Glendale Community College-Glendale, AZ Top Questions

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

Cassie

I would tell myself to have more confidence. College is intimidating (especially when niether of your parents went to college). I would encourage myself to not hold back and take on any opportunity GCC offers me.

Jessica

If I could go back in time and talk to my high school senior self, I would most definitely give myself some very helpful advice. I would encourage myself to apply for scholarships early, I'd advise to take all my college credit classes more seriously, and to apply to university. I would tell myself to be less lazy because I am going to regret my decisions when I'm looking to transfer and I would tell myself to take advantage of the high school advisors, that way I wont be stuck and completely lost in the future. I would strongly recommend taking action instead of waiting and seeing what comes to me, and I would not let myself depend on other people for help and support. I'd like to tell my high school self how alone I'm going to be in the future and how much more difficult it is to find ways to pay for school when I could have been getting help from teachers and guidance counselors. I would tell myself to make sure I don't end up in a position where Im on my own.

Cassandra

College isn't as scary as everyone makes it out to be. Try your best. APPLY APPLY APPLY for scholarships. You can never apply too much. It will help you out in the long run. Also, it is okay if you don't know what you want to do. No one is certain. Life is a learning process. Colleges have a program and people to talk to, to help decide where you would be a great fit. Just, don't freak out. College is high school for adults. Simple as that.

Samantha

If I could go back and tell my high school self one thing it would be to never give up! Never listen to what other people say to you and just do what makes you happy. I was told I would never get the opportunity to go to college and I let those words hold me back. It took me seven years, after high school, to finally say enough is enough. I will no longer listen to everyone else and I am done giving up on my dreams, my future, and who I am. You don't have to please the rest of the world, you only have to live to make yourself happy. If you have the opportunity to better your life and your situation, then do it and never give up!

Rachele

Assuming I could go back and give my naive high school self some valuable advice, I would tell myself to not be afraid of change and the future ahead. As obvious as that might sound, my high school self has always dreaded the future, mainly because I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. Planning out the rest of my life at seventeen was intimidating. In order to hide behind my fear and insecurities I eluded answering that infamous question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" What I've come to realize as I make the transition to college, is that all I needed was to let go of my fear of an uncertain future because everything will fall into place as long as I have the ambition and determination to succeed. One thing I quickly learned is that college offers an immense amount of programs that attract an array of interests. There is a field of study for everyone and finding my niche in life was waiting for me. So high school self, don't shy away from the future because it's uncertain, embrace what it has to offer.

semir

Happiness is among the few things in life that cannot be bought. Knowing what I know now I would go back in time and tell myself to develop a belief system and goals that are big picture. Throughout my journey I've learned that believeing in yourself and investing in yourself will make you richer than any amount of money ever can. It doesn't have to be complicated. You don't have to figure out every single thing or every step along the way. But if you believe in yourself and what you are capable of, you will have a big picture plan. Several years ago I began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu because people bullied me too much, and I couldn't handle it anymore. Through martial arts I have discovered what it means to truly believe in myself. During competition I'd be so nervous, but I remembered that all of the preparation was over, and it was time to believe in myself. All in all, belieiving in myself would be the advice I'd give my high school self.

Daniel

I would advise myself that not to worry the things that will hapen in college. There is a huge variety of students that there is not just young students as me but there are older students who are taking other courses for their other major. You will enjoy the school because you are enganging to learn new thing in a tranquil environment.

Wendy

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to focus on applying more scholarships. Instead of staying after school to hang out with friends, go to the library and apply online for scholarshps. I would also tell myself to do more community service, take some time from the weekend and go voulenteer somewhere, therefore you can have more community service hours and it will look good on scholarshps while you help the community. I would also tell myself, get atleast two honor classes and get stright A's, so you can bring your up your grade point average to get the presidental scholarship for a community college.

