Tompkins Cortland Community College Top Questions

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

dylan

take algebra my senior year so when i get to college i would remember the formulas so i would not have to take it in college and get no credits for taking the class.

Kasana

Dear high school senior version of myself, Cry when you get that acceptance letter. Don't refuse help from people who are more than willing to spend their time to help you, especially if it is what they do for a living. Check the FAFSA. Twice. Three times. Debt is one thing you should be willing to risk if you want to have a good college experience, if you want to complete your goals in the way you know you can, at the institution you know you are supposed to be in. Do NOT, I repeat DO NOT think you can financially take care of yourself with just a job at the mall. Even if you are just one person, it's harder than it looks. Self, the last thing I advise you is to trust your gut. There will be many people telling you what they did in college and what you should do. Listen to them, but trust what you feel. Be selfish and do what feels right for you in the present. Ultimately, you will thank yourself.

Jena

For me, making the transition into college was much more difficult than the normal freshman because I was raised as a home schooled student. When I began attending TC3 at fifteen I carried insecurities from my untraditional education. While my home schooling instilled in me a huge appetite to learn, it also evoked a need to prove my intellect. Had I believed more in myself, and fostered a deeper sense of self-esteem, I could have made the transition much more easily. As it was, my constant overachievement kept me on the edge of exhaustion and physical well-being. It took a while before I recognized that my testing anxiety and self-criticism were crippling me. With realization, I now pursue my interests with a sense of calm, and freeness. My advice to myself as an entering college student would be that pursuit of what we love is hampered by fear, and a person must look for self-worth within themselves rather than in others.

Peter

I was homeschooled before college, and at the time I was supposed to be a high school senior, I had already gradutated from my community college and had obtained a GED through college credit. However, if I could talk to myself before I attended any college, I would have plenty of advice to give. Here tis... My first advice would be to get to know your professors. Not necessarily on a personal basis, but you should not be the person who sits in the back and only exchanges words with the professor when absolutely necessary. Another thing is that professors love students who participate, no matter what subject you're studying. Asking questions and providing answers to their questions shows them that you are not only listening, but doing your best to understand. Whenever you can, take a class with a friend. Obviously you shouldn't goof off in class, but I know I would never have passed chemistry if I hadn't taken it with my best friend. Also, study groups are awesome. In study groups, you usually only find people who are properly motivated to succeed. You can make long-term friends with people from study groups.

Benjamin

College success can hinge on preparation and intelligent application of a person?s energy and potential. Could have done something different in my pre-college years, I would have prepared for standardized testing and believed in myself more during the transition semesters to community college. If I hadn?t been so worried about doing perfectly in just a few classes, I might have branched out and availed myself of more early opportunities. A positive college experience is measured by more than class grades and test scores though. I believe the truly successful individual should be taking fair advantage of academic and extracurricular activities, living healthily, and enjoying oneself. Another choice that would have helped me to be better prepared for my life as a college athlete would have been to avoid isolation work in my weight training. Guidance in this area would likely have improved my functional strength and reduced my injuries. Finally, as challenging as college can be, it spans a short time yet carries an impact through experiences and memories that are sustained through a lifetime. I would advise any student graduating high school to explore whatever is available to him or her and to make adventurous choices.

Alaura

I would tell myself to worry less. and most of all i wish i could go back and tell myself to really start saving money up because college is expensive and with three kids my parents can only pay so much.

Kyle

I would tell myself to study and make good use of my free time. I would need to listen to my dad and believe all the good adivce ,that he had given me. Life challenges need to be addressed before hand. My long and short term goals would need to be set and met at the specified times.I need to listen to the people ,who have succeeded in life . I have to go to where they have been. Life failures only create success in the future.

Kevin

The transition to college isn't the problem. Forget about trying to be the guy everyone likes and be a good student. Get studying skillls now because you will need them the next four years, and if you don't form them now you might not make it out alive. Studies first and don't let the breakup affect how you do.

Chelsey

If I could go back in time I would have told myself to do a few things differently. I would have told myself to communicate more with other people in my school-students and teachers. I would tell myself to stick up for my beliefs and my values more vocally. If I want something I have to go after it and persevere. I would have also told myself to do more risks-good risks. Risks can make good things happen and it can steer you off in the direction you want, if you follow through using your head and heart. If I would not have been shy I would have gotten more done. Having said this, no one can go back in time. You have to learn from your mistakes and move on. If you stay in the past then you will have a harder time making things the way you want them. You have the power to change your future, so do it.

Jennifer

There is much I would have to say to myself if I was able to travel to the past. Visiting myself as a high school senior would be extremely beneficial to the present. I would give myself advice that no other person could. I would explain to myself how I have struggled through dead end jobs, and created un-needed stress. I have learned through the years, the importance of doing well educationally. Telling myself not to worry about what friends are doing, and working at jobs for pennies over school work is not the direction I want to go. I had dropped out of college to work at a failing business. Only a few months after dropping college, the business closed. I was left jumping from one fast-food joint to another, then to retail stores. It was my last job that changed my life. I would explain to myself the pain and suffering I endured working. Tell the tale of the ghost from the past that haunts me, and the high hurdles created by my past mistakes. I would hope that my young-self would take the advice and choose a better path then my current self had.

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