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


In my college experience I have grown a lot as a person and a student also I intend to grow more well-rounded. College itself as broaden my horizon. I have grown to be more independent and work with more integerty and strength.


So far, I have learned how to become more independant and to really appreciate my family. Murray State University is six hours away from home and it has been hard at times when I need to see a familiar face. My college has also taught me how to be prepared for my future career and has helped my interest in learning new things grow. College life can be hard, especially when you go to a college where you know nobody and have to find your place where you fit in, but it is an enrichign experience and I highly recommend it to anyone who may be questioning whether or not if they want to attend college.


My college experience has pulled me out of my comfort zone. It has forced me to be a part of the bigger picture and construct my future. My major, Social Work, has included classes that have made me into a better person. I feel prepared for the field I plan to go into after graduation and optimistic about my success. I believe I have established relationships that will last a lifetime. I appreciate Murray State University because this campus has made me feel welcome. I was an outsider, but after a year I became a valued member. Most importantly, my college experience as helped me grow into an optimally functioning member of society and I am grateful.


My college experience has been of one of great growth. However this growth occurred in the contained atmosphere of Murray State University. The kindness of both my professors and the upperclassman have fostered me into the college lifestyle. The professors want to see their students succeed, and feel that their job goes beyond the few hours per week in a lecture hall. Some of my fellow students have noted that we attend a "boring" school. I can understand this statement, for it is located in a small town, but there are the same opportunites here as there are everywhere else. The only difference is that you will recognize a good portion of everyone on campus, yet that could hardly be considered a negative aspect of the university.


So far my college experience has been amazing. College is a place to really know who you are without guidance from your family. For me, I have really become who I've been searching for. Murray State University and its people have taught me who a great person is. I love college.


I have gotten a great education from college. I have learned more than I could have ever imagined. I know that I will be able to succeed in my career and I will live a happy life and be proud of myself. Also while in college, I have met my best friend which is the best friend I have ever had. I have found that people can be good through knowing my best friend. She accepts me for me and accepts me for my faults. I would have never had the opportunity to meet my best friend had it not been for college. Before meeting my best friend in my freshman year, I was very sad and did not do much of anything but sit in my room alone watching television. After meeting her, I met more people and actually participated in many more activities around town. My best friend is the most valuable experience from college and I am so very greatful for her every day.


I have gotten a great sense of self from attending Murray State University. I think this came mostly from my peers, as well as from the community and my college professors. I have learned more about myself by becoming independent from my parents than had I stayed at a local college. I am also very determined and I enhanced my work-ethic by suceeding in challenging courses, as well as keeping a healthy social life and working part-time out of school.


I have gotten so many things out of my college experience. To start off with, I have made so many new friendships that I hope to keep throughtout my college experience, and life. I have also gained a new sense of responsibility in terms of taking care of myself. My parents aren't with me to do my laundry and make me go to class. Ive had to grow up and learn how to do so many things on my own and i have trully grown from it. Knowledge is another important thing I have gotten from Murray. I have learned so many new interesting things in my classes. I would say my experience at Murray State has been a very valuable experience that has helped me grow as a student and a person, and I wouldnt trade my freshmen year here for anything.


The transition from high school to college life is a fickle fiend, as going from living under Mom and Dad's roof to attempting to be somewhat self-sufficient is one of the single-biggest changes a young person will have to go through. I would definitely tell my younger senior self to better prepare for the dorm life. My experiences living with certain people that dirty up the place and don't keep up with their duties have irked me more than I would have liked. This came from assuming that everything was going to be perfect and nothing was going to go wrong. That was definitely not the case. I would also tell myself to make sure and get on my studies very, very early. Nothing is worse than ill-advisedly studying for a exam that counts for 25 percent of your grade. Learning to deal with people and to be a better student woud be at the top of the list of things that I would tell my past self, in order to benefit myself in the future.


Seemingly small considerations make a huge difference once you are actually on a college campus. Don't choose a campus without visiting, touring dorms, sampling food, etc. Staying overnight with a friend is the best way to get the actual feel for the place. Tour guides are trained to make it seem great, but a student will tell you the full truth about the inns and outs of the university/college. Getting involved is the best way to transition. Go to club meetings, sporting events, cultural enrichment nights. You might be uncomfortable for the first few minutes, but college is all about meeting people - EVERYONE is looking to make friends. Speak up, say hello to someone and go from there. It'll make it much easier on you in the long run.


