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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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How I Chose a Major and my Advice to Students

Posted by Arzoo

Choosing your major is honestly one of the most difficult decisions you will make in your lifetime, and you must know that you are never alone. When I first started college I had no idea what I was going to do but I felt like everyone else had their goals pretty set to go. Even though I was drawn towards Psychology, I just majored in Biology so I could go to into Neuropharmacology. I did enjoy learning about drugs and the brain and plus my parents really wanted me to be a doctor but then my third year I realized I was doing this because of the money and not because it was my passion. I immediately changed my major to Psychology because it was that one-degree that I absolutely loved. Yes, I won’t make as much money as my degree before and of course my parents were disappointed at first but at the end it was my decision. I have learned through life that you should do what you love and love what you do. That is the only way you will internally be happy and successful. I still don’t know 100% what I will do in my career but what I do know is I will be graduating with some valuable knowledge and hope to utilize it in some way in the future. My advice to students is just do what you love.

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Studying Becomes A Rhyme

Posted by Marlene

Studying has become part of my daily routine. I study early in the morning before class or in the evenings after I arrive home from work. Late nights of studying sessions have become enjoyable, only when coffee is there for the rescue! I am not a coffee addict nor am I promoting consuming coffee while studying. Coffee is just an energy supplement and it helps me stay awake after a long day of work. Moreover, creating a line of self-discipline is important for a successful studying routine. I can admit there were times when I felt very lethargic and ignored my studying material. Consequences, I received in my grade. This is when I became serious about studying. A good technique to discipline yourself is to make a mental note. By that I mean, think about all the money and effort/energy you are putting in school, you can’t afford to fail a class! Just tell yourself, “I need to study first, before I can have fun.” It is difficult to adjust to a studying routine; nonetheless, we can do it with determination. Just set reminders on your cell phone, agenda, calendars etc. In addition, approach studying in various ways; such as, there are those like me who are visual and auditory learners. I learn my material best when drawing visuals of my text and when I teach others. Figure out what your learning style is and then apply it to the material that is given to you by your teachers. It’s a great start in preparing yourself for college. Make studying a routine and motivate yourself. Studying is manageable, it became part of my routine and I am now excelling in school because of those long hours of studying. Just have fun and enjoy learning!

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Financial Aid Lateness

Posted by Evelyn

Already being March 7th and all, it may be a little late to turn in your FAFSA application. But don’t be worried if you haven’t turned it in yet. If you haven’t turned it in yet, make sure you contact the financial aid department at your campus because more than likely they can work things out with you. I remember my cousin was late in submitting her FAFSA, but she was still able to receive her grants and loans. The only drawback was that she received her money later than those who submitted their applications on time. Don’t miss the chance to get help funding your college education , it’s never too late!



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