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


If you are a believer pray about the choices that you make about your future. To make the best of your college experiance find good friends that will lead you in the right direction. You become who your friends are.


My first advice is to go. A student will miss out on a variety of amazing opportunities if they do not go to college. My second advice is to look around. There are many different types of schools. A student should look for a school that has many opportunities. If a student cannot get involved then they will not be able to experience college the way they could if they were involved. A student should also get involved early because being involved is a great way to meet people and make good friends. My third advice is to start early. A student should start while they are in the lower grades of high school. They can get much done during their first couple of years of high school. They should study hard and learn as much as they can while taking the required tests early and several times, so they will be able to make the best possible score for them.


I would say that choosing a college based on friends and/or boyfriends would be a bad choice. Choosing a college that has numerous amounts of majors would be the ideal place to go exspecially if one is not sure what there major is going to be.


When looking for the right college you have to do a lot of research. First, you want to look for a school that has a high academic standard. Second, you have to make sure that the field of study you are interested in is offered as a major and that the school is acredited so that you can get into graduate school if you want to. Third, you should call to get an appointment to visit the school so that you can talk to professors, administrators, and students to get an idea of what your life would be like if you attended that school. The last thing you should do is to find out what kind of financial aid and scholarship programs that are offered. One other thing I would suggest is that you try to find a college that has strict standards against drinking and drugs among students and faculty. If you are serious about your studies you need to find a school that will encourage your academic career more than your social life.


Take time to visit the colleges you are interested in and try to talk to students who are in the major you are interested in. If possible, try to spend a night or two in the dorms, because you can get an accurate feel for the attitudes toward the school, the rules, and general campus life in this environment. Take a good look at course descriptions in your major to see if it is truly a major in which to invest your college career and beyond. If you will need to work, talk to student workers about how they are treated and how willingly their supervisors work with their schedules. Find out about the cultural and sporting events that are available at the school, and attend one, if possible. Look for a college that will provide you with the opportunities and support you need to achieve your goals, and with enough diversity to stretch your worldview.




First, you must understand the importance of finding the right college. College will effect three major parts of life plus more. Lifetime best friends are met at college. Future spouses are met at college. Future careers are dependant on the college chosen. As you can see, the choice of college is a big deal. This decision can effect so many important parts in a student's life. Second, my advice to students is to understand the importance of school. Yes, college is also about fun and friends, but the most important aspect is education. Make sure the college you choose has a strong focus on education and is not just known as the "party school." You can party at most any school, but not every school will grant you the education you need to make it in the carreer world. Last, my advice to parents is to understand your child. Don't push him or her to go to a school that only you want. Be flexible and let your son or daughter visit the schools he or she wants. You must be supportive all the way. He or she will not be successful in an environment that is unenjoyable.


Study hard.


Make sure that the professors truly love the student body and love what they teach. Make sure that the student body love the school, and are willing to help underclassmen in their more difficult classes.


Choose a school that has a good focus on your major and also choose a school that agrees with your world view.


Parents and student should look for a college that provides a solid philosophical base (one with which the parents and student agree) and strong teaching. Location and tuition costs may also be important, but the quality of the teaching and the atmosphere of the school should come first. Simply getting a diploma is not as important as truly learning and understanding the topics studied. Parents and student should also consider a school which offers a liberal arts education, which will provide the student with a broad base of knowledge on which to draw once he or she graduates. While at college, the student should study hard, but not hesitate to get involved in extracurricular activities. While these activities shouldn't cause grades to suffer, they can widen the student's experience and provide good opportunities for exercise and service to others. Students should also get involved with other students and be willing to sacrifice their time, energies, and even grades if necessary in order to help others or even just to listen to them. Students who are struggling can find help and counsel with their teachers and other students.


