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


The biggest thing I would stress to my high school self is that you need to be true to who you are. People who question your actions are mainly curious, and in college none of that matters anyway. You can be anyone or anything. Do not let other people decide what you want. You have a voice and you need to use it. It is important to care what image you give off, but do not be afraid of being labeled "weird" or a "goody-two-shows." Mostly though, make sure that you are happy. If you are not doing what you love, then what is the point? There is not a point. Do the things you love and you will be happy.


Go to a state school and do not major in Liberal Arts


I would tell myself to choose based on courses offered in a program and cost of the institution. Do research into the school and possible careers and do not choose a program that has class sizes of 100 as the norm. Medicine is not something I expected to enjoy as much as I do, so I would tell myself to go for the Bachelors degree, and not the Associates that I chose to do complete first. Get ahead in the process so years aren't wasted working and putting myself through school at the same time. Take advantage of moving away! It is much easier to get room and board in the form of financial aid than it is to move away with car and rent payments. Look for scholarships online. These are also easier to find when in school full time rather than part time. Take as many courses at the community college as possible. This will save thousand is students loans. And finally stay under dads health insurance as long as possible. These costs are the reason I work and attend school full time, rather than paying triple the price when working part time.


I would tell myself to pay more attention to life and to the challenges that come up. Not everyone that you meet and seems nice wants to be your friend. Also do not give everyone who wants to be your friend trust, because if they turn against you, it will hurt you the most. Learn to forgive others better ASAP because you will encounter pain and hurt. Try and have more remorse for your actions, and most importantly, think before you speak. Continue to being open in life and accepting of others and their differences. When it comes to life situations, never say never because incidents will change your views on life. Be prepared to change as a person and experience self-doubts.


Make sure you really take the time to get to know yourself and pick your college based off those things; don't go to school somewhere just because it is cool, exciting, and adventurous. Be sure that you are picking a school that will provide an environment comfortable to you where you can learn, grow, and make friends.


I know you can’t wait to finish high school, but savor the time- this year will provide you with some of the best memories of your life! And if you think high school ended up being great despite your fears and insecurities, just wait until you get to college! You will learn so much about the world and amazingly, about yourself: thoughts, feelings, interests, abilities and opinions you never thought you had! Your ideas will matter, and you’ll discover your strengths. You will also meet people whom you will truly have a lot in common with. People you will have amazing conversations with, who will appreciate your point of you, but show you alternative perspectives that will amaze you. Listen to them, even when you disagree with them- some will become your greatest friends! Don’t be shy! Take part in everything that you are interested in- make this time about you. Try things you know nothing about, or scared that you may not be good at- they may turn out to be just fun memories, but they may become your passion. And don’t hold back! Always be yourself, and enjoy being accepted for who you are!


I would tell myself not to be afraid to make new friends and be open. In highschool, I was very shy, and the more I open up in college, the more I enjoy the whole experience.


I would tell myself to take college more seriously at first, not wait until I "grew up" more to really appreciate my education. I'd also tell myself to allow change -- I have changed so much since I began college. Changes such as maturing, having stronger opinions and becomming more of my own person as opposed to adopting my parents' views when I was younger. I would also tell myself to be open-minded and to take advantage of every opportunity and to not let fear get in the way. I want to experience everything I possibly can while I have the chance. For example, my freshman year, I went on a trip to Alaska through my college; experiences like that are once in a lifetime. I would also tell myself to think hard about who I am and who I want to be. College is a time to figure these things out but you also have to know who you want to be or you will be too easily influenced by the people around you. Stand firm to who you are, no matter what.


I would tell a younger self to watch out because people are going to walk over you by accident because we’re short and that we need to have a “Hakuna Matata” outlook on life because of that. Be the best you can be and don’t allow yourself to get scared of anyone or anything. When the raging bull of life comes out you take it by the horns and tip it like a bovine it is. As long as you can follow these ideals everything will be smooth sailing.


