Joliet Junior College Top Questions

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

Vivian

Since graduating high school the most important lesson I’ve learned was to, “Listen to your heart and do what makes you happy.” As an 18 year old senior with a lot of pressure about your future and college I know it’s difficult knowing what career you want to pursue for the rest of your life, I mean let’s face it that is a huge decision to make for a high school student who barely knows what they want for dinner the next day. Don't be pressured by your teachers, your family, and your friends who seem to have it all together; focus on yourself and what makes you happy. Don't rush into a career where you will be miserable for the next 30 years simply because you will make a lot of money. Choose the career that will make you happiest and that will have you waking up every morning excited to work. Choose the career you are passionate about. Choose happiness, don't focus on money. And in the famous words of Confucius "Choose a job you love, you will never have to work a day in your life."

Claudia

Dear Claudia, You have a long life ahead of you and I want you to know that you do not have to go to a community college. Though it may seem like the only option, do not feel like you have to go there. You have the potential and ambition to strive for bigger and better things, all you have to do is take the time to sit down and apply for financial aid and scholarships. The most important thing is to keep getting back up and trying again, I cannot stress that enough. Life may get in the way for a little while, but you have to be strong and keep on trucking through. Also, college is fairly easy; college is just like high school bigger and the classes are just a little harder. Just make sure to be hardworking and stay strong through the first two years. I promise that when you walk into DePaul University, every stressful moment will be 100% worth it. I'm sitting here writing this to you while I'm still attending a community college but I have faith in you that you will finally be attending DePaul University this fall.

Stephen

If I could buy a time machine capable of whisking me back to my last year of high school, I would spare no expense. The advice I would give covers many areas of life in general, but the overall message is the same. Dedicate yourself one-hundred percent to your work, giving frivolities a lower level of importance. If only I had known the repercussions of misplaced priorities. I wanted to do what was fun and easy, putting off until tomorrow that which would prepare me for a successful place in the world of business. I would tell myself how difficult it is to catch up once you allow yourself to get behind on your work, as it piles on faster than you can take it off. So I would hope the 18-year-old Me listens as I tell him to put aside childish things, grow up, and make something of himself. And should that version of myself heed my warning and change his ways, he can expect two words from the present-day Me: Thank you.

Taylor

Don't stress the small things, life gets very difficult the older you get, you have to get yourself together and believe in youself to do amazing things in the future. To know that you should make the best of yourself, follow your dreams and not to do what everyone else wants to do. To not take the things you have for granted because life can be very unexpected. To help others in need because you never know when you might need their help. Altogether, be the person who you want to be, not want others want to see.

Mercedes

It' said that what's done is done. Move on in life. Learn from your mistakes, but let these lessons convert you into a changed person that is willing to face what reality; life has to offer. Life is a mysterious yet beautiful thing to experience. Good and bad things will occur without being warned. I argee with that, there are certain issues that are better off to not be warned about, but one issue that i wish i was warned and informed more about is education. I wished someone had told me to participate in extra curriculm activities and sports through out my high school years. I wished they had told me to learn how to manage my time wisely. I wished someone had told me to take advantage of any academic help offered to students for free. I someone they had told me how important education is and how it should be taken serious. I wished, that I, wasn't stubborn and unwise in highschool to know this now, in college, then in high school. If I was to warn and inform a student about what college consists of without missing a single detail I would.

Marissa

I would take the oppourtunity to go back to high school if given the chance. If I knew then what I know now about what it truly takes to get into a good acedemic college, I believe I would have tried ten times harder then I did then, and I tried pretty hard then. I was not given the option to go to a good college for the major that I wanted to pursue because of my GPA and ACT scores from high school. I don't believe that tests define your ability, but unfortunately in high school they effect your college career. I had to attend JJC for my Associate's degree and now am planning to transfer to Eastern Illinois University, however if I had tried harder back in high school, I could have gone to Eastern right away and it would have better prepaired me for a career than JJC has. My advice to my 17 year old self, from my 20 year old self would be to take every oppourtunity you have to accel in acedemics and don't postpone anything, now is the time. Later is the reward.

Nicole

The biggest piece of educational advice I would give my younger self would be: go for it! When I was 19, I went through one semester at university because I knew I wanted to further my education. I became overwhelmed by my educational choices and the financial burden of it and dropped out. Six years later, I ended up at Joliet Junior College and slowly worked my way to my AAS in horticulture. I learned so much and love the subject, but learned that I did not want to pursue a career in it. This brings me to today, where I am switching majors and pursuing my bachelors in business. Obtaining my education in horticulture has enriched my life in so many ways and not for a moment do I consider it a "waste" that I did not end up making a career out of it. I would tell my younger self to be unafraid, that an education in anything is never a waste and the growth from the experience is its own merit.

