My favorite classes were the ones where the professor went above and beyond to get to know their students and make sure we really got a thorough understanding of the material, and pushed us to become better and get the skills needed to get good jobs.
I recently completed my college education, and I'm happy to share my experiences with you.
My interests were in economics and business management. I wanted to find a college that offered a diverse environment and the chance to connect with people from all around the world. One of my main concerns about college was the financial aspect, so I chose to attend a state school.
Hope you are doing well! I am guessing that you are in the stage of searching for colleges which can feel a little overwhelming at times. I can try to share a little of my experience of choosing a college (having recently graduated from St. John's University last spring).
What are you passionate about? What do you like to do? What careers interest you?
- These are types of questions that I was asked as I was getting into my college hunt because it is important to ensure that the college you end up going to has resources/majors for different things that interest you. Personally, I was undecided on a major as I entered college, but I knew that I would probably end up in some sort of a business role. I experimented with many different classes freshman year and found an interest in accounting. I also thought about things outside of the schooling such as the college I went to was also close to home (1 hour drive) and was surrounded by lakes (I love to go fishing).
I encourage you to start your college search early, apply to a handful of schools that interest you and have majors that suit your career interests, and also to consider life outside of the classroom at the particular college. Best of luck in your search!
In choosing classes, besides the required courses, I recommend exploring subjects outside of your major. Simply enroll in a few classes that pique your interest or cover a fascinating field unrelated to your major. For instance, one of my favorite classes was about mushrooms, even though my major was Finance! I gained valuable knowledge about various types of mushrooms and their impact on our lives. The exceptional teacher and well-designed course structure contributed to my enriching learning experience.
Everyone definitely experiences various concerns about college. If you are worried about the transition to a different stage of life, just know that you only need to take it one day at a time and you will learn as you go. If you are worried about expenses, take time to research the best options for scholarships, student loans, and part-time jobs. If you are worried about meeting new people, I recommend finding and joining clubs and activities you are passionate about, as it is a great way to meet people with common interests. If you are worried about being undecided or if you are not sure about your major, know that it is perfectly fine to start in one major and change your mind, even if you change your mind more than once. If you are worried about doing well in classes, make sure to stay organized with a calendar or agenda to keep track of your assignments and exams. Also, learn how you study the best, as it can differ for everyone.
The great thing about college is you are at a time in your life where you can explore different classes, clubs, and activities to find out what you really are passionate about doing with your life. Enjoy the experience!
Colleges that provided me some sort of incentive to go there. I first only applied to colleges that had good programs for the business school that I wanted to join. I applied to those schools knowing that I needed more financial assistance: I had gotten a tuition covered scholarship for 1 university, and the other university gave me a full ride. I chose the full ride which happened to have the better business school.
- looking for a good reputable college, one that had the best programs for what I was interested in
- affordable options
- how far it was from home
What are some of your favorite classes and why?
My favorite classes were math and technology. I used to enjoy going to school because I had teachers that supported me. In college, my favorite classes allows me to better my skills in information technology.
College preferences: When exploring colleges, students often search for aspects such as academic standing, a range of majors and programs, faculty expertise, research possibilities, campus atmosphere, location, campus amenities, extracurricular activities, financial aid, and an overall match with their personal and academic objectives.
Favorite classes: Students' favorite classes can differ based on their unique interests and academic goals. Some may enjoy classes that resonate with their passions, like literature, art, or biology. Others might prefer classes that challenge their minds or teach practical skills related to their career ambitions. The appeal of a class can also be influenced by the teaching approach, interactions with peers, and the overall educational setting.
Concerns about college: Typical worries students might have about college include academic demands, adapting to a new setting, forming new friendships, managing time efficiently, financial challenges, and living away from home. Additional concerns could involve the competitiveness of specific programs, the caliber of education, securing internships or job opportunities, and the pressure to select a career direction.
It's essential to remember that everyone's preferences, favorite classes, and concerns can differ significantly. When making college choices, it's vital to think about your own interests, goals, and worries, and seek advice from mentors, counselors, and resources dedicated to college planning.
I recommend searching for a college that offers strong programs in high-demand career fields, such as computer programming/technology, accounting/finance, medicine, nursing, or becoming a doctor. Keep in mind that every major will have a mix of enjoyable and less enjoyable classes, so it's unlikely to find a major consisting solely of fun courses.
What colleges are you interested in?
This will definitely depend on what you want to major in! When applying to colleges, most high school students will look for colleges that have a specialized program or offer classes relating to the major they're interested in. When I was in your position, I didn't know what I wanted to major in to be honest. I only knew that I wanted to work in a field that involved both business and technology since I liked working with computers and was a pretty social person back in high school. After talking to some family members, I ended up attending Pace University and majoring in Information Systems as it offered classes that were both business oriented (Marketing, Economics, Management), and technology-related (Computer Science, Data Science, Web Design). I would recommend looking for a field you're interested in working in and then branching out and seeing which schools are a good fit for you!
What are some of your favorite classes and why?
Favorite Major Class: Marketing : Even though I didn't major in Marketing, this was a required course I had to take since I was in a business school. This ended up being one of my favorite classes because my professor was always engaging with the students and we were assigned interesting coursework including researching commercials, company advertisements, and we even got to watch Super Bowl ads in class!
-Favorite Elective Class: Japanese: I took Japanese 101 as my elective class (general education class) since I had recently went on vacation with my family to Japan before attending college. I also had just finished taking Spanish for 6 years and wanted to learn a new foreign language as I found the experience fun and challenging. I ended up taking another 2 semesters to finish the course and ended up loving the experience!
What are you looking for in a college? What are some of your concerns about college?
In terms of looking for a college, I think some main things to keep in consideration would be:
-Location: Do you want to attend a college nearby (commute) or dorm out of state/away from home?
-Price: How much would it cost to attend up to 4 years at this school? Does the school offer any scholarships, grants, or financial aid? (these help pay for tuition and don't need to be repaid!) Will you need to take out any loans? (these need to be repaid) I recommend sitting down and talking to your parents about this part!
-Education: What do you want to major in? Keep in mind that this can always change and by no means are you locked in to that major! College is a way for you to test the waters and experience something that may or may not interest you. If you do end up being interested in that major, even better!
Long story short, see what you're interested in studying in! From there you can branch out by talking to your friends, families, and teachers to get a feel for the available options and see which college is a best fit for you. College will be an exciting 4 years of your life where you get to meet new people and start building your professional career! Best of luck in the college application process and in the future! :)
When I was looking at where to go for college, I applied to a lot of scholarships to help me pay for it! I stayed in state because I was able to use a scholarship I received. When considering colleges, ask the ones you like if they have opportunities for you to apply to.
When it came to classes to take, look at the general education classes offered. You'll have to take a certain amount of generalized classes outside of your college major, so if you see a class that looks interesting - then take it! I wish I took more classes that sounded fun and had nothing to do with my major because you'll have all 4 years to focus on your major!
When selecting a college, consider your career goals, but also remember that in today's world, having a strong training or certification is essential.