Brigham Young University-Idaho Top Questions

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

Emily

The first thing that I would tell myself is to get out and get involved in the school and be social. By getting involved you meet people from all walks of life. These people then become your life-long friends and the more people you know up at college the less home-sick you get. I would tell myself to utilize the resources that my college University has to offer. At the college I am going to the gym is free, and well-kept with a large variety of equipment. Tutoring is free. Academic counseling is free and very helpful. There is a health center that is cheaper than most regular physicians and they are knowledgable. Also counseling for depression or things of that sort are free too. I would tell myself to take a variety of classes at first to figure out what really interests me and don't worry about the credits for the first semester. I would tell myself to enjoy the college life.

Becca

If I could go back in time I would tell myself to work hard in school. Focus on doing well in school so I could attend a good college. I would also remind my self not to procrastinate and get lazy with school. Getting a college degree is very imporant and will get you farther in any career you choose.

Chad

My advice to myself when I was a high school senior would have been to stick with college and not drop out when I was in my early twenties. I finished my bachelor degree one month short of turning fifty years old. I am proud of myself for finishing, but I feel my life would have been much different had I finished college the first time around. I would also advise myself on becoming organized and completing assignments as soon as I possibly could after they had been assigned rather than procrastinating on my preparation. I wold also advise myself to take college as seriously as I do my place of employment and to treat assignments from my teachers with the same gravity as I would an assignment form my employer. The last bit of advice that I would give myself as a high school senior is that a person doesn't have to be "smart" to go to college, but a person has to be organized and work hard. I would tell myself that the harder I work the better I will do. The resources are available for anyone who wants to succeed to be successful.

Dallan

If I could go and talk to myself as a high scholl senior I would tell myself to get serious about life. Back in high school I did not take school seriously because I had no desire to go to college, I thought it was a waste of time. I unfortunately was also a drug addict who didn't care that his health was at risk. It was hard to get through those times but once I did I had a clear idea of what I wanted out of life. My only regret is that I didn't straiten up sooner. That's what I would have told myself.

Cassandra

I heard a quote once that I wish I had adopted more while in high school. The quote is, "It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not." I would tell myself and any other high school student to take this advice to heart and start feeling that way immediately. College is such a wonderful opportunity to learn about who you are and your contribution to society, and I feel that the sooner these things can be discovered the more happiness and adventure you can experience in life. There should be no "cookie cutter" student or person and dreams can be started and fulfilled while in high school. These dreams should be expected to be continued as college approaches.

Andrew

There is a great measure of freedom that comes with leaving home to go to school. The best thing you can do is to schedule your time strictly, and stick to that no matter what. There will be a lot of temptation to put it off and to hang out with friends or participate in the many activities offered at school, but remember what you, or your parents are paying for. An education is the best thing for your life, don't sell yourself short for a small measure of happiness or fun today. I fell into that trap in my first year of school, but I have been lucky enough to get a second chance many years later. You are much better sticking with it the first time around and earn your degree.

Austin

If I was allowed a moment to converse with my past self, I would encourage the past me to begin looking at schools with real intent sooner. I was not fully prepared financially to come to school, and as such I would advise myself to save money with a purpose and to look closely at the scholarships within my grasp. Going into school armed with the knowledge that I would be financially capable of staying there would be a great help to making the transition to college life. Another course of action that I would recommend is to take the advanced placement tests for the classes I was taking. At the time I chose not to do so, and now must retake the same courses, changing this decision would make a great difference in my college experience today. The final and possibly most important advice I would give to myself is to not worry about the increased difficulty of college, but to be excited for the greater learning available in college and confident in my capabilities as a student.

Lora

Learn to cook. Learn to sew. Put all of your effort into your classes. You will deeply regret your math and english classes if you keep your current patterns up. Discard your darkened worldview; people aren't so bad as you think. You're not a monster, nor a sociopath. You're a superhero in need of training. Stop procrastinating and prove to yourself and God that you can do it. Stop lying to yourself and others, you know you're better than that. Remember what everyone tells you, you have no idea how important those side comments and factors become. Read your assignments. Dumping knowledge after earning the grade helps nothing. You can do math. Listen to Mom and Dad. Talk to God more; He misses you and actually, you miss Him too. Be obedient. Being happy is a choice. If you have to work, you might as well enjoy it. You're the only one holding you back from going where you want to be. There's a world out there that needs to be changed. Become the person who can do something about it. Continue your confidence in yourself, it's a good investment. You survive.

