St Petersburg College Top Questions

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

Andrew

The one thing I would want to tell myself is to think about what I really want in life and how I will get to be successful. I never thought of this question before or what I wanted in my life, of course lots of money, but I did not know hard work or what college was. I have to take life seriously. I would tell myself that everyday someone out there is bettering themselves to achieve their goals, becoming a doctor, engineer, or lawyer. Just make sure that each day is not a waste. Go to class wanting to learn and make a change. I have to be more goal orientated. College is about finding out who you are. Just make sure you are true to yourself, and simply be yourself. If you do that good things will come.

ANTHONY

DECIDE ON YOUR CAREER PATH, AND FOCUS ON LEARNING ALL YOU CAN IN THAT SPECIFIC FIELD. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY AND TIME IN COLLEGE, UNTIL YOU REALLY KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO DO FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.

Erika

You are exactly where you want to be, stop worrying, it will be fun. If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior that is what I would tell myself because during my senior year I had acquired magna cum laude honors, I had completed a semesters worth of college classes through AP and dual enrollment, I had over 400 hours of community service and I knew what I was going to do next. However I was nervous about making the transition to college classes. Although if I could tell my senior self that before I got my AA degree I would be accepted to my dream university, I would complete my first internship, and I would maintain the same magna cum laude honors, I am sure all my worries would have ceased. I would also tell myself that my first two years of college will be alot of fun because almost every teacher I will get will make the class interesting, funny, or interactive to where it seems like you are not even doing any hard work. Overall, the worst has passed, now comes the good part!

Michael

If I could go back and give my self advice as a high school senior I would make it short and sweet. I would say that worry about yourself, then worry about your friends. As a high school senior I was more worried about being cool and less worried about grades. Now that high school is over my “friends” aren’t there and my 2.5 GPA still is. I would tell myself that grades come first. If I would have known my current self in high school I would have put my priorities in line with the most important ones first.

Kaylyn

Keep trying, and don't give up.

Haley

To my younger self, I tell you this: College isn’t that much different from high school. You will have classes you love and classes you hate, and late nights finishing homework you should have done a week ago. But that’s where the similarities end, because college is a choice. You choose to be there, you choose your classes, you choose what you want to learn and who you want to put up with for the year. And it is from this understanding that I bring to you my only advice: learn. Learn as much as you can. College is fun, but not free, so squeeze every drop of knowledge out of it that you can while you’re there. Have a question but think it’s irrelevant? Ask it anyway. Unsure of what path you should take after college? Ask about that, too. The teachers aren’t just there to give you a grade, they want to see you succeed just as much as you do. But most important of all, learn about yourself. Learn what you want to do in life, and don’t waver under indecision just because choosing something else seems easier. Believe in yourself.

Katherine

I advise my high school self to not be too hasty in getting a degree. Be hasty in getting stuff done on time, but do not try to cram what seems like 4 years of college in 2 years. It's not good for you and your GPA. Be cautious of people around you and be more organized so you'll be successful in life.

regina

Looking back I would have changed several things. The first being that I would have taken 2 years of a foreign language in HS instead of college. If you think HS Spanish is difficult , try it in college. The second thing that I would have done differently is that I would have applied for more scholarships and grants during my senior year in HS . I can only imagine how many thousands of dollars in student loans I could have saved by doing this over again. The most important thing I would have done differently is that I would NOT have stopped going to school no matter what. I could have completed my AA degree 20 years ago. Going back to school is one of the most important things I can do to better myself today. I also have 3 teenagers and they see just how hard I am working to get my degree and can appreciate my hard work for their behalf. As I grow in my education, my job prospects will get better and I can give my children a better life and provide for their college education.

Joshua

Not everyone in the world is out to get you, you know. It pays to hold a bit of reservation, and caution is only natural; however, don't be so withdrawn. There are good people in the world, but if you continually put your head down and plow through everything, you will never get the chance to meet them. By being less reclusive, you learn more and have a better experience on the whole, which is far better than boredly trudging your way through the next two years of your life. Don't forget to take "fun" classes! Taking an entire semester of sciences and maths not only gives you a lot of work, but it dampens your mood and will to succeed as well. By throwing in some interesting classes that you actually want to take, you brighten your outlook and help motivate yourself to succeed in the process. History. Take all of the History you can. People are only able to make progress if they know what NOT to be and do. By neglecting this important part of education, you can do great harm to yourself and to others.

