Marian University-Indianapolis Top Questions

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


My biggest advice would be to always surround yourself with people who have your best interest or similar interests. Don't surround yourself with negative people. Positive self-talk yields positive results. Always study, and don't let anyone make you think that it is uncool to be about your education !


The best advice I could give my high school senior self would be to remain open to new opportunities while staying focused on my goals. College is a great time to explore different events, countries, class topics, groups, and more. Staying focused on your major and studying is important, but once you graduate and begin your career there is less opportunity to explore or try new things. Try something new that is intriguing to you, even if it isn't something you see yourself doing long term. Study abroad if you get the opportunity. Take a class just because it sounds like fun! Experience is priceless. You never know when it can become helpful for a future position in your career, the begining of a new hobby or life-long activity, or the opportunity to make new friendships. Be courageous and step outside your comfort zone. The outcome just might help you make your dreams come true.


Learn to seperate partying and your studies. Be very organized, and be friends with poeple who are headed in the same direction you are. Also do not date the same girl you did sophmore year. Enjoy your time at college.


I would give myself the advice of not to be frustrated or stressed out when I dont know what I want my career to be when I first get out of high school.


I'm gonna tell you something that is gonna help you, and ease some stress you have. And don't say you don't have any. I know you do. One, don't worry about your walking boot., because you probably made more freinds with it than without. Your leg is broken and strained, not compeltely destoryed. You'll be walking and be running in no time. Transtiotiing is super easy and comfortable. Two, be yourself and don;t afraid to show it. There's no wrong anwer. Three, never doubt yourself and your leadership. There will be a lot of times you'll be over your head with assignments, research, freinds and leadership roles. Never doubt your actions, thoughts or feelings. They'll go farther than you think. Four, I know you'll stay busy with school and extracirrcular roles, but remeber to relax with freinds. Sunday is a long day, so enjoy your Saturday nights. Five, it will take you a long time to find your passion. It's complicated, so don't rush it. That's it. Super uper duper great.


From attending college, I’ve experienced knowledge and skills, and passion and characteristics that I wouldn’t of got from any place else. From attending and studying at college, I know what I want to do with my life; actually work on the administration side of college. I understand more about myself, and my deep and hidden passions in life. I would never known my passion for helping those younger than myself, and how far Franciscan values can go.


The best advice I could give myself would not to worry so much about trying to find out where my friends were going to college so I would have a roommate I already knew. I always wanted to pursue a Nursing career, especially after I completed a 12 week Internship Program in The Chidbirth Center. I have always loved babies and young kids. I could have listened to my parents more on this subject, they really do know what they are talking about. I have always been outgoing and very social, always looking at things as a new adventure. I guess I should have seen that more in myself being a Varsity Cheerleader and Vice President of Key Club, always taking the initiative to organize activities and trips. One other great piece of advice would be to always work as hard as you can in High School, it really does matter to colleges. It makes it easier trying to find scholarships as college is very expensive. So, the bottom line is to listen to your parents, always stay true and believe in yourself. Also, always work to your full potential, it really is worth it. College Rocks!!


If I could go back to being a senior at my high school, I would definitely advise myself to seek scholarships much earlier in the year. I would also recommend doing ALL of the practice questions at the end of the Chemistry, Math, and Anatomy chapters. I would have also tried to get as much extra credit as I could to bring up my GPA to be eligible for more scholarships.


I would of told my self to save up for college instead of taking out loans. Study hard so i could more scholarship wouldnt have to worry about paying all the loans back.


The advice I would give myself would be only worry about me and not others around you. Now that I have children of my own I try to instill this in them because too many times I see people try to do what their friends want or other things to impress and they're unhappy. You can never go back and say " I should of,would of, and could of." you need to reflect on the now and to remember to see what the effect may have in the future and make sure it's the right decision for you and not to make someone else happy. There's many times that I wish I can go back in time believe me, but since I made decision I made in the past it has made me a better and stronger person that I'm today. With the mistakes that I made at least I can say that I have learned from them and hopefully I can teach my children not to make the same mistakes I did. Nobody is perfect and I do believe that you learn something new everyday and I'm only human and still make mistake. Thanks!


