University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Top Questions

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

Drew

Many people, much like myself, take high school for granted. It is quite easy to look at high school as a great opportunity to socialize, slack off, and experiment with all types of different things, especially your senior year specifically, because it is that "last push." Although it's true that high school does offer these types of opportunities, there are a significant amount of other things that should be taken advantage of. For example, a free education, a smaller institution to build strong relationships, and extra curricular activities that you actually have time for. If I had known how difficult and time-consuming college would be, I would have taken advatage of the time I had in high school to study harder, and challenege myself even more than I did with difficult classes to further prepare myself. I also would have focused LESS on socializing, and more on myself. You truly do not realize the importance of senior year until it is that "last push" that can determine your future. If I could do it all again, I would not hesitate.

Alyssa

If I could go back in time and give my senior-self advice I would start off by telling myself to soak in the experience as well as the process of school and school life. I would tell myself to no get too off track and stay focused on my school work becaus the work load might be difficult in the beginning but it's something that most everyone, including myself, get used to. However, I would remind myself not to be too hard on myself if I get a tad behind on credits, that there is still so much time in my life and I am blessed to even have the oppurtutnity to further my education and be in school. I have also had a hard time with moving out of state and away from all my family and friends. Therefore, I would tell myself that it's okay and normal to go through feelings such as homesickness, regret, and doubt that it's going to work out. I remind myself how normal those feelings are and that I am not the only one.

Nathan

Nate, Our family is as loving as they come, but the paternal route of driving trucks is unfulfilling. Yes, it will pay the bills; and yes, technically you will be able to see the country; however, just like what you have recently witnessed with our parents and the divorce, the highway does not have much to say for itself after years on the same road. During 10 of these years sitting in the same seat, the true craving that we have is to actually have an impact on the world. Engineering is a notable way to fulfill that inner urge, as we can help to design the infrastructure that dad drove on for 40 years. You are a good student, and with focus on much more difficult classes, you can still continue your healthy GPA quite nicely. Don't forget out your friends and social life, but know that without a good degree and related job, life can feel meaningless. I know that you are incredibly apprehensive to take out a student loan, but don't let it scare you anymore. A job in this field will take care of it quickly. The future is promising, Love, Me

Atienne

Senior year of high school is what I would call the stepping stone of freedom. Freedom meaning making decision for yourself, choosing your next steps in life and becoming a young adult. Deciding on what college to attend was one of the most intriguging and terrifying experiences of my life. If I could reverse time and do things differently, I would have liked to go visit lots of different schools to see what each college offered. Another thing that I would have did then was try to apply to more hbcu and out of state schools. I believe that college is all about the experience and making life long realtionships. The best advice that could give me self now is dont't make decisions on instinct and make sure the college you choose best fits your needs. Make sure the college helps you academically, socially, personally and will help you achieve your goals. At the end of the day this a life long decision and it is important that this institue will help you to be successful now and later down the road. So make sure you know the pros and cons of each college.

Jamie

There are a million things I would love to tell my past self, now that I've been in college for about a year. Of course, my first word of adice would be APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS or perhaps even stop procrastinating! I would tell myself to stop letting my worries get me down to a crippling level. I've realized over the years that sometimes it is better to just do what you need to do and quit trying to be perfect. I would tell myself to enjoy my experiences more rather than letting them haunt me with their slight imperfections. I stifled myself a lot by putting things off in order to attain the most perfect version possible. Sometimes it's better to just get it over with. No one is perfect and over the past year I have learned that I certainly don't have to be.

Felicity

If i could go back in time to when i was a high school senior, which for me isn't that far back, i would tell myself to deffinetly look for scholarships alot earlier. Waiting till last minute to apply for scholarships probably wasn't the best idea. Applying for scholarships earlier would have saved me the stress and i would have made more money for college and would be covered. Also i would tell myself to focus even more on my academics. Academics are the doorway to having it alot easier in college especially if you take college classes at a local college. That way i could knock out a couple credits and not have to take those classes in college. I would tell myself to focus more on my grades then having fun because that would have saved me all the roller coasters i had to deal with when it came to my GPA. And finally to put myself out there more and join more then one club because sometimes you can get scholarships for those and to make sure that i focus a little on giving back to the community during my free time a lot more.

