Oakland Community College Top Questions

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

Nicole

If I had the opportunity to go back in time and relive my senior year, I would advise myself to have more confidence. I took several advanced placement classes as a senior in high school but I always opted out of taking the placement test. I could have saved myself alot of money by taking the AP test. As far as making transition from high school life to college life, I would tell myself to remain calm. With all of the stress and pressure from classes, work and everyday life it is almost too easy to lose your marbles, I would tell myself to focus and remeber to take things one step at a time. Despite hardships such as loosing a family member and ones job, life still goes on. Tomorrow is a new day, a new chance to improve and a new expierence awaiting. I've learned that in college you have alot to balance, that is only a small taste of the real world awaiting me.

Demonta

I would have told the "high school me" that its time to grow up. I was very immature and nieve about alot of things. I would also have mentioned that partying isnt everything, you will get your chance to enjoy yourself when the timing is right. Lastly to keep educating yourself. This world is filled with tremendous amount of things to learn, and the more educated you are the more successfull you can be in this world. Also told him to dabble in different clubs/sports

David

Work for a year then attend college. Not everyone is ready or meant for college.

Cynthia

Cynthia: Coming out of high school, you have a lot to look foward to. Many options will come your way, and you'll want to chose all of them. My best advice: Think about what how you want to impact people, and do the thing that you think will give you the greatest advantage for fulfilling that, and allows you to reach the most people. You love people, and no matter what you do, you'll always come back to that love. Don't waste a SINGLE SOLITARY moment on anything else. This matters most.

Mallory

While there are many high school students who have their dreams set on a career, work towards it, pick a college in advance and prepare themselves to be accepted into that college, there are many others who don't. I, unfortunately, was one of those people who thought the time would never come, and I was never serious about meeting goals or pursuing my dreams. If I could go back in time I would take every opportunity to tell myself to get involved in anything and everything that I could. I would tell myself to take all of my classes seriously, to do my best in them all, to decide what it is I want to set as my goal and to pick a college that would best fit my path of education. I would tell myself not to worry about leaving because I can always come back, and every experience woud help me achieve my dreams. I would tell myself that college is very serious and beneficial for me to end up where I want to be in life. I would tell myself not to wait! School is where the good times are and where I want to be.

Hannah

If I Could Tell You One Thing Breathe. Do it with me, take a deep breath and exhale. Now that's better, everything is going to work out. Did you hear me? Let me say it once more, everything, down to the nitty gritty details, they are all going to work out. I promise. Right now life seems to be handing you many "big" decisions that all need answers. Take a deep breath, it's okay, not every question mark needs to be answered right now. You know what your next step is going to be, focus on that, and put one foot in front of the other. Take that first step! Don't forget your dreams; you know the ones, the things that make your heart race, send butterflies deep into your stomach, and make your eyes sparkle with wanderlust. You will experience moments where you'll wonder if these dreams will ever be within reach, don't give up and throw them to the wayside! Keep pressing forward, you've got this, take each moment as it comes, putting one foot in front of the other and breathe.

Jonathan

Prepare yourself as much as possible in high school before you even attend college and I promise you that you will be way better off than if you didn't. College can be challenging at times but if you are prepared then it can also be a breeze. Organization and preparation is key when it comes to school.

Cynthia

Live your life every day and don?t get lost in work, life, and school. Stop every now and then and bask in the beautiful things of our world. Keep in mind that you are going to have good and bad chapters in your life. The key is to stay strong and keep fighting, because like Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, ?What does not kill you makes you stronger.? Don?t forget to take risks, otherwise you won?t be able to learn, grow, or excel. Help others, but don?t forget to help yourself. Be willing to stand up and do what?s best for you. It is your duty to also take care of yourself, your goals, and your priorities. Don?t disregard every insult. Remember what Benjamin Franklin said, "Critics are our friends, they show us our faults." Take those insults and use them to improve yourself. And lastly, don?t follow the crowd, but lead the crowd.

Asia

If i could go back in time and change some things i would change my whole approach towards college. I would have prepared my self, by teaching myself to study and manage my time better. I would have tried to set up study groups and find a better study enviornment.

Kimberly

I would advise myself to take college level classes as a senior to prepare me for college. I would advise myself not to get involved with other students, friends, family members or into a serious relationship that would hinder my chances of going to college. I would advise myself to study on the nights everyone else is "hanging out" so that I can develop good study habits. I would advise myself to keep my grade point average above a 3.5 with no negative disciplinary actions (no suspensions, no police contact & very low absences). I would advise myself to study consistently for exams so that my ACT or SAT scores will be high. I would advise myself to do some research on my Major to see if it meets my expectations as well as fit my needs. Then I would visit the college's that I'm interested in attending, talk with the students walking around the campus for insight not given by the counselors. I would advise myself to go to a community college for the first 2 years before going to the University. It will help with the transition and teach financial discipline.

Alessandra

Explore the limitless macrocosm of your mind. Stop putting so much effort into figuring out how to turn yourself into what you want people to see you as. Instead, focus that energy on figuring out who you really are and what you can do with the power of self realization. Someday you'll learn that most of the time, the easy way isn't the best way. Take advantage of these years. Learn everything you possibly can, and never give up. You'll soon find out that procrastination is your worst enemy. Dont let it get the best of you.

