As I was growing up, there was never any question about whether or not I was to attend college. The importance of college was always discussed in my home. As a senior I had decided it made sense to go to a community college in my town to save money. At first, I felt like college was just an extention of high school, but I quickly realized that I was wrong. College instructors are not there to "babysit" students in the way high school teachers did. If I were able to go back and give my "high school self" advice, I would tell myself to take advantage of the community college, participate in activities to meet people, and always give 100% effort. College is not only a place to learn academically, its a place to develop as a person as well. Now that I have returned to Bay de Noc Community College after a semester at a university, I have another chance to take advantage of all my school has to offer. I know this final semester at my school (before transferring again) will be just what I need to be successful and acheive my personal, financial and career goals.
I would tell myself to prepare for college with college preparatory courses in high school and to establish strong study habits. By maintaining a demanding curriculum during high school and attending dual enrollment courses at Bay College, I would have been able to familiarize myself with a simulation of college level coursework. The aptitude tests in high school such as the ACT or SAT would have resulted in better scores if I had prepared myself in advance. If my scores were higher on the ACT, I would have been able to achieve my goal of entering the education field at Northern Michigan University without taking other exams such as the PPST for entry. I would have been able to register for higher courses that provided the essential credits for my major instead of taking unnecessary basic courses. Speaking with college students during my time in high school would have allowed for invaluable advice that I would need in order to broaden my perspective on surviving and succeeding in college.
The transition from high school to college is an exciting, yet scary time. Given the opportunity to roll back the clock and advise my younger self on what to expect for the future I would stress perseverance and openness. Part of being a college student is getting known among your classmates and environment. Joining organizations or sporting events held throughout the year will help you not only meet new people but open you up and bring out the real you! Let your presence be known and make every memory last. While having fun and exposing yourself to the world of college don?t lose focus on the main goal. Studying hard and keeping on task is the number one key to success in the future. Create study planers and keep all your coursework organized. The more time and effort put into your work the greater the outcome will reveal.
I would tell myself that an important part of college is to learn how to study and budget your time. Many people will have a job to help them to get through school. A student need to fit studying in between classes and work. There must also be time for some entertainment. Studying is something I didn't do much of in high school because things came easy to me. College is a different story. Much harder things come at you much faster. I needed to teach myself how to sit down and study.