Drexel University Top Questions

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

Romina

I have learned the meaning of the words patience and persistence from my college experience. By attending college I learned that no one can instantly be good at something and that everything requires time and practice. Having learned this principle after spending countless hours studying and going to class I can apply it to other aspects of my life. I didn't think that I would ever complete a 26.2 mile marathon, but after learning that everything takes time and practice I was able to finish not one, but two. My philosophy courses were also enlightening and everyday was filled with new ideas that I had never even thought about. Thanks to those philosophy classes my outlook on life has changed and I'm more relaxed andhave taught me to analyze my beliefs in an objective manner. Taking logic courses have also helped me tremendously especially when it comes to making important decisions, such as voting for new laws and presidents. Attending college has been immensely valuable for me to attend because it allows me to understand the world and people around me with much more clarity than when I was a young child.

Mathew

My college education will prepare me for a future in the engineering industry. Drexel stresses not only the academics, but also the experiential learning through co-op. I will graduate with 1.5 years of work experience and have excellent career opportunities.

Melinda

I have an associates degree in bibllical studies. This was one of the most life changing experiences I have gone through. I have grown so much as a follower of Christ, and I have now completely submitted my life to serving Him. I feel prepared to go overseas and share Christ with others, who do not know Him. I feel prepated for cross cultural ministry. I am currently working in that field now, but feel that with furthering my education and getting a degree in health would better suite me for entering another country and being able to provide service where it is most needed. I know that the Lord has called me to be in missions and whether or not I do get a scholarship from this entry or not I know that God will lead me to who will. I have put all of my faith in Him and He will not fail. I thank you all for what you do, and for listening to the cry of my heart. Take care and God Bless! Untill all have heard!

Michelle

I have attended college since I finished my sophomore year in high school and it has given me great things in life. I graduated with 40 college hours and now I am considered a sophomore in college! I think that it is very valuable to attend college because it affects the rest of your life. There are people with bachelor degrees and still cannot get a job. That is sad and I do not want to be like the millions of people in this world that did not attend college. I would like to be given a challenge and make something of myself. I am pretty good at that actually! I do not back down to much. I look foward to college and to taking as many hours as I can to earn my degree. I have always said that I want to be a teacher like my mom and I have set a goal for myself that I will do it before I turn 21! (As of right now I am 18 and about to be 19 in a few months!) Thank you.

Sarah

I am currently in my second semester of the RN program. When I take a minute to reflect on my college experience so far, many things come to mind, but most importantly a feeling of gratitude. My college experience has allowed me to gain a vast amount of knowledge, but also learn what dedication, perseverance, patience, and passion is about. It has been a valuable experience for many reasons, but above all, it has put the value of knowlege into perspective for me. Knowledge, unlike most other things we will aquire through out our lives, can never be taken away from us. As I reflect back on this past year and the many challenges and changes I have faced in my life, I often find myself having feelings of gratitude towards my educational experience. Going to college will better my future, make me a stronger more dedicated person, and give me a knowledge that I will only be able to further expand upon. This makes my college experience a priceless asset to my life.

Amy

I have not attended college yet, but I hope to gain friends that will last a lifetime, experiences that I will never forget, a degree in which I will use daily in my job, and a new life for me.

mary

I've learned who I am, what I want, and where I want to be. I've learned how to be a responsible adult, how to hold down a job, and how to juggle finances.

Sean

Since I have just entered the college world my eyes are wide open. My experiences so far have been one of learning independence, responsibility, the proper methodology of learning and how socialize among various cultures.

William

Through my multiple college experiences I have learned that each day is a journey, not a destination and that anything is possible. After previously attending a four-year university and a community college I found a great school, Cascadia Community College in Bothell, Washington. Cascadia helped me find my path, different from where I thought I was going, and have now been accepted by some of the best schools in the country: American University, Columbia University, and the University of Connecticut. I was high school student with great potential and mediocre grades. Now I am an adult with goals and the desire to achieve them. College has allowed me the time to look into my soul, answer questions, and battle old demons. This would have been impossible if I remained in my old job, working 40+ hours per week. I put even more effort into my activities at school than I did at work; yet this will benefit me with the long-term happiness and contentment only a college education can give me.

