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


The advice I would give myself is that to manage my time very effectivly, continuing being an optimistic student, if a situation may arrive that my disability got in the way do not hesitate to talk over with the professor to attain some support, take your time with your work load and never rush it, remember to keep being vigilent, and also become even more imaginitive than ever before in academic critically discussions.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would give myself one very important piece of advice. I would tell myself to take senior year seriously, and try to better academically. This is not because I had bad grades in high school, but because I had bad study habits. Freshman year of college was my worst, academically, even though all the courses that I took were relatively easy. This is because I never had to focus on before. My first semester, I did not focus on my classes, and received much lower grades than I would have liked, or expected. In my second semester, I tried to take my classes more seriously, but I did not know how to study properly, so my grades suffered again. It was not until sophomore year that I figured out how to study properly, and by that point my GPA had already suffered, and it may affect my ability to go to graduate school. If I had taken high school seriously, I do not believe this would be a problem, since I would have fixed my work ethic before my freshman year of college.


If I could go back in time, knowing what I know now, I would tell myself to be more focused. I would tell myself that this is an amazing oppurunity that is not to be wasted. I would tell myself that I should be open to more challenges, and be cautious of obstacles set to divert me from accomplishing my goals. I would warn myself that not everyone is my friend, and to be wary of the peers I come across. I would also advise opening up to others more, especially those willing to help, sacrifice, and share in the betterment of my future.


Going back to senior year a lot of people slack off. The one thing you cannot let yourself due is adapt to them and never slack off regardless of the cercumstances. The summer between high schoool and college is even more important due to the fact that it is time to get in the right mind set to work as hard as you can once you enter college. When you reach college you cannot due the minimum to get by because all that matters is your grades, they will be the base to the rest of your life. Work hard from September to December and once winter break comes, that will be the time to accomplish anything and everything you wanted to do in college but couldn't because of effort and work being put in. Lastly sometimes you are going to have unorganized professors; this is not an excuse to slack off, but one to be even more on top of things.


First thing first, take every advantage to get involve in everything. There are a lot of things I wish I did in high school before coming to college. Some people may think high school is not as serious as college, however, that may not always be the case. The more educated you are the better and easy one's life would be in college. I am currently a biology major, I want to become an OBGYN, paying attention in my chemistry classes in high school would of helped me a lot during my freshman year. The amount of money these colleges are getting from us is huge take actions so your ad wouldn't be as high as mines.


If I could go back in time and give my high school senior self any advice, I would say not to be so judgmental. When I got to college, I was eager to make friends, but I was quick to judge others for little reason at all. Now, a college Sophomore, I am so much more accepting of every kind of person. I have friends in every area of study and every social group. I no longer feel restricted to friends just in my major, and I also find it much easier to befriend students in other years. My impression before college was that upperclassmen would want nothing to do with me, and this was a form of judgment that I passed on far too many potential friends. I have since made up for this, and can happily say that some of my best friends are juniors, seniors, and freshman of every racial, social, or academic background.


It is a different and difficult adjustment. You will struggle the first few weeks, but everything will get better. If you need help, ask for help. Do not stall on finding help, whether it is in your class work or other aspects of life. Not asking will only make it worse. Always do your work and don't procrastinate, even if you think you have time. It will come back to haunt you and leave you crying yourself to sleep because of the stress. Leave time for fun and relaxation. Even if you are busy, take time to recuperate and unwind. Do not worry about money. You will have little money and it will freak you out, but everything will be ok (even if you think it won't.) You are in college; it is a time to learn and have fun, not to worry about finances constantly. If you think everyone is drinking every weekend, there is a chance they are, but you don't have to. This also applies to sex. You are not the only one on campus not having sex. Last, take chances, even if you are scared of the outcome. It is better than regret.


If I had the opportunity go to back and talk to myself senior year, I would tell myself that it’s not as scary as I think. I would tell myself that there are so many available options at Drew that can easily help me accommodate to anything there. I would tell myself to be available to everything and keep my eyes open for any opportunities that can make my experience that much better. The most important thing I think I would tell myself is to breathe. I was extremely nervous before coming to Drew, just because I’m more of a homebody than anything. If I talked to myself a few years later, it would have taken a lot of pressure off. I would tell myself that these are the best four years of my life, and to enjoy them before they are over!


