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


I would encourage myself to study harder and learn proper study habits. Plan to earn money during the summer do not work during the school year. Make friends but do not let them distract you from the reason you are at college - to learn not play. Be sure to choose a major that will be of benefit to you in the future, not just what your friends are choosing. Ask for help from the professors as soon as you need it, do not wait, they will help you. They want you to succeed.


Dear high school senior self, I’ve learned a thing or two recently that I wish I could inform you of. Here they are:Do your work. Senior year is fun, I get it, but you can’t spend your entire senior year goofing around and doing the bare minimum. In college, you actually need to invest time into earning your A’s. Get used to working hard on assignments before you have to pay for them. Ask questions. You are about to enter a whole new world. Don’t be afraid to ask “stupid” questions to the people who have already been through it. The wisdom they have can only help you on your endeavor. Stay in the moment.You will miss home. You will miss what your life was like before college. Don’t dwell on the past for too long, though. There is a whole new adventure waiting for you in this chapter of life. HAVE FUN!Your life is going to get chaotic, but everything that happens will make you into a stronger, more independent person. Don’t be afraid to have fun. After all, college is supposed to be the experience of a lifetime!


In order to properly choose a collegiate path, you must be intentional with discovering what your heart truly desires to pursuit. This being the case, I want you to actively pursuit cultural activities outside of your normal incubator; listen to music of different genres, go to art galleries and be inspired by various artists, find different restaurants and landscapes that suit your personality. Obviously this process is not concrete for all but these are just practical ways to understand your own aspirations. Once aspirations become more clear, it is then viable to begin looking for schools that will help you meet the goals you might have. It is vital to remember that often times a major may not have a direct corelation with your goals. However, it is better to gain a concrete skill through school rather than gaining an arbitrary major that will not help you become financially dependent. When it comes to choosing a college and major, you must look beyond prestige and you must often times stifle your passions. Pursue a school and degree that will give you a concrete skill which will in turn give you resources to purue your true interests in the future.


The best advice I would give myself would be to explore scholarship options. As a senior in high school I always thought that I couldn’t get a scholarship because my parents made too much money. If I could go back I would make myself go into the financial aid office or on the internet because there are several scholarship opportunities that aren’t based entirely off of household income. Other advice that I would give myself is to go into the councilors’ office and talk to them about what classes are required because I spent my first year in college taking classes that weren’t necessary and could have easily fallen really behind on coursework.


Assuming I could go back in time to talk to myself, knowing what I know now about college life, I would tell myself tips about how, in my opinion, to be more successful in school. One tip I would tell my self is to strictly take my math, science and engineering classes first. I would tell myself this because for me, as an engineering major, those classes are the classes that are most difficult to schedule. Generally the higher the level of difficulty for a class, the fewer classes they provide at the school. One example of this is that generally, or at least at the school I attended, calc I has more class options than calc II does. Another reason I would do this is because sometimes they do not offer certain classes during certain semesters. one example of this is that at my school would have chem I during both the fall and spring semesters meanwhile would only offer chem II during the spring semester. finally, the other piece of information I would provide for myself is tips for higher level math skills such as for calc II and III.


If I was to go back in time I would have difinitley told myself to take my Senior year seriously and apply for as many scholarships as I could. I would have told myself to push hard until I was at the end of my high school career. Although, being at a 2-year college is nothing bad, I wish I could have recieved that advice so I could have gone straight to a 4-year college. With scholarships, it is always to recieve money to pay off your tuition and your books. Sometimes I now have to pull money out of my own pocket to pay for the books I need. If I would have known how much books actually cost, I think I would have applied earlier.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself about the transition to college, I would tell myself to make sure that I take classes where I will actually learn, and also to not give up on working out. There are some classes where they are easy and you know you can float on by and get the good grade, but it is important not to always take those classes. They end up hurting more in the future when you are expected to remember things from that class but you never actually learned it. Second it is important to not give up on working out since it was something I loved in high school. Once you get into the swing of things in college and working out is not part of it it is very hard to get back into. This only hurts, because you lose everything that you worked for so hard. Adjusting is not always the easeist but it is really possible if you stick with it and make sure you have your priorities straight.


