Coastal Carolina University Top Questions

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

Thomas

I'm very pleased with my personal choices throughout college.

whitney

Grades are more important than the status quo! Interviewers aren't going to ask you how many friends you had in school or you average amount of Instagram likes per post! Do your work! Time management and the ability to multi-task are probably the most beneficial skills to you. Liquor is not all it's cracked up to be. Don't make sporadic decisions, they always come back to bite you. Try to form relationships with your professors, it'll be worth it when you need a reccomendation. Sit on the front row and don't be afraid to engage in class discussion. Treat everyone you meet with respect and always remember to humble yourself. Know that hard work never goes unnoticed or unrewarded, so even if you feel like giving up, DON'T, because your gold is right around the corner. Work to build your resume starting from your first freshman class. Don't just go to school to go graduate. Go to school to gain knowledge in whatever it is you're passionate about. Choose a career path that makes your heart drop with excitment!

Bianca

Being that I didn't enjoy high school as much as other folks did, I was eager to get the heck out of high school. Either way, I was never scared to venture off to college. I was actually really excited about moving to South Carolina and attending college. I am from a large family, with all different personalities, and although I got along with my parents and a few of my siblings, it was really difficult to live at home sometimes as I am the oldest child and each of my siblings are only 1 year behind one another. So, there would be alot of laughs, but also alot of tension due to the fact that all of the teenagers were living in one house with lots of rules and lots of chaos. I would say looking back as a senior I could have been a bit more tolerant as I do miss my family when Im here and now cherish my parents more than I did as a senior. Also, being more open minded regarding others and not being afraid to voice my opinions or concerns about things. Continue to be driven and stick with your beliefs.

Jacquerria

My advice to myself in high school would have be don't wait so late to do your work because you can't wait until the last minute to turn in your assignments. Another advice would be to study real hard it will pay off and keep some of your old assignments because they can come in handy you wouldn't get confused with your teacher assignments and you would already know what to do. Pay attention to the teacher they are there to help you get to the place that you want to go and always ask questions if you don't know what to do. Be on time for class being late for class can hurt you because your teacher could be talking about something important that involve you and you come in the class late you are not going to hear it and the teacher is probably not going to repeat what they had just said so don't be late that is very important. Stay focus on your work don't get distracted by other people meaning don't let the environment distract you. But the number one advice I would say is important is listening.

Gregg

You are at a critical point in your life and this is an extremely important time. You need to focus on getting as much done for college as you possibly can. Dont wait until the last minute because your going to hear a lot of terrifying words if you do. Words like "maybe" and "possibly" and the worst of all "I dont know". Those words are somethings you dont want to hear or deal with. So dont fall for the trap of senioritis and false self promises of "I'll do it later" and "I still got time" because they will double cross you everytime. You have to grab a hold of your college career and your life and take and stand against prograstination. The only way things happen if you make them happen. I know you make think that life is going to be easy if you just do the bare minimum and try to do everything at the last minute but its not. Its going to have you in a very dark place in life and your going to be there for a very long time and we both know thats not what we want for us. Proactive.

Christine

The one thing I would tell myself would be to apply for more scholarships as well as take an SAT preperation class. WIth this advice I would have been able to recieve more money to help pay for my education. Other than that I believe all the choices that I have made are exactly what I have wanted.

Amber

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to not procrastinate. Procrastination is when you put off less urgent task to more urgent ones. I would say that finishing your final draft to an English paper is more urgent than partying with your friends. I procrastinated my first year of college. I didnt excel like i should have, but i managed to get by. I told myself that next year I would study more and focus. I plan on becoming a Physcian Assistant (PA) and to get accepted into a excellent PA program grades,internships, and volunteer work are the keys.They say grades dont measure intelligence,obedience does.

Michael'a

Studying for test is very important. Test that help you get into college is very important, and should not be taken lightly. Become social and involved, this can really help you make friends and earn scholarships. Lastly, just be yourself.

Sarah

I would tell myself that it's ok to take a year off and really think about what I wanted to do. I went to another University right after highschool and did horrible, not because I didn't try but I don't feel I was ready for it- as many people that young are not. Now that I'm older I can appreciate the experience much more, as well as focas and stay motivated better now that I know exactly what I want to do. I can appreciate my education after a string of odd jobs that left me paycheck to paycheck. However unfortunately we push kids to go to school because education IS a good thing, but not everyone is mentally prepared for it right off the bat- I sure wasen't. I would tell myself it's ok to wait, and it's ok to take time and think things over about what I wanted to do. THEN if I felt ready, make my decision, as oppose to going to college because 'that's what your supposed to do' and not knowing what your doing there.

