MacMurray College Top Questions

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

Courtney

I would go back in time and tell myself that my appearanc isn't everything. That people will love me for who I am and not for what they want me to be. I would tell myself not to always worrying about making other people happy and basing my decsions off of them. I am me and I will do whatever I choose. I would also tell myself that college brings freedom that I've been dreaming of and to enjoy my four years there and the little moments.

Kelsie

Be prepared for change; this is the pivotal time for it. Embrace it, and use it as a time to mold yourself into that person you always pictured you would be when you grew up. Don't settle for anything less than what you truly desire; now isn't the time to settle. Make your education your top priority, and dating your bottom priority. Give your schooling your all, every day of the week, no matter how exhausted or stressed-out you may be, because in the end, it will all be worth it.

Kendra

If I could go back and give myself advice I would tell myself not to stress. College is the best time of your life. There is not drama like there is in high school. Everyone is always friendly and welcoming. Also do not be afraid to ask questions. There have been hundreds of new students before you and they have all probably asked the same questions. One good thing I learned was during the first week of school while you are in your room keep your door open. This allows people to come in and talk to you and its an easier way to make friends. Also if you are going to shower make sure your roommate knows so he/she does not lock you out of the room.

Stephen

Just because you are a senior never slack in your studies. Please continue to strive for the best academically. Work on your study skills. It is very important to work on your time management because your parents are not going to be there to tell you when and what you need to do. It is ok to let others in your cirlce you never know but that person could be an asset to you in reaching your goals. Remember it's okay to ask questions when you don't know the answers. It's cooler to ask than to act like you know and you don't.

Robyn

The first thing I would tell myself is that the dual credit courses offered by our school are not stupid. the classes really will help you in the long run. Another thing I would like to tell myself is that the ACT and SAT are very important when it comes to which college you go to, so do not just blow them off and not study at all.

Rebekah

What Advice I would give myself about selecting a college? I would tell myself to not be afraid to go far away from home. I would tell myself not to go to a school too close to home. I would make sure I make my decision based on the degree program I want to earn , as well as the scholarship options available to me. When transitioning from high school to college, I would make sure I visit the school. I would get to know my roommate before school start. I would drive around the area or get to know the public transportation better. I would make sure there is at least on school activity, club, or sporting events I am willing to participate in. This will help me make more friends and have a better college experience. The most important thing I would inform myself of is learning how to manage my money better. Don't get caught in applying and using major credit cards. It is great to be able to keep up with your friends then, but the damage it does to your credit can take a lifetime to fix. Lastly, be a young adult and have fun.

Tonia

I was the first person in my family to receive a college degree. I was told most of my childhood that I would amount to nothing. However, as the age of 15, I was blessed to be placed in a loving foster home where I was told I could do anything I wanted. My only regret is that neither of my foster parents lived to see me achieve my lifelong dream of becoming a registered nurse. Therefore, what I got out of my college experience was a desire to continue to learn, self-esteem, and a sense of accomplishment.

Kelia

I have gotten a better view on my abilities. I have been given drive to succeed, because I have overcome things I thought I could not accomplish. I have gotten hope. As a single mother I have often been dicouraged, but Mac has given me a purpose and a goal. It has been valuable for me to attend, because I have the ability to accomplish something great. I have the oppertunity to give my life a boost and give my son a mother to be proud of. College takes alot of work and dedication, I have learned I have that. I am thankful for my oppurtunity to attend and look forward to succeeding.

Nathan

What I have gotten from my college experience is a chance to futher my education in getting the job I wish to get later in my life time. Why it is valuble to attend so you can learn and experience new thing in your lifetime to futher perpare you for the real world.

