Northampton County Area Community College Top Questions

What should every freshman at Northampton County Area Community College know before they start?


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I would tell myself that I should have enrolled in college to further my education at that time instead of waiting.


If I could go back in time I would advise myself of 3 important things. First would be to prepare myself mentally for the change in culture. When you go to college it’s not only a change in atmosphere but it’s also a diverse settings, so many different type of cultures and people. It’s a mature, laid back atmosphere and when you’re coming from high school you’re not use to the freedom. I would also advice myself to apply for as many scholarship as possible. College tuition is so expensive, and I wish I would have took the time out to apply for scholarships before I started college. Last but not least, I would advise myself to keep faith. Throughout college you will experience some hard time but do not allow them to bring you down. Your faith will carry you through the hard times.


If I could go back and tell my high school self what I know now, I would tell myself to adopt more functional and helpful study habits. I was never the type of student who needed to study in high school. However, once i got to college I realized it is a whole different world. I would tell myself to get into the habit of reading over chapters in the text books. It was very hard for me at first to get used to that idea once I got into college. I would tell myself that in order to get the most out of each course, studying properly would help to retain the information and in turn, doing that. I now know this, and am happy that I do. I now am very focused on my studies, and my grades have shown that. I'm extremely proud of both myself and my accomplishments.


I would tell myself to stay focused. It is easy to ignore class work and grades can suffer very quickly because of this. Once grades begin to slip, repairing your GPA is no easy task. Focus on course work and remember that your future is dependent on the amount of work you put into your studies.


I have a 16 year old sister, she's currently a sophomore in high school and I see my reflection in her. I keep advising her to take high-school seriously because high-school is the foundation of our background for college, life, and our future. It's easy to take the minimum amount of classes, which lead to earning a high school degree, but once in college each individual pays heavier consequences for their own slackness. As a result, take the opportunity to obtain generalized knowledge and college will be much easier. Definitely, I would avoid four-year schools right after high-school. In addition, before agreeing to any four year school, please shadow a facility that will deal with your career, and do so for at least 3 days. Get to know their responsibilities, requirements, environment, and most importantly ask yourself if that's what you really want. People change their college career at least 3-4 times and it's okay. Just make sure you find out what you want before committing. In regards to the college life: enjoy the college, keep up with your GPA, drink responsibly, and remember once you leave college, it's over!!!


If i could go back in time and give my self advice for my senior year it would be to get more focused on my studys. To take advantage of being a senior and go and vist mor colleges and get more advice as to what to do for paying for school.and to start apllying for scholorships . so that when i get out of high school i can be ready and set to start my life as a college student . this is what i would do if i could go back in time to my senior year .


If I could go back in time and give myself college life advice, I would definitely stress the importance of focusing on my grades. I know that sounds like a given, but many students become distracted and drop out. I would tell myself not to let any type of peer pressure compromise my values and to retain a high moral compass. I would stress the importance of kindness and manners. I would explain that it is possible to achieve good grades and have a healthy social life, but hitting the books needs to come first. I would encourage myself to become involved with social groups and clubs on campus, being that they are a great way to make new friends. I would also stress the importance of acquiring financial aid. Not working during the school semester will enable me the time necessary to focus on my studies. I would reveal that when hardships and times of stress occur, there are academic tudors and advisors available to coach and help me through. I would tell myself that my dreams can come true, with hard work and dedication. Obtaining a college degree will be a challenge- one with a lifetime of reward!


I woke up for school at 5:50 every morning to catch the bus at 6:40 a.m. during high school. When my senior year came, I was thrilled to have the privilege of driving myself to school because I could wake up an hour later. The classes I picked were approved by my counselor to make sure I could graduate in June of my senior year. I had four minutes to change classes and six and a half hours of school felt like eternity. We were controlled by a bell system and teachers called the shots. High school seems like an event that happened forever ago. In reality, it has only been two years since I walked across that stage and received my diploma. The freedom college provides is directly linked to an overwhelming amount of responsibility. I wish I had known how important it was to double check with my advisor to assure I was on course to graduate on time. Classes demand a lot of planning ahead and outside studying that is very different from high school. The advice I would give myself: enjoy high school because college may not be the upgrade you expect.


Take advantage of education to the fullest. I know there are people who believe that education is overrated, but contrary to that I believe that the enfasis on education is not influenced enough. It is very important for us to dedicate ourselves in school because it will indeed benefit us in the future. Not going to college is only a burden that you put on yourself. We all have dreams, goals and ambitions. With a good education and the application of what you already know, there is a whole world of opportunities that you can get a hold on. There is a famous expression that we use today,"Knowledge is Power", however, you obtain that power by applying what you know. I can tell you by experience that when I graduated high school I waisted 8 years of my life in dead end jobs that got me no where besides laidoff and unemployed. Besides, college is a fun experience. All kinds of people to meet and socialize with. There are no limits to what you can learn about yourself that you may not have known. So grasp the opportunity while you still can. You will never regret it. Good Luck.