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


As my high school gradution date approached, I grew increasingly nervous about the transition into college. I was worried that I would not get along with the other girls on my floor, that I would not be involved in any activities, that I would never figure out my major, and that I would not make friends. If I could go back in time, I woud tell myself to not become so anxious about everything because it will all work out. I would tell myself to let everything flow naturally, because once college began everything would start to piece together and I would find myself being surrounded by people I would become very close with, and I would learn how to structure my life around everything so I know my priorities and I put them first.


Your life is about to change immensley. You are going to meet so many new people that will impact your life. Meet as many people as you can; they will welcome you. Be open to trying new things; get involved in as many campus groups and activities as you can. Don't forget to let those you love know how much you appreciate and care about them. Understand that there will be many changes happening in the next few years. These changes will all work out and be for the better in the end. You will be challenged in many aspects of your life while at college. Your education will be very different than you are used to, but it is to challenge and make you more globally aware. You will question your beliefs and values, which is a natural part of life. This will strengthen you and help you better understand yourself and your place in the world.


I came into college with an undecided major and serious doubts about myself and my potential. If I could go back in time, I would tell myself that, yes, college will be hard and stressful; however, it is also so rewarding and self-affirming. I've learned through the past year and a half to truly appreciate each new situation that I am faced with and try to find a take-away from it, but it has been a hard thing to do. Ultimately, I would tell myself to believe in myself, God, and the goodness of those supporting me.


Taking a Photoshop class is very important in my major, and I have always been interested in computer designing. The advice I would give to my former self in high school would be, take a Photoshop class! Not only would I enjoy it, but taking a Photoshop class in high school would have helped me decide my major earlier in my college career. Having more of my required classes for my major fulfilled I would of been able to experience a lifelong dream of studying abroad in Ireland. My dream will hopefully only have to wait another long two years. Deciding late on my major is my main fault in college. If only going back in time was an option.


Don't stress about it. Whatever the situation is, ask yourself, "Will it matter next year? Will it matter 5, 10 years from now?" Life goes on. Whether you didn't do well on a test, forgot to do a homework assignment, or completely embarrassed yourself in front of the guy you like, it's okay. There is so much more to life than school. Yes, school is important, and you should work hard to get everything you can out of it. But in the end, the grades you got or the embarrassing moments you had won't matter. It is the people in your life that matter. Your family, friends, and other loved ones are what make you feel fulfilled in happy. They are who support you and carry you through the hard times. They are who your heart beats for. They will be the people you make your best memories with, and memories ARE forever. So make as many friends as you can, and keep them close. Andremember that if it won't matter 2, 5, 10 years from now, don't sweat it.


If I could go back and talk to myself as a senior in high school I would tell myself to prepare to branch out. I would say: realize that college is an opportunity to become the person you have always wanted to be, but you have to work hard for it. It's not easy academically, socially, or financially. You cannot slack off, but it is an amazing experience. It is an opportunity to learn about an area or even several areas of academics that have piqued your interest. It is more than just school, though. In college, you get to be part of clubs that can make a difference. Like here at Loras, I'm part of Overcoming Violence and Empowering Positive Relationships (Ove+r) and the Gay Straight Alliance. In college you find people who are passionate about the same causes as you are and who give you opportunities to do something with that passion. All in all, I would tell myself to truly think about who I want to be and how I can get there and then to be ready to do it because college is the perfect enviornment for growth.


Hello, I am currently enrolled in the Architectural Technology program at Montgomery College. During my first year of college, I did not know what or where I was going in life. It was not until the end of my freshmen year did I find an interest in architecture. My foremost regret in high school was that I never took the time to apply and research about the diverse universities as well as scholarships that are offered within the U.S. I would advice myself to become more knowledgeable as to where I want to go and what I want to do after high school. I would have tried my best to enter on a four year university and if given the chance, to study abroad. I would have given myself a set of goals and plans as to what I wanted to engage in and experience. If I had taken the time and energy back in high school, I would not be where I am now. Life takes many unexpected turns. I have learned from my mistakes and nowadays, I ask for educational guidance and advice that are available for students. Thank you for your time. Sincerely, Merlyn Rivera


If I could go back to my highschool self and myself advice or write a letter to myself; this is what I would say. "Don't be shy, get to know everybody and no matter how hard you try not to be, you will be over involved; not that that is a bad thing. Meet as many people as you can and take advantage of everything that is offered."


