Montreat College Top Questions

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


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a college senior, I would tell myself to make decisions that make me happy. A lot of the decisions I have made have been to please my family, instead of myself. I have a long running college undergraduate career, and I think that if I just chose to do what makes me happy I would be better off. I graduated from Ventura College with my Associate's degree and then moved on to Montreat College for two years. I was three thousand miles away from home, and had to have a shoulder surgery that kept me from playing basketball. I went through a slight depression. After that I decided to make myself happy and am now transferring to California Lutheran University and will now be playing at a NCAA school, which makes me very happy. I think that if I would have just tried to be happy for myself in the first place, and not others during my college years, I could have gotten to one school and been able to stay there. But as it stands I am still learning about myself and taking my own journey.


I would advise myself to apply to many different colleges instead of just one. This way you can get a better feeling for each college and be able to compare them to each other so see which one you really like the best. I would also suggest to myself to consider swimming for whichever college I end up attending. Playing soccer is great but the knee injury ou will sustain will continue to hurt 5 years later. Do what you love to do. Major in something that you will love to do each and every day. After you finish college, focus on a career related to you Major. Otherwise, if you chase the money you will end up having to make a very difficult decision...Making good money but hating your jog, or loving what you do and being happy every day of your life.


I definitely began to understand myself more as a person and witnessed God changing and growing me like crazy. I would go back in a heart beat!!


Attending and graduating with an associates degree from a technical college, a bachelors degree from a four year college, and planning to attend Pharmacy school in the fall, I have learned that it costs money to make money. School is not cheap. I would recommend to anyone I know to first know why you are going to school. Do not waste time taking random electives. Second, to seriously consider taking general credits at a technical college. It could save you thousands of dollars. Third, you get out of it what you put into it. This may sound cliche, but the more you learn, the more you will be able offer in your future career. This is what makes a good education is invaluable.


My college experience has helped me to grow as a person in many ways. In the classroom I have made some incredible advances in my understanding of various academic fields and I have especially increased my knowledge of my major through class time. Growth in my life has occurred outside the classroom as well. Pursuing hobbies, playing a varsity sport, leading other students in service projects, and being involved in many other school activities have all had very significant contributions to my growth here at college. Mentally, this college has helped prepare me to face life and excel in the workforce. Physically, by being a student athlete, I have learned to endure hardship and difficultly on and off the field and feel prepared to face the many physical challenges life may present. Finally, I have grown an incredible amount spiritually. I have a deeper understanding of Jesus and my faith is strengthened through the programs and fellowship with others here at the college. It is hard to describe everything I have gained through my college experience, but I can say with certainty, it has been a lot and going to college has been one-hundred percent worth it!


It is a wonderful school. I attended at Scottsdale Culinary institute. I discovered a new fantastic ability of mine about the food. This school and this course has changed my life career.


Better understanding of management values


Make sure it's the right place for you. If you have doubts, go with your instinct.


To the Parents: don't give up on your child if their not emotionally ready to make College the absolute next step in their life. If they say "now is not the time, but they will go back", give them room for hope. Keep encouraging them and allow them to make a few mistakes so they can see if the ball is moving. Life happens when they start making it happen. We need you for guidance and support. To the Students: Opportunities are always there, but if you don't go after them, it isn't for you. Life isn't about fixing and solving immediately, it's about experiencing , testing and even waiting. Listen to the advice of your a parents and adult leaders/role models. Express your dreams and goals. Life doesn't happen for you until you start making life happen for yourself. Have high expectations for yourself but not too high to where you can't bring down the bar. Let know one tear you down or frown about your choices of success. Judge your motives and your heart. Be involved and never regret, and use it as a stepping stone for life.


I would tell the parents and/or students that finding the right college is a little difficult. One has to investigate and see what a specfic college has in hold for them. For instance, if a student does not enjoy hiking or does not feel comfortable being surrounded in a Christian environment, then Montreat College, NC is probably not the right college for them. I believe that it is always good to see what a college offers based on personality of a student. One's personality makes the most of their college experience. One's personality attracts the friends one makes, the activities one does, and the major one decides to pursue. My freshman of year of college was a little difficult at first because I really did not know anyone. As Christmas break crept up, I heard about local Salsa dancing. I asked several "friends" if they wanted to come with me. We have continued going every Wedneday nights, and now, our sophmore years in college, we are the best of friends. Finding the right college is stressful, but your experiences, friends, and classes make the most of it!


I would say that picking the right college is not always based on what makes sense. Montreat College was way too expensive for our budget and very far away in terms of traveling costs. Still, I was called here and God's made it work. When you are where God wants you, it doesn't matter if it makes sense, if the money is there, or if the tides are against you, He will bless you and provide according to His plan. Knowing the type of attention you want from proffesors is very important. If I had chose a large college, I would never have succeeded the way I have here at Montreat. WHen the proffesors know you personally, they want you to succeed in the way they know is best for you and are willing to help you achieve that goal whatever it takes. If you dont't want that kind of attention, chose a school with large class sizes and big class rooms.


Montreat is a good christain college. I never visit the college when I heard about it, the staff knew who I was by name and face. They did thier homework I was impressed. They show me around campus and they helped me get situated. But it is best to go look at the college you want to go to so you will not be dissappointed. That will make you transition a lot smoother.


Do lots of research first...and vistit the school!


But before I can go on to tell you how you should go about approaching the subject, allow me to tell you a little bit about my background and how things have worked out perfectly during my college years. You see, I am the kind of person who desires to take control of her own life and be prepared for what the future holds. At the age of fourteen, I became serious about my Christian faith and realized that every need, every desire of my heart is met only by the sovereignty of God who holds all things in His hands. Before venturing off to college, I asked for wisdom and guidance from the Holy Spirit to direct me to the right school. By following His divine plan, I was given the gifts and talents to make the most out of every opportunity that was handed to me. I became a leader at my community college where I learned to work with the older generation (people who already knew what they were doing) in clubs/organizations. Now, after transferring to Montreat College, my delight still remains in the Lord who gives me amazing opportunities and valuable experience for the future.


Look at the colleges that you even don't think you want to attend because that just might be the college you're suspossed to be at!


Have and do as much as you can in high school. For the ones that may not have money heading for college, activities you have done in high school will reflect. Not only the activies, but academically you have to be good. Also, it is better to go visit the college before you say "that is the one". It may look good from the outside but, you have to find more information on the college from the inside. Get as much information from the student at that college. Ask them to be honest because this is your money you are putting into the school. Overall enjoy your experience for yourself or your child(ren) heading towards colleges.


Visit colleges to find a safe place for your kid and a place where he/she can have life long freinds and learn about life.


Before applying to a school, find a way to really get the feel for it. Don't just visit for open houses; go to the campus on a regular day. Eat the food, sleep in the dorms, attend classes, talk to the students. The admissions counselors are paid to sell the school. Students are honest about the school and their personal experiences, especially if they don't know you're a prospective student. After deciding on a school, dive into the application process. Many schools offer perks to those who apply by certain dates or commit before the application deadline. Don't wait in the background for them to come find you. Take center stage and let the admissions advisors know that you're serious about taking the step into the student body.


Freshman year is a tough year. Generally, parents and students alike do not know the qualities in which to look for when choosing a college or university. From personal experience, I have found that dorm living, especially with a roommate, can be taxing. Consider the conditions of the room and restroom. Also, be sure to fill out roommate pairing cards honestly, as well as extend the hand of friendship with your future roommate. Make the rules clear from the beginning about bedtime hours and visitations. By anticipating and preparing, you will be helping yourself maintain order throughout the entire year.