I have learned so many things about my high school experience that I wish I could do over. If I were to pick only one, however, I would want to tell my high school self to start good study habits early. I did not realize that the habits I formed in high school would absolutely affect the way I study and do homework in college. While in high school, I focused more on getting the task done rather than absorbing the information. I wish I had learned how to study well and learn much because the human brain is an amazing organ. The human brain can obtain so much more useful knowledge than many people allow it to absorb. I wish I had taken in much more of the information that was presented to me. High school is such a unique time of life to enjoy and to learn as much as one possibly can in that concentrated four years of his life. It is worth every minute.


Geneva College has fostered in me a deep care for my community, for my peers and teachers, and for myself. I often say that college has been the most exciting time of my life; this is because I have been able, with the help of my professors, to seriously delve into the academic subjects that I am interested in. The teachers at Geneva have also been great mentors, helping me through personal problems, and taking a particular interest in my school work. I have been involved at Geneva by being a teachers assistant, by running the school's writing center, and participating as the assistant editor of the on-campus literary magazine. These experiences have given me a new outlook on how to interact with my peers, and encouraged my academic faithfulness. Overall, Geneva has helped me grow intellectually in these ways, but college has also heightened my awareness of contemporary social issues and encouraged me to be more involved in my community as a culpable agent. I have been challenged to make decisions and to support them with facts, to assess situations, and to understand what fundamentally contributes to the processing of ideas: a person's worldview.


I appreciate my college experience because it gave me a broader understanding of the world. The humanities courses and political science courses were especially informative, giving me the context for the stories I read in the newspaper, and understanding people from different cultural backgrounds. I remember studying the Hagia Sophia for instance and marvelling at its prominence in the ancient Christian world. I thought it was so exotic and unreachable at the time. Seeing the Hagia Sophia myself in Turkey recently was a completion of the circle that was begun at Geneva. I enjoyed the humanities courses because they combined the writings, artwork, architecture, and political situation in one course, so that you really could understand what the different people groups were thinking in history. It was mind blowing.


I am attending Washtenaw Community college and hope to complete a business degree through the articulation program with Eastern Michigan University. I recently completed my first semester of college with a 4.0 grade point average. My college experience and been very rewarding thus far because not only have I expanded my knowledge base, but my experience has influenced me to become a more confident person overall. My original goal was to obtain an associate degree, but attending school for just this short time has been so empowering that I am now aiming toward a bachelor degree. I am currently employed full time and have found that the writing skills and business knowledge acquired in the fall semester has aided me in becoming a leader in my workplace. I hope to obtain a business degree in order to find a rewarding career in health administration and set a valuable example for my niece and nephews. I am proud to say that I have been very successful so far and would appreciate help to continue on the path to completing my goal.


My college experience so far has been a very rewarding experience. College has taught me how to have a strong work ethic and to push myself like I never knew i could. My friends are a major part of my experience here and they help me to strive and excel at my major each day. They push me to be a better student and a better person. I am gaining friendships here that will last a lifetime. This school helps me learn more about my religion and ways that I can minister to others through words and actions. The teachers here are very personable and they want me to succeed in life. I could have chosen a different path for myself, but I glad that I am on this one. Overall, my college experience has been a rewarding one that I will never regret.


Geneva College has changed my life in an extremely positive way. Not only have I grown spiritually but I have acquired lifelong friends and have learned how my future career is truly a calling. I am anxious to take the skills that I have been developing here at Geneva, into the real world. I will never regret making the decision to attend Geneva because I know that the Lord has placed me here for a specific reason. My professors have been huge encouragements in my life and I know that I am so thankful that for the ways through which they have impacted me. I really love Geneva College and all that is has to offer.


My college experience would be "never take anything for granted" if you want something you need to work really hard to achieve nothing comes easy. Hard work always pays off in the end. The thing I value the most is my main goal which is to graduate from this university and go off to Law school.


A lot of broadening in my knowledge and general core classes. Lots of extracurricular activites.


