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If I could go back and give myself advise the mian thing I would want to tell myself would be to not worry so much. I was very worried and scared that I wouldn't be able to keep up with classes, no because I am a bad student but because I always worry too much, and I was also worried that I wouldn't make any friends. I would tell myself that it would all be okay and that my teachers are very helpful and the classes are interesting and that I would find some good friends who think that I am perfectly adorable. I would tell myself that I am able to do things away from home and that I will be alright. My first two terms in school have gone very well and I have made friends with very nice people. I was very stressed and scared about leaving home for school so the main thing I would want is to tell past self that I will be alright.


"Do NOT stress out, everything will fall into place." As a senior in high school I had no clue what I wanted to do as a career. Being a little older now I realize that constant worrying does no good. It is almost like rocking back and forth in a rocking chair. Yeah, it'll keep you occupied for a while but you're not getting anywhere. So do not worry! Everything will fall into place. Have faith in yourself.


If I could go back in time to advise myself about college, I would push myself to plan accordingly for college rather than blowing it off for later. The main issue I had with college around my high school years was I didn't know what I wanted to do. I wanted to be sure of what I wanted before I made the decision so I didn't waste time and money on a degree I would find out later I didn't want. If I could tell myself in high school that I don't get anywhere and I'm stuck in a dead end minimum wage, tip-less job, I'm sure I would be in a different place now. As tempting as that sounds, I'm happy with the road I chose, it makes me who I am. I've met many people, seen some awesome things, and I think the time spent in the world made me a more solid individual to be able to handle the hard ships of college. I attend college now so that I may grow further and sieze my dreams, and it's not mopping floors! Sincerely, Meonah Hamdan


I would tell my high school self not to break down and cry because I couldn't afford to attend my top-choice school. Whitman College may have been a great school, but it could not have been a more wonderful experience than my four years at The College of Idaho. As a matter of fact, I would tell myself not to worry about other schools: if I had to do it again, I would enroll at The College of Idaho without hesitation. It is important to take initiative in reaching out to would-be friends, rather than waiting for them to reach out to you. Trust your academic advisors and meet with them often, but at the same time take responsibility for your own success. Check on your own to make sure your are on track with your coursework--don't make your advisor do it for you. If you are looking for an job, let your professors know. They will help you search, but they need to know that you are in the market. Do your own work and manage your own life but admit it when you need help, and let your friends and professors help you.


Ashley, I know you think you know everything now, but you don't. College will be hard and it will challenge you. I know that no one in high school really takes their work seriously, but please be different! If you work hard now and create good habits, then college will be so much easier. Start applying for scholarships now and don't wait until your senior year of college. Don't be afraid to explore a little bit at college and to go for a major that no one else seems to agree with - pursue what you want to and what makes you happy! Don't let yourself get too busy to not find time to write - make time for it. Above all, know that school is not eveything. You will graduate and move on to a bigger and more important life afterwards. Don't loose your friends and family by being too stressed out with school. Don't be too busy to miss the memories that are being created right now. Sometimes it's okay to stop looking up at your future goal and to look around you to take in the present. Stay strong!


Remember to have fun, to take a moment every day to slow down and do something for yourself, something relaxing, or distracting, or worthwhile. Go running, read a book, stop and talk to someone new. Try a new hobby like painting or drawing or photography. Reach out to make friends, they will accept you for who you are. Be bold with you descisions, but stay safe. College is a life experience, it teaches more than accademics. It will allow you to grow, to know yourself, to change yourself, to challenge yourself. Balance is key, socially, accademically, and physically. The perfect balance will help you sustain happiness. Finally, find a goal, a point in the future to focus on and never let it fall out of your sights. Your professors, your friends, and your experiences will help you obtain your goal. The first stop is your first day of college, next stop life after your last day, enjoy the places you go in between.


Continue to let Jesus Christ be your strength, it's hard in college with losts of temptations but when you lean wholly on God and not your own strength you are given strength. Where ever God calls you to go, go there, it is by far the best place you could be.


I would tell myself that COLLEGE is a serious thing now. I would always put FUN and unimportant things before school. I come from the smallest place on planet earth. The island of Saipan, in the Northern Mariana Islands. I was never into school until I something hit me. All my friends were going off to college in the mainland. I felt that I was slacking in life. I was a bad influence to my peers, I'm not going to lie. But when my parents sat me down to talk about what my plans were, I was blank because I had NO IDEA what I wanted for my future. I did finish high school but I never took the time to study hard. If I can go back to high school, I would work my BUTT OFF. I want to go to college, I want to pursue my dreams in becoming a counselor for high school. I want to make an impact in someone's life with my "story" and to let them know that EDUCATION is KEY to SUCCESS. I would be so happy and blessed if I could win this scholarship! Thank you!


