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How do you know if you're college material?

Topic: Admissions | Asked by: Anonymous | Asked on 06/17/2010

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Go to the nearby university or college and take a tour. They will usually let you sit in on a class to see what it is like. Or if you have a friend, just show up with them one day. Most professors don't care and won't even know you're there. If the semester is just starting, go sign up to "audit" the class. If you do this, you will take the class just like any other student but won't get a grade.

Answered by: Dantheman50 L. | over 4 years ago
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The first step is getting into college. You will want to research on the website of the college what average student statistics are. Apply to a college where you are right in the middle. The next step is adapting. It will be a little different from high school, but once you get the hang of studying you will be fine. Just have a strong work ethic and an eagerness to learn.

Answered by: Average Joe V. | over 4 years ago
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If you have the desire to go and pursue a degree whole heartedly, then you are college material. However, if you are going because people are telling you to, then you may consider other avenues. You will be tempted by lots of things during college, if you aren't dedicated to completing your college goals, then don't go. But, if you honestly feel you are stuck in between, then try it for a year and see if you like it.

Answered by: L Platter F. | over 4 years ago
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You can pretty much determine that while you are still in highschool. If academic achievement and advancement is a present and future prioriety, then most likely you are college material. In order to pursue a professional career, college is a must. You must have your goal in foresight and move straight ahead. It takes a lot of determination, hardwork and dedication to achieve your future aspirations.

Answered by: Joyceann L. | over 4 years ago
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Is school important to you? Are you able to study and complete assignments on time? Do you enjoy learning and want to continue learning? Are there certain subjects that really interest you? If you said yes to most of the questions, it sounds like you are ready for college!

Answered by: Mighty Spidey L. | over 4 years ago
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Do you take your education seriously? Do you always put forth your best effort academically, even if it doesn't always result in an A? Can you manage your time well? Can you remember to complete tasks without someone giving you constant reminders? Are you responsible and able to remain focused? If so, you'll likely succeed in college. Even if you don't possess some of these traits, you can still be successful in college, you will have to obtain these trait along the way.

Answered by: Upallnight I. | over 4 years ago
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Everyone is college material. There are even freshman high schoolers who take college classes to make it easier when they get there. It really depends on what kind of experience you personally want to have. You can focus on school, take a full load of classes, and study your butt off, or you can take a more relaxed approach to your education. Some people take far more than 2 or 4 years to earn their degree. They just take the classes that they need or are interested in at their own pace, because it is less stressful for them, and they feel like they can focus more on getting great grades by taking a couple of classes at a time. You will frequently find people much older or younger than you in college, because they are all taking classes for their own personal needs. Some people even take them just for fun! Whatever anyone tells you, there absolutely is no imaginary timer for your personal education. You can go as fast or as slow as you'd like. If you think that you can handle listening to an hour or so of a lecture, writing a paper on it, or studying to take a test on it later, then yes, you are college material. You will meet plenty of friends and people in college who will probably be in the same boat, and you can study together. As long as you brush up on your studying skills, (when to study, how long to study, etc.) college should be easy for you. When you find your passion, the classes that you decide to take (whether they are boring or not)will have new meaning and purpose. It really is a great feeling to be able to go to college, and it honestly doesn't matter if you are filthy rich or dirt poor. FAFSA pays for everything if your income is low enough, from books to classes to living expenses. (Even if you don't have any living expenses, leaving you to pocket the leftover cash. No joke.) At the very least, going to college is certainly worth a try. You'll never really know if you are cut out for it or not until you make an honest effort for yourself.

Answered by: Postmaster4224 P. | over 4 years ago
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Anyone is "college material". There are different types of schools for everybody. What might be the best university in the state, may not necessarily be the best for a great student. There are schools out there that will work for you. You may not like the idea of a large popular university, but there is a school out there for you.

Answered by: Allgrw P. | over 4 years ago
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Anybody can be college material. All you need is dedication, good choice making, and persistence. With those qualities you can make it over any hump and succeed in college.