If I could give my younger self some advice on high school I would more than likely say two simple things; think before you act and be someone you would be proud to know.As I went through high school I got into quite a bit of trouble but I always worried about my grades and my academic life. I was able to maintain a GPA over 3.5 and made a lot of sacrifices to go to the high school of my choice. It is extremely important for anyone in high school to have fun but also not jeopardize their academic life. the second advice was said given to me by the person that has affected my life the most in a positive way, my father. This advice has always remained very important and close to me since it truly is a great quote and it is applicable to anyone since it inspires the person to do their best at anything they do. I would tell myself to calm down and enjoy high school while it lasts, to not slack too much and to always give everything my best. Those are the basic keys to success in high school.


I would tell myself to keep up with my good habits and that these habits would eventually pay off. All throughout high school, I worked very hard in hopes of getting into the college of dreams. Although I did not get into this dream school, life took me on an even better path. I would tell myself that hard work really does pay off, even if this hard work does not take me to the destination that I originally had planned. The transition into college life for me was quite easy; I have always been a person who does my best on everything that I do; whether that be a homework assignment or an exam worth half of my final grade. The last piece of advice I would tell myself and probably the most important bit of advice would be to never underestimate myself and the ability to achieve my dreams. I would tell myself that I could do anything that I put my mind too, whether that is writing that 20 page psychology research paper or perfecting my Spanish speaking abilities.


You do not have to plan your life before going into college. I would advise people to go into college with an open mind to experience different things.


Dear High School Self - Relax and remain calm; college is a wonderful experience and you have nothing to worry about. Continue to study hard and work diligently, for it will pay off down the road. The skills you are learning from your teachers will become essential during your first year of college and you will put them to good use. It may seem terrifying at first - a new place with new faces that are somewhat questionable. Soon the campus will become your favorite place; you will make friends there, find trust in professors, and desire to spend every minute you can in the learning atmosphere. The idea of paying for school and books on your own is overwhelming, but continue to work hard at your jobs and you will manage. Paying for your schooling makes it ten times more meaningful and rewarding, especially when you receive your final grades. Overall, high school self, keep up the hard work and maintain an optimistic attitude - you will soon have everything you want and more.


Future Motivation If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself to try harder in school. Although I am working hard to succeed now, I always feel as though I have let myself down in the past academically. My senior year of high school was the worst! I moved twice that year and had absolutely no motivation whatsoever. Looking back now it is extremely embarrassing the fact that I nearly flunked PE due to the fact that I was never there. So when I arrive in the past and find myself lying in bed playing videogames I would tell my younger self to, get out of bed and get to class—trust me you are going to regret it! Although in reality I may have screwed up on my first go around, I am thankful for the opportunity to have another shot. Life lessons are sometimes better learnt through experience, because I know I will never miss a day of college!


I would look at myself and say.. Do not drop out of high school. Stay in school and finish strong. It is better to have tried and failed than to have given up. Go straight into college when you finish high school and do not take a break because breaks turn into forever. Please care more about your future than what is happening with your friends. Choose to do homework over going out with your friends to have fun. Every assignment that is not a 100, do over. Take that assignment home and make sure that you know how to correctly work the ones that you have missed. Ask for help. Do not be afraid to see a teacher after school, hire a tutor, or ask your friends and family if they could lend a hand on an assignment that you are having trouble with. The last thing that I would say to myself is to never give up hope when all hope it lost. Do not dwell on the past. Care about the present. Picture yourself in the future.


If I was able to go back to myself in high school I would tell myself not to panic so much about the future. I would tell myself that things work out the way I wanted them to and to focus more on enjoying myself. I would also have told myself to get a part-time job. This would have really helped since I have student loans. It is pretty hard to have job and go to college at the same time. Having that job in high school would have made a difference. Other than that, I would have told myself to not be so afraid to meet new people, to be myself and just enjoy my childhood. It is a difficult transition going from being in the protection of your parents wings to living on your own. I would also tell myself to enjoy all the time I can with my family since that quality time will get scarce.


