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


i have experienced going back to college will give me the opportunity to get the degree i need to get a better job and hlep people. Gives me th e knowledge i will need to better my life.


I am a freshman at Southern Utah University. Moving out for college was really exciting, but scary at the same time. I decided to live on campus, which gave me the opportunity to meet more of my fellow classmates. I have learned more responsibility and also learned that the more effort I put into my education, the more I get out of it. I am responsible for my education. In high school it was easy just to do the minimum amount of work required to get by. In college, I could do that, but I value the things I'm learning in college. When I put more effort in my assignments, and give it my best, I get more out of the class. I feel like attening college has been very valuable. This is only my first semsester in college, and I have already learned so much. I'm always excited to learn more, and the things I'm learning will not only benefit my future career, but will help me in all areas of my life.


I have been able to become more passionate about learning and to have a stronger desire to work for my degree. I have been able to explore my educational options and figure out what careers are possible for me. My advisors have helped me to stay on course for graduation. My attendance at Southern Utah University has been valuble in expanding my understanding of the world around me and has helped open my eyes to multiple career possibilities for my degree.


I've learned to become an independent adult learning to fend for myself and manage my time wisely. I've learned when and how to say no when parties and other fun things I would want to do conflict with other more important priorities conflict with my school work. Being in college has also allowed me to immerse myself in diversity and become friends with those people I didn't normally associate with in high school. I have friends from all over the world and am constantly introducing myself to more people. My self-confidence has improved ten-fold since arriving at SUU. I hope that I will continue to learn and grow academically as well as in maturity and worldly wisdom. Going to college has been the best decision I have made in my life time.


The last few years of my life have been so pivitol that they have changed who I am and made me a better person. I owe these changes to my attendace at Southern Utah University. I have not only been taught to believe in myself, but to believe in others around me. The friendships I've made with my classmates, and my proffesors are those that will last me a lifetime. I can make career decisions and be confident in them because I know I have friends, professors and a good education to back me up. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to work as a Resdient Assistant for my University, and through that experience i learned how to help others, while being helped by my residents as well. I think SUU is a fantastic institution, it gives students private attention at a public value, which is something that has kept me coming back every year. My attendance and involvement at Southern Utah University is so valuable because I know I will be successfull in all of my future endeavors. I have enough knowledge and confidence to change the world!


My college experience has been amazing so far. Not only am I learning new things about subject I am passionate about from my professors but I am also learning from my fellow students. In my classes I have met people from all walks of life. From the ex-military personal to the parents and grandparents, each has their own story to tell and a shared passion of higher education. Interacting with them has shown me that college is valuable to attend, not only to get a degree, but also to broaden my view of different opinions and of the world.


A sense of accomplishment that I haven't felt from anything else that I have done. Confidence. A very good job with good pay. Job security. Some admiration from others. Use the skills learned to volunteer and help others. Knowing I can take care of myself and be on my own during college. Student loans were worth it and have since paid them off as planned. Friendships. Great memories.The greatest benefit was the completion of a long term plan/goal. Realizing because of college that there are a lot of things I can accomplish if I want to.


My college experience has been an eye-opener. I am definately more aware of my responsibilites as an adult living on my own. I have learned so much, both inside and outside of the classroon. I realize how important it is for me to get a degree in order for me to afford all the things I want in my life, and in order for me to make a living. I took most things for granted when I was in high school, but college has really opened my eyes to the reality of it all. It is so valuable to attend college and be a part of the school. You gain experiences you can't get anywhere else and you make friendships that will last a lifetime. I am so thankful to be going to college and so grateful to my excellent professors for helping me pursue my dreams.


My college experience has given my the experience and the confidence necessary to move on to the next level, which for me is law school. They were were able to help me with the financial aspect as well because I will graduate debt free. Plus, they gave me the small classroom sizes, individual help, etc that I needed to grow as a student by being able to participate regularly and get into a law school for the 2010-2011 academic year.


