Boston College Top Questions

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

Nicholson

If I was able to go back and talk to my highschool self about the transition from highschool to college there would be three main points I would elucidate. The first is that college is what you make of it in terms of academics, internships and friends. The more you are willing to put yourself out there the more you are likely to get back. The next point is would be to advocate for myself and peers because the vioce/opinions of the student body is taken into consideration. So if their is somehting that you do not like/agree with talk to administratin to see if something can be done to resolve the conflict, because more than likely if you feel a particular type of way you are not the only one. The final piece of advice and most imporant I think i would have needed is that you can not go through college alone. You need to build an inclusive enviorment amonst your friends, professors and staff because there will be moments you want to cry or give up, but they will be the individuals to pull you back up. They will become your second family!

Jamie

Stay true to yourself while in college. In high school, you listened to authority, but you never made decisions based on what other people thought was best. You did what you believed would be best for you, and look! You're at a great institution that cares about you. The best part? You can study what you want with professors that passionately care about the subject. As wonderful as this place is, don't give into peer pressure. You didn't back home, so why should you start now? What makes other people happy isn't necessarily going to make you happy. If it makes you uncomfortable, don't do it. You are the one living with your choices, so make decisions that bring out the best in you and others. And never give up hope. Your unwaivering positivity is the best part about and makes life better for others. Never let go of this great gift. People here are quite intellegent, and the atmosphere is daunting at times. But remember that you were accepted here and deserve your education as much as anyone else. Don't let the sucess of others keep you from finding yourself.

Akeda

Remember that job you had over the summer and how much money you spent every week? SAVE IT!! Put some money in your savings account please!! College is all about self independency and without a little chump change this transition will be very difficult! You will want to go out on your own and buy something for your room without borrowing from your mom oncce in a while. Also cut down on all the candy! The gym at BC is always packed and you will never get your turn on the treadmill, so cut down on the snacks for a while. Maybe you should asking use those new running shoes you bought because food at BC is great and you won't skip meals! Take your time with each class and expect the unexpected. You haven't had a class with more than 30 kids, but when you get to America and the world you will have over 100. Find a studious friend in each class to swap notes as usual and swap numbers. Last but not least HAVE FUN!

Katherine

Katie, go to sleep. College will still be there even if you fail this test. It's 3 AM and you've already taken enough Tylenol for a full day. Despite what you have been hearing for the past four years, the mysterious and almost mythical entity known as "College" is not as terrifying or all-powerful as you think. Pushing yourself every night for each test and quiz is not worht it. You will succeed no matter what your class rank or SAT score. Success is the personal satisfaction of knowing that you are living a productive, healthy, and happy life. Are you being productive when you spend more time worrying about the giant, theoretical future than on fostering better relationships with family, friends, and teachers? Are you healthy barely functioning on a few hours of sleep everyday? Are you happy beating yourself up after every low test score? My advice to you, Katie, knowing what I now know, is that you are strong and will adapt. It is just another part of your life, one that will provide you with challenges and comfort - good and bad alike. And that it is nothing to lose sleep over.

Alienna

I transferred to Boston College after my first year at another university. Though I am so happy with my decision, I wish I could have saved myself some time and applied to BC right away. I would have advised myself to look at these factors when applying: The location--The city in which a college is settled makes all the difference. New Orleans is not my kind of city. Boston is. The social life--Know what social experience you're looking to get out of college. Are you interested in frats/sororities? Volunteering? Clubs? Teams? Parties? Coffee shop discussions? The faculty--This means professors, advisers, and administration. If the faculty's view of education lines up with yours, you're golden. Do they believe education is the path to a career? Or do they view it as more of a cultural and personal growth experience? How much passion do they have about learning, and does it line up with your level of passion? Are they there for the students, or are they there for themselves (simply holding down a job, or doing personal research)? Find a faculty you know will support, encourage, and guide you all four years.

Allyson

You have worked so hard to get where you are. Do not give up now because it will get so much better. I know that the stress is getting to you and I hate to say it, but college is even more stressful just in different ways. It may seem like you will never get in to Boston College, but do not worry too much because things will work out the way that they are supposed to. When you get to college you may find that you are scared to be away from your family, hate the food, and feel like you will never sleep through the night again. You will miss your boyfriend more than you ever thought possible and you will have to work very hard to keep your long distance relationship, but it will be so worth. Eventually you will meet the two sweetest girls you have ever come across and they will become your closest friends, your sisters. With time, everything will get easier and you will adjust to living in a big city and really come to love the decision you made. Oh, and study hard for that first chemistry test!!

