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


There are three pieces of advice I would give myself to help the transition from high school to college. First, find a happy medium between your social life and school work. Studying is import but spending time with your friends is necessary as well. Having lots of friends and going to parties is fun but too much partying and socializing can land you in the Dean's office due to poor grades. Second, time management is a crucial part of college and handling your newfound independence. This is especially important for student athletes who juggle social life, studying, and the grueling hours of practice and team meetings. Finally, I would advise myself to stay active and fit to avoid excessive weight gain. A healthy lifestyle in college is important to avoid the "Freshman Fifteen." Late night snack of fast food, eating three meals a day and minimal activity contributes heavily to the weight gain of the dreaded "Freshman Fifteen." Following this advice would reduce any anxiety caused by the transition from high school to college.


I would have trained harder in volleyball so that I was more prepared for college ball. Knowing what I know now I learn ways that work for me to study successfully. I came to college not knowing what methods of study were right for me. It took an entire semester for me to figure out how to study and develop my time management skills.


If I could go back in time and talk to my high school self, I would tell myself to be confident. I wasn’t the teenager that would speak out or talk to that cute boy. I would tell myself that it’s okay to take risks; not be afraid of what people think of you. I would tell myself that I’m beautiful the way I am so I shouldn't be afraid to talk to that cute boy from home room. What is there to be afraid of? Nothing. You only get one life, so take chances. Confidence is key, and I know that now. I know that life only gets harder and you need to have confidence in yourself and your abilities. This is the key to success. I would explain that in order to be successful, you need to step outside your comfort zone and experience life so you can be prepared for college and life afterwards. Again, confidence is key. It is a choice and something no one can take away from you. So take it, embrace it, and use this confidence to embark on your journey into becoming someone you can be proud of.


High school was a lonely time. I felt like everyone except me had a group they belonged to and friends to sit with at lunch and hang out with after school. High school felt like the whole world, and since I wasn’t popular there, I was doomed to be a loner ever after. But it simply isn’t the whole world. Beginning college surrounded by new people, no one knew I was that girl who didn’t fit in. It was like getting a do-over. College is a place where people care about my ideas rather than dismissing them because they’re different or unpopular, where my individuality is rewarded rather than condemned. It is a time when soul-searching and mind-stretching takes place because we are all confronted with one another’s unique perspectives. I would go back in time and comfort myself with the knowledge that the loneliness would soon be gone and I could look forward with both relief and excitement to the mind-blowing array of cultures, ideas, and perspectives I would soon encounter. “Hold on, me; this will pass before I know it and the world will never be so small again.”


Never let first impressions blind you to what might lie behind them, for good or ill. Some of my best friends in college were people that I was initially turned off by--whether they intimidated me, annoyed me, or simply didn't seem like "my kind of people", I found that people are rarely what they seem. The same goes for people who seem okay, but you can't really tell. Sometimes, they don't turn out all that great. But in life, you're going to get hurt. That's how you know you're not just dreaming your time away. The pain, the stress, it lets you know you're really living each day to its, and your, maximum potential. In college, I overworked myself, made mistakes, dated the wrong people, said things I regret, and I grew so much for it. Because in the end, I accomplished so much, learned to forgive and be forgiven, and made so many friends and so many memories that I will cherish for as long as I am sentient--because as long as I live isn't long enough to deserve all of the blessings I've received.


Hey, kid. I'm here to give you some advice. Hopefully you actually listen to it Start looking for jobs early. I cannot emphasize this enough. Some schools are great at helping you out, and some aren't. Look for job fairs, industry leaders to contact, and anything-I mean ANYTHING you think MIGHT be worth looking at, look at. And when you do make those contacts, keep in touch with them. Try some things you haven't done before, like cooking. Or drawing. Or making a webseries. You'd be surprised what kind of attention you can get from a well-made webseries. Some of them could turn into your favorite thing ever.


After completeling my first year of college, I realize the struggles that come with beginning college and living alone for the first time. Much of these are related to time management. Due to this, if I were given the opportunity to go back in time and give myself advice as a senior in high school, I would tell myself not to get too excited and get overinvolved. In college there are many ways in which a student can involve themselves with the rest of their peers. However, as a freshman, I made the mistake of being involved in too many different things and this caused me to have too much on my plate to handle in my second semester. This caused my grades and social life to suffer because I was involved in too many things and did not handle time management very well. I have learned that doing less things a little more thoroughly and working on my time management are better choices to make in my college career. If I had the opportunity to go back in time and give myself this advice before I had to learn its merits the hard way, I would, in a heartbeat.