As a student I have struggled, learned, excelled, seen new things, new people, and learned to cope with many stressful situations. Life is a challenge that causes people to grow in order to reach full potential. I believe in challenging myself physically and mentally. It takes both determination and perseverance to achieve great measures. To become who you want to be, you should lead by example by being prompt, attentive, respectful, and by working to improve your intellectual potential and your community. To do this it is essential that you are determined to achieve with firmness of purpose, and have a persistent course of action especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement. With the attributes of determination with perseverance you will be able to be be seen as the prestigious student who against all odds, valued the learning process with goals in which you exceeded while being prompt, attentive, respectful, and by working to improve your intellectual potential to ultimately improve the lives of others and in turn, your own.


The first thing I would tell myself as a high school senior is to follow my own dreams, and make no compromise for anybody's approval. As a high school senior I was really passionate about Art and Education, but I came from a religious background. I went to two Christian colleges without even visiting the campus first. I end up hating my whole experience, and now I'm seeking to transfer. I ended up meeting a lot of great people, but I was still left knowing that this wasn't "me", and I felt as though I didn't belong. So now, I'm back to pursuing something and somewhere I really wanted to be and a good career choice for my future. So I would tell myself as a high school to always be you. Don't let the pressures of life break you down, but build you up into a stronger woman. Always when looking a college, visit the campus, be patient , and do research about the school before I make an erupt decision to transfer. If drawing and teaching kids makes you happy, do it and don’t let anything one stop you.


Don't be afraid to make mistakes. Enjoy time spent with friends in the dorms. Don't worry about getting everything done all the time. Become more involved on campus. Don't be afraid to try something new. Stand up for yourself. Breakdowns are okay, but after it's over move on with what has to get done. Learn from your mistakes, and your roommates' mistakes. Actually read for class. Don't fall asleep during class - you're paying way too much to nap it away. It's going to be whatever YOU decide to make it- so make it good!


Now that you are leaving high school, the games are over! It's now time to stop trying to fit in with the popular groups and become your own person. Just focus on you and your future. Once you put yourself first and find out everything about yourself, the friends you have always wanted will come in time. The decisions you make in college will shape your future. Be as sensible as possible. Try to make the best choices for your life and the family you will have. And remember that when it comes to school, every point matters. The juvenile days are over and it's time to grow up! Grab life by the horns and give everything in life your best shot! Don't give up and the success will pay off. Set out goals to accomplish and go after them. You will inherit an amazing new confidence in your self and your abilities when you have reached your dreams. Keeping an attitude of persistance and faith will lead you further than you could have ever imagine!


Although I would not change a thing about my past because it has taken me to where I am now, I would have a large list of advice for myself as a high school senior. At the time, all I wanted was out: out of school, out of the house, out of my own life. Looking back, I wasted a lot of time thinking about what could be better in my life, rather than just making it better. Most importantly, I would have told myself to work harder, and be harder on myself. I was often critical of my work, but not very serious about it. Now that I have had to work even harder to complete the past three years of college, I would have liked to have known that if I worked hard then, my work would be easier now.


Trevor, you may not know this now but in the future you are going to have a passion for education that you have not had for anything else. You will constantly be thinking about education and dreaming of the days you get to help students learn. Having said this here is a tip: the test is not everything! Just because you got a grade on a test (high or low) does not mean you know anything or nothing about a subject. This is because a test cannot accurately gauge things of substance and of utmost importance (i.e. your thoughts). So, start reading, processing, unpack ideas, and the thing of the utmost importance, start thinking. Do not be content with surface level thinking and living anymore; you need to dig deeper into topics with your thoughts. You have a creative mind, use it as best you can to study and learn. The world is in a dire state right now and education is the key; you never know in the future we could use that education to change the world.


