Sophomore, Nursing, Chicago
- Please discuss your experience as a first generation college student thus far
Adjusting has been tough. If it was not for ACE [Achieving College Excellence] I would be clueless and have had a much tougher transition period. My mentors from MOCI and STARS have really helped me too. Commuting is something i still have to get use to. Time management is also something that took me a while to adjust myself too. I love Loyola, the resources and opportunities are endless. The academics are amazing too.
- When did everything come into focus?
When I realized that College is nothing like High school. You cannot study the day before and expect a great score. To get the score you want you should study weeks before.
- Why did you choose Loyola University Chicago?
The Nursing program here is outstanding. It is a direct 4 years instead of other nursing programs ,where you would need to apply sophomore year with the probability of not being accepted. The location is perfect and it’s always good day to be a rambler. (Loyola academy )
- What role, if any, did your family play in your decision to come to college? What role, if any, did your family play in your decision to come to Loyola University Chicago?
None of my parents got a college degree. Their dream was to give me the chance to go to college. The role my family had would probably be financial. Loyola’s financial aid is more generous than some of the other schools i applied to.
- Describe what the first day of classes was like for you?
We went over the syllabus, it was so boring. I was afraid that i would not be challenged enough. Waking up at a different time also made it very different.
- Are there things that you cannot know about the college atmosphere that you can only learn by experiencing it? If so, what are they?
Studying not because you have to but because you want to, self motivation in the highest form. That and the competition. while experiencing a sea of culture at the same time. Dorming too. It is a hoot.
- During the school year, how did you manage your school work? How did you stay focused?
A schedule. It worked wonders. I keep it on my little tablet.
- If you could give first generation college students any word of advice, what would you tell them?
Find any resource you can. Use it as much as possible! Ask upperclassmen What they wish they could have known as freshman. Have a mentor , always go to class. Stay on top of everything and become organized. Try something new and explore your interests. Talk to your parents about how you are doing and tell them about your experience. Your college experience is created because of parents who care enough to encourage you to go to college.