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


When you walk on to the campus, you should feel at home. I could usually tell if I would like a school or not before I even got out of the car. But that doesn't mean you should not give every school a chance, because they can surprise you. Don't let finances hold you back from going to your dream school, but you must always weigh the possibility that you're major may not get you the kind of money you will need to pay off your loans. The choice you make, inevitably puts you into a group of people who all felt the same way about that great place. You have a bond that unites everyone on campus from the moment you show up. And if you have one thing in common with everyone, it is much easier to find more things you share. Relax, enjoy yourself, and allow yourself to be open to any and all new things, because you could find something or someone you have a great connection with.


Chossing a college is one of the most challenging and stressful choices you will ever make. Not only do you have to take into account the stature of a single college or university, but also it's affordability. The academic and financial value of a college or university must be weighed thoughtfully and with much foresight. It is my view that, while Ivy League schools provide it's students with massive accredidation, an education and college experience of equal or greater value can be found across the country without leaving an individual crushed with post-graduation debt. Secondly and quite possibly most importantly, when choosing the right college one must discover for his or herself what feels right. If you are uncomfortable in the place you will spending four or more years of your life, you are setting yourself up for failure. Having the correct environment plays a huge role in an individuals productivity and sence of well being. In conclusion, choosing a college is not just about selecting a place that is going to build your future career but also about finding a place that suits your personality and essentially acts as a comfortable home away from home.


The best advice I can give for making the most of a college career is simple: have no fear. Don't be afraid. College may seem like a daunting, darker version of high school, but the rules change the moment you set foot on campus. Suddenly, you can become the person you've always wanted to be. Don't be afraid to choose a college that feels natural, no matter where it is. It could be a thousand miles away, it could be down the road. If it feels like you belong there, you should go there. Don't be afraid to challenge yourself. College is a time where you should be getting better at whatever it is you want to do. It will be the biggest learning experience of your life. Waste no time in trying new things. Don't be afraid to meet new people. Introduce yourself to a complete stranger every now and then. My best friend at college was wearing a cool T-shirt the day I met him. I struck up a conversation; he's now my roommate. Don't worry. College is going to be incredible. All you have to do is be yourself.


Finding the right college can be difficult. Sometimes you won't know until you get there, which college and campus is right for you. Do not get discouraged if you do not find the right fit immediately. My advice is to take your timeto figure out what it is that interests you most. After all, it is better to take a few more months or years to experience new adventures and discover your passions while your young. I would consider myself to be a non-traditional college graduate. My experience didn't afford me to take advantage of the many oppotunities and expereinces that an undergraduate student is offered. Again, my adivice is to do it! Go study abroad, go build houses over spring break, join a club, a soroity/fraternity, get hooked into the varisty althelic events. These are all experiences and memories that will make your college experience that much more fruitful. Academics are important and it critical that you keep that focus. However, learning occurs in all avenues of life. Learn from your friends, learn from clubs, sports and travel expereinces. You won't regret it.


As a student preparing to take the next step in their academic career and as parents worried about your child's future these pre-college and college years may be very stressful. Let me assure you that these feelings are natural and are all part of the process. College is not only an academic experience but is also one filled with important life experiences that will help your child reach their full potential. This is a critical point that should not be forgotten. The college experience is very important to the development of many students. Every person comes out not only more knowledgable but also takes away friendships, networks, better jobs leading to careers, and unfortumately loans. These loans will be a small price for the experience though. It may not seem clear at the moment but there is a school for every individual that can facilitate your student's needs personally and academically. The trick is to not have the highest expectations but to take everything as it comes. You may suprise yourself with everything the college experience really does provide.


Find out what fits for you. Look at every aspect of a school: workload, professor help, academic advising, athletics, finanical aid etc. Take the whole picture into perspective and you'll find what works for you the best that way.


I woul say that they should definately visit colleges when deciding on the right one. In addition, students should be willing to interact with teachers and get to know them through office hours! It will make class more interesting and you will be presented with more opportunities to do well and excel! In addition, students should go out and be active in finding out what activities and opportunities are available to them. Often the good ones are there to be found and will not just be offered to you on a plate. Also, STUDY ABROAD. College is a great opportunity to travel to places where in the future, you might not have a chance to travel to.


Make sure its the one that the student would be most challenged and also comfortable at. You dont want the student to be at a school where they are uncomfortable. It can make or break them...


