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


If I could go back and time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would have a lot to say. I remember being so scared and overwhelmed by the application process so I would want to tell myself to just relax a little. Since my high school years were tough for me, I would like to tell myself that it really gets better and that college will be so different. Being in college is more laid back in the sense that you don't have to worry about what people think about you as much. As long as you do what's best for you, that's all that matters. I would also encourage my high school self to stop procrastinating. It is such a bad habit that I am still trying to break, so I would like to have been able to form better study habits sooner. The last thing I would tell myself is to just be me. I know that this is a cliche, but it's true. I know that I am still trying to find myself but I'm doing my best to let my real self shine.


Hey kid, congratulatious you survived! I know it hasn't been easy, but in college it does get better. People are more accepting and considerate. Seriously, don't be afraid to talk to your classmates, they are cool people. Also, just becuase you have certain friends in the beginning of the year doesn't mean they will be there at the end, and that's alright. Along those lines, roommates are tough! It's okay if the first one doesn't work out. It's not your fault. But maybe you should fight for the room...just saying. I know you are looking forward to not working while being in school, but do yourself a solid and get a job. It wont be glamorous but it will save you a lot of tears when the second semester bill comes in. Be brave, join the chorus! I know you miss singing, and it will be good for you to start again. I know its scary but remember it is okay to not have a plan. To figure it out along the way, you're young. And, it's okay not to be perfect. Take a deep breath. Now, go. Have fun.


Dear Krystina, The first thing I want to say is “be yourself.” Growing up is hard to do and by wanting acceptance and trying to conform to the social groups around you, you lose who you are as a person. We are all different from one another and have our own likes and dislikes. It’s the people who try to blend in with the social norms that will end up going nowhere in their life. Learn about yourself, about your likes, dislikes, hobbies, interests and goals in life. Exploring yourself and discovering who you truly are as a person is extremely beneficial as an individual. Racking your brain for different paths and ideas to wander down is something that not enough people do in today’s world. We become what we think we can become. In other words we are the epitome of our thoughts. You can be whatever you want. Don’t ever forget that! Be yourself. Always, The One and Only


As a high school senior, I was very unsure of what I had wanted to do but known I had wanted to go to college. I had accomplished many great things in high school such as a great deal of charity work and cmember of many clubs. If I were to go back in time and tell myself anything it would be to follow my passion and my dream. I have had many doubts and have cime to the conclusion that I should have taken some risks and followed my dream in doing something I am truly passionate about and going for it. I would tell myself to never stop trying and eventually I will get there. i do have tha mindset now but it took me awhile to face the facts of what I want to do in life and it is something I love which is helping people. I would tell myself not to be in denial of this and go for it. One day I would like to start a non profit organization of my own to help others in need.


Some advice that I would give myself as a high school senior would be to save your money until you can't save anymore! Being in college, there are so many things to do with your new found friends, but there are also many new responsibilities that you have. As a rising sophmore, I have found that it is important to have a job while in school because it helps fit the bill in the rhelm of off campus activities as well as little tasks like grocery shopping, mailing packages or traveling home. Along the same line as saving money, I would advise myself to make sure to apply for as many scholarships as possible. If you work hard in school and go to class then it is going to pay off tremendously when your financial aid is being determined during academic review. The better grades you have, the better aid you will get, but any outside scholarships will help you little by little so when it comes to paying back student loans you won't be as stressed out as a non-prepared student.


I would tell myself to join clubs right away, to fill the hole that not being physically able to play soccer would make. If I had joined clubs and been more involved on campus right away, I would have had more fun during my freshmen year and would have been more confident in myself. I would have known that I am someone beyond just being an athlete, and that having once been an athlete does not define who I am- I can survive and be social without clinging to sports.


The advice I would give myself is to never give up. It all might seem overwhelming at first, but it does get easier. Once you have figured out how to manage your time, and your classes, things become a breeze. Also, never put doing school second! It should ALWAYS be the first priority. Once the work is done, then the fun can begin.


I would advise myself to be more open on the idea of forming new friendships. I would tell myself to spend as much time with my high school friends as possible because as the new school year draws closer people tend to get sucked into their own college life. I would like to have known that life isn't always serious and hard work. It is okay to step back every once in a while and just have fun. One lesson I believe I could have learned sooner is that there is a difference between being the best and being my best. I am always in such a hurry to get perfect grades which is very overwhelming. I woud like to have known that college isn't too drastically different from high school and there wasn't very much to be worried about.


