I exelled in high school. Everything I set my mind to I acheived and have brought myself great satisfaction and great personal reward for all my hard work. The one peice of advice I would have given myself that would have made things easier on me now would have been to tell myself to seriously apply to scholarships. I did not take applying to several scholarships seriously; in the sense that I did not apply to any at first. My Bright Future's Scholarship is now over with and it would have been nice had I applied to scholarships the last two years to have saved up that money to help pay for school now. It will be more of a struggle to pay for school now than it would have been if I could have given myself that advice, but even so I will continue to strive for my goals and continue to acheive my goals in life just as I have always done.
If I could go back to my high school senior self, I would tell myself to go to the library more and study every night. You have to know how to study and study a lot in the right way. In order to do well in all of your classes you HAVE to study. Also, I would tell myself to get involved in different activities to get to know other people better.
Firstly, make sure to keep good grades. Good grades and test scores translate directly into money in college. The better you do now, the more money you have to pay for college. Also, take your classes seriously. People flunk out all the time for silly things like simply not going to class so that they can play games or sleep in. You are paying for every hour of class you register for, whether you are there or not. If you flunk out because of slacking off, you have wasted your time and money, and lots of it. The other big piece of advice I could offer is to be prepared to meet the best friends you will ever have. Many students, especially at Johnson Bible College (Recently renamed: Johnson University) meet their spouces there. I did and I don't regret it in the least bit. And my closest of friends also came from college, and I try my best to stay in touch with them. These are going to be some of the best years of your life, make sure that you don't waste them!
I have learned so much in my time here already. Through my college experience so far I have grown in my relationship with Christ and have really understood where God is calling me. I think that attending a Christian college has been a very smart move for me because I am not only getting a quality education but I am also getting the oppurtunity to learn more about my beliefs and the beliefs of others while I am getting the support of friends who share the same morals and ideals as I do. Attending this school has been really valuable to my faith as well as getting the schooling I need. It has really helped me to stay on track because I do not have as many temptations as I might at a public university. Johnson Bible College gives me the tools I need to reach my goals and to be able to reach out to help others.
I am 42 years old. I got married right out of high school and had three children. My youngest child is autistic and so I have dealt a lot with schools. My children grew up and when the two oldest graduated from high school I tried to decide what I wanted to do. When I was 39 years old I decided to come to college and persue a degree in education. After all the involvement I had while my children were growing up I knew the school system needed good, Christian teachers to help guide the young students. Out of this college experience I have learned the skills needed to teach in a public and Christian school. Since I am older I have also been around normal college aged students which I feel has helped me to learn to better relate to students today. The temperament and values of children today are very different then I went to school so I feel that I am more in touch with children today and the needs that they now have. I have learned better approaches to reach these needs than what I had experienced when I was going through school.
Attending Johnson Bible College has been such a growing experience to me. All the people here at JBC are here to help prepare students for ministry, so in this process i have grown so much in they faith in the short months that have been here. I have also made friends here that I can already tell will be lifetime friends and will help me grow spiritually. None of the people here are trying to bring you down they want to help you get through college with as little pain as possible. Here at JBC do you not only get an education in the school sense but also in the church sense.
The right college comes after lots of groundwork. Talk to people you know about the colleges they went to and their experiences there, especially recent graduates. Weigh the cost of the schools tuition against the amount of money you would prefere to spend. You are able to find a happy medium. If the phone experiences you have with the staff are pleasant, your experience has a better chance of being the same.
Make sure you find a school you really love, don't just settle. Find somewhere that has your career choice of interest and will be the best opportunity for you. Find a school that has professors that enjoy their job and will encourage you, as a student, throughout the years. there are professors that really do care. Also, find somewhere that you can get your work done and not have the distractions of partying. You can have fun and have a social life without being at a party school.
Don't pressure your child to choose a college that makes you feel better about their future solely because you have a shallow version of your childs future success based in your failures in life.
If you are the parent don't push your student to go to a college YOU think would be best let your child decided for their self.
Finding the right school for you is about firguring out what sort of environment you want to be in while you find out what it is you are going to do with your life. The sky is the limit. Your dreams are what makes you who you are. Follow those dreams! Make the most out of wherever you end up. To find the right place to start following your dreams you need to locate where you will best fit. Visit the campus. If it feels right, if you get along with the kind of people you meet, consider it more closely. Look into that school's history and reputation. Also, apply even at places you are sure would never accept you. Don't pass up a chance to go to a top notch school because you don't believe in yourself! Start to understand that with the right drive and passion, you can do anything.
