Clemson University Top Questions

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

Lindsey

My advice to myself as a high school senior would be to listen to what you think is best for you, not what others opinions of what you should do would be. It is very hard to be a senior in high school. Everyone is trying to tell you where to go to school next and how to do it. Do not let your true self and dreams be determined by what other people think. If you want to go to fashion design school, so be it! If that is not what you want to do, then you do not have to. Going to a school for a major that does not interest you will only make going to college more difficult. Trust me, college can be very difficult. You will have so much homework it will be coming out of your ears. At times, you will want to give up. The worst thing you could do is give up on a dream that you have helped yourself to acheive. Do not end up like your future self by letting others critisism and judgement effect what you want to do. You can make history if you live your dreams.

Margaret

I would go back and tell myself that everything will be okay. When I was leaving to go to college, I was extremely nervous. Would I make friends, should I join a sorority, what should my major be? But the truth is the answer just comes. You will figure out where you are meant to be in due time. And everyone is in the same position that you are in. This is a new experience to have with new friends. These four years will fly by, so take one day at a time and remember that everything works itself out.

Croitiene

Don't be afraid. It will be the best thing you've ever done!

patrick

learn to study and spend more time on it. studying is more important and your scholorships and finacial situation depend upon it. all things in moderation, restrict partying to only weekends. doing well in college depends upon a delicate balance of studying hard during the week and bowing off some steam on weekends as to not lose it but school should always come first.

Joshua

I would say to choose Clemson, and make sure that I do some of the extra-curricular activities to get into this school.

Brandi

I would tell myself not to worry too much about what everyone else thinks and what everyone else is doing. In the end, very little matters, and it is your own experiences that define the value of a college education.

Christopher

The advice I would give myself is to take school and my education more seriously because without it is very hard to get the kind of opportunities that you could get if you had one. I would tell myself to focus more and put that extra effort in and try to do my best.

Amanda

I would tell myself to start over when I got to college classes-wise. AP credits and dual credit classes are good preperation in order to make you more ready for classes at college, but I don't think they should be used in place of college classes. Taking transfer credit from a tech school wasn't a good idea, because it wasn't a good enough background. Classes at Clemson are much more difficult than technical school classes. Even if you'd taken it somewhere else, it would be a good idea to take it again as a refresher. Also, search out the academic success center as soon as you get here, and the second you feel like you need help, go there and get it! The people are willing to help or find someone to help you, there is no need to struggle the whole semester through a course by yourself.

Desiree

Go into college with the attitude that you need to excel in each class. A "C" isn't good enough!

Molly

I would tell myself that college is going to be alot different than high school. I will need to except that there will be people who are very diverse and that you cannot accept someone at face value, you really need to get to know people. I would tell myself to be friendly and get involved in different activities to get to know people. I would tell myself that I will need to work hard and learn to balance my time between academics and social activities. I would remind myself that this will be one of the most exciting times in my life and to make the best and most out of every situation.

Sarah

I would tell myself look at more school, visit some classes, meet with an advisor to see how cooperative they are, stay over night with a student, and check out the sports offered and the ones that are popular.

Rachael

Going back to my senior year in high school, there are a few words of advice I would give myself regarding making the college choice that would best fit my personality, goals, and academic desires. When making the college decision, it is crucial to tour the colleges or universities that you are considering attending. Touring each campus allows you to not only see the physical and landscape settings, understand the historical significance, or meet professors and academic advisors, but it allows you to feel a sense of student life. In my opinion, student life is one of my most important aspects of your college experience that changes how you live your life and learn your studies throughout your years in college. If you truly take all of these pieces into consideration when deciding what is the right choice of a college life for you, then you will make the best choice that will help make your college experience enjoyable and exciting, full of learning new things, and leave yourself feeling happy while you do it.

Brent

I would tell myself to focus and spend more time researching what you want to do for the rest of your life. Have an idea of what career you want to do when you finish school. Also spend more time studying and focus on your grades because it will save you the most time and money in the future! I would tell myself to stay focused on school and stay devoted becaouse the four years will be gone quicker than you think!

