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From my college experience, I have gained networking abilities, public speaking and much help in writing papers. While the school does require more for the intellectual foundations of inquiry(general education classes) than most schools, it is well worth it. As a transfer into this college, I feel the faculty and students are more available for help than at my prior college and with that I feel my want for learning has been improved drastically because the faculty and students are passionate about their chosen field, and it is not just an obligation.


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The skills to be successful in life. The area I have chosen deals hands on with horses and people and at Black Hawk College I am allowed to bring my horse and show what I can do as a upcoming trainer and improve daily under instructor guidance as well as meet many new people through the clinics BlackHawk hosts. I wouldn't be half the rider I am today if it wasn't for attending Black Hawk. Without a training certificate many people won't think of a person as a decent trainer but now that I have attened Black Hawk people are asking for me to put the skills my horse has on their horses hence starting my future as a trainer. The value their is worth more than anything.


After receiving my Bachelor's degree at the University at Buffalo I was somewhat disappointed with my college experience and education from the previous 4 years. However, as time has gone on, and I have begun to take graduate courses I have realized that I had actually received a great education that prepared me well for furthering my education and beginning my career as a physical therapist. Only now do i wish I would have been more active at the University at Buffalo because offers so many extracurricular activites and ways to be active in the community that not enough people take advantage of. My college experience has been an invaluable part of my life. The knowledge I have gained and relationships I have made over the past 4 years will last a lifetime. I recommend a college education to anyone who is thinking about it.


Most of the students who attended my high school were white and I very rarely interacted with people of different ethnicities. It is nice to now go to a school where there are students of every ethnicity and from different countires. In a way it opened my eyes to a world beyond my suburban, white town. I have made friends with people that the high school me would have never even had the chance to meet. Im truely thankful for the people I have met while at UB.


I have gained and incredible amount of knowledge from both my professors and the diverse student body. I have learnt how to be more independent which will help me with my future endeavors. I have learnt so much about my major and a vast array of different cultural backgrounds. I currently attend a two year community college and would love to transfer to Parson the New School. With this scholarship I will be able to take my knowledge and experiences from the community college to Parsons. New York being a melting pot and home of Parsons I will be able to learn about even more cultures, and intern for some of the world renowned architects. I would like to take advantage of all the opportunities New York and Parsons have to offer.


Attending school at Buffalo State College, I have experience diversity. I could be myself and value where I could from. Your ethnicty and background is a huge matter at my school. Its fun learning and understanding different religions and backgrounds. We acknowledge diversity through prorgrams and events. Everyone experiences and learns something new from a fellow student or guest speaker every day. I enjoy seeing everyone at Buffalo State College socializing and working together oppose from African American sticking with each other or Hispanics staying in their own corner. My school is one of the top diverse schools in New York State. I value my school as much as I value my education because Buffalo State College allows me to feel comfortable under my own skin.


Attending my first semester of college was quite the experience. I graduated high school a semester early and went right to college. I immediately signed up for a level 300 course, Sociology of Race & Ethnicity. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. The first couple of classes shocked me. The professor encouraged everyone to be candid and honest about their feelings, expressing them in ways that might be offensive, if necessary. It wasn't guarded or fine- tuned to be centered on having a "politically correct" classroom environment. It was one of the most honest lessons I've ever learned. Buffalo State offers many classes like this one; classes that teach you out of the book, but also out of experience. The only way to overcome social boundaries is to confront them and Buffalo State gives ample opportunities to do this.


I learned a lot of valuable information throughout my freshman year of college. Not only I have I learned a lot academically, but I have learned life lessons that will always stay with me. I have become very organized after this experience. Being organized has made my college experience so much easier. I was able to plan out everything from my classes, to when I do my homework, and even my extracurricular activities that I participated on and off campus. I also admired the fact that I got to meet wonderful new people. That experience has made me become an even more open-minded person. I believe that what I valued the most from my first college experience was how important education is to me and I finally realized my full potential. I have always been a hard working student but never truly knew what my full potential was. I proudly recognized my potential when I had reached and stayed on the Deans List with an GPA average of 3.75. I am willing and ready to learn now. I cant wait to see what other life lessons I will learn for the rest of my college career.


