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College Preview: Path To Success
Transcript of College Preview: Path To Success
Electricity and Water Bills? Students generally do not have to pay for electricity and water because they stay in dorms. The college worries about these bills. If a student leaves at home, then generally as well, they wouldn't’t have to worry about paying the bills because the parents are probably taking care of it.
The average car insurance costs for college students is from about $1,000 to $5,000 a year. (source: http://www.cars.com/go/advice/Story.jsp?section=cd&story=cd_insure&subject=cd_docs)
The average gas cost for college students is about $100 per week.
Source: http://mycollegeguide.org/articles/10/180 Around Campus The five places that every student should be familiar with:
1) Welcome Center-Houses our Office of Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Financial Services, and Academic Records
2)Student Service Center- admissions and activities center whose purpose is to contribute to students' well-being and assist them in their intellectual development.
3)Campus Recreation Center- It's good to stay healthy both physically and mentally.
4)Career Service Center- houses a Career Services Office, which serves students with career help, such as Interviewing & Resume-Building workshops.
5) Library- A great place for studying and using free resources.
Source: (https://www.nwacc.edu/web/institutionalresearch/IR_Glossary.php) Budget How much does tuition usually cost?
Harvard University ($40,866)
Columbia University ($47,246)
Baylor University ($33,916)
Stanford University ($41,787)
University of Virginia($12,006 in-state and $38,018 out-of-state)
University of Houston ($9,211 in-state and $18,601 out-of-state)
University of Texas- Austin ($9,792 in-state and $33,060 out-of-state)
Liberal Arts University
Williams College ($44,920)
Pomona College ($41,438)
Wesleyan University ($45,628)
Colgate University ($44,640) Paying For College There are various ways to pay for college.
One can be to win scholarships and grants, which are basically free money. Scholarships are generally merit-based meaning that academics and merit are looked at. Grants are usually need-based. (source: http://studentaid.ed.gov/types/grants-scholarships)
Students can also get money by working at school. Generally, this is called federal work-study. It is a program in which a student works for the university, probably in the library or at front desk, and is then paid by the government for his or hers’ work. (sources: http://studentaid.ed.gov/types/work-study and http://www2.ed.gov/programs/fws/index.html) Paying For College cont. Students can get money by working a summer job. Not only are the making money, but they are also displaying responsibility in their strives towards paying for their future.
The 529 Plan: This plan, supported by all 50 states, allows for “your savings [to] grow tax-free, and the earning escape federal tax completely”. The plan appeals to a lot of people because there is no income limit. (source: http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/college/T042-S001-7-smart-ways-to-pay-for-college/index.html)
Source: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-for-college/financial-aid/3-steps-to-getting-financial-aid Books College textbooks cost a lot of money but student’s don’t want to have to pay ~$200 for a book. Instead, they buy books online. The average cost of books per year for a student is $1,200. (source: http://mycollegeguide.org/articles/10/180)
Prices of new books a student will need for basic courses his/her first year of college.
Common books students will need as freshmens: Average Student How much will the average student spend on housing and board? This means housing and meals. This depends on where the student lives and the school the attend. Private schools usually pay about $10,089 a year. Public schools pay about $8,887 a year out-of-state.
Room and Board Costs
Harvard University ($13,630) (Source: http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/harvard-university-2155)
Columbia University ($11,496) (http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/columbia-university-2707)
Williams College ($11,850) (http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/williams-college-2229)
University of Texas- Austin ($10,946) (http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/university-of-texas-3658)
University of Houston ($8,318) (http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/university-of-houston-3652)
Transportation? Students expect to pay about $1,082 a for transportation. This number varies depending on how close the students lives to his/her college. Paying For College cont. Loans are another way for students to pay for college. This means borrowing money from others. Subsidized loans are loans in which “the government pays the interest on the loan while you’re in college”. These loans are often need-based. Need-based loans are the best ones to take out because the government “supports your education by subsiding the loan” and the loan allows “you to defer repaying any money until you’re out of school”. (source: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-for-college/loans/types-of-college-loans) College Preview: Path To Success Abdulkareem Adesokan COLLEGE: Cornell University
COST OF COLLEGE: About $43,185 a year
ADJUSTING TO COLLEGE: Do this by meeting "Meet new people through classes, dorms, and clubs. Most colleges require freshmen to live on campus."
