Saint Edward’s University Top Questions

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


I would say dream big! Go after the unknown. Talk to your counselors at school about your future.


Get a job! College is expensive and you need more money. Also study harder, take some college classes this summer. Don't be afraid to make friends. Get involved. Finally, don't be afraid to take chances and make mistakes, just be sure you are smart and moral in everything you do. Stay in touch with your friends too!


Do everything you can while you still can.


Well when i was in high school i did not have any one that i can go to and ask question about college, so i took responsibility on my own and created the biggest mistake of my life. I applied for a four years college, it was a private school. My financial aid did not cover it all, so i had to pay the rest out of my pocket, so i took a loan it was still not enough. I struggled to do both of the semester, for the first one I managed to pay the rest of the money out of my pocket, it was not easy. When i got at the end of the seconde semester I could not get my grade nor my transcript because i could not pay the rest of the money for the seconde semester, so now I am at home because i cant get my transcript to transfer to another school. So My advice is if you did not have an amount of money that was here specially for school or you dont have a job, take all the basic class out of community college and transfer to a four years one. m


I would absolutely have told myself not to have settled and to go to Evergreen, even with the loans. St. Edward's is too conservative, there's not enough resources or classes to choose from. I've definitely had a lot of down time here, time to mull over my values and my goals. My number one interest is in environmental sustainability in both agriculture and urban planning, and the best place to make a career of those things is in the North West. I wish that I had been more firm in my values as a high schooler because transferring when you do not have access to unlimited funds has proven to be very difficult. Thus I filled out this survey even though I do not particularly support St. Edward's or pride myself on attending.


Focus on yourself, and what you know to be true. Being in college that first year an completely turn your world upsidedown--you feel uprooted and unrooted, you feel the pressure of growing up, and being scared everyone willl do that before you do. I would have told myself to read more Emerson. To chase knowledge, not the material. I would have told myself that when your dream girl comes along, don't let your best friend steal her and break her heart before you get to tell her anything and help her forget all of the beauty is forgotten. I would have told myself not to drive over a curb at 2 in the morning in front of University Police with things in your car that would make your parents a little more than dissappointed in their daughter when found by said police.


You are out in the world for the first time without your parents and experiencing life first hand. With all the new exciting things like dorms, friends, teachers, and classes, it can cause the most serious case of tummy butterflies, but don?t let that stop you. Walking onto the fresh soil that you will now call home, don?t flinch, but stand tall. Be proud of everything you have accomplished and be determined to accomplish more. Go out there and give it all you got, because these will only be the best years of your life if you allow them to be. Get involved! There is no better way to make friend then to both be getting up at six a.m. for basketball practice. Don?t be shy! The only way the girl who sits next to you in math class will become your best friend is if she knows your name. Have fun, but don?t blow off studying. There is a time and place for everything and balance really is key. Remember each day here is a blessing and can?t be relived. Most importantly, smile, so everyone sees those pearly whites, and enjoy the ride.


What I would tell prospective students and their parents is that visiting the campus of your choice is key before you make a final decision. When you set foot on the campus you're meant to be on, you'll know it. That's how I felt when I first arrived at St. Edward's. Another important thing I feel is that once you are there, try and talk to some of the wandering students that you may see, and just ask them how they like their school. Also, get a feel for the academic attitude of the school because academic pressure is already going to be a big aspect of college life, so you need to make sure you can find a balance wherever you may be. My final piece of advice would be to make sure that you're okay with the weather conditions of your school, because if you hate snow and go to school in Michigan, you will probably be miserable for half the school year, no matter how much you enjoy your classes or yorur friends.


Tour the campuses you are interested in and talk to students other than the tour guides for information about the campus! It is also helpful to talk to professors in your field of interest and to sit in on some classes to see if you will do well in that environment.