One thing I learned in college was that I joined too many organizations my first year. So to prepare myself, I would probably tell my past self the following: "Though there are a lot of organizations that you can join, Brandi, don't try to join all of them your first year. I know how you like to be involved in everything, but since this is just your first year, you need to focus more on adjusting to the different atmosphere and getting to know the campus, both the people in it, and its studies it has to offer. Yes, I know you'll study and you're good at your work, but also know that overloading yourself and making unnecessary sacrifices is unhealthy for you, especially if that included skipping meals to get a last-minute paper in. You have four whole years to ration out how you spend time in organizations. Take it slow at first, so you can best prepare yourself for what your college life has to offer you. Good luck, past me."


I have gotten countless memories with new friends. I have experienced every aspect of life, I have met people I wouldnt have ever seen in my home town and I have learned so much from all of my professors. I have learned more than the book materials, I have learned to be better person and a better student. Heidelberg has changed my life and changed who I am, it has given me direction for my life and gave me an outlet for my squirrel attitude.


I find that this college experience has been helpful because it has allowed me to create my own success. I have been able to truly be independent and think for myself.


I have gained alot of valuable knowledge from the education deptartment. I really enjoyed the hands on activities and first hand experience when it comes to being out in the field. I think it is extremely helpful we are put in a classroom setting in our first semester of school. I have made friends and learned to work with a different group of people since my school is in a rural area. Comming from the inner city have had the oppertunity to see to cultural differences. Although I dislike certain parts of Heidelberg University, (no long Heidelberg College) I feel like i have have a productive three semesters.


College for some people is an excuse to get out of the house. For me college wasn't just a place to get away from home, it was a way for me to have a career to help take care of my family. College opened for me a new world of many opportunities. At first i was overwhelmed. Being in a new country with different views and laws from my own posed only little difficulty. I learned to adapt and from there enjoyed the new experiences. College thought me how to be disciplined, organised and patient. I had time tables to follow and set times to get to and from classes. Plus i had to learn how to be very attentive in order to get the necessary information that is being passed on to me. Even though i never had the chance of finishing college , i had the opportunity of meeting new people, trying different things, going to various places and learning many things that i hadn't at home. I left college feeling very happy and dedicated to making my life better. If given the chance to go back, i'd take it in a heartbeat.


Atending my school has been dificult. My major is Product Development and even though the Fashion Design major would have been somthing I could have been very good at, I chose Product Development to help get me a better job opportunity. It was hard to see the Fashion Design students working on their sketches and garmnets, wishing I could do the same. After my two years here I have not had as much as the other students. Most students would show up to class with snacks and new clothes, it has been tough to be accepted into their life styles. They also can not understand what it is like not to be so fortunate and take a lot of things for grantet. Then again, being on campus with the range of international students with majors that can work together, I have found networking here a sufficient tool. Aside fitting in, I have benifited with Photoshop and Illustrator proficientcy and improved my GPA tremendously. I feel I have had hands on training in the fashion feild (Design and Production/buisness aspects). Without FIDM I would not have been able to in the $35,000 anual range for a entry-level job.


I have a new found love and joy for life through college and through the people I have met. When I was fourteen my oldest brother was killed in a car accident and for all of high school I struggled to know who I really was. But at Heidelberg I became who I was always meant to be. And I did not do it on my own, with the help of my Sorority Sisters, friends, teachers, and the choices I made for myself. I found me and the person I longed to be. It has been valuable because it has shown me that through hard work, charisma, dedication and leadership I have come to value myself, and value all I have learned at college.


My college experience has been great. I have met a lot of great new friends. l have been fortunate to get a really great room mate. It has been a challenge at times juggling all the new things that are thrown my way in terms of coming to a new place with new people. I have learned to really appreciate the luxuries of home and just enjoying being home when l do get to come home. l have a whole new appreciation of space and how to make the most of a small one. l am learning new things in a new setting with new people. The college experience is a life experience that l am happy to have had the opportunity to have.


If I were able to go back in time and tell myself something, it would be to fill out more scholarships and write more essays for competitions. Having to deal with the stress of financial insecurity is harder now than it was at the end of my senior year of high school because in addition to everyday issues there is also much more homework. To some extent, it feels as though the financial situation is overwhelming, and knowing that I'll have to pay it all off later makes it worse.


Dear me, Congratulations for making it this far and accomplishing everything that you have. As you are approaching your senior year please remember not to slack off. Things are gonna go much easier if you turn things in on time in English or Biology. The extra credits do matter when you get to college, be the best you can be. There are a lot of great things ahead. You will never regret anything that once made you smile. This is your last year in LaGrange and with the friends you have had since kindergarten. Cherish every last moment.


