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

Just a year ago I was confident and undefeatable with the ability, maturity, and sincerity to own the path I have chosen without straying from my objectives. The road changes with each choice made and a person must endure enough to discover the person they want and need to become, while still holding onto the traits that will make for a fulfilled, happy life. The simple decisions cause a rollercoaster of events to unfold and only the strongest, with the best support system can reach their goals while they stray from the path to find themselves. The future holds great mysteries for all of us, while some are the happiest moments of our lives and others are the most heart wrenching, they are all beautiful in a unique way that shapes some part of our soul. Simply stay strong. Stay strong when you feel like you cannot and stay strong when you think you already are.


Knowing what I know now about college life to prepare I would tell myself to be sure of what I want to be. I've learned that if you trully know what you want to be half of the battle is already won. There are many things out there to help you be what you want but you have to know. See you can be successful but it's hard to be successful when you don't know what you want to be successful in. Since being out of high school I've changed my major many times, worked different jobs, and looked at many different schools. But now since I have a brighter vision of what I want to be there's a lot in the process that I can avoid. If I would've know deep down then I I would've seen the help out there for me and gone down that path. There's nothing to look back to for a person who trully knows what they want because they don't look back. They're always looking forward. Much time, money, and energy could be saved if a person knows. THAT'S THE KEY!


Do not listen to your Mother when she says "I did not attend college, you don't need to go either". What horrible advice I've spent years working hard just to survive now it is time for me to stride to improve life for me and my children and their future generation. I would also advice myself error on the side of caution in all things, when you have evaluated the cituation, then make a decision. Don't rush in.


Anjanae, I'm writing you to let you know that the next four years will be one of the most beautiful, frustrating, confusing, and eye-opening times of you life. You'll have the opportunity to live with people so different from yourself that it will expose you to things that you never knew existed within you. I know that sometimes you feel like you can't relate to your peers and you'll always be the odd man out. While I'm afraid these thoughts will probably never go away, trust me when I say that you will meet so many others who share your interests. Be true to yourself and stay humble. You have a tendency to inadvertently become the teacher's pet. Accept it. It will work to your benefit in the long run. This transition will be diffucult, as you will begin to discover some parts of youself that you're trying so hard to suppress. Embrace it all, it will make life so much easier. By the way, brush up on your Portuguese, because you'll be presented with opportunity to study abroad in Brazil, and it's going to be amazing!




if i had chance to go back i will study read good and to get my GPA high than what i had and be more friendly


The most important advice I would give myself is that I need to take advantage of everything that was or wasn't taught to me. Teachers are paid to teach me what is in their curriculum but, it is up to me to go pass what was taught. I would tell myself to learn things for myself and my future. Another important piece of advice I would give to myself is to remember the people that say they are there to help you. There are a lot of people out here waiting to help someone they are just waiting to be asked for help." You never know who knows who." Lastly I would tell myself to always be kind to everyone that crosses my path. My mom always said "you never know when you're entertaining an angel". With that being said that one person you might be nice to could give you the job of your dreams. So always walk around with a smile on your face and a thank-you on your lips.


Dear Derrick A. DesVignes Hi! I am Derrick A. DesVignes of the year 2012 in January; in addition, I am writing this letter to you to give advice about college life. First, the most important advice that I can give you is to not stop praising and acknowledging Jesus Christ as your lord and savor. The reason why is because he comes first in all life's struggles that you go through. Also, he well always provide a way for his christians no matter if you were a theif just like the one that was crucified next to him. Last, another advice is to not stop looking and signing up for scholarships and not college loan. The reason why for this is so you will not owe people money in the future. Sincerely, Derrick A. DesVignes


First, I would advise myself to look into financial aid and loans in order to get my tuition and books covered, along with federal subsidized and unsubsidized loans to cover the amounts that financial aid does not cover. Second, I would make sure to tell myself to get a job that works around my school schedule and not to go overboard on working, thus allowing time for studying and homework. Last, but not least I would advise myself not to procrastinate! Get my assignments done as soon as I get them so they are out of the way and I can focus on other assignments.


