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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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Study Tips for College

Posted by Marissa

Getting a good GPA in college is crucial and in order to do so, you must learn how to study properly and effectively. Make sure you find out what study method works best for you.


Note these tips below to ace your exams in college.


  • Make flashcards.

  • Find a study group or study buddy.

  • Have a designated study area that is quiet and comfortable.

  • Highlight and annotate the material.

  • Rewrite essential information.

  • Make a study guide.

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Explore Your Talents & Discover Your Passion

Posted by Jade

Greetings students! Being a college student is a lot more complex than most would think. You learn a lot about yourself as a person and as a student. Some of the best advice I can give you as you pursue college is to explore your talents! Get involved in things that interest you or explore new things you aren’t familiar with. You may think you know exactly what you want to do with your life now, but things can and do change. I myself was a Criminology, Law & Society major in college and ended up pursuing my Master’s degree in Counseling focusing on Student Development in Higher Education. My experiences before, during, and after college all played a role in me changing career directions. One thing I am most proud of is that I let myself evolve and accepted my true passion—education. There is a saying “if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” This holds true for me and probably will for most of you. Use your natural skills and talents to do something you are passionate about and you will be fulfilled in your educational, career, and personal lives too!

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Being Part of a Bigger Community

Posted by Jessica

Joining organizations and being part of a bigger community helps a person grow. It helps a person increase their leadership skills, communication skills, and also their friendship skills. It allows for students and professional staff to know each other and to build a bigger network in their educational process and also in their work field. It’s important to make friends because often students come to college without their high school friends and often are alone. It’s nice to venture out and meet people with different personalities. The different personalities that you meet help you to learn how to handle certain people in a way that won’t be disrespectful or even handle them in the best way possible. Life is always going to throw punches at you and by learning how to handle different personalities and situations, it also helps you learn about yourself.



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