I have gotten a lot out of my college, it has taught me about good work ethics, people skills, responsibility, and most of all communications skills. These characteristics are used as daily tools for the real world. When I don't know how to handle a situation I think about all the tools I have learned in school to help me solve my problem. These characteristics go far beyond that. They have taught me who I want to be and where I would like to go in my life. I know that anything is possible if I put my mind and the knowlege that I have learned to what it is I desire to be. To learn these tools at a young age as myself has helped me through a lot of problems in my life, and I can only hope that we can start teaching this in high school to help benefit kids while they are still young and can help them now opposed to later in their life.


College is not what I expected it to be. In high school, I frighteningly imagined a large, hectic campus with unrecognizable faces passing me by left and right. I cringed at the thought of all-night-long study sessions and even the nights that I didn't have to study, I would be kept up by the party being held in the room next door. Now that I have completed my first semester, I realize that I was completely wrong. College is not as scary as it seems to be. In fact, college has taught me to be a stronger and more independent person. The value of attending school is not only educational, but also personal. You grow up after high school; you learn to meet new people and new friends; and you learn how to work hard and focus on a future career. A lesson such as this could not be anymore important for a person's future. Lasell has given me the qualities that I need to succeed and my experience within just one semester has enabled me to realize how truly valuable the college experience is.


While I was still in high school I believed that college was a place where you go to obtain a higher degree so that after 4 years of education, you would be able to find a high paying job. Out of this experience I have learn that college is nothing that my high school self imagine it to be. College is expensive, college sometimes takes more than 4 years to finish, college requires a lot of hard work and studying, and college is rewarding. My experiences through college helped me find myself as a person, my values, what I actually want to do with my life, made me life long friends, and hopefully my next degree will get me a wonderful job. Yes, I am going back to school for a second degree in Accounting and I couldn’t be happier, using my experience from my pervious college degree I know exactly what to do, how to study, and how to succeed. The college experience is exceptionally like no other experience in life, so go experience it. But most importantly major in something you love so that you don’t have to go back and get a second degree!


My college experience was excellent. At the time I was unsure about going to college and had actually been accepted into my top choices. I declined all of my offers in a sense I would be able to travel the world. My dreams were shot down and soon enough I was looking for a college that would meet my standards. I took one step on campus at Lasell College and I knew this was the school. I was able to play two varsity sports and graduate early allowing me to transition into living in the city after college. Attending college gave me the ability to move up in my career aspirations and attend graduate school. The one thing I can take away from Lasell is the relationships I made with fellow classmates and faculty members. The overall college experience is very valuable to me and my family and graduating Magna cum Laude was one of the largest accomplishments of my life. I look forward to taking what I have learned while at Lasell and moving on with my future endeavors.


What I have gotten from this college experience was how hard a person can actually succeed if he/she puts forth the work. Success is counted sweetest by those who don't succeed. My family never went to college, nor did majority of them even graduate high school so I barely knew what to expect. It was tough for me to adjust and it was hard to leave my family and high school friends behind, but college has completely changed my outlook on life. I can do it, I know I can.


Over the past few months, college has changed me in so many ways and it has been the best experience of my life. College has taught me that I need to be myself around others and not conform to the likes of other people. My school is very small so I have learned that I need to work hard because my major is competitive and attend class regularly so my professors like me. The most rewarding thing about college is that it's a time in your life where you break free from home and you start to gain independance. Another thing that is thrown at you when you attend college is having a roomate and in my experiences I have learned alot from her because we were nothing alike. If I could do it all over again I wouldn't change a thing becuse so far my freshman year has been rocky but I have had the best learning experiences that will benefit my future.


If I could talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself to study the syllabus because professors do not tend to remind you of assignments. Also, take good notes because some professor's do not make powerpoints or sometimes the information on the powerpoint might not be valuable. I would suggest to make a schedule on how to divide your homework so that it won't get overwhelming. I would tell myself to be prepared to have a culture shock when it comes to food and roommates since you are accustomed to having your own room and eating a home cook meal. I would tell myself to pick a college that is in the city to be able to access public transportation. Also, a location where there are other activites going on so that I will not bored. I would tell myself to prepare for diversity such as people with a different religion and sexual orientation.


I would tell myself to remain open and curious about everything. I would encourage myself to learn new things and to make connections with new people both academic and personal. I also would advise myself to not be afraid to ask for help if needed and to also remember to have fun. College is what you make of it and the lessons you learn and experiences you gain from attending are the most important elements of college.


if i could go back in time i would tell my self to make sure i stay focused. college is not like high school and its easier to slack off because you dont have anyone breathing down your neck about the homeworks, projects or test you got coming up. when your in college make your syllabus your best friend because it has all the answers to the last. the syllabus is your perfect guide as to what the couse has in store for you. It lays out the day to day tasks that you will be doing and it lets you know when all the tests projects and major papers are do. By keeping track of the syllabus its easier for you to get through the last. Most importantly, dont slack off. by slacking off your not hurting anyone but yourself and your grade so take pride in the work you do and take your time and always make sure you get lots of rest.


