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

Matthew

I have learned a lot about my self during my three semesters as a college student. If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school student I would tell myself to try harder. I’ll be honest I did not apply myself during high school When I got to college I quickly realized that if I did not apply myself I would not be successful. The prof that I have started applying myself in college is there! In my three college semesters I have only received one B and have an accumulative GPA of a 3.9. I have received a 4.0 in my last two semesters. So, I would say the one big piece of advice that I would give myself is apply myself to your school work.

William

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samantha

I would give myself the advice to really be prepared more. My first college semester I was not prepared at all. I wish that the high school I went to would have gotten me more ready for college. My second semester of school was a lot better. I was more ready and already knew what was expected for college. I would have studied a lot more. College is nothing like high school and I feel that more high school seniors think that it will be like high school, which is not the truth at all. The transition was a little hard at first but making friends and having a couple of friends here at the school made it a lot easier.

Danielle

The adivce that I would give myself is to always be open and make as my friends as I could. As long as youhave friends in college you will have a great time. I know that my roommate didn't have friends when she came here and she hated her time here and went home all the time. Now that she has friends she doesn't mind staying here. I know that I made some pretty good friends right away and that I have always enjoyed being at college because of that. I have made good friends there that I know I can always count on and that will be life long friends.

Lynn

As a high school senior, you are about to face the end of your career as a secondary school student and embark on one of the most exciting journeys of your life. Whether it be at college, a full-time job, or the military, I encourage you to find out who you are as a person and what your passion is. Passion is what will guide you through the next chapter in your life and help you better understand what kind of person you want to be. Making that transition from high school to college can be tough. It is one of the first times you've lived away from home, you will meet dozens of new people, and will be challenged academically. But you CAN do it. Intimidating at first, but within the first year you will discover just how capable you are. So stay motivated, maintain a positive attitude and have confidence in yourself. But most of all, have fun. I've been told these are "the best years of our life". :)

Eric

I would give my advice to try to go out and experience a drinking party. Also I would tell him start looking into scholarships and internships.

Victoria

Look for scholarships, as many as you can. Don't stop, don't delay, just go find guidence and ask to see what your avaliable. Don't wait to file your FASfA, do it as soon as April Vacation hits. Use space bags to pack your clothings, it really works, I promise you. Finally, have fun, and enjoy yourself. You will make a bunch of friends and don't be afraid to try for things even if they are a little weird.

Brittany

If i were able to go back in time, i would tell myself to stop procrastinating. Getting accepted and picking classes was the easy part. I would tell myself to start getting loans as soon as possible. You are completely on your own once you leave high school. Your parents can only do so much for you. I would of told myself to step up my game and realize the High School is almost over and i need to focus on what is in front of me. I noticed during my senior year, everything was too easy. I never understood why, i thought it was because they were cutting us all a break from the four years we put in. I was wrong. I know now that it was easy so we could give 110% to going to college. I was one of those people who blew it off and thought my parents would do eveything for me. Again, i was very wrong. I would tell myself to pound the pavement and get out there. Visit the college and get as much information about financial aid that was humanly possible. Hopefully it's not too late for me.

Stacie

If I could go back in time and talk to my younger self, I'd have some advice to give: College is great, but don't rush it. There may be some advantages to putting college off for a year or two after you graduate high school. A teenager who has never paid any significant bills can't really conceptualize the kind of money necessary to pay for college. When I signed the dotted lines on my student loans, I was ignorant and made some bad decisions. I think that spending a year or two working before going to college would have helped me realize the investment I was making and made me more aware of the realities of student debt. A year or two of work before college would also have given me time to save up money for college, dramatically decreasing the overall cost of college, since loans must all be repaid with interest. I think a person grows a lot in their first year of paying bills, and I think that having that experience before going to college would be very beneficial to students. Don't be afraid to take a year off before going to college.

George

Stop, look more into the schools and visit more schools than you think is necessary. Senor year can also make a difference in how good your high school gpa is, dont let it slip just because you are almost done. Just because a school is semi-close to home, does not mean it is the perfect school, going to a school a couple thousand miles from home might be perfect so go check it out! Also think about those things that make you happy, remember when catching bugs and snakes and lizards was the best thing in the world? Maybe because a zoology degre would be perfect! Then going to grad school and focusing on herpetology will be wicked easy! Good luck and focus on school.

