Valdosta State University Top Questions

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

Shaquille

If I were able to travel back in time to my senior year in high school and talk to myself I would stress the importance of networking and being involved on campus. Valdosta State is a pretty big University, with many oppurtunities to meet people and establish relationships. Without any involvement a campus as big as Valdosta can seem to become very small. My freshman year I had a hard time adjusting because I was always in my room and I didnt seize the oppurtunity to go out and meet people, but during my sophmore year I made an effort to join a few organizations on campus and it had a vast improvement on my college experience. In a gist, college is more than just academics its an oppurtunity for young adults to build long lasting and beneficial relationships with people .

Nicholas

I would tell my self and anyone else to follow your heart. Your heart has a funny way of already knowing what it is that you want to do. Success is not defined by how much money you make but is defined by how happy you are and achieving the goals you set for yourself. Just be what you want to be not what every one tells you that you should be. Your career will take up a large part of your life so do what you love and don't settle to you find what you love.

Taylor

I would tell myself to go into college undeclared, get my core classes out of the way then declare a major. Do not start college with a declared major.

Jasmine

I'd like to believe if most people had the chance to answer this question they'd say things like "Don't date that one guy" and "don't dye your hair purple, it was a mistake!" but I honestly wouldn't change those things about myself. There is one key thing I would tell myself. Take college classes! While being at the university I have met freshmen come in and immediately go up the ladder on to sophmore and junior while I have to slowly climb and make my way to the top. While there's no problem with either of these methods, it is fustrating to want to be successful and feel as if you are failing that simply because you did not get the head start you needed. Not only that but also if I would have taken college classes I would have had a better handle on what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, and I would have grown up a little faster, seen more of people, and understood what it meant to be in college and get a degree so that in the future I could have a fighting chance.

Destiny

Entering college life the typical thought is “I am going to find myself,” but in order to find something it first must be lost. Losing yourself is not what anyone should ask for especially in the judgmental and challenging life milestone of college. If I knew then what I know about college life now I would tell my high school senior self that finding yourself is not the goal, but enhancing and revolutionizing yourself is the goal. Months in preparation for the first day off to college should be more than finding twin size sheets and Facebook stalking your new roommate, but about reminding yourself about who you are. In reminding yourself about who you are, you are reinforcing your self-worth and raising your self-esteem for those moments that will fail and succeed in shattering it. I would want my high school senior self to know that your personality and point of views will shift, but let those changes come from your learning experiences and not be shaped by the individuals that try and shame you for keeping what makes you value yourself the most.

Jessica

Dear High School Jessica, Enjoy your life as it is right now. Do not rush things. Be smart when it comes to being in certain situations for you cannot trust everyone who calls you friend. Guard your emotions and your heart and think realistically. Do not procrastinate and always plan ahead. Step out of your comfort zone and try new things and don't be afraid of your voice. Make life long friends and memories and just always enjoy the little things.

Gregory

When I was in high school, I worked full time and had very little responsibilities. I worked and spent my money as I pleased. If I could go back in time, I would talk some sense into my head about saving money. Going out into the real world and living on your own is not a very easy task. Then having tuition payments and needing things for school can carry a huge burden and load of stress on a student. I would love to be able to take a huge part of my stress away by going back in time and talking myself into saving money. I would also prepare myself for late nights studying, and very early morning class routines. College is not an easy adventure and I would love to be able to go back and use my knowledge now to put some sense into my head back in high school.

Kenyah

When you come to college, do not just stick to what you know. Get to know everyone and be open about what you see. Make more than one friend, even though she was the best! You want to be able to look back and say you made the best of your college experience and you didn't just survive. Get involved! Don't be afraid to stand out and be original! Stay focus on your studies like you always have but enjoy yourself at the same time. College is about finding yourself. You may think you have time to do what you want in four year but surprisingly, the time goes by in a flash and before you know it, life just is not what you imagined it to be. Keep yourself together! Make good choices about your friends. Do your best to get out of bad situations even when you’re afraid of the consequences because at the end of the day, you make it through! Do what makes you happy and get rid of the things that make you sad. Remember, never apologize for being you.

Emily

Looking back over time I would tell myself to study more and make school my number one priority. Often times, I got caught up in the social aspect of school and hanging out with my friends, versus focusing on what truly matters. It has been hard on my parents to pay out of pocket for school and I want to make every attempt to make their life easier. It is hard looking back on my mistakes but I know they've made me a more studious student now.

