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7 Questions is an ongoing series we are working on, where alumni from METS report back about their college experience. This time, we’re hearing from Joey, who graduated in 2015.
What college are you attending, and what is your major?
I am actually a transfer student. I went to the University of New England and ended up switching to Boston University my Sophomore year. I study Biology with a Pre-Veterinary Medicine track. I also am doing a minor in Music Performance.
What helped you decide on your major?
I have always had an affinity for animals and the thought to be a veterinarian came naturally to me. Music was also a major theme in my life so college was the perfect place for me to expand my horizons with a topic I love.
What was your favorite class in college, and why?
American Politics, believe it or not. The Teacher was a very left wing democrat and the T.A. was a very right winged republican. Every day they would debate in class over policy. It was a very enjoyable class that made me think critically about the things I find important for building our future. It was also a class where a lot of controversial subjects were talked about on a daily basis. I felt challenged and offended a few times which was great practice on how to deal with situations of the same nature.
Are you working in the same field as your major?
Currently I am not, but there are plans in the works right now for me to do an internship in a veterinary office shadowing a vet and learning under him. More news to come.
Were there things you felt unprepared for when you went to college?
YES! The workload is increased exponentially. Especially if you take subjects you aren’t very familiar with. The time outside of class to learn a subject almost quadrupled for me. There isn’t much reviewing in college which makes you the one responsible for finding ways to get the knowledge in a way that you feel you understand the material.
How do you feel METS helped you prepare for college?
Definitely in the financial aspect of college. All the application help is exceptional and I felt the most I got from it was the financial awareness. I know more about my loans and my college finances than most of my peers.
What advice would you give to METS students?
Take every chance and opportunity given to you. College is a place to explore yourself and find things that challenge you and make you better and more well rounded. If you don’t try new things, you’ll never know what truly excites you. Study abroad. Go to events. Study hard but don’t miss out on the fun and adventure of college.
So, you’ve finally made it to your Senior year. You’ve only got a few required classes left, so it’s time to relax. Time to sign up for some nice easy electives, an extra study hall or two, maybe get a little bit of a head start on senioritis.
Wait, maybe that wasn’t clear enough.
100% of all colleges that you will be applying are going to pay attention to what classes you take your senior year. This is the perfect time to select classes that can help you separate from the crowd. Are AP classes a possibility? Take them! Not only do they look great to colleges, AP classes can help you save a lot of money once you get to college.
Even if you’re not looking at AP classes, there are always classes available that will let colleges know you are a serious student. Thinking about being a nurse? Maybe take a look at that Anatomy class. Really enjoy writing? Maybe there’s a Journalism class that doesn’t quite fit requirements, but has always looked like fun. Whatever it is, make sure your class schedule shows that you’re taking your senior year as seriously as colleges will. Not sure if your schedule passes the test? Check with your METS Advisor! They will be happy to help you out.
Whatever you do, don’t procrastinate! In most high schools, you only have until the first week of classes to change. That may seem like it’s a long way off today, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry!
Is it worth it to go to college? Short answer is, YES!! Of Course it is!!
The long answer, as with anything, is a little more complicated. As anyone who has opened a newspaper or watched the news in recent years has no doubt heard, going to college is a very expensive proposition. Expensive in time, expensive in effort, and expensive in money. Still, going to college IS worth it! Continue reading