Belleville, IL
Southwestern Illinois College


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Victoria
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates want to get a college experence at a low cost.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates want to get a college experence at a low cost.

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

Listen when somone says "Scholarship opportunity" and apply for it. Every little amount of money you can get will help. Also if yo want to go to a 4 year college right out of high school, well don't. Start at a 2-year community college. Why you may ask-first you don't really know what you want to end up doing right after high school and could end up changing your mind a million times, do to the many options out there. Also going off to a big 4 year college in will be most likely the first time you are away from your partents and a some what stuctured life. So you will have this new found freedom that sometimes gets the best of first time colleges students. Meaning that some drop out the first semster and are back at home with mommy and daddy, with there freedom gone. So by going to a 2 year college first you can get your general done, which will most likely transfer to the 4 year college, and live at home, which will save a good amount of money, and maybe have a job too.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Students that want to transfer to 4-year college. Starting will give a great chance to save on money by taking classes that transfer. Also everyone one needs some kind of college to survive the world now. Just by getting an Associated Degree in something you are interested in will help in life. This college is low on the cost for a great education.

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

Before anyone goes to an institution of higher learning, they should look back at thier high school career and ask them selve...

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

Before anyone goes to an institution of higher learning, they should look back at thier high school career and ask them selves three simple questions: 1. Did I excell in high school academically? 2. Was I in school by choice, or because I had to go? 3. Have I taken the time to really decide what I want to do for the rest of my life, professionally? Some people are not cut out to be college students and some prefer to enter the work world immediately or enter the military. There is nothing wrong with any decision, as long as the person can look at themselves in the mirror and honestly tell themselves and family, that they made the right decision. Some people are not ready for college immediately after high school and working until they decide the path they want to follow is fine, college will still be there and maybe they can excel after a period of maturing. Every person is different and the choice they make at such an early age will be with them for life. Ask questions, talk to councelors and friends before deciding anything. You can afford time to be cautious.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I think I have no one to blame but myself for not keeping up with the educational level I need to succeed in today's job market. I only had to keep abreast of the courses offered and I would have known that I could advance myself with the help of the staff of my current school. The school has a very good policy of sending out information to every resident, and I didn't even take time to look.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

I think the worse thing about my school is that some programs are funded better than others. I attend HVAR classes and have to move from city to city at other campuses to get the training I need to achieve the proper training that I aspire for. It seems that, and to a certain extent I agree with the policy, that most programs of study at my school are funded by the popularity and demand for the courses by the students.

Sara
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is known by how cheap your class are and how small they are so you and your instructor can work on a better level.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is known by how cheap your class are and how small they are so you and your instructor can work on a better level.

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

Some of the tings I wouild tell myself was that, don't think that college was jsut going to be a piece of cake. That you just can't assume that college is going to be the same as high school was. You need to work your butt off on your senior year and you should take geometry in high school so you don't have to worry about it in college, because either way you are going to take geometry, so take care of it while your in high school. Another thign I would tell myself is that you need to help your mom more around the house so that youcan do latter on when your mom isn't there to do it for you. Well I guess that is pretty much all I would say to myself if I went back in time.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

That I have such small classes that I'm able to get to know my instructor and what they expect out of me.

Taylor
Describe the students at your school.

All of my classmates are very good friends and know each other well.

Describe the students at your school.

All of my classmates are very good friends and know each other well.

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

Getting out of Belleville is the one thing in the world you are determined to do, but maybe you should take a little bit more time to research and look at the good and bad aspects of staying in Belleville. The first week of going to school in Florida will be a blast but then you'll realize that you miss the life you had at home. After you are in Florida you will spend days just wishing you were in Belleville and at the last minute the day your supposted to drive back to school for second semester you will change your mind and end up staying in Belleville. How last minute? You'll turn the car around in Tennessee to come back to Belleville. If you really take the time to way out the options and what you are losing you will choose to go to SWIC like mom and dad are telling you and not waste the money going somewhere you will end up hating.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The worst part about school was not knowing anyone and being 900 miles away from my family and friends.

