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 AACC’s Personal and Career Counseling Coordinator Diane Hallila says test anxiety can still be an issue for students.
Even online final exams can cause anxiety, college therapist says

Although most online students will take their final exams in the comfort of their pajamas, test anxiety can still be an issue, a campus therapist said.  Diane Hallila, AACC’s personal and career counseling coordinator, offered three strategies to help students effectively manage...

Students say despite the challenges of learning online, the fall semester went better than they anticipated. 
Students say semester went better than anticipated

AACC students said in December that despite the challenges of learning online, the fall semester went better than they anticipated.  In an informal Campus Current poll, one of eight students said he is considering taking a gap semester in the spring.   “I am really...

Lynda Fitzgerald, director of AACC’s Dance Company, says male dancers earn more because there are fewer of them, so they are harder to recruit.
Featured dancers: Andre Hinds, Leo Williams, and Samuel Boquist.
Dance Company director modifies course to focus on pay gap

The director of AACC’s Dance Company has modified a dance production course to focus, in part, on the gap in pay between male and female dancers.   Lynda Fitzgerald said male dancers earn more because there are fewer of them, so they are harder to recruit.     Fitzgerald,...

Depression, anxiety and other mental health issues lead students to seek counseling every fall, not just during a pandemic.
Campus counselors report busy fall semester

Although national statistics show an increase in anxiety, depression and other mental health problems among college students, AACC’s Personal Counseling Service reported no change in the average number of student appointments this semester. Diane Hallila, the college’s personal...

College officials say some of the changes the college made to accommodate the pandemic might be worth keeping post-COVID.
College to keep some pandemic-inspired changes

Some of the changes forced on the college by the pandemic turned out to be good for efficiency and student learning, AACC officials said. Administrators will keep some of the new policies and programs even after the health crisis passes and the college reopens, they said. “We're...

SGA President Ryan Kim says he is excited to work with the new student senators.
SGA adds 9 new student senators

The Student Government Association added nine student senators in October. SGA president Ryan Kim noted the senators applied for the position. In previous semesters, senators have been nominated by fellow students. “We changed it up a bit [this year] … to make it more competitive,”...

Anne Arundel County and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s stepped-up COVID-19 restrictions will not affect the college’s plans for this fall or the upcoming spring semester. 
New Anne Arundel County COVID-19 restrictions do not affect college

Stricter rules for businesses and social gatherings announced over the past few weeks by the governor and Anne Arundel County will not affect the college, AACC officials said in November.  Dan Baum, AACC’s executive director of strategic communications, told Campus Current Anne...

Financial aid specialist advises students to fill out FAFSA
Financial aid specialist advises students to fill out FAFSA

  An AACC financial aid specialist advised students who attended a virtual workshop on Thursday to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, so they can learn if they qualify for grants, scholarships or loans.  “It's good to apply for the sake...

Baseball outfielder Dylan Dilts says he would prefer to continue to practice on campus but supports the decision to send the athletes home.  
Fall sports practice season ends early

AACC’s fall sports practice season will end early—on Dec. 3 instead of on Dec. 14 as planned.  “Obviously, with the coronavirus cases continuing to increase and remain at a high level, we … just wanted to make sure that following the [Thanksgiving] holidays and...

AACC professors and students said the stress and anxiety from the pandemic and the all-online semester have prompted some students to drop classes and many to do poorly this semester.  
Pandemic, online classes prove challenging for students

Professors said in November that more students are struggling with their classes this semester than they have noticed in the past.   AACC professors and students said the stress and anxiety from the pandemic and the all-online semester have prompted some students to drop classes...

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