Clemson University Top Questions

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

Andrenika

I have recieved many things from my college experience. One main thing i've gotten out of my college experience is how to manage time. Not only that but I've learned how to budget my finances better and i also became more independent and responsible with decisions withing life.

Abbie

The most valuable thing i have taken from my experience in college is a more clear view of the person I would like to be in the future. I came to North Shore Community College knowing only that I had no idea what direction I wanted to take my life in. This college has helped me recognize the possibilities, and at the same time, decide on which course to continue. Every semester points me in a new direction on this course and I know that at the end, I will be successful.

George

Since I have now completed my first semester of Northshore Community College during the Fall of 2010 and have graduated high school the previous June, I have gotten a few things out of college. I first learned that you learn more about yourself and what you want to do once having exposed yourself to different classes and subjects. Though I only take 2 classes per semester, after I took Composition and Elementary Algebra I learned that college can be both fun and difficult. I also learned that college is not for everyone. Though I go part time and take two classes, I still spent many hours completing the coursework and was amazed at the difficulty level(from someone who did well in high school). What's also an important experience I got out of attending community college was that it has given me the chance to learn new things and take much more interesting courses than I ever would have gotten the chance to in high school. Furthermore, the priceless education I have recieved and will continue to receive is down the street from where i live and affordable.

Antaneisha

My first year of college has taught me that college takes a lot of dedication and hard work. Attending daily is valuable to recieve all the crucial information that is needed to succeed.

Brittany

As a college student i've learned to be more independant. Although some of my experiences have been not that pleasent i've learned a tremedous amount about time management and helped me to better take care of my personnel affairs such as taking out loans and knowing how to calculate things on my own. i value my knowledge and i wouldn't want it any other way.

Janki

Coming to a place like Berkeley, you learn so much more than knowledge that one can achieve through reading a mere book, I have seen the many facets of diversity that our society holds, from the variety cultues we have to the various types of individuals you can come across. After a year and a half, I feel as if I have grown up more than my entire life prior to college combined. As you grow up, you see things that you don't see as a child, and good versus evil becomes solifidied and your naive eyes fade away. At Cal I have be taught by world reknown professors and I have a limitless future ahead of me after college because of my experience here, and I see that. My knowledge is beyond that of words written on paper, and I know that going to a place like Berkeley, has wholeheartedly contributed to that factor.

Chris

I grew up right outside of Columbia, SC. Columbia is a fairly large city where it is always easy to find something to do. When i was accepted to Clemson, I was wary of the "small town" feel to it. I was used to driving through stop lights and large buildings on either side of me. But when i came to Clemson it was the complete opposite. Just across from my appartment are fields...... Cows live directly across from me. I have come to love the country feel of this University and wouldn't trade my experience for anything. Even though I have lots of fun at Clemson, that does not mean there have been no hardships. As with all colleges, Clemson has a daunting academic prestige. Finding the perfect balance between school and play is essential to success in college. I guarantee anyone will have the best four years of their life if they can attain this balance. I would highly recommend Clemson University to anyone, especially if you are someone who was not raised in a "small country town" like i was.

Angela

So far, I have have been more exposed to the real world and how it's like living independently. Now a days, I see things more differently and I seem to work harder to get closer to my goals. The school has really taught me a lot of the value of hard work and the results I get for it. Even though I still have a few years left before I graduate, this school has made me into a better person than I was before. It has made me more outgoing and perspective.

Nathalie

The reason why I came to Clemson was because I want to become an architect. Since I have been here, I've realized how much i love my major and the importance of loving what you do. When you love what you're learning, you seek more information and you become successful. Also, I have met so many people and made really strong friendships that I know for sure will be life-long relationships. I've also learned to manage my time and to prioritize everything i do. So far, i've had such a blessed and amazing experience and even though college work is difficult, I would never trade it for the world.

