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


Dear High School Senior Angie, Don't stress now and don't stress later. RWU might be two and a half hours away from home, but don't worry -- you'll get to see your family often (they love any excuse to go to Rhode Island, and to see you.) The course work is the same as the past two years; you've taken AP courses to prepare for this. Don't worry about not having a declared major, you're going to get your Core classes out of the way early and then you'll be able to focus on Psychology sophomore year. I know you're worried about making friends, and you're only going to make a few of them freshman year. But trust me, the fewer the better. These are the life long friends that everyone always talks about. You'll meet your best friends in your freshman year dorm and they're going to stick by yourside no matter what. College isn't as scary as you think. The people here are nice and you'll fit in just fine! Love, College Junior Angie


College is something you need to take very seriously and you should go into it was an open mind. It's great to know what you want your future to look like, but sometimes your interests change, and that's okay as long as you continue to work towards a goal that you know will make you happy. A degree doesn't always mean a career in this economy, but don't worry too much about it, stay true to yourself and your beliefs and don't attempt a major that brings in the money, but go after what you're passionate about, if you know your passion it shouldnt be that hard to work towards a goal; no goal is hard to achieve if you work hard and rationallly towards that goal.


Dear Senior Me, Live life senior year, and take things a little less seriously; college is not that bad. Apply for as many scholarships as you possibly can no matter how tettious it may be next year you will be thankful! Each day the sun rises is another day to try to live your dreams.


To join as much as possible. Give yourself as little free time as possible. Get connections, by not only making friends but by having relationships with professors.


I would say to start the first two years off at a community college where it's cheaper and you can get all your general education requirements out of the way first before jumping into your core major classes. By then you may have changed your mind to a different major because so much changes from that transition period from high school to college. I would have studied a lot more for my SAT's in high school to get into a better college although I am glad I attended a community college first. Try to enjoy the experience and don't stress over too much!


I had a really hard time finding a college I really liked and wanted to go to. I have already transfered and I'm only a freshman. I wish i knew how important it was to look into the college and make sure I really liked it. When it came down to it I made a snap decision because I didn't know what to choose so I just choose the cheapest one. looking back on that I had an easier time finding a new college to go to but I wish I didn't have to transfer. Now I have to start over in a new place and try to make friends again, doing that once was hard enough. I should have gone on more college visits my senior year and been more prepared to make a decision.


Having spent this past year on campus. I would definitely tell myself to start practicing to network and socialize with people more often because I found myself struggling to do so this year. I never really socialized with anyone outside of my friend group in high school, but that definitely changed in college and I found that I enjoyed myself a lot more when I stepped out of my comfort zone rather than when I stayed inside my bubble. Other than that, though, I would tell myself to pace myself with the whole college application process; to stop stressing the small things and to look for help whenever I need it but not to leave everything for last minute like I tended to do in high school. Scholarships also played a huge contributing factor in my having been able to attend my university, too, so I would also tell myself to apply to as many scholarships as I possibly could without concerning myself with my fear of rejection. If I were to have thought about these things when I was in high school, I feel like my transition would have been a bit smoother even though it was already smooth.


I would tell myself to get more involved and stay in touch with old and new friends.


The advice that I would give myself is, when picking a school to live at for four years and study at for four do not worry about money, there are always ways to help cut the cost down. Pick a place that offers what you are interested in. Tour the campus because if you do not feel right when you tour the school, it is most likely not going to be a good match. When you tour the school, you will know if it is right or not. If it is the right place you will be able to picture yourself walking around the campus, sleeping there, living there, meeting people and having fun while studying. This is a big decision in life and it is hard, but when you find the right school you be able to see yourself living there.