I would start saving up money. When you make the first tuition payment you learn just how quickly your savings account can be drained. I didn't have a full-time job until after I graduated from college and I really wish that I had started working sooner. Also, I would try to save money in other ways by not going out to eat or going shopping as much. The money I could have saved by doing these things really could make a difference now.


If I could talk to myself as a high school senior, I would spend more time talking about my attitude towards college instead of giving advice as to what college I should attend. I would say that college isn't just about developing skills towards a career, but about learning who you are and what you want out of life. If you have a good attitude about the time you'll spend in college, you're not going to second-guess your choice of what college to attend, you're not going to grow apathetic about coursework, and you're not going to take friendships for granted. Maintaining a positive outlook on whatever situation you're in during your college career will not only help you have a memorable and valuable college experience, but also prepare you with important lifestyle habits that will impact both your career and life after college.


Keep your mind focused on the goal. Don't stray from the path you know God has laid out before you. No matter how good the things on the side of the road look, keep looking straight and don't get off target. Also, take Communication Disorders more seriously; it actually is somewhat interesting and important when you take Psychology later. Don't take Astronomy at 8:00 AM. Lastly, have more fun with all those cheesy "Introduce Yourself" speeches you had to do within the first couple weeks of your freshman year. Harness that God-given ability you have to make people laugh. Soli Deo Gloria.


I would say that make sure you know what you want to do in the future and make sure you choice a good academic college. I would tell them to make sure they take college seriously and there is always time for fun.


Go to a big school.


Calm down. Everything is so new and exciting and yet scary; great things are to come. All the figuring out friendships and emotions about leaving the family during hard times- it will soon be over. God will take care of your mom and true friendships will be easy to see in no time. It seems like the smallest thing is the end of the world but it's not. So go into the transition strong, curious, and hummle. Keep focused on school work. I know all the free time and cool things to do with friends is great, but make sure you give 100{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c} at school first, then play. Keep things organized. Losing papers never ends well. And most importantly rely on God. Continue to read your Bible. Going to a Christian school is no exuse to drop the ball on your relationship with God. Let your teachers and friends be encouragers with your faith. Be strong in Christ. There's no better way.


I think its best to chose i college that is not too far, but not too close to home. This makes things easier and a better support system. Dont limit yourself to old friends, make new ones and live it up!


I believe that you should always have an open mind during your college search and freshman year experience. Open mindenss allows students to be able to experience everything these experiences want you to experience. Every school is different and constantly comparing each and every detail of the schools can cause you to want to combine all of these schools to form the perfect school. Also freshman year is a very crazy time. These exeperiences are new, scary, and often cause people to want to hide. Hiding during these experiences will only allow you to not enjoy them and eventually regret the way you acted. I also would advise students to stay at school as much as they can and parents should encourage their child to stay as well. I go to school 20 minutes away and was always home. I continued to make commintments that I did in high school and I never really got to stay away from home for weeks at a time. Now, as I begin my sophmore year, I regret this decision to constantly go home and I am planning on trying to spend as much time as possible at school this up coming fall.


I would reccommend that students consider and visit many schools in different locations, sizes, and settings. Students should also really considering going undecided at the beginning with their major. So many students switch their major multiple times. I think it would have helped them out tremendously if they had taken general classes and a class in an area of interest rather than declaring a major and then deciding to switch. Also I would encourage students to get involved in school activites and groups, beocme active, and stay involved. Especially on smaller campuses students tend to complain of being bored, well, school is what you make of it! There are always things to do, you just have to make an effort to do it! I would also reccomend that students who live near their school stay on campus for the majority of the time during first semester they are there because they will feel more connected with the college community and be able to make friends easier. On the weekends students are relaxing and taking a break from work, this is the time they really hang out and bond with each other.


I would definitely say do not settle for something you don't want. For example, find out about religious affiliations, etc. and know what people's general attitudes are toward new ideas or people who are not exactly like themselves.