Alison

If I could go back in time and talk to my high school-self knowing what I know now, I would tell me to get serious. I decided a little too late in high school that I wanted to achieve great things. However it did not stop me from being accepting into college and being on Dean?s List it just postponed them. If I could tell my high school-self to take school seriously I think I may have been able to accomplish much more at this point in my life. I am extremely proud of what I have managed to do on my own but I know that had I taken school seriously I would have lived a less stressful life after high school.

annsunee

Study hard

Kimberly

I feel it is important to really consider what you are looking for in a school. Don't go to school and mindlessly choose a major without really considering what YOU (the student) want. College is expensive and you should get all you can for what you are paying. Consider size, location, majors, future opportunities, communities, and more. Taking everything into account to begin with will save you the trouble of attending a school you hate and having to transfer.

stephanie

My advice for parents and/or students who are looking to make the most of their college experience would be to get to know as many people as possible. I go to a small school and so it's not hard to know nearly everyone, but that is a good thing. When i first got to school i had a terrible roommate, and so i walked into the closest room near me with an open door and just started talking with those girls, and that has made all the difference. I am now best friends with those girls, and many others because I took the initative to go and meet others. There will be people nearvous to meet others so you may need to walk up and introduce yourself, and my advice would be to do that right away. College can be scary at first, but when you are friends with many people who live right near you, then it goes a lot better.

CRISTIANA

College search should begin as early as possible. Begin college preparation during the freshman years, visit colleges during the school breaks or summer, tutor your students from an early age to achieve great GPA in high school classes. Encourage your children to take a variety of courses aduring high school , including science , math and English. Involve the high school children to get involved with community service opportunities, such as the Civil Air Patrol, or teh TRIO Upward Bound pre-college programs. During the junior year tutor your kinds with SAT questions. For example, solve an SAT new word every day and post it in their emails or cellular phones. Search for scholarships in your state, and do not discard colleges in your state or backyard, as they offer great opportunities to retain students in their states. When you visit a college, plan teh visit, talk to students at the library, meet professors of a special major, talk to your advisors at high school. Plan to visit National college fairs as they offer under one-roof most basic informations available in the surrounding areas. Boost their confidence so that when they enter their freshman year they can handle college life.

Morgan

I believe that finding the right college is your true first step in becoming an adult. I say this because, either with your parents help or on your own, you have to RESEARCH the colleges. By research, I mean investigate them. Some ideas are...Do they have what you want to major in (not sure, make sure the credits earned can be transfered), is there a "tutoring" program (if needed), what sports are offered/provided, what are the dorms like (how many students per room), is there a work study program, do they offer their own grants or loans, what is the tution (in or out of state) and go visit them. Remember this is going to be your new home for year(s). Your teachers, your roommates, your "neighbor's", even what you'll be served to eat will be out of your control. They will all be determined by "random draw" and who's won the food contract. Your resarech is important, your questions will be answered with the help of the staff, teachers and current students. Where you fit in, your utopia, is just a question away. Your college experience is what you make of it.

Jennifer

When you are looking for a college go with what you know you like. If you like being around people then go for a bigger school, if you like individual attention when it comes to classes then a smaller school is the best choice. Finding a school depends on the student, their likes and dislikes. As for making the best of the college experience, when you get where you are going be who you are. Don't try to be someone else, let the true self out. For years in high school I had to think before I said anything, think before I did anything. I had to make sure what I was about to do fit into the mold of the "society". You're at a new place, no one holds you to the mold that you once had to follow. You are free to be the one you were meant to be, embrace it and love it. As for friends be with the people that make you happy, that make you laugh a nd smile. They won't judge you, they'll love you just the way that you are. And that us what counts in life.

Mike

In order to make the most of the college application process, I would suggest to a student or parent that they go beyond the advice of high school guidance counselors. Take it upon yourself to read between the lines. Know your options, know your goals, and establish a pretty good idea of what it is you're looking for in your school. Interviewing at your target schools and spending an overnight stay in the dorms is one of the best ways to get a feel for the place that you may find yourself for the next four years. Beyond the obvious, another piece of advice I've found myself giving to my younger sister, who is currently going through this long and stressful process herself, is to relax. While the significance of this time in the student's life is clear, it's important to be able to keep things in perspective, and to understand that no matter the result, success is not outside your grasp. There are many roads to fullfillment, and no matter your means, if you are steadfast and determined, you can come to your desired ends.

Heather

Castleton is a good choice.

Jamie

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Brianna

Don't choose a school based soley on athletics. Make sure that if you break a leg and can't play anymore, you will still love to be at the school.

Curtis

Find a college that fits what you are used to. Im at a smaller school and I came from a smaller school. Its working out great for me. Just some advice.

