Milwaukee School of Engineering Top Questions

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

Victoria

I'd go back to Sophmore year in high school and continually get on myself about accurately planning a budget on how much school really is going to cost, and fill out more scholarships then and over the 2 years following that. Not filling out every scholarship that I could caused alot of trouble later on. If I had done this maybe I wouldn't have been so stressed and had come close to not having the funds at all.

Elias

Go and do whatever you enjoy. If you do not enjoy what you do then there is no point in even doing it. if you are having doubts about a place or a major, think twice about it and maybe do not do it. Really listen to whatever your relatives or other people that care about you have to say about their previous experiences on college. Go and study whatever is going to make you happy, it does not matter what others have to say. Never give up always keep fighting for your dreams. College is nothing like high school, but it is going to be great as long you are well prepared to go at it.

Joseph

Keep focused on your highschool classes, and don't let anyone discourage you from doing what you're heart tells you to. If you enjoy what you're learning, it becomes much easier to learn. This will also carry over into your career, if you enjoy what you're doing, you'll be good at it, and will therefore be respected.

Michael

I would tell myself to work hard and study throughout high school. Also, i would choose different classes that i took. Instead of taking classes with friends, i would have taken more math and science classes to prepare myself fo the beg transition into college. High school was not a challenge and because i am at such a hard university, that the step was so big.

Ashley

If I could go back to when I was a high school senior and give advice to myself there are just a few things I would say. First of all I would tell myself not to sleep in Algebra, it?s more important than you think and you will need to know it, that would?ve help me a lot at the beginning of my freshman year of college. The second thing I would tell myself is not to worry about high school drama. You?ll realize soon that most of them aren?t even your true friends and besides, the time that you spend dealing with everyone?s problems could be time spent preparing yourself for college. The very last thing I would say is to enjoy yourself. You will soon be ending a big part of your life and beginning an even bigger part. Make the memories while you can because once you get to college you?ll realize how good you really had it back home.

Olivia

1. Focus on school work. 2. Make better decisions when spending money. 3. Get a job that will give you experience within your field. 4. Never go alone to any party. 5. Be more proactive in school events.

Kevin

If I were to go back in time and meet myself as a high school senior, the first thing I would tell myself would be to do not take anything for granted. I remember always thinking to myself senior year that I needed to apply for some scholarships, but I only half-heartedly attempted to go out, find them, and apply. I would make sure to motivate my past self into putting a much stronger effort into getting as many scholarships as possible. In addition to scholarships, I would tell my past self to become more involved in as many different clubs and programs as possible. Not only would these clubs help make a difference at the time, but they would also have a very important part in the future as I apply for scholarships and jobs now. Finally, I would encourage myself to apply to numerous colleges instead of just a few. By doing so, I would have a much broader range of programs and opportunities allowing me to have more options to choose from. Apart from academic advice, I would tell my past self to think carefully about what you want to be and do in the future.

Vincent

Don't base an experience off of financial gains or losses not now or in the future. Don't pocrastinate so much. Nothing is set in stone if you are not sure of something right now then that is okay. You will not be in school forever. Do not think that you can breeze your way through college like you did in high school.

Juan

The biggest advice would be to maintain my study habits, have fun and that college is better than you had ever imagined.

Meghan

College life is a time when your independence and responsibilities as an adult hits you full force. Friends are an essential part of the high school to college transition. If you sit alone in your room studying or sitting on the computer all the time you will be much less passionate and more unhappy about your new life. College should be a time when you are exploring to find out who you truly are. You cannot dwell in the past; you need to dedicate yourself to being involved in campus life, succeeding in your studies, doing things you want to do, and letting yourself be the best person you can possibly be. It will be a life changing experience that you will never regret, so live it up!

Michael

I would give myself advice on taking my grades and class work more seriously. Attending more advanced placement classes would be very wise being a senior in High School. Those classes would prepare you more for college courses and would prepare you for the workload that is given at the college level. Also I would encourage myself to read books more often to also prepare you for the amount of reading. Being a good reader will only benefit you and make your readings go quicker and allow you more time to work on other homework or better yet some time to your self for social events/activities.

