Hesston College Top Questions

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


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would make sure to tell myself to be outgoing and get to know a wide variety of people. I've always be rather an introvert, but before I came to college I made a committment to try to be as outgoing as possible, and I think this was one of the best things I've ever done for myself. It allowed me to form some friendships that definitely would not have happened otherwise. I also would tell my high school self that it's perfectly fine to not stick with just one group of friends throughout my two years at this college. I've had several groups of friends while here, as well as many who were not part of a particular group. This was a very enriching experience as it has allowed me to experience the diversity of many people as well as allowing me to form deep, lasting friendships and connections with people from all over the globe.


What you learn in life not only enhances your vocabulary and social skills, but it stimulates your mind to make good decisions. It's the difference between a 5-figured, or a 6-figured guaranteed sum when darkness comes into our lives. Some would say it comes from friends, family, school, teachers, professors, and life in general. The answer is our choices and decisions. Society says that graduation is an achievement of a milestone in our life, but what we don?t realize is that our life is just beginning, it embarks on a new life journey, in which some are scared to face. We can get a well-paid job with a nice pay cut, but the bottled emotions one may have come from the support that our families, teachers, pastors, and leaders have given us. At twenty-two years old, I am able to give back to my family and community. I?ve learned that a accomplishment is only as big as you make it to be, a dream starts off as an unpainted picture, but in learning, crying, failing, succeeding, teamwork, hard-work, effort, comfort, and support, you can paint a ?masterpiece.?


As a reflective and contemplative person, I very often look back on my life and wonder how I could of done things differently and if I've made the right choices. If I could, as a college Sophomore, have a conversation with myself as a high school senior, I think the first thing I'd say is to not stress myself out over the decision of where to go to college. While it is a decision that takes a lot of thought and planning, I don't think it's one that people should lose sleep over. That being said, I would also warn myself that I should spend effecient time planning, visit more colleges, explore more options, and be open to expanding my boundaries a little more. Leaving home and going to college is not nearly as scary or intimidating as it may seem as a senior. I'd tell myself not to settle only for what feels safe and comfortable. While starting something new can be somewhat scary and challenging at first, it often has the potential to make you a better person in the end.


If I could go back and talk to myself as a senior in high school, I would tell myself not to worry so much about what I want to do for a living. I would tell myself to focus more on my life at the moment and not so much on the future. I now know that college is about finding yourself and figuring out what you are interested in. I wish I would have known in high school that it is ok to spend some of the time you have in college to change your mind and discover and explore the many different options and paths you can take with your life. In high school I was so caught up in trying to decide what career path I wanted. So much so, that I had little time to enjoy my life as an immature adolescent who was still able to mooch off of my parents. Now I find myself as an independent adult living off of what little money I have, who not only missed out on some part of my adolescence but who also has no idea what I want to do with the rest of my life.


Get started early looking at where you want to go to school, what you want to major in. It is important to know what you are looking for in a college. It is a good idea to list the pros and cons of each school that you are considering to help you make a good decision.


I would tell myslef to work harder and commit to my work so that I would go through college prepared and with a scholarship.