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


Knowing what I know now, having experienced far more of life and love and friendship and failure and success, I would have to tell myself that that the wonders of the world can be expressed and understood through the pages of a book, but they can't be found there. I was, and still am, a voracious reader, and a lot of my knowledge was gleaned from books and stories on all sorts of topics. But having become a central figure of my college community by being an RA, and having learned from the experiences that come with that position, has shown me that most valuable things in life are the bonds we share with the people around us. I was never really involved in any extracurriculur activites during my time in high school, and that's something I've come to deeply regret. If I could go back and tell myself just one thing, it would be to become as involved as I could, to learn about the people around me and to enjoy the we had together, because the beauty of life is not only in where the journey takes us but who we take the journey with.


Everyone strives to impress one another, changing appearance to fit in, acting a certain way to feel like they belong. Although change is sometimes better, I feel people often mistake these strives for perfection with growth. Acting or dressing a certain way does not change who you are, it just changes your appearance. People may view you differently, but the way you view yourself will stay the same. It is not until you realize being yourself is the first step in growth. I believe over the course of my life through High Shool I made many attempts to fit in. It was not until recently I experienced what would change my outlook on “being myself”. Although first impressions may be based on looks, real connections are much deeper. Connections are based on personality, being able to listen, and being able to communicate. Throughout the connections I made I never once acted as somebody I was not and it was not until it was all over did I realize searching for this growth was no longer necessary. I felt I had already grown! I have learned being in touch with myself is what makes overcoming obstacles of life much easier.


If I could go back to my senior year and give myself advice about college it would definitely be about managing my time more properly. Although at this point in my college career I believe I have a better understanding of it at the beginning I was clueless which effecting my grades in a way I wish it hadn't. As someone who works thirty five hours a week and is a full-time student it is very difficult to balance class, homework, work, and a social life so time management is extremely important. I would have told myself that I need to make sure I had my priorities straight and that I really need to focus on school and work since working is one of the major ways I plan to put myself through these four years of school. If I could have told myself that managing my time in college is going to be much more difficult than it is in high school and that I really need to make a plan for myself so I can do the best that I can than that is the advice I would have given myself.


I would tell 18-year-old Nick, "Read more, watch less television, and concern yourself less with popularity and popular culture. The enjoyable things in life are the things that require deep thought, which is often difficult but brings with it a rewarding sense of accomplishment. Has it ever dawned on you, Nick, that the geniuses of the past concentrated on their fields of expertise for the reason that those fields are the most intellectually rewarding? If not, you should."


If I could talk to myself as a high school senior, the advice I would give myself is this: take care of yourself. Transitioning into college was more difficult for me than most people, I have type 1 diabetes and really struggled to keep it under control in the first few months. I was finding that I was so concerned with getting perfect grades and going above and beyond what was expected, that I rarely slept and was unable to control my diabetes. Because of this, I was constantly sick, and began to struggle to keep up with work. If I had started the year thinking about my health first, and knowing that I can't do my best work if I am not well, my freshman year would have been a lot easier.


Do everything to the best of your abilities. Don't focus so much attention on work. I understand working two jobs while going to school can be overwhelming for a high school student but make time for yourself. There are so many opportunities that will present themselves if you are just open to them. Learn a new language and how to snowboard like you,ve always wanted to. Now is the time to live, enjoy life. Never give up on your passion of helping others because I can tell you that when your 18 you help save a life!


When we meet it’s a gray day. The kind of day that reminds me of Hong Kong, not England. When you’re my age, you’ll be able to tell the difference. How is that? Hong Kong will be your proof that it was a smart decision to choose the less expensive school. No matter the time period, we’ll run into each other at the Darien library. There the library is quiet, like a morning on a lake. You won’t find that at Keene’s library. That’s ok. You should study with your friends in the halls and in common rooms. But if you need to disappear and find a quiet spot, do it. As we talk, two glasses of diet coke form rings of water on the table. Our preference for soda over coffee hasn’t changed over the years. You know that college students make friends at meals. But that’s doesn’t just mean spontaneous, dorm-wide dinner gatherings. You need to compare schedules and plan a few meals with the same people for every week. Even if you end up only drinking soda, those are the meals that cement friendships.


