Texas Tech University Top Questions

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

Rachel

Oh goodness, where should I begin? I would tell myself to get back into better studying habits. Its sometimes very difficult to study for a big exam, when you are without the proper tools for studying. Also, I would say take every little thing seriously, because this is college. This is your career in your hands, and don't take anything for granted. Another thing, think of all the dual credit hours you've already taken. Keep striving for your goal to graduate college early. Take advantage of all the college credit you already have and take the harder courses in college. You can do it! Your semester is going to be a big awakening for you, so be prepared. Take advantage of every study group you can find, and study with friends. The library on campus will be the best place for you. Don't let anything or anyone get in the way of your success. Good luck!

Kurtis

College is everything you hear about and so much more. I would have never guessed that I would end up where I am today as a junior in college at one of the finest public institutions in the nation. The initial transition is a little scary at first but as long as you look to college with promise and your head held high you will be able to succeed far beyond your dreams if you so choose. Making friends is a huge part of your college experience and will help you to reach heights that you don't even know about yet. The best way to do this is to join multiple organizations that share your interests and will get you noticed around campus. If you strive for the highest in everything you do and don't let minor harships hold you back, you will be able to excel in your studies and social activities as well as grow tremendously as a person. College will change your life forever, but its up to you whether it is for the better or not. Keep your chin up and live with no regrets.

Clyde

I would tell myself to have more fun that I did the frist few years. I did not get off to a great start on campus and I feel that I lost something. It was not until my third year that I made the friends that I would keep for the rest of my life. Dont just sit in your room and study. You get A's. Go out and have a good time. Dont live in Sneed Hall. That is a big mistake and made memories. Just because you cant understand your professors, they are still your professors, listen to them. Get your degree plan for goesciences with an emphasis on goephysics and a minor in atmospheric sciences. Trust me, you will save me a lot of time and hopefully money. See you in the mirror

Jared

If given the chance to travel back and speak to my highschool self, I would have to say to not waste time doing things that will not help with my college career. My grades started out decent, but began to drop during my first few semesters of college, which almost kept me from being accepted into Radiology School. Once accepted, I began to devote more time and effort to my school work and my grades began to rise sufficiently, but never quite got back to where they were before I became complacent during the first semesters. Countless possibilities are out there to take hold of if one can keep his or her grades at the highest they can. If you do your absolute best and manage your study time correctly, the grades are going to begin reflecting those efforts. Even though you may not think of the future, what you do during the first years of college can greatly affect your future career opportunities. Awards, honors, societies, and high test scores are what lead businesses to wanting you to join their corporation. Devote your time and energy to school at first and you will be thankful at the end.

Guy

If I were going back to talk to myself about college life, the first thing I would tell myself would be to pay more attention to my study habits. I did not have to study much in high school to be successful, but in college I have to apply myself a bit more. Reading was not high on my priority list, and that was the biggest adjustment to college was the amount of reading required in each class. I would also tell myself to take more AP courses that could count for college credit. I only took Calculus and earned three hours of credit. In hindsight, that was not very smart of me because I am paying my way through college with student loans, and that could have been one less semester to go on my debt. Now that I'm paying for my education, it has become glaringly obvious that I was living in the moment during high school and not looking at the big picture.

Evelyn

If I could have the chance to rewind time and give myself advice as a senior in high school, the first thing I would do is tell myself to apply at schools you know you can afford. Scholarships are important and being able to pay for school is even more crucial. Urge myself to apply to schools that I can be a success in, not just like the name.

doquan

I would tell myself to stay strong and alot more postive. Also i ran track in high school so i would say to myself if track is getting in the way I'd have to set it back because my grade are more important and in order for me to run in college i would have to get better grade.

Tobi

If i could go back in time and talk to myself has a high school senior i would porbably tell myself that college is not as hard as it may seem. Although you have to stay focus and remember what your in college for, but besides that college is an experience that you will be able to gain both book knowlegde and knowledge that a teacher can't teach you in a classroom. Just be open minded to the different things you will see and come across in college. Always be true to yourself and dont allow anybody talk you into things that your not comfortable with and it is alrite to say no. Thats the advice i would give myself if i was to go back in time.