Katherine

I would advise myself to go to VSU immediately after high school (instead of going to Georgia College, then transferring). Though I really loved GCSU and I miss it, I would want my high school self to know that VSU is the right choice for my career path. I would also tell my high school self to be super open minded about religion, politics, and many other things because you never know what might change your mind until you are open minded enough to listen to an idea or opinion. Probably one of the most important things I would love to go back and tell myself would be to stop being shy--"Get out there and make friends, ya big dummy!"

Alexandra

I would tell myself not to stress so much. Everything works out exactly how it should in the end! However, I would tell myself to stay focused on dealines and be ahead of the game instead of letting it all pile up.

Brae

The advice I would give my high school self is to stop being scared. There is a huge world out there with infinite opportunities just waiting for you to experience it. Be more social. Relationships is what makes the world go round. It's also one of the many reasons to be successful in the world. I'd also tell myself to be more confident. Confidence is key. You will fail sometimes but that is okay because you can learn from your mistakes and keep it moving. One last thing I would tell myself is to live life to the fullest. Life is too short to be scared of how things won't go. Life is what you make of it. Don't complain when it's your fault that it's not going the way you want it to be.

Rebecca

I would tell myself to learn to be a better money manager as well as time manager. Valdosta State doesn't present too much homework all at once (nor is it all that hard thus far) but if you aren't careful, deadlines can appear out of no where. Don't let your arrogance get to your head. You might be smart, but you're not a genius and college is nothing like high school. You've got more time for yourself but your schedule won't always correspond to what your friends have. Learn to not beg for attention; your friends and family have lives too. Speaking of family, tell them you love them. You might not like them, but you will always love them, and the distance will be hard on all of you.

Kiara

Listen! College is a great experiene. It's preparing you to enter the adult world of responsiblities. When you get there, you need to focus. Yes you have a sense of freedom, but don't let it go to your head. You will need to apply to every scholarship you are eligible for and find out the schoalrships the school of your choice has to offer. Scholarships add up to a free education and refund checks, if all hasn't been spent. When you get those reimbursements, be wise in your spending. You also need to double major. Having a plan B is always smart. When push comes to shove, find help. Bringing up your GPA is very difficult. Renting textbooks saves you money. Also becomig a social butterfly does too. Knowing how to interact with different individuals will be an advantage in the workplace. Friends come and go, so be careful of who you open up to. Also join clubs and organization. Be careful who you are intimate with. It can cause serious issue that you don't want. Lastly, always have confidence in yourself. Beleive you can do anything. You are beautiful person. Make a difference.

Sarah

College is different. AP classes in high school have been extremely beneficial academically, but there are still adjustments every college student has to learn to make. For example, you are now fully responsible for keeping up with assignments, due dates, and tests. That means you now have to check your email and the school website every day, read the entire syllabus frequently throughout the semester, and write down everything you need to remember, including all due dates, in a planner. Professors will not always remind you of those things; you are expected to know already. Because you are entirely responsible, make sure you are doing all you possibly can to stay on top of things! Most importantly though, I would encourage you to invest in new friendships. It is intimidating to be surrounded by so many new people, but developing lifelong relationships will be one of the most rewarding parts of your college experience. Branch out. Talk to people you haven't met. You'll never regret it!

Zenobia

I would tell myself to be flexible and realistic. My senior year in highschool my top 3 school choices were Princeton, UGA, and Howard University in DC. The problem wasn't that I wasn't smart enough to get in, the issue was money. I had no idea the amount of money it would take to get me into school, and had I looked more into the financial side of my choices, I probably would have been able to plan accordingly. Unfortunately, not knowing the amount of money it would take, I was not able to attend Howard, the only school of the three I had planned to attend. I ended up at a school that I vowed I would never go to, and transferred to Valdosta this year. I definitely think I would be in a much better position today if I knew more about college and finances as a high school senior.

Emily

If I could go back to high school and give myself some advice I would say: "Take a deep breath! College is going to be great! Imagine yourself in 4 years about to graduate, confident, positive and well prepared. You will be there one day and you will be great! Take all those worries and insecurities about your academics and social life and throw them away. In college you will beable to grow and blossom into who ever you wish to be and how ever you want to. You will be great, just stay condifent and never forget who you are. One more thing, stay grateful, because Mom and Dad are not joking about making you get a job if you start acting spoiled!"

Stephanie

If I could go back in time, I would tell myself to get into more clubs and be more active in the community, because you can get more scholarships or grants that way.