My first year of college taught me life lessons. College experiences taught me what to do or not do and made me a better student. My name is Ruthie Biglefthand, I’m 22 years old, and currently full time student to get my A.A. degree. I have a two year old daughter. I believe that everyone deserves an education. College helped me be independent, responsible, and to strive for my dream. I learned how to be a better student by attending classes, studying and keeping grades up. Striving for dreams can be hard but I’m not giving up, only keep going. I was raised with the importance of education so attending college is important to my family and I. Attending college is valuable to me because I learn something new every day, and get closer to my dream. Having an education is important in other ways such as giving my daughter what I never got. I know education is important because without education it’s hard to get a good job. When I become a veterinarian I will help my community. Therefore I will do what I have to in order to be successful in college.


I have gained a sense of independence from my college experience. Basically, I have learned how to transfer from the awkward stage of adolescence to adulthood. It sounds simple, but learning to keep a schedule, manage your time, and wash your own dirty clothes can really transform a person. I've also been challeneged spiritually to mature in my relationship with God by becoming more selfless and understanding that I demonstrate my love for God best when I love the people around me. This may mean being patient with a flippant professor or choosing to set aside my homework in order to comfort a friend who is hurting at the moment. My college experience has also challenged me to think about why I even attend a university. All the debt I'm accumulating right now wouldn't be worth it if my motive was to get a job in order to wrack up cash and die with a load of useless possessions. I've realized that the only worthwhile motive for attending a university is to gain a set of knowledge, skills, and values that would prepare me to serve Jesus in society as a professionally competent person of character.


I have had a great college experience. Attending Mt.San Antonio has given me the chance to grow as an individual. I have learned many different things and have been able to apply them to my everyday life. Although when I graduated from high school I did not plan on attending any school I was working at a local pizza hut and did not have in mind to attend college one because I never applied to any and two because I was not interested. One day I woke up and realized life was passing me by and I had to take charge in life, it did not take long for me to realize it, which was a good thing. I started taking courses at the college that gave me the experience I needed to move on to a better job. It is because of my college experience that I now work in the Pomona Unified School District as a severely handicapped instructional aide. This is where I am able to apply all the knowledge and skills I have aquirred. Due to these advantages from being in college it has opened my eyes to keep continuing my college endevors.


I have grown in my appreciation of different ethinicities and cultures since at PBU. The cultural diversity does that. I have grown in my appreciation of the arts, including paintings, architecture, sculptures, music (yes, including opera), and photography since at PBU. The school and location right near historical Philadelphia with the art museum has done that. I have grown in my acceptance and love of all people since at PBU. The diversity of backgrounds and stories has done that. I have grown in my self-discipline, work ethic, time management and determination since at PBU. Balancing classes, chorale, other musical endeavors, being a captain on the basketball team, and being an RA has helped me with this. I understand people better, and I understand how to work with people better. I know how to assess a situation and find a solution to a problem that is effective, efficient and pleasing to myself as well as whatever team that I am working with. I have grown in my leadership and communication skills. PBU has taught me so much about understanding and acceptance, leadership and drive, and most importantly, care, compassion, and love for all people since being at the school.


I live with seven family members because of this horrible economic stressor we are all involved in. My mom just claimed bankruptcy, only one person in our household has a job, and we are losing our house by the end of summer because none of us can afford it. So with that being said, all of my family members (including my mom and I) have to find a place to live with three dogs and two unemployment checks. We have been desperately looking for jobs to support ourselves but the economy is not really helping. I say all this because this is the main reason why I am going to school - security. I don't want to end up like the rest of my family members. I want to be able to take care of myself and help out those in need. I think this would be a life-saver. Thank you for your time.


I have gotten a renewed sense of what a college education should be. Instead of just preparing for the chosen job I want, my college experience is helping me to face whatever will hit me once I graduate. I will not just be educated in one field of expertise, but I will be educated in a core content area and specialize in one field of expertise. I have learned how to live a Christian life outside of my tiny bubble of church family members, and I now know how to live a Christian life and minister to others using the love of God.


