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

find some place that you feel comfortabe at and take the time to get to know everyone. If you dont like it the first few day...

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

find some place that you feel comfortabe at and take the time to get to know everyone. If you dont like it the first few days dont worry wait at least a year before you really decide and make sure you get yourself involved with the school and with your piers.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

just going this year i am transfering from another school

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

just going this year i am transfering from another school

Kyle
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Besides recently having a school shooting, I'd say their business school, football team, and the fact they've just been aroun...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Besides recently having a school shooting, I'd say their business school, football team, and the fact they've just been around for awhile.

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

Find a school of the right size and diversity. A school too small may not have as many majors to expose one to and a large school may be a bit overwhelming. Try and decide upon a field and stick to it, but remember that you'll have to eat someday (pick wisely). Don't assume that you'll be able to make it out in only 4 years. Plan for possibly more than that. Look at all your options when it comes to finances and be sure to pad the amount it will cost you to go to school since unexpected costs will always occur. Do not slack off in the beginning, doing well in the early Gen-ed courses will keep your GPA from falling later on when the courses in your major become more difficult. Don't worry, you are not the only one in college, many people have gone before you and many more will follow. They will all survive. Although it may seem as if the roof is caving in at times, this isn't the end. You'll have friends there to help you, professors to guide you, and your parents to support you.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Getting around campus. It is a big campus and the buildings are spread out. Luckily there are many busses that run frequently, but not always on time. Winters don't make getting around any easier. There are many commuters and parking is usually limited. Traffic can be bad during peak times.

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

They should try to find a college that they like and not one that their friends like, also, try to find what social activities they do, and try hanging out in the college town for some time just to get to know it.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Well Very boring on weekends only thing you can do is parting, that it

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

Choosing a school can be a stressful thing for both parents and students. Its difficult to chcek facts and figures as many s...

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

Choosing a school can be a stressful thing for both parents and students. Its difficult to chcek facts and figures as many schools look better on paper than they do in person. When a student is on campus, theyre not thinking " this campus has __ % crime rate," or some other statistic. They notice how they feel as a part of their new community. Do they feel detached from their campus, or do they find their niche where they feel welcome and at home? I encourage the student and their parents to visit the campuses of the potential schools, talk to those already living there, check out the campus organizations, and meet some faculty. If its possible see if the student can sit in on a freshman level class, or spend a night in the residence halls. The student must feel welcome and at home as they will be on campus 8 months out of the year. It will become their new home. I visited many campuses and I knew very quickly when I arrived at my campus that I was home. I am now a community advisor and help make my students feel welcome.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

Im very proud of the community feel of the campus. Everything from the classes, to the residence halls makes you feel welcome and accepted. The Community Advisors do an excellent job in the residence halls puttint together collaborative and inclusive programs. Theres plenty of fun things to do through them.

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

It is important in my opinion to visit the college before you make your decision. Attend the open house. And talk about the d...

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

It is important in my opinion to visit the college before you make your decision. Attend the open house. And talk about the decision with your family. If you are undecided, look into schools that have a variety of programs and good academic advisors. If you know what you want to major in, then make sure the school has a good program for that. And do not be afraid to ask questions about the school. Once in college, get involved! High school does not matter anymore, college gives you a fresh start. And there is so much diversity on campus that if you are willing to get involved, you will find the right group that shares your interests. Go in with an open mind and an open heart, and your college years will be the best of your life. Study hard, but have fun too! College is a balancing act, so learn what your priorities are, and you will have a successful college career.

What's unique about your campus?

I love the layout and the atmosphere of my campus. Almost all the buildings are right by each other so it is easy to get to know where everything is, and it is an easy walk to your classes from the dorms. Also, we have an amazing bus system, so there is no need to have a car if you are going to come here!

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

I wish I had known that this is a "backpack" school; meaning most students go home on the weekends. It is important that if you plan on staying on campus during the weekends that you find a group to get involved with, otherwise the only options for fun are the bars.

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

The big university in a small town gives us a unique situation. When you leave campus, even in student housing off-campus, yo...

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

The big university in a small town gives us a unique situation. When you leave campus, even in student housing off-campus, you're always very intermingled with the community. That is a big part of why I love this university.

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

VISIT the schools you're interested in, and be sure to ask the questions you have. Keeping them to yourself keeps you from finding a school that fits YOU. NEVER assume the campus tour guides are lying. After your tour is over, ask for a few minutes of their time and ask about their experiences in areas that interest you. It's a very rare occasion when they won't help you. Yes, they love their school, but they're students too and have had good and bad experiences.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who is attracted to big city life wouldn't get on well here. We're close to Chicago but DeKalb operates very much like the small town that it is.

Brett
Describe the students at your school.

the same as everyone else. nice people on the campus. no one person is really mean or anyting.

Describe the students at your school.

the same as everyone else. nice people on the campus. no one person is really mean or anyting.

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

Make sure to visit the school a few times before making one's decision.

What's unique about your campus?

I think the best thing about my school is the girls. I see plenty of new girls everyday.

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

Colleges in the city tend to be alot more expensive in alot of ways. University that are by themselves (away from the city) t...

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

Colleges in the city tend to be alot more expensive in alot of ways. University that are by themselves (away from the city) tend to be more cheaper in prices. Traffic and parking also seem to less of a problem

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

Its not cramped like the city, the whole campus is 90% students, so you feel like your at a school.

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

My advice to all of those who are looking for the right college is to find what fits YOU best, not what fits your best friend...

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

My advice to all of those who are looking for the right college is to find what fits YOU best, not what fits your best friends or what is closest to home. If you want to have an amazing college experience I personally suggest that you go further away from home. You don't have to be on the other side of the country, even a couple hours drive away would work. That way you can enjoy your freedom and learning experience without mom and dad breathing down your neck like in high school. But ALWAYS visit that school first, because you may get on one campus that looked awesome in the brochure and find out you don't ever want to go back. Choose one that you feel gives you the most potential to succeed. And after that just keep an open mind and have fun.

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

I wish I would have known about the weather. In particular, the wind and the winters can be brutal but after experiencing them just once i knew what I was in for. As for the rest of it, I am glad that I learned it all as I went.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The worst thing about this school is the lack of ability to park anywhere near campus. Parking is very limited and fills up fast. The bus system is nice to have, but generally only if you catch it at the right time. The over crowding gets even worse around homecoming time when we have an excess amount of people around town, usually a lot of people from Chicago. Many of them are here to see the concert following the game but with that many people here tensions rise.

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