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


The advice I would give myself would be about friends and family. I would go back and tell myself that not all of your high school friends will stick by your side, a lot of them will hurt you in more ways than one, especially when you are going to a different university than them. However, I would continue by saying not to worry, that whomever is meant to be a part of your life will be and those who are not will leave but instead of dwelling on what is wrong with you and why they all left you alone, focus on your family. Family is important, your whole world can be turned upside down in seconds, from losing your home to your grandmother being put in a home and your brother being very ill, cherish every moment you have and do not worry about any of the negative energy that enters your life. Focus on the positive and make the most of every opportunity given.


The advice I would give myself as a high school senior is simple: be real. It has been made clear to me that no matter what you do in highschool people don't remember but what they do remember is how genuine you are and how you treat other people. I wasn't a bully or anything but I was always out to please those around me without first being myself. In highschool you don't need to attend every sporting even so as to seem very supportive, and you don't need to rack up your resume with a million small service items but what you need to focus more on is living in those moments that you are given. Don't pose for a picture for millions of people to see and to have them think highly of you, pose for the glorification of that trophy you won fighting with your best of friends on the basketball team. Know that being yourself is providing people with the best form of yourself that you can offer to them whether they like you or not.


If I were to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself not to worry about making friends. In high school I thought college life was going to be terrible since I was shy and reserved. I thought that since I do not drink nor do drugs, I would not make any friends since I always heard that there were crazy parties in college with alcohol and drugs. Even though these parties do exist in college, I have found that there are people just like me who feel uncomfortable around drugs and alcohol. I was able to apply to live in a special program my freshman year which established friendships around something other than parties, alcohol and drugs. To live in the program everyone had to sign a form stating that you would not drink or do drugs or you would be removed from the program. This program definately helped me find my niche within college and has formed life-long friends.


Advice to SelfAliyah you are about to embark on one of the greatest journeys of your life. I have come back to give you a little bit of advice that will help you along the way. If you knew then what you know now you would make better choices. So, I am here to help you make better choices. First, always trust your gut instinct they are there for a reason and God will not steer your wrong. Second, be careful of smooth talking upper classmen no matter how “fine” (looks and speech). Third, don’t take things so seriously, let go and have the time of your life. Life just gets harder and then you will look back and realize that you haven’t lived. Go to class but use this time to make friends and enjoy this phase of your life. Also, the one that you really aren’t into is really worth investing into, he is a keeper. Lastly, you are worth the time, the energy, and they pain. You will see that you worry for nothing. Aliyah, don’t forget to breathe.


Don't be afraid it be yourself. When everyone comes to college, they're trying to figure out where they're going to fit in, and you DON'T want to get in a group where you can't be the real you. Know yourself, love yourself, and be true to yourself, because only you can tell people who you really are. It may not seem like it, but there are a lot of people out there who want to get to know the real, bona fide you. Be goofy, be real, say weird things, laugh at yourself, trust people, talk to them as you pass them on the path. The next few years are going to test you, and there will be days that you won't know how you'll go on, but I promise you won't just get through it, you'll go farther than you ever thought possible, and you'll be thankful for those hardships because they will make you so much stronger. Wake up every day and just love the heck out of life, and try to go to bed each night knowing you lived as awesomely as you could.


By attending Mount St. Mary?s, I have been given the tools necessary to overcome any obstacle which comes my way. With the support from my family, my insightful professors, and my experiences at the Mount, I feel that I am capable of overcoming any obstacle that is put in my way. Our president focuses on providing us with sufficient resources to achieve each of the four pillars; faith, leadership, discovery, and community. These four pillars have been bestowed upon me during my college years. Each of these pillars have been valuable in helping me grow into the person I am today. I have discovered myself while at the Mount through developing my faith and my morals. The small setting of the Mount has allowed me to take the leadership role in many of my classes. I am able to feel a sense of accomplishment due my leadership. Without the teachers, faculty, and students my college experience would not be the same. The Mount community has become my family and my support through out my journey. Overall the Mount has shaped me into the person I am today which will benefit me in my career and throughout my life.


