Santa Rosa Junior College Top Questions

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

Amber

If I could go back and talk to my high school self, I would tell her to truly think about my future. Don't just go and hope for the best. Make plans, set aside money, search for opportunities. Some of my greatest struggles to overcome have been a lack of organization. I would also advise her to talk to her counselor. They are there to help, and have given me more information than I could ever possibly hope for.

Jamie

Dear Jamie, Between your recent parents' divorce and the realization of faulty friendships I know life hasn't felt very pleasant for you lately, but I can assure you that life will gain momentum in college. It is a journey that begins with the first step to finding yourself. Something spectacular shall arise when all those fears melt away as you meet that first genuine friend who admires art as much as you do. Getting through the transition will be easier than you think. Remember time is always moving so you should never worry about feeling stuck. Just hold on to your positive hopes for the future and never stop working hard for the things that are important to you. College will bring many new friends, challenges and fears, but the best part about being scared of the unknown is that anything becomes possible. So I want you to go at it with determination and an open mind; you'll be amazed at the metamorphosis you undertake in such a liberating environment. It's alright to cry and be scared because it is the start to the rest of your life, so just take it day by day.

April

Apply, apply, apply for scholarships. Getting a head start on applying for scholarships is very important. Apply to more than one college and do proper research on each one. Find out what you love to do and go do it. Don't feel pressured by what everyone else is doing or saying, do everything at your own speed. and live the life that you want to. Going to college is scary but it's very fun and rewarding. Make the proper plans for commuting to and from. Be ready, be prepared.

Thalia

If I could go back in time I would tell myself to not listen to others when it comes majors and college classes. I was always told "oh just take your general ed classes you can worry about your major later there is no rush". I did just that I took my general ed and didnt focus on trying to discover what I wanted to do. I wasted a lot of semesters doing that and more time at the Junior College than I would have wanted. I would tell myself to start thinking about the future and what I could see myself doing. I would tell my self to take online test to see what I would be good at as well as researching the majors I might be thinkning about doing. I would also tell myself that nothing is impossible and to never let anyone tell me that major is too hard for me or that I wouldnt be able to do something like that becasue im bad at math. Follow what your heart desires becasue nobody knows you better than yourself.

Adriana

If I could go back in time I would tell myself to never give up. Even though life is hard sometime and money may come short getting an education is not an option. I would tell young Adriana to put in the extra mile and make my studies a priority. It is only now years later that I regret not having finished my studies because I see that I can only advance to a certain level up the Corporate Ladder.

Hunter

I guess the thing i would stress to my high school self would be to focuse on G.E. more then I did in the begining of my college years. "Get done with what you have todo so you can move on to the next big adventure in your life!" is what I would most likely tell myself. Taking my time as I've done isn't bad, but I would have liked to be on to my next step in life which for me is the illustration program offered at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. I know rushing through school is bad and that's why I took my time to really enjoy the experience, but I feel like my time could have been used more effectively by giving G.E. classes more of a priority early on. With everything I've experienced over the past four years attending the SRJC I'm glad I took my time, but even so if I could do it all over again I would try and speed things up cause who knows maybe I'd be a well known artist by now!

Paul

It has taken me quite some time to figure out that I want to become a Physical Therapist. I started college in 2000, right after high school, and I was there for two years before I realized that without direction I was wasting my time. After leaving in 2002, I largely considered the time I had spent in college to have been a waste. The fact that I had not achieved a degree led to discouragement about my educational prospects. However, as life started to happen, a path began to unfold. I realized that my unsuccessful stint in college was not due to any particular lack of character, rather to a shortage of perspective. What I had learned was that I needed more time to consider myself and my motivations before I could expect to achieve a gratifying degree. This time, I consider my education a mission. I have spent two and a half years back in school, and after completing my Bachelors Degree, a major step towards Physical Therapy will have been achieved. This time, it is different. This time, I have a goal. This time, I have drive. And most importantly, this time, I really want it.

Jenise

Senior year of high school I gave up on myself. After striving with so much ferocity to attend a university, I fumbled. Three years after graduating, I realize I had set myself up to not reach my educational goal. It is because I was working so diligently for my parents, and not for myself. My driving force was making my parents proud of my success, not what it should have been: to set myself up for the life and career I plan to have. To me, college was a distant dream, not an attainable goal. Happily, after that realization, and many difficult months, I am now excelling in college because I am investing my time and energy into myself. If I could go back and talk to myself as a senior, I would share this insight. It would have eased my transition by providing the motivation to put in the effort I needed to succeed in college. Also, it would have made my early college years more personally rewarding because I would have been working toward a personal goal, not simply to live up to my parents expectations.

