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

It is important to select a college that will cater to your needs in terms of your major and learning abilities, but attendin...

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

It is important to select a college that will cater to your needs in terms of your major and learning abilities, but attending college is not only about getting a degree. Parents and students should consider the programs availble and organizations and teams to join. However, the most influential factor should be how the student interacts with the student body. Living away from home and leaving high school friends is challenging, but can be extremely rewarding if the student thrives at his/her new school and makes new friends. If the student is uncomfortable in his /her new environment, the next four or more years of their life could be the most miserable instead of the most memorable.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The intolerance of the student body for people of another race or sexual orientation, because it creates a close-minded environment that seems hostile to people different from the "norm" or average.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

There is no one who shouldn't attend, but they should be aware of the climate of the school. It' has great engineering and business schools, but the racism and conservatism of the student body might be more than some people can handle.

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

Keep an open mind as to where you or your child want to go. Make sure you have visited the campus of each college where you ...

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

Keep an open mind as to where you or your child want to go. Make sure you have visited the campus of each college where you are applying. I had my heart set on a completely different college because it was close to my friends from home, but then I visited Lehigh last and found that the laboratories and quality of the campus were so much better than the other colleges I had looked at. It took a long time to figure out where I finally wanted to go. This is a decision that you will have to live with for the rest of your life and career. Look at the alumni network, campus grounds, buildings, and classrooms. Ask a current student what it is like to go to the school or, even better, spend a weekend on campus going to a few classes and then explore the social life. It is alright to say no to a school that you had anticipated to be where you wanted to go and that had already accepted you. If they are really that good, they will just want you to be happy...and maybe even offer you a sweeter finacial aid package!

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had learned how to balance social life with my academic life. Here at Lehigh you have to know how to "Work hard and party hard." Freshman year had taught me a lot about this.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The math department is the most frustrating thing I have ever encountered. While taking calculus, I learned the material, but then the tests and exams were all rediculously difficult. I always felt like they wanted and anticipated you to fail these examinations unless you devoted your life to the point where you start having health problems. This happened to a few friends of mine.

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

The question that should always be in the back of your mind when choosing a school is ?How realistic of a match is this for me?? Everyone wants to attend the schools with the best names; however, these schools are not for every student. Take your time and take into consideration every aspect of the school, including social life. Many people excuse the social climate when making final decisions on a school not realizing that social life plays a major part in student emotional health and the overall college experience.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

very liberal or some one who doesn't like social atmostpheres with alcohol

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

Go into this process with an open mind. The best way to decide on a school is to go on a campus tour, sit in a class, eat in...

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

Go into this process with an open mind. The best way to decide on a school is to go on a campus tour, sit in a class, eat in the dining hall, experience the average day of a student at that school and see if it fits for you. Look at the all of the academic and extra curricular programs the school has to offer. Once attending school, be adventerous to trying something new. You have a clean slate and only four short years that just fly by. Make the most out of it.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish someone would have told me the heavy emphasis on Greek life and how it may affect the social aspect whether or not I would have joined

What's unique about your campus?

The best part of my school is the ability to balance academics with social and extra curricular activities.

Renee
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

What is unique about this school is the intense school spirit and connection with alumni. A lot of schools have school spirit...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

What is unique about this school is the intense school spirit and connection with alumni. A lot of schools have school spirit, but the students are so proud to attend Lehigh and it shows, not just during Spirit Week but every day of the school year and even off campus as well.

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

College is not just about education but about the experience as well. For the parents, make sure that your child is not only getting the best education that they can, but also make sure they are getting a great experience out of it as well. People used to tell me that college will be the best four years of your life, and I did not really believe it, until now when I am in my senior year and thinking about actually missing classes and the lifelong friends that I have made. For the students, the same advice applies. College is not all about studying and taking tests, make sure to have fun and let loose every now and then, because the four years will fly by very quickly and you will find yourself wishing you had gone out more with your friends or gotten more involved with activities on campus. My point is make sure to go to class and have some fun too!

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known about the hills. It is alot walking up and down the hills the first year, but it is great exercise and you get used to it, plus there are buses and transportation that can take you around campus, so that is nice.

Jared
Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Sterotypes are rarely accurate and in this case they are not true. There are kids from every type of background and every yea...

