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What I Wish I Knew Before College

Students who gave testimonials about what they wish they knew before going to college.

Advice From Recent Ferris Grads

Taking the leap to pursue your degree is a big decision, and it comes with all kinds of questions. To find answers to some of your questions, we sat down with recent Ferris grads to find out what they wish they had known before their first day of classes.

Erin Riedy, Elementary Education

“I wish I had taken advantage of more scholarship opportunities while I was at Ferris. I had no idea how many were out there, and how many I could have applied for. My advice is that you look into scholarships offered specifically for off-campus students. You never know what’s out there. One scholarship could make a huge difference.”

Christopher Contreras, Business Administration 

“I wish I had known how important it is to form a good relationship with your academic advisor. They’re there with you from your first day at Ferris to your last, and they’re super helpful.”

Tanesha Reid, Criminal Justice

“I wish I would have learned more about student loans before I started at Ferris. I went in not knowing what loans were available to me or how to manage my financial aid. I definitely suggest talking with a financial aid officer."

Marcus D. Guy, Product Design Engineering Technology

“Honestly, I wish I would have known how hard I was going to have to work to get my bachelor’s degree. Even though it was hard work, I learned so much. It was a very enjoyable journey.”

Nicole Gewirtz, Criminal Justice

“I wish I would have talked more with my community college advisors and met with my Ferris advisor early on. It would have been so helpful to know exactly what classes I had to take at GRCC to complete my degree at Ferris.”

Courtney Cunningham, Elementary Education

“I wish I knew how important internships are and how crucial it is to make connections in your field. When you’re job searching, you need everything that you learned in school, but you also need to have good connections.”

Sarah Ferenz, Secondary Teacher Education

“I wish I knew that it was okay to change directions. I went from concentrating on math to English before finally deciding to concentrate on social studies. I ended up adding on an extra year, but I’m really glad that I did. I now know exactly what I want to do and I feel prepared to get a teaching job.”

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