Saint Francis University Top Questions

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

Rachel

Look into more than the few colleges you did. Saint Francis is a great school and I am grateful to have the opportunity to attend here, but you will always have that nagging feeling that you didn't look hard enough nd apply more places. You will succeed anywhere you go, but please broaden your horizons and look into more places. You never know where you might find the best education you can get.

Lindsey

Don't worry about moving in and living with a roommate. It's like having a new sister and you'll love the time to yourself. Your roommates will be a little crazy like you so you'll have plenty of things to talk about. Don't worry about the food, it gets better and you can always make things yourself. As for clothes...don't take so many. You'll end up regretting it later, trust me! As for the boyfriends, you'll get him soon. You just have to be patient and take your time. The first two may break your heart...but third time truly is the charm. No worries and keep your chin up. You'll have some hard times and want to quit. Just remember, it's okay to take a break and the professors understand. If things get too bad, they will work with you and you'll be fine.

Nayeli

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell her to take chances. Knowing what I know now about college life and making the transition if I could have been a more outgoing person I wouldn’t be struggling as much as I’m now. I would tell myself that focusing on my homework and class work is a good thing, but that having fun, meeting new people, and experiencing new things is also part of succeeding. Also to not close herself from new things because in college you’ll need to be social and independent. I would tell her how important it is that she applied to more colleges and to not give up because hard work always pays off.

Glenna

You do not need to make your life look so well put together all the time. I think when we're high school seniors and dealing with the pressure of picking a college, a major, and move on with life we loose track of ourselves because we are too busy trying to keep up with one another. It is important to remember that we're 18, we should not have it all figured out and that it is perfectly okay to be scared of all the changes. I would tell myself taht college is what you make it and your attitude is everything, so go out of your comfort zone and push your limits because you'll most likely be doing yourself a favor.

Jessica

If i could go back in time and talk to my self as a senior in high school I would tell my self two things. 1. Get off your ass and stop being so lazy! 2. You are siking your self out. Looking at my life almost 10 years after high school graduation it would have been a millions times easier to attend college full time, than doing so at the age of 27 as a single mother of two young children and working full time. They say that hind site is 20/20. Well however said that is completely right. Getting awarded this scholarship would greatly assistance in my financial difficulties in paying to the schooling and rasing a family on my own. All I can say is that I only hope my experience that i share with my children will drive them to do better than I am right now.

Hanna

If I could go back in time and talk to my senior year-self, I would yell for hours! I made so many mistakes in high school that I regret so much and have to deal with now. I would tell myself to take as many AP courses as possible because they definitely mean something. Nobody ever told me that AP courses means you can skip those classes in college! That's the number one thing I wish I knew in high school because I absolutely would have taken advantage of the opportunity. I would also tell myself to apply for many more scholarships. Even though I applied for a few "easy" ones, I wish I applied to ten times more than what I did. And if I had and been awarded a few, I could have gone to the expensive schools that I've always wanted to. But instead, I had to work and pay for my own tuition ever since the beginning. Not applying for many scholarships and not taking any AP courses are my biggest mistakes. I wish I could go back to the beginning of high school and start again. It would help so much.

Rachel

Don't rush into college just to try to please others or because you think it's what you're "supposed to do." From here on out, all decisions are yours, not your parents' or friends' or parent's friends'. Make these very important decisions based on what you're passionate about and what you enjoy. Now there are wise decisions and not-so-wise, so definitely don't drop out of school forever thinking you're going to become an instant millionaire. There's a nice in-between for everyone -- find yours. Be yourself and stop trying to "fit in" or be someone else, you'll be a TRILLION times happier!! You're strong and smart and different and you're going to be just fine, just have patience and work hard.

Dustin

If I could go back in time, I would only tell myself a few things. First, there will be many people that come and go in life, but what you learn will always be with you. Second, take life slow, and enjoy it, because before you know it, it will be in the past. Finally, don't sweat the little things, because chances are they on't matter in a few weeks.

Grace

If I could talk to myself four years ago when I was in a high school senior, I would give myself three tips for being a college student. First, be open to new places, people, and ideas. College is a place with great diversity, and there is a lot you can learn from new people and new experiences. Second, you must utilize your support system. Several academic resources are available on college campuses, and you also have friends and family who are behind you every step of the way. Finally, believe in yourself. Do not let any situations or words from others bring you down. Be proud of who you are and how far you have come.

Maura

I would tell myself to learn to study better. Learn to write without having run on sentences. Get involved with more community activities and enjoy life.

