Florida Southern College Top Questions

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

Drew

I would advise parents to make sure they can pay for the college before they send their son or daughter to attend. It makes it a lot harder when the son or daughter has to transfer and leave friends behind because of finances. If a student has an idea of what they want to do, I would encourage them to find a school that specifically targets that field. Students who are easily distracted from school by social activities should consider going to a smaller school where there will be less distraction and more one on one time with professors. Speaking from my college experience so far, I would encourage incoming freshman to have fun and experience college life but to make sure that their academic success is their main priority. Incoming college students should know that success is up to them and they can lose their scholarship money by taking advantage of their new found freedom, or like a senior once told me, "hit the books and party after finals." Thank you for the opportunity to win ten thousand dollars, I need it to continue my studio art studies at the University of Florida.

Nadia

I did not visit the college I'm currently attending like my parents said I should. Why? Because honestly, it's like everything else in life. It's about taking chances. An adolescent should explore their choices and trust their opinions. Going on a tour through a college may or may not teach you much. Conversing with a handful of students with diverse ideas (biases) about the school may or may not change your mind about a school. It's about going there and having the experience. It's about trying new and safe things. There is no perfect college. However, one can take advantage of all the offers within the good colleges you've chosen. Try anything that interests you. With that said, do not go overboard. Try a handful of activities one semester and something else next semester, but keep an overall stable plan. Give yourself room outside of your focus studies to explore. My exploration showed me I was actually suited for another career. As said, it's about taking a chance and believing in yourself. Fear should help guide you, but it ought not to rule your life. College is just another step to ?life?.

Allison

Get involved!! Plan your classes out for the next couple of years so you can use all your electives the best way possible.

Gary

Visit the campus and talk to students that are already upper classmen to find out what thier actual experiences have been.

Alison

I firmly believe that the best advice for a college is to visit the college, talk to the current students, and then just go with your gut. Thinking about a college too analytically can lead you to a place that you really don't fit in, whereas your gut feeling will tell you if the college is the right place for you to learn, and more importantly live for the next four years. Remember that college is about community and fun, not just killing yourself over grades.

Folarin

An advice that I would give parent and/ or students about finding the right college and making the most of the college experience is to first know what one's career is, what one wants to do in life. When this is known it would be easy to know what college one wants to attend or pursue. Also to make sure that the college is accredited and then everything else is on the student personality and behavior.

Norlyne

I would tell them that before they make a choice on where to go the best thing to do is to actually visit the campus and even attend a class.

Kelsey

Start early and follow your gut. No matter where you end up, you can find happiness. Bloom where you are planted!!

leo

its a good school overall.

Emilia

To find the right college for you or your child make sure you look at every aspect of the school. Visiting the school, and receiving a tour can be very helpful. If your child does not know anyone attending the college make sure there are plenty of ways for them to make friends, and services to help them get through emotional times. As far as making the most of the college experience, do what you feel comfortable with, you should not feel pressured into anything. Do what makes you happy.

Aaron

Blah blah, nothing unique or origional, all cleche'

Justin

Get involved as soon as you get to school. Honestly, it's difficult choosing the right undergraduate institution, but as long as you make the most of your time their, and stay focused on what exactly it is that you want out of life, it doesn't make much difference in my opinion. Besides, if you plan on going to graduate school afterwards, you will at least have a better chance of getting into an institution renowned for whatever field it is that you are persuing. Communicate regularly with your undergraduate advisor and ask lots of questions.

Jared

Always take the time to look through many, many schools. Don't settle on the first school you come to, even if you think its perfect. There are always differences, and you may close yourself to them by going with the first option. But in the end, go with the place you think will make you happiest. Take the time to at least try some of the opportunities laid out by the school. Participate in any sort of volunteer work, or even school functions. It's always good to be involved. You'll meet new people, and you'll find yourself having fun. This can also lead to friends and connections that can last a lifetime. If you are unsure of what career you want, take the time (in the first year or so) to experiment and try courses in any subject/area you're interested in. Never settle for what others want from you, or where they think you should be. To truly discover yourself, you have to make your own decisions, your own mistakes, and your own corrections. Find what you're passionate about, and once you've found it, never let go. Never stop pursuing your dream.

Dane

Three advices from a college senior. Go into it to get something out of it! Your whole college experience is only worth what you put into it, and that doesn't mean book and tuition money. I'm referring to the satisfaction you get by overcoming being the "New" kid again. Realize that everyone is and has been the "New" kid. Introduce yourself and be "New" friends. Do "New" things. Experience "New" happenings. Embrace the "Newness" of college life. Be Social! Get Involved! Be a part of something! Join a club, sorority, fraternity, or volunteer organization. Start a band. College is a place of higher learning, but learning doesn't always have to happen in the classroom or study hall. Don't be afraid to mess up. Everyone does it, you will it again. Learn from it and grow. A professor of mine once told told me that you learn 90% more from your mistakes than from your successes. Thomas Edison allegedly said, ?I have not failed 1000 times. I have successfully discovered 1000 ways to NOT make a light bulb."

Jacob

Find the place for you, and go there no matter what.

nicole

Think about what kind of person you are and apply it to the colleges you are looking at. If you make friends easily and enjoy crowds, go to a larger school. If you like the feeling of a community, go to a school like Florida Southern. Once you get to college, remember that this is you one chance to do what college students do. Get out all of your crazy notions and ideas, and then get ready to go out into the real world. Class will prepare you to go into business, but it's the expierences that will prepare you for life on your own.

Brian

Visit the campus. Don't take the campus tour. Find someone on campus that you might know or someone who looks like someone you would hang out with and have them show you around. school's are a business and will lie to get you to buy into what they're doing. don't forget that.

