Unity College Top Questions

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

Briana

I am not sure.

Wade

to work hard and not slack even though it is an easier school. Put 100% of your effort into everything you do. Its not hard to transition, everyone there is doing the same thing.

Megan

I would give myself the advice to save my money. Being in college is a great opportunity that I am lucky enough to experience. I do wish that I had worked an extra job so I could afford more luxuries while I am here.

Alanna

If I was able to go back in time to talk to my hgh school self I would tell my high school self to not worry anymore. Eventually you will narrow down your choices for a major and finally find one. Don't worry about not having a major because there are a lot of people who don't. I would make sure I told myself not to worry about finding friends because the people here are amazing. I would also tell myself that I wasn't ready for college and to take the year off to do things you love, and make money to afford college. Finding out who you are and how you want to make a difference in the world is important before finding a major.

Chelsea

I would tell myself to stop eating twinkies and get myself in the gym asap! If you really want to be a Law Enforcement Officer by the time you graduate, get in shape. And round is not an option! Also if becoming a Law Enforcement Officer isn't what you really want, you should switch your major to Captive so that you can become a zoo keeper. Because taking care of animals is equally as fun as protecting them.

Kristen

Take a deep breath! Everything will end up okay. No need to stress out. Life is what you make it and the same goes to college. I would tell myself to remember you worked hard for this and keep working hard and the benefits will shine through. I would also say yeah college is different but it is the good kind of different. The last thing I would say is do not worry you made a great decision.

Joshua

Man, If I knew than what i knew now.....I would always do my homework, I never really tried in HS and I could've taken AP classes to better prepare me for college. If I payed the couple hundred to transfer credits over to my college for the classes I took in HS, I would be able to graduate a semester early. If I wouldve done that I would save so much money, and most jobs in my field come in the spring, when I would graduate in December, making a better chance to be hired. I think everyday to myself, with my GPA from high school, if I only took the SAT's I could have also received a scholarship from the school to save more money. These are all thing I am prepared for for when my future kids go to school, and will make sure they try to save as much as possible when going to college. My story will help others be smarter about the HS to college transition.

Catherine

Keep going head strong, and do not let people tell you anything different about you. College is absolutely fine and everyone is going to proud of you with your grades. Just keep working hard and keep your GPA high because you’re selling yourself in a way at college because the better you do in classes, the better everything will be. The transition is going to be a little bumpy at the beginning because you’re going to miss your family, but they're so proud of you and want you to do what you want. Take every opportunity at college like joining clubs, you love the FFA so make sure you join the club because it is worth it. They need a great secretary like you, and the ice hockey club will need you too. By taking these opportunities, you’re going to learn more things about yourself and how to work with others. Please don’t be a hermit in your room, do clubs then come back to you room and study because you’ll be successful. But for now, take everything day by day, but take opportunities as they arise because you never know what will happen.

Jasmyne

If I got to go back in time to my senior self, I would tell myself to plan ahead better and try harder to find more scholarships to afford either living on campus or gas money.

Elizabeth

The advice i would give to my younger self is that when it comes to college, dont let anything hold you back. Dont allow money or fear of leaving your homestate be a factor in chosing where you want to see yourself in the future. Also work hard, and if you thought you were working hard, work a little harder to achive your goal. Also if you go away to college dont pretent not to be homesick because youll just be fooling yourself. Living away from home is hard, harder than anyone will admit to you. Also when making the transition after highschool into college, be prepared to have the time of your life, new experiances, new friends,harder homework, but dont forget where you came from and who supports you.

Caitlin

Dear Caitlin, If I could travel back in time to give you some advice about the choices you are making now, it would be something along these lines.Care a little more about your scholastic achievements. Focus a little harder on your grades and don’t dumb yourself down or act like you don’t care just to appear “cooler”. You are smart and capable of attaining straight A’s, easily. High school won’t matter in the grand scheme of things, but you are establishing habits that will affect all aspects of your life later on. Care a little less about your social life. Your true friends will come later in life when you have chosen a field you’re interested in. Most of the people you’re spending your free time with now are not pushing you to believe in yourself and accomplish the goals you strive to achieve.Listen to your parents. They really do know what they’re talking about and will support you 100% throughout your endeavors. They will be there for you when your friends aren’t and the older you get, the more you’ll enjoy spending your free time with them.

