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


If I went back in time to high school I would give myself the advice of learning how to manage time. In high school it wasn't as hard to figure out when to complete assignments, but going to college really changes things. Learning what time is the best for retaining the most information while studying is important, and learning more about your study habits before going to college is very beneficial. Studying in college is very important because classes test your knowledge more than they did in high school and your grades will help you in the future, so learning how to study and what tools help you the most is the best way to make sure you get good grades.


If I could go back in time and talk to my past self about what I know now about college I would recommend paying more attention to the schools I chose to apply to. I would also stress the importance of going to the library and putting in the hours to get my work done. I would comfort myself by saying not to be afraid to start completely over, by going to school in a new place, and by knowing no one, and making new friends. Having known this, i would have probably expanded my horizons on schools applied to. Over all i would have stressed the importance of leaving my comfort zone and to not go to a school where i felt most comfortable because i knew someone. I would advise looking harder at the academics of certain schools and finding which one was best fitting and i could actually picture myself most happy at. Lastly, I would warn myself that that I am no longer in highschool, and that the tests and assignments all begin to take on more meaning and matter more now towards my future.


Now that I am pursuing a second Master's degree for the 2014-2015 academic school year, I definitely have a few words for my high school senior self: wake up and take off the rose colored glasses. I was very naive in my youth, and made degree choices not based off of career aspirations, but decided by my intellectal interests. This mentality was a detriment to my post-college career growth. I did not spend enough time in my youth thinking pragmatically. A number of events woke me up to the "real world." For instance, I first-hand witnessed my house flood from Hurricane Sandy. Managing a post-disaster construction project made me aware of the resistance involved in business, regardless of the cause of business. I discovered that this idea of humanity (something I've spent a lot of time philosophizing about) is more of an obscure concept. I want to pursue altruistic dreams when I have the ability to pull resources together. So, my final words to my high school self are: if you every want to achieve your dreams, the best path may not be linear and it definitely is not a short road.


Widen your social circle and give everyone an equal chance. That girl sitting in front of you in your Lit class, who seems to have nothing in common with you, will become a valuable friend and study partner later. Refrain from making assumptions about other people, and especially don't assume you know what they are thinking about you. Foster relationships with your professors; they have been where you want to be someday. Your professors want to help you, and understand your journey. Lose the highschool fear of being branded as a suck up; you are all adults here. Finally, no one will notice if you're not drinking, and if they do, it still doesn't matter to them. Be the sober one who can drive, and make sure everyone gets home alive. It's more fun laughing at the stupid things your friends do, then waking up with a hangover. Your G.P.A will thank you in the long run.


Save money, get a job, don't rely on your parents for everything. Do not party everyweekend, get work done, go where you want to go not where others want you to go.


If I could go back, I would tell my highschool self to cherish the days I have in highscool. College is a whole different ball game. You need to be focused, have a great sense of time mangement, and be responsible! People aren't going to hold your hand through college, like they have in highschool. You need to stay focused, stay out of trouble, and remember what you're doing all of this for: To have an education, and be the first one in your family to attend college. Take my advice into great consideration, and never give up!


Stay classy, Jess. I mean it: hold yourself to the standards that you set for yourself. Don't be a people pleaser. You're going to meet people who don't understand or care what you're going through, and they're going to weigh you down. There's nothing you can do about that: that's life. But as long as you stay classy, you'll rise above them. Pick your battles. Know when to walk away. Use your inside voice. As long as you can maintain your level of class through this all, then you're going to be the best that you can be. College is the time to reinvent yourself. Yes, mistakes have been made. But once you get to school, you don't have to be the same mousey girl who ate her lunch alone in the back of the library. So get out there, Jess. When in doubt, pinky out. You can do anything as long as you keep your shoulders back and your chin up. So stay classy, Jess. I love you.


I would urge myself to explore more options and keep an open mind. Look for aspects of the campus besides location that interest you, like minors, extra-curriculars and volunteer opportunities because being social is just as important as doing well academically. Don't limit yourself to schools in the tri-state area and don't be afraid to make a mistake! When one door closes, a window opens somewhere else so be open to the possibilities and learn to go with the flow. Enjoy life.


