James A Rhodes State College Top Questions

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

Audrey

Knowing now how expensive a college education is, I would have applied for more scholarships. I have recently discovered the wide, wide world of "free money", and although most the applications are not for full-ride opportunities, any amount can help pay for my tuition and help me reach my dreams. Although I wonder how my life would have been changed if I would have known about all the scholarships available , I am determined now to do the hard work that must be done in order to earn them.

Megan

If I could go back in time and give myself advice I would tell myself to work harder and take my senior year more seriously. I never believed that grade point averages and grades would affect my future until I enrolled in college. I would tell myself to come to school more and have a better attendence record. There was a good chance that I could have been an honor student but didn't feel like it was necessary, but now I know that it is one of the most important things you need to accomplish in life as a senior in high school.

Joseph

if your not sure of your major, take your pick of the top 3 or 4 major choices and take all of the basic education courses such as math, history, communications, pshycology and sociology. so when you make your choice you have completed all of the basic classes and not waisted any time on classes in a major your not sure with. if you already have a major picked take the basic classes first so if you decide to change your mind, you will get through school and graduate in no time. to save money take your basic classes at the local community college then transfer to the university of your choice.

William

If it where possible to go back in time and talk to myself as a senior the main idea I would wanna convey onto myself is to pay more attention and apply myself more in my highschool work. I would explain how taking challenging classes now in highschool will save money and time in the future. Because once your in college you are on your own and anything you can do before hand to educate yourself will come in as a useful tool later. Just because someone gives you a hammer now with no use for it, it doesn't mean that someone else wont come along with nails later. Basiclly I didnt realize that I would need to have a good understanding in math, I also did not quite realize what i wanted to do or the major I would want to pursue, until the end of the school year. If I would have known that I should indulge in challenging math in highschool I would have done so. This didnt appeal to me at the time also because noone else in the family has ever been to college to tell me what should and should not be done.

Dominique

Knowing what I know now about college life and making the transition I would give myself the advice of paying attention more in your science classes, beacuse the terminology will be very similar in the Anatomy & Physiolgy classes and many more classes such as chemistry. I also will tell myself to meet new people who you know are going to the same school so you have someone you can talk to about school. More advice I would give myself is volunteering more around the community, because all college's encourage you to volunteer more. The biggest piece of advice I would give myself is to consentrate only on your work while your at school and don't let those who try and come between you and your school work bug you, because it really will help you in the long run with your studies.

Megan

High school was the social highlight of my life. However there are a few things I wish I could change. If I could travel back in time and tell myself one thing, it would be to pay more attention and work harder on my grades. I am a very capable student, but during high school I didnt work up to my full potential. Sure, I did all my homework and got passing grades, but I didnt study as hard or pay much attention as I should have. I regret that. There was so much in high school that acts as a basis to the rest of your life that I may have missed. Some of the curriculum in college is review of things I learned in high school, but I find myself blank on some of these things. So if I could go back about 3 or 4 years to the beginning of high school, I would smack myself in the head while I was dozing off in class and say "Pay attention to this, your gonna need it".

Michael

Go to College and get a skilled trade degree.

Samantha

If I could tell myself what I know now the first thing I would say is don't get caught up in the little things, and to take things one step at a time. Time after time I found myself planning out events, and by the time it came around I was already on to the next big thing. I never had the opportunity to enjoy what I had already planned. I wish I could tell myself to follow my heart and not make make judgements on irrational thoughts. I allowed myself to listen to others too many times, and in the end I lost sight of what was important to me. I have realized that at the end of the day I only have myself, and that's who I need to depend on 100% of the time.

Jennifer

For the longest time I wasnt sure if I wanted to go to college. As a kid I always said I wanted to be a vet, but that changed because I have a fear of dogs. After that as I got older colledge never seemed like somethung for me. I always worried if we could afford it, how do I get scholarships, what is the right college for me. Then after my grandpa got sick and I had to help hook up his PIC line it helped me make my decision about goin into nursing. I realize that them questions were just fears about growin up. So the advice I would give myself is to try and not worry so much. College is always goin to be expensive but it will help you give you a beter future. Also, I would tell myself to stop worrying and to apply alot sooner for scholarships so I don't miss the deadlines. I am happy with my choice of college but I wish I would have got more scholarships. So the advice I can give is to stop worrying and start looking for scholarships. It will be a exciting experience.

Larry

The number one advice i would give myself, if I could go back in time, would be to go straight to college after high school ended. I would tell myself that the transition is not as difficult right after high school as it would be later in life as a working adult. I would let myself know the importance of chasing after my dreams right away, instead of letting them pass me by later. The past me would be told about the friends I could make as a younger student, and the connections I could make for future career possiblities. The main thing I would emphasize would be that it does not get easier the later you wait, it gets harder. Harder, both in my personal life, with finances, and my professional life, with attending the classes I want to.

Steven

If I had the opportunity to go back in time and tell myself what I should do in the future two things come to mind work harder in school and save more money. As your going through that period of life you don't think about these things as much. When you look back you see what you could have done different to better yourself in present. As long as you can learn from this and apply it to the future it can have a profound effect on your life.

Christy

I would definitely tell myself that I need to know all the bones and muscles in the body. Trying to learn them all in two weeks time is not enough. It also becomes very stressful studying, so take as much time as possible to learn the information without trying to cram it into your memory.

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