Gerald

It has been a sense of accomplishment and personal pride. I know that I am setting myself up for success and paving the way for a bright and amazing career. It has helped instill more confidence in my ability to task-orient and to achieve a set goal. I am learning new ways to perfect my leadership skills from my experiences with being the Student Government Vice-President. I have met life-long friends that will remain a part of my network and future endevours. I think the most gainful benefit of school will be the satisfaction in knowing I can accomplish anything I set my mind on if I can do this. I thrive on the challenges of education and knowledge. Drexel has provided me with both. I look forward to the future challenges and opportunities I face in my pursuit of my goal.

KRISTEN

I will be the first in my family to earn a college degree and that has now become my purpose in life, to help benefit another's life through teaching. I now understand now the benefits of attending college. The dedication, self-discipline and responsibility that each one of us has to make our mark in this beautiful world of ours. I did not attend school, particulary high school, very often. I want to stress to our younger generation, that attending school and applying yourself, is the greatest gift you can give to yourself. It's never too late to become what you dream and live the dream. Anyone who says that you cannot be what you strive to be obviously does not know the power of determination and dedication. My experience in attending college has not only increased my thirst for knowledge, but has also strengthened my self confidence, through the many advisors and administrators, that I can earn my degree and I will earn my degree. Plainly put, saying "no" to getting a college education is simply not an option. Feed your brain, it's hungry......for knowledge.

Catherine

Not only am I receiving an education in a field that can make a difference, I am learning about who I am and who I want to be as a person and member of society. College is a lot more than just grades and academic knowledge; it is about spreading your wings and becoming who you are going to be for the rest of your life. My experience at Drexel has taught me about who I want to be and shown me how I can get there, through personal relationships and career goals. Had I not attended school, I would not have exposed myself to the many experiences and opportunities that allowed me to gain these insights. My idea of the world and myself would be a lot more narrow.

Matthew

If I could go back in time and speak to myself as a high school senior, I would reassure myself that all would work out for the best. As a high school senior, I was anxious and unsure much of the year. Senior year was like a frenzy, consumed with so many applications, interviews, tests, questions and decisions, that I felt as if I had little control over my future. I wasn't peaceful during that year because there were uncertainties and twsits and turns that I never could have envisioned. But I could have told myself that somehow the right path would become clear. I needed to realize that I had tried my hardest in high school and I simply must have faith that good opportunities were coming my way and that I would be able to recognize and seize those choices. As a senior, my realization that all was not within my conrol made me feel a sense of panic. Over the past year, I've realized that no one has complete control--this is a fact of life. We must make the best choices where we can, but also accept and even enjoy uncertainties.

Ashleigh

If I could give myself advice, I would reccommend immediately getting involved in clubs and other activities and networking with everyone. Many schools have regular events and workshops that also help students make friends and get better aquainted with the University and I wish that I had jumped right in and taken advantage of them. I could have established a lot more contacts that would have especially been useful now that I am searching for a Co-op position. College and life after college is about who you know and how you can market yourself to other professional people in order to open more opportunities for yourself. Luckily, there are still many opportunities open to students on campus and I have been able to make up for lost time so to speak, but finding a job still would have been a lot easier had I already established the contacts.