Pratik

The most important piece of advice I would give my high school-self is: be open. Though I was not as aware of the plethora of interpretations of these words when I was a senior, I would still like to see that 18-year-old kid struggle a bit to find his own meaning in them. Eventually, I would tell him what I meant. When I first started college I had the mindset that it would be the same as high school, barely studying and getting straight A?s. I got a wake-up call the first semester: A, B, and C. I had such a closed mind, thinking college would be more of what I was used to, that I neglected all the opportunities to study hard and succeed. My schedule also showed this: biology, chemistry, calculus, and English. These were difficult classes and I hadn?t been open enough to see that the college offered a huge variety of classes. I am still a biology-major, but I later took such courses as business, sociology, child psychology, tai chi, and mythology. I now take even harder classes and am receiving the many A?s I was used to.

Joseph

Don?t rush!!! Even if you take some of the longest college courses, you are still young when you finish. For example, I have chosen Anesthesiology, that takes 12 years to complete including the residency program. Being in your thirties with a great career is very rare and very worthwhile. Most people wont reach any financially secure position until later in life. While your in school; work hard but make sure to work smart- organize and plan your schedule to optimize your opportunity for a high GPA, lower stress, and maximum achievement. One more thing- get involved in helping others through social outreach organizations, doing this always helps you to feel centered and accomplished. After all the hard work, helping people, and responsibility... relax, take a deep breath, and enjoy being where you are when your there.

Adam

1) Take a variety of classes your first year. Stick with classes that will count as general education requirements but explore your options. You may have already decided on a major, and that is great, but it wouldn?t hurt to try some other areas of study as well just to see if you like them. You may decide to minor in one of these areas or even change your major. It is quite common for students to change their major at some point during college. For example take a business class, a science class, an art class and a law class. Find a few unique areas that interest you and try them. 2) I would strongly suggest that you do not avoid Math and English classes. Start taking Math and English your first semester in college. Get it out of the way. It is not worth worrying about for four years. 3) Try not to take easy classes. It back fires when you?re looking for recommendation letters. For example when choosing a physical sciences class, a letter from the chair of the chemistry department will be more valuable than the same letter from a part time astronomy instructor.

Carissa

My initial advice to myself would be to re-take the SAT (terrible score). I was smart enough to enter into university straight away, but felt that I had failed any attempt to do so. I would tell myself that the transition to college would be a breath of fresh air as compared to attending high school. I would be responsible for creating my own schedule based on my interest in a major; I could choose whatever I wished. That said, I would tell myself that I should choose a major even if I wasn't completely sure of it and adhere strictly to a General Education plan so that I could finish in the least amount of time possible. It would be possible to change majors down the road, but it would be of utmost importance to complete the G.E. classes. These classes are designed to help you think for yourself so you can prepare for your life after college. Now that I have made the transition back after many years, I would tell myself as a high school senior, just finish. You may travel, take a break here or there, but always get right back to studying.

Jeremy

To go back only that far would be of little conciquence. I didn't choose my school yet rather ended up here due to financial pressure. If i were to tell my past self anything, it would be to simply work to the best of your abilities and not to forget your potential. Big changes in life are difficult, especially when you go at them alone. No one ever said life would be easy, but they did promise it would be worth it.

Allyshia

I have always thought that this type of question was one of the most difficult to answer, as it presents a sort of catch-22 situation. If viewed from one perspective, the answerer might cite any number of regrets, lecturing his or her former self on the virtues of effective time management, a good night's rest, and the importance of stress management and study skills. However, I think it is worth noting that a college student who honestly strives for a successful academic experience will figure all of that out fairly quickly, and be able to apply those skills when needed throughout their lives. Also, as I would not be the amazing person I am today had I not experienced all I have thus far, I would not likely advise myself about much, although I would have a few words of sage wisdom for any young person who might want to listen: 1) Enjoy this experience, responsibly! Your college years are riddled with unseen opportunities, be open to learning something new everywhere you go, not just in the classroom. 2) Forget any generalizations you have about anything, they will only hinder you from making the most of college life.

