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Honestly, how isn't it? There's a wealth of opportunities to be obtained from attending any college, no matter its credibility and prestige. In so far as my two-year college (Lake Sumter Community College) experience, I've come to ascertain moral responsibility and a perpetual undying wish to become an aeronautical engineer. The mathematics up to this point (up to differential equations), although merely fundamental, are - in and of themselves - an interesting foundation for progressing my intellectual capabilities. It's surprising really, the difference between someone fresh out of high school and someone who has attended college for at least two semesters; their religious standing, moral obligations, and physical fitness all seem to drastically change in comparison. Not only that, I've had more social interaction than I had originally intended, making friends with my peers alongside course instructors; the benefit of having aquaintances is profound.


Hawai'i is much more culturally diverse than where I gre up, so it is nice to be getting a new perspective on the world.


I've learned what hard work and extensive writing equates to as a college student. I've learned how important due dates are to your grade and how midterms help evaluate your progress in class. I've learned in college that clubs and organizations requiere not only interest, but action. I've learned that support can be found as long as you are willing to request it. Most of all, I've learned that commitment and goals are the key to success in college.


My college experience has been an amazing journey thus far. I have only been at University of Hawaii's nursing program for 1 semester, but the friendships made are invaluable. I thought that the campus seemed threatening as an outsider, but as soon as I started I felt at home. I feel that I have learned a lot in my classes and it is a great start to a wonderfully rewarding career. I have wanted to be a nurse since I was a child and as a child, I was always sickly. I remember the nurses being friendly and taking good care of me which made me want to do the same. This experience has been a lifetime dream and I sometimes wonder if I am dreaming becauase I have finally got here at 35 years old! I will be the first in my family to get a bachelors degree and hope that doing this will inspire my son to shoot for his dreams and goals.


Diversity is something I had never encountered before my university experience. The mix of ideas, people and new cultures was a real shock to me. However, I cannot imagine my life without being exposed to all of these new concepts. Collge has taught me as much about the world, as it has taught me about myself. I have learned that I am strong, responsible and independent. This to me is the most valuable part of my schooling. Whenever I begin to doubt my capabilities I will only have to remember those long nights studying after a stressful day at school. Those nights have made me who I am today. From now on, I will face challenges with confidence in myself.


The most important thing I got out of my college experience is that I'm able to learn more extensively about the subjects that I have learned in high school. By learning more extensively, I'll have a better idea of the subject in college than I had in high school. For me, college is valuable to attend because if I don't attend college, I won't be able to have a career that I want and instead I'll be miserable for the rest of my life.


I've learned that it is important not to take the education you receive for granted. Sometimes you're not given second chances. College is tough, and that's a given. The effort you put in it is worth it in the end. Even when the curriculum gets difficult, it's important that you don't just give up. If you don't understand it, you have to get on your own two feet and get help somehow. College is quite a bite of what the real world is really about, and knowing that a good education is vital to be financially stable for the most part, I'm not going to give up on attaining a degree, no matter how hard it gets; college is a challenge, and I'm ready.


I will never regret my college experience, even through the toughest times. I have learned and appreciated the value of hard work because attending college is on of the the greatest opportunities one could have to be successful in life. I chose to go to an out of state college which proved to be challenging in an exciting way for me. I grew as a person where I learned to appreciate people vastly different from me. The United States is a big country and people from different cities view this country in different ways. I was everything from indifferent to shocked. College is not just about how well one does academically, but also how one has become a better person through socializing with students, faculty, or locals. I have been shaped by my personal experiences, which have helped me to become a better student and participant in student affairs. All of this together has helped make a decision for what I would like to do after college and beyond.


i want to be a doctor so that i can help other people and my own family. In college i learn to be competitive so that i am not like other student. And in BYUH the cost is very cheap so that i can save money to keep going to build my dream to be a doctor.


My college experiences have been extensive. However, if I were to put my college life into a single word that word would have to be 'freedom'. In college I am able to choose what I want to learn, what I want to do with my life, when I want classes to be and with whom they're given and so many more decisions that I had never had before. This freedom, although seemingly trivial, is something that trumps all other things in life because I've found that in giving myself the choice of leaning new cultures, meeting new people and exploring the world of learning and thoroughly accepting that challenge, I am ultimately molding myself into a person that I want to become.