Hailey

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would have a lot of advice to give myself. To start, I would tell myself to include at least one class in my first semester that I have a special interest in. This is because, it is a lot easier to get used to the workload of college when you are interested in what you?re studying. Secondly, I would tell myself to choose an academic counselor and stick with that counselor for every semester. This will help build a relationship with the counselor who will remember your individual circumstances every time you come in for an appointment. In addition, having a counselor that you have an academic relationship with can help guide you to teachers who will meet your academic needs the best. Lastly, I would tell myself to be excited! College is a great experience, and although it will take a lot of hard work, it is important to have fun, make friends, and build relationships that can be used as support systems throughout your college years.

Margaret

If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior I would have told myself to take harder classes as a senior. I should have taken another math class in high school. I should have paid more attention in chemistry because I could have avoided taking the chemistry class that I had to take last semester and I could have taken the chemistry class that I need to take this semester. I should have applied for more scholarships and financial aid my senior year.

Sarah

The advice that I would give myself if I could go back as a high school senior knowing what I know now about college life is to have self discipline. In college you need to learn how to spend your time wisely because you do not have class every day. Just because you have class only once a week does not mean that you have less work. You need to learn how to manage your time so you can get all your studying and homework done. Another thing that I would tell myself is that in college you may think that teachers do not care if you do good in the class. Actually they care a lot. Most of the teachers want you to do good in the class and are very helpful if you need help. There are many free resources that the college gives you to do good in school. Also do not be scared to ask for help because if you don't then it can hurt you in the long run. Take advantage of what your school provieds for you.

BLAZE

As a high school senior, I would telI myself to prioritize and manage my study time more efficiently. I would remind myself that academics takes precedence over less important things. Most importantly, I would encourage myself to set goals, play sports, join organizations, and participate in my community as these extracurricular activities will pay off in the future.

Samantha

If could tell myself anything about what life is like now, it is that I had it easy. Sadly, everything will eventually change. The Michigan scholarships will fall through and all the money you thought mom and dad had was a lie. You really need to try harder for a job and save all the money you can. Having all the fun now was not such a good idea and mom and dad were right. Save your money, take those extra AP classes and work hard now. Taking those AP classes now will save you money in the long run. Also, having a job isn't so bad. Yeah you don't have a much free time, but it would have helped in order to pay for all the college you need to make it in the real world. In other words, trust mom and dad, they have been there and know what they are talking about.

Michele

I would pursue the science courses and be very willing to do what was needed to be successful. Back over 30 years ago, it was not suggested as much as the last 10 years to make sure you receive a good solid education as a female. I wish my parents had pushed a bit, than maybe I would have a better chance of getting a new job, after being laid off October 2008. I just started my last semester of Pre-reqs, boy if only had I pursued it more in 1980 I could be a much stronger person today.

Rami

After experiencing college first hand, I have learned quite a few tricks I could have greatly used as a senior in high school. Firstly, I would tell myself that regardless of how boring I find the class to be, I should still give it my all to receive a grade I feel truly satisfied with. When I look back on my college life I want to feel like I did everything within my power to truly be the best that I can be. You do not want to regret anything in life, especially when it can affect you later in your life and on your job. Secondly, college is a place where you begin a transition from a dumb little kid into a slightly smarter adult. To succeed, you need to lose your "high school mentality" and keep yourself caught up with your work to ensure you wont fall behind. Only then will you be a successful college student.

John

I would tell myself to pad a little extra time around my classes, so I could properly study for them. I would also convey the need to practice, practice, practice. Otherwise I'll never make it to Carnagie Hall. Scheduling classes is of the utmost importance; do it early and try to schedule them in blocks, instead of spreading them all willy nilly. Also; I would sit myself down and tell myself that I need to be more outgoing. You're not around these people all the time like you were in high school, so you have to make more of an effort to make new friends.. You'll have more free time, I'll say, but don't waste it doing nothing. You have to se that time to better your self, study, and spend time with people. Overall, keep your head on straight, and don't be afraid to put your self out there and Live!

Stephanie

The best advice I would have given myself would be STUDY HARD, get better grades and scholarships. College is expensive and if you have a low GPA scholarships are hard to come by. Also,if you aren't mature enough to go off to a 4 year college, then go the 2 year route first, then continue on to a 4 year. If I had listened to this advice I wouldn't be 27 years old, working a dead end job and working on my third attempt at a college degree.

Annie

College will be way more fun than you think! Harder too though. Be prepared to make new friends (more than you think) and face new challenges (also more than you think). It seems scarier than it actually is; life can only go one day at a time, even college life.

Allie

I would suggest not to go to a 4 year university, and go with my gut. Large schools have never been my thing and yet I still went. Also, go with my gut on what I want to do-stop listening to everyone else. Business may be what mom wants me to do and front of house may be what Mr. Andrews found I was good at, but baking it what I LOVE to do. Dealing with the transition, that was no problem-other than getting a car...should've saved up for that (I wouldn't be paying so much now for each payment).

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