Those were the days
You're on your own for the first time, surrounded by vitally alive young people reading, talking, arguing, studying, trying on new ideas for size. In many ways, college years are among the most interesting, intense and formative in life.
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What was the best thing about college? The learning environment. It was good to be 18, living with challenges, structure and discipline.
What was the worst part? Exposure to alcohol and drugs. I was young and foolish.
What was the hardest part? Not knowing what I wanted to do, having no focus.
What advice do you have for new college students? Know why you're going and what you're working toward.
What did you get out of college? Independence to make my own decisions and do something I enjoy.
What was the worst part? Lousy dorm neighbors loud music all night long, trashing the dorm, setting the trash chute on fire.
What's good advice for entering students? Appreciate the opportunity. Enjoy the chance to mix with more diversity than we have in this town.
What trait is essential for college success? Self-motivation. Also, being able to budget your time and your money.
What's the best thing about college? I can schedule classes around my job. Also, online classes let me do course stuff at 4 in the morning if I want.
What's good advice for incoming students? Buy used books. Don't feel intimidated by class sizes. Learn how to budget.
What's key to college success? Studying. For every hour of class, study three hours.
What was best about college? Getting work experience. Virginia Tech had a co-op program where I worked half time in my field.
What was the worst part? Winters are tough there. Also, some of the classes were tough.
If you could do it over, what would you change? I'd keep going, not stop with my bachelor's. Also, I'd major in computer science.
What's good advice for incoming students? Take it seriously. It's your one shot to get the knowledge you need ... and there's a lot of afterwards.