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What should every freshman at University of Washington-Seattle Campus know before they start?


President John F. Kennedy once said, “Education is the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefits for everyone and greater strength for our nation.” This quote will be best fulfilled for me at Wytheville Community College. From the age of twelve I have longed to attend Wytheville Community College because of its diverse group of students and the warm hospitality they offer. The first aspect that drew me to Wytheville Community College was its large inviting campus, which is open to festive occasions such as cultural events that allow students to interact with each other and fulfill their future occupational goals. If was to reverse time and go back to high school the best advice I would give to myself was to enjoy high school a little bit more and at the same time still concentrate on my studies. I believe that everybody should be involved in their high school activities at the same time they should equally participate in any group activities that take place after or during school.


There are times I felt like I was racing against the clock. With all the busy daily routines between school and work, blogging and keeping up with the news, leisure activities and managing money, I sometimes wish time could be stopped. Like Adam Sandler in Click, I want to possess that special remote, without the side effects though, to fix all problems and then turn time back on. If it is true that I could go back in time to my high school senior, I'll tell old self to prepare more financially, apply for scholarships and grants. In addition, don't always be a shut-in. I'm having a really difficult now since I didn't apply for scholarships while in high school so now, I have to concentrate on working during breaks instead of doing something fun like everyone else does such as long distance traveling or engaging in some cool, expensive vacation activities.


Plan on going to college or a vocational school - absolutely!


My college experience has been unusual compared to many others’. Through the privilege of a state program, I matriculated at Lane Community College at 17 years of age. This was my first experience with public education since third grade. Being homeschooled, I had not seen the diversity of a milieu such as this. As I entered I felt intimidated; I was out of place and in a position where it was up to me to make myself the one who stood out. However, as I went to classes throughout last year, as well as during this year, I came to the realization that I already stand out. The campus at LCC has allowed me to be confident in my strengths and developing areas. I am surrounded by 45-year-old adults, students my age, and professors, yet I now see it as a blessing instead of a challenge. I have a passionate desire to learn about people, life, and myself; so far college at Lane has provided that. I want to continue my growth so one day I can help that kid who goes into college and feels out of place by letting him know he’s right at home.


As freshman at the University of Washington, I have gotten a great deal from my college experience in the short time that I have been here. Being the small town girl that I am, nothing my high school teachers, family, or friends taught me could have possibly prepared me for stepping into the city of Seattle. From the fast-paced city of lights, to the bustling and beautiful campus, I have been trying to wrap my mind around these changes in order to get used to being a "college student." In the last month or so,I have realized that not only is this where I will spend the next 4 years of my life, but this is a place that will shape who I am as a person. College is a lot more than simply working hard to get your degree; it is an enriching experience to listen to your peers in class, peers whose intellect and drive continue to amaze me. I learn so much from the people around me, probably more than I will learn from all of my courses combined; college has become more valuable not because of academics, but because of its sense of community.


I wouldn't trade my college experience so far for any other. I grew up in Kansas and wanted so badly to get out and see what else the world had to offer. Seattle is so much different than my hometown and while moving away from my friends and family was really difficult, it gave me the chance to grow into the type of person I want to be, without any preconceptions from anyone. I've become really good friends with my roommate and there's this really great program at UW called Freshman Interest Groups that introduces you to some of your classmates. I'm also really glad I decided to attend a public state school because I think everything is so much more diverse in terms of people and programs. I have friends from all sorts of backgrounds: Asians and American Indians, people with both parents and no siblings and people with one parent and five siblings, people from Seattle and people from Chicago. It's such a rich environment and I love it.


I am happy to return to pursuing my education after eight years of saying "I'll go back to school when I have the money." I never found the money but decided it was now or never. I stumbled along the way and asked numerous questions. I was fortunate to come into contact with genuine people who wanted to see me succeed. I was nervous on the first day of school until I realized that I was making my dream come true and going back to school! I thoroughly enjoy the interaction with other students and have been blessed with great teachers at CNM. I received a 4.0 my first semester back and I plan to keep that average until I graduate and receive my degree. Being back in school has renewed my confidence and self-esteem. I was stuck in a rut and going from job to unfulfilling job just trying to survive. While I am still struggling financially, I have found a renewed sense of purpose and I am optimistic that my education will bring me many exciting opportunities in the future.


I feel that this university has changed me for the better. I think that I have made lifelong friendships and have developed as a young independent adult. Being away from my hometown in California has made me grow as a person which I believe is important when attending college. To me college is not only about the academics, but the opportunities and life experiences that present themselves. I know that I will look back at this experience and be happy that I attended the University of Washington because I feel this school was a good choice for who I am as a person. Every college experience is different and I do not regret my decision of going here. Certain classes have made me confident in my future decision to be a Speech Language Pathologist. It may be challenging at times, but I always know I will strive and get through it. I look forward to my future career and hoping that my degree in Speech Pathology and Hearing Sciences will get me far in my life. Even though I am only a sophomore I know that this college experience may determine who I am for the rest of my life.


Attending college has helped me realize how important it is to take classes outside of the career you wish to obtain. Through taking general education classes I have learned various subjects that I wouldn't have been able to experience otherwise. I feel that it is important to attend college to be able to expand your knowledge and gain common sense that you might not have been introduced to if you didn't decide to attend college. I also feel that it is valuable to attend college since it is a maturing factor in an individual's life and it leads to a more rewarding lifestlye once a degree is rewarded.


What I have gotten out of my college experience is that you should not take things for granted. I have learned that being ably to attend the college is a privliage, and it is an oppertunity that many people just through away. College has taught me a lot more then just facts and figures about different kinds of subjects, it has taught me that there is a lot of options out there and they are mine for the taking. College has been very valuable to me because it has furthered my education, introduce me to new experiences, and opened my eyes to a whole new way of life. It has taught me that at times can be difficult but if I work hard enough I can have a good time, learn new things, and achieve my goals. It is important for me to attend college because I want to get my degree and achieve all the goals I have in life. In ten years I want to be able to look back and remember all the great times I had in college and all the things that I learned from it and not regret one day of it.