The biggest Advise I would give to past Jamilah is to think of a dream she wants to accomplish and use that as a movitation. No matter what college you attend, there would be obstacles within the first week and it always the hardest to get through. The first week you are feeling homesick, a little anixous, and you are even feeling nervous about the new enviroment, which eventually you will have to call it home. This feeling might not go away for maybe two weeks but remember movitation will be the only thing that keeps you driven. Remember what you want achieve! Remeber where you want to be in 10 years! Remember who you want to empower! Remember the sacrifices you have gave and will give. Remember all of this and use it as your moivtation!
I would say not to stress too much about grades. As important as they are, other things are more important. Rearrange your priorities.
If I could go back and give myself some advice I would have a few things to say. The biggest mistake that you could make now is thinking you should have it all figured out, you have the time and the resources to find the correct path for you and when you do you will realize that it was all worth it. Over the next few years you will find yourself becoming a completely different person, be open to new ideas and changes. Take some time to get to know yourself and what you stand for. Do not focus on a major in college that will make you money, find something that will make you happy and make you feel like you are making a difference in this world because that is who you are. Hold on tight to the people that bring out the best in you, let go of those that do not. Be confident, be sensitive, be considerate, be brilliant, be determined and be creative. Wherever you go, go with your heart.
College is nothing like high school. In high school it's all about fitting in and who has the most friends. In college, it's about finding out who you really are and becoming the person you're meant to be. There's no pressure to fit in and be someone you're not. If I could go back in time and give myself advice as a high school senior, I'd tell myself it's more important to stand up for what I believe in and be who I want to be than the number of friends I have. People will come and go throughout my life, but the person I am has an impact on people and I believe the person I want to be and hope to be could make a difference in someone's life even if I don't realize it. The bottom line and the one thing I'd tell myself as a high school senior would be to be the person I am, no matter who's watching or who's not. You never know when or if you could make a difference in someone's life.
If I could assume the role of Doctor Who and travel back in time, I would have a lot of advice for my younger (and much less wise) self. To begin with, I would advise myself to avoid my original college; the place seemed to have issues besides it not being the proper fit. This would have saved me a year of my life. Another piece of wisdom delivered to myself would be not to worry about picking a major; I worried like I was insane and as of yet never made a decision. I wish for it to be a wise one. To delve deeper into researching colleges would be my last piece of advice. The first school put me behind a bit but a lot of my indecision is the result of procrastination. Hopefully I will figure it out, and she would know how to go about it better than myself.
Outside of college advice I would offer two more streams of caution: 1) love your mother while she's here, you never know where she will be and 2) try to get a job earlier.
If I were to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I'd tell myself not to rush in to things. Everything has its own place and time for a reason. There's no need in trying to grown up so quickly. For example, trying to get a job just to earn my own cash or wanting to move out just because I wanted to be indepedent. Things happen the way they do for a reason, so why try to change them or try to rush to get the results you thing you want? Just stay focus in school because that's what's going to build a bright future nothing else.
Don't worry so much! Stop worrying about making friends, managing homework, being far from home, getting involved, food, sleeping, and everything else. It's hard to think about moving to college when you view it as 9 months away from home, but when you take it day by day, and class by class, you will be fine. Other students are in the same situation as you are and they want to make friends with you as much as you want to make friends with them, so you'll find friends without any trouble. Ultimately, worrying takes away the anticipation of how great college life is, so let all your fears go because college is going to be the time of your life.
For me college life has not been hard academic wise, but it has been a sudden transition from having alot of free time to no free time. As a senior I did have a part time job, but my schedule was always the same. So I was always able to time myself on how much free time I had and how much time I had to actually do homework. My usual pattern was rest and procrastinate a little and then finally the last hour or two before I went to bed I would do my homework. That was most of the time. College homework is not a thing to put to the last minute. I find myself staying up later than planned because of that habit that I got myself into of doing my homework last. I have no problem doing my homework once I'm actually doing it, but to get myself to actually do it takes a while. I would tell my high school self that during my senior year I should start putting homework first. The transition would not be that difficult if I would of known, that my schedule in college would be turned upside down.
If only I knew what I know now, I think everything would be cheaper. I would teach myself how to correctly use FASFA, PHEAA, and other scholarship/grant websites. I would also ask about scholarships as I was applying to schools to see which school would give the most finical aid. And most importantly I would visit each college to see if I liked the campuses, the amount of students/professors, parking, housing, and food options. It is very important as a future student to actually look into each aspect they may want or need.