Rachel

If I could go back in time to my senior year of High School, I would tell myself to make sure I am prepared. Not only prepared academically, but mentally and financially as well. Although college is said to be the best time of a person's life, it can also be one of the most trialing times in a persons life. All the work a person recieves from their classes can take a serious toll on them. I would tell my self to prepare to and learn how to handle many assingments at one time and to not get stressed out. I would also tell myself to search for as many scholarships as I possibly can to help support me in school. Right now my family is financially struggling to put me through school. Clemson University is a very expensive school. For students, such as myself, who come from families with not enough money to put their child through school, college can be very stressful. Last I would tell myslef to never give up and keep the final goal in mind. My goal is to become a cardiologist, and I will achieve it.

Erin

I would tell myself to hang in there. In high school, I was a stellar student, possible too motivated. I would urge myself to seek lasting relationships, not just acquaintances. I have learned that academics is not everything. I graduated high school as valedictorian, but with just myself to congratulate. It was a truly lonely place, like staring in a mirror for four years. Now, I feel more balanced in a great university with people who share a passion for agriculture. In the beginning of my years at Clemson, I thought I could tackle education on my own, and I hit a rock bottom. But, I climbed out of that hole I dug with a renewed passion for people and learning. Grades are meaningless; acquiring functional knowledge is everything. As a child I never understood this statement, but now I know it all too well. The more I learn, the more I realize I do not know anything.

Rachel

The advice I would give to my high school self would be that I should worry slightly less. Study just as hard, but enjoy my time. I will grow to be a smart driven person and will make the best friends that I will keep for the rest of my life.

Liz

Well, I graduated from high school a year early. So the first thing I would probably do would be to go to highschool for all four years instead of three. Net I went to a technical college because I though it would make the transistion eaiser, which it really did not. The only thing transfering did for me was get me a lot of electives. I would choose the same school, however, because I absolutely love Clemson. If i had to choose a different school it would have been College of Charleston to study marine biology.

Hilary

I would say to be confident in the person you have become and the person you want to be. The place where you are headed is going to offer you ample opportunites to make new friends, and succeed academically. Don't be afraid of what lies ahead. Yes you are going somewhere where you know no one and where you will be expected to live and function on your own for the next four years. But know this your family, friends and the friends you will soon become close too will offer you support the whole way through. So go have fun, do what you hearts tells you to and never look back.

Lauren

I would tell myself to get involved in more extracurriculars and be more outgoing when meeting people. Also, don't worry as much about the small stuff. As long as your are doing your best and everything that you can, things will works out the way they are meant to. Lastly, stay closer in your faith, a lot of things would have been a lot easier if you stay close to God.

Kalashea

I would tell myself to make more friends and form more study groups. I would tell myself to take all the extra help and tutoring seriously. I would also tell myself to work really hard and get my work done before socializing with friends. I would also tell myself to save, save, save all the money that i possibly could.

Caroline

I would say, take the first semester slow, do not try to be involved in everything on campus right when you arrive. Once you get your classes and you see your tests schedules, you will agree it was a good idea to not join that extra club that had a meeting that night and you feel bad for missing it. Remember, you are there to get a degree and get good grades, but also have fun. Do not forget to call home, they miss you and want to know that you are doing well. Your mom is sending you to school, so do not mess it up and help her everyway that you possibly can, remember when she kept bugging your about those scholarships and you only did a few, well do more.

Tanya

The summer after high school graduation I would often find myself crying and dreading the fact that I had to go off to school in a few months. Looking back, I think it is so silly that I was so afraid. College has truly been the best experience of my life, and I've only been there for one year! I wish I could have told myself to look forward to a new beginning and to embrace the experience with open arms. I would have encouraged myself to get excited about going to school, to pick out cool things for my dorm room instead of just the essentials, to enjoy the first few weeks of class--because they are the easiest, and to not hold back. I wish I was not so withdrawn and shy. I would advise myself to always carry an umbrella in my backpack, go to the bagel shop for breakfast, and study on the second floor of the library. I would also tell myself to join more clubs and participate in more activities on campus instead of stressing about schoolwork. Finally, wake up bright and early on football Saturdays and get ready for a long day!

