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


I would tell myself that when it comes to making the decisions about college go to a different school. If I want to play volleyball find a school that I will actually enjoy. If I still decide to go to Southwest Baptist know you will make amazing friends in the end with the volleyball team and people outside the team. Also be more outgoing in the beginning because it is college and I should be having fun. The next would be to not be so serious in life. It is okay to go out on the weekends and go to parties with your friends instead of studying every now and then. Also when it comes to your classes do not procrastinate because it will be the death of you. Also do not worry so much that you get sick just take one thing at a time and life will go on. Enjoy life and college a little more.


Dear Tiffany, Jessica will not attend SBU with you. I know this a shock to you now, but when admissions calls to ask if you would like a roommate the answer is yes. Answer yes, do not sit in your dorm room by yourself struggling with mom's cancer and adjusting to college. Seek our Kallie-Jo and Caprice your soon to be new suite mates, and share with them your stuggles. Kallie and Caprice will prove to stand by you in college life and there after. Your next task is to seek out a girl named Ruby Karamitros, this girl right here will be your Maid of Honor, best friend, confidant and so much more through out the post grad college years. The sooner you get to know her the better. As for academics, you will need to put forth much more effort in college than in high school. You learn best with flash cards, especially when it comes to Dr. Snellen's classes. Trust the advice that Austin gives you and always ask for more. He watches out for you more than you realize during this time, be sure to thank him for this at graduation.


People always say that high school is such an important part of our lives and to make the most of it. I know high school for you wasn't the best experience you ever had and that may have worried you a bit. I know you always felt like you weren't involved as much as other people and didn't have very many friends. You always thought you needed to join more clubs or be involved in sports. But please listen to me right now and know that none of that matters in college. High school is not what everyone makes it up to be anyway. If you think about how long you will be around in this world, you have so much more to look forward to. The average life expectancy is 80 years old and high school is only 5 percent of your life. Go to college with a new beginning and figure yourself out and chase after your passion. You will keep the friends you've had since childhood that matter and you will make relationships with a wonderful group of people that are far more loving than those from high school. Cherish it.


There would be very few things that I would go back and tell myself as a high school student. One thing that I would tell myself would be, that I needed to learn how to not procrastinate any more. In highschool it was easy for me to get things done under pressure, but college is a whole new game. I would need to know when it was okay to have fun with friends and when to say "no" so I could study or finish projects. I would need to use a planner to keep myself organized and remember when things were due. Another thing that would have been nice to know, would have been how to take really good notes. During high school, I relied a lot on the teachers and wrote everything down word for word. Now, in college, it is important to take what is important in a lecure and write it down. It is not always necessary to write everything down that the professor has to say. These would be the things that would have been good to practice in high school.


As I remeber my logic and decision making capacity a mere four years ago, there is much advice I could of shared with my high school self. The first and most important piece of advice I would of given myself would of been to plan better for my financial future. I was so excited to start and just assumed loans were the best investment I could make, but when the loans pile twice as high as what you would ever make in a year it can get scary when they come into re-payment. I would of slowed down my excitement about being a new college student and thought more about scholarships and financing my education. The second piece of advice would be remember why you went to college. Most of the people go to better their educational status, do not let the excitement and thrill of new surroundings spoil your original goal. Have fun of course, but do not let that overshadow your educational goals.


My college experience at SBU provided me with valuable learning and growth. It is a fostering environment for strengthening faith and enforcing values and ethics. The students and professors were friendly. My professors genuinely cared and had open doors. My advisor gave each of his students personal attention and ensured we all got the classes we needed to take to graduate. The small classroom sizes allowed for more personalized education and class discussions. For a small school, the facilities still provided all the conveniences necessary to succeed. It was easy enough to get involved, but I aslo sometimes wished there were more activities going on. Orchestra, theatre, and other venues and clubs are always looking for more people allowing you to pick up a talent even if you have no prior experience in it. I enjoyed playing my violin in orchestra just for fun and received a small scholarship from that. Tuition was low for a private Christian college.


I am a sophomore now about to start the Spring semester. I have recently decided to double major in Buisness Management and Business Marketing. My freshman year was not quite what I expected. I went into the year with excitement and I was ready to take on the world. Boy was I wrong. My first week of classes and I wanted to quit. I remember feeling so overwhelmed and hopeless. Then one day, my boyfriend, Jordan, told me he had felt the same way. But then he said that he wasn't going to let college beat him. He was going to beat it. I had thought I was the only one feeling stressed and worthless. After our talk, I decided the same thing. Jordan and I are still together and planning our wedding for after graduation. I have motivation, determination, and a great imagination. School isn't beating me. It's leading me to my future. And my future will be great. That I can promise.