Britney

Learn to manage your time in college. Being a division I student athlete is a full time job. Do not "skate" through school but apply yourself in every class. Your GPA in college effect many outcomes when you graduate, especially if you want to pursue a master's degree. Do not take for granted the full athletic scholarship you receieved for undergraudate school. Manage your money. Make freinds and enjoy the 4 years in college because it will be the best 4 years of your life. Make the most of those 4 years. Do not jump ahead of yourself when pursuing life long goals. Listen to your basketball coaches and take their advice on life lessons. Play your heart out when playing basketball but enjoy yourself at the same time.

Sherry

If i could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself to have more fun. When I was a senior I had so many hard classes and wanted to get all A's, and I worked non-stop in order to get that. I wish I would of hung out with my friends more and had more fun, cause in college it is alot harder and you don't have alot of time for other things except your studies. Going to college really showed me how fast I am growing up. I should have taken more time in high school to be a kid and not have so many responsibilities, because now I have to do certain things whereas before I only did it to help out.

Morgan

If I could go back in time to talk to myself in my senior year of high school the first thing I would say is prepare yourself for the unexpected. I would tell myself to never give up no matter what gets thrown your way. I would also say the the transition from high school to college is going to be hard, you'll actually have to study and break out of your shell to make friends. I would say join a sorority and study abroad because depsite the stresses that come with these things, the experiences and friends you make from doing them will be well worth it. Most importantly I would tell myself to not be afraid to ask for help, because waiting just makes things worse and do something fun every now and then or you will go completely crazy. Then I would say as parting words remember to hope, dream, and believe.

cynthia

Having a job is nice and getting paid is great, but education pays in the end. Dont wait until your 25 to go back to school, do it now while everything is still fresh and grand. If you need money, then get a part time job. Dont let the meanial jobs take over your life. Oh yea, by the way, I wouldn't drink that if I were you, you'll regret it in the morning. :)

MICAH

Stop saying that you cannot afford school and that you are not smart enough. In fact, the best advice that I can give, would be to be bold and step on the toes of people who get in the way. Otherwise you can expect the relentless stampede of people to trample you under foot. Consider your options daily; like laughing a ton, smiling frequently, and studying all the time. Commit to the dreams, aspirations, and goals that you believe in, even if it throws you $40,000.00 in debt; it is worth the adventure and experience. Be humble, be gracious, and have the balls to tell people the truth. Finally, to remind you that you are more than enough, and the words of Norman Vincent Peale says, "Change your thoughts and you change your world." Stop making excuses and start making solutions.

Trina

I would probably tell myself that I don't have to have my life figured out already. I initially applied to St. Francis for the Physician's Assistant program because it was a good job, only 5 years of schooling, and made good money. Looking back now, I realized that I only considered PA as a career because of these reasons. I eventually changed my major to chemistry and I love it. I still don't know what the future has in store for me as a chemistry major but I couldn't be happier. I love the feeling of having so many opportunities and I'm not worried about the number of years that I'll be in school or how much money I will make. The only thing that I know for concern is that I really enjoy my major and I'm positive that I will find something that will make me happy. As of right now, my plan is to attend graduate school and obtain my doctorate in chemistry.

Carly

I would give myself two pieces of advice; save money and have a good idea of what you want to major. Most people express that the academics is the hardest part of college. In my case it has been finances. Every year the tuition increases and every year I find new ways to pay for my education so I can continue to attend St. Francis University. If I would have saved more money it would help me tremendously now with purchasing books or school materials. Another piece of advice I would have given myself is to have a better idea of what to major. Everyone would tell me, “It is okay not to know what you want to do; that’s apart of college.” This is a misleading comment; they fail to mention that you can fall behind. As a freshman I was undecided. Sophomore year I declared Nursing and was informed that I would have to attend some summer course’s to graduate in time. Not only was I behind, but I had summer course to pay for which just added to my financial situation. If I had this advice I would have a less stressful college experience today.

Karissa

If I could go back in time and talk to myself when I was a senior, I would tell myself to buy the credits offered for my American National Government class. Right now I have a full class load, 18 credits in all, and I have to take the same class I have already taken which makes me lose precious hours I could be working on my other classes. I would also tell my senior self to read some notes from a collection of my high school classes over the summer to keep my memory of what I learned fresh. I have found that my freshman year of college is just an accelerated repeat of high school. The last thing I would tell my senior self is to cherish the moments I have left with the friends I had made throughout my school years. Although I tried to make as many memories as possible, it seems as if I did not try hard enough. Now, we all are miles away from each other and focused on our studies and we barely have time to talk on the phone or internet.

