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

Karen

I have often wondered what I would do differently if I could go back in time to high school or college. My number one piece of advice would be, "Don't be afraid to try new things." It was not until my junior year that I became a class officer and quickly regretted not having done so from the beginning. Also, treasure relationships of the past and look for new ones every where you go. Don't just settle for your close-knit group. These will be your most treasured friendships in life, but you will miss out if you don't look for friends in places you never had before. You can learn so much from their differing backgrounds and cultures. Also, when you find yourself the only one of your group available or maybe they've all gone home for the weekend, or whatever the case, you won't find yourself unwillingly alone. In addition, be open to those friendships that just find you. You never know what that could bring.

Jennifer

Be one hundred percent yourself, with all the wackiness and craziness that goes along with it. Real friends won’t mind. Then again, don’t alienate people. Tread that line carefully. Be confident. You can (and will!) do it. You can (and will!) be amazing. Follow your dreams. Follow your heart. Don’t listen to the naysayers. Then again, keep an ear open to the advice of others who have gone before you (and yes, that includes mom and dad). Learn how to cook. Eventually, you will move out of the dorms and into life, and this skill is vital to have. Also, when you get into the apartments, it will be good to have as well. Keep the faith. God has a plan for whatever comes your way. Trust in Him. Even when life seems hard (especially when it seems hard), He will work it out for your good if it is in line with His will. It is worth repeating – trust Him.

Kathleen

As a senior, you think you know it all, that going 10 hours away will not affect you. But the first month away from home is the hardest. You will cry and want to give up, when it comes to that call mom or dad, they will piece you together. Your parents are the only support you can rely on because everyone else is going through the same phase. It is hard to go from living off of mom and dad to being completely independent. Not everything is about going out and getting drunk, you prioritize. Sleep comes first for a college athlete, and you soon realize that. Everything you thought college was, it is not. Just go with what happens because in the end it all works out. It is my second semester here, and I've learned so much and soon enough so will you.

Anna

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to not be afraid to step outside the box. In my AP art class, I was so determined to stick to my artistic style because I was scared of creating something horrible. This also held me back from using more creative juices. In addition to this, I would have told myself to quit worrying. I had so many things on my plate, as how I do now, but I did not understand how to cope with stress. I have learned this year that it helps to have a calendar with all due dates, test dates, and important reminders written down. I feel that if I had used this idea during my senior year, it may have helped me not to procrastinate as much.

Erin

If I could travel back in time as a high school senior in order to better prepare myself for the years ahead, there are two life-altering pieces of advice I would give myself. First, I would advise myself to simply think about my future more. In high school, hormones and immaturity make students so overly impulsive that they rarely stop to genuinely think about things in a truly objective manner. If I could advise, I'd suggest really delving into what I want to do in life, and to would select a list of prospective colleges based solely on that revelation as opposed to listening to peers, parents, etc. It’s important for students to understand that not every college offers the degree they may be seeking, and that should be the chief consideration when selecting a college. Secondly, I would advise myself to end my "romantic" relationship that seemed so important at the time and to work hard at practicing development of friendships. When one leaves for college, one of the first pangs of realization is how utterly alone she feels. The ability to reach out to others and develop relationships suddenly becomes a skill worthy of practice.

Kathryn

First of all I would say is do not stress over things, it only makes you freak out. I would also say that apply for as many scholarships as possible. The more scholarships you apply for the less loans you will have. One of my goals first coming here was to make all A's. I do encourage people to push for academic excellence, but do not worry if you try extremely hard and only make a B. Making a B is not the end of the world. Talk to your professors if you need help. Do not be afraid, they will not bite your head off. Going to them actually proves that you care about your schoolwork. The last thing that I would remind myself is to get involved on campus. Try things and experience different clubs and activities. By getting involved you get to meet a lot of new people and feel connected to the campus. Striving for good grades, approaching professors, and getting involved helps the transition from high school to college a lot easier. These are the steps any freshmen need to take to make connections at college.

Miranda

Honesty and integrity are the two most important things you can have in life. You did not cheat, you did not copy others work. You always did your own work honestly. The good work ethic that you have set yourself is going to make college life much easier for you. You know the educational route you want to go. Become the successful person you know you can be. Use compassion to help others and use the educational opportunities to make you the best psychologist that you can be. Push yourself to grow and be proud of your accomplishments. Most of all, be true to yourself, always keep your integrity and honesty and you will do fine.

