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


I believe that choosing a college depends both on one's values. one is more dedicated to school work and strives for a successful future, they should look for a school who's values match that. However, if one wants to pay thousands of dollars to party, skip class, and pay off student loans until they're retired, well, there are plenty of schools that offer that kind of education. Tere are schools that offer both a good education and an exciting social life. These are the kind of schools where memories are created and life-long friends made. Schools where education is priority, and offered by professors who care and love what they do. This is a decision that changes the rest of one's life. What do you choose?


Finding the right college is all about exploration, exploration of yourself and the colleges you are considering. Figure out the top three things that a college must have in order for you to even consider it, and then go searching. Look at all sizes of schools and figure out what you like about each size category. Utilize online college search engines to help you narrow down the list of colleges available to those that fit your specifications. Pick your top 5 or 8 and go visiting. You need to start this around the beginning to middle of your junior year in high school so that you will have time to get applied and get all of your information in to be eligible for the school's scholarships. While you are visiting, pay attention to how what the information you have researched on the school meshes with what you really see going on. Ask current students about those "top three" things you said a college must have, and see if this school really does have it. Finally, figure out where you fit, what feels like you belong there. Then, go for it!. No matter where you are at, you will learn.


Finding the right college is a difficult process. Going to the campus and attending a few classes as a guest really helps, and knowing where the school stands religiously and/or philosophically is helpful as well. When you know, you will know, but look around until you feel comfortable.


I would advise students and parents to make sure they visit some of the top colleges that they are considering to "get a feel" for the campus. Spending time with students and in classes are the only ways a student can know if the school is a good fit for him or her. To students who want to make the most of their college experience, I would encourage them to be ready to work hard and interact with their professors as much as possible. Beyond the academics, students need to work to form a group of close friends to support each other during the rough times of college and should become involved in a few extra-curricular activities, such as volunteer work and common-interest clubs. Getting a feel for a college before choosing it and being proactive in one's academic and social life while in college will almost guarantee a great college experience.


I would encourage them to visit the campus as many times as possible so that the student and parents could get a feel for the environment on campus. An official visit should be set up with a tour and hopefully the student would be able to spend some nights in the dorm with current students. The parents and student should also visit some classes, preferrably classes relating to the degree the sudent would be pursuing. They should try to set up some chats with the professors, too, so the student will be able to see who will be teaching his classes. Of course, they must stop by the cafeteria to get a taste of the food and the atmosphere there. All along the way, they should do their best to keep an open mind while still holding to their nonegotiables.


Obviously visit the schools in question, mulitple times, and sit in on some of the classes. Talk to their current students, to help ensure you are choosing the best fit for your present and future needs. Keep an open mind. Where the Lord intends for you to be my not always be your first choice or the type of school you always thought you'd be attending. Start saving as soon as possible. Look for your own aid opportunities, because Fin.Aid offices aren't able to hepl 100{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c} of the time. And students Please, stay focused!! Especially that first semester &/or year, I know it will be tempting to just "cut loose" and be excited that you are finally "free." But please just stay level headed, and be your own person, don't go following that group of people that may leave you with regrets and a lot of ground to make up.


I would suggest visiting as many colleges as possible. That is the only way to truly know if someone fits. Sit in on classes, talk to professors and students, and stay in the dorm. Some colleges are very different on visit days. They can put on their best appearance, but that is not truly what the college is like from day-to-day. The other thing is that not everyone is right for every college. So a college may seem nice, but if does not have the qualities you have pre-determined, keep looking. Finally, I would recommend that everyone take the SAT and/or ACT as many times as possible as sad as this fact is, most scholarships are based solely on test scores and GPA. Start early!


When looking for a college, both parents and students should try to have an idea of what they are looking for, but keep an open mind. Look into financial aid and scholarship opportunities for each school in question. Check out the surrounding area of the school. Talk to current students to see how they feel about it. Make sure you know the rules,standards, and policies of the colleges you're considering to see if which is the best fit for you. Then look into their program for your intended major to insure that you will get a good, solid education. Consider the distance from home, people you know; some students and parents want to stay close and be with their high school friends while others want to "go away" to school. If you can, visit the campus, get a tour and have the student spend the night in a dorm and visit classes. That way the student can picture himself actually attending that school.




Take a tour of a lot of colleges, and talk to a variety of people. Students: ask for your parents advice, but ultimately make the decision on your own. Parents: give your opinion but ultimately let your students make the decision for themselves. After all, they are going to be at that establisment for four or more years, not you. Also, do not let the issue of money be the biggest factor in your decision. There are always ways to make the money. If you want to go to a college, go, and worry about the money later.


First, I would tell the student and their parents to pray and see God's will for their life. They should look for colleges that stick to their beliefs, not just settle for something that will cause tension in their lives. The parent's and student should begin their search for the appropriate college by looking at what the college offers academically. This should be the biggest question of them all. What do i want to do in my life and can i get the appropriate schooling at this establishment. When that has been decided that family should take a trip to the schools that have been chosen to see for themselves what is in store for them at that college. Once you have visit these schools, you should sit down and discuss the pro's and con's of each place until the student has decided on a school. This can be a long and drawn out process but in the long run, it will pay off. Remember, seek God and it will make the decision much easier to make as a student and a family.