The advice I would give myself is not to be afraid to take any chances in college, take any opportunity that comes my way such as doing the study of board, even if my parents don't want me to succeed in college ,I want to prove to them that I can do anything if I put my mind and soul into my dream . Another advice I would tell myself is to volunteer in college and get as many scholarships I can and not be afraid of telling people why I want to become a nurse.


I would tell myself to take this more seriously. As crazy as it seems, I took applications very lightly. I would retake my SATs, and apply for as many scholarships as possible. I would buy a fridge for my freshman year instead of renting one--it's cheaper that way. I would buy a memory foam mattress bad instead of an egg crate--it's worth the money! I would send thank-you cards to all of the teachers who helped to foster my academic side. Most of all, I would tell myself that I need to start learning how to take care of myself before others.


Going two years back in time, the first thing I would do is grab the face of my 18 year old self, gaze deeply into my hazel chestnut eyes and restate what Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail” Although this quote holds simple words it embodies the purest truth to success. Knowing what I know now I would urge my younger self to let go of any fear and doubt and to take advantage of all the opportunities that Drew has to offer. Although I am a leader now, I would urge my younger self to start earlier in order to become susceptible to all the stupendous experiences that life and college has to offer. Rather than start off as the shy high school graduate, nervous of the transition into college life, I would advocate for my younger self to face it head on, with hands outstretched and a heart pulsing with curiosity and determination. I would later assure my younger timid self how essential it is to take advantage of all opportunities; it can help you release the hidden leader inside.


Life is incredibly unexpected, filled with things we go through that we might not ever understand or comprehend. What does it mean to be an adult? What does it mean to be a normal functioning human being? With so many questions that taunt us and corrupt our judgement, it is no reason to stop us from seeing what is there before our very eyes. Therefore, to my naive high school self, I would say, stop being everyone else. Don't fret what everyone else is doing. Yes, the medical field is growing, but nursing was never what you wanted, just an excuse to make Dad proud. College is very intense, expensive and could be wasted if you don't have a plan. Be aware and look inside to what you possess and what truly makes you happy. The future is in the present. Everything is this moment can change your life. Plan ahead and be patient. Don't change and become what others want you to become. It tears the heart and can take many years to fix, so just be yourself. This may seem difficult to handle , but it is quite elementary, just be and let life unfold naturally.


I would tell myself to go and plan for more scholarships.


Your future will be exactly what you strive to make it. Be excited because you will learn more than you can imagine and you will achieve the independence and self-reliance you wish for. Be prepared to use your adaptive skills and have fun with them. Do not lose confidence or hope any step of the way.


I would tell my high school self to figure out exactly what I want in a college and talk to the professors of my major in order to get the best possible educational experience. I would also tell myself to talk to financial advisors at each school and see how much each school would cost. I did not do that when applying the first time and I ended up at a very expensive school which I know canot afford on my own.


If I could go back in time and give myself some advice, I would most definitely encourage myself to work more and to apply for more scholarships. While I did both of these things throughout highschool, I feel like I could have done more. I only received $750 in scholarships while in high school, and I am sure I could have done a better job and applyed for many more. In addition, I could have worked more hours at my jobs, as they were occaisionally available. I think that while I was a senior, I wasn't prepared to face the real world, and the cost of tuition had not yet set in as a reality. I now find myself with insufficient funds to pay for my tuition, and now my chances of attaining a degree are in jeopardy.


I would advice young teens to give everything they have in high school, I would say that high school is one of the most important parts of education. I would recommend to high school kids to dedicate time to study, also give time to sports but the most important is school. If you do a good job in high school you are not going to be worrying about loans and interest rates, I hope the economy goes up in order for more young kids without economic backgrounds can study.


