Juniata College Top Questions

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


Visit the school. Make sure you like the campus as well as the community. Ask questions while you are there. Ask anything you want to know, you don't want to show up as a student just to find out you hate a main practice at the school. Do your own research. Look at the college website and explore it. Get in contact with someone from your high school who goes to the college you are interested in, if available. Once you get to school, go out and meet people out of your comfort zone. Joining some kind of campus group will make this easier to do. Go and experience new things, this is one way to meet some very interesting people.


Selecting a college is one of the biggest decisions of a young person's life. Finding the right school is often a long and grueling process, but once you find out what you like and don't like in a school, it is much easier to find the right one. It is best to visit as many schools as you can because that is the only way to see what the school is really like. Books and websites can only tell you so much. You have to go to the school and see how you feel. Also, it should ultimately be the student's decision; not the parents'. The student has to get the feeling that it is the right place for them because they are the ones living there for four years. And when you do get "the feeling" you will know. You know that that one school is where you belong. Once you find the right school, get involved and don't be afraid to go out on the weekends and meet people. You only get four years at college and you have to make the most of it. It is truly an experience you won't forget.


Research all of your options and alternatives when choosing a college that is the "perfect match". Weigh out the positive and negative aspects of each college. Don't settle for a college that is more financially suitable and downgrade is academics, just to save a dollar or two. If you are going to invest in your future, don't cheat yourself of a academically enriching environment for and atomshpere that lacks in such departments. Finally, don't forget to visit each college. Pictures cannot nearly express the warmth and security a campus provides/ or lacks in person.


During the application process, make sure you have asked teachers ahead of time for letters of recommendation. Also, get your applications in as fast as possible to make sure you have the maximum time for your number one school to look at it. During your first year of college, ask a friend who has been through their first year for any advice and for suggestions on products to buy for your room.


The best advice I can give is make sure you feel a sense of belonging. As a student, the moment you walk on a campus, you should feel like you belong, like you it is somewhere you can grow boh academically and emotionally. As a parent, you shoudl feel like your child will be safe on campus without you there by their side every minute. This will alleviate a major sense of worrying and also allow your child to grow individually.


Take a chance at the unfamiliar, you may learn things about yourself and the world that you never knew. College is a growing and learning process; one learns best when they know don't know much about anything. So keep a fresh, open mind and start off with a clean slate! Step outside of your comfort zone and make some intelligent mistakes. Find the college that helps you find the best you.