Houston, TX
Houston Baptist University


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

Talk to actual students. Not the students hired by the school to promote its best aspects. Not the ones that voluntarily give...

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

Talk to actual students. Not the students hired by the school to promote its best aspects. Not the ones that voluntarily give guided tours. Talk to the guys on the soccer team, or the senior who has a few years of experience. Talk to as many different REAL students as you can find. Ask questions, regardless of how dumb or redundant you think they are. Try to figure out what you want in a college and don't be afraid to say "no" to the ones that don't fit. These are the best four years of your life. You will make lifelong friends and memories. You'll experience things that will shape who you are and who you will become. Don't be afraid of making mistakes. And don't be afraid of your professors. Most of them chose to leave their respective fields and teach. They are there to help you become the best version of yourself. So speak up. Make your voice heard and opinions known. Trust who you are and don't give up.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known more about the Nursing program. I chose HBU specifically for that program. I also wish that my Nursing advisor had been more competent. If I knew then what I know now about how the school operates, I would be a few semesters away from graduating. Instead, I'm a junior who just BARELY finished my pre-requisites and got accepted into the program. I now make it my personal goal to inform all Pre-Nursing students of all the things I learned too late. Also, there aren't very many cute guys.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

We have a new president that is taking our school to new heights. The only problem is that we don't yet have the resources to reach the new goals set for us. Thus, the tuition is sky-rocketing, and by the time the changes come about, I will have already graduated. I feel like I am being robbed. Also, since Hurricane Ike in September, a lot of our buildings and resources have been shut down. It has really killed some of the spirit on campus.

Sarah
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

My school is a small, close knit community comprising of people from different cultures and beliefs, different financial bac...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

My school is a small, close knit community comprising of people from different cultures and beliefs, different financial backgrounds, and a dominant female ratio.

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

To start your search for the right college will take time. You should make a list of qualities of what you are looking for in a college. You should list what your interests are, what activities you enjoy, what you hope to accomplish academically, and more. This list will serve as a guide to compare your top college choices. Next comes the research. Attend the college night at your school?s facility, read over the appealing brochure, and visit the college website. Learning as much as you can about the school will help you when you visit the school. Visiting the school should give you a good feel of the people and faculty. All that lies next is your decision. However, now that you are in the perfect school does not mean you will have your amazing college experience. To accomplish this means to come out of your dorm, hang out in the local spots, get involved in different organizations, and attend the lectures. Don?t be afraid when asking others about their different cultures; you are at college to learn. Always be excited about what you are doing. Excitement will ensue a happy college experience.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The location of the school. The area does not seem too safe beyond the university's gates.

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

College is an exciting time for every student, but every student has different needs that must be met. My school is about an...

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

College is an exciting time for every student, but every student has different needs that must be met. My school is about an hour away from home, far enough that I can justify living on campus and feel like part of the community, but close enough that I can go home and be with family whenever I desire. My school is academically comptetitive and constantly provides me with new challenges. It has a great campus life and has become a second home. It is also a small campus, ensuring small class size and quite a bit one-on-one attention from teachers and advisors. I have a close relationship with professors, which I feel very appreciative of as the time for preparing graduate school applications draws closer. I enjoy my school, its perfect for me. However, that does not mean it is perfect for everyone. Make sure to visit the colleges you consider and research them thoroughly. Find an environment you believe you can thrive in and do not base your decision on where your friends are going and whats the popular choice of your classmates.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

Coming from a highly competitive high school, college was actually easier for me than me previous schooling. I was much more intimidated by it than I should have been. Also, I am an extremely organized individual, but even I wish I had a bit more preparation and education in preparing schedules, course loads, and finishing major requirements in a timely manner.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Feeling I should be done with it by now! I have three majors and I will be out in four years, but I will be heading off to graduate school. I wish I was done because I feel ready to focus on graduate work now.

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

Make sure it has the major that you are looking for, make sure it is cost effective, and that you will fit in socially. Also ...

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

Make sure it has the major that you are looking for, make sure it is cost effective, and that you will fit in socially. Also make sure that there are things to do on campus that will keep you interested

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

That they do not have a football team.

Andrew
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

the students are liberal and the school is conservative, classes are challenging, and the capmus is very spiritual.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

the students are liberal and the school is conservative, classes are challenging, and the capmus is very spiritual.

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

if you are looking for small classes, small student base, and involved faculty and excellent student-teacher interaction then hbu is a good choice

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

no recreational center and their is no social campus life, everyone goes home on the weekends or since there are alot of commuters they have friends off campus.

LaShayna
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

This school is unique because is gives you that small community feel with the benifits of being on a big campus even though t...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

This school is unique because is gives you that small community feel with the benifits of being on a big campus even though this campus is small.

