Bellevue University Top Questions

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


If I could talk to my highschool self again I would tell me to learn to meditate. Learn to meditate, control my emotions, and show those hormones who is boss. I'd tell myself, "You know that guy on the basketball team? Nope. That cute nerd in the corner there? Nope. The martial artist? Nope." I'd tell myself that I have a ridiculously smart and good looking nerd in my future who loves me for who I am. And I'd tell myself that who I am ends up being even nerdier than I am now (during highschool). I manage to double and triple up on the geekness but I also manage to double and triple up on confidence and ability. I'd say, "It won't always feel like this. The friends you will make and the things you will do will lift you up. I would tell me that what you are learning now is setting you up to be who you are, and who you are in the future is a very happy person with so much love. So keep studying. The best is yet to come. Oh, and thank mom and dad regularly.


Kaitlyn, don't sweat the small stuff. Yes, you do have ADD and depression/anxiety, but there are options for help. When it comes to friends, you'll eventually make new ones. You may not be able to go out to parties now while your mom still makes the rules, but when you go to college, you're going to have to be careful. People make mistakes. Don't ever get down about them. Learn from them and move on. When it comes to boys, just chill out and you'll find one someday that you'll fall in love with at first sight. Trust me, I did. Make sure that you do your homework on time and do not procrastinate! Keep applying for scholarships even after your first year of college. You may not feel like a worthy person now, but later you will be worth something to a lot of people.


I would approach myself in a friendly manner and introduce myself, to “Hector.” Let Hector know that I come from the future and explain to him what I know now and what you will have accomplished throughout the years. You will turn out to be a good man whole heartedly, who loves his friends and family. That you have become pretty successful as a 15+ year Active Duty Airman in the United States Air Force and to not worry about the little things in life. You will marry a beautiful and wonderful person that you will meet at your first duty location. I would advise myself to really think about what your Wrestling coach said to you about joining the elite Pararescue team and make a difference in the world and for your fellow teammates. To score higher in the Asvab and potentially get the job you really wanted in the Air Force. Finally, have myself sit down and to take me seriously on this next advice, “take one class a semester!” This would make you be a better person, smarter and competitive with promotions in the Armed Forces.


I would say GO, GO, GO to college. Adult life can wait.


My first semester at college was a complete failure. I spent too much time with my girlfriend and at work and not enough time in class. Going back I would tell myself that I would have a lot of learning experiences coming my way real soon, not all of them would come from a classroom. I would tell myself that that muscle car I wanted would only get me in trouble. I would tell myself that that blonde I liked would only get me in more trouble. I would remind myself that school was more important than work and make sure I knew not to try to work full time and go to school full time. I would tell myself that going to all those parties would teach me a lot of things the hard way. I would make sure that I knew how important education was and try to get myself to go to class and learns things the easy way. Maybe then I could learn who I was without having to find out who I was not first.


Don't screw around. Just get right back to to school, dont take a break, and just get it done with. You don't want to feel like you are left behind from the people you may know. Most importantly, Only chance for your mom to see you graduate is if you go right to college, not taking couple years off.


If I could go back to when I was a senior in highschool I would tell myself to find a school that fits me and not just a school that offers a scholarship. Had I done this, I could have gone to a school where being in band was a more prominent part of my school career. I would also tell myself to just finish the four years and get the degree and not to change my major. Biology was what I wanted I just didn't take the time and dedicate myself to making that a reality. Creating a homework schedule would have also been benificial to me. I just did homework where ever it fit in instead of making it a priority and setting aside time for it. Getting more involved in student activities and making more friends would have been another peice of advice i would have offered to myself. And last but not least I would have told myself to live on campus. That is an important part of being involved in your school and exploring every opportunity available to you and it also makes you feel like you are a part of something.


Take your time figure out what major you see yourself doing your entire life. Also how flexible is that particular major? Make sure you complete something that you would to do.


If i were to go back to being a high school senior i would tell my self to slow down and enjoy this last year of high school. I remember my parents telling me once you are out of school time will fly by. My parents were correct. As a senior i was ready to get out of high school and get on my own. Knowing what i know now I would have slowed down and enjoyed my senior year and also tried harder to obtain scholarhsips and worked a little harder to get better grades. I have learned that in college that good grades are important, not only for scholarships but to yourself as a acknowledgement of achievement. I actually made the dean's list while attending metro which i was very proud of and will continue to strive to do my best that i know i am capable of. I would also tell myself that you made good choices in high school and that i hope I continue making the good choices that are best for me. Lastly i would say again - ENJOY your life at this moment and time as life does go by so fast.


