Southwestern Community College-Sylva Top Questions

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


Erika, it is going to be so difficult and you are not going to know what you want to do with your life. Don't limit yourself to a 5 year plan because, it is just going to stress you and make you feel like a failure. Go to class. I know that waking up so early is miserable, but having to take those classes again is going to be even worse. Don't be ashamed that you don't understand math. Get a tutor because, they are free and they want you to succeed. Stop being afraid that they are going to judge you for you lack of understanding. Be more frugal because working part time in retail is not going to make you rich. Most importantly, put yourself out there! Go to school activities and branch out and make new friends. It is going to be difficult, but incredibly fun. You have got this!


I would tell my high school senior self that it is okay to not have everything be perfect. You may not always get an A on everything you do because different professors have different opinions. The most important things are to do your best and have things turned in on time. If you do your best than you should be proud and satisfied with what you have done. I learned very quickly at college that an A is an A. It does not matter in the long run whether it was a high A or a low A. This does not mean that you should not try your hardest, though. Not every grade you get is going to be perfect, and that is okay.


i would tell myself to be careful about rushing into relationships in college because it would cause pain and suffering later.


I am trying to sit here and think of an answer but this is a very loaded question. I have only been out of high school for 4 years but I have grown so much. Why do we need to change the past when we have made it this far? In all honesty, I don't believe i would give any advice to myself if i could go back. I think that all of the obstacles i went through in high school were nessary for me to grow into the person i have become. I believe that they seperate high school and college becasue they are very different and you need both expericences. High school still allows you to be a child, and it isn't until college that you have to start " growing up". My grades weren't the best in high school and right now, in college, i have a 3.98 GPA. So, my transition from high school to college went smoothly. All though this might not be the case for every student it was for me, so i wouldn't jeopardize the person i have become just to make it an easier road back then.


If i could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior. I would highly recommend to attend a community college to start out with. Because a community college slowly progresses you into the college life. The classrooms are smaller, you get one on one help from advisors and instructors. As a student you have very reliable sources such as the Learning Assistance Center at SCC, also the library. The Campus's of a community college are smaller and more easy to learn the buildings. A community college is the best way for a student who is undecided in a major learn what the maybe want to do.