Hannah

If I could go back and talk to my high school self, there would be a lot that I would want to tell myself about my future in secondary education. One of the biggest would be to open myself up to new people and new oppurtunities. Everyone always says that college is the time to experiment and get to know yourself and new people but it is so easy to get sucked into your own world. I would tell myslef to greet people and to be the one to say "hello" first. When somone asks you to do something fun, just go and do it. Don't be afraid to try new things and put yourself our there. The second piece of advice that I would give myself would be to start good study habits right there and then. My homework load in high school wasn't very heavy because I was always able to finish it quickly. This made me think that college homework would be a breeze. I definitley wasn't. College it much more time intensive and requires you to make some sacrifices with what you might otherwise want to be doing.

Enoch

If you want to make the most out of high school here is my advice - make a master plan. Don't let high school just happen - use it to make your life awesome. Everybody changes whether they try or not--especially in high school. So the real question is - what kind of change do you want for yourself? To do this, you should ask and answer questions that help you define your priorities. Questions that help you determine what is important to you. Here are some questions to consider: What kind of person do you want to be? What kind of student, friend, and family member do you want to be? Do you want to hold any positions, join any clubs, or play any sports? What skills are important to you? What subjects will you attack like a ninja? Which subjects will attack you like a ninja and might require some extra attention? Are you willing to work hard for an education? Most importantly, where do you want high school to take you? All the questions you answer should help you decide what things matter most to you and how you will use high school to get closer to them.

Breanna

College is hard with the wrong perspective. If you think that everything is going to be perfect and the people you meet during orientation will be your best friends for the rest of the year, and that you don’t have to meet anyone else, you’re wrong. It takes effort. You have to put yourself out there, reach out to others. The first day of moving into your apartment, and first day of classes; meet people. Be outgoing, and don’t ever stop meeting people. But most importantly be yourself. Don’t let others who you barely know, and who barely know you dictate who you are. Knowing who you are and sticking to it is one of the most powerful things you can do. It is liberating to love who you are. Because if you change who you are and try to be someone else you are getting rid of the best thing you have. You strip yourself of your identity. The facades you will wear to fit in, or to just be comfortable will become your prison. Being separated from your true self is a personal hell. Let others see who you are, and never stop improving.

Eryn

Dear Eryn, I'm all cozy and warm in moms beautiful home on this chilly winter night, trying to think of the best of advice that I can give you as you go through your highschool adventure. And yes, it will be an adventure. Here are a few things that I would like you to know and do: 1. Stop thinking that you will make a fool of yourself and just go out there and shine. Join a sports team. believe it or not, doing sports in college will be one of the best decisions of your life, and you'll actually be good at it! I know right? Just do it. 2. Always be a good friend. 3. Save your money! Start budgeting. 5. When a certain someone breaks your heart, don't let him take your confidence away. You're beautiful, smart and funny. Plus, you're going to fall in love in a couple years and it will be wonderful. 6. Never loose your kindness. Think of others before you think of yourself. 7. Be kind to your family! They deserve it. 8. Spend more time with Grandma. You don't have a whole lot of time.

Amelia

I would tell myself to just do the best that I can. Just do your best, and build from there. Do not try to be the best college student. You will just overwhelm yourself. Start where you are and progress from there. Challenge yourself, but don't overwhelm yourself.

Brett

Prepare, prepare and prepare. I was not even close to being prepared for the work, the course loads, the social aspects, the cost, the sacrifice and the time. I would have a good, long talk with my high school self and explain in the strongest way possible to change my ways, plan and prepare in all aspects of the college experience. To have fun, socialize, work hard and make sure I had adequate finances to off-set student debts.