Ashley

While I attended Blackburn, I learned that sometimes God opens your eyes to other things while you are in a different place. Sometimes you vere off God's course and it takes applying, attending, and wasting your famlies money before God opens your eyes to a bigger and better school

Lindsey

The main thing I would say to myself is to remember the gift that I am being given by being able to attend. It is not something that is mandated like high school. I hated high school, however I love college. I would let myself know that there are differences between the two. College is about finding yourself in a respectable way. Finding what you want to do in life and beginning that path to achieve it. I would advise myself to take college, classes and myself seriously. Also that I have more potential than I am showing at the moment. I would also tell myself to get all that I can out of the experience and classes. I would let myself know to take all the courses that I can and absorb it all in. It is a once in a lifetime experience for most and to take advantage of it all.

Jessica

If I could go back now and talk to myself as a high school senior, the best advice I could give myself would be to apply for scholarships. I shouldn?t have just depended on my ACT score to get me money for school. When I was notified that I would be getting $11k a year from MacMurray, I thought that?s just fine, I don?t need any more than that. What I didn?t realize, however, was how fast the loans I have gotten add up. If I could go back, I would have tried a little harder to get scholarships to pay for what is left over. I would say to myself, ?Stop being lazy and write an essay or two.? I also would also tell my senior self to take the COMP Modual classes second semester at LLCC to give myself extra time for electives instead of wasting three classes on Rhet in college. Otherwise, I don?t believe I would change anything else I am doing well, and well on my way to a career that I want.

Elizabeth

The first thing I would say to myself is that no college is perfect. There will be professors you don't like. There will be classmates you don't like. There will be times when you absolutely hate that place and you have the worst homesickness. You will be bond to experience some of those things where ever you go. I would tell myself and any other college freshman, don't stay out a party all night. It's okay to have fun, but make sure you do your work and get plenty of rest. If you need help or have difficulties don't be afraid to go talk to your professors and get help. The very last thing I would tell myself is to, relax. Take it one day at a time. Explore your options. It's okay to say, "I don't think this place is for me, maybe I need to look around some more." However, even if you don't like the place don't be afraid to make friends and be sociable. College is about learning and growing, but it's also about having fun.

Katie

Keep your head up, and work hard towards your goal. Don't get discriminated when things don't go the way they're supposed to.

Nick

Think it over real hard before you make any decision that will affect you in the long run.

Chrissy

Imagine the campus, picture yourself there. Think of the things you can do there and what things may be a little harder. Look into the community and see what it has to offer. Make an effort to contact a current student. When visiting the campus, come prepared with questions about the school. Make a list of essential things you desire of a school. For example, I desired a small school with a small classroom settings taught by professors that where highly qualified for the degree I was seeking. Ask about extra curricular activates and opportunities in the community, especially in your field of choice. If at all possible contact your roommate-to-be. Trading e-mails prier to moving in with him or her makes the process less stressful. And remember you are the one making this decision.

Miranda

One of the most important aspects in a college for me is the class size. The first thing I would tell them is to make sure they could keep there mind on their school work if they went to a big school. If they aren't sure maybe they should try a community college for a year to see how they would fit into it. This would also give students and parents an oppurtunity to see if they can handle being away from home., or having thier children awway from home. The student could go to a community college in there home town or close to it and live in an apartment.

Kathleen

To parents I would say to not freak out about the price for college! There are a lot of scholarships and loans. Look for the best school for your child's major. And finally, let them pick where they want to go.

ALLICENT

HAVE THEM GO TO A COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND GET THEIR PRE REQS OUTOF THE WAY TO SAVE TONS OF CASH THEN TRANSFER LIKE I DID AND GRAB THOSE TRANSFER SCHOLORSHIPS!

Alicia

Always go with your gut instinct. If you think a college is right for you, go for it. Don't choose a college just because your being pressured to go, or because you're scared. It's always scary going somewhere you don't know, but it 's an amazing experience, and you'll make friends for life. While you're in college, always make sure you're doing well in class, but make sure you're having fun too. College is meant to be a life changing experience, and you should make it worth your money and time. So keep up with your grades, but don't forget to have fun and make a lot of friends - you can't get through college without them.

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