I has to go through a vary rigorus process when I was applying for other schalorships, but I will say this it has be well worth it. The money I have been able to get from other scholarships has been fantastic and I'm grateful for all I have gotten. My advices will probably sound very genaric but it's all true. Parent's stand by your children and Kids listen to your parents. I know I would not have gotten through all of this if I hadn't done that. Also, hang in there because it will all be worth it in the end. You will never invest in anything grater at this point in your life and I can promiss you that (unless of course if you have any kids of your own), but the truth is you should want this more than your parents. So support eachother and hang in there, because it will happen if you can perciver and you have all the integrity in the world. Luck doesn't do it, compassion does.
Find a College where your child can get the bes of all world so that their college experience will be great. Go somewhere that they could learn, make friends and have loads of fun at the same time. Be sure to have good time management with that also.
It's easier to find a school if you kinda know what you want to be when you graduate. I am from a completely different state and i choose a school based on the major I wanted and the surrounding area. I am a big outside person and pretty eco friendly. So a huge factor for me was, what the school and the town could offer me outside of studying.
College is a process. Intrests may change, passions may develop and life will happen. So in choosing the "right" college you may consider finding one that is flexible in developing and encouraging the process. To make the most of your experience, the best advice is to be an opportunist. Look behind every door and jump on opportunities that are opened up. Don't worry about the social aspects of college when applying, because you will find your niche. It is more important to look for a college that suits your interests, personality, and lifestyle while still being an environment that encourages growth and exploration of self.
College is what you make of it. Yes, one must study and make the grade you need in order to graduate, but at the same time one most also have fun and experience things. Go to a college that has a active student body and have things avaliable for you to do. Find a school with not only high remarks as far as academics, but one also with lots of things to do. This way you can have the best of both worlds. On your free time go to a party or a sport event or game. Go visit alot of colleges if you can. My little didn't care for school really, but after I toke him up to my campus one day, his whole aspect on what he thought school was changed. He now wants to go to college and experience it himself. There is a school out there for everyone. College is what you make of it. When you get there make the most of it. Meet people, have fun and when you get that degree at the end of them 4 or 5 years you will better equiped for the world than most people today.
Getting a good feel for the mindset of both students, faculty and administration are important. Running through a fast campus tour gives one a good idea of what the campus might look like, but taking time to get to know the students and understanding their attitudes towards classes, life on and off campus, and what they will do after graduation will be much more helpful.
I was accepted to the school I thought to be my top choice, a public school with an out-of-state tuition at about $40,000. Instead I chose a cheaper in-state school with a solid program in my major. Looking back, I fit very well with my campus' culture, and don't regret choosing it over my expensive top choice one bit!
In short: get to know the campus and the students there, if you can. That will dictate the quality of the next four to (hopefully not) seven years much more than a tour of the prettiest parts of the campus.
One last thing: check out the school's reputation for dating and make sure it matches up with what you're looking for! I wish I had.
First, never force your child to go to school, this will just waste both of your time and money. Attending a university should be considered a priviledge and the best investment one can make for their career. Of course, not everybody needs to go to college to enter their chosen career. My father was a carpenter and had only work experience, but he was happy and made enough money to support his family. Unfortanetly, he passed away several years ago and did not save much. So I think its also good for parents to save money for their children's education... if they go! Luckily, if you don't have money, there are several programs that will facilitate your financial needs. A lack of money should never keep one from considering college.. one's resources are truly endless as we live through our lives! Happiness is key to success, so make sure you really enjoy what you are studying. Make sure to have some sort of plan when you graduate. I am off to medical school and a career in holistic, alternative, and energy healings and therapies, along with a strong neuro and physiological sense. Enjoy life, experience a worldofknowledge.
80o amount of money was ever going to make me happy. Happiness is not getting what you want, but wanting what you already have. Therefore, I say choose a school for its surroundings, social life, and overall good people.
My advice would go towards the students; study was interests you. Do not attend just any College or University, this is a investment in yourself and your future. Money may seem like the biggest obstacle now, but you cannot pay too much attention to the price tag. When your studying what your passionate about, it will all be worth it. The money will come, eventually. Make sure that you will be comfortable, get a hold of some enrolled students and hear their frank opinion on life at that college. The brochure might be shiny but it can sway from the truth.
When you are trying to make the most of college, do not let academics bog you down too much! It is okay to dip in and out of clubs and activities, find something that you enjoy being apart of, good people and times will follow suite. Set boundaries, if your not comfortable with someone or some activity be sure to remember why. No one needs a gross amount of negativity in his or her life. Especially when they say these are the best years of you life!
Visit the school. Get a feel for it, ask people about it. Don't go in not knowing anything. Go to those free things offered on campus. Have fun, this is a once in a lifetime period. Don't take everything so seriously. Loosen up, and enjoy things. Even if a clas is hard, take a break from studying every once in a while. College is about academics, and you should really try your best, but it's also about figuring out who you are, and what you want to do. Explore everything, and have as much fun as you can! But don't forget you do still have to study.