Since I did not finish high school and got a GED at age 29, I would beg myself to stay in school. I would tell myself just how important it is to receive a high school diploma, because going to college at age 31 is extremely difficult. Becoming a quadrapledgic in 2002, everything I do since then requires more effort, physically and mentally. Had I known this would be my fate I would have taken my life and schooling much more serious. When we are young it is hard to see just how important school is. We believe we are invincible and life is a breeze, when in fact life is a serious of struggles and hard work. In short, the best advice I could give my high school self would be to straighten up and take it serious. That college is going to be a fun experience where you will meet a lot of great people, but it is also very hard work. I would surely tell myself that life is going to be tough, so do what you can to make it a little less so by putting your education first.


If i could give myself an advice as a hih school senior I would tell myself to be involved more. After completing my freshman year of college I now realize that you end up regreting what you didnt do more than what you did do. Now looking back, I wish that I had danced in the senior girls half time show for the homecoming pep rally, I wish that I had joined the swim team freshman year rather than wating till senior year to join. I regret not doing these things now because I realize that they would have really enriched my high school experience. I would have been able to hang out with my friends and have a good time more. It would hav also given me somethig to do rather than stress of applying to college. I would also tell myself if I could that college is going to be an amazing experience. That youll gain more friends, knoweldge and memories than you could ever imagine and to embrace every second of it.


One of the most major pieces of advice I would give myself would be focus more on reading and studying rather than playing videogames and slacking off. In college I quickly learned that grades are much more important than playing games with the friends I had made. Not to say that all I do is study, but I have a healthy mix of study/homework time and hang out with friends time. Another piece of advide I would give would be to start managing my time more wisely. Instead of watching television right when I get back from class, I do the homework that was just handed to me. This allows for more freetime or more time to work on an essay that is due later during the week. These pieces of advice would have greatly helped me if I had started working on them before college.


I believe that I was well-prepared and had realistic expecations for college life and making the transition. If I had to give myself some advise, I think that I would want to tell myself that I should start my college career by having the proper supports in place in case I need help. I would also recommend that I spend time investigating ratings of teachers that were assigned to me for my first semester classes and spend time with the registrar to make sure that I am in classes with teachers that I can connect with and learn from. I would want to better understand that teachers and deans are available to help students reach their potential and take care of problems that might arise. Getting involved in different campus activities and finding like-minded friends is also important.


The advice that I would give myself as a high school senior would be to keep my options open. Apply and explore as many schools as possible that sound when it comes to choosing a school to go to you have many choices. When you go to college you don't want to feel restricted because you didn't allow yourself to have enough options and you won't be truly happy with the college you decide to attend.


I would tell myself not to be so afraid and shy. While it is hard to do, get used to striking up conversations with random people because it will help you in the long run. Half of your friends will be moving away to other colleges and you're going to feel alone sometimes. However, once you find new friends, you will be feeling so much better about yourself. Speaking of friends, take time to appreciate the ones you do have even if they are far away. Someday, you'll never know when there will be the day when they are gone for good. The new friends you do make can also help point you in the direction of a possible career choice. I would also advise myself to look everywhere for scholarship oppurnities. Even if they are a small amount, go ahead and apply. In these times, every penny counts. Most of all, I would just like to let my high school self know that she is not alone. Someone will always be there watching out for her and if she needs help, all she has to do is raise her hand.


Looking back at my senior year of high school, I realize that I was very nervous about my upcoming journey. I was nervous that I would not make any friends, that I would not fit in at my new school, and that I would not be able to handle the work load. If I had a chance to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself not to be nervous. I would tell myself this because everyone is going to be in the same boat as you, and you will not be alone. I would also tell myself to have confidence. I was extremely nervous that I would not be able to handle "college work", it seemed so overwhelming. However, now that I am here, I have noticed that I use the same method I used back in high school, time management. I would tell my high school self, there is nothing you can not handle, as long as you are determined and believe in yourself.


I would prepare better for living with roommates. As an only child, the transition of learning to share space with three other people in a small dorm room was difficult at times, however, I got through the year with minor frustrations. I would advise to participate in more clubs and social activities. Moving away from home is a stressful enough experience, but, more participation in clubs would allow me to meet more people, make more friends and enjoy a more social atmosphere.


