Roosevelt University Top Questions

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

Alma

If I could back in time to my senior year in high school I would fill out more scholarship and grant applications. I never thought I wouldn't finish college with the rest of my friends. I was one of the many colllege students who failed to finish school due to payment. I entered my college career with a few scholarships and grants but not enough to complete my college career. I don't have many regrets in life but that is one of them. I am almost 30 years old and know if I don't move foward with and take the time to do what I didn't do then now I will not fullfill my dream of becoming a teacher.

Karlyn

College is nothing like high school! You have to really study and apply yourself to your work. Don't take a completly full load your first semester in college. Take four classes at the most and give yourself time to adjust to college life. Also, don't start taking any courses that are specific to one major until after you have at least half of your general education credits completed. This is to save time and money. If you go into college thinking you know exactly what direction you want to head in be prepared to change your mind half a dozen times. Take time to explore the different options that are available, this is best done by taking a good variety of general education classes. Don't waste time and money on classes that will not advance you toward your degree. Be smart, talk to an advisor and take a career assessment test.

Michelle

If I could go back and talk to my-high school-senior-self, I would say, "Be absolutely certain of what you want to do w/ your life BEFORE you enter a college or university." I wanted to take a year off from institutional education. It may be cliche, but I wanted to travel through Europe. However, my mother thought I was crazy and insisted I attend college. But if I would've been faithful to my original plans, I wouldn't have waisted my time at a school which didn't make me happy. Today, my life-goals have changed. It has always been thought that college is a place where you can figure out what you want to do in life; this way of thinking is a problem. I think that by enrolling "aimlessly," one takes space/funds from those who ALREADY know what they want, but can't attain it because their place may have been taken by someone less serious. Today, funds for education is a major issue. Education is a priviledge that shouldn't be squandered.

Darla

I would tell myself to take a deep breath and go slowly. Nothing worth having in life comes easy, so plan on hard work and time management skills. Many valuable hours can be wasted worrying about what needs to be done instead of just getting it done. Do not spend so much time worrying about what happens at the end of the four years spent in college. Take time to enjoy the activities and the relationships that are going to be formed throughout those years, but make time for yourself and for the things that are priorities...studies, family, spirituality, friends, health.

Stephen

Take it serious. Don't let people stand between you and your future. You always know what's best for you, deep down inside, and if you stick to that and see it through you can never go wrong. It's ok to help yourself every once in a while, just don't forget where you came from and don't forget where you want to be. Life is so precious and short, it's important to make every minute count, and never forget that things can change in the blink of an eye. Don't be afraid to relax and enjoy the changes, embrace them and you may never know what opportunities could come. College is about making connections and starting out on the right foot in the real world, so make it count. You never know how much you might miss if you don't enjoy the moments while they last. And above all else, remember that it's ok to ask for help. It's ok to reach out when times are hard, no matter how frightening it might be. Being alone is far scarier.

Kristina

Right after graduation, I thought I was in love with this boy. I got kicked out of the house because of it and started skipping classes depending on how our relationship was doing at the time. I would love to be able to go back and tell myself that no boy nor any person is worth messing up and potentially ruining your education and future. If I would have listened to reasona nd my parents my grades would not have suffered and I would have been able to stay home, maintain a stable life and save 1,000's of dollars that are now gone for good over a nobody.

kyndra

If I know then what i know now, I woud have not tried so hard to impress people. I don't have any friends at school. It seemedlike the harder I tried to be "freindly" the more people didnot like me. I should have just been myself. I am a very qiuet person. trying to be talktaive and out going made me be annoying to be around. I'm glade it's a new year. I can start over and just be myself. I have learned to deal with being alone. I'm not in school to have freinds. I am in schoo to learn how to be a successful writer. Writing makes me happpy.

Kelsey

College is full of new things. The biggest piece of advice I would give myself would be to visit as many colleges as possible. As a senior in high school decided to only visit one college, which is the one I attend now. I do not regret my decision but I think I should have looked at other colleges. Another piece of advice would be to enjoy my free time with my friends. I did have my fair share of fun with my friends in high school but never really believed that people change as much as they do. After my first semester I already see the changes occuring. I still communicate with my friends back home, but we are not nearly as close as we were, which is somewhat disheartening. The final piece of advice I would give myself would be to stay focused on school while in school. I think I did a fairly good job of staying focused in high school but I would repeat this idea to myself. Your education does matter, and some of the things I learned in class in high school have helped me alot in college.

Taryn

If i could back in time and talk to myself as a high school senoir i would tell myself to apply for as many scholarships as possible because I'm know now that college is extremely expensive and i wish that i could applied for many more. The free money that is out there could of really helped me pay for college and it still can. I would also tell myself to earn a higher GPA because that also would of helped me earn more scholarships.

