College of Staten Island CUNY Top Questions

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?


If I were to give my high school self any tip, it would be to let go of any fears and try every opportunity that comes my way. In other words, “say yes now, think about it later”. I have restricted myself from many things in fear of failure and if I could go back in time I would try out anything that would make me more educated. I would also try and train myself to code information in a more effective way so that I could easily remember things without having to study. I have always had two jobs since the age of 14 and sometimes it’s not easy finding time to study as much as I’d like. I would also talk myself out of caring what people think and to just be myself. I have spent many years worrying about how I look to others and it has kept me from making relationships with people and I sometimes regret that.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would give myself plenty of advice, before entering college. Walking through the halls of high school, you are a big fish in a small sea, but in college, you are a small fish in a big sea. There is alot more freedom and indpedenace. Since most colleges have a broad campus, you have to make sure you know your way around and make it in time to each class. Always be prepared, expect the unexpected and enjoy the freedom.


If I could give my high school self advice about college, it would be to understand concepts rather than memorizing facts and to learn proper time management techniques. Understanding cocepts in college is very important because it is very difficult to learn all the material that is required; however, understanding concepts allows the person to condense all the information in a way that they could logically arrive at the correct solution. Because there is so much material to lean in college, proper time managment is important. This allows the individual to be able to go through all the material and understand it. Additionally, this allows the person not to be overwhelmed by all the material and therefore the individual would be able to better understand it. These two "words of wisdom" would allow the person to succeed in college.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to hang in there and continue to work as hard as possible because it will be benefical in college and in the future. I would also tell myself that transitioning into college will be hard, but as long as you are open and outgoing you will make friends and meet new people.


First thing that I would like to make clear to my high school self would be to taking studying for the SAT much more seriously. The SAT is the reason I was not able to attend my preferred college even though I had excellent letters of recommendation and a strong GPA. Ensuring that my SAT scores were stronger would be a enormous help. Getting involved in volunteer work would be another tip since colleges and companies take that very seriously. They both like to see that someone is an active member of society, and not because they stand to receive a monetary gain for doing it. I neglected to do this and now I am stuck without volunteer work on my resume. The last extremely important thing I wish I would have known is how important it is to know how to study. In college, it is crucial that one knows how to delve into books. In high school, there was never a reason for it. It was easy enough. Many children receive good grades for just attending. In college you must know how to learn on your own as apposed to being spoon fed all the time.


Listen to me; as a senior you’re struggling. You’re lost because after four years of high school you haven’t done anything memorable. You focused on your grades so your empty resume makes you feel worthless. Stop stressing out over your lack of extracurricular activities and do something about it instead. Start by raising your hand because you never did in the past four years. Listen to your teachers who have been trying to get it through your thick skull that you are bright and what you’re thinking does contribute to a conversation. Have fun. Don’t listen to the kids who make fun of you because you won’t see them when you graduate. Talk to someone new. Put yourself out there because in the future you’re going to get rejected and it’s going to sting but you need to make the effort now. Stop stressing out over the cookies you ate with your friends that went straight to your hips and not theirs. Enjoy it! Savor every morsel. Be happy with who you are and what you have. Accept reality! If your life doesn’t make you happy start making changes.


My story is a little different. I didn't take college too seriously as a high school senior. I knew money was an issue and decided to work for a little while instead. After 2 months of college, I dropped out; and a little while turned into 3 years and a handful of regrets. If I could, I would tell my 17 year old self to stay motivated. To keep my dreams close and never let go until they come true. I wish I knew of all the opportunities available to me back then. The scholarships, grants, loans, and financial aid. I didn't apply for any thinking I wouldn't qualify. I am now stuck with a $2000 bill for classes I took for two months. I wish I would have known. I'm 100% sure that I'll get where I need to be in regards to school in the next few months. That's something that I never would have believed in my senior year of high school.


If i could go back and give myself some advice i would say "hang in there", and don't go in being lazy. College is all about studying, and time mangement. College is a huge rollercoaster that you can either enjoy or want to get off of. Make time management your priority, practice it during the summer because if you don't know how to manage your time then it's going to be a bummer for you in college. You think High school is hard? You have no idea what you're in for in college. No one tells you when assignments are due so make sure to do everything at least a week before they are due considering the fact that you are a huge procrastinator, you have been one ever since you could remember. You'll figure out that you get your best work done at the wee hours of the morning, you're the type to do a magnificient essay at 1am, hand it in the next morning and do very well. Embrace this, it may help you in the long run. oh yeah, by the way, You'll need a library card, college textbooks, expensive!.


I would tell myself to be wise and not be nervous about being in school for a long time. Time really does fly by and if I had done it 10yrs ago I'd be enetering my last year in med school but I guess thats why you gain experience and try to correct things now. It's never to late to go back but I wish I had made better decisions before.


