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What should every freshman at your school know before they start?


When you get to college, open up and get to know people. It is a great place to meet new people and find someone who is interested in the same things as you. With students in the same university, program, or major as yourself, you will be amazed as to how much you have in common. This will help you in several different ways. First, they are their for you when you need something and this circle of friends can get you through alot. Along with that, you can also help each other with classwork which will come in handy because what some people have trouble with, others may be good at and vice versa. It will also open networking doors that could help you in your future career. You can start now by adding these contacts to your book for help in the future. Finally, it is a great chance to expand your knowledge of different people and cultures. Take the opportunity to truly KNOW people and you will be surprised how interesting college might actually be!


Talk to an advisor about what courses to take to graduate on time. Follow the BSN nursing program and finish early. Focus on school work first, then spend time socializing with friends. Maintain a high GPA so it will be easier to get into a good nursing school.


I would tell myself to apply for as many scholarships as you can because sometimes financial aid is not enough. Prepare to study hard in college because low grades and gpa could result in the loss of financial aid for a certain amount of time. Going to parties are ok as long as your priorites as a college student are handled first. It would be great to get involved in different organizations while in college to make the transition from high school to college a little easier.


If I could go back, I would tell myself that I really did not want to be a psychology major; that psychology just was not for me in the long run. I should have listened to myself when I decided I wanted to be pre-med and stuck with it. You have to put yourself out there in order to make friends, people are not always just going to come to you. Even though, everyone I knew said that rooming with my best friend would end our friendship, it didn't. Sure, we argue quite a bit, but we get over it. We have struggled with individual problems and helped each other out. ALWAYS go to class unless completely sick. College does give you the freedom of making your own decisions; go to class and succeed or skip and fail. Easy decision. The "Freshman 15" is true, beware of unhealthy cafeteria food. Always be true to yourself and listen to your heart about what YOU want, and never take new friends for granted, sometimes they are the first person you will run to in a bad situation. Overall, college is amazing and you'll learn something new every day.


I would first advise myself to choose the school which would provide the best academic possibilities for continuing education after graduate school rather than the one which was financially easiest. Also, I would choose a school where it was easier for me to become involved in activities and organizations, and where people were more open to socializing on both an academic and friendly level.


I would have told myself to stop studying so hard and enjoy these easy years. Because you will never again have it this lenient.


I took a year off before attending college. I would tell myself to go straight to college instead of taking time off. I could have had my college paid for with the Dean's Scholarship had I gone right after high school. Also, I wouldn't have bought a new car. Paying for a car and going to school simultaneously is a huge burden and is a significant reason for college dropouts. Being a college student requires discipline. They say you get more freedom, but really it is more decisions that YOU have to make and deal with the consequences. Small goals that lead up to large goals are very important along with how you use your time. Deciding your priorities and sticking with them along with discipline and time management is going to be the key to success through college.


That I should get a job and work harder in each class to get a scholarship that would pay for my whole school year. Also that I should be prepared for what is ahead.


If I were somehow able to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would have alot to say. First, I was tell myself to buckle down and do as much work as I can. Then I would tell myself to look for scholarships all over. Next, I would tell myself to move onto campus the first semester. It was really difficult for me to drive fifteen miles to get to my eight o'clock class. I would definitely have told myself about that. And finally, I would tell myself to calm down, get it together, and be friendly. College is a learning experience and I need to be open to learning from everyone around me.


I would tell myself not to worry about not going to college with everyone else. Most of my graduating class of 450 students went to the few colleges nearby. However, about ten of us went two and a half hours away to ASU. I was really nervous about not knowing many people but that actually helped me branch out and make new friends. I would also tell myself to stop freaking out about my major. Taking some classes my first semester cleared it right up for me. It was perfectly fine coming in without knowing exactly what I was doing. I would also tell myself to do more stuff my senior year. Volunteer somewhere and have some fun doing it; it's not all about GPA. It's not even about scholarships; it's about being a well-rounded person, helping people out, and enjoying life.


If i could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, knowing what I know now, I would tell myself that the habits of high school will not work in college. Being able to not really study or pay attention as in high school will only result in a F in college. College will require constantly studying and working in order to succeed. Furthermore, I would tell myself that any dollar that I made before going to college I need to save unless it is an absolute neccessity. College is expensive, and it is going to take all the money I will earn, plus some to pay for it. Lastly, I would tell myself that I should have started working toward my future during my Freshman year of high school.


College is what you make of it. Study hard, play hard, and do not procrastinate. These are going to be the best years of your life. It is best to know your priorities and let nothing get in the way of them. Set your goals high and try to focus on attaining all of them. Nothing in life comes easy and without work, there is no progress. Always give your best and nothing less. Nothing is impossible with God on your side! I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me!


going back to two months before sending in my first college application, i would arrive in a time machine out of a 1985 DeLorean. l would then pour Chlorform in a handkerchef and proceed to cover his mouth with it. i will then transport him back to his house. awakened, he will then ask what are my intentions (in a frantic voice); i will then calm him down and break down his future experiences in the next five years of school. i would advise him to be more active (as far as staying on top of his financial aid) and always work hard. i will then break the news that he will meet alot of people and get into some trouble along the way. i would also advise him to be more aware and think before he acts.


