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


The advice I would tell my high school self would be to enjoy high school. I wanted it to rush by, but honestly now I miss it. I would beg myself to pay attention more and take better notes. I would not do this so that I could get better grades in high school, but so that I would be better preparing myself for college. I would tell myself to be more involved in school activities and service projects. I would encourage myself to ask questions more and to know my teachers on a more personal level and seek them for advice and help if needed. I was a quiet student, and I wish now I would have been more vocal in high school and allowed my opnions and thoughts to be known, instead of being the student that just sits in class and listens. I would have loved to have been more interactive in class and in school in gerneal.


The transition from high school to college is only the beginning of a life-changing four years. In high school, you think you know who you are, what is important to you, what you want to study, and who you want to become. What you will find in college is that everything that you believe will be challenged, and everything about yourself will come into question. My best advice is to make sure you are growing in every aspect of life. Don't spend so much time studying that you have no time for friends, but don't spend so much time being social that you neglect everything else. Balance is key. Find the balance between schoolwork, home life, maintaining important friendships, making new friends, and taking care of your body and your soul. Don't be afraid to take risks. Study abroad, take a class outside of your field, ask someone out. Seek out real-world experience. Spend a day shadowing a person who has the profession you think is for you and ask them how happy they are in their careers. Let the things that you learn help you grow; don't be afraid to change.


Do not settle on one school because it is close to home. Do not settle on one school because it offers more scholarships than another. Go greek. Go to parties. Be involved in fundraising. Give of yourself. Spend saturdays writing that paper to turn in instead of the night before. College is the time to find yourself. Go to a big school with several types of people. If you are going to spend your time and money getting an education, get the one you want. College prepares you for the real world, and without a degree a job will be hard to find. Flirt. You are allowed to in college, because if someone does like you back, there is always someone else who thinks you are awesome. Spend time studying. You are paying for this education, but you are also paying for this experience.


Hey you, kid with the glasses and the braces! Things do get better after high school and you will attend a university that actually values not only your education, but also educating you. Grades are important; do not give into peer pressure about skipping a few classes! You will run into many obstacles that will make you want to give up. You will hit numerous low points, and some nights, you will just have to cry your eyes out. In the end, it will all be worth it. Take advantage of asking your teachers for help. They really do care and wish for nothing more than your success. Do not slack off; I know how in the midst of exams and research papers, you will want to take the easy way out. Trust me, you do not want to do this! Just take a deep breath, put on some calm music, and you will get through it. Parties, relationships, and frivolous arguments will not be worth it now. You have your entire college life to find true love, truer friends, and much more meaningful outings. Use the rest of your senior year for knowledge. You will thank me later.


The advice that I would give myself as a high school student is to believe in myself. I would tell myself to take everything I learn in high school seriously. I would also tell myself to find out what my learning style is, because as a college student you need to know your learning style. I would also advise myself to stay focused and pay attention to the advice my teacher give me.


Dear Younger Self, congradulations on making it. Don't be so hard on yourself. You are a fantastic person and the sooner you figure that out the better off you'll be. Research becoming imancipated from your parents since they have no intentions on helping you go to college. Even though it might take you a while to realize what you're most passionate about, it's okay you'll be a wonderful event planner until then. I recommend going to college to get your general studies out of the way so when you decide to go back to school you can already have that out of the way. Don't even bother going to Computer Learning Center for that computer programming degree, it's a waste of time. Just remember, you're great, enjoy each day like it's your last but plan for the future, don't regret anything that made you smile and whatever you do... avoid tequila on your 21st birthday. You'll thank me later.


I would not tell myself anything about transitioning to college because I feel as if that was easy for me; however, I would tell myself to attend a different school. I would tell myself this because I want to play collegiate baseball for a different university, Bellarmine University. I would also tell myself to stay involved in campus life because I have made friends and have had great times because of campus activities. I would tell myself to live in a better dorm because the cheapest dorm on campus is not always the best dorm to live in. I would also tell myself to not get such a big meal plan because I find myself eating out with friends regularly, so I am paying for a meal plan that I do not use most of the time. Other than that, I would tell myself to stay active on campus and be social because I have met some life long friends at college because I did not sit in my room all the time.