Any number of things can aid you in finding the right college. You need to narrow down your list of perspective choices and visit those campuses so that you can talk to current students, other then the campus appointed ambassadors. Talking to those students will help you gauge if that particular school will be a good fit for you or your student. The best advice I could give anyone while they attend the first year of college would be to try activities and get involved. I never thought I would enjoy rock climbing until I tried it, now it is a passion of mine. Also these activities give you an opportunity to talk to people who are interested in the same things as yourself. School will be what you make of it, so don't stand idly by. Go support your school athletics teams, talk to a group about an activity that you have never heard of before. Just make it a point to experience what college life is all about. College isn?t just about term papers and final exams, it?s an enjoyable time to make friends and enjoy what life has to offer you.
Get to know the people around you instead of studying all the time. Yes, you are there to learn a few new things, but making connections and having a good time at the same time is sometimes more important than acing a final.
I would advise them to visit many campuses. You know when one feels right. Go into it with an open heart. Know what are your top priorities for the school and find the one that fits the best.
REALLY REALLY look around and see whats out there. Look for somewhere that you can see yourself fitting in, making the most money you can for the hours you can work, and where you can see yourself getting the most out of your experience at college.
make sure its the right one for you.
parents ... if your spending a ton of money to send your kids to college... make sure you let them go WHEREVER they want. If you make them stay close and they hate it ... your just wasting your money. my dad wasted 84,000 sending me to the best school i got into. All i did was drink and party. Now im going to a state school and actually applying myself and its only 18,000 a year not 42,000.
students ... VISIT ... you have no clue until to walk around the campus and see how the ppl are. walk around alone when the tour is over. talk to the people. try to plan an overnight if you think you likeit.
Make sure you decide on your major before you choose your college and look through the classes you will have to take to make the major work out.
Don't go to the school where all of your high school friends are going. Yeah, it's nice to know someone, but that school may not be the right choice for you. Have an idea of what you want to do in the future; find a school that is strong in that major. You will get great references, jobs, and internships! Go to the lame orientation meetings and games. Yes, I know your 18 and don't play duck-duck-goose anymore, but you can make fun of it with new people! Even if you don't drink, go to parties! You will meet lots of people, and everyone will respect you even if you dont believe in the alcohol. Everyone has been in the same situation as you at one point... you are not alone! ANYONE will answer ANY question you might have about your new University!
If I could give any advice to parents and students who are seeking the right college for them, I would recommend that they tour a number of different colleges. While I was trying to figure out where I wanted to go for school I visited numerous colleges all around my state varying from many different sizes. This gave me the opportunity to find a university that fit me and my personal needs. By visiting these different colleges I was also able to find ways that I could connect with both the people there and the activities that are provided through the college. I think that in order to make the most out of your college experience it is really important to break out of your shell. At first everyone is nervous and does not know what to think of everything. It is a little intimidating going into something so completely different then anything you have ever known and at times it can be tough. But you have to learn how to be yourself and open up to the people around you. After doing this, there will be much less stress and your college experience will be much easier.
Parents should allow their children to make there own decisions when it comes to schools. Parents put a lot of pressure on they're kids and sometimes kids make wrong decisions with the school they go to. I chose to go to CSU because of their program not because of their athletics. That was my decision, but my parents wanted me to go to school for soccer. I decided to follow my heart and do what I want.
Find a college that meets your personal needs. Disreguard financials (unless you can't get a loan and your struggling) but go with the feel and environment. Look into what not only the college has to offer academically but what kind of extracurricular activities and programs that the college has to offer. Also look into what affiliation the college has with its town, as far as are they both actively engaged with one another and have all the members of there communities best interest at hand. Are there job oppurtunities and if so can the college help you find them? What kind of living oppurtunites are there? What kind of activities are available other than school? Asking these type of questions (and much more) and getting feed back from people that have previously gone to the college in conjunction with personal research would greatly help anyone's choice. Making the most out of one's college experience is simply doing the school work (attending class as well), meet as many people as you can, being possitive and getting involved with an organization/organizations that your interested in.
I would advise all students to find a place where there are opportunities for growth and also a place that reflects several of your own interests as well. More important is the feeling that one surely belongs there. I went to several places and toured the areas but when I arrived at CSU, I knew this place was special and I surely knew that I belonged here. To parents, I would advise to search for a place that both balances critieria for your child's interests as well as providing for the environment in which they will take their beginning steps as adults. A park may have many paths to choose from but it is up to those who pay for the park to make sure the paths do not become overgrown with weeds.
Parents must visit a college and get a feel for what they are paying for. The moment my dad set foot on campus during my junior year of high school, he fell in love with it (as did I), and was willing to pay the out-of-state tuition. There are multiple on-campus job opportunities, something parents and students should look at if finances are a problem, in addition to merit- and need-based work study programs. However, the most emphases were placed on 'going green' (recycling) and ensuring the success of every student.
