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


If i can go back in time i would tell myself on how important it is to study hard and get good grades because at the end a good gpa counts more for scholarship opportunities and college recognition. It would be not to leave anything partially undone and to never dimish myself as not being good enough. Giving positive words to myself would really help me open my eyes on how good it will be when i give it my all. I would suggest myself to always keep myself focus on what i want and not on what others want. I would make sure to talk about my weakness so i can work on making my weakness into my strenghts. Another great thing would be to tell myself about my failures because at the end it would be where i learned an important life lessson. At the end I would tell myself that my parents love me and care for me even tough somethings it won't seem like it. Neverless those are the things that will give me the strenght to be a better person in order to make my parents proud of having me as a daughter.


I would tell myself to focus on school, and making connections. Although my first year wasn't the best with dealing with school, I definitely have discovered a lot about myself and I'm making better choices. I'd tell myself not to get caught up with relationships and parties but sit down and focus on friends and doing well in classes.


I would give myself advise about all of the scholarship opportunities that are available to everyday individuals. I would coach myself on how to research and look for better ways to pay for my school vs working 3 jobs for 7 yrs. Additionally, I would advise myself on the importance of networking and human relationships. Most opportunities that arise are because of the realationships that have been previously established. Lastly, I would illustrate the importance of living closer to school and how the overall cost of transportation is a key factor to saving money while in school.


Every freshman at school should know that UH is NOT an easy school. Many people think it will be very easy to make an A in every class. The time management is better than in high school, but the grades you make in class can portray differently due to curves or just extremely difficult questions.


Look up the degree plans at this school. Take all the basics you need at a community college. Then come here and finish up your degree.


Know who you counselor or advisor is, they are the mothers of your career. They are there to help you and lead you. They can led you to people who can help with your academics and they can also lead you to other counselors that might help you with a different major. I know I was having trouble deciding if I wanted to be a double Med major or do a major and minor and my counselor directed me to the career center. They worked around my schedule for an appointment, were really friendly, and they do help a lot! Also, know where the important buildings are. Like the UC with the bookstore and organizations, the Welcome Center with almost everything, and the location of your counselor.


I would tell myself to get into a better study habit. I would tell myself the work is hard, but not impossible. Lastly, I would say that college is something I have never experienced, so keep an open mind to things.


I had to learn a lot coming into college for my first semester. If I could go back in time, I would give myself lots of pointers to prepare. First, I would tell my self to take AP classes more seriously. I would say that I should take as many AP classes that I could handle and try my best to pass the AP test. That way, I could get college credit for the course which would enable me to save money by not having to take those prerequisites, and it would aslo help me to start my major specific classes sooner. Secondly, I would tell myself to break my bad procrastination habit early, because that will only hurt me in the future. Lastly, I would say to myself that I should fill out as many scholarship applications as possible, because I now know that paying for college is no joke.


Focus on grades and dont' trust anyone. Life is too short to focus on fixing things that can't be fixed. Family first and those who matter won't mind how you really are.


During your college career, dedicate yourself to studying and making good grades in all of your classes. There is a time to play around and a time to really bear down and study. Stay away from all the negative elements trying to influence you to do things that you shouldn't do. Also, take care of your spirit, mind and body. Once the spirit is well, all the rest will fall in line.


I would tell myself to be more prepared for college. I would also do better research about the school I m attendiding. I would congraulate myself on picking the right school for me. I would relize that I am very greatful to be pursuing my dreams. I want to be an advocate for people with disabilities. I would also like to write my life story and historical novels.


If I had the opportunity to go back in time and meet my high school self, I would advise myself to smile more frequently because it is quite often that the world passes by without truly enjoying the sights and sounds innately content in our surroundings. The sights of natura naturans -- nature nurturing -- and the sounds of the gentle melodies of perpetual motion brought together by the people around us. I would tell my old self that I have no regrets, and see my future bright; why then must I be sulky? Why not just sit and enjoy the ride?


I would tell myself to study harder for the SAT. I would tell myself to focus more on school work because it truly is important. That my GPA really does matter. I would tell myself to choose classes in high school that will be useful in preparing for my career path. I would also tell myself to really learn a lot from my Spanish class, as this language is so useful in my chosen profession. I would tell myself not to graduate early-to stay the whole four years. I would tell myself to enjoy all of the high school events (prom, homecoming, etc.) because life gets harder. I would tell myself that college is difficult, but do your best because what you do in college with affect you in your career path. Study hard and focus on school, but balance school with life.


