Rutgers University-Newark Top Questions

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

Michael J.

I'd say take your time in choosing and/or deciding on a major. And start enhancing your time management and self-discipline skills. You'll sure need them for college and really for all of life!

Brenda

The advice that I would give me if I could talk to myself as a high school senior would be to become fully involved in community service activities, internships, volunteering, and extra-curricular activities. Decididing your major, or career path is a complex process that requieres a lot of serious commitment. Therefore, participating in a diverse range of activities allow students to identify interest, passions, or hobbies that can help to make this process easier. Having a GPA, keeping up with good grades, and being a good student is important but devoting time to participate on other activities provide student with the skills neccesary. Working in a team, puntuality, integrity, and time management are skills that high school student are able to acquire from voluntering, interning, and serving. Having an idea of what you enjoy and dislike doing help to narrow your career path options. There is anything wrong with changing majors in college, but it has effect in the time, money, and effort to be spent. Thus, it is better to at least spend time doing activities related to what you would like to do, just to see if you enjoy doing while you are in high school.

Roxana

The advice I would give myself is to know that everyday has its challenges but you learn to get through them. At first not so easy like getting through that first midterm or final, but after you succeed because you studied, you find it easier to move onto harder subjects. If going into a 4-year university, I wouldn't take all the easy classes first and hard last; I learned to balance out the classes so you can focus on some classes more than others in a semester, i.e. take an art history (elective) and a major class (biology). Research your major and see what options you have in your future career, i.e. aiming for the therapist job so are you willing to go for your masters? Some people find themselves in a job they didn't go to school for and what a waste that is. Or some people are doing the job but feel overqualified. Especially in this economy employers are no longer looking for that BA/BS, because the competition is more intense. They want to see Masters or higher and also relevant work/volunteer experience. Also get a job that is related.

Nancy

The most important thing to realize as you enter college, is that you do not need to know right away what your major will be. Most people transitioning into college aren't too sure what they want to do for a career, and that is a common feeling. To me, college is where you are introduced to different fields of study, and within the first year you will find something that resonates with you. A person should always follow their passions, yet some don't get to realize them until their first two years in college. I recommend taking a diverse amount of courses such as natural science, history, art, and literature to get a feel of what is offered. My choice of a liberal arts major allowed me to explore different areas academically and I recommend this major to anyone who is not 100% sure yet what they want to do after college. This is a major decision a person must make, but a liberal arts major for the first year or two will definitely help guide you to your inner passion and will help you find what you are interested in most.

Jacob

Prior to going to college, know what you want to do so you can set yourself up accordingly and put the research in to do so. For example, if you're going to be a business major, make sure, prior to attending Rutgers, attend a community college and take all the business classes there that will transfer toward your major. In addition, there's no point attending a larger, expensive school for all 4 years. Start at a community college, ease your way through college faster and cheaper, while taking classes that you've researched that'll transfer to the desired school. If you get good enough grades, and in community college you will, you will be all set up when it comes time to transfer. Dont lose hope and stay motivated. Class seems pointless at times but as long as you put in the work the good grades and rewards will show up.

Aladekemi

Knowing what I know now, I would make sure that I tell my high school self to take school seriously. If I would have taken high school as seriously as I am taking college, I would only have one thing to worry about: my grades. Instead, because of my nonchalant behavior in high school, I now have to worry about getting kicked out of school because of lack of funds. If my high school self was not so interested in immediate gratification, I would be swimming in scholarship money right now and I might have had the opportunity to study abroad. The most important thing I would tell my high school self that my mother actually does know what she is talking about and everything that she told me, she already experienced.

Tasfia

When I was struggling with my academics and work in my first semester of college, I always wanted to go back in time and give myself some advice about the college life. If I could go back in time, first of all, I’ll tell myself to be more punctual than was then. It’s very important to have good time management skills in college in order to have a good academic career. Second of all, I would tell myself to set some goals for the first semester of college. For example, getting A’s in every subject, going to the gym every week, getting some volunteer hours done etc. These plans help a student in achieving his goals meritoriously. The last but not the least, I’d tell myself to be less scared about new college experience and to be more confident. Because anything can be done with a little bit of confidence and a little bit of faith in you.