Nathaniel

The internet is my greatest frenemy. Resisting its siren's spell of procrastination requires a strong resolve. A little self control can turn it into a productivity boosting miracle. Being a better student is about working with your fellow classmates to master new concepts. Skype is a great tool for group study where distance isn't a factor and sessions can be held anytime of day or night. I've held study sessions with friends from other universities taking a similar course. I have lost/forgotten/broken my fair share of traditional flash drives. Google Drive ensures that my school files are secure and always accessible when I need them. It also makes sharing school materials fast and easy. The college life does not always guarantee a reliable sleep schedule; yet, sleep is crucial to academic success. It directly affects my productivity, motivation, and focus. My bedtime can vary throughout the school week, especially when balancing school with work. A sleep calculator like Sleepyti.me can help calculate the best times to wake up in the morning to feel the most refreshed and alert. Technology is an incredible learning utility. The importance is in how you use it.

Alisha

If I could travel back to my senior year with the interests I have now, I would say, "You still need to attend Glendale Community College; it is a great place there and you will make some awesome friends. However, change your major; you would waste less money and spare the drama!"

Caleb

There is plenty of time for having fun and enjoying life while your in college. Focus on your grades and finding scholarship money to help pay next year. You already have made your mind up that you want to become a dentist so strap down and create a plan and take the important core classes first. Math and science are crucial for dentistry, make this a priority and stop worring about going snowboarding! Sincerley, Yourself Looking Back

Alexander

I would tell myself that life will be difficult but you can make your own choices and have the steering wheel to navigate where you are going. College is a foundation for a better future, if you make the right choices now, you're going to be light years ahead of your peers. However, there are plenty of information, resources, and advice you can gather from people who have been through the same thing before. So listen to what they're telling you but also THINK. After high school, nobody is going to hold your hands, you got to play your own cards.

James

You are not spending enough time envisioning the future you want. Without vision, you are like a fish out of water. You need to reignite your imagination, and use it to dream up your perfect life. Your mind is the most powerful thing in the universe. If you will commit to envisioning the life you want, you will ignite a burning passion within your soul to achieve your dreams. Now you are lazy because you think success is doing the least amount of work for the most amount of gain. What a foolish thought! No one truly succeeds at anything doing the bare minimum. You have held this logic throughout High School, but it is a lie. Build the life you want in your mind until you see every pleasant detail. Drive the car you want in your mind until your heart is racing with excitement. This will bring you passionate purpose. It will open your eyes to opportunities that lie just outside your awareness, so that you indeed succeed. Your mind is infinitely powerful, as your thoughts penetrate the universe. Begin to think positively with purpose, and you will find success beyond your wildest dreams. I guarantee it.

Ebony

Go to college with the right mind set and no what you want to major in before going make sure it is what you want to do.

Janelle

I would give myself the advice to take more honors classes. This is because honors classes have more work and make you find the answers on your own. I feel like this is most helpful when transferring to college english and medical courses.

Italia

Wow, if I knew what I know today three or four years ago I definitely would not have gone away to school. I would have lived at home while attending a community college. If I would have chosen this path I more than likely would not have been sick my whole freshman year and I would also be further along in my education then I am at this point. I also wish that I would have had a better back up plan. Just in case something happened, because something happened and I wasn't very prepared. Between me being really sick all the time and my dad deciding to stop paying for school my Mom and I had to make the decision to move me back home. By moving back home after being on my own at a University, I felt like I was taking a major step backwards. All the moving from school to school and classes changing really messed with my time line of when would graduate. In the end I'm where I should have been all along and I would have been here a lot sooner if I would have known what I know today.

Paul

If I were to go back in time to talk to myself as a senior, I would tell my self to get more involved into activites as a student. I would also would have saved a little more money for the experence of going to college. Hopfully to change my perception of what I thought college would be like. To me college is a little more relaxing and left to your own responsibility of your actions, but before my experence I thought college would be exactly like high school. I would also have tried to find an intrest in something to study for the two years of starting in a community college. The discipline is also something that I would have instilled in the way that I think of college. It is a little harder working and going to college all at the same time trying to make a living, and a career at the same time.

Ashley

If I was given the chance to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would say that it's best to get focused now. Senior year is very critical for students planning to attend college. The teachers will begin distancing themselves to prepare you for what it will be lke in college. You really need to start depending on yourself more to get things done because in college it's completely up to you. The teachers want you to learn and eventually graduate but they're not going to hold your hand. So just start depending on yourself more because it's up to you whether you want to graduate college or not.

