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


Never doubt yourself! My last expectation was to accomplish my goal into being admitted into my favorite university.


i would tell myself that college is way more important than high school. high school is just to prepare you. college is definately harder and it requires way more than you expect. i would tell myself that sports is not everythng academics come first. with out the good grades it can be very hard to get a job. just because you have a degree doesnt guarentee a job. employeers wll ask for your GPA.


I would tell my self that you got a very tough road ahead of you. There is going to be a lot of different things pulling at you. When you get there take the time to look at everything and make sure you put attention to certain things in a certain way. Do not let social life overtake academics. Academics always come first and social life is after. But I want you to have fun, so do not drown yourself in homework. Just do what you can to find a happy medium between everything, and when it comes to work, do not procrastinate, you do not want to be in a financial situation that you do not want.


I would tell myself that there are great people waiting for me at college, and I have nothing to worry about. I would remind myself to always make the best decisions and put all my faith into God.


See and visit a bunch of schools to get a better determination of what is the best fit college.


I would tell myself to stop caring so much about what people think of you. You learn who your real friends are once you get out of the high school environment, and you make new friends who you just know are going to be your friends for the rest of your life. It's also okay to not know what you want to do with your life - a lot of people still don't know what they want to do after college. It's all right to be a little bit scared of life after high school, but you shouldn't let that stop you from achieving your goals and dreams. Just remember to try as hard as you can, but also make sure you have a little bit of fun on the way.


I would first tell myself not to take the time off between high school and college because it was seriously hard to make myself return for education. Then, I would join the military earlier and have those benefits help me get through school easier without having to worry about tuition and fees as much. I would know not to be as shy and to get out there and try to make the friends because everyone else who is new is always just as afraid of putting themself out there. I wouldn't worry as much about what people thought of me, and I would focus more on just being ME.


Never give up on your dreams.


College so far has been the best experience of my life. I am involved on campus, have great friends and roommates, and am doing well academically. Making the transition from high school to college was difficult at first, though. Suddenly, I was away from home and I didn't know everyone or have connections with my teachers. My work load got heavier and it was hard to balance fun and school work. Knowing what I know now, I would give myself several pieces of advice. First, to go to any clubs or organizations I am interested in to find out more about them and get involved. Second, to not be afraid of meeting new people and getting to know them. Third, to remember that even though all of the social activities are fun and exciting, it is still important to learn and work toward my future, so don't let anything get in the way.


I would give myself the advice to just study a little harder and give myself freetime as a reward.


If I were to go back in time to give my high school senior self advice I would tell myself to have patience. When I was a senior in high school I wanted so much to be out of there. I wanted to make friends and explore myself. I wanted to learn more about the world outside of my little country town. I got so caught up in trying to get out that I didn't take the time to appreciate my home town school and the people there. I would also give myself advice to not get so wraped up in all the drama that surrounded the high school social life. Thanks to friendly drama I lost a lot of people that were close to me my senior year and we never got the chance to make amends. I feel that I would have had a much more positive senior year experience if I had this advice from not only my older self, but from anyone.


Look for colleges that have what you are looking for in a degree, decided the size and location you are comfortable with and the distance from home, make friends with as many people as you can and get involved with things that you will enjoy doing.


Visit the campus ahead of time and trust your own instincts - does its environment match what you'd like to have your college experience be? I think a lot of students make the mistake of rushing into one program or another based upon others' opinions - trust yourself instead. Once you've found the right fit get as involved as possible. I've learned more from hands on projects with upperclassmen in my club than could ever be possible in a classroom.


I would tell parents and students when looking for the right college to factor in several things. Before visiting any campus' know abou the college academically, historically, and anything else you might want to know. Make a list of your favorites and plan to visit them. When arriving on campus first look at the it and be in love with it. Secondly, once in love with with the campus meet with the financial aid department and see how friendly and accessible they are. Next meet eith with academic advisors and see how accessible and friendly they are. These are the two most important offices on campus and you will wan to know wher they are and the people in the office. Next sit in on a couple of classes and make sure your learning style meshes with the teaching style and the settings of each classroom. After visiting all of your choices narrow it to three to five and apply to those choices. Your choice made be made for you if not accepted. If not you have a tough decision to make but ultimately you will be happy if you have completed the process previously mentioned and like your choices.