Oren

Going back, one of the biggest things that I was concered about college was meeting new people and making friends. Knowing what I know now, I would not have waited almost a year to join my fraternity. High school students have misconceptions about Greek life, and those perceptions kept me from joining an organization that I have come to love. I have made many new friends not only through my fraternity but throughout all the school, because Greek students are part of just about every aspect of campus life. The one thing to beware of is time managment. All the crazy exciting things that happen at school can distract from the fact that you are actually there to learn and graduate. Get the senioritis out fast because the first couple years of school are the most important to your GPA. Living without Mom and Dad is awesome, but it is time to start being an adult and learning when it's play time or time to do work.

david

I should prepare myself better

Sunna

Knowing what I know now about college & making the transition, would be to follow your dreams & make the transition confidently knowing everything there is to know. When I entered college, I figured I'd eventualy figure everything out & all would work out perfectly. Now that I look back as a sophmore in college, I wish I had educated myself more about my major instead of going for what my parents want me to become, & secondly, learning more about different ways to pay for college. If only I had done things correctly the first time, my family & I would not be in the state of financial instability that we are in now, but you live & you learn. I know now what mistakes NOT to make & how to do things CORRECTLY when I help my younger siblings as they apply for colleges & financial aid. Being the first in the family to attend college, I didn't have anyone to help me & therefore my advice to myself would have been to educate myself on the most beneficial ways of transition into college, & when it comes to choosing majors, be smart and make the best decision for YOURSELF.

Francesca

If I could go back in time and speak tomyself as a senior, I would tell myself to lighten up and make lots of new friends at the beginning of the year because that really is the only chance you get to make connections with peple before everyone branches off into their own groups. I would tell myself to not be nervous because it is really laid back and easy to be alone in a new city. Although scary at times, do not let opportunities go by. Also, I wish I would have told myself to not get caught up in peer pressure and always stick to my morals beause the first week of college is very intimadating and nerve racking, yet it is never good o just go along with whatpeople say if you are not comfortable with it.

Brendan

My conversation to myself is like this. Take more honor courses. Feel that you have pushed yourself harder than you thought possible. Don?t hold back, not wanting to be overwhelmed. Enjoy the many clubs offered in high school. Keep that great sense of adventure that you have. Continue to expand and grew as a person. Put yourself out there. Most of all enjoy the road and all its experiences on the way. The love for your friends and family will carry you through the rough spots.

Amy

First, I would encourage myself to apply for college immediately after high school. Because, I didn't have much encouragement at home, I never applied myself and am now back in school to complete my education. Achieving a college education is an amazing way to grow, to learn and to secure a brighter and more stable future. High school graduates enter the world with the opinion of of life just beginning which is correct! Indeed, I would have advised myself to take that idea and use it to fuel my ambition in becoming something great. The transition from high school to college is an amazing transformaiton that enables a student to grow and be exposed to many resources that repeatedly encourage positive thinking. For an example, getting involved with student organizations, attending sports games to support school spirit, creating study groups that hopefully result in new friendships and using all the resources that a college/university has to offer. This will ensure a promising future in any path a student chooses. In short, I would say STAY IN SCHOOL and continue growing and learning to provide yourself a bright future that will bring all your dreams and desires to fruition.

Elizabeth

I would say to really think about what effect this decision will have on your future, and to take it very seriously. I wish I had learned more about my school and really been more focused on my decision. Think about how your life will be at this school and even make a pros and cons list. Listen to what the students at this school are saying about it because they are living it and they have the experience. Keep a folder with information from all the schools you visit and look into and when it comes to making a decision think about what aspects are most valuable to you. Whether it be sports, academics, social life, finances or anything else. It's hard to realize how big of a decision choosing a college really is when you are in high school but once you get to college you may have made the wrong choice. That's why i think it's important to be focused on this decision and take it very seriously. I wish I had thought more about my decision and listened to myself and my instincts. In the end you want to be happy at school.

Kristina

When I was in high school, I did not think too much about financial aid. Drexel University is a very expensive school. It is difficult because I need to work really hard in school, but I also need to work to pay for it. In high school, after I got accepted to Drexel, I was blinded by the beauty of the university. I wish I could tell myself then that I would not be able to afford it. I thought I could always get a loan to help me pay for school. It was very naive and ignorant of me. I could not get an eligible co-signer to get the loan. I love Drexel University: the atmosphere, my classes, and my fellow classmates. However, if I could tell myself to look into more options concerning the tuition of a school and financial aid, I would. I feel like that is the most important subject concerning college. A high school student needs to know that it is not that simple to pay for college anymore. Although, there are many scholarships available, there are also just as many people fighting for it.