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

If I could go back and talk to myself as a senior I would tell myself to treasure every day of high school. Try and cherish ...

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

If I could go back and talk to myself as a senior I would tell myself to treasure every day of high school. Try and cherish the time you have at school with all of your friends instead of trying you rush yourself to get out of school everyday. I would also tell myself to really appreciate the opportunities that you have in high school. In high school there are so many people that will do anything at all to help you succeed. I would go back and tell myself to give every effort to focus in one getting to the college level, in academics as well as athletics. But most of all i would tell myself that everything will figure itself out in time and not to spend the whole year worried what your going to be doing for the rest of your life.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish i would have known which teachers to avoid taking classes with and what are the preferable teachers.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The worst aspect of my school is that there is not always the best learning enviornment. There are to many people who come to school and just stand around in the hallways not attending classes, and this causes a disruptive enviornment.

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

Go and sign up for theatre, dont be so afraid to make new friends just be welcoming.

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

Go and sign up for theatre, dont be so afraid to make new friends just be welcoming.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

Where all the classrooms are. And that I was a little more invovled because I would love to do theatre again.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Anyone who is willing to go back to shcool or just start over. One of the reasons I love this school is because it is so open to everyone and welcoming.

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

If I could go back in time and offer advice about the "college experience" I would say that it is not as scary as perceived....

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

If I could go back in time and offer advice about the "college experience" I would say that it is not as scary as perceived. Do not fear the transition simply because you are not knowledgble of it yet. To be afraid of something you do not fully understand seems a bit foolish, because we can't know everything can we? And yet, at times it seems some people are so afraid of living and constantly worry about the future, but we should not be afraid of that either. If we're constantly worrying about our future, we are not able to completely enjoy the present. To live in the "now" is to fully experience the present. Savor it, because all we have is the present moment. Do not waste your life away by living in the future because it is the present events that influence the future ones. Simply be, and be yourself, and know that everything will be taken care of. : )

What kind of person should attend this school?

Whether you're young or just young at heart, every age and ethnic group is welcomed.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustating thing about my college is that they don't offer healthy food. And what they do offer is overpriced. I wish we could get some organic foods in there at a fair price instead of the preservative-rich junk food they have now.

Heather
Describe the students at your school.

There are young and old at Southwestern Illinois College, sometimes it will feel like you are back in high school, and someti...

Describe the students at your school.

There are young and old at Southwestern Illinois College, sometimes it will feel like you are back in high school, and sometimes you will sit next to parents that decided to earn the degree they skipped years ago. Since the school is next to Scott Air Force base, military personal also attend school there.

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

Do not worry, college is not as bad as you expect. Make sure you pay attention more in class, because a lot of classes will repeat the same material learned in High school.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Any one planning on getting a good start on school, a good degree that can fit their budget, and have a school that fits around their time frame.

Sarah
Describe the students at your school.

Very caring, compassionate group of young men and women!

Describe the students at your school.

Very caring, compassionate group of young men and women!

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

100% success rate on the Nursing Boards (NCLEX Exam)

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

I would have given more thought to what I really wanted to do in life. I got out of high school and graduated with a business degree and I was very unhappy. I have truly found my way and decided to pursue my education in Nursing. This is what I really want to be and do. It is such a good feeling to come home from clinical and know that I have made a difference in someone?s life directly. I have learned so much from going to the Nursing home and caring for these special individuals. Elderly people really are unique and have their own wonderful wisdom that has been shared with me this semester. I love this type of work and I can't wait to be able to give myself to individuals that really need me to show support and nurturing when they are ill. This is the best decision I could have made! In giving advice, look inside yourself and really think about who you are and what you want to become in life!

Melissa
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

The teachers appear to put in just as much effort and work as the students.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

The teachers appear to put in just as much effort and work as the students.

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

Don't worry about not fitting in. Everyone is great!

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

I brag about how amazing all of the professors are. They return all of our assignments the following week.

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