College is going to be tough. There will still be mean-spirited students who put you down and your parents will still seem like they require too much attention. Sometimes, it just will not feel worth it. But it is. Keep your head up because you will soon realize that the opinions of others don't matter and you parents will eventually relax and accept you just as you are. You will discover that in college all of the work that you do is really for you. You are the sole beneficiary of your efforts. Think about the kind of life that you want to live and the kind of person you want to be. Now, if you work hard, you can have all of those things. So ignore the petty stuff, even when it is hard to because it doesn't have to matter to you. You can rise above it and live the life that you want and that you deserve.


If I could talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to relax. As a student in Advanced Placements classes, my friends were driving themselves crazy trying to get into big-name schools with the top-rated academic programs. I would tell my past self to stop worrying about what other people think, and how much I'm going to love attending class two minutes away from my house, how I will meet great people there, join different clubs, serve as Treasurer for Monmouth's Student Government Association, and still get to work, teach dance, and do theater outside of school that I would have missed out on. I would tell myself that I would love the small class sizes, the Monmouth community, and the personable faculty, all factors that another school would not have offered. Most of all, I would remind myself that a "famous" school does not make you successful, but what YOU do at a school determines your success. I would proudly mention that I would graduate in only three years, while ranked first in my class for Economics majors, and get accepted to my first choice law school, Seton Hall.


I would say study hard


Monmouth has taught me to make the best out of bad situations. It was not my first choice school; I came here because they gave me the most money and I needed to be near my family. Since enrolling, however, I have been able to meet great people and experience so much. The classes here are challenging and I am very happy I came here.


I have done lots of research about the school i found it the school which in best in the new jersey.


I am now in my Junior year at Monmouth University and I have found my time here to be fulfilling. The classes I have taken are interesting, for the most part, and I feel they are preparing me for the future. I have made some amazing friends here and I am very involved in my sorority. This past June I studied abroad in Italy and it was an experience I will neve forget.


I have learned a great deal about myself. I have also begun my trek towards success in my future, and towards a better life. I will be gaining the skills and knowledge to do what I want to do, which is help others. I also love the campus and environment itself because everyone is upbeat and happy, and also very close to nature with great scenery and historical buildings on the grounds.


If I were able to go back in time to speak to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself that the keys to college sucess are time management and organization. If you can master these two skills, a 4.0 GPA will not be far away. If I had learned to manage my time better early on in my college career my GPA would be much better. I am now paying for my mistakes by having to work 10x times as hard so that I can graduate with a decent GPA and have a chance of getting into law school. The most important thing that I would want to tell myself, and that I think every college student should know is that it is better to hand in a quality paper late, then to hand in a paper that was thrown together on time. Professors will respect you for it, trust me.


I would tell my self " Hey come here for a moment. Let me tell you something; more like tell my self something... that is besides the point. I want to tell you about college life..." I would likely responde "I made it to college?" "Yes we did. Your going to love it, especially since you make friends out in the desert. The college life is great, but it comes with great consiquence if you don't get ahead start. Listen to what the teachers and our parents tell us. Go online and start applying for scholarships if not, then we are going to end up biting the dust, and being left out of school after the first semester. Alright so I am forwarning you about how we are going to end up if you don't start listening and being so stubborn and think that you will make it on just pure luck like always! So get up and start going. Surf the web and apply for scholarships, so WE don't end up outside the gates looking in. And fair warning I know we love music, but maybe you should look into a history major; it's better alright."


Everyday I wish I could go back in time so I could do many things over again; to make better choices. If I could go back in time now and talk to myself I would tell myself to go to college. Education and knowledge is key to having a life that you want. Even though high school wasn't a pleasant experience, college is different. There are some many people who are willing to help you through this new adventure in your life. Stick to school. Social events are not that important right now. Getting your life together and setting up for your furture by going to school will be one of the greatest choices you will ever make. Since you want to have your own family someday, school is the best way to achieve that goal. It will help you become stable in so many areas of your life. Moving around from friend to friend everyday is not a life. By going to school and leaving your social life, you will avoid so much pain mentally, emotionally, and physically. Make the right choice and get yourself on the right path to a life that you want.


