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


Calm down. Once you get there you will love it and it will change your life for the better. Don't buy so much junk food and pizza. You paid for the meal plan so use it. You didn't need as much stuff for your dorm room that you thought you did. You should go with the bare minium and go to a local store if you need more. Join only a few clubs because you will be juggling too much if you don't cut down.


During my last year of high school, I worried so much about how difficult the college transition would be. I was constantly stressed about who I would room with, how I would make friends, and most importantly, what I would decide as my major. As a Harding student halfway through my freshman year, these anxieties seem so unimportant and unnecessary. If I could go back a year and simply tell myself not to be anxious about this monumental change in my life, I would have been much better off. I would tell myself that everything works out exactly as it is supposed to, and that change is not to be feared. Knowing what I know about my Harding experience and the wonderful memories I have made and will make, I would advise myself to enjoy every moment and worry about nothing.


As much as you dislike school now, do not give up on it. Do not find stupid excuses to quit going. It will be worth it and then you won't have to take 20+ year detour from your dream. At the same time, give it a chance and give your best effort as it will pay off in the end.


Dear High School Brittany, I am writing you this letter on behalf of all the experiences you have now had. You had absolutely nothing to worry about regarding your transition from homeschool to college. Your grades are superb, and your parents could not be more proud of you. I would suggest that you do not take any classes you do not find easy your first semester due to the amount of workload that you will endure; however, since I know you, I know that you will; I respect you for that. Please remember to call your mother at least twice a week--after all, she is sacrificing so much for you to be here. Also, even if you do not want to do it, get up and go to chapel everyday. Experiencing a sermon everyday of the week may sound tiring, but trust me when I say you will benefit from it more than you know. Remind yourself everyday of the goals that you have, and never stop working towards them. God loves you, your family loves you, and I love you. Keep your head up, beautiful, and enjoy the ride.


Get priorities straight


It’s perfectly acceptable to be exhausted and it’s perfectly acceptable to be stressed. Don’t let those things keep you from taking a chance or trying your hardest. It’s stressful to meet new people and make new friends but it’s worth it. Balancing multiple extracurriculars while keeping your grades up is going to leave you stressed and exhausted but it’ll be worth it in the end. Talk to that cute boy, try that new style out, put on makeup when you feel like it, let yourself have that bad hair day. Failing to be perfect doesn’t make you a failure it makes you human. Your life won’t end if you try to do too much and are forced to downsize after a little while. Try new things; Be fearless; You’ll thank me later.


I would tell myself, save your money becuase college is not cheap. Even the community colleges are expensive. And to understand that the placement test is NOT pass or fail. It tell's you where you sit classes wise. IF you need 101, 102 and so on. Not never sell myself short even though I do have a learning diability and are a slower learner, If I graduated from high school with a diploma, then I can do the same with college. Take my time and learn everything about the college and what they have to offer not just go in and think it will be easy to get in. You dont go in sign papers and your in. There's more to it. Placement test, finacial aid, tution cost, class scheduals, locations of where the classes take place, some colleges do not have the course on the campus you go to, its on a different location campus, understand college is not scary, it may seem like it, but its not. You need to be open minded about what the staff is saying, because they are there to help you and steer you in the right direction. So sign up.


Everyone here dresses nicely, don't slouche off and come in your sweats everyday, Look presentable and well kept. Don't be afraid Cheyann, everyone likes you. Your professors are here for you and so is your advisor. You are not going to be a social science major like you thought. You are now a Bible and ministry major. Congratulations. YOU CAN DO IT! -Apply for more scholarships though.


Having been here at college for almost two months now, I realize that there were some strong words of advice from some of my loved ones that I should have taken more seriously. My parents were constantly telling me to keep up with any and all scholarship opportunities and do everything I can to seek out people to help me find and apply for them. I just nodded my head and said okay, and while I did in fact get online a few times and enter a few drawing here and there, I did not take it as serious as I should have. I would definitely tell my high school self how important that really is and reassure myself that my parents were right. By warning myself of this, I know I would be living a more stress free life at this time.


