The College of Saint Rose Top Questions

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

Sabrina

Relax. Everything will fall into place, all your paperwork will shuffle in when needed, and you will be ok.

Sandra

If I could go back and talk to my high school senior self I would tell myself that you should choose from many other schools. I had so many great opportunities to go to many other schools and I didn't take advantage of that. I would also tell myself to apply to more scholarships. There were many scholarships out there at the time and I didn't take advantage of that as well. I am struggling to pay for school and I know if I applied to more scholarships as a high school senior I wouldn't be struggling as much.

paris

I would tell myself not to stress so much about being perfect. no one is perfect and everyone is unique in their own way. I would also tell myself that trying to fit in isnt necessary to make friends that are similar or way different from who i am. I was so stuck on hanging out with people of my same ethnicity I never gave others a chance until college.

Jamel

I would go back and tell "younger me" that living on campus is very different from living at home. Although, you may think there aren't many rules, there is. And that you have to be careful of what you do, because you may not always have someone there to take care of you. Friends come and go just as they did in high school and you have to be careful with who you trust. Studying is something that is actually required for tests. It's not like high school where if you do the homework and semi-pay attention in class, you'll pass. You have to take time out of your schedule to go over the notes and material. One good thing I did do in my transition from high school to college, is I was prepared with supplies. I would just tell younger me to ration out food and supplies.

Kristen

I would tell myself to be prepared for a variety of teaching styles, requirements and teachers. Every class you take in college is different. Each teacher has different expectations and requirements in order to do well in their class. It is important to realize that college work is different than high school work in many cases and the habits that you have formed in high school in regards to completing your work, will change as your enter the rigorous world of college. I would also tell myself to look into the long-term future, not just the immediate future. Research the college, your major and what you can do with your major in the future. I have run into circumstances where I have had to take classes I wouldn't have had to if I had taken a different class at an earlier time that transferred. It is important to know where you are and where you are going. You have to think practically when it comes to your finances and how your college education can eventually get you your dream job. Work hard, make college worthwhile and never lose sight of your career goals after you get that degree.

Samantha

Don't be nervous or anxious you will do fine. In fact you are going to do great in college and will not miss home at all. Your college experience is going to be the best years of your life. Enjoy everyday.

Krystie

Don't do too much partying and focus really hard on your studies. Vanity is not a good quality to have. Just because you made Dean's list this semester doesn't mean you will next semester. Try to stay healthy, remember to eat and exercise regularly. QUIT SMOKING! Make lots of friends with people in your major and get close with some of the teachers in your field, they will really help you out. Join some extra curricular activities and just because you didn't get into that sorority this year, doesn't mean you never will. Never give up on anything that matters to you.

Christine

I have learned to be an individual. I have also learned hwo to be a better artist. I am starting to learn better time-management as well.

Melissa

I have really enjoyed my college experience at Saint Rose. From the moment I stepped on campus for the first time my freshman year, I knew I had picked the right school. I made so many new friends that met in the dorms that I also had classes with. I was surprised that unlike at other schools, I ran into friends every day. I feel that I have learned so much from my professors. They were all so knowledgeable and willing to help me learn everything I can about Spanish Adolescence Education. In my sophomore year, I studied abroad in Argetina for six months. While I was abroad, one of my professors, Claire, helped me greatly with making sure that my credits transferred and that I had the best abroad experience possible. I love Saint Rose and have recommended the school to many other prospective students, many of who are now attending Saint Rose and are also having a great experience.

Joshua

My college expierence is what has allowed me to pursue the pathos in my life, running, art, graphic design, and the freedom to make my own decisions and become a valuable contribution to a better society. The College of Saint Rose is the singular institution to promote this motivation in students to pursue their dreams and their careers. I have shared lunch tables, dorm rooms, class rooms and hallways with some of the most interesting people I will ever meet. If anyone could ask anything more of a college I cannot imagine what that would be. The College of Saint Rose is where the future becomes clear and people become respectable entreprenuers of humanity.

