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


I would tell myself to give things a chance and think positively. I initally attended a city college and wound up transferring out after one semester. My friend and I applied together and when she didn't get in I was unhappy but still decided to go there. During the first week I was not thrilled with being in a city and was already planning on transferring. However, by the end of the semester I started enjoying it more and my initial negative thoughts made it hard for me to connect with others and really enjoy the experience. I enjoyed my new school but I often wonder what things would be like if I didn't transfer or transferred at a different point. Our experiences are what we make of them and if I could give advice it would be to make it the best possible. Even when I transferred it took time to get settled and feel at home. So, give things a chance and see how they work out. Also, over study, the professors don't often follow the study guide so you will save yourself from a lot of stress by being over prepared.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would advise myself to study more. As the oldest sibling in my family, I was not sure what to expect going into college. My first year at Quinnipiac was not as successful as it could have been, specifically my grades. I passed my classes, but I significantly improved the following semesters. After my freshman year, I learned how to study more efficiently because I met friends who motivated me to do well in my classes. Being in the physical therapy program, my undergraduate classes were fairly demanding. If I could go back in time, I would give myself tips on how to study better. Procrastination is not helpful in college!


If I were to back to my senior year, knowing what I know now, I would tell myself to become closer to my classmates. As a high school senior, I was not the most interactive student. I often times would keep quiet and shy away from others. I missed several large events at my high school like the annual Fashion Show, several fundraisers, and prom. I didn't enjoy being around my senior class and I wish I could have changed that. The social aspect of a student's career is just as, if not more, important than their academics. In college, I realized that making friends and opening up was a necessity. However, I wish I was able to do so a year earlier. Using my advice, I would most likely have had a wonderful and exciting senior year, every single day.


One of the most important things I wish I could tell myself as a high school senior is to relax. The last year of high school can be extremely stressful for students. With all the deadlines and decisions that have to be made for the following year, most students are overcome by the feeling that there is always something to be done. If I could go back in time and give myself some advice having made it to college and being happy with my decisions, I would let myself know that worrying and stressing is a waste of time. I would tell myself to do my best and to get my work done as early as possible in order to allow myself some time to relax later on. It is important to reward yourself and simply take a break sometimes. Completing a task and being able to cross a big step off of your "to do" list is an extremely gratifying feeling. Doing your work this way prepares you for your life in college, as you have more work to do on your own. It can train you to complete work first, allowing fun to come second.


I'd say, "The hard work will pay off, and you will be happy wherever you end up." I had a very academically vigorous courseload in high school, while taking classes at the University of Scranton, while working part time, while playing basketball and running track, while sending out my college applications and trying to decide which school was right for me. Needless to say, the amount of stress I endured was nearly unbearable, especially knowing I'd be leaving the comfort of my home and uprooting my entire existence to live in a strange place, alone, and take on an even more rigorous coursework than I had in high school. I was absolutely petrified. If my present self could have a conversation with the old Julia, I'd be sure to say ", Choose the college your gut tells you is right you'll be happy wherever you choose; the transition is very difficult, but you are also very strong and capable and need not be so stressed and apprehensive." I'd also tell her ", Being a pre-med student will come close to breaking you, but your loved ones and your own determination will never abandon you."


Do not choose a school just because it looks nice.


College is not a place to be care-free. There are lots of fun times to be had, but it takes a lot of hard work. If you work hard, professors will be willing to help you and your high GPA will motivate you to do even better. Strive to be the best, academically and in the community. I know that you think you have your whole future planned out, but do not worry if those plans change. College is a time to discover what you really want to do with the rest of your life. Work hard, get involved in the community, and really reflect on each class you take, because that could be your new future!


I would tell myself to hold on to the values your family and friends have taught you. There are going to be a lot of people who have different views and backgrounds than you but that doesn't mean you need to change who you are. Make sure you are prepared to do a lot of studying, but you don't need to be perfect. Worrying about the little things will drive you crazy. Make sure you do your work but leave yourself time to enjoy being in school and living so close to all of your friends.


