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


do your research.


My advice would be that you have to be confident. If you believe that you can do it, then you can! Also parents, please be supportive of your child, if they are having a bad day just give them a little encouragement because it goes a long way! You would be suprised how many students at this school come here without support from their loved ones, this is why it is such a big deal to me. School is hard, but if you are coming here for an "easy ride" don't waste your time because beleive it or not it does take some effort. That being said, it's not impossible and it can definitly be done! Making the most out of your college experience is very important because you only get to do this once! Get involved!! Go to football games and school activities, if you don't like it you don't have to go again but at least give it a try! You never know what is going to happen or who you will meet, and that spontaneity is the best aspect of all!


First and foremost you need to select a college that offers the correct courses for the major you decide on. I also feel that it is important to choose a college that is not deemed as a big party school. Not everyone likes to participate in such activities and so you want there to be alternatives to those things. Once you have decided on the college you want to attend the rest is up to you, as to how your college experience will be. You aree the one who decides if you want to be involved in numerous school activities, sports, plays, and things like that; or whether you aree going to be the person who sits in the library all the time. Only you can determine how much fun you're going to have in college and it is to your advantage to make the most out of it!


Go out and try things you never thought you would try, its a great way to meet new friends.


Always go to orientation if offered it tells u a lot about the school and what they offer.


As I walked to class that August day in my blue college apparel wearing my pink backpack that secured my textbooks still wrapped in plastic, I saw myself wave to a dormmate as I casually strolled the green campus fully aware and excited for my first class. That mental image of the collegiate me was all the reassurance I needed to know that this college was the right choice. I felt safe and accepted walking past the diverse group of multi-tasking students talking on the phone and drinking their morning coffee. Even though this image was confined to my imagination, I knew that I had found a place where I would grow into my adulthood and develop friendships that would support me beyond this institution. As far as meeting those providential relationships, it was simply me steping outside my normally shy persona and joining a few of the hundreds of organizations available that were searching for enthusiastic members or turing to the person beside me in calculus class in persuit of a friendly converstation. After I let go of my insecurities, I found that everyone I met was searching for a small haven like me within campus.


Don't give up. Apply to multiple colleges so you can have a variety of choices. But most importantly, relax, make new friends and have fun!


Make sure you are comfortable with the school. Visit a school once or twice before making a decision. Ask lots of questions upon visiting. Sit in on classes, talk to current students and professors. Make a list of questions before going so you can obtain all the information needed to make the best decision. Make sure that you are happy with all aspects including the town around campus. During your first semester, get involved in interesting extracurricular activities. You will make friends with people who have similar interests. Don't spread yourself too thin. Choose a couple things to get involved in. Stay on top of your academics. If you let your GPA drop it is difficult to pull it up. It will take more work, time and effort to pull up a bad GPA than to maintain a good one. Challenge yourself, try new things; if you enroll in a class and it's too difficult or does not fit you, it can be dropped. Step out of your comfort zone, this is your time to make yourself into the person that you want to be. Take advantage of it; don't let any opportunity pass you by!


My advice as to finding the right college is to research the school as much as possible. A person can not get a full view of college life by word of mouth. A perspective student should tour the campus, communitcate with students that are already attending the school, and it should be a place they really feel comfortable. Also a perspective student should not go to a college just because their family member is an alumni. A perspective student should eplore all options in deciding where they want to spend the next two to four years of their life.


First and foremost, college is about education, and therefore, you should always choose a college based on its selection of degree programs. However, college should also be enjoyable, so don't forget to look at other factors, such as extracurriculars. Don't judge a book by it's cover. Large state universities can offer just as good of an education as highly selective, ivy league schools. Study hard, but don't forget to still have fun.


The advice I would give to students is go to a college that is going to fit you and your personality. Never settle on a college because if you do, you could end up regreting your decision in the long run. For parents, I would say support your child/children at all times. Sometimes college can be hard to deal with and not getting support from your parents can be tough. As well, never doubt your child. If you believe that your child can do great things, great things can and will happen.


The most important aspect of finding the right college or university is finding that right feeling. When you go to a campus to cheack out a school it is important that you get a feel for the campus, and the town. It is very important to check out the town because you won't spend every second on campus, and will occasionally go out. If you don't make the connection at first what happens half a semester in when your homesick or bored?


