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


The one piece of advice I would give myself would be to take initiative about everything. Every college student realizes they're on their own, but none of us every realize that the only person out their to motivate us now are ourselves. No more pesky parents or overmotivational high school teachers. College professors are content with the grade that you are content with and don't ask for more. Every college student needs to take initiative. Nothing falls in to your lap anymore. If you have questions, no one is going to ask them for you. You have to look out more for yourself, because no one is going to tell you how to live your life anymore. Pursue anything that sounds interesting, because they won't come to you. Plus, the more determined you are, the further you will go. Take, take, take initiative.


I would go back and tell myself that life is ever changing and there is always a new outlook on the things that you are doing. I would probably tell myself not to take a few teachers. I would also tell myself to follow my heart and go on and be an art major instead of waisting some time doing majors thinking that they will be more of a support for the family that I want later on in life. Lastly I would tell myself that life is full of wonderful surprises and that there is always a new day coming.


If i could go back and give myself advice as a highschool senior I would have plenty to say. I would tell myself to take my schoolwork more seriously. I would also tell myself not to procrastinate when wiriting essays because you will not get the grade you are looking for doing a paper at the last minute. I would advise myself to be confident and outgoing. I would tell myself to take my time and look over my work. Lastly, I would tell myself to have fun.


Do not save your easiest classes until your senior year of high school. You will get lazy and forget how to study properly. Make sure you take an advanced math course so that you remember all that you need to take a college entrance exam. Also, do not choose a college based on what your friends decide. Do what is best for you, and only you. Also, if you have to have a job, make sure you find one that will accomidate your school schedule as it changes.


Work harder to make good grades instead of just riding out the classes without putting forth the effort.


If I could go back in time, I would tell myself not to leave my all what I have worked for from that point. As a high school graduate you should keep in contact with any relationships within family or friends. They will be helpful and if you just leave them behind, you will be hurting when hard times present themselves.


I would advise myself to save money before heading to college. I never understood the financial burden that college could place on me until I ended up having to pay for everything on my own. Without the help of parents, simple things such as paying a phone bill become monumental tasks. Financial strain often leads to stress, and I would also advise myself to learn how to deal with my stress before heading to college. My freshman year was very hard in terms of stress because I simply didnt know how to deal with it. After learning new budgeting skills and how to manage my stress, I've noticed that college has become much more enjoyable and it is much easier to relax.


Learn good study habits!!!!


If i could go back in time and tell myself advice about the college life, i would start by saying, "Get to know your professors." They are there to help you, not just teach you or hound you. Also, get up and go to class! Trust me, it's not worth skippin all the time. All the work you have to make up is huge! The first year of college isn't that hard, so don't worry about the hardness of work. It's not that hard, it's just you have a lot of it.


I think i would have paid more attention to my teachers advise on learning better study habits because we sure have to do a lot of it. i played 4 sports in high school, so i know what it means to stay acadimically challenged. i also think i would have learned to be more independant as far as learning to do laundry and cooking. mom aint all ways going to be around.i've allways had to really stay on top of every thing to prove that i'm not a quiter,but i think that has made me a little stronger ,so i wouldnt change that. i guess its hard to ever be 100% ready to make the transition. i probably would have used my guidance councelor more to, because i've realized you sure do need them when you go to college. i also would have learned how to search for scholorships, because even tho they say you make to much money as a middle class family and you dont qualify for any help, by the time you take out loans and use all you prents income you wish you had know how to .


I would tell myself to work harder, and to take chemistry 2 in high school. Try harder not to lose your scholarship, and .be very careful who you chose to live with


I would have told myself that my college years would fly by and to work really hard to get good grades and scholarships. I would encourage myself to strive towards studying abroad and interning almost immediately.


I would tell myself that you need to make the best decision for yourself and not take into account what other people want you to do. Family and friends will say what they want, but ultimately it is you who has to attend school there for four years and unless you are going to be completely satisfied with the next four years, don't let anyone influence you that way.


Study,study,study. Keep focus in high school and keep grades up because once you are in college, it is harder to keep your gpa up and classes become way harder and you need to focus alot more. Don't worry about the little things or the moment, think of worring about your future.


Learn how to time manage and good study skills.


dont get senioritis. stay focused, well organized, and stay on task because every good habit counts to being successful.


You are going to change man. Take Najberg's composition and Evans's sociology classes. Switch that engineering major, you haven't picked that silly schematic stuff up since 9th grade. Ever since you read Orwell's 1984, you realized your fascination with the human condition. Don't be shocked if girls like you and don't blow it with Jessica. You will create friends virtually ex nihilo by tagging along with your roommates. You and Nicole will always be "just friends", so please move on. Avoid girls you aren't interested in, even though you like trying to figure our their problems. Habitual singleness gives you a lot of free time. You think hipsters are cool, but they really aren't. You will realize that partying is indeed fun, so loosen up and grab a few shots of vodka. Agnosticism will be accepted more, but you will seem to have a deeper reason and experience for jumping off the cross. You will not be the smartest, which in time will feel liberating. Don't take freshman seminar, that is for potential dropouts, which you really won't be. Have fun, be yourself, and keep your grades badass.