My college experience has been the greatest experience of my life. I have made the best friends, learned the greatest lessons and gained so much knowledge. If I had not attended college I wouldn't be where I am today. Even though it took me a while to find the correct career path for myself the classes I took while searching have helped me become the person I am now. I have met so many professor who have helped to shape my way of thinking. There have been faculty members from clubs I have joined that have helped to push me to new heights. Before college I would never have been able to stand in front of a crowd, direct a group of people and keep them organized, it is now something I do on a regular basis. If I had not had the college experience I had I can not even begin to imagine what my life would be like today.


The most important thing that I've gotten out of my college experience so far is that I have discovered a lot about myself. The various courses that I've taken so far have taught me what my strengths and weaknesses are. What I originally thought I was going to go to school for turned out to be not the best fit for me. Instead I have chosen a major that I never would have picked while in high school.


The first thing that comes to my mind is the confidence that I have gained. I have been exposed to many new experiences, and through this exposure, I have become a much more confident and capable individual. Previously, I might have been reluctant to inherit new roles or to change my routine with additional responsibilities. Now, not only do I welcome new challenges, I seek them out. This has carried over to my job as well. I am now in a position of authority under my immediate supervisor, where previously I wanted only to come to work and fly under the radar. The thought of learning new skills and applying them in the real world used to fill me with anxiety and questions such as "What if I'm not good enough?" or "What if I make a mistake?". Because of my college education, I now know that not only is it acceptable to make a mistake, but that even after mistakes are made, I'm more than "good enough" to get the job done.


College has allowed me to be my own person. It got me away from my family, not physically but emotionally and intellectually. It was refreshing to know that I was responsible for myself and no one else was responsible for me. I did study but I did it when it was convenient for me, not my parents. I discovered that I really do like to learn. Also, that I have many areas of interest and I quickly discovered that my original major in engineering was not what I wanted to do. I was able to make new friends with out the peer pressure of others and I could wear what I wanted to class.


As a student at a community college, other than saving a lot of money, I have made a lot of close friends as well as educational connections. I have also had enough time to throughly decide what major to pursue as opposed to going straight from high school to a university and not knowing what I wanted to study. I also believe that I have had more time to mature and ready myself for moving out and being on my own. To me, college is has been the doorway to finding myself and creating a stable future for myself and my future family. Although I cannot wait to get to UNCW, I value my time at VGCC and wouldn't trade it for the world.


Well so far.. I havent had the chance to really start college yet but when I do start.. It will be the most valuable experience and life changing.. to be the one to pave the way for my younger brother and sisters to graduate from high school and college as well.. I wanna be able to leave a legacy in a way to show everyone why an education is so important to succeed in life. Without it life is limited. I want no limits.


the most important thing hat i have gotten out of my college experience is a better education. my education was important so that i could have a better future for my sefl another important thing i got from collge was all the friends teachers and memories like the saying go memories last a life time and the memories i created in college i will always remeber them


To attend Buffalo State College as been valuable to attend because of the atmosphere of the teachers and the students. Out of my experiance so far I have came to realize that I like school. It is not all about homework and teachers. School is also about making new friends and going on trips and learning and experiancing the world to come.


Being openminded does not cut it in college. You'll meet some really good people, and some that arent so great. Just remember, you are there for your own reasons, to graduate and become successful. You cant rely on anyone but yourself in this setting. The college life is far beyond high school, it is full of people that go crazy out of high school and out of their parents care. Don't fall into the pressures of partying like everyone else, you are above them. Remember to stay focused, but be happy. You're there for a good chunk of time, and you need to stay positive. You'll be brought down by egotistical professors, and the grades they give, but you can get through it, and you can do good. It's all about motivation and focus. And by gosh, find some stress relieving techniques. Last, remember to study hard, this means getting into a routine, not just last minute cram sessions; study throughout the entire semester, you will do fine.