I have gotten everything and more out of my college experience. From meeting great people to having my confidence reassured to the level of anything can and will be achieved. The education I received was definitely priceless. My road to the future and doors to huge opportunities has been opened , without this decision to better myself and improve my education , I would be still in the same rut making no progress.


There are many things that I have been able to take away from my short time at college. In less than a full semester I have greatly added to my knowledge academically. Living away from home has taught me greater independece. The people that I meet have taught me the importance of making and keeping close friends. My professors have also deeply impacted the way I think about both my life academically and socially.


I feel that I have learned much more than I thought I would in the year that I've attended thus far. What I've gotten out of my college experience up to this point has been a mixture of academic and spiritual growth. I have also experienced many character building experiences while here, and I feel that I have become a better person for them. To say that my college experience is valuable does not seem to do it justice. It has been more than valuable to me. Indeed, the changes that I have undergone spiritually and emotionally are so incredibly priceless. The professors here have been more than kind and extremely helpful, and the atmosphere to be found here is one that assists the shaping of character and morals of those who are willing to be shaped. To know that I am getting more than just an education out of college is highly encouraging.


My college experience has had its ups and downs like everyone else's college experience, but I remember one day in particular when I knew that I was in the right place. My philosophy professor has his students write "original thought papers" on topics we've discussed in class. At the beginning they are terrifying. I've done my fair share of grumbling over these monstrous papers. Hoenestly, who has an original thought in their head to begin with? Anyway, I was puzzling over this, and after pain-staking hours (not just two or three, we're talking ten, twenty hourse) of attempts at piecing together my ideas, it slowly morphed into a paper. The paper, I'm sure wasn't superior to anything anyone else had written, but it was mine. It had cost me something, and I had loved every minute of it. I discovered that I love knowledge. I love answers that aren't easy to figure out - ones that drive me to distraction. The world seemed like a more delightful place after that moment; the thought that there were so many more ideas to be understood made the mind a delightful mixture of distress and possibility.


I would tell myself to work hard in school. I would say don't slack now and learn good study habits. I would encourage myself to spend the time doing the work because it would save me a lot of headache in the future.


Hey Girl, you are a high school senior and almost done! Keep giving your all to your class work and trying to do your best. College is just around the corner; your hard work and dedication is preparing you for what lies ahead. Yes, college is fun, but it is challenging. I am not going to sugar coat the reality of how much time and effort it will take to be successful; however, you have all the skills and drive that it will take to make your dreams a reality. The best advice I can give you is to never give up! William Feather says it well, ?Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after other have let go.? Sheer grit and determination will be required to get you through some of those courses that are required but not enjoyable. Be sure to take all the dual credit classes you can because they save you time and money. When you get to college, do not be afraid to become involved and make lots of friends. Memories can never be replaced. I wish you the best! Be true to yourself and stand up for what?s right!


Going to college is not as hard as it seems and fitting in is no problem. Do not waste time stressing about things you can not change and just be excited for what is to come. Also, classes are not nearly as hard as everyone threatens. Just put in as much effort as you can and you will do great. The friends you will make at school will be awesome too. Just be friendly and say hi to everyone. Overall just have fun and enjoy college because it can be such a great experience.


Now that I have spent two and a half years in college, I feel like I have grown up a lot and there is a few things I would defintley like to tell myself. For starters, I would have warned myself about how demanding Softball is and that I have to be ready for a heavy workload with softball and school. I would also tell myself that having a social life is indeed important, but make sure that I put extra work in to my school work rather than my social life first semester of college. I went to a good college prep highschool so adjusting to the busy scheduling wasnt to hard to do but it was more living on my own that I had to adjust to. So in the end, I would tell myself that college is about meeting friends, but make sure I am down there for a purpose and to get my job done, which is to get a great education and a great job.


It is time to look forward and plan a rewarding and wonderful future. Think of the rewards of having an education that will give me a chance of finding a job with higher income. Jobs may not be secure, but you will have the back bone of a college education giving me a widder scope. College will be hard and probably long, but it will be rewarding in many ways and most of all it will make me strong, and better ready for life intricate surprises. It is a chance that can not be discarded, it is my chance to become better in more ways than one.


College is portrayed as just further education. This it is in fact, but actually there is more to it. Being on a college campus gives you many opportunities that living at home with the parents does not. For instance, finding out the true meaning of a budget. You get to make your own decisions, live with a complete stranger, and form friendships that will last a lifetime. The main thing is to come into college with an open mind and open heart. Follow your dreams and make the most of situations that in high school probably would have been decided for you. Become the individual you always wanted to be, find YOURSELF. Understand that the answers will not always be clear but that is part of the journey. A majority of the transition is to jump out of the box and try new things. Be prepared for struggles and good times. Make the most of every opportunity and leave no stone unturned.


