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Useful Tools When Searching for the Perfect College

March 20, 2015 in Admissions, Alive Campus, Colleges

college-searchI remember when I was a junior in high school and I had to start considering where I wanted to go to college. It was very nerve racking and I had no idea where I wanted to go or what I wanted to study. When I was a freshman I thought I knew what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go, but apparently that had completely changed.

Luckily, my high school was very helpful when it came to searching and picking that perfect college. The guidance counselor’s office made sure that there were information sessions when colleges came to visit. Additionally, there would be college fairs. This is where I found a majority of the colleges I was interested in and ended up visiting. I found the college fair to be extremely helpful because they had colleges from all over the U.S. at the fair and representatives from the colleges as well in order to ask questions and get information about the college. I would definitely recommend going to a college fair in high school if there is one available to you, especially if you do not have an idea of where you would like to go.

In addition, asking your teachers is another good resource. The college I ended up going to was recommended by my high school band director. He knew I was applying to the military academies and wanted a military college experience so he told me about VMI, which I had never heard of, and ironically now attend. Also, after you ask your teachers you can then research the schools online and get an information packet sent to you. That’s exactly what I did and I found it very helpful. I found all of these resources very helpful.

Additionally, when searching for the perfect college that fits you, you have to make sure you go and visit the college. This is one of the most important pieces of advice I received when looking for the college I wanted to go to. You have to actually place yourself there and imagine yourself a student there. If you can’t see yourself attending that college or don’t feel like it fits you, then you won’t be happy going there.

Overall, finding the right college can be tough. However, once you know where you want to go it gives you the motivation to do well and finish out your senior year of high school. For me, that is exactly what it did. And even though I might not have gotten the chance to go to the college of my dreams that I worked extremely hard to get into, I know that it made me a better person and that I could not see myself anywhere else than the college I now attend. Everything seemed to work out in the end, but you definitely have to do a lot of research and make sure you have back- ups. There are plenty of resources and people that want to help you find the college that is the right fit for you you just have to be willing and ready.

Are Teachers Too Tough or Are Students Too Lazy?

August 22, 2014 in Academics, Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges

College is hard, there is no argument about that. You only have four years to learn everything you need to know about just one field that you think you’d be able to do everyday for the rest of your life, and that’s not including minors, clubs, bills, resumes. The pressure alone can make a student’s head explode.

I am not saying college is awful. No one should enter college thinking that it is going to be the worst four years of their life, because it isn’t. It will be the best four, but some classes will be harder than others. Whether it is your favorite class or your worst in any class someone in class is very likely to be pleading to a teacher, “Does it have to be five pages? Do you know how much other homework we have?” Most of the time when this argument is brought up a professor will work with the students and give them a break but others time the Professor won’t budge and tell the students to suck it up. So it begs the question, are Professors too tough on students or are students just being lazy?

Looking from a student’s point of view a teacher really might be expecting too much. Most students attending college are taking at least five classes per semester minimum. More if the student is double majoring and they might even have less time to get their assignments done because their scholarships depend on their participation on sports teams. Should teachers give students lighter assignments so they aren’t overwhelmed and are more likely to succeed?  

Say a student today is taking five classes and each professor is giving an hour of course work per night minimum, that means a student has five hours of homework a night, which is a lot. But if a professor only give a half an hour of work per night a student is only looking at two and a half hours. Which would not only leave plenty of free time for students to take part in their after class hobbies and not be exhausted in class, but would give students enough time to read or study ahead to really get a grip on the course material.

What about the teachers side of this? In their defense they really are just doing their job. They are required to make sure that students are taught a certain subject in a certain amount of time. If the student isn’t understanding something it is their job to voice it to the instructor not the other way around. The professors are really doing students a favor because before they know it they will be graduating and getting real jobs. In the real world an employee can’t say to their boss,” Ehhh a ten page proposal is a bit much. I already have a ton of things on my plate. How about five pages?” You’d be fired on the spot. Is this tough and overwhelming homework load really just a professors way of making sure we would be able to survive in the real world?

So what are your thoughts on this? Are teachers too tough or are students just lazy?