One of the best things to do is to visit the colleges that both the parents and students are interested in, even if they don't agree on the same ones. Often times visiting different colledges allows you to feel it out and it may suprise you which ones are your favorite. When looking to visit colloeges it's best not to go on the actually visiting days, alot of times special things are set up then and it's not an exact veiw. The best time to really see what goes on is when it's just regular school days, maybe even come for special events the students are required to attend. If you are worried about one college costing more than another look into the different scholarships you can get. Often scholarships will make up the difference in price and you can get more for your money.


Be sure that you know what you want to get out of your college experience, then make sure that the colleges you are considering will support your goals. Visit the top colleges on your list and see what the college's "atmosphere" is like, because this atmosphere will greatly affect your ability to achieve your goals. For instance, I wanted to have strong academic training that would really push me to excell. I found the top few schools in my field (that I could practically afford) and, after visiting them, selected BJU because its strong, supportive atmosphere would help me achieve much more than the partying and drinking and "just have fun" type of attitude I saw at other schools.


Visit different colleges if you can, a colloege may not always be everything its promotional liturature says that it is. If possible see if the prospective student can stay in the dorms, if that is where they will be staying, and go to classes that they have an interest in. When in college to make the most of the experience you need to get involved in college life. There is a balance between studying and social life. If you have too much of one the other will suffer. To parents, I would say, if your child is living in the dorms as a freshman send them a care package, believe me they need it. As they come back to college they will better be able to understand what they need to get through. It is good to remeber that college is the time when a person is becoming what they will be for the rest of their life. Becareful parents what you puch your childeren to be and becareful student what you yourself become.


The first thing I did when I was looking for a college was pray and seek God?s will in the matter. I also talked to friends and family about what school they thought would suit my personality the best. My advice in finding a the right school is to visit the campus multiple times, talk to a lot of students and faculty to find out how they view the school, research the schools financial aid programs, and make sure the school offers the right classes and is properly accredited for the career you are planning to pursue. I am a Christian and I chose BJU because it is a place where I can grow, not only academically and socially, but spiritually as well. One thing that is really helping me make the most out of college life is simply putting who I was in high school (a very shy, reserved person) behind me and embracing who I am right not by not caring what others think of me and by doing my best (eve if I don?t make the Dean?s List :).


you only get one chance for college...get involved and study hard


Prayer! Visit the college campus and interact with the faculty, staff, and students. Attend classes of the major you are interested in. Write out a pros and cons list for each school. Pray some more and then make your choice.


Search for a college that will both support your beliefs and morals, and challenge you to think beyond them. Strive to learn as much as possible, but don't allow learning to wash you back and forth with the tide of modern philosophy and human thought. Social life is important at school, but increasingly falls by the wayside as you decide on your career and start looking toward higher goals; so don't let it consume your entire time in college. Decide what is important and learn to prioritize around that. If you enroll at a school that is well-established, challenging, and consistent, and you apply yourself to learn, grow, and experience as much as possible, then your college years will be some of the most rewarding years of your life!


Visit the college before you comit to going there.


Make sure that you are going to that school for the right reasons. If it is for someone else (parents, girlfriend, ect) there is a chance you will hate it and want to leave.


My advice to any parent who's child desires to attend college is to support them and do whatever you can to help them make that next step. The a student who is seeking the right college, seek the Lord about what college you attend. Search all of their information about your major or what you desire to do upon graduation. I would further go on to research the professors, the faculty, and staff...will they assist me in my educational persuit? Once you have decided upon a college and are enrolled, seek to prepare yourself for the upcoming semester. If you can, grab a syllabus and start working ahead on some of your projects. Once you are there, seek to make new friends and organize your social and academic will pay off in the end!


College is what you make of it. Always remember why you are there. If you keep your academics as a priority, you will end up more satisfied down the road; and it also leaves you guilt free when you do take time for your social life. Find out exactly where you fit on both the social and the academic scene, and take every opportunity that will better you as a person. Make friends that are supportive of you and your ideas, and get advice from teachers that you are comfortable with. Do not be afraid to be independent. Make your own choices instead of following the crowd all the time. Work hard, and have fun; and you will never regret your decisions.