Shirley

I am the youngest of four in my family and I am the first to attend College. Being a Latina makes it sometimes complicated to over grow family roots and traditions. In my family most women are married and are stay at home mothers but not me. As a College student at HCC I have grown both intelectually and personaly. I have lived experieces that has help me understand my want to become a Elementary Teacher. My believe is that the practice of learning habits begins at an early age and I want to be able to teach children the skills they need to know. My goal is to become an educator to pursue a career and not just a job I truly believe that with high perseverance I will be able to meet my merit. Making the decision to attend college was at first questionable thinking how am i going to attend. I dont have the sufficent money what can I do? Having the benefit in working in a high school gave me the chance to meet with college representatives. Reading my budget HCC was a fit and I registered taking the chance of my lifetime.

Nicolas

I have gained great leadership experience that i don't think I would have attained anywhere else.

Crystal

I have learned a lot through my college exiperence. I have learned different techniques to use in art. Also have have re-learned some old algebra from high school, along with correct grammer in english. It has (and will be) valuable to attend, because of all the things I learnfrom college. There is still a good bit to learn through college in my choosen career field, and to get a good career.

Emily

Clemson University has taught me so much about myself and my abilities over the past year. I have learned to be more self-sufficient and figure out solutions for myself in certain situations. Clemson is an amazing school filled with wonderful people that are excited for their futures and this school does an excellent job of preparing the future leaders of this country. This school is a great balance between work and play, there are so many opportunities at Clemson to get involved whether it be a fraternity/sorority, religious organization, academic group, or volunteer group, there is something for everyone here! I can't imagine myself anywhere else! I am so happy at Clemson and would recommend this school to anyone!

Krystal

The value of an education is immeasurable. As a single working parent, I know first hand that without a degree, life's challenges are magnified. The opportunity to attend college is a blessing that many others do not take advantage of. I have learned the most important lesson in attending college is- no one can take that accomplishment away from you. If you work hard, understand and maximize your abilities there is no such thing as a glass ceiling.

Nicole

From attending Clemson, so far I have learned to grow up alot and to mature. I have learned, to some degree, that you have to be realistic about things. I've also learned that when you mess up you own up to it and just try to do better in the future. I have learned that college isn't just a place you go to be stressed and do school work, it is also where you learn about who you really are and it's where you can make some lasting relationships.

Erin

From my college experience here at Clemson Unviersity I have really discovered who I am and how far I can push myself. Coming into college I wasn't sure what to expect, I had been the kid in high school that could juggle school & sports fine & keep up my grades. Once I got to school though trying to juggle engineering classes with the varisty rowing team really challenged me to become self-motivating & to become a really good time manager. Clemson has challenged me to be outgoing & meet new people along with discovering my true likes and dislikes. Clemson has helped to strengthen my relationship with God & to show me that I can do anything if I put my mind to it & lay out a plan to get it done. There are so many opportunities here to discover who I am, whether it is meeting people from all over the world in my classes, racing on a division 1 team, or really learning new things through my classes. Clemson has been an extremly valuable place for me to grow not only as a student but truly as a person.

Tiffany

I have gained autonomy, knowledge, and field experience throughout my college experience. It has been valuable because when I graduate, I will be ready for the "real world". Although it has almost nothing to do with classes, being on my own has been the real reason for my maturation and self confidence. I have learned how to do laundry, how to stay involved in campus life, and how to pay bills. Most importantly, though, I have realized that I CAN be on my own. I have learned so much about what it really means to be a teacher, including its history, its psychological side, the interpersonal skills needed, and what makes it worthwhile. Actually being out in the field is so beneficial to my life after graduation; mostly, it helps me prepare for the everyday occurences. For me, since my major is elementary education, I get to learn about lesson plans, scheduling, and grading. Field experience also prepares me for the unexpected: the kid throwing up or the tests going missing. My college has prepared me for my future career and helped me to actually feel capable and ready for it.