What have I gotten out of my college experience and why has it valuable to attend? Honestly, it has been valuable to attend for the reason of meeting new and interesting people who are also working towards the same goal that I am, which is to further their education. I have so far seen people who are younger than I am, as well as those who are much older going for the same goal with different backgrounds supporting each other to help each other reach their goals. Which is also part of what I have gotten out of this college experience. I have learned that its also never too late to go back and fulfill your dreams and your goals to have a better life for yourself, or your children.


I am just starting my sophomore year in Hawaii and can't wait to get back on the island. I had a wonderful experience my freshman year with teachers, students and advisors. I have never been a very independent person, so being away from home was a bit challenging at first. After 2 weeks, I was already adapting to my new life away from home with a job at an elementary school and friends in my dorm. I started out as a Sociology major and after working with kids I realized that I had found my calling and changed my major to Education my second semester. When I come home for breaks and hang out with my high school friends, I realize what an incredible opportunity that I have been given to be able to go away to school. I think that it is something that I would suggest to anyone asking my opinion about going away to college, it is the greatest experience ever. I have learned to do things on my own and be much more dependent on myself. I consider this one of the best gifts my parents could ever have given me.


College enlightened me to the power of persistance. If you keep at something tirelessly, it will crumble in defeat, leaving only you to claim the remnants like so many treasure hunters in Berlin, 1989. If you obsess enough over the research paper with the due date looming under the toilet seat just waiting for a moment of vulnerability so it can nibble rabidly at your ankles, you chip away at it. You begin to ponder the ethics of black market organ trafficking to a depth reserved only theologic debates and NFL draft pick predictions. You become interested. You walk to the library and pick out two numbers, three paragraphs and a bibliography, and suddenly you have to write two less pages. Rinse and repeat. If you chase the strawberry blonde between Calculus and American History long enough, she'll get hungry. If you stomp into an office, any office, the Student Health Services office, for that matter, demanding "more" and "now," you'll get it. If you pick up that football and run forward, you won't make a lot of yardage in one go, but overtime, you'd accumulate at least one first down. At least, I think so.


I have enjoyed my college experience thus far as I like to feel accomplished, as though I am doing something to advance in life. College has taught me to be more self-sufficient, relying less on my family and more on myself to make things happen. The endless amount of resources availbe to college students is phenomenal. I find it very comforting that I am not alone in this big world, trying to get ahead. I attend school alongside my peers with the same or similar goals, which creates a support system that wasn't available to me prior to attending college.


Attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa has been a very good learning experience because this school has developed a spirit of independance in me. At my old school I was more reliant on other people for things that I needed and did things the way other people wanted me to do them. While I am not completely independant yet I now have the drive to do things independantly and to seek out opportunities if I really want them. This is important because the world will not hand you things on a silver platter and if you really want something in life you need to take initiative and go get it. The University of Hawaii at Manoa has also been a good place for me because the College of education's teacher education program is set up in a cohort model so all your methods courses are with the same people and you are placed in schools with those same people so that you get a tight knit sense of community. The college offers a lot of support and c feedback on lesson plans and assesment tools you use in K-12 classrooms through your mentor teachers and cohort coordinators.


I've made numerous professional contacts that arel helping me better my educational experience. I've learned to take advantage of faculty who enjoy passing along more than just what in a course's study materials. I actively seek guidance and mentoring from faculty who I've identified as willing to shape learning skills for students that show their commitment to and enthusiasm for the holistic learning experience. I've also learned to develop better self-initiative skills, focusing on work that goes beyond the basic required course requirements. I've honed my study habits and proactively pursue what I wish to gain from each course. I don't ler the professor determine how much I get from a course but rely on active engagement with other students and professors to achieve my goal of getting the most bang for my dollar. I've acquired greater patience and awareness, understanding that there is diversity, students coming from different backgrounds, culturally and educationally. It's become important to me to be of service, supporting and helping other students whenever possible.


