Cornerstone University Top Questions

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

Jillian

One thing that was easy to slack on and not take seriously in high school was the reading assignments and course work. It was easy to make a good grade without completing every assignment because there were so many. I would tell myself to ACTUALLY do all of the assigned work and especially the reading. Though classes don't meet everyday, there is a great deal of expectation. Much of what is learned is learned outside of the classroom and it is important to keep up with all assignments and reading.

Taylor

I would give myself the advice to never procrastinate and study more often. Video games and friends arent always everything in college. Procrastination and no studying leads to poor performance and it also stresses you out. So study and dont procrastinate!

Elizabeth

I would tell myself not to push myself so hard my freshman year. College really is different than High school and it takes time to make the adjustment. You can't skate through classes and still expect A's.

Garret

Be willing to try new things. Wake up early and go to bed early; you'll work better if you've slept. There's a ton of writing in college; you need to get ready for it. Write for hours every day. This is going to be so much work, but it's going to be worth it. You're going to learn how to deal with people. You're going to learn how to fail. Try your best to do well, but don't worry so much about your grades. They matter less in the long run than the experience you'll gain from trying and failing. This is your time to prepare for real life, so take it seriously. Show up. Shower. Dress well. Do your homework. Study for exams. You're going to be busy, but make time to participate in life. Make real friends--you have four years to do it. You only get to do all this once. Make the most of it.

Ashley

I would tell my high school self to not sweat the small stuff in high school. There are so many things to worry about in college, but I have found that it is still okay to have fun with friends, and participate in college events. In high school I was way over commited. Because I thought that is what I had to do to get into a great school. But honestly it is okay to have one thing your passionate about. That one thing will be way more impressive than lots of little things. All of those commitments would stop me from enjoying my high school life. So I would say to my high school self, as well as any high school student, to stop sweating the little things in life, and start having some fun!

Courtney

I would tell myself to make sure to make a good group of friends that pushes you to be a better person. Within my first couple months at college I found myself in a group of friends that I typically would not have hung around. Although they were great people deep down, they tending to pull me down in both my faith and school work. I found myself becoming the person I always told myself I would not be. I am proud to say I have found a better group of friends that is helping me turn away from that version of myself. Although I am glad I went through that stage of life, learned, and grew from it, if I could go back and warn myself as a high school senior I definitely would.

Isaac

If I could go back to my senior self, I would tell him to think about his future more. I had never thought that college was going to be an option for me as a senior in high school, so I gave up trying in many of classes. I would also tell myself that the transition to a fast paced college life would be tough, but that he could do it! Because I feel like if I could just come up beside him during his struggling times with encouragment, he would be able to succeed in all of his dreams!

Jason

If I could go back in time, the most important piece of advice I would give to myself would be to focus more on making friendships rather than seeking an intimate relationship. I thought about a girl I had a crush on during my freshman year and how I eventually came to the conclusion that it would be more impactful for both of us if I focused on forming a solid friendship with her. At the end of that year, she wrote me a letter which read, "I wanted to thank you for being a good friend". She said, "You always asked me how I was doing and made sure that I was okay". When I received that letter, I knew I had formed a very special, lasting friendship. Had I continued to pursue a relationship, our friendship never would have had a chance to grow, and we would have been difficult to interact as classmates. It also helped me later on when I met my girlfriend the following year. In short, I would tell myself to seek friendships rather than relationships, and try to see every girl as a potential friend, not a potential partner.

Samantha

If I could go back in time to myself as a high school senior, I would say to myself, don't worry so much about retaking the ACT and trying to get a better score. I had already been accepted a couple other schools, and I worried afterwards if the ACT score was good enough, so I retook it, but afterwards I realized that it was a waste of time, energy, and money to re-take the ACT. Also looking back, I wouldn't have made myself stress so much about grades, your high school grades really don't matter much once you are out of high school. People rarely ask what my high school GPA is, which makes me a little sad because at one point I was really proud of having a 3.8/4.0 GPA, but now I have moved onto bigger and better things and could really care less about what my high school GPA was.