I have definitely had a wakeup call transitioning from high school to college but it has been a positive one. I look back onto my high school career and see a whole new perspective. One piece of advice I wish I knew in high school was that crazy school counselor actually knows what she is talking about! Well that is once you get past her opening random stories. I really took my counselor and the school resources for granite. I would also want to become more prioritized. I wished that rather than worrying about my social status or what I was going to wear the next day I would have spent more time networking. I have learned that without connections it is really hard to get a foot in the door or go anywhere. I would also share that the only regrets that I have had are ones that I didn’t do. For example, learning another language or taking extra electives that sparked my interest. Lastly don’t be afraid to take a different approach and start an essay or project over if it is not going anywhere because it will reflect on your grades.


I would tell my high school self don't wait to go to school. I have decided to go back to school because I cannot obtain the job I want without a degree. Going to school while working, being a mom and a wife is way harder than it would have been if I had went right after high school. Life is full of oppertunites take them while you can while life is not so complicated.


The advice I would give my self would be to turn things in on time. I would tell myself to study hard for a test and not cram like I did in high school because you don't get good grades if you do that. I would tell myself to keep trying and not give up. I would also tell myselft to apply for more scholarships so I have enough money to go to college and not go into debt. I would also tell myself to take my time and take things one at time. Use Bellevue's writing center and tutoring center more. I would also tell myself to lose the shyness and be involved more and help out. I would tell myself to keep encouraging myself and be the first my family to graduate with a Bachelor's Degree. I would tell myself to be a good role model for my younger siblings and show them that it is possible to be someone and get a Degree. I would encourage myselft and tell myself to keep going even when things get hard.


As a high school senior in 1972 I believed that a career in retail was a good chooice that did not require a college degree. While I was able to support and raise a family, a degree would have taken me much farther in my field and would have secured a higher standard of living instead of stuggeling for the little things in life. Although I did enter college when I graduated, it was to gain a deferment from the Vietnam War. My college carrer only lasted one semester as I learned that a person needs to do something because they relly want to, and not to avoid something else. It was a lessen that I carried with me my whole life. Taking a job because it did not require a degree and entering college to avoid war were both poor reasons for the choices that I made. I would now encourage my younger self to to make desisions based on what is in the heart. A college education is priceless and will serve you your whole life.


Well I am in my forties and when I was a senior I told myself that an Associates Degree would be enough and for part of my career life so far it has been ok. But the present job I have it seems to get brought up all of the time that I do not have a 4 year degree. So I wish I could have told myself back then to get as much education as possible, because life can get in the way of obtaining some things in life. It's funny and strange now to think that I am going back to college and I have two kids in college as well. And that we all hope to graduate about the same time. I'm sure the next graduation party will be something I never forget.


Please don't ever change who you are for someone else, or for who you think someone else would want you to be. You ask; "What if I fall?" My response now is "Oh darling, but what if you fly?" You are worth so much more than you even think you are capable of. And If you could see yourself now, I know you would have that confidence that you lack now. Please remember who you are and what it feels like to be a kid. Please hold on to the memories and cherish the little things, because everything you have now will one day be gone. Remember the freedom and fireflies in the air on sunmer nights. Remember what it's like to create new experiences. When was the last time you did something for the first time? And please, most of all, hug your family one last time. Keep them close. Cherish what you have now. It sounds so cliche but if I could send this back in time, I would in a heartbeat. You are worth more than you know. Please love deeply. Stay strong, sweetheart. God has awesome plans for you if you just hold on.


If you're not completely sure on what you want to be when you grow up. Then don;t go to college but I would highly suggest that in 5 to 10 years you check on what's available in the feilds of your interest. Then go to a college of your choice and acheive your dream. Don't let anyone stop because of your age. Anyone at any age can always learn something new.


If I was able to speak to myself in the past, I would say that, programing is not difficult and the concept is very simple if you go to the computer labs and apply yourself. Focus on simple, small achievable goals and you will be a great coder


The advice I would give myself would have been to continues my higher education right after I graduated from high school in 1982. In my opinion, I did not do to bad for myself with a practical nursing diploma from a technical college in 1984 and a 16 years career in the Air Force as an Areomedical Technician until 2002. I am thankful to God that I was able to return to higher education to obtain my associate degree in 2013 during the time my two children were college students also. Hopfully in my fifty's, I can obtain my bachelor degree in health care management. So the only advice would have been to obtain my degree in my early years and not my later years.