Dreams are accomplished when you step outside your comfort zone and persevere through the hard times. Therefore be ready to immerse yourself into a different culture within the college you choose. College is about getting exposed to upper level education, not about going out every day. During your freshman year in college that is the time to fully put your effort and concentration towards the classes you are enrolled in. Ask questions in class even if you are shy. In addition, always establish a rapport with your professor, so that you will get the most out of the classes and get a clear understanding of certain notes. Although, the classes will be more difficult and demanding, remember to stay focused. The heavier workload a professor gives you, the more you have to endure the workload and try to accomplish the assignment. Life is not over if you do not make an “A”. College is only stressful if you make it. Lastly, it is beneficial to learn time management, organization, and hardworking skills so that your college experience will be calmer. When you develop these skills, everything else will be less stressful in your life.


If I could talk to myself during my senior year in high school, I would tell myself that graduating high school is only the beginning. I would say that I did a good job working arduously to earn a spot in the top five percent of the graduating class, but the hard work isn't over. I would advise myself to never lose my passion to succeed, and to not lose focus of what I wish to accomplish, because in college, it's so easy to lose hope in yourself. I want to say to myself to not be shy to ask for help. In high school, I felt like asking for help meant you were struggling, but I want to tell my senior self to not be embarrassed to ask for help. If the school provides help and tutors, then use it to your advantage; your tuition is paying for your enrollment along with the help. Getting help will only benefit me and teach me what I may not have understood. The most important thing I want to say is to relax a bit, as long as work hard and stay focused, I'll be just fine.


I dont think thhat I would want to go back into to my senior year. their is a reason why you keep pushing forward and don't look back. but, if their was a absolute reason why I had to go back and I did. I would tell mmy 17-18 year old butt to enjoy your time their as I did. to not wait until the last minute to do something. To take initiative, and speak out out more because it is your last year their. Take controll, those people who is hating on you don;t worry about their because their going to be fat and ugly in 5 years... At least the one's who arn't fat and ugly already. If I were to go back in time to my senior year I would tell myself that their is no do over, you only life once so kick it in gear put your head on right and take off.


One stage of life is about to over and now an important stage which will choose your rest of the career is coming forward. Need to choose the right career and keep working hard as the world is not gonna show mercy on me. And I will become one of the best in what i study and keep on enjoying every moment of life.


I would tell myself, "First you have to make really good grades in high school in order to get into a good college, so your GPA does matter. Make sure that you talk to your guidance counselor on a regular basis so that she can keep you updated on your college information. Also DO NOT put off your harder classes till last. Make sure not to overload your college schedule. Always sit in front of the class so that the professor can get to know you and hopefully give you a letter of recommendation. Read chapters before going to class that way you can stay ahead of the class. Study a little bit everyday so that you don't get overwhelmed in the end. I have learned to love Cornell notes so make sure you learn how to do them now. Don't wait. Remember to be kind and friendly to all your classmates, because you never know which one of them you may need someday."


I would advice myself to not take free education in America for granted and get involved in as many extracurriclar activities and clubs in my high school career. One thing I regreted was not getting involved in all the FREE activities I had in high school. The amount of work is less in high school so I should have taken advantage of those opportunities that I had being in high school. Some more advice that I would give was to apply for every scholarship to help pay for my tutition in the Fall and throughout the rest of my college career. Knowing what I know about college now really opens my mind and I can lend advice to my younger cousins who are still in high school hoping to transition to a big university/ college.


I would probably tell myself to go with my gut instinct on everything I thought when I first started. Whether it was who I socialized with, what my major and minor choices were, how I spent my time, everything. As a college freshman, you're overwhelmed by the amount of options you have; it gets to the point where you see something new and interesting every day and keep changing. Go with your gut, there's a reason you wanted that one in the first place, and it's probably because that was the best option for you and your spirit and mind knew it. I however, didn't listen, and went with something else, only to go back to what I originally thought about doing. I should have stayed with my original plan; while veering off course was a good learning experience, it's also something that could have been avoided. It was good and bad, mostly good, but bad enough to say, "I should have known!" It seems though, that changing your mind is the curse of the freshman, much like the freshman fifteen. We all do it until we realize that we need to change.