Make girlfriends. Don't date too early
My biggest mistake my spring semester was being too ambitious and taking eighteen credits. The previous semester, I had attempted fourteen credits and my GPA was a 3.75. This spring semester, my GPA dropped significantly. I was fortunate enough to have a roommate this year that pushed me in my studies and encouraged me to work harder than I normally would. If I were still a senior in high school, I would need to be told (multiple times) to find a studious roommate. When picking classes, it would have been helpful to know that attempting eighteen credits would be very stressful (even if the additional courses were only one or two-credits). If I had only focused on four or five classes instead of seven, perhaps my GPA would have been more consistent. One thing that saved me, though, was advice that I got from my college friends that I plan on passing on to my senior friends in high school: don't bring a TV to school, it's only one more temptation you need to fight.
I would tell myself that time management is the key thing for college transition. It is so important to balance school work with any social life, family, and work if you do work. I would tell myself not to stress because the work will always be there but to pace myself and take it one step at a time.
What I have gotten out of my education at Roberts is a positive and rewarding adventure. I have worked with many very talented professors during the last seven years at Roberts. They have helped me and guided me into the best fitted field for me. Many of the professors and staff have spent many hours listening to me and caring about my education. I never thought that I could achieve this goal of being a special education teacher due to the fact that I myself had a learning disability. My professors never let me give up when things got tough. I feel that I was blessed with a wonderful school and staff at Roberts. I know that I will always have support even after I am finished with me masters. I would recommend Roberts to anyone. The bad thing about going to Roberts is that I will be paying back loans for the next thirty years and might not be able to help my children because of the amount of loans that I have racked up at Roberts.
Although I'm just a Freshman, I have already learned important life skills. The greatest of these are self-sufficiency and gratitude. Both of these are invaluable.
During my first semesterI had to learn how to be in charge of my own life. A year ago I didn't have my own bank account or a scedule that I determine. I've aquired numerous budgeting skills regarding time and money. Knowing how to manage these resourses is a skill that I will need throughout my life. I have also learned how to take care of things by myself. It would be pretty embarassing if my mom had to call and settle things for me. I've learned how to find the information I need and how to ask the right questions.
My first semester at college made me appreciate the things and people I have. After those first lonely weeks on campus, I was really grateful when I made some friends. I also have a newfound appreciation for the finer things in life: clean laundry and a homecooked meal. Counting blessings is important. A grateful person is more likely to be a happy and sucessful person.
HEY MY NAME IS STEVEN ZULU I TRY ATTENDING COLLEGE ON MY NOW WITH NO MAM OR DAD MY COLLEGE EXPERIENCE WAS NOT THAT GOOD ONE I HAD FUND PLAYING SOCCER FOR MY SCHOOL BUT I HAD ALOT OF THINGS TO DO.WORKING OVER NITE TO BE ABLE TO PAY MY RENT FINE FOOD GET GAS AND GOING FOR SOCCER PRACTICE AT 5AM THEN 10 AM I HAVE CLASS TILL12:50 AND FROM 1PM -2:50 GO HOME LOOK FOR FOOD TO EAT DO SOME SCHOOL WORK AND AT 5PM GO BACK TO THE SCHOOL FOR SOCCER PARCTICE.
Chosing to go to college has definately been one of the most rewarding decisions I have made so far. I have grown into a more independent person, and feel more confident that I will be able to lead a successful life. Opportunities that I have been given in classes and just on campus in general have encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and do new things. I have experienced group activities as well as individual activities/tasks, that have made me stronger both as a group leader and as an independent worker. Classes that I have completed have helped me prepare for my future career. I'm looking forward to continuing my education and growing into an even more independent and knowledgeable person.
To tell you the truth I going to my community college while going to high school for my junior and senior year. So I will have associates in Engineering before i get out of high school which is awesome the best part is that i didnt pay a penny. Any who what i gotten from my college experience is that it can be challenging(I always love a challege) . This experience has given me a chance to put "my feet in the water" for the real four year colleges in where i would be ahead of some of my collegues already. College aint no walk in the park but it is worth it at the end because knowledge is priceless.
Through all of my years of grade school I attended a public school in which I could never trully feel free to express myself. I've always felt that my faith defines me but I was never able to find acceptance and respect from other people. For years I struggled with who I was and who I was supposed to be. Whether it was at home or school, I was at a fork in the road. It wasn't until I stepped onto Roberts campus knowing I was at the most independent part in my life so far that things finally started to feel right. Here, I finally have a clean slate to start things over. A new foundation to build onto and to maintain.