Alicia

The advice I would give to students and parents looking for the right college is to first consider location. Family is the most important, and if they aren't close by it could be harder. (especially for out of state students) Also, consider the future. If you want a stellar job, you need to go to somewhere that has a good reputation of getting graduates jobs in their field. Never put a price tag on education. Never limit your schools becuase of religious view. Always be open for changes and the number one thing is to have fun with it; its not worth it to get stressed out.

Nicolas

go to class, dont skip

James

I recomend visiting several campuses. More specifily I recommend visitng diferent kinds of campuses like state schools and private schools, also a small campus and a large campus.

Daniel

Visit every prospective school and make sure its the right fit. Look at all the facilities, and see if you can talk with some of the students. If its possible stay the night and see how you really like it.

Emily

Choose what feels right. Don't take in consideration what anyone else thinks.

Shannon

Just make sure that you talk to other people besides the tour guide. You never get the true facts about the college from a tour guide because they tell you everything that is good and even some lies.

Brittany

Make the most of your college experience by doing everything you can and also manage your time wisely between school work and social activities.

Loriann

You should choose a school that not only suits you academically, but personally as well. Make sure you visit the college to obtain the full experience that the college catalogue doesn't give you.

Hannah

Find a school that you love. That way, even when you don't want to be in class you'll go because you want to stay at the school and make it worth while. Go to classes at the college before you go. A school where you don't feel as if you're learning will not keep your attention. Make sure that you get involved with people around campus or at least in the community. Not having enough to do drags people down and leads to unhappiness and the want to leave. Learn, stay social, take some classes you don't think you'll be so good at (I'm in Tennis...), take on new experiences, involve family, and don't forget to study!

Jessica

Let your kids pick a school on their own and live their own lives. If they go off to college by themselves and experience it for themselves it is more likely that they will become overall better people. Don't force them to stay close let them go off and experience new surroundings.

Kandi

Make sure that you tour and speak with faculty and current students when making your decision. Make sure you pick a college where you will feel at home and comfortable as well as one that has the right academic program for you.

Jay

Find out what you do not like first don't try and search for that perfect place right away. Chip away at the negatives you find in schools and then take all the positives and try to find an institution that best exemplifies what you are looking for.

Brittany

Make sure you look into every asepct of the college. For example, the class requirements, the social life, the extra curriculars, on and off campus job availability, how well the financial aid or business office will work with you and many other things as well. Those things are big important issues that they dont discuss with you at your orientation, or campus visit. Oh and make sure to have a campus visit before hand, maybe go twice, if possible, because everyone will tell you different things! and good luck!!

Paola

I believe that eductaion has no price, therefore the price of the college or university should never matter. Checking the finacial aid is a good idea but should never make the final decision. The programs that are offered shoul be the most important thing that should be thought about before the decision is made. After you know that the school options you are looking at offer the course of study you want to attend. Make sure you know whow many students atttend the school and how big some of your classes will be. In large universities a class can have hundreds of students. The location matters a lot because it will limit what you an do off campus and how many times you can visit family and friends back home. The best way to know if a school is right for you is to visit the school not over the summer but during the time when classes are going on and you can see the way things function on a day to day basis.

Katrina

When it comes to choosing the best college, look into the things that fit your lifestyle: If you prefer to be in a small group of friends, and seem to be more extroverted when around less people, then a small private college would be a better choice; the opposite goes for the independent student who finds themselves in larger groups. Going on tours of the colleges make a huge difference in your decision; just because you like some of it's qualities, the college's atmosphere can't be transferred on a piece of paper. If you'd like to make the most of your experience, then get involved on campus! You get the opportunity to meet more people, and to make long-lasting relationships with your fellow students and the staff as well. Take advantage of your resources, and prove to your professors that you care about your studies. If you show some initiative, then your professors will care about your needs. By creating these connections, you're creating a network for you to fall back on in your future successes!

Jason

Be sure to visit the schools of choice and have the admission schedule you for a class to see the size and type of learning involved. In addition, make sure to look at the required courses needed for your specific studies, and ensure that those classes are of interest. Another point - look at the alumni participation and career counseling office.

Christina

Find a college that makes you feel the most comfortable. If you know you want small classes, don't go to a huge state school. Find a college that is molded to cater to your interests. You also want to go somewhere that you will get a very good education. This degree will help shape the rest of your life. Once on campus, I would participate in activities and network with students. Getting involved is going to give you the most reward to your experience. Don't sweat the small things. Classes will be tough but you will survive. Things will happen that you don't want to happen or that you don't expect to happen, just roll with the punches and take everything one step at a time, one class at a time, one day at a time.

Seth

Go and visit the school a few times and talk with some of the teachers you think you will interact with most frequently, sometimes just the teachers will make the school worth going to.

Stephanie

When I was looking for colleges, I wanted to find one that fit my personality. I found Florida Southern and it amazed me how perfect it was. First, it had an amazing music program, which is what I am majoring in. Second, it was a christian based school, but it was not strict about religious views. Finally, it was the perfect distance from my house. I was just far enough away that I was able to be independant, but close enough that I could visit my family any time. These are obvioulsy not the circumstances for everyone, but it is important to look at location, activities and most importantly the faculty. When the people that work and teach at the school are genuinely kind, it becomes apparent that they want to help their students succeed in all of their goals. These points are very true about my school and I wouldn't change this view for anything.

Jennifer

I would let the parents know that this is their students decision on where they want to go. No matter the cost or how far away its their college experience and no matter what they are going to learn from this new experience. For new students I would advise them to live on campus their first year to meet new people and get the full college experience. Also to take advantage of the organizations on campus because this is a good way to meet new people. Furhtermore Professors are there to help you, they are not like your highschool teachers but they can be a very useful source to find out about internships and different classes to take.