Queens University of Charlotte Top Questions

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


For every activity you are involved in, know your objectives and how you will complete them. When a goal or objective is not met, learn from it and find the positive. Do your best everytime so you won't look back with regret and wonder what if.


When I initially started college I had a vague idea of what I wanted to major in. I took several classes and changed my major several times. I thought school was just a waste of time, because I wasn’t getting anywhere. I decided to just work and earn as much money as I could. This ended up causing more harm than good in the long run. If I could go back in time I would tell that young, naive girl that college will determine how successful your future will be. Being focused on a career and graduation goal can change your life significantly. Had that young girl realized her goal of becoming a nurse, with focus and determination of graduating, life would have been so much easier. Focusing all my energy on working an entry level position made me struggle financially for years. College can give you the skills and preparation for a career that will set you up for future financial success. When you pursue a career in something you are passionate about then happiness will drive your success. College is never a waste of time or money as long as you have a plan and a goal.


There are a million suggestions and pieces of advice I would give my high school self, knowing what I know now about college life. I would first suggest joining every single club I was even remotely interested in as a freshman. It may seem silly, but you can always weed out the ones you end up disliking. My freshman year, I didn't join too many clubs because I was afraid it would hurt my grades. Well, I ended up only taking 16 credits my first two semesters and would have had plenty of time for more clubs and activities! The last big thing I would tell myself is that you won't be successful if you don't fail at anything; if you aren't taking risks, you're not stepping out of your comfort zone and, therefore, you won't grow at all as a person. I'm happy to say I've endured many failures and wouldn't be where I am without those set-backs. Of course everyone wants to do everything right, but come on, that's just unattainable and we need to embrace and learn from our mistakes.


Wow, if I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would have taken a summer class in pre-cal to prep me because math is tough for me. I applied for several scholarships but would have applied for more. I wouldn't have changed the three sports I played because they were a wonderful experience but I would have tried to get a sports scholarship through video, etc. I am truly blessed to be on the Queen's Track and Field team, but I am a walk on. If I had known I was going to make the team I would have tried for scholarship money to be recruited.


"Ipsum Corda - Know Thyself." You had so many opportunities available to you, from attending any in-state school of your choice to attending GaTech, VaTech or MIT. But you didn't know what career path you wanted to pursue, and you didn't pick any of these schools. Instead, you directly entered the workforce. That was the wrong move for so many reasons. You should have talked to somebody, to your guidance counselor, to your parents, to your friends,... they know you and would tell you honestly what you are good at doing and could possibly tell you what you might like to do for a living after college. At least then you would have a better idea of what to study while attending school. In five years, you will enter college as a non-traditional student. At the same time, all of your friends have already graduated and are starting their lives in exciting places all over the world. I strongly suggest you take the time NOW to invest in yourself: Taking career aptitude tests, talking with teachers, visiting the schools near where you live and talking with the students. You will have fun at college, I guarantee it.


I would tell myself to be not be afraid of anything but inaction. There have been plenty of opportunities offered while in college, and I have accepted many of them; but as I think back to the opportunities I passed, I realize that I should have made the time to commit to them. I should have known that my time in college would pass by faster than I could imagine, and every opportunity is a chance to experience something new. My inactions have never improved my way of thinking, nor have they broadened my horizons and made me happier person. I am proud of the actions I have taken during my time in college, but in retrospect, there have been plenty of occasions that I would have benefited from participating in rather than declining them. There is nothing to be afraid of by trying something different. Be afraid of never experiencing something new. Be afraid of never growing as a person through your experiences. Be as proactive as you possibly can. There is nothing to fear about your future.


If anyone could go back in time especially someone as old as me, then there should be armed with tools for success. My advice would be would be the following: -go into life situations especially school projects with an open mind -always finish what you start and embrace time management as your only true goal -begin service work while you are a senior and continue throughout life because helping others is one of life’s greatest rewards As a senior I understood growing up poor, with an absentee mother, and no father would have irreversible psychological effects to my life as I know it, then I would have joined the military. No, I did not go military. I continued in activities like track and marching band that encourage me to want to go to college. I also worked to help my mom pay bills but I would not have advised that to any senior or myself. If I had to go back in time to give myself sound advice as a senoir, then it would befinish collge and have a career. Now I realize the best advice would have been knowledge is power – sed ministrari, non ministrare.