If I were able to go back to high school knowing what I know now about college, I would tell myself I'm about to experience the best years of my life. That being said, I would tell myself to be more prepared for paying for college. College is an investment and I believe you get what you pay for. In my case, college has been a financial challenge. However, I won't let college payments keep me from investing in my future. I truly believe that education is one of the most important things you can invest both your time and money in. That being said, I have no regrets about my college choice. Even though Loras is more expensive than some of the public schools I looked into, I know now from experience that I'm getting a quality education. Therefore, I would tell my high school self that decided to attend Loras College that I have made the right decision and not to worry.


The advice that I could give myself would be to get out there more. Try to figure out my own passion early and go for it! Focus on what makes me feel all 'warm and fuzy' inside and follow my heart. I would tell myself to break out of my shell and talk to everyone I meet so I could form more relationships and possible future friendships as well as atempting future networking. The last bit of advice I would tell myself is that being on my own is great, but don't forget school work! Don't study at the last minute, but learn as you go. It's not like high school where craming before a test seemed to work, but college requires knowing details and various concepts so don't slack off and wory about doing 'tomorrow'.


The most important thing I can say is that when you get to college, there is a certain new freedom that comes with it, do NOT take advantage of this freedom. Go to bed at a decent hour, do your homework, don't go out on school nights, and go to mass. It will be tempting to disregard all of those things, and many of your peers will. I know from experience that it might seem fun at first, but that will catch up with you. I found that going out and being at a party with a ton of people was often when I felt the most lonely. I encourage you to just be yourself and to do things you are really interested in. This will help you to find friends who are just like you, and who you get along with. I'mnot going to lie, the first few weeks of school are rough. Everything is new. But the adjustment is much less painful than I anticipated or than anyone led me to believe. Good Luck! Be yourself. Trust in God's plan for you because you are exactly where you are supposed to be right now.


Going back I would have told myself to work even harder. I thought I was working hard, but when I got to college I realized that was no where near good enough. If I would have applied myself in high school more to academics and athletics I wouldn't need to be applying for so many scholarships, but now that I am no longer becoming a teacher I will be losing my teach grant and the price of my tuition goes up. I love this school so much and want to remain a Duhawk, but with my tuition price going up I do not think I will be able to afford it. It stinks because if I would have worked a little harder before college, instead of waiting until I got here I might not be in this situation. I am on the Dean's list, but that doesn't helping my financial award anymore. If I could do one thing, I would to back and tell myself to dedicate myself to academics more.


I think if I had the opportunity to go back to senior year things I might have done differently would be to not procrastinate on work. I also would have made the most of every moment because you don’t get them back. I had planned to play basketball in college and tore my ACL during preseason. I took for granted how fortunate I was and didn’t appreciate every moment. I think I realize both academically and athletically that I won’t get those moments back to redo. I don't regret being a hard-working high school student but I wish I would have stressed a little less and enjoyed the experience more. I avoided peer pressure which has been very helpful because there is a lot of pressure to do things that aren't productive in college. The alcohol, drugs, and sex pressures are great, I am glad that I am a strong individual that can avoid those situations. I have had a relatively smooth transition to a great campus. I am very fortunate to be where I am.


If I could go back in time to my high school self, I would have a lot to say. I would start off by telling myself that everything always has its way of working out, so do not dwell on the things you cannot change, and work hard to change the things you can for the better. Do not spend today anxious and nervous because then you waste a day you could have spent enjoying your loved ones. Since going away to college has left me very homesick, I would tell myself, your family is not going anywhere. You are not missing out on anything, so stay focused on what you need to do and you will be surprised at how time flies. I would say, always keep your chin up. Those days will come where you get pushed down one time after another, but do not give up. You are at school to better yourself for you and for the world around you. You have worked too hard to get here so work hard and enjoy your time because it flies.


