Mt San Jacinto Community College District Top Questions

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


Self, I believe in you. There is nothing in this world that can hold you back and your education is a perfect example. Not being ready for college immediately out of highschool is not disgraceful, it's careful. Believe in yourself and the world will follow along. There are a plethora of joys out there to experience and if you take it all on at once, you'll miss the tiny glimpses of beauty that make up everyday life. Without judgement and without prejudice, love yourself and love your fellow men and women, we are all in this together.


My advice for you, high school self, would be to plan. Plan even if you think you have planned too much. Plan for how you are going to finance all four years of your education and take the time to think about where you want to go in life. This is your time to do something that will help you. Don’t waste a second of it! And the counselor/ career offices should be your best friends. If you get stuck on a job search or are confused about what classes you need to take, they are there to help you. You don’t have to figure out college alone, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Also, get involved on campus and participate in various clubs and organizations. This will help you to feel confident and will also give you something to add to your resume. Overall high school self, my advice is to remain tenacious. Even if you plan all you can, life may not work out as you imagined. Tenacity will help you to get through the tough parts of college and the tough parts of life. Never give up, always have something to work towards.


Being a senior in high school with three jobs is hard. Doing your best to make ends meet plus trying to put some money on the side is only the beginning of what you will experience as an adult. You may be shocked to learn that, at eighteen years old, you do not know everything. Now as an adult, I can tell you that working as hard as you have and will continue to do without an education, will be like running on ice in your socks. You will exhaust yourselves and at the same time not get anywhere. I recommend that you start college right away. Use the gift you have in math and science and pursue the career in biomedical engineering that you have always wanted. All you need to do is set your goal, the first being your bachelor’s degree in science, then when you have the family that you will have very soon after graduating high school, you will be prepared to give then financial stability while you continue on to finish your master's degree. As your future self, I demand you to stay strong, focused, and follow your dream all the way through.


Manage your time wisely. Remember to write down all due dates and test dates. Organize a study group that meets right after class. Do not be afraid to talk to some new people in your class. And remember to have fun!


Sometimes I wish I could travel back in time to 2002. I was 18 years old and had just finished my first semester at community college. School was lame, I already had a job, I was in love with a beautiful woman, and there was just reason for me to continue my education. That’s what I thought then. Since then, I’ve worked my way through a dozen mediocre, unfulfilling jobs in half a dozen different industries. During that time, I also met a very different beautiful woman who encouraged me to better myself and gave me a direction in my life that I lacked before. I realized I enjoy learning new things, not just about cooking or video games, but about science and math and history as well. Going back to school this spring is the first step toward my childhood dream of being a scientist. If I could travel back in time, I’d shake myself. I know now that I have no future without a college education. To myself at age 18, and to anyone else who thinks college is a waste, I would say only this: Don’t let your education be your biggest regret.


To take advantage of all the programs offered in school towards college, for I was never informed about the oportunities offered in high school till I started college.


College: it's the one growing up experience that seemed like it would never happen. It was always years down the road. Sitting in the library right now, as the sun goes down behind the clouds of this California city, I realize it actually happened. I'm actually here. Now it's second semester, and I'm passing the time before my evening sociology class begins. If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior, this is what I would tell that girl about me. I know that being a senior is the most fun year of high school. Looking back on great memories, I can reminisce about the people I loved. But I don't really miss my old life at all. Everyone moves on after high school. No one stays the same. Everyone embarks on his or her own path in life, and I'm enjoying exploring mine. Moving to California was a change for the better. I feel like I've found a piece of who I am and always wanted to be. College gave me the courage and the independence to develop a vision of what I want out of life.


If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school student, what a blessing it would be! Truth be told, I did poorly in high school, but now I am attending college which I saw as a new beginning. Now that I know it is important to keep the grades up; now that I know it is wise to discipline yourself in doing your homework and studying; now that I know all these things I would encourage myself more on doing those things. I would let myself know the great things you will experiences with a great high school GPA. I would let myself know that you must study the syllabus, no matter how unimportant you believe it is. I would warn myself not to get attached to becoming a "class clown" because that will not work in the college life. Many things I would advise myself of but the thing that is most important is advising me that though college could be stressing at points, the friends & staff you meet are such a blessing. When you're stressed, when you are going under pressure with mid-terms, you will always have someone there to encourage you.


