The University of Texas at San Antonio Top Questions

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

Kensey

i would tell myself to open up a bit more to all kinds of people. everyone really does have the same questions as you do, but just be patient and let the answers come to you. Don't go out looking for things, all good things come to you eventually. trust me you will be fine and make friends. Do not get stressed out so much because if you go to class, pay attention, take a little extra time a day to study, you will do fine and do the best you can because your family and friends will be proud of you no matter what you decide to do.

Chuthaporn

Look, stop worrying about what other people think of you. Stop letting people think for you. Do what you want to do and choose a career you will love doing for the rest of your life. You have to step up and take care of yourself and learn to do things on your own before you go off to college because noone is going to walk you through it. Just believe in your abilities and you will do great.

Derek

I would give myself the advice to complete more scholarships, and work my entire high school carreer to save up money. I would tell myself not to live it up as a senior and volunteer and be in many organizations to help better my experience in different fields. I would throw the book at my old image and tell it to read, I never read enougth which has affected me greatly. The most important wisdom I would share with my old self is to study, and go above and beyond for academic excellence.

Stephanie

Be prepared to have no one telling you what to do and expect lots of homework and reading in every class, especially basic courses!

Shanta

You think you know everything, because you are an adult now, well you don?t!! Here are a few things to help you be even more of a know it all. 1.You are paying for this, rather it's now or later. Don?t waste your money. 2.Don?t be afraid, if you haven't declared a major yet. Talk to people, get to know yourself and find a career that will make you happy not just rich. 3.Don?t fall for credit card offers; you have loans to pay ,why pay high interest credit card too. 4.College is your time to network for your future, not just for right now. Meet as many people as you can, you never know who will help you later in life. 5.Who cares if in high school student clubs were not cool? In college not only is it cool, but it is the easiest way to meet more students like you and once again you are building more Relationships for your future. 6.Most of all have fun but Work 1st before you play. Believe me, you will work faster knowing what the reward is at the end.

Jena

I would have advised myself to appy for scholarships. Being here at UTSA had made me realize that money is scarce and important while being a college student. I only receieved 5,000 worth of financial aid; which was not enough to pay off my tuition, plus housing and other necessities. I also would have advised myself to look for cheaper off campus housing. On campus housing at UTSA is very expensive and not worth the money. Lastly, I should have looked up different writing styles that colleges would use, such as APA. I was used to writing in MLA, so I assumed that college would just base their writing style on MLA. These are the three important advice I would have given myself as a high school senior.

Eduardo

As long as you feel at, you'll be fine.

Rebecca

My advice to parents and/or students would be to follow their heart in selecting a college to attend. If the finances aren't available for that particular school then to have a backup plan or put in all the effort required to pay for that dream school. Also I would advice the students to be active in their college experience, they control what benefits and experiences that they will receive while attending the school. I also include to not let the financial aid money go to waste, learn as much as they can and use all the available resources on the campus. Anything is possible if you just believe in yourself and your abilities.

Daniela

I would advice parents and prospective students to get involved with their schools, whether it's through sororities and fraternities or clubs. Making friends at university can be challenging if you dont engage with your peers. I would also advice them to live on campus, this makes meeting people easy as well as getting around is facilitated so much!! Lastly, DO NOT GET A MEAL PLAN!! it's the fastest way to gaining the freshman 15.

Christopher

What I would advise to other students is to make sure you know what you want to do with your life. If you don't know what you want to do, you might end up going to a college that has no classes that are related to your field of interest. As for making the most of college, I would recommend that you find a extracurricular activity that interests you so that you have something to do with others that you can all enjoy. So basically what I'm saying is to go to a college where you will be able to remain interested in and out of class, otherwise you will probably feel very bored and unmotivated to do anything and thus college won't seem as fun as it could be.

Amanda

Pick a college that is in the area where you plan to work and live because the college experience will give you many network contacts to help you find a job after graduation. I need financial help and my family cannot support my college tuition in this economy, due to loss of work in my family, but I cannot find financial help---so pick a college that honestly offers financial assistance---otherwise the student will have to take on fulltime or PT work, like myself, towards a degree.

Sarah

For incoming students, choosing a college to attend is a personal decision. Weigh your options based on whatever YOU think will fit you best. Its wise for parents to give input - but to a certain extent. Don't pressure your child to go to a certain school because of your own opinions. Your children are of course going to take your opinion into consideration, but they're intelligent and completely capable of making this life-changing decision of where to complete their secondary education. College is a great life experience and I'd be sad to see some of this country's brightest youth not make the right decision. If the student is having trouble deciding on their school, there are ALWAYS college rating websites and of course their high school advisors. Taking a tour and researching the universities they're interested are very good ideas. I'd never re-do any of the experiences I've been through thus far. My college experiences have taught me so much and I now have a greater sense of self.