Elizabeth

To my naive high school self,Preparation is key. Upon entering college, I was thrown for a loop as the academic load increased and tests required the application of knowledge. My greatest shortcoming was my level of academic preparation. It is absolutely critical to one’s academic success to be prepared. The senioritis bug tends to creep up on many high school seniors, but thinking about your future college self, don’t let it happen. As an incoming college freshman, understanding the concept of studying is a critical aspect. You need to mentally prepare yourself for the amount of time, effort, and thought put into applying yourself. I would congratulate my college freshman self on how I integrated into school. It is essential to pursue other avenues and passions to round our your education and background. From swimming to student government, I effectively time managed. Beyond being prepared and staying involved, always keep learning and value the education you are blessed to be given. Keep learning.

Rachel

I would tell myself to trust myself and to trust my parents. I spent a lot of time worrying about how to pay for college and my parents said it may be difficult but we would get through it. I have come to love my school so much and all the decisions I've made in getting to this point. I would definitely tell myself to take pride in my high school accomplishments, but not to let them make me complacent when entering college. Additionally I would have told myself to join a club sport fall semester of freshman year, because joining the Boston College Women's Club Rugby team was one of the best decisions I've ever made. I would advise finding the weirdest, most interesting people on campus, not just people who are fun to go to parties with, because they don't end up being your friends for a very long time. The weird ones are the ones that will stick around and be the most fun. Overall, I would let myself know that I was about to make some very good life choices and to stick to gut feelings.

Daniel

Listen: You got into BC. You're highly intelligent, well-rounded, and driven. You worked hard in HS and you're going to continue to work hard in the classroom at BC. In terms of advice, telling myself I need to work hard in the classroom is unnecessary. Rather, I'd focus my advice solely on the social aspects of college. Why? Because the transition is arguably the hardest part of college; establishing yourself socially and finding a close friend group is something I cannot stress enough. You will be happy, and it will affect all aspects. You've heard the motivation, now here's the advice: Right away, be overly outgoing. You have no friends? Please realize: no one else has friends, either! People will be throwing themselves at you (in hopes of making friends) if only you took the effort to extend a hand and say nice to meet you. Unfortunately, this excessive friendliness stops after the first 2 weeks, so be sure to get on it right away. It sounds so simple, but meeting a lot of people and finding quality friends the first two weeks will have immeasurable effects on the rest of your freshman year.

Joshua

Really try to be more spontaneous, especially when it comes to meeting new people. It's incredibly hard to meet a new group of friends far away from your home and different than your former social group but th easiest way is to just try out all the different activities you can; it's fine if plenty of them don't work out or you don't like them in the longer run. It's better to try these things while you stilll can rather than always wonder about them, especially with groups and social activities that are unique to the college setting. Just open up and accept things as they are and it'll all work out in the long run.

Michelle

I would definately start out by telling my self to stay focused on my goals. Then I would have to say that I have great opportunity that is ahead of me and to do everything possible to make sure that I exhaust all my energies into getting good grades and dont worry about growing up so fast, as at that time working was one of my main focuses and should not have been. The horizons and opportunities that are coming are far better then you could imagine and that do not waste time on distractions and become centered with your goals, and life is very short and you cant change your past but you are in control of your future.

Haley

Many high school students aren't thinking about the future and are more focused on gaining acceptance through their peers. As a result, less time is spent concerned with the future and more time is wasted. Hard work in high school is rewarded with scholarships, getting into better colleges, and the overall satisfaction of honest, hard work. There are so many different clubs, sports, student government positions, and summer opportunities available if you would only look. Though it can be easy to feel like time won't allow many different activities, careful planning and sacrifice can create more time in a day than you would expect. Different clubs like the National Honor Society, Leo Club, and academic clubs can promote global thinking as well as secure friendships. Also, sports provide exercise while encouraging focus and determination. Student government teaches important leadership and social skills necessary in life. High school doesn't have to be considered the “worst years of your life” as many call it. If you would look beyond the need to make friends and simply engage in the school and the world around you, you'll find there's a lot to offer, even at Kauai High School.

Gozie

Always remember to study and make time to study no matter what. Always sit down to make a schedule of your time.