Jessica

You have got to stop procrastinating! They're not going to make time for you in college. You've got one chance on each assignment. Don't skip class, ever. Not only does it leave you behind in material, it can severely impact your grade, and impression on the professor. Do every assignment. You may not always like it, but at the end of the semester, every little thing counts. Put school first. Having a social life is great, but you're not paying big bucks to have fun. Always look ahead. There is no harm in being prepared. The best way to manage your time is to map out your assignments for the week, get them done by order of importance and due date, and leave other activities for later in the evening so you can get things done. Don't stress out too much. It's not that hard once you get used to it. Hang in there.

Thomas

Focus on the important aspects of life and don't worry yourself with the small things. Enjoy life, give love, and live every day with a positive attitude.

Meredith

When I was a high school senior, I was pretty sure that life would go as envisioned - I'd go straight to college, graduate in 4 years, get married, start a career and then have children. Of course, now that I'm almost 40, I can tell you with certainty that life does not always go as planned. In fact, sometimes life feels like it is careening dangerously off course and crashing all of your hopes and dreams at the same time. If I could talk to the kid I was as a high school student, I would explain that life always happens the way it is meant to, but often the path getting there is absolutely nothing like what you envisioned. I would encourage myself to always aim high and work hard because thaat can never go wrong, but to keep an open mind because things can change any time. In essence, I would encourage myself to be open to life's outcomes but not attached to them. (Oh, and I would tell my college-age self to calm down - just because God invented beer and parties doesn't mean you need to partake in all of them.)

John

Don't do it! At least, not yet. Take a little time before you commit to a university and a degree. You don't really know what you want to do with your life yet, so why not take a little time to get to know yourself. Who cares that some of your other friends are going off to prestigeous, high-dollar universities right away. Why not take a year to go have that adventure you always wanted, or do some volunteer work. You might not have time to do it later on. I know you love history and are planning on majoring in it, but where do you see that taking you? Try working in the real world for a bit, and get some perspective to base your decisions on. It's a big world out there, so don't limit yourself to what you already know. But then again, if you do decide to go ahead and enroll now, you can always try again if you are not satisfied. After all, that's what I'm doing!

Maria

The advice I would give myself is think about the career you want and how it may be affected in the future. Look for as may scholarships and grants as possible. Try to graduate with as little debt as possible because that money you borrowed, you eventually do have to pay it back. Think of loans as a last option. Secondly, learn to save money. For example, there are ways to get used textbooks for a lot cheaper. Ask around. People before you have taken that class before and can guide you which professors to take and if you can borrow their notes/material. Use the school resources. If they offer tutors, use them. You don't know everything and it's okay to ask for help. Another great idea is to go to a community college. Get all the prerequisites out of the way and in the process you don't spend so much money paying for classes you can transfer. Lastly, enjoy your time. Live in the dorms, join activities, make new friends. This is the time to get out of your shell and experience new ideas and cultures.

TzuHao

When I was in high school, I never thought what my future life in college would be. I was busy with getting good grades and preparing for the college during the high school years. Until I really entered the college, I found out college life was way busier and harder than high school life. All my college life must be arranged and planned by myself. I had to decide a certain major and tried the best as I could to pass all the required courses. Therefore, if there are any opportunities I can go back to the past, I will tell the past me that I had better choose the professors whose classes are easy to pass because it not only saves a lot of time and strength but also makes me relax and happy. In addition, I would like to tell the past me to read more novels and practice the writing skills more because writing skill is vitally important in college. I hope the past me will listen to my advice and make the decision to study for a certain major so that I will graduate from college much earlier.