Mark

Having a history of OCD and social anxiety has been very difficult for me. I have surprised myself with attended college and am currently going into my third year for Computer Information Systems. I have learned that if I think positive and put my mind and full attention to my studies that I can truly achieve my goal. I have also learned that others can by helpful and kind when sharing the same interests that I have. I believe that I have learned valuable skills that will soon be a benefit to society upon completion of my degree.

Megan

There are so many things I've gained from my college experince, that is hard to pick out of the plethera of good times. There are so many important lessons I've learned from the people around me. First, would have to be the chance to meet such a varity of people. There has been so many people I've had the chance to meet that have made a impact on my life. These individuals have taught me more about myself such as, I am a good listener. I would always have my door open and people would pop in and out telling me about their days, whether good or bad. By listening to people and not prying I learned pople trusted me and valued the feedback I'd give them. I think, by being this easy person to talk to I have been offered a job as an RA that I have accepted. I never thought I was capable of doing such a job. However, by being myself I have acheived something only a college attende would be able to do.

phillip

an education

Nicole

Out of my college experience so far I have learned a lot about my self. I have learned that I am not happy in my college and therefore I am transferring so a College that I know I am going to be happy. College is all about self discovery, and out of my two years of college I have learned that in life you should pursue things that make you happy. In oher words, you controll your own destiny.

Kimberli

i dont know

Willie

My college experience has given me the skills needed to organize, analyze, and survive in a gain driven world. I cannot place a true value of attending college into words. Do to the diversity of people, which make-up a college; the experience and value of attending I feel, cannot be measured. I have experienced pleasure and pain on Bachelorette Road, some classes were a breeze and others required more brainpower then at times, I knew I possessed. As a minority male, opportunity knocks a faint knock upon your door and you have to be in position ready to answer the knock when heard. Hustling and getting-by is what the streets teach, however, being in school those talents are transformed into ideas of expression and creation. Excelling above the limits is what the college is. Producing a positive, organized, stress free and healthy mind set is what I gained from college. A salary can be offered and accepted but the true value placed upon the knowledge gained attending college can never have a price tag attached to it.

Peggy

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself how important it is to be confident in myself, my decisions and to always stay true to my beliefs. It is vital in making adult decisions to feel confident in ourselves when we are making decisions that will affect the rest of our lives. Even a decision as simple as getting to class every day and being on time. Our professors are there to help us to succeed and in order for them to be able to that, we need to be in class. These professors are happy to give us letters of recommendations but will certainly only do that if we are worthy of that. In order to be worthy of their respect, we need to show them that we are adults and can take care of ourselves. During the course of our lives, we need to stay true to our beliefs. Our hopes and aspirations will follow if we remember who we are and where we came from. We will be respected and valued for ourselves as long as we stay ture to ourselves.

Teresa

I wish I could have warned myself exactly the area I was moving into when I decided to come to Saint Rose. The neighborhood really isn't that safe, and I hate having to worry about that every day when I'm walking back to my apartment or when I go out on the weekends. That's my biggest complaint about this school, and the biggest reason why I might not make the same choice again. As far as classes, I wish I had realized that I could wait before buying my books: I wasted a lot of money in the first couple years of college because I bought books that the teachers never used. And I would tell high-school-me about Chegg.com, a textbook rental site that can save students a ton of money off list prices for renting instead of buying. I would also tell myself that it's okay to fight with roommates sometimes: it doesn't mean you'll never be friends. That would have made it less stressful for me. Overall, though, I wouldn't change my experience. I learned a lot and I'm happy with that.

Sara

Every student counts the days down until they will graduate high school and enter the college lifestyle. Knowing what I know now my senior year in high school certainly would have been different. I think every student looks at their senior year differently and once they go through some college realize,their senior year could have gone differently. The advice I would give to myself as a senior would be to focus on my future. In high school,students have teachers constantly reminding you of the homework or projects you will have due. That constant reminder is basically non existent in college. It is your job as a student to complete your work and hand it in on the correct due date. Many students fail to realize this and end up performing poorly in classes. My senior year was ideal for any high school student, it was a breeze through the semester taking classes that weren't considered very important. If possible,I would go back to my senior year and fill my schedule with any classes possible to help in my college carrer. Even taking college classes instead of relaxing and easy classes, making my transition to college easier.