Cheri

As a high school senior I would definitely emphasize how important applying for scholarships are. Even one scholarships can make a difference between going to school and not going to school. I would utilize my teachers to assist me with letters of recommendation and college essays for competitions. This biggest piece of advice for myself personally would be that grades matter and you can never quit working hard; hard work paysoff. Those excellent grades will have help me get into and pay for school instead of being in debt now. I would study every night in high school and in college because after a lecture in class, studying the provided information allows you to learn and retain the information, instead of cramming later just to get through the test. If you have questions or do not understand something, ask. I would definitely attend orientation and arrange to stay on campus to get a true feel of the environment, dorms, and college life itself. This would truly help me see the real picture. I would find out if there is a tour and take one; having a visual, hands on type experience will allow me to pack and prepare for moving.

Donald

Knowing what I know now, I would have chosen a public univeristy with more affordable tuition that also had a cooperative internship program. For example, Akron University or the University of Cincinnati would perhaps have been better choices for me. With the economy in this condition, the value of a $30,000 or more per year education has been devalued in terms of finding a position after graduation that makes it possible to afford the student loans tied with such education. Also, after having spent the past five years in downtown Philadelphia, I would have preferred to attend a school outside of the city. It was difficult to justify having a car on campus due to crime and general wear and tear on a vehicle, and with Drexel's distance from a grocery store and other ammenities life became somewhat difficult for me there. All of these things were difficult to see prior to attending the school, and overall my experience was positive. Needless to say, I learned a lot about myself in the time that I spent there and at the end of the day I got that degree which will ultimately find me the job I want.

laura

I think about this now, and how I wish I could go back in time to tell myself how important it is to have good grades. To say that not everything is about friends and fun. That I should take the couple extra hours to just finish my homework each week because in the end it will be for the better. Taking care of myself should be my number one priority when it comes to my schooling and career. those friends in high school won't always be there in the end so taking care of myself is most important.

Charmaine

To stay focused and organized and never give up.

Laurie

1. Do more research on career outlooks/projections when deciding on a major. Use sites such as the Bureau of Labor and Statistics and job search engines to aide in your research. 2. Before choosing a major, try to visit someone in that field to see what their job entails, and get their opinion on the pros and cons of their profession. 3. Visit your school counselor to see if he/she can give you any career tests, so you can see what professions are recommended to you based off of the exam results.

matt

Make sure to absolutely to try and go and visit campus of any school you are applying to. I applied to many schools outside of my scope of travel and had to go on pictures from the internet. Also take into great consideration of how far you want to be from home because you will want to go see old freinds and travel home every now and then. I also reccomend to do a 180 turn from your usual environment. I'm from a rural area and love Philly now.

Betsy

I would first tell myself, "Get a daily planner." Starting college this year I realized that college was definately about time management. The first couple weeks without my planner, I was a complete mess. Next, I would tell myself that it is crucial to keep my grades high to build a strong grade point average because college was indeed a call to reality in becoming an adult. I would probably tell myself to dorm instead of commute because you can become more involved around the campus and have more time to study with groups of friends or even a reliable tutor. It would probably have been wise if someone told me to search for the textbooks I would need for each class and try and find them online cheaper before my classes started. I would tell myself to try a variety of classes including hybrid classes that can help me to become familar with graduate courses that are mostly online. College is an experience that a person has to "try on" and become comfortable with. If I could go back and tell myself everything that I stated above, it would be easier, but that is all part of the experience.

Jenn

I would tell myself to not go to school for what I'm necessarily "good" at, but for my passion. Also, not to worry about 2 or 4 years, because I'll do just fine and take right to college life.

jonathan

Transitioning into college is a very memorable and exciting experience that every student should embrace. The memories and experiences that I?ve learned during the freshman year of college have shaped the way I look into the future. There are a few things that could have been improved on. If I were able to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, there would be a few pieces of advice I?d give myself. First of all, I?d tell myself not to stress about classes too much. I found myself in the first few months to be stressing unnecessarily over things that I could not control. There was a need to get good grades but in order to do that I had to adjust and learn the material in a way that I could retain it. The common stresses of how I?m going to pay for college was something I needed to get over quickly and forget about in order to do well as a student. College is another frontier in a voyage to becoming an adult and to take it on like every other challenge that has been confronted.