I would tell myself, "This is high school and you can do things to get by, but once I make it off to college I am on my own. My parents will not be there to make sure I did my homework last night. My instructors will not pass out extra credit to bring up my grade". If I could go back in time, I would sit in my classes and actually pay attention. I would always be alert of everything the teacher says. Learning to take notes is the biggest key to being a successful college student. Getting up and going to every class on time is also important. If I could rewind my life I would have been a lot more mature and independent before I left off for college. Responsibility and Commitment is something I would have realized I needed to make life easier and to become good at anything I do.


If I could go back in time to my high school senior year the first advice I would give myself would be to study more. In high school I never studied much but still had great grades. In college this is not the case. In college you must put in many hours of studying to be successful. If I would have developed the habit in high school the transition in college would have been much easier and more than likely would have shown an improvement in my grades during my first semester of my freshman year of college.


Having to decide what you want to do for the rest of your life as a career at the age of 18 is very hard. These are the best years of your life, so be sure to have fun and make many memories, but also take your studies very seriously! Also, at the young age of 18, 19, and 20, when applying for college, DO LOOK FOR SCHOLARSHIPS & GRANTS! There is no reason a person at this age should be working full time & only taking 1 or 2 classes at a time, at night, when they can be fit in. A person at this age should be in school full time, making the most of their time as a young adult, and becoming doctors and lawyers and teachers, making & meeting their own life goals.


The first thing I would tell myself is to fill out any financial aid/scholarship/grants, etc... information that you can. We all need to receive money for school because it is very expensive. And if you can go to college without worrying about finances, you will be able to focus on more important things like school, homework, leadership roles, etc... The next thing is we should all have good time management skills and be able to prioritize.


If I could go back in time , and talk to myself as a high school senior one word of advice I would give myself would be to go to a community college and get my basics before going to a four year college. Also I would tell myself not to commit to any major to I had received my general education. Also I would highly recommend touring the school, and getting all the paperwork needed in early. The earlier the better. Another word of advice I would give is to get well acquainted with the faculty and teachers of your school. This will help greatly as your go through your education. The best advice I can give is to pray to see where God wants you to go to college and what major God wants you to receive.


I would advise myself to come into college with an open mind. I wasn't really sure what to expect when I got to college. I was used to one way of life and one way that things opperated. However, when I came to college, that all changed and it was more of a shock than anything else.


The advice I would give is to study hard, have your work done in advance and save up plenty of money for college bacuse its expensive.


I wouldnt change my major halfway through!


In talking to myself as a high school senior, I would first tell myself that nothing is set in stone. Know that I can always make changes because it's my life and noone else's. I would tell myself to study hard and not wait to the last minute to get things done. Another piece of advice I would give myself would be to learn to pace myself with school work, my job, my girlfriend and my church responsibilities and to not get overwhelmed. Tomorrow is another day and it will get done eventually. Lastly, but certainly most important , would be to tell myself to always put God first and everything else will fall into place.


I would tell myself not to settle for the college that is nearest to me. Apply to every college! It is fun to see what you will be offered and where you could get accepted, even if you don't plan to go there. Don't be afraid to live away from home! Apply for every scholarship, because it really does help. Loans suck but being uneducated sucks worse.


Be prepared for college as best you can. Study hard and don't take extra credit for granted. When it comes down to a decision between going to the movies with your friends or studying for your finals, be smart and study. Make good friends, take good notes, and when it's all said and done and you receive that diploma, you'll know what all your hardwork was for. Stay focused and look forward not behind.


I would advise any parent and/or student to sit down and list everything they want and need in a college. Then, use this list when you come across colleges you may be interested in. Take in consideration you might not know what you want to major in, or you may change your mind. Check to see if the college has your first choice of a major as well as a few back-ups. Equally inportant is finding out what extra-curricular activites are availabe to you. Getting involved in a school activity or even an activity outside of school is a smart way to make the most of your experience. Don't miss out on potential fun and friendships to only regret it later on. Also, make sure you visit the campus atleast once if not twice before actually deciding it is the one for you. In the end the decision should soley be the student's, as it will become their new home away from home, it is important that they be happy.


Try to find to best way to get some form of aid to pay for school. Being middle class is very challenging because most parents dont have extra money.


My advice is to go to more than one orientation, get to know some of the people at each one, and learn about everything each school offers so you can pick which school you will do the best at. Its important to find one you won't get distracted from your studies at along with finding one you will enjoy and be a part of. FInd a college that fits your personality, rather than just the facilities it offers. This way you can still make good grades and have fun at the same time. Find out what kind of people go to the colleges you are looking at and find one that has people you will get along with; you won't be able to get along with everyone but there are many different types of people that go to certain colleges. Choose a college you will enjoy the sports at even if you think you aren't interested in any type of sport. The school spirit at the games will get you pumped up even if you don't understand the rules. Take this adive and you'll be fine.