Be sure to look at the mission statement for each college/univerisity that you apply to. Have fun making the right choice because knowledge is something that not every school teaches the same way. What you learn while in college is something that will help you in your future and making the best of it is always a plus. Stay determined and do not let stress overtake the best of you.


When it comes to finding the perfect college for you or your child, a lot of questions and concerns arise. If I could advice to picking the perfect college for you or your child, I would recommend, first, going online and researching numerous different colleges; research colleges that seem good for you and those that may not seem like a good fit for you. Learning about the choices you have is the first step. After you do your reserach, limit your choices to a couple of colleges (I would say no more than 7 or 8), and go through the brochures again and look at the things each college offers. Pay attention to on-campus housing, meal plans, technology labs and tuition costs, then look at things current students have said about that particular college. Next I would suggest to visit some of the campuses; visiting the campus is a great way to learn about the college, the teachers and how your life would be in that college and in the community. I'm sure you or your child will fall in love with the perfect college after a visit. Then, of course, apply to the colleges of your choice.


This question is much easier to answer now, as a 25 year old headed to graduate school at Harvard, than it was as a fledgling 18 year old freshman undergrad student. The perspective I have gained with my experiences both in and out of college has helped me immeasurably, and I am grateful for the rewards of the path that I chose. The best advice I can give is to make a plan - on paper so that you can keep it with you - of all of the possible careers before you. By outlining the necessary steps that stand between you and your goals, a student is able to have a clear picture of his or her future, and formulate the best "plan of attack." It is important to keep your goal in sight, but do not forget to have fun along the way - extracurricular activities are part of the journey, as are the inevitable mistakes that accompany freshman year. Do not be afraid to ask for help, or send an e-mail to a potential professor or alumni of your program to find out if it is the best fit for you. Have fun, work hard, and make a plan!


Talk to an advisor. Folllow your first feelings. The advisor should be able to answer all your questions and should be able to really help the student in selecting their classes. My pet peeve is wasting time and money on classes that I don't need. A good advisor should be able to steer the student in the direction to ameliorate wastefulness. Also, if you have to constantly stay on top of the school about keeping in touch with the student, look for another school. The university should contact you with valid and formal information and you should not have to constantly check in with them. If it feels like they don't care, they really don't and they just want your money. Go somewhere else. Remember that you are a person, not a number. You are also a client, not just a student. You are paying for an education and the items that are included (like financial aid advisors and education advisors). Be mature, treat the staff and faculty with respect, but make it clear that as a client, you expect professionalism out of them and deserve to be treated as a client.


I would tell parents to let their children make their own choice of where to go for school. I was pressured by my parents to go to a school that I did not want to go to. I ended up going there for only one semester because i disliked it so much, and transferring to a school that I absolutely love. The school I am at now did not thrill my parents when I told them I wanted to go there, but I love it and I believe I am getting a better education because of it. Students, choose a major that you enjoy. If you don't enjoy it, you will not do well.


Look for an institution that is motivated to inspire. Interview students and when you hear about professors that change lives and challenge views, you know you're in a good spot. Most of all allow room for radical growth. If not, the school is little more than a technical college. Find a place that will teach how to think not what to think.


Don't pick a college based on your financial status but on where you really want to go. You are going to spend many years there so it should be a college you would enjoy going to. There is plenty of financial aid so money is not always the first thing to worry about. Also pick a college that will be helpful to you. Pick one that has the major that you want or are interested in and not based on where your parents went to school or where your friends are going.


Go visit it and read throoughly about it and its location.


I would tell parents that the decision that their children make as future students depends on what is comfortable to the future graduate because they student has to feel comfortable with the respective institution they are attending. Afterall they will be attending this university for four years so they need to feel at home with their university of choice. Every student experiences something different during their college lives but I would say to just be yourself and have an open mind to others views and respect not only your opinions but the opinions of others even though you do not agree. This will expand your horizons about issues and make you a well rounded individual if you can especially express your values and opinons and stick by them. Most of all just be "YOU!"