I would say to myself to not think that my circumstances, such as going to college, we'll change my character. Living with baggage can be difficult; especially if the baggage is something you feel you don't have control over. In my past my baggage consumed me and all I wanted was to run away from it. College seemed it would be my new beginning and fresh start. I thought I can find things that can make me happy through clubs, sports, and extra-curricular activities. As a naive senior I had my hopes up that I would finally get rid of my baggage and live peacefully. Little did i know that my past came with me wherever I went despite my circumstances. Consequently, I became torn between my desire and my regret. Being ignorant of the situation, I soonly found out I wasn't being true to myself. My advice to senior me is: Be true to yourself and then you can live freely. All I had to do was to face my regret, deal with it, leave it in the dust, and enjoy life to the fullest!


If I could go back and give myself advice about the transition to college I would tell myself to be able to let go of the way I used to do things and the people i used to rely on. The hardest adjustment was not having the same schedule I had had the past four years. Time management is very difficult in a new setting. It is also very difficult to let go of the people that I went to high school with. I would tell myself to get ready to lose some friends and gain new ones. It is difficult to adjust to not seeing the same people every day and having to make friends. College is all about relying on yourself and i would tell myself to make sure that i am ready to be independent.


Our American culture grooms us to seek immediate gratification. Nothing will cripple the dreams of a college education or a successful life faster than succumbing to the ideology that your desires must be met ?now?. Realize that regardless of your age, every decision you make has an impact on your dreams. Living and deciding for the moment makes a fool of someone failing to consider the long-term effects. Consider the financial ramifications of debt and what it really means to ?bank on the future?. Consider the personal obligations and possibilities (positive and negative) in relationship decisions. Consider what activities benefit your long-term goals when planning your daily and weekly schedule. Consider the gain of delayed gratification, temporary discomfort, or atypical solutions to typical problems. Life is lived moment by moment, but decisions must be made with the future in mind. Abiding in the "immediate gratification" ideology will impede the success you ultimately desire, not only with respect to college, but also in respect to your life.


If I could travel back in time to talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself that college is a lot of reading and taking notes is not that hard. Because of the summer I was told by many people that college is so difficult and many people are not prepared for the experience but, I would tell myself to just relax and forget what all these other people were saying. I was very stressed and nervous over the summer and I wish that my summer before college did not feel that way because I feel that I should have been excited for this experience. I would also tell myself that I would make tons of new friends and enjoy a decent amount of my classes. I believe this would help calm me down and help me enjoy myself one last time as a high school student.


I would travel farther away from home to really experience college life and challenge myself. Out of the state, or better yet, out of the country!


I would have told myself to challenge myself more in high school and take harder classes. I should have not taken the easy way out, and gone that extra mile, because college is always asking for that extra little bit to make you pop out and establish yourself as an individual. I would tell my high school self that I needed to learn the material on my own, and not always depend on my teacher. I wish my high school self could see my college self. I believe my high school self would be telling my college self to calm down and relax and that I can make it through this with hard work and devotion.


Right now it seems like everything is moving way too fast. With prom and finals, graduation and SATs, everything seems like a blur. And although all of this is very exciting, it's also very scary. I mean, this is the rest of your life here. You're jumping off the high school diving board and falling straight into the college world, a place full of more possibilities than you even knew existed. College is pure, undiluted life without curfews, sans parental rules, and practically void of supervision. And if you think high school life is a blur, you're in for a wild ride because from here on out things will only get crazier. But don't let it intimidate you! Don't let all the possibilities pass you by! Get involved; make friends; be crazy! And learn with every step you take, not just formulas, grammar, and philosophies of literature, but also learn about life; learn how to enjoy the moments of ecstasy with new friends, and most importantly learn to savor all of the possibilities in front of you. Be brave; go with courage to unexplored paths, and you will succeed.


My little brother is actually a senior in high school this year and he has been searching for the right college. Our parents are in the middle of a divorce, so he feels a lot of pressure to make the right choice and be cost effective for my parents. I was sure to tell him that it is very nerve racking and stressful during the application process, but it becomes much easier later on. Also that he should pick whatever he thinks is best for him, because is not right to listen to what other people want all the time. A person should be happy in their decision and feel comfortable where they are. Finally I told him that it may be difficult at first, but you ease into the school after a little. Once you find a good friend group and become more comfortable, school can be like a second home, like it has become for me.


