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


I would tell myself that I should get involved in everything that I could. I want to be able to be involved in more things and that I would like grow into a better person.


If I could go back and give myself advice, I would have some suggestions. College is much harder than high school. You have to really work for the grade by studying. I would also tell myself not to procrastinate. It is so much easier to get things done if they are done ahead of time and not at the last minute. I would also tell myself to work on time management. Some classes allow you 3 tries when submitting a test so that the highest grade can be submitted. Allow yourself enough time to get the full number of tries. If you have a deadline of midnight, the computer denies submissions after midnight regardless of the number of tries. Another thing I would tell myself is that all freshman living on campus are in the same situation as me. They are leaving home and meeting new people. Don’t be afraid to mingle and put yourself out there. The campus offers many activities for students knowing that they are away from home. Being involved helps create friendships. I would also tell myself to balance studying and recreation. There is enough time to get good grades and have fun.


The adivce I would give myself is to take extra time to network with other random people. Try to come out of your shell more and take all the opportunities that you can do not wait until the last minute to try and find money or elements for an apllication, do it all in one shot if possible. I would also tell myself not to worry about college text books freshman year and to get them when classes start but to get the next years' text books early. Also do not be afraid to ask for help. Make sure you go to the Support Services' counselor it will help in the long run. The top priorities should me passing classes and finding a job.


I have always been an achiever in school with many goals I set aside for me. I always knew college would be in my future. As a high school senior I often wondered about college and now that I am in college it was the best choice I could have made


Change is beautiful and you are ready to move on. Your family will always be there physically, but they do love and support you. Always remain true to yourself and your character. Remember the past but do not live in it. You are about to become an adult, but never lose your child-like sense of wonder. Treat everyone you meet with kindness and respect. You never know what role they will play in your life. Be especially considerate to those you live with. They will become your life-long friends. Respect your body and your freedom. Do not be afraid of failure. You will never truly master anything until you have gone over the cliff and brought yourself back again. Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. You never know what unfound passions will be discovered. Never underestimate the power of raw creativity. Always remember your passion for music and communication of the human condition. Although you may get tired and frustrated never lose sight of that drive. Every silence is a pregnant possibility for sound. Keep spinning songs from silvery threads of thought.


They say you need to learn to do laundry. They say you need to know how to manage your time. They even say you need to “be aware” of the alcohol consumption on campus. But what they don’t tell you is that both washing machines in your dorm will always be in use unless it’s three on a Friday afternoon. Or that you probably shouldn’t use the few skips you have within the first six weeks. So what you really need to know is this: not everything works out the way you plan. Your dorm room becomes a huge mess within the first two weeks, because no matter how little you bring with you, there are always too many belongings in too small a room. The “freshman fifteen” is real. So, don’t blow off going to the gym and don’t think you can eat like all the guys. For some reason, God blessed men with metabolisms as fast as the speed of light. Women did not get that lucky. Most of all, don’t procrastinate. You will kick yourself later when pulling that all-nighter. Oh, and when all else fails, just remember to breathe.


If I were to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself that there is a need for everyone to take time for themselves. Although school is extremely important, it is also important for one to give their mind a rest and enjoy themselves. This does not necessarily mean going out to a party; however, one can simply relax by reading a book that is enjoyable to them. I worked and studied so hard in high school and in my previous years of college that I never got the chance to enjoy myself and experience life. However, I have now realized that life experiences and relaxation are vital to everyone no matter what part of the journey of life they are on.


The advice that I would give to my High School Senior self, would be that it is not worth fretting over the small stuff and college is not as hard as everyone says it is. As long as you apply yourself and work hard, you will succeed without a hitch.


The number one advice I would give myself as a high school senior is to pursue my passion. I truly believe that if one enjoys what he or she does, that person will never work a day in his or her life. While I was in high school, I had a passion for the arts. I enjoyed art, music, literature, and foreign languages. I didn't have anyone to advise me in a chosen career path. Thinking I was being reasonable, I majored in Business Administration. Close to graduation, I realized that I didn't possess a passion for this field. However, I have no regrets. I did receive a degree and my life's experiences have made me who I am today. Knowing this, I would tell myself that everything will work out as it should, if I do my best. I can utilize what I have learned to successfully meet the requirements to graduate with B. A. in English. This degree will be one step closer to fulfilling my dream of becoming a tenured professor of English. In this role, I can be an advisor to a student who just may need guidance like I did.