You need to be tolerant of all different types of people. The kids that you thought weren't the type you would socialize with could very well be most compatible with yourself. You should be involved with as much community service as possible. This in itself will give you a start to your education.


I would tell myself to broaden my search. In high school i did not feel comfortable going to a school far from home. I was planning on going to a school either in Connecticut or Vermont. I was accepted to all of the schools that i applied to but at the last minute decided that i did not want to go to the University of New Haven. This is when i made the late decision to apply to Mount Saint Marys a small school over six hours from my home that i had never heard of. I adjusted really fast not being able to rely on family or be able to go home whenever i felt like it like many other students. This is why i wish i applied to more schools in the Pacific northwest now that I know I would be able to be safe and secure far from home.


Knowing what I know now about college life, if I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would have a great amount of advice to give. I would first say that the transition from high school to college is quite a big change, and that the number one sentiment to remember is to keep true to myself. College exposes students to a mulitude of new experiences and opportunites to learn and grow. Most of these are postive changes, as they allow students to become responsible adults and to explore the world around them. However, the ones to look out for are those that tempt students to change themselves in a way that is not becoming. When students get their first taste of freedom, they want to try all the new experiences available, and are therefore susceptible to those negative opportunities. Therefore, the advice I would give myself is to go into college with a strong sense of who I am and the reason I am there. I would tell myself to remain focused on the goal and not to allow outside temptations to steer me off track.


The advice I would give to myself as a high school senior is to make sure that you apply for as many scholarships as possible once you get into college and start attending classes. Even as a current college student, you can still apply for and win many scholarships. The opportunities are endless. I would also say to try to get summer internships at places where you are interested in working after graduation. Internships are a great way to get to know people and make connections that will be helpful later in life and after you graduate with your degree. It also helps to keep in touch with these people just to touch base from time to time and if you ever need a reference or a recommendation.


I would tell myself that college isn't scary and to have faith that Mount St. Mary's University is definitely the school for me. I would tell myself to be more open during college orientation and participate more. I would say that living at school will be a fun new advanture and a chance to grow on my own. I would also encourage myself to be more social and to join more volunteer organizations early rather than waiting. I would also push myself to apply for more scholarships so that the worry of paying for loans does not distract me from my schoolwork and social life at college. I would tell myself to go to more social events even if my good friends do not that way I will meet more people. I would remind myself that college is another chapter in my life and that I should take it seriously like I did with high school. It's a fresh new start that is fun and exciting. Always have a positive open mind and remain faithful that you will find ever lasting friends at school. Calm down and relax. It's a lot easier than you think.


As a high school senior, I wish there was someone would have told me to dream BIG! At that time I was overwhelmed by how many schools there were to choose. They all seemed to offer the same things, but were different locations and different sizes. More importantly, they were different prices. I was also strongly influenced by the fact that I was hoping to play a sport in college. With this hope I somewhat limited myself. I love the school that I go to, and I think it was the right choice for me but sometimes I wonder where I would have gone had I not limited my options. Right now I go to a very small school, in the middle of nowhere, but what if I had gone to a school that was buzzing with life in the city? Or a big school with a real football team you see on ESPN? Or a prestigious ivy league school? I wish I had someone tell me to apply to some of those dream schools that seemed out of reach, because it turns out, they might have been in reach but I was too scared to find out.


If I were to tell myself back in High School something about life in college, I would say that it would be an experience that is unforgettable. Not only that, but to keep your mind open to the poissibilities. It WILL get better than what it has been, becasue yoiu get to do things that you don't really get to do in High School. As of righ now, you may be feeling played by the Status quo, do to the fact that you're not fitting in with the croud, but it's ok. It will get better once you step into college. What other option is there then to go to college? If you were to not even go to college, it would be very hard to find a job that will fit your needs. Don't just settle for what you have now. Go to college, the future is looking very bright.


