Nashville State Community College Top Questions

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

Lauren

If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell say: "Wait to go to a 4-year school. Live at home for 2 more years and attend community college. Most high school seniors are not ready to be out on their own. It is a lot of pressure and the majority of college students have no idea what it is they want to study. Take 2 more years, enter the workforce, complete your general education requirements (for a fraction of the cost of a 4-year university), and allow yourself a little more time to think about your degree choice. This will set you up for success. This will teach you patience, you will learn that you must work to earn things in life, including indepence. Even when all of your friends decide to go to a big 4-year univeristy for the "experience" know that by making this decision you are going to create even better experiences for yourself, ones that you earn and deserve."

Tamarah

If I could go back in time, I would tell my senior self to step forward and accomplish the goals you were dreaming about in life. My senior self was knowledgeable, creative, and goal-oriented but she lacked self-confidence. She was always unsure what to do or how to plan things but I can tell her now that I'm still undecided about my future career. Moreover, she still has a lot of talents she could purse: tennis, speaking different languages, drawing, and baking. I think she can become any person she wants to such as being a professional tennis player, artist, pastry chef, or an interpreter. Even though her main goal is to be a pastry chef, she can still obtain another career that she can enjoy in her life. I know she has doubts asking herself “Will be this person when I go to college?” However, I can tell her she does not have to worry because I am in the same situation. I feel that it’s important to think of ideas you want to become and how to purse them. In the end, to have a desire is an accomplishment you can achieve.

MARYAM

Ask for help; it's worth it. Focus on writing classes. Don't sacrifice grades for friends. Take advantage of your instructor's office hours Try to speak up in class. It will improve your public speaking skills later on. You can buy textbooks out of the campus bookstore. It's a lot cheaper. Study regularly. Don't wait till the last minute; studying the night just before the test won't be a good idea.

Annette

I am looking forward to my college experience and hope to optain further education. I would really like to get back to the work force and be an asset to my community. The college experience is going to be valuable to my financial dependency and stability. I am very excited to do the next step in my journey in life.

Timothy

Attending college has been one of the single best experiences of my life. It has stretched me and forced me to grow and change in order to succeed thus far. The lessons learned on the college campus not only have given me knowledge regarding chemistry, math or English but has allowed me to learn how to work in groups and with people, how to see something from someone else?s point of view in order to understand and respect their behavior and ideas and on occasion change my own. It has in essence broken me out of my bubble to see the world for what it is without having to compromise my core values. Continuing on in college will be the best way for me to continue learning, growing and when necessary changing .

Shelia

I have had to learn how to adapt to different personalities and communication styles. I am thankful for the experience of learning how to be responsible for my assignments and grades. In college, I am not able to turn in late assignments or redo tests for better grades. It has taught me how to be a successful member of society.

Shay

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a highschool senior, I would'nt know where to start. There is so much I have learned by being in college, but I would tell myself this is where you grow up and responsibility kicks in. I would then tell myself that it's not hard just a challenge and don't give up because it's all worth it in the end.

Shay

If I had a chance to go back and talk to myself as a highschool student, I would not know where to start. I've learned so much from being in college. On the other hand, I would tell myself to prepare to be responsible for your actions. I would then tell myself, that college is not hard but, very challenging and when you think you are not going to make it push forward and know in the end it will all be worth it.

Sha'keria

The advice I would give myself is to stay focus in school. Keep my GPA up to a 3.0 or more. Join some activities. Think about where I want to be in 5yrs. Plan my future for my short and long term career goal. Give back to the community by doing volunteer work, charity, etc. Help others by mentoring the younger students keeping them focus on positive things like school, sports, or work. I would prepare myself for college.

Beth

I would have went straight to college instead of waiting so long before I decided to go back. I now have a little girl so its hard to balance being a wife, mother and college student. I really could use this money for all the supplies that are needed to helpme become successful in the career that I have choosen.

Elias

I wish I could go back and really talk to myself. There are a lot of things that I need to work n beck in high school. I would tell myself that football is not everything. That I should stop worrying about football and going out with friends, and focus a lot more on my school work. I would tell myself that school is no joking matter. You only get one chance at getting good grads in high school, and that I could not keep playing around and seeping class. I would also tell myself that girls are not a big deal to stop going after women and work on my school work. I tell myself that if I don?t stop that I will be all the work I did in high school all over my fresh mean year, and that just wasting my life away. One year is a big deal. Also that I would be benign all of my class mattes.

Katherine

I would tell myself to go to the school and follow the path that I wanted rather than the path that my family members had aligned for me. I would choose to save my money and go to community college first and complete a two year degree and then move to my four year school. I would tell myself to live on campus and to thoroughly enjoy the campus life experience and new friends to be made and to explore the campus activities and find some I had interest in and to dive in 100%.

Danielle

Take it seriously. This is your future and it does not need to be taken lightly. If you can grasp this one concept all others will fall into place. If you take your education seriously you will not procrastinate or skip classes, you will not half-way complete your assignments or ?forget? or ?not have time? to study for tests. You will not do these things because you take it seriously and it is your future. Start with finding your source of inspiration and drive and then put everything that you have into doing the best that you can. When you have that ?source?, that person or thing that you do not want to let down, whether it is your mom or dad, your child, yourself, or your future, you will relate your education to your source and you will have desire to succeed. My source is my son, it is for him that I strive to succeed. I will not procrastinate on assignments or fail to study for tests because it will reflect in my grades, and in turn, in my future, and it would be letting my son down. Take it seriously, it is as simple as that.

Kerri

I would tell myself college is not as hard, or intimidating as everyone makes it out to be. There are many things I can get from college if I just stop being so stubborn and just learn. I would tell myself that one day I will need a higher GPA to get scholarships and freshman year of college is not the time to get lazy. All things I have learned in my twelve years of schooling is nothing c ompared to the things that can be learned in just the first year of college. It's so full of knowledge and know how. It's nourishing to the brain and can only be a positive thing if you keep your eyes and ears open and not be so stubborn.

Cassandra

If I could go back to my senior year of high school, I would advise myself to live on campus for at least the first year of college. My first year of college, I went to Cumberland University, and looking back, I really wish that I would have gone through the experience of living on campus. However, I am hoping to start Veterinary School in the Fall of 2010, and I may have the chance to live on campus while there. That is why I am needing all of the financial help and scholarships I can get.

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