As things stand currently, I am going to finish this semester 6 credits short of being able to graduate, I am still suffering from the remainders of heart break, and I am broke. I would tell the high school senior version of myself to take 19 credit hours every year from the very beginning, which would have saved myself and my parents a semester's worth of tuition. I would warn my high school self to be more careful around males, to think long and hard before getting into a relationship. I would tell myself to be careful with money, budgetting carefully and spending wisely, there are many pretty things in life, but you do not need to own them all. I would tell myself that sometimes you really do just need your mother, and that is okay. And lastly, I would say that you are going to do just fine, don't worry; try not to procrastinate too much, but just have fun.


I would go back and tell myself that college life is nothing like high school. You don't have anyone there to tell you to get up and go to class or to do your laundry for you. So inorder to make the transition into college easier and more enjoyable make sure you don't wait till the last minute to get your paper work filled out and to desperatly try to live on campus because that is much better than living off campus, it really allows you to get the full college experience your freshman year.


Don't worry so much about making friends. If you just let go it will happen naturally, and believe it or not everyone around you is going through the exact same thing. It may seem like you don't fit in with anyone you meet but sometimes the most unexpected people will end up sharing interests with you. Don't stress out about your living situation as it is likely to change many times in your college life. My favorite lesson that I have learned however, is that you don't have to dread the classes rumored to be the hardest, they might end up being the most fun :).


If I could go back in time and give myself some advice before I came to college, I would tell myself to be ready for a lot of hardwork. Although I have to work a lot harder to get the same results, if not harder, I would also tell myself it's worth it. Getting good grades isn't the only important thing I would remind myself, but to also get involved in campus activities is just as important. I wouldn't start off my college career playing sports because it takes away alot of my time, time that could have been spent studying and meeting more people, but I lived and learned from each and every experience. While there is a lot that I would tell myself I would stress to stay postive, always work hard, and never give up. College is so much fun and a great time to learn things I never knew were out there. It's time to grow and experience life !


As you panic and pace your way through your senior year, you need to know only one thing. You have already done all that you can do. You have put the pieces together and the board is set. Enjoy life with your friends. Treasure the time you have in the sanctuary you have called home for the past four years. Everything will work out the way it is meant to. God has a way and a plan that will surpass any of your dreams. The stress that awaits you is nothing you cannot handle. No moment of your life will overwhelm you while your family remains beside you. Though the path you will take may be lonely, you will never be alone. Try and relax. Spend time with the people who have helped shape your life. And when you reach the breaking point remember: just breathe.


got to find the school that fits you the best


Choose a college like you are buying a home! Are you comfortable? I know this sounds a little crazy, but your home away from home should fit you as a person. You should determine if the butterflies in your stomach on a visit are from nerves or excitement in something new. Be honest with yourself and your children when checking out the schools. And the biggest thing is to realize it is not only you not having them around, they will need you too. Take time to look at a few colleges, believe me one will jump right out at you. I probably sound like a commercial for Heidelberg, but this place has made me a much better person and I can't wait for the rest of the experience.


Explore. One of the most important parts about finding the right college is looking at all your options and visiting as many schools as you are able. You can do this over breaks, on weekends, or whenever, but it is a must. I would also greatly recommend making an overnight visit, staying with a student in a dorm and sitting in on a class or two. All this helps you to get a good feel for the school and will help you get a better feel for what you are looking for in a college. For example, the school I eventually chose, I had barely heard of when I visited, but I immediately loved the look and feel of the campus upon visiting. The school is a small private school, and I love it, as I am able to know many of the students and be very involved on the campus. Which brings me to another part of exploration. Once you choose a school, and begin, explore your options on campus and in the community. By joining different organizations, you will meet many different kinds of people and gain experience that will be valuable for your resume and in life.


The advice I would give to parents and /or students about finding the right college and making hte most of the college experience, I would tell them that the should find a school they feel like they can learn and grown into a better student and adult.


I feel that it is important to start being serious about one's grades as soon as classes start. It is extremely important to keep one's GPA up from the beginning. From experience, I know how difficult it is to raise that GPA. I also feel that it is important to be able to balance one's social life with their academic life. College is a time where we meet people that could possibly change our lives. Don't pass that up because you are too busy studying. It is good to give yourself a break sometimes. Everyone needs a break. Also, go out and experience the community around your college. It is good to get off campus and explore. Go to local stores and see what is there! Meet people at local colleges or people that just live in town. The most important thing to remember, though, is to enjoy every minute of it. This, no matter what it feels like at the time, is the most important lifechanging experience of your life. Make it a good one.


make sure to visit big schools and small schools, schools in the city and schools in the country. out of state and also in state private and public. there are so many different schools out there that you need to take the time to pick which one is right for you. it doesnt matter how much they cost because you have a life time to pay it back. and if you pick a school that you feel the most comfortable but is to expensive it doesnt matter because that is where you will do your best and graduate with the major and find a job in the field you want. as long as you pick what is best for you and not what your parents think because they arent going to school there you are!