I know that you don't want to listen to your parents all that much, but liten to them for once and apply for as many scholarships as possible. Also drive safely.


I would advice myself to spend more time exploring the academic schools in the university and their policies regarding majors and double majoring. I would tell myself to spend more time considering my major. I would advise myself to take all assignments seriously, and read all of the assigned materials througly, in additional to taking advantage of all graduate school test prep offered by the Career and Internship office.


I have learned a lot out of my fist three years at Queens. I have learn that it is important to care and give to your community. I've learned different little aspects of life. Queens really prepares you for reality even if it has nothing to do with your major or what you are studying. I've also learned how important it is to value others and yourself.


Through my college experience so far i have gained a lot. The most important thing I have gotten out of college has been the reality of my life moving on from high school days. The knowing that everything that happens beyond this point is determined by my hard work and my willingness to learn. It was difficult thinking that after I am done college my performance is what is going to shape my future. Even though it was hard knowing this I am glad that that is the way it is. If it was not I do not know if others and myself would trully realize the importance of going and completeing college.


Throughout my first semester attending Queens University of Charlotte I learned many new things. Moving to a new country, a totally different city and totally different culture helped me understand the importance of a good education. This new experience taught me how manage myself, face problems and find a way to solve them. I don´t regret about my decision of attending this institution but I feel I need to continue exploring new places and keep learning from them.


I have learned to be independent and appreciative to different kinds of people. My college has a great deal of diversity and I have learned that is of great value. I am able to understand people's culture, differences from my culture, opinions, and perceptions of other people. It has helped me to be diverse which is something that I did not experience until I attended Queens University. I am greatly thankful for this opportunity and will recommend others to find diverslty within Queens. Thankyou for reading, Terri Williams


I have gotten alot out my college experience at Queens University of Charlotte. When I first arrived at Queens, I didn't know how challenging the work load would be. When I tell people that I am a music therapy student, the statement takes on a whole new meaning. Queens University has one of the most extentive music therapy curriculum out of all of the schools I looked at attending. The very first year I started the program, I was given my first client to work with for the semster. Most schools don't allow you the opportunity to do clinicals until your junior and senior year. We were required to have two clients a year as well as juggling off-campus practicum at a number of facilities such as the Levine Children's Hospital, nursing homes, and school in the local area. I have worked with adolescents that have hearing impariments, developmental delays, mental retardation, ADHD and also the elderly. Now, am more prepared when I go into clinical situations, whether it is therapy with an individual or a large group. I have truly learned alot at Queens and my education has been invaluable.


I have gotten things out of my college experience that I did not expect. In our curriculum, we have a course called "CORE". Many of us resent going to this class but by the time we have completed it, we realize that we have gained valuable lessons. These lessons are of noble citizenship and global citizenship. Often people think that college is about self discovery, figuring out your true character. Well from my years here thus far, I have learned to go beyond myself and look toward others; whether it be the surrounding community, my friends next door or on a global level. Our school puts a lot of its energy toward commmunity service and outreach. I used to feel like I was the only one of a few who hurt when I saw someone else hurt. To attend a school where everyone cares about the welfare of others is valuable in itself. I am still learning things about myself but it feels even better to go beyond self and help others in need.


I think the most important thing about the transition from high school to college is to get involved in as many things as possible within your own allowable time frame. Don't be quick to say no to joining clubs or going out with people because it doesn't seem like something you'd be interested in or have time for. The person you start out during your freshman year of college is very rarely going to be the person who graduates in four years. Be as open-minded to that fact as possible and allow new ideas, new people, and new opportunities in as they present themselves.


If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself to live life in its present day not the future. Looking back to my senior year everything that I did was for college. I missed out on alot of friends and fun time just being a kid. I even did not go to my senior prom. Those times with friends are all over and I can not get them back. Adulthood came so fast and now I must contain my child-like ways. The main thing that determined my eligibility for college was my SAT scores and essay skills. Knowing that my SAT scores were going to be so important for my major I would of took it more seriously. Now I have to retake another test kind of like the SAT for my major just becuase I was thirty points short of my goal. I can only take two classes in my major before I pass this test. As a freshmen I have already taken one out of the two classes. Now I am stuck.


