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


You do not need to be worried about the size of environment involved in the university you've chosen, because where you're going you are going to be surrounded by other people who, for most part, want exactly what you want: to succeed. Before you go to college, make sure you understand what you have not learned in high school, so that you'll be prepared for the type of work you will encounter in college. You've heard from plenty of sources that college is an entirely different type of schooling, and it is, but you don't need to be affraid, you need to be confident. There will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy yourself without any negative consequences towards your academic standing. The important thing is that you maintaint a ballance, and understant that there will be times when you will have to make sacrifices to ensure that your assignments are completed before you can play video games or hang out with your crush. The work will be hard, but as long as you're dedicated, clever, and take care of business as soon as you can, then you will have nothing to fear.


I have learned a lot since graduating high school. If I was able to go back and give myself advice I would simply tell myself to "pursue your dreams". I became a mother my sophmore year of college. I was a Biology-Pre Medicine major during the time. After having my son, I feared that I would not be able to care for him and continue on my dream path to becoming a doctor, so I changed my major to Clinical Laboratory Science because it was a great field to enter, and one day I could even go to medical school. Well here I am all these years later, and I never returned to medical school and the love I have for helping others still burns deep within. I am in a career where I still have the oppotunity to help people, however, I feel as if I have so much more to offer. Had I not given in to my doubts and fears, I probably would have been a physician by now. I have no regrets, because I feel everything happens for a greater purpose. I just wish I would have had someone to tell me anything is possible.


I would have started sooner researc;hing what college I wanted to attend. I would have done more college visits. I would have made more time to apply for more scholarships. I wanted to work a part-time job during school, I worked about 40 hour a week for 2 years. Looking back I would have cut down on working so many hours. My parents kept telling me " your job is going to school and passing with good grades". I should have listen to them.


If I could go back to my high school self and know what I know now, I would tell myself to stop worrying about other people and focus on myself, participate more, and cherish every moment. I had average grades during high school, which could have easily been made exceptional grades had I focused more on myself rather than the latest gossip of the week. I am disappointed that I did not participate in more after school activities and sports and spend my time preparing for college. If I could go back in time, I would do the things I just mentioned and make the best of my time. People always used to tell me that high school was the best time of their lives and to live in the moment while focusing on myself, my activities, and my happiness. I should of listened to those people, because now I look back and think about all of the things I missed out on because I was focused more on the drama of boys or friends. In college, I plan to make up for the time I wasted and put myself and my happiness first.


First of all, if I could go back in time. That would mean that time travel was invented, and that would be totally amazing! If I were to go back to talk to my old self, first thing I would probably say is to shave that stupid beard and you can get way more girlfriends. Second thing is that I have the right school picked out but I really need to pay more attention in calculus class and the the advanced placement test. Then I would also tell myself not to procrastinate so much with applying for scholarships and to also save all your money from working throughout high school. The last thing is to enjoy your senior year of high school and to enjoy your freshman year of college, they are some great times.


I would tell my younger self to go out and experience the world more, especially during college. The experiences and friendships you gain in college are incomparable to all of the other experiences in your life. By missing those precious opportunities, you can never know who you might've met, what you might've learned, and how your life might've changed had you only done more, seen more, and been more open to the idea of being sociable. The world is full of possibilities and opportunities waiting to be fulfilled, and all you have to do is try. That is my advice to you, my younger, insecure, introverted, and quiet self; get outside of your comfort zone and see the magic that the world has to offer in all of its many opportunities.


Today, I would tell my younger self not to conform to someone else’s idea of what or who you should be. Growing up in a small town, in a small community, at a small school I only glimpsed a small piece of the world. Suddenly, I found myself in a large community at a large university, where there were thousands upon thousands of young, anxious, mostly terrified and undeniably confused freshmen. We were all trying to fit in, but if everybody is trying to be someone they are not, no one can see them for who they really are. You have beliefs and morals and people who love you exactly as you are right now. Resilient people know how to be themselves and carry themselves with an air of self-confidence while respecting those around them and what they have to offer the world. Make sure to learn from every single person you come into contact with. Set aside your pride, and your differences. Absorb, move on, and teach what lessons you have to others. .


I would tell myself that freshman year is not a cake walk. Make sure that you set your alarm everyday and for the life of you, DO NOT USE A TOWEL FROM THE SCHOOL GYM!


Don't be afraid to try new things. Get to know all kinds of people in college, and find your nitch.