Kathleen

If I were to go back in time and talk to myself in high school, I would tell myself to relax. I spent a lot of time worrying about how I was going to fit in and keep up with the enormous amounts of schoolwork I knew I would have. I was also worried about paying for college. How was I going to pay for books and classes on what seemed like such a small scholarship? How was I going to keep my 4.0 GPA? And how was I going to keep in touch with all my old friends? Looking back, I?ve found that these worries are unfounded. I?ve learned that nobody judges you in college, so everybody fits in. I learned that high school actually prepared me for college, and that what seemed like a tiny scholarship actually paid for everything. I kept in touch with the friends who meant something to me, and I had no trouble keeping my GPA up. The transition from high school to college may seem scary, but if high school seniors took a deep breath, I think they would find it?s a lot less scary then they imagine.

Laveda

There would be so much I would tell myself if I was able to go back to when I was in High School. One of the first things I would tell myself is that school is not that hard if you just sit down and do the work. When I was in high school I did not want to take the time to study and do homework. Now as an adult I love to gain new knowledge. Time goes by so fast and it?s worthwhile to use a few hours a day and to pick up a book read and do homework. I would tell myself not to rush into going to college. To first sit down and figure out what I wanted to do with my life. It was too easy back then just to do what my parents wanted me to do. I learned that I was not ready yet. Now as an adult I now know myself well enough to get down to business and get things done. I have a family and reasons to work hard and to keep moving forward.

Kateri

Looking back on my senior year at a local charter school, I would say that planning ahead is the key to success. I didn't have a very clear plan of what I wanted to do when I got to college, I knew that I wanted to take some basic math, science and english classes, but I was unsure of what I really wanted to do. This isn't nessecarily a bad thing, but since I didn't have a plan I would let deadlines slip by, realizing to late that I would need a particular class to graduate. I also came to realize that talking to a counselor about an academic plan is very helpful, even if you are not sure what you would like to major in. The counselors are very helpful in steering you in a logical pattern, that will make it easier when you do decide on a major. Take the time to try classes that you think would be fun, you may find a hidden passion and talent that you have. Make school enjoyable, it will be easier and less stressful, those four years and a degree will be here before you know it.

Jessica

As a high school student, I was not prepared for what the future had in store for me. I was a careless teenager who didn't take anything seriously. When my senior year ended and I walked across the stage, waving to all my family and friends, I was relieved. The day had come when I was ready to graduate from high school and move on to my care-free life. Little did I know, that I was not alone on that stage. With me was a tiny unhatched vertebrate called, a fetus. This fetus would later on be named, Jordan-Claire. . If I could go back and give myself some advice it would be something like this: Dear Jessica, never look back, and always look forward. College is about learning new things and discovering what your path in life is. In college, you learn that mistakes can be made into something greater. Mistakes are a learning experience. Making the transition from high school to college, is all about taking whatever comes at you with great strength. Don't choose to settle for average. Live your life to best of you ability if not for yourself, then for your daughter.

Kaela

As to advice on things to change; get math out of the way as early as possible, that stuff will slip out of the brain quicker then in one ear and out the other. Also, ratemyprofessor.com is highly advised, it wouldn't completely save you from the bad teachers but it will certainly help you make better choices on which teachers to avoid. As for campus life, enjoy it more, join more things, and just have more fun with it. The number one thing to do is join the study abroad program to London; that was amazing and as my future self, I would never let my past self get away with missing out on it. Other than that, I'd have to tell myself good luck with it all.

Allyce

I have been in college for four years. I have struggled with finances and family issues. Through all this there is only one thing that I would tell myself as a high school senior, "KEEP WITH IT." I wouldn't be in a community college for four years if I wouldn't have taken a year and a half off. I tumbled under pressure when I was nineteen. I've grown up since then but I have wasted a lot of time. Other than that I have learned so much at this school and am glad that I will graduate with a B.A. in less than two years.

Rhianna

I would tell myself to follow my heart and that the rest will fall into place.

David

Work hard, study well. Set goals and reach them. Decide on a path and go for it. Never give up.