I would tell my high school self to not give up, keep pushing and work harder. I wasn’t positive with what I wanted to do in life; I had a thought of becoming a Physical Therapist but didn’t want to keep up with school to get there. School is important and college is more expensive than high school do don’t go unless you are committed! Don’t procrastinate, save your money, study more, apply for scholarships, and ask for help if you need it!


I would say to follow your dreams and what you have a passion for in life. FInd classses that will relate to a career that will make you happy to go to work everyday and not one that is all about the money. Trust your insticts and perform at the best of your abilities in everything.


Take your time and be patient. Everything comes with a price, but dedication is the ingriedient that will lead you to success!


Apply, apply, apply. In every way, shape and form. Apply for colleges. Apply for scholarships. Apply yourself in school. Apply yourself socially. IT ALL MATTERS! Don't wait until a year after high school to try and go to college. Of course you won't be as late as others are but it's always better to be ahead, isn't it? Your future is on the line here. Don't do anything for anybody but YOURSELF. You are the only one that really matters. Caring what other people think will set you back. It isn't worth it. I know your dreams and aspirations. I also know that you have the talent to do it, so do it. Never hold back and never let someone else's success distract or discourage you. I love you. Yoyu WILL make it.


If I could talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to go to college before having children, but after being out in the real world for a little while. I feel like as an adult who is financially responsible for her education, I appreciate it and take college more seriously. My adult friends and I have a saying- "I pay for A's", meaning since I am funding my education, it is important to try my hardest and dedicate the necessary amount of time and work towards doing my best, not just do enough to get by. I would tell my younger self that working my hardest is something to be proud of and something that I should do for every class, every assignment. I would also tell myself that graduating college is important and doing well in college is equally important.


Don't worry about things you cannot control. A legendary scientist once said “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning.” Take this quote very seriously, learn from your mistakes, but don't dwell on them. Grow from them. Live in the moment, as you will never get that moment back again & lastly, look froward to new days and new chances. Live your life knowing that you are blessed and you will never have to second guess.


Go to college and finish your degree when you are young. It is not easy to try to work full time, raise a family, and finish your degree. Take it seriously and finish as quickly as possible. There is a lot of life left after college to enjoy.


i would have done more activities as well as chosen a better future for myself. I should have chosen a university instead of the central community college. I would have tried harder in math, and instead of being in bassic classes try to get my resource teacher to be in regular classes. . My learning disability is now only on test these 4 years of college have taught me that I am very smart and that because I didnt give up even though it will take longer to graduate that I am a strong person who can do this and have a great career


The advice that I would give is that I would not slack off in my senior year. Just becasue you are a senior doesn't mean to slack off. All your high school grades matter for college even your senior year. I would also tell myself that go to a community college to get your general study credits and then transfer to a 4 year college for your degree. Because at a community college if you really don't know what you want to be yet you can take different classes that are in the major that you might be interestd in before you spend to much money jumping for major to major till you find one you really like. I would aslo tell myself to enjoy it why you can because some day soon you will be an adult.


I think I would tell myself to work for a year and save a little more money so it is easier to support myself while I attend school.


I would tell myself to not give up on school the first time. Even though I am much older now and appreciate my educational efforts more, I often wonder what career I would have now had I not given up.


Knowing what I know now as a third year college student, I would definitely have some advice for my high school self! First, I would advise myself to put in the extra effort to get better grades, instead of just sliding by. I thought passing grades were acceptable and gave it minimal effort. This change would have opened doors to academic scholarships as well as athletic offers. Secondly, I would have had a stronger work ethic on the basketball court. I was aware of my God given skills, talents and abilities but did not believe in my true potential.


I would tell myself to choose a career based on some of the things I already liked, such as social work, working within my community, helping the underprivileged, etc. Do not waste time on a path towards something you're not passionate about just because you believe you will make a lot of money. Your career path is more important than almost anything else you do in life and you should make it count for something you will be happy with. No one knows what they want to do at age 18 and some still don't know at 28, but use your time in college wisely. Your grades do matter because you never know what you may want to do later in life; attend Grad school, Law school, or some other entity that will consider your grades. However, your employer doesn't care that you had straight A's, but only that you graduated, so don't outdo yourself with attempting all A's; it's almost impossible for most people anyway.


