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College Dreams Blog

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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Freshman Year

Posted by Matthew

My freshman year was the most amazing year of my life. It’s when I met friends that I’ll keep forever. It’s when I figured out how to balance those friends and school life. College is not like high school. It requires a lot of self-motivation and discipline. Most people get the hang of it but some take advantage of the freedom you get and don’t do so well. Just learn how to create a balance of both fun and work. You can’t have too much of either but you definitely need both.


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Managing Multiple Responsibilities

Posted by Jade

I know many of you have been told how important it is to be involved in school and participate in extracurricular activities. But, what some of you may not know is how challenging it can be. Being involved in both high school and college is crucial. What’s more important though, is being able to manage multiple responsibilities.

 

Many students today have obligations outside of their academics. Whether it’s sports, clubs, organizations, family obligations, or work—you must be able to prioritize. I myself have always been involved in school. I have also had to work, in my latter years of high school, on and off throughout college, and now in graduate school. For a lot of students, that is just the reality.

 

I do encourage working or doing internships for students, as it helps you build your work ethic and develop other skills. Plus, let’s face it, in this economy the last thing you want to do is graduate college with no work experience. But, understand that whatever your obligations are, you must find a BALANCE. As students, school should always come first! Lay things out in order of importance, and make sacrifices when needed.

 

Another great tip is doing something just for you that helps you relax, free your mind, and alleviate stress. Things like reading for pleasure, hanging out with friends & family, or anything that helps you manage. Ultimately, everything in life is about balance and juggling multiple responsibilities. Make sure you prioritize, do what works best for you as a student, and that those around you also know what’s most important, and respect it.


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Maximize Your Study Time

Posted by Ana

Studying might not seem like the most important part of college, but it does play a big role in college life. You’ll take several classes at a time in college, and if you take two similar classes, you might not have to spend as much time studying. One semester, I took five psychology classes dealing with similar issues, so I didn’t have to study as much—however, I did study! Then I had a semester where I was taking an art class, a music class, a psychology class, a math class, and a Chicano studies class, and I had to study every day because I had to learn about different issues in each class.

 

Studying isn’t most fun thing to do on a Friday night, and it’s especially not fun the night before a big test. It is best if you study ahead of time. It’s true when they say to study a little each night—I try to do it, and it has helped me a lot in my classes. What I have found helpful is studying with a group. That way, if I don’t know something, someone can help me out and later on when I go over it by myself I understand the material better. Studying will help you do great in classes!


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