I would say to myself believe in yourself and get involved in sports or a club. Be the next Tyra Banks have a voice and a opinion for once. Be social. Your be open to communicate with individuals in a conversation. I would explain to myself college is a must so try to explore colleges and universities and which is acceptable to what my goal is. I just would like my senior self to be a social butterfly and venture out to see what colleges could be a good choice.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a senior. I would have told myself to prepare for the financial costs of college. As a senior I assumed my parents would be helping me with the cost of my education. When I turned 18 reality quickly set in and I came to the understanding I was on my own. I juggled 60-70 hour work weeks as a full time student so I could support myself. I was devestated that I had spent my entire HighSchool making the grades and racking up extra curriculars so I could attend a 4 year university and ended up at a community college. If I could go back in time I would remind myself that having to attend a junior college is a wise choice financially and that in the big picture I would be happier debt free than my friends who are 60,000 dollars in debt after only two years of college.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, knowing what I know now about college life and making the transition, I would tell myself to set goals, get organized and stay focused. Being my second year attending college, I have realized that the best preparation that you can do is to set reachable goals. Setting goals for yourself will give you motivation to lead yourself in a positive direction. The important thing is that you do not set your goals too high or too low, doing so could lead to self doubt and defeat. Another piece of advice I would give myself is to get organized and stay focused. Organization is the key to learning. I have learned that if you get your books before classes start, you will be able to give yourself a head start and preview of what is to come that semester. Staying focused is one of the greatest challenges. It is said that a student will change his/her mind thirteen times before they finally choose their career. "Keeping your eye on the prize", will help you focus on your future and the years to come.


Hey man, I want to talk to you about college for a minute and maybe give you some advice on making a smooth transition. Self discipline is crucial to your success at the college level. You've got a lot more freedom but be very careful not to abuse that priviledge. By that, I mean show up for class, even if teachers aren't taking roll. You'd be amased how much information you gain by participating in debates, critiques, and lectures. Then the book reading is much easier to digest. Another key to excelling is meet students. Exchange numbers and e-mails. If anything comes up like being sick or car trouble and you have to skip class, you can turn to these people. Last, I really suggest getting to know your instructors. Take time to meet with them outside of class. I believe it helps make the class more interesting. I find it easier to listen to someone I know something about. I dont feel like I'm hearing a robot babble on and on. And I believe it makes it easier for the instructor to guide you better if they also know a bit about you.


As a high school senior, I had no clue about the college process. Taking initiative would be the best advice I could give my high school senior self. In high school, everything is pretty much given to you: what classes you have to take, what time those classes start, and everything is straight forward, because every student follows the same path, and has the same goal: graduating high school. College, on the other hand, has students that have different dreams and various goals. English major. Pediatrician. Associate?s degree, and transfer to a university after two years. Each student is unique, and there isn?t a set pathway. Take the initiative to find and make your own pathway for your college education. Go on campus tours to get a feel of a college environment. Talk to college counselors, and receive information straight from the source. Know what classes and prerequisite courses to take in order to reach educational goals efficiently. Make a plan, and follow it. Be aware of all the options out there. Having this advice when I was a high school senior, I am certain that the transition from high school to college would have been much smoother.


If I could back to when I was a senior I would most deffinetly try harder in school to get all my C`s to B`s and and all my B`s to A`s. High school is not hard at all compared to college. I could have done way better because I know I have it in me I just never realized how important your grades where until now that I didnt get accepted into the Cal State that I wanted to get into. I would participate in extracurricular activites since I love soccer it wouldnt have been hard to committ and maybe I could have even gotten a scholarship. But , the thing that I would really focus on doing my senior year is look for grants and scholarships to pay off my education. After all it`s not a debt its more like an investment on my future my bright future if I may add. Because I will become somebody in this world and I will become an RN.


