Southern Maine Community College Top Questions

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

Maurice

If I could go back in time and talk to myself in high school, the only advice that I will give to me is to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Having gone through so much in life, I went through times where I wanted to just give up and quit becuase that was the easier of the two choices. Even now, I am still strggling heavily with some of life's tough issues, but to give up will offer no possibilty of success. Throughout my life's trials and tribulations, I've learned that perseverence is the key to overcoming many obsticles in life, and that it's not how or where you start in life, but how you finish. Not only is this the advice that I would give to myself, this is also the advice I will give to anyone needing the strength to go on.

Marilyn

If I were to go back in time and talk to myself i would tell myself that it was a great decision to wait to go to school. As a senior I was very stressed about my future and all my friends knew exactly what they were going to do and be. Now they have degrees and no jobs and student loans kicking in. I waited to go to school untill i decided exactly what i want to learn. I tried out quite a few jobs untill i found the field that I love. Now I know that I want to be a nurse. If I had gone to college right out of highschool I'm sure I would ended up not finishing or with a degree I cant use. I would tell myself that its okay to not be ready for college yet and I would reassure myself that I would eventually figure it out.

Monica

If I went back to my senior year of high school and attempted to convince myself of anything the remarkable truth is that I would still not listen. I have a natural tendency to learn in my own stubborn way; whether it was by making mistakes or by fascination, I've always had to experience in order to know. I could go back and tell myself of the many struggles I could be facing such as; experiencing a manipulative boyfriend, and untrue friends. I could talk about how I ended up entrusting my life with people who, despite what they said, had no intentions of protecting me from their own malicious desires. Despite my efforts, I would have still found new circumstances that I would have needed to test. Instead of warning, I would focus on telling myself how capable I am, and share all of the success that I have gained within the last two years. I would suggest that taking on a full time job and school schedule is very admirable, and so is being smart enough to know when to ask for help; instead of thinking that I had to do everything on my own.

Raymond

I should of studied hard to learn more words and get better in life and instead of playing games all the time.

Jae

When I was in high school people told me things like, "Go to school for someting broad and make yourself well rounded!" or "Its ok if you dont know what you want to do for the rest of your life, you can decide in school!" Well thats awful advice! I decided I hated my major in my final capstone course. So I added something broad to it, Communication and guess what? I couldnt buy myself a job. So I worked in schools for three years, a far cry from my Film degree. I discoverd that I disliked working with kids who wanted to stab me in the face and throw pencils at their peers eyes, Go figure. So I did some serious thinking and made a life choice to go back to school. I really thought about what it was that I enjoyed and could see myself doing for the next ten years. So I am doing a Computer Technology program. I forgot, I love computers and that you can get a job working with them. My advice for my high school self would be stay realistic and focus, go to class and dont get distracted by the party.

Matthew

I'll make this direct, Matt, because time travel is still in its infancy and my message can only be so long. You're on the cusp of dropping out of high school. It sucks, I know. At this point your classmates have been asking you which schools you're applying to, and lying about applying to Tufts or UMO or Brown is a black worm slowly digesting the husk that is your dignity. The day will come when they all graduate, and you're left to reckon your own self worth. You will feel darkness, brother. I can't tell you to shape up. You won't. Nor can I tell you not to despair because you will. Know only this: There came a day when I realized why I needed to drop out and fail high school, why it was imperative that I avoid college despite every sign that I couldn't. I know that if otherwise, I wouldn't have the richness that experience has given me, and any related decision would carry no weight. Live the coming years and learn from them. Achieving a degree is a matter of fate, not a question of worth.

Cheyanne

Study. Just because you are away from home doesn't mean it is party and all fun. yes have fun but college is serious and expensive. Don't blow it. don't be afraid to ask questions for the teachers and advisors.

Mario

If I was allowed to go back in time and speak to my self as a high school senior I would advise my self to make more of an effort of applying for scholarships, I only recieved one scholarship and this caused my mother to have to work even harder so that I could afford my tuition and etc..

Michele

This is my second time around going to college. I received my Bachelors Degree in Psychology and am now going back for my RN in Nursing. If I could go back and talk to myself when I was a high school senior, I would tell myself to immediately start thinking of my new apartment as home. I could have avoided a lot of homesickness if I had done that. I also would tell myself to ask my professors for a copy of their notes, as I have a really hard time listening and taking notes at the same time. I would also tell myself how to find out what was important in the material and make notes out of that. Most of all I would tell myself to make sure I studied and not avoid it because it was hard to focus sometimes.

Jamie

If I could go back and talk to myself as a highschool student I would tell myself to stop worrying about taking that year off to travel because I have the motivational drive to always come back. I will take my memories of the hurt I've seen while I was gone and apply them to each and every homework assignment and I will know that with that I will make a wonderful nurse. The desire to learn will never go away and there are so many ways to fullfill it, traveling being just one of them. I would tell myself that I am ready to be that nurse that walks into the room and you instantly know you're safe. That nurse that comes into your room in the middle of the night and hands you pills and you take them without worry because you can feel that everyone of her calculations is done with presision and she doesn't get sloppy because she cares. Nursing is what I am mean to do and I would tell myself not to worry because for me school difficulty is in direct proportion with the amount I care.

Heather

If I could advise myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself, in a nutshell, to experience as much as possible. In college there are clubs, organizations, seminars, visiting experts in varied fields, internships, studies abroad, short-term and long-term travel opportunities, etc. After college, opportunities such as these are not as accessible nor as numerous. Although there may be some extra costs involved in these opportunities, make the effort to somehow surmount the financial obstacles in order to gain the experiences and knowledge of life, the world, your future profession, and even the knowledge of yourself that these experiences will provide.

Kristyn

Set your mind straight, focus and don't get lost in the parties. Don't skip class and focus on yourself. This is all up to you now. You mess up and loose focus, it only hurts yourself. Learn to love yourself so you can achieve your highest goals. This is your future!

Amy

I would tell myself that college life really is not all that bad. You will have some days where you don't ever want to return to class, but you climb over those barriers and succeed at the tasks that stood in your way. I am living proof that you can do what ever you set your mind to. You also have a loving husband and family that have stood behind you one hundred percent. My advice to you is to do what you want, but don't pass up the opportunity of a two-year degree in Business Administration at Andover College.

Christopher

I would tell myself to do my best to get a job over summer and to save up, because college was a LOT more expensive than I was expecting, and I don't know if I'll be able to make it this semester. I couldn't find a job last summer, and even while working as campus security this year I don't know if I'll make it.

Lisa

I quit school in 1981 as a junior. I have regretted this ever since, at age 26 I got my GED after having 4 children. And have cotnued my education off and on ever since I have now raised 9 children total between my husband (2nd) and I ( and 1 grandson). I would go back to tell myself how rough it is trying to be a mother and work and go to school. I would tell myself about the trips to the city for assisatance and going to food banks to eat on a regular basis. I would tell my self to not do drugs (of which I have been cleanfor 20 years now). I woudl get my license and go to college before I had children. I have 3 at home still 2 are juniors in HIhg School and one grandson starting kindergarden in the fall. These and many other issues would be addresses.

Robert

I would tell myself to take charge in school. Become as better leader and pay more attention in classes instead of goofing off an being a dumbass in class.