From my college education I have been able to learn things I thought I was not capable of. The professors here have found a way to make me excited to learn. I never thought that was possible. The school has a great student support center where I can get all the help I need without feeling dumb or slow. They are very supportive and helpful. School has valuable because of my education. Even if I never used my degree, it has been great to learn all that I have. I have been able to make new friends and found some very great examples. I have found professors who have inspired me to be a better person and believe in myself.


Out of college at SUU I have gotten a life that I love and am proud to live. SUU made a name for me, in high school I was just another person. But my first day at SUU I felt like an individual. I knew SUU was the place for me, I learned who I was and what I do as a person. I learned that I really can do great things with my life if I am rich or poor. SUU taught me that my education will lead to my happiness. SUU has taken me places no where else could. SUU found me a major, one I ever saw myself in but now I could never see myself anywhere else. I value Southern Utah University because Southern Utah University values me.


In going to college, I have learned more about myself than the curriculum. I learned to trust in my abilities as a student, a friend, and an adult. College isn't easy, and that forced me to focus and rearrange my priorities. I had to put school first instead of a social life. I had to learn how to budget my money, clip cupons, and even go without a few things in order to pay tuition. I have had to force myself out of my comfort zone, thereby learning to trust and rely upon other people for help. I had to realize that I can't do everything on my own. College has helped me grow up. Not only am I a better person for coming to SUU, but I also have a greater hope for a succesful future.


I would tell myself that there is no real way to completely prepare for college. Transitioning into college is a unique experience where you are suddenly dropped into this strange environment without family or friends, where there are different rules that apply. Sure, I could say that you need to work your butt off and apply for scholarships at every chance you get because tuition and textbooks suck you dry along with the cost of food and utilities. I could say that you need to get to know your roommates before you're all smooshed together in a tiny apartment otherwise you will feel even more alone when you first get to college. I could say that you need to decide on a major before coming to college because you can get right down to business when you start school. I could say all that, but in the end it doesn't really matter. It's hard at first, but it does get better. You might feel like a fish out of water for the first semester, but when you come back for the next semester it's like coming back home.


If given the opportunity, I would tell my high school senior self to prepare for the biggest social change of her life! I wish I would have known better to embrace all the new experiences I faced and to stride out with confidence into my new college community. My freshman year would have seemed much less daunting if I took advantage of all the social opportunities presented. I know now that my professors are eager to answer my questions, that the best way to meet people is by attending campus activities, and that roommates can become lifelong friends!


If I could go back in time and talk to myself, I would tell my senior self how important it is to READ and taking advantage of the time you have available. Seriously the procrastination habits that you had when you were in high school nearly made it so that you couldn't graduate. So do the all of the assignments given to you by your teachers, they will prepare you with the necessary habits to sustain a college students intellectual abilities. Cramming does not and in most cases will not work, causing the unnecessary strain on your mind and body that almost shuts down your entire system. That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but at times it will feel like your life is going to be over and the strain is going to kill you, hopefully it will not. I'm not saying it's going to be easy or even fun, but if you learn to love reading again and turn off the TV, everything else well fall into place, because the problems that seem so big to you now, are laughably idiotic in the time to come.


Never take for granted what is given to you. Free college was offered to me my junior/senior year through running start which I did attend, but I would have taken more classes that would persue my career in Nursing. I would also tell myself to always be prepared because you never know what's going to come your way. Preparing for it would have been much easier, I would have saved as much as I could so I could work less and be able to focus on my school more. You may get married and have a child, which could make you less qualified for financial aid which put you through college before, and you don't have all that free time anymore because you have someone else to now take care of. Juggling school, work, and home can be difficult, but worth it. Becoming a Nurse is a dream of yours and in doing that you know you will be able to provide. I would tell myself to work hard at all that you do because really it will pay off in the end.


gather study habits in jr. high. start to learn how to manage time better. make sure you get less attached to your family. be more open minded.