If I could go back in time and be a high school senior, I would give myself a lot of advice about what to expect during my first year of college. During high school I studied a lot, but I did not study nearly as much as I do now. Because I study so much now, my grades are really good. If I had studied more in high school, I would be more prepared for college. Another thing I would have informed myself of is the use and importance of time management. I quickly learned how to manage my time as a college freshman. Throughout high school, I always had so many activities and other things to do besides school. Upon going to college, I learned that the most important thing in my life should be school. So now, I put school and studying first, and then make time for all of my other activities. I really wish I could go back to tell myself these helpful words of wisdom from my college freshman self.


Be apart of everything you can. Open up as many doors as you can and learn about all the different people you can. Do not be affraid to speak your opinion as long as you are willing to listen.


This scholarship will help me to attain a Degree in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. I feel I have many of the qualities required and would enjoy the challenge that it presents. I am a non-traditional student and mother of two. I am going back to school not only for myself, but also for my family. I want to show my children that educational goals can be attained at any age, and how important a college education is to finding a career that is beneficial to you and one you must truly enjoy. I enjoy working with people, including teaching and helping them to achieve their goals. I am seeking a career which will truly challenge my abilities and make a difference to all people. I am eager to become a positive asset in life, an inspiration to my family, as a COTA and a beneficial asset within my community.


Flashing back. Searching for an image of myself as a senior in high school. There she is. A motivated, hard-working, stressed and tired individual. I'd done everything necessary to be accepted into college: applications, scholarship essays, and auditions; yet, I still worried endlessly about my future. Having attended a high school for Performing Arts, I had already been engrossed in my field of study for four years, and was immediately and intensely concerned as to how I could make the next four as productive and challenging as possible. What I didn't realize then is that I'd soon have plenty of time to discover and grow. Granted, the college workload is intense, but I've realized now that college is about much more than academic work and the endless hours spent in a practice room. The experience of living in a residence hall, performing with my classmates, and getting involved on campus have allowed me to discover more about myself as a human being. Now, as a campus tour guide for Rider University's Office of Admissions, I am able to offer prospective students one word of advice: "BREATHE."


So far my college experience has been amazing. i have made the best friends anyone can ever ask for and i would hate having to leave this school after this semester because of money issues. I love how the classes are taught. They are hard but the teachers work with you to make sure everything is getting done to the best of your ability. Although its a small campus i truley admire the staff's dedication to the students. It makes us feel more confident in ourselves. I also love the food, and hanging out. There are always so many different things to choose from and i would LOVE to join a sorority. Over all i can truley say i am blessed for being granted a chance to attend Rider University.


My college experience has given me more gifts than I can even begin to count. I have been able to take classes on subjects that interest me with teachers whome are stimulating and keep the class on topic. I've learned about the world, the past, the present, and thjngs in other important subjects. The biggest gift i have recieved from my college experience was my new family of friends. I have the tightest group of friends that this campus has had the priveedge of seeing. We share absolutely everything we have and we are always looking out for each others best interests. If I could go back and change where I decided to go, I would still choose Rider because going here was the best thing I could have done. I love my school


This will be my third year of college starting this fall. My past two years hasnt been that great. I thought i could do the same things i used to do in high school, in college. But i see now that really doesnt work, because my GPA isnt where i would like it to be right now. Ive just learned that i need to be more responsible and manage my time wisely. My experience so far has been great though! Ive met a lot of great people that I know could help me in the future. I think college just gives young people the time to learn to become adults. Its a very important time in our lives to learn to grow up, and learn to become independent. Time for us to make all the mistakes we want and learn from them.


I have learned that teaching is something I'm really good at. I hope to inspie future students to become the best they can be. I have participated in many hands on experiences in the education and psychology fields. I conducted my own research which will hopefully be published later this year. I would never have had these opportunities without my college experience.


