When I was in high school, my perception of college was limited to what my teachers and family told me my experience would be like. And my knowledge of career options? slim.
I wish, as a freshman, that I had had the courage to ask upper-classmen for college advice. That’s not to say that I regret anything, but hearing their advice could’ve prevented me from making some common mistakes.
Even though I can’t go back, I decided I would conduct a series of interviews asking college seniors questions about their experiences and if they have any advice to people who are new to college.
If you are in high school or are a freshman in college, I hope you can find some value in these interviews.
So with out further ado….
Interview #1: Olivia
Journalism and Strategic Communications
How many colleges did you apply to?
Why do you think you fit into your major?
“I like to write and even though it’s not exactly what I want to do, I like learning about the effects of media and the subject is broad so I can apply it anywhere. Every company needs someone who can write.”
What careers did you consider in high school?
“I wanted to be an eye-doctor. When I thought of communications before, I thought it was mostly customer service people or like people who work at call-centers.”
What would you have done differently in high school, if anything?
“I would worry less. I would still study but things are a lot better in college.”
Do you have plans for after graduation?
“Well, hopefully work and do that for a while, ya know?”
What advice would you give freshman year you?
“Be more involved on campus and explore all majors. Lots of things. Be more open-minded because people are going through similar things and people don’t really open up about how hard it can be. Don’t date anyone older than you cause you’re going to want to meet people your age that you can go through college with.”