If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior, the main thing about transition that I would prepare myself would be to not take an easy route senior year. I feel that my senior year I slipped away slightly from my immense focus, especially with my studying techniques. I learned at college that I had to find which studying technique worked best for me for each subject. Certain studying techniques are better for some people more than others, and better for certain subjects more than others. For example, flash cards for memorizing, and chapter outines for content based exams. The more organized I am at college with preparing my studying materials a few days prior to the exam date, the less stressed I find myself while studying. If I had known this and comprehended this as a high school senior, I truly believe that my transition to college would have gone a bit smoothly. Any advice I would give is don't be afraid to ask upperclassmen about their studying techniques, because there are a lot of ways that you can find which will better you in the long run.


i would tell my self to work on time managment better, and to try to stay focused on school work and let myself know that you have to do the readings in college, you cant slide through school with doing the bare minimum anymore.


I would say that you definitly have to live on-campus. It will be much easier to adjust to college life if you are living on campus. By being a commuter student, you are basically going to feel like you are still in high school by having to drive to campus every day and then going back home after classes. It will make it easier to meet new friends and to fit in to the college environment. Also, I would say that you have to make sure you keep up with your studies and homework. College is different from high school in the sense that you will not have teachers holding your hand throughout the class. When you are given an assignment, you are the only who has to make sure that you get it finished on time. Another thing that you must make sure to learn are better time-management skills. You must not procrastinate and leave everything that needs to be done until the last minute. There will be alot more work than in high school, and it will keep piling on so you have to plan accordingly when you will be able to get it all finished.


If I could go back and give myself advice, I would tell myself not to be afraid to jump right into clubs and organizations my freshmen year. Getting involved at Quinnipiac University has truly been the best thing that has happened to me there. I have met so many new friends and gained additional knowledge and experiences that I know I would not have gained if I did not join the clubs that I did. On campus, I have joined two television shows, one of which I will get the opportunity to host next semester, I am an Orientation Leader for incoming freshmen, and I have a job at the school's Learning Center. I was happy my freshmen year; doing well academically and socially with the people in my residence hall, but I was not involved much outside of that. Getting involved has changed my college career. I would strongly encourage anyone that the best thing to do while at any college is to get involved because you not only meet hundreds of new people, but you get the opportunity to learn how other people live and see what they can teach you.


When I arrived at Quinnipiac four years ago I was very excitedto attend. However, I found that I had alittle harder time adjusting to the new life away from home than I thought. However, by my second semester of school I felt like I belonged. The friends I met freshman year and there afer have become my family. The people here are very friendly and are very inviting. The academics here have been challenging and very stressful throughtout the years. However, I have found that I am very well prepared for my career. I encourage high school students to consider Quinnipiac University for their college career, It was one of the best decisions I have ever made.


I have gotten a taste of the real world through my time at Quinnipiac University. I have gained valuable people skills through my work with the campus newspaper (“The Chronicle”) as well as through class discussions. Outside of the school environment, I have learned some real world lessons that I will take with me when I leave Quinnipiac. Not everything in this world is fair as it may have appeared to be in high school. This is the most valuable lesson I have learned after just a few months of attending Quinnipiac. With this knowledge in hand, one has three options: simply accept this fact and move on, allow it to overcome your life, or strive towards equality. Previously, I would have allowed the notion of unfairness to overtake me, but now I have learned to do something about it specifically in the realm of gender inequalities and gender stereotyping. This is why I have dedicated my free time to working against societal injustices against the female population.


College has taught me a lot, there are different people and different surroundings. Livining on campus has forced me to live on my own and take care of myself and become an independent person.


I feel my school is good. Overall college is a smart choice. I went away for school and had to depend on myself. My own friends, who stayed at home and attended local schools, complained that the school work was too easy and their parents were overbearing. Quite the contrary I don't feel this way. The school work is challenging. I make my own choices and decisions because my parents aren't here to tell me what to do or breathe down my neck. I feel more like an adult because I have more independence and responsibilities. I do my own laundry and go to bed when I want to, eat what I want when I want, etc. I feel college is a valuable experience because it teaches you independence and responsibility. To be independent you have to decide for yourself and make your own decisions. To be responsible you have to make your own decisions and learn from the consequences. The college experience is like the “training wheels on a bicycle" feeling. It’s a stepping stone to your goals, plans and future as an adult, but it gives you time to grow and develop yourself and skills.


