Daytona State College Top Questions

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

Vanessa

I would start with today. Scholorships are overlooked while in high school. I would suggest delving into scholorship programs along with college discussions. There are great prgrams out there that can assist a high school student; perhaps it can act as an incentive as well. If a student is aware of "free money" to help with college tuition, I feel that he or she will be inclined to strive for college.

Shannon

There is a very wonderful and true saying that hindsight is 20/20. Looking back over both my high school career and my college experiences it is amazing to see the road blocks I have overcome and the determination and desire to learn I have developed. If I were to go back in time, I would not warn myself of coming trouble or give myself winning lottery numbers, I would simply state, "you are stronger then you know". Given the choice I would go through all the hardships and trouble ten times more because without those experiences I would not be where I am today. Now not only do I have a wonderful daughter, but I have more drive to learn and succeed than ever before.

Casey

You remember when you parents used to push you in grade school to "try your hardest" and "do your best", because education is the most important thing you will ever have. I personally used to just let those words go in one ear and out the other. After graduating high school and taking that first baby step to registering for classes in college, I thought it was going to be a breeze! No one was marking attendence and calling your parents if you skipped class, you didn't have teachers watching your every move. Well I wish I could go back to high school and tell myself that if you just buckle down, forget about the freedom, the friends and the fun of college life, for just a short time, you will be able to experience that stuff after you finish college (and you will actually have the money to do so!) But NO! I am here, 22 years old, still taking classes, when I could have been done by now. I now know what to tell my daughter when she makes that hard transition.

Alexandria

I, personally would go back and tell myself to wait on getting married and having a child. You have plenty of time for that. I love my family,but unfortunetally I feel like I am missing out on the whole "college experience." Sometimes you can get caught up in being a senior. It's the last step you take before you enter the real world, and it's freightening. I graduated in 2007, and have been attending Daytona State Collge since. I will have my associates degree by next December. From there I will be continuing on to get my bachelor's degree in education. It's taken a little bit more time, and it's hard to sit back and realize that my friends are going to be graduating next year. If I could go back and tell myself that,then maybe I'd wait until I finish school to start a family, and then the over all transition woulb be alot smoother.

Ashley

I would tell myself to not worry as much, college is a great experience. I would also tell myself that my first year will be the best due to the fact I will be involved in alot of clubs such as Psychology club, Humanities Club, and President of Campus Crusade for Christ. My second and final year at DSC will be the hardest since I will be taking harder classes, and all my friends have already transfered to other Universities, but I will still learn alot and won't regret any minute of it.

Nicole

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior knowing what I know now about college life the advice I would give myself would be to stop being so shy and join more clubs and participate in more activites. Now that I am more confident in myself, I try to participate in as many school activities as I can, and I am not as shy as I used to be I feel like a completly different person than I was as a senior in highschool at a new school and new town which makes me feel good. If i could just change this one thing about myself I believe that I would be better off and the transition would have been a lot smoother than it was my freshman year of college.

Mildred

First and foremost, high school is important, it is truly the stepping stone towards college or a more sophisticated university. It's hard to believe now, but completing homework assignments, typing research papers, even attendance in school is vital towards training your mind to excel in these areas. All your hard work in high school may now seem difficult to attain and probably not worth all the hassle, but it does definitely prove to be worthwhile. Achieving excellent grades can surely prepare you for the college life in many ways. For instance, if you learn to display responsibility in your attendance when attending high school, you will not have a problem in this area when attending college. Also, when accomplishing great or excellent scores, this achievement and dedication will most likely transcend into your college educational experience. Therefore, all your hard work and determination in high school will more than assist you in preparing yourself for greater success with your college life. Lastly, don't take your high school experience for granted. Your continuous perseverance in remaining focused and learning as much as possible may make all the difference in how smoothly making the transition to college life will be.

JAMES

If I could go back in time as a High School Senior I would do things so much different. I would PREPARE for my future; look into all career options and take the relaxed time to make a GOOD decision rather than a quick decision. I would take the money I made at my after school job and save it to apply toward tuition instead of taking out loans and putting myself into debt. Although I did care about my grades I did not understand how GREAT and beneficial it would of been to take College Credits in high school. Also, if I were in high school I would not have taken for granite the time I had to relax with a worry free life. Now I have bills and student loans. If I could go back to my high school years and plan ahead...my life would be great now. Instead, I am stressing and praying to God that I can afford my tuition...

