Success Center shares services with new students

The College of Applied Sciences and Arts Student Success Center hosted an open house on Sept. 2, with more than 30 new San José State University freshmen and transfer students from the 10 departments and schools in the College present.

During the Open House, peer advisers and peer tutors talked about the many services available to students at the CASA Student Success Center, which is located in MacQuarrie Hall 533. Students can receive general education advising, help with completing change of major/minor forms or other paperwork on campus and even tips on navigating mysjsu. Drop in advising is available on Tuesdays, from 1:30-4 p.m. and other days by appointment.

Students also can receive tutoring for the following courses: Stat 95, Chem 30A, Biol 65 and Biol 66. Writing tutors are available in coordination with the SJSU Writing Center. The center also has laptops and iPads available by reservation.

Heather Miller, a peer adviser, shared some of the other benefits of the space on the Fifth floor.

“If you need, you can leave your lunch here,” she said, of the refrigerator and microwave available. “There are study rooms you can reserve for group projects.”

Throughout the year, the Center is host to workshops on taking the GRE, writing a personal statement for graduate school and how to be successful in Biol 65/66, a key course for many CASA majors.

The peer advisers and peer tutors, all who are students within CASA, led the new students through an ice breaker so they could get to know each other better. The students interacted by asking others about what year they were in school, what generation college student they were, what their major was and where they were from with the goal of finding the person who was most similar to them and least similar to them.

Tony Korsund, an academic adviser with the Center, said one of the goals is to help students build community.

“We’d like you to think of this as a home away from home,” he said.

To find out more about services or to make an advising appointment, call 408-924-2910 or email Follow the CASA Student Success Center on Twitter at @CASA_SSC, on Instagram at @CASA_SSC or on Facebook at