College Doesn’t Have to be SCARY…A Day in the Life of a College Student

Oct. 31, 2017

In celebration of College and Career Readiness Month, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College reached out to some of the alums to get testimonials of how their year was going, what they are learning, and what they are thankful they learned in high school.  Here is an example of one of their college experiences below: Meet Journey Taylor (Class of 2017)  She’s one of our great leaders, thinkers, and communicators and here is her story: “A typical day for me starts at 10 am with my first class or maybe earlier if actually have the energy to go to breakfast. I have at least 2 classes a day between the hours of 9am-1pm most of which are about 50 minutes to 90 minutes long. I usually wrap up around 1pm and have the entire day to do homework, hangout on campus, or with friends. I have so much free time I try to divide it up with a mixture of all three, so I feel somewhat productive. I meet new people everyday and expand my social circle as much as possible; there are so many amazing people to meet and do fun things with. College campuses are FULL of random activities to do with the people who live in your hall or other friends, and I typically go to a few a day. Ex: Zumba at the rec center, Hidden Figures showing in the outdoor theater, or just Mac and Cheese movie nights with my floormates. I know it’s been a good day if I got something for free! DMLK has actually prepared me better for college than I thought it would in the sense that the little things like writing in my planner has SAVED MY LIFE. College is so heavily weighted on what you want to do both in your personal life and in your academic life and I appreciate the exposure that I was given through college classes (Shoutout to Cochran!) and support from staff that has made it all the easier to transition to college and make the most of my time at CSU. Pieces of Wisdom: Make strong relationships with DMLK staff; it helps with so many things in the future. (letters of rec, connections, emotional support) Never be afraid to ask for help. It’s okay. Mental health is SOOO important. Be mindful of your workload and obligations and make sure you are okay at all times. Explore, college options, majors, interests college is the best time for this. [Thank you, Journey, for sharing your wisdom and experience with us!]