When choosing the right college it is important to write out certain aspects that would be right for the individual. For example, whether the size of the school matters, football team, strength of certain pre-professional programs, etc. After doing that location is also very important. Deciding whether to travel far from home, or to stay close by can really effect the individuals ability to succeed in college. Every person is different, and it is important to make a decision based on what the person entering college wants not what they feel they should do to impress others. I feel that it is very important to live on campus atleast the first year of college to get acquainted with the campus, and its a great way to meet friends. It is also important tnot to put too much pressure on the decision, because transferring is always an option. College is a time for discovery, gaining knowledge, and finding yourself. I feel that finding the right college can really propell an individual for success.


Follow your insticts. Forget about what all your friends are doing and do what's best for you. It's different for everyone. Remember that as fun as college is, the reason why you're there is to learn and become the best possible version of yourself as you c an before you go out into the real world. The right college combines learning in the classroom with practicle life skills so you know who you are and where you want to be when you get out. Take chances. Join clubs. Do your best. No matter what happens in your college experience, if you do these three things you will absolutely get the most of your college experience.


When looking for the right college, dont go just because its near from home, far from home, or because you have connection in that school. Find a school where you know you'll enjoy yourself, a school where you can do the things you want to do, and enjoy yourself. Make sure you delve deep into the workings and offerings of the school, and that in your gut, you know its the right school, not just a school.


When looking at colleges, really look at what others have to say about the campus and its surroundings. If possible, take a tour of the campus and then drive around during the weekday and a weekend. You don't want to be stuck in a city where the weekends are dead because no one sticks around or stores are closed. Don't be afraid to ask students and faculty what they think,; that includes asking about the good and the bad.


Make sure you find a school that wants YOU to be there. That values you learning there, and pays attention to your progress and sucess. Don't get caught up in rankings or meaningless facts, find the place that makes you feel comfortable and happy.


Do your research, and talk to the students that are attending the school of interest. Apply on time and make sure you have more than one school to chose from, and make a preferenced order before you are accepted and after you are accepted.


I thought that I wanted a small school, and I would have defended that the whole time I was there. However, I now realize that a larger school would have suited me better socially. It's kind of like a city, so think of it as such. Instead of asking what type of school you want to go to, ask yourself "what type of city would I want to live in?" Large, small, etc.


St. Edward's University is a college that prizes independent thought, humanitarianism and creativity. It is important to look at the characteristics and values that your school in question prizes before enrolling. Once you have found a school that upholds personal values of the student and family, you can begin to enjoy that university to it's capacity. Take advantage of the learning experiences available outside of the classroom. On the shallow end, school clubs and sponsored events are a great way to make new people and become a familiar face around campus. To ensure that your resume will be impressive after graduation, consider visiting the university's career planning office (if they have one available). Volunteering for or shadowing a career similiar to the one you want will let employers know that you are interested and serious. Finally, don't be afraid to take advantage of study-abroad programs or school-sponsored road trips. Universities know great ways to create once-in-a-lifetime experiences that you will be able to get no place else.


I once thought that the college experience was all about how you will change, mature, and pursue a career in an exciting new environment. However, college is not meant to be a selfish experience. I have learned that a person changes and matures through their circumstance by being invovled in the lives of others. A college experience is not only the dorm life, the party life, the independent life, or the career-driven life, but a life of transformation and progress. The funny thing is that I have learned all of these things while going to school in my hometown. I have lived another world despite the fact that I stayed in my hometown.


To find the right college for you it is important to keep in mind your long-term goals as well as what will make you feel happy and at home. I advise you not to settle for just any school, rather to do some research, visit lots of campuses and get a feel for what's out there and what is best for you. Try to find a school like St. Edwards that will help you through your education, as well as in finding a job after graduation.


