Green Mountain College Top Questions

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

Jessica

As a high school senior I took on too many activities at once. I wish I had known that it was more important to be filling out scholarships than it was to take a few extra college courses at a nearby community college. During my senior year I got so overwhelmed that I let time slip by and didn't pay close attention to deadlines, or how soon I should have been working on scholarships. High school is very important, it’s a stepping stone to college for a reason; I wish I had payed more attention to learning what my teachers were teaching me rather than just trying to pass. If I had, I would have known more in my college economics class, and I wouldn't be having to learn little things about essays, and grammar the hard way, now.

Nadia

I would tell myself to slow down and to not take things too seriously. There are many things in life that can wait until I am out of college. I used going awa to school to build a barrier between my mother and I. I would tell myself to be kinder to her.

Bianca

I would tell myself Senior year is a very important year and not to take it lightly. Senior year is the preparation for what comes after. Try and challenge your mind with classes that are going to prepare you for college so you can be ahead. Take classes that can be counted as college credits to get them out the way. I would also tell myself to get involved in clubs or organizations becuase that can be very beneficial to your future. I would tell myself to give basketball all you got despite the lack of experience of the other players. Also get help preparing for the SATs and Acts as well becuase those are test you want to do really good on. Don't take the easy way out, apply yourself and strive for excellence and not just average.

Alyson

You think that you have something to prove. You don’t. Success for you can only be defined by you; be careful how you make that definition. Having the right roommate doesn’t make friendship effortless. Living on the right floor doesn’t mean you won’t ever be lonely, and “enjoying college” doesn’t mean you can’t be homesick. You won’t always make the right decisions—accept that and move on. It’s your decision to be here, but sometimes you’ll want to leave. You’ll remain because the loneliness, stress, and displacement do not mean that this is the wrong thing to do, or the wrong place to be. Adventure, exhilaration, and opportunity all contain elements of fear as well as joy. You can belong to more than one place, and many sets of people. Your heart is too open, too full, not to be divided. This is not easy. It never will be. There is too much at stake, and too much to be gained, for it to be easy. Embrace your certainties and doubts alike; know that you will grow in ways you never dreamed of, and gain experiences you’ve barely imagined.

carlie

Do not stress out about college. You are ready. The fact that you took so many AP classes, and pushed yourself through them, will help you with your work load. You are smart but allow yourself to learn. You tend to stick with what you know. The people here have vast amounts of knowledge so let them share it with you. Especially in art. You do not know everything. Don't hold too tightly to certainly plans (like being a painter) and emmerse yourself in everything new that you will learn here (like sculpture). Don't be nervous that you won't find friends because you don't drink or smoke. You will and they will be some of the most amazing, intelligent people you willl ever meet. Open yourself up to new ideas and be patient with those that have different opinions. Talk to your professors often and be honest with them. I cannot tell you how much they willl want you to succeed. Let them help you succeed. I think most importantly, have fun. These will be some of them most stressful years of your life. Don't let that get you down. Enjoy all of it!

Hailey

If I could go back in time and talk to my high school senior self, I would tell her to open up and know that not everyone in the world is out to get you. While majority of one's time should be dedicated to focusing on work, there should be enough allotted for fun activities, whether that is socializing with friends or taking the dog on a walk. I would also tell her, in the simplest way, that everything really is going to be okay and that things have a way of working out for the best. The path she ended up choosing worked out wonderfully. Being open minded and ready for new experiences is the best mindset for travelling several hundred miles away from home and transitioning into college. Breaking out your shell and actually putting yourself out to proactively change your situation there is more beneficial than doing nothing.

Victoria

MPCC has given me the time and opportunites to discover what I really want out of life. The school has also given me an inexpensive way to accomplish my goals. Had I attended a different college or university I would already be in debt and wouldn't be receiving two Associate degrees in May of this upcoming year. I have also been well prepared to move on to a univeersity and know I will not fail with the skills I have attained here. Most frown upon community colleges but MPCC allowed me to live at home, keep a part-time job, and continuously help out on the farm. I received more life experience here than I ever would have at a university my first two years. This college pushed drugs, alcohol, and partying away and allowed me to focus on the future I wanted to attain. Their services and professors were amazing and never left my side until I was fully able to get whatever I needed done.

Chau

For my college experience, I have learned a lot like to enhance my communication skills and by being talkative to understand each other. It helps have a better job in the future based on experience that we have. I want to be a pediatrician in the future to help others and my family members. Currently, I am attending at Pensacola State College to earn the Associate Arts degree. I will complete the amount of sixty credits in about 2012 or at the most 2013. Then I will transfer to the University of West Florida for another two years to complete my college education. After that I will think about what kind of medical school I will attend. My choice is to leave Pensacola, Florida and move to another state where I will be attending medical school for another four years. The next step after medical school is to have internship and residency which last about from five years at least. I will work in hospitals and clinics to help me have further experience by working with health professions. I will do the best of my knowledge and effort to succeed this goal of mine. Thanks very much for your understanding!

Kirstin

I have a great community. Everyone from the president to the cleaning staff seems to have my best interestes at heart. I never imagined having professors as supportive as the faculty at Green Mountain; despite it's shortcomings, this really is a great place to be. I have had so many experiences I cannot even begin to describe. Membership to such a small community gives me the opportunity to get involved in ways that would be unimaginable at a larger campus. One voice really can make a difference.

Courtney

If I could go back in time and advise my younger self, there are a lot of things I would say. Firstly, I would let myself know how much I would grow and change in attending this school, even in the first year. It is an exciting time when you are about to enter college, and you must be open to changes. I would also tell myself to work harder in high school. Because I did not try very hard, I found myself trying to make up for it in college, making the work more difficult than it needs to be. If I had studied more and learned more in high school, I would not have to make up for lost time now! I would also tell myself to apply for more financial aid. Because if my family's economic situation, I might not be able to continue in college. Not being able to persue my dreams because of money issues seems to me to be a very unfortunate things. But I have always had passion, and even though I cannot go back in time, I will find a way to stay in school and continue learning!