Casey

Knowing what I know know about college, if I could go back in high school and give my self advice it would be to practice not procrastinating. It is important in college not to procrastinate. It is also important to learn time management in doing assignments and studying for tests. I would tell myself to develop good studying habits.

Andrew

The advised I would give my High school self would be to study more and select a career path before you start. High school is more important than you think it is. The higher your GPA in high school the more likely you are to get scholarships. You do not want to acquire the student loan debt that your future self is forced to deal with. It is very difficult to do. You will have good times in college, but you must work hard and give it your all. Before you can attend college you must maintain your high school grades and graduate with a high GPA. This will ensure a possibility of Scholarships, which will be life changing.

Christine

My high school senior self was technically already a college student through an Early College Program. But going through the hustle and bustle of its processes and learning what college really was, it all took a toll on me. I would definitely tell myself to STUDY, all capitals intended. I didn't really think first year college courses would be that much different from senior honors courses so I often on studied what I did during high school: roughly one hour every night. Boy, was that a slap in the face. While a couple of classes I had to take were in fact quite easy, other classes were on the other end of the spectrum. If only I had studied a bit longer and a bit harder, maybe I wouldn't have to retake the one class I failed. It also didn't help that I was also taking a full course of 15 credits at the time but that was still no excuse for slacking off and catching "Senioritis."

Kayla

Senior year of high school, students still have training wheels on. While high school classes challenge our young minds to think outside of the box and come up with original ideas on our own, teachers still provide students with outlines and worksheets to help guide us on the "correct" path. With the resources our teachers provide us, it becomes easy to fall into a lazy pattern, to simply follow an outline as opposed to thinking on our own and letting our own great ideas flow. It becomes easy to not put 100% effort, originality, and creativity into papers, and our mind is metaphorically in idle. If I could talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to be creative! To come up with my own ideas and use my brain to its full potential in preparation of what college classes have in store. Because one things for sure, there are definetely no outlines or diagrams to guide papers into a cookie cutter five paragraph intro, body, and conclusion paper with a two-sentence thesis. I would tell myelf to start thinking for myself, go outside my comfort zone, and put my brain in drive.

Doreen

This was such an easy question for me because I think about it often! Growing up in a large family, for some reason, the girls were not expected or encouraged to go to college. Growing up, I never even considered going to college. My goal, as I was taught, was to get married and have kids. But that mentality is extremely old-fashioned and I believe it significantly hindered my professional and personal life. I was married too young, had no college education whatsoever, and I was totally dependent on my husband. It took about 10 years for me to even imagine that I could go to college, and it took even longer for me to realize that I was smart and capable enough to succeed. If I were a high school senior and could go back in time, I would tell myself that I AM intelligent and I AM capable enough, as much as a man, to go to college and SUCCEED. And that's what I'm trying to do now, in my 30's, but with a family to support at the same time. It would've been much easier 20 years ago!

Andrew

If I could go back in time and talk to my high school self, I would start by saying enjoy these 4 years they go by fast. I would then begin to tell myself about opportunities, that shouldn’t be ignored. I would say pay more attention in French class, and go on the trip to France to study abroad. Be more active in school clubs and maybe even play some sports. I enjoyed baseball in high school and I should have tried out for the baseball team. That would have afforded me with a possible scholarship to a great University. I would also tell myself to continue to enjoy the years ahead of you, don’t change who you are. The final thing I would tell myself is to study, study, study get good grades and pay attention in class. It may seem like it’s not important and who cares if you get an ‘A’ in economics or French. Well the future you cares and guess what you’re going to be kicking yourself in the butt when you get older.

brittany

The advice I would give myself would be to focus on setting career goals and not focusing on my social life as much. Being a senior comes with a lot fo social activities. Plus, I was a very active student in high school but somehow I did not plan college as carefully as I should have. Furthermore, belive staying focused and balancing your social life while being senior would have been advice to give to myself.