Brooke

Don't try to over involve yourself with all sorts of clubs and activities. You are there for school as well as the experiences. Also keep on top of your studies, and don't leave it all until the end. You learn better when you break the information into chunks and study a little every day rather than cramming large quantities into short spans of time. The professors are not there to baby you so you need to make sure you do all the necessary preparations to succeed.

Emily

Take advantage of every oppurtunity you can. Once you realize what you should have done, it's too late. It is crutial to get a degree if you ever plan on living a life that is not stressful every single day.

Catherine

Hey high school self, All things considered, you're doing a good job preparing yourself for college. Make sure you keep studying with the same intensity, because it's going to make your classes seem that much easier. Don't forget about time management; that is going to be your most important skill in college. Believe me, sometimes it's worth it to go out instead of studying -- you have to keep yourself sane! -- but other times, you're just going to have to learn to say "no". It's always going to be a judgment call. It'll be hard to be away from home. I know everything will seem shiny and new, but at some point in the middle of freshman year, you're going to feel like you got punched right in the stomach. "Who are these people? Where's my family? Where is the place I know and love, where I know who I am?" Listen, high school self, I've been there. And let me tell you, it gets better. Don't be afraid to open up to your college friends; they're just as scared as you are. And remember, time heals all wounds.

Lisa

If I were able to advise my high school self about college, my main piece of advice would be "begin college the year you graduate high school." I had taken a few college course earlier in my life and they were much easier than they are now. Due to my age and the responsibilty that comes with getting older, college has become much more difficult. So, in order to make things easier on my current self, I would strongly encourage a younger me to being, and finish, college earlier.

Victoria

If I needed to be told anything, it's "Remember to breathe." Taking that one deep breath is what will be most helpful in reorganizing my thoughts, refocusing, and calming myself down. One breath grounded me and forced me to remember that everything would work out, everything would be okay, and I don't need to have everything perfectly planned out at the start of my undergraduate career. There is still time to explore options, still time to correct mistakes, and there is still even time to bring up my GPA. Yes, it's not perfect, and it's not exactly what I had envisioned, but it's just another lesson preparing me for future life experiences. Taking the time to remember to breath is what saves me from committing to too many clubs, from giving up after receiving a low paper grade; breathing keeps me sane. Breathing is essential to life and at college you begin to plan your life. College is the place to practice for the real world so take the time time college to breathe, reorganize, and refocus so you have an idea of how to maintain control, your happiness, and your health.

Amanda

As a high school senior I attended two AP/College prep classes, along with 5 other classes. I also was very involved with the theatre program, including having a secretory position. If I was to go back and say some sage advice to high school senior me, I would tell her to expect a lot of self-organization heading into college. In high school, you often “hold hands with your teacher” and are handed your homework on a silver platter. In college, while the teacher is sometimes forgiving, the key to passing is making your own goals in that class. At the very beginning of the semester, read your teachers syllabus, understand how you will obtain the grade you want, and get to be confident with your work. Talk to your teacher during their office hours and know that they are there to help you. Know that college is what YOU choose to make it, so that is, YOU, who should make the best of the experience.

Heather

I would tell myself not to be afraid of the college transition. One of the biggest things that held me down was homesickness and always feeling that things weren't going how they should be. I pictured college life being something you can just jump into and have the time of your life, but I was sadly mistaken. It takes time to get used to being away from home, making new friends, and taking new classes. It's all worth it in the end though. Although at the time it may feel like the end of the world, you do get adjusted and good things are coming the longer you stay at school. College is only four years of your life, so make the most of it while you can. Be patient, take risks, and try new things: it is all going to be fine.

Julia

If i were still a high school senior, I would tell myself many things before making a college choice. First, to make sure and live in the moment and enjoy high school because you'll miss it once you go to college. Also, no one ever told me how hard of an adjustment it would be to go to a college where I knew no one. I wish that somebody would say that going to a college far away from home would be hard and you may not like it your first year. Also, I wish somebody would have told me to make sure you study A LOT of tests.