To whoever who is searching for a future school is that never doubt a school because the presentation of the school is not your flavor. The presentation of the school can be totaly different from the school enivorment. Also that the first choice is not allows the best choice


VIsit as many schools so you have a feel for them. It helps to know how well you like the campus before you comit yourself to being there.


As 'college' continues to become an integral aspect of any American's formation as a person, one of the most important things to consider when selecting colleges is retaining and fostering the student's integrity. However exciting college can be, however new its experiences and invigorating its extracurricular activities, it is not prudent for a family to send a student to a college based on superficial assessments. No doubt the quality of the environment, the finesse of the dining halls, or the variety of the activites are important -- but too often, ultimate decisions are based on these peripheral factors. What matters most is knowing the students end goal in attending college. It never turns out to be enough if the student attends merely 'for a degree.' The classes, professors, activities, all lose their flavor when the 'ultimate' is left out of the recipe. A student, knowing a basic purpose from the start, will be able to more fully invest herself in the classroom and around campus when she has a sense of her purpose. This purpose must always usurp the peripheral factors and become the focal point: to broaden one's horizons in order to help make a better world.


First, take a deep breath. It's an exciting process if you allow it to be. To put it simply, in order to make the most of this search and the college experience consider a wide variety of options, ones that will be a good fit without being a financial burden. Remember, every school is a good school, and most of the experience has to do with the location and setting of the school: city or country, big or small, etc. Be picky and ask questions! Don't attend a school for a particular program or club or sport; go for the full package. I could give you all the advice in the world, but part of the fun is taking the ride and enjoying the college experience for what it is - totally frightening but unbelievably exciting!


Students - The only advice I would give is follow your heart. Go to the college that you feel will give you the best experience overall. Try not to focus on what everyone around you is telling you to do, but do what is best for you. You know yourself more than anyone else around you does. And parents, you've had your child for 18 years. You want them to be the best person they can be, and you want them to succeed. But let this decision be theirs. Let them know your opinion, but try not to force anything on them. It's their life. Let them be who they want to be. I promise you that they will be able to succeed on their own. You raised them well. Be proud.


In order to find the right college, you have to plan campus tours with the colleges you might be interested on. Ask questions about classroom sizes, equipment, and everything that will affect your experience while you attend that school. Ask if you can attend some of the classes to see if you like it. If it feels right for you then it might be the right college for you but do not only follow your insticts, sometimes you have to try it to see if you like it. If you do not like the school you attend then you will not get the most out of it. College is to get a good education and to be prepared for the job of your dreams but it does not mean you do not have to have a life and a great experience.


Be very thorough in your search for the college that you attend. It's a decision that should not be taken lightly because it's easier to stay at one college than transfer every other year to another school. Take visits to the campus, talk to current students there, get as much literature as you can on that institution so that you can make an informed decision when applying there. A lot of colleges want you to come to their institution, it's money for them. But, they do offer a great opportunity to get a great education. Yes you are paying a great amount of money, but it is worth the education that you will receive in the four years you're there. Take your time, think about it, pray about it and you'll be able to decide on the perfect school for you and your goals.


I believe the best advice I can offer is to visit the prospective college to get an idea of what the campus is like and what the administration is like. College can be the best time of your life; you just have to learn to balance schoolwork and your social life. It is really important to get involved in the clubs offered at the university to maximize the number of people you meet and your potential at the university. College can be a lot of fun, and if you can manage social lives and schoolwork you will be in heaven.


Le the student visit the campuses and make his/her own decision on which college or university to attend.


To maximize the college experience, I recommend starting every assignment as early as humanly possible--in doing so, you encounter potential roadblocks early, and you can turn to a professor for the required assistance; if an assignment is started days before its due date, you drastically reduce your chances at asking for help from a professor, as they may be too busy and in such a case will be unable to help you. Also, being active in class is a great way for professors to get to know you, as they'll understand your stance on particular issues and they'll know to turn to you for answering a particularly challenging question.