Justin

Hey Justin how is it going? Man, you wouldn't believe how amazing college is. I know, I know. Everyone says how amazing it is going to be and your probably oging to be disappointed when you get there, but as your future self, let me tell you this: go for it! And go for it with everything you have. It is a ton of fun, and even more work. It is everything everyone builds it up to be: pulling all-nighters for writing papers, playing fun pranks on people, and even gaining the freshman 15. But it is all worth it, even with the cost being way above your price range. Just make sure to apply for as many scholarships as you can; they really do help out a lot. You will have some the best and worst days of your life at college. You have a dream of counseling at risk you. You can achieve that dream by learning and applying. Trust me, you won't be disappointed in the end.

Darien

Dear Darien, You need to stop depending on Facebook for everything. I know that school is pretty overwhelming (AP Biology and Calculus will do that to you---trust me, I've been through it), and you're a teenage girl, so you need some social aspect of your life, but don't depend on Facebook. When you go to college, knowing who your true friends are is crucial, and it's a tough search. Take advantage of social events like CU @ the Beach (You have the postcard on your bulletin board. Get Mom to take you!) so you can meet them face-to-face rather than guess if they're being true to you through the computer screen. Speaking from experience, some people will deceive you. Sure, socialize with your future roommates. You'll know who they are because you're going to live with them for six months, but when it comes to everyone else, wait until Terra Firma week. I know you have no idea what that means, but trust me. It's going to be a blast, and you're going to love it! Once you know them, though, it's a HUGE blessing! :) Sincerely, You.

Christopher

Be yourself, and be involved. Don't try to fit yourself into the molds that other people might have for you. Make your own mold and complete the goals that you have for yourself. Work hard now and it will pay off. Most importantly be an example to the people that are looking up to you and live your life in a way that you would want them to. Take your time and effort seriously and in everything that you do you should do it to the best of your ability, otherwise you will never know what you are capable of. Be strong and stand up for what is right, and for what you belive and don't be afraid to let your light shine no matter where you are in life. Remember, it doesn't matter where you have come from or what circumstances that you have in your home life, it only matters what you do with the tools that you are given and what you make of yourself. The last thing I would say to myself is to make mom proud.

Dana

I would tell myself to really enjoy the process of school. It is a privilege and a wonderful opportunity that only a handful of people in the world ever get to experience. I would tell myself to not worry about any interruptions that come my way. These "interruptions" will happen in every area of life, but instead of letting them get you down, you can let become a part of your future. Those detours can be the very thing that you needed to get yourself to re-evaluate your goals, and they also serve as a way to make you a stronger person. Anyone that has had it too "easy" in life is a prime example of the importance of life trials. I would tell myself to work hard, relax, and enjoy every minute of college - even those crazy detours.

Brianna

I would say to myself to not worry, You will make friends by not judging others before they should be judge. You will have great professors that actually care about how you do in the class and of course you personally will have a great team to take good care of you. Some advice would be to not pack so much becuase I will be going home and to buy books online not at the school! Older girls helped me a lot before I even came here so I think I would just say to stay connected.

Jessica

Don't be intimidated by going away from home and attending college-level classes. Yes, it is challenging, but it is so very much worth it. Step out and meet new people, it will be the best decision you will make especially as you meet other students who become your friends who will encourage you in your studies and college experience. Be diligent in your studies and try not to procrastinate, even when the events on and off campus tempt you to put your projects off. The main reason you're attending college is to learn something, all the rest is just an added bonus. Above all else, enjoy yourself! The college years will mold you and shape you in ways you cannot even begin to imagine, so make the most of your experience.

Rebecca

Don't be afraid to be alone. It may seem scary at first, but constantly having to be with another person will do you more damage than good. Take time to get to know yourself and what you want out of life. Do not waste all your time worrying about what other people think but pave your own way, find your own happiness, and let yourself heal.

