William Jewell College Top Questions

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

Allison

I would tell my high school self to spend that last year to strengthen my friendships. College has made me miss my closest high school friends and wish that my relationships with my family members were stronger. Having an anchor at home can really come in handy but my senior year, I was focused on the future. I decided to stay in alone or spend my time planning, studying, or working to be prepared for college but in retrospect I would rather have been a little crazy and made more memories with the people who I do not get to see every day. My days with them now are always limited to being on the same breaks and hoping to meet up so I would tell myself to take advantage of the time in high school that I have with those people before everyone's lives went in a different way.

Elizabeth

If I could go back and talk to my senior self I would reassure her that the tough times will end. I would also tell her to stress less by being more organized and to make the main focus about her success, and to not stress herself out over others accomplishments. Socially, I would encourage her to be more willing to make friends of all ages and to express to younger students that the teachers they may hate now are the ones they will miss the most. When graduating I would tell her to not get scared but to embrace another chapter of her life, and these goodbyes are not permantent. Mainly, to be open to new friends and new expirences.

Katelyn

If i could go back in time and talk to the senior version of myself, I would tell her to get involved in the community. The more organizations that you are involved in, the more experiences you have to draw from when it comes to job interviews or scholarship applications. A lot of organizations have their own scholarships, and some organizations even give out scholarships for how involved you are in the community. It is important to get out and build relationships that can help you down the line. Create bonds with your teachers and peers because you never know when you will need someone to lean on for help. Most importantly, enjoy the time you have left being a kid because the real world is a scary place. Have fun, enjoy life, and build bonds that will last forever!

Caleb

I would tell myself to be humble, become more informed about information that affects me, to pay more attention to detail, to create a plan and think more about what I want to do in the future, and be more social. I would tell myself to be aware and know that not everyone has your best interest at heart, to build MY brand, to learn how to listen and navigate through what people are saying, and never stop trusting and believing God. I feel as if I have learned ALOT since I have graduated from high school and I am truly great for everything that I have learned and also the things I am yet to learn. I can be a sponge sometimes but I must guard myself from absorbing things that are harmful to me and trust in my own judgment and more so on the judgment that God gives me. One of the routes to becoming an adult is making your own decisions and setting yourself up to succeed with hardwork, understanding/knowledge/wisdom, creating relationships, creating a plan, and never giving up!

Ebony

Make sure you get up and go to every class, cooperate, and participate. The college life is not all fun and games. Be serious about your work...study study STUDY and don't let anyone or anything take your focus off doing the absolute best that you can. In the end all the hard will pay off, just stay motivated and determined and everything will fall into place...get your mind right and put your priorities in order. Grow up, mature, and let the petty things that's not helping you succeed and move forward go. Word from the Wise.. YOU CAN DO IT, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Abigail

The best advice I can think of to give myself is to stay focused on the end goal of college. Keep planning for success, don't procrastinate, and make a plan for staying on track with homework. Knowing when projects are due and tests coming up prevent crisis melt-downs when something big is forgotten. Make time in your schedule for mental health breaks to keep your sanity. Having fun is necessary to keep your ability to manage all the demands of college. Your friends and family will be your best support system, so keep up those relationships and let them help you with coping suggestions.

Jamie

Going through my first year at William Jewell has made me think about how I could have handled my senior year in high school differently. I wish I applied to more colleges even ones that I were not a 100% sure of. It doesnt hurt to keep all your options open. Also you do not want to soley invest all your time on your dream college because there is a possibility that you will not be accepted and then you are up a creek without a paddle. I invested some time on the application of my dream college and was not accepted. I applied to other colleges but did not like any other colleges compared to my dream one. Also in my senior year I wish I applied to more scholarships and joined more clubs at my high school. The more activities your in the higher the chance acceptance into a college.

Paola

College was a big step for me into the real world. I entered this school with a fresh mind set to receive a real feeling of college experience, and that’s exactly what I got. I was afraid to start college because all my friends have gone their ways. I wanted to start at a community collage to prepare myself for a bigger collage. MCC was the best choice from the beginning I stepped on campus grounds I was received with open arms. Every staff and alumni where amazingly kind. The environment is so eco friendly and I love that about this school. The staff is the best thing in this school that really caught my attention. I’m able to have one on one with the professors when I’m having trouble. Also, professors that are not my teachers are great help. No one is left behind at MCC. I grew so much to become a well prepared collage student. This school has built me into who I am as a student to achieve anything I set my mind to at any university. If anyone wants to start at a community collage I request MCC to be your choice!