Grace

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as an 18 year old senior in highschool the two words I would say to myself would be: calm down. High school presents itself with pressures and unnecessary stress that is elevated once you have been handed your diploma. I can recall being judged for the school I chose, as it is not as prestigious as some other institutions. However, I have seen many many students in my graduating class transfer because their college (despite its prestige) did not fit them. I chose a small, private, liberal arts college that prides itself on its commitment to the community, its caring compassionate population, and its ability to best educate students to be masters in the field with the passion, purpose and knowledge to be effective commited helpful citizens within their field. I value my choice and feel prepared to enage the world because of it.

Tamaya

IF I were able to go back to talk to my self as a high school senior, I would say that education is very important. I would remind myself of what my strengths were and to use those strengths as a foundation for where I wanted to go in life. Sitting idly by and letting life happen is not the best course of action but be agressive about the person you want to be. Stand firm to the values and morals that make you who you are. I would also say that people dont plan to fail but that they fail to plan. So take advantage of the opprotunities afforded to you and go for what you want NOW rather than waiting for later. Its much easier to stay focused when you have a goal in mind and at hand.

Ravin

Knowing what I know now about college, I would definitely stress to myself the importance of staying on top of my school work and getting the best grades I can get. I would also encourage myself to be more involved with things on campus,such as clubs and sports. I would let myself know that while academics is very important finding friends who are supportive is also another very important part of the college experience. I would encourage myself to go out and get to know people. The most important thing I would let myself know is that college is nothing like high school and that being so far away from home is an even bigger transition, I would need to find ways to help cope with both of those,while also doing my absolute best in classes.

phil

at this time i would not change my decision to wait to go to college.

Tiffany

Theadvice I would give myself is to make every moment your last. Study like its yourfina ltest for the class and make the best out of it. Do not have the mind set that "oh I will make it up on the next couple tests." Strive forthe best in everything and everytime. Friends are wonderful to have but sometimes priorities come first. Make sure all school work is completed before goingto a party!! If you have the determination that you will succeed in life and go far then you will accomplish your goals. Also, it is always best to pace yourself. Dont not set yourself up for something that is going to be a hassle and you are going to overwork yourself. Take your time but think efficiently and smart.

John

I would tell myself to do everything I think is right. Everything I did the last two years has helped me to relize that doing music is where i was ment to be.

Lyndsey

Don't take things personally. It's hard to manage social life and school work but once you get into a routine, it sticks and it's easy to follow. Everyone else is just as nervous as you are and stressed out too. Every once in a while you have to really buckle down to get work done but it all comes together eventually. And don't go to college to look for that special someone, it only makes school more frusturating. Most of all, have fun. The time flies by.

Jessica

To begin with, I would advise my younger self to spend a great deal of time looking for scholarships and pushing for more hours at work. I would also tell my high-school-senior self that the work load in college is difficult, but not quite as frighteningly life-consuming as I had expected. My senior-self would probably have suffered much less stress had I been told that earlier. I would also advise younger-me to accept whatever work study programs I can, rather than listening to my aunt and uncle. They aren't the ones going to college right now. That is me, and I wish I would tell my younger self that it was my opinion that should have mattered when choosing which programs to accept from the FAFSA because, really, I should have accepted all of them. Then I wouldn't be struggling as much now. My senior-self would really have benefited strongly from knowing all of this.

Juliet

Mentally prepare yourself for living on your own and without the financial support of your parents. Go into college with the drive to succeed, because if you don't have the drive to succeed you will quickly fall behind. I would also tell myself to not be afraid to fail. Everyone has a bad day every once in awhile, but never give up because it will all be worth it.