There is one thing that determines whether you will have a good transition to college or not: yourself. If you decide to sit in your room and be anti-social, you're not going to have a good transition, and you'll probably want to transfer. However, while it may be difficult to do so, if you put yourself out there and actively try to make friends, I guarantee that you will have a successful transition. I have seen far too many people thinking that the switch from high school to college will be simple... but it's not. It's up to YOU to work through it. Also, the same thing will happen no matter where you go. While the size or location of a school may differ, the same rule still applies, if you don't work to make friends, you will feel woefully out of place. On the bright side, your respective college will provide opportunities for you to meet new friends, but again, it is up to you to attend those and do something to further yourself in your social situation.


I would tell myself that everything is going to be fine. College is easy to transition to if you do not get worked up and go with the flow. It is also very important to not be afraid to get the help you need in accept of going to school, or dorm life.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself “Don’t be so afraid. The only thing holding you back is you. Believe in who you are today and everything that person can be. Strive to become the best version of yourself. Work every day to beat that person and compete with no one else. Reveal in the world of big and beautiful ideas because they will change you. Know that what you learn shapes who you are. Take control of your education. You own it completely, so make it everything you want it to be. Read. Ask critical questions. Research around the issues brought up in class. Don’t sit back in your desk and expect the teacher to make a deposit in the bank of your brain, because it’s up to you to do the investing. Be bold. Make mistakes and redefine success and failure. Embrace every moment of this opportunity and always remember- when you graduate college you will be one of less than 10{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c} of the world’s population. You are privileged and entrusted with a great gift. Make the most of it.”


The advice I would give to my highschool self would be to first and foremost, save your money. You do not need to "keep up with the Joneses", window shopping can be fun too. With all the money you save now, you can have a decent car and have enough to "pimp out" your dorm room your freshman year. Another piece of advice I would give myself, would be to exercise more and cut back on the fast food. By creating healthy eating habits and exercising now, the legend of the "freshman 15" will not become a reality for you. The last bit of advice I would give to my high school self would be to cherish every moment as it happens. Even though things can be difficult and stressful at times, those moments will pass. It is the priceless moments, such as hanging with your friends at the lunch table, going on the senior trip, and finally walking across that stage, that you can not get back. Take risks and don't let oppurtunities pass you by and you will not regret your past when you get older.


If I were to go back in time to talk to myself about choosing a college and something about the transition I would tell myself that the most important thing about picking a college is making sure it is somewhere that you would enjoy being at. Make sure that the size is something that isnt going to be overwhelming but also that it won't be restricting. About the transition I would tell myself not to worry about making friends too much. There are a ton of opportunities to meet new people. Other people are looking to make new friends as well.


I'd say stay true to your faith/belief no matter what. It's okay to ask for help. Cherish your family becuase they won't always be there to help you. Always work hard.


Dear High School Self: When your teachers tell you something, like you're going to need this for college, LISTEN! Don't slack off...college setting is completely different. Better yourself now & prepare yourself for more. Always look to the future, never look back to the past. There is more important things in life then going out and partying, or getting in trouble. Work for something in your life that you love to do and stick to it. Don't let anybody tell you that you aren't good enough. And if they do, show them that your better then what they expected. Never give up! Love, Me.


Stacy, I know you are worried about your finances and affording college tuition on your own. Loans are available and so are other types of financial assistance. Don't work so much! Enjoy the whole college experience and limit work to weekends only. There are going to be so many activities and opportunities you are going to miss out on in college and experiences in the community if you keep up your current work schedule. Relax! Everything will work out fine; enjoy the finest years of your life. You have made plenty of connections for your future; it is time to live a little. You will be working for the rest of your life so enjoy yourself right now. Remember work is something that never goes away so right now, focus on school and do what you want to do!


If I were able to go back to my senior year of highschool, I would tell myself many things to make college life much better. The first advice would be to take as many college classes in high school as possible. I am finding out now that credits are a huge part of when students can register for classes and sign up for college housing. I am lower on the list because I did not start college with incoming credits. Another big thing I wish I would have told myself was to be yourself. I went to a very small school so friends were limited. I acted like myself but not to the full extend as I do know. I have truly learned who my friends are because I am capable to be me and I have found the people that accept me for that.