Answered by: Tbowser Y. | over 4 years ago
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I am would really know if I am a college material when I want to achieve my goal. Work really hard on school and always want to success. And intelligent, smart. Always finished what you start.

Answered by: Tasumi Y. | over 4 years ago
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As college is a main necessity in today's economy to really make a living, and also a learning facility I would never consider anyone to "not be college material." You are going to college because you want to learn and become more successful, if you are ready to learn you are college material.

Answered by: Anon C. | over 4 years ago
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Anyone and everyone is college material. All one has to do is be willing to work hard and actually learn. If you want career and a stable income, you are college material. If you have a interest, on that you like a lot, you can major and get a job in it. If you find college too hard, but still meet all the other criteria, consider getting a certification (also offered by colleges, but not major universities). These focus on one job only, no other kind of classes are needed. Jobs which certificates are used in are: computer technician, automotive jobs, construction, massage, etc.

Answered by: Mayell U. | over 4 years ago
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I think it is important to have the interest first. There are many colleges available that don't require you to have a perfect gpa. Community colleges come to mind. Once you have an interest then you can pursue your own goals.

Answered by: Jas Po Sf P. | over 4 years ago
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If you did well on your SAT you are college material. The SAT is used by the college to predict your GPA, so if you did well you'll do well in college. There is a college for everyone.

Answered by: Manu R. | over 4 years ago
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There are over thousands of colleges all over America. There is definitely one that can fit your needs and will benefit from you becoming a student. If college is your dream, then go out and enroll.

Answered by: College Student808 W. | over 4 years ago
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If you are looking to further your education and have a willingness to succeed, that is the main clue. If you're interested in achieving high standards and goals and want to make a career woman or man out of yourself, you are probably college material. It's not easy, so you have to be willing to study..A LOT! If you want it bad enough, you will.

Answered by: Jen B. | over 4 years ago
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You are college material if you would be prepared to take a full loan to pay for school and would be willing to pay it all back over time. Many students go to school, their parents pay the bill and they end up partying and wasting their time. Obviously, this is not always the case, but if you are questioning if you are college material, ask yourself how important it is to you. If you think you are mature enough to budget your time and study enough to get good grades while balancing a healthy social life, you are college material. If you hate school, hate studying, love partying and have a terrible procrastination habit, you probably aren't.

Answered by: Hiya48 Q. | over 4 years ago
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Did you make average or above average grades in high school? Are there certain subjects you really enjoy learning about? Can you discipline yourself to work and concentrate on difficult material? Do you get satisfaction from setting goals for yourself, tackling demanding projects, and enjoying the reward of doing stuff on your own. If you like learning new things and expanding your world view, you will probably do just fine.

Answered by: Jane Sparks U. | over 4 years ago
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Trying college can't hurt. If you have the opportunity, why not give it a chance? What's the worst that can happen - you quit after a semester? College teaches you a lot outside of the classroom, and going will help you mature into an adult. Some people are naturally studious - they should go to college. Some people do ok in school, but aren't terribly interested in school - they should go to college too. In these times, the only time you definately shouldn't go to college is if you have a definate plan to work in a field that doesn't require a degree. Get a job instead and begin working your way up.

Answered by: Vinny T I. | over 4 years ago
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You know you are college material if you are serious about school. Some people go just to meet people or to have something to do. Hopefully, you know what you want to do in life. You should be a hard worker and be able to discipline yourself.

Answered by: Jenny J. | over 4 years ago
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if you did well in high school you are college material. also evaluate your SAT scores. if they match that of the college you are college material.

Answered by: Cause K. | over 4 years ago
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If you want to study or prepare for a career or profession, then you're college material. It's not about book smarts or sports scholarships or parental expectations - it's the fact that you want to go at all. If you have the drive to study hard for 3-4 years (or beyond), get in those applications. You have nothing to lose.

Answered by: Julia Jolie Y. | over 4 years ago
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Do you like learning? Can you apply yourself to your studies for at least for more years? If you're not sure, take a couple of classes at a community college to get a feel for college life.

