A Look@College

A Look@College

As a UBMS student, we know that you aspire to go to college after high school and have often wondered what college is truly like.  College can be a scary place, one filled with uncertainties and self-doubt.  We know you have questions and concerns about college so we are here today to address them.  Below are some questions students often ask themselves prior to entering college.

The question of Am I smart enough for college?is one that often arises. Of course you are smart enough.  We believe in you and have worked hard to provide you with the proper skills and resources to be successful in college. Many students have a “college is much harder than high school” mentality.  While it may be a little harder, it is undoubtedly manageable.  With proper study skills, organization skills, time management, and some discipline, you can expect to receive A’s and B’s in your classes just as you did throughout high school.  Do not lower your expectations or be discouraged just because you have heard that college is so much harder.

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Money, a concern for all students, is the matter we will discuss next.  As a UBMS participant, we know you often worry about how you will pay for school.  Tuition, books, and housing can be very costly, so UBMS is here to help you get as many scholarships and as much financial aid as possible.  Even with scholarships and financial aid, realize that often in college, you will feel as though your wallet has a big hole in it.  Your bank account may be completely drained and you might be forced to live off of instant noodles for awhile.  You will make financial mistakes but that is okay.  It’s important that you learn from those mistakes so that you can be more financially responsible in the future.  As a college student, it’s crucial that you “live within your means“.  Don’t spend what you don’t have or you will forced to deal with severe consequences later in life.

Many students have also expressed concerns about making friends, stress and safety.  Throughout your time in college, you will have the opportunity to meet people from all around the world.  Don’t worry so much about making friends, because this is something that will take care of itself. You will make friends at orientation, in the dorm, in the clubs you join, and everywhere else you go.  At times, college can be very stressful so it’s important that you are able to handle that stress well.  Remember that we are here to assist you in any ways possible; don’t hesitate to ask UBMS for help if needed.  Lastly in regards to safety, no mater which school you go to, realize that it is not a completely crime-free environment.  Be aware of your environment and surround yourself with good people.  Taking these measure will make safety less of a concern throughout your time in college.

So that you can experience what college actually looks and sounds like, please take a look at the video below.  This is a lecture of the Intro to Robotics class at Stanford University.  Take a look at the first 10 minutes of the video. If you are interested in robotics or engineering in general, email ubms@uta.edu and we will be glad to give you more information.

*The Journal of College Admission, November 201, Fall 2008*

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