My advice is this: Envision yourself or your son or daughter on a campus. Think about the community that you want yourself or your child to be involved in. I believe that community plays a huge role in college and personal preference is a must when considering various options. A larger campus is going to provide more faces, larger classrooms, more activites - school and non-school related. A smaller campus is going to provide a tighter group of people in a more community based setting. While colleges are diverse in their academic offerings as well as their rules and regulations, ultimately, college is designed to provide an education and life skills needed to advance in the future. Insititutions themselves are beneficial, but it my oppinion its the environment of the school that matters most. Choose a school that you will be comfortable in, one that won't cause you to feel lost or small. Choose a college where you will be able to grow as a person, not just academically. Ultimately, don't stress when choosing a college. Visit as many as you'd like, choose the one you feel most comfortable at - because that's where you will excel.


Choosing a college is too important of a decision to make from a catalog. Visit schools, talk to current students, eat the food, scope the average students. Do not simply consider the prestige of a school, but also how the students and professors interact; attending where the professors are willing to invest time in the students is crucial. Although this is a time to explore individuality, it is impossible to finish well without care from someone more experienced. In addition to the lifestyle of the students (i.e. drug and alcohol reputation), it is important to consider the surroundings of the campus. Opportunities to volunteer, get away from school, engage in cultural activities are important--attendance to classes is not the whole of the college experience. School spirit is also important perhaps because it is a reflection of the quality of education, but also it reflects how students are enjoying their time at the school they chose. In correlation, learning the transfer rate (students moving another school) demonstrates how successful the school is in maintaining quality education. To make the most out of college, explore the venues provided by school--don't leave as the same person you came as.


Spend time examining where you want to see yourself and who you want to see yourself with, then try and find those people at a school that fits into your price range. Schools can be nothing more than buildings and stuff professors, but it can also be the most exciting and engaging period in your life. Choose wisely, and love wherever you go, because you will make some of your best friends, and best memories, at College!


Don't let money always be the deciding factor; it can ruin a good opportunity when it comes along. Parents, it's your child's education, let them decide, and if they've made the wrong decision, they'll know. Be kind when they do realize it, and they'll thank you for it in the end. Students, give your new campus atleast a month, and sooner than that, and you'll regret leaving. Change sucks, and you may not have a lot of friends, but they'll come around. You may not be best friends right away, but you'll make those, too. Keep your head up, and focused on your studies at first, and when your social life picks up, you'll already be doing well in school, so your social life won't "interrupt". Good luck!


The "right" college is a place that you can imagine yourself as being there. Walk around those campuses that you visit and look to see who is there. Watch the people and how they interact. Watch the campus life as a whole and watch for things that impress you. Do not go into a college expecting to find certain things, but go in with a open mind and you will discover the college that will provide some of the best times of your life that you will rememebr years after graduating. The right collegeis a hard thing to find, but do not give up! The right college will be found. After getting into the college that is meant for you. Jion clubs, the senate, or other activies, Sports is an excellent way to meet some of your best friends. College is a experience that you will not forget so long as you get involved and make a difference in your school. Go in to freshmen year with the only thought that, "I am going to college, it will be a blast! I am going to have hard times, but I will learn some of the best lessons of my life!"


When you take tours of colleges, take the time to talk to actual students living on campus. Find out hot the student population feels about their school. Any administrator can tell you that their school is the best, but when the students have rave reviews, it means a lot more. Parents, don't push your kids to go to a college where they will be miserable. Atmosphere means more than you think, and traveling to visit colleges that are possibilities for your child is important.


Make sure that you know what is truly important to the school and that their priorities are your priorities. There are so many great schools out there, but that doesn't mean they are great for you. You want to choose a school that will challenge you, but also one that will help you along in the direction that you want to go.


