my entire college experience! + advice from a college graduate | community college to uc berkeley

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  • holy shit this listening to this actually hit me like a truck, im still a freshman in college but you've woken me up to all of these opportunities and the way i should approach things from now on. Thank you for making this video I think that this is going to help me with my college experience and to make it a better one just from the things you have said in this video. 🙂

  • i'm one year younger than you, so a college senior now and i can agree with you completely. I wasn't really ready to go to university straight from high school but i am almost done now (graduation in may) and i'm so happy you're talking about this because people really make it seem like college/university is an absolute must but it really is not for everyone and there is no shame in not going. it doesn't make you inadequate it's just finding what works for you and moving at your own pace.

  • Why do Americans call university college? I've always wanted to know because a college and a university are two different things where I'm from😅

  • I’m from South America, so the education system is very different haha, but still some things you said really resonated with me tbh. You mentioned how you weren’t a “passionate” student during hs. For me, I used to feel very passionate about what i wanted to study during my sophomore and senior year in high school, but when I got to University this year, with the Major that I chose, my passion started to die slowly. It’s not that I don’t like my major, it’s just that I don’t feel as passionate about it as before tbh, and I kinda feel ashamed since I fought a lot get into this Major, and saddens me a lot that it doesn’t bring me the joy that it used to.

  • you touched my heart with your words nina, i can even say that i might cried a little bit thank you so so so much i appreciative to you 🙂 <3

  • i love this sm!! i relate a lot to your experience because i took a similar path with 2 year community college and transferred to university! this is my current senior year (university sophomore) and i am cramming all of my classes this year to graduate on time and as a commuter! your video and experiences help me feel a lot less alone in all this! hope you're doing well post grad!!

  • thank you for this video. I’m watching it all only now and I really needed it. Next week I’ll my uni classes and didn’t feel really comfortable because I chose a liberal arts major (foreign languages English and Japanese) and where I live (Italy) liberal arts major are not really valued because they are considered as futile and light majors as opposed to engineering, economics and scientific majors. The last part where you gave all of your tips really made me comfortable and understood. I felt like a big sister was talking to me and I really appreciate that. ❤️🌱✨

  • Thank you nina I have just completed my associates degree and am now a junior as of spring 2019 but I still have no idea what I wanted to do 😭 I finished high school early went to community college finished my associates but now majoring in business and I'm honestly not a huge fan of this degree. So watching this video really gives me relief and advice. AND THE FACT THAT YOU APPLIED FOR COMPUTER SCIENCE WAS LITERALLY ME 😂😂 I LITERALLY DID MY ASSOCIATES IN COMPUTER SCIENCE AND I'M LIKE OMG I HATE THIS MAJOR

  • im lucky enough to have grown up in a small-medium sized college town. i'm a senior in high school planning to major in english, which was a very hard decision to make. i will be graduating as the top 10% of my class, as of now I'm rank 12 out of 160 (my school is relatively small compared to the average american high school), but I am the only person out of the 17 people in the 10% not going into a STEM field. all through 7th grade-first half of junior year I was dead set on being a computer science major, and while i believe i could do well as a computer science major, it is not what i care about. some see it as me taking the easy way out, that the only people who major in english are people who want to be teachers or people who don't know what else to major in. i'm someone who's good at math/science/history/english, i love art (i'm taking 2 art classes this year), i love music (i've been in orchestra most of my life), i love coding (i was in engineering classes 7th grade-11th grade), and i love reading. it was frustrating, because there was no obvious path for me to chose, there was no glaring "that's it!" when you look at my achievement through all these years. it took me until my 11th grade year to realize how much I truly enjoyed analyzing texts, editing my peers essays, and writing essays. what will I do with my english major? i do not have a specific plan, I still have 4-5 years until I need to worry.

  • Hi, I don't know why I'm going to rant on here but I don't really know anywhere else to go. I've just started uni (in the UK) and I'm feeling so depressed. Everyone I've met before I went said the first week would be the best time ever and I'd have so much fun and so I got super hyped but instead I feel isolated and alone. I'm fine with my living and stuff but I just can't make any friends especially with the people in my flat who are all already mates and although they're are really nice I feel really left out and can't really find anything to talk about with them. I see people hanging out in set groups of friends and going out partying while I'm in my room. Maybe I'm just panicked…? The video did make me feel better and resonated with me but I don't really see a good future because I was so excited before and I'm all alone when everyone should be meeting new people.