Berkeley

In my experience, the best way you can make your college experience the best it can be is by getting involved on campus. If there aren't a lot of student organizations, start some! Plus, future employees love to see signs of leadership from your years in college! One recommendation: Don't go home on the weekends! That never helps. So much happens on the weekends and I guarantee you'll make friends a lot faster if you stay on campus. When you're choosing a university, make sure you feel comfortable on the campus when you go to visit. Could you see this place as your home one day? Also, find out if there is somewhere, off-campus or on-campus, where you can use your talents or hobbies. For example, if you love to act and there is not a strong theatre program on campus, look for a community theatre nearby. Lastly, look for places on or off campus where you can show leadership and contribute to the college and to the community instead of only looking at what the university can offer you, as important as that is. :-)

Amy

As a satisfied college student, I have some useful advice on choosing the right school and making and the most of your college experience. The first step in choosing the right college is figuring out how far you want to travel. Choose a travel distance radius and have most of the schools you check out be in that radius. Next, decide on something that interests you and pick a school that offers a degree in that area. If you're not sure, choose a school with a wide range of options- that way, you can take different classes and get a feel for your passions. Finally, choose your top schools and go on an overnight trip to each and stay with a real college student in the dorms and go to classes for a day. You'll get a feel for what it's really like to be at that school. Once at school, get involved! Join a club that interests you and develop a personal relationship with your professors. Make sure you practice good time management and take advantage of the tutoring services on campus. Be aware of all the opportunities that are now yours and have fun!

Korde

I would advise parents and students NOT to choose their school based on who else is there. Further down the road, your success will not hinge on where your friends or people you know attended school. What is important is that the student feels, comfortable, supported, and most importantly, that they will THRIVE and EXCEL in the given envirionment. Also, choose a college or university where you see yourself experiencing the most growth. That school may be 30 minutes from home, or 30 hours from school. Progressive thinking is key.

Wesley

The most important thing about getting the most out of college experience is going to a college that has a good balance of academics and social activities. You want to go to a school that is academically prestigious and has good programs for your interest of study because after all, you're going there to prepare for your future career. However, you don't want to consume your life with work, and the same goes for college. You do not want to make studying and academics something you do every second while you are at college. Students need time to relax, unwind, and have time for themselves. Unfortunately money is also a large factor. It can be very difficult to pay for college, so it is important to apply for scholarships and financial aid because the potential for a good education should not be hindered by money.

Sejal

Dear Prospective Students and Parents/Guardians, Do you best at your college or university that you may be attending because any school means hard work. The degree you are trying to obtain will not be given to you, but instead you have to earn it. Attending college is the start of your new life; so use your advantages the best you may know how and make something of yourself. The world needs intelligent young men and women to continue making it a better place. Always strive for success and never give up.

Katharine

I would definitely say that you need to visit the colleges you are interested in. It gives you a great idea about what it would be like to be living there for a year! I was torn between two schools, but when I visited Clemson, I fell in love and knew it was where I was supposed to be!

Papillon

Choose a college that gives you room to experiment with various majors should you change your mind during those four years. Become active in as many as extracurricular activities as you can handle and look into a major AND a minor. Your shelling out a couple grand for this school so you might as well get all the education you can.

VIRGINIA

Check out the traditions of the school. Visit the campus, and class rooms. If possible atend a sporting event at the school before enrolling. Once enrolled become involved in a sorority/fraternity. Enjoy al that ht experience has to offer; but do not loose focus of the purpose is toprepare yourself for the rest of your adult life.

Lauren

Visiting college campuses is the most important aspect of your college search. As much as you look at a website or read college stastics, you will not be able to truly understand if the college is a good fit for you until you visit the campus, go on a tour, eat in the dining hall, and talk to some students who are around, that aren't your tour guide. It is also on these tours that you can learn lots of invaluable information about college life on any campus, tips for recieving financial aid, and advice on meal plans and housing.