If I could go back and talk to myself in my high school senior year I would tell myself I shouldn't worry about the hardship you're recieving in school now, you'll meet tons of new people, have an amazing advisor who will take the time to sit and talk with you when you're feeling confused about school and be surrounded by brilliant professors. Focus on your studies and work hard to keep at what you want in life and don't let anyone sell you short, because you're an amazing person who is intelligent and can become what you believe you can be.


I would work hard to get the best ACT score possible. I have enjoyed being a student athlete and I would not change that in any way. I have been very happy with the path I have taken and I hope to obtain my M.B.A. in May of 2010. I would strongly recommend Murray State University to any high school senior and have recommended it to my younger sister, who is a high school senior this year.


It may seem as though living in this town I would know everything about this camus, but just because I live here doens't make it so. There are still things that can be learned about MSU. My first semester I had to take a Freshamn Orientation class which at the time i thought was useless but I did learn a little bit about MSU that isn't told to every person who visits the campus. Don't be so cokcy thinking that you know everything about a University simply because you have had t drilled into your brain that that's where you are going to go. There is always something to learn about a school.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would have so much advice. I would first point out the fact that college is very expensive. I would tell myself to get all the help I can to pay for college, and to work the whole year to save money. I would have told myself to tell my parents to save their money to help with college. Staying in my own state would have been the best advice I could have given myself, because college in your own state is cheaper. Especially, if I would have stayed in my city. If I could go back in time, I would have told myself to look for a job here at school as well, and to do all extracuricular activites I could before I came. If I could go back in time and give myself advice. I would have saved a lot of money.


There are so many things you need to know. First off, do not become immersed in the hardships, crossroads, and sad times going on bak home. As well, do not become overwhelmed with the 'college life'. Don't succumb to pressure to drink or go to parties, they are not what will fulfill your life and bring you happiness. Enjoy and take part in campus activities and ministry groups. Use this special time in your life to make friends, make mistakes and learn from them, and most of all, enjoy life. Laugh. Cry. Live. Love everything that surrounds you, don't let negative thoughts or people bring you down. College is an exciting journey with many opputunities, hardships, and joys along the road. Take every positive oppurtunity that comes your way. Explore the culture of diverse students around you. Volunteer your time to help those in need. Take part in activities, lectures, plays, and events around campus. Overall, embrace being a young adult that was lucky to get the oppurtunity to go to college; explore every positive aspect of your new environment. Most of all though, love yourself and live your life the way that makes you happy.


If I could go back and tell my high school senior self about making the transition to MSU, I would definately try and talk myself into living on campus. Being a commuter is great, but living in the dorms probably would have made transitioning from high school to college life several times easier. Even though my house is only a short drive from MSU, the campus is almost like a completely different world. No one cares if you show up to class or actually pay attention to the professors, no one cares if you do your homework or take your tests, no one cares what you do, and that makes it so much easier to just put all of it to the back of my mind. Living on campus, I'd have friends (some old, some new) to make sure I went to class and turned my assignments in, and my first semester would probably have gone a lot smoother because of it. It's not high school, there's no one to hold your hand and lead you through it. At least by living on campus, you'll have someone there who understands what you're going through.


If I could go back and talk to myself as a senior i would tell myself to get serious. First off to state filling out more scholarship applications and get all of my paperwork lined out early. Figure out a budget so that I can try to pay for all of the expenses of college, because it is far more than I ever thought that it would be. I would also tell myself that school and homework is more important than anything else at the time could be; once you get your grades back that you would have really skipped out on whatever it was at the time and work on your grades. College is totally different from high school and be ready to work harder and longer because grades aren't given they are earned.


In high school as a senior I would have told myself to not attempt things because they seem out of reach and or because you don's see the chances of you being successful at it. As a senior I would also tell myself to do things that will give me a better understanding of who I am and what makes me happy. That way when you arrive to college you have a idea of what you want to do and you can then decide what courses will get you to the job that makes you happy. I would simply tell myself to do a little more SELF-Discovery. I think I made the transition from high school to college fairly well compared to some of my friends. I would like to go back and encourage my friends that decided against college to maybe rethink there decision and go ahead and try it out because alot more oppourtunities are opened up to you by secondary education. I am only in my second semester and because of the groupps and professors that I have met I have experienced more than I would have ever, if I did not come to college.