College is a life altering experience. It gives one the opportunity to find themselves, to explore bigger aspects of our world. Just in my first year of college I have grown so much as an individual. I am more independent; learning to balance my social life, work, school, and personal time. It is not an easy thing to do, but college helps you transition into the adult world, giving you more responsibility with each step of the way. While some students come to college just to get their degree, I see it as an opportunity to learn how to work with different types of people, personalities and situations. I have accomplished this during my first year by becoming Vice President of the Class of 2013 in our Student Government, holding an on-campus job, and by getting involved with the students and residence life staff which in return gave me the honor of becoming a Resident Advisor for next year. No matter your field of study, a college degree is an important factor in getting hired for any job today. College is a stepping stone in life, without it one could not cross the river of success with ease.


I've found my independence by going away to college. I was always very dependent on my parents in high school, and didn't do a lot on my own. But now, I feel comfortable just being by myself and talking to new people. I've also been able to branch out from the same group of friends I've had since middle school. I've met a lot of new people, and now have two sets of friends that I love. I started my first ever job this year, being an editor of the school newspaper. And it is a lot of work, and very frustrating, to say the least, but I love it. I've learned to accept criticism and move on from it, and not dwell on it, which is something I could never do in high school.


If I could go back in time, I would make sure that I established good time management skills as well as better study habits. In college, a student does not have the same classes everyday and must be able to balance work, homework, studying and a social life based on that schedule. Because of this, it is extremely important to budget ones time. It is vastly important to get everything done in the best amount of time possible, saving time for a little fun and sleep. Also, good study habits are key as a good GPA can mean everything. I myself would practice a quieter routine, with little distraction.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself not to get so worked up about college because it's not as hard as some people make it out to be. The key to doing well in college is time management, making sure you complete your work with your best effort and no cramming the night before any midterms or finals because you decided to wait to the last minute to study. I would also tell myself to really sit down and look into what college I want to attend and when making the decision as to what college I want to go to, really consider the cost. College isn't cheap and I'm not rich. I love the college I go to and I don't want to transfer, but the reality of it is my financial aid will not cover my tuition. With that said I would tell myself to pick a cheaper college because no one wants to have to make new friends all over again or have to move to another college just because you can't afford the college you originally came too.


I would advise all seniors, to not rush into this decision. College is a large life change. Do not base your decision on friends decisions or stupid things such as it being a top party school. Your education is important and should be taken more seriously. Having been in there shoes a few years ago i know what its like to be excited to leave home., but it is not all its cracked up to be. The partying will grow old, quick and the end of the semester comes just as fast. Also i would recommend community college. I know to most it sounds like highschool all over again, but there is nothing wrong with doing your first year at a community school. It really is a nice transition from highschool to the larger universities. Not to mention it will save a large amount of money.


If I could go back and time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself not to slack off as much and to choose a college not for its social events. I spent the first three years of high school working hard to get good grades along with balancing my clubs and job. My senior year, I slacked off a lot and to me, college was just about skipping class, going to parties to get drunk to skip class the next day. I, unfortunately, went to a college where that was the student's main goal, just to go party. After my first year, I did so terrible, I spent the next year trying to pick up my grades to transfer to my second choice college. In conclusion, if I was standing in front of a seventeen-year-old me, I would tell her to continue to work hard because it will pay off and to chose Rider University because that college will help me realize my full academic potential and make the lifelong friendships I never had.


Be ready to explore the many wonders and responsibilities of a college student. During the college years you will experience many changes, those that will help you pursue the right career path and those that will guide you in making your decisions as an independent learner. This is a time in your life where you will better yourself, and steer you?re self in the right direction. You can make a difference in your life while inspiring others just like you.


If I were able to go back and talk to my younger self in high school I would advise myself to work even harder on my grades because there is always room for improvement. I would also say to study harder for my SAT and ACT tests and take both yet another time. And that juggling my after school activities, home work and a job was all well and good but try and get into more community service oppotunites and not just the ones offered by my high school. Then I would say to think even more carefully about my major, which in a field as broad as business, better be thought through thoroughly, especially if your like me and desire only the minimal amount of math possible. I would tell myself that college really is an experience that will change your life you meet so many interesting people that could be potential references in the future so keep everyone close, and lastly, that becoming the professors favorite pupil never hurt anyone, rather it would behoove one to make sure the professor knows you care about the course, you don't even have to like it, just show your gratitude.