To begin with, the frist advice that I would give myself is to look at more colleges. Loras College is a great college it has good ratings and remarks about the school, but it is expensive. Another peice of advice that I would give to myself is to get involved in some organizations and activities that go on through the school. Getting involved through the school I will meet new people and better some of my skills like comunication and leadership skills. Additional advice I would tell myself is to work less and focus on the homework. If i would have known all this when I started my first semester I would have been fine, but i did not realize this till second semester. I would say that all this advice is good and would help any college student.


One of the most important things I would tell myself is to give it your all. Not just to give it your best try, but to start each day with the confidence to do your absolute best. Throughout the entire college experience things are not always going to go as you planned. You might not get as good of grades as in high school, or make the starting sports team, or get invited to every social event. That shouldn't keep you out of the game. It is important to stay at it each and every day. Stay true to who you are and those that are important are the ones who will be there in the end no matter how it turns out.


I wouldn't change a thing. Education is not a race, it is a life long process. After high school I set aside two years to serve my church as a missionary on the border of Argentina and Bolivia. There are experiences that universities cannot offer, and that you may not get a diploma for, but change your life. This experience set the tone for my life ambitions and goals. I grew immensly as I lived and worked with the people of Argentina. Their love and charity in spite of their poverty taught me a lesson I will never forget. I may not have left Argentina with a diploma, but I left fluent in spanish, and with an understanding and love of latino culture that has marked my life. I have worked to pay for my education, and have carefully avoided debt. While many of my high school friends are graduating college now and starting their careers, I am just finishing my associates, and will be starting a four year school this fall. To myself, the ambitious high school senior, I would say enjoy every step of the way. Follow your bliss.


I would tell myself that everything will be okay because I was very nervous to be in college and moving away from home. Now I am on my second semester in college and I am doing pretty good and working very hard to keep my grades up and also trying to have a social life. Another thing I would tell myself that the work is very busy it was seem a lot to do but if you keep working at it then you can be successful.


That even thing will be okay. I was very scared to leave home even though I knew that is what I wanted. Also to be positive to yourself and others around you Last thing is that your learning disability should not stop you on getting a high education. It just means that you have to work harder than other people. Just to keep in mind that you can do this.


For me, traveling back in time to speak to myself a high school senior would take me back some twenty years. I would first tell my younger self that education is by far the most important step to creating brighter future. I would tell myself how hard and empty life will be if I ignore my education and that the "easy" road, beacuse the "easy" road isn't so easy. Pursuing education is at times a difficult road. But, it's through those difficulties that will provide the skills necessary to a fulfilling futer and a fruitful carreer. So, younger self, hang in there and stick to it, because I know...it will all be worth it in time.


I would tell myself that as a high school student you don't exactly look at the big picture. You need to make sure you are making every effort in your abilities to make your future. The way the economy is today, you will need to make your future as bright as possible. Don't get swayed by the crowds, be your own person and stand up for what you believe in. If you don't stand up, who will? This is your life, take control! College is a new and exciting experience. You will have to make your own decisions and dicipline yourself to study and complete assignments, your professors won't cut you slack like you high school teachers. To succeed, you must trust in your own abilities. Life without your parents support will be life changing. Make every minute of high school count. College is one thing you must complete to have a brilliant future in your life.


The advice that I would give to myself if I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior knowing what I know now about college life and making the transition would be I am glad I chose Loras and became involved in the activities I did. The activities I engaged in helped me to meet others who shared the same interest as I did and become life long friends with them. The college is a friendly environment who encourages you to be involved and to excell in academics. The size of the campus is great and the professor to student ratio is the perfect size for me to learn. My advisors do a great job in supporting me in the career decisions I make and are always their for advice. I would not choose any other college other than Loras to receive my degree. Be More, Be LORAS.


The most valuable part of my college experience so far has been the relationships I have formed with people on campus. I have encountered many knowledgeable, flexible, caring staff members. I know that my professors truly care about how I do in and out of class and demonstrate it by taking time to meet with me. I know that many of these professional relationships will help me in the future by acting as resources and references. I have also formed invaluable friendships with peers who I truly believe make me a better person. I joke with my mom that everyone at Loras is intelligent, nice, and good looking. While this might be a stretch, I know that my fantastic college experiences have been made possible only because of the wonderful people I've encountered. Knowing which people to surround myself with is a valuable skill that I have learned during my first two years at Loras and will continue to develop, hopefully making my college experience even better in the future!