Kelsey

Don't expect too much or make assumptions. People like to tell you that everything will be different (aka better) once you leave high school and go to college. Things will be different, but not always in the way you may expect. You won't magically become a different person and neither will anyone else. And maybe that's ok. It can be lonely sometimes, making the transition, but all you can do is try. The hardest part about college, for me at least, is the social part of it. Don't spend too much time worrying about what other people are doing or what college is "supposed to be like." Life doesn't always go according to plan. Actually life rarely, if ever, goes according to plan. All you can do is try to figure it all out along the way, which is scary and overwhelming. But you'll survive because it's your life and you have control even though it might not always feel like it. Sometimes you have to get lost before you can really find yourself.

Jamie

Dear, Jamie- You might not think that it's a very big deal or important for you to commit to going directly into college once you've graduated this year, but just trust me. If you wait to go into college it will be much more difficult for you to maintain good grades and much of the information which is still fresh in your mind now, may not be as easily remembered later on down the line! Any areas of difficulty for you would be merely challenging to overcome, as opposed to having them become huge hurdles for you later in life. The knowledge you've aquired during the last four years in high school will come into play as you prepare to attend college straight away. Listen to me on this, I know you better than you know yourself... I've seen how the future unfolds for you, and it has been somewhat of a challenge. It doesnt have to be that way, all you've got to do is stick to the plan. Don't wait to start college, go into it immeadiatly after graduation, Jamie. You won't regret it, I promise you! So, Good Luck!

Shelby

If I had the chance to go back in time, knowing what I know now about college, I would assure myself that everything would be great! Everything I was doing was on track, and would get me through my first year of college. I would advise myself to start going to the study sessions offered for my biology class as soon as they started. This was the key for a successful second half of my first semester of biology. I would want to make sure to tell myself that taking advantage of all the resources that the school offers is one of the key factors to success as well. "The writing center is your best friend" I would say, "Know that they can help you with any writing piece you could ever need". I would tell myself to make more time to take up yoga or other stress relieving exercises because this would be able to give me a much needed break in between study sessions. Being able to tell myself these things would have helped me adjust quickly, however, it was rewarding not knowing and living the experience of an incoming freshman and anticipating the success in the end.

Daniel

I would tell myself that "the college life is different from the high school life is different" saying is true. I mean that because of how challenging it was to me to make that transition from high school to college and how to balance my personal life with my academic and social life. I would tell myself to make new changes such as study habits, managing your time, and to gain new friends to help you with your content. Knowing myself, it would be difficult because of the anxiety and that my parents will not be involved with my work anymore, but I would tell my senior self that experience from the real world will improve if my former self would allow it. Finally, I would life to let my past self know that it is okay to see failure in the first semester. I say this because I failed hard in the first semester because of dorm life and study habits, but I learned from this mistake and later better myself in my behaviors. In conclusion, if I would talk to my past self of the college life, I would tell him to get prepared for changes.

Alexis

As a high school senior, it would have been beneficial to know how different college is than high school. The work load, intensity and difficulty is extremely different than high school, and studying and maintaining good grades is beyond important. I also would have liked to know how much freedom I would have in college to be myself and explore my interests to find something to make a career out of.

Jeanell

I would congratulate my senior self on picking a fantastic university. I would tell myself that we did a good job our first year of college; that we ended the year with a 3.9 GPA and made the Dean’s List for both Fall and Spring semester. I will tell her that she will need to continue to work hard when she gets to college. However, I will tell her not to stress because she will be able to balance school and a social life. I will tell her not to worry about being out of state because she will love Denver. She would feel like she is right at home. I will tell my future self so continue the path she is leading because it has been successful so far.

Amanda

I would ask myself to really think about what I wanted in a college instead of just picking the obvious choice or the choice that all my friends made. If I could go back I would do more research on the colleges I wanted to attend and explore their financial aid options so I didn't spend so much money my freshmen year. Loans build up after a while and although you think it may be your dream school think about the financial burden you may be putting on yourself. There are other options for school that may be even better in terms of academics and financial aid but you just have to look into those schools. In the end I would tell myself to do more research, I got in to every school I applied to but I don't think I really did the research I should have on the schools that I did get in to, I wish I could go back and redo that.