Marc

If i could go back and talk to my senior self i would tell my self to make sure to take time for social activities and befriending others but more importantly i should play less and work more. MSOE is not like most schools, there is a tremendous amount of work to be done to succeed. You can do it, you just need to buckle down and do it. Have fun with your room, get cool christmas lights or some such and leave them up year round. Ask for help, don't be too proud to admit when you are wrong and always have fun and go that little bit extra. MSOE is tough, but not impossible. Yeah you are going into an engineering major but you can still be creative, explore the city! Oh, and make a fort our of your room, it will help you study. Trust me, i would know!

Amanda

If I could go back to senior year I would tell myself to be more open. I was very shy freshman year and I did not make any really close friends until my third year in college. The whole world is available to a student in college. It is the responsibility of the student to make the most of it. Also if you are having a hard time finding yourself, give it time. Do not hang out with the wrong people or choose to do things that are against your morals just to have friends. Besides the social side of college, I would tell myself to take advantage of the services that the university offers. If you need help go and get it! There is no reason to struggle in class when there are numerous resources available to help students.

Damieshia

I would tell myself to go right to college, and to make sure that I pick a college that is out of state and very diverse.

Mark

Don't be so uptight. Get out there and meet friends right away. And yes, your mom and dad were right about a lot of things.

Jared

One of the biggest changes in the transition from high school to college is the level of independence in the student. Once coming to college i realized that my parents are no longer around, and i had to make my own decisions for my own well being. Much as i realized my parents were gone, i soon found that the teachers act in a similar manner. During high school teachers are constantly on students about which assignments are due, and on which days, however, in college, each student is handed a syllabus at the beginning of the semester, and is expected to follow that for the course's duration. If i could go back and discuss college with my high school self, i would talk about the difference in what faculty expects of the student in high school, and in college. Over coming this challenge was one of my biggest obstacles, but without learning it, i would be no where near where i am today. Talking to my high school self would allow me to have a jump start on the transition into college, and would further my success that much more.

Ben

Take a tour of the campus, better yet try to be a part of a shadow day if they offer it. Go to the school, talk to the students and take what they have to say seriously. They know the school inside and out and can probably tell you if you would like the school just by talking to you for a little while.

Rachel

Find somewhere where you'll be happy--somehwere that offers all of the things you love to do. Students: be sure that the choice you make for school is yours and no one else's. Parents: be sure that the "right" school in your book is actually the school which your student wishes to attend. If the campus life isn't exactly what your students wants, the chances of a drop-out are far more likely. In the end, this ends up being more expensive for you. All in all, the most important thing is that the student is happy at their school.

Stephanie

I would definitely tell anyone who is trying to find the right college to choose the school they want to go to. Don't let anyone influence your decision; not your friends, family, or financial situation. You need to pick the best school for YOU. I can imagine it'd be pretty tough to wake up and go to class every morning at a school you hated. As for making the most of the college experience, I would just say do your best in every situation that comes your way. Whether it be with your classes, a sports team, or new people, if you put yourself out there and give it your all, good things will come to you. It's supposed to be the best years of your life!

Todd

Choose a college on the major you think you would enjoy to do the rest of your life, dont choose it just because it promises you a good salary after graduation. I would strongly encourage taking college visits, and ask some of the students that attend the school already about what they like and dislike about the college.

ELIZABETH

Do your research by visiting the colleges that your are interested in attending. Attend any open houses that the school might offer and talk with the professors and current students at the colledge and get their opinions of the school. Particularly, talking ot the attending students at an open house will help to answer your questions you may have about the school and aid in your decision making process. Touring the facility is also desireable. When you do decide on a college and are now in attendance, make the most of all that is offered to you as a student there. Don't be afraid to speak to the professors if you need help or are exeperiencing difficulty with a class - they are human and most often encourage the student to seek help if help is needed. Also, college is first and foremost a place of learning so studies should be taken seriously. Get yourself into a good study routine and also allow some time for yourself to enjoy the extras that the college has to offer as well and you will enjoy your time there and will make friends that will last a lifetime.

David

For parents and stuents who are searching for the right college and making the most of college experience have to think about the surroundings of the school along with if the school will fullfill there interests. I beleive having surroundings that fit your personality is just as important as the school fullfilling the students interests. Without the right surroundings and activities that fit your lifestyle, students are more likely to get into things that are not smart ideas. Also, having the surroundings that fit your lifestyle allows the student to focus more on school work and never get bored. Another good pointer is knowing exactly what you want to major in before going into your first year. This will help the student focus on their studies more than "which party am I going to tonight?" It will also give the student a jump start over the other students attending the same school.