Gwendolyn

Hi Gwendolyn, First of all I need you to know that I care about you and the road you are headed down. I know that you were abused as a child and you are headed down the road of being out of control for the neglect that you have bared. But listen, there is a better tomorrow, there is a future awaiting you if you will give it a try. Come and check out the college life, talk to a counselor and I guarantee you that your life will take you to having that Art studio, or being a social worker. Your heart is amazing and even throughout all of the hurt you have encountered you can make it. I will not let you fail, I will not let you go down this path of despair and hurt. You will be successful, you will have a wonderful life so that one day you can be a blessing to others. And, isn't that what you really want to do? Come, give college a chance and get your mind off being wild and carefree and put all that energy that you have towards a career , s o let me help you?

Matthew

If I could go back to old me and speak to myself as a senior in high school I would say, "Study for the SAT's and focus on your GPA more." In high school I had a good amount of friends and a decent GPA of about a 3.0. Had I know that increasing my SAT scores and getting higher would have qualified me for more scholarships and opened up more colleges I would have really tried harder in high school. Before you graduate the pressure is on to say good-bye to old friends and teachers to go into "The Real World" in reality we live in the real world and it shouldn't be used as something to scare us. During our teenage years we are emotional and highly influenced by small things, so the normal pressures made me just want to get through senior and graduate. The biggest misconception in high school was college was a big and different new world. It can be fun and exciting and new but if it was told to as just another year it would have made things easier. Just starting over like middle to high school.

Kristen

I would tell myself to always work my hardest and not to let things stress me out so much. At a couple points during my college career, I have let myself become overwhelmed and discouraged. The whole time, I was able to acomplish so many things but I let my worries get in the way and distract me. I am at a point now that I wish I would have worked just a little bit harder and been more consistant so that I would have the success that I am achieving now.

Mallory

If I could go back to my high school senor year, I would be more involved and I would have had a plan for college and I would have asked for help when I needed it. I would have done the Dual Enrollment program and attend free classes at the college and have most of my AA done, for free. It would have been a lot less stressful that way. I encourage all of the youth I meet to do so, college is a beautiful thing, I wish I realized that then. When all is said and done, I regret not trying harder and doing what I could have done then.

Katelyn

I would tell myself to work hard and put everything into making sure I got scholarships, grants, financial aid, etc. for college. I would also tell myself how important it is to do this. In high school I wasn't very aware of this and that caused me to sit out a year before I start college. I just wish I could have gone back to high school and knocked some sense into myself.

Chelsea

Assuming I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior and knowing what I know now about college life, I would definitely give myself a few tips and heads up. Some advice I would give is to really be ready for the difference in maturity from high school to college; teachers are a lot less tolerant of childish behavior now. Also, between long classes you?ll definitely get hungry or thirsty, so always have change or single dollar bills for vending machines. Another piece of advice I?d give myself is to stay on top of my work and everything else will follow in line and college life will be a lot easier. Lastly I?d tell myself to relax, and have fun. It?s okay to talk to people and make new friends. Chances are everyone else is just as stressed or lost as you might be. College can be a really great time in a persons life, you just need to take full advantage of it!

Catherine

The transition from a small high school where everyone is familiar to a large college with five campuses can be intimidating; not to mention the unpronounceable names of classes required to take for your major. I, like many of my classmates, slowly began doubting myself. "If the valedictorian from the graduating class before me just dropped out of college because of 'bad teachers', how am I going to go to college a succeed?" I asked myself. If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would remind my self that I am an individual, and my goal is different than anyone else and no one can achieve my goal but me. I would remind myself that teachers are humans too and, just like I did in high school, if I get to know my teachers and ask for help when I need it they will be glad to help. Professors like to see their students succeed and I will do exactly that if I try. I would constantly remind myself of a quote by Robert Louis Stevenson, "Everyone who got where he is has had to begin where he was."

Alex

If I could go back in time and give myself advice on college life I would have to tell myself three things. One, don't be intimidated. freshman year is just like high school. The only difference is you get to make your own schedual and choose when your best time of day is to learn. Second, I would tell myself that athletic training is not what I reall want to do, and to start off taking the class to become an EMT. And finally, I would tell myself to set aside time to study. Time where you don't plan anything else, just time to do your homework and prepair for the next class period well enough that you know what is going to be taught before you even go into the class, and use the class time to ask questions about things you didnt understand while you were studying.

Sandra

If I could back in time as a high school senior I would advice my self to learn a second language. Because I did not attend high school in the USA, it was very challeging to enter a USA college. I think that knowing a second language is really important and many students should spend more time in doing do so. In addition, I would advice my self to enjoy and value the momentes with my professors and classmates. Now that I in college I have realized that high school was a great time in my life.

Trang

Since I studied my high school in Vietnam, I would have advised myself to spend more time on practising my English. My high school did not teach the pupils how to speak in English, instead they focused on teaching the grammar part. When I first came to the United States, I was shocked by how the English is sounded and spoken daily in a real world. Fortunately, I am getting used to it over time. Everybody that I know says my English is getting better every day.