Danielle

I would love to be able to go back and start over from high school as far as my schooling goes. The transition from high school to college was one of the hardest things for me personally. I took many college level classes in high school only to find out they are nothing like real college courses. It is a big adjument when you are in a classroom with a teacher five days a week constantly telling you what to do and reminding you of assignments, then all of a sudden you are to only go to class a couple times a week and are to depend on a syllabus for instructions. While you may have a teacher they try to teach you to not be so dependent on them. Not to mention online classes where you have very little interaction and reminders other than the occassional email. It took a while but I got the hang of the college classes and am now furthering my education.

Maisha

Dear High school senior self, use this last year as a practice exam to work and study at your full potential. Be determined to develop the best study habits you can , which will ensure a smooth transition into college life. You only have one more shot at pulling up your GPA to get into the college of choice. Take the focus off getting a job and try instead, to win a spot on the college basketball team. The skills of being a teammate and working with others will prove to be invaluable to you later in life where interpersonal skills will seem to be a commodity in the working world. Take lots of pictures this year of you , your peers, and teachers. you may not see them again and it's nice to be able to look back at those pictures with a since of pride. You never know who will become famous in those pictures. Lastly, develop good cleaning habits as it pertains to your room. You may be living in a shared space for atleast two years after high school. No one wants a junky roomate. Do this for twenty one days and it will become a habit.

Mark

As a high school senior, I acted out against my fellow classmates, and a few teachers, because I wanted to believe that they were inferior. If I were able to go back in time and give myself advice, I would have one all-encompassing suggestion: to not undervalue my self-worth. As a teenager, I doubted my intelligence, so I didn’t prioritize earning good grades. I requested to be placed in a special education-like program, and essentially coasted through my junior and senior years. Needless to say, some of my new classmates weren’t particularly studious either. During high school, many of these “friends” engaged in various activities that could have, and already have for some, come back to haunt them. Perhaps it was the fact that I was aware that I was capable of much more that took the biggest toll on my self-esteem. If I could go back, I would encourage “high school senior Mark” to stop feeling sorry for himself and that everything else would fall into place. Fortunately, two years after graduation, that same student would go on to be named among the top community college scholars in the state of New Jersey.

Allison

Hey Allie. I know this seems weird to you, receiving a letter from someone you don’t know, but I promise you, you do know me, or at least you will. Now before you ask me how life is going, let me say one thing. In the movies, whenever a character travels to the past someone wiser always says never to be seen, never to touch anything, claims that even small changes alter the destined course. That’s true, so I’ll give advice instead. You didn’t participate in a lot of activities in high school. Change that in college. There is a place for your talents, even if you don’t recognize it at first. If you’re unhappy, it’s because of you, not those around you. Happiness comes in many forms, at many times. Create your own luck. Don’t be afraid. Don’t fake friendships. Your best friends will find you. Go to career fairs and utilize the career center. Finding a job isn’t easy and the people there will help you. Be patient. Sometimes things are worse than expected, sometimes better. Don't worry. You'll be happy. I promise. Love.Yourself

Joel

If I could give advice to my high school self, the first thing I would tell myself is to be dedicated to what I'm doing and have a vision of where I want to be. I would warn him that it would be a big diservice to himself to act wishy washy and float through life believing that he could get away with it. Another caution I hope my high school self would heed is to truly participate in class and activities. I would share with him how much it is an honor to truly present himself to the world and that he would be doing no favors by hiding the greatness and unqiue qualities that is within him. The last advice I would give to my teenage self is to not pick a major in hopes of getting a good job in a struggling economy; pick a major that interests you and one that you believe you have the talent for. The guide would be that trying to find a good paying job is valuable, but it's even more beneficial to find an avenue that is fit for you so the money is a great bonus.