Kate

Beginning in my freshman year in high school I would start thinking about course selection for college. I would also be more involved in activities and school programs. The years seem to fly by so quickly and before you know it you are in your senior year trying to pick colleges, going on tours and fitting last minute things into your schedule. I would also study harder for the SAT/ACT tests. That has a tremendous impact on college selection.

John

I would tell myself to be open minded and take advantage of all the educational and extracurricular activities afforded by the school system. Not only do these opportunities provide a high school senior the opportunity to succeed in college but in life a whole. When combined with the opportunities college provides success in life can be achieved with the addition of hard work and dedication.

Francis

Always go to class no matter how bad you might feel. Check webadvisor to see what classes you need to take and then talk to Dr. Jones about the classes you need to take. Dedicate at least one day a week for studying. Go to sleep at a decent time. Join the Numbers and Bytes club, they are really helpful for Computer Science courses. Start applying for Internships as soon as possible. Take a least 15 credits per semester.

Alexus

Save money, you'll need it. You don't need any new clothes or new shoes, you have plenty! Get involved. It's your last year so enjoy it! Go out with your friends as much as possible. You won't see them much after you graduate. Although everyone says it, study as much as you can. The better grades you get the more scholarships and funding you can get for your future. You're a smart girl use what you know and pay attention to the little things, those are the things that are usually on tests. Follow what you want and don't be afraid to be unique. In the end it'll be just you so other people's opinions shouldn't matter. Don't stress over everything. It'll work out eventually. Lastly, follow your heart. Your head will tag along and you're capable of more than you think.

Daniel

Dear Daniel, You are going to have some great experiences and some not so great expeinces your first year of college. My advice to you is that you need to take failures with a grain of salt. Meet as many people as you can and study as hard as you can. Work hard to succeed in school but also remember to laugh. Take each day one step at a time and the mountains that seem so big infornt of you become easier to climb. Friends can be a great assest but gaurd your heart to those thats opinion of you seem to float where ever the wind blows. Most of all find yourself and never forget who you are. There are those that seek to help you and also there are those that seek to destroy you. Do well to remember that fact. You are the only one who be you so do not try to be anyone else.

Jamal

I've been down the same road before ready for school to be over. As a matter of fact I was my worst enemy because I was so anxious in getting out in the world to start my life I dropped out of high school. You don't want to live too fast because one day you will either need or want to catch up. A lot of people told me just take a class here and a class there and it will all add up. To this day I pass this advice and I am passing it to you. I have come a long way since my high school days and if any of what I am saying to you stays with you let it be this. Success does not have a dollar value its what you value the most that makes you a success. Consistency and self motivation is very important because everyone is not going to share your vision. In this changing world education is one of a few things that can not be taken away from you. It can only better your way of life. Take it from me I am an example of it all.

Ryan

Just Enjoy the time

RONALD

The work load is much heavier than I thought it would be and you really have to have your priorities straight and focus on your school work because there are so many other distractions you can easily lose focus.

Daquan

Assuming that i could go back in time and talk to my high school senior self, I would tell my past self to not make the same mistakes i did my first semester. I would tell my past self to not procrastinate at all and to do all my assignments first, then have fun later.

De'Jon

I would encourage myself to get more involved with your academics, meaning do more to increase your GPA, study more ask for help more often have after class talks with the teacher to discuss material or topics in which you have difficulty with. Knowledge is power and also a gateway to more succes and money! Push yourself harder never lose focus, get more involved with your community and also research coastal more look into the way they get involved with their students success, do they help with jobs and internships afterwards/during what is the success rate of the students who graduate from there. Read and study more, all college is is those to things but never forget how to develop the material you learn into your own words or mental process. As a current college student I wish I could go back and do the things I wouldve now having the knowledge I did it wouldve helped in a major way.

ashley

Knowing what I know now, I would have started the college process much differently. There's no doubt in my mind that I had the wrong priorities set up. My grade point average wasn't the highest, and I was ranked in the 50% range for my class. Although I was excelling in sports, colleges were looking for more than just talent. All the colleges that accepted me, couldnt give me enough financial aid, because of my GPA. I was forced to go to a community college to bump up my grades before I tried to apply again for a University. Even though I did obtain better grades, I still regret not trying as hard in highschool. The advice I would give to my past self, would be to forget all the irrelevant things going on, and focus more on handing in my homework.

