Springfield Technical Community College Top Questions

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


Make sure you finish high school. Yes, you could get your GPA but it would be more valueable to actually get your high school diploma. You can make something of yourself, you just need to focus on what you really want in life and take it! Don't start college when your 27 years old because you're starting your life late. Get your diploma, go to college at age 18 and make the most of your life. Education truely is a blessing that can change your whole world. Don't waste it. Sincerely, Matthew Comtois in the future.


I would tell myself that these are very important years of life. Do not procrastinate the school work and to make sure that everything gets done within a timely manner. Keep an open mind and the work will come easier. Also, if you are stuck on anything, ask questions. The professors are there to help you succeed in your college career.


Don't wait man, go straight through Highschool to College. The worlds ever changing, but your goals never falter. You choose, you decide, you just need an approach and a little guidance. Don't put off your future because your "tired of going to school". As well as don't go for the prospect of money, even tho it's not a bad deal. Go for the ability to know you could and probably will make a difference in your life and those around you. Inventions are idea's made to correspond to life's ingenuity.


If I had a oppurtunity to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would say, " Open your eyes, Rachael, right now your molding your path to your future, so please stop messing around." From there I would reassure myself that my college expierence will only make me a stronger individual, and connect the missing pieces of all my questions, and curosities of myself, such as where I'm going? Who do I want to be? etc. Along with opening the door to a whole new network of people, just like myself, finding thier way in the world. With that said, if I could go back, I hopefully would "open my eyes," to the bigger picture, that the future is something not to be feared, but something to look forward to in life.


Being a college student now is a wonderful thing and I feel that it is a true honor. However, it?s also a very expensive thing and I believe that it?s best to actually know what you want to do before entering college because it is a very serious and it?s a very big decision. Although, if I known ahead of time as to what it took to become a college student I would have definitely paid close attentions to everyone who were trying there hardest to prepare me for this journey in my life. Furthermore, I also would have just did a little more research on other opportunities there were that would help me succeed just as far as a college student would.


Going back in time to talk to myself as a high school senior would of given me a better advantage of being more prepared for the college life. The transition was a huge wake up call for me, as for all freshman. I never would of thought how important it is to be organized and on time for everything because as a growing adult you start to suffer the consequences. High school really didn't prepare me for all that was to come from college. Once in college it's either get it together or leave. If given the opportunity I would of advised myself to start learning to be more organized and to start keeping a steady schedule. I never realized how many of the things I did on a daily basis I would have to give up to have time to study and do homework. I definitely would of prepared myself for that also. Life changes during college but it's for the better.


I would tell myself to take all the classes I could in high school to better prepare for college. To make sure I do well on my SAT's and try my best to get into a college that best fits me. I should visit different colleges to see what they offer and how I would feel being a student there. I should educate myself on the scholarships and financial aid that is available and work at getting any help that?s needed to start my future. I should sit down with a school counselor and tell them my goals and how I want to go about achieving them. I should have my parents also talk with my councelor to make sure they understand everything. I should never let anyone discourage me that this is my future. I can do anything and be anyone I chose to be. I should never give up on my dreams and to work hard for them.


If I could go back and give myself advice on college, there are many things I would change. First i would have tried a lot harder in High school to be able to get in to more colleges right out of high school. Also, I would tell myself it is okay to start of at community college, taking the core classes there saved alot of money, and was a great way to ease in to the college experience. I would look in to colleges more as well, finding out as much information as possible, applying to college is a big deal, and so many people change their mind after going to a big expensive university for a year.


There was a recent article in TIME that discussed some common misconceptions in relation to colleges. One of these misconceptions was that high school grades are not entirely a good indicator of college performance. My high school grades were not entirely great. Sure, I passed; but there was no motivation for me to do better. At the time I was unsure of what career I wanted to pursue and I didn't put forward enough effort to research that issue. Luckily, or maybe by fate's hands, I was placed into a pharmacy for a summer job. I fell in love with it. Now I am pursuing an education in pharmaceuticals. If I had pushed myself to look into all the various jobs available, I would have gone off to a university from the beginning. In the same article, TIME also mentioned the misconception that community colleges are good. The issue with them is that graduates tend to not fare as well as students that went straight to a four year college. So, if I were to go back, I would tell myself to get off my rear (laziness is the root of all evil).


If i could go back and talk to myself as a high senior, I would tell myself to take in as much knowledge as possible. I would have to myself this because during high school i would retain the information that was given, then when we would start a new lecture i would forget evrything from the last lecture, and start focusing on the new lecture. If i could go back i would also tell myself to to save all of my work that I completed. During high school i would throw away my work after a couple of months, because the teacher told us that we wouldnt need those papers anymore. I wish that i didnt because my first semester of college was a review of what we learned in some of my high school classes and i didnt have the notes to help me study over summer vacation. If i could have to myself anything i would have said to make sure you sudy over vacation and be prepaid beacause college is nothing like high school.