Money is often times a problem among parents, but the advice I would give is find a place where you feel like a part of the school. Find somewhere that is comfortable and you feel like you fit in. If you attend a school that feels uncomfortable, you will be miserable and miss out on many opportunities. Also, make sure to experience everything the college has to offer. Go to the football games. Check out the theatre or music productions. Do not just sit in your dorm all the time. Go out, meet new people, learn, and have fun. You only experience college once, so make the most of it while you're young.


I believe that it is very important to look at many different colleges when making your choice. Also, choose a school with many different majors not just around one concentration. This is because a student may think they know what they want to major in now, but throughout their first year they may decide that is not right for them. It may also be helpful to take a tour of several different colleges to see the environment of the school. Students need to make sure the other students, the facilities, and the overall feel of the college fits what they desire. Students should also try to participate in activities on campus. By doing this students will meet new friends and make the college transition as smooth as possible. It also seems important for students to attend sports activities to make the college experience better. In college sports are taken very seriously and many people, even those not attending the college, go to the games. Going to sporting events is a good way to meet new people and get inolved with the community. Academics also need to be a priority but not the only concern.


Take the time to look at colleges and what they offer, and find out what is best for you.


Finding the right college is an extremely difficult task. Your choice should be based on your career interests, scholarship opportunites, and extra curricular programs. You should take tours of each campus in order to get a "feel" of the school and its priorities.


make sure to visit them all and get to know them during the week and on the weekends.


Visit all campuses you are interested in before applying. The tour of the school can be the deal breaker.


Everyone at this college is very friendly and the staff is always willing to help you with anything you need. Professors are always wanting to give extra help if needed and there is plenty of tutoring offered.


I would tell an incoming freshman and their parents to do extensive research via the internet to begin finding the right college. If the school's internet site is not well laid out it may mean that the school is not that great. I would also tell a parent/teacher to go on a tour of the school and sit in on some classes: more than one. I did not do this and ended up going to a school that I did not enjoy, I left and lost my TSAC scholarship. I then went to the campus at MTSU and took my own advice and went to some classes, toured the campus, and fell in love. I believe a new college student can make the most of their college experience by joining a couple of clubs that they are interested in, but not too many or they will over extend themselves. I would also tell a new student to get to know their teachers: talk to them after class, ask questions, and remember that they are people too and there is no reason to be scared to talk to them. Lastly, I would tell them to savor every moment.


Look for a school that is helpful and friendly. Also look at the surroundings such as environment, people, apartments, etc.


Dont choose a school because you think its a party school choose a school that you think you would get the best eduation ad enjoy the most and fit in.


Be involved.


I would research the availability of on campus housing. The off campus housing is affordable to most students but it pulls students away from the campus. The result of this is a low turn out at sporting, clubs, and department events. This will also reduce the comradery off the student body. I would advise students to go to schools that have a large amount of on campus living in order to build this community of the students. The other thing i would look for is a campus that is as green as possible. This would include active sponsorship of recycling progams. If the campus does not already have solar energy in place i would look to see if it has been budgeted for a future building project. If the campus does not have renewbal energy all ready in place, I would check their budget to make sure they are purchasing green energy credits in order to reduce their environmental footprint. Finally, I would look at the amount of greenspace the campus is preserving to maintain thje environment and allow students places to congregate.


I would tell paretns and students that are looking for a place to attend college either for themselves or for his/her child to just be well educated about the school and the programs that areoffered there and to just do what feels right, makes sure that you visit and know what it is that you are looking for, ask questions and be involved. I think the most important thing though is to find a place that makes you happy and feel at home.


Visit as many campuses as you can, you really get a feel if your comfortable and if your child is comfortable with different environments. I am originally from a big city and I visited many city schools and I felt the most comfortable at a very big university but in a small town rual community school


Parents should actually take the time and effort to review colleges together with the student before the student decides "I want to go here just because". Visit the campus together, take tours of the buildings, and meet as many people as you can. Find the school's financial aid department, and talk with someone personally about your plans for paying for college to avoid having to apply for a loan. There are more options out there than most people realize - you just have to be open to finding them. Tour where the students will live, whether on or off campus. Become familiar with all the extra curricular opportunities the school has to offer. Don't feel pressured to pick a major immediately; take the time to make a solid decision that you feel comfortable and secure with. Meet some professors in the fields you are considering - their advice may help you make your decision. But possibly most of all, parents need to realize that their student is growing up. Going to college is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and students should be allowed & encouraged to make the most of it, but wisely so.


Study hard and have some fun every once in a while after achieving goals.


