Dalton State College Top Questions

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

Hilary

You're worried about college, but you shouldn't be. Yes, you have little money to spend on furthering your education, but there are numerous ways to pay for college. Besides, isn't personal growth worth any expense? There are scholarships available for students just like you. You do not have to settle on an inexpensive college that will not give you a valuable experience because you do not have the money to pay for a more established school. Money aside, you will do fine in college. You will buckle down when necessary and excel. However, do not forget to have fun. Get involved in student organizations. College is more than going to class and earning excellent grades. Of course that is important, but it is also important to become part of your college's community. You will meet people who will broaden your view of the world. Education is more than just books and papers; it is growing as a person and learning how you can impact others. My advice for you is to be unafraid. Take all you can from these years; they will serve as an important foundation for learning in the rest of your life.

Josie

The advice I would give myself would be to work my butt off. Keep my grades up as high as I could get them, I slacked off my senior year and didn't try as hard as I could have. I graduated with a 3.4 GPA, which I am proud of, but I got that without studying or really trying hard at all so to just think if I would have put in more effort I could have gotten my GPA closer to a 4.0 and provided myself with a lot more oppertunities. Apply for all the scholarships and grants as possible even if there is a slight chance of my getting it.

Justin

Stay focused, do NOT take the scenic route, and really think about what it is you want to go to school for. They say the average college student changes their major 5 times while attending college, I've changed mine three times before landing on education. I really wish i did not use valuable time chaseing a degree i was not passionate about and was focused from the beginning.

Lizbeth

The one thing I would advise myself is do NOT procrastinate it doesn't get you anywhere. Procrastinating will make your life stressful and will make you break down. Take all the chance you got to complete everything in time so you won’t have to worry about it later on. You should always make time to study. Also spend plenty of time to be with your friends because you won’t see them much later on. Once you graduate everything won’t be the same things will change and the real world will be waiting. College will soon start faster than you think and the atmosphere will be different. You will meet new people and maybe reconcile will old friends. But overall have fun will senior year and college will be waiting for you in the next chapter of your life.

Christian

It is all about your academics! Dont worry about relationships or your position within a certain group. Think that every morning, everyone wakes up, stretches, and says who can I screw today!

shantavia

If i could go back into time and talk to my highschool senior self I would tell her that she needs to get it together early research colleges and scholarships stay up on her OHLAP and gpa and grades. i know and understand that graduating is exciting to you and prom sounds exciting, but focus more on what your going to do when your no longer in highschool how are you going to survive where do you see your self 5 years from now doing what and where at. you had the best intentions but change the path your on right now get up get active and pay more atttetion to whats going on around you i understand you dont have the support system you need from mom grandma daddy's in jail so you feel alone but i promise you it'll be so much better if you just open your eyes and put shantavia and her needs first learn how to say know put your head deeper in the books learn to love your self and hold your head up high. in the end you will be happy.

Ashley

If I were able to go back in time and advice myself about college life I would say, "Apply yourself the best of your ability." By the best of my ability I mean to get ready to take college seriously and to not procrastinate. First of all, I would tell myself to apply to for scholarships. Having money to attend college would make the transition so much easier instead of worrying about where the money will come from to attend the semester. Secondly I would tell myself to not leave homework and essays to the last minute. To make sure to read the chapters assigned the night before and not the first ten minutes of class. To really just take it seriously, because this is college.

Jennifer

Whatever you do, try to be open to new types of people, ideas and activities. Do not be apprehensive or timid. Use this time in life to spread your wings a little and take full advantage of all the opportunities afforded you. Work hard, behave appropriately to your upbringing and values system, yet be tolerant of others and their values and ideas. Don't feel pressed to look ahead to completion of the program and forget to enjoy the learning opportunities along the way. Make observations, not judgments, and keep your mind open to change and redirection. For every two nice things that you do for someone else, do a small nice thing for yourself. Keep a journal of this time and make notes that might help you or someone else somewhere down the line. Be organized and stay on task, but allow time to just be, enjoying nature and quiet. Give yourself time for reflection after each new experience.