I would definitely have been more strict on my finances. College away from home is not a place you want to experience being dead broke. School is not much of a problem, but I would have told myself to read and research random things more just to attain knowledge.


UTC is more than it seems. I know you want to go big...UGA, UT. I looks too small and kind of boring, but it's just right for you. You will realize after your first psych class with 200 other freshman why you wouldn't have liked a bigger school. You will appretiate your decision when you start your education classes and are taught by teachers you want to be like one day. You will be surrounded by great people chasing the same dream you are who will help you along the way. You will have fun here, too! There are so many people here just like you. There is a great park just across the river, hiking on lookout mountain, and awesome hangouts downtown. There are reasons that things didn't work out at UGA, you just don't know it yet. And even though you thought Belmont would be too far from home, it wasn't right for you either. This is the only school where you could become the special ed teacher you were born to be. You don't know it now, but where you are going and who you will be started at UTC!


Don't drop everything and leave after you graduate! Make sure you finish up the important things and not just run for the new things.


My advice is to research actively and make sure to visit the universities that you are intrested in.


Dont let money hender you from going where you dream of being. If it is a school in Germany you feel is best for you...then GO!


The advice I would give is to visit your choie colleges before you decide on what college you want to go to and when you go off to college make sure it is the school you, as a student, want to go to.


I would tell the student to choose wisely. I would say that not everyone knows exactly what they want when they enter college, so I would want them to choose a college with a great diversity in programs. While all aspects of a college environment are important, I think the most important would be the college itself. I would tell them not to pick a college that focuses on one concentration like a conservatory of art or music, unless they were absolutely sure it is what they wanted. By choosing a college that offers several different things, there will be a smaller chance of them getting stuck, that is to say, wishing they would have gone somewhere that offered what they wanted. For the parents I'd want them to know that college is their child's decision, and they shouldn't push them to attend somewhere they do not want to go, because Ive seen that happen, and more than likely their child will not finish at that school, but be unhappy because they did not get to chose for themselves. I'd also like to tell the students not to get caught up in party life. Not good.


The best advice I wwould give, that I did not use myself was to tour the university beforehand. I believe the student and parent should get a feel for the environment and the people in it. Take a day to observe the other students. Decide if the university is a place you would like to be.


Go where it makes you happy, because if you don't it could effect your study.


I would advice students and parents to absoluetly tour the campus and campus life before making a final decision. You don't have to spend several days there just do the orientation tour (which usually consist of a present student taking you around the campus) and afterwards maybe getting a bite to eat and asking locals about the college and the social life at the college. Just asking a few simple questions might make or break your decision about the college. But students just live and love the experience and make the best of everything! Good Luck!


No matter the institution, college is work. choose a college that has a lot of scholarships available, good retention and graduation rates. Base your choice on size, location, and the academic programs in which you're interested. Housing is important because if you plan to live away from home, you have to live on campus. and you would want to be comfortable.


Look at academics and class sizes when you get into major related courses. Dont be afraid to pick schools with more choices on weekends, otherwise you will find your child at a house party more times than not.


Finding the right college is very important for students and parents. I would suggest the students and parents sitting down and picking 2 or 3 colleges in a safe area that the student is interested in. Then I would suggest that they go to the campus tours. Learning about the school, area, and all that it has to offer is very important. The student should remember that education is first at all times. Have fun but be safe and always remember where you are.


I would suggest that the students really look around and consider more than one option. It is important for the school to feel right otherwise you can spend time depressed and perform poorly as a result. I would suggest leaving as soon as possible if the first college is not right because the longer you wait the harder it is for credits to transfer and the more time you waste on being unhappy. I would suggest that parents really listen to what their children have to say and at the same time use their knowledge from life experience to help guide their children in making the right decision.


Students: Go where you are comfortable. If you find a place where you can see yourself fit in just apply. Don't let your family/friends pressure you in to going to a certain type of school. In the end you might regret it, because you are following someone esle's dream and not yours. Listen to the advice that is giving to you. Listening doesn't mean you have to do exactly that but do take under consideration when making your decision. Try not to get frustrated or overwhelmed with the small details, please know thati t will all work out. Parents: Trust your students. Please don't try to force anything upon them. Just try to guide and give advice in the right direction. Please be totally honest with your student about any they ask. Do not do everything for them when applying to college. If you start helping too much in the beginning they will continue to need you throughout school. College is the perfect time for your student to grown up and be responible for themselves.


Advice I will give students about finding the right college and making the most of the college experience, is to make sure they are choosing the college that they want to attend, and that they know what they want out of the college life. They should know that college is not fun unless they make it fun. They also should not chose college based on the location or how much parties there are, they should chose college based on what type of education is being offered.


My advice to student preparing to choose the right college is think about what is important to you before you decide which college to attend. If you have the opportunity stop by the college during a non visitation time in order to get a true essence of the school. Talk to professors and upper-classmen in order to get the best advice about the quality of the school. Also, talk to a student who isn't employed by the school, because they're trained to promote the school. Remember the school you choose effects the people you meet and opportunities you will have in the future. My advice to parents is trust that you have taught your child well and allow them to choose the school they want. Guide them if they ask for help but do not make the decision for them. If you force your child to go to a school that they are not sucessful or happy with, they will end up resenting you. If your child is searching for colleges, you probably have taught them well.


