William Carey University Top Questions

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

Garrin

I really wish this was possible to do. I would tell my self to apply to a university and not a junior college, and not worry about the cost of tuition because resources are available. It is better to have a great education than to save money on one. I would tell my self to focus on school and read the required chapters; social activities with friends can wait, but it is important to take a day off from studying. Things will work out for the better in the end.

Sofia

If I had the opportunity, I would go back and tell my high school self to NOT BE STUPID! Graduating from high school, I had no idea what I wanted to do or what school I wanted to go to. I chose to apply to only one four-year institution and only because I was told by everybody that I was supposed to go to college. Though my grades were hardly better than average, my ACT score was high, so I was accepted, and though I had the opportunity to go to the community college in my area for free and give myself some time to decide what major I wanted to pursue in addition to saving money, I chose to go to the distant, expensive school, chose the wrong major, and got sick of it within one semester. Luckily, I've grown up and I've been making far wiser decisions now. Now all I need is the money to go through with the degree my heart is telling me to earn!

isaiah

stay more focus at times. fun is always going to be there but education is something that you want to get out the way. it all comes down to one thing. school is something that a person is bless to attend, dont take if for granted. college is a life of experience that you will get to experience but control is the key. have a list of goals, plan a, plan b, and plan c. cause you never know how your future predict.

Victoria

I would tell myself to be more focused. I didn't have to study in high school it all came to me so easy so i would tell myself you will have to study hard and this is a whole new ball game from high school. You will experience new things some good and some bad u will become a nerd and get mad when you get a B on a test instead of an A. I would tell myself to be more outgoing and more expressive to get out of my shell and enjoy my colege years.

Melody

If I could go back in time, I would tell myself to prepare more for college. I ended up not having enough money to cover my costs of the school year, but couldn't hold down a job because of adjusting to the new environment and focusing on studies. This was a problem for my family, as they had to make up the difference, and I felt guilty about their having to spend the money. I would also tell myself to prepare more for studying. High school was easy, and the first trimester of college was easy. The second trimester, however, was not quite so easy. I actually had to study for one of my courses, and studying is a skill that is not stressed much in high school. I would tell myself the main difference between college and high school: high school is about memorization, but college is about LEARNING. I would advise myself not to wait till the last minute. But most of all if I could go back, I would stress the importance of being financially prepared.

Briana

I have learned that there is more to life than just a social life and going out and partying. At William Caey, you learn that there is somethig much more to living. Here you gain knowledge on just about every subject, and even f you do not believe inGod, you learn things about him that makes you trust him more and more every day. Here, you gain friends for life, great expericenses that is embeeded in your memory, and meetamazing people you will never forget. The university opens your eyes to different cultures and the needy around you Going to this college makes you appreciate life.

Sandra

College has been wonder so far. I have gotten a higher self-esteem and encouragement from all of my advisors that even at 42 I can still do this thing called college.

Brandy

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior the first thing I would tell myself was to start taking the ACT/SAT as early as possible. I think that is the only place I went wrong when preparing for college I waited until the last minute to take the ACT/SAT. The next thing I would tell myself was to study even harder and improve my work ethic. College, especially my school, is very self reliant. If you do not study or do the work no one is going to make sure you get it done. You have to go to class even if you do not want to as take as many notes as possible. And finally I would warn myself as a high school senior to just enjoy college and all it has to offer. Yes you have to work and study hard but college has a lot of fun and great experiences out there just waiting for you to enjoy.

Audra

Research as much as possible. Plan ahead, plan ahead, plan ahead and don't waste your time at a community college if your going to end up at a university, skip all the wasted time, money, and energy; and go directly after what it is that you want.