Joshua

Advice is what gets people through life. Everyone thinks that their personal words of wisdom are the best and most logical but of course with experience comes knowledge. This is what i gained throughout this past semester. First I would like to inform myself that education comes first. No matter what event is currently happening your school work should be your primary focus. Fact number two includes always and forever attend and be early to class. I have witnessed incidents in which a student has shown up late and was embarrassed in front of a class of 300, and trust me you do not want that kind of attention. Number three would include always getting an early start on homework/projects. DO NOT wait until a couple of nights before the deadline to begin homework. Fact number four: this is NOT highschool anymore; you must study to succeed! Take excellent notes and review after each class period. Highlighting helps visual learners and rewriting notes is best for kinestetic learners. Organization is key; DO NOT rely on your memory to recall all the events and assignments you need to accomplish. Make and update an agenda constantly.

Noah

If i had the chance to go back in time to when i was a senior i would tell myself something that has change the way i think about college entirely. I would tell myself to not be so sure, to not be so set on what you think you want to be when you graduate and even more importantly, what road to take in order to reach that ultimate goal. Myself as a senior in high school was so focused on recieving an advertising degree in order to go into the radio sales industry just like my dad. I found in my year and a half at Texas Tech that one must keep their options open and search for what they are passionate about. This revelation led to my decision to change my major to marketing and even change my career goal path to sports marketing, in particular, to golf club research and design. Golf has been a big part of my life for years and now i plan on keeping it that way. Finally, and only because I know myself so well, I would tell myself to make sure and get some sleep and be careful.

Leroy

Believe in yourself and never never say that you can not acheive your goal or goals

Andrew

Someone once said to me, "In life, when you come to a fork in the road, take it." The more I look back on my college experience, the more I realize how wise those words are. So much weight is placed on seemingly huge decisions in one's life. Should I apply to this college? Should I choose this major? Should I interview for this job? Maybe these are huge decisions in the long run, but one's initial choice isn't what makes a decision succeed or fail. What one does after a decision determines its fate. As a college student who changed his mind four times before picking a major that stuck, I should know about making "wrong" decisions. I don't look at each of those alterations in course as mistakes, but rather as eye-opening experiences that taught me something about my own life. What that someone was telling me is that there are no wrong turns at a fork in one's life. No matter what the final decision is, one can rest assured - "the relationship between what you get out of a choice and what you put into it, is positive."

Lucia

You should have paid more attention to chemistry because it is much more difficult in college. Please, don't get overwhelmed with your work load and enjoy all of the spare time you may have. Become more involved in extra curriculum activities and don't be home sick. Home is always where the heart lays, but it will always be there.

Tia

"I don?t have time to explain how I got here! I just need you to listen carefully. You will be attending college in the fall and there are things you need to know if you want a good freshman year. Get a meal plan that will cover three meals a day, plus snacks. You don?t want to call your mom mid-semester to tell her that you can?t buy food because your meal plan didn?t cover all those late night study cessions. Another thing, wait to buy your books till after the first day of class. Half the teachers don?t use the required book, and if you buy ahead of time your $1,000 dollars down with a useless stack of books. Lastly pick a major you love, not one that pays. It took me four months of hating my major to realize that it was okay to major in something that I liked. I had to learn it the hard way but if you listen to my advice you won?t have to. If you just embrace who you are, and let your heart guide you, freshmen year won?t be quite so daunting?.

Amanda

Please take the SAT's again that extra kick to 2000 would have helped. You should have taken more dual credit but it's not so bad. Congrats on fiding out early what you want to do, you wouldn't beleive how many people switch majors! ENjoy it! but the best is yet to come! =)

Christina

I would definitely have told myself to apply for as many scholarships as I could and save as much money as possible. I would have gotten a summer job instead of using it as a last fun, free time. I would have made sure I stuck to my college plan instead of slacking off and not taken a full semester of courses. Basically, I would tell myself to take my college future more seriously.

Jordan

I think the advice I would give myself is have the drive to be successful and be willing to work hard for what you want to get out of your life. I would tell myself that college is nothing like high school life. There is more homework, more papers to write, and more activities that you can be divulged in. The transition to college is hard at first, and having to live without family and making ends meet on your own can be a challenge when first starting out in the college world. I would also encourage myself to make sure and have a plan for what I wish to accomplish after graduating high school. Having an idea of what major you want to be in and finding something that you love to do is difficult, but if you are able to discover what you want within that first year, you will end up paying less as a college student by not switching majors. I would finally tell myself that when you work hard, you can play hard. These college years are once in a lifetime, and you only live once, so enjoy it while it lasts!!!