I would go back and tell myself get my grades up and priorities straight. Knowing how much college is and how much work my parents do to get me into and keep me in school I would tell myself that it is of extreme importance to help out by any means. Getting better grades would allow me to be more eligible for scholarships and and would indeed lighten the load off my family. Independence is another thing I would touch on with my high school self. Getting to college I am often on my own and to figure things out that way instead of with help from parents or faculty so getting out a shy type of personality would be key in being able to approach people that I would need to disscuss things with.


If I could talk to my high school self back in the day, I would not give him advice but I will tell him to stay strong and to keep up the hard work. I am saying this because I do not regret nothing about college and my own instincts was the only thing that made me survive in college.


I would give myself advice to not find friends that drink there life away and really get involved from the very beginning. I would tell myself that school comes first not friends and partying. Even though I learn my lesson in the long run, it was not worth having my GPA as low as it is. I would also tell myself don't start off at a community college and go right to the four year collge. You know how much Lasell will mean to you in the long run, just do it from the start


If I could go back and give myself advice about the transition into college there would be a lot I would say. Most importantly I would tell myself to be as outgoing as possible. Don't be afraid to walk up to someone you don't know and introduce yourself. Meeting new people has become my favorite thing to do but at first I was afraid and missed some opportunities to do so in the beginning. Second, a good roommate is not necessarily someone who will be your best friend but rather someone that respects your space. Third, enjoy your nights out but don't get carried away. All the new found freedom can really get to your head and I have seen some people throw it all away for a couple nights out, it isn?t worth it. Last keep an open mind and take classes you wouldn?t ordinarily take. It is totally okay to not know what you want to do with your life and this is the time to experiment with different interests. This is a big process of getting to know yourself so enjoy finding out who you really are, it's awesome.


Finding the right college can be tough, but the best way I found was going and visiting the school. Getting the feel of the campus is important, and talking to students who go to the school is really insightful. College is what you make of it. Getting the most out of your experience is as easy as getting invovled in something. For me it was cross country. It was great because I basically started out my freshman year with 20 friends who I had something in common with! You form really special bonds with your team or club, and friends are always important in having the best experience possible. It doesn't have to be a sport either, it could be a club or volunteer work or a study abroad program. I would also recommend getting to know your professors because it makes class more enjoyable, and they can help guide you in the direction you want to go. College is so much more than academics; It's what you do outside of class that defines who you are. My best advice is to be optimistic, have an open mind, and don't be afraid to try new things!


You should always visit a prospective college, especially while classes are in session. See what the campus is like, see what the students are like. If possible, go to classes and see if they're set up in a way that will help you learn. Once you decide on a college and start your first year, make some good friends, in both similar majors and different ones. Friends will help you get through anything you might face during the school year, and will make any school more enjoyable.


visit as many schools as possible and visit more than once. also check out the area surrounding the school because that is just important as the school itself.


Have fun


I would tell the children to really think about if they would do better in a small or big campus. I would actually recomend a bigger campus then Lasell looking back. These are the friends you will keep for life and this is where you will be living for the first 4 years of your new life. Think about the distance from your house, so you can still be able to go back and visit whenever you want, but do not go home too often. Stay open minded when you first start and try to make as many friends as possible. The nicer you are the more friends you will make. Its all about keeping your social and acadamic life balanced, but make sure you make and keep a few close friends. Dont just let loose and go crazy your first semester, it will give you a bad reputation and it will drag down your GPA. Parents have to just let their children go, the more they hold on the harder it is for their kids. You cant keep calling them and babying thm, you must give them their space when they first go to college.


Make sure you allow your kid(s) to go somewhere where they will have access to things that are off campus, not a campus thats in the middle of nowhere. Don't allow them to go somewhere just where they want to play sports because they could end up not liking other things about it. Make sure the school is not to big or too small for them. Also make sure its within a decent distance to your home in case your kids want to come home and it wouldnt be too much of a hassle for them to get home or the parents to get to them.


Finding the right college is important and sometimes you may not find it until your almost done with school. I realized that while I didnt have the best experiences at this school, I made the best of it and I will never forget or take back my experiences that I had because it got me to where I am today and I made some great friends and had some great networking opportunities.