I've gotten a sense of satisfaction out of the work I put into my first semester of college that I never quite had in high school. At Quinnipiac University I feel I have had the opportunity to create my own education rather than just memorize and regurgitate information. There are, of course, many things that have to be purely memorized, but there are a lot of things that I learned through discussion and writing. Quinnipiac is a "writing across the cirriculum" school, which to some might seem horrifying, but through writing many papers I feel that I learned a lot by creating my own ideas and discussing them with other people. By feeling like I've really earned my education and contributed to education, I have a new understanding of just how much a good education is worth. Knowledge is something that you just can't put a pricetag on.


I have really learned alot about diversity in my studies at Quinnpiac University. Though our campus is small and not racially diverse, my courses have really opened my eyes to the type of discriminate that minorites face on a day to day basis. I believe that because of the passion the teachers at Quinnipiac have, they've opened their students eyes to a world that they have never experienced before.


Pre-college, I was a borderline autistic that didn’t fit in because I was super-smart, had different interests and couldn't talk about autism because no one understood it. I felt alone, and although I graduated with high honors, I felt like the outsider. At college, I opened up about my autism in a Psych 101 class, explaining what being in between ‘disabled’/‘normal’ was like-this no man’s land-and people nodded in approval, meaning that they appreciated my courage to come out, something I couldn’t do in high school. I have also met great people in the community-people that want to better their lives, people that have lived life and aren’t trapped in ‘teenage-land’ (many of my fellow students aren’t twenty-year-olds, in fact, they are middle-aged or older). Most of all, I have a sense of accomplishment and empowerment that I have gained from working hard in college, and that I am capable of being successful in the world, despite my borderline autism. Currently, I am finishing up my transfer and 2-year accounting degrees and will transfer to do a 4-year accounting program.


I have gotten so much more than i could imagine so far in my college experience. It has been a rough journey however but I am extremely dedicated to finish with a degree in the year 2012. It has been very valuable to attend because without education these days, where can you go? Education is the single most important aspect in life in the present time. I hope to remain in college untill i reach my Masters Degree and become a spanish teacher or translator.


Out of my college experience I have learned independence, and most importantly courage to be different. It has been extremely valuable to attend this University because there is no judgement passes on you because of your differences. I now have the courgae to open up to people like I never have before, I can speak my mind in class without fear of being viewed as an outcasts. My ideas are always listened to and are taken into acknowledgement. In order to be successful in a college atmosphere, you must be able to step outside of your comfort zone, sometimes this can be proven difficult. Because of Quinnipiac University, it was much easier to cope with the new college way of life, I was more comfortable with myself from the very beginning. Quinnipiacv University has strengthened my sense of self, and because of this, I was able to form close bonds with new people without fear of being prosecuted, I am able to be independent.


2.Never before in my life have I ever been as sure about something as I am about being a photojournalist. As child I borrowed my mom’s film camera and ran around my family farm taking pictures. I began entering my photographs into county fairs and won small prize money and big ribbons. On my 13th birthday I received my first Kodak Easy Share camera which accompanied me everywhere. Over time cameras came and went but my love for journalism and photography led me to Quinnipiac University. Currently as a sophomore student I’m secretary of the Photography Club and a photographer for the student newspaper. In my second issue published I was voted photographer of the week. I’ve also been sponsored by Quinnipiac to join the Society of Professional Journalist. The opportunities given to me in the year and a half that I’ve attended QU have been the most rewarding times of my life. I was able to report for the Connecticut Post on Election Night and have gained contacts from several major newspapers. The combination of hard work, networking and professors who go above and beyond for QU students is the equation for success.


I have gained so much from my college experience that words cannot possibly describe. I had an incredibly difficult time adjusting freshman year and thought I would never fit in because I didn't want to get plastered drunk like everyone else. I started to get involved in my campus Catholic ministry and made friends who were like-minded. I learned through my freshman experience that I cannot be too quick to judge people, as not EVERYONE blacks out every weekend day like I thought. It was valuable to attend school because I figured out my career path. I didn't want to attend college in the first place because I thought I was going into Broadcasting and wouldn't need to waste money on tuition for that career. At school, however, I found a passion for English and ended up double majoring in English and Communications. Through my studies and extracurricular activities (alternative spring break trips to help pregnant women, community service, court internship), I realized I have a passion for justice, particularly for those in distressing situations. Because I decided to go to college, I realized I wanted to be a lawyer and am now in law school!


