Laney College Top Questions

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


I would let myself know that I should try to stay motivated no matter how hard the situation gets. It is tough to go to work and to go to school, but just think of the future and know that all of the hard work will pay off. I would tell myself that doing better now would make me relax better later. I would tell myself to save up as much money as I could. Worrying about school is even less scary than worrying that I could not afford to get into the school I want to go to. Also, I would tell myself to not worry about boys because I will find my true love during the summer before college. More than anything I would tell myself to stay ontop of time management. Plan out my day and have time to do homework and studying in pace with my class and not wait to do it before the test. Lastly I would tell myself to be proud, because I am paving the way by being the first person in my family to go to college and the feeling of achievement is worth the work.


If I could travel back to my senior year I would do everything in my power to persuade myself to not give up and take the extra step toward traveling for school. I would tell him that there are bigger things in the world than the current family issues that may keep you (me) back and focus on what is important. I would tell him that because everyone may see you in a particular light, it has nothing to do with what makes you happy. Persue what will satisfy yourself and embrace your Eagle Scout. Be proud that you completed something only a hand few of people achieve on a global scale. Pat yourself on the back, give yourself a hug, smile when you think of life. It will be OKAY. Resenting someone or something only leads to regret so, "say what you mean and mean what you say." There is no room for assumptions. Take the time to go the extra distance so there is less room for failure. The best plans are throughly thought through with as much information to come to the most accurate conclusion possiable. Life is hard when you are not prepared. Love you man.


As a 40 year old wife and mother of a 4 year old boy I would tell myself not to wait to go after your dreams. It is somewhat difficult going back to school after 20 plus years with a small child at home. I would say to study hard for your SAT's and make sure you take them. Go to college, get a degree and don't ever give up. Although they say it's never too late to go back to school, I would have to tell myself it certainly feels that way. My Mother would have paid for me to attend college right after high school graduation, don't waste a free education. You'll have student loans for the rest of your life if you wait and try to pay for school yourself. Come on, just do it!


If I could back in time to when I was a high school senior, I would want to tell myself to calm down. Through my last year in high school, I was constantly tense and because of this I wasn't able to experience the joy and self satisfaction and accomplishing my final goals before college. If I was standing in front of myself back then, I would most likely slap myself in the back of the head because I regret not being able to enjoy that final year. I would also tell myself to be prepared to start buckling down because the first few semesters go by fast and one day you (I) might wake up and realize that none of the classes that were needed in order to earn a degree and transfer have been taken. I would also want to tell myself to have an idea of what I want to study early on and not expect to fly through the years easily because the more confused you are, the harder everything becomes.


Talk with your counslers weekd before class started.Make sure to get all that your institution offers, i.e. financial aid, book vouchers, EOPS, etc. Start a club or join one you believe in. If you are going to community college, be sure that you make all the right choices as far as transferable credits. This way, you wont be stuck at a J C forever.


I would have practiced studying more and finding better ways to manage my time. I still find it hard to let go of procrastination and assuming that I know things that I don't so when it comes to test-taking time, I don't always do as well as I expect, even if I have been attentive and taking notes in class. I would have gotten myself into the habit of studying a little every night back in high school if I had known college would be this much work.


I would tell myself to calm down. Summer before my freshman year of college I was so stressed about making friends, fitting in, and the workload. I underestimated the fact that my high school teachers prepared me for college. I was ready to go and if I would have known that I would have been more eager to go than I was. Knowing that I would have believed people when they told me college was going to be a great experience, because now, I believe them.


I would have told myself to take alot of SAT and ACT classes to prepare myself for thoses test and also not to wait to the last minute to apply to colleges. I would have also told myself that if i continue school after highschool i could be done in four years and have my career started by 2010


I would have told myself that when a door open up for you don't be afraid to walk though it. Life is much harder now than then. And you may not get that chances again. Don't procrastinated, or second guess yourself. Always go by your first mind because if will always lead you in the right direction. Once you take that first step continue to look forward don't look back because the future has many open door. It is harder to start back to school one you stop. You have to learn thing all over again. Which is much more difficult. My last comment is that try to keep taking some class even if you have got your degree or not. Education is always needed. Learning is good, healtlhy, and rewarding. DON'T STOP LEARNING!!!


Well to be honest I would tell my lazy butt to get up and do something!I was a notorious slacker in High School and hardly bothered to think about college because I figured that was so far away.My first year of college I was completely overhwhelmed that I had to rely on myself to get things done and no longer have teachers or counselors to tell you what to do and where to go.It's something they tell you constantly in High School and the stubborn bunch of us don't listen but that doesn't mean your life is over.At Laney I've been given a second chance and sometimes you don't get those.


If I were a high school senior, looking forward to my college career, I would give myself different pieces of advice. First I would tell myself that it's not going to be easy. It won't be easy to make friends, and get involved unless you apply yourself from the beginning. I would encourage myself to join clubs, or sports teams, even though it may be intimidating at first. I would also tell myself that you are in charge of where your life takes you. If you are unhappy with your situation, and wish to change it, then you should be prepared to do so. Also, I would tell myself not to rely on your college counselors to give you all the information about transfering that I feel I need. Again, it is up to you to research your own opportunities and fight for them, if it's what you really want.