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


Since birth, your family, friends, and environment have played pivotal roles in making you who you are today. College is your chance to enter a new environment, make new friends, and to become who you will be for the rest of your life. In deciding where to matriculate, your goal should be to find a student body that will motivate you to excel academically and extracurricularly, and an atmosphere conducive to your success. When visiting a campus, meet students, sit in on classes, and study in a few libraries. Feel out if the students, faculty, and campus will help you achieve your full intellectual potential. Strive to learn what its like to be a student at each campus, rather than a visitor. Guided tours and info sessions can only help you to a point. The rest is up to you. Once you pick a school, make sure you enter with an open mind and intellectual curiosity. Be open to meeting new people and learning about new things. Take time to find your passions and pursue them with tenacity. Savor learning experiences inside and outside the classroom and above all, never stop loving to learn.


I want to answer this question as best I possibly can, because I think if I read the right thing or talked to the right person, I wouldn't have dreaded college so much. I thought my life at home was as best as it could be.. But when I got to Cornell, my views completely changed. I learned what fun and happiness truly look like. What I love about school is not the professors, the classes, the campus, and definitely not the weather. It's the people. When looking for the right college, the most important thing to look for is the type of people who attend. At a large school, it is likely you'll be able to find any type of person, so you'll want to look for schools that provide opportunities for you to meet people you mesh well with. For example, my friend attends a school in the midwest but met friends of her religion and background through specific dorms offered, and that is what she wanted. I wanted diversity that is virtually absent from the town I grew up in. And that is the most important way Cornell met my needs for college.


Stay overnight and meet people. Tour groups only show you what the college wants you to see and in order to make an educated decision you need to see what the college is really like.


I would suggest to the parents to be supportive of their child's choices. I would recommend that the students take their parents advice and to remember to call their parents if they go away for school. In college, do your best to get into situations outside of your comfort zone. This will allow you to become a person who can better work with different types of people. I would also say to take advantage of internships. and any opportunities that come your way. Lastly be true to yourself but don't be afraid to learn new things. Remember to study hard, work hard, and have fun.


Make sure that you visit the school and talk to students before deciding to go. Often when applying to college people such as alumni, faculty and administrators will tell you only the good things about the school. It is best to talk to new students such freshme and sophmores because thtey are often the ones who have the most challenges at schools and can really tell the incoming students what they are going to face. Another factor that many people don"t pay enough attentyion to is the size of the college or university. Too small could be bad for people who like their privacy of anonimity and too big could be very daunting and overwhelming. I feel that size is one f the most important facters because it can have a huge affect on the students mental health. It is more important than people realize to think about the experiernce that they will have while in school rather than only focusing on what the school will do for you in the future and after graduation.


Finding the right college is an important part of your life, but is not everything, since your college experience is what you make of it. I would go with the college/university that seems to offer the most in terms of academic integrity and quality, but also provides a solid social network. College is not only about obtaining good grades and developing a stellar resume, but also about making friendships that last a lifetime, and having experiences that you wouldn't trade for anything in the world. When deciding which school to attend, think about what is most important to you, and then see if that school is the best qualified for that aspect. Always strive to find a balance between a school with a good academic record and reputability, and a good social support base, since college is not only about the grades and status you attain, but also about the friendships with people you live with and take classes with. Finally, be sure to put into perspective that the college you ultimately choose is not the most critical aspect of this phase in your life, but rather, what you make of your choice matters most - have fun!


After completing my first year of college I realized how lucky I am to have found a school that was perfect for me, especially considering that many of the things I love about it I never considered as deciding factors in my college search. When I was searching for colleges I wanted a school that would be challenging, offered programs in the majors I was interested in, and offered many extra-curricular activities. I never considered little things like having a secluded place to study outside or having trails to run on that aren?t pavement but these little experiences have proved to be just as important to my college experience. I have learned that in addition to the traditional attributes sought in a college, a perspective student should make sure that the school they pick is a place where they will be comfortable to learn and grow.


Make sure the finicial package is reasonable through all four years