If I could travel back in time as a High School senior, my advice to myself would be to plan out my college courses in advance for each semester attending. I was not aware when looking at the college catalog under the major I choose, there when many prerequisites to take prior to actually entering the program. After struggling several semesters and feeling lost. I realized it is my responsibility to take charge of my college experience. I took it upon myself to use the college website and map out using an Excel spread sheet, all the prerequisites that I must take in order to complete my degree in a timely manner. Once I completed the spread sheet, I then set up an appointment with an Advisor and went over my course requirements outline to make sure I was correct. Every semester I use the college website and make an appointment with an Advisor to ensure that no changes have been made to my program major and that I am on track to graduate as expected. It was not until then, I felt more comfortable achieving my dream of becoming a nurse.


If I could go back in time and give myself advice as a senior in high school, I would definitely tell myself to work at least three jobs, maybe four. Throughout high school, since I turned 16, I have been working as a sales associate. I believed I was a hard worker because I had a job, volunteered, helped with my family of eight, maintained Godteens (our Parish group), sang in a select choir, and kept my grades up. Was I an easy A+ student? No, I had to work hard and review more than my friends. If I could return as a senior in high school, I would beg myself to feel good enough, even if I wasn’t as smart, pretty, and confident as my fellow classmates. I honestly thought I was off to a great start, saving hard earned money and learning time management. While working two part time jobs helped with the monthly bills, community college tuition and books, and other payments, it still isn’t enough. It turns out the more you work, the less the government helps. Through the fears and joys of life, I remind myself daily that everything happens for a reason.


Dear High School Senior Version of Me, You’re about to start an awesome time in your life, but I have a few recommendations to keep your head on straight. First of all, just sign up for everything. Senior year has been exhausting, I know. But the people you meet and the opportunities you’ll have if you get active on campus immediately will be rewarding in so many ways. You can always drop in a campus activity at the end of the semester if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Next I’d recommend signing up for mostly general requirement classes because you still don’t know what you want to do. If you think you’re interested in a particular major, sign up for one or two classes to get to know the faculty in that department. They can help you figure out if it’s a good fit for you. Before you even get to campus, take the ACT or SAT as many times as possible. Academic scholarships will be worth it if you put in the initial effort. Last but not least, have some fun. Meet some great people. Learn something. Not necessarily in that order.


If I could go back in time, I would urge myself to take two degrees. I took one degree in Bible and Religion. I studied this topic because of passion; it was the subject about which I most wanted to learn. However, this degree offers limited job opportunities. It would be good to have a practical skill to fall back on. I wish I had taken another degree in a practical field, such as computer science. I would then find it easier to support my family during the lean times which would inevitably arise in life.


I would tell myself to take as many dual credit and AP classes as I possibly could because they save a lot of time and money. I would also tell myself to apply for as many scholarships as possible and to stress less about college choices and my future because you've got time to choose and it will all work out. But most of all I would encourage myself to continue to improve my work ethic and study skills. They are so much more important once you get to college and don't have teachers and parents checking in on you to make sure you do what you need to be doing. Becoming responsible now will save you a lot of stress and trouble later, so don't slack off!


I would consider taking even more college courses in high school. The preparation they provide are both valuable in terms of readiness as well as monetary. I would focus even more on my study habits and work habits in general as there is an additional level of discipline required to succeed in college. I would especially focus on the habit of reading and would read something evbery day even if not required. Last but not least I think I would have tried to research the social life of my cmapus and how I could be a part of those activities in advance to actually being in school. I amde some friends suring the summer programs and I had put more effort into those friendships.


I would give my self the advice to be more ready for the transition. Dont be scared to try new things or go and meet new people. You never know how many great people you will meet until you put your self out there. But most importantly dont be afraid to be you.


Prepare yourself for college. The classes are much harder. You will need to study a lot more than you do now. Do not wait untill the last minute to study. If you do this, you will not do well.


Aside from receiving a great education, college has provided me with a great community to be a part of. I have made friends that I will have for life, I have had experiences that I know I could never have anywhere else, I would not trade my college experience for anything. It's not like every day has been amazing but it has been a great experience.