College is whatever you make it to be, so choose to make it worthwhile. Get out of your comfort zone and talk to new people, join clubs, and run for a position. College is ten times better than high school. If you like to paint, there's a group of people for that. If you like to sing, you can join the choir. If all you do is watch Netflix and eat popcorn, I promise you can find people doing the exact same thing, maybe even right next door. Freshman year is all about discovering the type of person and the type of experience that you want to get out of college. So make the most of your time at college without letting fear of rejection or not being accepted block your path. You can find people with the same goals in life, who are just as motivated, and may be just as quirky as you. It will take time to find where you fit in so be patient, but go into everything with an open mind. Show Louisiana Tech University just who is Elizabeth Dixon and you will find they will glady take you in.


I would tell my self to learn to study. A good study strategy goes a long way in helping your grades in college. You learn quickly that you have to study notes and read in order to be successful even if you may not have had to in high school. If you establish a good study habit in high school you are not shocked when you have to adapt, and develope a technique. Any practice and habits formed that helped in high school will be extremly effective in college. I wish I had established a good strategy before college so I did not have to figure out studying while I was in classes and having tests.


If I were to go back in time to give advice to my highschool self about the transition into college, I would tell myself to be more prepared. I wasn't really prepared so it made the transition hard for me. I would want myself to have an easier transition. I would have to say, the harder transition was probably better for me to go through. I feel that it may have made me a stronger person, learning that I am an adult, and my parents won't give everything to me my whole life. It was time to see that big changes were to come my way in my future. All I would have to tell myself is to just be more prepared. My whole life changed at one time, when i made the transition into college.


I would tell myself to learn about calculus and programming becasue Tech expects freshman to know alot.


I would tell myself to buckle down beginning freshman year. I had a rough freshman year transitioning from high school to a university. I didn't focus on school like I needed to so I wound up going back to a community college my sophmore year before eventually getting into the University of Florida. It was tough I would warn myself that way I could better prepare. I wasted precious time and money not doing very well and I would just tell myself to put all my time and energy into school and work as hard as possible because it definitely will pay off in the long run.


Hey, Kiera. I know this is wierd but I'm the college 'you' and i've got some advice for you, even though you might not want to listen. Try to work a little harder in your classes, join one of the clubs, get into something more useful or do some volunteering. Any of these things can bring you a scholarship or grants to pay for college and make it a little easier on Mom. I know you're thinking 'this is crazy' but, you need to start thinking about college and how you will be able to afford it. Right now I, well you are having a very hard time paying for your courses and are a little clueless to your payment options. You may have to dropout because of this, so go do your research and look up as many options as you can. We want the best for us, don't we? Good Luck


I would tell myself that it doesn't matter what people think of you, it only matter how you think of yourself. Also you need to cut your parents some slack, they didn't grow up in your generation and they are doing the best they can.Something else sto stress is DON'T STRESS, don't worry about craming your head when you've already studies. Trust that you know it and you'll be fine. And most importantly where college is concerned do your research!!! Find out about when to do your fasfa, about how much books and supplies will cost, and all the other little things they never tell you about.


i would tell myself to not put college off, earning money is great but going to school at the same time is even better. Almost every entry-level position requires some school background; it always looks better. Ignore distractions and focus on bettering your future, when it comes down to it, you are the person responsible for paying your own bills. I would also say that college is nothing like high school, your success depends on your drive and dedication. Teacher's on not going to hold your hand and spoon feed you. Learn to be independent and work hard; it will all pay off in the end. Last but not least, make goals and stick with them even when it gets hard.


If I could go back in time and talk to the high school me, I would let myself know college is a necessity in life. I would tell myself to focus on the important aspects of my life, and to stop worrying about being with a particular person. I would also let myself know that college won't be an easy task, but it is possible if I put my mind to the challege. The most important thing I would tell myself would be that choosing a major I will stick with is the key to getting through college. If I choose a major I don't have a passion about, I will fail, as well as waste a lot of time. I will assure myself that college isn't all classes, books, and exams, but also a lot of fun. College is what you make of it. Lastly, I would tell myself to stay in school until I reach my goals.


If i could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, i would tell me seld to work as hard as i could. I would tell myself not to take any short cuts and to practice taking good notes. I would tell myself to worry more about my school more then about my senior year coming to an end. I worked hard as a senior but i know there were times when i just wanted to be out of highs school and into college. I always worked hard and got my work done, but i know i could have done a lot better.


I would say to myself is first off. go away to college becasue its a very good experince. You well know and meet different people see how others are living. make sure you know all you can know. study hard and stay focus.


