Billings, MT
Montana State University-Billings


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angela
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Montana State University is unique because it is small enough to not be intimidating but big enough to feel as though you ar...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Montana State University is unique because it is small enough to not be intimidating but big enough to feel as though you are making a transition in your life to something greater. It gives you a sense that there are possibilities that are there for you to achieve and very helpful people that attend/work there to help you get to where you want to go.

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

If I could go back and give myself advice on transitioning in to college; I would tell myself to evaluate my priorities upon entering college. College is about learning about yourself as well as what you want to do with your life; take the time to figure those things out. Learn to love yourself as a human being, for all your quirks and differences, because that is what you will bring to each class and each situation in life from here on. Those are important; so learn to embrace those. I would also tell myself that it is OK to make a mistake! Making a mistake is an important part of growth; just be able to identify what you learned by that mistake you made, instead of spending your time beating yourself up for it. Lastly I would remind myself I am not perfect, I may study hard for a test and still not do well, as long as I gave it my all that is the best I can do. A grade that you didn't want or hope to achieve doesn't define you as a person; move on from it.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known more about programs such as SOS/Trio that would be able to assist me through my gen ed portion of my degree. I eventually found many resources that have been helpful to me as a student but it just took some effort on my part. The supports are available at Montana State University Bilings, you just have to look for them.

Lewis
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Montana State University Billings offers a private school atmosphere for a public school price. The Small class sizes and eas...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Montana State University Billings offers a private school atmosphere for a public school price. The Small class sizes and easy to access Professors allows or a one on one learning experience for our students. In many ways, the chool really is the perfect size for any student who is not looking for a school where everyone is looking to drink and party all the time. I have also been on the Men's Track and Field team for my four years, and it is easily one of the best things I have ever been a part of.

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

I would not waste much time on the little details about college. Financial aid, orientation, what classes to take, how to write a senior thesis…no... I would be fully confident that he would figure those things out as every college freshman does. My advice to him would be focused on two major things; to have patience and passion. Patience that college life would be boundless and that the lessons from growing up in a household of twelve siblings and living under the shadow of pain that was an alcoholic mother, would, unknowingly to him, give him an appreciation and appetite for life that would make him unstoppable in college. I would tell him that all the pain he feels now about his dying mother is not a curse, but a blessing. I would tell him that he would find his passion on a campus, a passion for helping and inspiring others. I question whether he would believe me, but in that I would walk away with a smile on my face…because I know what is in store for him. I cannot attempt to change what he went through, as it led him MSUB, and his passion in life.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

If I had to pick the most frustrating thing about my school, I suppose it would be the lack of a big time College Football team, or at least maybe a track, for my team to practice on.

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

"Slow down." Two simple words uttered with heartfelt sincerity from the mouth of a twenty year old college student to an anxi...

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

"Slow down." Two simple words uttered with heartfelt sincerity from the mouth of a twenty year old college student to an anxious high school senior. My years in high school were devoid of alcohol, drugs, promiscuitity, and questionable activities. However, I also became a single-minded machine focused on academic goals who casually ignored the passing time. Family and friends became an unnecessary distraction in my pursuit of academic excellence. College was a barely tangible dream tinged with uncertainty as I pursued countless scholarships in a desperate attempt to become the first member of my immediate family to pursue a collegiate career. Worthy dreams clouded every waking moment, but in my pursuit of college I desperately awaited graduation day and ignored the present time. Looking my high school self in the eye, I would grasp 'her' shoulders and tell 'her' that time is a fleeting friend. Lost time can never be regained and graduating from high school means moving away from beloved family. I would plead with myself to set down the books and spend quality time with those I love. Textbooks wait without changing for your return. Loved ones drift away and their time must be cherished.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

As a transfer student, I wish that I had been aware of the course requirements for Montana State University Billings. I would have attempted to prepare more thoroughly for the Biology classes if I had known that lecture and labratory portions were required.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Montana State University Billings is an environment suited to both on-campus and off-campus students. The list of online courses that is offered is extensive and broadens a student's choices. The class sizes are large enough to offer a diverse range of students yet small enough so as not to overwhelm people who are used to a rural school. It is my belief that anyone could flourish on this campus, but they must be committed, excited to learn, and willing to work hard.

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

Dear Me, Don't be so shy when you are going after your dreams. Don't waste time on people who aren't going to be there for y...

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

Dear Me, Don't be so shy when you are going after your dreams. Don't waste time on people who aren't going to be there for you and don't waste time on things that would benefit you. People won't always agree with you, Do things for yourself, QUIT PLEASING PEOPLE. Stay active, becuase when you get to college your anexiety will kick in full blown and working out helps. Jump right into college, Don't wait 6 months becuase it really pushes you back in your future plans. You know what you want to do, just do it. Don't take a ton to the dorms, don't try to help everyone in need of help. Be friendly to people in the dorms, but not everyone is your best friend. Don't be discouraged when someone doesn't want to be your friend either, they are the people who aren't worth it (mentioned above). Most importantly, Don't Lose Yourself. You are a great person. Don't Forget You becuase I currenly miss you. Love you Girl, Me

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing at MSU Billings is the fact that it is a place where if you want something to happen it will happen. People aren't there just to drink or party, this school is great about the educational values and the social part of college, but the focus is on the edcuational access. Plus Billings isn't huge and as crime filled as most college towns seem to be.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

If you are the kind of person that is really just there to party this is most definately not where you want to go. Billings is little, kind of boring at times. If you aren't focused on your degree and building your knowledge, don't even waste your time. It would not satisfy those obnoxious and habits you have to try to keep up.

annie
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

I would describe my school as a place for a begining of a future.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

I would describe my school as a place for a begining of a future.