Amanda

Making the transition from high school to college was a big step for me and is a big step for anyone. The advice I would give myself is to be smart, manage your time, get involved, and be productive. You must be smart in college especially if you are away from home, you don't want to get in trouble or involved in situations that can affect your future. You learn how to be independent and provide for yourself. Time management is very important you need to learn to balance out your social life as well as school work. Stay involved with sports or volunteer work it keeps you out of trouble, involved with your school and community, and meet new people. Remember to take time for yourself, college can be stressful with the heavy work load, studying and papers. Work out, join a yoga class, or do something that you enjoy to help escape from the homework. Also remember to take care of yourself. Eating healthy and getting the nutrition you need is important in college to stay focused and preform at your best. College allows you to watch yourself grow into what you want to become.

Gregory

Take the schoolwork serious. There are times where you are going to want to do other things but you have to make sacrifices. Be balanced. Be active. Manage your finances well.

Danielle

If I can go back and time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself to join more clubs and attend more events. It's ok to do so. Making A's and taking additional hours than required amount is great, stay on that path but don't forget you can go out and have fun once in a while. You become the President of the psychology club but go ahead and join that surf club, ceramics and dance class.

Joshua

I would say dont worry about college and dont be nervous about classes either everything is going to turn out alright and you are going to have a great time at college. I would also had told myself to keep studying hard and keep doing good.

Jenna

Be determined. It may be your senior year and you want to have fun, but you need to prepare yourself for college. You may have your parents to take care of you now, but you need to be ready to take on the real world by yourself. College is not the easiest, but if you work hard and stay determined you will do just fine. There are many temptations and people that will try to distract you, keep your eye on the prize and stay focused. If you are open minded you will make life long friends and have a great time in school. Grades are important, but don't forget to enjoy your time in school. Good luck! Be the person you want to be not the person people want you to be.

David

Work hard at everything you do. The more effort you put in the more you will get out of it. Hard work pays off and does not go unnoticed, even if it seems like noone sees your efforts.

Jeffrey

I would tell myself to do three very important things that would make the tranistion easier. I would tell myself to show up to class every class period. If you miss one class it could throw you behind in your studies and it may be information that is on the next test. I would also tell myself to get ready to apply myself more in college. In high school the classes were so easy to me so I didn't really have to try very hard. The last thing I would tell myself would be to visit all of your professors during office hours. Some of your professors rarely ever get students who go to their office hours and they are more than willing to assist you if you have any questions or if you just want to chat for a few minutes.

Kaneicha

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would definitely tell myself to take every opportunity I could on scholarships and grants. Knowing what I know now, having to take out loans is a lot of money. Then interest rates are going up on loans which means we will have to pay more money back. Scholarships will help with taking out less loans because I would not have to pay the money back. I would also tell myself to join some clubs around the campus or do volunteer work. All of that looks really good on your resume.

Melissa

I would tell myself to make new friends as soon as you get to college, get to know your roommates because they might become some of your best friends and biggest supporters. I would also tell myslef to stay in contact with your friends back home. Just because you're now off in a new place meeting new people does not mean that you have to lose contact with those you grew up with. I would also tell myself that there are times when you need to tell yourself it's ok to stay in and study and get your homework done. You do not need to go out every night or every weekend it not only can be a waste of money but it can also end up costing you your GPA.

Erica

If I could go back in time and talk to myself pre-college, I would tell myself to appreciate everything that I won't have once I go to college. For instance, my parents being right by my side or not having the stresses of financial problems. Also, enjoy not having a heavy work load because once you get to college it's hard work to keep up with the amount of work you have for every class. The last thing I would tell myself is to always appreciate the little things, because once you are in college, the little things that were always there before might not be present anymore.

Jennifer

I would go back and tell myself that it's better to find one or two things that you are truly passionate about, rather than trying to be involved in fifty different activities. I would tell myself to come into college with an open mind for getting involved, and to truly find what I love to do and stick with it. Taking up a leadership role in that activity is vital; utilizing leadership skills will directly relate in the classroom, workplace, and in society in general. Don't worry about getting involved in a million different things because you're worried about making enough friends. The true friends that share your passions or at least understand them, will naturally come if you committ to what you're good at or enjoy. Don't force things in your activities, allow friendships to flow easily.