For parents: If you are worried about your child going to college, give them space, but be encouraging. Let them make their decisions and begin to grow up. If you are excited to get your child out of the house as soon as possible, still show your child you care. Be supportive and show you're truly excited about this transition in life. For all other parents, help your child get started, but give that needed space as well.
For Students looking for the "right" college: If you know what you want to do, stick with it! Don't let girlfriends or boyfriends influence your choice... you'll probably break up eventually anyway (so why be at the same school with them?!). If you don't know what you want, either look into things that sound interesting or fun for you or just wait and go into college later. To all students: you may go to college thinking you know what you want to do and then change majors. It's alright! If you do, be confident in that choice.
And the main thing is to HAVE FUN! You won't be in college forever!... so take advantage of it!
Make sure that they have the programs you want and if you are transferring, make sure that a significant number of your credits will not be dropped. Also do not plan on changing your major, pick something and stick to it---for money & time's sake.
I would look for a place that is culturally different than yours even in the slightest (if you grew up in a small town look for a big city, etc.). More than that, however, look for places that will help you accomplish your goals but challenge you to question your ideals concurrently. There is no point in going into a position without having struggled through the ideals and beliefs that make you "you" - you'll only fail. There is a vast difference between an educated person and a person with an education.
Students: Find a college or university that fits you. This includes physically, spiritually, and emotionally. You will be unhappy when you do not "fit" at the college or university which you are attending. Parents: Try not to put too many restrictions on your students. It is time for them to start growing up and time for you to start letting go.
I would say that the best advice initially would be to figure out exactly what it is that would make you happy to do for the rest of your life. After you have done this, start researching how you can go about accomplishing that goal. Look for a college with the best program for the money. Don't ever rule out the thought of going beyond four years. While in undergrad, have a good social life, but do your best to limit any alcohol use, avoid drunkeness and recreational drug use. Do things that are going to benefit your future. Don't be afraid to try something new. Seek out things that interest you to see value they can add to your life. While completing your program, look for internships that are directly related to what you want to do and take them. Find out if it is what you really want to do. Don't be afraid to change your mind, just don't make a habit of it. Take your undergrad to enjoy your life in it's prime. Set yourself up for a successful future and pursue the most education you can for your field of study.
When chosing a college or university for one's education a few ideas to think about include size, learning style, career, degree programs, and cost. First, importance must be placed on size and learning style because the two go hand-in-hand. I prefer smaller class sizes because I learn better from discussions, personal contact with the professors and students, and visual aids. Most colleges have visual aids, but when the school has a larger enrollement, generally class sizes are larger and participating in discussion and personal contact are more difficult. However, if an individual learns better from lectures in visual and audible learning styles then a larger university will suit her. Second, career and degree programs also factor into a decision. Smaller colleges usually offer less programs, while larger colleges offer more. For instance, my school specializes in Ministry careers, and may not be for someone who had not decided what to do with her life. Larger Universities contain more programs and areas of study, and allow more room for those who are undecided. Lastly, cost has much importance, but should not interfere with the previous options. The right education for an individual is priceless.
To find the right college I would advise parents and students to visit a few colleges and take the tours around campus. Knowing the background of the college and what it offers your son or daughter is vital to there growth in character and stature. Pick out a school that you know they will work hard but yet still enjoy the college life and atmosphere. If you have a chance to go to a couple classes of your degree area that you want to pursue this would be the most beneficial to finding out if the teachers are enthusiatic and passionate. Also, after visiting the campus and the housing that your student might be staying in go check out the town and see what it has to offer. Does it have places to work, or eat at, or recreation to enjoy, and lastly are there places to serve at and get connected? There's that old saying you pay for what you get, and no matter what college you go to it will be expensive, but no amount of money is worth to much for your child's education.
Pray about it first and foremost and then make sure you visit the schools that you are interested in.
Remember to give your child the space they need to make a decision but offer to give advice. Remember that you know them better than anyone, you raised them, but they are becoming adults and may not want your advice, don't be hurt by this. You can still call them, but ask how often they want to be called. Or ask them to call you first and if they don't after 2 weeks call them ONCE! They aren't you and they have there own desires. Pray for them, and know that they'll make mistakes. Let them know you love them anyway. Set phone dates so you don't "intrude" on their new lives. Offer your house as a place to bring a friend who can't travel home for the holidays. Don't lose hope. You will miss eachother and the college life is very different, but pace yourself and stay focused on your goal!
