New Paltz, NY
State University of New York at New Paltz


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

To senior Krystal I would say continue with what you are doing. you have always been one to think ahead but the one thing tha...

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

To senior Krystal I would say continue with what you are doing. you have always been one to think ahead but the one thing that I do suggest is that you should get a jump start on your financial aid. you are going to run into a lot of problems down the road due to our family's financial status, but you will see it through. you should get started in June right after graduation. Also, try applying for more scholarships, I know you think it's kind of tedious and would rather pay up front or take out a loan but believe me, it would pay off in the long run...we're still kind of working on that. Besides that though you will get through the transition pretty well. New Paltz is the place where you will grow and learn so many things about yourself you would be amazed. keep up the good work and remember, the sky is the limit.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Incoming students should definitely have a liberal mindset. Since we are so close to the city there is a little bit of everything from a large homosexual population to what could be classified as "hippies." People on campus is very friendly and it is very possible that you would know everybody by name since it is such a small school so being sociable is a plus. Even for those who are not, there are enough clubs and organizations on campus that you will find your place.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating thing is the lack of diversity. out of thousands of people there are only 5% of them who are of African Descent (African American, Afro-Caribbean, ect). Because of this there is some ignorance of important subjects that pertain to the Black community as well as any other community of color.

Felipe
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is best known for Sports, Art, Music, Engineering and Writing intensive classes.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is best known for Sports, Art, Music, Engineering and Writing intensive classes.

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

The transition to college will be a bit different than the transition to high school. Reason being that high school and college are two different environments, two different atmospheres. All of the friends you know right now will go seperate ways. Things might change, people will move away, people will end up droping out, becoming parents and/or go into the military. College life is a start of a new life. You will have to start over completely from rock bottom because you are going into an environment you have never been in before. Nobody knows you, You will have to socialize. You will have to make friends. You are in charge of your education and your life. My advice to you is to cherish the times you have with family and friends. And to make sure you focus really hard on making it onto deans list!

What kind of person should attend this school?

It takes alot of will power and commitment to attend a 4- year university. Someone with the determination to make a better self must go through an educational experience as well as a life-changing experience. What a better way to find out by attending college! College is the best way to make a better you! a person with a dream should attend this school. A person with determination should attend this school especially the minorities. As long as you have a desire, anyone can attend college.

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

There's one day I remember more than any other during my high school year. The pre-thanksgiving chill during the 2004-2005...

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

There's one day I remember more than any other during my high school year. The pre-thanksgiving chill during the 2004-2005 school year beat against my face as a seventeen-year-old me was driving at a simple solution to a complex world: "I will not care for anyone but myself." In the lunch hours of that Tuesday before the holiday, I surrendered to the selfish thought. I sat next to that frail teenager and knew this statement would throw him off: "Hi, my name is Martin," I said as I extended a hand. He smurked, not looking at me. Good, an impression. His silence maintained. "Don't expect to get her back," I finally said. He immediately turned to look at me, a grimace building. "But there is someone waiting for you." I showed him a picture of a sexy and smoldering young woman. "SHE is yours, and you belong to her," I told him. He looked back and gave me a look of surprise and disbelief. "What's her--" he started. I stood up. He almost rose from his seat, so I turned and said "Become an engineer and find out." That day my future shined.

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

A place where you can expand your mind while gaining life long friends; an environment where you will discover different part...

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

A place where you can expand your mind while gaining life long friends; an environment where you will discover different parts of yourself good and bad; it's all about the experience that college has to offer.

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

It's an open community of students who have similar interests academically and personally. You will gain worldly experience as a student and a person as a whole. One will learn how to balance different aspects of their lives.

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

If I could go back in time and give myself some vital advice for college life I would say: 1. Learn how to effectively study! It is one of the most crucial parts of life in college. 2. No one is here to hold your hand. This is your time to shine ; if you're not going to take this seriously no one else will for you. You must realize that if you aren't here for yourself you won't be truly happy. 4. There will be moments in college where you feel as though your world is crumbling but DON'T EVER GIVE UP! There are people out there willing to lend a helping hand. If you need help, ask for it. 5. Look for guidance in your professors and advisors; they truly are there to better your academic experience. 6. Don't forget to have fun and make time for yourself. A little rejuvination goes a long way. 7. Remember your body is a temple so take care of it. Eat right and stay fit. 8. Time management. It's better that you learn to hone this skill now; you will definitely need it later in life.

