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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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Staying Focused My Freshman Year

Posted by Marissa

Freshman year in college is an exciting time of living on your own for the first time, meeting new people and being in a new environment. My freshman year was all about adjustment and seeing what worked best for me. I tested my schedules and course loads. I became acquainted with the campus and living on my own for the first time. It was an exciting yet nervous time for me. I didn’t get involved in any clubs or activities my freshman year. I strictly kept it to school only, so I didn’t become overwhelmed. Although I wasn’t active in any clubs, I did meet other students, some who are my good friends until this very day. For your freshman year, I suggest testing the waters for your first semester—seeing what schedule works best for you, learning how you study best, and getting familiar with the campus. I would also start exploring the different clubs and activities that the campus offers so by your second semester, you know what you want to join. Also, stay focused and strive for the best grades possible even though it is your first year in college. The grades you achieve in your freshman year will affect the grades for the rest of your academic career. So stay focused, driven and have fun while making the most out of your freshman year in college!


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Take Advantage of Special Programs

Posted by Jade

One of the best ways to prepare for college and get accustomed to the college environment is to experience it for yourself. This can be done prior to starting college. How? That’s easy, just take advantage of special programs for middle school and high school students. Many colleges and universities host summer camps or other special programs that allow prospective students to live on campus in the residence halls, and even take classes.

 
For example, Upward Bound, GEAR Up, and other TRiO programs usually have great opportunities for students pursuing college. They may also focus on certain groups of students such as low-income youth, first-generation college goers, English language learners, students of color, and other young people underrepresented in higher education. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to experience college!


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My Senior Year

Posted by Marissa

My senior year of college was the most challenging yet rewarding. I was highly involved on campus and was finishing my upper level English classes. Although I was very busy, I accomplished my goals and remained balanced. Staying balanced is crucial when your stress levels are high (which mine were) and very busy. I encourage you to make time for activities where you can relax for a moment and take a break from your studies/activities. At the same time, I also suggest you stay involved throughout your academic career because it definitely will pay off in the future. Not only did I build strong relationships with friends, enrich my knowledge, but I also made myself more marketable once I graduated. I had a list of things that I was involved with and I had fun while doing it–minus the stress!


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