I came to this college to get an education that will not only increase my knowledge but help me get a better job in the future to come. So fr I am pursuing this goal but during my journey I have attained things that at the end mean somuch more. I have great friends that I shared many memories with that I will never forget. I seen places that before I came here I would not even have dreamt of dreaming and nowi am living it. I am taking the initiative and making my own destiny and one I can mold as I please and having a great time on-campus, off-campus, in class, and everywhere in between while getting an education which no matter what happens can never be taken away from me. I believe I am and will be achieving more than enough valuable things out of my college education tohonestly say this was the best decision I have ever made in my entire life and I will learn from it and enjoy it as much as I can while I can.


Well, beyond the obvious furthering of my career prospects, I have learned that I love things that I did not know existed, and opened my mind to so much more than I knew was out there. Although I am an art major, all of the other subject areas I have taken courses in have influenced my work. Women's studies, mythology, and art history are some areas that I previously knew nothing about, but now they are an integral part of my work. College has changed who I am and what I have to say, and given me the means to say it.


By going to a community college right out of high school I gained confidence in myself. I found that to be the best thing I could ever ask for. And because of the pleasant experience and education I receieve I'm going to transfer and be ready and sure of myself. And the feeling I have when I can express myself properly is so valuable that I wouldn't change a thing if I had the chance.


My college helped me to have a better understanding of the cultural diversity unique to Hawaii. This is valuable to me because I intend to become a physician who serves population of Hawaii. I need to be sensitive to various cultures Hawaii?s population has to offer in order to promote effective and honest interaction with the patients. This in turn, will aid the patient to have more respect for the treatment plan I will be giving them and will promote the compliance that will result in their well-being.


The college experience is valuable, because it is during this stage of life where you go to specialize in a certain career. However, it is not the type of career you have chosen that makes an impact on your life, but the things you do that gradually mold you into a rounded out person. College challenges you to be independant and to put forth your best effort. Individuals gain independance by learning how to take care of yourself. For me, this was actually difficult , because cooking isn't one of my best skills by far. Going to college especially tests your initiative to do things; with the many options that colleges provide in the paths a person may take the clubs, research, and the myriad of other activities that could be undertaken there would only be benefits. Furthermore, the opportunities in a college experience expands the perspective of people, and causes this important aspect of evaluating the world around them and to really consider the importance of their decisions. By simply going to college I have expanded the borders of what I can do. I see myself undergoing personal growth, increasing my knowledge, and making the impossible possible.


Having attended three very different colleges (a small 4 year college in a big city, a 2 year community college in a small rural town, and a large 2 year college in a big city), I have a unique perspective of what college life is like. College has been more than an academic learning experience for me, but also a growing experience including: leaving home, dorm life, being the stereotypical "poor college student," changing majors several times, and finding my true calling in life. Among all the lessons I've learned, these stand out in my memory. I have learned that I hate being alone, but, after sharing my bathroom and shower with strangers, relish in having my own private space. I know more about the value of a dollar than I ever did at home, shopping at the dollar store for foodstuffs. I know how to read bus schedules and ride a bus for 2 hours one way just for a job interview. I appreciate home cooking and study groups now more than ever. The best part of college life is simply learning who I am and how I learn.


The most valuable thing I've gained during my college journey is the confidence and knowledge that I am capable of wonderful things.


Wow. The change from being a high school senior to a college freshman is bigger than I ever would have guessed. Not only are you thrown into a whole new group of people; you're living in a different state far from home and taking on academic challenges that are unlike anything you've ever experienced before, even in AP classes. While I couldn't wait to be my own man on my own without those nagging parents around, I had no idea how heavy the responsibility would be and how hard living by myself would turn out to be. You don't really appreciate that support until you don't have it any more. College is not just some big party. While it's fun, you have to take it seriously. You're there to learn, not just play. Let me tell you something that's a huge difference: the teachers don't care if you come to class or do your work. After all, you're PAYING to be there and they get paid the same whether or not you pass their class. You don't want to waste your money. Your goal: to earn that degree.