Adrian

If I were advising my high school self I would talk about various things. The first thing would how alcohol plays an important role in college. Drinking alcohol in Puerto Rico is one thing, but alcohol consumption in college is a whole different thing. “Beer Pong”, “Slap the hoe” and “Kings” were some of the concepts I wish I knew about. I would tell my young self to be careful about those uncertain activities. Secondly, I would advice myself about the dating scene. College is a place where relationships are bound to happen, but it is not all a bed of roses. Some people in college did not defined “relationship” as I did. Some relationships lasted a day, a week, and if you were lucky, a month or two. Third, I would have wanted to know about the importance of experience. Work, volunteer, social and academic experiences are essential to college life. It was not until sophomore year that I discovered what college was about. I just wished someone who had told me: “Adrian, you do not know everything in life. Listen”. Experience was a good professor, but I wished I had some guidance or direction just before college started.

Rachelle

If I could go back to myself as a highschool senior, I would tell myself not to allow others to belittle me because of the person I am. I would, also, tell myself that it is okay to ask others, specifically teachers, for help on work when you need it because that does not mean you're dumb. I would, also, encourage myself to go talk the counselor at least once a week because there are going to be times when things are going to be hectic and appear to be hard to handle. So, having someone to talk to without judgement is a good way to release repented feelings. I would tell myseld to open up a little more because there are some wonderful people and friendships that you might miss out on. Lastly, I would tell myself to have more faith in God because ultimately he is the deciding factor to everything; without God in your life you will never be able to gain the amount of success that you would like.

Michael

Get as good grades as possible not just to get by because they do matter . It will help you get scholarships and succed at college an in the future By helping you learn the material better and being mentally and physically ready for college

Emily

Oh hey, didn't see you there. So you might be wondering what I am doing here, an image of your former self. As a high school senior, you have been anticipating the life changing events to come with your entrance into college, the time for new beginnings. Well hate to break it to you sweetheart, but it isn't the easiest or prettiest time for us. Knowing what I know now, while acknowledging the uncertainty of the future, I have to advise you to disregard the feelings you have inside that make you believe that you are not good enough for your peers, your professors, your school. Your insecurities have caused your to ruin countless of relationships, not to mention your own self-image. Acknowledge and embrace the person you are, rather than trying to become the person you think they want you to be. Trust me when I say that all that anyone will ever want from you is you. Some will prove to be lifelong friends, while others will just be a dim memory in your life. Either way just let yourself go, open up and trust those around you.

Hanna

I would encourage myself to be more prepared when it came time to move onto college, perhaps even taking classes at the local community college while still enrolled in high school. It is a far bigger transition than one would assume, especially coming from a home-schooled background. Talk to the professors and other students before enrolling in courses is one of the most beneficial things that I have found to prevent problems later. Getting into a program like honors or Phi Theta Kappa early on will make the time spent in college far more beneficial, even if it is at a small community college. It’s intimidating coming in as a freshman, but the quicker you get over your fear of the upperclassmen, the better; they are often the best sources of advice you can find outside of the councilors’ office.

Andrew

My advice to my younger self would be to try. Never be afriad of failing and just strive to complete every task that is laid before him. In high school i found it easier to just coast through; to just get the grades I needed to pass not to really concern myself with trying to exceed expectations. Now that I am older i have learned that if I had performed at the potential that all my teachers around me told me that I had perhaps I would have had things work out more in my favor. starting college seven years after graduating high school i can now see just how important all those lesson I chose to ignore really were. If I could go back and do it all over again I would; I now really understand the old saying " If I knew then, what I know now." The important thing though is not to dwell on past events but rather to be ready for the future and to actually practice that changes you would have made.

Joseph

College is not high school. Seriously. Wave goodbye to coordinate planes, "Lord of the Flies," and all the dates of battles you memorized for US History. College will transform you from that mindless robot who crammed vocabulary words the night before the exam. Instead, courses will require you to actively think. Yeah, I said "think." Believe it or not, you might even question the things you learn (I cannot tell you how many times I wished I could debate with Freud). Eventually, you will develop a "terministic screen" (that's a $50 word!) through which you will see the world. Everything will relate to economics or biology or phsyics. It is up to you to decide how you like to see the world, and in turn, what you want to study. I could try to scare you with the old "you'll get your first C" line, but that's too cliche. Maybe you will get a C, but you'll also learn psychology wasn't for you. Finding your interests is the first step. Next step: read, take notes, think, question, apply. Tenth-grade geometry may not have entertained you, but something in college will - and that's exciting!

alexandra

to continue to work with younger children. I am absolutely in love with elemtary education and feel my abilities and dedication will enable me to be an outstanding teacher.