Seth

Advice: Be confident in cultivating your skills and passions, so as to benefit the lives of others. I became passionate about the practice of medicine as a teenager; as I witnessed my father heal many ailments as a doctor. He taught me many medical skills and techniques, which only deepened my desire to become a doctor. However, I was still unsure of my ability to become a doctor. After high school, I served a two year mission for my church, where I was introduced to the very real and painful medical struggles of these individuals. On one occasion, I was eating dinner with a family, when a man came to their home and began an altercation. Things quickly escalated, resulting in a family member being stabbed. The skills and techniques that I previously learned from my father were essential in my ability to save this man’s life. When the ambulance arrived I was told that if I had not acted quickly and confidently, he would have died. After this powerful experience, my confidence in becoming a doctor grew exponentially. Confidence is essential when cultivating your skills and passions, as you will help more people than you know.

Clayton

Save up more money. I found the transition was rather easy to make. The only thing that I have had a problem with was finances. It has been difficult to find jobs while semesters are going, especially ones that work well with my schedule, and then homework takes up most of my free time anyways.

Clif

Choose what you want to do early. Talk to the people who will help you achieve your goals and who will lead you to the right people and places to succeed. Learn successful study habits quickly and don't stress about things that don't matter. Stay focused and you'll do great.

Ilse

Advice I wish I had gotten as a high-school senior is to go in with a plan. I would advice my younger self to go in and sit down with the counselors and ask them questions. I would suggest to also find ways to save money to have some flexibility while at school. I would suggest to my younger self to become more involved in clubs and groups that I am interested in. I would suggest to my younger self to fillout scholarship applications, and be wiser with my finances. And lastly, I would suggest to myself to pay careful attention to online classes and notifications.

Stephanie

Questions flood your mind. What career should I aim for? How will I balance my school and social life? Will I do well? Will you fly to new heights on the wings of this new freedom and knowledge, or allow the pressure and gravity of the situation to pin you to the ground? In this storm of new situations, there are firm foundations to strengthen the building of your resolve and success. It is important to put your priorities in order. Your first priority is to take care of your health, your spirit, your mind, your body. It may seem unlogical at times. But if you take care of those things first and foremost, the rest will fall into place. Second only to that is your education. Why are you going to college? You are going to gain knowledge, to learn. Don't procrastinate, and consistently study, so that you will truly learn and remember the material. Aim to become the best you can be at your field. Third is your social life. Friends make life fun and rewarding. Lift and strengthen each other. All three are important for success. Prioritize, and you will find success and fulfillment at school!

Sasha

Don't ever procastinate on the work that you are given.

joseph

be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly ,courteous, kind, obedient ,cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, reverant

Adam

This year will drastically impact your future. Save all the money you can from working and put it into stock or some other investment that will pay you over time, overtime the money will grow faster and faster to help you stay debt free. Also make sure to do plenty of community service and shadowing of different professions so that you know for sure what you want to do with your life. Set aside 30 minutes each day to work on scholarships to help pay for school. Most importantly build relationships with your family members because family is the most important thing in life. You are graduating early and will have a lot of new opportunities in college, try out new activities and meet as many new people as you can. Interview and whatever jobs you can find to help you become esasily conversant with possible employers in the future and so you know how to best treat your employees when you run your business. Above all else treat others respectfully and with kindness because it will make you stand out in a world where everyone is out for themselves. Never be afraid to help others at your own expense.

Laura

I would tell myself not to listen to my parents and to do research for myself. I would tell myself to keep my nose to the grindstone, and say no to my parents. I would only take classes that would transfer, and I would tell myself to spend as much time as possible in the tutoring center. I would also reccomend taking a foreign language while i was in my first year of college. If I had done these things as a senior, I would have already graduated with my degree, with an amazing GPA.

Natalie

One thing I would tell my high school self is to "do more". It is one thing to focus just on school and homework, but it is another thing to get involved, be apart of the community, make friends, etc. I would have done more if I had been given this advice. It is important to get good grades, but it is more important to gain life experience and to see what the world has to offer. There is so much more to life than just school and you can't wait for school to be over to live your life. Life doesn't start when school ends. I almost lost my life in a car accident when I was hit by a drunk driver. He was so drunk that he didn’t realize he was driving north on a southbound freeway. We hit head on at an impact of 75 mph. If I had died, I wouldn't have truly lived because I was so focused on school. School is important, but it doesn't mean you can't live your life in the process. So do more than just school, do life.

Michaela

Enjoy every minute of it!! It is stressful and there are times that you want to punch a wall and scream but it is so worth it. Don't be scared to try new things or meet new people, those are some of the most memorable moments. Love life and continue to be adventurous.