Jose

Dear Jose, I'm writting you to tell you that anything that you did to get to college will not get you through college. Jose first you have to dedicate your entire life to school. Prioritize your time making school first and evrything else second. if you are working do your best to live a work life balance so that you dont take your time from learning for working. Do not be afraid to make friends but the right ones, the friends you make in college will determine how good of a grade you get. if you chose friends that deciate there life to school and school is number one on there list of to do's then you will probably end up getting good grades. The more you have the subject in your mind the bettere it is to remember the subject for a test. Jose make sure to leave a block just for studing. dedicate your life to school because this is your life that your dealing with. if your shooting for the best than for get the rest and dont settle for anything else than the best. I love you jose, work hard play later

cheyenne

I never went to high school, i had to drop out after i graduated the eighth grade. I would tell myself to be organized, study hard and play less be more worried about getting the A than the just passing C because it all matters. Your education is the most important thing, because without it employers wont take a second look at you, life will be downright difficult for you.

Carmelaine

If I could go back in time and talk to my high school self, I would give the advise of persistence and patience. Now that I am older, and much more learned and experienced in life, I have learned to maintain patience and pace myself to excel in classes and be persistent in pursuing my degree. I’ve gotten the first hand look that a college degree is very important in not only learning your field, but for job advantages as well. I would also tell my high school self that it’s alright to be scared – because everybody is - but the transition and people met along the way are a fun-filled experience!

john

I would tell myself that I know your senior was difficult and that you didn't do well in high school. But everything will change in college if you stay focused and actually study. When you get in to Dalton State , which is the only school that will accept you with your low high school gpa, choose your major to be physics/pre-engineering. I know you are thinking about how crazy that sounds and that you may not even be smart enough to handle that degree. Well it turns out that you could because you believed in your self. Also, find jenni, she will teach you better study habits and will be the reason why you become an engineer and enventually go off to Ga tech. Be strong because you will face dissapointment from your parents along your journey. One last thing you need to know is to make sure you save up as much money as possible before going to Dalton state that way you will not be in the finnancial struggle you are in now. Good luck and be well.

Yolanda

If I knew what I know now, when I was a high school senior I would tell myself to take in and learn as much as possible. To believe in myself and not to be scared of the road ahead of me. I wish I would of known to jump into college head first and go straight toward seeking a degree, and not taking a year to mess around and get used to school. Myself, like others have changed my majob 10000 times, but I am still back to square one seeking a degree in Criminl Justice, right where I started at, and where I will always be.

Julia

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a senior in highschool, the first thing I would do is give myself a swift kick to the behind.Second on my list would be to stress the importance of filling out all of those scholarships that I procratinated until they were expired. I would walk behind myself everyday of senior year and whisper in my ear, "If you want to get out of this small town, you have to fill out those scholarships." Next order of business would be to visit every college that I was interested in. College visits are way more important than I thought they were. Next on my list would be to remind myself to keep focus. I would tell my "senior self" to make a poster of the schools I wanted to go to and put it where I could see it, so I would always have that in the back of my mind. Lastly I'd stress how easy it is to get comfortable. If I could go back and tell myself how badly I want to get out, maybe I'd finally understand what I'd needed to do.

Dominic

First of all I would focus more on my school work and study harder on quizes and tests. I did not do this at all, till the last semester of my senior year. Then I could have got a better GPA and two or three scholarships. For some reason this did not concern me one single bit. When I look back now, I could have done better than what I did, and now I have to start all over from the bottm again. The advice I would give my self is to focus on homework, that is the most important step. The second important step is studying for a quiz or a test, the reason why, because that is the biggest part of your grade. So the advice I would give my self is to focus on and study Homework. Also Study before every exam or test so you will pass the class. If I do this, then I can go to a bigger college, and get scholarships in stead of loans.