  • I currently am in a university and was a transfer from a community college. so I can relate so much to what you said!!! I also commute so I find myself feeling lonely just going to school for class & go home 💀 the most anti social thing ever. But thank you for making this video! I’m glad I could relate to someone who was experiencing the same thing as me & to help me enjoy my college experience a bit more & not get so stressed about finishing. ☺️☺️

  • this video is so relatable. i also went from community college to university and i’ve struggled with loneliness as well. like u said there’s nothing wrong with being alone, it’s just a part of the experience. i’m a senior and it really does go by sooo quickly

  • i think its such valuable information that you tell your subs!! Im a Dutch student, and being alone is a thing at uni is more common then people expect. It is not the worst thing though, youre busy with yourself #growth. But make sure you value the time you have with the select few people you do vibe with & take ACTUAL time to spend time with them.

  • My boyfriend just broke up with me and I weirdly found this comforting despite being out of college for two years now. The part where you talked about being by yourself and being okay with it brought me some comfort. Thank you for your kind advice 🙂

  • i'm a sophomore in hs and i've been stressed about college since i was in the 7th grade. this video is so clear and concise and i 100% relate to everything said in the beginning. i want my masters and the idea of going to community college and then transferring to a university sounds amazing. i think i'm gonna definitely need this video in 2 years lol.

  • this video helped me so much. im currently studying at a community college to get my associates degree in 2 years and ive struggled so much with the idea of seeing all of my friends head straight to universities and living on their own. you made me feel better about my decision for the long run benefits SO THANK U

  • wth nina! We’re almost the same person! I’m also a first year student and i applied to a uni half assed bc i didn’t know what I wanted by then, but right now I’m community college with a different major and determined to transfer within two years. I’m applying next month to a couple of universities, wish me good luck!

  • I'm starting college in a few days and even though there's a different education system in my country than in USA, I'm really excited to listen about your college experience and listen to some advices. Love u, Nina <3

  • When Nina was explaining how she was on her senior year. I could totally related because I am in the same boat as her. Also I’m a junior right now

  • Here in russia colleges and universities are free if the student gets certan mark for the exam at school. But there a lot of other smart people so it’s hard to get accepted. Like in famous st.Petersburg university they can accept about 20 students for free design program. The final school exam by the way is really serious, people get stressed and worry about every exam (russian,maths and two optional) like their life depends on it. Suicides were committed because of the stress and fear…

  • I'm studying in university in Russia, but watched whole video…
    Thanks for sharing your fair thoughts and experience, it's the thing that I like about you 💚

  • I didn’t know you went to community college first 🥺 but that’s exactly what I’m doing right now 😭 I’m in my second year at community college and then I’m planning on transferring to a 4 year college but idk which one I wanna go to in my city bc they’re all pretty good 😔💔 but I have about 8 more years of college to go 🥴🥴

  • personally, it's so refreshing to hear you say your identity isn't equivalent to the college you attend. today's time is filled with this mentality that allows people to place themselves on a pedestal because of the college they attend. it's frustrating and has definitely cause some insecurities for myself. but, i've learned that someone else's success isn't a catalyst for my own and that i'm doing what's best for me, and no one else. 🙂

  • Hi Nina, I am from China. So sweet to cue the international audience! Love you so much!!!! Your videos are so warm and comfortable to listen to!!

  • Thank you so much Nina! I felt exactly the same way about not knowing what I wanted to do in the future. Next year, I am going to community college. It took me a while to accept it because no one would talk about community college. I now feel I have a sense of direction. I believe that if you are not ready for college, you shouldn't jump into it blindly. The more I find people like me, the more I feel like I made the right choice.