Advice I would give my younger self would be to have an open mind going into college, that no opportunity should be passed up out of fear of failing or of the unknown. I would tell myself that the hardest things usually reap the greatest rewards, and also that priority will become a word used in everyday vocabulary. I would tell myself to stay smart, meet a lot of people, and stay connected to my teachers, oh and to always check my email, because that is where a lot of good information comes in. Most importatly I would tell myself to remain true to my own happiness, and what I want to do with my life, and that it is ok to change my mind in order to figure out what is best for my future. That change does not mean failure, but just better self discovery.


I had no clue what I wanted to major in college, even while I was in college. I eventually chose psychology as a major and ended up going to graduate school for Educational Counseling. As a senior in high school I would have laughed in someone's face if they told me that I would one day have a Master degree. I was unmotivated during most of high school and only did enough to get by. If I could go back I would encourage myself to spend time researching schools and programs. I accepted that I would go to a Community College without a thought. Now I realize I did not even explore other options. I work as a high school guidance counselor currently and I tell the seniors that the most important thing they should be doing right now is researching schools and taking their SATs. I invite my students to meet with me one on one to go over their ideas. I often wish I could go back and reseach schools with myself. However, I may have picked something different to major in and I have been successul in the career I chose. I have no regrets.


If someone were to ask me for advice on finding the right college to attend, my first piece of advice would be pick a school where you feel comfortable. There is no point in going to a school where you would have to feel like you would have to change to make it through. In addition to that I would also say choose a school that has a good program in your interested area of study. If the school you choose does not have a program for the course of study you want to persue than the chances of you being happy are slim to none. Bottom line, Choose the school that feels best to you


To Students: Make sure you choose the college that suits your personality, and get involved as much as possible on campus. This is expecially important even if you decide to commute. To Parents: Don't force your child to go to a school that you want he or she to go to. Make sure the school they choose is their own choice, but keep the financials in mind.


Pick a school based on your major, the size and the inital feel for it when you visit. College is what you make of it. If you choose to stay home and not make friends or be to shy and quiet your most likely not going to have fun. GET INVOLVED


I believe that above all, you should go with your heart. I applied to about four schools, and the one I chose in the end was the most expensive, but upon going on a tour of the school, I felt that this is where I would feel the most comfotable. If you do not feel comfortable and do not see yourself being able to succeed in that environment, then eliminate that from your choice because you probably will not last long if you cannot picture yourself liking it there. Do not make your decision on family/significant others. To make the most out of your college experience, get involved. Participate in class and get to know your peers. These may be people you will have in your life for a long time. Also, academics come first, but become part of a club or social organization. Find people who have the same interests as you, and your college experience will completely be fulfilled. You will people you can never imagine your life without. Sooner or later, you will look back and wonder where all of the time went. So take advantage of your opportunities and do what's right for you.


The school should be where you are compfortable it is essentially your new life. You will live, learn, and experience at this college so feeling that compfort will help the transition. Also see what activities the school offers because a lot of social life revolves around this aspect as well as a great learning experience. It will be a great time and it should be, these are the essential building blocks to leading our generation to become so much greater. Finding the right college will create a strong sense of belonging to the college experience and really being involved and having a love for what you do as a student will make the college of your choice right. Believe in yourself and give all you have, there isn't much more you can ask if you do that.


Don't follow what others are doing; choose a school based on what it can offer you and whether or not you feel you will fit it. For parents, let their child make the choice for themselves, be supportive and encouraging but do not try to control their decision. In order to make the most of a college experience, be friendly and open, but be yourself and take part in activities that interest you rather than what others are doing. The best way to make long lasting friends is to meet them doing activites that you care about. In order to get the best education possible, you must work hard and put classes first. Once you get your work done, there will still be time for fun and socializing. You will get out of your college experience as much as you put into it, so the more you work at it, both socially and academically, the more successful you will be.


I first visited Monmouth University in my senior year of high school and as soon as I arrived on the campus, I felt like I was home. The most important thing in finding the right school for yourself is finding a school that makes you feel like you belong. It's a huge step to move away from home and finding a school where you feel like your at home again makes everything easier. Going to college is another chapter of your life and it should be exciting but it will also be scary. If you've found the right school, you will thrive and you will accomplish things that you never dreamed you could. You must love where you are to really show your true colors. So when visiting your prospective schools its's important to love what they can offer, but it's also very important to feel like you belong and want to call your new school home.