The advice that I would give parents and students would be to research the field of study they want to persue, and then choose a college based on that. When looking at colleges, my advice would be to talk to as many students as possible to determine their experiences at that college. To get the most out of their college experience, I would definitely advise that they make as many friends as possible, both in their classes and outside of them. If you do that, study groups can turn into your second family and you will create friends that will last forever. I would also suggest to get involved in as many activities as possible, and always support your school sports teams by attending any games you would be interested in. That way you will create a relationship with not only people, but will also have a passion for the place where you will be spending at least four years of your life.


I would look for a school that fits my academic and social needs. A place that is committed to the students first and foremost.


When making the decision of which college is best for you, there are several things to look at. First you want to know the area, such as city, woods etc. Also you want to look at housing. Living comfortably really helps when dealing with school work. Also look at the enrollment to see if the college is going to be too big , too small, or just right for your liking. Technology plays a huge part when attending college, so its always best to be sure the college is up-to-date with computers and internet access. I have a motto that I use while attending college - WORK BEFORE YOU PLAY. In the college atmosphere there are always many ways for one to lose their attention and easily become distracted. This motto works well. Do the work that you need to do before you get yourself involved in too many distractions. It's that simple and it works.


Go on tours of all the colleges you're interested in, and be sure to check out your major while you're there.


Choose the right college for you - think about size, location, and the programs it offers. Don't throw away other people's opinions of the schools in which you're interested, but keep in mind that your opinion is what matters most because this is about you and your growing experience. Be open to meeting anybody, because you never know who may impact your life or whose life you may impact. Most importantly, take your studies seriously because every piece of information given to you can be used in the most random and unexpected moments of your life.


Always look to see how academically they rank and how well open are the teachers are to helping students.


When finding the right school for you, make sure you feel comfortable with your surroundings. Spend a day sitting in on classes and get a feel for the people, the teachers , and the school itself. Don't just choose a school because of the name, you have to be comfortable and complacement for four years, so it's better ot be scrupulous in the beginning.


Definitely take a tour or two to really obtain a full grasp of the campus area, and the people or go and or live there. Don't be afraid to ask hard questions, ask them about the food don't assume that the food you get at orientation will the same food your child will get everyday. Speak ot different professors if you can and there is nothing wrong with a student who studies. I thought I didn't need to study to get good grades but I was wrong. After i started reading and writing out note cards my learning skills and grades got so much better. My final advice is to attend a school that isn't too distracting, you want things to do but not too much or else you will never study. Good luck!


I would tell parents and students to research the college they are interested in and also go visit it for a day or even a few to see what it is like. I would also suggest to students that they go on Myspace or Facebook and try to find someone from the college that they can ask about it and find out differing opinions on the college.


Make sure your children know what they want to do and how they are going to do it.


Visit the school and make sure you ask all the questions you have.


go where you want. its the best 4 years of your life.. you might as well go where you want and enjoy it


I would definately recommend looking up statistics about the school to start off. You should look up crime statistics and academic statistics. I would also recommend to talk to alumni and get some opinions of different schools if that's available to you. It's very important to go to orientation and visit the school. Also, make sure you check out the dorms, food court, library, gym and whatever else you may be using while in college. Always take into consideration the distance it is away from home, transportation, etc. And, of course it's very important to look into the financial situation of your family and how much this school will cost compared to others.


The best advice I could offer to any parent of a future student or future student concerned with a successful college career and experience would be to enjoy as much of it as possible and to make the best out of what there is to offer relating to the one?s personal interests and priorities. Personally, I am actively involved in a work study position, leadership club, honors fraternity, and my university?s art club. Although my experiences can often be described as very assiduous in comparison to a basic class schedule and credit undertaking, I honestly feel the utmost reward when faced with the obstacles that each organization and club has brought my way. Truly becoming a passionate, involved student has instilled the best qualities in myself and has allowed for great personal development. Before deciding on any college I would suggest visiting each school, meeting with students who are currently attending the university and faculty members in your concentration, and research each school?s programs thoroughly. The best way to an assured successful college experience is to research each college and campus ambience that fits one?s needs properly and distinctively in a personal sense and intellectual cognizance.