Heather

Pay attention to the small things earlier in life. It is hard being so far away from family, getting sick and no one being there to take care of you, having to work to pay for your expenses while trying to study and go to school and still have a social life with the school. Learn better study habits and form an alliance with friends that are going to the same school. Most of all, learn to stop and smell the roses. College life is extremely stressful and you need to know an outlet other than school, school, school.

Amanda

To be a serious student even though if I had good grades-- but I could have done better and be more motivated. You really need a lot of motivations when you are in college because it is all up to you to make the choices. There are no one out there to "baby" you or remind you about the deadlines. You need to be prepared everyday and keep small notes/or a schedule book with you all the time because it will help in the long run!

Adrian

Just do it!

Joseph

I would tell myself to get ready and dont be scared. It is a great environment and fun but do not forget the reason you are there. You are there for school and better youself, swo do not quit and do not slack it. Work hard and listen to your proffesors and you will do good.

Seifullah

College is a place where a person grows and matures to be a true leader. I chose chemical engineering as my major even before going to college. Engineering is a challenging major and that is the reason why many students take at least four years to complete it. However, with hard work and dedication a person can excel in engineering. The main thing that prevents engineering students from excelling is too much emphasis on social life. An Engineering degree only takes four years while social life is forever. A person can have girlfriend after his studies and believe me if you become a successful engineer even if you did not have any intimate relationships at college level, women would be all over you because they know that I would be safe with this man. Since, engineers get an average pay of about $80,000 a year.Therefore, discount all the peer pressure around you and concentrate on your studies which is what you are here for and remember there are many people out there who are dying to be in your shoes.

Christopher

It is vitally important to find yourself in the top of class, for colleges are willing to fund your education not only if you happen to be an athelete, but those who happen to be of high GPA. It would help determine my future if I had a set point in high school to work from as well as a strong liberal arts background, the centerpoint of most college general degree requirements.

Stephen

I would tell myself to get ready for some hard work, save money, and expect the unexpected. The love and spirit of college is unmatched than in world outside. There are always people around to help and never forget your family.

Alli

I would tell myself to follow my dreams and apply to where ever I wanted to go... no holding back. I was afraid I would not be able to get into my dream school, Texas Tech, which made me not even apply. I look back at it now as one of the worst decisions I have ever made. I always knew I wanted to come to this school, but I took the easy way out instead and then transferred it. Being a transfer student and not living on campus makes it difficult to meet new people. I wish I had more convidence in myself then, like I do now. I would have been able to be at this school as a freshmen and meet so many new friends, instead of struggling to talk to people in class. If you do not have convidence and not believe in yourself, who will believe in you?

Lauren

I never had to study in high school. It was just too easy for me. I guess the advice I would give myself is not to keep that mentality in college. I learned the hard way that I had to put forth more effort in college. I put a lot of pressure on myself to succeed. Another thing I would tell myself is to enjoy college while it lasts. I graduate in 6 months and I feel like I've missed out on a lot of the "college experience". Some of this is because I am shy, also because I dont party. But there are somethings I wish I could go back and do. For example, going to the football games. I should have done that more. And finding lasting friends. I've concentrated so hard on school that I never stopped to "smell the roses". So, if I could go back in time I would tell myself to study but to chill out and have fun as well.

Madelon

Study harder and take more classes that are geared to college.

Harrison

Be as outgoing as possible.

Alexis

Actually learn how to study. i know you never have studied before, but it will do you some good in the next few years. Keep yourself on track. Don't take 8 o'clock classes. You never made it on time before, what makes you think you'll be on time in college?

Sarah

If I could go back and talk to myself knowing what I know now I would give three simple pieces of advice. The first is stick to your guns. If you believe something is what you want go for it! Do not let anyone talk you out of your dreams. It's your future shoot for the stars. The second is study hard. Life is short so have fun but be the best you can be. Studying is fun too, you will see. Then lastly I would say to myself, dream big. Sometimes you look back and realise that you did not do everything that you wish you had, but as much as we may wish you can't change the past, so instead look forward, straight ahead with you chin up and jump! Sometimes your stronger than you think.

Samantha

College is a time of new places and new people. It's a long tough journey but don't forget who you are along the way.

