Golden West College Top Questions

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

Alexus

I would tell myself not to take any break in between school. I made an awful decision to take a break when I didn't really need it. Had I continued and done every semester to my best ability I would already have my Bachelors of Science and I would be at a university now. I would let myself know how helpful the career classes I took last semester were and that they helped me choose what career path I wanted to take. I would tell myself to take those counseling courses much earlier. I would also let myself know that I had two little boys that God would be entrusting to me to raise so I need to apply myself and succeed early on. If I applied myself and succeeded earlier, raising them now would not be so difficult financially. I would finish my advice to my former self to practice patience, persistance and to have faith in myself as a woman and mother.

krystal

Going to college has given me a lot of experience, knowledge, learning and maturation. It is extremely important to attend college to prepare properly for the professional area. It has given me a lot of learning for the area of business administration. I would like to expand my learning and knowledge of different cultures studying at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Taylor

I started out at UC Davis then moved to a community college during my transition to a new four year university. It helped my discover what I wanted to do with my life. I have met many very interesting people and many very intelegent people. I have learned something from each one of them. Every person and every experience is key because they got me where I am right now.

Daniil

I am not sure yet, couse I am new student in that college, but I am sure I will get everithing what i want in my profesion, I am sure this is tru.

Diana

If I could go back in time I'd smack myself on the back of my head a few times. I wish I wouldn't have taken learning for granted. I wish I could have had a more open mind. I'd tell myself that I'm only working hard now to get ahead in the future. "Diana, You know that class you're taking now? You better pay attention because it's going to help you ace the history class you're going to be taking in a few years." Sadly, I can't take it back, but most learn from their mistakes. I know I have. Now, I'm older and see the "Big picture." My little brother is just starting high school and there isn't a day that goes by where I don't sit down and talk to him about the importance of taking advantage of school.

PAUL

IF I WERE TO BE ABLE TO GO BACK IN TIME. THE ADVICES THAT I WOULD GIVE MYSELF ARE TO FOCUS IN SCHOOL AND TRY MY BEST WHILE I AM IN HIGH SCHOOL BECAUSE IT WILL MAKE MY LIFE MUCH EASIER ONCE I HAVE THE EDUCATION THAT I NEED TO APPLY FOR A HIGH PAYING JOBS. WHEN I KNOW THAT THE OLDER I AM THE HARD IT IS FOR ME TO GET THE EDUCATION IN SCHOOL BECAUSE I HAVE TO WORK AND GOING TO SCHOOL AT THE SAME TIME AND I MIGHT NOT HAVE THE TIME TO STUDY. WITH THIS IN MIND, I BELIEVE I WILL BE MORE SUCCESSFUL IN SCHOOL IF I KNEW ABOUT THIS WHEN I WAS YOUNGER AND I WOULDN'T HAVE SUFFERING AS MUCH AS I AM TODAY. WHEN I'M GOING TO SCHOOL AND WORK AT THE SAME TIME TO SUPPORT MYSELF AND TO PAY MY BILLS.

Sabrina

I would tell myself not to rush leaving home. I was so excited to run aways to San Diego and live on my own. I thought I knew everything there was to know. When I got to San Diego State, I instantly felt home sick and out of place. Always, loud and out late, my roommate did not make things any easier. She was nothing like me, she hated going to school and loved to party at the fraternities. To distract myself from the negative, I joined the schools division 1 rowing team. I was 100% committed to the team and still felt out of place. In the end I decided to not go back to San Diego State for a second year. Being back home attending a community college has given me a lot of opportunities to explore different career options and I feel much happier. However, I do not regret my choice. It was a learning experience and has made me more mature and careful in my decisions.

Elizabeth

If I could go back and spend time with myself as a high school senior, I would give myself a big hug and help myself to just breathe. As a senior, the idea of college was extremely overwhelming and I felt lost knowing I was headed toward it. Truth be told, I was a good student and I could have gone to a four year university. I took the right classes in high school: four years of AP english, three years of a foreign language, and four years of science. Unfortunately, neither of my parents attended college and the idea was very new in my household. I went to a very academic public school, in which I got lost in what looked like a college shuffle. I'd hear that so-and-so got accepted to Standford and so-and-so got accepted to UCLA. I felt as though I had nothing to offer a university next to my peers. I know now that I was wrong and I wish I had been there to walk myself through the steps and push myself to achieve more.

Dominique

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would give myself the advice of researching majors, and the programs that are offered at the college. I would also have told myself to apply for more schlorships, as well as start making a financial plan so I could better afford college. I would make sure to let my past self create better relationships with my high school instructors, in order to have good references I could use in school and also for jobs and internships.

Tiffany

I would tell myself to listen to my teachers more. They told me not to settle for a junior college. They told me strive for a 4 year. That of which I did not do. I allowed myself to get caught up in sports and all the student activities instead of working harder on my studies that I could not qualify for a 4 year. I would tell myself, have fun, but remember this sets you up for the rest of your life. This makes or breaks you. This lets you either go straight for what you want or go to a prep college instead. SO WORK HARDER! Get yourself into that 4 year! Make your mama proud!

Sammy

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would definitely tell myself that studying is the only way to survive college. Sometimes in high school, even if you failed miserably on the tests, you can still pass it by completing all your homework, projects, and assignments. In college, however, there is no such thing as passing a class without passing a test. Tests are crucial and is the only way to determine your grade. If you don't study, you fail. It's that simple so just follow the rules, and hopefully, success will come your way.

Chalon

If I knew then what I know now I would tell myself to not take my education for granted. And that time wasted you can never get back. College can be fun but it is also scary,fast and not what you expect at times. People come and people go things change all the time. And do not think that it won't happen to you. I wish that i had someone back then to tell me that then, so that I would not have had to learn that the hard way.

Marlen

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a senior in high school, I would comfort myself about college. Since many of my teachers said that students were on their own in college, I feared the worst. They made it sound like the professors didn?t care about the students and that they would assign an unbearable load of homework. However, I have discovered that professors are kinder than they have been portrayed to high school students and that they actually assign little to no homework at all. Also, since I am shy, I feared that I would be an outcast. Once again, I have proven myself wrong. College students are the easiest people to start conversations with. Also, since there is more group work involved than I expected, I have made many new friends. I would tell my senior self that college is not the solitary, scary place I have imagined it to be. Since I know I would not take my own advice, I would also show my senior self video footage of those moments that have made college a better experience than I would have expected at that time.

Dan

I would tell myself to STICK IT OUT. I never gradutaed high school, and I didn't go right to college. I got my GED and then travelled and worked in the private sector for about six years. It isn't that I wholly regret this decision; I learned a lot, and now I'm more motivated than ever in my academic endeavors. It did postpone any career goals I might have had though. My plan now is to study geological sciences, with the hope that one day I might work to help alleviate the energy crises through the harnessing of geothermal energy. And while I will work tirelessly toward my goals, and I am elated to have such a strong desire to pursue the study of geology, it would be nice to be able to go back to my younger self and tell him a thing or two about getting a jump-start on college.