VISIT VISIT VISIT. Sit in classes, talk to professors, talk to students. Learn it first hand. DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO.


Finding the right college is very vital to the individual that will be attending college. Advice that I would give to parents and students about finding the right college is first to see what the school offers. Look into the different clubs they offer, make sure they have the degree that you want to pursue in, check out the number of students enrolled in the college, check to see if they offer the sport or sports you want, and basically look into everything that the college itself offers to their students. The best advice I give an indiviudal is to pick a college based on their own thoughts and do not let any friends or family influence his/her decision. It is up to the individual to decide on if he/she wants to go to a college near home or attend a college that enrolls 15,000 students compared to one that only enrolls 2000 students. Basically, an individual needs to know what he/she likes and what will make them comfortable attending any college. An individual should feel welcomed, comfortable, and excited to meet new people when they first arrive to campus.


think before acting and speaking


VISIT them and talk to people online and in person. Make the school fit you, dont try and fit the school!


First off I would say parents do not overwhelme your son/daughter with your choice of college for them to attend .Although your insight is helpful and your money that is paying for the education your child should pick the University that they feel is best for them to succeed if they are going to suceed. For potential students I would recommend narrowing your choices down to 2 schools and actively persuing them by conducting an over night stay or shadowing students at the current school to fully get the effect as a "real student" at the universities that are prospects for your attendance. Choosing a University is like going shopping and picking clothes that look appealing to you but could totally change your view of them once you go into the dressing room to try them on. future students go with the college that fits your personal needs. Leave high school friends behind and reunite on breaks. College is a time to truly morph into a young professional and it is such an amazing opportunity that should be taken and used to its fullest potential. Just enjoy the experience it is an opportunity that not everyone gets to have.


choosing the school of your choice both students and parents need to be sure that they know everything about the school. make sure that you visit the school more than one time because it is helpful to see what environment you are going to be in. The student will know once they enter the campus whether that school will be the one for them. The college environment is different and not like anything you are used to. Furthermore, they just need to keep their priorities straight. They just need to remember what they are attending a university for. they are going for an education not to waste their parents money on partying all the time.


I would make sure that the student feels comefortable with their college choice. College is the most important time of a young person's life; if a person does not feel comfortable at their college, then there is no way they will succeed at what they are attempting to do. I would have them make sure that they are close enough to their relatives that they can be with loved ones relatively easily, but also that they are far away enough that they can have some form of privacy.


visit your colleges, spend the night, "shadow" a student for a day. once there, talk to people other than the person hosting you, because they will probably make the school sound better than it is. they won't necessarily lie, but they won't tell you everything. however, other students probably will.


When you are looking for a school, think about what is right for you (or your child) as a person. Do not simply choose a school for its name or "prestigious" reputation. Look at what the school has to offer you as a student, and whether or not it is the type of institution that will help you work towards achieving your dreams. You cannot base your decision on everyone else's opinions. You must make this decision on your own, with your own best interests in mind. Choose a school that emphasizes your values, but that will give you insight to the values of others. Most importantly, find an institution that has your major of choice, or gives you several strong options if you are undecided.


When faced with the difficult decision of choosing a college, I would suggest that students truly take into consideration all aspects of their potential schools. While receiving a prime education should undoubtedly be the first priority, smaller factors such as the school's location, extracurricular opportunities, and social life should be additionally considered to achieve the best college experience. For parents, depending on financial situations, such factors might also include financial aid provided by candidate schools. After narrowing down the endless possibilities to one single college, the actual experience begins. Anticipating the arrival to school might include purchases of dorm supplies and talking to an unknown roommate; but the time spent on campus truly marks what some might consider the best time of your life. My one piece of advice would be to get involved. This not only includes getting involved in the classroom, but outside of the classroom as well: playing intramural sports, joining clubs and attending school-sponsored activites. Consider these activities as an investment for making lifelong friends to share memorable experiences with that will be carried beyond the college years, ever validating that diffcult decision in choosing a college and knowing you made the right choice.