Jennifer

My advice would be to make sure that the advisors at the school know what they are doing and know the direction that your child is going in. Make sure the school is what the student wants but also agree with the parent. Find a school that really meets the students interests. Students should live on campus at least the first year to really get the college experience then move off campus to find out what it is like to really live on your own.

Laura

Visit the colleges that you are looking at and talk to some of the students at the college. If you are able sit in one or two of the classes that are offered at the college to see if the class is what you expected. If sports are your interest talk to the coach and some of the players on the team, go to a few games and practices if you can.

Michael

explore different options

Kelly

In finding the right college you really need to think about what you want to study and the kinds of settings you want to be in. I made the mistake of being indecisive in my major and have to transfer because I decided I want to study something the school I go to doesnt offer. The key thing is to be happy with the people you are around. I enjoy my school I love the small setting and the area its in. When chosing schools dont look at them as,"oh I can afford this", or "oh, this is not an option its too expensive", look at all schools as, "what can this school offer me?" Always apply, go look at the school, see what it offers for classes, and expierences you probably couldnt get anywhere else. The best advice I can give is always stick to choosing the school you think you will be happiest at. In order to do well and learn to ones full potential you need to be happy in an envrionment that fits you best.

Alexandra

Yeah.

Ryan

There are a few factors that affect finding the right college for a student which include the cost/financial aid, the majors offered, location, and simply going to visit a college and getting the feeling of it. a student and their parents want to be able to pay for college so looking at the price and what finanical aid is available is important. In my situation i knew what i wanted to do, so i was looking for a college that had my major and was a good program. some students want to go away others want to stay close to home so finding how far you want to go makes an impact. the other factor is simply going to colleges and failing in love with the college that feels best for the student. this is my advice to all parents and students, i hope it helps.

Tari

Find a college where your child will feel like they belong and where they feel they can grow to be a better person. Be sure campus security has a prominant role in campus activities. Find a school were your child's professors are not only teachers but have the potential to be mentors for life.

Elizabeth

Students and parents seeking the "right college" for their upcoming experience should consider the type of person that they are sending to college. Students who have done well in high school most likely will do well in college. It is important to remember that going far away is not always the best option for students, especially those who are just 18. Make sure their are enough discussed activities that you can see yourself participating at during your first year. Do not choose a school because your best friend is going there as well. It is important to choose a school where you feel you are going to grow, not a school that mimicks high school so you feel totally comfortable. Students should base their decision on their personal intrests because they are ultimately in control when they finally attend their "right college".

Steven

The best advice that I could give to high school students who are in the process of trying to find a college that will be successful for him/her is to definitly do your research. It really is very important to go on these tours that the colleges offer just to see the campus and get a feel for what kind of atmosphere it is your looking for.

Chad

I would say that find a college that suits you the best. If you like big colleges then go to a big college, but if you want a small college then go to a small college. Cost is very important too! To make the most out of your college experience, work as hard as you can to earn good grades. Don't sell yourself short. However, you also want some sort of social life too. Meet as many new people as you can. Make the most of it because you will only have one chance to do it.

Alexandra

I feel that the best advice I could give to a parent of a student about to go to college or a student themself is to know what you're looking for. When you know what kind of environment and experience you would most likely want to immerse yourself into, then that can help narrow the choices for a college you'd like to attend. Once you're able to find a place that has what you are ultimately looking for, being able to have a great experience comes soon after. Getting involved with campus activities and the college community will really help a new student have a great experience. Through this, you will be able to meet new people from different parts of the country, even the world. You will be able to learn new things, get involved, and even learn new things about yourself. I know that I have grown so much as not only a student, but as a person in general. I am still continuously learning each and every day I am experiencing college life whether it is going to classes every day or being apart of a club or hanging with my friends. Be yourself!

Joseph

Find a college that makes you still feel like home.

Andrew

I would tell them not to attend a school thinking just because it has a higher tuition it is better. Even a school with a low tuition can have a huge impact on job placement, and on that persons life. I would also tell them to go to class and do the homework to their best ability, just by going to every class and trying on their homework can eliminate most of the stress of college life.

Andrea

For me finding the college was a place in which I enjoy and create a new experience. I loved Castleton because I was able to feel like one big community who is there to help one another out. I loved my major as Spanish and Education becaues I could get the academic support from tutors and my professors!

Nathaniel

Visit the school first whether it would be a guided tour or walk around yourself, ask people that go there how they like it. Go out and make friends try sports and other activites even if its a club or inturmural sport just be a part of something

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