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What should every freshman at Iowa State University know before they start?


I would tell my self to study harder and to try to remember all the important details in class. To be prepare for the big change that is to come, and understand the financial situation my parents are in order to pay for my education. Tell me to be more grateful for all the things I have and had in life. Also, do not live in the dorms.


If I could go back to myself as a high school senior, I would encourage myself to reach out to a doctor. I knew things were "off" and could never figure out why things seemed so easy for other people to accomplish, even though intellectually I was on par or could even qualify for gifted courses. Had I been confident enough to ask for help, and insist something was right, I may have received my ADD diagnosis sooner which would have made going to college easier. It was not until I was an adult that I was diagnosed, and once I began to treat my ADD, things became much better for me--like clouds were parted and I could finally think clearly. My biggest take-away is that it's okay to recognize "weaknesses" and that it's okay to ask for help.


Think about the end goal. As a highschool student I knew pretty early on what I wanted to study in college but I didn't know exactly where I would end up professionally. Today, I'm fully aware of the process of becoming a forensic psychologist but I seem to have brought some of my old habits with me. If something doesn't fit in with your long term goals--don't do it. You don't have time for that. Realize the importance of staying home to study for the exam, even if all of your friends are going out. They don't have the same goals as you, and that's okay.


I would tell myself that college is great! It's a fun time to grow as a person and get to know yourself and others. One thing that I did in college that I regret is not getting as involved as I wanted to and getting too wrapped up in drama. I really wish that I would have gotten more involved in school publications. I would have loved to be the editor of the school's fashion magazine and to be more involved with the event management club on campus. I think this would have allowed me to have a wider variety of friends and have more experiences to put on my resume. Another thing I regret is the cattiness that so often surrounds college life. I really wish I would have been less catty and chosen my friends more wisely in college. I ended up with very few friends at the end of college because I was so wrapped up in my boyfriend. Although I love my boygriend and want to marry him someday, it would be nice to have a large group of friends to talk about him with.


I would tell myself to look more closely at what at want, be more prepared. Apply to more colleges with a good history program and good internship opertunities. Work harder so you can get scholarships to fund the many years of schooling you are in for.


Try to make friends right away. Don't be afraid to ask for peoples phone numbers or if they want to hang out.


It is important to always believe in your accomplishments. Setting goals is a must! If you feel like your working hard, you can work harder. Remember that your future depends on all of the above.


This kind of goes back to the previous entry - that no high school relationship is meaningful enough or strong enough to withstand the whirlwind that is your freshman year of college when the aforementioned relationship is long distance. I went through something where I dated a girl all throughout high school - for three and a half years - and we went to schools that were only two hours apart. Within one semester I had learned she had cheated on me multiple times. It's cliche to say, but your freshman year of college will change you in a big way and that will likely spell the end of your high school relationship - one way or another. So save yourself the pain and trouble and end it before you go off to school.


Relaz, would be the advice I would give. College is a great time in your life, enjoy it. Dont over think it, dont stress out too much. Everything will work out for you.. it always does. Do not worry about the new town, and not knowing anyone. Alot of people are in the same situation as you. So just relax and enjoy the ride!


If I could tell myself one thing when I was a high school senior it would be to worry less. Moving into the dorms and not knowing anyone seems extremely intimidating but it's important to realize that everyone around you is in the same boat. Everyone is looking for friends and although it seems difficult, it's important to put yourself out there because you can make lifelong friends. I would also tell myself to study for exams more. My first semester I treated exams as if I was still in high school, and I've realized many freshman do. However, exams and quizzes are much more difficult in university and really putting the time in and studying is the only way to succeed. The extra work will be well worth it and you can learn a lot about your own work ethic.