Why I Chose To Be A Post Secondary Student

Why I Chose To Be A Post Secondary Student

I chose to be a post secondary student my senior year; here's why.

Even though it has been two years since I was in high school, I still get asked why I chose to be a post secondary (PSEO) student. My senior year of high school was spent at a local community college and taking advanced courses for college credits to get ahead in school. I made this choice for a variety of reasons. Although being a post secondary student is not the option everyone will chose, here are a few reasons why I chose to step out of my comfort zone and start school at a community college a year early.

1. To get ahead on my education

All of the college credits that I took during my time being a post secondary student easily transferred over to my university, giving me 31 college credits before my freshman year. I will be able to graduate a full year early, but one could also choose to add on a double major or minor in their remaining time.

2. It saves money

Not only did I not have to pay for the courses I took at the community college, but textbooks and students fees were covered as well. I was able to earn 31 credits at no cost to me.

3. The flexible schedule

During my senior year, I was able to take a variety of online and face-to-face classes that I was able to choose. Instead of going to class five days a week for eight hours a day at the high school, I was able to take classes two or three days a week at the local college, giving me ample free time to work, do online classes, sleep in, and pick up new hobbies.

4. There are far more advanced courses

Many high schools are offering college courses in their high schools. Although I think this is great, there are limited options offered. I was able to take painting, sociology, short stories and many other courses that I was able to chose from.

5. College and high school involvement

During my time being a post secondary student, I was able to be involved in both my high school and the community college. Since I was a student at the community college, I was able to view their art gallery, go to plays, band and choir concerts, and sporting events. One of my favorite events was playing grocery bingo in the student center.

6. I learned how to navigate college

Freshmen in college need to learn how to email their professors, take notes in class, and study for exams, which was something I did not do well in high school. I was able to take my year being a post secondary student to learn all of these skills before I transferred to a university. I felt ahead of classmates and was able to feel more confident in my classes.

If you are a junior or senior in high school, I strongly recommend anyone to look into their post secondary options to earn college credits early and learn more about university life.

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Stop Saying You're a Broke College Student

I've had a job since 16, and my money life is thriving.

It's supposed to be funny when someone says "I'm a broke college student" but I think it's stupid. Here's my unpopular opinion.

I've had a job since I was 16. My first day of work was the first weekend after I started my sophomore year of high school. It wasn't too difficult- I was literally only working on Saturdays and Sundays. The shifts were 4-7:30/8 pm on Saturdays and 11-2:30 on Sundays. I wasn't making a huge amount of money, but it paid for my gas money, and that was all I needed. So the first year I had my job, I was spending any extra money I had on food, movie tickets, and clothes.

Then reality hit when I knew I needed to start saving up for college. I started putting money into my savings account, and eventually I had built up enough money to buy a new old car. I know, it wasn't college tuition, but I needed it.

My first year living in the dorms, I figured out a system. I was putting $150 each week in a savings envelope, and each month I knew I had to pay $160 for my car payment. The rest of the money I made I put in envelopes for a new purse, clothes, vacation. I had a system going, and I didn't spend extra money on useless things unless I was rewarding myself. In case you can't do the math, that's at least $600 in my savings account each month, and most people can't figure out how to put away $100.

Now, as a sophomore in college, I watch people trickle into class with to-go food, to-go coffee, smoothies, and candy from gas stations or the shops on campus. Then I hear those same people complain about being "a broke college student." I'm sorry, but you're not a broke college student. You're a college student who pays for things you don't need, with money you have that you shouldn't be spending. You don't need to get Starbucks 3 times a day. You don't have to go to pitcher night at the local bar. You don't need to spend money on those things, but you do. And at the end of the month, you're broke, and begging your parents for money.

So, in my unpopular opinion, you're not a broke college student. You're a dumb one. Make a budget, give yourself some spending money, and stick to it. You'll thank me later.

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11 Tips For a Great Semester

The moment you’re ready to quit is usually the moment right before the miracle happens.

1. Have a nice workspace/desk

I recently made this change and I feel 100% better.

2. Dress well

Personally, if I go to class looking like a bum, I feel like a bum. Dress for success!

3. Go to bed at the same time every night

Getting enough rest can really impact the rest of your day. Aim to get 7-9 solid hours of sleep each night this semester to avoid accidentally being grouchy at someone.

4. What am I doing for this upcoming week?

What are my goals this week? What’s going on this week? What do I need to work on for this week? If you go into your week blind, it never really works. I’ve done this before.

5. Don’t lose your class syllabi

This one paper has literally all of the due dates, test dates, readings and homework assignments on it. Make sure you always know where this paper is because you will be looking at it constantly, so don’t lose it.

6. Ask questions

If you’re in class and you have no idea what the professor is talking about ask, or email them! It’s good to ask questions because then your professor knows you care about their class so it’s a win-win situation. You ask questions plus the professor knows you care equals good grade in the class.

7. Take good notes

I can’t tell you how many times over the past semester I would look back at my notes and what I wrote didn’t make sense. Learn what type of learner you are to figure out how to take the best notes for yourself. I either write everything out by hand which takes forever (especially when the professor flies through the lecture) or I print out the notes and just write on those papers so I can actually listen to the lecture.

8. Get some homework done in between classes

In my schedule, I have a lot of time gaps in between classes just waiting around for my next class to start. Take advantage of this 30 minutes or 2-hour gap and work on some homework. You’ll thank yourself later.

9. Don't overload yourself

I’ve made a rule with myself to only do homework Monday to Friday. That’s because if I work super hard during the week on my work then I can have the weekends off as a mental break. There are a couple exceptions to my rule like if I have a 5-page essay due Monday then yes, I’ll work on it during the weekend or if I have tests coming up the next week then I’ll be studying.

10. Don't procrastinate

If you’re avoiding something, just get it done and over with. If you have a really difficult essay to write and then a bunch of easier assignments; start with the hard assignment first to get it done. It’ll take the most time and then you’ll feel relieved when you’re done with it.

11. Don't give up

The moment you’re ready to quit is usually the moment right before the miracle happens.

Just keep going.

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