In finding the right college, just find a college where they offer your desired major. Also, it is very important to like the town and surrounding areas of the school, as well as the campus. In making the most out of your college experience, have fun, get a great group of close friends, and keep active in clubs and other activities. Aside from those extracurriculars, it is extremely important to keep a strong focus on your classes, deadlines, and other school work; it is very easy to fall behind, or miss important project deadlines.


I would advise parents/students to veiw as many colleges as the possibly can. Many people chose schools on the cost, size, and location to home, however, parents/students should try to spend a considerable amount of time at school they are interested in because you are investing in your future whenever you are selecting a school. The environment, atmosphere, and quality of your program should be what your are most concerned with. You want to choose a place where you can get the best education in what you are interested while having a good time.


Visit the school and get a feel for it, you'll know it's for you as soon as you walk onto the campus.


I would tell parents to check out the school a semester prior to the one they will be enrolling there child. While there, take note of the parking (is there any available). Often that is an easy way to tell if the campus is over enrolling. Another good way to determine this is housing availability...if there are few apartments/dorms available, chances are there are too many students. I would also tell parents to make sure that the school they are looking at is accredited. Many non accredited degrees are looked at as inferior or even worthless. Next i would instruct them to look at class schedules and sizes (again a semester in advance). Large classes that still seem to be completely filled is a good sign that your child will have difficulty getting the classes they require to finish in four years.


Find the place where you feel most comfortable when you go on the tours of the campus. by making a list of the things that are important to you and ranking them in order from most to least important


it is the most important years of your life.


Make sure you know what major you want before you begin, check to see if the campus you plan to attend has a menotring program and get a mentor and live on campus for at least a year!


Know what's best for yourself and know exactly what you want out of your college experience. If you're not happen in your learning environment, it will be very difficult to succeed.


Go to the school you want to and major in the field you are most interested in; dont let your parents control your college choice.


Go and visit the school before you attend it.


They're all good, they have to go a semster before they know what they like.


Visit lots of schools, talk to lots of students, talk to professors, sit in on a few classes. dont be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and tey new things or changethe type of area your use to living in.


I would first ask them what they were looking for in a college and then depending of what kind of atmosphere and what their major was I would go from their. If the students wants to go to a large school and have many children in their classrooms I would tell them to go to a bigger school but if the students wants to be able to receive a one on one evalutation I would definately recommend California University of Pa. There are not many things around the town of California to entertain the students so the student is able to be well-focused on their studies and not what is going on around town.


Look around and talk to unsuspecting students and professors. Do not worry too much about money because you are going to be in debt either way. Make sure you have fun, that is the most important thing!


Research the university you want to go to and make sure you talk to students about their experiences before you chose the right college!


Don't just go for the oldest or largest school that is near. They tend to have larger classes where the professor doesn't even bother to learn who you are unless you really try to stick out. The up and coming schools have smaller classes with professors who are just as qualified and still come from prestigious universities such as Harvard or Yale. Also, don't go for a big party school either. All colleges have enough parties to tide you over for most of the semester. If you get bored with that, then you can always go visit a party school. Most of the time you'll have a friend who goes to one.


I would say find a school that you feel comfortable with. To me that is the most important thing when it comes to chosing the right college to go to. I picked my school because of the environment and the people who were there.


Make sure that you feel comfortable in the town and all of the atmosphere. Also, be sure that your financial status is able to afford whichever schools that you are looking at. Finally, look at living arrangements, they mean the world to making your home away from home.


Parents, let your student decide where he/she feels they would like to go to school. Students, pick a school that is you, don't go somewhere just because your friends do. College is all about new experiences, meeting new people, learning new things, and joining new clubs. Try not to bring any emotional baggage with you to college because it is the begining of your new life. Always go to class and work hard, you are studying something that you want to do for the rest of your life, so make the best of it.


Check out all of your options. Look at books, online resources and talk to students who go there. Go check out the school: walk around, talk to kids, go to a football game, eat there. See if you can schedule an over night trip. But for the experience. Enjoy it. Take risks. You may never remember the time in the class but you'll remember the time you wasted hanging with your friends. Drink till sunrise, spend money you dont have. the work never ends but college does. (Tom Petty).


Make sure you know what your kids want to do for the rest of their life. You sometimes only have one chance to go to college.


Finding the right college is about the academic quality of the school. I think it's also about the location and people because you can't be happy in college if you aren't surrounded by good people and good friends.