Ashley

I've experienced two types of differents colleges. I am not a genius when it comes to school, but I work hard to get the good grades that I get. I have learned that college is a lot more important and this is where it counts. The college experience has taught me how to live on my own and have confidence in myself. There have been so many late nights and stressful weeks, but I have learned that it is all going to be worth it in the end if I just keep pushing forward with a positive attitude. Jobs are slim and schools want the best of the best teachers. My college experience has been valuable to me becuase it has taught me to be disciplined and diligent with my time. This incredible and growing experience has helped me to become the person I am today; ready to face the world with a confidence that I am going to succeed in anything I do. I understand that I may fail once, twice, even a thousand times, but I get right back up and try harder the next time.

Ryan

My college experience has been valuable in helping me to decide what I want to do with my life. When I first entered college, I seriously thought that I wanted to be a journalist and work in the newspaper industry. After two years of working with the campus newspaper (including one year as managing editor), I have discovered that it is not a good fit for me or my personality. Instead, I have found another area that has really drawn my interest: Anglo-Saxon and early English literature. The examples that my Humanities professors have set has helped me to decide that I would like to follow in their footsteps. I am currently in the beginning stages of exploring my options in graduate schools, and I want to get an M.A. and Ph.D. in English and teach at the collegiate level. I want to be able to make the same kinds of impacts on college students in the future that my professors have made on me.

Tiffany

I have discovered myself at college. I have come to understand why I react to certian things the way I do. College has taught me how to budget my time between leisure time and work. I have also come to value family and friends. This has been a valuable time thus far because of the friends I have made the the information I have learned. I now look at the world in a different light because of the ideas I have been taught. College has also taught me to question what I am being taught and that it is okay to question what you believe because you will find the truth through questioning what you have been taught.

Madison

Knowing what I know now about college life and making the transition, I would go back and tell myself to live everyday to the fullest. "Carpe Diem" would become my motto - seize the day! God has given me many opportunities in my life to take risks and to open myself up to the world and scream out this is who I am and I love God. I wish that I would have known that everything would work out in choosing a college and loving it because God does have a plan and He tells us to run towards the finish line. Run means to run and not look back or stop. I wish I could go back in time and tell myself, take a deep breath and get ready to run to the Lord Almighty for He is my one and only.

Andrew

I would advise myself to take more AP classes, so that I would not have to apy for the classes at the college level. It is a lot of work, but it is worth it when one is signing up for classes in college. In your freshman year at college, you are going to want to hang out more with friends than study and do homework. I advise you to find a balance between homework and friends. You need to know when is the right time to hang out with friends and when is the right time to do homework. You need to apply for a lot of scholarships. It does not matter if you think you are not going to get any scholarship money. Apply anyway. It does not hurt to try. Also, it does not matter how small or big the scholarship money is; it is free money. Finally, if you have the ability, stay at home during your college experience. It is a lot of fun living on campus, but it costs a whole lot more to do so. I advise you to live at home for your four years.

Nicole

Dear Nicole, First, I would like to tell you that God has a special plan for you; do not worry, but instead trust in the Lord. Second, I would recommend that you follow your heart or your gut instinct because you are ultimatly in control of your happiness. Lastly, I would say to live with out regrest, to love unconditionally, and to remember that everyone makes mistakes. Livin' life to the fullest, -Me

Kymberlee

I would tell myself not to worry too much about the college curriculum. It is harder, and puts more stress on you, but it's nothing I can't handle. I would also tell myself that the successes I achieve in college are what's going to help me be more confident in myself. I would assure myself that there's nothing wrong with needing to ask questions, because the teachers want you to understand the material, and they aren't here to make you fail. They're here to help you succeed, and that's all they want to see.

Briana

If I could go back to when I was a senior in high school, and know what I know about life at Cornerstone, I would tell myself three things. The first one I would bring up would be that I did make the right choice in picking my college, and that I love it very much. The second thing I would tell myself is to work hard and focus on what you and to get as much as you can from what the staff and other student have to teach you. You have amazing friends and teachers. The third thing that I would have to remind myself would be that I have to trust God completely and put my faith in him, so that if he wants me there, than he will give me the way so that?s what will happen. College is what I needed I life and now I?m a different and a much better person.