Krista

If I could go back in time and give myself advice about transitioning to college, I would advise myself to make a class plan. I would say not to waste any time on unnecessary classes, and to take as many as you can without getting overwhelmed. The harder you push yourself the better you do, and don’t stress over things. When you do get stressed, take a few minutes away, breath, pray, and then go back. Work on your weaker areas such as test anxiety as much as possible before you start college, it WILL HELP. Don’t eat unhealthy it really doesn’t do you any good, and a healthier meal makes it easier to function on a day to day basis. Lastly, never give up. When times get hard and it feels like everything is going wrong, remember what your goals are and what you are striving for. Ask for help when you need it, and keep your head up as always!

Chelsea

Dear Chelsea, Now, I know it might be weird getting a letter from your future self, but hear me out. You'll be applying to colleges and for scholarships soon so start now instead of later! Getting an early start looks good and it will be beneficial to you in the long run so just put aside a few hours every week to do so. Also, start practicing for your auditions now! Make sure you practice EVERY DAY. That will help you so much instead of cramming in practice the week before. Take the ACT as many times as you can before you're required to send in your score and try the SAT, also. Those require studying also, don't forget it! And most important, don't be afraid. College will be the best time of your life and you will meet some of the greatest people ever so just do it! Sincerely, you.

jordan

If I was granted the oppertunity to go back and talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself several things. To begin I would tell myself to retake the SAT because those scores affect everything and to apply for every scholarship I qualified for. Also, I would tell myself to check out any school that I was interested in, not just two. Lastly, I would tll myself to be more involved so that it was not intimidating to join clubs, groups, greek, and different organizations on the school campus.

Shelby

Now that I have two years of college behind me, I would honestly only change one thing about my past approach to my Freshman year. This thing may not seem hugely significant; however, during my transition from graduating from a homeschool program of study to going to a public college, it was a very significant part of my life at the time. I would tell my 12th-grade self not to worry so much about grades. Before you write me off for collegiate heresy, allow me to unpack that statement and explain exactly what I am trying to communicate. My first entire year was a maelstrom of getting myself prepared for college--mentally and documentally. Because of all the hard work I put in during the application process, I made college my entire life for a time - disregarding everything else, from God to friends to family. I pray and pray that I would never fall into that nearly inescapable obsession with school and disregard anything important to me ever again. Because now through remembering what is truly and undoubtedly the most important thing to me, my Savior Jesus Christ, I have found so much direction and satisfaction in my life!

Jennifer

If I could go back in time and tell my highschool self about college and the transitions, I would talk about the abundance of homework that is required in college. Along with homework, college requires a lot more reading than I ever had to experience in highschool. I consider myself to be an avid reader, but it was mostly by choice and not by the instructors. With college, I am reading what is required or labeled as 'in my best interest' and not what I would choose to read. Another big difference between highschool and college is in highschool I got a lot of chances to express myself through my writing or assignments and with college it is more about a certain set of guidelines or criteria. The first core classes that you take out of highschool are more about structure and not creativity. These are some things that I would talk to my former highschool self about college because it was a slight culture shock for me and I wish I would have been more prepared.

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Michael

College is a strange place compared to high school. You have to do online assignments, study long hours, and the students can range from kids to adults. It's kind of like a taste of the real world. You have to take more responsibility and socialize with others you normally wouldn't talk to. College doesn't just teach you math or language. It prepares you for the adult life. Without college my life in the future would have been set up for failure.

Kara

I have finally been challenged. Dalton State has demanded more from me on not just an academic level but a personal level as well. Regardless of the honors or AP classes I took in high school, I was bored; now, each semester I face new and harder professors with high expectations. I've had to break my old habit of procrastination and develop better note-taking skills as well as keep and up-to-date schedule of assignments. My college experience has made me more responsible in managing my time and my money. I had never had to live on a budget before, and I constantly look for new ways to lessen my spending and stretch what money I have. I've also become much more confident. In the short time I've been at DSC, I've made many close friends and have "put myself out there" more than any other time in my life. It's given me a new self-confidence that I've always wanted. I love the person I'm becoming and that I can regularly use what I've learned in my classes from day to day. I am proud to attend this school.

Dasia

i have gotten out of college experience that education is very valuable and serious. It as been valuable to attend because i want to become more than just the average person in my career, and i want to reach my goals at the highest point possible.