Katherine

You will be kicked out of two schools and have no diploma. You will wander from city to city with random friends in search of freedom. You will drive the breath of this continent 12 times over. You will find love, lose it, have it stolen, and reclaimed. You will offer the ultimate sacriface to another family, that of your own blood and bones. You will meet new friends, even ones you wish you didnt, and find long lost soul mates in people you never knew and some you did. You will be given the gift of sight. You will go to hell and back and find your true path several years later. Your family will give up, but in the end you wont. You will perservere without ever compromising who you were and you will graduate college without graduating high school to show that it is not a diploma that makes us, it is the things in this life that make us what we are but how we handle them that defines us. I would tell me to smile because coming from experience, I wouldn't change a thing.

Julian

Going back in time for a little needed advice would be simple. "Stop being such a teenager and start thinking about your future." Then again, I would probably just sound like my mother. However, I do believe I could at least point out a few clues as to getting my life straight. I would make sure to let myself know that life is a lot bigger than you. The high school senior who thinks he's better than everyone else. Has all the friends he would want and is top of the world, but at the same time is some how oppressed by his parents. I always understood my parents knew what was best for me, even if I didn't always behave that way. If I could go back and tell myself one thing it would be that my mom was right and it would suite me to not fight it.

Erik

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a senior, I would tell myself find a class that makes my scedule fun. If all of the classes on my scedule are tough classes, that will run me down and make me give 50% in my classes. If there is a fun class, it mixes it up a little and make learning fun.

Stephanie

"It won't be easy, so you should start now," I would tell my former high school self. In high school, I tried my best in classes but 'dropped the ball' when it came to college planning. I ended up being less-than-prepared to attend a State school like I had hoped because I lacked one class that I needed. I learned that sometimes even your school counselors overlook seemingly minor details; so ensuring that you're on the right track is ultimately your own responsibility. Another piece of advice that I would offer would be to plan to attend a community college for two years upon transferring. This improves your chances of getting into a distinguished school because admission is less competitive and allows you and your family to save thousands of dollars. Another bonus of taking the community college route is that there?s no pressure to declare a major immediately, so you doesn't waste time and money taking classes that may not be necessary for what ends up being their definite major. A combination of working hard and smart will lead you to earning a degree and eventually pursuing your lifelong goals; it begins now.

Kari

I would advise myself to take chances and to allow change to happen. College is hard to adjust to, and by struggling against it, it only becomes harder.

Alejandro

During my senior year I spended a lot of time with my friends, I was not focus on my education. now that i am in college i learning that we started college the last year of our High School, If i could go back i would teach my self to be responsible and take my classes seriously because in college is totally different. Been a responsible student help us a lot because you have the chance to grow up as a person, for example when i was a senior i was very immature and i was not very responsible, another thing that i would advise my self is to be determinate because it is what is going to take me to succed. Even though I am still learning English because I am only have 3 years in the United States, i realized that i have to work double in order to transfer to a University. Is not late to advice my self and i am going to change and became a responsible and determine student.

stephanie

The knowledge I have now about college life would have made things much easier for me as a senior in high school, but I believe my experience in a junior college has been a great learning experience. As a senior I would plan on entering Santa Rosa Junior College as an Art Studio Major, a choice that I had not made until my second year at SRJC, and I would also apply for all possible scholarships. I would start off taking math and english classes first because those courses are the most difficult for me. I would know about the intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) when choosing classes. I would use www.assist.org to see major requirements and ideal colleges for my major to prepare for transfering. I would also use www.ratemyprofessor.com to avoid some of those unsatisfoactory teachers on campus. I would know about how expensive books are in college and find alternate places to buy, such as used book on www.amazon.com. My best adivce to myself as a high school senior would be to stay motivated and positive because college is an enjoyable experience!

Steven

Mistakes are funny. Sometimes, you make them over and over again, and sometimes you learn just be seeing someone else commit to something foolish. If you're smart, you learn from your mistakes, and this is what you'll do: get out of your parents' house as soon as you can. College life is far more than formal education, it is the stage upon which you become an adult. While living with your parents may seem like a nice way to save money, the cadence of everyday life in your home won't change, and this will keep you from finding out what the world is really like.