As a college student going back to my senior year in high school, I would tell myself to apply for more scholarships, to attend a Bearcat Day, and not to be afraid to be more outgoing. As a student it is your job to pay for school and scholarships really do help. Make sure you start applying early. I waited until the last minute and got some money however, first semester is over and I no longer have all that incoming scholarships to help decrease the cost of school. Second, by attending Bearcat Days you can meet new people both current students and prospective students. You can also get a better feel for the campus and not be so flustered on your first day on campus. Last even though you are an outgoing person, make sure that you do not retreat into your shell. Keep being that outgoing person that everyone loves. Don't worry you can do this and most of all remember to have some fun.


I would tell myself not to worry about going off to college. It is diffferent but a great new chapter to my life. Just live it up college is a time to re-event yourself. Just have fun and be yourself. You learn alot and just don't shut down and lock yourself in your room.


I would tell my self how important it was having my family with me and to enjoy every mintue and every day with them because when you are at other state and your all alone, you realize how important it was to talk to your mom and dad and you brother and sister about anything and to realize they are not there. So don't take advanage of the time you have, make the most of it and Thank God for your Mom,Dad and your brother aand sister.


Get to know people. Not only can you get together and do fun stuff, but you can also team up to study or do homework.


Dont be shy. Make new friends be yourself nobody knows you so you can be who you really are. Be willing to step up and lead and get involved with campus activites. Classes will be hard but teachers are there to help and answer questions. Make friends in your classes so you can have someone to study with. Take as many notes as you need in class no matter what everyone else is doing. Love college life, the friends you make in college are the friends you will have for life.


never give up if u get denied youre very first choice


Look for campuses that expand the mind's horizons and encourage or grow your faith (whichever faith you follow). Affordability is important, but being at a college where you enjoy learning is absolutely essential. You have to love what you're doing there. Finding a college that's well-connected to the community and to local jobs is valuable, as well. If you can find a college with all these elements, you've found a gem. As for making the most of college, pick the professors' brains, if you can. Many of them have advice, experience, and wisdom that can be passed on to you. Make friends with those not just in your major, but also outside your major. The campus is nothing without its people, and relationships are what truly matter. However, balance between social and academic activities is crucial. You can have a good time with friends, but waste valuable study time, or vice versa, if you're not careful. Be sure to explore your options and learn to live life.


Here are some stress-reducing tips for finding the right college: instead of pinpointing the exact college you want to attend, make a list of the top-five schools. If at all possible, try to visit all of these schools as early as you can. Some college campuses just don?t click with the student, that?s okay. It?s important to apply for admission at all of these schools and get into any early honor programs. Remember, you can get accepted into an honor program and drop later, but most honor programs will not accept late applications. Parents, this is a time of transition for your child. Encourage them, but don?t act like you?re throwing them out of the nest. Try to balance your support for their growth in maturity with your own parental advice. Ways to survive first semester include developing friendships immediately which provide a support system, making good first impressions on the teachers, and forming good study and sleep habits. It is possible to have fun while also making good grades and getting adequate sleep. The secret to this is budgeting your time. Keep a planner with you, along with a class schedule.


I would recommend a series of seven questions. First, you should determine if you want to attend a college in your home state or out-of-state. Seondly, decide if you want to attend a 2 or 4 year college; and, if you choose 2 year you should also decide if you want to transfer afterwards then proceed at question one again. Thirdly, ask yourself what are the most important needs and wants that you want to get out of your college then make a list of it. Fourthly, using college search websites such as search for colleges that obtain the top five items on your lists of needs and wants. Fifthly, narrow down the colleges that meet your needs and wants based upon your financial situation and the financial aid that you could acquire from each school. Sixthly, visit the top three colleges that meet your financial needs. Ask for a full/specific tour of the departments you are interested and speaking with professors in those areas. Lastly, follow your heart because after visiting each college you will known which one is the right one for you and the right college will give you your best experrience.


Do not choose a school based on relationships in highschool. Do not let a current significant other dictate where you choose to go. Pick where you want to go because it's some place you want to go and not because it's close to them or close to home. Basically...choose for you and no one else because you're the one who has to live with the decision, no one else.


~Decide what is important. Talk about and even make pro/con lists. Narrow in on what the right school necessities, and luxurious, are. ~Start early. Begin thinking and talking about the options for the right college early. Look around and begin weighing schools BEFORE deadlines hit so you can avoid feeling rushed into a decision. ~At least try for it. Go for every scholarship available, no matter how small. Each opportunity could lead to another open door. Talk to people and search on the Internet for ideas and applications. Fill out forms as soon as possible and save any written information for use on future applications. ~Don't stress. Emotions run high when stakes are high. Everybody stay calm and loving, even when the circumstances seem hectic. Remember the most important things: relationships and living life. ~Enjoy it. What an adventure! Don't rush through so quickly that you forget, or even hate, the time. Continue to LIVE even when big decisions must be made. ~Pray. However you do it, connect to God. It is calming, freeing, and peaceful to live as if not all is dependent on you. And He is so good to help!