"Let it go." Those three simple words. I would repeat them over and over to my high school senior self if I could travel four years into the past. Let go of the drama, let go of the pettiness, let go of the things you think are important, like your clothes, your looks, and how many friends you have. Let it go and focus on what matters, like your family and your goals and visions for the future. Do not get caught up in the confusion and terror of graduating high school. Let go of the things you have worried about and enter college without any baggage attached to you. Let go of the small things, and set your sights on the great big world in front of you. Embrace college and let high school go. Make new friends, forget old drama, don't worry about the hottest trends. Be yourself and let go of everything else. Oh...and give your mom a big hug and a "thank you."


To my high school senior self: When approaching college and looking at the options ahead of you, continue to make the decisions that are right for you. Don't dwell on whether you were the most popular girl in high school or the outcast book nerd. The people who matter are the people who will support you in your search of finding who you are. Don't be afraid to take chances, because the riskiest chances can help you learn the most. Make sure you take advantage of all the opportunities presented to you, even if your friends aren't. FInally, learn how to do laundry before moving into your dorm room in August. Trust me.


I would advise my high school senior-self to never wait to ask questions, regardless of their complexity or simplicity. Throughout college I have learned that the longer I wait to ask a question or resolve confusion, the more lost and confused I become. I would also advise my senior-self to make an effort to join as many school clubs and organizations as possible. Joing clubs and organizations help freshman students meet new people and explore various areas of interest that may, or may not, be related to one's major. Joining clubs and organizations is especially important for freshman students who decide to live off-campus because it allows the student to form social relationships that are similar to those formed among students living on-campus. Though social acticity is very important to the well-being of a student, the most important piece of advice I have to offer is to stay focused on your academics. As a freshman it is very easy to slip into "party mode" and neglect school work, but you must remember there is always another party. My overall advice: keep you head in the game and your eye on the prize.


There is no doubt that the first thing I would tell myself is "pay attention and learn something!". All I was interested in back then amounted to girls and sports. I also became a father at the age of 14; this is not something that I would recommend to anyone. I am a father of 5, and I am extremely proud of that fact. My children are my life and I, like just about every parent out there, wouldn't change things even if I could. But I now understand the realization that kids cost a lot of money! It wasn't very noticable until about 2 years ago, when I lost my job due to the economy. I had worked at ProPacific Fresh for over 11 years and did my job extremely well. I never thought about losing my job because I knew I was darn good at it. So I would also tell myself that you can never count on anything so you should always be prepared. Getting my degree will give me the preparation I need to succeed and allow me to take care of my family. Thank you for considering my application.


I would give myself the advice to be prepared to get more sleep and eat healthy. Also to keep up the good work and don't give up on any home work assigned to me. Sometimes I find myself procrastinating like all students, no matter what level of education you are at. Procrastination is a choice only you can make. You either do it or you don't, and I think it's a very bad thing. This is because one you slow your pace or take your time on home work assignments the possibility of falling behind is very crucial to noy only your grade, but also your sleeping pattern. So my advice would be to be on top of my home work, and don't let myself get distracted by distractions.


During my time in college, I've learned how to be more responsible, work harder and organize my time better. I use to slack off more and waste time, but I can't do that anymore without failing the class. I was caught off guard by how different everything was from high school. It was valuable to me because I am learning to handle myself on my own as I get a small taste of the not-so-easy life of an adult. I won't go into the world completely unprepared and I have a chance to learn while still in the safe care of my parents. I've also met people and learned many interesting things I would not have if I hadn't gone to college. My generation in my family is the first to go to college, though most have fallen in the attempt to attain a diploma. I still stand tall and I hope that I can make not just my parents, but myself proud by graduating from UCRiverside, CSUN or UC San Diego (my top choice being UCRiverside). It will be a long way, but worth it. Thank you very much for your time.


My college has given me a new outlook on life. I am much more involved in what goes on in the world around me. I've also learned things that I would never have learned if I had not gone to Keene State. It has been valuable to attend because I have met so many new people and learned so much. I'm glad I'm here because it has shaped me into the person I am now and I am proud of that person.


It is hard to think of one specific thing that I have gotten out of my college experience. Overall, I believe college has been not just a learning experience, but an important stage of my life. Prior to college, I was not the most responsible person, putting little importance on my educational career and focusing more on my social life. After attending college and taking on the full financial responsibility of my education as well as my living exspenses, I have gained a new respect for my education. Overall, I would say that the college experience has given me not only the tools to, hopefully, find a job in our tough economy but also lifelong lessons that I will keep with me. Lessons like learning to be on time, and take appreciation in my work. Lessons that have given me an inner drive to succeed. College has transformed me from an immature child to a highly motivated adult. In my major of environmental science I hope to use this drive to help improve our environment. Many important environmental issues need to be solved and my college experience has given me the tools I will need to address these issues.