Apply for more scholarships! Attend school sooner and don't lose that free-ride scholarship you had! Ya moron! The education you are going to get is going to far exceed your wildest dreams, but it won't be where you'll need to be to get the career you want. It will, however, provide you with the ground work for acceptance into a school you never thought you were capable of getting into, and in doing so you will be swamped with more debt than you can possibly imagine right now. Take what money you can get and never, under any circumstance, give up. You can achieve the best if you try, so get off your lazy behind and go apply for some scholarships. It's always worth the effort and when you get accepted into said big fancy school, you'll need all the money you can get! Apply yourself towards everything you do with everything you have and you will reach higher than you ever dreamed possible. Have faith in yourself, and never ever give up.


I would tell my high school self, ACT and SAT scores may pay part (a very small part) of the way through college, but it is not an index of what ease you may expect of college. Think about the essay you'll write seeking med school financial aid on swapping places witha super hero or villain for a day, for which you write 250 about Brain (of Pinky and the Brain), Edison, Fort Minor lyrics, and the Laverne and Shirley theme song. Do more than go to Homecoming with Romell, and if you can take a more challenging Pre-Freshman year load to test the true difficulty of collegiate waters. Start with coffee and regular sleep, and for inspiration, by back that pathophysiology book. More importantly establish a realtionship with the Pre-medical advisory board in the college of applied and natural sciences freshman year. Also, buy your own trumpet, pursue more excercise classes, discern good guys from those who are not, because spark is overrated, get social groups (of sober people), and apply to Lousiana Tech University REU for the summer of 2006. Learn to ask professors questions during their office hours. SMILE, LOVE, LIVE, SERVE and THRIVE.


Live near campus sooner and join a fraternity.


I would beat it into my former self, not literally, that the harder you work in high school, the less problamatic it would/could be. I would make, me, understand that knowing as much as you can pays off--big time.


Buckle down and study harder - I know high school was a breeze, but college kicked you in the seat of your pants the first few years. Develop good study habits NOW, even if it doesn't seem like you need to! You will in the future! Good study habits stay with you for a long time, and if you don't develop them early, you're almost out of luck. Its like learning a second language- you have a much better chance of suceeding if you start early.


I have learned more than just the coursework, I have also leatned many ife lessons including: perseverance, patiance, teamwork, cooperation and how to come back from failure. I've made friends that will last a lifetime and more are to come. This has been one of the best experiences of my life.


When I decided to go to Tech, I was very interested in the importance of learning. I wanted to become an electrical engineer. Tech is a very good school for teaching in this area of work. I have learned many new ideas. I have dyslexia, and it has been hard for me to get all of the information I have needed for each class. I would like to continue at Tech and it has been hard on my family paying the tuition, but I expect to complete my education here and find a good job with the skills I will develop over the next few years.


To be honest, 30% of my decision to go to college is to show other young mothers it can be done and that you are not stuck depending on anyone. Since I have been attending college I have learned a great deal about interesting facts. It is valuable to me just for the simple and honest fact that I know when I am done with college, I wont just have a job I will have a career. I will be able to provide for my family and myself. That is the greatest feeling of all.


A great campus good teachers and good area


At the college I have attended, I learned that "respect" is a word that should not be thrown around. There are many great people that reside in the town of Ruston, Louisiana, and I have come to respect people from all parts of the world. Through involvement in extracurricular activities, intramural sports, division one sports, a sorority, clubs, and volunteer work around the town, I have come to realize that respect comes in all areas of life, but it doesn't come easily. Often, people have to "walk a mile in someone's shoes" to come to respect a person. At Louisiana Tech University, many opportunities help students to respect one another simply by walking a lot less than a mile in another's shoes. I have learned about many cultures (Costa Rica, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Nigeria, France, Japan, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, to name a few) by studying abroad, playing intramural sports, attending cultural nights, becoming involved in the community, and participating in numerous clubs. The opportunities that Louisiana Tech University provided me with ample access to learning about respect and the humbleness that should be attached to it.


Since enrolling in college, I have not regretted the long hours, financial strain, or the challenging course materials because of everything I have learned and gained in the past two years. College is valuable to me because every class I attend brings me one step closer to a comprehensive knowledge of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, and my goals of becoming an inventor and engineer. Each day has made me a more competent, critically-thinking, confident, and innovative individual. I have learned to balance work, my courses, study time, and family responsibilities while absorbing invaluable knowledge. I have gained the ability to research, ask the right questions, and challenge myself to do more than is required by my professors, family, or community. More than anything, college has given me reason to hope that I will make a difference in the lives of those who will use my inventions. Being in college has reinforced the value I place on responsibility and accountability and has changed the way I look at my education, my future, and myself. College has taught me to maintain focus in the face of adversity and know that, no matter what, my goals are attainable and worth seeking.