To the student: Finding the right college is about finding what feels "right." Even the longest pro/con list in the world can't tell you how you will fell when you step on campus. The campus visit is esential to find what feels right. To the parent: You may not like the school that your son or daughter does, but you won't be the one going there, living there, and then graduating form there. While you may want to pressure or otherwise coax your offspring to attend one university or another, it is imperative that the final choice be his or hers. And finally, to both students and parents: Making the most of the college experince means knowing that you get back what you put in. Even the most bright and engaging student can attend the most engaging university, and if that person sits in their room, they will not have an engaging college experience. The "college eperience" doesn't just happen to you, you have to be ready and willing to make your own college experience.


College is suppose to be different and an uncomfortable experience at first. So let it sit with you before you decide if you like it or not. But no matter what, make sure you're creating an experience and not just going through the motions to get a degree.


I would advise students and parents to take a tour of the city and of the campus before deciding to attend a particular university or college. Also, I recommend that students and parents think of the factors that are more important to them. For example, does distance from home to the university play a big role in the decision-making? Does the repetition of the university play a more important one? I would also ask around to see what other people think of your dream university.


Parents: make the kids do the research and allow them to take their time to find a college; start them early because the process is a long and frustrating one. If they do not make the decision themselves, they will likely end up in the wrong place.


My advice is simple: go somewhere that you think will be beautiful and major in something that interests you. college is great and St. Edwards is a great place to be.


Be sure to know about your campus and school goals and that its a school you are willing to stick with till you graduate. Make sure you are happy with your choices. Never settle for less because education is everything.


I think that the decision to go to school should be the student's. I also think that parents should help with guidance and letting their child know his/her options. Things to take in to consideration are where the college is located, what fields are the strongest, activities, as well as the community on campus. I think that future students should go visit the college they're thinking of attending and get a sense of where they might be for the next four years. I think that students should also try hard in the beginning to get scholarships and form relationships with their financial advisors. College is a life transition and guidance from others beside the student or parent is definitely in need. Anyone on campus would probably be happy to give you a brief explanation of their experience. I think I have made the most of my college experience by playing sports, making friends, being involved on campus, and taking advantage of opportunities.


Reseach. I cannot stress that enough. Look into your collleges of interests and narrow the choice down to three at the most. To help you do that, check to see if the colleges you like offer any field of study that you wish to pursue. After you have selected your top colleges, visit them if possible. It is not only important to feel comfortable in the university's atmosphere, but also in the city where the school is located. Once you have settled, engage yourself in on-campus activities/organizations . Don't be afraid to approach your professor or other faculty members, they are there to help you adjust to your new setting. Lastly, make new friends and don't be afraid to have a little fun... responsibly.


You have to realize that this is not going to be the biggest, most life changing decision you will ever make. Choosing a university is just another step in the right direction. Find a surrounding where you feel comfortable - where you can be you! Parents should be involved in the college finding process, but I don't think that they should have all the say, I mean, they aren't going to be the ones eating the cafeteria food, or taking the tests. College is about finding yourself and pushing the limits. Take risks! Go big! After all, these four years open the door to the rest of your life - you just have to decide how wide, and of course, which door to choose.


Go to all the campuses you are thinking about applying to and take a tour of the school. Once you find the right school for you, get involved in a club or sport at your school. This will be the best way to make friends and find your group in college. Also, I would recommend living on campus for at least a year, maybe two. You will become friends with your roommates and/or the people who live near you.


The adivce I would give parents and students about finding a college is that you should find a place where you are comfortable but know you will be challenged. College is all about trying new things to find out what you like and don't like. In order to make the most of your college experience, I would definitely recommend that you get involved in organizations. Organizations are the best way to meet people and experience new things. I also recommend you take advantage of the resources that your school can offer you, because there are many that you can find if you just ask. I have been to two conferences and just got funding for a third, have an on-campus job, and an awesome internship lined up for this summer and I am only in my third semester of school. I strongly encourage students to really get to know the faculty and staff at your school because they can help open so many doors for you and your future.