Raquel

There are two very important rules to know before starting college; be sure to learn time management, and get accustomed to freedom. When you stay on campus you are free to do whatever you want, whenever you want, as long as it does not violate school codes. Since you are in control, there are so many things that can be done. Most of which have little importance, unlike homework and studying. It is very easy to get distracted, and procrastinate on your priorities. One think to always keep in mind is the purpose for you attending college, and that is to get an education. Learn to do homework and studying immediately after class has ended. You should review material for at least an hour a day. Two hours or more for your more difficult courses you should not exceed three hours in one sitting. Interact with those who are excelling in your classes and create study groups. Too much studying and not enough studying are not good alternatives. Your school offers time management courses, take them. Advisors are there to help you balance free and occupied time without becoming overwhelmed. Most importantly remember to have fun, and be social.

Brae

With the knowledge that I have obtained through my college years and if I had the opportunity to go back in time and talk to myself when I was a senior in high school, I would tell myself to work much harder. By working harder, I mean to study more, take the SAT more serious and join academic teams and volunteer with different types of jobs. Anything that you want does not just fall in your lap; you have to work in order to receive it. Like the saying goes ”closed mouths do not get fed” I would tell myself to take it more seriously. I’d also tell myself that there is always time for fun but education must always come first. Start looking for colleges very early and not get discouraged with the outcome. Real life is so much different than life in high school. Financial stability plays a huge part in college years and you would need every amount of free money that is out there. I’d also tell myself to research for many scholarships and grants so that I can have an outlet to pay for my higher education. That’s my advice, so study.

Mercedes

I would advise my self to build better study habits my senior year. I would tell myself to begin to be more independent so that when I get to college I'm not as overwhelmed as I was. I would tell myself to join as many clubs and organizations as possible but look into everything I join, before you join it. Do your research. One big thing I would tell myself is to not take on more than I can handle and to always remember what I am there for.

Ashley

I feel I have done very well for myself this first year of college. After all I did make the Dean's List for the first time ever in my life. However, If I could have gone back in time to my senior year of high school, there are a few tips I would have told my self. First, I would have warned myself about all the tempting oppurunties to eat unhealthy. There are so many oppurtunities and temptations to eat unhealthy food on a college campus. Sometimes I wish there were more healthy choices. Next, I would have tried to teach myself better time management. When I first got to school, I struggled with time management, and I would find myself doing assignments at the last miunute. As time went on I learned how to better manage my time, and I also learned how precious time actually was. It felt like there were just not enough hours in the day. Lastly, I would tell myself to just do my best and have lot's of fun!

Quiana

The most important advice I would give myself would be to never give up. I would tell myself that there will be a lot of bumps in the road but I cant allow myself to get distracted. I would advise myself to not allow myself to blend in with the wrong crowd because not everyone has your best interest.

Sonjra

when i was a high school senior i was excited because we can have the first desicions on everything, but it was very sad to leave the school and i really do miss high schoool. i was captain since i was a freshman in volleyball and basketball. i earned sports awards such as: MVP, 2nd team all conference in both sports, honarable mention, and athelete of the year. i loved playing sports that was the best time in my high school years. my junior year i was already trying to fill out scholarships and college applications and it was fun. i thought about going off to college and play ball but i decided to go to a closer college first then transfer to another college and then maybe i can start playing sports. college can be very challenging and it can be easy at times, but it is fun all together.

Christian

This is something I often ponder about frequently and am enthused about expressing. I would tell myself to go into college open minded and eager with a passion to learn and achieve. You learn something new every day, is an old cliché that will never bite the dust because it is true. Always stay humble because there is always a lesson ready to be taught and it’s up to you to decide which ones are worth listening to. Be exertive and committed to every endeavor that meets the eye and to be dedicated to hard work and determination because it surely will pay off. I would also venture to tell myself to be unrealistic as possible because the possibilities are endless and never sell yourself short, or doubt yourself out of a goal because you think it's unattainable. Last but not least I would tell myself to be conscience about your surrounding and the company that you keep, because being in college you learn there are two types of students; hinderers and believers. There are those who want to see you achieve greatness, and there are those who could care less if you fail with them.

Alysea

Have fun and be open to trying new things. College is a time that you can never get back, and although you must be serious and get your work done it should also be a time that you take to try new things and learn more about yourself. Your future depends on the education you gain from attending college, but the things you do and the people you meet can also have big influences on your future. So open your mind to the new knowledge you will take in, open your eyes to the new things you will see, and open your heart to the new people you will meet.