I want to contribute to the growth and progress of psychology. I believe that the power to empathize, or the ability to put yourself in someone else's place begins with an open mind. When I say that we must become active listeners in order to understand one another, I mean to say that there are subtle movements in our speech, certain words that we use, certain utterances that are not directed towards us, certain circumstances unrevealed to us. We must endeavor to hear all of them. I will be starting this process at Mira Costa College this spring and then transferring to CSSM or SDSU. I realize that this will be a long and hard road, but I also know that I will get a high quality education that will enable me to be successful in my future career. I expect it to be exciting and challenging. I want to be able to accomplish something great in my career.


I received an Associates degree in Applied Science in 1999. I obtained a great job by having this much education. Now, it has been 10+ years and I am now unemployed. I have wanted to return to school for further education for a while now. Since I lost my job in December of 2009, finding employment has become impossible. I am still currently unemployed. I am more than ready to go back to school and receive a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. I have applied for FAFSA, however, it doesn't seem to be enough finances to even cover one class. I am in need of more financial assistance. I now realize the importance and value to attend school to further ones education. Thank you.


Going into my freshman year I was already pretty sure that I wanted to be in the health and fitness industry. The encouragement, hands on experiences, working with other students, and other challenges only reassured my drive to complete my degree and start working to make people healither, happier and fitter.


Good schooling and great friends. I would definatly not transfer it was the best choice school for me.


College has taught me the value of hard work and how important it is to be focused in order to achieve what you want in life. There is no one to blame but yourself for when bad things happen to you. It has also forced me to develop better time management skills. I value the friendships I have made here, the future job opportunities which will be open to me because of my education at Keene State, and the ability to be responsible for my well being. Being a part of the Cross Country team has given me an experience which I will never forget and will prepare me to make healthy choices throughout the remainder of my lifetime.


Keene State College has offered me priceless experiences. From each course I have taken over the past year and a half, I have gained something I will use for the rest of my life. I have had many professors who I consider my mentors, and they have helped me shape the path to my future. My advisors helped me create independent studies that allowed me to spend six weeks in another country, which was a life-changing experience. My professors of Education have been passing onto me their years of knowledge and are equipping me with skills for my career ahead. The small size of the classes at Keene State allows for personal, one-on-one learning experiences that enrich the classes here. My college experience at Keene State is one that I would do all over again, if given the choice.


College is certainly more than just an academic experience. College gives you an opportunity to broaden your horizons, branch out from your comfort zone, and seek independence. College has not only given me the confidence to succeed academically, but socially as well. I came from a town of students very much like myself, and left college feeling like someone so much more. I was able to meet new people, try new things, and ultimately learn more about myself than I ever had before. I've grown from a sheltered, timid, self-conscious girl, to an open-minded, out-going, unique individual, and for that I couldn't be grateful enough.


The most important thing I have gotten out of my college experience is the knowledge that I am not to stupid to go to college and get good grades as my ex-husband had me believing for over 20 years! I believe it is valuable to attend college so I can receive a degree and help my fellow man in the health care field.


I have only started my first year as a freshman and things are already looking better. Its nice to have the freedom that you get here, but still feel like you can go home when you need, or want to. Weekends, just like any other college, are full of parties, but you dont feel like you have to go to make friends. the people i have met so far dont party at all and i enjoy their company


Not only has Keene State College taught me to be an active member in society and to set goals to work at for my future, but my experiences here will be the ones that really shaped me as a person. I've learned to be independent, to form my own opinions and beliefs. I've made friends and sorority sisters who will be at my wedding fifteen years from now. I have met professors who I can honestly say I look at as role models and can call for help if needed. If not for my attendance at this school, I would not be proud of who I am today. They say college is the best four years of your life, and I for one, agree completely.


Before I had applied to any colleges, I was so unmotivated and my reason for applying to my current college was that I fell in love with the campus right away, and I loved that it was far enough from home, but still so close. When I arrived at school, it was hard for me to adjust at first, but then I started to get along really well with my two roomates and that made it so much easier. My college expieriece has been so rewarding. During the first semester of college I didn't get the grades that I wanted to recieve and I realized that I really had to step up and get motivated. I did this and got my grades way up during the second semester and I can't even describe how this felt to me. College has been most valuable to me because it has really helped me to mature and to take care of myself without having to rely on my parents, and to make decisions and learn from my mistakes.