High school was my time for immense change and personal growth--academically and personally. Now that I am in college, I know that the growth I experienced in high school is making my college adventure far more meaningful. If I could go back in time, knowing what I know now about college life, I would tell myself to lighten up. I spent the vast majority of my high school career making sure I had perfect grades and a lot of extra-curricular activities, meanwhile losing sight of my goals. Rather than loving to learn and learning to love, I was just doing it for the grades. Now, in college, I see that I can still maintain great grades while enjoying life and the many lessons I can gleen from it. Stressing over ifs and maybes only hinders my ability to learn and my appreciation of learning.


I would tell myself to choose a small, private school. I orginally chose one of the largest schools in the country and transfered after my first semester to a small school with only one-tenth of the number of students. Even though it costs a lot more to attend a small, private school, the sense of community and the friends you make are worth it.


Honestly, if I had the choice to go back in time, I probably wouldn't. I would rather just allow myself to go through the process on my own, without my "college self's" advice. The whole point of college is to go out on your own and learn new things. I liked that I was going out on my own and that only I could make that transition meaningful. I liked that I would be the one to work through my problems and make decisions for myself. I wouldn't go back in time because I feel it would only hinder my first college experience.


Everything that your parents and teachers told you is the truth! Once you step foot on campus you are going to be overwhelmed by your surroundings and the many friendly faces. If being in college has taught me anything it would be that it?s a very rigorous and time consuming place in your life. College is nothing like High School. For you to succeed as a college student you MUST figure out what your priorities are, manage your time wisely and put your schoolwork first, and don't get caught up in any drama. You need to figure out your priorities; no one is going to hold your hand during this time. If you make a mistake your friends are not going to be there to fix it. Your schoolwork is the most important factor of college. You have to figure out a schedule to when you have time to do your work and study. Once you manage you time to where you want it, the rest of the year will be a breeze. And lastly, you are here to make pursue your passion, not make friends. Also, learn to spot the people who only want to use you.


As a high school senior, I was naive and extremely anxious about transitioning to and living at college. I was afraid that I would be constantly homesick, I wouldn't make any friends, and my grades would suffer. I cried endlessly those few weeks before the beginning of fall semester and I teared up as I hugged my family goodbye. Looking back, I realized I overanalyzed and was worried prematurely. Now, I am so thankful I made the decision that I did and I feel sad when I have to leave college to go home for breaks. College seems incredibly scary because of new responsibilities and more freedom when, in reality, it's a blast. New friends, TAs, advisors, and professors are all there to ease your transition. Never be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and always ask someone for help or support when you need it. When my college anxiety was at it's peak and I was struggling to make a desicion, my mother told me, "The fear of something is often worse than actually doing it." I found this advice to be 100% true and I recommend all seniors to realize this fact.


I would tell myself to stop worring so much about my classwork and go out and have a good time. You only get four years here and when its done, its done. I would tell myself to get involved earlier than I did and make friends outside of your team. Don't let your whole life revolve around one aspect of your life cause when its over you will feel like you have nothing.


I would tell myself there's no one to keep you entertained. Sometimes between rehearsals and homework you're going to feel overwhelmed but that feeling doesn't last long. The work may not be as hard as it was in high school but it will definitely require more attention and detail and will NOT do itself. Have fun. Meet new people; explore the new world of friendship because you?re going to be spending a lot of time with these people over the next four years of your life. Don't be stuck in the world of "I came here knowing people." Enjoy the semester it will be over very soon and you will wonder where it went. Make study guides and learn the art of studying every night instead of only for test. But most of all have fun, enjoy the time you have at school but it will be over very quickly. Make the most out of the experiences in college, whether good or bad; they make you a stronger more cultured person.