Alyx

What I've gotten from college is a new outlook on things. I can walk into a room filled with students that I'm about to speak in front of and not get scared. It's helped me begin to figure out who I am and who I hope to be. Even better, it helps me learn more about my major and how I can apply it to not only my career but to other aspects of my future. I believe its valuable to attend college because it allows you to get a good start to your adult life. It's the first real form of responsability that most high school graduates get before entering the real world. This responability is just enough for a "wake up call" but not too much to where it's overwhelming. With that, college helps people gain a better understanding not only our own lives but the lives of others around us.

Harrison

The one aspect I have gotten out of my college experience that I am most proud of is consistent growth. When I look back to my freshman year, it amazes me how raw I was. William Jewell has provided me with a tremendous opportunity to grow every single semester. I could have never envisioned how much I would grow at William Jewell. Four semesters into my college experience, I have developed a passion for knowledge and success that far exceeds how I was leaving high school. This is what makes William Jewell such a great college to attend. While many students evaluate schools based on the social life and football team, William Jewell is excellant in transforming smart young adults into passionate leaders in the community, state, and nation.

Erica

My college experience has taught me to not be quick to judge. The student body at William Jewell is very eccentric. I have learned that just because somebody is not like myself that it does not make them weird, different, or a worse citizen than me. This is a great value to me because I am able to open up and get to know people that I previously would have labeled as weird. I am able to network with people and make friends easier. My college experiences has also offered me the opportunity to be taught some of the smartest people. William Jewell prides itself in academics and has employed very bright professors. It has been valuable to me to learn from my professors experiences combined with my own experiences. My college experience has been extremely valuable from being able to not make quick judgements and learn from some of the smartest people.

Katelyn

I have always wanted to go to college, even when I was a little girl. However, after completing my first year, I have concluded that it has gone above and beyond what I ever imagined. I have made lifelong friendships with other students, professors, and faculty. They offer support and push me to do my best in all areas of my life. I am now able to study what I love to study and am passionate about. I have gained such a vast amount of knowledge in all areas of my life, not just my education. I have also gained an excitement for all of the possibilities waiting for me. I have so much to choose from and I now have confidence that I can do anything I set my mond to.

Carolyn

If I were to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to establish good study habits. In college it is easy to get distracted with friends and sports but the main reason for college is an education and in order to succeed, you have to earn your good grades. I believe that my habits may have slipped a little, but I have learned from that and have re-established good study habits.

Rachel

A person needs to face the fact that their life will be changing. They need to start figuring out ways that will help them connect with their new school. A person should look into the different clubs and organization that are offered. Joining a group can be essential part in helping pull a person into the college community as well as building friendships that will support them throughout their education. New beliefs and ideas will also be presented to the person. The students need to keep their minds open to the fact that not everyone agrees with their morals, spiritual beliefs, etc. Although they may be different, people need to accept them for who they are. Through these experiences, a student will find out more about other people as well as themselves. These new concepts will help a person deal with the opportunities and relationships that they will encounter in the future.

Taylor

The first piece of advice I would give myself is to breathe and just know that everything will be okay. Being able to cope with the amount of work that Jewell gives out is something that needs to be addressed. Also, to just open up and take in everything around you. There is so much that Jewell and the people here can offer and if I just opened myself up to them, this experience could be even more amazing. Also, to not go into accounting right off the bat. I would advise myself to be undecided until I knew for sure what it was that I wanted to do. That way I will have different outlooks on life and the college world. I would be able to make a better decision about which major to go into, that would fit who I am. I would also advise myself to go to Worship Jam more often. It brings me closer to God and I am with people that believe the same way I do. I wish I had started doing that earlier last semester. I would be closer with people in that group.

Katie

Go for it. You can do anything that you want to do. Don't be afraid to start a new hobby or join a club. Don't be afraid to be outgoing because you can make the best of friends during senior year. As much as you can feel alone, step out of your comfort zone and try new things. Let your friends, your counselors, and your teachers guide you to becoming the best person you can be, but don't lose yourself. Study hard and make the right choices. If there is a test the next day, don't go out. Study. If there is drinking and you are underage, please do not make the mistake of making a wrong decision. Remember your morals. First semester is hard academically and socially. Make great friends and good decisions and you will have the best first semester.