Start early; visit many; be open minded


Use the online resources to find a good match


The best piece of advice that I would give to parents and potential students would be to breakdown their needs before they begin looking at potential colleges. Variables like student size, climate, focus, price range, distance from home, class size should be established and all the schools that satisfy these should be considered. These variables should be more important than the "brand name" of the school. I also would remind them that the social surroundings of a school are just as important, if not more important than actual in-class functions.. 95% of a students time is spent around other students in the social surroundings. If you are uncomfortable, or do not look at the overall environment of the school when considering your decision you may very well be very unhappy with your choice.


There are so many colleges to choose from now, the selection process can be extremely overwhelming. However, parents should help their child choose a college based on their personality and hobbies. Of course it is important to make sure the colleges one is looking at will provide an exceptional program in the student's intended field of study, but in my perspective one of the most important things to look at is outside of academics. Make sure the college offers an array of extracurricular activities or sports, as well as social organizations like fraternities and sororites as these are a great way to become involved in the campus and build lasting bonds with peers. This is how you will make the most of your experience -- what you do outside of the classroom or library. My main advice would be to get involved as much as you can, and you will meet friends of forever. Your friends will allow you to make the most of your four years by sharing your memorable experiences with others. Find a school that will give you the right balance of academic excellence and social activities, and you cannot possibly go wrong in your decision.


Never be afraid to go out and try new activities! Find out about all of the options on campus, and spend a few hours when class is in session to just walk around and take in campus life rather than a guided tour. Ask students what they like and dislike about the campus, they aren't trying to sell the campus like administarion or tour guides!


The best advice that I can give is to go to college when you are young and don't postpone your education until you are older or more sure of what you want to be. Investigate your options, and don't feel that you have to know exactly what you want to be in life before you make plans to go to college. Choose a college where you feel comfortable with the size of the campus and variety of classes and opportunities. Just because you don't know exactly what you want to do in life is not a reason for not going to college; often times your plans will change along the way. Allow yourself to change your mind if you are not happy with the program that you are in. It is better to take the time when you are young to explore your options than to find out years later that you should have followed your dreams.


THe best advice is to go out and spend a night at the college. If you are going to be on a varsity sport, stay with someone on the team over night and get a feel for it. The only way you are going to enjoy your time at college is if you know its the right school for you and thats one of the best ways to find out.


It is so important to visit any school you are interested in. An overnight visit will really give you a feel for what the campus is like. Generally, it's important to be sure that you are comfortable on the campus especially if you'll be spending four years there. You should definitely get involved in a campus group. Joining a sorority really made my experience worth while and most of my friends were either in a greek organization or on a sports team. Having a any group on campus really opened up social options and was a great way to meet new people, always have something to do, get involved in philanthropic activities, and have networking opportunities after graduation.


visit schools before you choose


Be yourself! Do not try to force yourself to like a college because someone thinks you would be a good fit. Go to the school, walk around, "people watch", talk to professors, talk to the people in charge of different activities you have an interest in. Don't be afraid to ask questions - any questions - students and professors will answer them truthfully. Sometimes it is the tough questions that are the best because it helps others to know you are taking this search seriously. Make sure you like the location of the school and will be content for four years! Most of all - just go where you will be happy. Find out about the social life, the socioeconomic status of others at the school (similar is usually better) and how strong the academics are. Remember that college is a once in a lifetime experience that you will enjoy wherever you go as long as you make the best of it. Look at life with a positive attitude and sometime will work it! What is meant to be will be. Take it easy and don't forget to breath when making "the" decision! Good luck!


choosing a college is one of the most important decision you and your child will be making. Choose a college that is not just academically excelled, but socially as well. If you will be living on campus, knowing what times of activities they provide is important. Base your decision on many axpects not just academics.


The advice I would give to parents and students when selecting a college is to visit the campus first, preferably overnight. Stay with a student who is in a program you are interested in so you can see an actual class you might have to take. And stay overnight to get an idea of what the college is like during downtime/socially. The majority of what makes a college great is the friends and memories you make while you're there, which have nothing to do with academics. Once you get to college, meet as many new people as possible! Say hello to everyone, and do not form cliques too early. Being well liked and knowing a lot of people will help you out during your four years at college and make the experience much more pleasant. Also, don't get overwhelmed by classes or by having to decided a major right away. So take your time and try to find what you're interested in. Most colleges allow plenty of time for switching your major before you must decide. But be sure to have a specific career in mind when choosing your major! That will help when you graduate.