I went to college in 2002 after High School but due to my immigration status at the time, (I had a Humanitarian Visa), my scholarship to the University of Minnesota fell through leaving me distraught and hopeless. I dropped out and worked as a Special Education Paraprofessional. Working as a Special Ed. Para, I was lucky to meet some phenomenal students who though born with disabilities, didn’t let those disabilities stop them from reaching their full potential. Their will to succeed made me realize that I needed to stop feeling sorry for myself and take control of my life. I also got my green card which now meant I could get financial aid. I registered back in school and use my passion for teaching to learn all that I can so I can become a Special Education teacher. Being in school has allowed me to not only learn but to also reach out and touch students lives in a way I would have never been able to, had I not gone back. School has given me a purpose and continues to motivate me to want to be the best that I can be for myself and for my students.


Going to Harding University has brought me much closer to God. Not growing up in a christian home I have learned a lot from the Bible classes, but really I've learned the most about God in the other classes I take because of the professors that always teach from a christian viewpoint. They are truely dedicated to seeing me succeed. I love my school, even if it is in the middle of nowhere Searcy, Arkansas. I am looking forward to my next two and a half years there. Next semester I am getting the opportunity to travel overseas, thanks to Harding's campus in Florence, Italy. I am excited to learn about the Italian culture and travel around Europe. I am thankful for this opportunity and do not plan on wasting it. Other than classes the most important thing Harding has prepared me for is to be a missionary. After graduation I know I will have more than enough contacts to help find a place for me to serve God. My goal is to someday own an orphanage in Africa.


My college experience taught me that learning takes place in many different ways. Much of the knowledge I gained in the classroom setting at Harding University has continued to serve me in my career as I have taught at every level of education. I was taught to seek and search for knowledge and find ways to apply the best parts. This prepared me to be a successful educator in a seemingly ever-changing environment. Also, the experiences outside of the classroom prepared me in more ways than I could have imagined. I gained valuable experience in treating individuals with respect and kindness. As I have worked in different places and interacted with many different types of people from different backgrounds, treating others with respect and kindness has been an essential to the success of the students. Being able to work together, regardless of differences, produces an environment in which our students can learn and thrive academically, socially, and spiritually.


I may have only been at college for a month, but I have chosen the best possible place to spend my next four years. Attending a Christian university is the most uplifting experience. Students here are constantly surrounded by positive attidude, wonderful people, and a beautiful campus. For me, college is more than getting a degree, its learning a new way of life; students have to make friends, keep themselves accountable without mom, and experience as much as can be squeezed in while you can. I have not only fallen to a great home bible study, but I have learned to respect my professors for their knowledge. I have developed not only a want, but a need to experience an abroad program and expand my views of other cultures, and also grown with my relationship with Christ. Harding has helped me realize that every decision we make effects our future. I look back at where I was a year ago and couldn't possibly imagine my life as it is now, but I am more than thankful that I have ended up where I am. I feel at home at Harding, and that is the greatest feeling in the world.


I have learned many valuable things not only about my chosen career path, but also about life. I feel like that when my time at Harding University is up, that I will be ready to move on and live my life to the fullest.




When I was in pre-school, they were preparing me for elementary school, elementary was preperation for middle school, middle school for high school, high school for college, and college for life. It is so easy to get "stuck" by going straight into the work force or going to a community college. It is rare to be handed good fortune and college is teaching me how to make my own good fortune. Yes, there will be obstacles but there has to be a long term goal that I am always working towards and short term goals that are more easily accomplished yet undeniably lead to my ultimate goal. College has taught me to never give up, even if I think that I have to with failing classes or issues in my personal life.l


I have learned so much about what it means to be an adult. College seems to be more about learning how to function and to work with peole than anything else. Of course you go to college to learn the academics, but the life lessons, the relationships, the experiences are what make college memorable. My life has been enriched with knowledge and understanding regarding my field of study. College has taught me to discipline myself. I don't think that you can limit your college choice based on the academic ranking of the school. It largely depends on the other students and professors. If you apply yourself, you will gain so much more than a good grade, you will make connections with people all over the world. The cost of tuition is worth these lessons.