Candace

My college experience has allowed me to become an individual who is not dependent on my parents or the peers around me to tell me what I should do with my life or how I should live it. Nearly every choice I make is about how it will benefit MY future,. a future that only I can write. This is a breath of fresh air from high school where teachers, faculty, parents, and peer pressure decides my every move, including when it is appropriate to eat, use the bathroom, which classes to take, and when to do my homework. I am living with my future career in mind. And with each step around campus I am taking a step closer to becoming a professional.

Christina

Just about every aspect my college experience has taught me different aspects of responsibility. Starting when I first walked into a financial aid office, I learned the realities of certain financial institutions and the values of my previous high school career. I was automatically filled with delight upon viewing my merit based awards and learned a true life lessen when reading promissary notes for student loans. How easily financial truths can become known! Once actually in school, I learned that you have to be responsible for your actions, no matter what the setting. I had a professor that did not have an attendance policy. He said that it was our education and that we would get out of it only what we put into it. That really stuck with me. While in college I even got involved with political movements and opened my mind up to alot aspects of life I had never focused on. The responsibility I have learned and gained during my college years have made me who I am today and will always be with me.

Hannah

I have gained a lot so far from my college experience. I've learned a lot about myself simply from being put out of my comfort zone and into a place where i know no one. I am an introvert and was forced to make all new friends and network to make academic advancements. I learned that not only am i capable of doing that, but im fairly good at it. As any good, focused student has to, i also learned how to manage my time well and find success in both my social and academic life. I learned i have a passion for the environment and its well being and have therefore decided to pursue a career in this area of study. College is a trying situation for anyone and i've gained life long friends and a better understanding of the person i want to become. It's a learning experience and i take it for exactly that. I love not only the academia but the process of gaining independence in college to have control over the success of your future.

Joseph

The opportunities to refine ones work ethic and develop true independence are few. College provides possibly the best chance to do these things simultaneously and to use them in all areas of life. Dedicating energy and time are essential to any success in almost any pursuit. The practice of this is used repeatedly in college to meet or exceed the standards set for assignments, tests, and ultimately attaining a degree. This undoubtedly refines the work ethic of an individual and allows for easier transitions into real world jobs that require a great deal of time and energy to sufficiently complete tasks. College provides great transitioning from dependence to true independence. College requires an individual to be self motivated in order to take advantage of all that college has to offer. Self motivation is possible once a person develops resolve to complete a task without any external support or to be able to independently find resources necessary to complete a task. These are skills that will help a person in lifelong tasks. College has allowed my work ethic to be transformed into something that increases my value in any workplace and forced me to become more independent for the better.

La'Mont

I have grown to become a more mature student and athlete through my experiences at Clemson University. I have learned to be responsible and conduct my actions in ways that will help me to succeed in the classroom and on the track. Clemson University has helped me to become more accountable for my actions and the way i present myself to others and my professors and coaches. I believe Clemson has helped me to prepare myself more for life after college.

T'Errah

I have received a lot out of my college experience. First and foremost, I have learned so much about myself, whether academically or socially. I have made many friends and learned so much about my school. Attending Clemson University has opened up my eyes even more about what I want to pursue in my life. I love Clemson, and if I could I will stay forever.

T'Errah

So far, I can say that I have had a great college experience. I would say that I have actually grown-up. When I was in high school and at home, my mom did a lot of the things for me, but now, that I live the campus life, I have learned to do everything for myself. I would say that I am very independent. Even though my mother was there for me, she instilled in me all the tools that I would need to live outside of our home. I would also say that I have learned that everyone will not like me or befriend me, but I still have to be respectful. The most valuable thing that I have learned in my short college life is that I can only change what I can and take everything else like a grain of salt and most of all continue to love myself.

Kelsey

Clemson has gone above and beyond my expectations in a higher learning institute. Not only has it provided me with unique and challenging acedemics, but it has also created a place of comfort that makes me feel "at home". I am more than satisfied with the diverse classes that are offered, and class sizes are very fitting. The work is demanding, but this has pushed me to try even harder in order to take full advantage of this opportunity. Attending Clemson has not only increased my knowledge in the academic spectrum, but I have learned how to cooperate with and be mindful of people from varying ethnic backgrounds, which is extremely important in today's world where globalizationplays a major role. I feel more than prepared to compete in our global society because of the unique skills I have learned at Clemson University.

