SUNY Empire State College Top Questions

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


Dear Self, I am writing this to you urgently, as I need to advise you about your future! You are attending a great public school here in New York, and you should be grateful for all the resources you have at your hands and take full advantage. Just because your schedule permits you to have half of your day with free-periods, take extra classes instead. More specifically, look into AP classes that have an easy transfer rate and a great teacher, because it will save you lots of time an money in the long run! Also, don't just ignore these invitations you've been getting to join certain clubs and groups at school - it is a great opportunity to socialize, network, learn and looks great when applying for schools and jobs in the future. Lastly, that part-time job you have at Cold Stone Creamery is awesome, but you need to save that money up instead of always spending it all! School can get expensive down the line and you need to have a savings, don't wait until you are in debt! Wishing the best for you! Sincerely, The future you.


I am 34 and just going for my bachelors because i did not take my education seriously the first time around. I would stay away from the parties and drama. I would ask for more help from my teachers when I need it instead of feeling embarrased or ashamed that I wasnt understanding something. They are there to teach us and help us. That is their job. Education is your responsibility. Employers are looking for people who know how to do a specific job and they dont want to spend more time training you then they have to. You must stay focused and learn as much as you can to become an asset to an employer. I wish that I could go back and make things right, but I cant. All I can do is learn from my mistakes, and never let them happen again. I am taking my education very seriously and am totally focused on the prize. There is so much ahead of me because I am going back to school.


I would tell myself to refocus on what is important in life, seek knowledge and enjoy yourself while doing it. Don't wait to long to further your education because the longer you wait the more difficult it is to return. Take courses that peak your interenst and follow your dreams and desires. Don't let anyone other than yourself steer your choices.


If I could go back to my high school self I would certainly give the wise words to slow down, study hard and really apply yourself to your school work. Go to college and take what your heart wants you to do for the rest of your life. Don't party too much, dont miss a chance to learn and dont pass up an opportunity to advance your eduaction any way you can. Life will go so much faster after you take off that graduation cap, you'll never have time to truly see what you have missed. Spend time getting things done right, completely and enjoy being free of worries for the present time.


I would say go to college while you still can, learn everything you can, take advantage of the schools resources, know when enough is enough with the partying and most importantly stay focused.


My best advice to my high school self would be two things: Decide what you would love to do and don't focus so much on how much you would get paid in that field; this is something you will be doing for the rest of your life. Secondly, balancing work and school is difficult when you are paying your own way. It is important to decide what must take priority and what sort of "fat" can be cut out. Finally, get out and meet people. They can be valuable not only in your personal life, but also academically and even down the road in your career.


I have been able to get a better job and get a better salary, school is the best choice I made since choosing to marry my wife.


For me, a college education provides knowledge, understanding, independence and adventure. If you go to college, you'll gain information and skills that you'll use for the rest of your life, no matter what career you choose. A college education also equips me with the tools necessary to be successful in raising a family who will also attend college one day and see how I have reaped the benefits of something so valuable. School work is demanding and seems almost impossible when yoou work a full time job to support yourself and help pay for college. Where does one find the time or energy to sit down and concentrate on homework when they've been at work all day? I guess this is why you have to sit down and lay out your goals, why they are important to you and what you're willing to sacrifice to accomplish them. Life's not easy, and achieving goals that sometimes seem out of reach is often what separates those with jobs and those with careers. By pursuing a college education I have allowed myself to dream big and work hard. After all, isn’t that what life is all about?


I have gained a lot from my college experience. College has given me a broader perspective on life and has taught me things that I otherwise would never have been exposed to. I'm very thankful that I had the oppurtunity to complete my undergraduate degree and I truly hope to continue on and complete a masters degree as well. I believe that education is extremely important for the future of individuals as well as the the future of this country. Education provides countless oppurtunities for so many individuals and I am privileged to be one of those who will be able to take advantaged of the oppurtunities available.


The benefits of my college experience have been numerous. By being able to work around my busy life and attend college through online resources I have been able to experience a dramatically different approach to college courses. My first college experience afforded me the in person on campus college experience where I was able to see and talk directly to my professors and classmates. Now attending college as an older student through online classes I see what a difference there is. I feel that by attending courses online I've allowed myself the opportunity to open up more and to participate more in the discussions and lectures than I normally would have had I been sitting in a classroom. I've learned different study techniques and everyday life lessons as well through sharing with my instructors and fellow online classmates. These lessons learned through college have been able to tranlsate into my daily life both when dealing with issues at work or just dealing with my children and family issues. My college experiences have been so valuable to me and i'm glad to have experienced college life in two very different ways and look forward to continuing my education.


I've found great friends and an affirmed sense of self from my college. The tutoring program was a great help. The teachers would help you with your work. Even classmates or upperclassmen were a great source of help. The calm atmoshpere of the school was a source that became important, especially around finals.