Jennifer

The advice I would give myself is that in tolerating others, you have to realize that there is no comparison between you and any other person. We are each on our own unique, individual journeys. I would also tell myself not to worry about the future, to let loose more, and be positive. "Not all those who wander are lost"--J.R.R. Tolkien

Tiffany

I would have advised myself to believe in my own potential more. Attending this school has given me the opportunity to be an active leader on campus, do very well in my classes, and find my own passion for learning and my field. My transition was coming from Germany as a Rotary Foreign Exchange Student in a city of about 2 million, to Unity, ME- a town of about 2 thousand. It was a culture shock as well as size, I wish I had been a little bit more prepared on just how small this campus is, but jumping in head first worked for me. I choose to live in the moment, advice before hand wouldn't be all that beneficial for me.

Audrea

Going back to 2008 to talk to myself as a senior in high school would be an amazing opportunity. I would be able to convince myself to do better in school than I have been since enrolled at Trident Technical College. I would tell myself that college is nothing like high school, that studying and attending classes is a necessity: parties are not. You do not have daily grades, or homework that matters, tests are the only thing that you are held responsible for. I would tell myself to stay focused and buckle down, you can not coast through college like you did in high school. Taking a semester break every other semester is only hurting yourself; focus on your future career, not the temporary minimum wage jobs. You are an intelligent person and I know you can do well in school but you have to be determined to do well. I hope you take my advise and learn that college isn't about the parties, it is about pushing yourself to do well and to have a future.

Kristen

Go straight to Unity College. Don't go to KVCC, don't go to USM, don't take a year and a half off...Go to Unity. Unity is way better. It offeres the types of learning styles that you are most compatible with. The people there are so friendly (teachers and students). The classes are fun and engaging, it's exactly what you need. Also, don't fake your community service hours. We do it all the time here and it is fun and rewarding...don't be a slacker.

Shelby

When I was a senior in high school, I slacked off. I thought to myself, "You are already accepted into college; why try now?" If I could go back in time, I would tell myself not to think like that. If I had tried harder senior year, I would have a higher GPA than I graduated with, thus giving me $3,000 more a semester for the Presidential Scholarship. My high school self would be told to look through every scholarship available and apply for each and every one because in college she would become broke from paying off her tuition debt every month. I would tell her not to spend her paychecks on necessities she does not truly need, because that money could have been saved up to pay for gas for the drive from New Jersey to Maine, or that it would have been nice to save it for new shoes, since she now has duct tape on her boots from not having money to buy new ones. My high school self would be trying her hardest to not be in debt, like she is now.

Anissa

Relax and focus on getting caught up with your schoolwork. Focus on the goals you made and keep calm. Know that you won't make friends at college right away - but there is skype and facetime to keep in touch with everyone back home. Make the most of the time you have left at home because once you leave things wiill never be the same again. You will get very homesick, but remember mom is just phone call away. Everyone cares about you and has nothing but high hopes for you - don't lose sight of yourself. Things get better after you graduate, and things will only keep getting better from here.

Sarah

If I could go back in time to lend advice to myself regarding college, I would tell myself to be ready for a challenge, not just academically but on a personal level as well. College life, if taken for all it is worth will help a person to reach new intellectual heights that will change how they perceive and interact with the world. This can be a scary thing, despite the exhilaration it lends, so being ready to bend long-held truths and perceptions of the world is essential to gaining a fully enriching and well-rounded education.

Zachary

If I was to go back to my senior year of high school and tell my former self some advice about college life and the transition. Some of the advice that I would give myself would be to stay calm and to have fun at the same time, because even though you may have a hard time getting through things, you will have friends that will be there to help you whenever you are in need and with friends comes a great time of joy in your life because without friends to be there by your side, you will have a harder time transitioning to college life because friends can get you through good times and the bad, and no matter what happens they will always be there for you, so this would be the advice that I would give my former self in my senior year of high school.

frances

I would tell myself simply to try harder to find a job so that I could save up for college and apply for more scholarships. The hardest part of college is paying for it.

Onassis

I gotten out a lot of growth expriences. I have became a much more mature person in my time at my college. I have comitred lots of hours into community service. Along with learning a lot about the environment.