Talk to a lot of the students and not just the tour guides to see what they like and dont like about the college.


Finding the right college is very, very important. Before anyone can pick a college they have to have an idea of who they are, who they want to become and what they want to be a part of. Larger Universities might be intimidating for many people. If someone doesn't want to constantly be around people drunk and drugged thursday, friday and saturday nights, they might not want to be in a sorority or fraternity, because that stuff does go on. At larger universities, there are so many sororities and frats, that some people find it an obligation that once they are a freshman there, they have to rush. This becomes an intimidation and distraction for what the real reason that person is at school for, an education. On the other hand, smaller colleges might have a tendency to get old. Education is everyones first priority when they choose a school, but if a college is so small that everyone knows everyone, and there is never anything new to do, a student can become really bored and loose enthusiasm even for classes and school work. Think about every aspect of what you want and need for your life before choosing.


When picking a school that's right for you, make sure you compare it to your high school. If you didn't like your high school by the way class size was the diversity or non diversity then go for a college that is the complete opposite of it. Also make sure that you shop around for financial aid. If your number one choice school is giving you less ing financial aid then your back up schools then go to your number school and basically say, "Listen your my number, but your giving me less than my back up schools." See what their response is they have to work with you. Colleges are like a business they don't want to hear anything bad and they definitely don't want to lose you to another school. To make the most out of your college experience you should definitely live on campus no matter how close your college is to home. You really can't get the college experience by commuting. If you do decide to commute then get involved with everything that's going on on-campus. Be apart of any clubs and teams as much as you can.


I would tell parents or other students just to be open when looking at schools and not to worry about the costs because if they do it won't reflect well on the school even if it would be perfect for them. Also for the student, don't worry about what your parents really want you to do, do what you want to do, what will make you happy. Once in school just make the most of it. Go to events and make as many friends as possible, they may be good assets to have after you graduate, you never know.


Choose the right college for you. Don't make the mistake of going somewhere just because someone else goes/went there. Also, college is the next for year of your life. This where you will grow as an individual and become an adult. Make the most of it, experience new things and meet new people. Always remember why you are there and don't let anything come between your dreams.


Advice to parents: Encourage your child to look at schools at the beginning of their Junior year in high school. It takes a long time to do college visits and interviews. There are many schools around with amazing opportunities. The more a student visits, the more they will know what they want. Teach them about and tell them that it is a website where they type in their interests and it will automatically bring up schools that they may be interested in. Don't push your child to attend a school that you think would be perfect for them. They need to make decisions based on how THEY feel. Don't push them to go far away and don't influence them to stay close to home. Stay with your child every step of the way and try to appreciate each decision they make. Advice to Students: Don't just pick a school that all of your friends are going to. Take time to visit them and explore their majors and the opportunities at the college. Go check out the campus...on a day where classes are in session so you also get a feel of student life.


The only advice that I could give parents, or students who are looking into finding the right college for themselves is to research the type of college that would be ideal for them - in all areas, including class sizes, types of classes offered, the types of people that attend the school, the professors. It is key to how you will respond once you are there, and ensure your happiness and success, and in order to make the most out of your college experience, I would say that you should make sure that you enjoy the classes, and major you choose, apply yourself a hundred percent, but also involve yourself in other activities wether it be on or off of campus.


make sure you visit the school and talk to kids that already go there. the will tell you first hand what campus is like and even if you will like it. as for getting the most out of your college experience, have no regrets. college is one of the best times of your life dont take anything for granted.


Make sure that you visit a lot of schools that offer the major you are interested in and talk to some of the students to see how they like the school and location.


spend time on the campus of each school you are thinking about and try to see yourself living there and feeling at home. one will just feel right to you...thats where you should go


Take the time to talk with students while visiting campus, not just the tour guides or college staff, they will give you honest answers about their experiences. If you already know of a student that attends that school, try to arrange a visit that includes part of the school week and the weekend. The first school I went to had so much going on during the week, but weekends were so quiet that the only entertainment for most students was partying (which I did not want to get involved in, so I was very bored and lonely during the weekends). Take the time to talk to some of the professors in the major you are interested in, get a feel for their enthusiasm as a teacher and their attitudes toward students, after all, they are the folks that will be training you for the field you have chosen to study. Ask about their teaching styles and their availability to students outside of class, another important factor in choosing a school, you wouldn't want to be attending classes that are going to bore you to tears!


Make sure that you really get a feel for the college before you enroll. Make sure there are enough extra curriculars offered and that you like the area. I think its really important to make sure its a community of people you want to be a part of.