Nathan

Look for a college that fits your personality and learning style. Also, do your homework on each college to determine which one will give you the best bang for your buck. Job placement is a big factor that should be looked at and make sure you understand what that statistic is refering to. Most important, have fun and enjoy the college life because it should be fun as well as a learning experience.

Emily

Parents and students should look for a school that has activities that the student will enjoy being a part of but that will not override their academic experience. They should look for a place that will focus on helping the student grow into a successful, mature adult that can hit the ground running when they enter the work world, but a place that encourages the formation of meaningful relationships and treasured memories as well. It is important to enter into an environment where the student will not become lost in a crowd and disappear as a number. It is important that they be able to connect with other students and faculty that will be friends and mentors throughout their college experience, and potentially, the rest of their life.

Nick

Find a college that will provide the edjucation you desire, in a town you fall in love with. Dont follow a freind or a lover go where you always dreemed, and once you get there be the person you always wished you were. Throw your hair back and live your desires there's only one college experience, but you get to choose yours. Regret nothign, try everything once, live the life you want, but get the grades you need, make your time worth while.

matthew

visit colleges to see what kind of campus you like. find out about the students and social life before you get there. get out there and meet people when you get on campus, find your click of people and make good friends. choose a school for the right reasons and if it dosnt fit you try and transfer out sooner than later so you dont regret it later.

Thomas

Find a school that has many options for recreation, social life, exposure to different people and ideas, and somewhere worth the money you put in. Examine placement rate and difficulty. Then compare cost. MSOE is difficult and expensive and it takes up a lot of dedication. Social and family life takes a back seat as you accel to the top of the knowledge tree. Choose somewhere that you can put your life on hold and do what you want to do or advance to a working level as fast as possible. choose one or the other.

Justin

Just be supportive and help your son/daughter through the process.

Brad

The job placement rating for MSOE graduates is intimidating, but it must really be earned. If you are very serious about engineering and are willing to give four years of you life towards it then it will definitely be worth it. Don't expect your 4.0 in high school to come with you to MSOE with you though (it's very hard to get A's here, only 13 or so people in it's history ever graduated with a 4.0), but you will definitely learn alot for your money. I (along with many of my friends) had internships during the summer after freshman year, but this school definitely isn't the place that you're going to find a significant other or many more friends. With a 88% rate of male students, there isn't much diversity and atleast 60% of the students are very introverted (meaning they stay indoors and play WOW or halo). It's a very expensive school (but don't let the initial amount intimidate you, they give roughly $10,000 to accepted students as an "academic scholarship" right away), but will definitely be worth it if you are interested in engineering.

mathew

The most important factor in finding the right place is not about acheiving academic excellence, it is about achieving satisfaction. Take me for example, i am a somewhat less-than-satisfactory engineering student. I began my college experience searching for a degree that would bring me financial reward. Not once did i think about what would make me happy. By Junior year, i lost interest, my grades dropped, and my personal life was impacted. Not until then did i find that achieving academic/career excellence was not what i wanted, but it surely was not what i needed. What i needed was to other people happy. Not only the people i love, but also there is a certain part of me that takes pleasure in seeing the reaction of a complete stranger when i take two steps out of my way for them. I changed my focus to ultimately design a spinal implant for little kids and i have ever since been awakened by this understandng; i needed self-actualization, the top of the pyramid. This changed my life, and it is the best advice i can offer.

Brian

In looking for the appropriate school you must consider many things. First, does the school have majors that would lead to a desired career? Second, where is the location? Thirdly, I would ask what type of college experience you are looking for. Are you looking for a party school or a school that places you in your studies all the time? Next, I would have the prospect look into what clubs or organizations interest them. Clubs such as fraternities, sororities, sports or any other. Next would be the living space. This is the part that separates college from high school. You can live at home with different hours or you can live with your friends in your own apartment. Housing gives a student the experience and can make or break the feeling of college. Bottom line, what things make the student happy? Or what things can you look for in a college to fulfill those needs and wants? Lastly, money is a concern, but it should not be the driver of the decision. Choose where to go because you want to go there.

Aimee

Make sure you look at all your options, and make sure you have your finances set each year. If you don't, life will be hard. Also, don't fail classes. Get your homework done right away, then you can play later without having to worry.