Amanda

I would tell my high school self to actually do in depth research on the schools you are interested in. You need to be realistic on the location of the school. Find at least one local school that you would think about attending. Are you really willing to move out of state? Can you afford this school? Finding the right school has a lot to do with who you are and your own personal interests. Look past everyone telling you where they want you to go and choose the perfect school for yourself. Those people are not the ones who are going to the college for you. Find a school that can help you grow not only in smarts but also as a person. It might help to talk to a current student of the school you considering. You will find the right school for you and when you do you will be fine. Make sure you meet all deadlines and plan for life ahead of you as a college student.

Carol

Make sure to focus on your studies and choose a college that is right for you! Don't go to a college you think will be alright because you have friends there.

Bryan

I would tell myself to do better in highschool because I was average. I would also tell myself not to make montains out of mole hills and find positive ways to de-stress myself.

Joann

Assuming that I could travel back into time and talk to my former self as a high school senior, I would tell myself to never loose hope on attaining your life long goals. As a young adult we are faced with many problems and no clear cut answers. The ability to know what life has instore for you is an impossible one. To truly know what you an individual will do later in life depends on the decisons that are made early on. This can only be accomplished by seeking good sound advise from a solid mentor who can guide you through life mysteries. I am currently forty years old and have decided to return to school to enhance my life skills by bettering my education. I am currently a single mother of four wonderful children who will soon embark on their own college life. I feel that in order to be the mentor that my children deserve, I must first endulge in the neccessity of continued education. By my actions, I hope to encourage and teach by example. I have found that children will learn best by example and will copy the actions of those that they consider mentors.

Sylvia

If I were able to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, it would change my life's path. My senior year would be full of great anticipation of going away to college to pursue my Bachelors Degree, Masters and whatever else my hearts desire would be. My focus, I'm sure, would be to pursue my passion in Human Resources and Legal. I would definitely work on finding the school that would help facilitate and direct me with the success of my goals. I would tell myself to pursue my education directly after graduation. I would gather the information and utilize all the resources I would need to make that happen. I would continue my education to the fullest until I reached my goal. Pursuing the heights of my education after graduation from Chicago Vocational High School would have been my main focus. It was my decision to further my career within the banking industry and not pursue a consistent path focusing on my continual educational goals. Graduating from DePaul University with a BA in HR at the age of 43, would have only been the dream of someone else.

Gwen

I would recommend to myself that I take a break between high school and college. Going immediately to school the first time was a mistake because I was close to educational burn out. Going back to school as an adult - and being able to attend school online through Kaplan University - has made all the difference to me. I am eager to learn and enjoying the entire experience now. And in two terms, I will have my bachelor's degree!

Michelle

If I could go back when I was a senior in high school in 2004 there is a lot I would tell myself about college life and making the transition. I would tell myself to get involved with different school activities it whatever I have time to do. To find different types of organizations or clubs to join that would catch my interest. That trying your hardest is one of the most important things to do in your college life and how important my first semester is. To find a career that you can not wait to get started in. The most important thing I would tell myself is that, you only live once and that participation and academics will structure your life from now until forever.

Christopher

Take college seriously from the onset. My biggest regret is fooling around when I was young and fresh out of high school. I am now 26 years old and still have another year to go before I earn my bachelor's degree. Most of my friends finished high school in four or five years and now have careers with well paying salaries. I, on the other hand, am still working every weekend when they have off. I am also now in the situation where my parents are done paying for me to go to college, so I am forced to take out loans. There will be plenty of time to have fun after you earn your degree. The best advice I can possibly give is this: Work hard now, so you don't have to later.

Elizabeth

Save every penny you have, and don't spend it all on going out to eat, movies, shopping, gas. Stay in more, but study like crazy. Pick the best school for the money and living situation. Prepare to graduate in 3 years.

Holly

Work so much hard then you have been. College has a lot more freedom but with that comes alot more responsiblilty. Don't missed too much school just because you're a senior because frankly that will not fly at the college level. The professors are there to help but they won't track you down because you didn't do your assignment, you're on your own there. Most of all believe in yourself you ARE smart and college is the right place for you.

marie-lesly

Please don't think you know everything in life right now. Going away to college is not necessarily the best thing to do for a young student and your only doing it because you want to get away. It's better to take time and figure out what you want to do with your life before just jumping into college. Sit down and relax don't think about your parents, think about where you want to be in the next five years. Take the time to research a school, you need to go to a small school that will give you attention and where you can perform your optimum.

Allison

I would tell the students to really look into the school they want to attend. See what kind of classes are offered. Also look into the social life of the school. Im not talking about partying, but more into the events that are planned and clubs. And realy find out if other students actually attend those. Make sure if you want a small college or a large college that you know you will be happy with that. But also know that it is ok to transfer if you find out that the college you chose is not right for you. Don't get your hopes up, you will find the right place to further your education.