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

New Paltz is a perfectly-sized, culturally diverse, friendly and goal oriented environment where neither race, gender, sexual...

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

New Paltz is a perfectly-sized, culturally diverse, friendly and goal oriented environment where neither race, gender, sexual orientation or nor religion determine whom a student is friends with.

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

I would start first by constantly reminding myself to stay organized by always having a planner on hand and keeping a running list of short and long term goals, and possible career choices. This helps to keep you headed in the right direction and reminds you of the reason you are at college in the first place. With that, it is a must to take all opportunities, with yourself and your success in mind and to never be regretful because there is a reason for everything; all obstacles are learning experiences. Remember that actions speak louder than words and your actions predict the outcome of your future, so you must always put in exactly what you want out from school work; time spent studying in the library or with a friend always pays off in the end. Expanding your horizons is also important for personal growth while in college, so speaking to as many people as you can helps with networking and lifelong friends for the future. However, always be yourself and don?t ever change for someone because the best friends you will find will be the ones who accept you for who you are.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

New Paltz is very close to Long Island and New York City. Most of the students are from Long Island, so the distance between home and school is a very happy medium. Also, visiting the city is always very convienent because of the proximity to Trailways Bus Station and Poughkeepsie and the Metro North. My favorite part about New Paltz in all seasons is that during the spring all students gather on the grass courtyards and study, in the fall the leaves are beautiful to look at, especially climbing Mohonk Moutain and the winters aren't so terrible either.

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

This school is extremely liberal and artsy. There are a variety of different cultures and people represented around round ca...

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

This school is extremely liberal and artsy. There are a variety of different cultures and people represented around round campus, and the scenery is beautiful.

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

Stay out of trouble. There will be a lot of pressure to drink and do drugs, but don't give in. Focus on school, get your GPA as high as possible, and don't smoke cigarettes. SAVE YOUR MONEY. Get involved in clubs and activities, maybe become an RA. Keep your friends close, but not too close, they may stab you in the back.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about SUNY New Paltz is the metal program. The metals faculty is considered the best in the country, possibly world.

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

Extremely artsy, creative and has lots of hippies!

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

Extremely artsy, creative and has lots of hippies!

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

The first semester is only as hard as you make it...sometimes it'll be easy to make friends and sometimes it will be difficult. The classes will be harder, but they'll also be more interesting. And there will be plenty of parties. But whatever happens, do whatever you want to do. Don't be hindered by fear; any kind of fear. Put yourself out there, and have a great time no matter what.

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

Typical administration...it's nearly impossible to get something simple done (ex. register for classes, get good advice from an advisor, etc.)

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

College is gonna be fun, just make sure to saty on top of your work. Don't worry so much about running, it's not the same in...

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

College is gonna be fun, just make sure to saty on top of your work. Don't worry so much about running, it's not the same in college. The team lacks as far as motivation goes. You're going to change in college, but not too much. For one thing your social life will be much better. You are going to switch your major to physics education. So just start with that major so you don't get behind in classes and have to take extra classes in the summer. And try to conserve your money freshman year.

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

Some of the teachers aren't fit to teach for a variety of reasons. It's not too hard to avoid taking there classes. Even if you do end up with one, you just have to study on your own a little more.

What kind of person should attend this school?

People at this school are very tolerent. No matter who you are, you can fit in somewhere here. So any kind of person, as long as you can tolerate tolerance,

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

Great learning and studying environment .

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

Great learning and studying environment .

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

In high school, I always feel like a little girl and everything is depended on what my parents told me. But now, I am away from home and I become more indepence when I am a college student or I am here at SUNY New Paltz which is my college.

What's unique about your campus?

We have the great professors and advisers to helping students.

Dahieline
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates vary from class to class. Most classes I can easily interact with one of my peers and ask to borrow notes for a...

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates vary from class to class. Most classes I can easily interact with one of my peers and ask to borrow notes for a class that I may have missed. It's all pretty friendly.

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

I would tell myself to focus a bit more on school and choose your friends more wisely. As a freshmen, I made some academic choices with some classes, that I could have done otherwise. Other than that, there isn't much that I would warn myself about coming to New Paltz.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

Honestly, I brag most about the parties, setting, and social life. I tell them how the school is inside and outside the academic life. It is a hard yet easy school depending on how you manage your time.

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