Melanie

Students-- Let LOOSE! Those two words are the best words of advice I can give to a college freshman. As a competitive high school student, I remember the days of staying up late to finish homework, wasting my weekends studying for SATs, ACTs, and AP tests and forgetting what it was like to have fun. Grades were important, test scores were important, but just living wasn't. College is different. With the pressure off, it's time to learn how to live. Grades are still important- every test counts now- but your goal is to learn WHO you are, in addition to learning how to use the "shell method" to find the volume of a cylinder. Explore your college. See what it has to offer. Climb mountains, go to parties, do whatever it takes to find out which facet of your personality you like most. Your first year is for discovery- use this year to figure out who your real friends are and what types of things you want to spend the rest of your life doing. Don't be afraid to talk to the "popular" people, they're starting over too. Find out who you are and LOVE IT!

Katherine

Visit any and all prospective schools. You may be surprised by what school seems to "fit" best...it may not be what you expect at all! And there's no substitute in the decision-making process for actually experiencing the campus and student life for yourself. Also, don't be afraid to apply for scholarships (even random ones) because small scholarships can add up fast. Do yourself the favor!

Briana

Finding the right college is not just about being able to afford it. It's about finding a place that you feel like you can call home because let's face it. When you start the college life, your chosen university becomes your home. You will spend more time there then you will at your parent's house. So finding the right college is about finding your new home. If you can fnd the place the gives you the same cozy warm feeling that your childhood home does, then you have found the right place. If you find your home, then you willbe comfortable and all your focus can be tuned into your school work and not on fitting it or trying to belong because you already will. Lastly, parents must understand that they need to support their students with their chocie because ultimatlely they are the ones who will be there 24/7 becuase after all there's no place like home.

Kendra

To the students I would say let the decision be about you. Don't allow your parents to decide for you becasue that could cause you to be unhappy with your decision. If you know that you want to go home often, don't go too far. Do what fits you. To the parents I would say allow the student to make the decision. You had your chance, and yeah you may want them to attend your alma mater, but at the end of the day it's about them.

Lanise

Although the price tag may not be appealing, don't settle for anything less than the dream at hand. You will not get a grand experience out of a college unless you want to be there in the first place. There are so many scholarships, grants, loans (if necessary) out there in addition to financial aid that the tuition costs should never be a deterrent. And once in college, don't be afraid to talk to strangers--in your class-- and embrace different things. Colleges have so much to offer if you step outside of your comfort zone every once in awhile to accept something new.

Anna

I would advise the parents and students to visit the campus since the student(s) will spend 4 or more years there. The memories you take with you from college lasts a lifetime. Therefore, you would want to visit the school to see how the students, teachers and even the local environment interact. When it comes to making the most of your college experience, I suggest that the student(s) talk to their professors early in their college career to not only build relationships but to also gauge if the chosen major or area of study is right for them. Both students and parents would not like the students to spend longer than the required time in college since the tuition rates have been rising.

Alexis

Find one that fights what you are looking for in every aspect. Don't settle for one because your friends are going there. Consider if you want a large or small student body. Whether you want them to have a football team and or aspects that are important to you. While you are at college make sure to just get involved. Your freshman year is important so just try things out it doesn't mean you have to stick with them the rest of your time at school but clubs and intramurals are a great way to meet people.

Katelyn

Get involved wherever you choose, and you will not be disappointed.

Christopher

The biggest piece of advice that I would give to anyone partaking in the college search is to not rush it. Take your time and find the college that is going to fit you best. Just because you have been a fan of a specific school since you were young does not mean this school is right for you. Search near and far, and find the school that will challenge you academically while providing what you need socially. Look at every statistic you can find, from the drop out rate to the average GPA of students. This is a huge investment, and therefore you must treat it as such. You wouldn't rush into an investment in the stock market that you hadn't researched thoroughly, and the same must be applied here. Look for the school that will give you the most you need for an affordable price. At the same time, however, have fun with it!