If I could go back in time knowing what i know now, i would prepare myself by taking college now courses. I would also have prepared myself better for the S.A.T. and the college entrance exams. Another word of advice i would give myself is to prepare myself better to write mulitple page papers and to be able to multitask being a full time student and being responsible for getting to class, do the assignments and studying for exams, because unlike high school, college professors don't give second chances, you are responsible for yourself and if you fail it's your own fault.


It is important to be aware of all deadlines for all aplications for scholarships. Always put them in early because there is a better chance of you recieving funds rather than if you were to turn them in after the deadline. Ask your college counselor or someone you know who has attended college to answer any inquires you have. The best thing to do is to ask the college itself.


It should go for all students, but especially freshman need to know 1) How to register for their classes 2) Know what their curriculum consist of and what classes they can and when they can take it. Do not get forced into classes that you don't have to take or times that won't fit with them type of student you are. If you are not a morning person, do not take classes at 8am in the morning. 3) Know how financial aid works and what aids are available at the school to help pay off school. 4) Have business professional attire. There are certain classes or events that you should attend that you need to look professional at. Along with that please have your resume ready and a great perk would be to have business cards, You can find them for cheap at 5) If you need help ask you it. Please understand this may be the first time away from your home and rules. There is no one that is here to make sure that you go to class and do what you are suppose to. Do not become a statistic, especially from young African Americans. Have fun of course but please be on your stuff and do what your suppose to do. Ultimately you are here for an education, everything else is in the back burner. this is the time to meet and network with people; these people will be a great aid to get you to where you want to be. Just do right and things will be fine and fall into place.


It should go for all students, but especially freshman need to know 1) How to register for their classes 2) Know what their curriculum consist of and what classes they can and when they can take it. Do not get forced into classes that you don't have to take or times that won't fit with them type of student you are. If you are not a morning person, do not take classes at 8am in the morning. 3) Know how financial aid works and what aids are available at the school to help pay off school. 4) Have business professional attire. There are certain classes or events that you should attend that you need to look professional at. Along with that please have your resume ready and a great perk would be to have business cards, You can find them for cheap at 5) If you need help ask you it. Please understand this may be the first time away from your home and rules. There is no one that is here to make sure that you go to class and do what you are suppose to. Do not become a statistic, especially from young African Americans. Have fun of course but please be on your stuff and do what your suppose to do. Ultimately you are here for an education, everything else is in the back burner. this is the time to meet and network with people; these people will be a great aid to get you to where you want to be. Just do right and things will be fine and fall into place.


To first time freshmen I say...Congratulations and welcome to Morgan State University. As an incoming freshman, it is mandatory that you attend the Access Orientation Program in which you will take a placement test. Your performance on the test will determine the Math and English courses you will be placed into, so it is advisable that you prepare adequately for the test. Also you should meet with your academic advisor before you register for your classes and have it in mind that honors students need to take at least 15 credits per semester. You need to take at least 12 credits to be considered as a full time student; otherwise you will have a part-time student status. It is also recommended that you have at least two mentors: a faculty member and an upperclassman in your major. Your mentor should be someone who can discuss your academic progress and other concerns with. This will really help in making your first semester a breeze through. Also join societies, clubs and organizations in and outside your major for networking purposes; they are also good on resumes! Finally, team work is a very integral part of college therefore you should get a study group or clique of friends you could study and hang out with.


I would give myself a lot of advice if i could go back to my high school days. First i would tell my self to take college seriously because it will determine where i stand in the future. I would also tell myself to study more and make sure that i give it my all. I would let myself know that times will get had but dont be discouraged. College life is very important because you have to remember it is a big reflection of your life and your child's life. But mostly I would tell myself to take time out to get help dont be afraid to ask for help. That would be the advice that i would give myself if i could go back in time.


You define your Morgan experience! Get involved, get to know people! Otherwise, you can't complain!