Unless you have an actual career in mind to shoot for, something that you're really going to put effort into and make a serious lifelong goal, don't even bother. College is, to me, just a huge monthly bill that I only look back on fondly because of the friendships I gained (including my wife). If you are determined to go to college (hopefully with a specific purpose in mind), take every opportunity you can to enjoy time away from classwork with friends. These will probably be your friends for life. Cherish the times you have together while you have them, as you don't know if you'll be able to see them as often later in life. And if opportunities for internships and the like arise, TAKE THEM. Everyone wants experience these days, so you're going to need every bit of it you can get.


In order to find the right college, you need to get out and look at many different colleges. More than likely, the one that your parents went to will not be the right one for you, but you should look at it anyway because it might be a fit. When yoiu visit a college, talk to the students that go there. They will give you more acturate answers that the admissions counselors and will also help you determine how helpful and friendly students are at the college. Find a group of colleges that you like and apply to them; once you are accepted you can play them off each other to see which one offers you the best deal. For this to work though, you have to keep your options open and do not commit too early. Most importantly, keep a positive attitude to help you be more successful.


The strange thing about current college culture is how career focused the college decision has become. It has become not as much a learning experience, or a process of growth and maturation, but an investment, or a rite of passage for a credential obsessed society. However, as a recent graduate, I can assure you that a diploma is a worthless piece of paper if you are only using it as a ticket to employment. After all, it is, in fact, a lie that mere money can buy you happiness. You must consider, especially for such a grand commitment of time and money, not just the financial payoff, but the personal payoff as well. So, in choosing a college, I would strongly advise not looking for the most lucrative option, but instead look for a community that you can commit to, and a program that will challenge you, and force you to grow . That way, when you graduate, hopefully you will have developed character and wisdom, and not just technical skill. This ability to respond appropriately to a multiplicity of situations and relationships has a much broader scope of application than a narrowly defined academic concentration.


Make a lot of College campus visits and spend the time with current students and faculty. They will give you a good idea of how it would feel to be a part of this institution. You don't have to apply to many schools; five is enough. When you're at school, get involved. Live on campus. Invite your neighbors over for tea. Keep your door open. Involving yourself and be in community with others. Talk about what you are learning. Do an internship. Find your priorities and make goals and have your College help you accomplish them.


Be open-minded and try to have a positive attitude when beginning school. In many instances, it's what you make of it, but sometimes even in spite of a bad attitude, you might be surprised at how quickly a good college can grow on you. When looking for a college, only apply to ones that you've visited and that you know something about. Check to make sure the schools have activities you enjoy and majors you're interested in. And above all, follow your gut instinct; choose a school that coincides with your personal values and you can't lose.


In order to find the college that fits you as a leaner, and as a individual, you must go beyond what you belive is your limits. that includes the parents. Sometimes parents need streched too. As a student you have one resposiblity, to commit yourself to having fun while learning. If you cant have fun while learning then why do you recite words from a book? Why spew pointless facts to recieive a grade on spewing facts? Integrate what you learn into your life, make it yours, incorporate it, challenge yourself to live to a higher standard then you think possible, make yourself your own measure of existence, not the lives of others. Most of all, enjoy this tiem in your life, I know that when i enter the field i am studying to go into, i will not have time to simply slow down and rememeber the good ole college days, make memories while your there not just good grades.


My advice to parents and students in the college application and selection process would be not to let any external aspect influence the decision too much. Many students apply to schools that they know will most likely accept them, instead of applying to a school that they might have to decline based on their financial situation. If I have learned anything about the application and selection process, it would have to be - go for whatever you love in life. Personal satisfaction is a feeling that cannot be matched and, I fear, that many students enter college with the outlook of simply making money, or doing the easy route. Life is too short to sell ourselves less than our complete potential. Once a students has started school, my advice would mirror that said above: Try new things, experience life to the fullest. College is probably one of the times in life where you learn the most about yourself. College will completely change your life, therefore, do not hold back in any sense; work very hard, make a lot of friends and learn as much about the world as you possibly can. And most importantly, fight and live for what you believe.