I would tell myself this... "you know what you want to do with your life. Go for it and don't be afraid. In no time at all you'll be achieving things that you've never dreamed of doing. Also, don't be afraid to have fun, you'll regret those times when you look back, seriousness is only a good quality if you know how to balance it with fun. A 4.0 GPA means nothing if that is all you did. Also, stop thinking things are easy or too hard, you'll get a big surprise, do your best and accept your grade with a smile or a laugh. I prefere laughing.'


I wish I would've known that financial aid doesn't cover every school expense. There are so many little issues that come up, and working is very difficult to do when you're taking classes. I currently have 3 jobs, and its very difficult to stay completely organized while keeping up with my school work. I've managed to do it for this long, but its one of the hardest things I've ever done in my life. I want to just be a student, and not have to worry about trying to work and make ends meet. College is supposed to have some fun. but workign all the time makes it impossible sometimes. Before coming to college, learn time management skills. It will make your life soooo much easier in the long run !!!!


I would tell myself "don't worry!" . Teachers tell highschool students how hard or how difficult school will be in college, but really college offers you freedom, and opertunity and a real chance at picking what you truley care about to study. I would tell myself that college can be scary when it comes to finding classes, and parking, and paying for it but that yu gain a real sense of importance by being able to actively and deliberately take steps to create the life you always wanted. Every action you take in college is directly related to how sucessful you will be in your future career, which can be scary but is exciting as well.


As I sit here inside my dorm, I feel that my journey to college has been a little uneasy. I look back and I wish to undo certain events that unfolded throughout my high school years. But I have come to the harsh reality that there is nothing that I can do about the past and pondering about it won't do much either. The past is the past, regardless of the situtation. In college there is no time to wonder what might have been or what should have been, there is only room for the present. If I had the chance to go back in time and to talk to myself as I high school student I would look into her eyes and say that the best thing to do is to stay focus, keep her head up, and feet on the ground. When I was a high school student I was a very ackward person, I created this world of fantasy to make myself feel better but I realize that reality though at times can be cruel is way better than fantasy. Being focus to the things that matter would be my advice to my high school self.


Going back in time, I wish I did not grow up so fast. It has helped me grade wise to have never moved into the dorms on campus and instead live independently off campus, but i truely missed out on a great experience. I wish I had lived in the dorms for at least my first year. I don't have as big of friend base as I would have liked and I believe that is because I did not dorm and party everynight. Although because I seperated myself from this I did benefit grade wise, and was able to concentrate on my learning and growing up. I wish I had choosen a closer college to my hometown as well. Everyone wants to get away but, do so within reasonable distance, because there will be those times where you just want to go home and for people like me six hours away from my home, its nearly impossible to.


There is only one little bit f advice I would give myself. That would be to work harder. I graduated 6th in my class in high school and wa always looked at as the smart kid inthe school. When I got to college I thught it was going to be a breeze. I was wrong, very wrong. I thought I would be able to go into college with the same work ethic I had in high school, but I was barely getting by. I now see that college and high school are absolutely nothing alike. I need to work three times as hard on something that probably would have taken me five minutes in high school. So m oly advice, never do something with only half an effort. Go at everything with all that you got, because you only have one chance to shine in college.


If I were given the chance to talk to my high school self I would advise myself to make some slight changes in what I have done thus far. I would suggest putting all of my effort into my grades in high school, rather than skate by like I did. In doing this better study habits would be created earlier in life rather than in my first couple of semesters at college. I would also let myself know that my true passion is dietetics. I questioned myself through high school and the first couple of years at college. I have figured out that this is my path now and in advising myself on this earlier my road leading me to Buffalo State would not have as many curves in it. I do appreciate some of my experiences up to this point in my life however. Living in Virginia for example was the greatest decision of my life and I would never change that for the world. I met great people and created a strong relationship with my aunt and uncle. Talking to my high school self I would say it's not an option to not go to Virginia.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a highschool senior I would offer myself very little advice, simply because I like where I am and what I am doing. Changing anything would have put me on a different path and I may not have ended up where I am today. Having the chance to go back though, I would offer more general advice... advice to keep my mind open to new opportunities and to accept change as a way to better myself. I would tell myself that college is a time to gain knowledge and life experiences. Every aspect of your college career will influence who you are in some way. You will take your experiences with you each day and apply them to your life. Meet many people and make many connections, because you never know who can help you out someday. Lastly, put forth effort that represents your drive as an individual, and push yourself to increase that drive.