As a high school senior, it was common for me to procrastinate. Despite my poor preparation and time management, I managed to maintain high grades. After graduation, I attended a local community college, where I still did not have to use my full potential and yet could still do exceptionally well. When I transferred to the University of Houston, I did not expect anything to be different. After all, why would it be? Everything had been the same up until now. I struggled more in that first semester than I had my entire high school career and ended it with a 2.22 GPA. I quickly realized that if I were to succeed here, I would have to put my old ways behind me and start a brand new approach to academics. My second semester flew by with a 3.69 GPA. If I could, I would film my first year at UH and present it to myself as a senior, saying, "Laura, I know you have what it takes. But if you think you aren't going to need all of your potential to make it count, you're beyond wrong. You must make a change for the better."


Make sure that you think about what college you really want to attend. Take the time to weigh the options. Should you go to a junior college or a four year. Think about how much money it is going to take for gas, tuition, etc. Make sure that when you start your college classes you take the time to make your schedule and be sure to not take an 8am class because you will not make it. When classes start take your professors very seriously and do not dose off in class. Always take the time to take good notes in class and read the class book. When you show up to your classes on the first day try to sit in the first couple of rows and definitely ask questions whenever you are confused. Do not be afraid and do not be nervous! Your professors are there to help you succeed they will help you in any way possible. Remember to take the time to meet your professors in their office hours and go over anything that may seem confusing to you. Have fun and enjoy college but still take it seriously.


I can see it now: I'm at lunch in the courtyard with my friends, we called ourselves the ramp rats in high school, and all of a sudden I turn around and see myself. It's almost a mirror image, I thought I had gone mad. I look at my double and smile. She is very nice, and seems to walk me to an isolated area to talk. She speaks softly, "I'm Barbara, you, from the future. I just think that if I told you what were to happen it would make the world of difference." I nod and listen intently to her words. "There's a lot you may not know about college, and I think you need to start reading up on it now. I messed up and owe school so much money I was unable to attend my college for 2 years. It's difficult, but you need to figure out these finances. It's a hard road ahead, so be prepared in every way. Please study harder than you are now. You need scholarships and funding. Please do as I say." She smiled and suddenly was gone....


If I were lucky enough to go back in time and talk to myself in high school, I would tell myself to get excited! While the work load and rigor in college is much more than in comparison to high school, college life contains an overwheming amount of free time. Instead of spending your whole day in school, going from class to class and rushing through the hallways, college allows you to sit in your class for the duration, then walk around campus. You can either go to your next class or any other destination you choose. School isn't as "in your face" in college; it's the time of life where school becomes your CHOICE not your REQUIREMENT. Individual maturity as well as responsibilty are gained by making decisions about going to class and completing your work. Lastly, I'd tell myself that I'm not as smart as I may think, because college has taught me more about myself and the world than I thought was attainable! Get ready high school Alicia, a bright future is about to start!


I would tell myself not to worry- although college requires more organizational skills and more resolve, the core academic and life skills in college and high school are the same. The work is not too much harder (simply more compressed), and more often than not there are professors/classmates who are willing to help. "Cliques" and "social groups" are less defined than in high school. Not everyone is going to be nice and enthusiastic, but most people are. As long as you work hard, figure out what you want to do relatively early, and be VERY organized, you will succeed. Also, you might want to consider getting a job. Completing all these scholarship surveys takes a lot of time!


Failure. I knew that word all too often in all my years of schooling. In Nigeria, my homeland, teachers said I would fail, especially math and science. Formidable opponents to a nine-year old at the time but now at the age of twenty-five I count them as guides to lead me down the path I'd set before me. As the years progressed, I could still hear failure hanging over my head, breathing down my neck, waiting for me to fall into its trap. Every "hard" class I dare to endeavor, failure would scoff at me, telling me I could never succeed. In a way, I convinced myself that these hard courses that would lead to my goal were unapproachable, an obstacle I would never overcome. But now , I take pride in my accomplishments as a Chemistry graduate who has worked with state officials, interviewed corporate leaders in the pharmaceutical and industrial world. More importantly, I no longer listen to depreciating words of failure. I dare to endeavor, to venture out once more and take those challenging courses, to achieve success. To become the engineer I'd set out to be from the very beginning. Just watch me.