Kelsey

I'm terrified to imagine that someday I might regret not perusing life's opportunities. It is this fear of disappointment and failure that drives me to accomplish all I can, to make a difference. Because of my self-motivation and genuinely join of learning, I believe I make an exceptional candidate for financial assistance.

Katy

College has helped me to grow up and become more independent. I've made some great friends and met a lot of amazing people. I'm also thrilled to be getting a college education because I know a lot of people don't get that opportunity, and I know it will do a lot for my future.

Paanii

My college experience thus far has given me a fair balance of challenging and pleasant surprises to learn from and take forward in life. Going in, one knows that the experience will at times be challenging and, hopefully, at many times fun. However, these times occured in many unexpected ways in that the greatest challenges were not always purely academic, and the most fun was often not had in an intoxicated state. In my case - having ventured out of town, out of state and even out of continent to go to college - it was, in this way, just what I had sought: to broaden my experience within a completely new and wholly conducive environment. Prior to my college education, there was a lot I didn't know about myself and the world I would soon be immersed into from under the wings of my mildly overprotective parents. In my time in college though, every pleasant surprise told me a little more about who I am, or would like to be, and every challenge ensured that I developed the tools I would need to be successful in a world that, arguably, I now know I know less about. Valuable, indeed.

Hannah

I have learned a lot from being here at Clemson this year. Aside from the academics, which have great importance, I have also learned lots of life lessons. I have learned how to make friends and live independently. I t has taught me to be accepting to all people and to love everyone the same. I have learned to manage my time and become responsible for myself--something I've always known was important--but I now I get to act on it! Coming to Clemson has been very valuable as I know I will forever be changed becasue of it!

Aurora

The most important advice I would give to myself is to be more open to others and new experiences. My freshman year I came into college with the worst attitude and I regret it fully. If I would have been more comfortable with myself, more open minded to others and trying new things I believe I would have enjoyed college a lot more than I did. Also, this past year I have realized that although I may not enjoy doing school work, it is extremely important that I learn the material in order to get my degree and have a successful future. Being focused is something that a lot of students don't fully understand when coming to college so I would have advised myself to know what is important, to be determined to achieve my goals., and don't let any one or anything stand in my way.

Spencer

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I wouldn't tell myself anything. The biggest part of the college experience for me has been figuring things out on my own. I have learned so much about myself and life in general by simply making the transition from high school to college and going out on my own. There are countless lessons that come about from experiencing life away from home for the first time, from the joy of making new discoveries to the hurt of finding things out the hard way. The whole thing about college life is that you make it what it is. Everyone's experience is different, and it all comes as a part of going through life away from familiy but surrounded by new friends. If I could go back in time and talk to myself as I high school senior, I wouldn't want to take away one bit from the experience that I would know I was about to have. I would simply wish myself good luck and tell myself "you're going to love it."

Eric

If I could go back in time and give myself some advice in the beginning of my senior year, I would first say that I was going to go to Clemson to save me time and effort. Than I would tell myself to take as many AP tests as I can, ?Buy the books and just do it!? I would than say to myself to not choose the honors dorm but somewhere in the Shoe Boxes. Than I would say to listen to all of Ryan?s, my older brother, advice as it is all true. Overall I would tell myself not to weary and that I would do fine.

Grace

Stop being so anxious! Everything will end up just the way it is supposed to. Don't worry about going wild at college parties on Friday nights; you'll end up with a great support system. You don't have to worry losing your friends from home; you will stay in contact with those that matter, and some of those will surprise you! Take every advantage given to you, especially in those first few months. People WILL like you. Get ready to discover parts of yourself that you didn't know existed; to be introduced to the qualities that define your character from now until forever. People aren't kidding when they say that Architecture will take up 23 out of 24 hours in a day. Accept that early, maybe the transistion will be easier. In the first few months everyone is in the same boat: out of their comfort zone (don't let that girl down the hall fool you). Call Mom. She will hate waiting to realize how much you miss her. Take that jump, eat that second ice cream cone, and most of all, talk to the girl on the scooter. She will become your best friend.