Ashley

I have gotten alot so far out of my college experience. I have learned alot. I have learned that I have to make friends with people in my class. If i don't then I won't have any friends at school. It has been valuable to attend college because if I don't then I will be without out a job most likely because not many places will hire someone without a college degree anymore. When I get my degree, I will be able to try and find a job and have a chance to get it.

Natalie

I cannot adequately express the value of my college experience so far. Dalton State has enhanced me academically, but much more went into my success than academics. The social events and variety of clubs opened up opportunites to explore all of my interests. The social events allowed me to get involved with the people with whom I wanted to share my next few years, such as the volunteer service. I also found that the events gave me the opportunity to diversify my inner circle, since the people populating the college originated in all walks of life. The lovely surroundings of the college, all forest and fauna, encourage students to take a few minutes to wander before rushing into their cars and off the premesis upon finding freedom from the classroom. There's an ease to be had, watching people recline about the bell tower with either friends or textbooks. From Dalton State College, I've got the confidence of belonging somewhere brighter and more enjoyable to start my life.

Brandon

If there was one thing I could have told my high school counterpart it would be that procrastination is not the key. In high school it might be easy to get away with, but college professors are not as lenient. Also, study even if you think you do not have to. It does not have to be a lot just skim your notes once maybe twice a day. This will help prevent you from cramming and that ever nagging procrastination problem. Follow these guidelines and I can guarantee your college experience will be much easier. In addition do not catch senioritis at the end of your senior year because it can cost you much needed money in scholarships and grants. Another great way to help you get money for college is to be active in the community and in school clubs/sports. These scholarships are geared toward people with the drive to succeed, and active people usually possess that drive. In the end all it takes to succeed in college is a little studying, a drive to succeed, being active in the community/school, and disregarding all your high school learning habits because college is a whole different ball game.

Randi

If I could go back in time, then I would tell myself to take a year off. During that year, I would work. I went directly from high school to college and had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. If I had spent that first year just working and figuring out the 'cost' of life, then I would have not goofed off the first year of college and ran down my GPA. I would also tell myself to choose the college that appeals to me most and not my parents. My mom wanted me to go to NGCSU because it was closer to her. I should have followed my instints and we to DSC and lived with my dad. If I had taken a year off and then attended Dalton State first, then perhaps at 29 years of age, I would actually have a degree and earning decent money. Instead I am struggling just to pay the next rent payment. I am also a single mom of twin girls. If I had put college first instead of wanting to have someone love me, then I could have had my finances in order before I had children.

Ashley

I would tell myself to learn how to study. Highschool was a breeze a breeze to me, so I never had to study until I got to college. It was very diffucult to learn how to remember everything, but I figured it out. I would also tell myself that I needed to start a savings account and save every penny that I had, becasue every penny counts. College is not cheap.

Joshua

Decide what you want to do and do it. I know that it is scary, and there are many obstacles in the way. You shouldn't let money decide what you want to do. You have what it takes to do anything that you want to do. It is not going to be easy. You can't go to college just to hang out with your friends. College is a time to make new friends and have fun, but ultimately the goal is to learn. College is expensive. This is a huge hurdle to overcome; however, there are many ways around it. Work hard to find all the possible scholarships and financial aid that is available. It is there, you just have to work for it. Again, remember that nothing is immpossible. You can do anything that you want to do in life. Be persistent and diligent. It is not always going to be handed to you.

Brittany

If I were able to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself that college isn't as scary as you think. It takes more studying and more determination than high school, but it is well worth it. There may be rough patches along the way and you may be faced with a lot of tough decisions, but in the end you will look back and be glad that you faced it all head on. Be brave, be strong, don't doubt yourself. You don't know everything and you never will, but you can learn something new every day. Pay attention to the world around you, don't take it all for granted. Don't try to live so fast, it isn't a race to get there. And most of all I would tell myself to just live. College is an experience, not just an education. So enjoy it and make the most of it.

