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What should every freshman at Oberlin College know before they start?


Before you enter college, you should do some research about the different opportunities this college has to offer. Does this college have free counseling offered to students? If so, find out where it is located and whether you are eligible or not. Does this college have a writing center or a means of assisting students with their academics? These are questions that you should focus on as opposed to whether or not your dorm hall is close to a coffee shop. All questions are good questions, but you should invest most of your energy on finding the information that may be relevant to your academic success. If you don’t know where to start, call or email a college representative. Remember that most people who work at colleges are very kind and always willing to assist, so don’t feel like your questions may be a burden or a waste of their time, because it’s not. It’s better to do the research and enter college feeling confident and well informed as opposed to feeling insecure and lost.


One major thing that I would advise myself to do is to stay true to myself. Don't try to be something you're not in order to make mediocre friends. You WILL find someone who shares the same interests as you, so there's no point in pretending to be something else. Another thing that I would advise is to not be a people pleaser. It's good to give yourself some "me time" from time to time. Especially since life will get busy and you will need to take a break sometimes and spend time alone.


I would tell my high school senior self to consider what really matters before choosing a school. The most important thing about college is having an excellent time learning about the things you care about. Without programs focused on my passions, I've found myself having a hard time getting interested in what I'm learning. Another crucial part about choosing a college, though, is the location. Being out in the middle of nowhere could be a wonderful experience for people who want to get away from the hustle and bustle that define city life, but for me, a cornfield isn't my idea of an ideal location. Knowing what you care about is central to choosing a college, so I would remind my high school senior self to think deeply before coming to a decision.


The first thing I'd tell my high school senior self is the number for the Mega Millions lottery that week (if only). Barring that, the advice that I would give would be to truly focus on honing your social skills. Learn how to network with others and the path you must take to success will be that much easier. I would tell myself to learn the basics of Music Business, as you would need it in the future. I would remind myself that regardless of how my peers behave I should always be punctual for commitments and polite to all those that I work with, burning bridges will simply leave you trapped on a plateau in the long run. I would also tell him to shed like there's no tomorrow because everyone your about to go to school with is an amazing musician and will eat you alive if you aren't prepared. I would definitely tell myself to apply for more scholarships. But above all I would tell myself that no matter what I do, stay focused, always pursue your interests and be confident for the world belongs to the bold.


GO FOR IT! Don't be so afraid! Try it all and you will find great joy. Even the disapointments can be a valuable lesson. Don't worry about the outcome so much. If you are doing your best then failure will not be a failure but a lesson learned. Try new things. Don't look behind you so much. After all the past is, well, past. The present is the most important part of like. The future will take care of itself. Enjoy learning and trying new adventures. Laugh--a lot. It will keep you young. Most important of all: You are worth every good thing that comes your way!


Listen to what you want to do, not others. Be wary, focus on school and not the drama. Do your best and make good grades, you can do it if you try just don't give up too easily.


This year is going to be a great one, you have so much ahead of you! But, a bit of advice to help guide you on the way is always nice, and looking back there are a few things worth mentioning. Just as a warning, the alarm clock will not get easier with time. But in all honesty, the best advice I can give is to enjoy this last year of living at home, around all the friends who have helped you to grow, in the place that you know like the back of your hand. Take advantage of every opportunity you get: help out in student clubs, be out-going, choose to study hard, be friends with everyone you meet, and let people know how much they mean to you. Taking advantage of all of these things that come your way and doing your best at the tasks at hand (as boring as they may at first appear) is going to shape you in ways you never imagined. Don't worry about it too much, just keep your head on straight and enjoy the whole experience as you truly live it!


Knowing what I know now I would tell myself to study harder and pay more attention on tips the teachers gave us on studying and how to prepare for exams, take lecture notes, how to spend time wisely, and how to prepare for college essays. Knowing these few "basic" things are key to making it in college. I wish I also would have leared to be more organized and prepared it helps to keeps all things organized, it makes things easier to find and you also can keep up with due dates to upcoming assignments. Also take advantage of the high school conselors do all the volunteer activities that you can, it looks good on scholarships as well as programs you try to apply for. Also paying attention in your core classes will help in the long run college profressors will go back to basic terms. Another helpful tip learn to spend your time wisely. Study when you can, sleep when you can it does not help to cram and loose sleep the night before a test. Your brain needs time to recover.


High school is not the biggest and most important time in your life. Even though you feel as if the weight of the world is on your shoulders and things will not get better, it will. There are a lot of times that kids in high school are so consumed with the drama that they cannot look at the world around them. Enjoy the time you have to be a kid, keep the past the past, and enjoy every moment of being young, wild, and free. College is hard, planning is tough, financing is stressful but it will all work out the way it is meant to be. Relax, meet the deadlines, and think of college planning as a privilege and not a chore. There are so many options thrown at you and after all, you’re still a kid so don’t be overwhelmed. Life is tough but well worth all of the struggles, transitions, trials, and triumphs. Make sure you work hard at everything, especially your college career, because the best feeling in the world is knowing you can accomplish something and be successful all on your own. Keep your head up!


You must not be afraid of being alone. New friends, clubs, and sporting events are rewarding and a natural part of the collegiate experience – they are doubtless one of the reasons why so many older people become nostalgic for their college years, the “springtime of lives.” But many of the things that can genuinely matter are inherently personal – studying, researching jobs and internships, maintaining ties to old friends and family, and simply taking a few moments to reflect, to name a few. This is not to say that you can only grow as a person while alone, not at all. In fact, it is this time spent alone that makes the other, more social parts of life all the more compelling and refreshing. It is easy to feel overwhelmed – embracing the time for yourself will bring balance and your world. Though no person can exist in a vacuum, if you can believe that being alone is OK… this is the mentality that makes champions, leaders, and just flat-out likeable people into who they are. By spending time with yourself, you will be able to improve your life everyday – the best advice there is.