  • It is a video about college life but you really hits me personally when you said "not everyone needs college". I know college is VERY important, but after I realize what I wanted to do in my life (last year) I saw that this field not necessary needs a degree, it has people that go to college to learn but there are people that can self-teach about this field a lot. Even tho this is not the focus of the video I think most of my struggles right now is "is it a degree really need it for this field?" because this career is very random because you can make it with or without a degree. And even if I go to college I'm 20 already and my uncle said that it's to late now lmao

  • Your videos always helps me unscramble my worries and gives me a sense of calm if that makes sense? This video helped me feel less worried about life after high school and I’m really thankful that you shared your story and advice. 🙂

  • I was always the kind of person who planned the entire thing, like for real,I somehow somewhat planned my entire life, I thought I wanted what I wanted in my life, I've work hard for it (like so hard), I gave it all until leaving myself empty, and so all got down hill since then, all of a suden; everything that I belived on left me alone; I didn't want that, but somehow it was too late (?), I felt and feel trapped, like my own self was enchained and captured, I felt and kinda still fill LOST, I realize I dind't knew what I wanted or what I expected,I tried to space, but it went all wrong.
    Anyways, here I am now, I'm a recent college student who's parents have all the high hopes on her, and yes, I DO LOVE LEARNING, I'm just somehow uncertain about academic system; school in general, I'm still positive and greatfull for all the oportunities I'm getting now, but still I can't help it but think I'm making a mistake (wich somehow I'll maybe continue in the near future if I decide and got the chance to study abroad, because there still a lot I want to learn and live).
    Yes, school is not for everyone, as so life opportunities will come in their right time….

  • I love you so much for this video. I'm in my last year of college and went through all 4 years pretty much like you, and while I also loved being alone, I've had this constant thought that I wasn't making the most out of college and going through this tug of war of being okay with it but then feeling "undesirable". I feel like most people had the same experience but we get caught up in the lives of those who are more "social" when honestly this is probably not even the experience of the majority of college students. Thank you so much for this honestly <3

  • This really is an eye-opener. I've went to a local uni back in my country somewhere in Asia. Then, I'm going to Glasgow, Scotland university just to continue my degree. I didn't expect that the people in my class are not the approachable type – who would introduce themselves first, since I'm the new student. That one time I spent a class in a small group of people, none of them ask who I am. So, it's just me who thinks that people bother about the others? It's great that Nina said it's normal to be alone in campus & everyone is busy leading their own life. Now I kinda get it. It's not that everyone is being ego, they're just… like that. It's very different from my previous uni, where everyone wants to know everyone and eventually, everybody knows each other. Well, thanks Nina.

  • thank you so much for yout time making this video and just talking about your experience! This was very helpful and took a little bit from my anxiety! Thank youuu <3

  • Hearing Nina say all of this is very comforting. I just transferred to a university and I know no one. It's lonely. I feel like everyone already has their group of friends, but hearing you say that people are alone and it's okay. It's what I needed to hear

  • I’m a senior in high school right now and I’m panicking about college. Because I have to go to college no matter what to stay on my father’s health plan. But I want to figure myself out. I want to be happy. I don’t want going to a university to be my whole identity. Sigh, it’s struggle. But your video put more things into perspective. Thank you.

  • Thank you nina for this video. The beginning really hit home for me. I originally wanted to go straight to a 4 year because that's what my friends were doing. I ended up going to community college still bkt knowing what I wanted to do with my life. I took my general ed little by little and now 6 years after graduating high school I know what I want to do with my life. I'm finally almost done with my pre requisites for my major (finance) and will be applying to transfer next fall hopefully to CSULB, or CSUSM

  • I'm european, can someone explain to me what's a community college and why does everyone look down on it? Honestly curious.

  • Computer science darn we shouldnt talk about her seriously bc i wanted that too (for the first years of my hs) and now my major at uni is literature

  • I'm a senior rn and have no idea what to study I have a scholarship deadline in October 15. Prob gonna choose random. Hope I can make a good choice and not regret it. Ugh 8 months of school left hope I live it up. And not have a mental breakdown because of thinking about college. THANK YOU NINA❤❤❤❤❤❤

  • wow, seriously thank you so much for this video nina ! I realize now that maybe I should go to community college and figure out what i want to do since I’m not 100% sure of myself right now. A lot of what you said about how you were in high school I can definitely relate to and honestly I realize I need time to get to know myself and figure out what I want to do in life 🙂

  • I'm a student in Denmark, and I've always wanted to study abroad in a community college in the US. I'm just so afraid I won't get any new friends, since all my current friends and family will be back home, and hearing about how common loneliness is… Idk, I rly doubt that I can take a whole year in a foreign country without friends lolol

  • This video really help me a lot. Even though I don't live in america and my school system is different, I am still able to take in a lot of the advice/tips that was mentioned. The part about 'enjoying life, enjoying your time there even tho its gonna be stressful and stuff' really hit me. I am just so focused on my grades all the time that it becomes unhealthy and it just becomes a huge burden. After hearing you, I should be able to work hard but still enjoy the other parts of my life. It will make things more enjoyable and healthy. Thank YOU!!!

