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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.


Evelyn

What is Being “Cool” in College?

Posted by Evelyn

One of the biggest things that I noticed going from high school to college, is that in college, people are more open and accepting. I don’t know whether it is because the campus is larger or just that by the time we are in college, we stop caring about what others think of us. Either way, college is really a time where you can define who you are and not be afraid to.

 

I remember during my freshman year, there was a guy who always cracked long whips in front of the dorms. He intrigued my friends and me and eventually we became friends with him. He even taught my friends how to swallow fire. If you think about it, this isn’t seen to be something “cool” by high school standards. High school would point and laugh at this guy and at us for even thinking that what he was doing was cool. But that’s the cool thing about college; “cool” is no longer defined.

 

So be open to new experiences! Join that salsa club you’ve wanted to join, participate in open mic nights and show off your voice, learn how to juggle in the middle of the lawn, because in college, you don’t have to act, look, or be a certain way in order to be accepted. Just be you.


Arzoo

How to Afford College

Posted by Arzoo

Unfortunately we have come into a new generation where when we think of college we immediately think of six-figure loans. As the tuition is rising the decision of whether college is worth it gets more difficult. Of course many students already have a college savings account from their parents, but some like myself do not. Affording college was not always a breeze for me and the same goes for other students. We all struggle in our own way. The best thing to do is to apply for financial aid, even if you think you won’t qualify. They offer loans to some students or work study jobs on campus. One benefit that I received was the Educational Opportunity Program, where if you are a first generation student with a low income then you can qualify for about $1300 per year and guidance from counselors. High school students can also apply for as many scholarships to get more aid. Once you start college you can always find jobs on campus to pay for your expenses if you continue to struggle. The important thing is that you are not alone and almost all students struggle with the same issue.


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