Rebecca

First of all, the student who will attend the college needs to make the final decision. Parents who desperately want their child to attend their alma mater or want to make the decision for their child will have to face and respect the fact that it may not be what their child needs, and that it isn't the end of the world. That said, kids will often find out that their first choice isn't as good a fit as they thought it was after they visit; this is normal, though it does disorient one a bit. Parents, please be patient if this happens. Also, don't become incredibly angry if your child turns down a scholarship from one institution to go to another. While finances are important, if your child goes to an institution that they are unhappy with to begin with, it will wear on their grades and mental health, and which is more important in the long run: money or your child becoming a happy, healthy, mature adult? If your child is truly passionate about the institution, they will find a way to help meet its costs, and show you just how mature they truly are.

Stephen

Be sure to visit the college and talk with professors about their goal as a university and make sure that goal is what you want. Furthermore, talk with students presently enrolled and figure out the goods, the bads, and the future of the Univesity.

Jabe

I would say make sure that when you visit the campus, you can see yourself there. Definitely ask students who already attend their opinions. Once youre in school, get as involved as possible, but dont forget about classes.

James

Research which schools are best for the major of your choice. Be social. The longer you wait to make friends, the harder it can get.

Sarah

I think there are 5 important steps in deciding what college is right for you or your student: #5: Figure out what you want to do Once you have an idea of what kind of field you want to go in, then its a lot easier to narrow down schools. Such as, if I wanted to be an engineer, I would apply to schools with good engineering programs. #4: Figure out what size of a school you want to go to If you think you'll be overwhelmed, then apply to small school; if you want to be around a ton of people, apply to a huge school #3: Figure out where in the nation you want to go Pretty self explanatory: go to a region that you would love to live in for 4 or so years. Its the best time to experience something new! #2: Figure out if you want to go to school with friends from high school Some people want to, some people don't #1: VISIT!!! The best thing you can do is to visit the top 3-5 schools you're deciding from! Just visiting Clemson made me fall in love with it!!

Jamal

Do not rush into make a decision about which college to attend. Research, research, research! Also, do not worry about knowing exactly what you want to do with the rest of your life. College is the perfect time to find out just who you are and what you would like to do. There?s not a person that has been in college that can say that it was not hard. Do not be discouraged no matter what, and never give up on yourself regardless of how dismal your situation may seem. Remember to relax and enjoy yourself (within reason) so that you can stay sane in the process!

Jessica

You will not know exactly what you want to do in life until during / after your college experience, so pick a school that is well-rounded, with lots of excellent departments, and vibrant student life. That way, your student can be exposed to lots of new ideas and make a more well-informed choice about his / her career. I would stay away from schools that care more about pedigree than school spirit because the environment of 'working hard' and 'having fun' coexisting is really important for the success of these college years. If you're too stressed to have a fun time at the theater or downtown dining or pep rally, then your education is not worth the sacrifice. If you feel like you are not being challenged at all in your classes and you can't tak to you professors about new ideas that you have, then your education is not really turning out as an education at all. And, make sure that the housing and meal plans are up-to-date, convenient, and accessible; if you don't have somewhere nice to go home to at night, it makes a long day even longer.

Spencer

If you have a specific field of intrest or intended major in mind make sure to research it well. There are a lot of colleges out there that have outstanding programs in majors you wouldn't expect and it is easy to miss a great oppurtunity. Use accrediting sources to find programs your looking for and make sure to take a campus tour. Most students, especially freshman, will be living on campus for a least a couple of years and getting a good look at the campus and area around it is essential to knowing if the college or university is going to the right place for you. Guided tours are great but usually they are limited and only show one side or particular buildings on campus. Make sure to take time to wonder around on your own time and path, finding places where people are living their everyday campus life.

Laura

I think you need to weigh all of the options available out there. It is very important for prospective students to tour the campuses that they are interested in, but they should go above and beyond the university tour and try and talk to a current student about social, academic and other aspects. It is important to do alot of research on the university and apply for aid as needed. Once at the designated college, each student must focus on their academic work and try to balance out their free time for social events with studying. It is hard to get off track so it is important that each person has good will power and can easily adjust from the change from high school.

Rachael

It is important for the student to feel like they belong at the school that they are attending. When touring schools, if you have a choice, try and find a tour guide that looks like they have fun at school and would know the inside scoop. This will help you distinguish what the campus feel is really like so that when your child gets to that college, they can know how to fit right in.

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