HOW DO COLLEGE PROFESSORS DIFFER FROM HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS: "Less one-to-one interactions. Most interactions are with TA’s [teacher's assistant], professors are still approachable and have office hours."
ONE THING TO DO IN HIGH SCHOOL TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN COLLEGE: "Take many APs to not only get rid of core college requirement"s but also adjust to level of work."
BEST ADVICE: "Get involved as soon as possible, great way to meet people especially upperclassmen with useful advices"
ONE THING THING THEY WISH THEY KNEW: "A lot can be achieved as a freshmen."
ONE THING THEY WISH THEY COULD DO DIFFERENTLY IN SENIOR YEAR: "Take AP classes more seriously."
TEXTBOOK COST: Books cost between "$70 - $150. PDF versions, international editions, library are ways to get for cheap."
OTHER ADVICE: "You adjust." Christine Truong COLLEGE: University of Houston
COST OF COLLEGE: About $20,000 a year
ADJUSTING TO COLLEGE "adjusting was crazy at first.. realizing you have so much freedom and at free time, you are just like i dont know what to do.. then when the test and papers start piling in, you would spend your time on those. Classes were in ranges of 300 ppl but in english classes its more like 21."
NUMBER ONE THING STUDENTS CAN DO IN HIGH SCHOOL TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN COLLEGE: "The number one thing..is probably take AP classes cuz man are they alike. AP tests.. like rushing you to write a perfeect essay.."
ONE THING THEY WISH THEY KNEW: "one thing i wish.. i knew before going in was probably i was gonna waste like 40 bucks eating lunch there everyday lmao. but i wish i knew how to manage money well instead of spending half of my paycheck on food."
ONE THING THEY WISH THEY COULD DO DIFFERENTLY DURING SENIOR YEAR: "Maybe hmm im not sure if i could think of anything. Lol "
OTHER ADVICE: "College is not as scary as it seem but there are many things or free things as well too. haha. First 2 years, don't sweat it. I wish i took APUH because then I wouldn't have to go through history again. Also.. don't slack off in history nor polysci. Also! Don't take 2 history classes at the same time nor 2 polysci at the same time nor history and polysci at the same time.. which i am currently doing. and its so much work" Social and Academic Balance The five social organizations that are on most campuses are: Community Service, Musical, Media, Sports and Cultural.
Clubs and activities that are available at most universities: Recreational, community service, music, dance, creative arts, health, counseling, media, social awareness and culture club, etc. Social and Academic Balance Cont.
Tips for getting help in your classes:
You can always ask the professor after class if you don’t understand something or go to his office. Emailing is always an option but remember to be formal and leave your name and class period. Do not be rude or else he will not bother to reply.On most campuses, there is free tutoring. You just have to locate where it is at and be familiar with the days and times of the tutoring.Find a classmate in class who seems to know what they are doing. Ask them kindly if they could help you. Asking for help is smart, not stupid. Social Academics and Balance Tips to make time for studying:
Get and use a calendar. It can be of any kind, just make sure to have one. Write down everything in one place. Don't always think that you are going to remember. You're not. Have a schedule for the things you are going to do so you can balance your time. Plan ahead on you assignments so you will have enough time to complete them instead. Emmaus Bible College Campus Map How do colleges differ from high school classes? In college you are allowed to choose the classes that you want and how many classes per week that you want to take. College classes are also generally harder than high school classes. High school is mandatory and free while college is voluntary and expensive. In college you manage your own time to balance your priorities and responsibilities. You are responsible for everything you do and don't do as well as the consequences of your decisions. What social problems affect Freshmen? Money is the number one factor that stresses out a student. They are always worrying about how they will pay off this huge amount of debt. College students also face the issue of peer pressure. Just because you are no longer in high school does not mean that you will not still face students that will ask you to join gangs (in college, these are called peer groups). A lot of students think that being in college means that it's partying time 24/7. Many students feel that if they don't attend the parties, they are not living the college life. So instead of studying, they spend their time partying and having "fun." Vivianna Alvarez COLLEGE: Hampshire at Massachusetts
COST OF COLLEGE: About $58000 a year
ADJUSTING TO COLLEGE "Hampshire College isn’t like your typical University. There is no Greek life, no grades, no test and no majors. My adjustment has been hard especially adjusting to the liberal people up here. Down South we have a reputation of keeping our opinions to ourselves for the most part but up here in Massachusetts, nobody keeps their mouths closed. The students here are your typical hipsters and hippies. Down in Houston the minorities made up the majority but up here, the majority of the people are Caucasian. Not that it’s a bad thing, but there’s no culture here, nothing special about anybody."