Knowing what I know now about college life and making the transition, I would have givin my self a lot more advice. First I would tell myself to work a lot more on time management. Time Management is a huge deal in college. However, I am working two jobs and attending school full time, and am handling it fairly well for the most part. Some days can get long. I think if I would have worked on time mangement in high school I think the transition to college may have been a little easier. Another piece of advise that I would have given myself as a high school student would be to spend more time studing and not just assume that I know things. Being a special education studnet most of my k-12 schooling, I spent more time being frustrated and not retaining information that would be needed to study. As I grow older I have learned how to work with myself and teach myself how I learn . College is a lot different becuase I am doing something I enjoy and love to do, and I think that has made a world of diference for me. Thanks you. Amy


An impressionable young woman sits among her graduating class and watches as the class valedictorian delivers her speech. Only wishing that it was her who was up their behind the podium Perfection was always something she wanted. Instead she was seated among the rest of her graduates with a 3.2 GPA. The GPA she had obtained over her for years of high school was adequate but far from perfect. This woman was also disheartened that she would not be able to attend her first choice college, Howard University. Two years later this now powerful independent woman has changed her outlook. I, Charlese Johnson, look back at that moment of my high school year and am enlightened. I now attend Morgan State University where I am extremely active in campus activities. I have achieved a 3.91 GPA very close to the perfection I once sought in high school. There is so much growth, knowledge, and experience I have already gained from college. I would tell my high school self to stay focused, stay determined, and stay motivated, and you will achieve great things. I have already achieved many objectives in my college career and will continue to do so.


WATCH MONTEBELLO LIKE A HAWK. Keep copies of all of your records, all of your transcripts, receipts, ANYTHING you send or receive in the Admissions or Financial Aid process. If you don't, you WILL (I repeat, WILL) regret it. You have been warned.


Dear Antonio, I know you are confused and nervous about what college to attend. You should relax and just be sure to pick a school that is close to home so that you can be near your family, takes care of its students needs and interests, and has a family oriented feel to it. All of these characteristics are indentical to your high school where you have flourished. Being close to your family while transitioning through college will help you to stay grounded on your journey. Being able to see your family whenever you choose will eliminate the home sick feeling. A school that takes care of your interests and needs is essential to making you feel welcome there. If there is a staff in place that allows you to develope into a productive and succesful adult. Lastly a school with a family oriented feel to it will help to nurture you and make you feel more welcome. It also gives you a sense of belonging. In conclusion I know you will make the best decision for yourself when choosing a college. So good luck in advance.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I'd start by saying this: you don't need to know what you want to do with your life while you're still in high school. My first priority should be to learn what the options are. I don't need to be in a rush to choose my life's work. What I need to do, is discover what I like. I have to work on stuff I like if I want to be good at what I do. Also, I'd make sure that I tell myself to give myself a little more credit. Aim higher. Take school absolutely seriously and trust your gut. I don't need anyone's help to go to college, just a desire to do it and to believe in myself. Do not be distracted by men and don't get married until the man you love asks. I would end with the simplicity of this: find out what makes you happy and pursue it. Don't let anyone deter or derail you from your joy in life.


The number one thing I would advise myself making the transition into a highschool student to being a college student is to mangae my time in a correct manner. Coming to college I've realized is all based upon my own actions. If I slack at any minute then I can fall behind. There is no one here to remind me to go to class, or to get my work done on time. So if I was to do this all over again I would make myself aware of time management, and its importance while being in college.


If I could go back in time and give the younger me advice about school I would tell myself to form better study habits and be aware of the people I choose to hang with in college. One of the most important things I have learned about college is that it can be made very easy or very difficult by the people you deal with. The company you keep is a very important aspect of your college life. If you have friends that are uninspired about school and who do not care about their grades they will influence you in a negative way. I have had those people in my life who have convinced me not to go to class and instead go shopping, or not to study for that test because there is a party. That kind of friend is not the friend you need when you are paying for a college education. Not only is it the company you keep but also study habits affect how well you do in your classes. If I could give myself advice I would tell myself to put more time and effort into my studies so that they can become a habit.


Get your thinking cap on, make a plan and get ready to work. The fun will always come.


