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What is something that you know now that you wish you knew before/during college?

I am a high school senior looking to perfect my pathway for the future. I am accepted into Cedarville University in southern Ohio, and I plan to to major in Early Childhood Education. After college, I plan to become a teacher for a grade level between kindergarten and 5th grade. #elementary-education #teacher #cedarville #highschool-senior #college #teaching

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Calvin’s Answer

One of the things that I wished I would've done when I was in college was be more involved in on campus activities. These students lead organizations and activities allow you to meet new people and understand everything that the campus has to offer. Many if not all college and universities have a student center or student union that can point students in the direction of an organization that peaks there interest.

While in college I did become a manager for the men's basketball team which allowed me to meet people and build relationships with friends that I still keep in contact with today. Alternatively I wish I would have been apart of more academic activities where I could possibly have learned more about the field that I am actively in today.

If you go into college with a number of your friends like I did please do not hesitate to venture out and see what your campus has to offer. Being involved in SGA, FCA, fashion clubs, fraternities, sororities, etc. can allow you to make some of your closest friends. Do not be shy about the possibility of making new friends. College is suppose to make you better in every facet. Use college to your best ability and do not allow it to use you.
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Krista’s Answer

Hi Angie - this is a great question. I know now that the connections that you have the opportunity to make during your collegiate years lay the foundation for a personal and professional network that can last a lifetime, and pay off in spades decades down the road! This includes relationships you establish with your peers and fellow students, your professors, your mentors, your mentees, and your friends. I wish I knew this when I was in college so I could focus just a little more on establishing and maintaining those relationships that were important to me, both personally and professionally. I took for granted the exposure to a broad and diverse professional community that my college years afforded me - it was just something that "came with the territory". But it truly is a special time in your career that can be very fruitful from a networking perspective if you put in the work to keep up those genuine connections for years to come.
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Aneree’s Answer

Hi Angie!

That is a great question. Personally, the one thing I wish I did, was be more involved in campus activities and clubs. This would have been very beneficial in connecting with more like-minded students and mentors that can help to guide me in the right direction career wise. In addition it would have allowed me to immerse myself fully into campus life. Apart from the educational benefits, it is also a way to meet new people and socialize. Never take advantage of your college years, they are the best years of your life in terms of self growth and realization.

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Yijing (Jenna)’s Answer

Very good question. Here are what I learned as I am reflecting on the college life:
- College will provide a lot of classes for you to choose - go above and beyond what is required by your major, it is fun to explore a bigger world and challenge yourself. You will find later that the four years of college is probably the golden age to learn and grow yourself.
- It is not just classroom experiences, it is more important to intentionally grow yourself in critical and effective thinking, as well as social skills.
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Aneree’s Answer

Hi Angie!

That is a great question. Personally, the one thing I wish I did, was be more involved in campus activities and clubs. This would have been very beneficial in connecting with more like-minded students and mentors that can help to guide me in the right direction career wise. In addition it would have allowed me to immerse myself fully into campus life. Apart from the educational benefits, it is also a way to meet new people and socialize. Never take advantage of your college years, they are the best years of your life in terms of self growth and realization.

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Danielle’s Answer

This may seem very trivial and not a problem for most, but I wish I knew that going to college did not provide as much freedom as I though it would.

When first starting college and going over the syllabus, the professors noted, if you aren't in class x amount of days you will be dropped from the class. Now my mindset was, I am paying to go to this school, I have the syllabus and know what is being taught and required of me. Why would it matter if I missed 3 out of however many classes. Not that I had planned to do it, however it was a thought.

Ideally, when going to college, you will need to go to those classes to gain knowledge
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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Angie! Excellent question! I wish I gave myself more time to be involved with on campus opportunities. I didn't know how many there were and I always felt that even though my studies were serious for me, I missed out on a couple of fun things I could have done.

Best of luck!
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