West Kentucky Community and Technical College Top Questions

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


Save money! Apply for all the scholarships you can! Pick a school that will help you focus on your major!


If I could talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself "go to a four year university. WKCTC is too easy. I had cheated myself out of my education. I had missed out on a whole year of my life that I could never get back." I would say, to myself, "Move away and push yourself as hard as you can; Paducah has no future for you. Fill out as many scholarship applications as you can. Write until you do not fear not being able to pay for college. Do not let yourself rot in Paducah, make yourself proud and push and push and push until you have no regrets. When you think back on your college experience once you graduate. Do not fear what you do not know. You do not want to be like me, and regret your decision not to chase the unknown. Chase the unknown down. Move away out of your parent's house. Do not be afraid to do something, instead be afraid or regret. Regret will tear at your every day of your life."


Be prepared and dedicated. Do not assume it will be as easy to make good grades, as it is in high school. Practice good time management and make good choices.


Graduating High School sure seemed like a big step , but once I faced College realities I found myself wishing that I was more informed and prepared. Being informed, I am referring finding information about as many colleges and the systematics within those colleges as possible. Thank goodness for the internet and the advances within, because finding this information is less time consuming than in the big 2000. Thanks to high speed internet, searching college websites, student reviews, and blogs isn't as big of a deal. Good thing because these three resources are extremely helpful when gaining information and becoming informed. I wish that I was more prepared, and by that I mean that I wish that I had listened to the tips from my school counselors.If only I had taken advice such as: Apply early and scope out time frames and deadlines, don't get involved in the musical schools catastrophe, and make sure tohave a back up plan. Adhering to any of these three tips would have transformed a cycle like looping college selection,admissions process into a taking candy from a baby cake walk. Make things easy on yourself, It isn't that hard!


If I went back in time to my senior year, I would tell myself to take charge of my priorities and never take anything lightly when it comes to college work. I would warn myself of making decisions quickly and teach myself patience before doing anything that I would regret later. I'd tell myself to relax but at the same time, I would let myself know that the college life isn't easy and that I would have to be on top of my game at all times. One thing I would really like to do is show myself around the college campus and teach myself to ask questions. Doing that could get myself far and stay ahead of everyone else. I'd let myself know that it's okay to make mistakes but it's better to learn from them. That's the advice I would give myself if I was able to go back in time to my high school senior year.


As a high school student, I didn't think through my decisions as I should have. I was an honor roll student, who probably could have won a few scholarships to pay for school, but I was always "too busy" to fill out scholarships. I was ill with senioritis at the time, and even if I could go back in time and tell myself to fill out more scholarships, I don't think I would have listened. So, the only other way to get my attention would probably be to smack myself on the head and order myself to fill out scholarships. Hopefully, the senioritis didn't make me hard of hearing too.


I actually like the choices I made with college. I just wish that I could have found financial aid sooner than I did. Before August 2008, I payed for my schooling out of my pocket, while working two jobs.