The advice that I would give myself is to work on managing my time well. College is all about time management and it is a key to being successful in college. I would also tell myself to study more. I have to study everyday of the week to make sure that I understand each subject well. Knowing what I know now about transitioning I would say get out of my comfort zone early and mingle with different people. It is very important that you start talking to new people early therefore when you get in college it would be easy to go to a person and talk to them. I would also tell myself to get involved in different leadership programs so that your confidence level would be higher when you talk to a crowd people during presentations. You never know when I professor will ask you to stand in front of the class and teach the class.


If I could talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself to work harder than the last 3 years of my high school career put together. I had many distractions as a senior so I would avise myself to do whatever I had to to stay focused and make the grade. I would say to start the college application process a lot sooner and not to procrastinate and/or not complete the applications because of certain missing information because you can always go back and edit the information and you never know unless you try. When filling out applications and financial aid information be thourough and ask for information regaurding student housing because dorms can be convienant but sometimes off campus housing can be cheaper.


There is a lot that I would tell myself if I had the chance to go back in time. I would first tell myself to get a summer job because that would help out a lot. Second, I would have told myself to apply for more scholarships. Money is a very big issue for my family right now and it is very much needed. I would tell myself to try to work for a car and to work every summer in order to stay on campus rather than staying at home and have to live with rules even when you are 18 or older. I would have also told myself to take the ACT as many times as possible to get a better score for a better scholarship from CBU. I would have told myself to prepare myself for the campus college life at Christian Brothers. This university's main purpose is to see students succeed so I would have to party more as a senior to have a social life. It is important to step on this campus with a mindset that I am here to earn a degree and to leave with a career.


have all the fun that you want in high school because is not a joke . Do your best in high school so you dont have to take no remedial classes and strenghten all your skills because in college you are going to need every little bit of it.


I would tell myself to save up the money that I worked so hard for because the things that you're buying now are not as near important as the books that you will need in college. I would also tell myself to take advantage the the maerial that you are learning in college because it will come up again as soon as you get in college.


If I were to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would definately give myself some valuable advice. First, I would tell myself not to allow others to get to me and ignore ignorance. Second, I would tell myself to stay focused in school and to not allow myself to become distracted. Third, I would tell myself to surround myself with positive and people who will support me no matter what. Finally, I would tell myself to continue to be myself no matter what and to continue to a be well rounded person just as I was in high school.


I would tell myself to stay focused on my work, but add in some fun to keep me sane. If you want to go to that party, go., but only when if you are confident that you have studied enough. Do not live your life for other people because it is YOUR life. Never second guess yourself; you are a smart girl and the world should know this. Transitioning to college is not as hard as it seems; you can do it girl! Make sure that you keep a strong support system and do not be afraid to ask for help when you need it. It is time to let go of that pride and grow into the responsible, smart young woman that you always knew you were and could be. Remember those big dreams you had? Well, now is the time to make those your reality. Don't worry; you'll be wearing that smart business suit in no time, Mrs. CEO! Good luck and continue to give thanks to the man upstairs. You will make it through, I promise.


"College is going to be a piece of cake!" This was the thought that I had in my mind as a high school senior, along with if I could survive high school, then I can survive college with no problem. Now, although I survived my first two years of college, I didn't do so without any problems. If I knew then what I know now about college, my mindset going in would have been a lot different. College is similar to high school, but on a whole different level. College is enjoyable, but is also a lot of work. In high school, things were more relaxed when it came to turning in assignments, but in college things are much stricter. People kept trying to tell me this, but I never listened. Now I realize it all. Unlike in high school, you can't procrastinate about assignments and need to stay on top of things because once you fall behind in college, it is so hard to catch back up. If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself all of these things, only this time I would seriously listen!


If I could go back twelve years and give myself any advice, I would say, "be patient". Everything comes in time, take time to enjoy life, educate yourself. Don't rush, if you work hard and stay focused, all good things with follow. Dedication with lead to success, so don't cut corners and take time to enjoy the short time you are given in this life.


Let’s just say I had this awesome time machine that could place me back into those designer shoes I wore as a high school senior. What advice would I give myself? Well, for starters, I would tell myself to stop spending money on designer shoes, and instead save that money for college! It’s never too late to start saving. Maybe I should spend that time I used to spend shopping doing more important things such as, oh, applying for scholarships! While I’m at it, how about I get out there and explore, and I mean that literally. I dont mean the Indiana Jones' jungle exploring by the way. More like check out those college campuses kind of exploring! Yes, that includes classrooms and campus housing, but it also includes inconspicuous things such as accessibility to tutoring programs and whether campus safety is reachable. Oh, and instead of hopping around in that awesome time machine all the time, how about I take some career interest surveys, and talk to my school about potential college options that pertain to my interests. Just so I know, that will make the high school to college transition so much easier!