As a high school senior I was very scattered as far as what I wanted to do in regards to college. I did not apply to any school until almost March and did not start investigating scholarships until after that. If I could, I would tell myself to start sooner and be open to alternate routes. To not narrow in on one school or program of study right away, but rather look into multiple ways of acheiving my educational goals.


I would tell myself to work hard and not be discouraged. College isn't easy, but it is possible. As long as you do your best then you will succeed. The most important thing to do, however, is to BE STRONG! Be strong in many different ways, be strong in all ways. Be strong in doing your work. Be strong in choosing your friends. Be strong when you are challenged. Be strong when you feel weak. Be strong with your professors. Be strong in what you wear. Be strong in conversation. Be strong in who YOU are. When I say "be strong," I don't mean muscles or toughness. What I mean is be confident in who you are and what you believe and don't let anyone sway you from that. It is important not to conform or change for others. You will make many changes throughout your college years, and that is okay, just make sure they are changes for yourself and no one else!


Don't expect to make close friends right away and don't get locked down into friendships. Look for people that you genuinly connect with and then invest in them. Don't just hang out with people because they were the first people you met. That's fine at first, but then look for people you want to be close with and make an effort. Work hard, but don't get too busy. Stay focused on others, not just yourself. Step out of your comfort zone, this is a time to try new things. Be bold. I am accidentally chose the wrong age and I don't see how to fix it. I am 21-22.


To the student, examine colleges and what they offer, sometimes being satisfied with your higher education will cause you to do things that arent popular --so expect that! Go and do what YOU got to do --for YOU!


I think that it is important to make sure that you know what you want ot major in before looking for a school to attend. I would suggest making a list of things that are important to you and things you do want and dont want in a school


One of the most important things to keep in mind about selecting a college is you. Yes, you. Just you. Though it may sound selfish, this is ultimately a decision that affects you and your future alone. Where to go to college is one of the biggest decisions you will make in life. Don't take it lightly. What you study could be your career for the next several years to come. These are the friends you will keep for the rest of your life. College opens doors and unique opportunities that are hard to find else where. Make the most of it! Find the college that interests you, not only in the areas of study, but also in available extra-curricular activities and other provided services and opportunities. It is a place to explore yourself and find out exactly what you want out of life. Never think that you aren't smart enough or you'll never get in. Even if an opportunity seems impossible, go for it and keep trying. This is your life, your future. Les Brown once said, "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it, you'll land among the stars."


When you are looking at a school and you do NOT know what you really want the best thing to do would be community college. It is not worth the money to find out you dont want to do what you are at school for after two years. Schools cost around 20-$40,000, save up the money and take time. It goes by fast so you do not need to rush into anything.


Fun. Everybody likes having it. What does "fun" do? It can give people amazing experiences and can entertain for hours. Fun is not illegal, everyone is allowed to have their fair share of it, but how does this relate to a college experience? High school is filled with "fun" activities. Many children and teenagers feel that when they reach adulthood, the "fun" stops and the boring adult life begins. College is a great opportunity to learn and academically grow, ultimately preparing a person for a life-long career. Many students find that it is difficult to adjust to a college environment and take their academic studies seriously. There are still opportunities in college to have "fun," and if a student is unprepared for the college adjustment, a student can have an unbalanced schedule. The key is delayed gratification. There are still many opportunities to enjoy life and all its experiences, and the greatest way to do that is to work hard and work towards a good career. Finding the right college that offers a good balance is vitual. A student must learn time management and learn to balance between "fun" and studies to find a satisfying life-long career.


Find a college that will challenge and inspire you to academic and social excellence. It may be a good to choose a college with a diversity of majors, in case the student becomes more interested in a different field of study. This way you can avoid the possible horrors of trying to transfer, and possibly losing credits toward graduation.