Jennifer

If i could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior i would tell myself to not want to grow up fast, love high school and not be so ready to be done with your senior year. Be ready for the school you picked and make sure you know all of the restrictions and all of the rules, be ready for this. Be ready not to agree with everything that goes on and be ready to lose friends and make some new ones. Be ready for the huge transition of not living at home and not having everything right there for you, know that you will miss your family and friends, its hard to be away from them. Make sure you are ready for the amount of shool work that is coming your way and be ready to study more than you do now. Be ready to meet people you don't really get along with but know that God wants you to love everyone, and most importantly live your life to the fullest, and remember that college definatly comes with its ups and downs, but have fun with it. Live your amazing life.

Marissa

Nothing. Well atleast if I'd want to save my breath, I'd save my time for something more worthwhile. If I felt like babbling on about how ACT scores will make or break you, how you should start saving your pennies since you learned to count, and that on the contrary to what most highschoolers wish to believe; being a hardriven student really does pay off throughout college. You see, all of this is extremely valuable information and if taken seriously could lighten the college struggles. But as a senior in highschool I was hardheaded in the sense that I thought I already knew everything there was to know, and my favorite answer when it came to my future was, "Oh, I'll figure something out." I was convinced that I was on top of the world. But low and behold, life came around and I realized I wasn't. With a new profound sense of maturity that one can only accommodate through complete independence, I saw how utterly unprepared and stubborn I was. I received plenty of advice from parents, teachers, and counselors; but getting past myself and taking what they said to heart was the real challenge.

Sharon

If I were to go back and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to get excited about the friends, academics, and spiritual growth that I was about to encounter. I'd also tell myself to take advantage of AP classes and CLEP tests as these tests are much cheaper than classes. I'd also encourage myself to look into online courses.

Briana

If I could go back to when I was a high school senior and tell myself what I know about college life and making the transition, I would only have three pieces of advice. The first would be to start looking for college scholarships, because college is very expansive. The second one would be that it is not worth it to worry about how you are going to do in class and if you make any friends. Just try your best and it will work out, every better then you think it will. The third is that you need to take it slow and try your very hardest on everything you do. College is a very important part of our live. College changes people and you are going to change as well. You will grow in your faith, Social, and in your academic studies. You picked the right school for you!

Robert

File for as many scholarships as you can while keeping up with homework. Any money is good toward college. And SAVE UP!! Money you save is money you can put up to fill in the blanks. Money is also no reason to not stay on campus, the drive sucks so go for the on campus option, much better. (It will also save you from some of the painful situations that you go through on the path you're currently taking.) Also, pay attention in Calculus so you don't have to take it again.

Jamie

College is going to be a lot more fun than high school. Don't stress about failing. You will do fine. Things will be harder in college, but you will do fine. Don't slack off in high school. Do everything to the best of your ability. Ask more questions, and get better grades. It will help you in the end. Develope more good study skills. Don't take anything for granted. Make sure you enjoy high school because great is around the corner. High School isn't all that it is cracked up to be. Just be yourself when in High School. College is where you will get freedom. God wants you to move forward with Him, and try to do His will before you get into college. God is doing great and mighty things. God is good. He wants you to do your best.

Leah

You have much to learn. The world is much bigger than your little circle, and yet, you can't save everyone. You have to pick and choose; don't spread yourself too thin. There are so many good organizations with which you can volunteer, but you can't do everything. Go and try new things, but don't turn your back on who you are. The friendships you have now might last into adulthood, but they might not. So much of friendship is based off being near each other - and common interest. When your friends move away, they might not be your friends anymore. Cry a little, and then go out and make new friends. Pay attention in class, but don't spend too much time on your homework. A social life is important. Don't try to work two jobs and do well in school. It's not healthy. Splurge a little, but keep saving money. You'll need it. Eat right, but eat a doughnut every now and then, too. It keeps you sane. And above all else: read the Bible and pray every day. Get closer to God. He's the only real thing in this world.