Ana

The more prepared for college i am the easier it will be. Taking college prep classes such as honor classes will help me be more prepared to manage the amount of stress many college students experience. Starting assignments and preparing for tests as soon as they are annonced will help me get better grades and will give me the oportunity to clearly understand the material.

seth

No matter what, I never give up. With all the adversities that come with being a college Freshman, I stick to my goals, avoid the common temptations that undergraduates face such as drinking, drug abuse, slacking off (I didn't even gain the freshman fifteen)! I study hard, participate in school activities, and keep one thing in mind, my dreams and aspirations. I love being involved with my peers, the school curriculum, and the overall of being woven into the fabric of my university. I have a deep desire to help others. This is not only evident on campus, but, upon my graduation I will use my education and passion to to serve my community and my country.

Ellen

If I could go back and have a conversation with myself at 18 years old, I would stress the importance of getting good grades. I have always been a good student, but at times in the past I have let procrastination get the best of me. While I did my work, at times I did not put forth 100% of my effort. In my first two years in college, I have grown to love school and really take pride in my work. The thing that amazes me is that it shows and makes me feel so good about myself when I get the grades I know I have earned.

Alyssa

If I could go back and tell myself what I know now, I would tell myself that college is not as scary as it sounds. You just need to know how to balance your time. I would also tell myself that no one else knows what they are doing either. I thought everyone had their lives planned out and I was the only one who had no idea what I wanted to do. I would tell myself to go away to school because that is an experience that everyone should have. I love going to a junior college, but I am now realizing that I missed out. I will be graduating from Joliet Junior College this December with an Associate in Applied Science for Culinary Arts, and I have applied to Ohio State University to obtain a Bachelor?s Degree in Science for Nutrition. I feel that I really missed out by not going away. Lastly, I would tell myself that I can do whatever I put my mind to. Self-confidence is essential in the college world. I am happy I found these things out for myself though. College has made me the strong, intelligent person I am today.

Jonathan

I am a student at Joliet Junior College in Joliet, Illinois. When I left high school I did not know what career path to take. Unbeknownst to me entering college would not make that decision easier. I thought that going to junior college was a bad decision and that I had failed. I shortly learned that it was a very intelligent decision giving the situation I was in. I have seen many of my former classmate from high school come home from a 4 year school to attend JJC because they realized they were wasting money on general education If I could go back to high school and talk to myself I would encourage myself to head to junior college. I would tell myself to take some general education classes?, get a feel for college. Two years makes a big difference in where you think your life is headed. Make and informed decision about continuing your education, decide on a major and transfer to four-year university. If you do all of these things you will save yourself at the least 10,000 a year. When you graduate from college you will indeed be thanking yourself.

Jorge

If i were to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior knowing how college life is and how making the transition is, I would tell myself to not give up and stop slacking around. I will tell myself to pay more attention in school. That school is very important and that general education that is tought in high school is necessary to know in order to suceed in a further education. I will tell myself to take more elective classes that focus on the career I want to pursue. I would have in mind that without a college education, I will be nothing in life. In today's society in order to susceed in life, we need a college degree. That is why I want to go to college and have a college degree so that my future could be secure. I believe it is never late to attend college and that is why I am going to Robert Morris University.

Anastasia

If I went back in time and talked to myself as a high school senior I would of done things a lot differently. I would of told myself I should of put a lot more effort into studying then I did because I already was a big struggler when it came to test taking. I probably would of told myself I should of started applying for scholarships when I was a senior even though I didn't go away right away. I know I would of told myself to take everything a lot more serious then I did sometimes because now I take everything extremely serious. I beileve that when your in college it isn't a joke if you want to make something out of your life. Senior year for me was a lot of fun, but I would of told myself to save a lot more money then I did because now I really need it going away to school this summer. Now that i've been in college for two years I see that I have a lot more responsibilities and really focus on school twentyfourseven.