Its a long process, be patient with each other! Look at a lot of school, this is easy to do with the internet. Don't just focus on the big schools or schools your friends are going to, there are so many great schools that may be "off the map". Remember to study hard in school right off the bat! Its easy to get caught up with the freedom of living away from home but your grades will suffer and its hard to raise your GPA once its low! College is a time of growth and change and while it can be scary at times it is exciting to start feeling like an adult!


I would say definitely consider the financial situation of the colleges you would be going to. I got a good education and came out with barely any debt even though the school I went to was not my first choice. So remember your choosing a school for the education and financial situation and not for the socialization and parying.


I transfered into Philadelphia Biblical University after my Sophmore year of being at a college that just was not for me. I believe that the best thing you could ever do while in the application process, is to spend time visiting each campus; both with and without mom and dad. It is important for your parents to be a large part of the process, but if you really desire to know what campus life is like behind closed doors, a day trip will not help much. Sometimes colleges have their visit programs so well tuned that they portray something that campus life is not. Take your time making a decision, be discerning and wise every step of the way; and most of all, do not let anyone pressure you into something that does not seem right. Be anxious, but fear nothing; before you know it youll be walking down another graduation aisle, with friends that will most likely be with you for the rest of your life. Take a deep breath...breathe, and enjoy this, perspective is everything!


Look for what the college has to offer aside from the academics. Your child will have to live there and the people they meet will have an enormous influence on their lives. Visit the school and meet some students and have conversations with them. Chances are your child will end very similar to them and their beliefs after being there for 4 years. Find out what is the mission statement of the school. What are they all about? What is their goal and have they met those goals? Also when you visit the campus, go to the cafeteria and find out what your child will be eating for the next 4 years.


Find the college where, when you step onto campus, you know that you are at home. I know it sounds cliche, and seems like an impossibility, but you will know where you are supposed to be. Do not allow location or financial aid to be the only deciding factors in your college selection process. When I compared the demographics of several prospective insititutions, I never expected I would enroll where I am today. Years later, I love it here. I have been home since the moment I stepped onto campus and the things that I have learned inside and outside of the classroom have stretched me beyond words. I have unleashed my true leadership potential. Do not settle for a place where you could fit in; choose wisely, and choose where you belong. You are home.


Be sure of who you are and what you want. Be prepared to be shaken in how you see yourself. Surround yourself in an environment, area, and campus that will meet your needs should you reach an ultimate low. College is the time when you start out ready to show the world who you are and then learn slowly who the world sees as you. It is an experience worthwhile, and one you can never be fully prepared for, do it anyways.


Change. It is not an easy thing to figure out. For me there has been a lot of adjustments as I leave home and begin making decisions indepent of my parents. The key to this adjustment has definitely been being able to keep in communication with my family, seeking their advice and insight AND looking at the information shared with me by classmates and faculty as well. Finding the right balance between evaluating all the available options and making final decisions comes as you become comfortable with the whole concept of stepping out into the bigger world of college life. Take your time instead of stressing out over all your available choices. Looking carefully at the types of people you will be spending your time with, the learning environment you put yourself in will be as critical for you as your actual zeal in study. Be prepared to take the academic side of life seriously but without growth in all areas of life you will find yourself lacking at the end of your college experience! Wise choices will become important very early in your time at school so make an effort to practice self-discipline right away!


Don't stress out about the "mess" of applying and trying to figure out what is "right" for you. You can always get out. If you don't know what you want to do, GO TO A COMMUNITY COLLEGE; don't waste your money on a big university on gen ed courses that you can get for half the price at a cc(and get better grades in them anyway). Don't be afraid to wait to go to school 'cause many students come to college when they aren't ready or mature enough yet, hence the drinking binge parties, drug issues, and depression.


It is important to ask yourself the question "what do I enjoy doing and what is my overall goal". When you answer that question you can then concentrate on finding a school that can adaquatly equip you with the right tools for success. To get the most out of your college experience I would suggest avoiding such distractions as tv, video games, and movies. Instead focus your goals and the people around you. Become independant, learn about people, learn about yourself, learn to think critically, and never stop learning. Question everything.