Assuming I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would say to myself never to take anything for granted. During my high school days I was friends with people who took everything for granted. So I being friends with them affected my studies and although I was not like them but the idea of them not reading their books affected me a lot because they will not study their books, I also saw no reasons to study my books which at a time affected my grades. Another thing I will talk to myself about is to be independent and not depend on others when it comes to my studies. Above all I will tell myself to be more discipline than I was in High school. Because we all in high school were told what to do at all time and I thought that was what life was all about. The teachers will remind us about our homework, they will remind us to study and so on. But in college that is way different.


Remember what hard work feels like. I know the power of diligence and focus behind writing an essay. I have felt the exhaustion of staying up too late, and getting up too early. I know how my calves feel after working a ten-hour shift, standing up. My hamstrings have felt the pain of hill repeats, but I continue running, because I know I gain strength with every step. I have felt the frustration of a bad day, but I know the difference that a smile can make. I have come close to quitting, but never give up. These are the struggles of my past, and I am sure that they are nothing compared to the struggles of my future. However, because I have overcome these issues I know how to look for a potential success route. I approach life like a hike in a heavy backpack – I focus on balance, and take one step at a time. The College of Idaho stands for the power of education, through valuing the individual while strengthening the potential for success. Remember who you are, and dream of who you can become. Appreciate the process, as the result is only the last step.


Start applying to scholarships, get some job experience. College will be harder than high school but don't worry, you can do it. All you have to do is concerntrate and don't procastinate as much as you do now. You will have to give up some of your free time to do homework so get used to not playing or reading as much as you do now. College is not impossible so don't worry for a second.


GO FOR IT. With all you've got (and you've got a lot). Stop stressing that you weren't totally sure about every detail, or you don't know many people going here, or the people you do know are "smarter" than you. Stop making decisions for other people because college isn't about other people; it's about YOU and YOUR FUTURE. You're far enough away for some independence and close enough that if something happens, you can be there. The nice thing about college is that it's now less about grades and more about actually learning. All of the things you disliked about high school are changing. Just like your junior AP language teacher said, "you're made for college. I know you don't really like it here [in high school] and maybe feel like you don't quite fit, but as soon as you graduate and head to college, you'll feel right at home, I promise. Plus, you don't have to raise your hand to go to the bathroom." He was a wise man. You will absolutely love it there. It's a perfect fit so calm down and enjoy it!


Looking back I see a fearful me walking down the bustling hallway of my old high school. High school was a comfortable place for me, and the idea of leaving everything I knew, changing up my entire life to go to college, terrified me. If I could tell myself anything during high school I would tell myself to free myself of every fear burrowing into my mind. Fears of failure, fears of not being good enough, fears of choosing the wrong path, fears of being in debt, fears of not having a plan; the list is never-ending. I would have told myself that fear is the ONLY thing hindering your potential. No matter where you go, what adjustments you have to make, what fears you have to conquer, you WILL be successful with hard work. When you’re in high school you are bombarded with the idea that you need to know your future and have some elaborate plan for your life, but really from my own experience I have found that it is really the journey that matters. Now is the time to conquer your fears of embracing the journey, and take risks for new-fangled opportunities.


If I could go back to myself in high school, scared of college and my future, one thing I would say is look for scholarships. From what I have had to take out in loans for college I would tell my high school self to start looking online for scholarships everywhere. In high school I didn't take it serious but am paying for it now. Besides stressing the fact of scholarships I would also tell myself to start managing my time more wise between sports, school, and homework. I have played sports all three years in college so managing time is a crucial step in succeeding in the classroom. Scholarships and time management are the two most important items to explore way before anyone's first year of college.


If I were to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would have a lot to tell myself. Most importantly I would tell myself to take advantage of every opportunity that you can. In high school there were so many scholarships and programs I could have gotten involved in but I did not because I thought I did not have the time. The problem was I did not make the time. Scholarships are much easier to win then one would think. If you put the effort into the application process it will pay off. I would also try harder to be more involved in my high school. I wish I had went to more football and basketball games and tryed harder to make a lasting relationship with my teachers. Now that I am in college my goal is to work hard, and be as involved with the college as I can because this is my last chance to do so. If I choose not to go to graduate school this will be my last chance to have this kind of expereince. College is a great expereince and it should not be done alone.