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

In order for parents and students to find the right college, my first suggestion would be to look as early as possible. Don?t wait until the last minute to find that special place where the student will grow and learn how to be a productive citizen because this is also a time for parents to realize that their babies are growing up into adults. The family would want to look for a college that will suit the taste and style of the student. Going into a classroom everyday in a school that the student hates is like going to a job everyday that an employee hates; neither will be successful. Parents should also allow the student to do as much for themselves as possible in the beginning stages so that when the parents are gone, the student is not left in the dark and totally dependant on their parents. For the student to make the most of their college experience, I would say to get involved as much as possible and stay on top of your academic game. Embrace good friends, especially smart ones, as they will be your lifeline, some point in time, and be nice to everyone.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The worst thing about my school is that it doesn't have a football team!

Jared
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Houston Baptist University, is a small, private collage that is staffed with a highly effective faculty and staff, is attende...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Houston Baptist University, is a small, private collage that is staffed with a highly effective faculty and staff, is attended by exemplary students, and is gaining a reputation as a top tier university.

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

First I would think about what you would like to do in college. Find out what career path you want to take. Once you've figured that out, do research on colleges. Find out which collages and universities have programs that fit your needs, and would be beneficial in your career field. An important thing to consider is whether or not you want to stay in state or go to college out of state. Once you have narrowed down the list to a few. Send in applications to those schools. Once you are accepted to a school, call the office of admissions and arrange a tour. This will allow you to get a feel for the campus, and know where everything is and what building is what. If you are satisfied make final preparations to attend. If not, then investigate the other schools that were on your list and you recieved acceptance letters from. In order to make the most of college experience, it is not necessary to go all out in your studies. You need to maintain a healthy balance of serious studying, and casual recreation. A proper balance must be maintained in order to reduce stress.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frusterating thing about HBU is some of the required courses that are necessary to graduate. I however have realized the reason that some of these courses such as kinesiology, were included as required courses. They promote and reinforce the idea of healthy and hardworking students. The 9 hours of christianity courses required for graduation, are understandable. HBU is a Baptist school and promotes religion and sprituality. This is also why around 80 community life points are also required to greduate. Because of these reasons I have learned to accept and deal with any frusterations that I may encounter.

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

I would advice: parents and/or students to visit several different colleges. ask all questions that they may have at each s...

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

I would advice: parents and/or students to visit several different colleges. ask all questions that they may have at each school. plan early. process financial aid early. with the results from each college compare and contrast each school. ask about how much financial aid the school offers find out about the safety of the school. I would narrow down the results and select the school that best meet the student's needs and pick the college that the student feels the most comfortable during the visits.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I would like to have know more about their financial aid process. Also I would like to have more information on transferring from a different college into their nursing problem. Alot of things I found out was at the last minute or two late.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating thing was finding out all the details to for acceptance in their nursing program too late.

Daniel
Describe the students at your school.

Classmates are generally very ethinically diverse and most students want to learn.

Describe the students at your school.

Classmates are generally very ethinically diverse and most students want to learn.

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

I believe that the most important aspect in finding the right college is to find a place where there will be many opportunities to grow and develop you so that you will be prepared for life after college. Do not just look for a college that has good parties or a fun atmosphere but try to find a college that is committed to developing you into a better, more equiped person than when you first enrolled. In order to get the most out of your college experience, I believe there are two main aspects. The first one is to work your hardest at everything you do. Never settle for less than the best that you can do at anything. This is an important principle to live by regardless of your stage in life. The second is to build as many relationships as you can. Those relationships will benefit you in more ways that you may realize at the time and could be important connections for you as you graduate. Do not be afraid to try to build relationships with your teachers as well. Most are willing and want to help you in whatever way they can.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating thing about Houston Baptist University is the fact that we are required to double major. While it will be useful later, it makes it much more difficult and time consuming to get a degree.

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

Visting a college prior to enrolling is key. The culture can really make or break your college experience, so go where the ...

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

Visting a college prior to enrolling is key. The culture can really make or break your college experience, so go where the environment is most comfortable for your personality. Don't worry about whether people you know from highschool will be going to the same school because you will make tons of new friends that will last a lifetime. If you want to have the ultimate college experience, live on campus and get involved in whatever you can. Start a new organization if they don't have what you're looking for yet. Try new things and apply for leadership positions even if you never held one in highschool. This is the place to break out of highschool stereotypes and become whoever you want to be. It's a chance to start fresh! Last of all keep up with your studies, it may be tough at first but it will pay off in the end when you graduate and move on to the rest of your life.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

I brag about how personally all the students know their professors and our small class sizes. Also the new dorm building and the proximity to downtown.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

It is sometimes very unorganized and doesn't have a good system for sending out campus news and events.

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