Angel

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself to take school more serious and learn better study habits. College is so much harder than high school and we didn't listen in high school because we thought that we were already grown but it is so much harder than I thought it would be. I wish that I could go back in time because I would have planned my future better. My thoughts and actions as a teenager differ from my life now. I have wasted so much time in life, I should already be working in my career and living a great and prosperous life. Life is so hard without an education. People struggle everyday because they made bad choices and I do not want to go through life regretting not going to school and getting an education. If I couId go back in time, I would also tell myself to push myself to the limits, as far as I could go and never give up on my goals and dreams.

Amanda

If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior about college life and making the transition I would give myself a lot of advice. First I would tell myself not to be scared or worried about going, college is not as scary as I believed it to be. Also I would encourage myself to apply for MANY more scholarships than I did, college is expensive and I would rather come out loan free then owing $130,000 after college. I would tell myself that college is nothing like high school at all, it is much more difficult and requires much more studying and time but if you do study it pays off. Unlike in high school you can not get buy just going off memory, teachers do not teach everything thats on the test like in high school. I would tell myself to take advantage of the resources I have such as references and network connections because these become very useful when looking for internships and in teaching yourself outside of the class room. Finally I would thank myself for choosing the best school for me personally.

Jaime

When I was a high school senior, I had no idea what friendships and experiences waited for me in college. I decided to choose my college path based on the relationships I had made in high school. If I could go back in time, I would tell myself that a college decision is a personal decision. You must decide for yourself where you will feel at home and where you want to attend. After spending a year and half at Baylor University in Texas, I finally realized that I wanted to attend Clemson University, regardless of where my friends from high school were. If I would have taken my own advice to begin with, I would have only had one college transition, and would have saved myself several difficult experiences. High school seniors have a tough decision ahead of them, but if he or she decides on college based on their true ambitions, the school they choose will feel like home forever.

Mackenzie

Dear Mackenzie, Welcome to your senior year of High School! Try to enjoy this last year at home as much as possible. Play frisbee, hang out with friends, and don't take yourself too seriously. But also, don't forget to apply to A LOT of scholarships. As time-consuming as they may be, you'll regret not spending the time. You won't receive every award you apply for, but don't give up. Now, when you're applying for college, apply for MORE THAN ONE. Apply to those schools that everyone dreams of attending, even if you don't think you'll be accepted. I mean, at least apply to Harvard! If you don't, you'll wonder the rest of your college career whether you could have attended one of the greats. Also, DO NOT study architecture. You won't like it. Study History and Global Politics and English and French and Italian. And remember to join those service-oriented clubs you've always meant to join. FInally, don't forget about your family. They're the best you've got and they'll be there in the rough spots. Best of Luck, Your Future Self.

Jordan

I invisioned my freshman year of college to be "perfect." I had read material on first year college experiences, and had followed the advice of the experts. My "College Checklist" was flawless. And, the polaroids taken during orientation would allow me to plan the space of my dorm room well in advance. I thought "making the transition" would be a cinch... I was wrong. My dorm was far too small to accommodate everything (including myself); the dinning hall was a nightmare; 9-hours of sleep became a distant dream; and my roommate and I were incompatible. Fortunately, the work load was not too overwhelming, despite being a first-year architecture student. Although I had no trouble in the area of academic achievements, I suffered significantly in almost every other aspect of college life. Now a second semester freshman, I have gained some insight. The advice I would have given myself as a high school senior is simple... don't stress, there's no point. Just take it all in stride. It's all anyone can do, no matter how much they plan, or consult "the experts."