There is alot I would say to myself. I would let myself know that I need to stop worrying. I will end up making it through, and although there are going to some pretty rough patches it all works itself out in the end. I would tell myself to not hesitate to call my parents when I need help or take a half hour break from whatever I’m doing to talk to them on the phone. I would tell myself to be careful about the friends I choose to make, they may not stick around. I need to make sure I take the time to enjoy my freshman year and all the great opportunities C of I has to offer. Don’t let it go by because it will end up being one of your biggest regrets. Before you know it three years will have gone by and you’ll be wishing you had done more. Don't let someone stop you from what you want to do, join a sorority and make mistakes, now is the time. Learn from your mistakes, admit when you are wrong or need help, but more than anything enjoy every single momen.t


Education is more important than social interaction. As a high school senior, I was too focused on my social life: ranging from drama with friends, to feuds with my girlfriend. It turns out, that none of that really matters when the undergraduate life begins. I was skeptical at first, taking the "my friends will be my friends forever" mindset. Of course some of them still are, but the little relationships I focused to hard to maintain were soon replaced by bonds with my peers here at my new college. That being said, I would have placed much more stress on pursuing scholarships, as the financial burdens I am posed with now are nearly overbearing. As a sophomore, I am just now getting into the habit of scholarship searching; whereas I could have started in high school. This would have significantly reduced my stress, and greatly improved my positivity and outlook on financial aid. All in all, a lesson learned late is better than a lesson not learned at all. For what it's worth, I will make sure no one I know makes the same mistakes I did. Friends are important, but your career is your legacy.


High school was a breeze for me and though mentors and teachers always warned about what college and the real world was, I didn't want to believe it. Yes, I was told to save my money, not to procrastinate, and to practice good study habits, but I didn't think it would be hard. Now that I am wiser and learned the hard way, I would tell my high school self to change half of my ways. I would tell my stubborn and invincible self to save my every penny so I wouldn't be struggling as I am now - living paycheck by paycheck, off campus, and walking everywhere. My high school self could have used better study habits as well. Procrastination is a college student's worst enemy and is a good way to be under stress. Stress in my case led to depression and almost set me up for failure. Had my high school self known to develop better habits, my transition to college would have been more enjoyable and relaxing. At least I learned from my mistakes and now know how to be organized with my money and my school work and be successful.


The biggest piece of advice that I could give to my former self would be to let things go. When I was frustrated with my roommate for being messy, I wish I could have been able to not let it bother me. When I was discouraged during group projects, I wish I could have been able to simply let others do their part and not worry about the quality of the work they would do. When I was stressed from working and doing homework all the time, I wish I could have taken a moment to decompress and be content in knowing that I was doing my best. I know I spent a lot of my time dwelling on the stress, frustration, and worries that I encountered during my first few years of college, and I could have spent that time focusing on more positive aspects of the college experience.


If I could go back in time to my senior year in highschool I would take the oppurtunity to really explore different fields of interest and really figure out what I want to do. I thought that I knew exactly what I wanted to do since I was in the 4th grade but when I got to college I quickly realized that I did not want tocontinue pursuing a career in orthodontistry. I then struggled finding another major which led me to taking classes that were not getting me towards graduating. I finally found a major that I was very passionate about. Sports and Fitness Management is something that I became interested in and I can truely say that I have found my calling. Once I found this major I finally felt like I knew what I was doing and am now looking forward to my future and exploring this field thoroughly.


I was really prepared for college. My high school made sure we took what we needed and the teachers did an outstanding job to prepare us. I took 5 duel enrollment classes in high school. To prepare us for writing in college, my high school teacher made us write papers every day. We had big assignments as well. My second semester we wrote a 15-20 page research paper. When I got to college, other students were complaining about writing 1 ½-2 page papers; I think it is a piece of cake. I can get one that small done in 10-15 minutes. The only thing that I would go back and tell myself is to take more of the duel enrollment classes. Other than getting more college classes out of the way, I was over prepared for college.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a senior in high school, the advice I would give myself would be to focus more on my schoolwork and really think about my future and what I want to do or be in the long run. College is not as easy as you think it would be by watching movies or television shows; it takes a lot of concentration and hard work, but it is all worth it in the end.