I have gotten a lot out of my college experience thus far. I have found out that I can depend on myself when I can't always depend on others for help. I have also discovered how hard I can work and how well I can do when I really apply myself. When I was in high school, I didnt really care about school, I just skated by getting A's without really trying. Now I find myself having to apply myself more than I ever thought I could and it makes me proud of myself. I have learned that I am an A studant and that I have become a perfectionist when it comes to school. I think that these things are valuable to my future goals overall. I believe that college is a great thing to do for myself even though it is difficult because it is making me a stronger person. I am learning that I can stand on my own two feet and survive. I believe that attending college is making me a better worker which will in turn, guarantee me a better job than I would have gotten had I never had this experience.


Harding University has done an excellent job at helping me prepare for my future. It has helped me decided what my strengths and weaknesses are and has helped me use those to determine what career I want to work towards while I am in college. I have met so many amazing people here who share my common interests and goals and I feel like I am apart of a family here in college. I have learned how to be more independent and how to go to others when I need someone to lean on. I feel like I am actually learning relevant material in my classes and the faculty has been more than helpful in my education. I wouldn't trade my college experience for anything and I'm so glad I decided to come to the school that I did.


Attending College has made me grow a lot spiritually, academicly, and socially. I am the first in my family to attend college and I know very well how important a college education really is. My parents are now homeless and without a job in which if they had a degree I believe they would not be in the situation that they are now in. At Harding I have learned that I can succeed in life, but it is up to me to succeed. I am the one that has to reach up and hold on to the dreams and goals that I want to happen in the future. If I flunk out of college it is my fault I flunk out of college, and no one elses. I have learned the whole concept of friendship is service. I am here to serve my friends when they need help, and they are there to do the same for me. I have to say whether I allow myself to graduate or not I believe I already succeeded for I would not have learned these essential lesson if it were not that I have went to Harding University.


Don't worryso much! College is fun - get out there and make friends. The academic stuff is important, so don't neglect that, but it's the friends who will get you through the tough times. Use your time well; it's limited. When you say you're going to do something at a certain time, don't back out of that. If you do, you'll end up wasting time. Finally, get some sleep! It's better to miss out on a bit of studying than to be dead tired during a test. Good luck!


Start developing a good study habit and instead of having fun pay attention to Christ's leading in your life.


If I could go back in time to give my high school self advice about college, I would tell myself that grades are not everything, friendships are. All through high school, I was super focused on being the best in my class with the highest grades in every class. This mindset carried with me through my senior year to my first year of college. Needless to say, in high school and in the first year of college I was extremely stressed out. Throughout my next two years of college, I realized that grades are not everything. Although they are important and should be a main focus of college (I mean that is why I am in college, to learn), relationships/friendships/acquaintanceships should be the most important things. The friendships you build in college will be long lasting, even eternal, whereas grades will just give you a temporarily great GPA and help you find good jobs after graduation. After college, no one really cares what kinds of grades you had or if you made 95% on your final English exam. The friendships you develop, however, will carry with you wherever you go in life, even if you live worlds apart.


If i could go back into time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would deffently tell myself that Military was not the option. Start focusing more on school. That you have chance of changing the repetation of your last name. The ablity to make something of your life when others did not see possible. Do not worry about the social life or yet find a way now to find that balance between the social life and academics. There is so much potential in you in becoming a man. Find what you need for yourself and not worry so much on others or what others think of yourself. You will be accepted and teachers will want the best for you and your future. Keep strong in your faith for which sometimes when things go for what seems to be the worst, you WILL find that God will help you through. Remember that you have an oppunity to be somebody and something and it all starts at the next level. Its up to you to make the tough chocies which life brings onto you. Money will be a issue but you will find a way through. God Bless.