I have learned that there are many types of people and cultures. Im from a small town, but college has introduced me to the diversity that there is in the world. College has been valuable to attend because I'm learning things that we help me to get a job and I'm meeting a lot of new and different people.


What I have gotten out of the college experience is how different the world is in different areas. Everywhere you can meet new and different people and learn exciting things.


For me, the college experience is about growth. When I first stepped on to campus as a first-year student I had no idea what I was in for. College has transformed me from a student who merely learns and repeats to a student who learns and applies. The sort of deep analytical skills that college has equipped me with have proven invaluable as I have progressed into an upperclassman. As I look forward to graduate school I know that the skills I have learned in college such as leadership, community-building, analytical reasoning, and discipline will aid me greatly in my overall personal success. In life, everyone has their own ultimate goal even though not everyone is sure what it is. I am one of those people. However, even though I do not know where exactly my future will take me, I know my college experience will be the reason I get there.


Loras College has helped me make some amazing friends. Meeting people is one of the toughest parts about college one of the biggest things most people worry about. Loras encourages students to interact and they provide so many activities for students to meet people. Loras has provided me by providing opportunites to help me decide between two majors, athletic training and sports management. I have been able to actively be apart of the Athletic Training program at Loras and I am continually informed about what is going on. It has been a valuable experience getting to observe and help in the training room. I absolutely believe I made the right choice for myself by choosing Loras College. I completeely believe that Loras is helping me develop into the person I want to be.


After attending three colleges, I feel that Loras has led me to where I want to be. My freshman year I attended the University of Iowa and during the summer between my freshman and sophomore years I took classes from Northeast Iowa Community College. Deciding to transfer to Loras College was one of the best decisions I believe I have made thus far. I think the thing during my college experience so far that has been the most beneficial would be all of the people I have met. Obviously, going to three different colleges helps you to make many new connections. I know that making good connections with many people will help me in the future. In the job industry, I have learned, it is very important to make good impressions and meet as many people as you can. It is very important to get your name out there, and I know that throughout my college career thus far, I have done just that.


I haven't started college yet because I will be attending in fall of 2010 but I will want to make some good friends in my first year of college to keep in touch with throughout my life. Attending this college and making some good friends to keep in contact with would be valuable because not only would it help start my career faster but also make me feel more secure in a world that always has security issues and I would enjoy graduating with high honors alongside these friends at Loras College.


I have made many friends, and I have gotten to experience many differnt things. The college experience has been something I could have never imagined coming out of high school. yes there are finacial ups, and downs. However the experience both academically, and socially is well worth it. Being able to know that you are putting in 4 years, that will make you a much better person, and an even better individual . It will allow me to eventually do something within the business world, whch is something that I have always wanted to do. It may also allow me to do something in the Sports world with my eventual sports management degree, and be a part of something much bigger than I ever thought. I am looking forword to graduating, and eventually looking back at all the things I have experinced. I have gotten everything I could imagine, and more. A Loras College degree is valuable for those reasons, allowing me to do something, that without it would be impossible.


I was always the kid who said I'll never go to college. My parents literally threw me into college, becuase I was to afraid to see myself fail. I have gotten so much out of my college experience, even though it was only a year and a half. I learned what true friends are and my own limits when it comes to school work. College seemed better than what my teachers had described in previous years. I saw myself exceed my expectations as a Highschool Senior and I loved every mintue in college. If it wasn't for my parents putting me in college. I would be a really sorry person. College has changed my perspective of life. I truely think, in order for someone to move on in life you have to stand up to your fears and do what you think is right. I wouldn't be the person who I am today with out my college experience.


I am learning how to become a better person! Life is not fair but you have to do your best! their will be people trying to stop you.


So far in college I've really learned how to be an adult. I've grown up so much since I've moved here and I've met so many life-long friends. I've learned to manage my time better and figured out why people say these are the best 4 years of your life. I love being in college, I love being independent and I love the people around me. All of my teachers, friends and family are a great support system and I've grown into a man. Coming in, I didn't know a single person at my institution, it was taking a shot in the dark and I've truly been rewarded. Being the oldest child in my family, this is completely new to all of us. At first it was weird that i wasnt living at home any more but now I've grown to be a more independent person and really found myself. College has done wonders for me, greater things than I ever thought possible.