I would tell my high-school-self this: get involved—it’s worth it! As a lifelong bibliophile and a fairly shy character, I spent my first two years at the College of Idaho deep in study. Free time passed in my room reading articles and investigating further the issues raised in my most thought-provoking classes. This comfortable but cocooned outlook did not facilitate making many friends, and I did not take advantage of and actively engage in the rich community available at CofI. As I came to understand more fully what a liberal arts education encompasses, I realized I was nurturing my academic nature to the exclusion of growth as a person and as a member of a fun, caring, diverse learning and residential community. I was missing my chance to contribute to this community and to learn from the others around me. Consequently I have spent my junior year joining in multiple campus clubs as member and officer, in an academic honor society, and in internships and projects. I am making lasting friendships and learning local and global perspectives from the people I am interacting with. Imagine what I could have learned starting college with this outlook!


To fill out scholarship applications and to not stress myself out


The advice I would give myself if I could go back and talk to my high school self would be to lay out a general plan on what you wanted inthe future and make suret that even if I didn't know exactly what i wanted to do, that was ok, but to make sure the school fit the interests and needs for myself, not only now, but also for what I wanted four years from now when I graduate.


Knowing what I know about college life and the transition from high school to college now, I would have a lot of advice form myself as a high school senior. The first advice I would give is to experiment with classes in high school. Although this is also an option to do in college, having even more time to explore many different subjects would have helped in my decision on what I want to major in. The second piece of advice that I would give my high school self is to be excited for college and the many options it holds and to not be so nervous about living on campus, making friends, choosing classes, and the other various worries I had in high school. The nervousness was pointless because college allows you to find your interests and to understand yourself better. The third and final piece of advice that I would give myself based on what I have learned about college life is to gather advice from as many people as possible about college majors, career opportunities, and career paths. The more advice or perspective that you can get, the more prepared you will be for the big transition!


If I could go back to talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to be more confident in the decision and to not be as nervous. When I was a senior, I was scared and nervous, yet excited all at the same time. Looking back now, I wish I would have realized how fun the college experience would be and how much my life would change, in a positive way. I also would tell myself that I need to reconnect with God before going to a christian college,


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would give three pieces of advice. First, I would say fill out as many scholarships as possible. Even a little bit of money helps. Second, I would say stop procrastinating on homework because it is a lot harder to catch up in college. Finally, I would say to try your best, don't stress over every little thing, and have fun!

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I would advise myself to not quit school and be thankful for school. I would tell myself to not listen to those that say that you don't need school, because school is important. I would tell high school me, that it is easier to complete college right after high school, instead of waiting till your late twenties when you have to work and be a parent. I would say that although, some of the classes may seem pointless, just stick with it, and get it over with so you can start youre career by your late twenties and so you do not have to work dead end, low paying, jobs.


I would go back and tell myself to breathe and have fun. In high school, I took a lot of Honors and AP courses to advance myself as well as was involved in Varsity Basketball and other clubs. I pushed myself far, and thats a good thing because it helped me grow up and mature, but at the same time, I worried too much about college. I would tell myself not to be afraid to apply to out of state schools, because I am good enough for any college. I am diligent, strong, smart, and have a strong work ethic as well as leadership skills, and no school should intimidate me. I would also tell myself not to stress over tuition. College is expensive but one way or another, it will be paid, regardless of me having to take out loans.


If I was able to go back in time and give advice to myself about college it would have to be to take advantage of every opportunity. Any opportunity to meet new people, shadow with different professionals, get involved in different programs on or off campus, or take a variety of classes. College is often experienced by routine where one becomes content with his or her schedule; however, I would challenge myself to break up the routine. Some people study all the time instead of partying and others cannot get to class because their social lives take over. There must be a balance that is tolerable to the individual. The part that one will remember about college are the different experiences and relationships. College should encompass everything from social and personal development to a plan for a career option. One should get out and experience as much as possible because each new scenario builds to a person's foundation. Ultimately, I would tell myself to enjoy every minute of college will simultaneously being responsible by ensuring open doors to career options once school is over.


I have learned a lot from my college experience like individualism, the responibility and power of reason, and humility which all have proved to be of great value to my growth as a young adult. Individualism has been a huge part of the transition from home and family life to dorm life. I did not ever imagine that people could make the decisions that they make without parental oversight, but in the end it has helped me understand that just because parents are not watching us anymore, it does not mean that we should put ourselves out there in high risk decisions. Decisions comes from the developement of reasoning what we should do or should not do. With this there always comes power and responsibility for not always can we reason our passions at such a young age, but college has a way of giving us scenarios that allow us to develop the reason that we need for life. Lastly I have learned humility, whereas before I had known what it was but not the importance of it or how to apply it. College has taught me that humility leads to more opportunities to learn about myself or anything else.