In being enrolled in my local community college throughout highschool, I would say that my college experience has been extremely valuable. I have been able to converse and collaberate with more people serious about their academics than I would find in a different setting. I have madewonderful friends that want to help me whenever they can. Their focuses are similar to mine, making it almost a 'work relationship'.
Although I have also had my bad experiences, they are nothing compared to what I would experience living on my own. The college has prepared me in that way for how to handle such situations in a more controlled environment. I have been in so many situations while always being the underdog. It has made me much stronger as an independent person. My response is undoubtably very different from others due to my circumstances. It seems like a loophole that I have even qualified. Even with that, my point is undoubtable similar: I will never regret attending College of the Redwoods.
Even after just one year college has been an amazing experience. I have learned so much, and not just through my classes. I ended high-school with very few friends, college came and I was freshman class president. I learned to be myself, outgoing and not afraid to meet new people. On top of my classes, being class president, and my part time job, I joined Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE). A worldwide organization that taught me even more than my classes. I leaned practical skills, and was able to use them to help people in need! I was the first freshmen at my school to be on the SIFE presentation team, I felt so comfortable speaking in public after competing at the regional competition that I was able to ace my speech class. During my first year at college I also went to Guatemala, this was where I learned so much. Guatemala opened my eyes to a greater need than I had ever seen. This is why I plan to spend next summer in the village of Santa Cruz, Guatemala, helping those less fortunate then me; helping with the hope that one day they can become more like me.
I must say that I have gain a great deal knowledge out of my first year of college. My college experience at my school has been surprising. Surprising because attending a Christian college shouldn't be as secular as it is. I believe my time here have been well spent and hopefully it will only get better. I don't want to disrespect my school because it truly a great institution, but there is some things that needs to be work out before the term Christian college can be taken seriously.
I am returning to college after six years. I am looking forward to new experiences. This is one of the best colleges in Rochester, NY.
My college experience thus far has chellenged me to become my own individual. Being away from home and needing to make my own decisions in almost every aspect of life has helped shape the type of person I am becoming. I have grown a greater appreciation for education and a desire to learn a variety of so many academic areas, as well as trying new things to discover what I am most passionate about. College has expanded my horizons on the world and that there is so much out there, with so many things I can do. It has also expanded my horizons on everything I learn, motivting me to discover new things. Being at college has shown me that this is my own journey now, with the freedom, but also the responsibily, of becoming whomever I want to be.
If i could go back i would try to go back before i was a senior. I would tell myself to stop slacking. Plus the way that i was living my life was not the way i should have been. I thought i was living my life right but i was living for myself. i think if i could go back I would have went to Roberts Wesleyan straight out of High School.
If I was given the opportunity to tell myself about college life, I would tell myself three things. The first being, DON?T WORRY! Throughout high school I could not wait to be done and go to college; but just uttering the word college was intimidating. It meant change and being faced with new challenges like making friends. I had not made new friends since kindergarten! But one of the first things I learned in college is that change is not always a bad thing, and there was nothing to worry about.
The second thing I would tell myself is that I need to savor every moment of it. I have already completed my first semester, and I cannot believe that it is gone. I wasted too much time on pointless things, and not enough with my new friends and doing schoolwork. I would tell myself to not take the time I am given for granted and to live everyday to the fullest.
Thirdly I would tell myself to bring a lot of ?college food? because the food here is, well, let?s just say that I have been living off of salads and cereal for the past week.
Fist of all, I would of held out to see if i could have played basketball for a D1 college with amazing facilities! That is one huge thing that I regret. Roberts Wesleyan doesnt have the best facilities, in matter of face, my high school had better. Kindof depressing I know!
I would also have told myself to search for more scholarships and find more ways to get 'free money'. College is so expensive today, scholarships and grants are vital.
I wish I took more AP courses for college credit. This would have allowed me to get ahead in college and possibly graduate early or have a easier workload during my sport season.
I always have wanted to travel! I wish I took more tours of colleges that were further away from home. I never realy researched colleges too much as a high school student. Traveling for a week hitting college after college and seeing what they had to offer would have been huge!!