Heather

Perhaps the most obvious--and often forgotten piece of advice--is that you're going to college to study. Yes, it's a fabulous time to learn more about yourself and others in about 9 months than you ever have before; you can make new friends, discover your talents, passions, and future career, BUT none of that will be worth anything (especially the money out of your parent's bank accounts) if no studying is done. With that in mind find a school that is a specialist in the field your child is considering, OR if your child is undecided, the most extensive liberal arts/trade/tech school around. Believe it or not, class size is important, because you can either become a name and face in a lecture hall, or an individual well-known by your peers and professors (although there is a bit of bias in that statement). Parents, please try not to force your children to go to a school because they got a full ride (even though money is important) and students, don't pick a school according to its proximity to Starbucks, the mall, etc. (Again: you *learn* here). But really? Don't stress out.

Kristine

Though money is a factor, don't only look for the cheapest school. There are always scholarships available to help pay the costs, and if you're miserable at a school, the fact that it's cheap won't make you feel better. You should feel comfortable and happy when you visit the campus. Also, make sure the dining hall serves good food! It's what you'll be eating every day and you should enjoy it. Make sure you get involved on campus to make friends. Love every minute, but make sure you study too.

Steven

Find a school that best suits the person going to it. If the college doesn't feel right, don't go there. Don't worry about money until you're out of school with a great education and a great career field to work with.

Brittany

The advice I would give to student and parents is to visit every college that the prospective student is interested in to find out which college best fits the prospective student. Doing this will help the student figure out where they feel most comfortable. I would also suggest talking to the admissions team and current students to recieve their viewpoint.

Anna

First, I would advise parents that although they may have certain schools they want their child to go to, if they go to a school they don't like, then what's the point? So let your child decide on the school. Apply to several different schools that you could be happy at. Make sure you visit each one and ask all the questions you can think of. Visit where you will be taking classes, living, eating, and hanging out. Make sure you can see yourself living there. Check out the surrounding ares. Are there things to do there? And once you get accepted, compare all of your colleges and if possible go back and visit your first and second choices. One big thing to think about is if you go home and you realize that you miss the campus and the college. This is a big sign that this is the college for you. Once you begin thinking about what you're going to do on campus, you have already decided what college is right for you. And don't forget that you can always transfer to your dream school if you don't get in right away.

Mary

Visit as many as you possibly can! I made the mistake of only visiting two campuses before I applied. It came down to one that I had been to and one that I hadn't, so I chose the one that i had seen. I got lucky and I love it, but it could have turned out worse. Also, consider the location of the school and whether you want to have everything you need right on campus, or if you want to be in a city where there are places to go and things to see off campus. If you are planning on living on campus, be sure to check out the dorms before you make a decision (some can be awful!). Advice to parents: let your child to as much of the decision making/planning as you can stand! They're growing up and need to experience some responsibility!

Shannon

College is really what you make of it. Just concentrate on the big stuff, like how large of a campus you are interested in, how much money you are willing and able to spend, and what programs of study that school has a reputation for.

Kayleigh

To find a college that your child/student will enjoy learning and making the college experience successful. It is important that the parent feel like there child will be safe and happy. It is also very important for the incoming student find the college that will satisfy all their needs and be comfortable with the surroundings and what the campus has to offer. The process takes a long time and effort so give yourself time to look and decide. It is imperative to make a visit to campuses when school are in session to see the student life. It will give the student and parent a feel of what campus is like. Ask students questions about their experiences at the college. Make sure that you see the dorms that the students live. Ask about campus activities and clubs to join. The right college needs to make the incoming student feel comfortable and feel independent.

JanZaitor

I would tell students and their parents that they should never leave any stone unturned when searching for the right college. I applied to 6 other schools besides the College of Saint Rose as a precaution. I carefully weighed the cost of each college that I chose. I chose my college based upon my ability to receive financial assistance if I was not able to pay out of pocket. Students who reach college level need to understand that it is in their hands. Your parents can provide financial support. They cannot sit in the classes and earn the credits for you. That is something that you have to do on your own. Be open to new experiences. Allow yourself to branch out. Become friends with people who are different than the group of people that you associated with in high school. Take advantage of every opportunity that your college offers you to expand your work experience. The economy is barely stable, so it would benefit any future college students to heed advice from their college about how to develop their resume and their qualifications. Have fun. Live your life. Don't lose sight of yourself.

