Harrisburg Area Community College-Lebanon Top Questions

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


It is okay not to know what career path you will ultimately take. The world is huge, opportunities vast, and you will never stop learning. So as you embark on your college career have fun, take your studies seriously, and do volunteer work to be of service to others. All this will be to your benefit.




The first thing I would tell my high school senior self would be to relax. I would tell myself not to worry about being able to afford to go to college. It would be important to tell myself that there is financial assistance available to anyone with the drive to make their life better by getting a college degree. Also, I'd tell myself not to question my ability to "make-it" as an adult. When you enter college it's natural to be afraid of doing things more independently. For example , In high school you took the bus to school and now you drive in your own car, you have more freedom as a college student but also more responsiblilties. Most importantly I would tell myself to continue doing what I did all four years in high school, study. I learned that college is in many ways just like high school, if you have good study habits and have a goal in mind for your future you will succeed. Lastly, I would tell my younger self not to worry about the soical aspects of college, if you are friendly to people most will be friendly to you.


If I had the chance to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would change many things. First, I would have changed my senior year by preparing myself for taking my SATs and studying for my SATs because colleges and universities select students based on how students scored on these tests. Second, I would take more honor classes instead of academic classes because they would have prepared me for college entry classes. Third, I would have gotten more involved into school clubs and activities like sports because colleges and universities look for leaders and not followers. Another advice I would have given myself would be to take classes more serious, instead of worrying about my job because that took many hours that I could have used for studying. All these changed would have made my senior year more enjoyable and prepared me for a better experience during my first semester at a higher education institution.


The only advice I could give myself would be FINISH highschool stupid.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to start out at a community college and later transfer if I am not sure of my major or where I would like to go to school in the beginning. I would also tell myself to make sure to set aside time for my studies and not overwhelm myself with work and social activities, and that good time management skills and a high level of self discipline are essential to college success. Lastly, I would tell myself that college is a great new experience that will allow me to make a lot of new friends and learn, as well as try new things.