background information. I will be the first in my family to graduate college, although my brother has successfully completed a technical program. I graduated high school in 2007 with a sad GPA of 2.2. I thought it was standard knowledge that after high school one attended college the following semester. Sadly, my circumstances were much different than that of my friends. My parents, as badly as they wanted to, couldn’t afford what education they believe I deserved. So I continued to work. I had a job the month I turned 16 and worked nonstop through high school (along with being a member of FFA) up until my first trial of college. I went to Houston Community College for four semesters. If I wasn’t dropping classes because I was failing, I was skipping classes and accepting a failing grade. 

     

    At the age of 21, I gave up. I had a 1.8 GPA and knew then that I just wasn’t ready for college. In order to pay for it, I had to work 40+ hours a week waiting tables (waitressing was the only job that gave me the flexibility of being able to go to school during the day and work at night). I had no time to study or write papers. My job became my life. I met the man I would call my husband, and we got married at 22 and moved near his dad in Clear Lake. My husband went to college on a baseball scholarship (but never graduated due to eligibility and injury reasons).  His mom graduated from Florida State; his dad graduated from Georgia Tech; and his stepmom from LSU. His family knew the importance of a quality education and how it could change your life.

     

    That is when his family changed my life. We had been married for a year and were both constantly working. We were living a decent lifestyle, but neither of us had a REAL education. I talked about wanting to go back to school and getting a degree, but in order to do it, I would have to work one semester to save up the money, meaning I could only go to school for half the year. This in when his dad and stepmom chimed in. They decided to do something for me that I never would have dreamed of; they wanted to pay my way through college. I couldn’t believe it. I wanted to say no, but I had no good reason to. They insisted, and as engineers, they were quite persuasive. I told them I could never pay them back. All they asked in return was that I do that best I could. And that I did.

     

    Here I am now, 25 years old and about to graduate with an AA in Behavioral and Social Sciences. My GPA is an amazing 3.8.  I am a member of Phi Theta Kappa, and I couldn’t be more proud of myself. I am here today to say that just because you gave it “the old college try” and it wasn’t for you, doesn’t mean it won’t ever be! It took me almost five years in the real world to realize that an education was my best chance. It took me five years to find who I really was, and become a better student than I ever thought I could be. The 18 year old me wasn’t ready for college. The 25 year old me has been nonstop focused. What I am saying is college will always be there. Whether you are ready right out of high school, or don’t go back until your kids are in college, it will be there. Don’t force yourself to do something you are not ready for. When you are ready, it will be the most profound and rewarding experience of your life.

     

    I am ready now. I look forward to the next four years of my life at UHCL. I can’t thank San Jac enough for being the right college for me, the teachers, the campus, the atmosphere. It all started right here. Congratulations to all my fellow graduates! Whether you decide to continue on, or end your education here, YOU did it! And that’s something to be proud of.

     

     
  • 9:20 am on January 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Schedule a Social Media Live Chat 

    Our live chats are a great opportunity for you to promote an event, program or service at the College to students.  We conduct live chats twice a month.  It lasts an hour.  Scylla Lopez can either come to you or you can come to District for the live chat.
    If you have any questions or would like to schedule a live chat, contact Scylla Lopez at scylla.lopez@sjcd.edu or 281.991.2602.

     
  • 8:52 am on December 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    December 2013 Commencement on Social Media 

    Our December graduates shared some great photos of their special day using #SJCGrad13 and #sanjac.  You can see how proud they are to be San Jac Certified! Click on the link to view all the social media posts.

    Enjoy!

    http://storify.com/SanJacCollege/san-jacinto-college-december-2013-commencement

     
  • 3:52 pm on November 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Social Media Privacy Settings 

    If your social media account is public, then everyone and anyone can see what you are posting and it will show up in an Internet search.  If you are ok with a public profile, then you must be cautious of what you share.  Here’s how you can change your privacy settings on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

    Facebook
    Go to Privacy Settings on your profile. Click edit under “Who can see my stuff?” If you only want your Facebook friends to see your posts, choose Friends.  This is what we recommend.

    FB Privacy Settings

     

    Instagram
    Click on “Edit Your Profile.” At the bottom, you have an option to make your posts private. This allows you to approve anyone who has requested to follow you. Only those who you have approved can see your posts. If you are a private user, the hashtags you use in your photos are not searchable.

    Instagram Privacy Settings

    Twitter
    Go to your settings. Choose “Security and Privacy” on the left. If you decide to protect your tweets, anyone who wants to follow you will have to be approved by you. Only your followers will see your tweets.

    Twitter Privacy Settings

     

    Our  social media guiding principles and employee guidelines are listed on our website.  Please take some time to review them, if you haven’t already.

    http://admin.sanjac.edu/san-jacinto-college/guiding-principles

    http://admin.sanjac.edu/san-jacinto-college/employee-guidelines

    Thank you!

     
  • 10:26 am on September 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Social Media Tip 

    What makes the perfect post on social media? If you’re wondering why you’re audience isn’t interacting with your posts, you may want to reconsider how, when and what you post. Here’s an infographic that shows you how to create a perfect post on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+. (More …)

     
  • 10:26 am on July 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    #Hashtags for Social Media 

    Some of you have already heard that you can now use hashtags on Facebook.  It was a big announcement for social media and Facebook.  Here’s a few things you need to know about hashtags and how to use them on your personal and college social media sites.

    What is a hashtag?  The # symbol, we used to know it as “pound,” is used to mark a word, phrase or topic on social media.  It’s basically a way to organize messages.  Using a hashtag will help others search for social media content that they are interested in.  It groups conversations.  For example, if you are looking for topics, Tweets, photos or articles related to social media, search #socialmedia.  The results will show all the conversations including #socialmedia. (See image from Hootsuite)  You can also think of a hashtag like a keyword tag.  You are tagging that photo or conversation so that is is easily searchable to your audience.  If you want to make sure people see your message, use a hashtag.  This could also result in more followers on your social media site.

    hashtags

     

    • When you click on a hashtagged word, it shows other posts or Tweets containing that same hashtagged word.
    • You can put hashtags at the beginning, middle or end of your message.
    • When your hashtagged word becomes popular, it shows up under the “Trending Topics” in Twitter.  This is good if you want more exposure for your message.
    • Try using an established hashtag so that your message is seen in a conversation that is already very active.
    • A hashtag is searchable by anyone, as long as you are using a public account.
    • Make sure not to get hashtag-happy.  In the case of Twitter, it’s recommended you use no more than two hashtags per Tweet.
    • Use hashtags relevant to the picture or topic.
    • Long hashtags are becoming more popular, but you have to be careful when you create a long one.  Longer hashtags can result in misspellings and are harder to read.  It’s best that you create a short one, if possible.  A helpful tip for longer hashtags is capitalize the first letter of each word.  That will make it easier for people to read.  For example, I use #YourGoalsYourCollege as much as possible.  It’s long, but it’s easy to read.

    Here are some examples of hashtags to use when referring to San Jacinto College:

    • #SanJac
    • #SJC
    • #SanJacCollege
    • #SanJacintoCollege
    • #YourGoalsYourCollege
    • #StudentSuccess
    • #comm_college
    • #edu
    • #HigherEd
    • #EdTEch

    Remember that you create a hashtag for anything.  Just make sure it is relevant to the message you want to convey.

     
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