We try to stay in touch with our former students so they can tell us about their lives in college. Their responses always remind me of three things:
1. The vast majority of college students are happy where they are.
2. College guidebooks will never be able to capture a college like
the students who actually go there can.
3. A lot of what makes college wonderful can't be measured or
predicted. You have to get there and discover it for yourself.
Thanks to the following former Collegewise students for giving us permission to share their stories.
College is great!! I have been involved in the Appalachia program
since the beginning of the year, which is a community service program
that takes students from Boston College to the Appalachia region during
spring break. I will be spending my spring break in South Carolina
building houses, and getting involved with the community. It is a great
way to give back, and meet other freshman students from Boston
College. Football is big at Boston College and everyone is really into
supporting the football team. Weekends at Boston College during the
fall are all about football. Go BC!!!!!!!
Boston College, Class of 2012
College is the most thrilling experience of my life. There are days I never sleep, it requires a lot of work (but once you start taking classes in your major, you find a newfound energy to succeed), and I've met people I will never forget. Weekend afternoons are spent doing homework, or sitting in my friends' rooms listening to blues and jazz stations, as we sip black coffee over political discussions. The city is great and full of things to do. On Halloween, walk down Massachusetts Ave. to Dupont Circle and trick or treat at the embassies. You'll probably step onto the grounds of 20 countries if you're lucky.
American University, Class of 2012
College has been so much fun! My classes are SO great, even organic chemistry! I'm taking a psychology class too and I love it so much, I think it may be my major. All the professors are so smart and so helpful, each one of them is more than willing to help out in any way that they can. Holy Cross is such a tight community that I felt so welcome the moment I stepped on campus. We decorate for Christmas, we have small personal retreats throughout the year, you get a handwritten card from your class dean on your birthday. Things like that make me feel at home here. I feel like at any other school I wouldn't have had nearly the same, personal experience as I have had at Holy Cross.
College of the Holy Cross, Class of 2012
Cal Poly is an awesome, small townish, safe school. I mean safe as in I've walked around at 10:30 at night and not felt the least bit uncomfortable. It's really mellow here. Everyone is laid back but hard working. If you're looking for an engineering school, this is your best bet!
Cal Poly SLO, Class of 2012
College has been the most amazing experience of my life so far. I joined a sorority, started writing for the school newspaper, and even spent this last year studying abroad in London and Athens. I really feel like I have grown up in college, but the responsibility isn't something that weighs me down; it’s what I love about it. I couldn't wait to get out of high school, but I never want college to end!
Pepperdine, Class of 2010