Iliya

The advice that I would give myself if I ever did go back in time is rather very simple. I would tell myself to not worry as much about college and just relax and study to the best to my abilities. The reason why I would say this is since from an early age I knew that good grades got a person good scholarships (I’m financially very poor). However, since I have come to college I have realized that it isn't as hard as I thought it would be (academically speaking). As a college sophomore, I have learned that college is not as hard as our high school teachers told us it would be. Therefore, I would have had less to worry about if only I knew that college was almost like high school except a lot better (at least in my opinion).

Cheryl

If I could go back in time and tell myself anything it would be, I can be anything I want. School will be easyer now than waiting years to go back. The last thing I would say is how proud of myself I am for taking the chance and going to school to better myself and my family. I am smarter than i thought and glad I can show my kids the right way to get where they want to go in life.

Randy

I would say come into college prepared to take off in the direction you want to go. Always be as leader among your peers. Get involved and know what is happening on your campus. Keep your school work and play days seperate from each other. Stay focused on your goal ahead of yourself.

Melanie

If I had the opportunity to prepare myself as a high school senior for the college experience, I would stress the importance of self-motivation. I would advise myself to learn to take on my own responsibilities and begin to rely solely on my abilities. In college, your teachers and parents aren't as easily accessible as they sometimes are in high school. It is all about how you, as an inividual, can get done what is required of you. I would stress to myself the dire importance of time management. College may seem like a time for fun and a time to socialize all the time, but it is easy to overdose on the college experience and get behind on academics. I would tell myself how necessary it is to set aside time to pour into studies and into completing assignments in a timely manner. I would also tell myself that it is important to ask questions! I know it's easy to get discouraged when something doesn't resinate right away. It is absolutely okay to e-mail professors, go get study help, and take any other necessary means to succeed. Lastly, always keep your head up!

Asayla

By the end of May, many seniors are begging to move on from high school. However, if I were to return to my high school during my senior year, I would tell myself one important thing to be prepared for while at college. There are many things that students today do not realize; many of them believe that there is one correct path that they must follow. Many students today are being thrust into a world for which they are not completely ready. Teenagers believe that they understand the full concept of growing up, but they do not understand all of the opportunities that come with it. The world is constantly asking for decisions on the spot, and teenagers do not understand that there is no right or wrong answer. There are merely different paths. While at a university, college, or technical institution, students must make their own paths, and each student’s path will be different. They will grow and transform into an adult who will have to make very important decisions. Because decisions help shape growth, I would ask myself two simple questions: Who are you now? Who do you want to be?

Nakia

The advice I would give myself is to breathe, let go, and live. During high school, I stressed constantly. The thoughts of college, grades, parents approval, peer pressure, and social life is most teenagers main problem in high school. Preparing for college to be so hard, it wasn't. When I arrived, I was ready for the most stressful six years of my life. However, it turned out to be just the opposite. Although, it does have its stressful times. The biggest difference between high school and college life is stress! The social life was a breeze, I didn't have to try and fit in. Noone cares what you look like, the things you do, just be yourself and someone will come to adore you. I can breathe, take the biggest, deepest breaths, relieving stress. I don't have to worry about parents approval, and college, you are already here! I let go of everything in the past, high school is over. It isn't your life, in fact your life is starting now. My year and a half at this school, I learn how to live my life. Hard work will always matter, but your satisfaction matters more.

Raymond

Courage and time management, are the two things that I would try to tell my high school self. So much more can be had in life if you have more courage and better time management. If I wasn't afraid of criticism and hard work so much I would be a lot further in life than I am. Yet, a lesson learned late is better than a lesson never learned. So I now am willing to do what I need to do to be successful for my family and myself so I'm going back to school. I need help financially and am asking for scholarships. Thank you for your consideration.

Joycelynn

If I could go back in time as a high school senior knowing what I know now I would give myself valuable advice like apply for many scholarships. Now that I'm in college money is tight, It's killing me, and I don't like asking my mom for money when she's struggling to pay the bills by herself. I have what it takes to win plenty of scholarships because I love writing and essays would not be a problem for me but at the time, I was not motivated my senior year of high school to actually search hard and apply for the right scholarships. I would also give myself advice on how to do better on the SAT math section, if I knew then what I know now, I wouldn't be in College Algebra. Lastly, I would advise myself on finding out why you want to major in a subject, it's easy to say "You want to become a doctor" but the real fact of the matter that every college student should know is why do you want to become a doctor? I didn’t find that out until my freshman year of college.