Amanda

One thing about going to college is realizing that you are free of having to listen to other adults. Your parents aren't telling you that you have to go to school or to do your homework. Teachers don't take attendance all the time. Some don't even care if you go to class. Now, I was a very lazy high school student, but I was smart. Now, I know that sounds pretentious, but I would figure out what I had to do to get a B, and then do the bare minimum. I knew I could get an A on a test without doing homework for the class, so that is what I would do. nd my overall grade would usually be 85. I thought that I would be able to glide through my freshman year of college, through my generals, just like I did high school. But, if I could go back? I'd tell myself to attend class and turn in your assignments. Classes get harder, you aren't going to understand everything by reading the book, go to class, go to tutoring, and do the homework. It's on a higher level, act like it.

Nicole

High school was tough. I wasn't bullied or made fun of, nothing like that. I think I just spent too much time stressed about other people and their lives and problems. I am naturally a fixer. I want everything to be okay, with everyone. If I could go back, even if for just a few minutes, I would tell my teenage self that I just can't fix everything. Sometimes people need the struggles they have, and it isn't my job to fix it for them. After High School, I went straight in to my local Community College. I struggled. It wasn't the social empire I was used to, that was for sure! With no friends in sight, I was forced to look more inside myself. It was much easier to repair other people's problems than my own. But the fix-all personality I had built for myself, picked at every detail of myself. Eventually it became too much, and I had to leave school after two terms. If I had learned early on that I can't and shouldn't fix everything, the transition from High School to College would have been much easier.

Sydney

If I could go back and talk to my high school senior self I would tell myself not to stress too much. You have your whole life ahead of you to do that, now is your time to relax and have fun. Go to the school football games and say yes to that kid asking you to homecoming. One of the worst things to live with is regret, and there is so much from high school for you to do. don't miss out. Don't get caught up in what others think about you. After you graduate you won't see most of those people ever again. So work more at pleasing yourself and becoming happy with yourself as a person. It's a petty thing to care about what others think about you, because in the end it's your life, and it's you who has to be confident in you. Be happy with yourself, study hard, and have fun. You really only get to have your senior year once, don't waste it or regret anything.

Jenna

Knowing what I do, I would tell my high school senior self that everything I needed to know for college was in BLACK & WHITE. B- Brave: Don't be afraid of the change. It will be the best experience of your life. L- Learn: Develop good study habits before you get to college. The adjustment to studying in college is difficult. A- Achievement: Keep track of your achievements. Even the small ones. It helps when you're not feeling motivated. C- Class: Class is important. Show up even when you're tired and don't want to go. K- Kind: College is stressful. Be kind to everyone you interact with, despite the stress. W- Work: Work to succeed in all you do. H- Hard: Along with work, make sure you don't shy away from hard work. College is hard and that's a good thing. I- Involved: Get involved! It's easy to feel lost in college but it's harder to feel lost when you have found somewhere you belong. T- Try new things: That is what makes college so amazing! You get to experiment and have fun in a safe environment! E- Enjoy it! Pretty self explanatory.

Callie

Stop freaking out. Take a gulp of air and breathe it out again. Remind yourself that you are capable and smart. You can do hard things even if they are extremely scary. College is a time to screw-up and make yourself a better person. Focus and study! Don't assume that you can bring your grade up later because that is irresponsible and it will only bite you in the end. Do what needs to be done to be successful because it makes you feel accomplished and good about yourself. Take each moment and realize that it is precious. Be a person that appreciates the little things but doesn't get stuck in the past.

Christy

Dear Me, I graduated ten years ago and gone through many changes over those years. l best advice for you would be to love life!!! Don’t get caught up in all the details. You have done great in all your High School classes, but you need to get outside yourself more. You are shy because you don’t know yourself and you don’t know yourself because you are afraid. The first couple of semesters of college are rough because of your shyness, but you can make it better. School is about learning and you don’t just learn in the classroom. Learn from the people around you. Open yourself up and you can also be a great teacher. I feel like a new person. Not because I changed who I am, but because I became who I am. I want to be with people and I want to help them. That is why I am now pursuing a career to help children as a Child Life Specialist. Thanks for all you have taught me. It has made me who I am. Love, Me

Aimee

The best way to be successful in life is to become a leader, not a follower. As a senior in high school I wish I would have realized this more. In order to accomplish anything in life, the individual’s effort counts the most. No one can force another to do what they do not desire to do, everyone has the ability to choose and decide their own futures. As a senior I was told to decide now what I needed to do, but I think if I were told to discover what I was passionate about that would have been more useful because it would have created a better perception on what I wanted to do in college and what pathway I wanted to pave for the future. In order to be a successful leader, I need to be the best individual I can be and that comes through self-mastery and service toward others. Life isn’t about the labels of society or the number of our GPA but from our passions and efforts to give back to society and take advantage of what it gives to us.