Gabriela

In order to find the right college, you really have to do your homework. Just becasue its a beautiful campus or just because they have a good name doesnt mean you need to go their. Take the time to talk to the student s who go their. Find a university of college that meets your needs but challenges you to take a new step. Also asure that the sorrounding area/city is somewhere you feel good about. Explore you options. You only get to go to college once. Take your time and make the best choice for yourself not what people want from you, but what you expect out of yourself.

Brittany

I would advise students and parents alike to look at what the school offers not overall , but what the school offers you. Why go to a school that is great for every other major, but yours? Make sure that there are extracurriculars that interest the student, or else their college experience will be pointless. Go somewhere that makes you happy not somebody else, because you will have to live with this decision. I would also suggest having a clear definition of what you want to do with your life, because there will be lots of things to take time away from your goals if you let them. I would tell parents to trust their children to live by the standards they raised them by, and students to stay true to the way they were raised. There will be lots of opportunities to fail in college, but allot more to succeed. When you find them, take them and don't let go. Most importantly - stay true to yourself.

natasha

the students sould always visit as many colleges as posible to get comfortable for the big tranistion they would have to make, for the student and parents. Need to know if the school has what the students is looking for and major intended, great tutoring facilities and advisors for career intended. Never give up n the dream career and what the students wants to do for the rest of their lives. Support is always important from the parents and from the students peers to ave the best college experience.

Meredith

Make sure that the school and its location are a good fit for your personality. If you like the opportunities a big city offers do not attend a rural college and vice versa. If the school is not a good fit, you will be miserable and will want to transfer. Also, to see if the school is a good fit check with the student life office at your prospective school. They will be able to give you a list of the activities, services, programs, etc. that is offered at the university.

Steven

I would tell parents to encourage their students to pursue an education that will help them accomplish their goals, and help them locate the college that will do this. And for the students I would encourage them to work hard to make good grades. Although grades are not everything, they are necessary for their education to be successful. But they should enjoy themselves and have fun. College is a wonderful experience full of new and exciting things. There will be some challenges and some adjustment, but as long as they are flexible and willing to work hard, they will do very well. In addition, I would tell students to work on their connections. The connections they make with classmates, roomates, teachers, and advisors. Each of these indivduals will make your college experience unique and enjoyable. In addition, I will tell them that they do not need to become involved in every single club on campus to make friends, but to pick the things you want to do and that make you happy. Spend time with people with similar interests, and be open to meeting new people. Getting involved as much as you can is the best thing you can do!

Tamara

I believe the best advice any one could receive is, don't be in rush. Take your time to find the right college for you that is going to be in your expected price range. If you are like me and come from a poor family, it is probably best to stay in state. However, a student shouldn't make their decision based soley on that. They should find the school that fits them and where they would feel most comfortable. There are plenty of programs and scholarships that can help them pay for school. Before anyone decides on a school, they should visit the campus and try to meet some of the teachers in their inteded major. They need to get a feel for what life would be like for them if they attended a certain school. This is a big commitment and they need to weigh all their options and make a pros and cons list and discuss their thoughts with friends and family to get some outside input, but ultimately the decision is up to the student and should be made according to their greatest desire.

Melanie

Deciding which school to attend seems impossible. There is no way to research every feature of every college. I would advice parents and/or students to go with what feels right. Decide your main choices by location/cost/etc. Check out the schools and see if you feel comfortable. You will likely be there for several years so this is important. If you have a decided major, find out if the school has a good department for your major. If you are undecided, find out what kind of services the school has in helping you decide what to do with your life. See if the faculty is helpful when you visit. If they aren't, chances are they won't be helpful when you're enrolled. Also, see if the school has any of the activities you enjoy or new activities you may be interested in. It may be helpful to speak to a current student, especially an upper-classmen. They can tell you the pros and cons. Choosing the right school is difficult and definitely overwhelming. If the school feels right and it has the activities/services for you, your choice can't be wrong.

Marisol

As a student who will soon graduate from a 4-year university, I am glad of the choices I made during my years in the university. I learned from previous experiences and found out who I really am and what I want in life. Parents, it is hard seeing your little boy/girl go off to college without you to protect them from harm; but lets face it, he/she is grown up and can stand up for themselves. College is the time to explore, make lifetime friends, and find new things about yourself. Students, you only live once so lets get out of this small community, get involved in activities and introduce yourself to the world.