Rob

Rob, Start planning early and start saving early. College isn't as easy to pay for as sometimes you might think. Look for scholarships, financial aid and good loans. Figure out how you can pay for the college you want to go, and do it as soon as possible. Its not an easy thing picking up the load of responciblity that college brings but if your smart about it and plan ahead you will be fine. The transition from high school to college is a hard one, but not an impossible one. Believe in yourself and don't feel discouraged or overwhelmed by everything and know that you are just as capable of doing what you want to do as anybody else. It's a huge change in your life, it will determine the rest of your life so be wise. Start planning now.

Caley

Transition from high school to college wasn't bad for me at all--the harder transition was from freshman to sophomore year. I'd definitely tell myself that my relationships with people would change and I can't expect things to be the same as they were the previous year. With that in mind, I think I would have been able to more fully embrace my sophomore year and I would have better anticipated the challenges it brought.

Chris

I have not yet started college yet, but i am starting next month. If i could go back in time knowing what i know now, i would tell myself to take more classes my sinior year. But honestly i think if i went back and talked to myself, knowing how i was, I wouldnt have listened to myself. To be honest again, I think i did the bast that i could at the time. The things i did then made me who i am today. So would have taking more classes helped me? Yes, but how I did in my classes helped me understand what i need to do and what i can do in college. I didn't do bad in school but i didnt do the best if i REALLY tried. But if i tried REALLY hard i think i would have lost my social life as well. So with my GPA and my social life i would have to say I did pretty well in high school and wouldn't change a thing.

Aaron

If I were to confront my high school senior self, I would admonish that self to find a job as quickly as possible. I now find myself in a tight situation because I took a small part-time job during school. I would also admonish myself to save money, rather than spend it. My financial situation would be much better if I had put more money into savings rather than recreation. Finally, I would admonish myself to take a closer look at that one certain cute girl in English Society. I would love to have the chance to start my relationship with my girlfriend sooner than I did.

Anne

I would tell myself that applying to Cornerstone University is the best choice. I would tell myself not to worry about college because Cornerstone is not like other colleges; drinking alcohol, smoking, doing drugs, and sleeping around are NOT the norm at this university. I am very thankful that I do not have to worry about this. I feel safe on campus and I know that when I go to a party that we can have a great time without all of that. I feel blessed to be in such an environment. I would tell myself to get involved in more school activities and clubs on campus because there are only four years of college and now is the time to experience these fun things. I would tell myself that it is important to keep good grades, but that the world will not end if I do not get a 4.0. I would tell myself to sign up for the Greece trip and the Haiti trip because these would be unforgetable trips that change your life.

Collin

I would tell myself to be open-minded about choosing a college. To remember that my thoughts and ideas on life will change and that I need to be somewhere that will help me. I would tell myself not to brow of senior year because its a stepping stone to college and the rest of your life. I would tell myself to save my money because being broke like i am right now is no fun and that finding a job can be difficult. I would tell myself to take advantage of the time you have left with your family cherish that time because I know for me now i wish i had. I wish i learned more from my dad and got closer to my mom. And i wish i had a better relationship with my younger sister. I would also say to be ready for change because it will happen whether you like it or not.

Jennifer

Get involved. Be yourself.

Stephanie

I would tell myself to prepare more in advance. To explore the options.

Christine

Christi, You?re a highschool senior now, you think you are "all that." I wish you knew that you weren?t. I wish you knew that biting your thumb nail the night before prom truly wasn?t that big of a deal. I wish you had put your heart into playing the music during band instead of thinking about that cute boy with his shiny Saxophone. I wish you could believe you are beautiful. As you enter college you are going to regret ever being mean to that ?new girl? because she is going to be you very soon. Treat all people with respect especially the girls who would take a bullet for you. Grow up a little and keep your heart safe, know who you are as a person and keep standing up for what you believe in. Have fun, be open to change, and study hard. Learn not only from teachers and books but from the experiences you are going to run into. Keep your chin up even when you think you are drowning because you will make it through this thing called ?college.? Love your older self Ps. You are going to miss mom and dad

Ellen

Experience the college of your first choice more than once. It's important to get to know the school to the best of your ability. Talk to students, faculty, and administrators. Take some time on your own away from all the tours, and q & a sessions, talk about what you experienced throughout the day.