Andrew

The most important factor when choosing the college or university you will spend your educational years at is how well the school fits your lifestyle, ideal professional direction, and is able to establish a comfortable setting. Choose a school which teaches beyond the classroom, whether through its planned activities, extra-curricular clubs, or mind-set of its students. When you are passionate of a particular subject the teachings within a classroom are simply not enough. You know the college you have chosen is right for you when you experience in-depth conversations about your choice of study at the dinner table, hanging out with your closest friends, or even while taking a stroll through town and mingling with the townsfolk. Also, a school which is dedicated to your specific field of work will accommodate your needs more so than one which is not as devoted. Finally, if the school does not establish a healthy environment your level of happiness will ultimately sink. You must feel welcomed and accepted by everyone, including the janitorial and security staff, otherwise you will not be able to have those intense conversations you wish you were getting with the people you live so close to.

Samantha

Choosing a college isn't like choosing a pair of socks from your drawer; it's like digging for a needle in a haystack. However, that's the way it should be: you're choosing your life's path. For me, choosing the right college was all in the visits. Staying overnight and sitting in on classes make the most difference. It is important to test out class sizes to see if you will learn better in a large lecture room or a small classroom setting. Overnights will make or break a college for anyone. When you stay overnight at a potential college, you get to truly experience life at that college. It's like giving a car a test run- you can't lose! Primarily, parents and students should never forget that the perfect school DOES exist, although it may be hard to find. My final advice to students is as follows: when you walk onto campus, cligning nervously onto your college pamplets, look around you and observe others. If you look around and feel comfortable, as if you belong, you're at the right place and don't let anyone discourage you. Stay strong, and follow your dreams.

Amber

Going to college is an exciting prospect, but the process of choosing a school is often long and difficult. There are hundreds of schools out there to choose from and it can be overwhelming. My best advice for a student looking to make the best choice for them is to fist and foremost remember that this is their choice and their life. Your family won't be going to the college you choose nor will your teachers or empolyers so make sure it is what you want and what is best for you, not them. Secondly, remember that there are several facets to a college that will play into how the next two or four years of your life are like. Look into the academics of the schools as well as the social life and see if it is a match for your own life style. Third, college is a big investment, don't ignore the price tag and don't be afraid to talk with financial aid workers. Finally, ask lots of questions beacuase lets face it you have a lot of them and the only way they are going to get answered is to ask them. Good Luck!

Sharon

Finding the right school can be really difficult. For me at least I knew I'd like Green Mountain as soon as I heard about it and decided to go there. My advice would be to not commit to a location that will be hard to get out of if you feel out of place. But if you know what kind of place makes you feel the most comfortable then that's where you belong.

Kadie

In order to find the right college, you need to extensively search the school websites, to start. For most schools, you can learn a lot from the website, and you can write down questions to ask for the things you didn't learn on the website. Then, you must visit campus if at all possible, see the atmosphere, sit in on a class, and talk to students, professors, coaches, etc. Ask the questions you need to ask, and ask yourself if you think you would be happy there. If you are not happy at the school you attend, what will motivate you to go to class and do well? Lastly, take notes on everything, from the answers to your questions to how you feel during your on campus visit. When you get back home, compare your notes between schools to make sure that you choose the one that is truly the best for you.

Christina

The advice I woud give to students and their parents about finding the right college and making the most of their college experience is to let you son/daughter explore thier options on thier own, and then talk to you about thier findings. There may be things that they are looking for in a college that is important to them, such as it's size, location, and abroad studies options, and they should explore these options on their own. You should accompany your future college student in things like campus visits, so you can share this experince together, and make a mutual decession on of the college is the college for your son/daughter. This is a big and exciting time for everyone! As for students making the most of their college experiece, I would strongly involve them to get involved with campus actvities, and do everything and anything they possibly can. Go to campus shows, be a volunteer mentor, get a work study job, or join a club. Take a class in a subject that you are interested in, such as an art class. Be involved, maked friends, work hard, and have fun.

Robert

Begin looking at schools early so you can examine each one closely. Visit the ones you like and spend at least one night at your top picks; your opinions may quickly and unexpectedly change after seeing more than just the tour. Finding the right college is more than finding professors with the most prestige - it's a feeling, above all, that you can spend the next few years there and succeed alongside fellow students, professors, staff members, and the outside community. Consider schools with your planned area of study as well as alternative fields, since your education may spur hidden interests waiting to be explored. Schools with self-designed majors are especially helpful for students with a unique passion. Do not exclude any school due to distance from home - the right fit may be on the other side of the globe. Once in school, try every activity/club/area of study that intrigues you even the slightest. Do not fear failure; there is no other way to success. Try things you thought you'd never try and those you think you'll hate. They'll teach you the most. Make friends with faculty and staff. These networks get you jobs.

Jilliann

Make sure you know what you are signing yourself up for. Do not pick classes based on what sounds cool, do it because you want to learn it. If you go to a small school get out into the real world as much as possible, because there is always next weekend to sit around the house.

Candy

When you're looking for a school, the most important thing is to find a place where you feel at home. It's more than classes, more than grades, it's where you're going to be living for the next 4 years of your life. Don't be afraid to try new things. Take that folk music or african drumming class you've always wanted to take. Take risks. This is the time of your life to get outside of your comfort zone and be crazy.

robert

make sure its what you kids really want. and support them

S.

Visit the school first; don't just ask about classes and academics, this is where you will be LIVING for four years. Be sure you are happy in the housing, on campus and in town!

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