Get involved and live on campus.


The advice I would pass along can be summed up in one word that carries many meanings: Jump. In the case of parents, don't be afraid to let your child make their own way. In case of students, don't be afraid to try something terrifying or new. Be ready to let go of everything you've previously thought and imagined and jump into a new world. Accept people who are different from your "norm" and learn from everything they have to offer; some of the best friendships you'll ever create are found in college, and the strongest friendships are usually with people you never would have dreamed of befriending in high school. Take in other cultures, pick up activities you've never done, and look for beauty in things you've always overlooked. College is an amazing new world; don't just float through it zombie-like. It's the first time you're free and responsible. It's scary, yes, but it's also the learning grounds for the rest of your life. Enjoy it. Soak it in like sunshine, learn everything you can, and let it lead you wherever it might.


Look for the college that best fit your needs.


Make sure to actually visit the campus, if possible. Don't be afraid to ask quetions about how active the social scene is, or how much emphasis the school puts on the aspect most important to you. Of course money is important, but if you really love a school that doesn't offer as much financial aid than another, then I suggest you choose the one that gave you the most impact. Join clubs and don't be afraid to approach people first. There should be many opportunities for volunteering or socializing, so be sure to take part in whatever suits your liking. Most importantly, focus on what you are there for: education! Don't make the mistake I did of losing my scholarship after just one semester. Of course you should have fun, just remember your priorities!


College is one of the msot important times in a person's life and they need to make the msot of it, and learning is the key. When you find the right college get invovled and make friends to help you along the way. That's what it's about, and getting the degree you've always weanted for yourself. This is a huge place in a person's life, it's time to buckle down and get what is yours. Can't is not an option, make your college work for you! Get involved, who knows you may even find your spouse there! It's so important to check everything out before you committ, because this is the rest of your life. It's time to grow up and face life head on and communicate with the world. College once again is a big step, but choose wisely it's your life. God Bless!


Caliber of Faculty. Freedom from distraction. If you are looking for a degree, compare the cost of education with yearly salary made after graduation. Buckle down freshman year, it's the make it or break it year.


Try to determine what you'll major in before you enter college. It makes the ride a lot smoother.


I would tell them to visit as many campuses as possible and choose the college that best suits you.


Find a school that allows for the venting that you find relieves your stress. College can be stressful.


Thats a great question, because its simple regardless of your circumstance, financial situation, or any other possible barrier, when considering a college or university both parents and students need to remember that this will be the students new home for the next four sometimes five years. Therefore it is essential, that the student is comfortable at their chosen institution of higher learning. Also they should feel safe, believe there is a potential to develop has a person, student, leader and professional. College in my opinion is suppose to help shape you into the person you hope to be one day. Professionally, personally, or spiritually college has the ability to transform your life in so many positive ways which is why I would insist that both parents and/or students think of this as one of the most important decisions in their lives thus far and treat it with as much consideration as possible. The long term effects of college are life-altering and will stay with you long after you finish college. Take It Seriously and Good Luck!!!!!!!!!!


Parents always help your child find the right career field to determined what college they want to go to. Students make sure you meet the deadlines and also make sure you fill out for admission, housing, and financial aid.


I would tell themnot to choose where their friends go. They should choose a college that best fits them not just because their friends are going. They should try to meet new people and really get involved on campus. They shouldn't be afraid to try new things and make their college experience the best they can.


College gives you the opportunity to start completely over while giving you the education to allow you to become the person you want to be in the future. It is important to consider both the person you are now and the person you would like to become when trying to find the right college. The college you choose should reflect the academic achivements you have acccomplished and those you wish to accomplish, the area you want to live and work in, and you as a person. You should be proud of the college you choose to attend in order to make the most out of the experience. The college experience is a life changing one that should be both valued and enjoyed as much as possible. The school you choose has much to do with your views of your college experience; however, by putting yourself in a new environment, making new friends, and participating in new activities the new discoveries you make about yourself will ultimately determine what kind of college experince you have. Overall, the decision to attend college is the most important one, but the one you choose can make the experience even greater.


Get involved. Focus on your grades. Be a well-rounded person.


The number one thing that must be considered is what does the student want to study. If a school does not offer that area of study then there is no sense in looking there. The second would be the financial aspect of choosing a school. Depending on the budget or the ability of the student to receive scholarships many schools can be eliminated that way. I would say the third most important would be checking the social aspect of the school. A school known as a party school might not be best for some students, however, a school where a student can acquire some strong friends is crucial. If a student does not like his social life at a school it will be difficult for him/her to stay, regardless of the quality of the academics. Finally, you would want to look at the quality of the department the student desires to study in. You may be thinking, "Of coarse a college kid is going to say academics are last," but still believe that if a student goes to a school solely on academics there are many variables that he/she could hate and end up leaving the school.