Samantha

If I went back in time to talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell my younger self to avoid many things and to do other things. A few things I would tell myself to do would be to keep studying no matter what was going on and to socialize and be active the first year of school. Another thing I would tell myself to do would be to try out for the volleyball and cheerleading teams. A few things I would tell myself not to do would be procrastinating and underestimating my intelligence and opinions. If I were able to talk to my high school self I would hope that my advice would be well taken and that I would end up being a better student that does not worry about whether or not I will be able to get into graduate school to become an elementary school counselor.

Christen

I would tell myself to look at all options. Do not just settle for the first school that looks good. Get out there and look around at different schools to find your perfect match. Don't worry too much about what people think. Make new friends and surround yourself with people that make you better. Try new things because life is too short.

Heather

To be honest, this is the second time I have attempted college. The first time, I decided to leave because I found out I was pregnant. Now, I am a single mother, battle school and work all together. No pity party or judgement is needed. I work my hardest, and school means so much more to me than a lot of other students I come in contact with. By getting an education, I not only get to leave my dead-end job, but I get to provide for my daughter. Some advice that I would give to myself would be to perfect time management. Being scheduled and organized, it is VITAL! Next, I would remind myselft to be open to all opinions and kinds of people. The most original people usually provide the most refreshing look on life. These people will help you to be fearless with your own original thought. Finally, don't forget to pray. Know that God will never give you anything you cannot handle.

Hillary

My advice would be to tell the parents and students that they can never visit too many schools. I would also suggest that both the parents and students work together in looking for scholarships and funding because it is important to do things together. Finally, I think it is important to find a school that has a great first-year experience for new students to the school. It really helps students adjust without having to deal with a lot of culture shock and mental stress.

Aaron

Of course think about the future, and of course find a college that has the best program you can find in your field of interest. Just remember though, college is as much part of life as any other part of your life will be. Try not to become so fixated on preparing for your future that you forget to stretch yourself too thin, make the occasional poor decision, grow and develop through your mistakes. Be an overachiever, by all means. Just remember that being an overachiever means you've got to step outside of your dorm room, even when you're not going to class. Make friends with your professors, try to develop something new and original through each class project. Join a club or group that supports your interests or causes you care about. Don't forget, whatever you do, to cultivate dreams and make memories. Have the time of your life, and discover who you really are.

Amber

I would tell parents and students to have a lot of choices of colleges in mind. Do not just pick one and go for it; keep a very open mind and do not ever "judge the book by its cover." Don't give up on a college if it seems too expensive because there are many ways to get "college money" such as financial aid and scholarships. When finally narrowing it down to where you really want to attend, be more picky. Look into the campus and details about the school. Take tours, ask questions, talk to people there, etc. Focus on school and still have fun!

Samantha

Finding the right college is a very difficult process. Some good advice about finding the right college would be to find a school that has everything that the student wants in a college. For example, pick a school that offers the major the student wants along with the sport the student is involved in. Or a school that has organizations the student is interested in. To make the most of the college experience the student should be involved in campus activities and should make friends with the other students at the school. The student should explore the city in which the school is located and they should have fun.

Elizabeth

The best advice I can give to students would be to make your own decision. Parents have a say in where you apply, and even in where you decide to attend college, but ultimately, you have the final say. Pick a college based on your reasons, not the reasons of your parents. Your success at college is based completely on your enjoyment of the institute you pick, and you will not enjoy it if you allow someone else to make that decision for you. The best advice I can give to parents is to simply let your children go. One of the reasons that picking a college and then leaving for it was so nice for me was because my parents gave me reign to pick the school I wanted. They made sure that my reasons for picking said college were pure, but ultimately, it was my decision. That saved a lot of heartbreak on a lot of sides and made for a much more successful transition.

Hanne

Make sure you are very comfortable with the campus and the size of classes.

Elizabeth

Bigger is not always better. Jewell has a broad varity of students and experiences because it is small. The staff as a whole takes a strong interest in their students. The president and his wife hold open house for students to come by and have a homey and welcoming enviroment. I wouldn't change this experience for the world. Jewell has so many opportunities for all majors. It has been a great college experience. My older sister is about to graduate in the Nursing Dept. here at Jewell and my brother graduating from high school this year has applied at Jewell so it has been a great family tradition for my family. My father has brain cancer and Jewell is close enough to visit him often but still has the college enviroment every student should experience. I love Jewell and highly recommend it to everyone.