If I were to go back and talk to high-school senior Noelle, I would tell her to branch out when applying to colleges and not be afraid to apply to somewhere unexpected. As a senior, I did not apply to any UC schools because I didn't feel that I was qualified and was afraid to write a personal essay. I have regreted this because I will never know if I would have been accepted. I would tell her that college life is a chance for you to be responsible for your actions, because there isn't anyone there to make you do you homework or go to class. The transition is scary, but completely worth it, because you will be able to discover what kind of person you are or want to become. The best advice I would give myself is to relax! Every thing will turn out okay!


If I could back in time when I was a high school senior I would tell myself to take all of the required college courses and to take the SAT tests so that could have transferred directly to a university instead of taking all of the prerequisites at a community college. If I had done things right the first time I could already have been well established in my career.


Graduating high school a year early I learned very early on the importance of gathering college information and preparing for the next step of my future but there is never enough advice or time to prepare for an experience like college other than experiencing it first hand. Looking back at my transition the one piece of information that would have been most helpful to myself would have been knowing what I would want my end result, my destination to be. Graduating high school I did not know what career path I would be traveling but now that I can trace my footsteps back through my current college experience I know that finding that path is just as rewarding as traveling it. It has made me stronger, motivated, experienced, proud, and most of all it helped me create unique goals and aspirations. I would have told myself, a high school senior at 17, that I would ultimately strive to save the lives of those with cancer by becoming a Radiation Therapist, but in many ways I'm happy that I could not go back in time to say these words because the journey has enhanced my motivation and determination.


As a sophomore in college I find myself continuously playing the old Rod Stewart song "Oh la la" ; the song (if you don't know says) "I wish that I knew what I know what I know now when I was younger." As a high school senior I was lost to say the least. I did not know who I was; how the world works; or what my place was. If I could give myself a pep talk as a senior knowing what I know now, I tell myself life is simple and it's all up to you. No matter what situation you find yourself in there is a choice to make it better. For example, I was at first discouraged going to community college; seeing all my friends going to fancy Universities, I could not help but fill some what cynical. Yet the more I excepted my situation the more I began to love my world. So I would tell myself nothing is impossible, no matter how difficult life becomes, life is yours and you can make it what you will. Life can be read as a tragedy or triumph it's up to you.


If I had a chance to talk to myself as a high school senior, I would not tell myself a single thing. All of my experiences, especially during my years in high school, have led to the person I am today. All of the people I have met, all of the friends I've made, all of the teachers that have inspired me, and all of the mistakes I have made, have all contributed to the building of my character. To be honest, I enjoyed high school very much and I am happy with the way my life has turned out. It would be a shame to say anything that would create a butterfly effect, resulting in what could be, a very different life.


As a high school senior, college terrified me. My instructors would often tell my class how ill prepared we were for the challenges we were about to encounter upon transitioning from high school to college. In retrospect, they were right, but not in the sense of intelligence or academic preparedness, but in the sense of discipline. In high school there is so much structure and so many rules. All of your classes are chosen and you are REQUIRED to be there for a specific amount of time. In comparison, college is very individual driven. A student picks their own classes and is responsible for their attendance. Their hand is no longer being held (in a sense). That being said, I would tell senior Dynnell to not be intimidated by the unknown. That the "roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet " as Aristotle once said. I would tell her to stay motivated and utilize her resources, for they will be a stepping stone in her success. Lastly, I would explain to her that she needs to take her current studies seriously, so that when she does make the transition, she can hit the ground running.


I would tell my senior self to stay the way he is. There is no greater pleasure than being in college. The learning you experience and the friends you gain make this step in your journey of life a thrilling adventure. It truly prepares you for the real world and shows that anything is possible if you just focus on your goal and shoot for it. Let nothing distract you on your way to success and take pride in the work you accomplish. Friends and relations may come and go, but the knowledge you gain from opening the vast worlds of books will remain with you until you grow old and senile.