Just be yourself, don't stress over the little things. You pushed yourself way too hard in highschool. You are smart enough. This is going to be a blast.


Ginny, I know that you're worried about starting school in the fall. My advice is: don't worry so much. Everyone's already told you that you're going to love being at a university and they're completely right. You are going to make so many new friends and you're going to absolutely adore your classes. Your professors will be so different from any other teacher you've had and that's because they will acknowledge you as an adult. One of the things you're going to love most about college is the freedom that you'll have. Just try and get more sleep, okay? Since you love to learn, college is going to be a breeze. Yeah, you will have a hard time waking up sometimes because some of your classes will be early, but once you actually get to the classroom your mind will be on fire with the knowledge that's at your disposal. So, embrace every moment! Cherish the opportunity you have to learn and meet new people and grow in ways you can't even understand yet! Just remember: everything is going to be okay. Everything will be okay.


Becky, after just one semester of going to college, let me tell you a couple things before going into college. First of all, it is a very good thing you are getting the college courses done now ? don?t slack those off, it has really paid off! Probably the biggest thing that I can tell you, you already know, but really you haven?t grasped the concept fully; that is money. Save every bit that you can! I know this is a clich?, but it?s amazing how fast money goes when you are on your own. You are planning pretty well, and I know you can save money, but in college there are a lot of financial surprises. The next thing I would say is to not stress out about the work load in college. Yes, it can be a lot and a little overwhelming, but you have a good enough work ethic that it won?t be unmanageable. However, along with this is friends and social life. It is awesome having so much freedom, but be careful not to get carried away with having a good time. Also, don?t worry about getting friends, because you will!


I would probably tell myself that though college may be hard to pay for and sometimes even harder to find motivation to obtain schooling on my own, it is worth it. College is definitely a fast paced and focused learning environment. If you are willing to go the extra mile, college will pay off with more than just a degree. I would also tell myself that being focused on my own personal goals is integral to my success in school. It can sometimes seem like personal relationships and being able to pay for everything is overwhelming. It is always easier to dwell on the stress relationships, dating, and finances. I would try to make my younger self understand that as long as I am obtaining an education and giving work/school an honest effort, everything else that is meant to happen will happen. Focusing on becoming a better person through education and life lessons learned only on your own will make you the person you have always strived to be.


Making the transition from high school to college was not very difficult for me because of the accepting, friendly and helpful atmosphere at Southern Utah University. After attending college for two years though, I have found that the thing I struggle with the most is managing my finances. If I were to go back in time to my senior year in high school, I would apply for more scholarships and enroll in more Advanced Placement or Concurrent Enrollment courses so that I could better manage my finances and be better prepared for the responsibility that comes with living independently as a college student.


Brenna, As you start college this year, there are a few things I want you to keep in mind. First, be happy with yourself. Be happy with the process of becoming a better person rather than the product of impressing mom and dad, or your professor with an A. Second, don't worry so much. Things always work out, even when things seem hardest. Just breathe. Third, grades are just subjective opinions that don't measure how much you know or how much you've learned. Last: live! Live life like you mean it! Try new things, meet new people, and step WAY outside of your comfort zone. Join that club, do that marathon, go on that date, and mostly just be yourself. Don't let anyone change you. The most important things you will learn at college are not the things you will learn in a classroom. That it. Good luck! -The older more experienced you. PS Watch out for boys who wear leather jackets.


I would tell myself to love on the ones around me more often. To make more memories, to give more hugs, to laugh a little more. I would tell myself to appreciate my family and friends more, especially my parents. I would tell myself to pray more and to read the Bible more often. I would tell myself to relax and not be so stressed. To do more of the things I enjoy and live for. To lay out in the sun more. To play around on the piano more and to paint more. Most importantly to not loose myself in the chaos of graduating and saying goodbye. To look in the mirror and realize I am beautiful the way I already am. And to just stay true to myself.