Doreen

My advice would be to just keep going! Don't give up. Don't quit. Your education is the most important thing you can do for yourself and your family.

sev

If I could go back in time as a highschool student I would tell myself to stick with gymnastic or diving and work for a scholorship, focus more on grades and not worry about the bullies.

Brooke

College is not as easy as you think it will be. I know that you have a 4.0 in high school, and that you never had to study to keep that up. This is not how it is going to be once you start college. The classes that you take now, you could take a full year to finish if you wanted to. Your new classes are going to be over in about three months. Your life willl be much more difficult later if you don't work hard now. Running Start is a good opportunity for you, and you could have your tuition paid for you for two years. This kind of offer will never be made again, so take advantage of it. College is expensive; look at how much it will cost you if you waste this time. Money is a representation of the time that it would take you to earn it. Therefore, every time you spend money, you are actually giving away a piece of your life every time you buy something. Save every bit of money that you possibly can, and work hard. It won't be easy, but it will be worth it.

Amelia

Ten years has passed since I was a high school senior, but it feels like an entire lifetime of knowledge has been accumulated. Looking back, I can recall a variety of situations that I would handle both the same and different ways. I wish I could tell my 17 year old self to take more time and learn more from life. The best thing I did for my college career was to take classes at my local college during my senior year for dual enrollment. The worst thing I did for my college career was to join the masses and attend college after graduating just because it’s what we do. However, the best and worst aren’t that different. I wish I had taken the time to figure out what I wanted from life and an education instead of taking classes I had no interest in. My college credits could have waited until I was ready even though I don’t regret taking the basics early. Too much pressure is placed on hurrying up to figure out what we should be as adults and not enough on the life lesson “slow and steady wins the race”.

Kendra

Don't waste time taking filler courses. Take all math courses in a row, you will forget things. When in doubt, see a tutor!

Jamie

I would say work hard to keep any scholarship you get. I would tell myself to start at a junior college. I would say to go full time and get it done in four years. I would tell myself to use the disability services starting the first day.

Alishia

"Don't let the door hit you on your way out!" I would have to tell myself to slow down and enjoy high school because before I know it, I would be in combat and experience the unimaginable. I would tell myself if you are going to go through all that for some college money you better get your high school diploma!! I was too eager to move on. I dropped out of high school and got my GED. I joined the military to help me pay for college, and shortly after was shipped to war. Whether or not, I finished high school I still would have joined the service. If I could go back, I would tell myself to get my high school education because I will get an extra $50,000 to help me pay for college. Unfortunately, because of being a GED student, my GI Bill was a fraction of what it could have been, had I finished highschool. Finish high school, it will pay off whether you believe it or not.

Jackie

I would tell myself to pay more attention and apply myself. I am still struggling to overcome the bad academic choices I made in high school. I also would have taken my SAT and ACT tests. I would have tried to be more involved in organizations that offered scholarships. Most importantly, don't worry about the money, somehow, that will work itself out. Figure out what you want to do, what will make you happy and go for it! If you like what you're doing and it makes you happy, then that's all that matters. Also, even if you don't want to take a class or don't see the point, grin and bear it. In life we must do things that we don't want to and they won't always make sense; but if you complete theses tasks to the best of your ability, you usually not only walk away with a feeling of accomplishment, but you learn something new in the process. Relax, and enjoy this time when you don't have to worry about rent or bills. The real world will be here before you know it!

Janelle

As a high school senior, I was more focused on skipping school and letting senioritis get the best of me. Going back and looking at all of the things that I could have gotten done in that wasted time, I really would have liked to have been able to just tell myself to stop being so stupid and get focused on what really mattered. I would have told myself that applying for scholarships ahead of the time would have been the best thing I could have done. I missed out on a lot of opportunities for scholarships because I didn't pay attention to deadlines, I was to lazy to write essays, or I was to strung up in hanging out with my friends for the last time. Also, I would have told myself to attend college over the summer, rather than waiting until the fall. Getting ahead even just a few credits would have helped me tremendously as far as when I will graduate and when I can take certain classes.