Angela

As a high school senior I knew I was going to go to college. I jumped back and forth between majors and I truly never knew what I was going to do with my life. The advice I would give to myself would be to get good grades because people really do get scholarships for their hard work in school. Although I did well in high school, it was only average. I also would have advised myself to do the vocational program through the high school that offered child development. Although I never knew what I wanted to do, having that experience would have looked extremely well on a resume. Unfortunately, I do not go to a university because my family cannot afford it; therefore, I cannot compare myself to a normal college student. However, I would have definitely prepared myself for note- taking because taking notes is not something that is second nature for me. Although, high school is over for me I am hoping to make a difference in the education field, I hope that when my child is a senior in high school they will understand how important college is and will be in their lifetime.

Michael

I would say to myself that I should work harder in High school to have more chances at scholarships for college.I felt that high school was a waste of time and realize now that it is not.I should study more,read more,should take alot better notes, asked for help when I really needed it.I shouldn't have worried what others thought about me as long as I was happy with the way I was.I would also tell myself to save every last penny to be ale to afford the college expenses because they really do add up when it comes time to pay them.When applying for scholarships make sure you ask how they work you hear about them and assume it is free money but to make absolute sure and make sure that the scholarships actually go through okay.

Morgan

The advice I would give myself as a senior would be to not give up or take it easy just because I am a senior. Grades still matter just as much and if I even slack off the least bit it can trully affect my college opportunities. Being a senior and graduating highschool is just another step towards college, it's a time to trully go for what you want to be in life. As a senior I need to focus on my career goals . Although I don't need to make my life career decisions fully, I need to think about my options of going away, staying close, money, dorms. Sometimes it feels like I'm all alone in this process, but talking to someone (a parent, counselor, friend, eg.) can make it less stressful in the decision. There are times when someone close to you won't agree with your decisions. My number one advice to any individual, along with myself, is that I will not let anyone bring me down. I will go out and be who I want to be even if someone doesn't think I can do it. I believe in myself!

Jennifer

I would have applied for a lot more scholarships, knowing that the government grants would run out. I would have found a better job to help save so I could pay for college and not struggle. I would have gone to Joliet instead of UIC which had no Veterinary Technician.

YESENIA

If I could go back in time to when I was a senior, I would tell myself that college and high school are two different steps in life. One comes after another. College is a larger step into the real world. You must be prepared to work long hours and become very dedicated to your education. Future jobs that you apply to will look at your transcripts and see if you qualify. Choose a career that you enjoy. If you choose one based on yearly income, you may not like it forever. College is about learning more about what interests you and working hard for your degree. College is not all about finding friends and parties. College is about getting an education that will help you succeed in the real world. Be prepared to be lost for a few days around campus. Do not just look for classrooms, but look for offices that may help you. Look for financial aid offices, advisors, and other resources that may help you get through. My best advise would be to try your best and get involved with the school. Extracurricular acitivities also look great on your resume. Good luck!!

Joslyn

I would tell myself to try harder and push myself for success by doing sports and joinin clubs. Also i would tell myself to put a little more effort into my senior research paper and really study for exams that i had to take. And by handing in my homework on times and asking teachers for study sessions or for help. Probably should do all the extra credit that was given to me.

Jessica

If I could go back to my senior year in high school I would have told myself to take school and adult responsibilities more seriously. Most high school seniors are so excited that they are going to be graduating from high school that they do not even think about the responsibilities and priorities that are comming their way as they enter further into adulthood. They are to busy being with their friends and partying to really even realize what is comming their way. Mostly through high school you are still pretty dependent on your parents, but as you trasnsition into adulthood you become less dependent on your parents and more dependent on yourself. This is a concept that I wshed I had realized my senior year of high school. I would have started to become more dependent on myself instead of my parents sooner than I actually did. If i had started this transition back in high school instead of after high school the transition would have gone much more smoothly and I would not have had so much responsibility dumped on me at once. The earlier you can learn and take on your own responsibilities the better.

Michael

If I could go back in time to a senior in high school and talk to myself I would make sure I have done a good amount of research for possible schools I would like to attend. I would also search for alternatives such as enrolling into a junior college the first two years and then transferring out to a four year university to finish your degree. In many occasions it is less expensive to go into that direction. I would definitely remind myself to start looking for scholarships early. There are many scholarships offered to high school seniors that students are not taking advantage of. I would tell myself to be prepared for stress and pressure from school and work. It is very easy to get overwhelmed but by creating a plan and a personal schedule you could get almost everything done in time and avoid yourself the stress from all the work. If I would have known most the things I know today and would have done them during my senior year in high school, I would have not taken a break from school for a semester and would have stayed on track.