I would tell myself to achieve what I want to achieve, and not let anyone else tell me different. Also, that by doing what makes me happy there would be limitless success in my endevors. That I could achieve anything, and to never give up. How everything that I had worked for in high school would in fact pay off later. I would say that there is more than just hope, there is a future.


In order to pick your college, know what your major is. Once you know what it is you want to do with your life, you can pick the school that is reputable for your chosen field of work. That is ultimately why I chose the school I'm going to: a good reputation for the type of majors I was interested in.


You need to avoid is procrastination. Don?t wait until the day before a test to start studying. You will realize that most of your tests will happen around the same week and sometimes it happens on the same day. The easiest way to avoid the stress is to review the notes from the class, get the lecture slides, mark them, and make flashcards with what you have marked. Study the flashcards while you?re walking to class. It also makes it easier to study for the final when you've already made flashcards for the whole semester. The next thing you would benefit from would be to get to know your professors. Get comfortable with them. If you're comfortable with them you won't feel too timid to ask questions when you don?t understand something. Letters of recommendation will also have more meaning if the professor can remember you specifically. That will be vital in getting into medical school. Be sure to get to know your classmates too. You'll be more comfortable in your class and your study groups will be more effective. Don?t underestimate the value of a good study group.


I would sit myself down and look right into my eyes and remend myself that I know who I am and what I want out of life. I would go on and on about how I need to stick to what I believe and not let anyone or anything but the truth influence me. I need to stay strong and not be distracted so easily, I can't get so caught up in what everyone else, family and friends, want for me. I can't second guess myself, I need to stick to what my plan is and just go for it. If I listen to other's I just get confused and end up wasting time, like being in the undecided major club for a semester when I already knew what I wanted. I just forgot to listen to myself, I listened to other's. I am a strong personality and I can stand alone if I have to. I cannot second guess myself, I am not afraid of giving everything to accomplish my dream's and I am ok with failure because I know I will some day succeed.


I would explain to myself that I need to take my education more serious and not to neglect my studying skills. Also I would give myself a outline of what it takes to succeed in college like for example to get into the habit of reading a regular basis, not take easy classes just keep your GPA with minimal effort to work for it. LIsten to what everybody was saying all through high school take the advice and run with it, not to just rub it all off. Then I would have told myself to have fun, work hard , and to keep my eye on the prize.


If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself that even though you weren't the coolest and surely not the most popular person in high school. In college none of that matters and to be frank, those who seemed to be less popular in high school transitioned better to college. Another thing I would tell myself, would be that even though you don't want to take the college classes that the high school offers, by taking them you will be ahead in your college credits and not have to waste so much time doing something you could have done in high school and gotten credit for. However, all in all, you'll do great in college, don't stress it, it may seem scary now, but in the long run it will end up being one of the best decisions you have ever made.


I would tell my self to choose a college based on what I want, and not what anyone else wants. I would also remind myself to think about the long run, and whether I will be able to afford the college I choose over the 4 years I attend. Also, I would tell myself to enjoy the last year of highschool and not get so wrapped up in college applications. Of course, I would still want to tell myself to work my hardest, but to also balance fun with it. Because you are only in highschool once, and you might as well live it up while you can!


If i could go back in time and talk with my "senior self" i would tell myself to start practicing better study habits. The homework and studying load is greatly increased at the college level and i have been able to meet the expectations, but if i had been able to develop better habits during high school i would have a much bigger advantage.


The advice I would give myself would to prepare myself in a better way to be out on my own and to learn how to study my way. I would tell myself I needed to learn how to cook, do laundry and all the other things you need to learn that you may need when living on your own. I feel everyone has their own personal way to study. I would tell myself to take harder classes to prepare for college and to find out my personal way to study before I went to college. That way it would take less time for me to get use to the transition to the college life. Since the college life is much harder and faster then high school life.