I am attending the University of New York in Prague,Czech Republic through ESC. Education is one of the most important priorities in life for me.Learning is not just about studying,but learning from the environment around us, that is why I chose to study abroad. I wanted to learn about new cultures,and how the world operates in different places. I am captivated by diversity and I love to be immersed in it.I am willing to take risks regardless of failure.I am trying to apply for as many scholarships as possible to finance my tuition and living expenses because my parents cannot.I wanted to attend a university in the U.S., but after the financial recession occured,I decided to attend a university that would be inexpensive and beneficial for my future occupation,academic,and personal life. Moving to Czech Republic was one of the best academic decisions I have ever made. This school is not perfect, but the lessons I have learned while attending it are invaluable. I have learned about many culutures, have become more open-minded, and have acquired knowledge about the world around me.


I am learning a lot more then I could ever learn from a work experience or on my own. I am also learning how to really multi task and to reach deadline, and lets not forget interacting with professor and other students. It is actually making me a whole and rounded person.


Attending this college has helped my dream become a reality and not having to go onto campus to learn helped me succeed with motivation, determination, and perseverance. It helped me to see that only I was responsible for obtaining my education and making the most of it. My goal is to support and educate the link between domestic and animal abuse, work in public service, the community, and the shelters for women and animals, by giving back and helping, counseling, and teaching online classes at college. I will help other women survive, thrive, and succeed. The ability to integrate my needs in education and integrate my needs for my future career enabled me to design the degree with the classes I needed to accomplish that. That in itself made my college experience so valuable. It showed me that what I desired could be achieved with proper guidance and that my input was just as important as the degree process and together they helped me make it work. Way to go Empire State College!


If I could talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself these: 1: Enjoy your Freshman year because it will be the least intensive as far as workload goes. 2: Don't live on campus - rent an apartment. School loans can be used to pay your rent as easily as room and board at school, and you don't have to pay for a shady meal plan. 3: Find some way to get around taking a straight-up History course when trying to fulfill requirements - no matter how smart you are and how much you enjoy the class, you suck at writing history papers and will work your butt off and still only get a "C." 4: Go to a college that doesn't require a Senior Project. 5: Don't take a year off! 6: Break up with your hometown boyfriend NOW, before he breaks up with you. It ALWAYS happens. All he's doing is holding you back from making the most of meeting new people and having new opportunities while you're at school. BUT don't get too attached to anyone you meet in college. 7: Have fun and take pictures!


No matter how difficult it is or how little money you have, stick with it. No matter how frustrating prequisites can be or how difficult it is to get the classes you want, do not drop out. It will take time before you get there, but your life will be changed and improved in innumerable ways. You will never regret one moment of it. There will be classes you hate and professors who are wholly unbearable, but you will learn to see the world as you never have before. You will learn to question and analyze, to critique and solve. You will find the courage to question your convictions and discover what truly lies at your core. You will emerge from your education neither fully formed nor completely satisifed but entirely aware of the path will lead you there. Do not allow anything to distract you from finding that path. You will never regret one moment of it.


I would tell my self "work harder"


If I could go back I would tell myself to make sure I research thoroughly. I need to make sure that I not only apply to colleges but look at what they have to offer. I would consider tuition costs and not take out any loans unless I absolutely need them. I would also make sure to tell myself that once I selected a college, once I have figured my major or even the general field that I am interestedin , I would go to financial aid and get information regarding work study, and local internships. I would also take the initiative and go to companies that interest me to find out their policies regarding internships. I would start early because sometimes the process could take long. Last but not least I would constantly remind myself, to budget my money carefully and pay attention to what I am spending it on.


Dont Wait! Taking a break is not going to help u adjust and get ready for college. You will have the rest of your life to work and make money. Yea its not going to be easy; sometimes suck but its going to be an experience and also be one of the most important things you will ever do for yourself. The final most important thing is remember this is for you do your best and dont let anything hold back from being your best!


I think the number one advice is to definitely study 10 to 12 hours per week for every four hours of credit you are enrolled. I have enjoyed much success as a college student by following this advice. I would closely adhere to the instructor's syllabus for college success. I would try to purchase books in advance taking advantage of the new availability of the needed information allowed now . Most colleges will allow you to view what books are needed for the classes you are registered and make it valuable to have books by the first class.


I started at a very expensive school that I could not afford and I did not know what I was going to do with my life. Now I'm a college senior and I'm finshing school at an online university, and in May I will graduate with a degree that I am not sure I even want (Interdisciplinary Studies). I wish someone had told me to go to a community college first and take a good sample of classes and really search for what I truly wanted to do before deciding on finishing at a university. If I had done that, I would not be four years into school, finishing a degree that does not help me, in debt up to my eyeballs, and looking at two more years to attain my new goal: becoming a registered nurse. I do have some regrets about the college choices I have made, but I believe that through them I have learned more about myself and have grown to become a very well-rounded woman.


i would tell myself not to put off my education but to go directly to college instead


The advice I would give myself is to begin the process of exploring my interest in the college of choice during my freshman year in high school. The research would include reaching out to alumnae?s, teachers/professors, securing periodicals about instructions of higher learning and if possible visiting campuses. Also, I think the one of the most critical things to do is be familiar with what is taking place in regards to industries that are contracting in other to more educated decision on the desired area of study during college live.