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Sterotypes are rarely accurate and in this case they are not true. There are kids from every type of background and every year the student population is becoming more and more diverse. While Lehigh students do like party it just like any other college.

What are the academics like at your school?

The academics are terrific. Teachers are engaging and challenging. The accounting department was recently ranked number 1 in the nation by BusinessWeek and all the other majors and departments are strong as well. Teachers like class participation no matter how many people are in the class.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Some of the sterotypes about students are that they are all rich white kids. It is also common place to say that they drink everynight and do amazing in classes the next day.

Carolyn
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

As an engineer, I know what's unique about the engineering program. We have a class completely structured around designing a...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

As an engineer, I know what's unique about the engineering program. We have a class completely structured around designing and manufacturing a matchbox car for a middle school kid. It's a good course because it not only brings you through every stage of production, but it also helps to represent a real work situation by causing you to work with a "client", the middle schooler. Also, we constatly have equptment on loan from companies like Ford and GM, and they allow us to use them for our own projects while in exchange working on specific programs for them.

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

Consider yourselves a team. Having parents and students work together in the search process is ideal because the more input you get the better. However, besides financials, the choice should be put in the hands of the student, after all, they're the one whose going to attend school there. Next, keep your options open. There are lots of schools out there, and you will probably have difficulty at first, but visit as many schools as possible because it's the best way to find out if you could see yourself there. I knew I wanted to go to Lehigh the moment I arrived on campus and not a second before. To make the most of your college experience, take your time; you probably won't know what you want to study right away. Try a variety of courses and activites and narrow from there. Find something that makes you happy, whether you're good at it or not; the worst thing you can do is do something just because you're good at it because you'll end up hating it if it doesnt make you happy. When you find something that makes you happy, you'll be successful.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known the amount of work I would be doing and the amount of activities I would be involved in. At first I started off participating in everything, which was difficult. Now, I have norrowed it down to the things I'm really interested in, like my sorority, Mini Baja SAE, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and gymnastics. Also, I wish I had know that anyone who wasnts to do research or study abroad has the opportunity to do so; no one is turned down. That's why I'm studying abroad over the summer.

Diraj
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

My school is small and culturally bland.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

My school is small and culturally bland.

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

When searching for a college, do not limit yourself to the colleges you hear your friends and family mention, and do not limit yourself to school rankings. While some schools are better than others, there is much more to college than taking classes relevant to your career path. College is a time where students learn how to be responsible, take care of themselves, and explore the world in a unique way; the time you spend at college has the potential to develop an individual's character and personality and can serve as a crucial stepping stone into the real world. How can you make the most of the college experience? Remember that the most expensive colleges aren't always the best, so don't worry about being limited in your "experience" because you aren't spending $40,000 a year on college. Take courses you normally wouldn't such as a religion course or economics - without throwing yourself out there you will never know what other interests you may have. The most important thing to learn while at college is learning how to balance activities. Learn how to balance out friends and homework, clubs and sports, or grades and fun.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

it is ranked in the top 50 colleges in the United States and it is close to New York and Philadelphia

valerie
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

engineering, business, binge drinking

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

engineering, business, binge drinking

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

It is definately very helpful to know what you want to do before you get to school. That way, you are very motivated to earn a high GPA from the start, rather than find out later what it is you are interested in and then become excited about working hard to excell.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

how hard you must work to succeed in pre-med, that there is nothing to do outside binge drinking

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

I would advice students to choose the college that makes them feel most as if they were at home. They should use factors such...

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

I would advice students to choose the college that makes them feel most as if they were at home. They should use factors such as size and academics as a guide but not allow simply those to base their decision. Also, the student should weigh all of the pros and cons and visit as many schools they are interested as they can. Parents should be there to help their young adults in narrowing down their choices and well as give them a wide array of options. They should not limit the student to colleges only the parents are intetrested in, but allow them to choose one they feel they will grow most as a person and student.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about my school is how it helps each student to grow personally. The small class sizes allow for more discussion and bonds between the student and professor that help one learn material easier.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating thing is that because most of the students come from upper-middle to upper class families in America, many are White, and therefore may discriminate against the minorities who are sometimes few in number depending on their ethnicity.

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