As a high school senior, I thought I could take on the world. Although I still feel as if I can accomplish anything, it's not quite as easy as I had anticipated. Knowing what I know now, I would go back and warn myself to be prepared to struggle and fight for anything and everything. In high school, you could get by on pure wit; you could get an "A" on a test without studying, or get straights "A's" by just simply doing what is expected of you. However, as I was quick to learn, college is no where near as easy. If I could go back, I would, without a doubt, practice studying, not only before tests, but on a daily basis. I would tell myself to practice the good habits that are required of a successful college student. I would go back in time and tell myself to not make the mistake of taking on six classes and a full time job my first semester in college. With that said, I would warn myself to take baby steps, after all, isn't it always the slow and steady ones that win the race?


If I could go back and talk to myself as a senior and highschool, I think I would tell myself to prepare better. When I first started off my first semester at the University of Hawaii at Manoa I was all over the place and definitely not prepared for the classes I had signed up for. I think that I would have said to myself, focus a little more on studying and don't worry about giving into peer pressure and attending certain parties or what not. For the most part, I'm proud of myself for surviving my first semester in college, but if I had a little advice from my future self, I think that I would definitely succeed with flying colors.


It's been said that college is like high school times a hundred. This is completely untrue, because no matter the experiences you had in high school, there is no factor imaginable to compare that experience with college. The twelve years you have spent in school so far have been a sheltered and sparse education, and in the years you spend in college you will learn more than you have in your entire life. The important things to remember are: study what you love, not what others choose for you; a good nights sleep helps a lot more than last minute cramming; and don't trust the professors who say something ?probably won't be on the final.? But most importantly, these four years mark the transition between being a boy and being a man, if you learn nothing else, learn to be the man who you want be.


I would tell myself not to fall for "senioritis" because that really messed up the end of the school year for me. I would also tell myself that when I got to UHM for school that there is no reason to hold back or be unsure, that I should just throw myself into getting involved with school organizations like I was in high school. I know as a senior I said I wanted a break from all the involvement, but now I know that it was all the participating in clubs and activities that really made high school so much fun.


i would have told myself to get ready for a crazy ride but i would not change anything about my life!


UH isn't too big. You don't have to go to community college first. E'veryone at UH wants you to suceed, from your teachers to counselors, fellow students, & staff. They will all pat you on the back. there are only a few jerks and they are everywhere in life. So, don't be afraid, dive in the deep end.


I would tell myself to not change anything. Enjoy being in high school, go to every activity/events. Relax and enjoy the moment of life under your parents, take the time to go with friends and family. However with all this in mind, keep in contact with your peers, teachers, counselors and coaches. Learn the necesary tools in school while you are having fun, learn and make the mistakes now so its corrected before you go off to college. Take up the time to sit with your career counselors/peers and talk about the future, what you want to as an Adult for the rest of your life. Don't get involved with anyone that will not believe in you. Think before you speak, don't take life granted someone will be there or help will always be there as it can turn upside down in a blink or in an hour. Speak up in class more to get the information you need. Look up scholarships, pell grants, colleges and your finances. But most of all, Don't regret anything, do what makes you happy and live life to the fullest.


College is a place to discover yourself on a whole different level. Up until the time college started, I was sheltered by mt athletic teams, school, and parents (especially). When I was lucky enough to finally experience college life in a different state across the ocean on the beautiful island of Oahu, I was awe struck for the first couple weeks. I had not been away from my family for longer than a week. Leaving my family was hard, but not the hardest part of the transitional experience. If I could go back in time , I would advise myself to start accept living independently. I was fighting so hard against being independent my first week or so or school, because I was so used to relying on others. Once I taught myself to be self sufficient, I felt so empowered. I discovered myself on a whole new level.