Zachary

My college education has thusfar exposed me to experiences that I have never had previously, and has truly inspired me. Whether it be sharing a room among four people, participating in fascinating discussions with my peers and professors alike, or any number of other new enterprises, I have found it all very enjoyable. My favorite activity so far, was a retreat that i attended with a group of about 150 freshmen called 48 Hours. On this retreat, known all accross campus for being a must as a freshmen experience, we heard testimonies from current seniors about their transitions into college life. They all had wonderfully inspiring stories about their early struggles, and the ways in which they were able to turn their lives around. It really got me thinking about my own misgivings about my transitions, but in such a way that I felt comfortable hearing that I was certainly not alone. The conversations with other freshmen afterwards were equally humbling, and i felt a real connection with people who were complete strangers only the day before. This experience captures the mentality here at BC, and has proven that my experience has been and will continue to be invaluable.

Nicole

I completed my freshman year at Salve Regina University and I transferred to Boston College for the fall semester my sophomore year. Making the transition was difficult, but end result made it worth it. Deciding to transfer was the biggest risk in the past nineteen years of my life. I am more of a reserved student, so deciding to transfer was a risk that I never predicted myself to take on. I decided to transfer to a school where I knew no one, and the nerves I was feeling the summer before I moved in almost made me change my mind. As I'm sitting here in my dorm room at Boston College off of Commonwealth Avenue and not my dorm room overlooking the ocean in Newport, Rhode Island, I could not be happier that I followed through with my decision. Although I exchanged ocean views for fall foliage, Boston College has more to offer than I have time for. I have joined the Appalachia Volunteers Group, Undergraduate Government of Boston College, and I have applied for a summer abroad trip to Greece. All in all, the opportunities in Chestnut Hill will lead me to a successful career and life.

Marvie

The very first college experience I had was held at Cascade Medical School. My course at Cascade Medical School was to recieve my certified nursing assistant 1 (CNA1) certificate which is required by law to be an official CNA. The required CNA1 training program is a minimum of 75 hours of classroom and 75 hours of clinical training, which I have already completed in a duration of one full month. My first college experience was somewhat similar with my high school years because the time spent in both school was equal to 8 hours a day. In my 75 hours of clinical training, I performed duties that were within the scope of practice of a CNA1 at a small assisted living facility. I was able to learn how to assist clients with their daily living activities, such as bathing, dressing, transferring, ambulating, feeding and toileting. I also performed tasks such as measuring vital signs, positioning and range of motion. From what I have experienced in my schooling, I realized that I have a passion to work with people who are in need, especially those who are ill. That is why is has been valuable to attend Cascade Medical School.

Georgia

I am only a sophomore in college right now, but I have experiened so much more than I ever could have imagined. Not only do you come out with a great education, as all of us here at Boston College will, but also with something even more valuable than that. I have experienced love, friendship, jealousy, heartbreak, trust, stress, fun, compassion, and service. College is certainly not all fun and games, but it provides you with experiences that you can learn from every day, and become a better person thereafter.

Cayce

Having only been a full-time student at Boston College for three weeks and four days, I would be entirely too ignorant to even attempt placing a value or worth to my college education and experience thus far. However, though it has been such a short while that this campus has embraced me as one of its own, I find that already I call it my second home. I am able to thrive in whichever way I choose, but also guided and directed to paths I might have missed, had they not been pointed out to me. The best example of this is that I have become a member of the Men's Crew Team, a sport that before coming to Boston College, I would have never had the opportunity to enjoy. Here, I am able to chase my dream of becoming a college English professor while knowing it is a possible reality, more and more each day. In short, I intend to get out of Boston College everything of value it has to offer during my four-year attendance; and as of now, that seems to be absolutely everything I could ever want or need from a college experience.

Casi

My college experience has been an unusual one thus far. I am 18 years old; I just graduated from both my high school and my town's community college. I received an Associates of Arts degree before I received my high school diploma. The experiences I have had during the past two years at the community college were some that I will always value. I have learned how to be self-sufficient in managing my time, and I have learned how to think ahead and envision the future and plan accordingly. My college experience has also given me a sense of appreciation for my position in life. There are many teenagers who never graduate high school, yet I have graduated from two schools in one month. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity I have been blessed with. For many years, I have taken for granted the fact that I am so blessed, but through this experience I have seen that there is much given to me that others cannot experience.