A college degree has turned into a high school diploma. You need it just to get by in the world today. Each person must choose what college is best for them. I chose a small school where I could excell by building relationships with peers and teachers. My experience in the small town setting allowed me to be a person in a class rather than a number. Large classrooms as large universities tend to lose the identity of its students. Attending a small school provides a better support system for your academic acheivement. College is extremely valuable in today's society. Not only academically but also socially. An individual can learn about themselves while attending school. They learn the good, bad and ugly. They have experiences that mold them into the successful adult they want to be. College will educate you academically, but learning about yourself will almost help you out more in the real world than book smarts. The social construction of college varies at each school, but is as important in one school as it is in the next. Its the time where you get to make mistakes, have fun, learn right from wrong and create your identity.


My time at Roger Williams University was an amazing experience that I would never replace. I found myself; my education, my views and opinions, my life goals, lifelong friends and so much more. Majoring in Global Communications was the perfect avenue for me to make positive differences in the world through my career path. Although I come from a family whose financial situation is not the most fortunate, I attended RWU since I believe it was the right fit for me. While I furthered my education, I realized it was worth it to sacrifice my financial situation in order to earn my university degree. As an aspiring event planner, I thank the people I met through RWU who helped me discover my desired career. I value the experience I have from RWU because it changed who I am in the way it was supposed to.


Since I am a freshman, I have only recently started my college experience. I have been at Roger Williams University for three months now and I have already grown so much. Leaving my home and saying goodbye to friends and family was not easy, but I have come to realize that it is only a part of growing up. Sometimes college life is tough; the dorms are loud, the work is tedious, and the days never seem long enough. However, it all pays off. The next four years of my life are going to be an adventure that I look forward to experiencing. The friends that I have met are incredible people and everything I encounter is new. It was a little scary at first, but now I am really enjoying myself. It has been exciting to use what I learned in highschool and apply it to my work in college. The essays, books, and assignments are never easy, but i am coming to enjoy challenging myself.


So far, I have learned a lot about certain subjects and and how to work everything in a schedule.


Colege Has been valuable to attend. It has made me believe in myself, that I can achieve great things. I became the first in my family to recieve a degree. I have made my famiy proud and that just makes me feel wonderful. Knowing that they are all proud of me, delighted by what I have done. I have recieved my A.S degree in Business Administration. Made some great friends, and have done things I never thought I would or could do, like be one the four students who were the only students in New Jersey to win the State Farm Youth Advisory Board Grant. I never thought I would be a student on the Deans List, or achieve as much as I have. Those 2 years have changed my life, and now I would like to continue my studies in the spring. Make greater achievements and some good changes in me and my family's life.


College has been a roller coaster ride for me. Originally I attended an art school in Boston and hated it. However I learned a lot and met such interesting people that I would still do it all over again, (and hate it all over again). Then I transferred to a liberal arts university in my small hometown. Now I love it! Even though I do not live on campus or have a very active social life, I can say with full confidence that the knowledge and experiences in the classroom are well worth the time and money. College has taught me to be confident. I feel smarter, goal oriented and right where I am supposed to be. It has tested me so many times that I now know how to trust myself. I would not trade anything in the world for my new found confidence that my college experience has given me.


I have attended many classes here at this school, but 1 class has really made a difference. Last semester I took Marine Mammology with Dr. Webb. Before taking this class I only wanted to work on dolphins. This class really changed my mind. Dr. Webb taught us about all types of marine mammals and their behavior. I have since decided that I not only want to research dolphins, but large mysticetes as well. I want to research the mother and calf relationship in Humpback whales. Dr. Webb is an amazing professor and there are other like him who really enhanced my experience here at Roger Williams University.


When I entered college I knew virtually nothing about construction management. After two years I have learned more than I could have dreamed of and am able to communicate with experts in my field on a professional level. Now enjoying a second internship position in construction management I feel I have made the connection between what I have learned in the classroom and the profession. My experience in construction management is only because of the professionals that teach at my college and I would not be where I am today without their instruction and guidance. The professors and students at Roger Williams University have helped me become a wiser and more mature individual and I will never regret the experience I have had so far at this school.


