Hello followers ~
I’ve only had college for two days but I thought I would give you guys an update on my experience thus far!
I like all of my professors as of right now. I graduated from the number one academic high school in the state I live in, and I feel as though the teachers there made sure I was well prepared for the college experience (even though I hated every second of high school).
One of my professors is transgendered and the peeps I follow on tumblr have helped me to become more accepting of her, so thank you all!
I got invited to a party today, even though it’s a very slim chance that I will go.
I came from a small high school so the social aspect is somewhat intimidating. My graduating class was only 150 students, so transitioning to a university is definitely not what I’m used to. But I’m a social creature, so I don’t think I’ll have much trouble making new friends (along with some old ones). Everyone seems really nice.
I’m full time, so that means I’m taking 12 credit hours, which is four academic courses. As it’s only my second day, I can’t really say about the difficulty of the classes I’m taking. I got home and did homework for about four hours (some of which could have been done tomorrow, I just want to be on top of it) and that’s way more than I ever had in high school!
All in all, at this point I’m liking the experience so far. There’s really nothing to complain about, other than the terrible afternoon traffic and the fact that the campus is huge, so there’s a lot of walking involved.
If any of you are thinking about college, I have some advice!
~ live at home if you can. You won’t have to pay an additional fee for living on campus or for a meal plan. A friend of mine is living at the school, even though she could have commuted, and she said she’s not allowed to drive or go anywhere in her car except on the weekends.
~ there’s nothing wrong with transferring! if you know what you want to major in, find out if the school you really want to go to offers your major, and also look on their website to see which courses will transfer and which ones won’t. That way you won’t be wasting money on classes you don’t need for your degree, and you’ll be that much closer to getting it!
~ take your exams early! Most school accept the highest score on the SAT or ACT, so it’s a pretty good idea to get a jump start on it!
~ sign up for classes EARLY. I cannot stress this enough! There were some issues with my admittance (long story short), so I didn’t get to sign up for classes until a lot of them were already full, and I didn’t get the ones I necessarily wanted. The sooner the better!
~ apply for financial aid and as many scholarships as you can! This helps out a lot, and if your aid covers more than your tuition and fees, you get a refund for the difference!
~ wait to buy books. Go through the first day of all your classes before you buy the books. Professors often don’t require them on the first day, and sometimes what’s listed on the bookstore website isn’t what they want you to purchase. Also, you can have your financial aid cover books as well!
I hope this has been insightful and helpful! If any of you have any questions about my experience or generally what to expect out of college, don’t hesitate to ask!
Love you all,