Chelsea

One of the most important things in picking a colleges are tours. Go to different types of colleges and campuses to get an idea of the different atmospheres. What you thought you wanted might change once you get there so know your options. See what kind of people attend the school and talk to students and get their opinions on the school. Compare schools and decide what works best for you. Interact with the Financial Aid and Student Accounts Offices to see how comfortable you are with the assistance they provide because they can be really helpful or really stressful. One of the best things about orientaion is meeting and making friends; you'll be happy you did the first few nights when you don't know anyone yet. Get to know people in your classes. It's so helpful to know someone in your classes and you'll meet more people. Remember this isn't high school so don't slack off, you're paying alot of money for this. And don't avoid homework for stupid reasons, it will make you very stressed later and you'll regret it when you're missing out on alot of fun.

Cameron

Make sure that you visit the campus! See the school with your own eyes and get a feel for what it will be like before you make your decision. Going and sitting in on a class is a great idea! By doing so you will be able to see just what the school has to offer. Also, try getting in touch with a guidance councilor from the college. They will be able to share a great deal of information with you about the school when it comes to costs, fees, classes and structure. But make sure you talk to some of the students too! They are going to be able to give you the best advice because they are living the experience. Student will be able to tell you about everyday college life, what the coursework is like and so much more!

Taylor

Pick the school that best goes with your personality. Don't just attend a school because it was rated as the best academic school or the best partying school. Make sure that the school can provide you with the best chance at job placement in the future. But most importantly, find a school that you feel the most at home at. The worst thing for a new freshman to face is going to a school and feeling isolated or like they don't fit in with the type of other people at the school. Just have fun with it.

Timothy

To find the "right fit college" for me was simple. I knew what I wanted to major in and I googled Theatre Arts Colleges. I began my sreach from there. Also qasking round for peoples ideas about Theatre Arts Colleges and going to the guidance counselor at my highschool was also a big help. When finiding various of differnt colleges I asked for information about the campuses. I appied to ten different colleges so I had options to choose from. To apply for my major was easy for me becasue I had to go to adutions in chicago where all of the colleges held one big audtion in the city for student to attend to. The one problem I had was my test scores taking the SAT's. One biggest advice to a new student is always have more than two colleges to apply to. That way if the student had trouble with the other two, he or she had the thrid one to pick from. It dosen't matter what college someone ends up going to. It matters how much work the student puts in the education and from there the doors will open.

Aaron

I would advise students to make a list of their priorities, both academic and social. For instance, if Greek Life is important to you, make sure the universities to which you are applying have acccess to fraternities and sororities. I've also noticed that often students end up transferring because they weren't certain what specific major they wanted to pursue. Even if you do not declare a major initially, prioritize your interests to be sure that the university you select offers courses in related fields. Finally, although it is important to consider your parents' wishes, don't let them hold you back from following your dream.

Erik

reasearch schools thoroughly first.

Tiffany

In looking for the right college, you want to look for an education which will not only give you what you need to advance in a certain career field, but you want a program that will help create you into a well-rounded, responsible, focused adult. It's not always what school you went to that will get you the job or the career advancement you want, it's the person who gives off the vibe that they know who they are and they know how to do what's needed--that's the person that will be hired. Students, look for a school that not only gives you a good education, but which will challenge you to be all you can be and which will give you opportunities to grow and discover more about yourself than your study habits. Parents, don't be so focused on a school's reputation or price that you discard an opportunity which may allow your child to learn more than how to be an accountant, but which will help them live as a responsible adult, who knows who they are, in a country where a college education is another step to being hired.

Elizabeth

Make sure that the college fits the criteria of the field that they are interested in, as well as the social and interacting aspect of the campus.

Alexander

You will never have any idea whether a college will be a perfect fit for you or not. As terrifying as that sounds, until you've had your own college experience, you won't really know what you want or what to expect. Taking tours, talking to students and professors, and trying to get a feel for a school is extremely valuable, and it will absolutely help you in your decision making process. Still, there is always risk. Be aware of the risk, but don't let it hold you back. Going to college is like jumping off of a cliff into a pool of water. You can stand at the edge of the cliff and evaluate everything that could go wrong, or you can dive in with reckless abandon. Going to college is the most exciting time of your life. Don't wait on the edge, dive in! Find yourself! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

CatieLeigh

Make sure you pick a college based on the student's individual needs, not just on the school's reputation. Make sure you visit the campus so you'll know if you can really see yourself there. If you can, talk to students who attend that university and try to shadow a class or two. Make sure as a student you get involved early! Go to as many club/student group meetings as you can early on. I highly recommend living on campus at least your first year. You'll meet people much easier and it's much easier to get your questions answered when you need it! Also if you can, get a job on campus; it's easier to work around your schedule. If you spend a semester at the college and it's not a right fit, don't be afraid to transfer - it's much better to find a college where you'll be happy than the convenience of staying at a school where you are miserable. Finally, enjoy yourself wherever you end up - these are the best years of your life!