Find a college where your friends will be good family! The people you meet will shape you into who you become, so find a school with a community of people who you wish to be like. Find a good family!
It meant so much to me during my childhood that my parents saw my interests and my strengths. They nurtured me and encouraged me in these areas because they thought it was more important for me to live my strengths than to just conquer my weaknesses. The point for most of us going to college is to study and learn in an area that will eventually be what we spend most of our life doing. I feel like college is just another step in my journey. It is important to find a school where the student can learn more about what they are already good at, so that someday they can do what he/she loves to do. So much of the time people go to college just to get a degree and end up just making a living. Your education should be a continuation and extention of who you are and what you can become. What a novel idea, getting paid to do what you LOVE to do.
Find several current students to ask questions of. Professors and administrators are partial to the school. Students live it and are where you're considering going. Ask different students. Some students are over optimistic and some students are particularly negative. Have lists of questions prepared, by be sure to ask what the students had wished they had known before they arrived.
Making sure that the college you send your child is where you want them to go. Also make sure that they are able to get things for their dorm and for their needs. And it helps if your child knows people at the school. It doesn't make them feel like they have to make brand new friends.
I suggest finding a college that fits your personality and educational needs. Find a college that has available the activities you enjoy participating in. Don't let anyone make your decisions for you, but think for yourself. The right college for you might be different than the right college for your parents or siblings. Find a college that is academically challenging, but also give you the opportunity to socialize and live in community. College community life is a very important aspect of the college experience. It is in college where you make your lifelong friendships, so find a college where you will be able to participate freely and express yourself in the college community.
I think that finding the right college is up to the student attending. When the prospective student is looking I think that they should look into things at the school that would accomidate their interests and social life as well as their academic needs. I think that a student should really think about how a schools atmosphere makes them feel. If they want to feel apart of a community or blend in and not be noticed then that needs to be considered. It is all a matter of preference and that is what needs to be evaluated but the prospective student.
I think that the parents should give opinions but ultimately let the student chose the right place other wise the student will end up unhappy in the long run. The parents need to consider that there are difference between when the parent attend and when the new student will arrive. Things change and so do their kids. Parents can't expect for their children to be the way they once where.
Make sure to visit the school sit in on some classes. I didn't even consider Johnson until I came to the school. So keep your options open and make sure it offers what you want as far as career, teachers, finacial assistance and classmates go; all of these things are very important!
Realize that no dream is determined by one choice. Students often worry that choosing the right college wil determine their futures. The student chooses his future; his college choice merely paves a path to reach it. The best college for you is the one that will best prepare you for what you hope to do and become. The second best, third best, or even tenth best college for you may just as easily direct you toward your dream. Do not worry that this one decision will determine your future success or failure. You are constantly on the journey toward your future. What matters more than your college choice is your decision to actively pursue your dreams day after day. If you do so, you will reach your dreams regardless of what college you choose.
Visit the school during a regular term that is going on so you can see and visit with the students. Check with Financial Aide your a senior in high school.
The best way to make the right college decisions is to make a list of pros and cons. It is not which list is longer but which list holds the most weight which will help to determine what school is best. For example, I am a very picky eater and did not have a car my first year. Therefore, a school that offered different meal options on campus would be weighted heavier than one that did not have a good meal plan but various restaraunts nearby.
My best advice in choosing a college would be to not listen simply to what the school tells you they offer and how it is run. Rather, ask the students themselves how much they enjoy their experience at the college, what they like and dislike, and what extra-cirricular activities are offered there. And don't ask the students there are orientation day who are instructed to build up the school and say only positive things, but ask students who don't have to hold anything back. Another great idea is just to sit in on a class and experience it for yourself. You can tell a lot about a school and it's atmosphere by sitting in on a class or two!
Visit the college the student plans on attending. Stay in the dorms so they can get the feel of the college community.
To students I would say: Go away for college. To parents I would say: Let them go. They need it. Whether or not they are ready isn't the point. You grow up pretty quickly when you don't have on your own with no one to bail you out. As far as the right college goes, today the main thing that matters is that you actually have a degree. I would also say that it is important to get involved in campus life and activities. Peopole who don't get involved don't enjoy college life.
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