Hey there, Now that you are a senior, you need to know some things about college. First of all, leaving your parents will be really hard. You've been with them for 18 years and you love them deeply, and you've never lived by yourself. It's going to be tough for a little while, but after a couple of weeks, it gets a lot better. You will make tons of new friends from all over the world and you will be involved in so many great things. But on the serious side, there will be a lot of pressures. Partying happens, but you just have to make the right choices about alcohol and drugs. It's not going to be easy, but in the long run, you will be a better person for it. While the fun things are happening, you also still have to succeed in your classes. You're in school for an education and to better your life and you don't want to ruin it. But overall, college is a fun four years and you will make so many memories. Remember to live life to its fullest advantage. See ya next year.


Go to class and get good grades. What you learn in highschool will help you to know and understand what is being taught in the college classroom.


I would advise myself to not worry about the transition as much as I did. I was so nervous about going to college, but it has been an amazing experience, it has honestly changed me as a person. I am so much more outgoing and confident than I used to be and it is great. If I had had any idea of the changes in myself or the friendships I was going to build even only a year and a half into my college experience I would not have worried nearly as much as I did.


dont get carried away with living on your own. you have a job to do in school and that's get your degree. life is fun, just remember to make as much money as you can because they aren't going to give it to you. And try your hardest to get AWESOME grades.


My advice to parents about finding the right college for their children is to let their children choose what colleges that they are most interested in rather than forcing a certain school or area on them. Then once they have chosen a few, look into details about the schools and compare them. It is very important for the parents and students to visit the colleges and see how they feel when they do so. Students, when you visit, ask lots of questions. Ask current students what they think about the class sizes, campus housing, availibility of the faculty and help with school work, the food on campus, extra curricular activities, how easy it is to get involved on campus and meet new people, etc. Do this at each campus that you visit and compare answers. Also, consider each of your first impressions and memories of these visits. Most people feel that they know which college is right for them as soon as they visit the campus! Don't be afraid to ask questions!


Being the first person in my family to attend a university, I know first-hand how confusing the college application process is. It is hard to get a feel for what you are interested in when looking for a school. I recommend looking at all the programs and activities the school has to offer. Academics are important, but only relevant if the school you choose makes you happy. In order to find out, you should visit colleges overnight. This is the best way to get a feel for the campus life. You may find that certain schools aren't for you by exploring the things that students do in thier spare time. Once you choose a school and start attending, it is always best to get involved. Join clubs and intermural sports teams. This is a good way to meet people with similar interests as you and makes adjusting to college life a lot easier. If you don't get involved, it is hard to make friends and you may becoeme more homesick. Keep yourself busy, and don't lose touch with your family. They are your support system and will help you through the difficult times/choices during college.


To find the right college you have to make sure that every aspect of the college fits you. Make sure you visit the school before you end up enrolling, you dont want to hate the campus later on. Dont settle on one college if you havent given any other colleges a chance. You may not think you need to but it will definately help in making your decision and finding the right college for you. To make the most of your college experience I reccomend trying a little bit of everything. Go to events, experience as much as you can before its too late and you dont get a chance to in the future.


First, have a game plan, know what you can afford, know what you are looking for, know what major you are interested in, and do not be afraid to try new things. As far as paying for college, try scholarships, save up, and do not be afraid to take out college loans (but reasonably). For your college choice, make sure the size is right (small, big), make sure the environment is something you can see yourself in, know the student-teacher ratio, make sure the school will prepare you for the real world (community service, job placement/graduate school, and international experiences), and be sure to check out the school before attending it (dorms, classrooms, and everything in between). In college, choose a major that you are genuinely interested in, learn about careers in your major, stay well rounded with extra curricular activities & a healthy social life (so avoid bad situations like excessive alcohol & any drugs) , and make life-long friends. Lastly, try not to be hesitant to go to a school in a new state /unfamiliar city, or an international school, and keep an open mind about the school itself (meaning not perfection but a good fit).


Perspective students should spend the night with a student embassador as part of their decision process.