I would recommend that the students find a college that has responsive and caring professors. I would never want to attend a college where the professors are not concerned with the welfare of the students. I would also recommend a college with a program designed to help the students become acclimated to the campus and student life prior to the school year starting. It is also helpful to attend a college that is known for the major you are seeking, otherwise you might not get all of the knowledge you need. A program designed to assist you get a job after college is very important. Job fairs, internship opportunities, and other such experiences are invaluable to a college student. Last but far from least, make sure you enjoy the atmosphere. Attend a few college tours and learn the layout. Don't be afraid to just show up and talk to some of the students. There is no better way to feel the "vibe" that is unique to every university. Don't just rely on brochures, they can be misleading.


Take your time. If it doesn't feel right, don't choose it. If it's not what you want and your parents are pressuring you to attend it, explain to them it is your choice. YOU have to spend 4 years there. Choose one you will be happy at. Keep looking until you find the one that blows your mind or that makes you feel at home.


Pick a college/university that has a broad range of majors (you will most likely end up switching). Visit campuses that you are intersteded in attending before hand and get a tour. Stay in a dorm or on campus for a night if possiable. Apply for as much financial aid as possiable (never hurts to have extra). Talk to students who currently attend, not just recruiters and faculity, get the real story. Plan as early as possiable. Wal-Mart, McDonals, Subway and other gift cards are studnet's best friend and make great gifts anytime. Have some fun. Stay physically active.


Make sure the college fits who you wanna be when you graduate. You want to make sure the people that will influence you will be the right type of people. Remember to hold your values close to you and don't jump into something new without getting a closer look at it.


As you prepare to look for a college be flexible and willing to try new experiences. Dorm life, clubs and sports are great ways to meet people and expand your sphere of influence. College is a spring board for the rest of your life. Work towards establishing a mission or goal and don't be apprehensive of redefining who you are in the process. Have fun while becoming a well-rounded individual. Parents and students must view college as an investment in the future. With that in mind they must choose a college that will be best for the student not necessarily what is the least expensive or most convenient. Remember, the purpose is to come out on the other side prepared to be servant-leaders in a global society.


It doesn't matter who else likes your school. It's up to you to decide. Not all colleges are meant for all


First of all, research different colleges and make an informed, well thought out decision. But, don't stress out over it either. Remember, if you choose a college that you wind up not liking, no one ever said you couldn't transfer. Visit colleges that you think you might like to attend to help you get a feel of what it would be like to go to that school. To make the most of your college experience, decided what you WANT your experience to be like. Make sure you focus on what NEEDS to be done--schoolwork, for example--and then have fun, make lots of friends, and try new things to see what you like. There is no one set of experiences that you have to adhere to; just get out there, have fun, and learn things. Be who you want to be. There are no limits.


I would tell them to choose a collge where they feel the most comfortable after visiting the campus. I would then tell the students that they should enjoy their first year of college, it is definately the most fun because they will have the most time on your hands. Next I would tell them that they shouldn't stress out if they have a lot to do (just make a list and then concentrate on one item at a time). At the same time, they should enjoy every minute of freetime they get; it will dissipate before they know it. I would tell them that pretty soon their highschool friends will fade away. They will soon hear less and less from most of them. I would share with them what I have learned, "It's not the quantity of friends you have, it's the quality!" So I would encourage them to get to know a lot of people, but stick close to those that stick close to them - they will be your friends for life! Last, but not least, I would tell them not to get discouraged...most teachers will curve the grade somewhere!


I would say that it is important for everyone to sit down and sereously discuss the pros and cons of every college they are considering. Don't just go off what the college rep tells about the college, actually do your research. Be well informed. Once you do all that I think it is important for a family to pray together over the college choices. After all, if you are serious about finding the right college, talking to God can only help you in your search for the right one.


When choosing a college, make sure that you will be able to get what you need with the least amount of hassle. Faculty and staff should be helpful and friendly, going out of their way to do what they can for you. It won't be worth your time or money if they aren't willing to really help you.


Do as many college visits as necessary to find the right one.


Dont limit yourself. Research all the possible places and go from there. Get invovled and try new things. Try things you wouldnt be able to try once you have a job or things that werent offered back home.


Go to class, for crying out loud! Do your homework-it will seriously hurt you if you don't! Get plugged in to a good group of friends. They will either keep you from going insane or keep you from being lonely when you do! Try new things. Take advantage of those college trips. You will never again be able to go to these places for so little money.


I would advise that students and parents should openly talk about what the student hopes to gain from the college experience. Students should ready to anticipate difficulty in their parents letting go. This is a huge step for them and it is important to realize this. Parents should be supportive and if there is a great reason for the student to travel half way around the world to do something they love to do, allow it. It might be the greatest step in their journey of life.