In high school, my grades were low and my commitment to education was even lower. I made a choice when going to college to put my best foot forward with studying and work ethic...and I succeeded. My college experience changed my life due to that small choice that I made to really make a difference. My advice would be to whoever it is going into college; don't ever be discouraged that you can't do it, it may seem frightening but if you set your mind to it, you will succeed. Second, get involved. Get involved in anyway that you can. Before I realized it, I was leading organizations, making decisions about the college and helping others out along the way. These experiences have allowed me to grow as an individual and enhance my professional experience beyond anything I could have ever imagined. The power is really within each student and having the faith and courage to see it is key. The transition to college can be difficult, but if given the right chance, each student can lead and grow by making the first step.


First of all, I would advise myslef to participate in more sports, clubs, etc. Next, I would advise myself to research colleges in more depth. Third, study for the SAT, maybe take a class to help with gaining a higher score. Fourth, there is plenty of time for socializing with friends, hitting the books is critical in order to get into any college of choice. Increasing my GPA would have been helpful with scholarships and grants. Finally, advising myself to take more science classes would've been beneficial at this point since I am obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Science and Nursing and Liberal Arts at the same time. I had to take several science classes because I did not have the opportunity to take them in high school. Transitioning to college life from high school is not easy, bite the bullet and take a giant leap. Going to college can give individuals a new look on life, culture, career and society as a whole. College life can help mold an individual into a mature responsible adult who can make make a difference one person at a time or world wide; you don't know untill you try.


Always do a campus visit, stay overnight if possible. The best way to get a feel for if the campus is right for you is by hanging out with the students in their real environment.


If you have any doubts about the college then continue looking around. The right school will make you feel at home right away. You will either love the atmosphere or the curriculum for the degree that you plan on pursuing. Something about the school won't let you forget it.


In order to find the right college for you I think it is important to have an idea of what you would like to major in, so you can choose a school that has a strong program in that field. College visits are also an important part of the process; since you will be spending a great deal of time on this campus for the next several years it is important that you enjoy it. In order to make the most of the college experience you have to go in with the right mind set. If your idea of college is just to go and party, you won't make it through. Get organized and going in the right direction in the beginning. As long as you do this you will still have time to enjoy the experience and have fun, while earning a degree.


Especially given the current situation of the economy, I would recommend focusing on financial aid so the student will not have to be stressed about making payments right out of college instead of focusing on building a new career! Also, visit some college campuses a few times if possible to see if the atmosphere is what is expected or assumed! Having professors who are focused on the success of students is a must!


I think that the best advice is to follow your heart and visit lots of different places. also see what the best deals with finiancial aid that you can get. there are a ton of options out there.


I would tell then to go into their college experience looking and taking everything that they can possability can out of it. Also not to 1/2 do anything.


For parents who are preparing to send their kids to college, I would advise you to discuss with your child the colleges that they want to attend. If finance is an issue, take that discussion as an oppurtunity to decide between those colleges based on tuition, but also remember that there is financial aid that is available to students. If you decide to go with financial aid, help your children with applying, showing them the process because on day they will have to do it on their own. Make sure that you complete your applications by the begining of March every year or your kids would have to wait a year before they are able to receive it. I'm stressing on the topic of financial aid because my family didn't help me and I didn't know about the deadlines, and its now cost me over $20,000. Also, if possible, I think students, you should continue to live with their parents, because I personally know that its hard to attend school and try to also work full-time to try and support yourself, but if that's not an option, set aside plenty time to study.


I think that the best advice is to not to be to hard on your kids when it comes to picking a school or a major. I didn't go back to school until I was 25 and I found that my choices are better now. Also try to encourage you kids to visit the campus and meet some of the professors this will help you and them make a more educated decision. I think that going away to school and living on campus would also be a good decision for traditional students. I think that that would help get you in the college mind-set and will help you focus on school work and educational goals.


