Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology Top Questions

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


I would tell myself to start applying for scholarships for my upcoming semesters and to smile more.


Juliet, apply to as many scholarships as you can. Volunteer and build up your resume by taking any opportunity that comes your way. It is okay to go out on dates, but do not tie yourself down in serious relationships. Read anything you can get your hands on. Especially self-help books and learn skills that are easily transferable to any career. Focus on your core courses first because those credits are easier to transfer if you decide to change to another institution. Go ahead with your dream of joining the Marine Corps, but only stay for the four years and take free college classes while you're at it. Invest as much as you can in your retirement and stock portfolio. And remember, have as much fun as you can because you can never get those years back! Don't wait for anybody to go do something. Make it happen and go out and do it yourself. Do not submit to peer pressure. Be your own person and be a leader by setting the example for others to follow.


I have developed a lot of self-confidence this year while attending my school. I transferred from a local community college where I was living at home. To have the experience of living on campus and taking care of myself has been invaluable. I had to commute into Queens from the suburbs, which was a challenge for me in itself. But I did it. I have alwways been shy and a loner, but this experience has taught me how to make friends. I truly enjoyed being immersed in school full time without any other distractions, which was reflected in improving my GPA to a 4.0. Up to this point I have had a vague idea of what I wanted to do, but going to this school has helped me to focus on a definite course. I now have the confidence I need to succeed and to move forward with my life and my goals. I wouldn't trade this experience for anything.


I would tell myself to stay motivated and to keep learning because some things you learn in high school are used in college. I would also tell myself to start looking for scholarships because college is expesive. Getting scholarships would create less stress for me so I would'nt have to work while I go to school to pay for college. On other thing I would tell myself is to stay away from people that are not going nowhere in life. I would tell myself that because alot of kids that where suppose to graduate with me that I use to hang out with did'nt. While I have moved on from that and now am more serious about what I want out of life those same peoplen are doing the same thing. Now I have realized that they where just holding me back. I would just tell myself the people you hang out with reflect you. That would make me think and find better friends. One last thing I would tell myself is to start becoming more organized. In college organization is key and if I started college off on the right foot.


I will tell a high school student now to stay in school. I drop out of high school when I was seventeen years old, and to this day I really regreted that decision. My life could had been very different if I had just listen to my mother, and finsh high school. Now insisted of working in my career, I am working full time and going to school to become a air traffic control. But, I believe it's never to late to change your life for your future. So to every high student out there I tell thaem the fast way out is graduation.


Push yourself harder, do and learn as much as you possibly can, don't miss out on anything.


Find a school that will get you to your career as fast as possible. Also look into a school that is cost effective. Find a school that if commuting has a comfortable rest area (lounge, loft, etc) or dorms that are also cost effective. Remember all colleges get you to the same degree, its your choice whether to pay $100,000 for it or $30,000. Apply for scholarships and ALWAYS stay involved with the right crowd.


Campus Visits and sit in's with professors and students is probably the best way to choose a college. That way the student can actually decide if they feel comfortable in the campus setting