Besides the wealth of information literally laid before me, I have made several personal connections with a lot of people, improving my social skills and giving me new outlooks on life. I can't imagine how it would have been like if I hadn't started going to college, but I wouldn't trade this time for anything. It really does make one a well-rounded person if you let it.


I have gotten more than just a "formal" education by attending CBU; I learned (and am still learning) a lot about life while attending. Attending CBU gave me the opportunity to meet experts in my field, to grow as a person, and develop long lasting friendships. I also got to meet professors who were concerned with my success, and who pushed me to excel. The professors are not afraid to tell you that you are not working up to your potential, and they will challenge you to do better, and reach academic and personal heights, you didn't know you could reach. Also, while at CBU I went Greek, and I do not regret this decision at all. Greeks at CBU are held to a higher standard, and because of this I was forced to grow personally and professionally. When you realize you are seen as a role model for other students, you tend to think twice about any decisions you make and about the way you act.


My college experience has given me the confidence to be on my own and to think for myself. I am no longer afraid to speak up for myself or to say what is on my mind. I have developed my personality through college by becoming a more outgoing, sociable, and active person. College has provided me with a positive outlook on the world because I now have a positive outlook on myself. I now see the world as a place full of knowledge, creativity, and opportunity just as I see myself as a smart, intelligent young man that is full of potential. It has given me the chance to meet new, interesting people and to learn from them; I am more open-minded and accepting because of the people that I have met in college. Most importantly, college has helped me realize that education is the most important thing that anyone can have because no one can take your education from you. College has been valuable to attend because it showed me that life is about learning, living, growing, and being happy.


My college experience has been two fold. It has been hard work and enlightning. I have learned that with hard work anything is possible. I have also learned the satisfaction of receiving a passing grade for my best efforts. I have finished two years at a community college and am looking forward to step into my bachelor degree program. However, I have run into a hardship. The university I want to attend has informed me that I am not qualified to receive funding and must pay the tuition myself, which I don't have. What I do have is determination. I will continue to search out scholarships and grants to pay for my college so that I can graduate. The most valuable part of attending a college for me was learning how to deal with problems even if they look like they are bigger than life itself. My college experience has taught me perservance. I will perserve through my financial struggles and become a better person for it. I hope that you will help me finish my college career. Thank you for your time. Kristin Jordan!


My university has taught me many things, and much of it has been about people. I've learned how to meet new friends, complete a successful interview, and engage strangers in comfortable conversation. I've also learned very much about art, and how different styles and thoughts can create better ones or just enhance the old. It's about appreciation for the "old masters" and the new ideas, and how to tell what works and what doesn't to the human eye.


In this situation, I would assure myself that my future was safe in my hands, because I had the power to determine it. I would tell myself to follow my desires, to reach for my dreams, and aspire to be all that I wanted. Most importantly, I would explain to myself that my accomplishments or failures were my own to process. Others having pride in me has no affect on my future. I own my future. I own my present. I own my choices.


If I could give myself advice I would encourage myself to stay focused on my goals, get organized, and above all else not procrastinate and always give it my best.


Going back to my high school senior year, I would do the same process but once I am in school I would stay. Instead of getting out into the work field and trying to attend college. I would have stayed at home and went to the two year community college in town then moved away. I should have listen to my mother when she suggested that. In this world today higher education is extermely important where as 15 years ago, one could get with a company and grow with in that company and get the skills need to get promoted with in the same company. My advice to myself would be stay home for two years get the associate degree and then apply for a good university and finish. Get into the work field and keep your skills fresh!


When I was a senior in high school I didn't really study because doing my homework to me was my studying. Now I realize how doing your homework in college is simply not enough if you want to understand the concepts. I would tell myself to study more and pick up good study habits in order to do well on mid-terms and final exams. Other than that, the transition is not very difficult as long as you are a hard-working student who is determined to get that degree.


As soon as possible you should think about what you could imagine to do with your life in general. Look closer at your interests and try out things that you could imagine as well but have never done before, for example do some community service at a hospital. If you know what your interests are and if you can imagine working in one of your interests field, find out which specific jobs you could do in this field and then select the study field which best fits to this/these jobs. Now you can look at the different colleges and universities. Go and visit the campus and talk to students who study the same thing you want to do at each universities.Also think about fun stuff you like to do, like certain sports or music groups. Evaluate all universities you have chosen and then eliminate those which don't match best. You should choose the 5 best and then start applying. Now you can start thinking about housing and tuition, so try to find scholarships and fill out the FAFSA. Do the whole process early and you wont have any problems!