I was granted a great fortune of having very flourishing high school years. I believe that since attending college, my thirst for knowledge in its purest form has vastly increased, in opposition to high school where my concern rested at what material would be presented on for an exam. College has taught be the importance of being educated BEFORE being moved to speak or act, thus, it is crucial to apply an open mind to the realm of learning. It is just as essential to apply the newfound learning in everyday life for the greater good of humanity. I would advise myself to take a greater interest in my community, rather, the general world that revolved ceaselessly, and become inspired by its composite nature.
A college should be selected because of the education you wish to recieve. Choose the college that is the best for you and your major. Don't go somewhere because its in this area, or for the sports, go for the education. That is what will matter in the long run. Some colleges will have fantastic sports programs but be lacking in their quality of education. If you find a college that has a program that meets your educational needs, go for it.
Selecting the right college carries incredible weight. Students need to know what they truly want out of the next four years of their life in order to pick the school that would suit them best, but because most are only high school seniors when decision time rolls around, it's best to choose a college that includes all the options they would ever want (majors, clubs, sports, etc). Visiting the campus and talking to current students is also crucial, as this allows an experience for potential students that no brochure or website can replace. Students also shouldn't be afraid to ask questions during a visit! College is a big deal, one wouldn't want any gray areas when it's time to decide. Getting any unsolved mysteries taken care of is something better suited for before, rather than after, move-in day come fall. Once the semester starts, students should get involved in things right away. This is when the classwork loads are low, and engagement is high. It's the best time to start joining clubs, sports, go to parties, etc., and meet new people! All in all, college is a blast. Just live it up!
First of all, students should begin searching for the right college early in their high school careers. This will allow time for students to search a variety of colleges. Secondly, students should sit down and write a list of characteristics they want in a college. By having this list, students will easily be able to compare different colleges. Once students have narrowed down their search to two or three colleges, they should weigh the advantages and disadvantages of going to each school. This process will assist students and their parents with decision making. After students have decided what school to attend, they should search for information about clubs they may be interested in. During the summer before school starts, students should make a schedule of all of the activities they plan to be involved in. When they start school, they will be better able to adjust to college life. Although participating in too many activities can be detrimental to a student's mental health, participating in too few activities can also put a damper on a student's mental health. Thus, students should seek balance between being involved in college activities and doing homework.
Take your time. DO NOT RUSH INTO YOUR DECISION. Parents listen to what your child wants, this is going to be where they will either make it or break it. I know personally my parents did not allow me to attend the college I wanted because they felt I was unable to handle the "city". Well that school just happened to specialize in my major, and could have opened tremendous opportunities. You want your child to love where they are attending otherwise they might not put forth all of their effort. Kids try to not just focus on where the location is and the fraternities, sororities or the girl to guy ratio. Yeah it will be great for your first year, but remember you have to be there for about four years and come out with a viable degree. :)
While the purpose of college is to prepare you for a career, the most important things I have taken away from my college experience are my friends. My sister went to college a couple year ahead of me and she told me two things about making friends that I found to be right: be careful to find the right crowd and get to know the people who live around you. I made the mistake my first semester of starting to befriend people who had less-than-shining reputations, which lowered my reputation as well. Most of that crowd didn't make it past the first semester anyway, and I grew-up and moved on. The people who I have remained closest to are some of the girls I lived with my freshman year. We studied together, ate together, watched movies together. My other closest friends came from my major. We spent time in and out of class working on projects, sometimes even working the same campus job. So while you're looking at the academics of each school, pay attention to the students and faculty on campus. The people can make or break your college experience.
Choose a place that your child really enjoys.
First, you should create a list of schools that you are interested in and divide the list by location. It is crucial to consider distance in case of an emergency and in those rare cases of being homesick. It is also important to research as much as possible about prospective schools. Secondly, you should consider what you want to study, whether you want to live in an urban or rural environment, and also what you can afford. It is also important to research any scholarships or grants that may be available because the cost of college is reaching an all time high, and it is important to be resourceful when funding your education. I would highly recommend campus visits. There is nothing like actually walking on the campus and talking with the students and faculty about their views of the college, and be sure to ask plenty of questions. You would be surprised what a little probing will develop. Lastly, you should always choose the school that best suits your educational and social needs. Being focused is important but you must know when it is time to relax and have fun to ease the stress.
Make sure you visit the college a few times, stay over night, and sit in on a few classes you will potentially be taking. Get an idea of what the students think of the college and see if you enjoy the classes your going to be taking.
