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No matter who you are or how you’ve prepared for college, you’re bound to have a long list of questions. Our student ambassadors had college dreams just like you do and they worked hard to achieve them. Read their stories below and share your own with us on Facebook and Twitter!

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Changing Majors

Posted by Jennifer

I am currently a psychology major and I love it! The subject fascinates me and my professors keep my classes intriguing. My freshman year I started out as a biology major because I wanted to attend medical school and thought I had to have this as my major in order to do so. However as time passed I learned I did not have to, and should not have this as my major if I did not absolutely love it. I did not plan on switching my major but I am so relieved to have done so. Because I enjoy the subject I work harder in my classes and get much higher grades. With this major I can still do what I ultimately want to do: work with children. How specifically? Well…I’m still figuring that out!


What I Love About My Campus

Posted by Jade

Visiting a college campus is probably one of the best ways to see if that university is a good fit for you. Most people wouldn’t buy a house without looking inside or a car without test driving it, right? College is the same way. As first-time college students at a new campus, making sure you feel comfortable and welcomed is very important. What I love most about my campuses (both undergraduate and graduate) is that they are very open and student-centered. They actually care about the students and want to make sure they do well academically and socially. So for all of you who are exploring your college options make sure you visit the campuses before making your final decision! It makes a world of difference!


Tips for Studying for Finals

Posted by Tanya

Studying for tests and finals has never been easy for me. I find it hard to concentrate or end up putting off studying until the last minute. In order to do better in my classes and on my tests, I had to seek out different study methods. I never thought that I could fall in love with index cards but found that for me, they really work!


What I do is first, rewrite my notes in a shorthand format onto index cards, and then, as I am studying my flash cards, tell myself little tricks so that I can remember the material. For example, if I am learning about a communication theory, the name of the theorist might rhyme with something, or the steps to negotiation might stand for a funny sentence. The earlier you start studying, the better. I am a visual learner as well, so if I can draw it or make it into a diagram, it really helps. When you are in college, you have to explore what kind of studying works best for you, whether it is reading, writing, drawing, or talking out loud. And if studying alone is not your thing, try studying with a partner and teaching each other not only the material, but why it is important and how it relates to what you are studying. These simple steps can make all the difference in the world.




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