I would tell myself not to stress out about college as much as I did. I was really worried that I would have friends or get along with anyone at my school and that hasn't been the case at all. I have made great friends, friends that I can see myself still talking to in thirty years. They have become my impromtu family and are always there for me if I have a bad day or just need someone to talk too. I was also worried that I would fail out of college my first semster, but I would tell my old self that I shouldn't worry as long as work hard and remember to study so that I actually get my homework and other course work done I will be just fine. I was also worried that there would be nothing to do when on my campus. But once again I was just being a worry wort because I never have a boring moment in my day. Whether I am giving a tour, playing Ultimate Frisbee, or just studying away in the library, I feel like I belong on my campus, and I love that feeling.


There is a secret about college that I wish I had known before I started: it's not that scary. I remember obsessively studying for hours the day before my first exam, then climbing into my bunk bed only to lie awake for the entire night recited the facts I had just crammed into my head endlessly. Yes, on the whole college is not easy, but nothing is unmanageable about it because it is designed to force you to succeed. You get to choose your workload based on your strengths. You can take many classes or few classes, classes that emphasize text-book reading or hands-on classes, and in all of them the professors will go out of their way to make sure you succeed. If you have a question, ask. If you think you have nothing to contribute because your classmates seem so much more knowledgable, you are most certainly wrong. Don't be afraid to join a new club. If you do not enjoy yourself, it is easy enough to drop out, but more than likely you will make unexpected friends. Even the most confident-looking person is just as nervous as you, so do not fear.


I would tell myself to start the college selection process much sooner. I didn't start looking until the middle of my senior year and I really wish I had started a year sooner. I missed out on some great school and scholarship opportunities because of my procrastination. I would also tell myself to get a move on for my physics homework to avoid the only C that I've ever gotten in my life.


After a gruesome, challenging summer applying for colleges, I was offered the opportunity from the honorable Prince George's Community College in April. Applying for its' Legacy Life scholarship, however, I did not win but still admitted. This college has enriched me through sophistication, anticipation, crtitical thinking, aptitude, deliberation, and responsbility. Continuing, the couses I have taken have accentuated study skills, test-taking skills, and organization. Most noteworthy for me is what I learned in Psychology. Particularly, I learned in Psychology that we tend to overevaluate the conditions on people's behavir rather than their personality. This might explain why I consider someone who did not give to a charity we passed by, because he or she does it ordinarily. Moreover, I learned about specific psychological treatments used to diagnose people's behavior. For example, in Humanistic Psychotherapy, the therapist works to develop another's self-actualiztoin, bys emphazing the importance of assuming responsibility for decisions. Not only college, it has been valuable to attend Prince George's Community College because their education is so interpersonal, theoretical and challenging, while engrossing meaningful services as the computer labs, a tutoring and writing center, a reputable library, and informative financial aid center.


From college so far I feel as though I can reach my future goals. From the close firends and teachers I've meet helping me to stay focoused while keeping things fun. The atmostphere is calm and relaxed with no high pressure to be perfect already but rather a push to do better. I know here I will learn all kinds of skills from life to subjects in my career.


My first year at college has taught me so much, not only academically, but about myself. Before going to college I would NEVER have seen myself playing rugby, or any sport for that matter. College has been all about experiences for me and any chance I get I try to do something new. Being completely on my own for the first time in my life has made me realize that I need to depend on myself to get things done. One year has already made me so much more independent.


I have not attened any college yet. When i do however attened the college of my choice, i am hopeing to experence the freedom of living on or off campus. I am hoping to experence qulity education to its fullest captivity. I want to know that i am getting the best education out there and know that there are people with my best intrest at hand.


The community college I have been attending, in my opinion, has not really prepared me for my goal of transfering to a university. If I had to say what I have gotten from attending, it would be a network of educators who really believe in me and have helped me to go for my goal. Sadly the classes have mostly been trivial and in my last 3 semesters I have not had a mid term in any class and the finals that I have taken were take home tests. I suppose the value has been the money I saved, but the trade off is the quality of the eductors and the education.


You gain both friends and knowledge as an undergraduate. One reason to go to a selective school, quality of education notwithstanding, is that your friends will be drawn from the pool of accepted students. And friends determine much of who you will turn out to be. Pick winners. Having peers who were impressed by my being considerate and hardworking -- rather than trying to impress them by how much I can drink, how well I test without going to class, and how funny I am -- helped me tremendously. I hope that I am a thoughtful and productive citizen. If I am, my friends guided and sometimes pushed me in the right direction.


