Lebanon Valley College Top Questions

What should every freshman at Lebanon Valley College know before they start?


If I could go back in time, I would tell myself to avoid procrastination and work progressively on assignments. Because of all of the work that is assigned during college, I needed to make a quick transition to get myself used to working steadily on papers and other assignments to make sure everything was finished and turned in on time. Also, I would have told myself to be more involved with fellow classmates, because in college I am working with other classmates very often and wish I would not have been as shy towards the beginning.


I would tell myself to work harder in high school. During my college interview, I found out I was just below the requirement for a scholarship. In a graduating class of 600 people, I was 6 ranks below the cutoff. I knew college would be hard, but I had no idea what was coming. For the past year I have worked 3 jobs simultaneously while attending college full time, and I have recently added an internship to my list of responsibilities. The summer before my first fall semester I worked 80 hours a week and saved every dollar I had. Less than a year later everything I have saved is gone. In high school I worked, and saved a little, but I wasted a lot of money in those years that I wish I had now. And I would tell myself to enjoy high school, instead of longing for graduation as badly as I did. And I would tell myself to never underestimate the little pleasures in life, someday that'll be all you'll have.


I would tell myself to go to a more prestigious school with a lower tuition cost. I wish I would have gone to Pennslvania State University or St. John right away instead of spending money on a private school.


I would tell myself to start off at Lebanon Valley, instead of transfering from a community college. I would tell myself to try to be more open and ready to accept the college life, that everything will be fine, I will make friends that will last a life time. To work hard and I can accomplish anything that I can put my mind to. I would basically tell myself to have more confidence and to work harder on my academics to get farther a head in less time. I would tell myself to learn how to stay organized and be more efficent with all my work inside and outside of the classroom. If I work hard now I can have fun and hang out with my new friends on the weekends. I would also tell myself to relax and take deep breaths, because I do need to keep calm and keep working hard.


Stay the course. Do not give up on your dreams. Life is too short to doubt yourself. Push harder than you ever have. Love, laugh, and cry, but most of all, enjoy it because it will go by way too fast.


Take your time. You may feel lonley and you will get homesick. It gets easier and more fun, and soon you will never want to leave school. Make sure you like your friends. Having bad friends by your side makes the transition significantly harder. Also, if you don't get along with your roommate, find a new one! It will make your college life more fun and less stressful having a friend in your room instead of an enemy. Also have fun. Go to parties, and join a bunch of clubs. They are great ways to meet new and lasting friends.


If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior, my biggest piece of advice would be to take school seriously and learn good study habits. The hardest part of my first semester of college was teaching myself how to study. In high school studying was not a huge priortiy of mine and now that I am in college I wish I would have taken the time to learn how to study and what works best. College professors expect a lot more of students than my teachers in high school ever did. I wish I would have known how important it is to read your textbooks in college because when it comes to exams many professors expect that you read the chapters in the text book. Even during lectures professors expect that students read and are prepared for discussions or prepared with questions. I wish I would have known in high school that there are many distractions in college and it is important to learn to manage time wisely and get work done in a timely manner. Procrastination is evil and I would advise to myself would be to avoid it whenever possible.


If I could go back in time and give myself some advice about college, I would tell myself to ignore what other people were telling me I should do once I graduated. My parents, especially my mom, always told me that I would make a great teacher-- having weekends and every summer off were great bonuses too. I enjoyed being around children, so it seemed like a good idea. The problem with this aspiration was that I do not like talking in front of groups of people-- no matter how old they are. In high school, I loved listening to and playing music. I would go back and advise myself to ignore what my parents were encouraging me to do, and to focus more on pursuing my love of music. Because I hesitated in abandoning my goal of becoming a teacher, I am a year behind my other music classmates in the requirements for my degree. I also lost the opportunity of strenghening other skills that are needed to succeed in this field. I do not regret losing that time, but I wish I had followed my own instincts on what I wanted to do after high school.


I would tell myself to be more focus on the transition from home to college. to be more prepare, and be ready to step out my confort zone to interact with other culture other than my own. also i would tell my self to developt good time management skills so it would be easier for me as i am getting adapt as a freshman. i would telll myself to develop good study habbit early and good test taking skills.


I wish I could go back in time to when I was a senior in high school to talk to myself. If I knew half of the things I know now going into college, I think I would have had a more successful first semester at college. First off, I would definitely tell my past self that college is totally different from high school. I would tell myself that high school really does not prepare you for the rigorous course work in college. I mean, yes, high school prepares you with basic skills of reading, writing, and mathematics, but high school does not teach you how to study. I would make sure to tell myself learn how to study while the material is easy. However, everyone probably knows they need to study, and I even told myself that going into college. I would tell myself that I need to expect to study A LOT. Lastly, I would advise myself to learn how to manage time. When you think you have so much free time, in reality you don't. You can't change the past, but knowing what I know now will help me improve in the semesters to come.