Rachel

My college experience has taught me so much real life applicable concepts so far. Knowledge is a very important key to happiness. I have learned by meeting many new people that indivduality is what makes the world so ornate. As a young person, there are so many opportunities to take and amazing experiences to be had. Learning is a life long process that can be mostly enjoyable. It is important to surround yourself with positive people who want you to succeed. College has been so valuable for me to attend. I feel acomplished, empowered, and anxious to make a difference in life. I also think that by attending college I have a better and more enhanced view of the world. I think college is an inspiring and unique experience that I would highly recommend to people of any age.

Mike

My college experience has been an intestesting one and has impacted my life quite a bit. I have learned countless things about the world, as well as myself. It has helped me realize and completely decide what I want to do with my life, where I want to go. It has helped me make new friends and realize which of those friends will always be there, contributing to my life in a positive way. It has helped me with my career, and I believe it will help me take my career even farther after I graduate. Although my college is not exactly the largest campus with the most diverse degree programs or some prestigious university, I appreciate the school and the students here.. Everybody respects everybody, which is something not always so easy to find in a school. It may not be the largest or greatest college, but it has been very valuable to me and has affected my life in numerous ways. It has helped me grow, and understand myself, and I know it will help me pursue the career I want.

Jason

My college experience has taught me more about life than any other club, training or religion has ever taught me. It has taught me to think critically and logically. It has taught me to go with my gut instinct when i feel something does not feel right. It has taught me to fully commit to anything and everything. College has gave me confidence to work to my full potential without fearing the outcome or fearing others point of view of me. College has gave me the tools to have the ability to slow down and think in a critical situation or speed up when things need to be done with urgency. College has taught me that some days, God and I might be the only who have faith that I will get my bachelors in accounting. Statistics has taught me how stupid i was to believe that I might be a favorite in a 500 blackjack hand. World Religions has taught me how ignorant i was for believing my religion is superior to other religions. Most importantly, composition has taught me how to express my feelings and earn a 5,000 dollar scholarship toward my future.

Shonda

This is an easy question to answer, self confidence. Like many students, I was not successful with my many attempts at college classes. I always believed that I could make my way in the world without furthering my education. As I grew older and started a family, I realized that I want my children to be proud of what I had accomplished in life and set a good example. To this day I do not deny the fact that I had to mature to understand the true meaning of achieving a higher education. Today not only I am working towards a better future for myself but also for my children!

krista

If I were to go back in time to talk to myself as a high school senior I would inform myself of everything I know now. I would tell myself to get started with applying for colleges and scholarships. I would tell myself to decide to go to school for what I love, and not just for the money. Also, I would tell myself how easy it is to apply for scholarships everywhere. I would point myself in the direction of websites and other services that could help with funding my education. I would not allow myself to procrastinate because I know that it would get me to where I am now.

Nicole

If I were able to go back in time and speak to my younger self, I think I would smack myself and say "Get a clue, go to college!" I would say that obtaining a college education is more important than that boy you didn't want to leave, you know, the one you broke up with the following year. That it is much easier to do it when you are young and single, without having all of the responsibilities of marriage and parenthood. I would remind myself of all of the things I might miss out on by not going to college as a young adult. I would tell myself to have fun and experience college to it's fullest. Enjoy the classes, make new friendships that will last a lifetime and remember to be true to yourself. Most of all, graduate and find a career that you love doing, something that will be easier to find with that degree.

Kourtney

The advice I would give myself if I could turn back time was to stay on task. Because I did love to learn, but at times it was hard to juggle everthing around in daily life at times. For example, there were nights I had a hard time pushing myself to do my homework instead I might give up or just take a long break then get back to my work later. The other thing I would tell myself was to never give . Believe me I know giving up sometimes seems like the most easiest or best way to do things in life but it really is not it can just harm you in the end . The is I can do anything if I really set my mind to it in life . My senior year was very intersting but overall I am glad I made it and graudate knowing that life is not easy but that does not that mean I have stop going on my advertous journey. The last thing I would tell myself is what I am doing know going to school and being a high school senior is going to be a great help for the future.

Cheri

Communicating self-worth pertaining to educational goals and the value of persistence would be priority while counseling myself previously in high school. It is clear explaining the importance of good grades would be quality advice considering how colleges and higher academic facilities value information retention. "It's all about the GPA!" would be consistently repeated. Next, when asked the memorable question "What do I do when the counselors will not guide me or do not have time for me?" the answer would be to obtain all college or university financial and enrollment information by going directly to the source for guidance ? in other words, bypass the high school counselors. Ten years after graduating high school I am a college student with an extremely high grade point average -- including current membership in Presidential Honors and Phi Theta Kappa -- therefore, the significant point to emphasize would be the power to achieve from within.