When it comes to finding the right College for either you or your children, it is vital to remember that they/you will be making a decision that will last a lifetime. It is more important to choose a college based on its best applicability to the desired major as well as a friendly, caring campus community. It can be easy to get lost in the winding world of campus life, which can lead to discomfort and an overall negative experience when the 'real world' hits. Pick a college that you know is best for you, do not depend on if a relative attends or attended there, or if it's as far away as possible from home. It is best to know your strengths and weaknesses when choosing a college. Cost can be an issue for private colleges, but they offer a closely-knit community of students and better access to professors and greater one-on-one attention. State or Community Colleges are cheaper with a wider variety of undergraduate students, but have little chance of one-on-one attention to Professors. It is most important to know which values are most important to you.
You should find a college that allows you to switch majors as there is need and provides a wide variety of programs.
talk to the students going to the school for the best judge of character of the school. working hard and developing an inquisitive mind is a sure way to make the best of the college experience.
Parents and students who are looking into what college would be best for them need to take into consideration three things: what the student wants to do when he/she graduates, the distance the school is from home, and the cost of the school. First and foremost, the student needs to take into consideration what his/her career goals are. If the students doesn't know yet, that's fine. There should be a few choices available, or at least some majors that look interesting to the student. They should certainly chose a college that offers something that the student is interested in. Second, the distance from home. Living an hour and a half away was perfect for me, but that may not be perfect for someone else. Consider the cost of returning home on vacations and weekends, but don't go to a school that is so close to home that you will still depend on your parents. Lastly, the cost of the school. Consider how you will pay for school: not only the first year of college, but all four (or more, if applicable to your major). Chosing a college that fits you is an important process.
Visit all colleges that you are looking at and don't stop just because you think you've found the right one, sometimes its the last one that really jumps out at you as the right one.
Advice that I would give parents and students in finding the right college is to remain open-minded when searching for schools. I would also suggest visiting college campuses prior to applying so that you can get a sense of what the school is like, and how comfortable you feel in the environment. I was set on attending a particular school that I thought was perfect for me, but once I visited I found that it was not the right fit. This allowed me to continue my search and find a college that was absolutely wonderful!
I would advise students to get involved with multiple activities on campus, whether they be intramurals, clubs etc. These activities allow you to meet people with similar interests, and help you to form close and life-long friendships.
I also suggest students to seek advice from professors and advisors. I learned so much from the faculty at my school, and they were able to help me to continue my education once I graduated.
The most important thing is to be certain to visit the college. Also, be sure to find a place that you know will stretch you a little. You'll change a little during college and you don't want to have your environment ill suited to you after that growth.
Parents, make sure that the school your student enrolls in is the best fit for the student academically and socially. Too often students feel pressure to go to a big school, a prestigious school, one close to/far from home, etc. It is your job to make sure they know that whatever the decision they make, you will support them. On the other hand, you also need to offer some guidance. Maintaining that balance of encouragement and reality checks is tough but you've already gotten them this far, you can do it again.
Students, academic and social matches can partially be discerned via online research and personal recommendations but the best way to determine whether a school is right for you is to go there. Spend time talking to the teachers in your major. Sit in on a class or two. Stay in the dorm with a current student. Explore the neighborhood. Eat the food. Can you picture yourself spending the next FOUR YEARS eating, sleeping, talking, and learning here? Be honest with yourself, be honest with your parents. The point of college is for you to learn and grow and become more you. Go do it!
I advise parents to shop around and compare fininancial aide packages, most likely the school you want to go to will match aid from another equal or more expensive.
I believe that finding the right college first starts with the visiting process. Go to the college, take a tour, attend classes, and maybe even stay the night. This will help you determine if you actually like the environment. Also, do not go to a large college if you like one on one time with a teacher. To make the most of your college experience, do not drink it away. You are paying to learn so do not waste it. Find the right group of friends because you will probably be spending most of your next four years with them. Study hard, this is why you are in college in the first place!
Looking for a college is no simple task. Coming up with a plan is your first method of attack.
My advice would be do not settle. Do not pick a place that gives you the most financial aid, or one that your friends attend. Pick a college/university that you fit in the most at. Make sure your major is available and that the college offers a good experience and good degrees. Most importantly, you can get work done in college and still have fun. Careers start after this time so you it wisely because it is a precious time that you do not want to waste.
Don't worry about the money first, worry about where you want to go and what you want to see yourself doing. Then worry about the money. It is more important to be at a school where the professors care than to walk out of college with no debt. Also, don't just pick a major because you want a job, go for a liberal art. This will provide you the skills to do any job you want.
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