I Wish I Knew…Advice from College Students

I Wish I Knew…Advice from College Students


I wish I would have known in high school and middle school that being involved is ok. And, actually better than being at home, bored. Please get involved in things early. I didn’t get involved in a lot of programs until my junior summer and I really wish I’d gotten involved earlier. It’ll really prepare you for college and it’ll strengthen your college applications. College is quite a bit different than high school. It takes about six times as much studying – or a lot more studying than anything else. Try to learn your study skills early – the earlier the better. And it can help you succeed in all your classes whether you like the class or not. My one piece of advice would be to get outside your comfort zone and to try new things. Be really anxiously engaged in what you’re doing. That means, go to classes. Attend all the meetings that you possibly can
because it will open doors for you. Coming to college just gives you so many opportunities: education, relationships, job-wise skill-wise. There’s so many different ways that you can learn and so many different things to learn
when you come to college. And I had no idea before. Apply for scholarships. A lot of students complain about not getting scholarship money and every year billions of dollars go
unspent on students in need because no one has applied for the money. The only thing stopping you from
getting scholarship money is you. And so if you apply it’s actually going to be the best part-time job you’ll ever have. Don’t limit yourself. Always set a high goal for yourself
and strive to achieve it. And if you think you got it, set up another goal for yourself and keep going. It’s about just getting higher than where you are now. I wish I would have known to
not let my disability define me. Not to let my whole life and stuff stop me from applying to different colleges and assuming that I can’t get into certain ones
just because of my background. Three simple rules in life: 1) If you don’t go after what you want
you’ll never get it. 2) If you don’t ask, the answer will always be no. and 3) if you don’t step forward you’ll always be in the same place. So I think the lesson to be learned there is to be active and to take an active role in
determining your own future. Don’t just be what you were in high school. I was a cheerleader from the age of like two or three and I could continue being a cheerleader forever. But instead I got involved in
student government and that’s really directed my career
– where I want to be for the rest of my life. It’s opened so many doors for me, got me to know so many other people. Your parents say,
‘Hey, be an engineer or be a doctor.’ You know, but you know, if don’t want to be, just like you know whatever you wanna do and make sure you do it 100 percent from the heart from and from your brain. Who you were in high school or in middle school or any other sort of education setting, doesn’t define who you are in college. You can branch out and gain new experiences and that’ll open a thousand more doors
for you in the future.

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