My college experience is a lot different from those young wipper snappers who attend college right out of high school. I chose the homemaker, motherly role early in life, therefore putting my career on hold. I am not complaining, I loved growing up with my son. As that chapter of my life closes, as he is off enjoying the college experience himself, another one is opening. I have been waiting for this time for the past 19 years. My life experiences have taught me what I like and what I don't like, so for me, my career path came easily. I am a nurturing and patient person who loves people so for me, nursing was the way to go. I look at it this way, I may not have gotten the whole "college experience", but I did only have to take the classes that I needed to take for the one major I intent on completing. I look forward to giving to the many patients I will encounter, everything that I miss giving to my son.


I'm starting over and would like to become one of the very best facial specialist/Ethetician their is! I enjoy learning and helping others feel good about themselves. To attend college will expand my opportunities to work in a variety of locations of my choice and also may even be the beginning of my own coming up bussiness.


I went to Quinnipiac's Accelerated BSN program. I was able to receive a bachelor's degree in 1 year so that I could begin a career in nursing quickly. The program was well-run, very organized, and allowed me an opportunity to put in a year's-worth of hard and challenging work, and come out of it with basically an instant - career! I really love being a nurse, and am extremetly grateful for programs such as QU offers. I am now starting in an online Masters in Nursing Education program while working full-time and paying for a new house and other life-expenses. I truly value the education that I have received up to this point and look forward to this new chapter.


The most valuable skill I have learned from attending Quinnipiac is time management. By attending classes, working two jobs, and getting my school work finished on time I have been able to develop a good schedule that works for me.


So far, my college experience has shown me how ignorant I use to be. Before I started college I thought I would learn everything, but as I learn more I realize that there is so much that I do not know and I may never get to know it. There is so much to learn, so little time, and I want to learn all of it. To me, the college experience is priceless, yet so many colleges put a binding price on each step up the college ladder. The value of attending college is so important because it , in its self, leads to how a person lives and experiences their lives. College has been so valuable, even within my one year of attending, that I realize there is something bigger than myself.


I have always had a passion for learning, for experiencing new things, and for widening my horizons. For me, college was never an "if," but a "when." When it came time to start applying, I had no idea what I wanted to do or where I wanted to go. But then I found Quinnipiac University. It's campus is small and friendly, the teachers are encouraging and passionate, and the total social atmosphere is more than I could have dreamed. College has helped me so much in finding my path in life, making lasting friends, and strong connections. it is an experience I will cherish forever.


In going back in time, I would definitly tell myself that no matter what happens, go into college with an open mind and get involved with campus activites quickly. Through meeting new people and experiencing different things, I have seen and heard things I never thought. People have such a profound affect on lives and memories can last forever. I would also give myself the advice to put my all into everything that I do. Schoolwork, community service, and new relationships deserve all that I can offer. In these ways, I have found my first two semesters at college to be very successful. College friends, experiences, and memories truly do last a lifetime and for that I am grateful.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a senior in high school there would defiantly be some drastic changes. The first and foremost thing I would let myself know is that college is nothing like high school. There is a lot more work and reading then you could ever imagine. I personally feel that high school doesn?t help students transition into college. Lucky for me I never procrastinated in high school which was a good habit to have. I continually am always on top of my work and never slack off. Another thing I would tell myself is to plan your day accordingly. If you like to sleep in and not be exhausted all day I would not pick 8 am classes. Planning your schedule around your sleep habits can help you be more successful and do better in college. The last thing I would tell myself is that it?s all right not to be yourself. College is a time for transition not only academically but physically. Try new things in college be adventurous, outgoing, random and just have fun.


If I were able to go back and speak to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself multiple things that would probably alter my decision when choosing a college. I would remind myself that while a school may be in your comfort zone, it may not be the perfect place for you. It is important to break out of your comfort zone; until you are able to do that you are unable to solidify your identity and obtain maximum growth as an individual. I would also remind myself of what I like to do: I like to learn and be challenged. If I had been reminded of how much I love to learn I would have chosen a different school, one that helped academiclly stimulate myself. I would remind myself to be true to what I enjoy and to remember that everyone is different; what is right for one person may not be right for me. I would tell myself to be challenged and step outside of my comfort zone so I am able to leave college with a strong sense of self.