Quinlan

Of all the things that could be said, what would I say to the younger version of myself about college life? I would have just a few important things to say. Firstly, I would remind the high school me to simply enjoy the college experience, to enjoy the process of learning and to not get too anxious about the future because it's not just about getting through school and getting your degree, but also it's about taking delight in learning. Secondly, I would warn myself not to be too frivolous with my spending or too eager to take out loans because if one is not careful one could end up in serious debt. Lastly, I would instruct the younger me to beware of distractions, distractions that take my focus away from my learning and diminish my level of my excellence as a student—because the extra pains it takes to get an A instead of a B will pay off in the long run. If the younger me would follow this advice, he would be a successful college student with a bright future, and would be in position to achieve great things.

Hope

If I could go back and talk to my high school senior self I would first tell myself to not slack on my grades because they do count when looking for colleges. I would then tell myself that I need to be myself the first quarter and to not act like someone else to get people to look my way. In colege people don't look at you and place you in groups, they accept you for you, race doesn't matter. We all are in college to make something of ourselves, not to judge and put others down.

Arianna

Don't be afraid to grow up. I know everyone around you has said this at least once, and maybe you've given it thought but from me, to you, it's the best advice I can give you. You might think you're a grown up, applying for college, going out with friends but you have not prepared yourself for what the real world is going to throw at you. From learning to handle money, to juggling a social life with school, college life isn't just attending classes and taking tests. It's about paying bills, ignoring the speed bumps in the road that might push you from the path of education, finding out who you are and where you want to be. It's going to seem like a lot and you might want to throw in the towel, but don't give up, this is the time to try and succeed.

KC

The most important advice that I could give to my high-school-senior-self just before the cusp of college would be to ignore his fear of change. Rather than making the more prudent choice of a smaller college close to home, in lieu of pursuing his perilous dream of moving to the city, I would convince him to forgo safety in favor of a risk with the possibility of a bigger reward. To instead apply to the college of his dreams, and if accepted: to just GO, with no second thoughts or hesitations. In the final stages of my Associate of Arts degree, I am realizing how much more I could have learned if I had taken a risk, pushed my personal boundaries, and succeed brilliantly or failed as equally gloriously. I could have learned so much more from this than the safer and ultimately duller path I chose. The advice I could impart to that distance KC of years ago is the same advice – as I plan to move away from what I know and begin my Bachelor’s degree – I give myself now: to take risks, to fully embrace mistakes and successes, and to live without fear.

Joanna

I would tell myself to take advantage of AP classes because they help you gain college credits! I really missed out on those and now I wish I had taken every AP class that was offered at my high school.

Nwe

Life in college have to be serious than in high school. If you fail in college you have to retake that class again, but in high school only retake the test.

Camille

Dear high school Camille, Don't give up. Time is going to fly by faster then you can image and you will never see it coming or going. College is a lot different but you'll like it. The people you'll meet in the classes actually want to be their learning and so learning yourself will be a lot easier and study groups will actually consist of studying. You are going to have a lot more time on your hands because there is virtually no homework in most of your classes, but make sure you use this time to study! College is a lot more on your shoulders than high school was. High school tests consisted of everything the teachers told you was on the test, college tests have a lot of information on them that you should know from reading and asking questions and digging deeper into meanings than a typical text books goes into.

Noah

Dear high school Noah, What is wrong with you?! Why are you not concerned with your education?! Do you really think friends, "fitting in," "keeping it real," and being "cool" are really going to benefit you in the future? I can tell you that all certainly will not do so in any way. In as short of a time as four entire years, progession and growth will only be made by those who focus on their education and studies. Only the lives of those who strive to achieve and reach a certain educational goal will be taken to new surroundings, valuable adventures, and rich experiences. Think of all your "too cool for school" friends with whom you prefer to revel with in substitute of your daily classes. Know that many have not attended college. Many have not received a high school diploma or a general education degree. You may be schocked to know that over the four year period of changing from adolescence to young adulthood, none have changed one bit. They are preserved as high school youths, and they remain exactly in place. Heed this warning. Focus on that which will produce a fulfilling life. Don't dtich.