By attending college thus far, II have learne how important it is to do community service and to give back to your community. I have realized that these people really need the help and they are very appriciative ffor whatever you are willing to do. I have also learned that the hard work you put into things is well worth it. The sense of accomplishement you get when you do well on a test or a papeer feels really good. I have also been able to come out of my shell a bit and not be afraid to talk in class or to my teachers and fellow students. I have learned some life lessons that will be usefull when I start my life on my own. Finally, I have always known I have wanted to be a lawyer but when I started studying it in college, it confirmed that feeling and I know that is what I want to do for the rest of my life.


I am early in my college experience, since I am only in my first semester of college life. I have become much more independent and grown as a person. I have worked very hard on my school work and been sucessful in my first semester classes. I have learned time management, and become more outgoing willing to try different things that may be out of my comfort zone, but could open the doors to a new experience or direction in my life. I miss my home friends and family, but I have become more of my own independent person tht I can be proud of. I am still learning new things, and trying to figure out my carreer plans. This has been a very valuable experience, and I strongly reccommend a college experience to any young person willing to be an active participant at a college.


My college experience was the best time of my life. I learned a lot about friendships, networking, and time management. College prepared me for the 'real world'. Being a part of clubs and organizations on campus taught me how to balance classes, homework, obligations, and a social life. This helped prepare me as an educator because in the world of teaching you must be able to balance teaching children, paper work, and a lot of school events. After graduating, I now appreciate the time and effort people put in to grow my learning experience. It took a lot of work to help prepare me for the world outside of college. The reason why friendships, networking, and time management skills is the most valuable experience for me is because it helped me become a good teacher, and to care about the things I am most passionate about; teaching children.


I would tell myself to reasearch my options more. In high school I used my gut feelings to decide where I wanted to go and just assumed I could go in undecided and it would all work itself out. I had to transfer. It wasted a lot of time and money. If I had been more decisive in high school I could have saved myself a lot of trouble.


Knowing what I know now from experiencing college, I could give myself a lot of advice that I didn't know before. If I was a high school senior again, I would encourage myself to work extremely hard on every assignment, project, and test. This would make my work ethic extremely high and would prepare me extremely well for college. Another advice I would give to myself is to apply for scholarships and look for anyway to get money to pay for school. I didn't think ahead that far how I was going to afford school. Between tutiton, room and board, and book expenses, it can cost a lot to go to college. It's important to check out your financial options while your applying to schools. To help make the transition as smooth as possible, it's crucial to be open to everything and everyone and to work extrememly hard. Your paying a lot of money for a great education and college experience and you want to make it as memorable and significant as possible!


If I had the chance to go back in time and give my high school senior self advice, I would mention everything from bringing a good pair of ear plugs to buying in bulk. However, there a few pieces of advice that I know would have eased the transition from high school to college life. I wish I had known how difficult yet rewarding college is. I mean, your teachers tell you that and you hear it through the grapevine but you do not understand what it really takes to succeed in college until you get there. I have learned that when you work hard and do your best in college, you really can make it through. But it is not all about just working hard. I would also tell my high school self that you need to talk to people. It is not about being friends with everyone, it is about making connections with others so that you have a steady support system to get your through the trials and tribulations of not only college but also through life. And lastly, know your limitations, be the best you that you can be and laugh, alot!


If I could go back and time and talk to myself during my senior year of high school, I would tell myself to RELAX. Many students see college as a scary, stressful and possibly a negative experience. Those feelings start to overcome you the first day of senior year, when your professors ask you about your future and college goals. I would go back and tell myself to stop, breathe, and realize that doing the best you can will always pay off. Since I've been at college, my senior year stress has followed me to my dorm, my common room and to the classroom. It wasn't until I was given my 3.6 gpa at the end of my first semester that I realized that hard work will be the deciding factor in anything academic related. I received my grades because I worked hard, not because I was nervous before each test. I would tell myself to relax and work hard because college should not be perceived as scary or negative, but as exciting and promising.