Christina

I would tell myself to make sure and start applying for scholarships right away, in the first semester of senior year. I would also advise myself to go straight to Texas Tech instead of taking a year at community college. The transition would probably have been easier straight to the 4 year college. I would tell myself to live in the dorms the first year, because they take alot of the stress of off students that are living away from home for the first time. I would tell myself to budget my dining bucks, because there are only a certain amount each semester. I would also advise myself to make my first class start at 9am so I could be done with class earlier in the day and have more time for homework and other activities. I would advise myself to bring my car to college, because it makes traveling and getting errands done that much easier. I would lastly tell myself to get a job immediately or as soon as possible after arriving at school, because you never know what expenses might pop up!

Kirsty

The advice I would give myself is to not be afraid. Balance your social life and academic pursuits equally, but never forget that what you're paying for is an education and not anything else. Making friends with people who respect your morals and won't pressure you to do anything you don't want to do is very important. Understand that college is different from high school and that you should speak your mind if you disagree with your professors, but do it respectfully. Get involved in clubs and take advantage of all the services your tuition pays for! Get the most you can out of your first year, because you'll never get it back. This advice applies to all four years of college!

Martha

I would want to teach myself about all the different opportunities available to me. I didn't know all of my options until I attended college. I love my school and where I am at right now in my life. The transition can be hard from some but coming in as a first generation college student I am so proud of myself and how far I have come.

Sarah

If I could go back in time and talk to my high school self, I would tell myself three things I wish I had known when I first started college. I would advise myself to learn how to balance classes and school with other pursuits such as social life and work. It is crucial to balance these things effectively, since focusing on only one will cause burnout and disinterest very quickly. I would also emphasize the importance of getting involved in student organizations, as this is the easiest and most natural way to get to know my fellow students. In addition, I would say to keep my priorities straight and to keep my thoughts centered on people outside myself and on causes other than my own. The best way to accomplish this might be to get involved in a volunteer service opportunity such as a soup kitchen, after school tutoring program, or an animal shelter. I believe these three things, balance, involvement with peers, and continual adjustment of priorities, are very important in adapting to a new phase of life, such as college.

Kaylee

If I could go back in time to my senior year, the first thing I would tell myself would be to apply to colleges before February. I missed out on being able to apply for many scholarships because no one advised me to do so, therefore my first year of college has been very hard to pay for. I would study a little more of the traditions because when I got to my college, I knew nothing. I would tell myself to get used to riding a bicycle because at the beginning of school it was a pain to get back into bike-riding shape. I would tell myself to be more open to people because in college it is very hard to be shy and have fun. Since I live in a dorm, I would have prepared myself for possibly having a roommate that doesn?t like sound when sleeping or goes to parties every weekend. I would also tell myself to keep away from 8:00 classes. Finally, I would tell myself to learn how to dance what almost everyone dances at my college, because at every party where there is dancing I usually look like an idiot.

Sarah

When choosing a college best for you, keep in mind what you want most out of the college. For myself, I was interested in a Texas university that was school spirited with high ranking sports as well as academically recognized. I also wanted a comfortable campus to be able to go to events, sports, activities, as well as easily walk to class and find quiet study areas for tests. Texas Tech University turned out to be my pick in college and offered all of the above and more. I do not regret my decision one bit. Good luck for all those seeking a college education!

Latisha

When trying to find the right college, make sure that you look for colleges that are focused on your major and have good programs within that major, also with a good financial price a year and, if possible, can support you with good finicial aid or scholarships. If you find a college and decide to change your major once you get there, then find out whether or not that college has good support for that major. If not, attend that college for a semester while trying to see if you can find another college to attend. Otherwise, if you like being at the college you have chosen despite the fact that the college doesn't have that great of a program for it, just ask yourself this question: "Better education or better enviornment?"

Gilbert

Just pick the right one for you... And do your homework on your chosen school

Rickey

You want to find a school that you personally like. You have to give it a chance and experience campus life and off campus life. Find out what kind of traditions the school has and see how much pride the students, faculty, and staff take in their school and academics or the careers they have chose to fullfill their life goals.

