As a poor, adjunct college professor who experienced a meteoric rise through the academic ranks, I commonly advise parents and students to make sure they're not treating college like some sort of rite of passage into adulthood. If the parents haven't prepared their student for adulthood, there is nothing the college can do for them. It is unfair to expect professors to waste their time doing what they should have done. Of course, I don't say it like that, but that's the gist of my advice. College isn't for everyone. The best college experience for some will be that of not enrolling. That way professors won't be burdened with deadweight and can teach those who actually want to learn--making a better college experience for everyone. Alternatively, making the student pay for his own education also makes for a better experience in the long run. While the sleepless nights, hectic commuting between classes, bad days at work, and less than perfect grades are a drag now, the student will appreciate the good classes (and spurn the bad ones) all the more. If the student wants to learn, the specific college won't matter.
One of the first things I would tell them to consider is look at colleges where activities surrounding it interest you- professional sports, performing arts, parks and recreation... Anything that you would enjoy because you're not going to be on campus all day, every day. Also, make sure the campus itself appeals to you- does it look clean? Is it well-landscaped? Does it look like an institution that you would be proud to claim? I would also advise students to scrutinize the school and what it's all about. Consider the athletic programs it offers- because most college students love a good basketball game or a Saturday afternoon football game. Consider how wide their variety of degree programs is, because the typical college student changes their mind at least once in four years about what they want to do the rest of their life. And last, but very important, is it a school that you and your family can afford. While it may offer a great education, would you really want to be paying off student loans until you're 40? If you carefully answer each question, you're bound to find a school perfect for you.
I would have to tell myself exactly the same things I had to tell myself when I decided to return to college at the age of 50 years old. College is meant to be a new experience in life, meeting new people, from all walks of life. There is a certain amount of independence, but that also comes with responsibility. No one is going to call your parents when you skip class or don't turn in your assignments. You will feel like an adult with lots of freedom, but ultimately, you will have to make the choice about what kind of college experience you will have. You will have to put in more time for your studies, because there is going to be more work. If you make an "A" in your class, trust me, you will have earned it. Time goes by really fast and each semester will go by quickly. Each semester completed is another semester behind your and another semester beginning, is a step closer to your goal in graduating. Take advantage of each and every opportunity, to learn and to grow in your education.
Finding the right college and making the most of the college experience can be a frustrating and challenging experience. The best advice that I can give to parents is to provide plenty of support and guidance so that it will allow your student the opportunity to be responsible to thoroughly research what they intend to get from college (scholarships, degree, major etc) and compare to what the different colleges have to offer. The parents should do a thorough research as well but, only to offer their students advice when the parent feel they need it and when the parents feel as though they don't need it compliment them on a job well done. My advice for making the most of the college experience would be to stay faithful with prayer and ask for guidance in all that you do, stay focused to know that all the hard work in the beginning pays off in the end and what you put into it is what you get out of it.
I am working professionally as a technical editor with an environmental consulting firm. Previous editors have had collegiate degrees and have been paid more. I volunteered for the position when the last editor left the job, but I have not been paid a comparable salary because I do not have a college degree. I love the work, and I am very good at it. I have learned much from previous editors, and I am the main editor with four others learning from me! I am determined to earn a degree and hopefully command the salary equal to my experience and knowledge I have gained from attending Victory University.
Make sure they have a good program for the degree you are interested on (if you do actually care about school) Make sure you will get the financial aid that they are offering you (if you actually care about your own/parents money) But if the only thing you care for is having fun, and just pretend you are actually doing something productive in your life,then just pick any one (specialle one that is small, for easy parking, walking, and knowning about everyone else business!)
Going back in time, I would try harder to master the fear of loosing my mother at an early age. This may have been part of the reason that I started a family right after high school. I would have seeked help in planning my education, and put starting my family on hold until after I obtained my education. This is the only thing that I feel was left out of my life. Otherwise my life has been wonderful.
I would say to myself that nothing is to hard for me to do. You have to be dedicated to want to achieve something great in life. Do not let anybody stop you from accomplishing what you want to accomplish. College is challenging at times but it is very rewarding. College helps you learn to set goals for your life. Never give up on going to school. Work hard and you can acheive anything.
The campus location is a huge weight on the scale on which college to choose. THe student to teacher ratio should weigh in. And if the student wants to tranfer to another college they chould consider on whether their credits would transfer to another college. THe campus activities should enlighten the student on how they will make friends and the organization that are avaliable.
If I had the opportunity to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would definitely tell myself to really get ready to be completely changed into a better person. I also would tell myself to keep on practicing music and to not get irritated, because harder things are to come.