Claudia

By attending Boston College, I have learned how to interact and work with people who come from different backgrounds than myself. When I chose Boston College, I knew that the general student population was not a reflection of people I typically surrounded myself with. Through participating in programs such as the Shaw Leadership Program, I have learned how to relate to people from all backgrounds and socioeconomic levels. I now feel comfortable carrying a conversation with someone who holds different views and I now find that the people I associate myself with are very diverse. I have grown tremendously due to the fact that BC is very far from my home, allowing myself to explore an entirely knew area of the country. I have been able to grow more at BC than I would have had I chosen a school close to home. I am thankful for this opportunity to live in a different state, because I do not know when else I would have gotten the chance to travel to places throughout New England. I feel extremely privaledged to be at such an excellent private university in an environment where I constantly feel pushed to question my identity.

Jessica

I have not started college yet but I hope that it will give me a better since of independence. I am legally blind so I do have some challenges that I face when I do start school and feel that it will be a great learning oppertunity for me. This will also be the first time that I will be living on my own so it is scary and exciting at the same time.

Chae

I was raised in a household that strongly advocated good education, and as such, I've always taken my position as a student seriously. From elementary school through high school, my modus operandi more or less consisted of studying hard. I earned decent grades, won approval from my teachers and parents, and that was that. Or course, success in school doesn't necessarily translate to success in the real world. One doesn't reach the height of life by just being studious - I learned that it college. Coming from that perspective, life at Boston College was a bizzare and novel experience. The students invested much time and energy into their academics, but that was the norm. Expected, even. The real clincher was how involved they were outside of their schoolwork. Time and time again, I was surprised by how vigorously they'd pursue jobs and interships, or how dedicated they were to their volunteer work. That was my wake up call - what am I doing? Booksmarts can only take me so far. It's time that I climbed out of that narrow box I've been sitting in, and really start taking the actions needed to make my future bright.

Carmen

I have gotten more confidence and security. I've learned that being educated is very important in your ever day life even if you don't go to work a job. Being educated has helped me learn how to be more independent. It's also helped me learn to research things for myself instead of believing what someone else tells me. It's helped to form my own opinions. I'm grateful for what I've already learned but I feel I have a long way to go to call myself an educated adult.

Jilliene

College has really made me start growing up and realizing who I really am. I moved across the country to go to school and thought I wanted to go back, however the struggle to adjust really made me start to rely on my own or my new friends as support and not always my parents. My personality has changed as I become more out going and started to realize what is important to me and what I really want. My goals and ideals may keep switching around more, but I'm starting to get a better idea of them. I am making new friends and figuring out what makes me happy. College so far has been a million times better than high school ever was. Besides the social and personal side, I am getting an education that will get me away from my home town and on to bigger and better things that just working at my grandfather's buisness at home. I'm going on to do what my parents could not and have sacrificed so much for me to have. Thanks to college I will be able to do what I want and be who I want.

Chas

College has been extremely valuable and rewarding to me thus far. Being around so many intelligent and interesting students and professors has instilled in me a need to take advantage of as many of the courses as I can during my four years. I do not want to just get through the classes in order to get good grades, I want the knowledge of the courses to become part of who I am. I want to be exposed to as much information as possible. I am taking an Ancient Greek as a language course. I am in my second semester of learning Ancient Greek. If I had not come to college, I would have never been exposed to this. I am an English major, thus am being introduced to a vast array of interesting authors, their writings and their lives. College life has also been valuable to me on a personal level. It is gratifying to be independent in my decision making. I decide for myself what it is I want to do with my time. I achieved all A's on my first semester, freshman year report card. I am proud of my independent choices and accomplishments.

Erlinda

When looking for colleges, really research them and see which one offers. With the transition, be more prepared in your work and on time with it. Pick classes that you know you can accomplish completing and passing.

Kaitlin

Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way from the very beginning. While you should prepare for your future career, be sure to enjoy where you are at in this very moment. Don?t get so caught up in succeeding academically that you give up your social life, but don?t have a carefree attitude about academics either. Give 100% in the classroom, but reward yourself. Realize that there will be mean people, and you may have the unfortunate experience of being hurt by them, but there are also nice people. Seek out those nice people, and don?t let yourself be discouraged by those that make you feel left out. It is your school. Be a part of it. Try something new. You might surprise yourself. Don?t be shy. Show people the amazing person that you are and all that you have to offer. Use your talents to make positive contributions to your school community. Take pictures. Laugh. Build strong friendships, but don?t forget to call home every once in a while. Your college experience is what you make it. Make the most of your time. You only have four years, and they will fly by.