I would tell my self nothing. If I changed any part of my past I would not be the same person that I am today. My whole live I have struggled with school, along with other things, but that struggle allowed me sharpen my skills and have the drive to persevere through college. I am happy with who I am and every day I continuously work on my faults. Through my past experiences I have learned to put in the extra needed time for classes. If I told myself anything it my alter valuable lessons that I need. I am secure with my past and continuously move forwarded to my goal of a civil engineer no matter what it takes.


When people tell you to study take them serious, just because you make straight A's now doesn't mean you will in college. Your professors will help you and you should get into study groups early. Don't I repeat don't miiss classes you will forever be behind. Do lots and lots of volunteer work if you want to get into Med school and make great grades. Do homework and preticipate in class those grades add up in the end. Try and make friends don't be afraid to be yourself people will like you. Get into the campus organizations and honors organization that give you volunteer work and most of all STAY FOCUSED!!!!!!!


I would tell myself that living at home, while it seems like it would not be that bad, is not much fun. I would encourage myself to find more scholarships and work harder to earn enough money to live on campus. I would also tell myself not to worry, that everything was going to be ok. I would tell myself that I was going to make amazing friends and not to be nervous about getting involved and going to parties, just to relax and enjoy yourself. I would say do not panic about every test you have, it is not worth worrying about, to just do my best and that would be good enough.


First, you must know that the first year you must stay focused and get a high GPA it really determines your path for the rest of college. Second make sure that you are in the position when you leave college to peruse other options such as law school, MBA, Job ect. Finally, have as much fun and make as many good memories as possible you only live once.


I would tell my self to not be as nervous about the whole process. College has turned out to be the best expierence of my life, i wouldnt change it for the world. I would also tell myself not to procrastinate on college applications just because i am afriad to embrace the future. I believe i have truely ended up were i am supoesed to be, and i couldnt imagine my life any different.


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Whe making the decision to attend one college or university over another, it is important to ask your student what type of atmospere he/she is looking for in such an institution. Whether they are looking for a large campus with an emphasis on Division I athletics or a small liberal arts school with a focus on strenuous academics, there is some point along the spectrum that is bound to fit your student's needs and wants. Another important decision that must be made as a family is how the financial burden associated with higher education, including financail aid opportunities, federal grants, and student loans, will be handled by the family. Once a college or university is decided on the best advice I can offer is to jump in with arms out and both eyes open. You only get out what you put in to your college experience, and the most important aspect in choosing an institution is to choose a campus that will challenge you as a student, as a person, and as an individual in an ever expanding global society.


While looking at prospective colleges, make sure you are looking at ones that fit your needs and wants. Make lists if it helps you compare the different schools. Do not let anyone else choose for you or influence you when making your decision. Look for a school that has a major that you want, but also one that has great extracurricular activities and programs. College should be (at least partially) about finding yourself and growing to be who you truly are, so you want to make sure the college has fun classes and activities that will interest you and help you grow. Also, talk to current students and professors to get an idea of how the interaction between students and faculty is; this will also give you a chance to see more of what goes on behind closed doors. If possible, go on a tour or spend the night in a dorm. You can see how college really is. Most of all, stay true to yourself!!


If I were talking to a junior/senior in high school that were looking at colleges, I would tell them to visit the school that is interesting to them. When you go to that campus, see if you can stay the weekend to get a feel for the college life, then see if you can meet some of the teachers, sit in on a class, or eat lunch in the dining halls. Also, don't make a decision because that is where your other friends are going. College is not all about partying and you aren't there just to get a degree. There is alot more to college than that. While you're in college you will experience things that will help you grow and mature as an individual. As long as you keep on track and set goals for yourself, you will be fine in college.


Don't force students to attend somewhere they are not interested. Their thoughts and ideas should be welcomed and appreciated as they are beginning a great journey.


My advice to parentsor students thinking about finding the right college is to take a college tour.