I would tell myself to choose schools that pleased more of my senses such as scenary, teacher kindness, dorms, food, and social life. I feel that if I would have really looked into these things earlier, as well as a variety of degree programs given, I would be at a school that was cost affordable and that I enjoyed being at. I also would have looked into a college/university that rewarded their scholar students with scholarships for their continuous drive for scholastic excellence. I would tell myself to look at more schools and not to be closed minded. the biggest thing I would have told myself and done would have been to visit as many schools as possible so that I could get a feel for the campus and its people to see if that is where I could see myself at. I think that is the biggest piece of advice I could give myself. I feel that if I would have went on more visits, then I could have eliminated many of the problems I have now.


The main piece of advice I would give myself is work hard in the classroom becasue that is were it all starts and were it will all end. Knowledge is power and the mind is a terrible thing to waste, tackle every class head on ready to achieve the highest grade possible. Furthermore, I would tell myself that not everyone is built to be a college athlete and that I need to buckle down into my studies the minute I step on campus. Lastly, I would tell myself to get ready to have the most fun I would ever have as a young adult, college are the best years of young adults and you only get to have them once.


Do not stop getting your education. There is money to help all to pay for a good education. Stay determine, hungry, and motivated. Do not be affraid to seek help. A good education can open doors for a great life in the future.


I would tell my self that I need to start seriously looking for money to pay for school now! the transition to college wont be that hard for me being that I have a very adaptable personality, on the other hand constantly having to worry about if this is paid for or not does make the transition that much more difficult. I would also tell myself to calm down, college is really not that much different from high school so all the jitters I have can just do their selves a favor and fade away.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a senior, I would tell myself that my education is what I make of it. I would make sure I understood that an education isn't easy and would encourage myself to make the most of it. I would make sure that I took every class seriously and worked hard each day. I would not allow "social hour" to interfere with my reason for being in college. I would tell myself I could do anything that I wanted and not to settle for what was easy. I would tell myself to work less and study more. I would take that class just because I was interested in the material and not because it was required. Finally, I would tell myself that my education will change my whole life and to take it seriously but to have fun at the same time.


Moving away from home and being on your own at school is a HUGE change that happens in a really short amount time so you must be prepared mentally and emotionally. I know most people say "hit the ground running when you go away" but that isn't the best advice; especially not for you. Now I know you want to explore your new city and your new surroundings, but just take a week or two to get used to the campus and meeting new people that live in your dorm. The city isn't going anywhere. Just get adjusted to your new living arrangment first. Things will go alot smoother for you. Another thing that you have to make sure of is that you get your financial aid situation figured out as soon as you possibly can. Don't waste any time. Financial aid is sometimes really frustrating to deal with but just be presistant. Other than that, you know what you need to do. Keep your head in the books, network, become involved and surround yourself with good people. I know you, you'll do great!


If I could go back in time, then I would give myself advice to stay in high school the extra year. I graduate a year early, so going to college was a big step. I would advise myself to take advance placement courses my senior year of high school. By taking advance placement courses, I would have acquired college credits and have somewhat of a better grasp of college life. I would also advise my high school self to take time and figure out a career choice before going to college. When I entered college, I didn’t know the career path I wanted. By not knowing a career path, I spent almost two years deciding on a career. Now that I have decided, I am going full speed to finish up my two-year degree in pharmacy. In the end, I would not only advise my high school self to not graduate early, but I would also advise to decide a career path before the entrance of college.


College isnt something one should take lightly. It is a chance to get a higher education and obtain a degree in any field that you choose. Your high school grades will follow you for the rest of your life. Take high school seriously. Think deeply about what you want to major in when you get to college because you dont want to get there and take forever to graduate because you are unsure about what exctly you want to do with you life. Theres nothing wrong with being unsure but try to narrow it down to three choices. Choose your college based on majors, location , class size and resources. Do not choose a college just because you friends are going there. People change when they get to college because it is a different environment. Take you educationn seriously, it will affect your life forever. Stay in school, be focused, work hard and believe in yourself.