Erinn

Brandon is shitty, but hang out with him until you meet Robert. Take full advantage of your advisor, get in contact with housing earlier at the end of the year.

Ava

If I could go back to give advice to myself I would say relax, get myself into some good habits and get prepared for the best time of my life! I would make sure that I told myself that staying focused on getting my work done and being organized would be the key to being able to stay calm when everything changes. I would say that doing whatever makes me feel confident and good about myself is going to be important when I'm nervous about meeting so many new people who I hope will be lifelong friends! I would make sure I told myself that this is the time to realize that this small town I live in has gotten me ready to go pretty far away and that I should be more open minded than ever to having and enjoying new experiences! I would also say that I better appreciate having my parents around because I won't realize until I'm far away how much they did for me!

Sierra

If I were to talk to my old self, I would have a very serious conversation about learning to manage my money while in college. I would also inform my younger self on the importance of being involved on campus and choosing the right crowd. I would tell my younger self to apply to as many scholarships as possible. I would also tell high school me to never take anything for granted, because what's here today, may be gone tomorrow. The best advice that I could give to myself as a high school student is to push far beyond what you think is possible for yourself, and to not only excel, but to exceed your expectations.

Charles

To my high school self, there are many tidbits of advice that I would offer. First and foremost, I would say that laziness is no excuse and that it needs to go, period. In addition to that, I would also tell myself to not loose focus of what I want out of life and that I alone have the power to make whatever I want a reality, but only if I forego the laziness that has plagued me before and if I work hard and go above and beyond what is expected of me now and in college. College is also a very different world from high school. The professors, though likable and nice, do not accept excuses and expect you to be grown enough to have responsibility for the work which they assign. Apply for all the scholarships you can, say a prayer, hope for the best, and never, ever give up on what you want for life and your future because you can make it happen.

Darien

I would tell myself to study really hard and prepare yourself for many long hours of homework and studying. Our high school didn't really prepare me for college. You'll have to work more harder than any other students because my high school is a lower standards compare to other high school. Never think that you have all the time in the world to compelete your assignment. When you think that's when the work catch back up and you're struggling getting it done. Always strive to finish your work early to give you more time to start on other assignment you hae to do. Ask for help and extra credit to keep your grades up and improve yourself preparing you for different leason requring you to repeat the process the professor just taught. So take my advice and follow my tips I jus gave and your work and college life will fly by smoothly.

Dorothy

If I went back in time as a high school senior, I would not change anything about my transition to college live. I went to the US Army before I went to college. So I feel like I was ready for the transition. I attended a two year college and received my Associates degree before I started the university I am currently attending. I think that that was a good choice for me and it really helped me financially.

Derek

Figure out what my career of choice would be instead of switching my major twice. I also would have applied for more scholarships so I wouldnt have that many student loans to pay off.

Marissa

The most important piece of advice I would give myself if I could go back in time would relate to the college decision making process. I experienced an incredible amount of anxiety when trying to figure out what school would be best for me and because of this, I visited about 8 different schools. If I could, I would tell myself to calm down and not over analyse everthing. There is a school for everyone and patience is imperative during this time. Actually, I currently work for Coastal Carolina University Admissions as a tour guide. I chose this job because I love working with others and I want make the decision making process as easy as possible for others. I always go out of my way to be completely honest with perspective students and attempt to be as informative as possible. Fortunately, Coastal has truly become my home away from home and I sincerely hope that all other college students gain this feeling, as well.

Christopher

The biggest advice I would give to myself would be to learn how to be more organized. The hardest part about making the transition was being able to master time management. As a current college student I learned that you have a surplus of free time, but it is what you do with that free time that will make or break you as a college student.

Alexis

I would not change too much about my senior year in high school. I feel the most important idea would be to look for more scholarship oppurnities and get ready to leave home. I feel I have learned a lot from being away at college and if I could go back a lot of thing would change. Finally, I feel I should have been more concerned with my GPA in high school would have helped with scholarship and grants. We learn things and can only improve them from now on and that is what I intend to do. I am working hard for a 4.0 GPA and my first semster I earned a 3.9 GPA. You learn from the past so I am thankful I made mistakes to improve for years to come.