Nathan

I found that if i would have taken a year of basic classes to really find what i enjoyedd i would have been better off. At the Milwaukee school of Engineering I was not able to do this, whereas i may have been able to at a different school. So my advice would be to make sure you really know what you want to do before you choose your major.

Robert

Figure out what is most important in the students life first. Decide what type of needs the student required at a school. Find out if the student prefers a fast paced, more work type environment or a slower paced, more time to grasp the concepts environment. When a college is decided, ensure it contains a degree the student is interested in and possibly backup degrees if the student is not 100% sure of his or her career choice. Also check the surrounding area of the college campus for entertainment during the weekends.

No

1. Choose your scope (general region where you want to go to college) 2. Choose a major 3. Make a list of all possible colleges 4. Get the general facts and see which colleges meet your logistical needs. 5. Find student and professional college reviews (they will be more honest then a college's admissions office) 6. Visit the colleges (campus tours and shadows days are good) 7. Apply 8. Visit the colleges you are accepted to. 9. See if you can afford your top choice 10. Accept and succeed

Matthew

Research the job placement rate of the school, the difficulty, and the campus life. Without a good campus life, college can be much more stressful.

Jeremiah

If you are there to become an engineer, start studying and take summer courses. You can never learn too much; unless you do. Then, if you burn out, relax until you can study again. Then repeat the process.

Chris

When choosing a college, I strongly suggest not favoring the colleges that offer the biggest scholarship. Make sure to do your research and find out the total amount of tuition that you still would have to pay. I made the mistake of attending a private school that offered 10K/year, but did not realize that it still would have been cheaper to attend a state school. After doing the research, then definitely go on a tour of the school, and talk to college students around you. Make sure to ask some random students questions about the college because the tour guide, even if a student, will more than likely be biased and supportive of the school in most aspects. Once attending college, I strongly encourage you to get involved with the campus in anyway possible; clubs, sports, frats/sororities, on-campus jobs, volunteering. From my own experience, the more involved I got on-campus the more enjoyable my time here became. Plus several studies have shown that students that are more involved with their college perform better academically and make more friends. Life is what you make it. Your actions will determine what you get out of your college experience.

Marcus

To find the right college, you must first find out exactly what you want out of college. If you want to meet people and party then find a decent school that is known for its parties. If you wish to be in a certain fraternity or sorority and want to be academically challenged, find the best school with that greek organization. That is the only way to make the best out of college. You have to pick the one that most suites what you want. Once you do find the right college, you have to maintain the right attitude towards it. Make friends that have similar interests as you do. Being in a new environment can be a challenge but having those friends will make your transition to college that much easier.

Jeremy

Participate in a shadow day, if possible, because this can help give you a feel for what life is like on a daily basis at that school. If you know an alumnus of the school, try to get in contact with them and get their perspective and advice. Read reviews on the internet if you can't visit the campus in person, but keep in mind that your experience might be different from the experience of others. Apply to at least a couple schools, so if your first choice is not for you, there are other options available. Consider in advance whether you want to stay close to home or go far away, because it will likely make a difference in how often you see your family. Plan your finances and decide whether you can handle the expenses involved with your choice of college. Value the advice of those around you, but only to a limited extent, because in the end it should be your decision.

Peter

What is college? Some people say that college is a time and place for learning. Other people say that college is the part of your life that you use to discover more about yourself and the world. Regardless of what 'people' say, in order to make the most of the college experience, I would strongly reccommend that anyone considering college define what college means to them. There's a lot of aspects that can govern the college experience. Some examples of this are academic standing, average class size, variety of extra curriculars offered, general feel of the student body, the list could go on and on. Think about where you want to be when you get out of college and what environment will best guide you in that direction. By doing this, you will be able to focus in on the parts of college that are really important to you. This will greatly narrow your college search, and you can then further investigate the remaining schools by taking them for a test drive. Campus visits are the best way to forecast if it can provide what you're looking for from a college. Remember, it goes fast so enjoy it!

Luke

Find a college that is in line with what the student believes holistically. Look for something that has a "faith" be it religious or not that is line with the student's paradigm, and that offers a major that the student truely loves.

Camille

I would tell parents and/or students to thoroughly research the colleges that they are interested in. In order to make the most out of your college experience, you have to be willing to put a lot of effort into your course work and study hard because it will truely pay off in the long run. In addition to this, I would also say that it is mportant to get involved in the community and various campus organizations because it will help you network and become a well-rounded person.

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