I would advise the students to attend some classes as a guest before applying to a school, to get a feel for how their major is taught. Research extra-curriculars, and make sure there are things like grocery stores, medical facilities, and other essential places for everyday needs as well as emergencies located close to the campus. Students should apply for as many scholarships as is possible for them - the fewer loans you take out, the happier you will be during school and after graduation. Check out the meal plans and counseling/health facilities, have a simulated advising meeting with a professor of your preferred major - then tour the city to find out if it's somewhere you'd want to spend the next four years. Basically, do your homework and make sure you're going to be comfortable. If you're comfortable, you're more likely to be happy and perform better. I can give no other advice - social situations have to be figured out after school starts. :-)


If you want a Catholic College that is very liberal because it is in a weird spot in the states, go for it.


I have found that the most important thing to me about college as I was applying and now that I am in are different. During my application process, I looked at location, friends attending, and specific degrees offered--at the time, mechanical engineering. Now, I have found that the most important things are class sizes, professor availability, and variety of degrees offered--because I changed my major shortly after starting college. When looking for a school, be sure to pick an all-around winner, not just one that fits one or two of your wants. start making friends and getting involved early!! Get engaged with sports, fraternities, clubs--anything to associate you with people around campus. As the years progress, you will realize how important friends are at school. College can be a difficult time. Many young adults face bouts of depression, loneliness, and feelings of low self-worth in college. Who better to have with you during your difficult hours than your close college buddies? And, the more people you know, the easier it is to get study help on any subjuct.


As far as finding the right college is concerned, it's simply about knowing yourself. You have to ask yourself if you're looking for a large, active campus, or a small personal one, a strong science school, or a well known liberal arts school. Knowing what you want out of college is a huge part of making the right choice, and tours are ALWAYS worthwhile. Once you've made your decision, making the most of your experience is often dependent on how involved you allow yourself to become and how willing you are to step outside your comfort zone and try new things. College is what you make of it, it can be a series of long, lonely nights in an engineering lab, or a fast-paced thrill ride that keeps you in suspense until the end, and finding a healthy balance is essential.


I would advise future college students and their parents to find a school that you feel you will do best at. I would also advise them to live on campus to get the full college experience.


Students are bombarded with mass mailing from colleges across the country for months - sometimes years. While glossy photography and statistics are nice, don't let the college or university with the best marketing team to win you over. College is about finding and establishing your place in this world through education and community, and it is doubtful that any postcard or pamphlet can portray such things with any depth. Instead of basing your choice on photography that was undoubtedly taken on the most beautiful day of the year, visit that school on the rainiest, bleakest day you can. Such days often present the most honest portrayal of the campus and community. After all, no matter where you go to school , it won't always be sunshine and roses! If you don't like the university on a day to day basis, it's not for you. You may be surprised to find that some schools that don't look good on paper are actually a great find. Don't place too much emphasis on statistics like mean SAT/ACT scores. Give schools a chance, or you may miss out on a diamond in the rough that is just your size.


Go to the school and visit, you can read all the brouches in the world and look at the website with all the nice pretty pictures, but unless you don't go and see it you have no idea what the school and people are really lke.


In choosing your school, pick what you believe is right for you, not what someone else might think is best for you. It is your education and will go a long way in determining what you may or may not do with the rest of your life. Find a school that interests you on an academic, social, and comfort level. Being comfortable and enjoying your time there will be almost as important as the education itself, because your experience will help shape you as a person. Once you find that school, get involved there. Attend school events such as sports games, parties, volunteer opportunities and anything else where other students are enjoying themselves. The people that you meet during your time there could end up being your best friends for life. As for academics, do not be afraid to ask questions. Find a school that has programs that interest you, and when you find it, get help from other students or the professor if needed, and take pride in your grades. College is a great opportunity, and you should do all you can to take advantage of it.


The most important thing is to spend at least a few days at the campus to see if that is the learning environment and the campus that they feel will most suit their child. Also take a lot of trips to all of the schools on your list because that is the best way to understand more about the school


The right college experience is very hard to find. There are many things to look for when trying to find the right college. As a counselor for freshmen who come to Christian Brothers University the biggest advice I give to the freshmen touring and entering is," Do not follow a significant other to college," this is not good because if ya'll break up it will just ruin the whole college experience. One mistake I made in college was not getting involved my freshman year except in a fraternity. Now starting my senior year I realize how important it is to be involved and to live on campus. Another main issue I tell many students is go to the library as much as you can and I get the same response back, "Are you serious," and many students tell me thank you towards the end of the semester. So I believe not only is on campus, but off campus involvement is very important.