Go after the degree field that interests you and that you are passionate about. Do not pick a major or choose classes based only off what you feel you "should" do. Don't play it safe and only do things you already know you do well. Try new things, you might be surprised what doors will open for you.


If I could go back in time I would assure myself that it isn't how fast you get through college it is how well. It may be a long road but stay focused and don't lose heart. Your job may be needed to put a roof over your head and food on your table but take the time to build relationships with your professors and take advantage of everything school has to offer. It isn't until it is over that you will realize all the opportunity you have missed and how much you needed the experience. As for the debt, it is a lesson learned that you will never be able to predict the future and that anything in life that is easy is not even worth the time.


Knowing as I can advise university life to be putting much effort into the classes because they are a bit more complex than reality superior.En classes that want to get away has to propose new challenges and among those challenges are to be studies as they are the future of our future. University is a world full of challenges and goals that you can pass sopra with great effort and pushing aside the obstacles they face in the road. To get away you have to apply and give the maximum in the studies and then to see the results.


Always have a backup college(state or city college), because you never know if your first chice college it is going to give you the financial aid you need.


Plan it out. Take one of each type of class. Don't take only Biology and no Chemistry, because later on, you'll have to claw and scramble to make up for lost time. Also, have some financials or a job lined up, because girl, it is expensive! And plan out your schedule wisely. Think well ahead in to the future so you won't ever have to miss classes or important dates.


As i was a senior there was much iformation about how to apply for college but it was not enough, the first thing that i would do is to get all the information about classes that i needed to get prepared for college, instead of taking classes that were not nessesary. Iwould try to get in harder classes in my senior year to be prepared for my freshman year of college. Interships would have helped a lot during my senior year because it would of helped me see if my major was right for me. Although research for carrers was available it would of helped to meet someone from the University to talk about student life to make it easier. Looking for more schoolarships during this time would of been helpful because then i could of had a plan and have enough money to pay for classes. The main thing is i would of applied earlier to the university that way i had more opportunity to not be so stressed out and do everyhting on time. Getting to know what was better wethere to live on campus or off campus would of been of great help as well.


There has been so much drama and obstacles that I've gone through my freshman year of college and I learned so much from each of those rotten experiences. I've learned how to avoid or not make those mistakes since I don't want to go through that road anymore. I've learned to improve my self. My academic improvement is a priority. I've accepted the fact that I need to learn to loosen my efforts in trying to please others all the time. Friends were my priority before, then I saw that when you want them, they can not make time. If they don't have time for your friendship, then those people are not worthy of being your friend. The most secure advise to incoming freshman would be to study hard and then go play. Good grades are worth it in the end, don't lose sight of the light at the end of the tunnel. It is important to remember that you are not there to only gain experiences, but also to gain a solid education and go past the darkness and onto the light of success!


It is rather hilarious that a lot of high school seniors are stubborn with their major. They know what they want to do with their life and will snap at you if you say otherwise. I was one of those students, but it all changed my first semester of university. My first major was international relations, but after taking classes with this area I realized that this was not me at all. I believe that is what college experience is all about. Experimenting with classes to see what fits your personality and character is critical in the college experience. It is about taking risks, but if you fail you can only get better. College is a privilege where values that students would never notice are introduced with a handshake. I am currently taking a US History class where my professor commences class with current event discussions. At first I was annoyed for it was not related to the course content, but these discussions open my eyes to a world that is greater than our own. College then not just only distributes knowledge but introduces me to a new world that I would’ve never found on my own.


I have gotten so much out of my college experience even though im not even finished yet. I have gotten a sense of pride in my school, the determination to be successful in my life and to be able to say that I as educated at the University of Houston. Being apart of the University of Houston makes you feel like your dream career isnt just a dream it can be real if you work at it. And with the campus beign so diverse no one ever feels out of place or uncomfortable and that makes you feel like the world it self is changing. As a person I feel like I am constantly growing and changing everyday. What I am getting out of my experience is finding myself, and this is valuable because that is what is going to help make me succeed. Along with the help of my University of Houston degree.


A college education is very important because it gives you a lot of opportunities to get a good, stable job which is tough to have right now due to our economic situation. I know that having an education doesn’t guarentee success, but it definetly gives you an edge over somebody applying for the same position without a degree.