Zachary

Dear me, "College is about resources. Use them." University success can be defined by the choice between utilizing one's resources and letting them fall to waste. In a community designed for your personal success, the vast wealth of collegiate resources is literally inexhaustible. You have four years to break as much ground as possible. Upon admission, education is no longer about competing with your peers for the best application, but about generating the private objectives that challenge your greatest asset and overcome your greatest obstacle: yourself. Every facet of the university environment is engineered to support the most extensive exploration of self. To be anything but ravenous for personal expansion is fundamentally self-abusive. The fear of that expansion can either fold you or fuel you, though it takes bravery to ask the questions of others and yourself that you don't know the answers to. By avoiding the interpersonal exchange that the college culture uniquely cultivates, you are depriving yourself and others, diluting the fuel. Tapping your resources is the key to enriching your person. It takes a village to raise a child, and a university to build an adult. Digging the foundation, however, comes down to you.

Alicia

First and foremost I would advise myself to slow down and take life less seriously. My life changed very much when I entered college, and I would have liked to savor and enjoy my last months of high school a little more. I would also advise myself to open my mind to the new experiences that I would encounter when I transitioned to college. By entering this new chapter in my life with a completley open mind, I feel like I could have taken advantage of more oportunities that were offered to me. At times I was too shy or hesitant to try something new or different than what I knew. I would have liked to have stepped out of my comfort zone more than I did.

Terry

I had a hard time letting go of high school so I would advise myself to realize that although college is different because you're not with all your friends, have an open mind because it's an incredible time. Also, be prepared to have to spend a lot more time studying and working on assignments outside of class. There are thousands of opportunities to try new things at school so take advantage of each and every one of them, however keep in mind that academics must come first. In addition, take time to make good friends because developing substantial relationships is important.

Sarah

Seize every day. Do not spend senior year dreaming of how wonderful and better college will be, as this will ultimately cause you to miss out on your last year of high school. It will also cause great anxiety when you finally DO arrive at college, because the transition is not instant. If you have built college up and daydreamed of how perfect it will be, you will be so let down at first because those first two weeks are not perfect. Far from it, in fact. Do not rush for friends. Get to know people before you begin declaring yourselves BFFL or committing to long-term housing plans. And while you are making new friends, find the balance with your old ones. Be careful not to neglect old relationships, but do not allow yourself to use them as a crutch.

Kerry

No one has a perfect transition into college. It is a time when you leave your comfort zone and must make a life for yourself. You are not going to be able to replace the friends you made in high school right away when you come to college. College is not about the partying and the hanging out with friends, but it is about the opportunities that you are presented and the type of people that you meet. College is the place where you are shaped to be the best person that you can be which includes being in challenging and uncomfortable situations. All in all, transitioning into college life takes time for everyone. It is not just you who are experiencing a lot of bumps in the road but these bumps are what make you a better and stronger person.

Monicka

For one I would ask myself how come I haven't saved a dime since then. And, all this time I haven't even got my license what is up with that. And, I 've had my permit for over a year and I still haven't stepped into the driver seat. I 'm also upset at myself for choosing San Joaquin Delta College as a place to study Graphic Design couldn't even place a Associate Degree because, they only give certificates out for what I'm majoring for. I also think that I couldn't have picked a worser job to work at then Big-Kmart this is not where I want to be in 5 years. I want to be more than just a cashier working at a General store. I also think that getting a credit card was a bad idea how can I have been so stupid I can't even afford a credit card with what I'm making in a month. I think the most smartest decision I've made these past 2 years is actually putting away money. And, finally working on getting into a nice graphic school.

Alejandro

The best advice would be to think. I feel that before one can make a choice as to which colleges to go, or which ones to apply, it is important to think about what you want and what you expect from college, and which colleges best fulfill these aspirations. Making a decision to apply and attend a university based on its location and supposedly good academics are insufficient factors for deciding on a school, because one may often find that a university does not meet the expectations one has for college. Or a school may not be what you want. Therefore, it is important to know what it is that you want from college, before you make a decisions on where to apply or where to go. By doing so, it saves you from a terrible experience.

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