Gerrit

I would say that the time to begin applying for scholarships is now. Don't wait until college is right around the corner. Also, develop good study habits now, do your daily work. As mindless as it seems, daily work is an important part of your GPA, and sometimes you just have to do things that aren't pleasant or easy. You aren't going to have other people hounding you to get your assignments done on time, so learn to do them in a timely manner.

Nate

Slow down, take your time and plan ahead. Keep a good balance between class time, homework and social life. Visit with your academic advisor at least twice a semester so you can stay on track. Complete most of your genearls and foundations classes first so you can get them out of the way and have more time to work on your major classes. Apply for the FAFSA each semester and apply for as many scholarships as you can. SAVE YOUR MONEY, live within your means and don't spend it all on entertainment and fast food. Keep a day planner in which you schedule what you will do each day of the week. Go to bed earlier and get up earlier because your not missing out on as much as you think and you have more time during the day to accomplish your goals. Eeat healthy, exercise and try to meditate every day. Don't be afraid to work hard. Spend less time on Facebook, YouTube and listening to music, and more time studying and working hard.

Cortney

If I could go back to my senior self and give me advice about the college life I would start off telling myself to calm down and quite stressing out. It is not going to be as ad or hard as you think it is. I would also tell myself to not worry about making friends; the people are all so nice so just be you and you will end up with friends. Another important thing I wish I knew as a senior is that you have a whole lot of core classed you need to take before you get to your fun major classes. I knew there were some, but seeing how many there actually were (at least for my school) was incredibly disappointing. Most importantly is to not stress and just have fun. Of course you need to work hard and study, but you also need to make time to get out of your apartment, make friends and have a good time. You only get to go to college once, so make the most of it! Study hard, but still have time to play hard as well.

Jessica

If I could go back and tell myself what I know now, I would tell myself to go with my instincts. Be happy with the choices you are making! Don't let others pick your future for you! Be strong and stick to what you really want! I would also tell myself, "Do not let people walk all over you." Stand up for yourself and make sure others are respecting you!

Ranae

In High School, I was always worried that I would fail. Fail at everything. I was afraid I would flunk out of High School, be unable to go to college, and not have enough money to support myself for the rest of my life. If I could go back, I would tell myself to relax. Almost every class I took my senior year gave me college credit. I was so stressed I was going to fail all of them and then not make it in college. Oddly enough, some of my High School College classes were more challenging than some of my College classes. I would have told myself that it's important to succeed, but it's just as important to have fun. Life isn't always easy, and it's not worth it if you can't enjoy it, especially during the stressful times.

Miner

Dear Stephanie Congradulation on graduation. It will be a while before you enter college but I want the transition to be easier for you. First the college you visited and thought you hated, its wonderful. You will have some doubts, but stop worrying that you will hate it, it only makes it a bad start. Second, your roomates will make your life hell. Ingnore them because you make friend you can't live without. It took me a while but talk to everyone in your classes from day one. Don't be affraid to say the stupid comments you think, people will love it. There is one thing I want you to do for me. Science class the first night sit in the front row close to the teacher. Not the back! Emily will sit next to you. Trust me she becomes an amazing friend and will ask you to tutor her. Do this starting the first time she asks, do not wait. I know it's weird but trust me it's the key. You will reach goals you gave up on because of her and you figure out what you need to major in. Your college self

Mitchell

Attend as many events that the campus has to offer. Meet one new person a day. Take accounting classes.

Tavann

If i could go back and tell myself as a high school senior i would say so many things. I would tell myself to work harder in class and take my grades to the next level. I would tell myself to praticipate in more clubs and activities and to enjoy my time but still use it wisely.