Timothy

I would go back and tell myself to fill out my fasfa as soon as possible and don't wait at the last minute. Apply for more scholarships because there is a whole lot of free money in the world you just have to find them and apply and its like hitting a gold mine when you get one and keep continuing to do so until you finish school. Also register for your classes as soon as possible and try and take a class over the summer to get you started. Be ready and excited like always and always push yourself to your full potential like you've done over the years.

Austin

When I was a senior, my father's business was going great and the family was doing well. I had all the friends I could ask for and the perfect girlfriend to go along with it. College began and my world took a turn. Within the matter of months, my world would not be as "perfect" as it once was. My father lost his job and my favorite uncle, "Uncle Bob", lost his life to pancreatic cancer. These instances put my family in a world of pain but most of all my mother. It tore me up everyday to sit and watch her cry. My grades dropped drastically because I did not know how to handle myself anymore. Everyday I sat in class, I could not pay attention knowing that my mother was at home crying. However, this is not a sob story. It took me a little while to regain my strength but I did infact regain it. I have always been intrigued by the quote "If life gives you lemons, make lemonade". So, in this instance, that is infact what I would tell myself if I could go back in time, to when I was a senior.

Krystal

In high school I was very popular and growing up I always had someone making choices for me. When it came to my turn to choose my path in life I decided to study Pre-Med. I've always had to go to a certain school and now that I was going into college I could pick where I wanted to go. Although I could go wherever I wanted, I ended up at JJC. JJC is a great school but is not where I planned on going to college. If I could go back and talk to myself as a senior I would tell myself to learn more about college. Apply for more scholarships and research all schools to find which is best for me. Going into college is a huge step and can be very stressful. By researching schools, I could have saved myself a lot of stress and could have found a school that fits my style. If I could do it over, I would tell myself to get on the computer and phone and find something that I would love.

Hector

If I could go back in time I would tell myself that although college seems intimidating and complex it is actually an enjoyable experience. During college you are completely independent and it is entirely up to every individual to decide what is best for them. I would also explain that because of the independence and importance of college that it would be very wise to speak to a counselor several times about college during my senior year to get help in planning my educational path. Additionally, I would also stress the importance of registering for classes fairly early so that I may arrange my schedule properly and find the classes I want to take. Another suggestion that I would make to myself would be to take more Advanced Placement tests during my senior year because many of them could provide college credit if they are scored high on. A final and important piece of advice that I would give to myself would be to search for and fill out numerous scholarships because with the cost of tuition and materials college will become significantly expensive.

Emily

As a high school senior, I knew I would be attending a Junior College after graduation. I was very worried about being stuck at home while all of my friends went off to college and missing out on the "true college experience". However, now that I have finished my time at Joliet Junior College, I realize that where you attend college does not dictate what you get out of it. My time at JJC was enriching, engaging, and fun-despite not living on campus. I met interesting people, had wonderful teachers, and was involved in campus life. I would advise myself to have a good attitude, work hard, and get involved, because no matter where you go, there are always new people to meet and things to learn.

Joshua

There is no need to compete with those around you. It is only important that you compete with yourself to succeed in all that you do. Do not compare your accomplishments to others, simply accomplish things to your fullest ability, as best as you can. College may seem like a long and tedious road, but with hard work and effort it will pay off as it will enable you to live your dreams.

Malgorzata

make up my mind about my degree sooner

Robin

If I could go back as a high school senior, I would tell my self not to stress out so much. That all the problems I worried about then mean nothing compared to what is important now. All of the people I worried about judging me mean nothing now. I would tell her that she will flourish in college and not to be concerned on how difficult the classes would be. I also would tell her that she should have paid attention better in class so today I would be in more advanced classes. The one thing I wish the most I could tell the high school senior from my past is calm down, take a breath, and enjoy your senior year.

Jazmine

If I could go back in time as a high school senior, I would say to myself, "Be prepared for the changes that are coming your way. College is different from high school. Prepare for the amount of homework that they give you. In college you have to work hard and learn as much as you can so you can obtain that information. You can not fall asleep in class. The lectures that the teachers are giving are very important so it is important for you to kick butt. Education is the key to success".

Marie

Stay at a 4-year college and don't worry about the cost.

Keishla

I will advice myself about how important is school ,learning and try hard to assimilate everything, in the school to take that tools to college, and do not waste time in things that will not fullfill my expectation in life. I would advise me to take advantage of the school programs,keep the GPA high studying harder .I would recommend myself take all the opportunity in my way to accomplish my goal and become a professional .