Chakeela

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would encourage myself to go to college directly after high school. I graduated from high school and went directly into the Air Force. I would tell myself that it would be best for me to earn my four year degree and then enlist in the military as an Officer to earn more money and more respect. It is very challenging to earn your degree in the military if your hours are constantly changing or you are often being deployed. I was able to earn credits equivalent to a two year degree during my seven years of service because of the training I had in the military. Because of the route I decided to take, I was unable to have the experience that a regular college student would have going to college straight after high school. I will never know what it is like to live in a dorm, go to a party on campus, or join a sorority. I would tell myself to enjoy your youth while you can and don?t rob yourself from these experiences. Good Luck.

Madison

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would have told me not to be so scared. I love being in college so much more than I loved high school. I love attending school with students who are just as eager to be there as I am. I have learned that it's okay to be unsure of what you want to do in life, and you can figure it out on the way. I would have reminded myself to prepare to work hard- harder than you've ever worked before. Learning doesn't come as easy anymore. I would tell myself to savor it, enjoy every moment, and seize every opportunity that's given to me.

Crystal

As a high school senior i wouls tell myself to join a club so that i wouldnt be so shy and also to start getting money for college.

Edward

There are a couple pieces of advice that I would give myself. I think the first would be to get prepared to have a lot more personal responsibility when it comes to school work. Many professors in college don't remind you when assignments are due over and over like they did in high school. They'll tell you once and then it's up to you to remember to do it, even though it may not be due for several weeks. The second piece of advice I would give myself as a high school senior would be to just enjoy college. Do as many experiences as you can. Don't be afraid to take classes that aren't on your curriculum. If it sounds interesting and you want to learn about the subject, take the class. Get involved in clubs and school activities. Those are the two bits of adivce I would give myself if I could go back it when I was a senior in high school.

Maxim

If I was to travel backwards through the time space continuum to give myself advice as a hig school senior on college life I would give the advice preparing funds and a getting job sooner for the convience of experience and relief from financial stress. Secondly, I would have said to myself to have study hard for placement test to avoid taking many prerequisites which takes away time for more wanted classes and funds. Also, I would have mentioned to myself on not to have slacked off in weight training class. Finally I would said to myself to introduce myself to more of my senior class peers so that I have freinds to turn to in a time of need or for pastime.

Shakela

I would tell myself to stay focused. Get through high school and go straight to college . I would have taken college courses while i was still in high school, so i would already be in transition.

Elizabeth

I would tell myself to stay in school full time and just get it done. I would also tell myself to have better study habits and use my spare time better by studying.

Alyssa

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would not give myself any advice. The advice that I got from other people was more than enough. I do not think that I could give myself any advice that would help me transition any better. Everyone told me that as I got into my routine, being away from home would be easier. It is definently true. But because everyone told me that, I would not tell that to myself. Plus the experience of moving away from home, living alone, and having to start over with new people is what going to college is all about.

Jodi

If I could go back in time and talk to myself when I was a Senior in high school, I would take myself to Starbucks to have a little chat about the future. I would tell the younger me to go to college right away and start off by taking basic level classes until I figure out what I want to do. College is such an amazing experience; so different that high school. I would tell myself that college is a wonderful place to learn and it helps you to discover who you really are. You have the choice of which classes you want to take, and it could lead you in a direction you never imagine yourself going. As a Senior in high school, you're on top of the world and you think you know everything. Adventure out an experience college life! Don't wait until you'll be 30 years old before you finally finish school and are doing what you love to do. Continue your education and finish when you're in your early twenties and your career becomes your passion in life. Many oppertunities await you ahead, you just have to go after them.

John

If I could go back in time, I would tell myself to begin treating the coming college years as a career because that's what it is. College is a time to learn, work hard, and make a name for yourself so that when your name comes up in a database of 1000's of people you might stand out. Everyone begins college as a face in the crowd. I would tell myself as a senior that it's time for him to start thinking of how he wants to define himself. That, for the first time in his life, no one is making him go to school and now is the time to grow into the person he will carry with him until death. Then, after I scared myself with such intimidating advice, I would wink to past self and say "Kid, have fun, you're too young to be so serious".