I would go back and tell myself to think about the school that will fit me best; what programs they provide, how well it will fit in with my goals in life and how long I am going to be there. I would tell myself that I don't know everything and that I should take extra help and get all the information that I need to make things run smoothly. Next I would tell myself to not slack off and take the classes that are hard so I could be done with some of those by the time I got to college. I would also tell my self to try everything and not be afraid of what is going to happen or the unknown. Finally I would tell my younger self to enjoy the process of getting into college and what comes after it because it is fun and you learn a lot!!


The number one thing I would tell myself is to spend more time preparing for college both academically and financially. These are the two things I wish I had worked more on. When preparing academically, I would say you need to spend more time studying and getting the best grades possible, as well as taking more concurrent enrollment classes to further my college education before I even began. I also would have liked to have created a better studying habit. This would have helped me be prepared for the fast pace of some of the classes I would end up taking in college. As for the financial side, I would suggest putting aside money in a savings account so that you have a good financial start to help you with college expenses. Along with saving money, I would suggest applying for every scholarship you apply for, and to only use student loans when they are absolutely neccessary. This will allow you to use your money for other expenses rather than having to live from paycheck to paycheck or relying on your parents for financial help. Also, applying for scholarships will give you experience in filling out applications for after graduation.


Boys are still blind


If I could go back and talk to my high school senior self I would tell her to spend less time worrying about social attachments. I would tell myself to start spending more time equilibrating to a more concrete study schedule. Looking back AP classes were not enough preparation for the rigours of college classes. The most important piece of information I could give my senior self is to not underestimate the importance of keeping up with the reading. I would tell myself that procrastinatin is not an option and sleep is just as important as getting the homework done. Lastly I would tell myself that it is not cowardly to ask for help when you feel like you're sinking without a life-line. Questions are good, and don't expect to know and understand the information before even entering the class.


I would definitely tell myself that I needed to really work hard on my grades, so that I could get into what ever college or university that I wanted to attend., and so I could get a scholar ship to help pay for college because it is very expensive. I would also make sure that I gave myself a better head start in college by taking college classes while still in High school. I think that one of the biggest things that high school seniors need to think about if they are going to be paying their own way through college is finding a college that is close to home, so that they can save money while getting their generals out of the way because most college students no matter what age they are do not really know which direction to take for their major until they have taken most if not all of their general educations classes. This way they can save a lot of time and money that they would have wasted on living expenses and out of state college tuition until they know what they really want to specialize in.


First of all, move out of the house. Even if you go to the University of Utah, it IS worth it to pay rent and move fifteen minutes away from Mom and Dad. You will feel so much more liberated and you will be able to do things on your own terms, which is something you haven't ever been able to do. I know it's scary to live with roommates, but aim for a private room and be open about any problems that you may have. It will probably be a blessing and a curse, but roommates will teach you how to live with people who aren't required to love you unconditionally and you will appreciate them from time to time (like when you're scared and don't want to be alone, when the utility bill comes in, or when they have bakeware that you don't and let you borrow it.) Also, date. Although I love my boyfriend very much, I sometimes wish I had met him later on and I wish I had allowed myself more time to be single. It can suck but it can be a lot of fun, too.


I would tell myself to so more work in high school so I could have been closer to graduating when I got to college, because it is expensive and my family can't afford to pay for my college. I would have also said to work hard and not let my socal life get in my way my first semester so that I could get better grades. then i would also have told my self to start planning for college my sophmore year in high school so i knew what I had to do to be better prepared and could have applied for some scolarships


I would tell myself to get a job. Participating in sports and extracurricular activities help build character, but a solid financial block is necessary. Having a job in this economy also helps one to obtain a hard-working frame of mind. In this society, everybody wants material things. And they want it NOW. They are willing to borrow thousands of dollars without a method of paying it back. Whatever happened to saving up all of the change in your piggy bank and going out to reward yourelf with that nice car? There needs to be a sense of urgency especially in the present society. The economy continues to falter, and the world needs hard workers to replace the slackers. When does this training start? In the teenage years my friend.