Denise

When looking for the perfect college, all the choices and information can be overwhelming. However, I found that the best way to know if a school was really right for me was to visit the college, talk to both students and faculty, and just get a feel for the campus and how it work. This will also allow you to explore whether the programs will work for you, because each school approaches the same kind of major a little bit differently. As far as making the most of the college experience, get involved, do not be afraid to try something new, and go meet people. There are times when you feel like the only thing you want to do is sit in your room, but if you are not sitting there for the purpose of finishing your homework, go find something fun to do! Everybody is in the same boat, and if you all get involved together, there is going to be endless fun and unforgettable memories.

Helen

I would tell parents to be as pro-active as possible when their studentis deciding where to attend college; it's important for the student to like the school they chose, but it is also important how much the parents like the school. I would also tell parents to be as involved as they feel comfortable in their student's first year experience because that really does shape how the next few years will fare for the student. I encourage students to involve their parents as much as possible while in college because that time does not last forever and it is really beneficial to have parents' wisdom and experiences in addition to their own. I would also tell the student to be open-minded to new things because some dreams don't start until college and anything is possible. One last piece of advice is for parents and their students to sit down together and discuss finances because money and finances are where a lot of students make mistakes that stay with them long after college.

Alex

Pick a school that will dynamically challenge the student in ways that most colleges will never be able to provide. (i.e. community outreach, real-life organization involvement, strong student/teacher relationships)

Stephanie

It is easy to ask what students like about their school. Ask students of your perspective choice what they *don't* like and why.

David

Make sure that your child is ready for school, especially academically rigorous school. Many times, students in high school that did not really have to try hard in class to pull straight A's will struggle with the change in coursework that they face in college. This can lead to burnout and severe loss of confidence in some students. It may be a good idea to have your child take a summer course right before school starts to give them a jumpstart on the difference between high school and College.

Amanda

Go to the campus and experience it for a day or so. Make sure you feel at home there before officially deciding and just follow your heart. It always works out for the best.

Nicole

Find a college that you can live with the whole time you are there. If you pick a college that you hate just to go to college you won't get anything out of it. Get involved whenever you can. This is a great way to meet people and learn more about the people around you and will also give you a little incentive to get through those hard days. Be open-minded to others. You never have to change your own beliefs, but if you can learn to get along with others whose views differ from your own you will find that you can have friends, very good friends, from all walks of life, and these friends are essential to getting through your days at school and beyond.

Josh

Let your student decide. His or her level of interest and curiosity is healthy. Let your son or daughter research and choose a school on their own.

Ajanta

When choosing a school, one should choose one that's far enough from home that if the student really gets homesick, home is only a few hours away. But a school should be chosen for its academics AND social activities. Too much studying can take a toll on one's mental health, because the weekends are for unwinding, not for more studying. Freshmen year is where everyone makes 1st impressions. Don't make a mistake because then everyone remembers you from your freshmen year, and you can't erase what's in their mind. Don't enter into serious relationships with someone you date--the 1st college relationship either results in marriage or a crash/burn result. Take studying seriously, and consult teachers during the office hours because those hours help and make you seem like you care about your grades. The Greek life is nice but being independent give you more freedom. Keep in touch with old friends because new ones are fun, but old ones are the ones that know the REAL you, not the new college invented self.

Phillip

Start early and think things through. Taking the time to weigh ALL the pros and cons of each college is crucial. After that, set up visits, contact professors and current students and get all the information about the college before enrolling. Do not make a decison based off of pressure from parents, teachers, coaches, or even friends. Remember it's one of the most important decisions of your life and it should be treated that way. Its your education, don't waste it.

Alyssa

There is no mathematical equation for finding the right college, and no magic potion to make a college experience enjoyable. Everyone, and every college, is different. The best way to find a good fit at a college (and enjoy your time once you are there) is to take advantage of all your resources! Colleges are selling a product, so take time to find the information you need to make your decision. Do more than surf the web to find out about a college's reputation. If possible, schedule a campus visit and a phone interview with department chairs. Stay overnight in a freshman dorm. Spend a weekend in the town. Walk around the quad: can you see yourself here? Once the term begins, your college will probably offer orientation activities. Go to them! Some of them may be cheesy, but it is definitely easier to start classes seeing some familiar faces. Spend your first semester dabbling in--but not committing to-- all sorts of activities; anything at all you might be interested in. Once you understand what classes and the people are like, you will have a better idea of where and how you'd like to participate on campus.

Andrea

I would tell students to make sure they visit and look at a lot of colleges before making a decision. Take into consideration more than just academics also, for example study abroad programs, flexibility/availability of classes, activities and honors programs.