As someone who never took this advice in high school I feel I can have the audacity to tell others with a particular earnest. Challenge yourself. Don't let anyone tell you you can't do something that you know you could be great at. Learn on your own. Aquire experience through your own means. Put yourself out there and show the world what you can do. It is okay to fail because you learn how to improve, but never trying is something you will always regret. Whether you are looking for a school or evaluating the one that you are currently attending, always remember you have choices. Never opt for the easy way out. ?Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.? - Mahatma Gandhi


When looking for a college that will best fit you I think that a person needs a good support system. College is a new time in your life and a period of adjustment so you will need people in you corner that can help guide you. The college doesn't necessarily have to have support if you have friends or family around so long as the school has a good academic program. The other important aspect a school needs is an atmosphere that work for who you are. I encourage families to visit your school of choice before hand and get a good feel before you commit to it and make sure it is a good fit for you and the goals you want to accomplish.


When looking for the right college, you have to follow your heart. It could be the most prestigious of schools, but if your heart tells you it's not the right school, then it wasn't meant to be. Your parents should have a say in where you end up going to college, but it's important that you choose the school for reasons that are good for you, not for someone else. If you're going to spend four years somewhere it needs to be somewhere you're going to love being. While in school, it's important to have a social life, yes, but if that is the only reason you are in school, it may not be the right thing for you. You should balance your social life and your academic life evenly.


Let their children decide what they want.


My advice about finding the perfect school is that -- there is no perfect school. No matter if you go to an ivy league or a community college its gonna have its ups and downs. Its all about what you make of the oppurtunities you are given. Get involved in any and all clubs or extra-curricular activites that will help you grow in your field and find a job. Interact with as many students and professors as you possibily can. Its all about networking and laying the ground work while at college. I've seen so many friends just go to class and do their homework -- and thats all!!!! GET INVOLVED!! Take the extra effort to do what you want to do. Get an internship, shadow a professional, work for free if you have to. Do whatever it takes when you have the chance. Sometimes its not all about the grades you earn, but about how you spent your time getting those grades.


The most important aspects to look at while picking the right college is cost, consider your childs field of study, location, financial support.


You have to put blinders on. Forget what everyone else is doing, forget that there are spoiled kids all around you that have their education paid for and don't need or want to worry about school. Apply for every type of financial aid you can find---and this means that loans are an absolute LAST resort. FInd a network of a few friends to go to relax with. Try out as many random classes as you have to until you figure out where your niche is. It isn't a waste. It ISN'T a waste. Education is education---take all of it in and apply it to your major. Don't have a "4 year plan." That's stupid and impossible in most cases. Compete with yourself. Don't try to slide by to meet the lowest expectations possible. Even if no one else is pushing you--push yourself. You will feel 10X better on graduation day when you walk across the stage with a complete knowledge that you did it on your own.


Choose a college that you really enjoy being around. Make sure you like the town and the campus alike. Make sure you like being on the campus so that you're not dreading going to class everyday. Make sure you fall in love with where you're living and if you want to change majors go for it. Don't be afraid to just be yourself.


Although most would say that to truly enjoy the college experience one must go away from home, I strongly disagree. I am going to school approximately twenty minutes from my parents house and I am still living the college experience. One must remember that when finding the right college there are many things to consider such as distance, academic programs, and the reputation of the school. Also, do not apply to only one school because if for some reason you are not accepted it could be too late to apply for another one. Once you have started school, stay focused on what is important. Although partying might be tempting remember that once you get out of school you will be able to do anything you want without having to face academic consequences. Don't ever give up and remember everything happens for a reason.


If you can, talk to a professor in a field that you think you will major in to see what the teachers are like. It is important to have good professors!


As a Senior at Middle Tennessee State University, my advice would be to search for colleges on the internet and then narrow your selection down to three or four colleges. Next, I would apply to these colleges that you have selected and then schedule a time with the admisssions office for a campus tour. Once you are accepted and have decided which college you will attend, you should get ready for the best experience in your life. I would make another visit to the school to help you get aquainted with everything before you begin your classes. Now that you are at college you need to make the most of your time there. The most important thing you can do is to get involved in clubs and organizations that are similar to your interests. Also take time to meet with your professors and get to know them as they may be helpful to you latter when you need letters of recomendation or other various things. Even though extracurrucular activites are very important to a great college experience, one must not lose sight of the main reason they are there, which is to get an education.


