Advice for incoming college freshman

Dear Student,

Are you worried about the future? Wondering, “Will I choose the right (fill in path of worry here)?” Well, I am here to inform you, that it is 100-percent okay to feel unsure about the future. As a matter of fact, it is quite normal for college students to feel unsure about their plans.

According to the National Center of Education Statistics, 80-percent of college students will change their major at least once before they graduate. Another statistic to take into consideration is that one-third of college undergrads will transfer schools at least once before earning a degree (National Student Clearinghouse Research Center). Hopefully that takes a little weight off your shoulders. If not, maybe these former Burleson grads can give you a little background about their current or recent college experiences.

Mackenzie Hailey, a former Burleson High School graduate, informed us why she transferred to a new university during her college career.

“I transferred from the University of Texas at Arlington, but for athletic purposes,” said Hailey. “I had gotten injured at UTA and ended up needing surgery. Unfortunately, I never got the chance to make it to the doctor and had to quit. Once I was released, I was contacted by the basketball coach at Tarleton State University and they offered me a spot on their team.” Hailey is studying kinesiology with a minor in English.

“I have a really good academic advisor and have had no issues with transferring my credits,” said Hailey.

Reid Woods, another Burleson graduate, recently finished his four-year degree at the University of North Texas. Although Woods graduated from UNT, he did not start his college career there. Woods started his undergrad at Oklahoma State in Stillwater.

“I loved everything about Stillwater, I loved going to school there,” Woods said. “I just had better opportunities to gain experience in Fort Worth, and UNT was a lot cheaper.”

Woods received two internships in Fort Worth during his undergrad years, and is currently a commercial real estate broker in downtown Fort Worth.

Another big thing that I know some of you, if not most of you, are eager for is, change. You are ready to start college in a new town, make new friends, and move out of your parent’s house. Its okay, we all get it.  Take note that life is about to get really expensive. From my own personal experience, if you have the option to stay at home for a year or two to get your basics at Hill College or Tarrant County Community College, do it! You can save so much money. You can actually leave a community college with more money than you started with, because of the financial opportunities they have to offer. I was able to purchase my own laptop with left over financial aid my first year of school, and I promise saving money is so worth the wait.

So to my dear student reading this, do not feel discouraged. Everything in life happens for a reason, and you will find your purpose. Good things always take time and you should think of your time in college as an investment. In order to make something happen, you have to start somewhere.  
Here is a little quote that can help you get through some doubts you may have about the future.

 “For what it’s worth... it’s never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people who have a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.”
 - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Mallory Buettemeyer is a 2014 Burleson graduate and student at the University of North Texas.

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