We have all gone to High School at one point in our lives. It is safe to say that most of us if not all have thought at one point or another “if I only knew then what I know now, high school would be way different.” High school was our transitional period of finding out who we are as individuals. The most important advice I would give my high school senior self is to just find something you love and enjoy doing and pursue it. You can be and will be the best at what you love because the time and dedication you put in will be easier if you love what you are doing! Do not be stressed about college feel you have to have all the answers at once. College is the next stepping-stone in life. I think perhaps the most important thing I learned in high school is that it’s not how popular you are but how perceptive you are by being able to learn from all your high school experiences. Sounds cliché, I know. You live and you learn so don’t regret the past but look to the future.


More focus on studies, participate in as many extra activities.


If I could go back and talk to myself about what I know about college I would tell myself to not sweat the small things. Everything will get done. To always take advantage of opportunities that come your way. To apply to a lot of colleges and see which one's feel the most at home to you. The college admissions process is very stressful and to not put anything aside and to get it all done right away. Work hard during school. Don't fall behind becuase it's hard to catch up again. College is full of experiences and making memories. It's going to be hard but the experience is worth it. College is a new chapter in life. Make new friends and do different activities.


Looking back on my experience with having to attend college later due to having a child at a young age, my advise to my high school self would be to explore every opportunity presented. College life is about learning how to make the best decisions for your future without anyone standing over you and telling you what to do. When making the transition from high shcool to college, you have to remember why you are going. Figuring out your "why" will help get you through some of the difficult times ahead. Expect the best from yourself but don't be so discouraged when you mess up that you don't try again. Making the best choices means thinking about yourself, how it will effect you, and whether or not this choice will benefit your future career goal. Many times, you will re-evalutate the decision you are contemplating and make the right decision, but there are times you will make the wrong choice. It's how you face the wrong decisions and how you overcome the obstacle that will set the course of how you will deal with college, life, and your career.


I would tell myself to go straight to Bellevue University. Don't worry about getting your Associates Degree first. Bellevue was the right school to go to and I should have started their first. They have everything I wanted and needed in a school. The professors are there to help you reach your goals and they do just that.


I would have taken high school more serious. I would have appreciated the teachers more for their time, dedication and willingness to teach me what they worked so hard for during the labor of their own education. I would have asked more questions, challenged myself to do and be greater. I would have valued education more and involved myself around people who wanted more. I would have sought out sound advice about my career choices, made myself available to go above and beyond in the success of my career. I would have not used my parents not being in my life as an excuse to fail. I would have told myself that high school is just the beginning of greater, more wisdom, knowledge and understanding to a better life. For I believe now and definitely understand that to whom much is given much is required and that requires me to pay attention, learn, grow, be involved, and appreciate those who did try to counsel me.


My biggest words of advice would be to go to college right away after high school, do not delay ! I could have had my college degree already if I would have gone right after high school. I would definitly tell myself to wait to start having kids because having kids before college makes it tougher to get through in a timely manner and it makes it tougher on your life overall. Of course it is done but it would have made things alot easier to have it finished before starting a family. The second point of advice I would give myself would be to be more involved with community earlier. I have been involved since being at Bellevue University and it is such a wonderful feeling to help the community in whatever way you can.


I would tell myself how important it is to complete you homework and that obtaining good grades even in high school can help obtain scholarships and financial aid. I would tell my past self how expensive college really is and you will need all the help you can get as it is an extremem financial burden. I would make sure I understand how expensive college can be and all the hard work I did then would pay off in my future and really help me succeed more quickly.


I was had good grades in high school and didn't realize what a different environment college would be. I thought I knew what I wanted to do but changed my major about 5 times while attending my first undergraduate school. I would advise students to be mindful of the costs of education and really committ to the process before you start attending full time. THink about attending a community college to fulfill your basic requirements and to gain some direction before you committ a lot of time and energy into university.

Karin Lea

Karin, Don't listen to what the other peopel tell you. College may not be for everyone, but you are smart enough to get your bachelors, and complete a life long dream. Don't be afraid to go to a study session, no one expects you to understand what is going on - after all that is why they are there. Most importantly, find soemthing to destress yourself with once a week: go for a walk to nowhere, color, listen to music and learn about a new artist or instrument. College is hard, but with confidence and a smile it will be the best thing in your life. Older Karin


I am a 36 year old mom. I work full time, attend school full time, and also have a part time job. I returned to school in my thirties after being a stay at home mom for twelve years. It's quite the balancing act keeping up with it all. I was a drafting and design major fresh out of high school, but left college when i married at 19. That is my biggest regret in life. If I could go back in time and speak to myself as an 18 year freshman in college, I would tell myself to become educated and follow my dreams. In todays world you need an education to learn technical skills and be competitive in the workforce, but its about so much more than that. College helps you to develop as a person. You will grow culturally, spiritually and socially. You will develop lifelong friendships and a network of professional people that you can go to for various references and employment contacts throughout life. You will build confidence. You will look back on this time in your life as the very best and pride in your accomplishments will guide through life.