Kemon

If I could go back in time, to when I was a senior, I would tell myself to shy away from relying on my teachers to teach me everything I need to know and inform myself that when you reach this level of academics noone is going to hold your hand and walk you through the process. You are going to have to learn somewhat more than what you learned in high school, but, you are going to have to teach yourself tremendously a lot more than you have in your entire life. I would enlighten myself not to take anything for granted. Every test, quiz, and homework assignment is vital to your education, academic standing, and development as a student and as a professional. I would also inform myself that it is critical that during the summer vacation after senior year that I should get involved in some sort of transition program or at least find time to study, because everything you learn when you first get to college relies heavily on what you were able to carry over from high school. Lastly, I would tell myself not to worry and that I am capable of anything I wish.

Jessica

As a sophomore in college, I am overwhelmed with all the options I have for careers upon graduation. My major, Entertainment and Arts Management, is extremely flexible, and supplies me with an unlimited amount of job positions and mediums in which to work, and it is discouraging not to have the time to test-drive or learn about them all. As a senior in high school, I thought I wanted to do something in the film industry. I wish that I had done some research and prepared myself for the multitude of choices I am now faced with, both in the film industry and beyond. I focused all my energy on a single trade, when I should have been opening my eyes to the rest of the clubs and activities my high school had to offer. I would have been more knowledgeable and well rounded upon entering college, and I would have had a head start in gaining hands-on experience with some of the wonderful choices of careers my major presents.

Casey

Note to Self I would just like to say that the biggest thing I wish I had known about coming to college is that YOU ARE STILL THE SAME PERSON, just in a different setting. Of course, change is inevitable, but it is also gradual. For some reason, I was under the illusion that starting school at Drexel would mean an instantaneous upgrade to my cultured, more mature future-self. This is, of course, completely false. One of the greatest parts about college for me is that I can feel myself learning and growing into the person I would like to become. Thank goodness it didn?t just happen overnight- that would have been no fun at all! Before coming to college, I felt this cumbersome sense of responsibility to adopt an entirely new persona and leave all my faults behind. Little did I know some flaws stick around for a reason; they make us who we are. A simple piece of advice for senior-me about to transition into the college world: Take a breath!

Alicia

By senior year of highschool, i had it set in my mind that I wanted to attend Temple U.. because my favorite teacher, and one of my most influential teachers, had gone there. I wasn't sure at the time what major I wanted to enroll in so I started with communications and decided I would work from there. I've changed schools and majors 3 times and am finally where I want to be. If I could go back and speak to my high school senior self, I would say that you are your own person. People can influence you, but you can't follow their every footstep because of that. You have to take what they taught you and figure out what YOU want out of life. I would also tell myself that it's okay if byou change schools multiple times, take as any chances as needed to get to where you want to be. It will all be worth it in the long run -even if it takes 6 years to get a BSN.

Kayleigh

I would tell myself to buy energy drinks and start reading. I would also recommend perfecting time management skills before coming to college, because when you get here there is no room for procrastination or slacking off.

Kruti

Don?t be scared of uncertainty. Things will work out for the best. Don?t stress over ever little detail. It is just a wait time. Focus more on the things that are important to you. College is where you learn many valuable life lessons that will make you a better person. You will be able gain skills that you never imaged to have. You will meet people that will make an impression on your life. Embrace every moment; they fly by before you know it.

dede

I would advice myself to be over prepared for college by taking some college courses during my senior year in high school.

