Bethany College-Bethany Top Questions

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

John

I would tell myself that the most important thing you can build in college is a network of people that care about your future. One professor that takes an interest in your success can open doors you didn't even know existed. A recent example of this comes from when I was figuring out what I wanted to go back to school for. Linguistics interested me, so I conversed with a few linguistics professors at the University of Minnesota to get a better feel for what a linguist does. During those conversations I started some friendships that are going to help me greatly throughout the rest of my college career. Many of these professors have ties to amazing schools (MIT and UCLA are two examples) and they have already offered to help me get into grad programs at these schools if I wish. They have also offered to show me syllabi for past classes and one professor even lent me books I could study over the summer. It's so hard to predict the power of a friendship. Especially when you branch out and make friends with people that have different skills and stations in life from yours.

Jeremy

With what I know now, I would tell myself to work on my out-of-class assignments when they're assigned. I could get away with that in high school, but now it's a necessity that I complete them with the utmost punctuality. I would also encourage myself to start applying for as many scholarships as I could as soon as I could, because then I might not be having the financial problems I am.

Megan

I would give myself the advice to not stress about where you are going to school and what is going to happen when you get there. I was very nervous when I went away being that it was the first time that I had been away. I think I would have enjoyed my first couple weeks of school a lot more if I ust would have relaxed. You will meet new people, some that you will like and some that you will not. I shouldn't have been afraid to not meet anyone because you are constantly meetin new people. I think that incomoing freshman just to relax and enjoy thier time and college and not stress too much about it.

Kellianne

Kellianne, do your homework. Homework seems so simple and mundane but take that extra twenty minutes to fill out the worksheet. Take an hour and read the history text, the study guide, the inside flap of your English novel. It is amazing at how big of a difference something so seemingly irrelvant can make. By doing your homework studying becomes easier and tests make sense! That is an epiphany you should have had years ago, and that you will have in community college, but please, if you can, have it now. Also, Remember to breathe, baby. Tyler not asking you to prom is not the end of the world. Timed ceramics projects, final calculus exams, being late to Ceramics for the first time in your life, etc., etc., etc. are all things you are strong enough to survive. Breathe and believe (in yourself), and you will succeed. I promise. Be nice to everyone you meet. You never know who they are or what they are going through. At this point, everyone is fighting different battles and you have the power to shape a person's view. Please do it well. Positive thoughts, positive energy, positive vibes.

Christopher

start out well take up to the max credit every simester so you can graduate with ease. make sure you study hard and always give it 100% and finish your workstudy ontime at least when school is ending so you wouldn't have to stay the summer working it off.

Chelsea

I have gotten many things from my early college experience. I have learned not to be afraid to ask professors questions. They want you to succeed in life just as much you do. I have also learned how to manage my time. In high school, I did not study very much, but still got a 4.0. Now in college, I study as much as possible along with managing volleyball. I was so excited when I earned a 3.95 my first semester. I felt like I accomplished more than in high school. I have also became more sociable since enetering college. I have met people I will be friends with for the rest of my life. I believe attending college was important for me because in order to obtain a living these days, one must have some form of higher education. I have also learned many things about myself, and college has so far been a very eye-opening experience for me.

Russell

I have always revered Education as the enveloping Class System in our society. In retrospect; race, religious beliefs, or even financial status can decipher Human characteristics more than Education . Those in our society who have some form of Post-High School Education/Training behind them, I find not only to be more accomplished, sociable and knowledgeable; but also better Citizens. Education, and hence my College experience, has made me a respectable member of society. In addition, College has made me fully cognizant of my responsibilites as an Educator and a role model to my students. However, College is usually not the jovial pageantry displayed by most Hollywood Production Companies these days. For me, it seemed like the Great Red Spot on Jupiter at times. A never ending whirlwind of Emotion with confusion and heartbreak. Yet looking back upon my College years now, I realize I was just "growing up." Through what I learned and realized in Undergraduate School, it help me to understand that this is the way life is. Apexes and valleys. Uphoria and defeat. It's more or less the same for everyone and College helped me comprehend this fact and accept it.