Dear Self, Please pick a college that you think you will thrive at not based on the Accepted Students Day or the condition of the lawn. Make sure to make and keep more than one friend who likes to do stuff that you like to do. Try not to be pressured to do things that you know you never wanted to do in the first place. Sleep is an essential but too much sleep is nonessential. Go to the gym on a regular basis, but don't try to kill yourself. Try out for things that you never normally would because that is the best way to make friends.Do well in school because it really does count if you don't want to stay where you are.


To make the transition easier into college I would have tried a lot harder in high school with to do well and not slack off as much. In college I have completely changed, I'm on top of my work and I am studing architecture which doesn't give me much time to take time off anyway. I would have tried to prepare better by taking more advanced classes and taking AP Calculus so I would of had that class out of the way in college. I hated my high school I didn't like the people I was around and I didn't like the education I was being given but college is a place to completely change the way you are and you can really do anything and be anything if you put your mind to it. I have been thinking about going to architecture since I was twelve and now I'm pursuing my dreams and I couldn't be any happier. High School didn't prepare me as well as it could have but I am doing very well in college and I have learned a lot so far.


The advice that I would give myself is to keep my options open. Senior year, I applied to schools in only two states, looking back at it I would tell myself to broaden my process and look at more schools in a bunch of different states and not to limit myself. I would also research more and not limit myself to a certain type of school. If I had done that, maybe I wouldn't be as unhappy as I am now.


Hello past self! How are you? Confused, frustrated, stressed? I know how that feels, it was only a few months ago when I made the transition into college. Right now you are wishing you had someone to help you through this big decision that can affect your future, right? However, you already have someone to help you through this decision. Who is it? It is your guidance counselor, of course! Your guidance counselor knows more about college than you know about Facebook and Youtube put together. Your guidance counselor is there to support you through this transition, answer questions, and provide the tools you need to make the shift to college a smooth one. Bet you didn't know you had another useful tool right at your fingertips. No, it is not the ability to text until your fingers fall off; it is the internet! You can use the internet to look up possible colleges, scholarships, and application requirements. You can even chat with current students from your prospective schools about what they like and dislike about their college on Facebook or Myspace. Whatever you do, remember to use the resources around you and, most of all, trust in yourself.


If I could return back to speak to myself, or anyone else for that matter, as a High School senior, I would tell myself to relax a little more. All through High School, I stressed out, and watched my friends do the same. This never helped accomplish anything, and just from my first semester at college, I learned to just manage my time the right way, which helps more than anything else. To tell myself that I will get it done in time and have a positive outlook is also very helpful. College is difficult but you have to make time for school work, friends, and time to yourself, and always be up to a quick change in plans that could throw off your schedule. More importantly to this, is the advice to always be true to yourself. High school is a time of separation amoung groups of people to see who can be 'cooler.' In college, that gets wiped away and new bonds are formed, leaving out separation altogether.


It is so important for you to make the most of all your high school years. It is important for you to not only get good grades, but to also make sure you are extremely involved in as many clubs and groups as possible. It is also very important to give back to your community by doing as much community service as possible.


I would tell myself to enjoy my last year in high school and not to stress as much. I would tell myself that everything will work out and that streesing out and killing myself for great grades is not necessary. I would tell myself to simply do my best in school like I have always tried but to also have fun because college classes are much harder and there is alot more work and pressure to it.


I would tell myself to choose a less expensive school. The cost of the school doesn't always correlate with the quality of education you receive. I would also tell myself to study abroad, in Greece or Italy instead of Australia. That way I could travel around Europe and see more than just one country. Making the transition was easy taking advantage of all of the different opportunities available is another story. Keeping your eyes open is extremely important to catching all that the school has to offer. Oh, and spend more time in the library!


I would tell myself that there is nothing to worry about. I am good at most things I do, but I just have to love what I do and love the school. Worrying about things is my biggest problem. Every semester now, my mom struggles to come up with the money for me to attend the school because they keep raising the tuition. My little brother is going to school in the fall so she will have a bigger burden to conquer all by her self now that we will both be in school. I need this money so I do not stress her out because I know the feeling.