I chose to attend a pre-college summer program but failed the program. I failed the program because I lost sight of my main focus, became distracted by being in a new place, and trying to make new friends. Failing made me realize that I was not as prepared for college as I thought. When College began, my sole objective was passing all my courses. The nervousness of starting a new school left and everything that would cause me distractions was out of my system. The pre-college program also made me realize that in order to achieve what I want; I must set goals and work hard to attain them. By the end of the semester, I achieved a 3.0 GPA. What a great beginning! The value of attending college is very important. It is a chance for me to step out into the world with a college education and advance myself. It also teaches me independence, improvement in communication skills and networking. What I am gaining from attending college will advance my career options and future goals. Overall, college is where I start developing as a successful individual.


The most valuable experience I've gotten out of my college experience is belief in myself. When I recieved a letter stating that I was eligible for the honors program I believed that receiving my degree is acheivable and no matter how hard the struggle is I can overcome. After taking a long break and then returning to college I felt as though I put myself in a horrible situation. However with a tremendous amount of studying I recieved my Associates Degree from a community college, and then recieving a small scholarship to attend a four year institution I really can see my dream coming true. Now I truely believe it's never too late to persue a degree as long as you put the dedication and and stick in there through the tough times success is attainable.


College is a challenging period where only the dedicated students will reach every college students dream day, Commencement Day. I consider it to be a training period for me to learn how to be successful in field that I have decided to study, Civil Engineering. I would have to say that I have had the opportunity to excel academically, work towards succeeding professionally, all while positively impacting my school and home community. My experiences so far has made me realize that I want to further my education all the way to receiving a doctorial degree. My campus involvement has helped me gain that leadership and teamwork capabilities needed to work in corporate America. I have had the chance to go to conferences where I have been given numerous networking opportunities. Interacting with professional engineers and future engineers who share my aspirations is one of my favorite benefits to college. I love working in the community exposing pre-college student to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). I consider myself to be a well rounded student who has strived to maintain effective time management skills. I always reflect and realize that college was the best decision I could ever make!


Knowledge! Every college I have attended has given me knowledge to live and work with. I would not trade my college experience even for the loan money I owe. I will never have regrets on continuiing school, and I will continue until I am satisfied with my degree and status with my career. Having the knowledge to work in a skilled position and be satsified with my choices is an accomplishment that I will achieve.


Colleges are tertiary institutions that persons go through in order to obtain a degree in one's respective field. It is also a plce with with experiences, either socially or psychologically. I have gotten the best and responsible way of handling my time. It teaches me how to be time conscious. time management is the basic hint towards been succesful in college, and i am glad i am able to manage mine. It has been valuable to attend by making me aware of the fact that i have a lot of acivities to cover in a little period of time, so time planning actually helps in organisation of one's self.


As a recent college graduate with a degree in Communications, I made the important decision to return to school to pursue my dream of becoming a Registered Nurse. Without my B.A., I would not be able to attend a one-year, accelerated BSN program for second-degree-seeking students. The knowledge that I have acquired during my undergraduate studies has paved the way for me to earn my BSN at the school of my dreams. Going to college is a luxury that not everyone can afford, and I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to earn not one, but two degrees in fields that I am truly passionate about. Education is the greatest investment a person can make, and I am thankful that I was able to make that investment. I am so excited to begin my career as a nurse!


Education is valuable to life period. I have gotten a great experience so far from college and I have also learned that my recent habits aren't the best. I realize that for next semester I must manage my time more wisely, and put 100{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c} effort into everything I do including campus activities to get the most of college. I haven't done that this semester but that does not mean I can't turn it around. It is early and Im still a freshman. I know there is more that I will have to learn and experience in college, but the key is time management, and using your resources to the full extent that they are available to survive college.


So far during my college experience. I have learned how to become much more independent and well rounded. I have had to employ most of the skills that I gained growing up. I have learned how to handle situations under pressure as well as to be much more considerate to others. Opportunities that exist for students in the United States are more readily available, and I have learned some ways that I can take advantage of them. This scholarship is a prime example of one of the oppurtunities. College is valuable to attend because it is a rites of passage between coming out of high school and being totally independent. It allows you to learn how to handle life's situations on your own for future references.