If I could possibly go back in time and talk to myself and give advice to myself, I would tell myself a few things. I would tell myself to buckle down and get GREAT grades in high school. Even though I did fairly well in high school, I could have done better. Then I would have received an academic scholarship while I was in high school. I also would have told myself that, the most important person in your life is YOU. In high school, I was a typical 17 year-old. I was always engulfed with what the next person was doing and what they thought of me. If I would have just did what was essential to maximizing my success then I would be alot better off in the present day.


I wish i would have tried harder because i know i could have done alot better and i wish i prepared myself quicker becuase it as a big jump and transition for me


Do not worry or obsess over the small things in life like romance and physical pleasure. Seek instead to give yourself a purpose and dedicate all your time to it.


As a high school student from New York City I thought a lot about the decision I was making to go away for college. When I made the decision of going to Buffalo State College, which is eight hours away from the City, I began to think about the different things I would have to get used to. However, I never thought about the real transition of going from a High School in New York City to a college Upstate New York. Knowing what I know now about college and the transition I went through, I would?ve advised myself to never forget that I worked very hard and alone to get to where I am now, that struggles were bound to happen. At First I was overwhelmed because of the noticeable changes I was experiencing, and never thought about the fact that I got myself into this and in the future every little struggle will pay off gratefully.


If I could talk to my high school self I would tell her to calm down, think rationally, and ask for help. I'm usually a highly organized person but I was so overwhelmed with applications, AP courses and my personal life; that I only visited my safety school and Buffalo and did very little research into any schoolsat all. I suppose my guidance counselor, older sisters and parents could have given me sound advice but I was stubborn and frustrated and wanted the search to be over as fast as possible. I would tell myself to get my head on straight and look at things besides education; like weather, job opportunities, campus life and city activity. I would advise her to choose a place to learn AND live. One can not live forever sheltered within the walls of academia; she must learn to stand on her own. After this semester I am living off campus in Buffalo year round and my lack of organization may have caused me to make a rash decision but, with the friends I've made and my stubborn determination, I intend to thrive.


I wouldn't change anything


I would have told myself that my initial college wasn't worth the scholarship they were giving me, there was a much greater emphasis put onto parties drugs than on academics. Unfortunately at that point in my life I was beginning a two year process of diagnosing a chronic disease. I would have told myself to stop obsessing over this illness and both enjoy life and focus on school work. Luckily I figured this out before it was too late. I probably also would have told myself to take the course on good study habits that my high school offered, instead of trying to figure it out on my own.


If I could tell myself anything about college life and the transition I would start with leadership skills. I would tell myself, when a person starts college they are basically on their own and need to think about each choice they make carefully. Unlike highschool, there isn't anyone holding your hand as you work towards your degree. Classes are not picked or scheduled for students and books are not given to them. Everything has to be plannned and mantained by the student. Students also have to practice good time management skills. Parents aren't their to wake them up and teachers don't call home when students don't show up. This is a time in students lives were their goals are only going to be achieved thru self motivation and hard work. Make this time all about you and your future. College is also fun but, set priorities because this is a place to plan your future career. It's time to grow up and figure out how to be a productive citizen.


You will need to spend some time figuring out what study method works for you. It is so DIFFERENT from high school. Ask older students and professors for advice!


As a high school senior, I was very indecisive, as I still am today. I also see this in a lot of other students - there are just so many options and opportunities in this day and age, that it is hard to settle on just one! Having experienced three years of college now, I wish I could tell my high-school-senior-self not to jump to conclusions, and not to worry about deciding on a major right away; I ended up changing my major three times, as most college students do. However, I could have gained so much by just taking care of general education credits and explored different majors through them. I would have not wasted so much time and taken so many extra classes! I also would have advised myself to live on campus all four years; I dormed the first year, but these past two years I have been living with friends in apartments off-campus and it has been nothing but bad news. All in all, I would just want to tell my former self to relax, live in the present, and take advantage of all the opportunities being a student has to offer!