Ryan

Choosing the right college is one of the most important things that a person can do in life. There is a strong temptation to just "go with the flow" and choose the college that is the most "hip" or that people you know have attended or do attend. But choosing a college for its superficial qualities is not the way to get the most out of your college experiance. Choose a college that fits your personality, beliefs, and goals. If you are a conservative Christian that wants a degree in Bible, don't go to Harvard. Likewise, if you are Buddhist looking to get a degree in nursing, don't go to my school, Cornerstone University, which has no nursing program. When you have found a school that looks like a possibility, don't just apply and wait to hear back- visit the school, talk to students and professors: find out as much as you can about the school before you make your final decision. And remember that finances are not the end all be all; many schools have good financial aid programs that can help you attend the school or your dreams.

Abigail

The most important part for me on deciding on the right college, and what I found in Cornerstone, was student involvment in activities which build each other up. There are so many experiences and it's important to not waste time engaging in ones which will harm yourself or you will regret. Be yourself from the start and be honest with others. FInd a strong group of friends with the same values as yourself and keep each other accountable. Stay on top of your school work and even work ahead when you have time because you never know when something will happen and it piles up fast. Don't wait till the last minute becuase a lot of professors offer to look over papers or extra credit for turning papers in early. This is what I have learned so far from my two years axperience and I know I have much more to learn. Enjoy your experience and capture memories at every opportunity.

Chris

I would say to besure you have visited the college and talk to professors, students and other staff there to really get a feel for what the college is really about. Also, make sure you understand the morals and rules of the university, that way if you have any strong disagreements, then it won't be a surprise to you once you get there.

Laura

Choose a college with great professors who will be able to help you out upon graduation. Make contacts!

Rob

I would explore other options and not wait until the last minute to make a decision. I waited until the last minute to make my decision. so just try to explore options and make sure the student really goes to college for what they want to persue.

Christopher

Know what you want to do, know who you are and what you like, and know what makes you happy. Chances are that will all change, but knowing that will help you find the right school for you. And apply to more than one school, we don't all get lucky like me.

Tim

Finding a college is always difficult because it's a new phase of life. There are many pricing issues I have with my school, but at the end of the day, I enjoy the environment and am being successfully prepared for my career. It's not perfect, but then again, no college is perfect. Finding one where you enjoy the environment and will be prepared for your career are the most important aspects. Also, don't be decieved by the admissions team. Their job is to make things look flawless, but most of the time the only time they're caught walking around campus is when they're giving tours. So how in the world can they expect to tell prospective students about the "real" campus. It's fake. Instead, I highly suggest you talk with a variety of students and take all their views of the college in perspective. Look for bits and peices about each students views that match yours. Don't cross off students with bad attitudes about the campus, because that could be you soon enough. Take their advice seriously. They're better witnesses than the admissions councelors.

Rachel

I would encourage parents and students to visit colleges they are interested in, and attend one in which the students seem to love the school they are going to and are having a great experience. Chances are, if the students seem to love their school, you will too. It is also important to take into consideration the degree in which you want to study, if the school has that program, and if it is well known and recognized. Religious affiliation was a big factor for me, but isn't a factor at all for some students. I wanted to go to a school that taught what I believed, but also presented me with other views I could learn about. I knew by going to that school that I would be supported and uplifted in my Christianity, and not persecuted. I could learn about my field of study through a Christian worldview. I would encourage parents and students to take religious affiliation into consideration. In order to make the most out of his/her college experience, I would encourage the student to always have a good attitude, and persevere in school academically, socially, and emotionally throughout his/her college years.

Ryan

You'll make good friends anywhere you go. Choose a school that fits your best academically and socially.

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