Sandra

Start college right after high school so you can get your degrees sooner and start your career. College is not hard, its fun and interesting. Its a great way to educate yourself; improve job skills; and make new friends. Tour the campus and meet with a counselor. Check out all their options. Find a job on campus and seek financial aide if needed. Join a campus organization and get involved. Study hard and seek tutoring if needed. Help encourage fellow students and share positive experiences regarding college life. Get your math classes done first! Take a double major (Anthropology and Art/History), but also take additional classes for fun and personal enrichment. Never stop learning throughout your life. Get to know your teachers and ask questions if not sure of something. When you have time (between classes; studies; and work), volunteer for an organization that is connected to your major for additional experience. Attend lectures and plays on campus. Take the opportunity to be a part of one of their "study abroad" programs for a summer in a different country. Be positive and strive for a great GPA. Most of all, make the most of your opportunites and enjoy it!

Gregory

I would tell myself that College is not as hard or different from High school. You can do it and you will enjoy it. I would also tell myself to not change your mind on the Army because the Army has changed my life for the best. It has made me more determind and focused in the classroom than ever before.

stephen

The best advice I could give myself is to make the high marks in classes and get better grades. The junior college I am at right now is one of the best in the nation, but knowing what I do now about college and college life, I would most definately prefer to go to a four year university. However, I am hopefully transfering next fall semester to a university. I am very excited for the trasition, but I do wish I could have spent my first two year at the university as well. Regardless, if I could give advice to myself or another in high school, it would certainly be get the best grades you can while maintaining an active social life and having fun, but gradez should come first.

Crista

Be completely sure what classes you want to take, do your research on the faculty members, and ask fellow students what their experiences were like. College is what you make of it, so go to every class, even if you can do excellent without attending everyday. You never know when an interesting piece of information will pass you by, and though you could survive without it, having it is just that much better!

Koji

Keep moving forward with a goal in mind. Don't close your mind off to any path your future might hold and be open to and seek change. College is one of the best opportunities to recollect and reconsider your identity, explore all of your options and find what it is you truly want to be, both in your career choice and as an independent person. Don't just get the education to get the job to get the money; get the education to get the confidence to direct yourself to whatever it is you can truly feel proud and happy doing, apply yourself to that goal, don't be afraid to change it, and after that, the education, the job, and the money will come. College is a place to explore your freedoms as a human being, unbound by burdening pressures and negativity, but keeping you on Earth, connected to what matters here. College life is tough, and it requires a lot of hard work, but the beauty in its opportunities can make optimists out of anyone truly seeking to become one. Just keep moving forward and explore life through the doorway that is higher education.

Abraham

"do better at mathematics. it will flow better when you begin college." Thats about it or else i wouldn't feel a challange when i reach college level.

Kari

I would love to go back in time to talk to myself and many of my other classmates, not only to tell them of times to come but to ask them, and myself to look at ourselves clearly. Times change much too fast for us not to know ourselves and consider our own minds before leaving to a place we are not familiar with. I would have told myself to let the chips fall where they may, instead of constantly stressing to stop them from falling at all, and maybe then enjoyed more and stressed less. But this is one fact that we all must learn from experience, so perhaps I would not go back at all.

Nichole

I would tell myself that I don't have to know exctly what I want to do with my life right away. It may seem stressful, but essentially I know what is right for me and when I are ready to make a committment to a specific school or major. Additionally I would let myself know that I shouldn't solely hold myself up to the standards others set for me, for that leads to much unneeded worrying and stress. Lastly I would tell myself to relax because I do not want to make any hasty decisions I might regret, and furthermore, this is the time in my life when I should be enjoying myself before I enter the "adulthood" of college life.

Kaela

Classes can be good but really check out teachers much better than you have in the past. You'll go on the study abroad program to London, lots of fun, so don't miss out on it. Don't worry that you don't know what you want to major in, or that you'll change your mind probably ten times, just go with what feels right for you until you can figure it out for yourself. Some people will say that you really need to get on the ball with picking a direction. You'll stress and worry for a bit until you realize that you really just don't know what you need or want from life, and whoever happens to be saying that to you at the moment can't change that. Others will tell you to take your time and again you'll feel frustrated because you just want to have that direction that you know you'll love and can live with for the rest of your life and be happy. Also, have more fun. You've always been serious about your work it's alright to let loose.

Thy

I would definitely tell myself to be ready to go to school when I feel ready to do so; and not just because everyone else is going. I would also tell myself that it is very important to keep my grade point average high and don't waste time in deciding what I would to be; and in doing so, to focus every attention on school to earn those high grades. Most important, I would tell myself to stay away from debt because debt is a stumbling block to a better future.