study harder and have fun


First and foremost I would tell myself that going away to college will not fix any problems that I may have encountered at home. Secondly, I would say that just because I am going to a Christian college does not mean that my spirituality will increase for just being there. I will still struggle as I did at home, but the environment will aid me in my quest of being a strong Christian young woman. Thirdly, I need to be respectful and loving to each of my new friends at college because these people will be there during some of the most important years I will ever experience. Focusing on friends is the most important thing, I shouldn't worry about any boyfriends or possible interests. There will come a time that the perfect man will come, but I cannot focus on that alone when I arrive in a new place; always put friendships first. Lastly, I need to show much more appreciation for my parents because they sacrificed so much for me to be at Harding. They deserve the utmost respect and love from me, especially since I am so far from them.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior there would be two pieces of advice I would give myself. The first piece of advice would be to have fun while in college but to also keep up the grades. College doesn't and shouldn't be all work and no fun. This is a pivotal time in life and to not use it to make friends, volunteer in bigger capacities and to grow on your own would be a great mistake and one that would not benefit you in the slightest. College is a time to discover who you really are and who you are to become. The second piece of advice I would give myself would be to stay organized. With all the chances you will have in college to be active and participate in social clubs, service clubs, bands, choir, and many other activities it is way to easy to neglect your school work. To avoid falling behind, staying organized is the best skill to have in your college life. These pieces of advice would benefit me greatly if I could share them with myself as a high school senior.


Transition from high school to college is a major step in your life and it comes with a lot of responsibiliy and maturity. Your finally going to be on your own without your parents being there during your every move. In college you have a lot of responsibility as a young adult. You have to manage your own time without others doing it for you. You have to learn how to balance your responsibilities and set priorities. There will also be times where you face ethical and moral decisions that you have never faced before. Some of these include peer pressure to doing things like underage drinking, smoking and sex. During this new experience your going to meet a lot of new people who could also dictate you as well. That's why its very important that you surround yourself with positive people who actually came to learn to get a higher education to better there lives. If you surround yourself with negative people, they're only going to hold you back from doing what you got to do and that's being succcessful. Overall, college is a lively experience that can be good or bad depending on yourself.


Going back in time I would tell myself that college was going to be much more difficult that I previously expected. I would want to become more involved my freshman year. I would also chose my roommate more wisely than preciously before because it ended up not working out well. I would have brought more blankets for my bed because the room is cold especially before the heat is turned on. I would also tell myself that the laundry services for the lower classemen was not like home. I would tell myself that what I excpect college to be was true. I would love it!


Make sure you stay focused and study hard. Be determined to get your degree on time, and not be lazy or see during class. The downside of that is you pay the school more money that we don't have as poor college kids to keep retaking two, three, or four times. Get involved with social clubs or school activities to keep you busy, rather than not dong anything when all your studying is done. Believe me keeping up with your grades and work will get you far. And thank you to our survey participants from schools across the nation.


Don't be afraid of change. If you let go of your high school life and don't dwell on it then you will be better off. This is a completely new part of your life and you can be whoever you want. Be ready to pay for an education, the real world is harsh. If you don't care to study for once then your professors won't care to fail you. It will be tough but I promise you will get so much out of the college life. They say that High School is the best years of your life, but they are wrong. Even though you are paying to go to classes you may not like, or could care less about, you will still have your new friends. Don't be scared to take on the world, because college is your world to take. COLLEGE is the best years of your life, and the things that you learn and take from it will prepare you for the rest of your life and propell you into your career.


If I could go back to my senior year in High School, I would have a serious talk with myself. First of all, I would say ?hey, you need to relax?. I don?t think I realized what a good student I was. I would not beat myself up as much, if I had it to do over. I would tell myself ?you are ready for this!?. All of my life, I have always had anxiety about every next stage. But, everything always turns out fine and I realize that I was worrying for nothing. College has been the same way. The transition to college life has been a very positive experience and I have found that I was prepared and the good habits I developed in high school have helped me be a success, so far, in college.


Hey girl! Life is not as serious as you think it is. Get out and socialize a little bit! You won't be sorry that you did, and you will be surprised at the people that you will meet. Life is full of things that you have been afraid to go out and experience. Go get it!