Before applying, make a list of what you want in a school and find the college most similar to the one you describe. Visting the school is crutial in your decision. Seeing the college will give you a great idea as to how well you will fit in and feel comfortable. Dont be afraid to challenge yourself when you apply to schools. Always apply to at least one school that is a "reach," or academically challenging. You never know if you are exactly what the college is looking for. The more comforatable, accepted and challenged academically you feel at a school, the more likely you are to succeed and be happy. Also, for parents, be enthusiastic about the process of looking and applying. Its really stressful and any support that is recieved helps a lot! For students, when you get to college, dont be afraid to meet people and join clubs and extracurriculars. School cant always be about work. College is when you figure out who you and and what you want to do with the rest of you life. Being interactive with things other than the inside of a text book will help you figure all of this out!


When you begin your search for your new home it's hard to find all the qualities that you want. However, your college experience is based on what you want it to be. College is not like high school where you have your parents to tell you and your professors nagging you all the time about how to manage your time and what homeworks are due. College is where you learn to manage your time and become a more independent young adult. Every school has a certain environment on campus and you should try to figure out what kind of school you would like to be in whether it is a small school or an academically focused campus. Also, try not to let your parent's run your life on what colleges you should be applying to. Don't try to find the "brand" name schools or the schools where your whole high school went to. College should be a fresh experience where you can start all over and set the rules for yourself.


I think the most important thing to consider is whether it's more important to be a stellar student at a lesser institution, or an average student at a better school. With that, you have to consider how much pressure you want put on you academically. That being said, there's more to college than academics; you need to be able to see yourself being happy at school. You need to think about the situations you enjoy, it be a strong sports community, concerts or arts. It's a good idea to visit school during the day on a thursday perhaps, and stay the rest of the week to see how students act going about their normal business (classes, socializing, etc.) and you can see what happens over the weekends. Once you pick the right school, it's important to branch out and meet new people. I wouldn't recommend rooming with a friend from home, it only cuts you off from a chance to get to know a stranger. I would aso encourage you to not be shy, put yourself out there and introduce yourself to your neighbors and get involved with any clubs or activities that interest you!


be all that you can be


Make sure to let your children make the decision, not you. After all, they are the ones who will be attending this school for four years, and if they are going to be successful and happy in life, they need to go to a school that is right for them.


Definitely go and visit colleges early. Do overnights so you get a good idea of what the school and the students are like.


Follow your heart, you will know if a school is right for you or not, It shouldnt be your parents decision. Have fun, enjoy it, get involved, its over before you know it.


Go with your gut.


I stronly advise parents and students to experience the culture of the college before committing to it. It's important to know that you will feel comfortable in the available social settings. I would recommend finding out statistics about the amount of diversity found at the school. This usually influences the environment surrounding the school. Something else that may help is finding out where most students grew up. SUNY Geneseo recruits mostly from upstate areas such as Rochester and Syracuse. It was difficult adjusting to people's different views especially since I was coming from a more racially diversified environment in Long Island.


I would recommend that students look at a variety of schools. This includes varying distances from home, various size schools, and to look at schools that offer a lot of extra-curricular activities. It's easier to make friends when you're in classes and outside activities together. Even for students who are not fond of the typical high school extra-curricular activities, I would recommend that they look at the various ones offered by schools and the availability to start a new one if they so please. This allows students numerous ways to find something they enjoy at college and new ways to meet people. I would also recommend doing an overnight stay for the applying student to get a chance to see the real way campus life works; this allows for less of a chance that a student will go to a school that puts on a show for applying students and does not follow through with that type of atmosphere, which happened to me when I went to my first college, before I transfered.


Do lots of research and visit as many schools as possible. Utilize online resources and books to find information about schools.


For students and parents alike, the excitement and stress of choosing the right college is unforgettable. This life altering decision should be taken with great care and consideration. Students and parents together should seek out what they feel is best for the new collegian. They must take vaule, reputation, diversity, and oppurtunities all into consideration. Most importantly however, the student must make sure that their college "fits" them personally. This is not something that another person can decide for them. The student should visit the college, talk to some of its current students and if possible, sit in on a class. If the student then feels filled with enthusiasm, excitement, pride, and comfort with their choice of college, they are on the sure path for picking the right college to attend. Once accepted, in order to make the most of one's college experience every student needs to become involved in their college. Since college has so many oppurtunities, it is impossible to participate in everything. However, if students seek out a few clubs, activities, events and socialize at these gatherings, lifelong friendships and memories will surely follow. College is a life changing experience. Don't take it for granted!