Taylor

As a high school senior, I was enrolled in the Running Start program and working at the college assisting students with computer help in the library. I was taking two classes at the college, and one at the high school. If I could go back now, being that college was paid for through my high school and running start, I would tell myself to load on more classes, and to take full advantage. Looking back now, I thought that two classes was enough to get me my degree within the next year, and with the amount of credits I still needed, and my finances, it wasn't. Looking back now, I only wish I could have gave myself a heads up about how much college costs! As much as people warn you, you never really realize it until you have to start paying for yourself!

John

I would advise myself to pursue the full diversity of opportunites available on campus. It can be quite easy to become too narrowly focused on GPA and to miss the opportunities which are not only personally fulfilling but will help position oneself to enter the professional world upon graduation. By becoming a well-rounded individual, one who pursues interests in a variety of ways, college becomes a lot more satisfying.

Jeremy

Assume you could go back in time to yourself as a high school senior. Knowing what you know now about college life and making the transition, what advice would you give yourself? I would tell myself as a high school senior to look up scholarships and look into Bright futures. I say those two things because first of all everyone is not going to get financial aid. So what do you do then? Apply for scholarships because that’s the thing that could save your life rather than taking out a loan. I would also tell myself “would you rather spend ten minutes on something that could get you 2,000 dollars or would you rather spend hours on something that is important but it will guilt you the rest of your life?” Because like I said taking out a loan is an option. But who wants to have someone harassing them about money? Let’s be Honest I know I don’t and I know you don’t either. I would tell myself look up bright futures because you never know if you believe what one or two people tell you. I am a product of these words.

emmanuel

i would tell myself to work harder and get even better grades. i would also tell myself to start the applications process and the enrollment process much sooner.

JodiAnn

If I could go back in time as a high school senior and advice myself; knowing what I know now about college, I would advise myself that college is very competitive and challenging. There will be students who are way more advance than I am and in order to make it to the top I have to work very hard and be sure to stay focus. I must be ready to face the real world and the challenges that it brings. My collegiates will not have pitty and push me ahead of them, the professors will not give me an easy 'A' and the recruiters are not looking for the regular so I must be unique or stand out. I have to be sharp and on point with my grades, be active in community services and join organizations/clubs. In addition, I would also advise myself to try to get an internship to gain some experience in my career field and never procrastinate and wait until the last minute to do my work. If I had all this in mind as a high school senior, I would have better grades and be more ready to meet all my challenges.

Andrea

One of the many things I got out of my college experience was that it is ok to be different. Newark is a very diverse and large city. I grew up in a small white town in South Jersey. Newark made me make friends I was never able to be around because of where I grew up and allowed me to know that everyone really was equal, no matter where you come from, what language you speak, or what color you are. Although this is something every child learns when they are young, or at least should learn when they are young, it's a lesson you must experience to believe it for yourself. The diversity was something I will take with me for life, because I have made life long friends from everywhere during college. Hard work does pay off. I believe college and a diverse community allowed me to make all my own mistakes, learn on my own, and still graduate in 4 years. If I stayed at a college around my house, I know I would not be as accepting and challenging to new ideas, people, and places if it weren't for going away to Rutgers.

Krista

There are many people in the world who aren’t able to attend school or will never get the chance to receive an education because of circumastances, finances, or whatever it may be. I am blessed to be given the opportunity to come to school and learn. In high school, I took education for granted. As a college student though it’s not something I’m just given. I have to want it and strive for it. I have been challenged in my classes and have learned a lot from my peers and from my teachers. These people will be unforgettable along with the experiences I have had with them. I hope to apply all that I have learned from my teachers, classes, friends, and experiences to my life now as a student and eventually to my future career.

