Rising Junior at Texas State University
1. Why did you decide to join SWAG to College?
As a first generation college student it’s not always easy to have the answers I need when it comes to college, my future career or anything related of the sort. Blogging for me is a way of helping students who are in similar shoes who want to learn more about the college experience from someone who is currently living it without directly asking for help.
2. What is one cool/fun/interesting fact about you?
An interesting fact about me, my parents believed that I was going to stay in Houston for college up until orientation day when they found out I was moving 2 and a half hours away from home for my college experience.
3. If you have chosen your major, what advice would you give to those unsure of what to study?
If you are unsure of what you want to study in college I have two suggestions. 1) Meet with a college counselor/career advisor and 2) take personality tests to pair you up with careers.
4. Who encouraged you to pursue a higher education?
My parents always pushed me to attend college because they want me to be independent and successful. They want me to have financial security and to be happy with my future job.
5. What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone in high school who is in the college application process?
One piece of advice I give to high school students is to always send things ahead of time in case anything goes wrong or missing.
6. What’s one thing that has been easier or different about college life compared to high school life?
Classes in college are very different from high school classes because they change every semester and so you only have a couple of weeks to get close to professors. This is important because when the time comes to ask for letters of recommendation, it is easier to ask a professor who you have built a close relationship with.
7. What’s the most interesting thing you packed to take with you to college?
The most interesting thing I just had to take with me to college was a Dr. Seuss children’s book that my high school teacher gave me my senior year of high school. In it was a lovely note she wrote that I knew would give me the motivation to keep going every time I opened it. Besides, it was a really funny book too.
8. How did you make the choice to attend the college/university you chose?
I made the decision to attend my university based on my financial aid package and on my major. I obviously wanted to attend a university that had what I wanted to study, but I also didn't want to stress my parents about paying for college. That is why I made my decision based on the best financial aid package I received.
9. Explain at least two goals you have set for yourself in life (it can be anything!) and how you plan to achieve these goals.
Two of my most important goals in life right now are to graduate college, and to have a job lined up before I graduate. I will achieve this by giving 110% in my school work and starting to narrow down the field I will want to focus on for a career. I will also meet with my career advisor to search potential internships I can do that will help me get more work experience.
10. What is one piece of advice you'd give to parents with a child who is in the college application process?
To all the parents out there that have children who are applying to college, my advice would be to support them. Even if they want to leave the comfort of their home, even if they want to study something that is not what you want. It is their life and you should have faith that they will be able to make the correct choice for their own life.
11. What’s the one example you hope to set for younger family members or others?
I hope that my sisters and my other family members learn from my college experience that it is okay to leave home for college, that it is okay to be lost and to be confused at times. Everyone is lost at some point in their life. And it’s okay to get out of your comfort zone.