Honestly, I would tell myself to take more AP courses to lower my work load once I started college. I would also tell myself to focus more on wrestling or football rather than track because track, although was fun, really did not suite me well at the Division 1 level.


I would tell myself to work hard until graduation day. I would get myself in the habit of studying more frequently and less social time, more time spent taking care of business. I would also tell myself to take a light work load to start off, it makes the transition much easier. I would say try to find a job on campus, finish everything before the deadlines, and get the tuition payments arranged as soon as possible.


If I was able to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to join more groups/clubs, etc. I participated back when I was in high school, but not like I wanted to. If I had I would've been able to increase my public speaking skills. I could?ve also applied for scholarships early and been all set to pay for college expenses. I would also tell myself to get extremely focused and prepared and work on prioritizing.


Get better at not procrastinating. Read the books ahead of time. Study a couple days before the day of the test. Get to bed at a decent time so you can stay awake for class and be able to pay attention. If your unsure about why you got the grade they gave you ask and see what you can do to do better the next time. Figure out a schedule and stick to it. Get involved in the school activites, they're fun. And don't forget to have fun with friends once in awhile, give your self a break once in awhile. You'll do fine, don't stress too much. You'll find your classes, you'll do good in school. Just try your best. O yeah, don't do a paper the night before, work on it a little at a time and have someone else check it before you hand it in. Do your best and believe in yourself and you'll do fine.


I would tell myself not to be nervous about leaving high school and my friends behind. It is about new experiences and college will definitely provide that. I would also tell myself to study hard and to be active on campus. Ultimately I would tell myself to relax, have fun, study hard and not to change for anybody,


It is not only about the school a person chooses but the setting of the school. As is always said, it takes a village to briing up a child and thus the school setting and neighborhoood is a very important factor to consider.


Visit colleges is key to choosing the right college for you. You can choose a college based on what a friend told you or because your parent or family member went there. The college you choose has to fit and meet your needs. You want to go to a college you feel comfortable at, thats not to big or too small, has activites and coarses that interest you, and dorming or housing arrangements. I dormed for my first two years on campus and it was the best experience of my life so far. Dorming allowed me to get a feel of living on my own, learning to make my own decisions, being more active on campus, meeting people i probably never would have meet, and most of all I learned more sense of "self" found out who I am and who I wanna be!


The advice I would give is to actually explore the college first hand. The school may look good on the internet or television, but always go and check for yourself to see if that school is the right school. There may be things that are not right a person when that person actually looks at the school first hand, so it always better to explore a school before that person makes a terrible decision.


Find something close but far enough away so the student can develop a little on their own but be able to come home easily if needed.




just do what feels right


When choosing a college I think that it is important to consider the schools location. Going back and forth from school can get expensive. Also it's important to look at the school as a whole. A lot of times students enter college unsure about what they want to do in life. You should make sure that the school you choose has different programs you are interested in. Transfering credits and trying to meet degree requirements between different schools can become difficult. Overall I think that college should be a fun experience. It is important to stay focused and get good grades however you should also take the oppotunity to meet new people and experience new things. When choosing a college I feel that it is important to do research on many schools in order to find the one that is right for you.


Visit college and talk to professors and students


It took me some time to realize that the best thing you can do is to find a school that has a good supportive faculty for the major you wish to declare. This is important, because you need to ensure that you have advisor's and professor's that are concerned about your academic progress. At Buffalo State College, I had great councelor's, advisor's and professor's that helped to steer me onto the path of what I really wanted to do in life. Sometimes, I would not have to set up an appointment. Most of the time, faculty members made time for their students. Faculty that is able to effectively assist is key to success for all students, because it ensures that students will always stay on the right track. Without this necessary factor, students would be lost.