Danny

Take your time when deciding which school you want to go to. There is no rush to get to college. The most important thing is to find a school where you feel comfortable, and where you believe you can get the best education possible. Try not to focus too much on the money; but rather look at the faculty and more importantly the students. Get to know the people who will be your fellow students. If you can't feel comfortable around them, it makes the entire learning environment more difficult. While you are at school, do your best to succeed, but don't stress too much if you struggle. If you're starting to fall behind, talk to your instructors. Find out where you need the help and ask any questions you need to. It's important to succeed, but it's more important that you enjoy the work you're doing. There will be classes you don't enjoy as much as others, but don't slack off in them. Just do your best, and eventually it will be over. Most importantly, have fun!

Zachary

Well, I would start with highschool preparation, and allowing the student to really explore possible career choices versees their interests and skills. It seems that higher education in America could be a little better planned out, and that many end up switching majors throughout their calloge career. In addition, I would tell parents to start saving for college when their children are born. Also, I would tell students to not be afraid of reaching out to people who work in the field thay are looking to go in. For instance, if one is majoring in journalism then I would suggest that early on students are given opportunities to hear from real people in the field, and to know about the future of journaiism. Moreover, just more serious planning should start sooner, and college should be looked at as an investment.

Rachel

Make sure that the student really knows what they want to do before they go to a big school. If I could change one thing, it would have been to stay at a community college until I knew what I wanted to do. Instead I wasted time and money on classes that didn't go towards my major, since i switched so many times. Make sure the student has enough structure to go to a big school. If not, the smaller schools work out a lot better. I went to a state university with 200 people in lecture halls and never had the structure to go to class, since the teachers never took attendance. Once i went to a smaller university, my grades have dramatically improved, and so has my effort.

Christine

Take the time out to find the college that suits your personality the best. This helps the student strive academically and socially. I think diversity is key in preparing the student for the real world, so don't be afraid to choose something different from where you were raised. Remember time management is a key skill in college and will help you academically. Try to maintain as low a level of stress as possible. Although school can be stressful and tough, keeping a level headed attitude will make things much easier. Look for ways to release stress in a positive and healthy way. Have fun and enjoy the best 4 years of your life.

Karolina

Visit every college you are considering!!!

Eunice

Choose what is right for you and not what your friends are doing or want you to do.

Jordan

take more tours

Venus

Make sure it's your child's choice. Many parents are afraid to let their children leave the nest. Let them leave and experience college life. I think every child should attend a college away from their home town. Their parents can see how mature and ready they are for the real world. Your child may not like large 300 student lecture rooms. Maybe a college that has small class sizes would be better. You should visit several colleges before you make your final selection.

AnneRose

For the students who are trying to find the right college, pick a college that you would like. Try not to pick a college just because your friends are going there or because it's known as a party college and all you want to do is party when you get there. College is a very importmant part of your future and what you will become. Take it seriously, because if you don't you might regret it in the future and you won't be able to change what you have done. It doesn't mean that you should not have fun while you are in college. You definetly need to have fun sometime and enjoy the experience of being in college.

Kevin

Those who are looking for a college experience suited to what they desire should thoroughly examine their schools of choice prior to making a commitment. It is not rare for me to hear one of my high school friends complain about their current college because of an issue they overlooked in their college search. When one does not enjoy some aspects of his or her college experience, one misses out on the greater college experience. Always ensure you investigate your college of choice thoroughly.

Cheryl

follow your heart and visit as many campuses as possible to figure out what works best for you

Griffin

Fuck a lot of sheep.

Heather

I would have my parents/or students write out what type of environment is best for them to learn. In order for one to succeed in school, one needs to be in an environment that enables them to grow. Some people like large cities or some like small towns. Also, some might succeed in small classrooms while others succeed in large classrooms. Once they find out what environment suites them, then the next step is to find schools with that type of environment and has the desired major the parent/or student wants. After a list is assembled, the next step is to apply to the ones that match the parent's or student's criteria and sit back and wait for the responses. The hard part is then over, now it would just be the time where the parent/ or student would wait to see if they got into the schools they applied for.

Catherine

They should be focused and they should try and select the school they think is the best for their children, especially the school that will make one achieve his/ her goals in life. The schools should not be choosed based on nearness or tuition, i think parent should look at the school way of teaching and impacting knowledge into students, with all these at hand they will surely pick the best. Students should make most of their college experience because in college you learn soo much and you see soo much, these experiences are one time experience that one will cherish most in life.Student should make use of it and utilize it in a positive way.

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