When it comes down to it, the most important thing to remember is that it's your choice. Don't attend a school for your parents, for a boyfriend/girlfriend, for friends, attend a school that fits your personality, religious beliefs, major, and extra-curricular activities. Because ultimately, you choose the college experience you receive.


No one college or univeristy is best for everyone. Look for the best fit for YOU and decide what qualities matter most, whether they be class size, location, programs, qualifications of professors, residence options etc. Your college experience is as good as you make it.


make sure that you visit the schools, because you will know how you will feel there when you visit and get a sense of what kind of environment you are looking for. When I was visiting universities I discovered that some of the schools I thought I wanted to go to I did not feel comfortable at, so I didn't waste time applying to them when the time came.


I would first tell parents/students to figure out the type of atmosphere they expect and are searching for when it comes to the campus as well as the surrounding city of the college. For example, in Austin there is both a small and large college that is close in distance but completely different in terms of their location and operation which can be a distraction and flaw to some. They should also be sure that the size of the college is suitable for their own comfort and desire. This can make a big difference in terms of one's conditions pertaining to their learning abilities. The experience that one is liable to gain from college is one that everyone should have the chance to act upon. The quantity of organizations, courses, and people are so diverse that one, as an individual, can explore those of their interest and learn more through the variety of opportunities. Every experience is a learning one so don't pass this one up! There is so much in our lifetime to be seen and learned, don't miss your opportunity!


I cannot stress how important it is to see what the people who already attend the school are really like. We go to school to get an education, but it is extremely hard to be there solely for the education and not to also socialize and have some fun to balance out the work load. If you do not like the people, you will not like the school. Also, think practically about the location. While living in the mountains might seem like a nice change during the application process, it isn't logical if you are a surfer and will have to give up your main source of exercise or favorite hobby. This can also apply to running. While it is possible to run anywhere, it would probably not be very enjoyable to run in a freezing cold environment, such as in Boston, Canada, or Chicago. Make sure you can keep some of your favorite hobbies because the familiarity will help you adjust to the new environment and because it is really hard to give up something you love. Pick a school where you can continue to do at least your favorite hobby, if not your top three.


Start early, get organized, be realistic academically and financially and have fun with this time in your life!


Find a college that suits your needs. Find a college that offers an education that interests and intrigues you, and once you make your decision, put yourself out there. Get involved. Join extracurriculars. The biggest mistake I made my freshman year was not allowing myself to meet new people and not giving myself the opportunity to learn more about me. The best way to learn more about who you are as a person is to interact with other people of all different sorts. You will be surprised to learn how many people they're are that are just like you, that enjoy the same passions that you have always been passionate about. So, join clubs and go to social events. I can promise that learning more about yourself is the key to enjoying college life and life in general to the fullest. So, when you do decide on a college that is attractive to you, be sure to experience all that you can.


I would suggest to both parents and students to choose a university that compliments who you are as a person. You want to feel comfortable in the university that you are going to attend in order to make the most of your experience. Do your research and see what types of sports, extra curricular activities, and organizations are offered - especially scholarships!


make sure that you dont pressure your kinds to staying close to home, because that is what my parents tried to do with me and i ended up attending a college really far away from home. For students, dont let the image the school portraits fool you. Go online and make friends with students who are currently attending that school, they will let most likely be the best point of view you could find.


Visit campuses of all sizes and diversities. Spend time on the campuses when exciting events are taking place, as well as, when the campus is quiet and slow. Take time to talk with students from all class levels. Pay attention to the distance from is great for many to be able to come home for a visit and not have the trip cost an arm and a leg. Look for an open door policy with the financial aid department. Check out the school's foreign exchange programs...our world is getting smaller by the day. Look into the faculty to student ratios...many students thrive in smaller classrooms. while others get more from a large classroom setting. Know your student!!!!


Find a college were you think that is best for you to grow and able to have a wonderful college experience.