Leave time to finish your homework.. It's easier to do it right after a class than right before the homework is due. Make sure you live close to campus if you move to an off-campus apartment, its hard to drive to classes in the winter and traffic always gets in the way. If you can walk to class, you actually save time and get exercise into your day! MAKE FRIENDS! Do not allow yourself to be a hermit, you'll regret it. Actually hang out with people outside of class, they become a valuable tool when you need to have a study group that's not awkward because you haven't hung out beforehand. Life your life! College is the chance to change who you are and figure out who you want to be. Leave all your parents wishes behind (don't completely ignore them, make sure you call them once or twice a week and leave them in the loop. Theyre still a valuable tool to you) Figure out what you want to get out of life... So what if you like to party? Just make sure you leave time to become successful too!


The transition from High School to College is an incredible adventure. It's a time in your life where you first experience a sense of responsiblilty. College is the moment at which being an individual gains a new meaning. Independence is a big step in our lives where we hope to carry on the little things we've learned into the vast world of humanity. If I could go back in time and talk to myself, I'd give myself the advice to live. College is a crazy experience and without living it to it's fullest time will slip out from under you. Sure it's a place to learn, study, work hard, and have fun. But college is a place where you finnaly become who you are. Without living it sometimes you can get lost in the translation.


The bell rings, she packs up her books and heads upstairs to the career center, where she seems to spend most of her time these days. She sits there filling out applications for college's and university's all around the country, wondering which one is going to determine her future. She worries that she will make the wrong decision about the school that she chooses to attend and about the overall transition of going from a high school of sixteen-hundred students to five thousand students. "Will I fit in?" or "Will I know how to live on my own?" These thoughts run through her mind constantly as her senior year is coming to an end and she decides on a college to attend. This girl is now at college and absolutely loving every minute of it! I would tell that "old me" in high school that if you work hard, focus, get involved, branch out, and motivate yourself to be the best you can be, you will not only survive college, but you will love it so much more than high school. Stop worrying, let your life unroll, and have the mind set to accomplish your goals!


First and foremost, I would make it known that education is priceless. Not all education has to do with one's academic curriculum, however. Equally as important as education itself are the friendships and connections that one can make both in his college and professional careers. Learn to be with others; learn to be happy. Cherish the opportunity to become even more knowledgeable than you already are and use as many resources as you can to become so. To me, college was not all about going to class, taking notes, and scoring well on exams. Certainly this is an important part of college, but it is still only, well, a small part of your experience. If you are to always continue your quest to become more knowledgeable each and every day throughout your life, then you can say you have led a full and satisfying one. So go ahead - join a fraternity, attend student council meetings, and get to know the vice president of student affairs on a first-name basis. Because I believe that we are not measured by the scores of our tests, but by the friends and family who can see them.


I would have told myself that having to transfer colleges is not the end of the world. I transferred as a freshman from a school in NH to Keene State College. I considered having to transfer as being some sort of self failure. Transferring colleges was one of the best things I ever did. I hated my last school and was miserable there. However, I am loving my current college. I would also tell myself to be more open about what kind of college I wanted. I thought that I wanted a very small school that was at least 2-3 hours from home. The school ended up being too small and too far from home. My current college is 3 times the size of the school that I would have chosent as a highschool senior, it is also only 1.5 hours from home, and I can now visit home more often without it costing me so much. Lastly, I would have told myself not to worry about doing well (grade wise). I am doing very well and highschool helped a lot with that. I never stopped working hard and I am now reaping the benefits.


I would have advised not going to junior college. The JC I chose was for those with a specific career in mind - I wasn't sure yet. I would have expanded my search further, taken advantage of some private schools that have more financial aid available.


I would tell myself that it is okay to not know what you may or may not want to do for the rest of your life. Find something that you are pationate about and stick to it. Engulf yourself in as much material as you can, and try taking classes on subjects that you might find interesting. Find a mentor, or someone older to help you in making decisions, and learn as much as you can. Pay attention to what your mentors and parents preech to you, and realize they may be right. Realize that nothing is impossible, everything can be obtainable, you just have to work very hard and not give up. Life is not a sprint, you have to work hard, and play hard. Listen to yourself, and focus on YOU and what YOU want out of life. Set goals for yourself, both short and long. Be spontanious, have courage, and most of all have faith in youself that you can become what ever it is that you desire. Realize that if you want something, you have to go after it, no one is going to get it for you, but you.