Azea

Azea college isnt all about going to the TOP schools in the nation. Or trying to satisfy everyones preference of what school you should attend. Its not just about partying, freedom, and guys either. Its about finding yourself as a person. Making mistakes and learning from them. Dont ever be afraid to fail, because in life you will fail. Success comes into play when you learn how to overcome your obstacles and stand on your own two feet. I say this because the school you will attend your freshman year isnt the school you will graduate from. The major you intended on pursuing isnt the major you will graduate with. Community colleges are not just for the students who "BARELY" graduate from highschool. They are also for students like yourself. Students who have to leave a four college because they cant afford it financially. Dont be scared by what I am saying because its all part of a journey. As a result you find your hearts desire, your passion. Life is what you make it ,"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. "

Mary

Hey, Mary, having a good day? Well, I caught a ride with Dr. Who to tell you a couple of things for college. First, stop your addiction to coffee because it is much more effective when you have not built up an immunity to it. Second, get off Facebook. I know it's fun to take all the little quizzes and to stalk guys, but in about one year they're going to create this application called Farmville; homework is much more important. Third, when you get frustrated, don't eat sugar, leave. Go to the beach instead. Now, I know you like to read, but you don't need all two hundred books in your dorm room; there's not enough space. Also, your first year at college is not going to be nearly as hard as you think so get involved with stuff outside of studying. Learn to go to bed at a decent hour. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day don't skip it or class. Anyway, the good doctor and I must leave now. Toodles!

Vanessa

I would tell myself to go to a community college first and get the Associates degree in Medical Lab Technologiesand then go to University of Southern Mississippi to get your Bachelors Degree in it. And finally attend William Carey College for Pre-Med to prepare to go to Medical School. I would be a bit more knowing of what classes to take and will have a good job while continuing my education.

Toni

I am what most colleges consider to be a "nontraditional" student. I am 30 years old and attempting to complete my elementary education degree. I have always had a desire to continue my education. Since being out of high school for over 10 years now I find myself wishing I were that high school senior again. If I had the opportunity to go back to my senior year I would tell myself to enjoy the experience of college life. It is truly a time you will never forget and never get back. I would also tell myself to be strict and stay commited to your major and do the absolute best you possibly can. When deciding on what major you want to pursue, be certain it is something you are going to enjoy and love and look forward to getting up in the mornings to go do. This is very important. Had I know this 10 years ago I wouldn't be trying to finish a degree at 30. College is the best years of your life. A person grows and learns so much about themselves and life during these wonderful years. Embrace the experience.

Christina

Older Me: *smacks younger self in the back of the head* Younger Me: What was that for?! Older Me: You need to start saving every cent you get from now on to pay for your Junior and Senior level of college. You'll have to take out loans if you don't. Younger Me: What else can you tell me? Older Me: *sits down and gets out a list* Stop being a brat to your grandparents, they are going to move heaven and earth to put you through college. Stop wasting time on that boy cause he's going to dump you in a year. Do not goof off in class so you won't end up stressing out. Keep writing or you'll never reach your dreams. Focus on your school work, but not enough to block out friends. Remember to laugh when things get tough. Younger Me: Anything else? Older Me: Yes, be happy with yourself. If you don't value yourself, no one else will.

cathleen

Hey, you! Yeah, you with the glasses. I've got something to tell you. Put down your graphing calculator and listen up. I know you've been working hard trying to get all your homework done and all, and that's all great. But when you get to college, it takes more than just good grades for the kind of success that you want. You need to make sure that you spend some time getting to know the other kids in your major. They may have connections that could help you, and they'll be your colleagues after you graduate. It's always good to know people. Oh yeah, and make sure you talk to your professors if you have any kind of question or problem. They have so many academic, personal, and professional resources that they would love to share with you, but they can't help you if they don't know what you need. So let them know! Alright, you can go back to your math class now. Keep working hard, but don't forget what I told you!

Michael

Please take time to really learn the things which will apply to your life later. Do not simply study class material long enough to make a grade and then forget the information as soon as possible. Some of that information is useful for life! Organize your notes so you can go back to them when you need them later. Spend time with people. Even more important-do good for others. Volunteer when you are able. Take a light enough load to do your very best, but not so light a load that you have too much free time and get distracted from your purpose in being in college in the first place.