The first thing I would advise to parents and students about finding the right college is before looking for a college, that is right for you, is to know what you want out of a college. Since all colleges is trying to tell you that they are the right college for you. Know where you want to go to attend college at. After looking at all the possible colleges for you that you are interested in go visit the colleges during their school year and get all the information you can about the college. So you know totally what you are getting in to. To make the most out of the college experience is to get to know everyone as much as possible. For you can build relationships that can last a long time. Also, getting to know people, especially older than you and in your own major, for they can help you succeed. Look at all your courses as a journey, not just a requirement to get your degree. You want to look back at college saying how much you learned and the memories you made.


College is all about learning. Before coming to college, ask yourself one simple question: am I ready to learn? Before you can learn you need to ask yourself what does it mean to learn, or rather, how does one actually learn. Education, in its very essence, is not bare memorization and a false sense of understanding. Education, rather, is admitting one's own mistaken presuppositions and attempting to understand any truth that one is currently lacking. When I first came to college I was not ready to be challenged; after all, who likes to have their moral convictions and beliefs challenged by peers and professors? Now, as I work on my junior year of college, I look forward to being education because it means I am removing myself from falsehoods in search of a higher truth. I personally recommend finding a college that will be somewhat challenging: academically, relationally, or even spiritually. After four years you will leave with much more than barely memorized facts and stronger arguments for potentially false views with which you entered into college.


When looking for a college choose a place you and your parents feel comfortable with attending. make certain a night is spent at the college before choosing to live there. there are many surpises you will find at a college, but it is a lot easier when you have spent a little time there with people to have an early heads up. Also a college with a few different majors you are interested in, is always a plus. Many students change majors in their college career, and staying at the same college makes everything much easier. So start early with your applications, save a few bucks with early acceptance, and find a place which fits you best!


I would tell parents and students to first think about what they want our of the college experience and then look at the colleges that fit the description. When they have selected a certain number of schools, they should go to those schools and see which schools feel the best and after they have done that, they should submit applications. My biggest advice that I would give is that each college or university has their own pros and cons and a person needs to weigh each of those against what they want to get out of their own college experience.


Some advice that I would give students and parents about picking the right college is to know what you like. If you want to know a lot of people at college and feel like people know you, go to a smaller college. If you just want to blend in and be like everyone else, then go to a bigger school. Something else you should think about is the distance. If your a family orientened person then go to a college where its not too bad to come home once in awhile, do some laundry and hang out. But if you don't mind seeing your family like just at hoildays then try a school further away. A third piece of advice would be about your major. If you know what you want to do before you then select a school that is rated high for that program. If your unsure then go to a school with lots of options available. Next is deciding on whether your religion plays an impact. For me I wanted to go to a school where I would be surround with other christians and also a place where I could learn more about God.


The advice I would offer to students about finding the right college and making the most of their experiences would be to expand their options and really apply to any college that interests them. I would want them to learn a lot about the college that they desire most by going to orientations or getting in contact with other students there. The best way to determine if it is the right place for them is to find out directly from other students and to observe the kinds of lifestyles around campus. I would tell them that the college they choose and the outside influences it contains will really affect (and may even shape) their own lifestyle and future. I would explain to them that in order to make the most of their college life is not about going to the most parties or getting "wasted" but that making the most of their experience in college involves gaining new values and insights and discovering who they are and who they want to be for the rest of their lives.


If I had to give advice to students about finding the right college, I would tell them to pick the college that best fits your career choice. I would say this because you will make friends wherever you are and will have a great time at college whichever one you choose. When you apply for a job, they will look at, not how many friends you had, but at what you did professionally. College is about your career and what college you choose to go to will affect your life one way or another. I would also say to chose a school that will challenge you academically. If you go to a college that doesn't challenge you and force you to improve, then it is a waste of time. A challenging college will prepare you for the real life because life is just one challenge after the next and you should be best prepared to face it. Those two pieces of advice I found are very valuable. College is about seizing every opportunity and it will affect you life in every way imaginable.