So far, by attending campus multiple times, by sitting in on classes, and numerous meetings with my college counselor I can see that the College of Idaho is a cut above the rest. I can see that the teacher to student ratio is small enough that I'll get the fortune of knowing my teachers better than I would if I were in a lecture hall of 1000 people where I'd be just another face. I can see that the staff cares about the prospective students and that in a small college, I'll make friends with everyone. As for the professional aspect, I'll have better teacher recommendations for medical school and I know that the workload will be challenging but worth the effort in every way when I receive my undergraduate degree.


My college experience has taught me to acquire knowledge by questioning, considering, and thinking critically about every subject matter. This is how I will be able to learn about myself and about life. Such discoveries only makes me wonder about the depth of every situation, circumstance, and reason that surrounds our world and our place in it.


I've learned a lot over the last 9 months about myself more than anything. I've learned that I am capable of doing anything school related if I push myself hard enough. I know now that I have a lot more intelligence than I could have ever imagined, I can actually keep up with my classes. I learned that college is everything people told me it would be but that I can handle it. Lastly, I learned how crazy college freshman are (I guess I never knew people could be so insane).


If I had the chance to go back in high school and do anything different, I would fill out more scholarships. I had this feeling that FAFSA and my main school-sponsered scholarship would cover the costs. Being broke has taught me my lesson and here I sit, filling out form after form hoping to have less loans next year. Studying harder is good, yes, but that is something all college-bound students are taught. The one thing I never paid nearly enough attention to is exactly what I'm doing now, and luckily it's something I can change.


If i could return to my senior year and talk to myself about my future, the first thing i would tell myself would be not to give up. I started college soon after i graduated and instead of knowing a lot about scholarships i applied for student loans because it was the only way i could continue my education. I would tell myself to keep on track and apply for as many scholarships as i could because people in the world DO want to help young adults through education. I would make sure I did not give up because of the debt i owe in loans, I would not let myself be scared to reach for my dreams of becoming someone important and smart.


Take the ACT one more time. You are only one point away from a full ride scholarship. Aside from having your tuition paid, you will also be conferred a wealth of august opportunities because of your status as a Heritage Scholar on campus. Imagine the exchange program to Ireland you could participate in. You could travel to a new country, on an unfamiliar continent. While gaining an education, you could also reconnect with your family's roots and soak in a different culture. Maybe you could find your new home in the Emerald Isle. There is no doubt that it would be a memorable and worthwhile experience. Even if you choose to stay on campus all four years, professors would regard you as a leader of the future. With such prestige there would be no energy wasted in proving yourself. You would be offered unique opportunities for community service, bettering the campus and maybe the city of Caldwell. That must be worth the four hours of agony that is the ACT.


I would tell myself to enjoy my last year in high school and to do my best academically. Strive for the best and know that your future will be here amongst you before you know it. College is the first part of your career for your future and to make the right choices and excell at them. Once you know what you want reach for the stars and go for it! You can do anything you set our mind to, thr future is yours! I would also say that all of us have a dream and that all dreams can come true if you put your mind to it and try. If you do not try you will never know. When you are in high school the future seems so distant but in reality it is right around the corner, you can excel and have fun at the same time, just make the right choices and move forward. College life is a transition and you will need to be in control of yourself as you will not have someone helping you, if you make the right decisions you will win in the end. Think for yourself and be strong. Enjoy!


I would tell the fearful teenager that i was to sit down, breathe deep, and calm down. College is only the next step in life and my education. I feared the unknown and i wish that I would have let myself live a stress free senior year in high school rather than a stressed out, "I think I'm going crazy" one. College has taught me to be more independent, do my own laundry and it has definately helped me in setting my priorities straight. I have matured so much in only the first semester of college, I can barely remember who i was in my 4 short years of high school. I would never take back the fear I had for growing up and becoming a college freshmen, but knowing what i know now about college life...I will never turn back, only forward into the promising horizon of my future.


Having been a college student for 3 years of chaos and the best times of my life, I would begin by making myself learn how to study better and take great notes. Next I would tell myself that your only in college once so live a little go places, study abroad, be active, give, do work in your community, and explore. I had the opportunity to be the first child in my family to go to college and I didn?t realize how special that was until I got here. In order to transition that was really hard for me so I would probably have liked to spend more time away from home before I actually moved away from college then it would have been easier when I left for school. Next I would say just be ready for a whole new world of excitement, craziness, tears, and most of all getting an education that will begin the rest of your life.