Alison

I have gotten mostly the experience of education and in the field of ecology by going into this school. Classes are all focused around the central idea of the environment and sustainability, which I think has benefited me greatly in this world of being "green." I feel that I am becoming more knowledgeable in the field science, which I find to be extremely valuable for me, especially when considering future careers. I have also met people with similar interests and life goals. Going to Unity College has allowed me to grow as a person as I am constantly experiencing new things both inside and outside of class, such as research techniques and how to balance school work and social life.

Melanie

Education cannot be taken away from you, my knowledge is not going anywhere and thats not something you can put a value on. My school as well as every other school has managed to put a value on knowledge each semester when bills are sent out but little do they know, thats only a number. One bold number cannot represent what I am actually taking away from four years spent on one campus. College is also leaving impact on my bank account and I will be paying for this opportunity for decades. Decades is a long time. If things work out, I will also be benefitting from these four years for decades. Again, decades is a long time. The people I have made connections with are going to last me a lifetime, personally and professionaly, and I plan on using my experiences to their full potential following my passion for wildlife management. I do not know what makes an essay stand out, what needs to be said in order to be the one winner of a prize, is it too good to be true? Strangers handing me money for school? I guess it's worth a shot anyways. Thanks.

Nicole

I have found a renewed passion for the major I am in and people who are on the same wavelength as me. I have also founds links to places around the United States.

Rachel

One thing I have received from my college experience is the freedom to think. During high school, you are told how to think and what to think about and when to think. In college the professors encourage the broad spectrum of thinking and want to engross you in to give a thorough analysis what an author wrote in a story or essay or textbook. Learning to think creates questions that you may not normally ask if you were not to stop and think of why a piece was written the way it was written. With the knowledge to comprehend thinking, it gives me more of a reason to attend class regularly and to continue my education to teach others to think openly.

Tiffany

It has always been clear to me as to why one should attend college. In order to get a successful career and live life to the fullest, you must gain the proper knowledge and degree. However, when you think of the college experience, you don't often think that you will be learning how to appreciate and save the Earth! Attending Unity College has got to be the smartest decision I have ever made. By coming to this small town in my home state I have gained practical knowlege about our environment, friendships that will last a lifetime, and a passion for the outdoors. It has become clear to me that we really need to become more aware of our actions towards this planet, because continuing on the path we are on will lead to difficult times!

Taneia

The most important thing that i have gotten out of my college experience so faristhe importance of education. It's been valuable to me because it has shown me how much i need an education to survive, and that makes me value it so much more. In my life recently i stopped performing well in my college courses, which caused me to termporarily loose my financial aid. I called my school and they told me i could get it back in the spring of 2011, but i would have to go to school in the Fall of 2010 and pass all of my classes with a C or higher. This situation caused me to struggle because this meant i had to pay for my own way to go to school in the fall. I found out it was going to costs me up to twelve hundred dollars for school. This situation has taught me that school is everything because without you can go nowhere in life. For those who have other dreams outside of school remember it's okay to have them just make sure you have a college education so there is something for you to fall back on.

Chelsea

Unity College has enabled me to succeed in many of my goals for this year. The teacher's know your name and will even seek you out. I have gained for knowledge from Unity this year than I even thought I would. It is empowering to know that I have learned skills that I will be using in my career. The hands-on experiences I have had at Unity have allowed me to see these skills in the real world and it makes me very excited. I have improved my GPA significantly and I love attending Unity College.

Brie

Since i'm only in my second year, I feel like I haven't fully experienced college at its fullest.So far what I have gotten out of it is that time is precious and that you have to use it wisely. Being able to go to school is such a valuable experience for anyone. Even in the little time i've been going to my school, I feel like the information given to me is reliable and will be useful to me when I become a veterinarian. Not only is my lectures good, the friends I've obtained are long lasting. We help each other in times of need and just have fun. I'm glad I've chosen to go to college.