Answered by: Syam V. | over 4 years ago
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There is no such thing as being "college material." To be honest, anyone can adapt to college. It just may take more time for some people than it does for others. Some people may have to work harder to be successful in college. But anyone can make themselves "college material" if they are willing to work hard.

Answered by: Rebeccp H. | over 4 years ago
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Anyone can be college material. As long as you have a desire to obtain a degree and your grades are at least decent, then you should consider yourself college material. It is necessary for you to want to succeed in college in order to actually be successful.

Answered by: Monster M. | over 4 years ago
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If you desire to further your education, you are most likely college material. Most often than not, people think that just because they haven't done well with grades in the past, they won't make it in college. This is not true. Anyone can do anything they set their mind to. If you wish to be something in life and want to make a great living for yourself, you can.

Answered by: Jen B. | over 4 years ago
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You know you are college material if you are serious about school. Some people go just to meet people or to have something to do. Hopefully, you know what you want to do in life. You should be a hard worker and be able to discipline yourself.

Answered by: Jenny J. | over 4 years ago
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if you did well in high school you are college material. also evaluate your SAT scores. if they match that of the college you are college material.

Answered by: Cause K. | over 4 years ago
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If you want to study or prepare for a career or profession, then you're college material. It's not about book smarts or sports scholarships or parental expectations - it's the fact that you want to go at all. If you have the drive to study hard for 3-4 years (or beyond), get in those applications. You have nothing to lose.

Answered by: Julia Jolie Y. | over 4 years ago
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Do you like learning? Can you apply yourself to your studies for at least for more years? If you're not sure, take a couple of classes at a community college to get a feel for college life.

Answered by: Syam V. | over 4 years ago
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There is no such thing as being "college material." To be honest, anyone can adapt to college. It just may take more time for some people than it does for others. Some people may have to work harder to be successful in college. But anyone can make themselves "college material" if they are willing to work hard.

Answered by: Rebeccp H. | over 4 years ago
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Anyone can be college material. As long as you have a desire to obtain a degree and your grades are at least decent, then you should consider yourself college material. It is necessary for you to want to succeed in college in order to actually be successful.

Answered by: Monster M. | over 4 years ago
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If you desire to further your education, you are most likely college material. Most often than not, people think that just because they haven't done well with grades in the past, they won't make it in college. This is not true. Anyone can do anything they set their mind to. If you wish to be something in life and want to make a great living for yourself, you can.

Answered by: Jen B. | over 4 years ago
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While attending interview, your resume states that you are a college material. Your knowledge regarding the subject also states that you a college student. So be positive, its not necessary for you to state that you are a college student.

Answered by: Optional D. | over 4 years ago
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College isn't for everyone...a face that is ignored too much these days. You could always try a few classes at community college and then decide. It'll be a lot cheaper than getting into a real college, so there will be a lot less pressure on yourself. Ultimately, nobody can answer that question for you.

Answered by: The Truth C. | over 4 years ago
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You will never know how you are going to do in college if you don't go. I found that the actual college experience wasn't right for me, and I ended up going online. I found that the online experience is just what I needed, and I have been doing excellent ever since then. Remember that you're just there to get an education and it will make a good return in your future and it will be worth it in the long run.

Answered by: Smart1 I. | over 4 years ago
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Of course, your grades are some indication of whether you are college material or not, but more importantly, I beleive that if you have an area of real interest that you'd like to persue, that is really all you need. I have found that academic success at the college level is something like 30% intellect and 70% effort, interest, and engagement. If there is something you are really aching to persue in college then go for it, you won't dissapoint yourself.

Answered by: Collegeprof T. | over 4 years ago
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I believe that what makes someone college material is how much grit and determination they have. Someone can do amazingly well in high school, and score high on the ACT and still not do well in college. The people that will do really well are the ones that are willing to put in the time to study, and are able to self motivate. College is a very different environment than high school, one that requires you to motivate yourself to complete your work much more. If you are someone that isn't afraid to push yourself, and don't quit when things get rough, then you are college material.

Answered by: Ashelton N. | over 4 years ago
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