Jennifer

College has really brought me out of my shell and has shown me the importance of education. I've learned so many valuable skills that I know I'll use when I enter the workforce. College has also allowed me to form lifelong friendships.

Theresa

Before coming to college, I would rarely study and would do homework at the last minute. However, I learned very early on that I would have to change my study habits. I realized that I am paying thousands on dollars to be here and to get an education, so I should try my best to get the best grades. I also realized that studying and homework is important and if I do not do my schoolwork, I will fall behind. As you approach this up and coming school year, I would like to give some advice about the do?s and don?ts of college. The main problem that most new freshman?s come across is that they are not custom to the freedom. However, you have to stay focused on your schoolwork and keep on track. Another problem some freshman encounters is that they put too much time into their schoolwork. College is supposing to a time of freedom, fun and studies.

Tiffany

If your reading this letter that means you have not yet arrived at Bethany College. Now, I know this must seem strange that your getting a letter from your future self but just work with me. Now, first things first, is your roommate situation. Don?t be so apprehensive. The arrangements work out very well. The first months you are here are few, don?t underestimate the course work load. The papers you will be writing will be very interesting, demanding, and time consuming.Classes aren?t so terrible. When your teacher gives you notes, go home, read them, and then review them before class starts. Now,Bethany social life is almost non-existent. The campus is more about making your own fun. The required meetings and social events you have to go to will be very fun but only if you make it so. Take advantage of the schools various options of clubs, organizations, and events related to any topic of interest. You will gain a closely knit group of friends who will be your reason for smiling.Cherish it.It is an amazing experience and the creativeness it takes to make it fun will be worth your while.

Kelsey

Kelsey, you must remember: no decision you make can irretrievably alter the course your future will take. Focus on long-term goals and steps needed to reach the potential you see for yourself, and you will lay a paved path for you to follow, even should you find yourself in undesirable life situations. That said, a few more tips. ?Research? in reference to institutions to which you apply, means ?DO THE RESEARCH.? Do not cut corners. VISIT during normal scholastic schedules. Meet with students, professors, and faculty, even parents or community members when possible. ASK questions that pertain to your happiness and satisfaction in all aspects of life; if you have preferences (extracurricular opportunities, dining options, population size and its ethnic and cultural diversity in your school, general social tolerance of your academic demographic, and any other area of your life of which you complain or applaud) currently, you will have preferences where you are going. Once accepted and you arrive, use your smarts. Attend. All. Classes. Listen to your transitional advisors. Take notes. Study appropriately. MEET PEOPLE. Get out there and get involved in as much as you can handle. Love life, and it will love you.

Emily

If I could give myself advice as a high school senior about college life and transition I would have a few things to discuss. I feel that I would tell myself to make time for relaxation. I feel that I over studied and this placed an added stress on me. Sometimes I would not hang out with my friends or participate in campus activities because I devoted so much time to my studies. I feel that I spent enough time studying and should have got involved in some of campus' activities. Some other advice that I would have given myself would be how to make a schedule sooner. The first couple of weeks I was not sure how to make time to do my homework, do laundry, attend class, go to work, and socialize. After the first week or so I got in a routine, and I feel like if I had this when I came to school I would have been better off. Overall my first semester was a success but this advice definitley would have been helpful to the transition.

Lindsay

If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior the transition to college would have been so much easier. I would actually listen to my parents and older friends when they tell me how different college can be. I would tell myself that even though I am going to attend a small school, that seems like my high school, it really is extremely different. The advice that I could have really used was things like, be more outgoing, try to make more friends, and go to as many sporting events and campus activities you can. As for the actual work take it seriously from the get go. When a college profesor says read this chapter by next class, you better read it. Study for every single test even if you think its going to be an easy one. Make friends in your classes and have study groups. Help each other. Be friendly to everybody you meet. A big one is remember people's names, that can make or break a newly forming relationship. If I could only advise myself with one sentence I would say, just enjoy the experience and do the best you can.

Pasha

Avoid the bar and stick to your books. Watch out for misleading fraternities and or sororities. Focus on your studies and transfer from here to a good university in your third year.