It won't be easy, this journey you are going to take. At times you are going to want to give up, and at times you actually will. There will be days that you wake up and catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and have no idea who is looking back at you. You will lose a sense of who you are and you will have no idea who you want to be. You will become stuck and scared and angry. This will be one of the greatest tests in your life, more important than any test you will ever take in a classroom. It will be a test that will define you, but you will succeed. Keep your heart open. Surround yourself with amazing people. It's okay to change, but always remain true to yourself. Try new things and step out of your comfort zone. Be happy. Smile. Laugh. Give back, and when you find those people and the things that make you truly happy never let it go. It's not money or power that will bring a smile to your face, but people and experiences. Go out and experience the world.


Procastinating has never been a word that I was fully accompanied. However, like any student I did deal with it from time to time. If I were to go back in to myself as a senior, I would tell myself as soon as I get an assignment to get started on it. I would also tell myself to be more up front with my peers and to let them know my feelings. I needed to learn to defend myself, because in college I have faced a fe isses that easily could have been avoided if I has spoken up. However, most of all I would tell myself to not be so nervous because I was going to meet individuals that would change my life and give me a new outlook on every area of life.


I would tell myself to work extremely hard from the beginning. College has a very different atmosphere than high school. You must plan to spend hours in the library or locked in your room to get work done because you will have a workload given to you without a doubt. You may roll your eyes at this point but this is all true. If you accept the fact that there will be incredible amounts of work from all of your classes now then the transition will be easier. College professors will not bend the rules for you or give you extensions, like high school teachers may have done. What the professors say is set in stone and little can change that. Procrastination is the worst thing you could do and try to change your ways before arriving to school. This will cause you to pull ?all nighters? and will stress you out. The thought of having a ten page paper, an eight page Calculus problem set, and a journal due tomorrow is not welcoming but overwhelming. So in order to do well in college you must: work hard from the get-go and not procrastinate.


If I could go back in time and give myself advice about the college life and making the transition, my position in college, and my applications might have been a little different. Now that I am settled and thoroughly happy with my choice of schools and prospective career choices, I feel confident enough to look over the past couple months to see if I should have done anything different. The only advice that I would give myself was to be confident. My list of prospective schools could have been much more enhanced, and I could have applied to much more challenging schools. Although I feel that my transition was relatively smooth, a hightened sense of confidence, could have opened up the breadth of knowledge and opportunities that I surround myself with. Even though I am only a freshman, I plan to take this advice to heart throughout the next three years of my college education. Confidence is the building blocks to success! I have time to figure it out, but the view from the top sounds pretty great!


Going into college, it is important to keep an open mind. When encountering new classes that explore unfamiliar subject matter or ideas that one might not agree with, one must allow oneself to think in a different way. Allow yourself to take a side you would not normally take. Explore new possibilities of thought. Until you can see a subject through every angle, you cannot truly take a stance on the matter. When it comes to social interaction, never write someone off based on outward appearance. Always keep your dorm room door open and welcome anyone and everyone into your home for conversation. Shutting people out will just make you lonely at college, which is already a prevelant feeling given your recent departure from home. When it comes to work and internships, take any opportunity that presents itself. Gain experience in your field or explore a new one. Sometimes, even when you think you have got it all figured out, your feet are knocked out from under you and you find something that is worth changing your life for. Keep an open mind, because college is unlike any other life experience.


Do what you want to do. You will be happy with the results, and don't forget to have fun.


I would recommend to take testing in college more seriously in order to make it easier to get into college of my choice. I made it, but it is getting harder and harder. I have twin sisters looking at colleges now. Their GPA's are both higher than mine and they are having a harder time. It is sad that applying to colleges has to be this stressful and that those who really need financial aid often don't get it. My parents are trying to provide for 3 daughters all college aged -- and my dad owns a (now struggling) construction company, yet I didn't receive any additional financial aid. I hope that my sisters will get to go their school of choice like I did, rather than have to go to a state school with huge class sizes, just because that is all my parents can handle.