  • If you go to college and end up with a great career and making good money then it was worth it, if you go and get some pointless degree that gives you no career and 0 money plus debt to pay. Not worth it, be smart and go for something that will pay off in the end. This generation of young kids is spooky because there not getting it and there actually getting themselves in a pickle rather than a success.

  • Haven't watched yet but I've been feeling pretty lonely as a CC transfer at UC Berkeley :// I'm friends with my housemates and one other person only because I don't have much time for extracurriculars with work and classes :// Hoping things turn around next semester

  • Im almost done with my second year of university, in Australia, doing engineering, so uhhh very different lol BUT its still so comforting and reassuring to know that someone feels the same with the busy-ness and loneliness. The acquaintance thing really resonates with me, I find it so hard to even make friends with people in my Electrical major due to schedules. We're damn busy. So yeah, its nice, Neen. You feel like that chill friend that's just like "its ok bro 💜" and I need that :')

  • So I'm a uni student in Switzerland and I don't understand ANYTHING about this video, the US college system is soo complicated and absurd haha

  • I feel down bc I study part time and work full time and plan on transferring but I feel like it’s gonna take me forever to finish school! 😭

  • senior right now going through the college process… i am seriously considering the community college route,, hmmm

  • I feel like whenever I'm watching nina's videos, I'm not watching a youtuber, I feel like I'm only talking to a friend. Thank you, nina for your thoughtful words

  • Im a comp sci major 😎
    Also my gpa is like 3.5. But i dont feel too badly cause in my math/science classes, like a whole bunch those, more than half the class drop out and my last test for calc 2, the class average was 58 YIKES i kinda wanna change majors sometimes but idk what else to do since im already half way in 😕

  • hey, thanks for this video! the way you talked so casually/ reassuringly about being alone in college made me feel so much better about being alone right now.

  • as an indian kid, it's not the same. the social construct thrusts us straight into the college mindset. you HAVE to get into a good college or the society just continuously shits on you. not just that, most of us – talented or not, won't make it out without college. there's not much else we can do to make money except get a degree. it really sucks. especially as a girl.

  • I honestly really needed this… My family want me to pursue a major in the STEM field however I want something that is the complete opposite… film. I graduate this year and I'm so confused about life and myself. I will comeback after my official exams which are in 7 months and tell you what happened…

  • i used to be a good student but then i just stopped caring

    it's honestly hard when adults start coming up to you and asking "what happened?". everyone gets so shocked when I mention to them i might not want to go to college anymore

  • Same! I am in community college now, and planning transfer this month! Berkeley is my dream school! Hope I could get the offer~

  • i honestly feel so pressured about going to college, like my older sister who's graduating this year from high school wants to study out of state but the thing is, is that my parents don't support her leaving the state OR what she wants to study for, sometimes it feels that my sister doesn't want to study anymore or go to college/university whatsoever, and now that my parents don't support her, they're completely pressuring me into studying, like i WANT to study and go to college, and i don't know what i want to study yet but like my parents are kind of forcing me to study something that'll "benefit" me in life for example technology, computers, or stuff like that, im not really interested in those things and i just feel so stressed that they want me to study something i don't want to study. it's like they want to control my life, now it just feels like i have to make them proud and satisfy them in this way, i have two sisters, one older and one younger, but out of us three im the only one who's ever actually gotten good grades, passed school, gotten letters from schools that wanted me, scholarship offers and such, it's like im my parents only hope, i feel so sad and lonely in this world that i can't even be myself and find who i am, literally no one understands me, they think im okay when im not okay, it's so heartbreaking to talk about

  • i'm heading through my last year of high school next year and omg i really understood the feeling of like not knowing exactly what you want to do but just going to college because everyone else is kinda doing it, like i have many interests but i'm just not passionate enough to go through with it ://

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