I began my academic career at SUNY Stony Brook in New York. I was not mature enough to handle being on my own, going to school, and playing on the univesity football team. Consequently, I was dismissed from the university. After some time off from school, and working dead end jobs, I finally determined that I wanted a brighter future. I enrolled at CUNY College of Staten Island and began working towards a business degree. I enrolled in classes year round in order to finish my undergraduate degree as quickly as possible. For two years I was employed full time and attended school full time. I was able to successfully complete my duties in both aspects (I received two promotion at work and maintained a high GPA). I graduated, with honors, with a 3.6 GPA and an undergraduate degree in Business Management. My college experience is not unlike most. I was able to bounce back from a poor academic history and realize that I needed an education in order to be successful in life. I set a goal for and ,through hard work and dedication, met that goal. In the fall, I will be working toward my graduate degree.


My college experience has been wonderful. Everyone around me has been so nice . It's been so valuable to attend because my future will be set. I will have a wonderful job and career because of the instructors and faculty.


I am currently enrolled in CUNY College of Staten Island, more specifically in the CUNY Macaulay Honors College, and I am expected to graduate in May 2013. My experience as a college student has changed me as a person, and I am much more independent , motivated, and driven than I ever was in high school. I have always seen myself attending college and pursuing a lifelong career, and it has been a very valuable decision for me to apply and get accepted to this very selective program. Although my experience at the College of Staten Island campus is not very fulfilling, fun, or exciting to me, my experience with the Macaulay Program has exceeded my expectations. Macaulay not only provided free tuition and a laptop for my undergraduate years, but I have also gained from them many opportunities that are hard to come by in other universities. These include a study grant to study abroad, limitless internship opportunites, and cross-campus events that integrate all Macaulay students from the seven CUNY campuses that are part of the Macaulay Program. I am blessed to have been accepted into this program, and I am grateful for everything it has given me.


I know when I finish i will have my Nursing degree.


The best thing that I got out of my education were my real-life experiences and the way I have learned to analyze literature. I believe that the best way for this nation to rise up from our economic struggle is to promote education and literacy. By doing this, people will be more aware of the world around them and how important they are in making a difference to our world.


I've rediscovered myself and realized I'm capable of a lot more than I thought I was.


Having the opportunity to attend college was a luxury for me; I am the first in my family to attend college and I will be the first to obtain a bachelors degree. I decided to attend a city university because of its affordable tuition and reputable education program. My college experience has made me a stronger, more focused person because I learned to take the opportunity to incorporate the knowledge I gathered through various activities and fieldwork. I joined campus clubs and participated in events such as New Student Orientation and the Emerging Leaders Program; in which I leaned that joining programs would give me the opportunity to interact with people in my field of study and my fields of interest. This is important to me since interacting with others is a critical factor in the field of education. I look forward to increasing these skills. This scholarship is very important to me because I am so invested in becoming a school teacher; it will enable me to continue to fulfill my goal of entering the education field.


I love learning. I think somewhere deep down I?ve always known this to be true, but it was my college experience that really made me realize how enlightening education is. In high school, math and science were classes I dreaded. I was always bored in school. I?ve always loved reading (I?d read about two classics a week) but I hated my English classes. They were never exciting. They never made me WANT to learn. In college, everything changed. This was all because of the professors I met along the way. I studied music in high school and for the most part, I loved it. But, I hated sight-singing classes. My favorite professor, Dr. Bauer, made sight-singing enjoyable by assigning us Beatles songs and bouncing tennis balls around the classroom. I never thought I could ever read Faust in an English class without feeling incredibly frustrated or lost. My professor brought the book to life. He made it so incredibly entertaining and turned it into a lovely journey. College was valuable to me because it made learning an exciting journey, the way it should always be!


If I could go back in time, there are a number of things I would do. For one, I wouldn't of held so much spite for my mother for moving us down to Florida. Originally, I had a clear idea of what I intended to do out of high school. My FAFSA was submitted, my school was chosen, and I had passed their entrance exam with flying colors. In my mother's opinions, opposite the fact, she didn't think DeVry University was an accredited institution. In her opinion, a dinky little community college in the middle of no where Florida made more sense. My mom made that sacrifice on my education and forced me into a depression that would keep me out of school for 8 years. Its now 2010 and I'm finally making enough money to afford it, so I've applied for FAFSA again, taken DeVry's entrance exam again and just need $3000 more to finish my application for enrollment and register for classes starting in March. If I could win this, I'd gladly only accept 3000, or even half the prize, just to go to school again.


I would start off by saying that I need to start learning and catching up on my math and get a few tutors in a few other subjects because college classes and homeworks are much tougher then you think. The one thing that i would tell myself is that, if the class is easy then there could be a problem because nothing in life is easy and college life isn't an exception. I would also tell myself that you should be ready to spend most of your time in the library starting around the second week of class studying very hard for the exams.


If I could go back in time, I would tell myself to not go to CUNY College of Staten Island. If you are looking for school pride and fun activites, then this is not the college for you.The only thing you will get out of this college is headaches and go through a slight depression. I would also tell myself to study more. It is okay to miss a few days of the Tyra Show.