Brandon

Looking back and knowing the major I chose I would give my past self as much advice as possible about choosing a major. I knew during my senior year and even upon graduating which major seemed right for me. I chose to get a Fine Arts' degree in Digital Animation, which still seems like the right choice, but I didn't think about the costs. I would tell myself to explore other majors that suit my interests in movies and video games. I loved my first year in Animation, but i didn't realize how expensive it would be across all four years and how much financial aid I would receive. I would tell myself to look into a film degree since I love different aspects of movie production, especially digital effects. In knowing this I could have started as a film student, started at a lower tuition and wouldn't have had to waste a whole year putting so much sweat and stress into a major I wouldn't be pursuing long term. I would make myself understand and realize that a degree in film would have been a great choice from the start.

Kirsten

Dear Kirsten of the past, When I first walked on the UCD campus, I new I had made it. The soft background noise of the city, the beautiful mountains to the west and the exciting scenary of campus with the happy students and welcoming atmosphere. Every office I went to was so helpful and kind. The Campus Village, where I am living, is far better than any other "dorms" in its comfort and luxury. Just a few tips for you! Senior year must be your most academically outstanding year! No slacking, learn as much as you can and study hard! Build your study habits! It is definitely hard to first get into good study habits in college. Your job at Wendy's seems like only money to fund your social life, but you seriously have to cut back on that and save it all for college! I really wish now I hadn't eaten out every day as a senior and had it for paying for my books, housing, classes, supplies, and tuition. You do not want to build up loan after loan. And finally DO NOT STRESS. University is only a continuation of your education and a fun experience!

David

David, time will be the most important aspect of college and life. Time is the controlling factor which will ultimately reign on your ability to progress with life. Time is continuous and does not wait. Time ignores tasks and has no remorse for you or your "petty" deadlines. Learn to manage it. Time is inconspicious, slowly crawling behind you continuously as if to pounce. Get left behind, and time will pass you. Learn to differentiate between what you NEED to do, and what you WANT to do. This is the foundation of progress in life. If you postpone what you need to do, taking an "out of sight, out of mind" mentality, you are simply delaying what you need to do. The work will still need to be done, and your wants will ultimately shift to other desires. Manage time well, and everything else will fall into place. Love, Your future David.

Amanda

If I were able to go back in time and give myself advice, I would remind myself to be smarter with the money that I had recieved from my family members in order to attend college!

Emily

As a high school senior graduating from an arts-oriented high school that took individuality, self-motivation and academic success very seriously, I was poised and confident, sure that I knew myself and positive that I could become a part of society and dodge the common phenomonea of being dissuaded by the things one truly wanted to do out of fear. If I could go back and meet my slightly younger self today, I would emphasize that I did not know myself, or the world, as well as I thought. I would say that people could be right, the world could be a nasty place; it could be hard, and unforgiving, terrifying, and difficult, in more ways than I had ever faced before. I would tell myself that I needed to know more, and know it best... to be present, aware, and independent, and to nourish the seeds of those things within me that I knew were already there. I was precocious and a confident dreamer, and the me now would tell the me then to not ever let go of that drive, no matter how complicated things got, because it was exactly the right way to feel.

Riannon

Make sure that you choose the right college for you. You should definitely take a tour of the campus before deciding on one school. Once you have made your decision you are not done; don't slack off just because you are in college. Keep looking for scholarships that apply to you, there are so many out there, you are sure to get one!!! Also, don't stress about what you want to major, chances are you will switch it a bunch of times. Lastly, just be excited for it! You are starting a new chapter in your life and it can be as good or bad as you decide to make it. If the school you go to doesn't fit, you can always switch. If you enjoy yourself in a safe, fun manner, your GPA will benefit and you will be getting a lot more out of college than just an undergraduate education!