If only this were possible! College life is difficult if you take into consideration the fact that most people must work as well as study. The end of High School made me feel like I was ready to enter the workforce and I was tired of school! I would like to tell myself that the transition to college life (aka. more studying) is nowhere near as awful and unfulfilling as working a series of unchallenging, low-paying and generally miserable jobs in the real world. I would tell myself that no matter how boring and awful college seems and how much I would prefer to do what I want and "Have fun while I'm young", I will be eternally happier to have finished a few more years of education in order to have a more fulfilling life in the future with no financial hardships! I would tell myself that no matter how much fun I think I am missing, you can have even more fun in your later life when your peer group consists of well-educated individuals who appreciate and enjoy life and other cultures as much as yourself, and have the financial where-withal to experience them!


Throughout my high school senior year, changes had occurred drastically. It never occurred in mind during that moment, until now as I think back, that I have dashed through an important phase of my life. Looking back, I could say that clearly I could have performed better in class-that I could have gotten a higher grade, and possibly have applied to scholarships. It was however the senior state of mind that took over, which compelled me to think about my youth evolving into an adult. So instead, ?fun? had a higher significance to me as an active student, before High school was put into past. However despite the many more things that I could have accomplished during my senior year, I am still proud of the things that I did accomplish. That I don?t regret nor do I dislike the outcome, in fact I believe I?ve accomplished allot, from extracurricular activities to winning awards in competitions and community services. Through it all the only thing that I could tell myself If I could go back in time, would be to never give up in my dream, and to always try to be the best at it.


I am 28 years old and only now going back to school to complete my education. I often feel as if I've waited as missed out on a lot of the magic of going to school when I was younger. If I could go back and talk to my senior in high school self now, I would extract from myself a promise to live freely, follow my dreams at all costs, and not be intimidated by what is different or unknown. Simply put... life is too short to waste time NOT doing what you love, and being that learning and writing are my favorite things there's absolutely no reason not to embrace it, celebrate the pursuit of knowledge, love the 'nerdiest' parts of myself and in so doing become a more resplendent human being.


If I could go back in time and talk to my highschool self I would adviced them to reasearch things thoroughly and plan out things so it can be done earlier. In my current experiences in college life thought me one thing, make a good decision by planning it, be prepared and be early. What I failed to do in my senior year was just that. I did not reasearch enough information on the college I wanted to go to and what preparations I needed to have a life there. I failed to do things early which resulted in diffiulties for myself. I did not think that dorming was first come first serve. I did not apply for enough scholarships to cover a year in college plus how much the books and other miscellaniuos things. I did not plan out my schedule and what my limit can be on studying. If I were to go back in time and able to talk to a younger me I would tell them that to be prepared early so you can get the things you need or else it will be a bad transition to college and a harder college life on you.


remain comitted to the degree i choose


If I could go back to my high school senior self and give her advice about college life, I would tell her don't stress out so much. Almost everyone doesn't know what they're going to do. People change majors all the time. Just keep your grades up, and enjoy senior year. And for Freshman year, take the general education requirement classes, and you'll find what you care about it. Your major will fall into place. It's better to major in something you are passionate about, rather than just making the big bucks and hating your job. And as far as starting at a new school, all over again, by yourself. You just have to be friendly and open to meeting new people. Especially if you live in the dorms. There are tons of other students, just because you don't fit in with the majority, your matching puzzle pieces are in that student mass somewhere. Have fun, you're only young once, but be responsible, and party it up...when your class isn't at 7:30am the next morning!


If I had the chance to talk to myself as a high school senior before going off to college, I would try to instill a better work ethic for my school work and to have a plan worked out to budget my time, school work, and social life. I would tell myself to put all my focus on my studies rather than meeting new people and trying to fit in by always going out and partying. Now that I know how hard it is to do things on my own, I would have asked for some help with things before jumping into the college scene. I would tell myself to also budget my money and only spend it on essential things with a few fun things here and there. I would also tell my senior self to develop connections with professors and TA's because they are the only people who can truly help besides yourself. Also, I would tell myself that as long as I focused on school and kept a good budget, I would probably have had a low stress and illness-free first year of college.