Ariel

Ariel, you're a bright girl. You have a good head on your shoulders and was raised with good ethics and morals. Take the advice your parents have given you and utilize it. This is your time to prove to them that you are a young woman who is responsible enough to be in the world on her own. The study and social skills you will learn this year will benefit you in college. Don't hold so tightly to friends in high school; unfortunately, most of them won't be there in a year. Losing friends while transitioning into a new life is inevitable. Also, don't go to college in a relationship, because it won't work out. In college, be prepared to work hard, meet new friends, and change your life. The change is good, and I promise you'll love it. At the same time, you shouldn't be so anxious to get there. Senior year will teach you a lot so I encourage you to enjoy it--college isn't going anywhere. Don't worry, it'll be here before you know it. Hold tight to your dreams, for they are right around the corner.

Natalie

If I were to go back in time to speak to my high school self, I would give her all the financial advice that I was never given. While some things about college life, such as getting used to the high pace of the classes or learning how to navigate campus must be learned first hand, financial advice is easy. When I first attended college I was a scared, financially ignorant 18 year old suddenly forced into making weighty financial decisions that will affect me for the rest of my life. I was essentially signing my life over when I signed the dotted lines for my student loans. I would go back and tell my high school self: don't sign over your future. There are other ways to pay for college that won't shackle you to a system designed to keep you in a place where you can barely afford to live from payment to payment. I would tell her to work harder and get better grades, because no one hands you a scholarship. There’s thousands of dollars in scholarship money but only one winner. Even free things have terms and conditions.

Peter

Peter, hey how are you doing? I am the future you! I have come with a alot of advice and words of encouragement. You have to listen closely and apply these words of wisdom to your lifestyle. I think it is time you start filling out scholarships because it is to late for you to recieve the Hope Scholarship. I know, I am sorry to tell you that, and If you dont start applying now you will not have enough loans or monetary support to make it to softmore year. It is very important you get a college degree and take care of your grandma who is getting ready for chemotherapy in the future. It is also about time you seek your counselor so you can recieve help on time management and tips on better study habits . Those are solutions to future problems that most 1st year college student and us deal with. Although before I leave you I need you to remeber that for every minute spent wisely is an hour earned. Which means avoid the temptations of campus life and do not invole yourself in activities that do not comfort you and your transition into the college life!

Melissa

If I could go back in time and give advice to myself as a high school senior I would have plenty to say. First, I would tell myself to go Greek and join a sorority. That was the best decision I have made in college. It is the easiest way to make friends and become active in your school and community. I would also tell myself to live in the dorms on campus freshman year. I have made so many memories and close friendships through that experience as well. I would tell little Melissa to enjoy every moment because it goes by way too quickly, and these are the best years of your life. Next, I would tell myself as much as it hurts you have to dump your high school sweetheart. One, because he is not that sweet. Two, because bowlcuts are not socially acceptable in college. Finally reason three, because you do not need anything or anyone to hold you back from getting the most out of your college experience. I would like to remind myself that going out with your friends is important, but studying needs to fit in your schedule too. Lastly, stay true to yourself.

Erika

I have gotten many new experiences from my college experience. My favorite one is that everyone is nice here. In high school if you are a new student it is really hard to make friends because everyone is already in a "click" and many times the other students will not reach out to you to try and make you their friend. Here, in college, that is completely different. I am a very shy person, and when I got here I thought it would be very difficult to get new friends but it wasn't because on my first day I met several people who walked up to me and asked me questions about my major, and where I was from. At first I was kind of freaked out but then I came to realize that they were just wanted to know about me. Now they are some of my closest friends here at college.

Christina

From my college experience, I have acquired better analytical and social skills. Before entering Valdosta State University, I could have been easily described as being socially ackward. I was shy and did not converse with many people. Valdosta State University aided in my becoming of a more well-rounded person. I have acquired knowledge that I probably would not have gotten had I chosen to go anywhere. I have acquired friends, acquaintances, and mentors that I still keep in contact with today. Overall, I enjoyed Valdosta State University.