Emily

I would tell myself not to wait to finish my schooling. I would advize myself to be more cautious as I chose my classes and worked closer with advising staff to reduce the number of unecessary courses. I would encourage participation in campus clubs and events. I would challenge myself to take on leadership roles and form close bonds with peers; develop open communication with professors who will later advocate for me, and to distinguish myself above other potential graduate applicants. Mostly I would tell myself to remember who I am and that I am worth every penny of my education.

Andrea

Relax! It's not as big of a deal as it seems. Everything will work out. :)

Tyler

Don't worry so much about fitting in. You can't fail to fit in if you just be yourself. Everybody here has homework so don't worry about ruining your social life by doing your homework. And when you take the Chemistry 105 class, study really hard! And the study groups are a great way to meet people.

Mason

Ah, the 2009 stench. There you are younger me. The biggest piece of advice I can give you for college is this. (whack!!!) Take your adderal. I know you are currently living in denial of our ADHD, but trust me, taking adderal will not only make it easier to do your school work, but it will also help you in your social skills. Trust me, it allows us to think at a more logical level. Next advice, read your scriptures. You need the hour of religion a day in your life to be well rounded. Learn how to take better notes. They will save your life in college. Stop playing so many video games. I only play every couple of days, and that is good for me. You have your entire life to play, focus now on your education. Finally, spend the next year before your LDS Mission preparing to serve your Mission. If I had done these things, I would be a lot better off than I am now. Well, it is time for me to go. Now where did I park the DeLorean?

Kathryn

Looking back as a high school senior, I would have told given myself a lot of advice before I went to college. But mainly I would have taught myself how to better manage my social life and my school life. I think if kids throughout the United States had a short class available to them to show how they could manage their time better in college, it would be very beneficial. I have had a wonderful social life my entire time in college, but I wish I would have applied myself more in school and gotten better grades. The last couple of semesters have been much better for me because I figured out how to have both a successful social and school life. And it has made all the difference.

Krystal

I would definitely tell myself to focus on school more than work. I would try to get myself to go out of state for college because staying at home there are too many distractions and excuses to put off school until "next" semester, which may never come.

Torrean

College is a whole new level of education. You MUST study and take detailed notes. Also it's recommended to stay ahead that you stay ahead, and ALWAYS ask questions. When it comes to essays write them early. When it comes to tests and quizzes, STUDY STUDY STUDY. Its also good to get to know people in your classes, especially the teacher. My most important advice, look for scholarships and DONT WASTE PRECIOUS TIME. trust me...you'll regret it.

Stacie

When I was 22 years old I had aneuysm and stroke. My daughter was 2 years old and my son was 3 month. I had them in the bathtub and aneurysm burst. I can remember how it felt! I could not see out of my left eye. It was very bad. I had to learn all over again how to walk and talk. I can't use my right arm and 75% of my right leg. I am VERY pround to be alive. I thank God for seeing my kids grow up. It is my time to spread my wings and gain knowlege!

Megan

There is no need to be nervous or scared. College life is so fun and easy. You will make loads of friends and you've got family nearby that love you. When you're stressed about deadlines, just breathe and relax. Don't procrastinate. If your roomates keep trying to talk to you while you study or do homework, go somewhere quiet to study. The classes you will take your first semesters will be easier than the classes you're taking now. A lot of your work will be review to help you remember what you're learning now, but there will also be new things. Take your math class seriously. It will help you a lot when you take math in college. Stay in close contact with Mom and get whatever help you need. Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. Oh, and eat right and drink lots of water. Exercise and synergize!

Shaun

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself everything that I never knew as a high school senior. I learned as a college student that timing means everything in college life. When u play sports, you have to balance your time wisely. Having to practice everyday and having games every week makes doing your homework at a timely manner very challenging. Study hall is an athletes best friend in college because in study hall its possible to finish basically all your homework, projects, or even papers your have due for classes. Another important factor is staying focused. In college there are plenty of distractions that can easily take you off focus. In college there are many beautiful women that you never seen before, and there are plenty of parties to goto. If you let the women and partying take control of your schedule, there will be consequences. If you party too much, your going to start staying out late and start to get lazy . When that happens that has an affect on your academics. College is challenging but hard work and dedication will always help you succeed.