Going back in time, high school was a grand time, friends, extra activities and lots of free time, but if I could talk myself into doing something more, it would have been to push myself harder and get involved in Honor in AP classes. Although I might not have gotten all A?s it would have prepared me more for college courses, and expectations. I was a great student ranked 155 out of 700 +, but looking back that was not good enough, I could have done better! I would have tried to stay on top of all classes and focused more in subjects I needed extra help in. Although you cannot go back in time, I do warn and discuss my feelings with my younger brother and friends still in high school on how important it is to do well in high school and dream big, don?t settle for the easy! Succeed with pride!


If I were to go back in time and speak to myself as a senior in high school I would tell myself to relax. I spent my senior year pretty stressed out about whether or not I made the right decision in coming to Keene State College. Now that I have arrived and spent my whole freshman year here I have decided I am very happy attending college here. I would reassure myself that going to a school that all your friends from high school were not going to will only help me, not only to learn more about the school itself but also in making new friends and broadening my social life outside the walls of high school. Overall I believe I made the right decision in coming to this school and I would let myself know that in order to stay optimistic and excited during the brutally long last few months of my senior year.


I shall give a unique twist in the answer to this question: I wouldn't give myself any advice because I was already well-prepared for the transition to college and knew what to expect. I am a very adaptive person and am not affected by what many others may consider a big change in their lives. New environments become familiar to me very quickly - perhaps a window of time as little as a few days. My answer may lack verbosity but it is the most honest and accurate I can provide.


Hello Kelley, I have some advice for you about transitioning smoothly into Keene State College. First of all, the key to a happy first term is not to worry about meeting people and making good friends immediately. That will all fall into place over time in a natural, easygoing way. You know what type of person you are, you are quiet and cautious. Just be you and you will make friends slowly and naturally as the year goes on. In addition, because you will be a commuter student, plan to arrive at school at least a half an hour early. That will prevent you from panicking when there is no parking places open in the nearby commuter lot. Parking will be a problem at college but it will get better as the term moves on. Plan ahead so you are not stressed out about arriving to class late. Lastly, join clubs or activities that interest you. You will find that you enjoy the fitness classes offered at the gym greatly. They will give you exercise, which will relax you and also help you meet new people. I know that with these few tips you will enjoy college grea


Entering my first year of college I felt fortunate enough to be accepted into a college institution. I was recruited as a college basketball player. I was very focused on doing well in my academics and basketball but neglected the variety of club activities the the college provided. Although my grades were above satisfactory, recieving a 3.6 GPA my first semester of college, I should have put forth a greater effort in the search for campus clubs and organizations that relate to my personal interests as well as helping the community. The advice that I would give myself as a high school senior is to search for as many ways as possible to get involved on campus. In doing so one would gain many connections and experiences building a solid resume and overall life skills. As a community service club President, multicultural event student organizer, student center staff employee, a Resident Assistant in a (first year resident hall), and a student athlete, I have gained many connections and experiences that will last me a lifetime. Gaining these connections and work experiences will benefit anyone in thier prepartion for thier career and personal goals.


i would tell myself to make sure i take school serious because when i get to the next level of education its alot different. the work load is different and its all about how you manage your time. Professors really want you to succeed and the fact you are paying alot of money for school you have more pressure to succeed.


don't drop out and take advantage of the opportunities available to students planning to attend college so you can get out of college with managable debt.


I should try hard now to get into a very good college, because the latter part of my life in college would be easier, especially for Law School.


Don't be afraid to join a club just because you don't know anybody there; that's just exacerbating the problem. Don't stress about your stupid roommates too much. Don't feel like you should join a sorority just because the signs are all over campus. You still don't have to drink if you don't feel like it. For the love of God, try to live in Holloway freshman year. If everyone's talking about a campus event, go to it at least once, even if you don't think you'll be interested. Do your homework right away or you'll regret it later. Ask for help if you need it; people will give it to you. Pumpkinfest is kickass. If you make an ass of yourself, don't worry about it. Nobody remembers you anyway. Call your mom if you need anything. Even if she can't help, it's worth it anyway. Always carry your ID. Stay safe; hardly any of those blue light things work. College isn't what you think it'll be, just like high school wasn't what you saw on Nickelodeon before you went. You'll be okay.