Dear Elizabeth, The next four years of your life are going to be incredible, but you have to engage with your environment and take advantage of everything. I know it's scary to join the orchestra or the frisbee team or to try out for plays, but those are going to be some of the best experiences you will have, so just go for it! Leave your door propped open the first month of your freshman year, because you never know who will walk by and stick their head in. Make sure you fill out your supplemental financial aid form in the spring so you are eligible for work study. Go to your professors' office hours, even if you don't have any questions. They are all fascinating. Always do the required reading because once you fall behind, it becomes almost impossible to catch back up. Get off campus every now and then and head into New York to remind yourself that there is a world out there larger than your campus. Steal snacks from the dining hall. Love, Self P.S. Always stay away from University Center coffee, "jungle juice" and the Nautilus diner.


The best piece of advice I can possibly give is to keep your mind active and not take it easy senior year. I know it's tempting and that once you realize things like you technically only need 3 years of math or 3 years of science, you feel like just easing up on your course load and sailing through senior year on elective courses. Don't. Plain and simple. It makes adjusting to college life and the rigors of college-level courses a lot more difficult than it needs to be. Think about how much of the stuff we forget from the year before just over summer vacation. Now triple that effect and you'll have a pretty good idea of what "taking senior year off" will do to you. Take classes senior year that involve critical thinking, that are a challenge, even if it's just a few. Keep your mind active over the summer, even if it's by reading or completing crosswords or going online and completing Sudoku. Don't let your brain atrophy in the year leading up to the start of college. Take the initiative, and keep your mind on its metaphorical toes.


If I could go back in time to when I was a senior in high school, I would have told myself that I must prepare to make an adjustment to a total different setting. Coming from a performing arts high school in New York City to attending a university containing liberal arts in New Jersey, I would have prepared myself to encountering different kind of people. Also exposing myself as a unique individual in a college setting where many are not like myself would also be important to me. I would honestly work harder in achieving pieces of writing that I would be proud of completely. Knowing that in college writing and reading is a priority, I would have trained myself a lot harder. This is some of the advice that I would have given myself as a high school senior.


I would tell myself not to worry about getting into what society insists is the "best" college, because as clich? as it sounds college really is what you make of it and ninety-eight percent of the time you really do end up at the best college because it ends up being the best for you. I would then tell myself to only worry the necessary amount when it comes to grades, for the rest it is better to actually learn something as opposed to finding a way to make top marks. The most important lesson would be to tell myself to be grateful. I have the opportunity to be educated, and to get a magnificent education! Not everyone has that opportunity, so past Marilisa needs to make sure she always remembers that when her double major is killing her!


If I could go back to my high school to college transition and give myself advice I would tell myself to make sure that when I got to college to join anything that interest me and to take up any oppurtunity that seemed even remotely interesting to me. I would do that because I feel like that is the key to having a successful transition and college years. College is the time when you have the time and the resources to do things like go abroad and join odd clubs and sports. Once you graduate into the real world, you no longer have the chance to do these things because you have to get a job and provide for yourself.


Make sure you like what you are and what you are doing and if you find you are not then change as soon as you can to somewhere you like and doing what you want to do


Go to the school you like the most regardless of financial aid.


I would tell myself to appreciate the free time and the short days! I came well prepared from high school as I took all International bachelorette classes. As a science major I feel like I came in prepared and was happy to start my college studies. So far I have had a terrific experience at Drew University and have fallen in love with all the courses that are available to me. What I would tell any student who is coming in from high school into college is that they should explore and enjoy all the new courses and resources that the college provides. It is really worth it to try different things and figure out what career to follow and what jobs or internships to take. A plan ahead of time is always a good thing to have, but one never knows what kind of course will inspire them to change their mind and their future.


Not getting into your first choice will not end your world, you are going to meet your best friend and love of your life just be open. And PLEASE for the love of god get some sleep while you can.