The best experience I had during my college experience was the time I spent studying abroad. During the summer of 2009, I participated in a study abroad program in Costa Rica during which I lived with a local family who spoke very little English. Being in that situation where I was isolated from other English-speakers made me uncomfortable at first, but I quickly found it easy to adapt to the different culture and relate with the people around me. During my time with my host family, I gained a greater understanding and appreciation of their culture. Today, I feel comfortable speaking with and listening to people of different backgrounds than myself, and I know that I could effectively communicate with a wide-ranging group of people. I believe that my minor in Spanish is an asset, especially when speaking with the general public, due to the increasing number of native Spanish speakers living in the United States.


I have gotten a lot out of my college experience. I love college. Tech is a great school to attend because it is in my hometown and because it is in a small city so it is not to terribly big. It is valuable to attend school because I want to become a Kindergarten teacher and be an influence in young children's lives. If I did not go to school I could not fulfill my dreams of being a teacher. I also think it is important to attend because without a college education it is hard for people to have a good career in the future.


First: be brave. You have to be able to talk to different kinds of people and college is where you get your first taste of the real world. Also, realize that you are not the only person who doesn't know what to do and that asking for help is totally fine. Second: buy medicine ahead of the cold season. You will want to have the medicine in your room. You will not want to go to the store feeling horrible. Third: fill out FAFSA every year. No matter what, after your parents are done with their taxes, fill out the application with them on the phone. In Louisiana, this smooths all kinds of financial paperwork. Fourth: backpack. Bring your backpack out of the closet from high school and use it to carry books and other things for your classes. Fifth: don't get stuck in your room. If you have spent an entire day in one room, then you'll enjoy getting out. Doesn't matter that it's raining or snowing. Sixth: get involved. Participate in at least one group on campus. It connects you to other people, but don't sign up for every group.


I would tell myself not to worry about anything too much. College life wasn't as scary as it was made out to be by high school teachers. Classes aren't as hard as your imagination can make them, studying is the key to success in everything (trust me)! If you study hard you can't go wrong in your classes. Academically make sure you use the resources the school provides, like writing labs and tutors, those could be your answer to making that 4.0! Be social and join clubs or greek life , they are easy and quick ways to make friends. Allow yourself to be the person you want to be, college is a chance to start over fresh and be the person you want. Have a little more self-confidence and be a more out going, it never hurts to make friends. Last, but certainly not least, get out there and be active in on campus events like movie nights, special dinners, student government and sporting events are great ways to support your school and meet new people. Oh, and don't forget to just have fun!


As with everything in life, balance is the key to educational success. Hard work is vital, but not worth sacrificing your health. Do the best you can without harming yourself. Perfection is a beautiful thing, but it can?t happen all the time, and you need to accept that. Sometimes it is a good enough thing to have work completed, even if it?s not 110 percent every time. Try your best to get a handle on what you want to do with your life after college, but don?t commit to a career that you are unsure about. There is nothing wrong with working toward an undeclared major for the first couple of years; there are so many classes that are required, regardless of your major. And spreading yourself out will allow you to learn about what topics you really enjoy studying. Above all, remain focused and relaxed. Perseverance and a steady work load will keep you happy and in good standing.


I would tell myself to buckle down now! Stop chasing tail and study! If you just keep you grades up everything will work out on its own. You could have gotten that full ride from the Air Force if you could just keep your stuff together, if not the full ride you would have the out of state tuition waiver and you won't be in so much debt. The family may seem annoying right now but they're just trying to help out. You don't want to enlist, you have a lot of potential just actually apply yourself.


I would encourage myself to be even more involved in my first year of college to get to know more people. These connections that are established are essential to having a successful freshman year.


1) You're going to do fine making friends; people will accept you for who you are. 2) Study more than you're doing now. 3) Have a more open mind about things, but don't compromise your morals and beliefs.


The primary advice I would give myself is not to get caught up in the joy of being free from restrictions and warn others of this pitfall. While I did not make any mistakes that significantly altered my life, I have seen so many of my friends and fellow students go crazy when given the opportunity to live on their own. Whether their particular downfall be drinking, drugs, apathy towards school work, or just poor time management skills, so many students don't make it past their first semester or year because they cannot handle making their own choices. I can understand them though. For the past eighteen years of life, they have had their decisions made for them: when to be home, who to hang out with, when to do homework, etc. There is an immense feeling of freedom when you step onto campus and move into your own living space. However, with this freedom comes responsibility. So my primary advice to myself as a high school senior would be to avoid the Sirens of freedom calling to me and help others do the same.


