Alumni Advice: Tips on Academic Success

The students in the 2014-2015 Northwest Community College Initiative (NWCCI) program are in the middle of their pre-academic program and are getting ready to start classes at Edmonds Community College, Pierce College and Whatcom Community College in a few weeks. Here’s some advice from former NWCCI students on how to be successful in the U.S. classroom. You can also read the first two installment of alumni advice here and here


  • Plan and choose your certificates well because it has a large impact on what courses you’ll be taking. – Amreen Mushtaq, Indian
  • Volunteer in class discussions. – Rosemond Djan, Ghana
  • It is really important that you attend your classes and never miss them as most of them are graded. – Tshepo Mboni, South Africa
  • Take classes which you did not or will not have in your country. – Claudia DuPlessis, South Africa
  • Don’t overload yourself with too many credits. 15 credits is OK! – Antony Musau, Kenya
  • Enhance your knowledge and experience by taking classes outside of the classroom too – Adnan Ali, Pakistan
  • Check Canvas on a regular basis. –Adnan Ali, Pakistan
  • You can achieve more if you are excellent in managing your time. –Izza Asshofi, Indonesia
  • Take your internship seriously as it is a means to expose them to business field here in the States. It amazing how I enjoyed working with a lot of Americans,
  • brainstorming, sharing, and coming out with a common conclusion and understanding. – Emmanual Attipoe, Ghana
  • Don’t feel overwhelmed when you have a lot of assignments, there are ways to let that stress out. Go to study in the library or a coffee shop, even in a friend’s apartment. Just do it differently! – Ignacio Soriano, Dominican Republic

The NWCCI program is part of the Community College Initiative, an exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs.

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