Gillian

When I think back to my senior year, I'm hit with a wall of stress. If I could go back and talk to my 17-year-old self, I would tell her that the future is a beautiful thing; that "not knowing" is an essential part of life. I would tell her to do nothing differently, because I wouldn't change my journey for anything, but I would tell her this: just breathe. You are going to be just fine. Don't change anything, but allow change to happen. You are not going have any regrets about this next step you are taking. Change is difficult, but you will be so much stronger when it is over. The path from high school and through college has been comlex and winding, but I wouldn't change a thing. It's made me who I am, and that is a person I am proud to be.

Paris

College has made me grow as a person. In high school I studied to pass and in college I study to learn. I explored new things and ideas. I started to question and not settle. It changed me from the inside out. I have met so many new people that have helped shape the person that I am becoming. I started noticing things about myself that I needed to improve. my outlook on life has been altered for the better. Values such as, faith, love, commitment, and loyalty all surfaced in my first year, and I had to reevaluate myself. I am more commited to my dream of becoming a doctor and I am currently at an internship where I am shadowing a doctor. College was the fuel I needed for my fire. College changed my life.

Shahin

One of the first thing that I have gotten out of my college experience so far is being more independent. I am not treated like a child anymore with professors watching every move like teachers used to or having to ask parents about everything. There is more freedom involved. Also, the challenging work has gotten me to think at a higher level and have me to study more and study efficiently. I have got to meet really amazing people and have made a great group of friends. My college experience has got me to build up my leadership skills and got me to think more open-minded. It has gotten me to learn so much knowledge from the classes I am in and achieve higher reading and writing skills. College has so much to offer and it has just made me so much more self-confident.

Shawanda

Aside from the obvious ( a wonderful private education), I have gained lifelong friendships. I have learned to get out of my shell and try new experiences that I would have never tried. I gained confidence in myself and my abilities and I know that when I graduate next year, I'll have opportunities that other women won't be afforded!

Ra'Neith

College has given me a way to think differently, to think outside or in a different box. I have also gained value contacts. I have grown immensely since high school. I have learned things financially that most high school students would not comprehend. It is valuable to attend because now I can show people that I am willing to learn. This is especially useful to because I am attended a liberal arts college. This means I not only learn the things that are in my major, but I also learn things such as Art History, or how to play the guitar. A liberal arts education shows that I am willing to learn anything and everything in order to go forward.

Margaret

Stop caring so much about what the students in your school think about you. Whether they're nagging you about being Baptist, a band geek, or "YouTuber" it doesn't matter. Keep looking ahead. You're good at what you want to do. You're great at being you. Once you get to college you'll learn, people who you ought to be around, will embrace you, not judge you. Beyond that, none of the people you're currently so concerned about will be around to judge you later, so shrug them off and perservere.

Jamie

Having already completed a semester of college, I have improved and learned so much about myself. As a high school senior, I just got by in my classes and never studied hard or read for my classes. College has been an eye opener for me, and it has made me realize that I have to work hard to succeed. My first semester, I took a Survey of American Literature class, and struggled to keep up with the reading and analyzing of the material. Throughout the semester, I figured out how to perform better in the class and I asked for help when I did not understand. If I would have studied and asked more questions in high school, I would have done much better in the course. My transition from high school to college was very rough. I live three hours away from home, and I do not have a car, so I only get home about once a month. If I would have known how big of a transition college was, I would have mentally prepared myself better. With more learning and experience, I know that I will continue to grow, both academically and as a well-rounded woman.

Khaloni

The only thing I would tell myself is work during high school and save for college so that I can be financially set and won't have to worry about struggling nor working. Also, change my study habits.

E.

Focus on your academics the most, but always make time for fun either in a class just for fun; or by staying involved with an activity or two that you love being a part of.

Katherine

I would advise them to really spend their time looking for the right match. While in College, really enjoy all aspects. Work hard in your academics but also get involved with other activities.

Marissa

I would tell parents that it's important to take notice and be involved in your child's choice of college without being overbearing. Some colleges have seminars during orientation designed to show parents how safe the school is and to tell them all they need or want to know. To students I would say that while academics are important there's more to the college experience then school. Take chances, have fun, try new things. This is an important period in your life. A time when there's no one to make choices for you, it's your first taste of what the real world is like but at the same time it's a place that will shelter and prepare you for that world. Live life to the fullest and make good choices. And if you live on campus, leave your room door open everynow in then you never know who will drop in for a chat.

