State College of Florida-Manatee-Sarasota Top Questions

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

Trisha

If I could go back in time and give myself advice regarding the transition from high school to college, I would tell myself to take all of my general education courses first at a community college. By taking the general education courses, it allows you time to consider all of your options for college. Attending a community college first allows you to stay close to home and gain the much needed maturity before venturing to a major university. Community colleges also offer cheaper tuition with fully transferrable credits. This option also allows the opportunity for young students to fully evaluate their direction of study.

Clayton

Clayton. this is your life. What you do and the decisions that you make now will have a big effect on the rest of your life. College life is fun and challenging. It comes with alot of distractions but most important, keep your eye on the prize. You will have fun, meet new lifetime friends but in turn, you'll have to work hard. If you do this, it's a win win situation. Having a good education not only opens doors, but builds you self respect and self esteem to a place you couldn't even imagine

melissa

i would go back and start working with he anial controle people. to get my foot in the door for college. help get animals offf the streets. get them the care they need at an afforsdable cost.

Katina

If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to not wait a year to go to college. The transition is not too hard, but it is not like high school. High school teachers give you second and third chances to get it right, but college proffessors don't care. You get one chance and if you fail, you fail. Plain and simple. It took a lot of will power to finally get back to school, so I would say just go for it and do it. Don't wait for a year or even six months. College life is much more of an independant lifestyle that high school. In college you mostly have to depend on yourself to get up and go and take care of things. It is a hard transition, but after a while, it gets easier.

Brian

I honestly would not change a thing. I graduated high school with no intention of going to college. That changed after a couple years of working at some very tough jobs and not making a good enough income for myself to live comfortably. I am interested in the business management field and now I am more driven towards getting a higher education after working at those tough jobs than I would ever be after going to college right after graduating high school. I guess that old saying, you live and you learn really worked for me. I tried to live the life of a high school graduate and pretty much lived paycheck to paycheck and now I have learned that to have a rewarding and high paying career, one must pursue some form of higher education.

Jonathan

Knowing what I know now, I would go back in time and tell myself to pull my head out of my own but and put my nose back into the books. Of course, I was a lost sole back in high school so I probably would not have listened to my future self. However, I must admit, despite the fact that I am 36 years old and just now going back to school to develop my own career, I know that I made mistakes years ago during and after high school, but they were mistakes that I needed to make in order for me to be the person that I am today. And I really like this person. I would not be who I am today if I was not who I was 20 years ago and for that I am thankful.

Christina

If I could go back in time and give myself advice as a high school senior about college I would have a mouthful to say. I would want to express the importance of being independent. College is not like high school. There is not someone there to hold your hand and guide you through everything. There is assistance provided but it is up to you as an individual to make sure you have everything that you need and that you get it done. Also I would want to express as much a possible how important it is to look for as much financial assistance as possible. College is not cheap. There is so much money out there that is used to help students who want to continue their education you just need to take the time and look for it. The last thing that I would want to say to myself would be that, "in the end all of the hard work, time and dedication will pay off and good luck."

Stefany

I wish I could have told myself to participate in more Highschool senior activities, like spirit week and the senior parade. Even though I think college is much more of a fun and interesting experience, college does not have activities like high school did to celebrate your time there.

Heather

I would advise myself not to drop out. I would advise myself to pay more attention and study harder. I would advise myself to take school seriously because you won't go far without it.

Colin

The harder and smarter you work now, the less regrets you will have in the future. Find goals, and work towards them at all costs. Invest in an Education in something that interests you, work hard, and be honest all along the way and you will go far.

Debra

I would tell that shy, timid, serious girl to loosen up! This is the best time of your life! Take a night off of work when there is a special senior event, it's worth losing a night's pay, at minimum wage, to have more fun and make memories to look back on your senior year. Yes, soon your high school friends will all go in different directions but you can still keep in touch. Change is hard, but new opportunities are exciting! Don't smoke, drink, or do drugs - it's not cool! Smile more and keep a positive attitude and you will attract many new friends at your new college that are just as kind. Enjoy yourself , you are young and full of energy, but go to bed at a decent time so you will be alert for those early morning classes. This is a new adventure transforming you from the dependent high school student you once were to independent career person you will be. Enjoy, it will all work out!

Dion

Wow. The advice would be amazing. I would probably be in a better position or college than I am now. First I tell myself to get started early by doing dual enrollment so I could get some of my college credit hours out of the way, also I would prepare myself better for my work load and getting my books way ahead of time. I mainly would have just told myself to start getting those classes done early because its alot of courses that a student must take before exitting a community college just for an A.A. Degree. So I would really stress to myself that I must be prepared and ready to go forward and get my classes early so I can be able to get my Degree and not waste any of my precious time.

Karlie

If I could go back in time to when I was a high school senior I would tell myself to prepare for the amount of school work and studying that is required in college. Also I would tell myself to apply for every scholarship that I had access to because the cost of an education is enormous and its very hard to pay for everything.

Leah

It's Febuary 2008 and I'm sitting in my high school's career office filling out multiple scholarship forms and shoveling through college applications, however with my own college sophomore mindset. I start talking to myself through my conscience, "Leah, what are you doing? Why are you applying to all of the larger colleges? Did you know that Manatee Community College is almost 30% less the tuition cost and has smaller classes? Do I need to remind you that it is only a 15 minute drive? Go ahead, apply to Florida Gulf Coast University, it's not what it seems. Sure they have great soccer team but do you really want to be paying double the cost, with four times the student : teacher ratio? Besides, you can keep your job that you have now and even up the hours of work to full time, also Florida Bright Futures covers 100% tuition. Leah listen to yourself! Your family is close in case of emergencies and you'll meet the man of your dreams at this small college! Just do it! You'll save so much time and money! How much better can it get? Do it and you'll see.

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