I would have recommended that my past self should have inquired more about the school life itself, instead of just jumping in to things. I would have also informed myself that I would need to move to the town in which my college is in since the adjacent town is thirty miles away, and the transportation is a pain on my car 4-5 days a week. The last piece of advice would to not let emotional separations affect my schooling, as it would eventually make it more difficult the longer I was in school.


Dear High-School Self, Do not become shy over the summer you go off to college. There is no need for that and it is totally pointless to not open yourself up to the new opportunities that will arise to your side. Always keep an open mind when meeting new people, and professors. Go to the student activities on campus, and also become involved with those activities. You will be able to meet new people and even network for later life experiences. Be courteous to the people in your dorm, especially your floor advisor. Study hard, but don?t forget to have fun also! Yours truly, College Self


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would probably never shut up! The first thing I would tell me is to leave the boys alone because you have plenty of years to worry about them. The second thing that I would tell me is to study hard and learn some good study habits. Next I would tell myself that it is okay to stay at home with my parents a while longer. Let them pay the bills, eat out of their fridge, and try not to fight with your brothers! You will be able to concentrate more on your studies and less on working enough hours to pay your rent. Next, I would tell myself to stop changing my mind so much and pick a major and stick to it. Don't listen to negative talk about your course of study, but follow your heart. The last thing I would tell myself is to enjoy the moment and to learn as much as you can while your brain is young. Listen to your parents, teachers, etc., because they have been around longer and know a thing or two about life.


What I would tell myself is that I know that it is going to be hard. There are going to be times where dropping out seems like the best answer, but know that here at Murray State the professors and other staff members really care about you. This is a great chance to do what you have always wanted to do and always remember that you can do anything you set your mind to. This school wants it's students to succeed and go on to a bigger and better future. Oh, and remember to bring a pair of rain boots it rains a lot here!


Looking back, i would say there are numerous words of advice i would give to myself as a high school senior. First i would tell myself to focus focus focus. Staying focsed on what must be done is a key to success in college life. Second i would tell myself to get a job. It is a completly different world when you move off and you're on your own. Lastly i would definatly tell myself to go for the gold. Don't ever let people talk you out of your dreams especially the dream of attending college. Neither one of my parents had the opportunity to obtain a college degree si i really do stress the importance of attending college. It is an amazing feeling to be the first member of your family to attend college and no one, no matter what they do or how hard they try, can take that away from you.


Put yourself out there and put aside your reservations. Join clubs because that's where and how you will meet people. Don't stress too much about the things that seem so important now, because a year or two from now you'll realize they weren't as important as you thought. Be yourself and try your hardest ( that's the best thing I can say, it seems simple but it's so true!)


The next four years are going to be fun. Keep it in mind to have fun, always look to have fun. College is not only about the assignments and the GPA and the professors. College is where you will meet hundreds of new people and become friends with many of them. A few of these people will become long time friends. Friends that will help you in your times of need and pick you up when you fall, push you when you stop and pull you when you dont think you can. Try new things, this will be one of the few times you can experience so many different things for so little money. Learn to dance, play racquetball more often, pick up another language, do all of it. Even though you will not master anything, you can say you did it. Experience as much as you can, thats what college is for! Additianally, avoid Christina Simonca, its just gonna be bad. The lottery numbers for 6/9/2005 are 2- 6- 7- 9- 20- 21. Sept 2007 is going to start a recession and be sure to buy smucker stock. By the way, dont forget to study.


Knowing what I know now about college life I would have been more prepared for financial dilemmas and filled out more scholarships. The advice that I would give myself before attending college would be to prepare for classes that are more strenous and difficult but to not let them get you down. Attending college is far more difficult than I imagined but I know that by being determined and having a strong work ethic I can succeed and become something better than I ever imagined.


Upon graduating from high school, I became very excited but equally as nervous to start a new chapter in my life. This chapter would be filled with unique experiences, including a list of unexpected situations I had never before encountered. Looking back, I did not realize what an impact studying would have on my grades. In high school, I did not use my time wisely and fully prepare for tests. However, while attending college, I have gained such a respect for these studying skills and have grown to rely heavily upon them to get by. I now also must have some way of managing my time and organizing my thoughts. Time is very precious with my busy schedule and I must always carry a planner with me. I also wish I had known how vital it is to pay attention to the syllabus at the beginning of the year. A teacher has very specific ideas on how to run their class. Knowing what your teacher expects of you what you should expect to see from them, determines your overall success in their class. All of these things I wish I had known and would offer as advice to new students.


