Some Friendly Advice
March 13, 2012 by James Lioi
Hey, all, hope you enjoyed or are currently enjoying your spring break! Mine was a huge success. I didn't do anything whatsoever and that is exactly how I wanted it - a boring break.
For the kids that live far away and have a great family back home, it is amazing how you start to miss everyone just a little more whenever you leave again, but I think that just makes the time you have with those you love all the more special and exciting so don’t be afraid to go far for college!
Classes are going well. I’m a little overwhelmed at times but, for the most part, I have a handle on things. One thing some people might find odd about me is I love to learn, just to know everything, and it’s evident in my reactions. I’m the guy who gets all hyped up when my results are close to the parameters that the lab manual says they should be. Then with science, I love knowing how our bodies work, why we feel the way we do or the composition of different bacteria and viruses. Find something you have a passion for and pursue it, whether as a hobby or a career.
Not really sure who reads this (ha), but I’m going to take some time to give some advice for prospective students since it is getting to be that time of the year. These tips aren't geared toward getting you to come to Niagara, just to help you decide.
When going to college and you don’t know what you want to major in, don’t sweat it. My brother changed majors twice during his freshman year and I've seen a lot of people switch their majors this year. Most have been the kids that switched out of science majors *cough sissies cough cough.*
I came into college knowing exactly what I wanted and I’ve even opened myself to different career possibilities that I would like to take. I don’t know about other schools and what kind of help they offer, but I know here at NU we have AEP (Academic Exploration Program) that helps you out and I know a lot of friends that were in this and it helped out.
To dorm or not to dorm? DORM! If you can financially afford to dorm for at least one year, do it! It’s an experience of a lifetime and it will test how responsible you are on your own, which you will need since we are going off to the Big Boy and Big Girl World here in a couple years. I currently live in Seton on the 5th floor (rockkk onn!) and even though they can be loud sometimes, I love these guys and I’ve made a lot of friends because of it. SO DORM!
Small school or big school? Well you know my answer to that question since I go to a small university. What’s so cool about a small school? Well, for one, you don’t have a billion kids in each of your classes and that allows you to build a relationship with your professors more easily. When you have to apply for graduate school, medical school, jobs, or whatever else, you'll have someone who can write those letters of recommendation and even help you get that position.
The only thing I can see that a larger school might have over smaller schools are the more specific majors that some students want to pursue. Go to a college or university that has your major! Don’t settle for something you don’t have a passion for because your friends went to another school and you want to go there to be with them - not worth it. My best friend back home is always trying to get me to transfer to his university near our hometown and I say "no," not because I don't love him, but Niagara is the fit for me. The moral of the story: go where it fits you because it is your life, not anyone else's!
Autobots… ROLLL OUTTT!