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

If I could go back in time I would tell myself to not put things off to the last minute make sure you attend class even when it seemed impossible to get up and go. That the struggles get easier and when its too hard ask for help because there is going to be someone there. Also to make time to study and take time to have mental breaks because those are equally important. I would let myself know to work more with the adviser to make a plan of study and not to do it alone!

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I would have liked to be more informed on classes and which ones to take along with how to make a better plan of study.

Jamie
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Montana State University- Billings is best known for it's College of Business and College of Education. With a rather small c...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Montana State University- Billings is best known for it's College of Business and College of Education. With a rather small campus it is easy to get around and go for class to class. There is a very inviting enviroment everywhere you go on campus!

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

To myself I would start to plan for college sooner then I did, the less rush when the move comes the easier. I would apply for as many scholarship as possible in highschool. Working while trying to go to school is time consuming and takes away from study time. Being worried about money issues while studying and taking exams doenst make them easier. I would try and get involved with on campus groups and clubs to meet friends and other students. Friends are a great support system when your away from home. Also meeting other students who are interested in the same things as you will promote good study habits. Last of all if you have a question ask and find answer! There is now such thing as a dumb question!

What's unique about your campus?

The best quality of my school is the friendly staff and profressers. Their is always someone willing to help when yuo need it! The professers take the time to get to know the students. This is an awesome quality becasue as a student I feel more comfortable in class. I am more willing to participate when the professer shows that they care about our education.

Shanna
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is best know for it's strong community. Clubs and other organizations work together to make the community stronger....

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is best know for it's strong community. Clubs and other organizations work together to make the community stronger. Also, the clubs and organizations support the sports teams.

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

During my senior year of high school I attempted to take my own life. I would go back and tell myself how diffrent college is than high school. I would tell myself that no matter what struggles you are facing today that they will go away eventually, and giving up now is not an option. I would tell myself about the friends that you make and how easily you make them, because you are all scared when start off and finding friends is the best way to feel more at home. I would also tell myself to get involved with groups and clubs on campus. Lastly, I would tell my self that you can't be afraid to fail, because when you fail and pick yourself back up you only get stronger.

What's unique about your campus?

I would have to say the the community is the best part about this school. It doesn't matter who you are every one is accepting to others. This has helped me really get involved on campus and help make it the best that it can be.

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

If I could go back in time to talk to my high school self, I would tell her that it's always a good idea to really think your...

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

If I could go back in time to talk to my high school self, I would tell her that it's always a good idea to really think your options through before making a decision, because the thing that you want to do now might not be the thing that you want to be doing in five years. I would tell her that instead of making quick decisions about where to apply to college and only applying to one or two schools, she should apply to as many as she can to see where she could get in. I would also say that sometimes even though things seem tough and you don't want to do them, do them anyway because they could lead to experiences that you'll never forget for the rest of your live. Go out and live life to the fullest instead of staying at home or in a dorm room all the time, and go out and make friends, because they'll be your friends for the rest of your life if you open yourself up to people.

Jolene
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

I believe this school offers flexability. There are oppertunities to learn and grow.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

I believe this school offers flexability. There are oppertunities to learn and grow.

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

Set goals! Reach out for help! Never doubt yourself! You have so much potential to continue on in life and you can become the person you have dreamed about. You will suceed if you take one step at a time. Sometimes you may feel like giving up and tossing your papers in the air and doubt yourself, "Why am I here?" Learning is never easy, you have to work hard, study and even if there is a fork in the road, reach for the stars because you will shine. You CAN do it!

What kind of person should not attend this school?

I would imagine someone who enjoys a town that is mid sized and has more oppertunities then smaller towns. The people are freindly and your peers will help you if you struggle.

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

Assuming I was able to advise myself on how to react to college life, I would first off congratulate myself on making it thro...

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

Assuming I was able to advise myself on how to react to college life, I would first off congratulate myself on making it through high school. Secondly, I would be straight forward and say "Hey, college is hard. Don't look at it as a breeze like you are now. You won't make it. You have to study. Getting by without studying like you did in highschool will not work, Sweetie. You should spend more time on the books than you do on your cell phone or laptop. Yes, I know that we all need a little break here and there, but if they are distracting you take them away completely. You don't need them now. Finals week, it's tough, but hey you'll get through it just fine. You need to keep better track of time, go to bed earlier, and remember this makes or breaks you. Keep your head up, and don't stress too much. It only freaks you out in Biology." After saying to myself what exactly I needed to hear, I would be sure to follow my own advice and make it through my first year stress free.

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