AMBER

I would go back in time and tell myself...self get a degree and not a certificate, because it is a waist of time and money. I would also tell myself to not second guess yourself and always do your best. I would still do some of the things i've done. I feel like I have done what I could have done with the situation I was going through. I might have also would have moved to a different city were I would've had more and better options. I would've also tried to take some classes online to see if I like the experience. Thank you for your time. -Amber Hall

Evan

I would hae focused more on football so that I could've earned a scholarship. When I graduate college im going to be in $120,000 debt. Also I would've managed my time more because college is all about time management. Another thing is networking. Most college students network.

Emily

Carl Jung once said, “Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” Finding suggests that one has already defined himself in the past, while creating suggests the notion of ongoing discovery and an openness to the new. The main lesson I learned while in college is that everything one does is a process. Along this process, one is faced with choices and the outcomes of these choices are arrows that lead her to the next stage or challenge. In high school, the paths seemed to already be created. One had the choice of the geek path, the athletic path, the punk rocker path, and the almighty (drum roll please) popular path. While fitting in seemed to be the main goal in high school, college is different. Everyone is not from the same town or city. Being unique is actually appreciated in college because others can learn something new. The one thing I would tell myself is to be true to myself and my values, but keep an open mind. I would encourage myself to bring my bold colors to the canvas, but always be willing to introduce other color combinations. .

Joseph

I would advise myself to stay motivated in the academic part of school. Although social and extracurricular activities are important, academics are the most integral part of highschool. Having good study habits and completing homework is not only important for success in highschool, it is a major part of college life. Those "good" study habits and having deadlines to complete homework also prepares you for the workplace. No matter what job you have earned, you will have deadlines and those deadlines need to be met. After I stressed the importance of academics to myself, I would tell myself to have fun and make friends. Those friendships and social interactions will prepare you for many of life's challenges. You will need to have those social skills to let loose and let the stressors diminish. College is a fun, busy and important place. I advise you to start in highschool and stay on the right track!

Kellie

Six years ago I thought my decision was set. I had confidently claimed that I would not be going to college, not now, not ever. I graduated from high school and cosmetology school at seventeen years old and was gearing up for a lifetime as a professional hairstylist. If I could go back and talk to the high school me I would say, that you might think you know what you want out of life, but all experiences bring about change, even the changes you thought you would never go through. Now, as a twenty-three year old freshman in college, only at the beginning of this journey, I would tell myself how thrilled I am with my commitment. Already, college has bestowed upon me a new sense of responsibility, an ambition to complete challenging goals, and an overwhelming feeling of pride for each of my accomplishments. Being part of this community has humbled me and given me drive. I would tell myself to not become discouraged or defiant, but to pursue any opportunity presented to me that could help me grow. I would tell myself to put down my guard and be ambitious; I would not regret it.

Samantha

Coming to college has forced me to be more open and take initiative to make friends and join organizations. I've learned to be more out going and not afraid to show everyone who I really am. These are qualities that I will be able to take with me where ever I go and for any future careers.

Danielle

Though I am only a freshman, I have already learned so much, and not just in my classes. Rather, I'd say that most of my learning has been done outside of the classroom. I once heard the saying, "high school is four years to learn how to learn, college is four years to learn how to live." It is so true. In all my studies, I am utilizing they habits and tools and work ethic I gained in high school. Now I am on my own, responsible for all my actions and their consequences. I am getting practice handling situations I will come across once I am off in the real world. After my first year of college, I know who I am. Not only do I know who I am, I know what I stand for. I have found that I am capable of not only living what I believe and according to my standards, but also of defending them when they are challenged. That is the most valuable thing I have gained over the past year. It will not only keep me strong through the next five years of school, it will strengthen me for life.

Deanna

I chose my field of study (occupational therapy) and school my sophmore year of high school. I have never regretted --at least not for more than a moment here and there my decision. I have met many different people over the years, both student and professors--some of these friendships I have formed I will have for life. Accademically, this is a tough school, but so is the world if you really want to succeed! When I leave St. Francis, I will feel confident that I will be capable of working and succeeding in my chosen field.