Tyia

The most important thing that I have taken from my college experience is a sense of responsibility. In high school I would call my parents to fix my problems, but in college I have to work them out myself. Being a young adult and having to take personal responsibility for my bills and grades has really been a challenge for me. Not only was it a challenge, but it was also very intimidating. I believe moving away from home has really allowed me to grow up and become my own person. Being responsible will help me move further in life. I realize that I must be responsible for my actions and I must also learn how to find a balance between school and other activities. I know that becoming a independant young adult has allowed me to see the world in my own way and has forced me to learn how to deal with my problems in an adult manner. My time here at Valdosta State is one that has taught me so many things and one that has value beyond measure.

Janice

Throughout my college experience I have learned to be an independent and responsible woman. Scheduling my classes to work along side my work schedule has been challenging, but when the semester rolls around I am ready for the challenge of juggling both. Attending classes, taking notes, and studying for exams have resulted in a 3.4 GPA and leave the hope that graduation day is not too far away. Deciding to attend Valdosta State University has been the best decision I have made so far. The friendships I have developed will last a lifetime. I will treasure the time spent there and value the education earned.

Chelsea

Going away to college has really allowed me to grow as a person. In high school, I was shy and not very outgoing. Leaving home and going to college 3 hours away helped me mature as a person and helped me not rely so much on others. I joined a sorority and became very active in community service as academics. Being apart of mulitple organizations really helped me learn how to give 100% into everything I do, while time managing all of my tasks to make sure everything gets done. I have learned many skills that I know I will use in the work force once I graduate, and I have also made lasting friendships. If I woud have not gone away to college, I dont think I would be the person I am today. I would not change anything about my college experience and the skills that I have learned while attending Valdosta State University are invaluable.

Otis

Attending college has allowed me to experience the opportunity of actually being on my own. It has gave me the chance to do daily tasks on my own, such as getting up to go to class and study for big tests. Without the college experience, I may have never figured out what I wanted to do in life and it also gave me a chance to realize my strengths and weaknesses. My strengths that I have are writing very descriptive essays and studying for major exams using flash cards. The weaknesses that I have are balancing my free time correctly and not studying as hard as I should be for test. From this experience, I have learned ways of improving those weaknesses, such as studying at least two hours for each subject each day. This way I will be prepared for any test or pop quiz my professor my throw at me.

Carlos

While attending college i have experienced fun and freedom, but i also have experienced responsibility, reliability, courtesy, mannerisms, organization and wisdom through out the time i have been attending. It has been very valuble to attend because of all the things i have learned not only in the class room, but all around campus and also from others.

KRISTINA

My college experience was a life changing decision in so many regards. I applied to Valdosta State University in 2007; VSU is not a very large university, but it belongs to the community that I have lived in for many years. Prior to my enrollment at VSU I did not have an accurate sense of career goals, but the culmination of the VSU faculty, extracurricular activities, and friendly environment all helped me build aspirations and establish goals for my future. Not only has my college experience succeeded in preparing me for the next level of academics and graduate school, but it has also enabled me to see the world and learn more about myself as a person and as a citizen of the world. My university enabled me to go to places like China, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Austria. I was able to walk across the Great Wall of China and touch the barracks of the concentration camps of Auschwitz. I've met people wholly different than myself who remain today as close friends of mine. My college experience has awakened my potential and given me something I am truly thankful for.

Brittany

Since I have been at college, I have learned how to be proactive and to learn and do things on my own rather than my parents telling me to do it. I have also learned that in order to get something that you want, you have to put in the work for it and that every decision you make today determines what happens to you tomorrow. Attending college has made me learn these valubale lesson and I have enjoyed it so much. Attending college has made me realize that nothing comes free, and nothing is definately easy. I feel that I am a more enjoyable person to be around since I have gone off to college and learned from my mistakes. I have more intelligent conversations with my parents because I now realize all of the things they have been trying to help me understand for eighteen years. I love colleg and I hope to continually learn more and more new things,

Megan

I have learned how to live on my own and accomplish good grades, while joining a sorority and becoming involved in the community.

John

It is true that colleges are meant for those who want to pursue a higher education after high school but I believe that something more is gained from the college experience and that is individuality. The day that a student leaves the nuturing arms of his or her mom and dad for the first day of class is the time that they begin to discover what they really want out of their life. This sense of individuality is developed through good times (making new friends and starting new hobbies) as well as bad ones (seeing that the stash of ramen noodles has once again run dry) and is what turns us into functioning adults.

Glody

I am more outgoing and possess a spirit of authority. College has taught me that being shy is not the way to get around, you have to ask question to be informed and to grasp the knowledge it takes to move forward.

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