Lizoralia

Growing up in a hard-working lower class family if i could go back in time from school i would think twice about which schools i go to and how much i take out for loans. My parents work hard to keep me in school and can barley afford it. I love to study and I am very career focused, however knowing my financial background i know it's very hard to keep up with. If i had thought twice about how much money i take out in loans or even thought twice about going to a school that offered a few scholarships i know it'll me easier on me financially and most importantly my parents. Being in school is very important for my parents because they never had the opportunity to finish school. That is a huge factor to why i am holding on to get my degree and doctorate, i want to make them proud and show them it was all worth it and give them what they were unable to acheive.

Jennifer

If I were able to go back in time and give myself one piece of advice regarding college life, it would be that everything works out the way it is supposed to in the end. As a high school senior I had my ideal college picked out from the start, but things ended up not working out. I finally made the decision to attend Clemson University, and now I could not imagine my life any other way. Words cannot express how strongly I feel about everything working out for the best. For example, if in fact I attended my first choice university, my life would be completely different. I would have a different set of friends, a different lifestyle and a different college experience overall. As long as you have faith that all things happen for a reason, and you keep your head held high even when things get you down, the transition to your college life will be an amazing and memorable experience and so will the rest of your college years.

Clarissa

If I could go back in time and re-live my last year in high school as a senior, I would change several things. I have been running track for about 4 years now, and as a senior in high school I was banking on receiving a track scholarship to pay for my college education. However, my senior year of high school that plan fell through when I injured my knee and had to stop running and get physical therapy for three months. I went through the whole summer devestated and not taking any initiative to find other alternatives for my education. I knew that going to a college out of state was going to be hard for my family and I because my parents would be trying to put three children through college at the same time. However, once I visited Clemson my mind could not be changed. I made the mistake of not trying to find other scholarships besides the track scholarship to pay for my education. Now I know, you can't always rely on one thing to take care of everything because it may not work. It is always good to have a back-up plan.

Meghan

Procrastination is my strong point. Throughout high school there were few assignments that I completed prior to the night before the due date. Fortunately, I became good at procrastinating and could actually produce good work with insufficient time. However, over my fall semester I realized the hard way that this method would simply not suffice. In high school I was able to leave assignments until the night before, then use that whole night to complete them. In college, when I tried to do this, I would be hit with other assignments or plans that night, and I would have to say no, because I had left my assignment until the last minute. So although my work did not suffer as much, although I'm sure it did suffer a blow, what suffered more was my contentment. Instead of being able to go to events, have fun and make new friends, I put myself in a position where I had to seclude myself in my room or the library instead and work. So if I could give myself advice, I would tell me to use the free time I have wisely and don't wait until the last minute for anything.

Haley

Everyone says that college is a big change and that it is the best years of your life. Both of these are absolutely true. However, without successfully adapting to such a drastic change, your years will not be as flourishing. College is all about balance. My first week at school, I was overwhelmed with the amount of clubs and groups I could join, and joined as many as I possibly could, and then got so stressed that I ended up quitting them all. There is always something else to add to your plate, but pick what is really important to you and even at first when it is hard to balance it all, stick with it and it will get easier. I had people tell me that academics is only a small priority in college, and that getting out and "learning what real life is " and "having fun" where just as important. Although I am all for making great friends and having fun, school should be your number one priority. If you want to party everynight, that is your choice, but figure out a way to get all of your work done completely and be prepared.

Halie

If I could go back to my senior year of high school I would give myself advice in regard to two aspects of my senior year and choices I made. First thing I would tell myself is to apply myself more and try harder. Had I known all of the benefits that AP classes had to offer, I would have tried harder to get into an AP course. Realizing now the hours you can gain and the money you can save, I would not let myself have an average senior year, as I did in high school. The other piece of advice I would give myself would be to visit and apply to as many colleges as you can. I would not allow myself to settle for a college that I viewed as mediocre; I would make myself apply to the colleges that would be a stretch for me to get into, but that if I did get in, they would change my life. I would also tell myself to join as many clubs and organizations as possible once you get to college. In order to fully appreciate the college experience, it is essential to immerse yourself into the atmosphere.