Abdurrahman

In Rutgers University, I completed bachelor of arts majoring in mathematics, and I completed urban education program. There I extend my knowledge in mathematics, and I got prepared to teach math in secondary school. II got teaching certificate from New Jersey by compliting urban education program. Because the competition to teach now is huge, I did not get a teaching job in public schools. Anyway, I starting tutoring geometry, SAT in math section, algenra I, II, and precalculus. Tutoriing job gives me an opportunity to be in touch with my occupation and hopefully to get a teaching job soon. In many states, there is necessary to have a master degree in order to teach. In New Jersey is not the case, but teaching candidates with master have better opportunities for teaching job in secondary schools. So, I applied in Western Governor University in Utah to persue master degree in teaching mathematics from 5-12 grades. I hope, I am going to get the way in compliting master degree, too. I deeply believe Rutgers University prepared me to pas challanges in teaching and learning. Now I hope a scholarship will help me make my dream come true by getting master degree.

Maxine

One thing i have learned from my college experience is to for me out of my shell. I was once shy and stuck to my close group of friends. But now i am able to meet new people without getting nerves and i can gladly say that i associate myself with many people of different cultures. I can also say that college has really taught me time-management skills, i work while i am in school. So i have learned to balance out school life with having a job, i have obtained a 3.4 GPA because of this.

Nuria

I have learned many important and useful study habits through taking a psychology class. Also, my English class helped me write better essays and interpret readings more effectively. My social skills have improved and I am more focused on my studies than I was in high school. Rutgers University is a valuable university to attend because the professors are extremely focused on helping students attain the best grades possible and everyone on campus in friendly and helpful. I recommend this university to anyone who is seriously interested in achieving a successful career.

Calvin

I have gotten a new perspective on what to do with my life. I now know I don't have to sit home all day, and even if I am unable to find a job, I still have college. College is not only for leaning. It can be a home away from home as you can always go back for new learning experiences, new teachers and new friends.

scottie

To be successful in the world today i need an education of a high magnitude . please choice me !

Cara

I have met a lot of different types of people and made great friends. I've also learned a lot about myself and matured a lot here. I feel that my school is valuable to attend because you can really focus here, it's easy to balance school and social here because my school isn't a party school. You can meet people from different cultures, my school holds a lot of educational events and activities that students can attend. Going here is a great experience.

Anish

I have learned quite a few things from a couple of classes. I was actually surprised at the articles we read and wrote about in the required English course. The fact that there is a general education requirement is infuriating. Honestly, this college is not worth going to for $6000 a year. My family is wasting their money. But it's okay because pretty soon, the dollar will have close to no value. Anyway, I commend this university for successfully hiding the fact that it's a wholly scam from such a large population of students. Kudos~ I would further ameliorate my assertions, but I feel as though it will be detrimental to my chances of winning this scholarship.

William

Rutgers-Newark is one of the most diverse campuses I have ever had the pleasure of visiting. The university is open to people from all walks of life and orientation, and every race, color and creed imaginable. A true melting pot, all cultures and ways of life were always met with mutual acceptance and respect. I cannot recall any hate crimes against any group. Students were so respectful of each other, that when our guest speaker at graduation talked about racism on campus, we collectively "booed" him. You will find every "slice-of-life" character at Rutgers-Newark, and I guarantee whatever prejudices you may have had when entering the university, you will leave them behind forever upon graduation. Thanks to Rutgers, I know that everyone counts, regardless of where they come from. Furthermore, I have learned that “tolerance” is not the answer, but “acceptance” of all people, regardless of orientation, faith, ethnicity or even political affiliation. If I had never set foot on the Rutgers-Newark campus, I may not have developed such a strong appreciation for my fellow men and women.

Michael

There are basic conventions of analysis and communication that the world works on. The scientific process - things are never proven, they are merely never disproven; broad generalizations can be disproven with one counter example; the proper use of numbers, ratios, and marginal changes when proving or disproving points; and general formats for presenting ideas. These conventions are practiced by most of the educated world, regardless of their field of study, and without a college education I would never have been able to interact with that world. It is this world which drives forward much of the world's economic activity, and thus I feel my education has been a very valuable asset to me. Beyond that, my education has broadened my horizons, let me understand things I never would have understood before, and introduced me to some of the greatest people I have ever met. I do not know what might have become of my life if I'd never attended college, but if I do not regret my decision to attend, and if I could go back in time, I would not change my decision to go.