If I were to go back in time, and talk to my senior self, I'd tell myself to work as hard as I could. If I had just worked a little harder that last year, I'd be able to apply for more scholarships, and it would have made my life so much easier... I'd tell myself to not worry so much about the senior project, that I hade that in the bag, and to worry more about my grades in everything else, especially in pottery and government. Other than that there's not much more I'd say... maybe to have a little more fun. I never really did get out that much. I really wish I would have. Maybe actually go to a party, or join a club. I'd also make sure to tell myself to dump the guy I was with... It so wasn't worth my time. Hahaha. But seriously, the most important thing to tell myself would be to really work hard my last year. If I worked half as hard as I am now, I'd have an amazing GPA, and I could have gotten so many scholarships to help me.


I would tell myself that college is a whole different "ball game" then college, you need to be more preparred. You need to listen to others who have gone to college and take some of their advice. You need to seek out as many scholarships as you can and take the ACTs as many times as you can. And most of all take the time to meet with your advisors and get as much help navigating the system as possible.


Imagine Pandora opening her box and instead of unleashing all amounts of dreaded things on the world, out storm the most roucous and enticing moments of life. You have opened a door into your future where anything that you want goes. The freedom to find yourself is now yours alongside the most exciting and entertaining people you can imagine. The hardest question that faces you after deciding on where to go to college is now how do I manage my time. I suggest that you reach for the goals you want most while taking as many detours that you can without losing sight of your dreams. You are in college, out on your own, able to think for yourself and now able to grab any and every opportunity that floats down your tributary of life. This is your life now, grab hold and enjoy the ride before it passes you by.


If I could travel back in time knowing what I know now about college, I would tell my highschool self bounds of advice. The first thing I would reccommend to myself is that I break out of my shell and become more of an extrovert. Next, I would tell myself to just experience everything. Life is about experience, and most of my highschool years were spent in fear of trying new things out. As soon as I reached college, I realized what life was really about, and am still learning to live! I would also advise myself to actually study. I tended to not need to study, just come to class, take some notes, and take a test and do just fine. College was a whole different game. A majority of classes required a constant, daily overview of notes to keep all the ideas fresh. The tests came around about once a month in a majority of classes, which meant that a months worth of material was on the test. I would have advised my high school self to get a strict study routine set up that would make college a little bit easier.


Don't worry about money. Visit a few different campuses, and whichever school feels like the best environment for the student, go with. Finances can always be worked out, but feelings can't.


In order to find the right college to attend, make sure to do your research. Learn about all the programs offered and tour the campus. What size school are you looking for? What do you plan to major in? Does the location of the school effect your decision? Each school has different ways of helping the students make the most of their college experience. What I enjoy about mine is how at the beginning of each year, all of the incoming freshman are taken on a camping trip to get to know each other and the faculty members. I thought it was a fantastic idea, and a lot of fun. I also enjoyed having a guidance counsellor who had all the resources for summer internships and ways to help me start a career after graduation. It's very important to find someone to help you become confidence about your education and future goals.


My freshman year R.A. once responded to my comment about never feeling homesick after I came to college by saying that she believed that was God?s way of telling me I was in the right place. Trusting in God?s plan is the only way to feel secure about choosing the right college, and serving and glorifying Him in everything is the best way to make the most of the college experience. After making the decision to be at a place for God, relationships become increasingly meaningful and activities become much more purposeful. Prayer, by far, is the most resourceful tool a college student can use. Although the internet comes in a close second, nothing beats consulting the All Knowing; the answers may be vague and more than just a click away, but they are definitely more significant and applicable to life. Regardless of the trials and triumphs that every college student faces, living for God brings greater joy to all of those events because He will never leave or forsake His own. ??And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age (Mat. 28:20)".


Visit as many campuses as possible and talk to currents students about their experience until you find what is right for you.


Visit the college . See if you connect with the professors and current students on campus. Do you like the feel of the campus? Sit in on a class from a field you're interested in. Do you like large lecture classes or small discussion groups? Find out if the school provides these. Are you interested in a liberal arts education? Find out about what core curriculum the college provides and what current students think about it. Talking with current students will be your best link to what the college is really like. If they like it and are enthusiastic, there's a better chance that you will like it, too. Find out about food options on campus. Are you vegetarian? Do you have allergies? Discover what accomodations the school makes for these needs. What about learning disabilities and the campus counseling services? Find out how safe the campus is. Talk with campus safety and see what they have to say. The most important thing is to talk with as many people as you can. Find out what they think. Get all of your questions answered. Don't think that what you want isn't important. It's your education.