Don't panic. As a high school senior, I feared attending college for two prominent reasons, but during my college freshman year I found those fears weren't as realistic as I had expected. The first hurdle overcame was homesickness, and it was conquered (surprisingly) with ease. My college matched me with a fantastic room-mate, and I was immersed in a dorm- community filled with friendly people pursuing majors similar to mine. Most students (both freshman and upperclassmen) were socially open to me, because they were or already had been dealing with social adjustments I was facing. The second aspect of college that provoked dread was an increased workload. Though the thought of higher education delighted me, I had this terrible assumption that I would be given too much coursework to manage, everything would snowball, and that my future would be forever scarred by academic failure. To the contrary, my university actually enabled me to succeed with the combination of free tutoring and a low student-teacher ratio. Also, I was allowed to drop courses early-on if I felt overwhelmed taking them. Overall, I became comfortable during my first semester of college, and advise attending college with confidence.


If I were able to go back in time, I would be sure to tell myself the importance developing time management skills. Balancing class work and studying while trying to hold down a job and trying to take advantage of the many clubs and organizations offered by the university can seem very overwhelming. However, with a little planning and some organizational skills everything becomes much more manageable. Being able to manage time well makes the college experience less stressful and more enjoyable.


In high school, I hadn't a clue who I actually was, let alone who I wanted to be. I was terrified of not having a plan, so I did a very good job of convincing myself that I wanted to be a music teacher. After a month in the music ed program at TCNJ, I knew that it was a wrong fit for me. However, I thought I had to keep going with it, just to have a plan. Well after a few years and a good many bad grades, I finally 'faced the music' and realized that I needed to start over. Rider was one of the few schools that would accept me with my GPA. If I could do it again, I would have given myself the chance to come in as an undecided major. I also would have asked to see syllabi for a variety of courses and program planners for multiple majors before matriculating. If I had a chance to see whether or not professors were lecturing on topics I care about and whether the courses offered would truly prepare me for a career, I would have made a better deciscion and saved myself years.


Be a more well rounded student, join clubs, organizations and do a lot of community service. Paying for college is an expensive proposition, and if you arent fortunate enough to be born to a wealthy family you will be applying for student loans. When you are done paying it off you will be in debt to the tune of about 200,000 if you go for a masters degree. I am in the unenvious position just now of scrambling to get the money to stay in school because I didnt listen to my parents and advisors in high school. Honestly the hardest lesson ive learned to date wasnt one learned from a teacher, it was humility. It is an incredibly humbling experience begging for money to complete your education. Honestly your parents know more then you do, they have been around longer and have accumulated more knowlege so LISTEN TO THEM.


I would have enjoyed high school, but would have cracked down harder on getting really great grades. I am smart; and fit into the average catagory of the student body. I am not into sports because I am little, and not into art/theatre, so the only advantage I had for myself was to get better grades. I think the high school students today want to enjoy their high school life and are afraid to miss out on the growing years of high school and they don't take it seriously; we took grammer school more seriously! I enjoy where I go to college and it fits me as a person; but in the teaching of getting ready for college, I tell my brother you need to study and work harder than I did in high school. I feel as though you can be a great student in college even if you aren't that well rounded student, being involved in clubs, associations, etc. You can work at your grades, your friendships and try to hold down a job and the college itself should respect that idea as well. I am fortunate that I can go to college today.


Commuting to college is the best way to go to college. Living at college creates too many distractions for people on learning.


Choose a collge that you would feel comfortable at., the worse thing ever is to be attending a school that makes does not fit your personality. While visting colleges interact with the people to get a feel of who you will spending a great majority of your time around. If you can talk to teachers as well as students. Ask as many questions as possible. Figure out a plan to pay for the college you select. While at college get involved join clubs to make new friends. Make sure to attend any events that are happening on campus. This wi;; give you a better sense of community and make you feel more comfortable your first year at college. Parents should as about the security at the school. In order to feel at ease while their child is at school.


Do not look for the most popular univeristy/college because you would probably end up partying which will cause you to slack on your grades. Look for the university/college that supports your major and provides professors that are available to assisst you. Make sure its in a good area.


Start looking into colleges really early. It will take alot of time to choose which college is right for you. Visit the campus at least once if not more and talk to the current students there. Ask them what they think of their school and if the teachers and staff are helping them get on the right career path. Once you have started college, the best thing to do is to join clubs on campus and attend all events. Thats the best way to make new friends at your school. Never judge people when you first see them because you will become friends with people you never thought. College will become your new home and your friends will be like a family. Going to a new school and being on your own for the first time is very over-whelming but be sure you don't lose focus of your school work, that is what you are there for after all. But the most important thing is to enjoy every minute of college and make the most of it, it will be an experience of a lifetime.