Hannah

Parents and students should visit the school and talk to the students there. It is important to feel comfortable at your school especially when you're about to go through so many life changes. Students, make sure you get involved, whether it be with sports, a club, or volunteering. It is the best way to make friends quickly and meet people to help you get through and enjoy your college experience. Also, go visit your professors during their office hours. It is best to visit them with in the first week of class. Ask them any questions you have or simply let them know you're looking forward to the semester. It may seem unimportant, but it is absolutely crucial. Your professors are there to teach you and help you along the way. If you go in and talk to them early on it shows that you care about your school work. They will be more likely to remember you and if you need help later on they will be more likely to help you. Your relationships with them will also come in handy when you need a reccomendation later on in your college career.

Trisha

Let your students have to freedom to go where they want and be yourself!

Bianca

As much as parents would love to enforce their beliefs and morals on their soon to be student or rather choose a college for them, please realize that holding a child's hand can be a grave hinderence. It is true that parents and child shoud be a team but baby bird must learn to fly. Falling may include mistakes, financial burdens, failing class, and many tears but all of the above can only add to the character of your young adult. I advise that any decision your daughter/son makes she/he should be completely confident about if not completely their own. Remember that your advice is meant to be a soft guiding hand and not a death hold grip.

Melissa

I think when looking for a college you should look for one that best suits you. One that you would like..

Madeline

I recommend researching any and all Universities that the student is considering. Do thorough research of everything - the university itself, the college you will be attending, and the surrounding area. I also recommend joining a frat or a sorority because they really do help you get adjusted to the college life with social events and even things to help you with school.

Catrina

College is a chance to figure out who you are and what you're all ab out. Make sure to choose a college that will help you on this journey, in all the various aspects of life. Don't shy away from new and interesting opportunities. Make sure not to pressure yourself too much. If you're having trouble, use all of your college's resources to get help instead of letting things overwhelm you. Try to stay away from alcohol and fraternities/sororities. Instead, try to get involved in campus clubs that focus more on causes. Leave yourself open to new experiences, and have fun!

Cameron

I strongly advise to go to the school and take a guided campus tour. In addition sit in a lecture. Remember that going to class is only part of the time in college. Go tour the town .

Harshad

Follow your heart.

Rosemary

Research... put enough time into the process to get an accurate view of the educational institution. Speak with various people associated with the school: students, former students, teachers, advisors... anyone who will give a personal opinion, favorable or unfavorable, of the school. Begin your research early. Time passes very quickly, and educational costs are soaring. Information is a valuable asset in this procedure. As for making the most of the college experience... study hard, but not to the exclusion of your social and personal growth. Make friends. Share experiences. Get to know your teachers if they seem at all interested in helping you prosper in your studies. Don't let the pressure get to you... this is just one step in many you will face throughout your life. Be at peace in the midst of it all... don't let anything steal your joy.

Christina

Take your senior year as a chance to learn about as many colleges as you can. Remember that college is college and that you should never choose a college just because everyone else is choosing that particular college. When you choose a college be sure to spend some time visiting the campus and the surrounding area. Make time for learning about as much financial aid and scholarships available to you. Meet new people, dont be shy in class. Read your texts and notes and sit in the front of the class.

Melanie

I would say find a school that is big enough or small enough for you. Do not overload yourself the first semester, ease yourself into it. This is nothing like high school and the responsibility can be overwhelming at first for some people. It is an amazing exerpierence and you learn a lot about your self so study hard and GO TO CLASS! If you go to class you will do good. Get all your deadlines squared away. Do not procrastinate!!!!

amanda

Visit the college before you apply there, set up appointments with professors and attend school functions just so you can get a feel of how the university is and be sure its the right choice for you.

Cristina

I think it is really important for parents to encourage their children about going to college, no matter what the expense. There are so many grants, scholarships, and general financial aid out there, that tuition does not have to be problem. I also think it is very important for students to choose a college that they think they will be most at home in, but it should also have enough cultural diversity to make the college experience complete. Someone can learn many things in the classroom, I assure you, but the things someone learns outside of lecture halls and auditoriums, from people of different walks of life, is immeasurable.

Tony

I don't know

Melissa

Apply early and make sure to visit all campuses before making a choice. Be happy with your major and know that it may change. Make sure you are offered enough financial aid to cover your expenses if needed.

Paul

The two most important aspects to consider when choosing a college is what the college has to offer you academically and its location. First, if you know what your major is then it will be easy for a prospect student to research which college is accredited for excellence in your field. This will ensure that the college you choose will be in the best interest for you academically. Secondly, a student must like the location of the school, everything from the city to the social community where the school resides. This is very important because a students well-being must be in excellent condition in order for him/her to succeed. Knowing the location of the school will also give parents an overview of the cost of living for the area. Every parent and/or student should take these two steps so that the student can make the most of their future and college experience.