I played lacrosse in high school and most players that graduate from my school continue their athlete career in college. Like most others, that is what I wanted and was planning to do. I always wanted to go to a big school, but since I figured I could not play at the top division 1 level, my coach suggested looking at smaller division 1 schools. Rather than taking my education or what I wanted to do with my life into account, I completely focused on the lacrosse aspect of searching for a school. Once I talked to the coach at Quinnipiac, I made my decision. During freshman year, I realized lacrosse was not working out for me and it is not what I wanted to do anymore. Although I have a good major and like my friends here, I just wish I thought outside of the box in high school, because now I'm at Quinnipiac paying more money than ever intended (because I lost my scholarship), and I feel like I would have been happier if I focused on different things I wanted out of my college experience, rather than just the one thing that ultimitely made my decision.


I would say you should have learned better studying habits. College studying is brutal and tiring. I wish I did more of it in high school. Lastly things will only get harder as you work towards entering the work force full time.


Study Abroad and choose a unique country to study in. The world is a huge place and as global citizens its so critical to be not only a member of our country but of our world. Choose and study somewhere differnt. Europe has been done. Go and visit South America, Africa, and Asia. Those countries are the future leaders of the world, get to know them now! Also get invovled in something you love while your in college. If you spend time outside of the classroom engaging in activites you will learn just as much if not more then you learned from your classes. College isnt about going out and drinking everynight but at the same time its not about being in the library every night its about finding the balnce that works for you. And more importantly its about finding who you are as an individual and realzing your role in our global community!


Do not be afraid to be yourself. College is a time to discover new things. Change is good, but remember to change for the better. Finding people you connect with is not as hard as you think. Friends come naturally, but it is friendships that take work. Academic growth helps prepare you for the real world, but the personality traits you possess and the ones you develop and enhance will help you immensely in the long run. Be involved in as many things as you can, and do not wait. Do not take on more than you can handle, but do become as involved as you possibly can. Practice having more patience. Living with strangers is very intimidating at first, but it is something that takes time. Patience will also help you keep your stress down, because the stress from your heavy work load will be more than you can handle. That brings me to another point, you will do amazing. You will succeed in your courses probably more than you ever imagined. Now knowing that, do not go and slack off. Your hard work will bring great rewards and your independence will allow you to find your true self.


I would tell myself to make sure I know exactly what I want to be doing and what I want to get out of college before picking such a pricy school.




Study hard it will be well worth it in the long run.


I think that the best advice that I could give to "myself" would be to push myself harder. Partcipate more in classroom discussion. I was on the shy side and was content listening. In college, you are expected to be a participant in all discussions. If a student is not prepared to stand up and share their opinions on a regular basis, they are missing out on the class content, and the full participation grade. A second suggestion/advice topic would be to learn how to study! It took me a full year learning what my professors wanted. This is so important!


Attending college is not just a social experience, as some may think, but it really challenges you academically, emotionally and socially. You must be capable of discerning who to befriend, who to avoid among your college peers. But you must also be adept at approaching your professors and others in authority over you in a respectful and mature manner if you want to be respected as a student. Far too often, students today make assumptions about dealing with authority figures and do so poorly, because of their assumptions-- that the world revolves around them and certainly everyone is most concerned with how they feel, etc. In reality if we approach life looking to serve all those who we come in contact with rather than serving ourselves, our lives will be richer in all areas and we will continue to learn as we go through life.


I would tell myself that I should make sure to have more fun in college. It goes by very quickly. When it's done you have to deal with the real world and all its hardships. I wish I could have told myself to make the most of my time at Quinnipiac University, and make some lifelong friends. I didn't do this at all last year, and so far this year. My main focus has always been getting good grades, which I have thankfully achieved due to hard work. However, I don't have many friends here because I don't go to any social gatherings. College would be much more fun if I balanced work with some more fun. My main goal for the rest of my college career is to have a better time, and to stop wishing the four years go by as quickly as possible.


Make sure you know that college is a tough adjustment but it is a wonderful opportunity. There is a lot to do and getting involved is good to do. It will be very new but is full of awesome things and it will be good for you.