To make the most of the college experience, don't let advisors dictate what classes the student should take. Advisors may not recognize talent and potential when they first meet a student. Also, give everything a try, since you can always drop a course or a club. Joining later may not be so easy. Sit down at a table with a random person, since he or she may very well be in your major, class, or even dorm--that's one connection, or even a life-long friend!
When searching for a college, find out about the city or town that the school is in and see if it is an area that will fit for your lifestyle. After that, visit the school multiple times and see how the vibe of campus is when school is in full swing. See the dorms, library, computer labs, and any other building that you think you might be in while at that college. Lastly, meet some of the people who are going to the school and get your social skills going because in the first year of college, you'll be meeting alot of people!
The most important steps in finding the best college to attend is to assess your personality and characteristics and compare them to what each university has to offer. When I was in the process of selecting my college I wrote a list of the most important things to me in a college and then compared my top five picks of colleges. The list included size, location (climate), majors offered, class size, and gender ratio. I finally decided on Colorado State because it is a large school in a mid sized city that is rather cool. CSU has a wonderful psycology program with larger class sizes and a pretty split gender population. I would also suggest that parent's and students discuss payment methods as there is so much going on in the college community and working full time is very detrimental to the college experience.
Apply early to schools and make filling out scholarships a part-time job. Take time alone to figure out what you want most from your education. Try to ignore what your friends, parents, the media and everyone else are telling you about school, and choose based on what you alone feel comfortable with. If you don?t mind the label, join an honors program. Employers love it. Talk to your professors and visit their office hours. They will work with you to help you understand the material, get the grades you need, advise you about classes and careers, and write letters of recommendation for you. If a club looks interesting, join it and don?t be limited to only what you?ve already had experience with. Get a part-time job. Take advantage of the library and resources such as foreign films, abstracts, journals, and online access. Sign up with a sports team or take group exercise classes. This is the time to make exercise and waking up at a decent hour a routine. Volunteer. Visit career fairs and talk to the people you are interested in working for. They will remember this when you interview with them later.
College seems smaller than High School. Coming from a gradutation high school class of eight, I thought I would enjoy attending a small liberal arts college. I found that my school was small enough to form cliques, and that Greek life made up at least 35% of the student body. Colorado State is large enough that there are not cliques, people are always looking for new friends and I usually see at least two people I know when I walk across campus.
A lot of students say that the minute they set foot on a campus, they know whether or not they want to live there for the next four years. This is something I sincerely believe in. So if you are planning on going to a school, especially if it is out of state, you should definitely make an effort to visit it beforehand. Also, don't go to school for anyone but yourself. Don't let a friend, spouse, or even a family member make you choose a school you don't truly want to be at. Make sure that the school you choose has a good program for whatever it is you want to study. Remember, college shapes your future and decides how your career turns out, so make the best of it!
The right college can be found by simply touring the campus and interacting with the upper classmen. Go with your intuition and no matter the obstacles go where you want. Finding a place you like will make the journey to where you want to be so much better. Study, study, study! Its only 4 years of your entire life and after 12 years of constant education, what's 4 more? It's hard, but find an angle to relate to every subject you are studying, no matter how mundane. Making friends is key to a college career. No one can make it alone, so why not help someone else out as well as yourself. As far as parents: demand a place in your student's life. Even though it may seem that they only need you when the piggy bank runs low, they will always need your support and love in reassuring them that their choices are whats right for their path. Just keep in mind how you were at their age and status. They may need to be on their own for a while but they will always need an understanding friend.
My advice might not be something that people want to hear, but it is something that has made my college experience MUCH more enjoyable than it would have been. I wasn't sure about what I wanted to go to college for, much less if I even wanted to go at all, so I didn't. I spent a few years in the working world and eventually came to a point where I made the decision that college was something that I need to get where I want to be in life. If you know that college is for you and you know what you want to go for, then don't hesitate. But, if you're like me, and you're uncertain of what you want from life, getting some real world experience before going to college can make a HUGE difference. You begin to notice the things that really matter, you become more self-aware, and most importantly, you put more into your school work because you're going for the right reasons.
Consider a school that is surrounded by good people, a good campus, and excellent academics. Quality is more important that quantity. Smaller campuses may allow more one-on-one time with professors. Choose a college that meets your standards and that you would feel most comfortable attending. Do not worry about following friends; friends will be made. Do what is in your best interest and success will follow. Always study hard and play after. Do everything with 100% effort and everything will come together in the end.
Visit the college campus before you make your decision. Going to a school without visiting it beforehand is kind of like marrying a blind date. Experience a lecture or two, talk with students on campus - most are MORE than happy to talk about how great their school is!
When you find the right school for you, jump headfirst into getting involved on campus. If something sparks your interest, try it out at least once whether it's a club, sport or volunteer activity, now is the time to test out the waters. It's something that you will hear so often that it makes you not want to, but "GET INVOLVED!". It really makes the difference between just paying for an education and building a foundation for the future.
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