When I was a senior in high school I got pregnant with my son. I graduated when I was 5 months pregnant. I love my son to death and he has changed me for the better in so many ways but it is hard going to college and raising a child. I think if I could go back in time that I might tell myself to wait until after college to have a child. It is very hard to tell my 3-year old to be quiet while I study or do homework. He doesn't understand that I'm going to school to better support him one day.


Take advantage of all the resources your college has to offer, whether it be financially,socially or eduationally. There are many programs and groups willing to help you and guide you. Seek them out, take heed to their advice and allow room for improvement. The truth is ,its not about freedom to do what you want to do, allow yourself to be held accountable, college is about operating in the best of your ability and much more. Stay focused, set the bar high and know that in college you are your own motivation, it is a privilege and a neccessity that you go and succeed. Communication with your professors is key to getting the most out of your time with them, it also leads to networking which is a crucial social tool for life. Renew your attitudes,mindsets and thinking daily, be open to change and learning new material in new ways. Life does not begin in college, it has already started but it is the tool used to help define what kind of life you intend to live out. Do all that you can today and leave nothing for tomorrow, tomorrow is not promised to anyone.


Make sure to stay focused, and do not think that the hard part is over. The hard part is just beginning. A college education now-a-days is a blessing to be able to attain.


I would advise myself to pursue aide from the many schools I was accepted to. I would advise myself to pursue a school outside the five boroughs where I would be able to dorm and take part in a campus community. I would also encourage myself to take it easy, that I don't need to establish myself in the very first semester of college.


If I could talk to myself as a high school senior I would have many things to tell myself. For one I didn't realize how much you have to balance your time in college. Students have a part time job and going to school full time have to balance out their schedules in order to study and make time to write papers. In high school my teachers were there to push me to do my work when I needed to, but in college it is a different story; you are on your own to do your own work and to have it in on time. If I could go back and talk to myself the most important thing I would tell myself is to do the best I could and to get all of my work out of the way instead of waiting until the last minute so that when the work is done you could go out and enjoy life.


I would tell myself to do research on my college choices. Everyone should find out exactly what the college is made of and its teaching methods. I would also tell myself to make a schedule that suits my personality and life. In college time management is key. It is crucial in having a successful college experience


I would tell myself that picking a college major isn't always about what field interests you the most or that you happen to be the best at. It is extremely important to research the area you are planning to live and find out what jobs are available for those persons holding a degree in your field. I assumed that with a college degree, regardless the major, there would be opportunity for careers. This was not my reality and with a bachelors in psychology I was only able to find employment paying a dollar more than minimum wage. I failed to research what was in demand in the job market. I had to continue going to school to get my master's degree in order to make myself more marketable. You must be realistic when choosing a major and determine the type of salary you wish to earn and the possibility of it happening with that degree. I would encourage myself to reach out to professionals who hold the job I want and ask them what type of degree you need to have that job- chances are it may be completely different than what you think.


Being the first in both families to attend and graduate high school and college, it was very difficult for me to become knowledgeable about the many steps I had to take in order to get through college. I did not know about academic advisement or financial aid; I did not even know what a "major" was. I worked my way through college independently and made my family and myself very proud to have achieved such a milestone. I remember speaking with one of the psychology professors who told me that I would never make it into graduate school and that my GPA would have never gone up to a 3.0, which is the minimum for getting into a graduate program. I was nearing graduation at the time and I was upset, lost, and hopless. I knew I was strong, independent, and intelligent and I knew that I would always be that way. Here I am today; a graduate student despite all of the discouragement, time spent, and hard work. I am glad to be where I am today, and as I near graduation once again I have one last wish to fulfill; a PhD in neuropsychology.


David apply yourself like you have done throughout your high school career. Take your studies seriously. Do your homework and read the chapters ahead of time so that every class will be most beneficial. Make a schedule and follow it. In it put the days you plan to study and set aside time to excercise so as to ease your mind of your studies. Do not waste your time partying or fooling around. I'll say it again...take your studies seriously, you only get one chance at life. In the real world it gets tough. In order to succeed you have to work hard and promote yourself. You are no longer in high school yet still make the best of it. I know you will succeed and you have to believe that yourself. I will conclude by advising you to network. By networking I mean stay around positive people and meet and greet as many people as possible. Those who can help you get ahead in your field of interest. Exchange email addresses, phone numbers and try to get your foot in the door with internships. Remember as long as you remain confident and work hard you WILL succeed!!!


College is a higher level of education and we have put a lot of effort into it. We will learn how to challenge ourselves for college work independtly and plan for future career.


Being that I was between Hofstra and the program at CUNY College of Staten Island for a good portion of my Senior Year, I would go back and tell myself that I have nothing to worry about ; that the choice to stay close to home with my family to help save my parents money and to get a degree from a great campus in the CUNY system is a wise choice, so stop being so nervice! Also, I would tell myself that even though it is a dream of mine to get out of this house and live on my own, the set up at home is much more comfortable and my ability to learn is much more conducive in that environment. There was nothing to worry about.