Franchesca

I have gained alot through my college experience. I have been in classes with authors of books and lawyers, making me feel like I am really learning something. The professors bring their real life experiences to the class, making it a place where you want to go and learn because you are not just reading from the book. Rutgers University has been valuable to attend because of the relationships I have created with the professors and fellow students. The university, being the most diverse in the nation, has helped me form relationships with people that I would usually not relate with in the outside world. It brings people together, whether it being people that have the same major or people that are in the same Honor Society, relationships are created everyday and are everlasting.

Vinita

If i could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, with the knowledge I now have of college life, i would deffinetely reassure myself. I was really nervous about making the transition to a new school, not just that but one that was located in Newark considering it has such a bad reputation. Furthermore i didnt know anyone else that was planning on attending this school so it took me completely out of my comfort zone. However after moving in i felt very at home right off the bat and I met a group of people that im still friends with that make living here very comfortable. Ive also been able to keep up with my work which was another worry. All in all i would tell myself to relax, realize that I have made a bunch of good choices and that I would be able to handle the road ahead.

Karan

If I was allowed to go back in time to address one issue normal college students face, I would give myself the following advice: the people you meet will have differing views and you should be organized in the way you argue since you will be involved in debates with people who argue well and people who argue in a fallacious manner. Over the course of my two semesters here at Rutgers University, I have met many people with different views. These differences occasionally fuel debate. The debates that ensued posed challenges for me as a person and a debater. Learning new information and being able to discuss an issue to hear all the views on the topic is something you will appreciate. The downside to the discussions is that sometimes you will argue with people that are very circular in their reasoning. You will need to have patience and understand that some arguments are not worth it. You will need to be prepared to disagree on certain issues to maintain civility. Finally, being able to debate will expand your overall knowledge so keep up with current events so that the discussions you engage in will enlighten you.

Albert

If I could go back in time and talk to myself, my past self would probably be amazed by how handsome and mature he looks in the future. I would tell my younger self to prioritize college research and applications as well as doing one's best on the standardized tests. He should be more confident and assertive of getting things done and not rely on parents too much. When things go awry, he should shrug it off and make the best out of the situation and strive to achieve more, learning from mistakes. When taking placement tests he should make the effort to review for them, more specifically the math placement test so he won't get placed in the same class he had/has in his senior year. If he does get placed in the same class, do not get discouraged for I didn't really learn it anyway. I'll tell me the mistakes I will make along the way so he could avoid them. Lastly I would tell me to do more inward thinking as to what I want to achieve in life and what do I want to accomplish and discover ourselves as an individual.

Krista

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, i would go back and tell myself how hard life is after high school. I would also tell myself to better perpare myself for the outside world, because it is hard to function and make on your on. I would tell myself that it is best to appreciate the help that is given to you while your in high school, because after school your just on your own. You have no one to tell you how to fill out college appilcations, fasa's, or how to write scholarship essay's. So if i could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, the most important thing that i would say is to just pay attention and accept all help that is offered to you.

Derek

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself that the next four years are going to be the most exciting, and memorable years of your life, so don't waste a single moment of them. You will see and learn things that will change your whole perspective on life. These next four years will open your eyes to a whole new world. The only advice I could give my self would be that every ounce of responsibility you show during college will pay pounds of dividends later in life. So take advantage of everything the university has to offer you. Attend all of the optional seminars, utilize your guidance officers, let the career services office help you with your career, most importantly make sure you study early and often. Do not procrastinate. College life is very fun and can be very easy if you simply DO NOT PROCRASINATE. For every time you do, you cause yourself unneeded stress and anxiety. There is a simple equation that you will not learn in class but will help you graduate: Study First + Party Second = having fun at college and graduating too.