Jeramie

Sometimes we all wish we could go back in time with the information and experiences learned and direct ourselves on the right path. The transition from high school to college is always a strenuous endeavor and if there was one piece of advice, I could give myself it would be to apply for scholarships. During my senior year, I had spent most of my time deciding which University would best suit my educational needs, and the idea of writing an essay or entering a contest for school money was not given the time of day. It took a series of events: southward moving economy, loosing my job, and rising tuition costs, for me to realize the importance of planning and the necessity of scholarships when working towards a promising educational future.

Megan

I would definately tell myself to relax throughout the transition from high school to college. There is a lot of pressure in high school to go to the best and most prestigious colleges. It is no wonder why so many buckle under the pressure. When you finally start weighing your options, you find that your situation is far from hopless. There are so many paths that you can take in order to accomplish your goal. And there are so many ways to do so at your own pace. College is meant to be a pleasant life experiene, and I would tell myself as a high school student to treat it as such, and not take the transition too seriously, but to have fun with the ample amount of options given to me.

David

The best advice that I would be able to give myself is to inform myself of the endless possibilities that college has to offer. It took me years to pick up on some of the educational experiences, after school clubs, special events that college had to offer. When I first started my college experience I was so ignorant to the whole experience that I missed out on a lot the first year and a half. I would make sure that my senior self would start applying not only the educational experience of college myself, but to take advantage of the whole college experience and actively involve myself in as many different areas as possible. College is not just about the classes and the grades earned, college is about education and the only way to fully educate yourself is to expand your horizons. Learn through activities, go to special events, become an active member to clubs, educate yourself through your experiences along side your classes. This will not only make college a fun environment, but you'll receive as much education as possible throughout the years.

agustin

man highschool wasn't so good for me because i've moved so many times and knowing that i have lost a lot to learn. If i were to go back in time first i would make sure we wouldn't move so much and really it was my fault because of wanting to explore. my grades got the worst of me and i couldn't keep up. skipping within classes was my typical week and answering phone calls from school and recieving mail before my parents did kept me "safe" for a while. I would definitely do better with my grades and i bet that if i did my football career would be so great right now. and knowing that i would've had a scholarship. i just wish time can be reversed at times to fix mistakes in my past. I'm still trying to get to my University which will be cal Berkeley and will make my dreams come true and make my parents so proud of me. i just can't wait to see there faces; whoops kind of got of topic there, but if i were to recieve this scholarship it'll help lots.. thanks

Taylor

If I was able to go back in time and tell myself something helpful I would say two different things one of which would be to apply for a lot of scholarships to get college payed for and also try to live the healthiest lifestyle possible. When going into college I had the impression that I would be able to just work my way through college not completely understanding the entire cost of college and other expenses that go with it. And also i would tell myself not to take my health for granted for in high school i was a fairly healthy average joe but after I graduated I started to have highly elevated blood pressure from the bad eating and sleeping lifestyle I had all throughout high school. Now I have to go through college and work while being on a heart regulator. Choices I made in my transition to college would have changed by excercising more and eating better for now I am limited in my college experience.

Gabrielle

After completing my first semester as a college student, I would have many tips to give myself if I was able to go back in time. First of all, I would start off with teaching myself self discipline. I would have told myself the importance of maintaining good grades, good study habits, and in being involved. I would advise myself to learn how to handle stress so that it wouldn't get the best of me. Success is something that you create and work for yourself and as a person with many goals, advice should always be taken. Another piece of advice i would give myself is to always give thanks and not to take anything for granted. Everything good should be considered a blessing and never thought of as something that you deserve. I would have many tips to give myself if I was given the opportunity to go back in time.

Diamond-Lisa

If I could go back to my senior self I would tell myself to avoid procrastination, set up a savings, and always set my priorities before anything else. As a senior I was working partime and now knowing the expenses of college I would have definately put some money aside in a savings just for books. I do get by but not as much as I would if I started my savings three years ago instead of now. However, I would have also told myself not to pracrastinate with scholarships and to do every eligible scholarship that was available to me. Also, when it come to my priorities versus my social life I would have put aside fun after the more important things like my assignments and bill payments and that young as I was it is never okay to start any sort of debt. I'm now catching up but it would have saved me a lot of grief if I used my credit wisely.