My college experience has impacted my whole life. I will be the first member in my family to graduate from college and I am truly pleased with the experience I am going through. Since I was in elementary school I have always dreamed of going to college and become a teacher. I am currently enrolled in Galveston College and my classes has been going great so far. Once I'm done with the classes I need to take before I transfer, I will be attending U of H in Clear Lake. Going to college has been extremely valuable to me, I see myself as a very strong person and I know I will be able to get where I want to get. Galveston College has helped me accomplished many things and now I feel like my goals are way easier to obtain. College has been valuable to me because I want to be somebody in life and make my family proud. I know my degree is going to get me where I want to be in life and I am willing to do whatever it takes to be somebody. Thanks to caring teachers and scholarships, students obtain a valuable education.


Although this has only been my first year in college, I have learned more about myself more than I ever have before. By the end of my senior year of high school, I thought I was so sure that I wanted to become a photographer. Later, I learned that liking art is not the same as wanting to make your career out of it. Disenchanted, it seemed to me that nothing seemed to suit my interests and be of important use to society. After many months of dissatisfaction and listlessness, I discovered an unusual but ultimately good way to contribute to the world and my personal happiness: entomology. Since the animal kingdom is comprised of ninety percent insects, investing my time and talents into studying insects will be worthwhile to me and to the world, as insects can both harm and help humanity. Thus, I wish to be of service to my larger international community by becoming either a forensic or medical entomologist. This is the most influential and most valuable experience I’ve gotten from my few short months in college: the realization of my true, strange self and the feeling of self-worth and purpose in my life.


This is only the beginning of my second semester at UH, and I've already fallen in love with being a cougar! So far, I've had the oppurtunity to partake in a multitude of extracurriculur activities that have made it more fun and easy to adjust to life as a college student. Whether I'm covered head-to-toe in body paint cheering on the coogs at a football game, or on stage singing with one of the choirs or accapella groups I'm in, I am having a blast and learning something about how to live a productive and happy life and interacting with others. UH is the most diverse university in the U.S.A., and that forces students to continually come into contact with people that are very different from themselves and learn to work together. I love the fact that I have friends that are incredibly different from me , and that we get to experience and learn from one another. Also, the metropolitan setting of the school allows students to become more independent. The most valuable aspect that a student receives from attending UH is becoming an sociable, excellence bound, well-rounded student. GO COOGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I was 18 when I headed off to college. Having fun and hanging out with friends was often more important than making an A in a class. After, having graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Education, I realized that I had wasted an excellent educational opportunity. I currently teach at an Intermediate School in the Houston Area. I continually have to remind my students that although college may seem like a long way off, they must start preparing now. For the Fall 2010 Semester, I tried to apply for graduate school in Houston and I was denied admittance because of my undergraduate work. It broke my heart, to realize that the mistakes of my youth would continue to follow me. However, I applied to another local University and was accepted. Since admission into their Educational Leadership program I have maintained a 4.0 GPA. I am proud of my educational accomplishments, and I know that my studies in Educational Leadership will give me the knowledge and opportunity to help to develop leaders in our future generations.


College has meant the world to me. Being able to attend, not only this university but yet another. Having this opportunity to better myself. Being able to be someone my family could only dream of being. Knowing that an actual future is in my future. My college experience has taught me that life really is a challenge and that only you as a person can determine it. I have grown up a lot over the last three (3) years. Sometimes I did not want to or agree with what was going on, but I made the change. I stand strong today and look everything and know that I accomplished a lot. Each day I get closer to graduation. It is within my reach.


I have gotten many things out of my college experience so far, but the most important thing I have learned is that you should study something that you yourself find interesting. You should not declare a major just because everyone else going into the field you are has that same major. You should do something you love, even if you do stand out from the pack by doing so. College has been valuable for me to attend because it gave me something to focus on. I just coasted my way through high school, come college I had to actually sit and think about what I wanted to do and how I was going to get it done in a timely manner. College has allowed me to broaden my horizons and contemplate a career path I might not have thought of otherwise.