Finding the right college takes a lot of effort. Make sure you take the college tour; after touring a few schools I didn't like, I was able to weed out what I wanted out of dream my college better. In my opinion 90% of the "college expierence" is living in the dorms. When you live in the dorms, you meet people you would not normaly meet. Getting involved around campus is also a good way to get the college expierence. It helps you learn about your school more, and make some great friends along the way while doing something you may be good at or enjoy. College is the time to step out of your comfort zone, by doing this you can truely shine.


The advice I would give to students is to make sure you don't bring TOO much stuff. I understand that you dont want to forget anything because home maybe quite far away, but there is such thing as too much! Remember, if you are a freshman then you will be living with atleast one other person (maybe 2 other people.) Also, it may seem weird and strange to be thrown in a room with a complete stranger, but try and take it as an opportunity to make your first friend away from home. You don't have to be bestfriends with your freshman year roommate roommate either. Think of them as sharing a space with, someone that you may do laundry with, someone who you go to the library with, or someone you talk to (if not your RA.) Parents if this is your first child that is going to college, be proud of them / be proud of yourself. This is an accomplishment, college is where they'll find out what they want to do for the rest of their life. College is a major experience for being alone, getting yourself involved in various activities, etc.


My mom always told me no matter where I end up, it's as long as I'm happy that matters most. I'm the oldest of 3 kids and neither one of my parents attended college so it was very important to find a school that had exactly what I wanted to pursue but can also fit a tight budgeted family. The first piece of advice I would give is visiting the campus before applying to ensure that one can see themselves at that location before applying. I'd also recommend having an idea of what one wants to do in the future so one has a base to start their studies. Lastly, I would strongly advise it's in a location far enough one is getting their independence but close enough that coming home is easy. Most importantly, make sure it's a school that will help one follow their dreams. Having the career one wants is a dream come true and having a stable education is a start but also getting involved in clubs and sports and having great friends is part of that package. Picking the right college is only the beginning.


The advice that I would present to parents and prospective students would be to follow your heart and choose the school that feels right. Going through the process of choosing a college is one of the most brutal and terrifying things that a person can go through. There are so many questions that need to be asked and so much information that can go unattained, but in the end it all comes down to finding a place where you can be comfortable. I would advise prospective students to definitely go on a tour of each school, during the active school year, that you are thinking of attending. This is the only way you will be able to see exactly how the campus functions. It will also allow you to get a feel for what the student body is like. As for making the most of the college experience, all I can say is: go out, have fun, make friends, and be yourself. This is your chance to start over and really express yourself without the weight of high school binding you down. This is your chance to be free.


Price and location and prepare for grad school. The US is oversaturated with people who have undergrad degrees and it's near impossible to seperate yourself with your undergrad degree unless it's a top flight university. Also college costs are skyrocketing putting people in debt during their youth, starting a family, and home buying phases. Lastly, you need the credibility of internships and you need those alumni connections which means location location location. Keep it simple. Go to a more economically sound state school. Trust me, they will have your major. Keep yourself as far out of debt as possible, debt seriously hampers flexibility. And make sure your college is close to jobs within your area of study. Information is available to all these days because of the internet, making prestegious programs overrated to an extent. Internships are where the major learning and job connections happen and your location and alumni will help immensly. Also gear up for graduate school. Your learning is much more focused and advanced, your classmates and alumni will be valueable connections, and that "Masters" title will blow out your competition. Do what you love. Good luck!


Start looking early- and going on tours, too! It's the best way to open your eyes to all the possiblities that are out there. Apply for all the scholarship and grant money that you can find- it'll come in handy later, believe me! Once you get settled at school, GET INVOLVED!! Find a club that interests you and go meet some people. Open your door to the hallway and introduce yourself to your neighbors; after all, you'll be living with them all year. Don't spend your whole first semester with your roommate - you might just get really sick of them before Christmas. Plus, the more the merrier! Don't spend all your money in one place- save a little for those rainy days or trip opportunities that sometimes spring up out of nowhere. Travel, dance, laugh, and have fun- it's the best four years of your life, so make the best of it, enjoy every minute of it, and cherish the friends that you'll make because the memories will truly last a lifetime!


Be open to anything-- learn as much as you can about every college you visit; TALK to students that go there now, not just one, a few.. If you can, try to schedule a time to visit and stay for a weekend-- see what the college is really like..have fun!!


Don't ever go to a college based on what any of your friends or boyfriend/girlfriend is looking for, always chose based on your needs