Ann

The biggest thing that I have gotten out of my college experience so far is that I have been able to see how dedicated I truly am for what I am passionate about. College has been more difficult than I thought it would be, so seeing how much passion I have for getting my degree has really helped me not only in college, but in life. I am much stronger and more capable now thanks to what I have gotten out of my college experience than I ever knew before. This has been valuable to attend college because the skills and lessons that I learn in the classroom are also applicable to everyday life. Without my college experience I do not think I would be able to do many of the things that I have been doing in my college life thus far. Overall, college has helped me in many ways and without my experience in college I would not be the strong and passionate woman I am today.

garrett

I AM A FIRST YEAR STUDENT AN ALTHOUGH I HAVE BEEN AT WESTWOOD FOR ONLY A FEW WEEKS I HAVE LEARNED A HIGHTEN SENSE OF AWARENESS TOWARDS TIME MANAGEMENT , GOOD STUDY HABITS ,AND THE ABILITY TO FUCUS BETTER ON A MULTIPUL TASK DAY TO BE BETTER ORGINIZED FROM DAY TO DAY. IN SHORT KNOWLEDGE IS POWER AND IF USING THE RESOURCES AROUND U PROPERLY ANY DREAM CAN BE MADE INTO REALALITY.

Abigail

Because this is my first year of college ever, I was unsure of what is was going to be like. After the initial bout of homesickness, I began to feel like Unity really could be a second home. The professors all go by their first names, and class sizes are so small (largest is maybe 50 people) that students and professors get to know each other very well. Students are in so many classes together that they get to know each other very well. Unity has been very valuable to attend because of the rural setting and the size of the school. There are only about 500 full time students, which is very nice if you are like me and prefer a small school. Because the college is in such a rural setting, there is an abundance of nature everywhere and this is a wonderful thing.

Deborah

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, there isn't all that much that I would tell myself. Maybe I would tell myself to pack a few more jeans, or to bring an extra pack of cards, or maybe I would remind myself not to forget my photo album. But when it comes to college life and making transitions, there isn't that much I could tell myself. As a high school senior many people that I trust and love were giving me advice on just that, advice that I took and followed to the letter. And thanks to them, adjusting to college life has been a breeze. So thank you Matt, Tina, Melissa, and everyone else who ever gave me advice on how to get through college... so maybe there is something that I would tell myself. I would tell myself not to stress out so much, and to remember to thank everyone every chance I got.

Nicole

If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would make sure that I did my best my senior year, kept my nose clean, and to work hard. Senior year was especially rough for me. I was working though a co-op program as well as taking night courses for my EMT-Intermediate. Start managing money now, you will need it very soon. It is much different learning to love on a lot less money. Downsize your stuff and buy lots of totes. They are a life saver! Buy a mini fridge....and a microwave. Do these things, and college will be a bit easier.

Rebecca

If I had the experience I do now I would have worked to get all A's in my classes. I also would have taken the AP test for psychology and hopefully have passed. This would have allowed me to fill the time slot I am taking psychology with another class. I also would have buckled down on filling out scholarships. As of now I have student loans and my parents have another set of parent loans, the first from my sister. The last thing I would have done is been more outgoing. When first moving into my dorm people were really friendly, but I was a little shy. The first day I kept my door open yet wasn't sure about all of the people. If I could change that, I would have kept more of an open mind and instead of just keeping my door open I should have gone out in the hallway and introduced myself to as many people as I could see.

Michelle

I would tell myself to keep an open mind while looking for colleges to attend and making the transition into one. It is very important to go into college with an open mind because the people that you meet will probably be very different from the ones you knew at home, be it in their views, or in their personalities. I came into Unity expecting to find the same people I was good friends with in high school, and I feel like that expectation hindered my ability to make new friends as well as I could have if I hadn't done that. Keeping an open mind about other beliefs is also really important because in college there are so many different people with different experiences leading them to believe a certain way. Part of learning, and experiencing college, is to listen to different stories and opinions without judgement to better form my beliefs on similar subjects. I would definitely inform myself as a senior, to go into college with a positive, judgement free attitude, and keep an open mind.

Paul

If I were a high school senior again I think that I would tell myself to be more organized and prepared for classes. I would also tell myself not to wait until the last moment to get reading or studying done. I would pace myself and keep current from the beginning of the class right up until finals.

Elizabeth

To pick Unity College to go to. This is the school you want to go to, especially for your major you want to achieve to go on to a great job that is your dream!

Michael

Make sure you sign up for a lot of scholarships!!!

Jacqueline

My biggest advice would be to make sure that you feel that they are challenged academically. It's important to feel pushed and that the knowlege you are attaining at school is due to hard work and determination. If a student is not challenged, they will never meet thier true potential. The second importance is not to settle. Though a second choice college may offer more financial aid, its important that the student goes to their first available choice. Thirdly, go with your gut when making your decision and remember that no decision is final and transfering is always an option if the college that you chose doesn't work out.