Overcoming the most difficult time in my life was transferring from another school to the University of Houston. The transfer was extremely overwhelming going from a small junior college to a university with over 37,000 students. My family was going through its own problems as a blended family as well as myself overcoming a separation. I had a new school, new friends, new job, and a schedule so strenuous no social life. I travel over 55 miles round trip to and from home to the university daily. I had never felt more alone my entire life. That was until I got familiar with the campus and got involved with more than one scholar enrichment program and more than one student organization. I am now an officer for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and have never enjoyed my college experience more than I do now. I feel as though I have found my family away from home and truly enjoy my experience at the University of Houston. The civil Engineering department is growing fast and making large improvements to better the educational experience


From my college experience I have learned to make descisions about my life and really pinpoint exactly what I want to do in life- become an art teacher. I have met the most amazing teachers/artists in my college career who have inspired me to visualize and create with no boundaries. In my life I have always been encouraged to think logically, be responsible. My college experience has taught me that I can do both, I can be an artist in the most responsible way possible, by teaching art. It has been valuable to attend college because I feel like I have found what I can do best, and I have people around me in my field of interest tell me that I do it well. And when I haven't executed something well the first time around, I have an even stronger drive to see their faces the second time around. There's something that the professor posseses that makes the student strive for the absolute best and not give up until their vision has been created, and that is what one cannot find without attending college.


I had a great college experience, although it was not a traditional one. While some would say that I didn't get a "true" college experience since I lived at home, I strongly disagree. I joined a sorority at the University of Houston, so I was able to experience much of the same things that my peers who lived on campus experienced. The great thing was that if I wanted to stay on campus for the weekend of a big football game, I had the ability to do so by staying in the sorority house. Unlike my friends, I also had the ability to go home and enjoy some alone time. While I had a great social life, I was also very dedicated to my studies. I look back fondly on all the days I spent studying in the cozy nooks and crannies of our school library. We also had many small, empty classrooms with dry erase boards that I would often use to study with friends. I greatly value my choice to attend University of Houston because it allowed me to thrive both academically and socially. For me, it was the perfect mix for an excellent college experience.


My college experience has taught me that learning who you are is harder than it looks. For years, I had been secure in my world of high school where the people I went to school with accepted, or if not that, understood me. But, college is like being reborn. Your eyes squinting and blinking in the absurdity of this new world of adulthood where there is no one to tell you to go to class or to come home at a certain time. You are a given a new life where you can create to the person you believe yourself to be. I, who believe that I had molded myself into that person during high school, was very surprised that I was not above the freshman scramble to self- actualization and discovery. My college experience has taught me that no one ever stops evolving. In attending school, you are given the ability to become the center of you r world. You get to discover who you are outside your pervious environment. In college I was given the opportunity to create my own experience and the power in that is worth the time and effort.


College has made me grow as a person and in knowledge that I can use to give advises to others. It has been the gateway to the part of my life that I thought I would never accomplish, being responsible, having hunger for more knowledge and making decisions that have been reflected throughout the growth in my field of study. I have learned to open my mind to other cultures and traditions, something that I did not have in my country, Puerto Rico. Also college has made me patient enough to work in teams, be ambitious about what I want and to be more organized in school and in life. Those are a few of the reasons why college has been very valuable for me to attend. Also being first generation college student in my family made me realized that history cannot be repeated. Not repeating history is one of my Mottos discovered in college, I want to be able to give my future family the education necessary to start changing the world.


During my college experience, I have learned to all be myself because no one there is going to judge you. I have become more intouched with my career goals with the internships and community service opportunities that I've been apart of. I have gained a bond with the student body, the faculty and staff, and the campus. University of Houston is like family and we help the families in the surrounding community. The students love the campus and I have grown to making the campus apart of my faimily.


I have really grown and learned how to grow up during my time here. its made me grow into a good person. its been valued to attend because of the heart warming people of houston texas. and its faculty at this school


I have gotten a lot out of my college experience. First of all, attending college has given me the opportunity go gain valuable contacts. The networking opportunites are endless. The University of Houston has an alumni association which you can be a part of to gain not only great professional relationships, but also have helped me make some great personal relationships. The professional relationships gained during my college years helped me obtain my current job. My college experience gave me the opportunity to listen to lecures of top experts in the business field. This has helped me in my work experiences by encouraging me to think, ask questions, and explore new ideas, which in turn allows for additonal growth and development. College was a valuable asset for me because it helped me gain the knowledge I needed to obtain my current job. Without the education I recieved from the University of Houston I would have not been able to do what I love doing today and make a decent living for me and my family.