After taking the knowledge and experiences that I have been through I would tell myself many things in order to prepare for the transition. I would tell myself to get ready for the biggest change of my life. Moving twelve hours away to attend college will not be an easy change and there will be many times when the opportunity arises to quit but that I have the will power to make it through and in the end will be very happy with my decision. I would also tell myself to take the ride that college has to offer and to make as many friends as possible and enjoy learning about new people and their ways of doing things. The last thing that I would tell myself would be to study hard and remember that in the future I will not only hold a diploma but also the key to many happy memories.


Be prepared to do a lot of work but don't be discouraged because in the end it is all worth it. You'll have a great time in a majority of your classes, make great friends that you'll have through out life, and have a plethora of options waiting for you. Just be yourself and don't worry what others will think. You have to be true to yourself first and good things will happen. Be open to new ideas, new opportunities and new friendships. Relax, enjoy and be happy.


If I could go back in time to talk to myself, I would tell myself to get a head start on applying for scholarships, and to apply to a 4 year college after graduating early from high school. I would save myself the trouble and tell myself information about what my life would be like if I took a year off from school, and all the things that could have happened if I would have kept attending college. I would encourage myself to make college my number one priority and to not let anything stand in my way of becoming an independent. I would also encourage myself to get a good job with a business like UPS (united postal service), a business like UPS pays for your school, in full. They also reimburst you for any payments that you did have to make, like for books, that they didn't pay for. They also require you to keep up with your grades and send in a copy of your grades and classes.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself to a have higher belief in my capabilities. It happens too often that people underestimate their own talents and abilities. As a high school senior, I would not have believed that I was capable of traveling thousands of miles to a foreign land with no family--no familiar faces, only to come back with a better understanding of a foreign culture, a new language, and ultimately of my own self-perception. My talents and passions were hidden deep in the fog of my own self-deprecation. If I could tell myself anything, I would tell myself not to worry about impressing my peers and conforming to group norms; but instead, stand out by doing what I know is right. To be a leader. Acting and performing to the best of my abilities and searching deep for my own passions has given me a strong foundational confidence. This confidence exists in knowing that I can always do better--be better. Philip James Bailey said it best: "He lives most who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best."


This is a difficult question because there are so many things about college that you can only prepare for by experiencing. I suppose I would tell myself to schedule time to study. Don't assume that you will always have time to do homework or that the hour before bed that you alotted in high school will be enough in college. Much more study time is required and you need to be prepared for that. It's all too easy to fall behind in class if you do not study every day so you need to make yourself sit down and work even if you would rather be out riding your horse or talking with friends. Homework always needs to come first in order to succeed in college.


I would do my best on the SATs and ACTs to boost my chance to receive more scholarships from schools for which I would apply. Finance was one of the major reasons that led me choose MSU, which offered more scholarships than any other schools, and sometimes I wondered whether I would have gone to a more prestigious school, had I been guaranteed the same--or better--financial support from other schools. However, I would give myself this piece of advice: no matter where you end up--whether the school is presitigious or not--, the degree of satisfaction in college depends on how you make up your mind to be. You can always find all kinds of fascinating opportunities to enrich your experiences in college--you just have to explore it yourself. So before you grumble about how small and mediocre your school is, look around to see some amazing aspects of your school about which you didn't know, and start imagining how great it would be to your advantage to intergrade those awesome factors into your life! There are always interesting things to explore in college, and you will be sorry if you don't start it now.


Take everything that your teachers teach you, you'll use it ALL down the road. Also, if you thought you were studying in high school, you have no idea!


Before I started college I thought that it would be just like highschool. But little did I know I would actually have to TRY to get good grades. If I could go back to highschool I would for sure work harder and learn better time management skills, as well as studying skills.


I would say keep your options open and always have a back up plan. I was fortunate enough to get accepted to Murray State University which was my first choice.


I picked my school based on the scenery, because my outdoor surroundings make me the happiest. Choose your school on what is most important to you, and you will be happy. Don't be afraid to transfer schools if your taste and interests change!