Danielle

My advide to students trying to find the right college to attend is to visit many campuses and all of their facilities (dorms, cafeteria, other on-campus buildings) to see if they fit with the individual. Also, if they are able to, sitting in on a lecture class and possibly interacting with some of the students there would be a great way to determine whether the school will fit the individual's personality. My advice to the parents, is to just let go of their kids when it is time to attend college, and try not to incorporate their personal opinion too much in their child's ultimate school decision. It is important to allow the students to pick their own school and experience, because they will ultimately be the one's living their lives.

Charonda

Take their time and try find what college right for them. Which college is right them and not because their friends are going to that college.

Luke

Finding the right college is a challeging life situation. Ultimately, though, I've found there are some practical guidelines. First and foremost, this is the school the student will be attending, so his choice in the matter should be important. No parent should force his child to go to a school based on his or her own history, or beliefs. That said, I trusted my parents and talked to them rationally about the pros and cons of several schools and, even though after my first year I thought I might be in the wrong place, ultimately I think they, and I as well, were right. A second word of advice I would give would be to visit the campus. It will usually make it pretty clear if it's the place for you or not. And, finally, be honest with yourself. Which school will best be conducive of academic growth for you? Do you have any problematic tendencies a certain school environment may not help you with? If you can rationally discuss with your parents, visit the campus, and be honest with yourself, I think you will find the right school.

Clarence

Early preparation is the key to a successfu land less stressful tenure.

Wes

Take the time to become aquainted with each institution before making a decision. The right choice is not always your first choice. Once you've chosen a campus, embrace the university and make use of it's faculty and it's programs.

Stephanie

You should take the time out to vist and research any schools that you intersting in.

Thomas

If you want a small christian university for your student this is the placefor you to send your student. While William Carey has many positive aspects, it equally has a numbr of drawbacks as well. For instance, there are many religious groups on camus designed to aid the student, however, the cost of aid is often times the submission of the student to the beliefs of that group. Similarly, William Carey distributes great scholarships which may be taken away if the student declines to attend certain religious functios. Moreover, the net benefit of going to William Carey is that students will learn the complications of the real world - no one hands out free stuff that doesn't want something in return. As for the administration of this school, it is certainly not as student friendly as it could be but it isn't that great of a detriment either. Finally, the faculty of the university are helpful and accomodating as well as often being upstanding members of the academic community.

Aaron

College should be the time of your children's lives! They will work for the rest of their days after graduation, so be sure that you help them find a place where they will have an optimal experience. The first decision that you must make is whether they are interested in attending a large or small university, and remember that small does not always mean private. This will narrow your choices considerably. I would not suggest choosing a school based on a particular major because there's always a chance that majors will change. Come up with a list of things that are important to your kids then locate schools that have fit into the ramifications of that list. After you have a list of school: VISIT THEM! Do not send your child to school without visiting it first. Be sure that you visit on a weekday when the school is in full swing, this will give your children a look at what really goes on there. Speak to professors, students, admissions, and the department they're interested in. You'll know when they've found the right school: it will be the one they cannot stop talking about!

Kristy

To got to a school where they feel like is best for them. I wanted a school that was small and a good environment and that is what I got when I choose my school. Do not be affaid of taking out loans if the school is to much if it is worth your education then do what you need. Look at differnet school, get the facts and choose what is best. Good Luck in your search.

Angela

My advice to parents is don't ignore the social aspect of college life. When I started college, I had no idea what I was in for, socially. I had parents who set curfew and limitations while I was at home. However, there was limited restrictions at the college I first attended. The dorms were loud. I shared A dorm with someone who wanted to hang out with friends more than she wanted to study. Sometimes we disagreed on things like the temperature of our room, music, television channels, etc. I had to learn how to comprimise with my roommate. There was peer pressure to drink, party, and have a good time, date, and stay out late. Women students were sneeking men into the women's dorms passed curfew. I caved in to some of the peer pressure, and my grades began to suffer as I tried to "fit in". I became depressed over my grades. I would advise parents to consider a private college that have restrictions. Students can have a little freedom, but not total freedom. Try to share a dorm with a friend you already know or get a private room until you get to know someone.

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