The advice I would give students is to listen to your parents. I did not want to go to Geneseo, I was pretty much forced to go to this school. I love it so much and it's so helpful. My other advice is to try your hardest because life is not easy. Our economy is doing poorly, so this is your chance to make a difference by looking for the right school that best fits you. Look on colleges websites and also go visit schools and ask students how they like the school they are in. Make sure to check the good and bad sides to all colleges you apply to. Do not just take someone?s word, go out there and be somebody! Do not limit yourself after college, take your experience and make wonders to help build our economy and your leadership skills!


I would suggest to students who are graduating high school to start looking up information about schools early. Students should make lists of things they want to have at their college, such as reputable science departments (if majoring in a science) or a strong theater program (for those interested in acting/stagecraft). Additionally, high school students researching colleges should most definitely tour the school (either before applying or after their acceptance), ask current students about their experiences outside of the classroom since there's more to college than the classroom, and search for any national ranking lists the schools may be included on. Prospective students should also look up the statistics on each school they are considering-- things such as classroom size, percentage of students who graduate in 4 years, percentage of professors with terminal degrees in their fields & how many are full-time (vs. adjuncts), and don't forget costs and financial aid availability. I can't stress enough the importance of starting early (think junior year) and keeping any and all information on applications and due dates organized!


When you find the right college, you will be comfortable there. When you walk around on the tour or with your family, you are at ease and you feel almost at home. It may be hard to find, but you know it when you do find it. As for making the most, stay focused. Do you course work first, get the grades you want. Then go have fun. There are plenty of ways to have fun, and don't allow yourself to be pressured into a type of fun that isn't for you. The most important thing to remember is that your college experience is yours alone. It isn't for your parents or your friends, so do what is right for you. Keep your goals in front of you but don't get so obsessed with them that you forget to live a little. After all, after college, it's the "real world."


if you really want to find the right college you need to go visit one. You can research and do so much prep work but until the student gets on a campus, meets some people, and gets a feel for the colleges environment, you can never really know. It is very important to think about college early in high school, say 10th or even 9th grade. for the parents, you have to be open and let your kids do whats best for them. I do not mean to let them go about finding a college all by themselves but be open and guide them along the way by being supportive and giving good advice.


Look for the kind of place that has people that fit your type, you'll get a good education almost anywhere.


go to geneseo.


Keep in mind how you feel about population, diversity, classroom size, distance from home, anf the aesthetics of the campus.


To narrow down your choices you should be academically driven but you must remember that this place will possibly be your home for the next four years. To finalize a decision the people you encounter and the general vibe of the school should fuel your decision. I automatically felt very 'at home' at my school, and something about the atmosphere just felt right to me. Go beyond the tour-go read in the library, have lunch in the dining hall, walk around a dorm, attend a performance. Anything that is not a formal introduction to the college and gives you a realistic picture of how your life will be there and the type of people you will be surrounded by is far more telling. As a senior there were so many oppurtunities my school offered to me: cheap concert tickets, ski trips, volunteer oppurtunities-that I did not take advantage of. Keep in mind that you are paying to be there, and get your moneys worth. Your professors are brilliant-pump them for all of the knowledge that you can. College is a place to put your past behind you and be the person you want to be.


The most important thing you can do when trying to find the right college is to visit the campuses. Once you have narrowed down your choices take overnight visits. This lets you experience what the classes and professors are like as well as the students.


I would definitely recommend to potential students to visit the campus that you are appying to. Once you step onto the campus, you can decide if it is a place you could see yourself living at for 4 years or not. Also, get in touch with current students to see how they feel about the school and what they recommend. I talked to my high school counselor and they recommended this college to me for it's Education department. That is one of the main reasons that I decided to come here. And once you select a college and decide to attend, join up with clubs and find out what the campus offers. That way you can meet different students and do something besides academics all the time. Get to know your professors and don't be afraid to talk to them if there are problems or you are confused about something in the class.