Extensive pressure is put on high school students about finding the 'right fit' in a college. Although I do recommend finding a place that suits you, many are led to believe that can only be one place. Decide first the approximate size of student body you want and what kind of area would be desirable to live for the next four years. Look at the programs you are interested in and how you see them shaping your future. Cost is important and careful consideration should be taken to look at scholarships. Imagine your life immediatly after college and how freeing it would be to have little or no debt but do not compromise the quality of education for this feeling. DON'T STRESS! You are not married to the school you start out at. Find somewhere you'll like spending time and take social life into consideration-The coffee shop on the corner you'll snuggle up in on Saturday's ... and the exchange student that will broaden your horizons. Be optimistic about the new people you'll meet and the things you'll learn, not only in lecture but the first 8 times you scorch your microwavable macaroni dinner!


I would suggest to visit multiple colleges/universitys, it really helps!!


Find a college that has the major you are passionate about. After that find the rankings of the colleges you have found. Find their standins in academics, security, and social opportunities. When you finally choose a school get involved in campus activities such as volunteering, sports, and clubs.


Please do some serious research to find the right school for you because it is very importatnt. Study hard, but make sure you have fun to because you are only in college once.


1. Follow your gut 2. Push yourself out of your comfort zone 3. Get out there, get plugged in asap 4. Work hard, play hard 5. Truely engage yourself


The best advice that I can give is that any college is going to be whatever you make of it. Not only make sure that your school has good acedmics, but check out the extra curricular activities so that you can be invovled on campus. Getting out of the dorm room and being involved in clubs, sports, or fraternities and sororites, is a great way to meet people, network, and get the most out of you college experience. When you go visit your prosepective schools, ask the students themselves their opinions about the school and what type of things to expect. This way you get a more realistic outlook on the school. Once you decide on the right college, you need to stay focused coming into school. That first semester there will be a lot of distractions with parties every weekend and other activities, but always remember that you are at college to get a good career and academics should always come first.


Make sure that the school is right for the student and also make sure that it has the right major.


Think about this decision very carefully. Don't mess it up. You may not have any other chances left.


Research different acedemic programs of your interest having to do with your major. There are a lot of people you can meet with similar interests and classes. Also, if you are undeclared, like i was at first, take intro classes to get a feel of what you can see yourself doing or to truely find out what interest you. To make the most of your college experience, get involved with campus and student activities. There are so many student orgizations that are fun, and are a good way to meet new people!


Find a place where you are comfortable. Just because friends or family went to a certain college doesn't mean that its for you. If you have to spend 4 years and tens of thousands of dollars at this school, you had better be looking at a place that you love, not just like.


Never go to a school because its just where all of your friends from high school are going. Go somewhere different. You will meet so many more amazing people. Apply to several schools even if you know exactly where you want to go, you might surprise yourself. Talk to older students that attend your different prospective schools. Once you get there, take chances. Play intramural sports. Get involved in something that interests you. You don't have to go out everynight. Its perfectly fine to take it easy, stay in, and watch a movie... even on a weekend night. Remember that it is normal to feel out of place at first. Its alright to have your doubts and think you that made the wrong choice. Give it time. If you keep a somewhat positive attitude you are surely to attract other positive people. Always surround yourself with people that make you feel good. There's no point in always having to second guess yourself... especially around your friends. You're only in college once. Don't go too crazy, but do know that its okay to have a good time.


Parents and prospective students often pay attention to the immediate needs, such as the residential accommodations available, the food service, and the financial aid. All of these are incredibly important, but the job placement program and course load must also be closely examined. Prospective students should ask for a detailed map of their program that organizes and plans out their way to graduation. They should not enter a school who will require five years worth of education to acheive what others can offer in a traditional four year program.


When finding the right college for you concentrate on what you have always loved doing and that is which schools will fit you. If you have it all figured out and you know what you want to do with your life and the degree you want to pursue then you are ready for the next step of picking your college. Check accreditation and strength of the program you will go into. Do not settle for a college that is not going to give you the best education. This is why you are going to school. Now you have gotten into the best college and it?s the one you wanted it is time to concentrate on getting the most out of your college experience. I could say go out there and make sure you spend three hours a day working on homework, but that is crazy. You have to get out into the community and see the sites and experience new things. If you don't now then you will have a hard time when the world finally hits you. Remember to always put your homework first and complete it at 100{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c} your best and you will do great!