Students, don't skip class and go to bed early!


My advice for finding the right college and making the most of college experiences is different for parents and students. I know that often times parents are funding their children's education and they feel like the final decision is left up to them. My advice to parents is to truly listen to your child's wants and needs to choose a college that is right for them, regardless if it is your alma mater. My advice to students in finding the right college and making the most of their college experience is to visit colleges that interest them. Ask to sit in on classes. Choose the school that you feel most comfortable. Do not let the school choose you.


First of all, don't let your parents choose the college for you. It is always good to let them have their own opinion, but make sure you have the last word. I had a huge fight with my mother about my college. They felt that Chattanooga wasn't far away from home. They wanted me to "go farther and meet new people and see new things." Now, they see that I love my school and that it isn't so bad after all. They love being able to have me home whenever I want to come. Secondly, when you finally get into the whole college experience make sure that you put your studies first. It's ok to have fun but remember that your education comes first. Last but not least, keep your parents informed about your college life. Trust me, you will need all the help, love, and support you can get. ;-)


Know your own interests before selecting a college, get involved in at least one organization, and just be helpful.


I believe that students and parent should visit as manu colleges as possible just to be sure that the campus is of their best interest. Parent should check out the financial aid deparment and students should look closely at on campus housing. Over all a student should weight their option from different universities and pick the one they feel will make them the happiest and allow them to focus on their work and stil have fun.


See the campus, check the academic programs, talk to students


Start early. Apply to several schools


Visit lots of schools. Don't be set in your mind where you want to go without doing so. Don't pick a school because of the football team or the parties. Pick a school that you feel can provide you an atmosphere in which you can thrive academically, socially, and culturally. Parents: Don't pressure your child into attending your alma mater, but let them be their own person. The aspects of college that you sought when looking for a college to attend aren't necessarily what your child values. Students: once you are in college, don't take anything for granted because it will be over before you can blink an eye. Play a club sport, join a special interest organization, and pledge a fraternity or sorority. Focus on schoolwork, but remember that communication skills developed through your social activities will be the most valuable supplement to your degree that you could ever possess. Who you know is as important as what you know. Most importantly: USE YOUR RESOURCES. The only thing I regret is not taking advantage of free tutors, writing labs, and other great resources that could have benefited my college experience.


I would visit as many colleges as you can before you make your choice. That way, you get to see how things are at small and large colleges and which ones seem to fit you better. Making the most of your college experience is all about getting out there. College is, in addition to getting an education, about expanding as a person and meeting new people. Join a sports team or a club on campus. The number one thing that everyone has to do in order to succeed in college is GO TO CLASS. Most of the people I know that are struggling neglect to go to class like they should. Most professors are very understanding and appreciate your continued attendance and effort in their class and will often take that into consideration if you have a borderline grade.


Go visit the school before actually deciding.


Make sure to VISIT EACH CAMPUS before deciding! Check out what types of activities occur throughout the school year by talking to current students. Ask what type of students the university setting caters to most. RESEARCH to find out what types of financial aid are available. Do not be close-minded and be sure to HAVE A BACKUP PLAN. Pick a VARIETY of schools to apply to then make a decision based on the STUDENT'S best interests. Once enrolled, ALWAYS add an extra class every semester in case you decide to drop a class. Also, if you leave home for school and are not a morning person, don't sign-up for morning classes because your parent IS NOT THERE TO WAKE YOU UP anymore!!! Trust me, I know from EXPERIENCE. If living on campus, GET OUT OF THE DORMS! That can't be stressed enough. Find people to INTERACT with and MAKE FRIENDS. Remember to ENJOY life while in college because, afterwards, all that's left is work.


In finding a college, my best advice is not to worry about where you end up. Every college offers something unique and a place for you or your student to fit in. If after a while, one college doesn't fit, try another. You will end up at the institution that is best for you. In making the most of college, my advice is to be open-minded. Don't say no to a person, an organization, a place because of preconcieved notions-Check them all out and then make a decision based on your first hand observations. College is about exploration and self-exploration; By saying no to something, you are denying yourself an oppurtunity to discover.


For the most part find one that suits the student. It is really important to get the student to want to learn, so find one that makes the student feel at home.


research is the most important thing. do your research on the campus and on the availability of financial aid


When looking at colleges it is most important to think about what you want your experience to be like. If you want to get involved make sure the school has organizations you are interested in. If you want a nice place to live make sure there is satisfactory housing. As long as you are honest about what you want you won't be disappointed. Also, do plenty of research about the school and even talk to students at the school when you visit. They usually give you the most honest and dependable answers, the stuff the admissions office won't tell you.


The best advice I could give anyone is to focus on what you came to school to do. Dont allow friends or others aroud you distract you from what your money is paying for. College is supposed to be enjoyable but also productive. Pick a school that has at least one or two friends there. That sounds like bad advice but I went to a school where I knew no one and it is very difficult to make friends in college. I was always jealous of my friends who went to school with people that they knew.