It is important to visit several different types of college campuses and take a tour to get all the information they can provide. Compare views on what fits you best. Do you want a large campus, small or medium? Do you want it to be in a city type area or more rural? Whats around the campus and whats the town like? What sports, degrees or clubs are offered? Are classes large or small and is the faculty nice and helpful? These are important points of interest that each prospective student should take into account. To make the best of your college experience, come with an open mind. Talk to as many people as you can and join activities that you enjoy so you can meet people with similar interests. Keep your door open and be friendly to everyone. Take advantage of clubs, or activities offered and get out and do something you enjoy!


I would tell students to take their time in selecting their school and not to worry about where all their friends are going. You will make friends no matter where you end up. Also, you don't need fancy dorm rooms if it means sacrificing the quality of your education. Don't be afraid of a community college. They can be a great way to save money especially if you are not quite ready to move away from home. Parents be patient with your child as they look at schools. They will probably change their mind a hundred times before the end of senior. If they want to look at a private school keep in mind that they often offer better financial aid than a state school. Make sure before you visit a school that your child has looked at every page of their website, there is a lot of information to be found that could eliminate some schools. To make the most of your college experience just try everything at least once and hang out with as many different groups of people as possible, you are probably going to meet some of the best friends you will ever have.


Finding the right college is a tough decision. There are so many factors to consider: size, location, choice of major, extracurriculars, cost, student culture, faculty culture, and more. College is more than studying and getting good grades, more than frat parties and drinking, more than Saturday football games and Friday night hockey games, more than intramurals and community service, and more than group projects and study guides. College is about figuring out who you are, trying new things, challenging your perspectives, finding your voice, becoming who you are (and liking it), expanding your mind, engaging in the learning process, exploring your career goals, making connections, questioning yourself and others, and taking charge of your life. It's an experience of a lifetime and should be one that prepares you for a lifelong learning and engagement in your studies, your career, your community, and our society. It's up to each one of us to make the most of our experiences, so I would offer this advice: take advantage of both classroom and extracurricular activities, engage yourself in your learning, and be purposeful about what you do. Do this and you will be able to optimize your college experience.


Go on as many visits as possible to get a feel for all the different schools.


Parents need to really take their children's personalities into serious consideration. If the student is outgoing and someone who is social butterfly, that student will flourish within a highly populated University as opposed to a student who enjoys quiet spaces and relaxed environments will grow within a small college with only five thousands students. Academic purposes are extremely important, however, college is just more than grades. It is about discovering your own individuality, strengths, and weaknesses as a person, student, and as an adult. You learn about responsibilities, leadership, and how to obtain the necessary survival tools to fend for yourself in the pre-real-world stages. College is where students learn about themselves as well as others. This is where ignorance diminishes and where knowledge is endlessly gained. Memories from college is a lifetime gift to yourself. Like a snake shedding its old skin, students entering college will leave their childhood skins behind to embark on a new journey focused, motivated, and determined to accept the tools college has to offer.


Be true to yourself. A college choice should be made with the best intentions keeping in mind who you are as a student, and also who you want to be years down the road. If you can coincide your goals with your identity, then you can find a school to meet your needs. There is much more to consider besides the best program for your field of study, because that can change, and even if it does not, your social life and organizational involvement will define who you are for yourself and to prospective employers and graduate schools. Find a school that allows for sufficient personal growth and the right type of community setting for what you need in regards to independence or nurturing. Find what works best for you, and then get involved. Study abroad at least once. Volunteer in the community. Use all the resources and facilities your college has to offer. Rush with the greeks. Try a non-alcoholic on campus activity. You might think you fit in with some group but if they do not accept you, you will find your own nitch if you made the right college choice.


In the process of deciding whether or not you would enjoy attending a school, there is no more telling a sign than to enroll in the school's Overnight Experience program. In an Overnight Experience program, you are paired with a student (usually a sophomore or a junior) who is currently enrolled in the discipline you're looking into. You follow that student around for a day and spend the night in their dorm. Doing so allows you to get a feel for what actual classes at that school will be like, as well as what the on-campus housing is like. Experiencing a college firsthand is more telling than any pamphlet or website could ever be. Once you have found a school you think you will fit in, you need not worry about the College Experience. Socially speaking, if you put yourself out there, you will inevitably find a group of friends at any school you choose to go to without trouble. From this group of friends, there will be people that help you to define who you are as a person, and will remember them for the rest of your life. Don't panic. You'll be fine.


It's undergrad. It doesn't really matter what your GPA is so long as it gets you into a well-known, well-respected grad school.