This summer, College Bridge is lucky to have the help of our marketing intern, Asia Carter, who is a rising sophomore at the University of New Orleans and a College Bridge student. She aced her first year of college, earning a 4.0 GPA.
As we welcome our 2016 cohort of freshmen, we caught up with Asia to more hear about her first-year experience and ask what advice she has for new college students.
Check out her wisdom below!
CB: Let’s start with your major. What are you studying?
AC: Marketing. First I was a psychology major, but I changed it. I’m good at school, but I didn’t want to stay in school for so long as you need to become a psychologist. I think a minor in psychology would help with marketing, though, so I’m planning to do that.
CB: Tell me about your career goals.
AC: I want to work for Google. If I could work for Google I’d be so happy. If someone asked you, “What’s your job?” and you said, “I work for Google,” that’s legit. I want to work on the creative side, but I don’t want to be the graphic designer. I want to come up with the marketing idea behind the design.
Managing your time is about finding what works for you, and that goes for study skills, too.
CB: You had a very successful first year of college. You had a 4.0 GPA and were on the Dean’s List! What advice would you give to incoming freshmen?
AC: Aside from doing it for your family or to make other people around you happy, ultimately you have to do college for yourself or you’re not going to be motivated. Managing your time is about finding what works for you, and that goes for study skills, too. For me, I’d practice studying with things I wanted to learn about that weren’t about school, and then use what worked for my school work. For instance, I’d listen to notes from class while I’d be at the gym because it works well for me to learn by listening. And, I’d say: take other people’s advice. You don’t have to always do what they’re advising, but you should listen and think on it and treat it like an option.
I’ve progressed a lot since my first semester by setting an alarm on my phone for everything.
CB: What was something you struggled with initially when you started college?
AC: Oh, man. Time management! I still struggle with this. I want to go to the gym, Chi Alpha, class, plus I tutor — finding time for myself is my struggle. But, I’ve progressed a lot since my first semester by setting an alarm on my phone for everything. I set it for class, the gym, everything. During the summer, I’ve been keeping a notebook of stuff I have to do each day. I make a checklist for myself. I’m going to add that to my alarm system when the school year starts.
During the summer, I’ve been keeping a notebook of stuff I have to do each day. I make a checklist for myself. I’m going to add that to my alarm system when the school year starts.
CB: What motivates you?
AC: I’m self-motivated, but I’m also motivated by different things for different reasons. What makes me stay at the summer camp I work at is the impact I can have on the kids I work with. I’m motivated to intern with College Bridge because it can help open doors. In life, it’s my family, because I love them so much.
CB: What’s your favorite thing about UNO?
AC: I don’t know! One of my favorite things this semester, just to be specific, was my economics professor. He’s so smart, and he gave great advice. He’d say simple things that really opened my eyes. And we’d have lots of interesting guest speakers. So, the professors are one thing I really appreciate.
Also, I really love Chi Alpha, which is a student organization that does prayer nights and other events. I love it because it’s weird to talk about Christian faith in the real world, but it helps with that, and it made it easier to meet new friends who have a similar belief system.
CB: What was your favorite class this year?
AC: Economics! The professor gave real life examples that apply to my life. And, economics messes with your brain because you don’t usually think like that. You never think of its principles, like supply and demand, in the real world, but econ explains it. And I’d also say my statistics class. I love math and I have a passion for it. I don’t think I’ll major in it, but I like that it bothers my brain when I don’t get something, and it makes me work ten times harder to get it.
CB: What is the biggest difference between high school and college?
AC: I like college better. I like the freedom to do what you want. And, it’s competitive. I like competition. I like that it asks me to think hard, like in my history class. You can’t just memorize. I have to take something in, meditate on it, and then say something about it. And, in college, you have so many choices of student activities and majors, you can see what you like, what you’re good at, what you’re not good at — and choose for yourself.
CB: We’re lucky to have you as College Bridge’s marketing intern! Can you talk a little about the projects you’re working on?
AC: Well, for instance, we worked on a welcome video for the incoming UNO and Loyola students who will be working with College Bridge this fall. We did a social media series on professionalism in college. For that, I made a series of Instagram pictures with quotes and tips in the caption. We’ll be posting them slowly over the next few months. They’re tips for being successful in college.
You should make it your job to meet people you think are important. You never know what or who they know.
CB: Thanks so much for sitting down with me, Asia. Is there anything else you’d like to share?
AC: You know, I think high schoolers usually get a speech about “They’re not going to help you in college.” There’s actually a lot of help out there. You just have to go and find it. Get help with grammar at the tutoring center, seek help from your teachers during office hours.
And the last piece of advice I’d give is about meeting people. You should make it your job to meet people you think are important. You never know what or who they know.