Angela

If I could go back in time and tell myself that I needed to go to college after high school I would want to know why. Now that I have the answers it is all too clear. It is so much easier to go to college when you are younger and carefree. There is no real worry about bills, that mom and dads job. You also never know where life is going to lead you. You might have children and cant go to college at the time you have decided you are ready. Go while you are in a position where you have help from your parents. After you become a parent it is a lot harder to study, make money and have time for fun things like college parties and activities. I do hope that every high school student has enough encouragement to go to college and make something out of their life. It makes it all worth it when you have a rewarding carreer, and the benifits that come along with it.

Kellee

The advice I would give myself would be to go to college right after high school and not take a semester off from college. I would of told myself to take more advanced classes as a senior to prepare myself as a college student.

Britta

College life requires a whole new outlook on life, but one should not be scared or discouraged. It is a wonderful time of discovering new traits about oneself, and finding friends. I would advise myself not to be so afraid of my life as a future college student.

Julia

Listen to your parents, teachers, older siblings, and your friends when they talk to you about college. They really do know what they're talking about. Save your money for school and work hard. College is your outline for your life and you have complete control over it. It wont be easy but it pays off in the end.

Steven

Learning will be fun! As you grow up you will understand the importance of your education. Earn your degree now so you can excell later in life. No you will never need to know every aspect of algebra, but you do need to learn how to learn - that is why you are learning algebra! Stop fighting the system and become an important part of it, you do matter! Relationships, jobs, and your fantastic looks will change - sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. Never spend a day of your life upset because of something you can not control, you will forget these issues. Always look for the best in people and situations, laugh as often as you can, and remember that life is short. When you become older, have fantastic memories to reflect upon and desires to motivate you. Always have a dog in your life and know that you will out live each one of them, it is part of living. Drive a car that makes you happy and proud! Only eat things that are wonderful! Have fun, it is your life, good luck!

Heather

The only thing that I would change is making myself dual enroll because it helps advance your goals in a faster manner. I might even be a little further ahead right now if I would have done this. So far, it seems just as though you are in high school but treated as an adult, which makes the environment much nicer.

Cassandra

When I was a high school senior I was faced with the issue of having to work to provide for myself. I wanted nothing more than to go to college. I would of told myself to start right away, instead of having to wait a year. I would tell myself to at the very least take one class. I would tell myself to get my counselors to work harder in trying to get me financial aid. I think the hardest part about college is trying to pay for it. I would advise the senior me that the studying for each class needs to be well planed out and that you will have to devote a lot of time to it. I would let myself know to pace myself and to mix in the harder classes with the electives. I would also tell myself that college life is great and that I should not worry so much because the school will be very helpful in whatever I need.

Anthony

get a job eairly save money and don't slack in class

Cynthia

I would tell myself not to fear anything but fear itself. College life is not as difficult as it may appear. I have learned that if I am dedicated and work hard for something, I can achieve anything. It has definately been different from high school, but making friends and teaming up with them helps to figure things out as a team. I am truly enjoying my college experience, and will cherish these memories forever.

Nicole

I would have told myself to really look into musical theatre programs, especially outside of Florida. I know now that just because out of state schools are expensive does not mean I can't attend one. In my case, it is very beneficial to get out of Florida to pursue my BFA in Musical Theatre. If I had known more about what colleges are the best for musical theatre, I would have been able to go to a great school when I first started college but without that knowledge I have had to go to a school that isn't so great for musical theatre and am now looking into new schools so I can get the education I deserve.

Julie

The most important thing I would tell myself, and I would scream it out loud Continue Your Education. Opportunities for better jobs and promotions are limited for high school graduates. Possibilities are endless with a college education. College graduates gain information and skills that you'll use for the rest of your life, no matter what career you chose.

Heather

I actually would have convinced myself to do some duel enrollment. This would have helped me complete my AA degree sooner and move on to bigger things. I would have also told myself to enjoy my last high school year a little more instead of rushing out of it.

Dana

I would give myself the advice to apply for every scholarship that is out there, and try my best at getting government financial assistance. College costs are expensive and education is power. I would tell myself to work hard to get my college paid for, and to explore my dual enrollement options. I would also tell myself to take my last year of high school serious because the decisions that I make now will affect me more than I know later on. It is crucial to explore my post- high school educational options to ensure a positive future. I would also tell myself to look around and realize that high school life is not as important as I think, and that the reality shock of college expenses is a shocker. I would advise myself to seriously buckel down and tackle my grades, drown friends and teacher out, and to make going to college a important priority to get squared away while I have every opportunity at my feet. During senior year of high school, opportunities are available for students that they are unaware of and how extremely important it is to jump on and take advantage of while they can.

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