Ann

Stay on top of financial aid applicaitons and apply for scholarships! The earlier you start applying the better. Also, the transition into college can be crazy but its so much nicer than high school, the environment is much more mature and there is a higher degree of personal freedom.

Kelsey

The most important thing is finding financial aid, but always keep your mind open. College isn't much different from high school, but the key point is time management. The first thing that you should always do is make a study guild that allows you to get everything done as well as to have a life outside of college. You need a break from school work in order to get the best results out of yourself. Everything starts with organization and priorities.

Krystal

Listen to your intuition. The teacher's who believed in you in high school, who saw your potential, don't scoff at it, but treasure it. Use the moments of interacting with them when you're sad as a reminder that there are those who know you can do it. Ask yourself when you're in a situation where it's difficult to make a decision, "what would so and so think? would they be proud of me?how would I feel telling them the story of this situation, would I be proud of my decision or embarassed?" Know that you aren't perfect and you don't have to be, but don't ever give up on yourself; you know your teacher's didn't.

Paige

I currently am a high school senior as well as attending a 2 year college. Knowing what I know now about college I would tell my younger self to remeber your dreams and not get distracted by other things. As hard as you are going to work it all is paying off and only you can make your dreams come true. No one is going to give them to you, you have to work for them. You will stumble along the way and find dead ends, but always remember why you are doing this. Let your dreams become a reality. The transition is not hard as long as you just be yourself. You will have to make choices that will be some of the hardest in your life at this time but always follow your heart. That is what I would tell my younger self.

Carolyne

I would tell myself to start college classes right away. I'd tell myself to continue with the USMC, and make sure to take every advantage of the education benefits that I would be offered. Some of those offers will only be for a short time, so don't wait too long. I would also advise myself carefully to avoid too much partying and to watch out for boys that would do me more harm than good. I would also tell myself that I have a good sense of people, if I'm uncomfortable listen and get out quickly! My family will always be there for me, so don't be afraid to call on them, asking for help is part of knowing yourself and being an adult. Age is just a number, the way you handle responsibility is the real measure. College life is hard, and it is a lot harder with kids and a husband, so don't rush things! Relax, I would tell myself, don't try to be perfect! You are only young once, just make the best of what you have been given.

Rachel

Don't worry about making perfect decisions and following your preconceived plan for life. Life never works out as planned. Take things as they come and learn from your mistakes. Don't worry about tomorrow; it will take care of itself. Take advantage of the opportunities that arise, especially unexpected ones that are outside of your comfort zone. You never know what you'll learn, who you'll meet, and how much fun you might have when you try something new.

Rachael

Out of my college experience I have learned a value to education. I am majoring in Psychology and minoring in ethnic studies. If we were able to get the Ethnic Studies major set up earlier I would be a double-major. From taking my Intro. to Ethnic Studies class a fire lit inside me. I absolutely love Ethnic Studies! Ethnic Studies allows for a unique angle on your application. Hopefully having my minor in Ethnic Studies will help me get a job in the career field. Ethnic Studies demonstrates that you are able to see another groups point of view, from why certain movements took place, black rights movement, chicano/latino movements and are just able to see where different groups are coming from. I am so glad this school has this department because it really opened up my eyes to a whole new set of ideas I would have never been able to be exposed to!

ANDREW

As a combat vet, I feel greatful that I was able to return from the war in one peice and attend a great school. I have the up most respect for all vets, and most of all, the ones in school. I have had a wonderful time thus far.

Ashley

My college experience has brought interests I was not even aware I had. Attending this school has brought friendships, knowledge and has created relationships with professors I can come to during my college career for guidance.

William

My years in college were the best years of my life for many reasons. I made life long friends, learned about myself and methods that work best for me when I am learning and how to manage my time. I feel that college degree is something everyone can achieve and not to mention afford. I know it seems like a large financial burden to attend college, but the amount of money you make in a lifetime will allow you a bright future. Attaining a college degree separates you from the hundreds of other applicants that want the same job.