Jasmine

Considering I became a senior half-way through my original junior year, I would have told myself to apply for more scholarships, study harder and act more responsibly. I wasn't necessarily sure that I was going to graduate, I was feeling anxious about leaving my familiar surroundings and my mother. It was difficult, being 17 and being thrown into independency without a clue of what to do. My counselors were worried about the process of me graduating and left out a few major things. They did not tell me how I could sign up for scholarships or even mention them. What scholarships I have, were given to me because of Coastal Carolina University. I would have told myself to find some exterior source of learning about financial aid and such. I would have told myself to study harder, college is tough, I have to push myself to complete my goals here. And as for being responsible, I needed to get used to being on my own and still doing what I need to. Instead of being thrown into it without a cushion, a slower process would have helped so much more.

Araceli

My experience as a senior wasn’t what I had imagined. If I could go back to my senior year knowing what I know now would be a different experience. I would join more clubs and sports. The most important advice I would give myself is to get out of my comfort zone. I’ve always been the type of student who doesn’t talk in class and is always shy when she had to speak. Although, I was involved in some clubs such as AVID, alpine, soccer, and track and field teams it was still difficult for me to get out of my personal bubble. Being involved in extracurricular activities was very difficult for me because being the oldest of five children I had to baby sit most of the time. I’m a very dedicated person. In any type of activity I did I would put the best of me. There were many occasions when I had practice and would take my siblings with me to not miss. Although, I might not had the best experience as a high school senior I learned something more important: responsibility and dedication and I wouldn’t change this for the world.

Courtney

If I could go back to being a high school senior, I would tell myself to trust yourself. As young adults in high school you have people always telling you how to do things, but in college you are on your own. You have to trust yourself that you can overcome whatever is put in front of you. You will not have any adults reminding you of things that you must get done; it is all up to you. Be responsible with your actions, and do your best. You need to trust your instincts and you will realize that you can make your own independent decisions. You are in charge of the outcome of your college experience so have fun and trust yourself that these will be the best years of your life.

KASSANDRA

Stop taking everything like a joke. Stay focused on your studies and take all the advice and help that you can get. Aside from the sports, school is what REALLY matters! Literally, everything that you learn in high school will help but it is completely diffrent than when you get to college. And stop letting others tell you that you can't. Its going to take a lot of hard work, time and dedication, but it IS possible. Also, pay attention in the anatomy class because although it may seem pointless, it is exactly what will help you get to where you want to be in the future!

brisa

If I could go back in time and talk to myself about college life I would definitely emphasize the importance of attending college and not giving up until I had a degree. I personally think that the transition from high school to college is not that hard. It is definately a lot different to be a college student as oppossed to being a high school student but overall it is not that difficult. The main thing is to stay focused and try your best to listen and learn. Professors are always there to help and there is a lot of other things a college student cand turn to in order to do good. Having the will power to further your education and earn a degree is really all that matters and what is going to help in the end.

Mariah

Take more time for the present. Stop worrying about what will happen when you leave, who you will be friends with, and how scary college will be. Believe in yourself and know that as long as you put your head into it, everything will be okay. Surround yourself with positivity and encouragement and most important, make time for the fun events that are going to happen during this year. Talk to new people or people you've known for a while but never talked to. Who knows what could happen, but who cares?

Kristine

Art has always been my passion, and has played a major role in my life personally and professionally. I relish in learning and incorporating new techniques and I greatly enjoy the collaborative learning that is promoted in classrooms. I would have told myself in high school to atke in each moment in my art classrooms and that the fun part is this journey as you figure out the 'what' it really is about the journey and not the destination.

Tuwan

The advise I would give myself would probably be stay in school no matter what. Even though it seems hard or rough, its worth every second that you have while your in school. In the long run it will all pay off for the hard work you've put in.

Calvin

As a high school senior, I was not an "A" student. My second semester was a joke, considering that I only took three academic classes. The reason for this lack of motivation, was that I had already been accepted to college, and that I was leaving for Army basic training immediately after graduation. I was ready to drop the books and pick up my M16A2 rifle. I thought I was set, that the Montgomery GI bill was going to basically give me a free ride to college. When I arrived at college for my first semester in January 2014, I was told the shocking truth that the GI bill would not do that. It would only cover $360 of my tuition. That was the cold reality of my situation. If I could go back to my senior year, I would push myself to improve my GPA so that I would be eligible for the advanced scholarships. I would also prepare myself for the load of work that I would receive, and that I needed to be ready to balance school, the army, and a social life. Finally, I would encourage myself to keep pushing, because it is all worth it.