My College Story and What I Learned From It
As I write blog after blog each week, I think of ideas, hints, and advice based off of my own college experience.
However, while I have written many blogs based on it, I have never fully told my unique college story. So here it is, a little late, but here at that: my college story and what I learned from it.
I started out convinced by a family friend that I wanted to go to Keene State College in New Hampshire. They were proud alumni and wanted me to have the same wonderful memories that they did. After a trip with them to visit the campus, I convinced that I wanted to go.
Tip #1: Never let someone convince you of where you want to go to college. It should be your decision and your decision alone.
Tip #2: Never put yourself in the situation of giving someone the chance to convince you where to go. It’s awkward and hard to tell someone that you don’t want to take his or her advice, especially someone you care about. So kindly stand up for yourself and say, “I really don’t know where I want to go and I rather take an unbiased trip. I’ll check it out and let you know.”
However, something told me that I needed to keep looking at schools, call it intuition. So I went onto College Board, looked through some search engines and came up with a few choices, Endicott College, University of Rhode Island, Hofstra University, and Salve Regina University.
Tip #3: Give yourself diverse options. My choices were all on the east coast, where I have lived all my life, and they were all, except Hofstra, in suburban towns. Looking back I wish I looked at other schools that were in different parts of the country, and some in big cities like Los Angles, NYC, Boston, or Chicago.
I applied to these schools and got into all of them, but for some reason I wasn’t overly excited about any of them. My mom suggested going to community college for two years, save up some money and think more about where I want to go and then transfer. Of course being a high school senior, with friends going away to college, I NEEDED to go too.
Tip #4: For the most part, always listen to your parents. They know you better than you know yourself.
Tip #5: Community college is not a bad option. It is a great way to ease into college and give you some time to think clearly in a very chaotic and pressured time.
So I decided to go to Endicott College. Here’s why: I visited it on their spirit day, in May. The campus was full, the sun was shining and the flowers were in bloom, perfect right?
Tip #6: Make sure you research a college extensively. Don’t rely on one trip on a Spring day to be the deciding factor. There could be hidden gems or messes that you need to find before you sign and date anything.
I ended up not liking the location or small size of Endicott so I transferred to Southern Connecticut State University because it was semi-closer to home, bigger, and my friend went there-I’ll love it right?!
Tip #7: To reiterate my previous rule, never commit yourself to a school unless you have researched it. I ended up leaving SCSU and commuting to Sacred Heart University. While here I ended up changing my major, doing a couple of internships, took on editing the newspaper and magazine, and am looking ahead to graduating next month.
Tip #8: Accept where you are and where you want to be, and work for it. You can’t change your past but you can shape your future.