Ariel

The best thing I could tell myself as a senior in high school would be to not worry about going to a prestigious 4-year university during the beginning of my college experience. I would tell myself that there is plenty of time to study and improve without needing to go to an expensive college, and that sometimes cheap prices doesn't always mean a cheap education. I would also remind myself not to get caught up in the frustration and dramas of college, and to learn to relax early on and enjoy the experience. I would also urge myself to take advantage of all the opportunities college has to offer. There is so much more available to me now than what high school could offer.

Christopher

If I could go back in time and give myself advice as a high school senior I would tell myself to take college more seriously. I would inform myslef that I needed to find a career where I could use my full potential and to start looking for that career as soon as possible. I would tell myself to apply to all the schools that could provide the best bridge to get me to the beginning of that career. I would most importantly let myself know that there are many scholarships out there for high school seniors. If I took the time to look around and apply to all the ones that pertain to me I could have gone to just about any school I wanted. I would tell myself to always get ahead at the beginning of each course and to always consult the teacher before I bought the book for his/her class. Finally I would tell myself to make friends with all my classmates, face my fears and problems head on, and never take short cuts.

Alexandra

If could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to prepare for college and apply for scholarships to universities that could give me a full-ride. I would also tell myself to actually pick a university to attend, because at that time I was not sure where I wanted to go. I had barely any direction and did not know where to really start. I would tell myself to go to the counselors for help and guidance when it came to college and scholarships. I would emphasize very clearly to myself that volunteer work, community service and extracurricular activities are actually very important when it comes to applying to schools and for scholarships, so I should start volunteering and joining extracurricular activities. I actually really wish I could go back and tell myself all those things so I could have been better prepared for life and the hardships of the lack of finances to pay for school.

Tara

Tara, don't go to school for Music Education! Your calling is in the medical field, if you do go to UW, try your hardest to get into the Nursing program. That means you won't have to do marching band, it was a miserable experience and you will hate every moment. Don't worry about Andy, he will be 100% behind you, no matter what you do, he may not move with you, but, he loves you no matter what! Study hard, you will get through it, watch how you spend money....and always, ALWAYS balance your checkbook!!!! You will be a great nurse, and make a ton of money, I wish I had the chance to speak to my future self...becasue now life is hard, and going to school is even harder, but like I am telling you now, study hard you will get through it, and be much happier for it!!! And oh almost forgot! STAY AWAY FROM WALDEN, it will suck you back in and youll never get out!

Jacqueline

I would tell myself to make sure to keep the same academic patterns that I kept through high school. It is easy to get wrapped up in the simplicity of community college and how easy the classes are. Make sure to keep applying yourself. Even though the beginning of college is all about the general required classes, open your mind to the knowledge being shared through these classes, even though they might not be in your future career field. Also, do not think that community college is still high school. The transition from high school to community college is not that different, in fact Glendale Community College North is pretty much high school all over again. Stay strong and realize that community college is saving you money and is only for the first two years.

Frank

At the age of 34, I'm older than the average college student. I've learned about life and school and making the right decisions for oneself. If I were able to talk to myself as a high school senior, the foremost thing I'd stress to myself is to be sure that the major choice is what you want, since, in hindsight, it was not what I wanted. I started originally in business after getting suggestions that I should go into engineering. I chose business because I wanted to be a rich, powerful executive. Nearly 13 years after graduating, I finally chose engineering and am very pleased with that. I'd give myself this information. The next thing I'd tell myself is that it's going to take more effort than I'm used to. I'd make sure that I wouldn't let "senioritis" carry over into the first year of school. Finally, I'd tell myself not to get stuck in a job since it was pretty good at the time. It only served to delay getting what was important done.

Caris

Dear High School Senior, I understand you are anxious about beginning college?don?t be! If you do your best and are willing to apply yourself, you will succeed. Also, don't be afraid of your professors; the majority of them want to hear your inquires. Teachers are pleased when they observe that their students are interested in learning. Your motivation to learn will sequentially motivate your professor to help you in the pursuit of knowledge. Additionally, be courteous. Be kind to your fellow students and considerate of your professors. Refuse to stoop to petty ways of bad-mouthing professors because of the way they choose to order their class; instead, find an aspect of the class to be grateful for and focus on the positive. Get involved! Find your niche and give something unique to the school! Try writing for the school paper, or tutoring other students in a subject area you love. Work on campus in the bookstore or fitness center. Start a student club with a handful of other student who share the same passion. In short, take time to get to know the people surrounding you. You won?t regret it! Warmly, Your college sophomore self

Nicole

Assuming I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior with what I know now about college life and making the transition, I would advise myself to focus on my grades and go for as many grants and scholarships as possible.