Chad

When applying to college, do NOT just apply to one school, no matter how certain of getting in you are. Fate has a habit of knocking on that level of confidence and/or arrogance. Apply to many different schools and think about what you want to do with your life BEFORE going in. It's natural to spend your freshman year unsure of what you want to do for the rest of your, but that time will also set you back if you're not careful. A little research about your schools and yourself will go a long, long way. That being said, if you're like me, you probably won't know for certain even by your sophmore or junior year. By serious about your future, but don't forget to relax and enjoy your time in college. Get out. Meet some people. Make some friends, because these are the friends you'll be closest to. On that note, don't throw away your morals and convictions to make friends. College life anywhere is riddled with the stereotypical "frat-boy" activities. If that's your thing, then awesome. If not, then look around. There are people like you around.

Kynell

visit the campus... make sure it feels right

Allie

I would tell a student not to look at the college they attend as a stepping stone. The student should find people they get along with, organizations to belong with, and enjoy it the best they can while getting a broader education.

taylor

Choose a college based on what you want to do in life. Don't pick somewhere because all your friends are going there, pick somewhere for yourself. Your degree is the reason you go to college, not to hang out with friends, there are new friends to be made anywhere you go. Pick somewhere that has the things YOU are interested in.

Kera

Students pick the school you know you can succeed at. Don't pick a school just becasue your parents want you to go there. To make the most of your college experience -- just get involved! Join groups and get to know as many people as you can. Because one day they might help you get a job somewhere.

Stephanie

A lot of students have a hard time wrapping their minds around the idea of college. They've heard horror stories of 20 pages essays, frat parties, all-night study sessions, and impossible final exams. But when applying to college, students and their parents should remember this: college is OPTIONAL. Nobody forces you to go to college, it is the students decision. So instead of moaning and groaning about your finals, make the most out of it. Learn everything you can because no matter what you decide to major in, it is relevant. I promise. I am a double major in Psychology and Public Relations this semester, but I'm taking politics classes and astronomy. We all live in the same world, but throughout your life you'll have new experiences. Make sure to take advantage of your vast college environment and prepare yourself for the future. And most importantly, don't forget to enjoy yourself! Don't be shy, everyone here is in the same situation as you are!

Christina

Know yourself. What I mean is don't go into a school to try a become something that you have heard is great. Go to a school that is going to help you explore your passions. You want to go somewhere that helps you explore yourself and grow. Do not go to a school just because you feel that a degree from that school will look good. Go somewhere that will make you look good after you go on to get a career. Enjoy your time. You have four years in this school setting so make the most of it and do all that you want to do. Accomplish what you enjoy. If you do what you enjoy than, you will enjoy what you do when you go into the workforce. Be enlightened. Be who you are and love it!

Kat

I?ve done it all. I attended a small private liberal arts school, an even smaller specialty school in Europe, and a state school with 30,000 students. I applied to schools all over the world. I was an Ivy League hopeful. I chose my current school because it fit me, not necessarily because of its prestige. Don?t attend a school for its name. You?ll get the same education almost anywhere. Unless you?re looking for a very specific program, just go where you?re comfortable. You?ll get out of your education what you put into it?nothing more, nothing less. Don?t believe the recruitment literature. A pamphlet will make any school look amazing. Visit. Talk to students who haven?t been asked to talk to you. Find out what the school is really like. Find a place that has the potential to feel like home. I chose a state school where I felt comfortable socially and financially. When I work hard in my classes, I learn a lot. When I slack, I lose out. I don?t need pay three times more a year to get the same education.

Tara

Students: You need to focus on what your interests are. A school with very selective degrees is not good for someone who isn't completely sure what they want to do. Make sure you're comfortable with the courses offered, opportunities to branch out, and the area. Parents: Look for schools that offer diversity. An Ivy League school isn't worth it if your child didn't enjoy it and further themselves as a person.

Nse

I would emplor students and parents to visit as many schools as possible. In doing so, you can see the enviornment that both surrounds the school as well as see the campus. Also, look at what the school offers; courses, facilities, and tools that can help a student after they graduate.

Laura

Choose wisely. Think if you go to somewhere that you don't know anyone, how easy is it for you to make new friends. And if you need someone, then find a friend that is going there also. Universities are big, so get involved, you will make more friends, and enjoy school more!

Samantha

go visit the colleges b4 you apply and see if the area and then college is what u are looking for....plus dont wait..you should start ur jr year

Kelli

Find a place where you feel comfortable. Dont follow your friends. Finding a comfortable and focused school is best. You're sending your kids somewhere to get an education and make sure they have room to do just that, and a quarter of that room to socialize and build relationships with others.

Ramon

Parents, make sure that you know before hand the reputation of the college. Just because it's prestigeous does not mean it's safe. Students, don't worry about what you want to do in life if you haven't chosen yet. Find yourself through the experience because even people who knew what they wanted have changed their minds. But if you know what you want, chase after it with every ounce of strength you have. The road is rough, but the reward is very, very satisfying!

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