Laura

If I were to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would start with "remember your guidance counselor?" Be aggressive in making sure you can get all the help possible to get to school as comfortably as possible, passive indifference is not the way to go. Make friends with your teachers, ask for college advice, they've all been there! I regret not having been more aggressive in my math placements. Had I taken more science and upper level math courses, I'm sure I would have been much more comfortable in related study areas. Saving up as much money as possible is advice I needed as a school senior, I never assumed I would be scraping up whatever I can get from work to pay my tuition. My top advice would be, save money, read as much as you can, practice what you've learned whenever you can, wise study skills, and remembering to maintain a scholar's mentality . That meaning I'm not going to college to get a piece of paper that states I learned something but to have the confidence that I have become innovative through it.

Ashley

Ashley, Your grades really do matter. I know that you cant tell now, but if you dont care about your grades we wont be able to get into the good college we want to get into later on down the road. And please stop skipping classes because one day soon you really will need to know some of the stuff they teach you. Oh and college is great! you`ll love it. Its way better then highschool and alot less confusing once you are actually here. Talk to you soon!

Nnenna

I would tell myself to apply to more colleges and to be very considerate about how much financial aid I get and make the finances be a major part of my desicion. I was just focused on just going far and did not take time to figure out how I could pay for everything. If I could balance the campus life, high school rank, AND finances it would have being been perfect and I would have not had to transfer. I would also encourage myself to not be so afriad of transferring because it was a new beginning and I get a fresh start with a new gpa and I saved a lot of money. It's important to take everything into consideration and not to walk in blindly because everything does have to add up so that you can stress as less as possible and focus on academics and enjoy your college experience.

Andrew

If I could go back in time to talk to myself my senior year I would tell myself of all the fun times I would have, and how much going to college would make a difference in my life. My senior year I was up in the air about college, and if I went back, I would convince myself that all I need is a little motivation. I would let myself know that college is nothing like high school, and to not worry about not being able to get into a good school. I would convince myself to stay away from the large universities and to zone in on Rutgers-Newark. "Rutgers-Newark is perfect for you" I would tell myself. "They have one of the best Criminal Justice programs in the country there, and all the professors are really helpful." I would finish by just reminding myself to not wait so late to apply. "Applying in June is no fun."

Schauna

I would inform myself about the process of applying to colleges and encourage applying early. I would suggest to look at colleges toward the end of my sophmore year and junior year to get an idea of various institutes. I would inform myself about the various waivers you could use for the SATs as well as up to five college applications. I would reccomend to apply online to most colleges, being as though it's mostly cheaper. I would stress the importance of applying to scholarships. I would provide myself with different scholarship websites as well as getting involved in the guidance counselor office to speak one on one with professionals who can guide me in the right direction. Being as though I went away my first year of college just to return to my home state, I would suggest that I consider on attending a community college for two years then transfer to a four year university in hopes of building a strong solid GPA and not waste any money as I did my first year. I would lastly stress the importance of getting onvolved with extracurricular activities and volunteer work before and during college.

Kameel

The advice that I would give to myself would be always account for variable change in regards to your grades. I may have been doing well during highschool but when once college came around, my studying habits had to change drastically. Also do not let anything or anyone get in the way of your hopes and dreams of being successful. Because anyhardship in college or highschool will pay off with hard work and determination.

Brandon

If I could go back in time a talk to myself as high school senior I would tell myself to spend a lot of time looking at more schools. I would also tell myself to prepare for the next level of schooling better. Like most freshman at college I was completely confused for a while. In high school we are conditioned to be a certain way, and when you get to college those ideas are thrown out the window.

Jonathan

There are several things that I would want to tell myself if I could travel back in time. One of those things would be to sign up for classess asap. This is mainly because the most desired classess for certain time slots tend to fill up quickly. So to prevent myself from having a chaotic schedule, I would tell myself to sign up quickly. Another thing I would tell myself is to get a part time job at UPS asap. UPS offers me a tuition program that helps me pay for some of my college bill and also offers many benifits. However, most of the benifits are not avaliable not until one year has past from starting. The final and most important thing I would tell myself is to tell the girl I love "from high school" how I feel about her. I told her the day of graduation but by then it was to late. Our paths had begun to split. However, I believe that one day our paths will merge again.