HOW DO COLLEGE PROFESSORS AND HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS DIFFER: "High school teachers generally teach by the book and have a certain curriculum to follow. The college professors don’t have a set agenda. They teach what they want to teach and have their own rules."
NUMBER ONE THING STUDENTS CAN DO IN HIGH SCHOOL TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN COLLEGE: "If you know what you want to pursue, don’t doubt yourself. Give everything you have to the passion and feed it with knowledge. as a high school student, you need to learn time management first. If you think your work load is too much now, you have no idea what you’re about to get yourself into in college. If you can’t take the time to dedicate your best to your work, not only are you going to suffer mentally in college, but you’re going to regret it once you get your papers or assignments back. Be dedicated." ONE THING THEY WISH THEY KNEW: "I wish I would have known that money rules everything. Being here at Hampshire is very expensive and I wish I would have known ahead of time. There’s this ‘net price’ thing on every college website and Hampshire said I would only have to pay approximately 3 grand a semester, and they were so wrong. I rejected every other schools financial aid package and didn’t get Hampshire’s until the end. So if I knew this school was going to be so expensive, I would have worked harder to have earned a academic scholarship and worked more at my home job."
BEST ADVICE: "Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. I know it’s really cliché but honestly, don’t hold back when it comes to networking and meeting new people...[and] don’t ever lose who you are. "
ONE THING THEY WISH THEY COULD DO DIFFERENTLY DURING SENIOR YEAR: "I wish senioritis wasn’t a real thing.. I was a very active student in every way possible, but when it came to my academics, I was not the brightest around. I didn’t push myself as hard as I should have and I didn’t apply myself to everything. I would have been more strict with making myself do my work to the best of my ability, instead of just doing the work to get it done. "
TEXTBOOK COSTS: "Just a side note, while you’re in college you can sign up for Amazon Prime (which is free) and it just means you’ll get free two day shipping, it’s a student thing. Depending on your school, some students have set up a website where you can buy and sell back books. Make sure you always keep your books in good condition, don’t write in them so you can return them back for money. You won’t get nearly as much as you paid, but something back is better than nothing!"
OTHER ADVICE: "Being home sick does exist. Some people crack before others, I was one of them. For me, once Thanksgiving Break came around, I was crying myself to sleep every night for about a week. The thing that triggers home sickness is the little things. Like missing home cooked food, or the weather back home. Skype is the best way to keep in touch with loved ones, I know it may seem cheesy, but everyone needs their family every once in a while. I’m a very independent person and even I cracked. So be prepared!" Brookhaven College Campus Map Social Academics and Balance Around Campus cont. 1. Many colleges have disabilities service offices on campus though their names might be different on various campuses. Disabilities service offices serve to give those with disabilities equal opportunities for programs. (Source: http://www.slc.edu/offices-services/disability-services/index.html)
2. Many campuses also have veteran services, many of which "romote access to and success in higher education for the more than 2 million service members ". (Source: http://www.acenet.edu/higher-education/topics/Pages/Supporting-Student-Veterans.aspx)
3. Colleges also have counselors to advice students on decision they should make in order to lead them on a path towards success.
4. Student health and counseling services are important services on college campuses. The health center provides medical care for students.
5. Mental Health Services are also growing to be a big part of college campuses. These services help students deal with the pressures of college such as anxiety and stress. Organizations such as Active Minds on Campus have planted themselves into campus life in order to help students cope with their everyday lives. (Source: http://www.promoteacceptance.samhsa.gov/publications/collegelife.aspx) Thank You