When choosing classes for your first year in college try to branch out a little from your desired topic of study because you never know if that is actually what you're going to go into. Try to fit your schedule to the colleges graduation requirements, take at least one grad requirement a semester. For UH that was four semesters in a language, four writing intensive courses, etc. But if you start taking those courses in the beginning of your college career, you won't have to worry about fitting them all in to the last year of school. Once you get to school and start in your classes, talk to your classmates and make them you aquaintences (if not friends), these people can help you out. Join clubs and activities, even go out and do the extra curriculars for classes. If you have friends that go to your school, hang out with them but not exclusively, college is a good time to make the new best friends of your life. (Make new friends, but keep the old.) Have fun, that is the best way to get through college, if you're enjoying yourself.


I would make sure that I took advantage of all the facilities and learning opportunities offered, rather than just focus on getting through school.


Oh, I would definately tell myself to stop procrastinating!! That is what would kill me in college. I would tell myself that time management is the most important factor in college; trying to manage when you have time to go out and have fun and when it is time to study. Although my time management seemed great in high school, college is a totally different situation. Between sports, extracurricular activities, and school work in high school it seemed easy to manage my time to have enough time to get good grades. In college it is hard just to find time to get a good workout in with all of the the studying and homework that needs to get done. Getting assignments started when I first get them would be the best idea by far. Waiting until the night before it is due is NOT a very good idea at all, it would put stress on me and just make things worse. I would also tell myself to involve in many activities such as intramural sports to make friends. Also, study groups are awesome to have! It makes things easier while studying because they may know the answer to your question.


I think I would tell myself that I should be more aggressive about my education. As good as it is now, you should make sure that you keep telling yourself that things could get worse. The competition is never over, so you have to push yourself until you feel accomplished with yourself.


If I could go back in time, I would tell myself to apply straight to UH Manoa instead of going to my previous college first. That way I could move directly into my major and not have to worry about classes i've already taken not counting toward my major.


Knowing what I know now, I was tell myself that a B or a C in a class won't kill you. It's not awesome, but it happens. Everyone has bad days, sometimes they happen on exam days and whatever consequences that come just happen. I would also say don't be afraid to take classes outside of your comfort zone, and don't be afraid to drop classes if something doesn't feel like it's going to work.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would say, "Follow your dreams and your heart. College might get tuff sometimes but push on because it is all worth it in the end. There is light at the end of the tunnel."


Some advice i would give myself as a highschool senior would be to apply early! Go to class, and do your homework. Sometimes, getting an A involves the easiest steps. For me, going to class and doing the homework is the easiest part. Writing term papers, and studying for final exams are always the hard part. But if you can master the attendance, and homework; then, that leaves you with a much higher chance of getting a good grade on the tests, and on your papers. If you apply to college early, that helps you determine which colleges are right or wrong for you. If i had gotten better grades in highschool, i wouldn't be working so hard in college to be accepted. Bottom line is how you do in highschool really does matter - even if, at the time, you don't care.


I would guve these advices to myself: 1) Focus on the mathematical and physical classes, and make sure to work thoroughly on these classes 2) Keep the best organization possible wether in your school work, things, and mind 3) Be focus, and dedicated


I would tell myself to apply for a four-year university rather than going to community college. I had a great GPA and good advanced placement exam scores. I'd tell myself to look more into scholarships, grants, and loans because I could have received them readily for my exemplimary academic earnings. The transition into college is easy, especially since I had good learning, studying, and test taking skills. I would tell myself to not let the divorce situation between my parents effect how I was going to prosper out of high school.


Assuming I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would encourage my high school senior self to prepare for a difficult transitional period, work diligently, and look forward to the future. I would not want to say much else, as college has been a fantastic learning experience. Before my first semester of college began, I knew little of the strains of academic accountability, financial needs, and emotional distress life away from home entails. As I progressed through the first few weeks of the semester, however, I began to find a fair balance of pursuing wants and carrying out needs. Although difficult, the progression from dependent student to independent student helped clarify my values and strengthen my resolve for a higher education. When my time machine begins to spit and sputter warning signs that it's time to return to the future, I would leave my past self with a smile, tell him not to do anything stupid, and have fun. More than anything else, I would like my past self to get his fingers burned, much like I have, trying to start his new life on track.