If I could go back and speak to my high school senior self, I would give myself very helpful advice from what I have learned in the past two years. Firstly, I would tell myself to apply for more scholarships so I wouldn't have to take out any loans. I would tell myself that I should get involved in clubs and meet students with the same major as me. I'd stress that I should talk to my college counseler whenever I had a question about anything, being that knowing what classes you need can be very confusing. I would urge myself to always be cautious of making deadlines, and stress how important it is to keep track of when things are due. Another important thing I would say is to not choose to take certain classes that I didn't enjoy as much as others. I would encourage myself to try my hardest and best in all my classes, even when it gets stressful and seems impossible, because I am smart and can do anything i apply myself to. I believe I would have taken this advice and used it wisely.


I would tell myself to focus on the here and now. Stop worrying about getting to college, and focus on your classes now. Don't take that hard Allgebra class. Take another class, one that isn't so stressful and one that will lower your GPA. I would also tell myself the proper classes to take to get to Humboldt rather than take a bunch of classes and see what happens. I would tell myself to get on track and stay focused, ask questions when confused, ask about the roads to college and what area you need to be in in order to get to college. I would tell myself it's not as scary as it sounds. It's not as hard as you think it will be. Don't panic and be a diligent student and focus on the classes you have, not the ones you need.


If I could go back and give myself advice in highschool, I would tell myself to always listen to my mom. I think I had to learn many things by myself, but she gave me very good advice that helped me become the person I am. I realized after highschool that I had to study and work hard to achieve the success I wanted. I went to community college first, as a cheap alternative, and next year I plan on transferring to the University of La Verne to continue my education.


Stress will be the biggest problem you will face when you enter college. Stress will fight against you and tear you into pieces. You can?t let that happen. Learn to breath and listen to your professors. You should be doing this now. I understand you think what you are learning here isn?t important, but it is. Your teachers know what they are talking they're about so listen to them. If you listen and learn from them, it will be much easier for you in the future. Take it seriously, because when you have to take classes that sound like a different language to you, you will regret not listening. That is when stress will settle in. I know that you already have enough issues to deal with in high school to even bother in pushing yourself academically here. Your friends push you around, spread rumors, and ruin your reputation. In a year from now, that won't matter, not even one bit, because those friends won?t even be around. So let go of the drama. Concentrate in what you can accomplish now if you breath and listen. And don't stress, because you will make it.


I would tell myself that confusion is normal and understandable, I was worried that I hadn't chosen a career. I felt like I was being indecisive and not as equipped as my friends were, who knew what they wanted to do with their lives. I knew I enjoyed certain activites but there was never anything I loved or was truly passionate about and I wasn't sure what I would do in life. It took me a year of college to figure it out but I was finally able to discover what I believe is the job for me, a social worker. I found myself in my own time and even though I was worried and panicked and yes felt like I wasted my professors' time, I was grateful that I found something that I am passionate about. In the end I discovered that my friends were just as scared as I was and they too questioned their majors, some even switch. So I would tell myself that my feeings of self doubt were normal and I shouldn't be afraid to tallk to someone about that because its true when people say that everyone feels that way.


I never should have given in to pressure during my senior year and chosen a college because it had a high level of prestige and looked good on paper. I am not going to college to make myself look good, I am going to learn and to prepare myself to make a difference in the world. I should have used those criteria as the basis for choosing a college, not the opinions of others or potential bragging rights a college might give me. I also wish I had realized that it is okay to go to a community college. After taking AP and honors classes al throughout high school and scoring high on the SAT, I felt that if I went to a community college I would be looked at as a leper, but the truth is community colleges are less expensive and while they are not prestigious the education gained there is often far superior. If I had given myself time to make my decision and gone to a community college near home before going on to a four year university, I would have saved myself a lot of time, money, and stress and would have been much happier.


If I could go back in time to when I was a high school senior to give myself advice about college life, I would say not to fear anything, including the demands on my time, the learning stress or the need to proceed without any hesitation. I would tell myself not to fear anything and to learn to budget my time to reduce college life stress. By delegating time to complete readings, reports, and finally being prepared for classroom discussions. The stress involved in learning is reduced by starting early and delegating time to the workload. This allows the knowledge to be learned and it relieves and reduces the stress found in an academic environment. Finally I would tell myself not to wait to attend college. By not waiting and taking all opportunities to learn, my life would be better for the effort. So, in short, I would tell myself to not fear failure but to proceed with the knowledge that I can and will accomplish anything that I truly wish to. From learning to manage my time and stress effectively, I can without any question, succeed. So I would say ?Go for it.?


