Winchester, VA
Shenandoah University


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

I applied to over 10 schools so I would have a lot of options when it came time to select my school. I believe that was the ...

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

I applied to over 10 schools so I would have a lot of options when it came time to select my school. I believe that was the best choice because I had a few options rather than just having to go to the only school that accepted me. To make the most of your experience: just stay positive. While there have been some bad experiences in my college experience, there have also been many good ones. If you keep a positive attitude and realize you won't learn everything you need to know about life in your short four years here, just take the good experiences with you and treasure them, and discard the bad ones--learn from them and move on.

Icant
Describe the students at your school.

Lots of personality - very social, extroverted.

Describe the students at your school.

Lots of personality - very social, extroverted.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Its beautiful location and secluded atmosphere.

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

Don't waste your time filling out a 45 minute survey that's going to bug you with advertisements after you sign up.

Rebecca
Describe the students at your school.

The students at SU are high energy ready to take on opportunities to express themselves creatively.

Describe the students at your school.

The students at SU are high energy ready to take on opportunities to express themselves creatively.

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

When deciding what to study in college, it is important to take the time to research the different routes your education could take you upon graduation. Also bear in mind that something you are interested in at the beginning of your college career may not be the same at the end. It is better to take courses that will give you a strong base not only as a student but as a citizen, then you can discover new interests. Also, try not to lock yourself into a one-track career, but give yourself options to adapt to the economy as you grow older. I believe that undergraduate education is a way to expose your mind to new ways of thinking and new topics of interest and one?s graduate studies can let the student delve into a specific topic.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating thing about SU is that because my course load was so full and major oriented, I was not able to diversify my education as I would have liked.

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

I don't believe there is a such thing as the "right college." There is a such thing as putting in all of your effort to succ...

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

I don't believe there is a such thing as the "right college." There is a such thing as putting in all of your effort to succeed at a college that appeals to you the most; if you do that, you will be rewarded with a great experience and education. I do feel that taking multiple campus tours prior to deciding is necessary. Formulating important questions to ask current students of your prospective major and other majors is also in your best interest. Ask people around the community of the college what type of reputation the student body has as well. If you have hobbies or special interests, look into seeing if the area suits those. In my case, it's kayaking; and there are two rivers within 20 minutes of Shenandoah University. Once you're accepted, pretend like being a student is like being an employee to your professors; get the work done in a professional manner. You should aim to make it so that everything you do reflects your best.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

My advice for prospective students is to attend all classes. Also, take advantage of every opportunity to learn something new. Whether it be a weekend workshop or a University-sponsored lecture series. This will help you grow to be a smarter, more-resourceful citizen. Reach out to others who are struggling in courses that you do well in because you never know when you might be in there shoes.

What kind of person should attend this school?

The person who accepts different cultures and attitudes should attend here. I went from a simple-minded conservative to an embracer of different ideas and other views. It served me well. As for the setting, you must like the city, but if you don't it's only a short trip to the mountains.

Alanna
Describe the students at your school.

Classmates are very diverse, and are from all different races, sexualities, cultures, and backgrounds.

Describe the students at your school.

Classmates are very diverse, and are from all different races, sexualities, cultures, and backgrounds.

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

Follow your heart, no matter what might be the issues. If you find a school that you fit perfectly into, do everything that you can to go to that school and be a part of it.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish that I would have known that the food wasn't as good as they tried to say it was, and that it is a little more intense then I thought it was.

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

I would advise parents, that want to ensure the best environment for their child to receive as well as the best education and...

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

I would advise parents, that want to ensure the best environment for their child to receive as well as the best education and college experience, to travel and tour universities with their child first. Do some research prior to the visitations to make sure the curriculum of the specific major validates the needs of the child and then make the decision based on the size of the campus and the activities that are offered as well as the community of the location that surrounds the school. Some students tend to base their decisions on the biggest school and a school with a good visual impression before taking a look at their courses and the size of the classroom, so parents would be a significant help for finding a school that best suits the child. Students should take at least a semester to just focus on their studies to get the feel of the atmosphere of the college experiece before diving into activities, as well as asking students about activities and how to be involved, especially within their major to meet peers of the same interest and have fun outside of class.

What's unique about your campus?

There is a high level of students that attend the conservatory and it is a great opportunity to learn music to the highest degree with the many different music classes that are offered. Performances and master classes help give students insight into the musical realm and evolve into a well-rounded musician. I have learned a lot from the classes and extra-curricular activities, which is a big advantage at a private school than at a public school.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

This university is a very close-knit community of students that are focused on their educations and aren't very involved with having a big social life since the number of students are small. There isn't much competition at the school in regards to the academics but a sense of encouragement between students and faculty. A person that doesn't feel the need to be involved and to grow with the students and faculty wouldn't have a good experience at Shenandoah University.

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

When graduating high school you have to make a pretty important decision about what your going to do with your future; if you...

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

When graduating high school you have to make a pretty important decision about what your going to do with your future; if your going to continue your education, what feild you would persue, where you would go, and how you're going to pay for it? It's a lot of questions but take them one at a time and think rationally. Remember everything works out in the end, you just need to put in the time and effort. Ask for advice and use the resources around you but keep in mind the decision are yours, no one knows better than you. It's your life. Go to school with an open mind and egerness to learn and explore the world; make connections and have your mind blown. Be willing to grow and change as a person. You are going to find new things that interest you and learn the most important life lessons. College is a great atmosphere away from the stress of living with family. You will learn how to balance everything and continue to have fun. College is the best time of our lives and there is no reason why you can not succeed.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The cafe food rarely has a good night where i leave with a full stomach, most times the food is gross and very unsatisfying. They recently built a new student center with a deli like thing called the gril. They provide food that is pretty good, but only have 4 chioces that count as a meal plan (equivalent to eating in the cafe). The rest you have to pay for, and it is very overpriced. I am a poor college student that can't even afford to eat at the one place on campus that has good food.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

A wide variety of kids go here with a wide range of goals for the future, so anyone could potentially go here and fit in. Someone looking for a further education in almost any field from music profermance and acting to health professions and business. Looking to find themselves as a person and better their future.

Liz
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A small school with diverse students and strong community feel in a growing city in the Shenandoah Valley

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A small school with diverse students and strong community feel in a growing city in the Shenandoah Valley

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

College is a chance to explore the world and find out who you are and what you want to do with your life. Go to a well-rounded school that has many majors that interest you. Don't just take a tour of the school, meet students and teachers, and sit in on a class. The most important part about a school is not the food or the dorms, but the community: the students and teachers. Interesting classes and strong friendships will overcome any crummy food. Don't pick a school only because of its reputation, pick a school for how it makes you feel while you are there. You should feel it is a fit when it is the right school.

What's unique about your campus?

I love the small classes and how close I have become with my teachers.

Brian
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Creating an environment suited to the creation and perfection of art.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Creating an environment suited to the creation and perfection of art.

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

Finding a place where you feel comfortable and welcomed is equally as important as a school that is acedemically prestigious. It doesn't matter if it's a huge university in a major city, or a small college in a tight knit community, but finding your niche among that college scene is what will define your 4 years and what will ultimately be responsible for how much you get out of the experience. So, don't read into the brochure too much; talk to students, professors, and feel out the campus. Then, once you are there - get involved. Learning doesn't just happen in the classroom!

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The conservatory is so small that it is quite dramatic and everyone is always in everyone else's business. The attendance policies are also a bit strict.

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