When looking for the right college, be open. I think too many people set their hearts and minds on one school. Then things don't work out and the child is left disappointed. It's important to find the school that matches you best. If you're a very pro-active, responsible student, then you probably will be better able to handle the large schools with the large classes. But if not, it's okay to consider small schools because they offer the same, if not better education.


My advice is that if you lived through today, you'll live through tomorrow. Do whats in your heart and what feels right for you without discrimination or judgement from anyone. Your life is in your hands. Take control and keep control of it.


Take your major into consideration when choosing a school. If you are unsure about a career or a major than a school with more options may be better for you so you hopefully won't have to go through the process of transferring once you're already in college.


I think it's important for parents and students to be aware of all the aspects of the colleges their looking at. It is also important for students to know how they learn best. I started off in a large college, and it didn't take long before I discovered that I had a difficult time learning in large lecture halls with a lot of students. Unfortunately that's how most of the courses were done. Since I've started at my current school, everything has changed for the better. The best advice I can give is to take your time and go with your gut. If you have any real doubts then maybe you should reconsider. Whatever you do, never rush into a decision.


It is always important to visit the campus and talk to a professor in the field that you would be interested in. Another thing that is important is just looking at the campus and thinking about whether you can see yourself going to this school and enjoying it. It is also important to see what the school concentrates more in, like Marian concentrates on liberal arts and does it very well, and think about whether that is what you want in a school. The last thing that is important is to talk to students that actually are going to the school and see what they think about it.


Make sure it has a variaty of options in case the major you decide on isn't what you want. Also, be sure that the field of study is a good program at the school.


Although selecting a school with high national recognition is important (especially if further schooling is desired), the most important factor to consider is school size and environment. Always choose a school where the student will feel comfortable. Professors need to be accessible and classes should provide a real opportunity to express one's views. If the school is too big, it's emphasis solely on graduate work, or its professors entirely interested in research as oppossed to teaching, the student will never feel comfortable at school. Undergraduate school should empower the student for success, not make him/her feel insignificant or inferior to graduate students. Also, a well-rounded education and exposure to culture, history, art, and literature (such as that provided by a Liberal Arts school), allows the student to explore new ideas and ways of thinking that might not arise in his/her field of study. While many students believe they wish to seek a technical or professional degree, a well-rounded education provides the student with the ability to see the world through a different set of lenses, allowing him/her to see beyond his/her career and eventually possess a more holistic view of the world.


Never decide college based on what the advertisements look like; use your gut and heart. Schools will try to school you sides of their institution they think you'll like to see. Close your eyes and think of your needs; imagine what a study-condusive area looks like, what type of greenspace pleases you, what kind of social life you'll thrive in. Search for these needs and confirm for yourself if a certain school will satiate those needs. Walk alone through campus. See how you are treated. Do you feel comfortable? Does it feel inviting? Can you imagine calling this place home? Never let anyone marginalize your hopes, dreams, and needs. Never settle for your education; this is the most crucial time of your social and educational development. Once you have found a place that meets your needs, engage and get as deeply entrenched in activities, clubs, and academics as you can. You'll never get this time back; live each moment for the fullest and always live with your heart open. make friends, laugh, pull pranks, study, eat well, hang out, appreciate caffeine. College is the place that will hone you into the person you want to be.


From my experiences, I would say that the number one thing to look for in a college is what kind of atmosphere does it have--is it like a small knit community where everyone knows everybody or is it massive to where you can walk past a hundred people and not know anyone. I know many students/friends of mine that have transfered from my school or transfered to my school because they either went to a college that was too big or our college was too small. It depends on the person and what type of fit is for them. Also, there is a big difference when it comes to class sizes and course selections when comparing big and small schools. Small schools are great because you will rarely take a class in a lecture hall and some classes can have 4 or even 1 student. At a large school the perk is that there is such a variety of courses to take, but you could have hundreds of students in your class. It takes some soul searching to figure out what type of atmosphere is best for you when it comes to academics and your social life.