Tips for High School Seniors

February 5, 2013 in Classes, Freshman Adjustments

Though some of my readers are college students, this post is primarily for high school seniors who are still on the hunt to find a fitting college. So if you’re a college student, perhaps you should get back to whatever it is you’re supposed to be accomplishing. Or keep reading, that’s fine. I’m no devout time manager.

I want to provide some “words-of-wisdom” (pshhhh) that I wish someone told me when I was college searching.

Don’t stress, don’t stress, don’t stress. Like cartoon Katy Perry is here. Courtesy of Getty Images.

First, don’t stress about having your major picked out. When I was younger (like five years old) I thought I was going to be an artist. Then for a while (perhaps 2 weeks) I thought math was my calling because I memorized the quadratic formula (aka not too impressive). And now, my major has very little to do with art or math. After a semester or two in college, strengths, weaknesses, and interests became more apparent once I took a few general education classes.

2nd, if you’re considering a college that is out of state, it’s SO important to go visit if you can. I was fortunate to visit all the colleges I applied to (all five of them were out of state). If I didn’t, I would have probably picked a college I ended up totally hating (not going to name drop here). On my trips, I was able to get a sense of the school’s culture and student life. It took me no longer than a day to figure out if I could picture myself on the campus for four years of my life.

3rd, if you’re considering Drury (YAY!), your experience is going to be drastically different than if you attended a large school. I have a friend who goes to Missouri State, and one of her professors filmed every single class lecture and put it online after class. Wait… what? Is that legal? Just kidding… I think it is. Anyways, Drury’s small school means attendance policies do apply. This also means that professors are more readily available for extra help, and give just as much personal attention to students as some high school teachers.