Andrew

As a high school senior, I was already preparing for the transition to college. For example, I joined the wrestling team to get my body in shape and I touched up on my study habits (which proven to be effective, because I earned 3 A's and 1 B first semester.) However, i made a few mistakes that I would want to tell myself. Firstly, I would tell myself to search for scholarship money so that I can dorm instead of commuting. Dorming would be a new experience for me as I would meet new people and live without parents for a while. The commute is also tiring for me. I would also tell myself to work on my writing and analytical skills as those were needed in my English Composition class. I should have started to learn how to write on the college level in highschool. Other than those two big mistakes, It was a smooth transition for me.

Jade

As a second year college student, I?ve had plenty of time to learn from my mistakes and reform my attitude towards life and education. If I could somehow reverse the vortex of time and space to senior year of high school, I would scream, ?Jade, stop skipping classes!? I took senior year for granted, since I was always told that junior year was the most important year of high school. I developed this notion that once you were accepted into the college of your choice, there was no need to continue the hard work. Although I didn?t fail senior year, I did miss out on a lot of scholarship opportunities and extracurricular that would improve my prospective college experience. Another thing I would have done was to use my time during senior year to get better acquainted with the workings of my school, which would have made my senior year summer much less hectic! I would have take a tour around the dorms, the campus and some of the off campus grounds, so when I get there, I?m well acquainted with my environment.

Carolina

I would first evaluate my study habits and how I work in large classes. Also remind myself that a good name isn't always everything, and that being and doing miserable in a good school is much worse for my future. I would tell myself not to search for a school based on my SAT score especially since my grades are great and to dig deeper into the school's scholarships. I would have to talk with the advising counselors much more and take a couple trips to the school, stay overnight if possible to get a better home away from home feel. Lastly, I would talk to several people that currently attend the school and those who graduated to find out little details about on campus housing, after all it will be my new home. On the emotional side I'd have to tell myself to not be intimidated by other schools and whether or not i'd be accepted, I know my worth. Wrap it up with a pep talk that being away from home is the best way to learn and expand my horizons. Any place is just a flight away!

Tashiah

Hey Tashiah, when applying to college, you should always keep your options open. Apply to as many schools as you like, and unless your really positive on what you want to pursue, apply as undeclared. That way, if you apply based on your merit, extra cirricular activities, and application requirements you will definitely be admitted. Also, apply for many scholarships. More than you can count. Instead of trying to apply out of state for school, always weigh your finacial options first. I know this seems like a lot, but if someone had told me these things, I would have been greatfful and ahead of my game!! I do not want to talk your head off, or worry you, but these are very important guidelines that will be helpful in your transition to college. Just remember to be organized, work hard, and have fun. Never stress the small things in life.

quiana

I would tell myself to prepare for the independence that comes with college. While in collge, you are basicly on your own. Teachers are not pressuring you to complete the assignments. They don't remind you that things need to be done on time. While in college you have to take care of yourself and prepare yourself for the future. It's your job to get things done.

Trish

Please chose a major that you can easily utilize in the workforce-teacher,nurse, engineer. Please have fun but look long term ttowards the future. College lasts four years but the decisions you make have lifelong affects.

Olga

Visit your prospective college various times before you make your decision. Make sure that it is an area that you will feel comfortable living in or traveling to for the next 4+ years. Also, make sure that you do your research and the school provides you with what you feel is the most important factors to make your college experience enjoyable.

Ines

The first thing I would say to myself would be create a study schedule!! I can honestly say that the transition from highschool to college was very hard for me and studying was a major factor. I wasn't used to spending hours and hours studying material that I was actually expected to know. Another thing I would tell myself would be to always keep in mind what's best for you in terms of major and choosing a career. Don't pick a major based on what your parents want you to do. Pick something that you like. I would love the opportunity to help people and this way I will be able to. Social workers don't make that much but loving the job will certainly compensate for the earnings. Finally have some sort of plan ready. This plan doesn't have to be perfect and won't be concrete but just something to kind of guide you in the right path. Not having a clue where to start can cause problems. But overall have fun, meet new people, but remember why you're there to begin with, and that's to earn a degree!

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