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What should every freshman at Notre Dame of Maryland University know before they start?


Don't Quit!


I would advise myself not to rush things. Yes, it is amazing that I'm out here on my own for the first time and this taste of freedom is intoxicating but don't rush yourself. Take your time experiencing things and don't feel pressured to conform. Everything will happen as it should and rushing things takes the shimmer and shine off of the experience. And most importantly, stay true to yourself and be happy, things are never as bad as they seem.


That a whole,possibly life changing experience is awaiting and with all the emotions welling up inside, empower yourself by knowing and accepting your weaknesses and prior struggles , to give this experience/ journey what ever it takes , though at times the demands and frustration may make you want to quit or give up , cry alittle, swear at it , even break to go get your favorite coffee with some friends, then use your strengths and self-confidence to propel you foward with openmindedness in succeeding as the journey unfolds with its twists and turns as decisions are made and sometimes questioned with whatever life challenges are put before you ; always remember to be true to yourself, seeking inner peace and discovering your passion(s) for what you want in your career and also in life, then go out into our ever changing world with your own unique style, grace, dedication and commtment leaving ayour legacy through sharing your gifts and passions and desire to be one that helps transform the world into an even better place.


College is not as easy as high school and the tools being provided to you at this moment in your life will help you exponentially in college so please pay more attention.


I would tell myself not to procrastinate on assignments because in the end it only causes more stress. I would also make sure to note that critically thinking from the beginning is necessary and should be used in all classes. Critically thinking enables assignments to be of better quality. Doing assignments as early as possible leads to more revision time. My last piece of advice I would give myself is go into every class with a positive attitude and know that success is achievable.


Knowing that the High School you attend does not prepare you much for college, go out and search for resources that challenge you enough so that you have the skills to tackle difficult assignments. Also, go to your guidance counselor and ask her for a guide on study tips. College is all about knowing how to study well and effectively. On the long nights, stay away junk food because freshmen 15 happens to anyone. Instead, stick to fruits, light crackers or nuts. It is quick brain food and keeps you awake longer than a cheese burger might. When it comes to college applications and scholarships, always apply early! You will loose out on the good opportunities that they offer at the start of the school year. Stay ahead with every deadline because it becomes overwhelming with school, extracurriculars, work and college applications. Overall mentally prepare yourself as early as possible so that when arriving on campus you're ready for the milestones ahead.


My family has always said that by going to college one finds out what they want to be when they grow up, the rest of your life is being it. I started college when I was twenty-one with hopes of being a psychologist and I am now turning forty-one and I have a full grasp of what I want to be doing in grad school and for the rest of my life. There are many reasons people go to college depending on who you are and for me it was to prove something . I am severely disabled and what other people can do in a minimal amount of time takes me one or two hours. Even though I started out as a freshman needing to prove something to everyone, during my junior year when I was up at 3 in the morning and I needed to find that raw determination to go on, I didn't know if I could. Now I am gambling that the same raw determination that allowed me to finish college, will allow me to get through graduate school. I think the most important thing that people can learn about in college is yourself.


So far in my college experience, I have really discovered who I am and who I want to be. Upon my arrival at this institution three years ago, I felt very lost and confused in life. I had no idea what I wanted to do professionally, I was completely unattached to friends from high school, and I felt rather worthless. Quickly this all turned around in my favor. I have now decided on a career in Non-Profti Management, and have discovered my love for philosophy. I have made friends who allow me to be the fun, silly, driven, passionate person that I am, and they love me for it. Finally, I am very active around campus and make a difference every day with the work that I do to improve campus life. I feel that this is where I belong, every day. And, although friends will come and go and I will eventually graduate, I will take with me everything I have learned here - academically and personally - with the confidence that I am who I am supposed to be. My college experience has given me an identity, and I am greatful for that.


My college experience has opened my mind to so many things that I have never seen before. It has opened my mind to how empowering it is to see a classroom full of women working on a chemistry lab experiment or studying biology, fields that were once dominated by men. College of Notre Dame of Maryland encourages all students to participate in community service, and it has opened my mind to the importance of helping others. I now realize that although I am only one person to the world, I have the potential and ability to make a difference in the lives of others. Finally, my school has taught me to be a leader. As a women's college, Notre Dame empasizes the importance of women obtaining leadership roles and transforming the world. This gives me the confidence to follow my own path towards what I feel passionate about. Choosing College of Notre Dame was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life, and I wouldn't choose to be getting my education anywhere else. I know it will allow me to make a graceful transition into womanhood while also helping me spread my wings.


Going to a small women's college I actually got a lot more out the experience than I thought. I was not only empowered and became more confident but was able to multi-task and be involved in my different areas. I was able to continue to play sports and still excell academically. I have many great memories leading as the captain of my soccer and tennis teams as well as other campus organizations. I came in as a shy freshman and left as a grown leader.