I would consider the gifts and talents of your child/self in considering a school and career. I think that students do better if they know what they want and why and have a passion for it. Skip a year before college rather than go and change you mind and waste time. Realize that even if you decide one thing and change your major or even your college that there is only a wasted class if you don't get a lot out of it. For finding the right college that depends on what you are looking for and how much money you can spend on it. I personally am paying for my own education and that weighed in on my choice.


Finding the right college is not always about making that one key decision that will effect your life forever. The right college involves finding yourself and being able to grow into that self through a series of decisions that you make everyday. One visit seems to be enough in order for some students, and their parents, to call a campus home. Others simply attend a school because of obligation or convenience. The realization revealed early on is that college is a journey that does involve taking what you thought was truth and either solidifying or melting it away. College could be illustrated as a marriage. It takes serious work and a dedication to both the committment that you have made to yourself and to the legacy of those before and those yet to come. College is not the end-all of life. It is merely a stepping stone, based on the decisions of the tiniest proportions, but of the utmost importance.


I would suggest that if you do not know what you want to major in pick the school that has the most options. It is hard to transfer after you have started and have made friends. Do not let the college that you choose limit your ability to succeed later in life. You should also pick a college that makes you feel comfortable though. Somewhere that you feel welcome will allow you to relax, focus, and not feel as homesick. When you have picked a college and start to go there, do as many of the freshman activities as you can. These are a great way to meet people and having friends is so important as you begin a new stage of your life. While academics are important make sure that you also are involved with other activities on campus as you continue school. It is easy to get caught up in the academics and miss out on the life experiences that college provides.


Choosing a college is one of the most important decisions a person can make. The school they pick will prepare them for their career and teach them important life lessons. I would advise students and their parents to be very selective regarding colleges. It's extremely important to keep all values in mind during the decision-making process. They would be wise to consider academic quality, student body size, social atmosphere, tuition costs, campus situation, variety of offered programs/majors, housing opportunities, religious affiliation, athletics and distance from home. When all of these are taken into account, they can then make a balanced choice and select the college that best fits their lifestyle and preferences. Once the student begins their academic career, they would do well to be proactive about participating in clubs and organizations that will benefit them socially and scholastically. They should not hesitate to take advantage of all the opportuinites presented to them. Most importantly though, the student must realize the fundamental purpose of college; and that is learning. Making a well-founded decision and seizing learning opportunites will place a student well on their way to getting the most out of the college experiance.


Honestly I wold say you should definately visit colleges, I believe that you can tell a lot about a school by visiting it. But I believe it's mostly what you make of your college experience.


God will put you where He wants you as far as your decision for college is concerned. And as for your college experience, it is what you make has nothing to do with the school and everything to do with you.


You need to make sure you find a college that fits your personality. Colleges come in all shapes and sizes, so it's not that hard to find just one that fits you. Don't settle for a school just because you can afford it and cannot afford your dream college. Take some risks and go to your dream school, no matter what. The college experience is not only about classes and studying. Get out of the library and out of your room and meet people. These are the people you'll be friends with for the rest of your life. The people at school will be the people you turn to when your happy and when you need advice, so make sure you have those people. Leaving home is rougher than you think, so make the most of your college experience and have fun. Get involved with things. It helps you figure out what you're really passionate about in life.


A scholorly Christian education is one of the few things in life that is worth the price tag.


Finding the right college can be exciting or boring, stressful or easy, and simple or complicated for you and for your student. It takes a lot of effort to find the perfect college for your student and have you be happy with their decision as well. I think that it is important for you and your student to visit the campuses of multiple colleges during their junior year, even if your student has their heart set on one place. By visiting the campus, they will be able to experience college life, see housing, and talk to some of the professors, and students of the college . This will help to either strengthen the desire for your student to attend the college they had their heart set on or change their minds to persue a different path. Encourage an overnight at the favorable colleges. Hopefully your student will find the college of their dreams and you will be pleased with the school they had choosen as well. You should be supportive in your student's decision and continue to show your support while they are away at school. It is important to check in on your student occassionally. Show them you care!