Cody

If I could go back in time and be a high school senior again, I would say to myself, I need to study harder and take more college prep classes. So far, I have had a good experience my freshman year as a college student. There have been adjustments that have had to be made, but I feel confident I am on the right road. I do wish that I had spent more time as a high school senior becoming more active in clubs and community. By becoming more involved, there would have been more opportunities for me to meet new people and hear new ideas.

Jennifer

It has been many years since I was in High School. With that being said, the first thing I would tell myself is- Go to college, do not wait. The most important things to know are to be sure of your major, this is your life long career, you need to pick something you will be just as passionate about 20 years from now. If you have questions, ask them. A proffessor doesn't know your falling behind, if you don't tell them. There are lots of resources available from counseling to tutoring- utalize them, that is what they are there for. Above all else, you must try. You can not be afraid of failing something you haven't done because if you knew what you were really capable of, you would see that you are going to make the Dean's list. Believe in yourself and reach for the stars.

Lana

If I were able to go back and talk to myself regarding college life, using the experiences I have had, I would tell myself to be to be ready to learn. Although most people would probably not agree with me, I feel everyone should be ready to learn and have a goal before attending college. Many young adults are pushed into attending college right after high school by their parents, teachers, and peers. The fact they are not ready to attend is never even considered. If they are not ready to go to college to learn and become a professional in whatever field you have chosen then they will not be able meet the challenges ahead. In conclusion, I would tell myself don't go to college because your friends are going, don't go to college because your parents say you have to, and don't go to college because it was preached so much in high schools you think that attending college is just the next step in life. In order to gain all of the knowledge you can from attending college you must know what you really want to do in life and be ready to learn.

Jordan

I would tell myself to try harder at making all A's and gettig my GPA as high as possible. I would tell myself to apply to a lot of schools and don't stay home.

Angela

Go to college right after graduation because if you wait, chances are you won't go. Believe in yourself and your dreams and you can be anything you want to be. You need to stay commented with school & you will succeed abundantly. You can do all things through CHRIST JESUS who strengthens you. Good luck in your future & GOD bless!

alejandra

I would advise myself to get prepared to wake up at 6am in the morning ano not go to bed untill aropun 12pm. Since i have a part-time job right after school, i can only do homework when i get home from work. i would also tell myself to be financially prepared. College tends to be very expensive. The cafeteria is food is very bad and there is not much variety so most students have to go out and have lunch off campus. this tends to get extremely pricey after a while. i would advise myself to not put off any work. most teachers assign big papers since the beggining of the semester and i have the bad habit of leaving everything untill last minute. i have had some bad expiriences because i am a procrastinator; thus, i would tell myself to hurry up and just do it. surprisingly, i still make straight As even if i write my papers the night before thye are due!! (which is always the case)

Jalissia

If I could go back in time I would tell myself not to stress about finding the perfect school to attend. I would tell myself that I should make the choice I want and not what my family thinks I should. If i could go back I would tell myself to think about the future more and plan out what I wnat to do and what I want to become. Looking over all that I ahve learned since high school I realize that if I had chosen my school as one of my earlier choices alot of things that have happened wouldnt have. I would tello myself that the school I attend now is the right one and that I should try my hardest to make my goals and dreams come true.

Keontae

I really do wish I could go back in time. I would have taken college more seriously with my classes. I would have been more focused on the prize and not letting other people distract me from achieving my goals. I would also be more ambitious and push myself to worl harder because college is not supposed to be a breeze always. I would try out for anything and put myself out their more. I would tell myself to get more involved in the college. Do not just go to classes attend other events where you can meet interesting people. Also I would join a lot of clubs and try to be president or vice chair. It is very rewarding to have authority knowing that your decisions make difference in whatever you do. Just like Dalton State College's mottow "The sky is the limit." That is what I would tell myself.

Cinna

I wish I would have studied out of the textbook more because every class that I've had so far requires me to read A LOT of information from the book itself. It also helps studying lecture notes as well because if you read ahead before class, you get the general idea of what class lecture will be about and the information will ideally, make more sense to you.

Nikole

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