Desiree

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself not to give up . During my senior year I slacked because I knew I had the good grades and GPA from the beginning of high school, and the work came easy to me. I didn't have to study for test or papers and I did what i had to do to get by and I regreat that. I wish I would have continued to stay focused, filled out scholarships, and prepare for college not wasting my time doing other things. I would also tell myself to prepare to leave behind people. I realized that my season was changing and when seasons change you can't bring winter into summer and summer into fall, especially if you live somewhere where there is four seasons. I would have begin the process of stepping into adult becoming more responsible and senistive to my own needs instead of worrying about others. I would have made sure that I was ready to move ahead in my life by myself. I would of told myself to enjoy every moment as senior, to savour it.

Brylynn

I beleived that after high school life was going to be easy, and that I could get along fine without furthuring my education. I would tell myself as a high school student to buckle down and do it now, and do it right. There will be plenty of time to be an adult later. In high school I though I was on the top of the world, it took me being knocked down a few pegs to realize how hard life really is. Now I am a mother of 3 that just started my education, I am going to school with my kids. So most of all I would have told myself Go Now, when your responsibilities are minimal, and quit making excuses.

Joseph

If I could somehow have the profound opportunity to go back in time and speak with myself as a high school senior I would have quite a bit to say. First, I would tell myself to be extraordinary and to never give up or to except anything less then one hundred percent of your best. Second, I would tell myself of the financial problems that will begin in the year 2008 and that would continue into the present year. I wish that I could go back and tell myself of everything that I have discovered in my journey past high school and to continue with my passion for flying and all things related to aviation. An explanition that I did not yet reach my goal and life long dream of being an airline pilot , However it will be reached without fail because I will except nothing less and even with all of the financial hardships and challenges I will prevail. I will prevail above all others because that is my spirit and that is who I am. The type of person who gives what he can to help those less fortunate is who I am and will countinue. Good Luck!

Kristina

Dear Kristina, You are going to embark on a new journey. You will encounter people who do not view work as highly as you do. They will depend on you, and expect to recieve the credit. Be prepared, they will be mean and rude. Just go with it, and know you are doing the right thing. You will have some teachers who can not teach, figure a way around them. Doodle, read ahead, and take notes. There will be subjects that utterly bore you, find at least one new thing every class that you found intriguing. Stick with it. Stay organized, it will help once finals come. Be open to new people, and make friends. They will stay with you for awhile, as well as help you out. Wheather in school or in life to cheer you up. Enjoy college as much as you can, it is way better than high school. Sincerly, Kristina Gonzales

Kara

I would tell myself to take my classes seriously. Some classes will be easier than others, just like high school. If you get a scholarship don't blow it, don't slack off just because you're not paying for the class. Show up to class everyday. Do all your homework and make sure you turn it in. If you have questions ask them, don't think you're stupid just because you don't know the answer. The teachers are there for you. Unlike high school, these classes actually mean something. Don't feel intimidated, the classes are small, the people are nice, and always remember your books and a pencil.

Charity

Life is hard for you now, but you were right things will get better once you get to college. Just keep tryin to make friends, and continue doing what you do. Things will turn what they way you wanted them if you just hang in there.

Megan

Well first off you should take college courses like dual enrollment and AP classes while you are in high school. It is a great opportunity to prepare youself for the work load and skills you need in college. It is also a bonus because you are getting high school credit too! Second, I would say to remember that your grades you get in these college classes will be with you for a very long time. So it is important not to slack and do the best you can. I can gaurantee that you will be glad you got that A in English 101 because you took it seriously. Last piece of my advice would be to pick a degree or classes that really interest you not your friends or family. Pick something that excites you and will allow you to go far. It is not about your friends any more. College is a time for you gain a vast amount of knowledge and succeed in career of your choice. Good Luck!