The best advice that I would give to parents and students when searching for the right college is 1) Know what you want in the school/campus 2) Know how much you want to spend 3) Start looking/researching as early as possible


Choose a school that not only fits your academic needs, but that fits your personality. If your social life is important to you (and it more than likely will become even more important in college), go somewhere that offers an active student body with lots of chances to get involved. Go visit the college beforehand and take a tour. Find current students on Facebook that have your intended major at the certain school and ask for their honest opinion. Find organizations to join even before school begins, great way to make friends and get ahead in your career. If you're going out of state, try to attend a school that is close to an airport if you plan on making trips home. Go to a school that is also in line with your political and religious beliefs (if you can). My school is very liberal and I'm very conservative, so I have to be careful to guard my heart and values. College is a great time to "start over", so come with an open mind and be prepared to meet new people, try new things, and have the time of your life!


Do not let you kids go to a college in your home town. They don't have to go out of state, but seriously if you are THAT close they will not grow up properly and make stupid mistakes as adults rather than as young adults.


Make sure you're not going to get stuck somewhere. Go somewhere with plenty of activities/groups, not just somewhere known for its Greek life. You don't want to go somewhere and join some club before you really know what you're getting into and then be trapped because it's nothing like your first impressions. Socially visit each college you're considering. Call a friend that goes to that school and ask to come up for a weekend. Go out with them, have fun. Then choose the school that most felt like home. You don't want to go somewhere that makes you change. Make sure it's affordable and not too close to home, but certainly not too far. You really realize how special home is once it's not there everyday.


College is a big step into the real world, and it is difficult to know what a school is really like until you have lived there. Ask some random students on campus how they like it, to get a better idea of the life there. However, the staff should still be able to tell you what the campus is like, as well. There are also websites that review professors and other aspects of the college, and these sites would be well worth looking into. Friends that go to the college or university are also a very valuable asset. They know what life is like, and how good the professors are at teaching. In the end, lots of reasearch will go a long way in finding your perfect college.


Ensure that you know exactly what you intend to do with your career and your life. Find the school that best fits your personal, spiritual and individual needs.


Visit the college campus if you can. This will give you an idea of how you will fit. Research the types of degrees the schools offer and what they specialize in. Match your wants and needs to the needs and wants of the school. Make a list of things that you want from a college experience, then rate the importance of each on a scale of 1-10. This will give you an idea of what to look for while researching schools that you will possibly attend. Location, size of school, school spirit, reputation, number of students, etc. Everything that is important to you will be become the milestones of your college choice.


Be sure to visit the campus not only in the day, but at night. It is party central around campus at night, especially around the apartments. It is also a high crime area at night. Many crimes have taken place within the past 2 months at MTSU. If you are serious about your college career, I would say this isn't the place for you. The teachers don't teach you things you remember. I wish I could learn something like I did in high school! Keep looking!


I would advise them to research the school in great detail. Make sure it offers every resource that they feel they need including great libraries, teachers, tutoring, advisors, etc.


NEVER TAKE ANYTHING AT FACE VALUE!! Just because a college says something, doesn't mean it's true. And just because people say things about a college, does not mean it's true! Visit every college you might be considering, and go on the campus tours. Try to find out as much as you can before you go, and when you're there, stick around after the guided tour and go on your own tour. Talk to students and see how they feel about their choice for college. Don't talk to just a few, talk to many. Not only will this help you on your search, but it will acquaint you with college life and make you more prepared for it, no matter what school you go to. Going to college means new friends and a new atmosphere, and jumping right in is the best way to get used to it. ALWAYS BE PREPARED for what is coming. Never run from or ignore an impending decision or deadline. You are in control of your life and your future, and if you are ready for it and you are persistant, nothing can stop you from reaching your goals.


Finding the right college is very important in a childs success. In hight school parents need to take their child on several college tours to find a campus that will make the child feel most at home. When attending college I advise students to get involoved; whether, it be a fraternity/sorority, academic acitivities, or religious activities. Incoming Freshman need to be aware that most people meet each other in the classroom. Therefore, I advise you to talk and greet yourself in each class. Remember everyone is new and trying to establish friendships and in the classroom is a great way to begin that journey. Making the most of your college experience is really what you put in to it. Having the mindset of academics first not a social life, then life could get pretty lonely and frustrating. If you go into college thinking life is just one big party, then your dream college could quickly throw you out because your grades are not meeting academic standard. Making the most of college is trying to find the balance that will ensure good grades and meeting friendships that could last a lifetime, this will making your college experience unforgettable.