Anna

I've grown into the person I'm most proud of becoming during college. Transferring between three schools and fighting for what I wanted for the first time in my life, I actually became someone I recognized when I look in the mirror. Going to college made me realize a lot about myself and what is important in my life. It's also giving me the tools I need to survive, not only academically and intellectually, but giving me people skills and life experiences that make me a better person, citizen and employee. It's challenged me to target my biggest personal flaws and get past them, or at least take the beginning steps towards overcoming them. College has made me confident of who I am and continues to not only assure me that I have the tools, but also gives me additional resources I need to be successful in the life I want to have.

Kedianne

I have gotten out numerous amounts of experiences while being enrolled in college. I have learned that education is very important and valuable and that I should not take it for granted. I have also learned that, to survive in this world, some sort of degree is very important. I have also learned not to rely on other people, and to be independent. What I mean by that is, after graduating high school, a new world is opened, and being reliant on other people, such as parents, and/or friends, is not always an option. One must be independent in the decisions that they make, and at that, make adult-like decisions. I have also learned time-management. In high school, it was the same classes every day for five days a week. After entering registering for my classes in college, I learned that if I wanted to, I didnt have to have a Friday or Monday class; the blatant freedom that comes with being in college was definitely a culture shock for me. Lastly, I have learned to appreciate my mom for cutting into her retirement fund, to further my education, while unfortunately increasing her work years.

Jessica

I am pleased with the choice I made to attend Saint Francis University. I have built many friendships and formed many useful connections with people in my field of study. I gained knowledge in every class that I have taken. I have grown as a person because Saint Francis stresses the fransician values, in which one of the values is to serve other people. I am greatly pleased that I am surrounded by many positive influences and people who are passionate about serving others just as I am. I value every opportunity I get to futher my education, and therefore I have not missed a class yet. Not everyone gets to go to college but I am priveldged enough to have the opportunity to make a wonderful life for myself while serving others as an Occupational Therapist. The world is constantly changing and is full of crime, wars, and discrimination. I would like to try and make even the smallest difference in someones life to lessen the amount of bad that occurs in the world today. I value Saint Francis University becasue I feel that the degree I acheive here will help me immensly to acheive my life long goals!

Emily

The first thing I would tell myself would be that I have a second chance. In high school, I had an eating disorder and this limited me to express who I really was. As I was applying for colleges, I began to wonder if college was for me. I have been at Saint Francis University for three years now, and I love it. I have learned so much about myself and have grown as a person. To think that I might have made the decision to not attend college just blows my mind. I would also tell myself to relax. The summer before entering college, I was afraid that I would not be able to handle the work in college. Now that I am in college, I am taking 18 credits, I?m involved in many activities and clubs, I work, and achieved a 3.9 last semester. The last thing I would tell myself is to keep an open mind. My senior year of high school I was so set on being a Physician Assistant, and I didn?t let any other options for myself. I have switched my major to psychology and feel that is the perfect fit.

Matthew

I would tell myself to relax some. I would never change anything that has happened along this rollercoaster that is called my life since graduating but I would not allow myself to worry so much. Throughout my high school career and my first few years of high school I worried about everything. Many were stupid things as in if people liked me, were people talking about me, would I fit in, would I have to talk in front of these people that may or may not like me. It took many years and many experiences to understand that it does not matter. Getting an education matters, being a decent person matters and attempting to make a different in the world matters. Being concerned about people liking me or fitting in are not important because not everyone is always going to like me, no matter how hard I try, and nobody always fits in in every situation. I wish I would have known this much earlier in life and I could have just been me, truly and entirely, and been able to enjoy a normal college experience instead of torturing myself with doubt for such a long time.

Sean

At first it is very important to remember that everyone is in the same boat as you, so don't be embarrased or shy, just be yourself. Once you make friends and start hanging out don't be afraid to say no to anything, stick to what you believe in. Before you decide where to attend, do in depth research about your school, but remember, no place is going to be perfect, however, some places will suit you better. Don't feel forced to declare a major in the beginning, you still have plenty of time and will have a better idea of what you want to study down the road. When you are in school, take the core classes seriously, they will make you a better all around person and people respect that in the long run. The key to doing well in school is going to and attending classes. You will save yourself time and stress in the big picture if you focus in class. If you take part in class it will make studying later mush easier. Good Luck!

Jennifer

Take time to shadow people in the career fields you are interested in, look at career forecasts, and volunteer as much as possible.

Allison

Save your money and don't spend it on stupid stuff. Study hard and don't sacrifice study time for social time. Take college life seriously and work hard. Keep your parents involved too.