Rodrick

I would tell myself to enroll in college as soon as possible, instead of taking a year off. I would also tell myself to try and get better grades so I could get a Bright Fututres Scholoarship.

Anthony

Knowing what I know now, I would eagerly approach school in a totally different manner than what I did after I graduated high school. I would have to tell myself that technology is the key to the future. And any goals you want to achieve start in college. Making the right choices in life can be difficult and challenging, and the best place to start would be in college. Thinking that in the future we would have a recession never entered my mind, but now facing those hard times of a recession, it is easy to see how a college degree can lead you to many rewarding jobs and be able to attain jobs more easily than those who choose not to get a higher education. More and more people are seeking a higher education, and doing the best you can in college could and will make your career search a little easier. Taking the time while in high school to see what career path you chose is important, and picking the right college to attain your educational needs is just as important. I would pick the college that best fits my needs and education.

shyla

I would tell myself as a high school senior to simply be ready for college. It is a lot of work and you have to be dedicated in class as well as outside of class, you need to make sure you have the time to put aside to study for a couple hours outside of class for each and every class in order to keep your grades up. Also do not miss a class because it will feel like you missed an entire week of high school. One final thing i would tell myself is to not take too many classes at once until you know how you can handle a couple of classes first because if you start off with five or six classes it gets overwhelming fast especially if you have a job and other things you have to attend to.

Vanessa

My senior year would have been majorly different if I had known then what I've learned beginning college. If I had the chance to talk to myself during my senior year, I would have emphasized that being self-motivated was the key to stay focused in school. I would have told myself that everything should have been taken seriously during my last year in high school, which would have kept me from slacking in the middle of my senior year and from over-working myself the last months of school. I would have said to myself, "Be sure to start college right after graduation so that school is still fresh on your mind." If I had the chance to sit and discuss being in college with myself, I would have emphasized the importance of seeking help, such as tutoring, study groups etc., whenever you think you may have misunderstood anything in class. The most important rule I would have made known to myself would've been my education success is on my hands and no one will be there to make sure that I do the things that need to be done. My education is indeed my education.

Liana

If I could go back in time and speak to myself about my current years to come in college, I would tell myself to research and visit the school that I plan on transferring to and get information as soon as possible. By doing that, I would be able to complete any classes that are pre-requisits to the university while in pursuit of an associate degree. I would also tell myself not to take a semester off because the sooner I meet the requirements for my associates degree, the sooner I will be able to start taking classes for my career. If I had the chance to talk to myself, I would finally say keep your grades up and study very hard, because your GPA is what determines yor acceptance to the school of your choice. As an added bonus though, I would tell myself to have fun an enjoy it, because you are only young once and this is your chance to make your dreams come true.

Amanda

I would make sure to take the dual-enrollment classes throughout my senior year. I figured that taking the early college classes would take time out of my high-school social life, so I never wanted to do that. But as I look at it now, things would be much easier in college. Currently working on accomplishing my AA-degree, I am overdosing my schedule with many classes and it seems to be taking a lifetime to reach this goal. If I was to just take those couple of pre-college classes in high school, I would have had enough credits by now to transfer to a university.

Donald

Just as i started college I had some money saved from the previous summer and decided to sign a contract for a motorcycle. As much as I enjoy the bike, I wish i hadnt have signed for it and its payments because of all the responsibility it requires to maintain. If I could go back in the past when i was a senior in high school I would preach to myself how important it would be to save all the money I had and never sign for a loan on a house or vehicle until i had a steady job after college. After a year in college, I now see how strenuous it is to work for the payment and attend school full time. I would explain to myself that majority of the time spent working could be used for studying, reviewing class notes/homework and preparing for future exams. If i could go back in the past that is the most important item I would discuss with myself and make sure I understood fully how important it is to stay away money obligations while a student in college. College life would be easier without working all of these hours.