Nicole

I think the most important thing to consider when finding the "right" college is your (the student's) happiness. If you can, visit each school that you are looking to apply to well in advance. Know what kind of programs you are looking at studying and what aspects of your education and of college life are important to you: i.e. study abroad programs, sports, religious facilities, social life, location, etc. Ask questions, especially of students attending the schools and studying majors that you are interested in pursuing, and keep going back to the ones that appeal to you; things can always change according to the weather, season, tour guide, etc., so multiple visits to the schools you are seriously considering are an absolute must (pay attention to your instinct!) Above all, remember that this time in your life only happens once, and can change the course of your future. Choose the school that fits you the best, that can give you a thorough education in your field of study, will value you as a student, offers activities you enjoy doing, and is a place you can see yourself spending the next four (or more) years of your life.

danielle

take tours of the colleges and talk to the students, not just the tour guides. wander around outside of the tours to see things they may have purposely left out . look into other programs besides the one you will be going for incase you change your mind once you start at the college so that you d on't get stuck changing your mind and not being able to take classes in somthing else you might be interested in. look into the surrounding area also, is there available parking? easy transportation to malls, parks, nearby attractions? is the area safe?

Kathleen

The best advice I could give as a sophmore in college is to always remember what you, the student, wants. Don't let anyone or anything get in the way of what choices you make on your school, because when you make a college decision, it should be for what is going to be good for yourself, not anyone else. Also, you are paying for an education, not a party, because believe me, it will be a very expensive party bill with nothing to show for it if you don't treat your schoolwork seriously.

Elizabeth

Make sure you have a good gut feeling about the place you want to go when you go to visit. In your heart you know where you would fit in the best and where the right place is for you.

Leslie

For students, when finding the right college, just make sure it has the major you love, something that you really do enjoy, and that you will enjoy for the rest of you life. When it comes to the "right college," it's really hard not to fit in anywhere. So don't stress about it!

Jaleen

Make sure the college has many different options to major in. Small classes are a good way to get the hands on learning experience, and make the location is in a surrounding area with activities to do off campus.

John

Deciding where you wish to spend the next four years, or more depending on level of education desired, is a difficult decision to make. Potential students must seacrh and examine many colleges in order to find one that may suit them best. Typically, a potential student should choose a college that offers his/her major, a respectably looking campus, a variety of internships and careers after graduation, as well as a high teacher-student ratio. For me, I choose the College of Saint Rose because it offered all of that, as well as the fact that it is a small campus like my high school. The selection/advising process is far different for parents however. The parents should guide their children and aid them every step of the way, by giving their professional opinions, in order to help their child make the best decision possible. The selection process should be similar to that of the potential student's, however the parents should focus more attention on the acedemics offered at each college. The student shall make the most of their collegate career by participating in class, social events, extra-curricular activities and anything else offered.

Jose

Visit the schools, take a day to attend classes. Make sure the school has the programs you want. Know what kind of location you want, city vs rural.

Alisa

I would strongly urge parents and students to visit the campus more than once to be positive you like the atmosphere and classes offered. Even though it should not matter, the set up and amoshpere of a school effects your learning in many ways.

Dana

Saint Rose is a great school to enroll and attend. The faculty and staff are more than helpful. Your education truly comes first. It's also a great place to make lifelong friends while staying active in school and extracirricular activities.

Meghan

Really think long and hard about your decision, and consider all aspects of the college.

Linda

Go with your gut instinct, study hard & make a lot of friends!

Carolyn

One of the biggest advantages that I found when looking at colleges was talking to current students. A tour is great and should be done, but each college creates their tour to show the best aspects of the school. The College of Saint Rose offers an overnight program for accepted students and was the key point in my choice to attend there. This program allows potential students to stay on campus for a night with current students. Each experience is uniquie because you attend the student's classes and they pair you up with someone in your intended major, you get to eat at the dining hall, and participate in the everyday activities of a normal student. If the colleges that you're looking at offer such an experience, I highly recommend that you participate. College is said to be the best four years of your early adult life, so where you attend should be carefully thought out. Do not hold back any questions you want to ask, it may affect your future. Enjoy college hunting and prepare yourself for the biggest learning experience of your life!

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