After completing my first semester of college I realize how much my school days have changed since high school and how valuable this experience has been so far. Independency is what every 18 year old wants, right? Freedom from living at home under mom and dad's watchful eye, no more curfews; I'm on my own now! With this newfound liberation comes many responsibilities. A few examples are: relying on my cell phone's alarm clock to wake me to make sure I get up for class on time, learning to sort and do my own laundry, and mastering the art of microwaving. Living in a dorm is a true test of my interpersonal skills. I have also developed excellent time management skills to juggle my very busy schedule. I believe that in everything you do, you only get out of it what you want to put into it. Here at Loras College I have gotten very involved in the campus life; extracurricular activities, student senate, campus ministry, work study, community service, and have made amazing friends! What an awesome experience! And lastly, it has given me a much deeper appreciation of my family. Thanks mom and dad!


If I could go back and tell myself anything I would tell myself to improve my study skills while in high-school. If I could go back to high-school I would have made sure to make a schedule for each day and designate time every night to study so that I could make sure to get into that habit. I feel as though college was a huge reality shock for me, the amount of homework was almost overwhelming. I would go back to my high-school days and prepare myself better for it, and make sure to take my homework seriously. By taking the time to improve my study skills in high-school I feel as though I would have been better prepared for exams through-out my first semester of college. I wish I would have taken the time to practice good study habits.


I would advise myself to be social and to get involved in many things on campus. A big part of success in college are the relationships that you build and the people that you know. This will help you get a job later on in the future. Also, work as hard as you can to earn the money that you need. College is more expensive than people realized especially when your parents arent paying for it. Also, apply for as many scholarships as possible because you never know what ones you just might receive! It is money that you don't have to pay back and it can be an extreme help to pay for college.


Number one thing to remember is that you will meet every type of person possible. Sometimes you won't know what to think about the people you are surrounded by, sometimes you won't want the moment to end, and sometimes it will be an experience you will remember your whole life time. Every person you encounter will change you somehow. Whether it be a bad room-mate, a wonderful professor, or an experience you have helping someone or being helped. The next four years of your life will change you, but don't forget where you came from. These friends you make in college will be life long, but just because you have new people in your life doesn't mean you should forget about the ones from home. Remember, it's only four years enjoy yourself because life gets a lot harder after this. Oh ya, that weird person you meet at orientation, could become your best friend!


STUDY STUDY STUDY!!! It is not the same as high school you can not easily slide by. Get involved and make friends, join groups and attend dorm functions.


My advice to myself as a high school senior would be to participate in more college visits and take more into consideration the expense of perspective colleges. I chose Loras College because I really enjoyed the atmosphere and I loved the concept of small class sizes. Unfortunately, I did not pay enough attention to the price. I now find that I have to give up a lot of things so that I can work long hours to pay for tuition. Each dollar that I spend I feel guilty about and I force myself to work extra hours to make up for it. My concern with money is an everyday battle that is stressful and often gets in the way of my studies. Looking back I wish I would have analyzed my finances better and perhaps looked into less expensive state colleges. Therefore, the advice I would give to myself, given that I could do it all over again, and the advice I would give to anyone, is to thoroughly make sure you have considered all elements of perspective colleges. Make a pros and cons list and don't ignore something as big as expenses!


Dear Hailey, Stop being so afraid! You will make the right choice on where to go to school because in your heart you knew it all along. You will meet better friends in college that will love you for who you are. You need to spend more time with your family now because when you're away they will miss you more than anyone and they are the people that will always be there for you. Your sisters will annoy you now but when you come home and want to spend time with them just like they wanted to spend time with you will annoy them just as much. You are a strong girl and won't make any dumb decisions in college. You will stick to your morals and remain true to yourself so stop worrying. You won't change for the worse but actually for the better. Good Luck and stop worrying. Love you, Hailey


I would say to try harder in my science classes. I always had good grades, but I never actually learned the material for the long run and a lot of it has come up again in college. That would have made life a lot easier my first semester.