I would advise my 17 year old self to stay focus. Don't let the freedom and and social life exceed yoru goal and purpose for even going to school. I would also tell her not to worry about going out of state to get the college experience. A school instate will work out just as well. To save and to gain as much knowledge during your first year. To research the major before enrolling into to the coarses. I would also tell myself not to enroll into so many classes without the full understanding of how overwelming they may be.


Your life is precious, short and you only have one. Do not waste it on poor choices. Take time to evlauate your decisions because every decision you make will impact your future. Your life will have chapters and this one beginning with college will be one of the most enjoyable ones. Enjoy college, but remember that you are there to gain an education, not a beer gut! Do not live beyond your means, you really don't need that new CD, buy the single on iTunes instead. Plan for your future, it will be here before you know it. And most importantly, do not neglect those people who have supported you along the way. Call your parents and your siblings at least once a week. The poeple who you went to for help in your younger years will need your help as they get on in life. Be there for your family as they have been there and always will be there for you.


I would advise myself to always work your hardest and do your best in every class. If you do this God will give you the strength and wisdom to succeed. There are many times, especially at the start of each semester, where you will feel like giving up and that you can’t do well, but if you trust God He will get you through it all. He will give you so many victories that you won’t be able to count them all. If you rely on God you will have amazing success; more than you can ever imagine possible. Don’t worry about what others will think of you and don’t be afraid to ask questions because if you don’t ask you won’t receive the answer. It is better to ask a question than to wish you had, especially after an important test. You will meet with many challenges and in each class there will be new obstacles to overcome but don’t get discouraged, you are not alone or without help. God will give you wisdom for every circumstance and in every situation, if you ask Him.


First of all, high school self, do not get rid of the knee-high socks! I know everyone makes fun of you right now, but trust me, you will definitely be wanting those back. Secondly, you will love college. You'll actually make friends, believe it or not, and you'll learn a lot. Take courses you are interested in, especially for the first semester! You may think you need to listen to that well-meaning lady who gives you a bunch of horrible, boring classes right off, but don't do it. Biology is not for you! You may not like math, but you're a whiz at accounting, believe me. But most of all, remember what you love. Your passion is in writing. Don't let yourself get too sidetracked, even as you learn some neat stuff. There are ways to make a living writing, and the biggest gift you can give yourself is an education in a field where you can do what you love and make money at it. And definitely do theatre. You're a terrible actress, but you'll love it anyway.


The advice I would give myself is that college is not easy and in order to succeed it will take time, patience and complete dedication. It is not something you can just rush through or expect to happen on its own. You have got to want it bad enough and go for it full force and the main thing is to never give up! You know you can do anything as long as you put your mind to it! You have to push yourself past any limits you thought you could ever handle as we all know the human body can handle alot more than we think it can and that includes the brain also. You need to stop doubting yourself because you can do this and you will do it! Do not let anyone or anything stop you from your goals or dreams as nothing is impossible as long as you believe in yourself! Just remember most things in life is a struggle but you dont get anywhere if you dont at least try!


Take your time. Only focus on one life goal at a time. You will have set backs, but keep in my what you are doing and why you are doing it. It does not matter what age you are when you complete your education, it only matters that you complete it. You have always wanted to learn multiple languages, it is a really great goal and can only help you in your career in the future. Success is yours for the taking so please do not let ANYONE tell you what you can not do and if a person is not on board on in line with you and your life goals, you may have to cut ties with that person. The road ahead is going to get rough and it will seem nearly impossible to carry on, but if you do the reward will be greater than you could have ever imagined.


Leslie, now is the time to and take your education seriously, learn how to study, understand the importance of a higher education, don't take things for granted and you need to surround yourself with positive people. Surround yourself with a positive support system and get the help you need now so you won't lose yourself in a life of poor choices. There are parties, alcohol, drugs and negative influences in college and when you get that freedom it is hardd to stay focused. Remember what your dreams are and get focused now so that you don't fall into a negative cycle. You can go two ways oncee you go to college. One is to apply yourself and do well ad th other is to fall into a cycle of being irresponsible. Set youself up for success and realize that college is not about going out and partying but it is about settig your future up for successs. You don't want to be 31 years old still without a degree due to poor choices. Now is the time to focus.


I will advise my self to go to school and finish it. Pick something that will help you and that you will like to do and go for it. Don't wait!