Start early! No good decision is made quickly, especially not one that will determine where you will spend your next four years. Search a lot of schools to start. The school you have thought you would go to throughout high school may not be the one for you. You need a long list to search and mark off as you go, by checking on things like academic programs. Take visits to as many as possible. The pictures on the websites and conversations you have on the phone with admissions counselors are nothing like taking a walk around the campus and interacting with the students who are currently enrolled. You may realize that what you thought was a beautiful campus in pictures is not, and what you really didn't want to give a second look at, is the school you were meant to go to all along. Finally, talk it over with your parents. If they are making the payments, they should be able to express their opinion. Also, they truly do know what's best for you. Take their advice!


My advice to parents or students about finding the right college is apply, apply, apply. If you think you might like a school apply to it, even if you can't afford it or think you wouldn't really go there. I didn't apply to many schools so my school decision was kind of made for me. You never know what kind of financial aid you might get or if you will be accepted until you apply. Once you reach college, take advantage of everything! Definitely explore areas that you are already interested in regarding to classes, clubs, and social activities. But, also try new things too. This is the time in your life to experience life and all it has to offer. It is the time when you discover yourself, and you cannot fully know yourself until you have a variety of experiences. When you look back on your college years, you do not want to wonder, "What if I would have joined that club, or went to that political debate?" In college, live your life to the fullest, with no regrets.


Try to define who you/your child wish to become and stive for a school that supports that. Also, pick a school that will challenge your/your child's views on things and really test you/them to become independent people with individual voices. I see so many freshmen that come into college with a friend or buddy that they spent all their time with that denied them any difference from HighSchool. College is to bridge the gap between a child and an adult. It is important to grow up in these 4 years(or more). Just because a school that seems perfect for you/your child doesn't allow you/them to be exactly where you/your child had pictured yourself/themselves doesn't mean that what they offer is any less valuable. Realize that not every college is for every person; that's why they differ so much. All in all, put everything into your/ your child's experience because it's a great place to learn stuff other than what you need to be academically sound.. its a place to learn how to be successful. Sometimes that is not only academics alone.


My advice to students would be to go with your instinct. As you enter campus, try to imagine yourself sitting in the quad or walking across campus for class. The first reaction can often be the truest, at least it was for me. If the school offers an option of spending the night with a current student, or sitting in on a class, take advantage of it! It will give you an opportunity to observe the student/professor interactions, as well as typical class sizes and teaching styles. Check out the availability of tutors, the availability of campus police, the amount of psychological help available. If you have the chance, check out the dining hall and ask the students how the food is - they won't lie! Also, don't let the tuition scare you away! Pursue all financial aid options and apply for all scholarships available so that your choice is not limited purely by your ability or inability to afford the tuition. If you have many schools to choose from, create a list of your priorities and/or qualities you want in a school (such as distance from home or class size) to help dwindle the choices down.


Make sure you decide if a small school is right for you. There are only about 900 daytime undergraduate students, so there tends to be a lot of gossip and cliques. Its a lot like going to high school, but everyone is older and you have less class time.


My advise to parents and their future college students is to be prepared and get involved once you've arrived on campus. Apply to schools early to give yourself time to visit each and determine where you feel most at home. I knew that Queens was right for me when I bought my first Queens hoodie! I was so proud to wear it around my high school! Consider what you are looking for in a university; remember, it's not about getting them to like you, it's about finding a place where you will feel accepted and comfortable being yourself. Nowadays, it's necessary to not only have a strong academic background but to also be culturally and politically aware. I strongly recommend looking for universities that provide opportunities to travel abroad as well as a helpful staff that will be available to assist you in finding a competitive internship. Queens provides both of these as a part of our education and 100{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c} of students are able to participate. With an international trip and an internship that was in my area of study, I will now have that competitive edge when applying for a job after graduation.


My best advice to give future college students about finding the perfect college is to visit each and every college you are applying to. Make sure you talk to the faculty and admistrators. Make sure you look at all the campus facilities to see if you would be comfortable at that school. Once you go off to college it's a new life for you. Students never want to come home because of how much they love their school. One thing that really helped me was that I wrote a pros and cons list for each school because a few schools were very close in my decision. Writing a pros and cons list showed me everything I liked and didn't like about the school and ultimately confirmed my decision.