Todd

I would tell myself to be more responsible in my choices and more focused on my school work. Throughout high school, I took the lazy approach and did just what I needed to to get by. I realize now, that that approach didn't really help me prepare myself for college life. I wish I would have been more finan cially responsible growing up, so I would be able to focus more on my studies now instead of having to work fulltime to support myself. I wish I would have tried harder in high school, so when I revisit certain ideas and concepts now, I would understand them right away rather than having to relearn them. My family, and teachers prepared me right, I just never prepared myself.

Monica

If I could go back in time to when I was a high school senior, I would advise myself about time management. College studies are much more productive with time management. Proper time management allows students the ability to gain the most knowledge from classes taken. It decreases undue stress so that the student is better prepared to focus on classes and the learning progess.

Amanda

I would tell myself that the most important thing you can do is not procrastinate. You have to study and manage your time. You also need to be very self disciplined. Some of the courses you took as a high school senior were there to get you ready for college. Make sure that you manage your time wisely and work hard towards your ambitions.

Erin

I would explain the importance of attending a school that facilitates the job search process. Through the co-op program here at Drexel University, students are given first hand experience in a real work setting and can explore their likes and dislikes. I would tell myself to join any and all organizations on campus that are of interest to me, and eventually take on leadership roles within them. It's important to experience responsibility within an organization when applying for jobs and also just for life in general. I would advise myself to begin researching jobs that spark my interest and ultimately steer my education in that direction. Rather than experiencing college as a succession of haphazard trials and errors, it's far more beneficial to go into a major knowing full well you are passionate about the material. I would also tell myself to take risks when it comes to registering for courses, making new and lasting relationships, and exploring the cultural offerings of the city.

Steve

Don't go to Drexel. Go to Rutgers with your friends.

David

Dear David, Make the most of your senior year at high school. There is a great big world out there and it will take a lot of hard work and determination to get the most out of life. Do your best, don't be shy, and ask for help when you need it. You will come to find this out in your own time. So for now, relax and enjoy your senior year.

Eric

The first thing I would tell myself is "Keep your dorm door open!" When I started doing this in my third year in the dorms, I met an incredible amount of people that are still my friends. People see this as an invitation to come in and hang out, so you should definitely offer this opportunity to them and to yourself. The second thing I would tell myself is to remember that you're attending this school to learn and grow as a human, and to take every opportunity that presents itself to get out and explore the area and to meet as many people as you can because you never know who is going to be a life-long friend or colleague.

rebecca

I would tell myself that the deicsions made in the first year are just as important as the following three years. I would tell myself that the expectations have risen in the degree in which professors are looking for depth in the written work and the visual. I would recommand coming to the city and exploring before school started in order to get accustomed to a new surronding and new freedom away from home.

Joshua

Get involved ASAP. Use the resources the college provides and don't be afraid to ask your professors for help not only in that class or even for other classes but use them as a resource for anything that you might need them for; career advice, guidence for entrepreneurial ventures, extra cirricular ativities, anything. Make and effort to meet an befriend as many people as possible to expand your social network.

Justine

I would advise myself to just learn how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Be responsible, healthy, and happy...and don't procrastinate! I would tell myself to look for a good balance in life of work and play.

Daniel

Keep working hard, don't get arogent and expect everything to go smoothly just because of how easy the first term is, keep pushing and striving to be better.

katie

?I don?t understand why I continue to fail these tests! I study so hard.? I repeated this thought many times during my college freshman year. Within a year, I realized I was not ?studying,? I was ?memorizing? my course materials. Had I never learned meaningful study and research skills as a high school student? No. Rather, the educators did not truly teach these skills. If I could return to my high school years, I would advise myself, and others, to develop these meaningful skills. Stephen Covey introduced ?The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.? One of those habits is to ?begin with the end in mind.? One should create a mental plan before implementing the plan; the plan in high school should be developed around success during college as opposed to success at getting into college. The ?end? in the minds of my high school teachers was ensuring that we graduated with ?winning? grade point averages and SAT scores, thereby gaining acceptance into college. My final advice would be to challenge teachers by asking them to teach study skills that they practiced in college; ask them what skills made them successful college students. Then, plan accordingly!

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