I'm a college student AMA

Inspired by all the lovely other AMAs @shanaz @marginally_amazing @colls39 @alligeeshow @mallofamanda and because I can't pass up an opportunity to answer questions. What do you want to know about being a college student in 2016?
  1. Did you have to take out student loans? Did that affect your decision in choosing a school?
    Suggested by   @colls39
  2. @colls39 i did take out some student loans. For the most part, I'm in debt to my dad, who is paying for it but I'm slowly paying him back. I wouldn't say it affected my decision to choose a school, I mean obviously I thought about it, but for the most part I just accepted that school was going to be a big investment and I
    Would be in debt for a long time.
  3. Do you feel like there is a lot of pressure to know what you want to do after college in order to choose a degree? There seems to be a lot of crossover degrees to different jobs. Is that reassuring or just more competition for jobs?
    Suggested by   @marginally_amazing
  4. @marginally_amazing I'll be honest, I've known what I wanted to do since I was 13, so I've never been conflicted about choosing the right degree/program. But I definitely see that competition and confusion with my friends/other college students.
  5. How many schools did you apply to and did you visit before finalizing which one you picked?
    Suggested by   @mallofamanda
  6. @mallofamanda I applied to 9 schools total. I visited one the summer before my senior year of high school, and two during my senior year. Visiting the schools definitely helped finalize my decision.
  7. Based on your high school experiences, do you feel more or less mature than your college peers? Or is everyone right on par with each other?
    Suggested by   @francium
  8. @francium that's a tough question! For the most part, yes, we are all on par with each other. I think I've always felt old for my age, so maybe sometimes I do feel more mature than my college peers, but that also might just be me being conceited.
  9. @talor Nursing! With a minor in writing and rhetoric
  10. What advice would you give an aspiring nursing student? My daughter is 16 and starting this journey!
    Suggested by   @karlalucia
  11. @karlalucia oooo yay!!!! That's fantastic! Choose a direct entry nursing school, which means that when you apply to the school, you also apply to the nursing program, and are accepted into the nursing program or not. Schools where you take two years of pre reqs and then apply to be in the nursing school aren't ideal in my opinion.
    Choose a school where you like the nursing school and the rest of the school. Nursing won't be your whole world, and you want to enjoy the rest of school too. Study hard, nursing is one of the most challenging majors. Best of luck!!! 💜💜💜
  12. What are your thoughts on "trigger warnings" and "safe spaces" at colleges these days? I didn't know that was I thing but I've been seeing some articles about it recently.
    Suggested by   @mbmurray23
  13. @mbmurray23 i didn't know anything about those until you asked, so I just did some research on them, and for the most part, I kind of feel like they're bullshit. I realize that some topics are difficult to learn about and discuss, but that's a part of life. I understand and I'm sorry if they make you sad or bring you down,
    But that's not really a good enough reason to expect immunity from learning about them. I have been diagnosed with major depression and anxiety, and I still don't expect the world to protect me from the upsetting things that are happening. If you want to exist in your own little bubble, clean from all bad things and anything unhappy, that's fine, but you can't expect your college to bend over backwards to accommodate you.
  14. @mbmurray23 update: I've done some more reading about it and I would like to add to my answer. It's entirely possible that someone has a mental illness or is in recovery from something (PTSD, bulimia, sexual assault, etc) and I understand that certain things can be triggering for them and in that case,
    I do support trigger warnings. However, they are special cases, and it's important that we draw the line between "this might actually cause me to relapse" and "this just makes me uncomfortable." I wasn't totally clear on how trigger warnings were used before.
  15. A) Do you feel that your elementary and high school education prepared you for college academically (the buzzword now is made you "college ready") B) Was it mostly school that prepared you academically (study habits, note taking, etc.), your family teaching you these things, or a combination of both?
    Suggested by   @kate81
  16. @kate81 i do think that my high school prepared me for college classes and the amount of work I would have. As for studying, no one has ever actually sat me down and said "this is how you study" and I do think it has taken me a long time to learn how to study. And honestly, I still don't feel 100% confident in my studying abilities.
    In addition to that, every teacher/professor has a different teaching style, and therefore a different studying method works for said teacher. So that takes some getting used to. Either way, my studying tools are constantly evolving and being updated.
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