I have learned that my life is more than just going to school and getting an education. College has taught me to see more of the world, it has taught me that I cannot expect the usual anymore. I have to work for myself and by myself to gain what I really want in life. It's valuable because I'm learning not only towards my major, but I'm learning how to live as well.


i have come to love the nature of my profession which is social work and i love the fact that my faculty really cares where we go and for us to be as professional as possible.


The most important lesson that I have gotten out of college is that this is my life and I have to take control. It's no more hand downs or do this and that. It's strictly me on my own and that's what's going to transform me from a boy into a man. I made some stupid and crazy mistakes in my high school days, but I am making it up now in my college days to come. It has been valuable to attend because you learn about life and how we got to be what we are today as a society. I believe learning your history is very important to your success. My career path is Architecture and I want to someday build a house for my mother and future wife. College is the key to helping me achieve my goals in life.


What I gotten at this school is that the school work is hard but there still all the things you get and do here. This college gives you free tutoring on all subject especially in math since this is an engineering college. They also give you avoided of this to join at this college such as fraternity, sorority, math groups, Africa American group, caribou groups, and so much more. Our football team good and our standing are high; in 2009 our overall record was 6-5 and finish as a t-4th. . This school gives you alot to do and the people are nice here too. But this college is not for everyone that wants to purse there a life as an engineer, because this college is an engineering college. If you’re not a person that good in math or physics then this is not the college for you. It’s a great place if you want to be an engineer and you’re not good in math or physics they will help with your work and make sure you understand the work that was given to you by your teacher that what I gotten out of my school.


My college experience has taught me a lot about what I want to do with my life. I originally wanted to major in mechanical engineering, but Morgan State does not offer it, so I elected to take electrical and computer engineering. So far, I have found it to be a much better fit. Also, I've learned a lot of things in school that would take longer to learn if I had to learn them on the fly (ie because they're required for a job). I'm definitely much better-prepared for the workforce than I would have been if I had not gone to college.


College is a lot different than high school. My freshmen year of college I can say that I was homesick every day for about a month. The funny thing is I was only forty-five minutes away. My freshmen year was the best. I met a lot of friends; lifetime friends. Also my freshmen year was stressful. The transformation of high school and college is hard. You have to get use to learning by lecture and not being told what to study. You have to learn how to take notes without it being written on the board. Also you have to learn how to read your professor mind; there was many times my professor thought he told us he was giving us a quiz; but I soon learn it was the key words he said that meant there was a quiz next class. There are also no excuses in college, if you miss an exam, you miss it there’s no way you will be able to make it up. In college there’s midnight madness, awareness sit-ins, and etc. College teaches you how to grow up. College made me responsible for my own action.


I learned how to manage time. That was the biggest issue for me last year. It's hard to get out here on your own and do exceptionally well for the first time. My grades suffered because of this. But as I learned from my counsler, it is important not to overload your schedule. With everything I learned from my first year, I know what to expect and I expect to excel.


It is valuable to attend because it teaches us what we need to know in our desired career so we can pursue those dreams. Since I have been in college, I have met new friends, learned important information, built confidence, and worked harder. I believe that it has helped me build character, decide what I want to study, and tought me how to balance life responsibilities. Although I still have a long way to go, I believe when my college experience is over that I will be more knowledgable about life, other people, and most importantly my passion in life.


The experience i was given since i went to an HBCU have to be tremendous. I was fortunite to have the chance to see black men and women doing things positive with their lives. Since Morgan has many enthics of black people people i was able to learn many different culture such as African, Cero, Jamacian, and many other cultures. I charish these moment because the streotype are that all black people are the same and we all do the same things, but if you come to this campus you will learn quickly that thats not true.


If i could Go back and talk to myself as a senior in high school, i would began to tell myself to not give up in anything i do. I would encourage myself to work harder in class, at home, at work, in track and fied, in basketball, and in volleyball, because those things are what helped me get where i am today. I would tell myself to read more so i would be use to it by now. I would tell myself to continue with the mentoring programs that i was putting together for the younger generation, so that they would have the same advantages that i did. i would tell myself to save my money so that i can afford college so i wont struggle as i am at the moment. i would advise myself to get more sleep and so i will be well rested for the next day. The most important advice i can tell myself is to stay focused on my goal to be an engineer.