For families looking at colleges there are acouple of things to look for as well as what to do while on campus. The number one thing to do is make sure that you like where this campus is located (state). The next part to look for is do they have your major if you have choose one as well as a back up. If these two facts are postive for you then the next step is to go to the campus and see if you like the looks of the campus and take a walk around to see what kind of people go there to see if you will be able to fit in and also just to see what is around. Then you should take a trip to any of the cafe areas and see if you like the food that is offered to the school because that is a very large issue. There are so many ecperiences that could go on for a student to have during their college years and they are to be considered the best years of your life. Just have fun, pick what you like personally and have fun and be safe!


Be open-minded and try to get a feel of what kind of school your children wants to go.


Do what you feel is right not what others tell you.


To parents - let your child go and give them freedom. Letting go of your child and sending them off to college can be traumatic if you make it that way. Your children will be fine, I promise. To students - be responsible. Don't get too caught up in academics or your social life. Balance both in such a way that you get the best of both worlds. Too much or too little of one or the other can be damaging.


Ask all of the questions that you can think of. And visit the campus twice. The first time, you may forget to do something, like ask a question, or check the surrounding area to see how you like the off-campus activities. And when you get to college, talk to people and get involved in at least one club the first year. It will help you make friends, especially if you don't know anyone at the campus. Even though most college students aren't allowed to drink alcohol, if you do go to a party, be responsible and know your limits. Partying can quickly lead to failing classes and having to leave school. The main thing is, go to college for the reason that it is there: to get a quality education and prepare for the future. Everything else will just improve, or ruin the college experience for you.


There is so much advice that could be given to the parents and students about finding the right college and making the most of the college experience. I am only going to be a sophomore, but I can tell you that the time in college flies past you like you wouldn?t believe. To get the most out of the college experience I wouldn?t necessarily try to surround yourself with as many friends as you can. Having fun in college has nothing to do with being popular. It?s not about the quantity of friends but the quality. I know you?ve heard that expression before but it?s 100% true. As for advice for the parents, there are two things I have to offer. The first thing is be proud of your child. They made it to college and that is something that you can be proud of! The second is, let your college-bound student pick the school of their choice. Even if you don?t agree, it?s their choice and they need to learn from their own mistakes. This is one of their biggest decisions in their lives, they won?t mess it up.


After my experience with the pressure of finding the right music school, my advice would be this: Relax a little. There are only a few criterion that really matter for an undergraduate degree. Everything else a student can adjust to easily enough. First, and probably most important to look at is the size of the school. How outgoing is your student? How comfortable is she with large groups of people? If your student knows that he would rather go to a smaller school, go with that; he knows himself better than you think. Distance is also important, but only marginally. How near the student is depends on comfort level, but regardless of distance, if a student is going to University, she should live on campus if the family can afford it. College is time for new independence, and that cannot be learned at home. After all that thought, it's important to let it go. You'll go and look at schools, and you'll have a favorite. Don't pressure your child into feeling a certain way or applying certain places, and when she gets her acceptance letters, be there for her , don't be dissappionted by her decisions.


The best advice that I would give to parents and students would be to find where you are comfortable. The biggest mistake that most people make is that they do not get a feel for the school before they sign their future's to it. I always recommend to go see they school at least twice so that you can feel the real inherent atmosphere of the university. Really imagine yourself at the school and say to yourself "Is this my fit". If you can feel comfortable saying that to yourself, you know that you have found the right place. I like comparing it to stepping into your front door. You can say to yourself, "This is where I belong". If you can get that feeling when you step into that school, then your heart has made your decision. Go with what feels right and never look back. If you look back and dwell upon the past, you will miss the future.


The best adice I could give someone entering college is to go somewhere where you dont have to be somebody else. Although my school is boring, and more like a boarding school than a college, my sorority and my friends are the reasons why I am still there and I wouldn't trade that for a thing.