Lacie

make sure you know what youre going to need out of college (work experience, access to post grad jobs, etc) and then look for the schools that are fighting for you to get the best financial aid

Adam

I would have to say that you really need to take a week to shadow someone from the school parent free. Shadow someone who is friendly but isn't afraid to show the true side of campus and what its all about. Although this might be difficult it will give you a clue as to what college is really about. Also it seems like alot of the general education credits can be completed very efficiently and be cost worthy through community colleges before bumping up to to full time universities.

Clover

Choose a college where you know you will be happy. Regardless of whatever anybody else says the final decision is yours and yours alone. Go where you know you can make an impact and get the most knowledge in a setting that you want. Consider all the factors of choosing that college and way the pros and cons. But in the end make the decision for you and stick with it. I chose my college because of the program I am in. Very few schools offer one such as "Captive Wildlife Care and Environmental Education." But Unity does, and I'm glad I made the choice. The surrounding environment was made for me. I'm in the woods in the fall and on the ski slopes in the winter, while in the spring I'm rock climbing. And then the classes were tailor made for me. I chose it because it is where I felt, and still do feel, I belong. I have made lasting bonds with classmates and professors alike and they still hold strong when class is not in session. It's amazing. I couldn't imagine going anywhere else and don't plan on it.

Clover

If your going to choose a college do as much research as you can. Visit the campus, stay overnight and shadow a class. Get a real feel for what it is really like to be a college student. It is quite an experience and going in knowing what to expect definitely helps.

kalee

When looking for the right college one must look not only at the accademic sources that the college has to offer. One must not only look at the social life that a college has to offer but instead look at the entire picture of what makes you as an individual want to attend a certain college. One must research colleges that they feel best suits them as an individual and think about the knowledge that one will gain attending a college that makes them feel safe in there surroundings with the college of there choice.

Jennifer

I had no clue what I was looking for in a college and I believe it will always be a difficult decision. I guess my answer would be when you gaze upon that college website, what are your first feelings? Does your heart start beating faster, or your interest suddenly become so peaked that you just have to tell someone? That is how it happened for me; I was sitting in a rather boring business class and that's when I stumbled upon America's environmental college and suddenly I couldn't sit still. I did not take into account that it is over 3000 miles from Unity College to my home in Nevada; All I knew was that it was the college for me. In order to make the most out of your college experience, you have to not be afraid to get involved. You have to be bold and outgoing, willing to try anything that interests you! I also beleive that not making any assumptions about others will help you accept others for who they are. Each person is different and allowed to be as unique and creative as they would like to be.

Ashley

Research is definately key. You should spend months, not weeks in looking for the college that you think might fit your dreams and please don't just start looking just in your senior year of high school. I know it's scray, but the earlier you start looking the easier the transition will be from high school to college. Also, make sure you visit the college you intend on attending, don't go blindly just because it looked nice in a brochure. I'm not talking of only visiting once either. You should visit twice at the very least and at different times of year to get a glimpse of what the college might be like during those times. Another tip for those lower income families out there? Try going to a community college first. Granted you'll have to worry about the transfer of credits, but in the end it is so much cheaper to get your basics done that way. Finally, it's nice to get great gradeds, but college is one of the many times in your life where you must find balance. Don't be afraid to find time to just hang. ~Ashley~

Kelly

Make sure to choose a school that has an atmosphere that you feel comfortable in. Majors are important but as most college students change that at least once during the course of study it is important to like the school, the faculty, and the staff because those are the things that will help you in your time there.

Jessica

If you can take gen ed classes at a community college first, it is much cheaper, however you should make sure those classes will transfer. Don't go unless you are really ready to learn and work towards the career you feel you want once graduated. I feel there are too many kids at my college, who are interested in partying and drugs, and not enough adults who know what they're in school for and how much time and money they have invested in their education. If you need to, take some time after high school to just work and get a break from school, before diving back in. Take some time to really research the schools you want to attend and the job placement success they have so you don't waste precious time and money.

Brittany

I strongly recomend that students and their parents visit campus' for tours and talk to as many people from the campus and surrounding community as possible. I would even suggest that students sit in on classes relevent to their potential field of study to see if they can learn with the way particular professors teach.

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