Ryan

Going to college is something I was always taught I should do, but I wasn’t so sure of it. I am now 27 years old and have been going to school on and off again the past 10 years. After years of different dead end jobs I realized I needed and wanted more. I realized the road to a real career was by receiving an education. I have been going to school consistently these past two years and have learned so much already. Being a student has taught me how to manage my time better, how to work harder, and how it is important to stick with something you’ve started. I’ve had the privilege of learning a great deal from my professors and fellow students that I will be able to use for the rest of my life. I know that this experience will especially be valuable in the end when I am able to work at a job I love and look forward to doing each day.

Lien

Friendships, the ones that I have built on campus are completely different from the ones that I have built in high school and so forth. The university is definitely alot more diverse with students coming from different backgrounds and ranging in ages from 17 -55+. The reason why it has been so valuable to me is because I have gained knowledge from every single friendship I have built at this university. For instance last semester I met a classmate who was 55 years old. You'd think someone of that age would've given up on school, but she told me she came back to school because her children were all grown up and she wanted to make something of herself. It was so inspiring because she didn't let age affect her decision to return to school, rather she focused on her perseverance to achieve her career goals. I was always so worried about finishing within four years, but I have now realized that it doesn't matter how quickly I get done, but rather that I get done.

Joellyn

I have only been in college for four months but I already love it. While some of the classes and teachers are not as useful as I would have hoped, ALL of the teachers have so far expressed an interest in me as a human being and a love of their subject. They all want to aid the students in learning and teach them what they know, making sure to direct us to the proper authority if it is not their field. The most important aspect though would have to be the leaning experience. I find all the new information fascinating and am so excited to be in an area of academia that I am passionate about with others who feel the same way. The most important things I have gotten out of my college so far are the relationships with the people, and the education and knowledge I acquire from being around them.

Fernando

I have learned that college is a different world and what you make of it will always be up to you. You are exposed to a new environment and new people from all walks of life. I believe that the most valuable philosophies I have incorporated into my life are “Live to Serve, Love to Serve” which is from the club I am part of, Circle K International, which is full of friends who care for each other and try their best to help those in need. I also learned that you have to make the most of everyday. Before I started college I had never gone to a Costco or a Starbucks and it’s the little things that I get to do every day that make me happy. College definitely exposes you to great opportunities and allows you to become who you want to be in life and you are always learning whether it’s in a classroom or not. I can say that starting college as a freshman has been an awesome experience because I am always doing or experiencing something new every day.

Rick

The main thing I have gotten out of my college experience thus far is a real understanding that interdisciplinary teamwork between all members of the healthcare team is key to successful patient outcomes. I have also learned that this paradigm is not nearly as widespread as one would think. I feel I will be on the cutting edge of increasing successful patient outcomes after finishing this program. I feel I will be as prepared as I possibly can be to deliver evidence-based care centered on the patient. This program will allow me to be the best nurse I can be and gives me the tools to allow me to expand my knowledge and skill set into the future to continue to increase my ability to provide my patients the best of care with the highest rate of successful outcomes through research, evidence-based practice, and culturally-aware patient interactions and communications.

Jesse

The education i'm reciving is one of the gretest things i could've asked for! Going to college is going to jumpstart me into a great career and future.

Becky

My college experience has given me the opportunity to pursue many of my individual interests. All at once, I have been able to double major in Accounting and Finance, minor in both Economics and Mathematics, spend time outside hiking and snowboarding, as well as be an officer of my business fraternity, Phi Chi Theta. I've learned that despite the commuter atmosphere, my education is largely contingent upon what I make of it. While not immediately obvious, the opportunities are abundant; they just require a little searching. My experience has been invaluable for a multitude of reasons. Firstly, my school is a good financial investment. The tuition is low and this attracts a variety of students from different racial and socioeconomic backgrounds, making for a diverse community. Beyond the actual cost, however, attending this school has provided me with the opportunity to make low-consequence mistakes and learn from them. I think the education I've received also makes me a good candidate for graduate school, something I am positive I want to pursue. Certainly, there have been ups and downs, but my experience at this school has been positive and largely beneficial.

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