If I had the chance to talk to myself when I was a senior in high school, I'm not sure if I would give myself any advice. The entire process of finding a college was such an incredible experience that I wouldn't change a thing. I stressed out and worried that I would make a bad choice and regret the decision I made. In the end I did not end up where I thought I would be, but I found myself happy. Now, I realize that making yourself happy is the most important thing when searching for a college. It does not matter what your friends think or what your parents say is the right thing to do. They are not going to college with you. Their opinions may help you on the way to finding out what you like and what you want in a school, but it should not be your opinion. The hardest thing about finding a college is first finding yourself and figuring out what you want. If you are able to find a school that makes you happy, then your attitude is the only thing left that will break or make your college.


College is amazing!!! You will have so much fun when you get there. You'll be making friends left and right and having some of the best times of your life. Just make sure you save up all the money you have now, I mean it! And don't get too stressed, things will work out, they always do. Just make the right decisions, follow your instincts and get into as many extracurricular activities and clubs that you can. Live, laugh, and love as much as possible, because in the end, that's all that really matters :) Just make sure you graduate on the way haha.


Take AP courses!! They really do matter, with enough, you could be a sophmore (credit-wise) during your first semester freshman year.


I would tell students to apply to a bunch of schools. Once you have your acceptance letters, narrow them down to maybe your top 5. Go and visit those schools, and see which you feel most at home at. That might get your top schools down to 2 or 3. Then fully research what those top 2 or 3 schools have to offer. Make sure the program that you are going to study is top notch. If you're looking for a specific sprot, make sure they have it. If you're looking for a specific club, make sure they have it, and if they don't see if they are willing to let students create new clubs. Don't settle for less than what you want. Once you get to the school, get out and know your neighbors, join clubs, and study hard. Don't waste all your [parents] money. Balance your academic life and your social life well.


Take time to visit a variety of colleges, looking at more options lets one figure out exactly what they're looking for. not every college is the same, so picking the right college should take time and research into each school.


Visit the colleges that you are deciding between. You will know which one is right for you when you are on campus. If you do not get an immediate feeling of which one is right for you then compare the schools by what they have that you are looking for in a school.


I would encourage parents to let their child see as many campuses as possible. When they step onto the right campus they will know. They will gain a sense of self upon standing on the grounds. A part of going to college is learning how to be comfortable with yourself, and you cannot be comfortable in a place where you don't feel comfortable. College is a lot less cliche than high school. Choosing a smaller school over a larger school may be beneficial to your child if they are more on the shy side. If you have active children who thrive in sports they may want to attend a larger school. In my 4 years of college I have learned so much about myself, who I am as a person, my beliefs, my goals, how I want to be perceived by the world. The college years I think are the years that define you for the rest of your life.


I definitely advise that you visit as many campuses as possible. I was lazy and only visited a couple and I decided very quickly that I wanted to go to my current school. I never got that, "I need to go here feeling." You will know when you have the right school, don't rush it. College is a very important decision and you want to make sure that you are happy with the school that you decide on.


A lot of what you get out of college is what you put into it. As a future student, you should be flexible while conducting your college search. Do not expect any campus to be perfect. Before you start the search, set up a list of loose guidelines, such as, campus size, available majors, location, etc. Use these guidelines to focus on possible schools and once you have your list compiled, begin more in depth research. Once you've chosen your school, keep your flexible mindset. Remain open minded during the transition period. It is important to remain optimistic about your future at the college. Do not allow yourself to become overwhelmed during the first few weeks. Use clubs or sports to outreach to other students if you are having trouble finding a group of friends you fit in with. Keep in mind that your new friends may be different from the high school ones you've grown accustomed to. Have a positive attitude about the change. The flexibility you practice during the college search and transition will help prepare you for the challenges you have ahead of you and will help you make the most of your college experience.