Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods Top Questions

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


The advice I would give myself would be to learn to schedule everything, even out of class. Schedule when you have classes, when you work, when you need to study and when you need to do your homework. Scheduling your time makes everything clear and a lot easier. If you know when you need to do your homework, you are less likely to slack off and put it to the side until the last minute, and that creates a lot of stress.


Madi, You are a high school senior, about to graduate and leave all of your friends behind for much bigger goals. This is one of the biggest transitions of your life. College is nothing like high school, and it is not what it seems. You have a great responsibility at your hands and people are depending on you to take initiative. Unlike high school, College is not free. If you do not make your best effort to do well in school, you have to pay for it. It is very tempting to not go to class or not study for a test. These exams are the only assessments that will make up your grade. Teachers expect you to be an adult. They do not accept excuses. My advice to you is to keep up the hard work. Do not expect less or settle for less. College will determine the rest of your life and what you make of it. You get what you put in and if you do everything that you can do, the outcome will be rewarding beyond imaginable. Good luck and never stress. Your family will be right behind you every step of the way.


If I can go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior then I would tell myself to study and make good grades. Also pay very colse attention in all the class I had taken. I would also tell myself to study very hard for the AC T and bring a very good score. And if you need help on homework or in class then go and ask the teacher or a tutor or another student that knows how to do the question that you are having problems with.


If I could talk to myself as a high school senior, I would definitely have told myself to spend more time finding scholarships and grants. I completed a few applications, but didn't take it very seriously. I would have also told myself to explore all of the employment options that are out there. I went into college having no idea what I wanted to do. I changed my major twice before receiving my first bachelor's degree. Now, six years later, I'm going back to school for another degree. I would have told myself to be a little more resourceful.


Assuming I could go back in time to talk to myself as a Senior in High School I would tell myself to work harder for what I want. I believe that a majority of seniors think that because senior year is the last year of high school they can slack off, when in reality the last year needs to count for more. The more work put into senior year the easier it will be to transition into college life and life without any 'hand-holding' from some teachers. I would also advise myself to look into what colleges I could potentially be attending before the semester before graduation. College searching is alot more crucial than some students think because some schools want applications six to seven months before the semester they plan on attending. I believe that with programs like A+ some students look to it as a fall back, when it should be last resort, and not the first choice when there are other schools which offer the specific programs the students might be looking for. One of the last things I would tell myself is to look into scholarships a lot earlier than senior year to be ready.


If I could give myself advice as a high school senior I would tell myself to dedicate any free time I had to schoolwork. In college, you have to know the material or else your grades will definitely reflect it. I would also tell myself that going to a two-year college was a really good decision. It made the transition from high school to college so much easier. Now that I am transferring to a four-year university, I feel like I am prepared enough to handle the environment of a university while also handling the schoolwork. I would also tell myself to really try and figure out what it is that I want to do with my life. Not knowing exactly what degree to aim for has really hindered my college selection process. All in all I think that I was a pretty well prepared senior, but this advice definitely would have prepared me even more.


If I could go back and talk to myself as a graduating Senior I would tell myself that using my A+ money from the state of Missouri was the best decision I could ever make. It is so nice to not have to worry about the student debt a majority of my friends have accumulated at their four year universities. I would also tell myself that it is only two years and I can go visit my friends at other schools all the time. It is hard for a senior to make money and career based decisions at the age of 18. Looking back on my choices I wish I would have had the chance to tell myself to be happy and know in the long run I am making the best decisions for my financial future.


The best piece of advice for college is keep going! No matter what life throws at you and how difficult it is, don't take time is so much harder to go back. Also, take advantage of the resources and help that are out there for you. Tutors and study groups can make all the difference in preparing for exams and understanding material. Don't let everyone tell you what to strive for based on money or job availablilty.....go for what you are good at and what drives you and you are guaranteed to do better in whatever it is that you desire to become.