The advise I would give myself is that highschool is free and college is not, and I should appreciate my priveledge to go to school. Going to school is going to help me so that I can live a carefree life and not always have to struggle like my family. I would also tell myself that I am not stupid that I am very capable of getting good grades I just need to work hard and focus on my dreams and goals. Also I would say keep your family close because you never know when you wont have them anymore.


Be willing to put in the extra time and effort. The benefit you will receive for having done so will be tremendous. Learn to roll with the punches and let the little things go.


I would tell myself to follow my dreams. I have worked my whole life to impress a father I hardly know and now am in so much debt due to working toward a degree I never wanted. I ended up changing my major just days ago to theater to finally follow my drams of acting, and now I couldn't be happier. I also would tell myself that asking for help isn't a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength. I struggled a lot harder my Freshman year than I had to, and if I would have only asked more questions I probably would have flet a lot better about school.


When I was a senior in high school I was hugely concerned with applying and going to college. If I could go back in time I would tell myself to calm down and that there was no need to be worried. The stress that I felt about going to a new place and being involved in new things practically ruled my life at times. If I could have been calm and clear in my ideas and desires then I think I would have been more comfortable and tried to apply for more scholarships and opportunities. However, I was so concerned with simply leaving home that I let all of these things pass me by.


I would tell myself to focus on my grades, and to not be afraid to ask professors for extra help. I would try and decide on an academic major sooner so that I could've saved time and money. I would tell myself to keep a consistent schedule and to never miss class. To schedule all of the "fun stuff" on the weekends, and not sacrifice needed study time for social activities. I would tell myself to be wary of time-filling boyfriends and too needy friends. Overall, I would just stress the importance of proper time management and living on a budget.


There are a few important things that you and/or your children should know about finding the right college and making the most of your college experience. First, there?s the academic aspect of the college. It?s important to know that your school strives for your successful future. This includes everything from your school helping you set up financial aid and housing to the hard work that goes into making sure you succeed and receive everything you need to do your best. Ultimately your success is the school?s success. Second, it?s important to feel the sense of community about your school. Knowing that you are accepted, welcomed, and supported is paramount to complete your college experience and internalize a drive to succeed and create a future for yourself and become part of your school. And third, the communication between you and your school. Your success comes from the communication that is developed and maintained so that you are always aware of what your school can do for you, as well as of what you can do for your school. These help you to create the best of your college experience by finding the right college for you.


First off, I would try to find a school that is very supportive of your students not only through scholarships, but also with tutoring help (even the best of us have a hard time in class and stop by tutoring labs), safe campuses, psychological help, and where the student can keep the focus on studying while maintaining a balance with a social life. Secondly, it is also a good idea to have some distance (but not too much) from family in order to have a feeling of independence while not being too far or estranged from home. Thirdly, but not least importantly, make sure that the student has a supplement of enjoyable classes along with a good basis for their focus or major. Make sure that the campus and housing is comfortable for the student and for the parents and communicate to make compromises to suit both parties. Always remember, the actual challenge begins AFTER choosing the campus, but don't let homesickness or the anxiety of college workloads overwhelm the student. Select a campus where you can be involved in studies and yet have a safe good time with peers. Good luck and have fun in college!


Pick a school in a location you can handle living in. Choose somewhere you want to go because you want to go there, not because all your friends are going there and you don't want to be alone. You will make friends. Before you choose someplace make sure you have financial plan. When you get to college study hard but also have fun. Don't lock yourself away and be antisocial. Get involved that is the best way to make friends and to make the most of school. But don't slack off either. Just make sure that you can make a decision and have no regrets.


I believe that both the parents and prospective student should visit the campus, and talk with professors/advisor in their prospective fields. I believe that a good solid career center is crucial for any outstanding university. Also, make sure the student is easily able to get around town in such transportation i.e. a car isn't available.