Liz, Start saving money now. Don't worry about having to coolest decorated dorm room, or driving your friends around, or always going out to eat. Your main focus needs to be your schoolwork. Just like you parents said, but don't tell them I told you that. Think about your decisions before you make them, and try not to change you major so many times. You will just end up back at your first choice, anyways. Don't worry about trying to fit into every group you come in contact with. You will find your niche sooner than you may think. Just sit back and go with the flow and quit trying to figure it all out your first year. It will be a lot more enjoyable that way. Good Luck, Liz


If i were to go back in time and give myself some advice, there would be a big difference in the way I live through college. I would tell myself to save my money instead of spending it on food, gas or sources of entertainment. I would also advise myself to be more studious, and determined to make the best grades possible. Thinking back on things, I realize that I also should have filled out many more scholarship applications, due to the fact that I could not get the "TOPS" award from the state because of my residency. So I would tell myself to set aside time to fill out more applications and do whatever else it takes to earn money for school. Other than that, I'm doing just fine on the way things turned out from high school.


If I could go back in time and give myself advice, I would start out by saying during your first few days in college, just relax and go with the flow. Remember you are not the only one who is nervous. I would also say try joining some student organizations to try to make new friends and become more involved on campus. The most important thing is, however, time management. College is fun, but it is also a lot of hard work. Manage your time carefully so that you may get your work done, study time, and still have fun with little or no stress. Try studying for tests ahead of time instead of staying up all night trying to cram all of the information. Get your most critical deadlines done first, then move on to other assignments there are due later. Join or start a study group as this may help you with areas you may have trouble with. There are many of things I would advise to myself, but these are just a few that I believe are most important.


Take the teachers advice seriously, believe it or not, alot of times they are right! Be sure to learn study skills BEFORE you graduate high school, because entering college without knowing what type of studying works for you is really hard. Take your ACT more then once. Just taking it in Sophomore year and making ok on it and then forgetting about it will cost you alot of scholarship money!!


When I was a high school senior, I was worried that if I did not join a sorority on campus, I would have nothing to do, and it would be really hard to make friends. However, when I rushed at the start of my freshman year, I rejected the invitation to a sorority, because my heart was not in the Greek system. If I could go back in time to visit my high-school self and give myself advice, I would tell me that all the stress about not being Greek was for nothing. I think I have actually made more friends and become more active on campus by NOT joining a sorority. I would tell myself that Tech is not a college ruled by its Greeks, and therefore, I should not worry about joining a sorority as a medium to being active on campus and make friends.


I would tell myself not to go to NSU because that was not what I really wanted to do, I'd say some classes won't transfer and I'll have to go during the summer before my senior year of college. I would tell myself to apply myself more and strive for straight A's instead of being okay with A's, B's, and a C. I would also tell myself to look for more scholarships in high school because college is expensive and hard on my parents to pay for. I'd tell myself to be sure to get more involved in college activities, it makes the experience more enjoyable and it's a good way to meet more people.


If I could go back and talk to my high school senior self, I would probably tell myself to do more soul searching. I was unsure of what I wanted to do as a career, and I just thought I would apply to some colleges and let it figure itself out, rather than taking the initiative to figure it out for myself. I would also tell myself to take more Honors and AP classes. I tried to give myself an easy senior year by not taking harder classes, but now I know that in the end, taking the tougher classes early on will benefit me in the long run. Another thing I would tell myself is to hang out with the right people. There are some people who will raise you up and others who will bring you down, and hanging out with the latter and people with no ambition will be more of a burden than a blessing. I would also tell my high school self to be happy and not be so stressed. Everything has a way of working itself out in the end. College is an amazing experience, and not something to be afraid of.


The only adivce that I would give myself would be to change/improve my studying habits. I was able to coast through high school without having to study much outside of class, but in college the teachers actually expect students to know the material before class. Otherwise I was able to easily transition into college life with very few bumps along the way, and those bumps were nothing that I could have prepared myself for. College life has really shaped me into someone instead of the half formed mold that I was on entering.


If I could coach myself on the transition to college I would: a) Encourage better paper writing skills b) Recommend taking higher math classes in preparation to college calculus c) Suggest talking to your professors as often as possible d) Try earlier to get financial aid. Some non-curricular things I would tell myself would be to buy a cheaper car to operate and move off campus sooner. Most of all I would say to get as many friends as possible as soon as possible.


Apply for every scholarship out there, don't wait till the last minute to study. Studying in a social place isn't always a great idea. Don't ever give up and keep trying. It's okay to not graduate in 4 years.