Maintaining your grades in high school is a big deal. Listen to your parents when they say, "Study hard, you'll thank me someday." Most of the things you tend to care about in high school don't really matter. The only thing that follows you into college is your grades, which help you get in, and your work ethic, which will help you stay in. Don't be affraid to be the book worm. Don't be the trouble maker, the disrepectful person, or the annoying person. Instead be the resposible person,the helpful person, the stuyer, and yes even the book worm if you want. Take all you can from high school, enjoy yourself, but remember it is simply a means to an end. If you are responsible and take advantage of things that are wholesome and pure, those things will bless your life. And after high school the flood gates will open to you and you will have options beyond anything you can imagine. You can have your pick. The choice will be yours, but you have to put in the work first. Make the very best of high school. you'll thank yourself later.


Pay attention to the adults who tell you grades are important because they are. Think about what career would really make you happy, what would you enjoy doing with your life. The sooner you know that the easier it is to choose classes that enhance your career objective. Don't get caught up in fun stuff to the exclusion of classwork/homework. Go to your classes and do your homework. Be prepared for class. It is easier to stay on top of the work than it is to try to catch-up later. Do visit the campus where you want to attend. Visit at different seasons to see if you will like the weather enough to get by or will you hate the rain/snow/cold/heat, etc. Go with a positive attitude and seek out friends who will help you meet your goals. Make this the best time of your life.


I would make sure to branch out from the begining and learn how to get more invloved. I would also break up with my high school boyfriend before I started college since he only held me back from my college experience.


RELAX! There are so many people to help you when you get there. Its a lot easier to make friends and meet new people than you think. You need to study more and actually show up to class, but don't worry about it too much, take time to have fun and enjoy college. It will be a very very fast two years! Don't forget to call home, but don't worry about it too much, if you are stuck thinking about home and friends from home you will miss out on a lot of fun at school. There is a lot to learn and it will be a great experience, just don't worry about anything!


I would give myself several pieces of advice. Firstly, I'd remind myself that college is NOT high school and that it takes hard work and dedication. Just paying attention in class won't cut it; making good grades involves note taking, studying and lots of focus. Next, I'd tell myself to make a degree plan. As soon as I knew what my major was going to be and what classes I needed, I'd say to make a degree plan and stick to it. Lastly, I'd tell myself that its a fresh start and that I shouldn't let my past bring me down. No one in college cares about what you did , who you were, what clothes you wore, etc. All they care about is who you are, at that very moment. College is your chance to change your path, if you so choose, so seize it. Other than that, I wouldn't say another word. Half of college is learning about yourself and how to make life decisions. What would I learn if I gave away all the secrets?


College is a lot of work and can be very hard and stressful at times, especially being a student athlete. Just keep your head up and keep going day after day. Somedays you will be so stressed and tired of it all that you will want to quit, but dont. Remember that you arent a quitter and that it will get better. It is all worth it in the end with all the fun times you have and the new friends you make that will last you a lifetime. There will times when all you do is study and thats all you feel like you have time for, but you always need to make time for your friends and a little bit of fun.


If I were given the opportunity to go back and give myself some advice, I would say to work harder at my studies and try harder to get good grades. I did not realize how important that was. Now i know how hard it will be to pay off student loans for college, even though it is totatlly worth it and very necessary. With the help of more scholarship money because of better grades, I would be a lot less stressed because of money. Also I would tell myself not to worry about all the little stuff that highschool kids worry about because now i realize that most of it is trivial and when I look back was not important. The last thing I would tell myself is to make sure and bond with my friends because they were great and I won't have the opportunity to see them as much in college and I truly miss them.


My senior year of highschool, the advice I would give myself is to strive for more and look toward the future. Many decisions made during my high school career were not always future bound. Staci - Push yourself academically and spiritually. Surround yourself with people who are a good influence on you and be a great influence to others as well. Do not just rely on yourself but lean on God. Ask others for help with academic situations. Study and learn with your peers as this will advance to build great friendships and relationships. Be there for your peers as they are for you. Do not let petty drama situations intrude with what is important. Save your money. It will be more valuable to you in the future when you have very little of it in college. College is a time of fun, hard work and can be of financial difficulty ,so be prepared. Being 10 hours away from home is tough, but this will give you a great opportunity to mature and make decisions for yourself. Think logically, take your time, save your money, ask for assitance, and most importantly, put the Lord first.