Kayla

To find the right college for you, my advice would be to apply to every college you are interested in. Go and visit the campus and even stay overnight as a perspective student. Many people do not know that you are able to be paired up with a currently enrolled student and stay with them for an overnight trip. I highly recomend doing so, this way you will be able to see what the students do in their free time and ask them any qustions you might have. This is much more practial than simply taking a tour because that particular student is currenly going through everything you will experience. College is a wonderful experience and you can make it even better for yourself by having more than one option. No matter what college you chose be sure that you feel comfortable there and are ready to take on greater responsibilites.

Tara

Choose a school that you feel comfortable at the will challenge you personally and academically.

Jennifer

If given the option of starting over and choosing a college, I would have spent much more time researching and visiting the campuses of my top choices. I didn't really know what I wanted when choosing schools and was quite nervous about the whole prospect especially the responsibility of school loans and debt. For me specifically, I would have applied to Berea College or another work school where students do not pay tuition but work as compensation for their education. I didn't know of these types of schools but would have if I researched more.

Eileen

I think finding the right college is a gut instinct. It's the kind of decision that you cannot make while sitting in your hometown reading a webpage. You have to go to the school and see for yourself. It is important to not project onto your experience. Instead let your experience come as natural . I think that if you plan out every moment of your week you don't have the opportunity to go sing karaoke or play madden for two hours with a friend. Those are the memories that you will take away from college, not when you sat in class, but what you did outside class. Be spontaneous during your four years because it is most likely the last time you will be able to.

Terri

Look deeply into all of the factors. Financial aid is often lied about, so do not be afraid to ask questions to faculty members. Also, make sure that the prospective student is comfortable there no less than three visits. Being comfortable is key to success as a freshman. Also, make sure that both you and your prospective student keep open communication to ensure that a little bit of home is staying with them. Most importantly all college freshmen need to get involved with something. That is the only way to meet people and make friends!

Eric

Tuition: $28,000 a year, books: $500 per semester, education: priceless!

Amanda

When choosing a college, every know the sensible thing to do is to make sure that your major is provided and that at the school it is a good program. However, one important thing you must do when looking for a college is to VISIT the college. You will never know if it is place for you unless you visit. It is very important that you feel comfortable and safe, because after all, you will be living there. Also, talk to all the advisors and professors you can and keep asking questions until they are completely honest with you. Sometimes when you visit these people will lie, trying to get you to come under false pretences. Don't let this happen to you! Make sure to ask many questions of many people MANY times.

Kristen

Try to visit as many of your top-choice colleges as you can. That way, you can get to know the campus and faculty, but also more importantly, the type of people that attend. Make sure you feel comfortable in the environment - don't go to a major university in a big city just because you think that you have to. A lot of great campuses are nestled away but still have a lot to offer. When you get to school, choose activities that excite you. It's not high school anymore - you don't have to do things just because it's cool or your friends do them. If you like acting, try out for a play. Take advantage of the surroundings of the school too. Visit museums, try different restaurants, and enjoy the uniqueness of the place you will call home for the next four years. Most importantly, don't forget why you are there. The excitement of college life can be really overwhelming, but learn early how to balance work and play.

Johnna

Visit all of the schools that you are thinking about attending in order to get an idea of what the campus is really like. Once you are at the school that you decided was the best fit for you, then get involved and find out what your interests are. Definitely stay committed to your academic goals and what you want to achieve in the future, but don't forget to have fun in the process.

Marcie

Don't set limitations, because anything is possible to be completely honest. Let yourself or your child go where they feel most comfortable, but only after you have researched well when it comes to social life (because a campus that only wants to drink and party is boring), safety, academics, and area. Never be afraid to go where you feel you need to. Don't hold yourself back, because these are great years. Don't waste you time in college you probably won't get it back. However, make sure you find the right college. Searching for the right one isn't wasting time. Being at the wrong one is.

Ryan

The parents and there childeren or child should both like the college. Make sure that there is something for your child to do on and off campus so your child feels like he or she has a life outside of college. As well make sure it is a good learning environment for your child to succeed. Last but not least make sure that its not too far away just in case of an emergency. Thoes things are what parents and childern should look for in a college.

Derek

Find the right college and give lots of support.