I would tell parents and students to get involved because that sort of activity really helps you to meet new people. Look for a college where you think you would feel comfortable in terms of being close or far enough from home.


Do not choose a college based on name or location, examine the your major of choice and see if the classes and direction the program heads in is right for you!


Finding the right college is very imortant. However, if youre an adaptable person, youll find the right people to have a great time with, and sometimes inevitably become life long friends. Have as much fun as possible, because its the best 4 or 5 years of your life, however, dont get caught up with too much that your time is imbalanced between work and fun. Gotta do work, but the rewards for the fun part are worth it.


Go on toures of the campus and neighborhoods around the campus. I almost went to another school that would have been horrible. Make a decision based on education, not sports or a "party" atmosphere.


Parents: You might have a college in mind that you want your child to go to (maybe where you went) or you might want your child to follow in your footsteps but the bottom line is freshmen year at college is probably the most memorable so let you kids choose and support them at whatever it is they want to do as much as they my not act liek they want your support they not only want it but they need it. Student: In order to make the most of your college experience you number one have to have fun because if your not having fun you will get depressed and that only leads to negatve things. with this being said you cannot have too much fun their needs to be a balance. This will be the first time a lot of you live away from home but you need to remember your grades and your degree will determine your future. So you need to staay focused and remember the real reason you are their is to learn and expand you knowledge (not to party).


Look at class sizes, the sourrounding areas, and extracurriculars. You will learn information everywhere but you need to make sure that these three things are good for you personally to have a great college experience.


The key to finding the perfect college, in my opinion, requires the new college student to think about what means the most to them as an individual. Are they academically focused and driven towards achieving a degree for a great career? Are they laid back and intent on partying, having a good time? Are they interested in meeting people and building friendships and relationships to last a lifetime? These are very important, philosophical questions. Because of this, the new student always needs to develop or continue their own personal philosophy about their education before they get started. It's very important to figure out exactly why you are going to college and what you plan on doing while you're there. The best advantages for a new student are to make sure that they find a school with a great deal of resources available. Schools with resources that the students actually use and gain advantages are schools that are usually good choices. These resources, and the personal philosophy of each student, are the most critical ideas when choosing a college. My advice: Find out for yourself why you are going to college. Personal drive/sacrifice will always work. Good Luck!


talk to students who attend the school you're considering in the major you are interested before you just go there.


The most important thing to keep in mind is to make sure the college campus is one in which you feel comfortable. The college is going to become your home for the next four years and if you arent comfortable, you'll be held back from doing everything that you are able to. And make sure that you get involved and get to know a variety of people.


The best advice I could give to parents and students looking to find the right college includes a variety of things. First off, if location is an important factor, that should definitely be looked at. In addition to this, it is very important to look at the areas of study you are interested in and really research different colleges to see what they have to offer in terms of the academic education you would be recieving. My final word of advice for finding the right college, is to tour as many schools as possible. It is so very important to find a place that you feel comfortable and welcomed. To make the most of your college experience, the best advice I can give is to get involved in anything that interests you. It is a great way to meet new friends that have your same interests, and a few years down the line it also adds as a nice addition to your resume. My greatest memories of college come from the friends I made and the times I had in the clubs and activities I was involved in. It's such an important part of the experience.


You have to be able to picture yourself at the school. It's nice when while your on a visit walking around you feel comfortable not even being there yet. Also, make sure that you look at the classroom sizes as well. Make sure that your comfortable with how big or how small they may be and that you are able to interact with your teachers as well.


Take plenty of college tours at a variety of different campuses and talking to students who attend them.


Visit the college with someone that has been there before. Do not Listen to what the schools tour guides say because they are payed to make the school look good. Go in and see it for yourself and decide on yur own whether or not you wish to attend the college.


Go to as many as possible and try to spend as much time there and speak with the students so that you can get a true unbias view of the school.


Pick a school that you would enjoy driving to from home. Although many people love to be away from home you can get the same effect of being away whether youre four towns over or four states over. Its just much more efficient to only be four towns over. Also take in effect the environment of the students when you're touring the campus.