College is not a requirement, it is a choice. There is no one there to make sure you make it to class on time, get your homework done, or to excuse your absences. College takes self-discipline and motivation. I finally learned that to succeed in college, you have to make it a priority over your social life and other activities. You have to go to class regularly, complete all assignments on time, and set aside time to study for tests and finals. Taking college seriously from the very beginning helps prevent you from having to redeem yourself. Trying to bring up your GPA and prove to colleges that you are a different student now then you were years ago is not easy, and if you do your best from day one, you will not regret it.


If I could go back to talk to myself as a high school student knowing what I know now about college I would tell myself to use my time more wisely. In high school I was very active in extracurricular activities. I was always out giving speeches, participating in contests, inspiring others through workshops, studing, achieving many awards, and obtaining many different office positions. I went to school every day at seven thirty and didn't leave till seven that night. I spent twelve hours a day at school. Six in the classroom and six with my Ag advisor. Through my dedication to my activities and my studies I had poor time management. I was often scrambling to get things finished and I often had lack of sleep, lack of time spent for myself, and lack of time for other important things. By being in college I have realized that I needed to spend my time more wisely. Being in this new enviornment I have better time management skills that allow me to get though my studies. I just wish I would have obtained this skill earlier. This would have made going from high school to college so much easier.


My trip in back in time would have to deliver me to a time just before I should have become a high school senior. The advice would be the same advice I now give my 14 year-old son who is about to enter high school. l would tell myself how the decision I was making to not attend my senior year would impact the rest of my life. That each decision I make, will change the person I become and who I will be in the world. I would tell myself that I understand how hard it is to see the big picture now, but to find faith and forge forward on a path that will bring the best chance of success. I don't have to know what I want to do for the rest of my life to go to College. College will provide experiences and introduce subjects I never knew I would be interested in. I would tell myself to use these experiences and new views of the world to find a direction in my professional life. Don?t be afraid and don't procrastinate! Work hard and enjoy every minute of it!


As a high school senior, I didn't know what I was going to do. If I could go back in time, I would tell myself to focus and try out many things to see what it is I am best at. In addition, I would give the advice of not taking too few classes, as this only hurts the academic experience and only helps in the short run. Having a good variety of classes that go towards graduation is key, this helps to acquire a degree quicker and is less expensive overall. By taking a variety of classes at once, it is easy to compare the different fields of study and assertain what is the best fit. One additional thing that I would mention is to keep an eye on the finances. Discover the best deals for books, shop around, and find the most financially sound strategy for each semester. One book could be bought from the book store, the next from an online shop and another could be purchased used. Finances aren't unlimited, and keeping a keen eye on those funds is absolutely necessary in college.


I would definitely let myself know that college is serious and the planning process is not a joke. Every little thing done in high school will reflect how well you do in college. By taking high school serious, there is no doubt college will be taken serious as well. It is important to care and study very hard. College is harder than high school, so brace yourself for some of the most challenging and best years of your life.


TaNeisha don't start procrastinating now. The habits you take on from this point forward will follow you into your college years. Do not worry about what your hair looks like, what color eyeliner to wear today, or what your friend said about you behind your back. Little do you know your make up, hair, and friends are not the ones sitting next to you and helping you get through that crucial political science class. TaNeisha, you are going to graduate, you are going to walk down that stage and you are going to put a diploma in your hand, you can do it. But it all starts here, in this high school class room. Make sure you study, do not procrastinate, finish all your homework, and apply early to all and every college of your choice. Reach for the sky, you'll be amazed at who you will become, through your education.


During high school, I started attending community college to get a head start on my college years. I felt I was doing a great thing by going to college early and getting a head start but if I could go back in time and talk to myself, I would tell myself to study as hard as possible and not to be satisfied with average grades. I never had failing grades but I was happy with C?s and B?s and now that I am taking the steps to transfer to a CSU, I am learning that having all A's is one of the best ways to be guaranteed an opportunity at the University of my Choice. Overall, I would tell myself to work hard and to try my very best because I want to make the most out of my life.