My advice to students is as follows: find a campus where you are immediately comfortable, but also one where you can see yourself still feeling comfortable in 4 years. What may be the best fit now, might be too small in 4 years. Find something that will hold your interest for your entire experience and provide the best experience possible. You will know as soon as you set foot on campus whether or not the campus is right for you. My advidce to parents is this: listen to your children. If he or she has an immediate reaction one way or the other about a specific campus, keep that in mind when he or she is making the final decision. Let him or her choose a campus for what he or she wants, not what you never had the chance to experience. You have to let them make the decision. The place they choose is where they will be living for the next four years and it is one of the bigger decisions they will make in their lives to date. If they choose wrong, they can transfer. Nothing is permanent, but let their voice be heard.


Go with how a school makes you feel. It should feel open and warm and fun. It should be safe. It should feel like a place where you feel like you are a part of a community.


To find the right college you need to really break down everything that you know about yourself and write it down on a piece of paper. You need to revise this list and find out what you really want, because that's one of the major problems with students applying and attending schools. Majority of kids when they turn 18 or 19 and are applying to college don't even know what they want to study, and end up changing majors, transfering, etc. This problem is good because it can help you really find what you want to learn about and do for the rest of your life as an occupation, but it can as well financially hurt you in the long run when you have to pay off college loans.


There are so many colleges to choose from and it is essential to know what you are looking for in a college because every campus will be different. The first thing to review is the radius and location of the colleges you are looking at. The second thing you should look into is how big or small the campus is and how many students attend the college. Visit a college when the students are not on a break and not on a specific open house day so you can really see what a day is like on the campus and how the students interact. My first suggestion when starting college and at orientations is to be opened to new people. In order to have a great college experience, an incoming freshman has to be involved whether it is in sports, clubs, activities, volunteering, or events on campus. What also has to be understood when going into your freshman year of college is that the first year will be difficult, but you must keep a positive attitude through the first year because life at college will get better as time goes on and you make friends and develop a routine.


Choose the college where you feel most at home, both in terms of the social atmosphere and the physical campus. Find the environment where you truly want to live for the next four years. Spending an overnight with a current student is a great way to gain first-hand experience of what life at this college will be like. Consider how approachable professors are, and of course the academic programs that are available to you, because the focus of college is academics after all. Also carefully consider the extra-curricular activities that are available to you because they are a great way to pursue your passions and develop the skills you will need to succeed in the professional world. The four years you will spend in college are most importantly a time for a great amount of personal growth, becoming an adult, gaining an understanding of yourself and what you want for your future profession. It is a time to make friends that can last a lifetime. You need to find an environment where you can make those friends and feel supported as you pursue your academic and extra-curricular goals.


Sometimes the first choice college is never the right one. The college finds you, you don't find the college. If I went to a college that fit my top choice description, I would never have been able to have travelled to South Africa, become Captain of the Swim Team, or even become an active member in the Student Government Association. Its best to let the college fall into your lap.


Your college years will hopefully be some of the best of your life, and you will always look back on this experience. It's important to find the school that really fits your own personality and goals, instead of trying to get into the school with the biggest reputation that you can find. Visit as many schools as you can, and don't be afraid of the students! Ask if the school offers an overnight stay and class observation with a current student, and talk to the students and see how they like the school. Students love to share their opinions, so you'll probably get some really honest answers. You want to find a school where you can identify with the students, and where you really feel like it can be your home for four years. Once you find that campus environment where you really click, go out there and get involved! The best way to have a memorable experience and make great friends is to find an organization or cause that is truly meaningful to you. When you spend time with people who care about the same issues that you do, you're bound to make great friends.


Finances are obviously of greatest concern when making that all-important decision of which college to attend. However, find a school that has great resources that will help you to get a good job post-graduation. Look for programs like studying abroad, internships, career resources centers, and things like that. A liberal arts education is not half bad either, because as the leaders of tomorrow it's important to have a comprehensive appreciation for all fields of education. Do your research! Find out what kind of degrees and past experience faculty members have within their field. Is the study body a bit to crowded for youe liking? To small? All these factors ought to be weighed in before making that final decision. In addition, always try to find a college in your home state becuase that will save you tons of money.