College has a major defining role on the shape of one's life. It is up to the student to decide what to make of it. The best thing a student can do is surround themselves with a group of friends who, instead of influencing them negatively, share similar goals and are motivated to succeed. As well as striving to do well, college can be a time of expanding one's horizons. Instead of staying within one's comfort zones there are many opportunities to meet new people, develop new relationships, and learn new things. There is always an opportunity to grow as an individual, not just as a student, if one is always looking. One should always choose wisely in the company they keep because it is imperative that students maintain a balance between their academic and social life. There is a happy medium, and keeping one's self in a healthy situation at all times is key to finding it. As a student works to be successful and make the right choices, their parents can also play a major role in helping with this success. Parents that support their children will see the results. Work AND have fun!


Explore all of your opportunities! Make sure you consider the things that are most important to you. Be sure that the college offers the major and classes that you need and want. Make sure the college is a good size for you, that they have extra-curricular activities that interest you, and that you speak with financial aid, faculty members, and students beforehand so you know the overall level of morale and helpfulness.


Really go and check out the school before you make any rash decisions.


Don't do anything you'll regret. This or that college might give more financial aid, or have your best friend from high school, but that doesn't mean it's right for you. Pick the one that feels right; you'll know it when you find it. I know the college search can be stressful, but don't let that influence your decision. Just like falling in love, the right school is out there for you. Don't pick a school for one good trait only if something else about it bothers you; you will most likely be living there, and that one thing will be staring you in the face every day for the entire time you're at the school. So just relax and don't let anyone rush you, even your parents. You can get federal loans for financial aid, and you may have to take those exams one more time for a better score, but if that's what it takes to get you into the place you know is right, it's a small price to pay. Don't wonder wistfully for the rest of your life if you did the right thing.


Make sure you take your time when choosing a college. Visit more than once if you feel indecisive, spend the night make sure to meet someone who is in a situation you could find yourself in, with major, or sports or group. Make sure the campus is somewhere you feel comfortable and safe.


Finding the best fit for a student requires doing your homework. If the student has decided on a major, then a search for schools that have that major is a smart first step. Considering the student's previous school size and socialization patterns, the size and location of the school should be a consideration. The distance to college can be a major factor relating to finances and time for tavel. After viewing these options, college visits should be done begining in the junior year in high school. Once a college has been determined, parents and student need to prepare for the new stage in the family's life. The student will need a computer that is compatible with the college system, appliances permitted by the college to make the dorm room home-like and a cell phone for parents and the child to keep in touch. The college experience requires adjustment for the entire family but can lead to tremdous family growth.


Wow, I believe that finding the right college that fits any student is extremely important. Do your research, visit lots of campuses and them visit again. You as a student need to have that feeling that you belong at the school that you choose. Ask yourself, are there activities here for me? Will I be able to fit in and feel comfortable on campus. Most importantly, I think that you need to know whether you are ready to "go away" to school. In many instances, the hometown college or a close community college is the right fit at least until you know exactly what you want. And you can take the classes you need many times at a lower cost than going away to school. Remember, that not everyone is ready after graduation to leave home and go to college. Parents.....you need listen to your student . They want to please you and do what you want, but in the end the most important thing is that you get a good eduation and are emotionally happy.


When looking for a college visit as many schools as possible with the majors, academic levels, and even sports you desire, but when you make your final decision go with what feels right for you. Don't go for a girlfriend or for what's close. Go for what fits both your personality and atmosphere the best because that is the key to having a good college experience. Feeling comfortable with the people your around and the atmosphere your in. Good luck


Go visit with each college and make sure to ask lots of questions and talk to students, facaulty and staff if they are on campus during the time you are there. Don't be afraid to try new things once at college and have some free time just for yourself to have some fun as well!


I would tell them to apply to and to visit a variety of schools. I would tell them to keep in mind that there are potentially many schools that could satisfy their academic, extracuricular, and social needs and so they should definately weigh their options. Your college education is a big investment of both your time and money and you will get out of it what you put into it. Good luck!


make sure to always visit and if the college has a chance for the kids to have a overnight with a college student i would do it. its nice because you get to stay overnight with a college student, without your parents and get to know the college, where your going and what not. just make sure it's right for you and trust me when u visit once or more you will know that, that school is for you. YOU CAN FEEL IT!


When you are deciding upon an institution of higher learning you must take into account the facilites, faculty, staff, and students around you at all times. Ask questions, stay overninght if you're invited or asked to by the admissions office, get to know current students, email professors and respond to their inquiries about you, sit in on a class, eat a meal in the dining hall, and take a lesson from a music faculty member if offered! Pay close attention to how you're being treated, success in college relieves heavily on relationships that you build during your undergraduate career. You want to feel welcome, appreciated, and most of all you want everyone to have an interest in YOU! This is one of the most important decisions in your life and you want to prepare yourself for success.