Karah

I would have gotten a job in high school and saved money up for school. School is very expensive with living costs, books, food, and supplies that are all needed especially gas is expensive when you commute.

Seth

Finding the right college can be very difficult and stressful for many students. The most important thing to remember are the areas of study the school offers. Pick a school that has the area of study you are interested in and that also has many related studies in case you decide to change your mind on your career. Also make sure that the school you choose is the proper distance from home for you. If you have never been away from home for an extended period of time, although it may seem attractive to go far from home, pick a school that makes it easy for you to return home if you wish. I would also suggest to pick a school that has many extra curricular activities to aid to your learning process. College is not only the time to expand your knowledge but also a time to grow as a person. You want to be able to grow as an individual and become a well rounded person, which will help you in your future career.

Issa

Find the school you want to go to base on what you want as an indiviual and not what parents or friends want, remember your the one that is going to be attending the school. And aloways remember to manage your time correctly cuz that's what college is all about, managing your time, studying hard, learning new experiences, and having fun.

Sean

First and foremost, don't expect everything to be perfect, because it will never be. Every school has drinking issues on campus, despite school policies; however, the smaller ones are usually safer and more regimented. Make sure that there are many activities availible to the students; because keeping busy is key to success, and makes it harder to get into trouble. Make sure that the school is looking out for your best interest. Don't feel forced to pursue a major at first. Take classes that you think you may find interesting and see what fits you best.

Stefanie

Use your heart. Don't be too concerned with money and how much it will cost you. In the end, you will be taking out loans no matter what. In the long run, you would rater pay more and be happy than pay less and regret college all together. College will be the most memorable years of your life, set yourself up to enjoy it. Remember your education comes first.

Brad

Research and visit as many as possible to find the one that is the best fit for you.

Hillarie

One thing is for sure: do NOT rule out a college right away because of it's price sticker. Initially, I thought there was no way I could afford to come to Saint Francis, however after further examination and discussions with financial aid, I found out I was eligible for an academic scholarship which would make coming here a reality. Also, look at your options, and then take a second look. You make not like something intially, but it may be more applealing the second time. Keep a notebook of your likes and dislikes of each college after you visit, as well as of deadline dates and other information. It is very helpful after visiting multiple schools in a short time frame, because everything seems to run together. Also, don't be afraid to ask questions and talk to students on campus--they know what life is like at that school better than anyone or anything else--they hold a wealth of information--don't be afraid to ask for it!!

Jordan

Parents cannot choose their children's college. The student has to feel right about the college when they attend it. The student is going to be attending for 4+ years so they have to like it. Picking the right college is very important because it has to incorporate many factors such as your selected major, distance from home, setting of college, and criteria to get into selected school. If the student is comfortable with all of these assets then I think the student will defintely succeed in their next level of higher education.

Marissa

Dont pick the school for your son/daugther...rather allow them to look into what they plan to do the in future...

ashley

Finding the right college is a very hard thing to do. Personally I chose my second choice and could not be happier. The number one thing I can tell anyone is to go visit the school stay overnight and try to get a feel for how the campus is; even sit in on a class. You are going to school to learn and everyone learns better in different environments, you have to make sure the school you choose will help you do your best.

Megan

When going to college for the first time make sure that your student gets involved in as much as possible. They are there to make friends and learn for the next four years of thier lives. Keep in touch with the first time students parents and make sure to send them packages and money! They need a bit of home with them while they're away, and they need money to send the parents back sweatshirts! College is the best four years of the student's life, make sure to enjoy it, in moderation and with good friends!

Anthony

Visit the college or university and see what the best fit is for the student. There are alot of variables that need to be taken in consideration, and the most important to think about when choosing a school is yourself. This is your future, and you have to do what is best. As far as making the most of the college expeience i would advise students to enjoy every minute because college goes fast. Get involved, study had and make a lot of friend. Most of all have fun.

Corey

Ask as many questions as possible....the tours and pamplets don't tell everything...

Kristine

Find the right type of college that suits your personality.

Taryn

Find a place that you feel at home. The college or university is going to be your home for the next four years so make the most out of it. What you get out of college is what you put into it. Be involved and get active. The friends you make in college are people that will be influential in years to come as you enter adulthood and the real world.

Kurt

Find one that is similar to your situation now. Don't pick a big state school if you are in a class of only 40, and don't go to a small, private school if your graduating class was 400. Pick one that is far away enough that you are on your own, but close enough to run home for things.

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