Monica

During my senior year of high school I didn't exactly take schoolwork seriously. I slacked off, if you will, and this came back and haunted me when I started my first year as a college student. If I knew that schoolwork required dedication, persistence, and patience, I would have gotten a head start on understanding the concepts/subjects I didn't know. I would familiarize myself with the things I did know, that way after that long summer out of school, all the concepts/subjects I did know would be fresh in my mind for the fall. But, life happens and things don't always go as planned. Sometimes you have to live and learn from the mistakes that are formed through experience to understand what life is all about. Thus speaking, I would have studied harder and applied to more scholarships to provide the appropriate necessities that would soon take place in my future education experience. Moreover, I would have committed myself to more community service projects, enhancing my communication and leadership skills. Not to mention, this would open up more opportunities for scholarship requirements. I would have told myself that I needed to be an assertive student!

Anneke

If I could go back to high school knowing what I know now, I would choose to think of myself and what would make me happy, and stop worrying about what would make others happy. To choose a career that would not only make me financially set, but happy in a long term. To seize the moment of opportunity. To source out all options and then make a decision. Not to jump to conclusions, but to be logical and not synical to practical idiologies. That your only young once, and to be given a second chance may not always come.

cody

If I could go back in time I would tell myself that I need to not get so caught up in the highschool activitys and to stay focused on my acedemics. Although for the most part I got A's and B's I would tell myself that I must get straight A's and that I need to apply to more colleges. I would also apply for more scholarship than I did. I would jsut try anything and everything to help myself get into a university. I would just have to tell myself that this is serious and that I all efforts should be pushed towards school and not to focus on sports because it did not get me where I wanted to go. I would say to myself school is going to be my gateway to a better future not sports.

Tara

Do not stress out. The transition from high school to college really is not that horrifying as you think. The main thing to focus on is what you would like to accomplish and what you would like to major in. Talk to as many teachers and counselors as possible because they can really help out a lot. The classes are challenging, so be prepared to work hard but it will all be worth it in the end.

malcolm

If i could go back in time, I think I would tell myself to just put in the work more and take more chances. I didn't really learn that if you put work into studying, it'll pay off on test scores. I took a college algebra course and I just wasn't enthusiastic about it at all and I slacked off on homework because i thought i knew the material. When the test was in front of my face, I could barely answer half of the equations confidently. It didn't click in my head to try and practice with the homework assignments until the semester was a little over half way over and the hole that my laziness had dug for me was just to deep to come back from. I'm now re taking the course and am going full force with homework and tutoring on a regular basis. I'm hoping to pass with flying colors and prove to myself that hard work pays off.

Laura

Knowing what i know now about a college student's life and being able to go back in time and give myself valuable information i would have to say i'd tell myself to have found a job alot sooner. College is a big investment, and requires you to have money in your hands at the time of registration. Relying on financial aid to be there for you when you start is a silly thought and it doesn't come till classes have alreayd started. I would have also told myself that i should have done volunteer work and that i should have signed up for the scholarship that was available to me at the time.

Ashley

Save every penny. College is expensive. With the food, living, books, class, and other expenses that come with being in college, how can a college student not be broke? Loans are difficult, financially to figure out a plan to pay it all back. I dreamed of being a doctor and graduate school is even more expensive and I cannot imagine what that will cost. The other advice I would give my previous self would be that making strong connections with people is important. You meet so many new people that you have to work with and can help you in the long run through study groups. If you are very introverted, making friends in college can be difficult. Keeping in touch with high school friends can at least help you to have someone to be able to trust in when college becomes overwhelming and you just need a friend. It is easy to get lost in the confusion of what to do in college. College is a lot easier if you have some idea of a major you want to try out. I would tell myself and anyone to research careers extensively before you graduate. It really makes a difference.

Sandra

To attend college while I am young and not wait so long to go back school.

Meagan

the advise i would give me self is that i should have better prepared my self financially and studyed alot more for the SATS so that i could have gotten the bright futures scholorship and that i should have payed more attention to the fact that college life is alot different that high school, its not all fun and games, its alot of time and money and effort, that if your not going to put in the effor t then dont bother with college

Derrick

Take more dual enrollment classes as well as re-evaluate the necessity of working a full time job while in school.

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