Central Michigan University Top Questions

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

Mariah

Before coming to Central Michigan I wish I had known how much effort I would need to put forth into my classes. The transition from high school to college was slightly difficult for me but I have been able to adjust rather quickly. Not everyone is prepared for college when you first come into it. Moving away from home and expected to do it all on your own is something you cant prepare for until you live it.

Taylor

Before I came to this school, I wish I would have known what field of study I wanted to go into. This year, I am taking many differnet types of classes to see what I am passionate about pursuing. Many of my classes are very interesting and now I am having an even harder time deciding what to go into.

Keely

All the different resources available and exactly what every major can do for you.

Krista

I wish I had known what little there was to do around Central Michigan. On the weekends, it's basically party or go to the casino if you don't want to be ridiculed about being lame or a party pooper. So basically either spend your calorie budget or your cash budget. Not the best way to spend your time. Sure, you're there to attend classes and gain a degree but a student shouldn't feel like they need to create an activity just to take up their time.

Samantha

Before I came to this school I wish I took a lot more Advanced Placement classes.

Jonathan

I wish I knew the importance of studying before exams.

Jordan

I wish I would have known about all of the services and social events offered on campus. You can always find who need to talk to about question that you may have and there is always something going on, on or around campus that you can easily get involved it. I don’t think it is possible for someone to say that Central offers them nothing.

Brianne

Before coming to Central, I wish I would've known how huge the campus is. I had visited before, of course, but when you're not actually attending the school, the campus doesn't seem so big and scary. You visit a few buildings on the tour and call it good. But when you're here, attending CMU, the campus is massive and feels like its own little town. It's a lot to get used to.

Justin

I felt I knew msotly everything I needed to know - particularly because of the information given to me during orientation.

Sarah

There really isn't anything I wish I knew before going to my school. I just wish I hadn't waited so long to get involved on campus. At Central there are so many opportunities/club/groups to get involved with and although I'm involved now I wish I had gotten involved right away my freshman year.

Ashley

I have grown up in Mt. Pleasant, so Central has always been in my life, and I have always known, for the most part, what Central was like. In general, I wish I would have known how expensive college really is. I have always grown up hearing how college costs so much money, but it never really occurred to me until my first semester. With the tuition, housing, meal plan, books, and other class fees, it is hard to believe how many people go to college. I just wish I had been more aware of all the costs.

Ashley

I wish I had know more about how student loans work. I wish I had know more about transfering and equivalencies. It would have been nice to know how much more you learn at a unversity like CMU as opposed to a school like my previous one. I guess it would have been nice to know exactly how big the school is and how many people I would encounter.

Karla

I wish I had known that there wasn't any free public transportation. There is a campus shuttle which is practically inexpensive. But as a college student sometimes your budget doesn't allow you to splurge.

Tyler

Before I came to college I was aceing all of my high school classes and still had all the time in the world for free time. When I got to college it was a wake up call. I wish I had known how demanding the course load for an engineering major would be so I would be prepared to dedicate more time to earning adicuate grades. For future years I will know better and manage my time as such.

Lauren

Once I started attending my classes at Central Michigan University, I wish that I had known that the people were going to be so friendly. The teachers at this school are very easy to talk to and had I known this before coming here I would have done much better my first semester.

Myles

I wish I had known that relationships take an incredible amount of time and commitment. I entered my first relationship during my second year of college, and, although it has brought be tremendous happiness, is has also consumed a great deal of energy. Contributing to a successful relationship requires providing time for one?s partner; it also requires taking on and helping to cope with the stress she endures in her own life. I would not go back if I had the chance; however, I would recommended having an organized life before attempting to make a relationship work.

Dominique

I wish I would have known that there is really nothing to do outside of the campus. There is a Walmart and a Target that's in walking distance from the school and that's it.

Jessica

That not many students will actually be accepted into the graphic art program. That is what I wanted to go for and I have even met with an advisor and they had never mentioned that information. I had to find out at orientation. I wish they wouldn't have withheld that information from me when I had first met with an advisor.

Stephen

Rather than something I wish I had "known" I wish I would have taken more AP tests in high school because the first two years of college seem to be an extension of high school classes I have already taken. So, taking AP tests would have allowed me to avoid "repeat" classes in my first couple of years here.

Ethan

I wish I would have known how hard it is to balance school work with leisure time.

Scott

Its more expensive than other universities around the same size

Anthony

Money... I wish that i had more scholarships and some more money to pay for my schooling. I can't live on campus this year because of the fact neithier parents or i could afford it.

Ariel

I wish that I didn't necissarily know anything about the school before I came rather than wishing I could go back and get my butt in gear during highschool so that I would be more prepared for colege.

Danielle

I wish I would have known all the hard work you do have to put into school. Studying is not an option like it was in high school, it is a priority.

Mark

I wish I knew there would be no music scholarships.

Rachel

How expensive it was going to be.

beau

I wish i had known to take advantage of the many opportunites that my school has to offer for students. Now intering my somp year i will be more active and more outgoing for campus activities

Andrea

I wish I would have known how difficult it really is living with someone in a small space with different sleep styles... And I wish I would have known not to be overly nice with roommates because they like to use you for all its wroth sometimes. There are good ones and there are bad ones but individual lessons I wish i would have known before hand LoL

Matt

What i can fit in my dorm room.

Kristen

Before I came to Central it would have been helpful to know the different organizations and Registered Student Organizations available for students to join. Also, I wished I would have known the appropriate amount of classes to take in a semester. Taking two chemistry classes in one semester wasn't a wise decision for me.

Amirah

I wish I had joined more clubs and associations to get more life experience.

Hanna

Before I came to this school I wish that I would have known how many extra classes are required outside your major as well as how difficult it is to enroll in classes before they are full.

Kyle

I wish I would have taken my high school guidance counselors seriously and prepard more instead of waiting until college. It took a lot of work to understand what I should have already known.

Jaclyn

To get more involved

Amanda

I wish I would have been able to sit in on a few classrooms. It's hard to know whether the class sizes are adequate.

Matt

I wish i would have had a major picked out

Daniel

I think that I was ready to come to this school. Possibly know more about diverstiy.

Kelsea

How expensive it is to come to school.

Jason

I wish I had known how much financial burdens are upon you after graduation. Maybe I wouldn't have taken out so many student loans, but at the time it was easier to pay for college that way than severely struggling. Although I had a blast in college, I wish I had used more thought when applying for certain financial aid and loans. My message to prospective students to any college would be just that: think before you sign those promissory notes!

Justin

I wish I had known more about my chosen major and field before I decided to pursue a degree in it. With a bachelor's degree in psychology, there are little to no jobs available. In order to obtain a lucritive career with a B.S. degree in psychology, one must continue their education in graduate school and obtain a masters or doctoral degree. Had I known this before hand, I may have chosen a different major and career path. I also wish the requirements for graduate school admission had been made known to me during freshman year.

Chantel

How tiny the town was, I came from a Big 10 university town so I didn't really know how small it really was

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