Lawrence

College freshman year is a time to mature. You will be allowed to make decisions about everyday life. Mom and Dad will not be there watching your every move, not there to wake you up and make sure you get to class on time, not there to prepare your food, clean your room, and do your laundry. You are also going to have a new freedom to choose to drink alcohol. Partying with alcohol is always risky, especially when you are not of legal age. The temptation to drink alcohol and ?be cool? will tempt you daily. If you drink before you are legal, especially in a college town, chances are you will get arrested. Jail is no place for a college kid! Being arrested not ?cool?, it is scary, and it goes on your record. Just when you think you can make it on your own and don?t need Mom and Dad's help you are forced to be humble and ask for their help. The best advice I would give myself is to make smart decisions, because if you play with fire chances are you will get burned.

James

If I could go back to last year when I was a senior in high school and talk to myself knowing what I know now I would have plenty of advice. I would tell myself to stop stressing so much and trying to find a reason to go to college because the answer was right in front of my face for a while. I needed a field that would allow me a creative escape and something that would be enjoyable. The food industry allows me to do this which I know firsthand because of working at Panera Bread as a baker for almost two years. I would also tell myself to get my act together because education isn?t a joke; it is the beginning and the general basis of a person?s life.

Melissa

I would tell myself not to worry about what others think all of the time, and just be proud of having friends that love, care, and support me in all my decisions. I would tell myself to seek God more and not waste my life away like many high schoolers do. Judging others in high school was something I uncontrollably did, and I realize that everyone comes from different backgrounds unlike my own. One major advice I would give myself would be just to love. To love everyone when I am angry at them and when I feel like they are wrong. Other than those few things I would tell myself to continue what I am doing with sports and academics because I believe I had a great high school experience!!

Brittany

Lights! Camera! Action! Life is a personal movie. However, life cannot be rewound or fast-forwarded. It cannot be paused, stopped, or ejected. Instead, life is a movie of different aspects and encompasses numerous people, perspectives, and phenomenon. The running time may feel endless while at other times the picture goes by too fast. The director of the movie is YOU. You determine whether the movie tops the charts or fizzles at the box offices. It is up to you to direct a movie worth watching by going at life with gumption, sensibility, and purpose. It is important to take the initiative and work with an aggressiveness to do your best. Don?t let life pass you by. Let your inner spunk and spontaneity shine through so you can experience the amazing opportunities that arise. Take risks in life with common sense and determination, and go at it with all the vim and vigor you can gather up. Find your passion and go for it. As a result, the presentation will come together and be a definite success. Life can be a box office smash hit and to think it will all be written, produced, directed, and lived by you.

Sam

I would tell myself to know my boundaries and limitations. I grew up in a rough neighborhood in downtown Kansas City and thought I could handle anything a southern college could throw at me. It would have been an easier transition if I would have know how easy it is to get yourself into trouble and how hard it is to get out. That, and to never be afraid to meet new people, because everyone here is in the same boat initially. They are all looking to meet friends and are just as scared as you. I also wouldve told myself to do more homework, because it actually counts in college. I would tell myself to learn to cook, to wash clothes properly, and to dress more nicely than tshirts and basketball shorts. I would tell myself to get in the good graces of the teachers early on, so they will see your dedication and be more apt to help you later on.

Whitnie

I would tell myself to only worry about impressing you. You can't impress others if you can't impress yourself. Make your own schedule that fits your needs and helps you to succeed at your own pace. Learn to manage your time when you first arrive to campus. Having good time management helps everything else fall into place. Make sure to study smart not hard in order to keep your scholarships. Although you may be an outcast, be an outcast with ambitions. You do not have to fit in to make life -long friends during college. Get involved on campus and try new things. Enjoy not having to pay bills because you will when you graduate. Apply for internships early and look at all career choices for you major. Remember that while you're attending school, you are a representation of the way your family raised you. Pick you friends like you pick your fruit. Also, living with someone you don't know is a great way to learn more about yourself.

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