Katie

Finding a college is really about what you want. While this statement is true, many high school seniors have no idea what they really want. For eighteen years, decisions have been guided by parents, mentors, and peers. How is one to overcome these varying opinions and dicover an independent desire? What ever means you take to reach this goal, you must reach it. Because it is not your parents, mentors, or peers who will be attending the chosen institution in the chosen major, it is you. You must follow your heart. Do you desire a large school or a small one? Would you prefer classes in lecture style or those that are perticipatory? What do you really see yourself doing with your life? Of course, I am not saying to disregard the opinions of others. Adults, particularly your parents or guardians have been around longer than you and may notice things you missed. Also, in many cases, it is actually the parents who will be paying the college tuition. However, do not be afraid to speak up and tell these adults what you want, because the college decision has the capability to change the rest of your life.

Tiana

My advice would be to really research where you interested in going. Also, dont judge a college by its brochure cover. Go visit the college in person, it makes all the difference. Finally, know that when you go to college your ideas and opinions are subject to change.

Emily

Keep an open mind when choosing your school. Talk to the students attending, talk to the professors. Look for small classes and professors who are personally engaged with their students. Sometimes, the extra expense pays for itself in the quality of the education you'll recieve, and in how much you'll enjoy the experience.

Rachel

Choosing a college is a very personal decision. College is the place where a student really comes into their own, finding out who they are and what they want out of life. Parents should not force their opinions onto their children because they are not their children; parents aren't the ones who will be discovering who they are. A college is a doorway into adulthood, and it's important that a student walk through the right door. The wrong college will have an enormous, negative impact on a student, hindering their self-discovery. Thus, parents should engage in open dialogue with them, discussing the pros and cons of each school the student is interested in. Financial aid is always a major issue, but the best kind of debt you can possibly have is one that funded a college education. There will always be time to pay on loans. The most important thing is that the student is in a healthy learning environment where he/she will be able to grow spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. College is more than just college. It is the most important step in making a student an intelligent, well-adjusted, well-rounded member of society.

Nichole

Make sure that you find a college that best suits your future career plans. Don't be afraid of trying out a single-gender school, because they happen to have just as many extra-curricular activities as any co-ed school (and they often invite the opposite sex). Find a school that is small, so that your professors can get to know you by name and so that the class sizes are small enough to allow for discussion with the entire class. Make sure that you choose a school that you will be able to proudly represent once you graduate!

Rachel

I would apply everywhere that interests you and then go and visit everyschool on your list or as may as possible. This is the only way to tell , for certain, if a school is the right fit for you. Trust me, I visited every school on my list and decided on the school that was orginally last on my list. Also, see if you can stay on campus for a night or two. Once you're in college, take classes your interested in, even if they're not for your major- who knows what you'll learn?! Also, take part in a variety of clubs and extracurricular activites. You'll never again have this much time to fill with things you really care about.

Danielle

Make sure that it fits you. Go to a school that reflects your character and your beliefs. You never will find a perfect match but there will be a place where you can go and fit into the surrounding better than anywhere else. Also if you do have a religious background: pray about it. Look to you heart and find yourself before you find a college. When you get there be yourself and don't let anyone push or pull you any other way. Stand firm in what you believe, but be open to what others say. Many people, myself included, go into this new world and refuse to let others speech and belief impact them in any way. Listening is the only way to learn. If someone contradicts you in college; do what you are there for and reseach the matter, analyze the facts and come to the correct conclusion. As for the rest of college, it is just doing what you have been doing since pre-school. It just includes more work than before.

Gina

I believe a student should attend a school that will help them exceed academically, spiritually, and socially. If a student plans to major in Business, for example, then find the best business school and it can help them excel once graduated. Also, finding a college that will help them as much as possible financially should be a huge determining factor. I think getting involved on campus, either through organizations, clubs, or social events, will help the student adjust to life as a college student. Living on-campus helps students meet friends and learn people-skills that will help in any situation in life. Commuter students have a harder time getting involved because so many bonds are formed with hallmates, and roomates. I recommend getting involved as much a possible, it will help make a college experience a memory of a lifetime!

Jasmine

Be honest with yourself about the kind of community that will work best for you. A big state school doesnt work well for everyone. And don't rule out something different, like single gender education or a liberal arts education.

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