Kelsey

College is what prepares you for the rest of your life, it is also what you have prepared for for most of your life thus far. For such a big decision, my advice is that you can't be too sure. Take time to evaluate the campus and picture yourself in the classrooms, around the community, and making friends. Wherever you choose to go, whether it was your first choice or your last choice, just remember you have the power to make the most of the time you spend there. Life is too short to always wonder what could have been if you went somewhere else, or if you had only got in to that other school. College is truly the best time of your life, so experience everything you can because there might not be a second chance. Don't be afraid of change, embrace diversity, make friends, find yourself, study hard and remember to call your mother and to never wake a sleeping doormate! You are the key to your own success, you just have to find the right door. Now, go have fun!

Gabriel

Research the right school for you it makes all the difference when you you find a school ath fits who you are.

Jessica

Make sure that you visit your prospective choices and really look at them. Talk to advisors and other students to gauge what life is really like on campus. When you get to college, don't procrastinate. Fun events always seem to occur the night before a due date when you're not prepared.

Brandi

College is like nothing else. The four years you spend in college are the four years you will learn more about yourself than you thought possible. I suggest finding a school that really takes your breath away, where people are friendly and the school itself is far away from home. It is important to get the most out of your experience by being able to be on your own and allow yourself to mess up from time to time, knowing full well that every mess up has a lesson to be learned from it. I also recommend finding a school with a remarkable library, the most important resources are to be found in the library and it never fails to be a quiet place for studying. The most important factor, however, is to find a school that has a variety of friendly and supportive people. The friends you make in college will be there for the hardest and happiest times of your life. Friends are what get you to graduation day along with hard work and determination. Take your time, do your research, visit the school and you'll never go wrong. Good Luck!

Kishan

Choose a college that you like. It is pointless to choose a college that does not appeal to you. Secondly make sure that in your college choosing process make sure you have an idea as to what you would like to major in. This will help narrow your choices and allow you to make a better decision. To make the most of your college experience all you have to do is get involved. Join groups, clubs, fraternities or sororities and take advantage of the things your college has to offer. Go to class all the time. This will reduce the amount of time needed to study and you will get to understand the material better. Make an effort to make new friends and try new things. Surround yourself with friends that support you and that will positively influence your life. College is all about discovering yourself and making important life decisions. Be sure to make the right decisions as they can impact your life forever. Study hard and do well in everything you do, but don't allow your studies to consume you. Have fun along the way. College is a process, not an event, enjoy it!

Ryan

Make sure the University has a good program for whatever major they are looking for. If they are undecided make sure there is a large variety of options for them to choose what best suits them, and that they coulc do for the rest of their career. I suggest living on-campus only for the required time, and then move off campus in order to have a better college experience. Living off-campus gives you more of a self discovery type environment where you can really get studying done and find out what you want to do and who you want to be. Make sure the school has nice off-campus places to live that arent too far from the campus, so that they can save some money on gas. Finally, make sure they can be comfortable where ever they go. Its not good living in a place where you feel unsafe or like you dont fit in.

Ally

Visit and talk to the students or people you know who go there. Make sure they have a good program for your major. Find a good balance between school and social activities.

Jessica

If I was going to give advice to parents and/or other students about going to college and choosing the right college I would tell them that when they visit or apply they will know because it will be an easy decision and just being on campus will feel comfortable and they will know they belong. I know that God led me to the right college and it was part of his plan for my life. I believe in going to God and praying that he show you the correct choice. If you are supposed to be at that school he will make it apparent! You just have to have faith and seek out his will. I also believe that both the parent and student will know when its the right school cause they will both feel at ease not only attending but leaving their child there. Look for where the major is that you desire and see if that school has the appropriate classes and credentials to help you accomplish that. Don't just go to a school because all your friends are or everyone tells your to.

Deanna

Choose a campus you can call home, because it will become your just that. Your dorm is your new bedroom, the library is your new living room and the dining hall new is your kitchen. Go out and have fun, go to class and make the most of these 4 years, because thats all you get before the real world starts! Like Tom Petty once said; "the work never ends, but college does."

Kayla

I think the most important thing to do when going through the process of choosing the right college for yourself is to visit the campus. It is sometimes good to put a face with the name and reputation of the school of your choice . You hear alot about schools but sometimes actions speach louder then words. Experiencing the how Tech Fans support our team is not something you can just hear about and fully understand. Walking the campus and meeting the students who aleady attend the college of your chose speaks louder than if you were to hear about them. In my personal opinion there is no way to really know if a college is right for you until you have visited it at least once before you decide that that where you want to go above anywhere else. So before you make you final decition make sure you visit you college.

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