I grew up in a family where education/college was unimportant. I had always loved school, especially reading. Opening a book opened a whole new world to me. Growing up without family educational encouragement meant that I had to find my own way and earn things on my own through hard work. I wanted to succeed in life. That meant choosing where my future was going, I chose college. When I began to attend college, it opened a whole new door for my future. I was ambitious and thirsty for knowledge and guidance so I began to use my resources in developing interests that have lead to my focus of study and career, English and teaching. The resources I found through passionate students, counselors, and professors allowed new doors for the future. Without it, I would not have dreamt of getting accepted into UC Berkeley, being published in a Poetry for the People anthology, nor would I dreamed of studying abroad in Paris, or dream of attending grad school. In all, college has been valuable and abundant in resources in dreaming for the future, reaching out opened the heavens to the stars for me and continues to do so.
My advice to parents and students about finding the right college would be to research everything! Make sure to research the college and the program the student is applying. Many colleges have glitches in their programs that they don't make clear to parents and students until you have given them the money they want. Learn what policies and procedures the school has before considering applying. Most importantly, talk to the students that attend the school because they will be the most help and they will be honest. Advice for students would be to chose your major early and stick with it. To make the most out of the college experience , remember why you are there and have fun! Pay attention in class and take school seriously. Don't forget to have a social life and have free time to have fun with friends. The most important thing in college is academics. This is a time in your life when you transition from a student to an adult. You grow, you learn, you laugh and make memories, and you have the time of your life, but most importantly you begin to establish a career.
I would advice myself to find out more informaton about the residential halls. Are these halls worth paying for if the conditions of the halls need lots of work? Compare residential halls to near by apartments. Knowing how the residential hall is here especially the people, I would really consider either rooming with one person or even alone if possible. If I need more sleep or more quiet time, I would consider living alone or with one person even if that means living off campus. Rooming with more people or living in a co-ed residential hall changes a lot of things. People are going to party and be loud because they are not at home so that really effects your quiet time. Living 16 hours away from my parents is hard where people here can go home on the weekend because their families are only an hour or two away. I would consider going to a school closer to my parents just so I can go home on the weekend and relax.
I am a teen mother. I never thought I would have the opportunity to get a degree in healthcare. I figured it would be too difficult with all of my responsibilities. I was also concerned about attending a school where partying outweighed the importance of academic advancement. I soon realized Jefferson is not a party college and has zero tolerance for drinking, drug, and even tobacco use anywhere on campus! Not being in the best financial situation to began with, I never could've imagined ending up somewhere like Jefferson. I thought it was out of my league. The professors there have made me feel so comfortable. Anytime I need extra help or even words of encouragement they always seem to be there to motivate and uplift me. The year I've spent at Jefferson has been so exciting, and enlightening. I'm extremely happy with my decision to attend this school.
I would tell myself to take more challenging courses. College preparation classes that I took in high school have helped me tremendously. I wish I had taken many more. Also I would tell myself to get involved in more extracurricular activities because it sets a great foundation for meeting new people, which is one of the main things everyone will have to learn to do in college. Practicing good study skills will also be beneficial. Balancing free time and school work is very difficult; so, an effective plan is neccessary. I would tell myself to stay ahead of the game, being late on deadlines sends a bad impression. Punctuality is the key to success along with hard-work and true dedication to what I am pursuing. Making sure I set realistic goals and accomplishing them at a steady pace is also important.
If I could go back in time to when I was a high school senior and give myself some advice, I would tell myself to be ready to buckle down and study hard. The high school I attend did not prepare us at all for what college had to hold. I only had one proessor that actually broke it down with my class and I and showed us what college was really going to be about. I would tell myself to enjoy the free time that I had because college has no free time. All free time is used for studying and catching up on the week to come. I would have taught myself better study habits, in high school I didn't have a hard time studying for tests, but in college my eyes have been opened. There are alot of things that I would have advised myself were coming to help myself be better prepared for what was to come.
Jefferson College of Health Sciences is a very hands on college. It offers plenty of opportunities to excel. Going to this school was my first priory, and I am very thankful to have the experience and to be able to go to this school. It has a high reputation and the students are well respected. I feel as if I learn the information and can apply it. The professors try their hardest to make sure you know the information and skills necessary. The college is newly remodeled, making the atmosphere great and up to date. Our labs that we have include new technology. This school is valuable to attend because of the reputation, the knowledge base you will receive, as well as the degree. Jefferson College of Health Sciences is a great college is you want to pursue a degree in health care.
If I were to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, knowing what I know now about college would definitely make me give a lot of advice to myself. The first thing I would tell myself was to make sure I am prepared for the next step, and remember to remain focused on the real reason why I am going to college. I am not here to make best friends (although that's great, along the way!) or enemies, or to impress any of my peers--I'm here to earn a degree and become an outstanding nurse so that I can one day give back to my community by assisting patients with their needs. As long as I remain focused on what I really desire, the best outcome will happen!
I would have advised myself to keep my grades higher than what I had in high school. I would have told myself to fill out my FAFSA earlier to increase my chances of more financial aid. I would have researched colleges more instead of just coming up with a random list of where I wanted to go. Even with this advise, I do not regret any of the choices I have made. My college experience has allowed me to mature and has made me realize my purpose in life. As a senior, I am focused on my future and do not intend on looking back.
I would suggest that the sudents/parents first decide what type of area they want to be in (city, rural, etc.) and secondly decide what size school they want (large, small, or kind of in the middle). But most importantly, they need to make sure that the school they choose will facilitate their learning experience to the best of its ability for the career that they plan to pursue in the future after graducation.