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If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to chill out and enjoy myself. Most of my senior year was riddled with worry and stress. I would go back and tell myself to spend more time with my friends before we all separate ways for college, but don't dwell on the sadness of leaving them. I would reassure myself that a majority of the people at college are friendly and willing to help. I would also tell myself not to worry about making friends, because during college is when I will make the friendships that will last a lifetime. Finally, I would tell myself not to worry about the academic workload of college-all of my high school teachers exaggerated how much harder college is than high school.


To be honest, I would not have much advice for myself. Even now, at times I feel I do not really know what actions I should be choosing. However, the one vital piece of advice I would relay to myself would be to put complete faith in God. Putting every choice and every action into God's hands has probably been the most difficult task or assignment I have had to fulfill while at Trevecca, but once I was able to trust in Him, every choice I can make knowing He is there for me, watching over me, and protecting me. If I could have begun this mental step in high school realizing how important it truly is to living life every single day, many of the problems I have faced in college do to insecurities, doubts, and fears would have never even crossed my path. God is the light to my future, and I will continue to put all my trust in Him as I enter more challenges along this journey. No matter what is placed in front of me, I know He will always be by my side, and He will always love me.


If I could go back in time I would tell my senior self not to procrastinate, read for classes, and to develope good study habits. This year in college I struggled with procrastination and was constantly having to stay up late writing a paper the night before it was due. Next, in high school you can squeak by in classes if you don't read the class material, but this is not the case in college. I failed one of my first tests because I studied only my notes and found out that the test was mainly on the reading. Finally, I would have to tell myself to start developing good study habits. Your college grades reflect how you perform on tests because there isn't very many class assignments to help boost your grade like in high school. If I was to relize this in high school I would have not been taken by surprise when I got to college and would have recieved better grades my first semester.


Calm down. You can change your mind. None of this is set in stone. You want to play sports? Then play! You do not have to know your whole life at the age of 18. or 19. or even 20. Breathe. Even if it gets old, visit all those colleges, even the ones mom and dad pick out because you never know, that could be the perfect place you never thought you would be. It is okay that none of your friends are going to your school. You want to grow, dont you? You can do this. Trust that peppy girl that keeps telling you all that advise you thought you already knew at orientation. Food is food, even if it is caf food, so try not to be too picky.


I have have discovered myself here in college. The experiences I've had have shown me so much about myself and I have grown so much as an independant adult. I feel so much more educated simply because of the different enviroments and experiences and diverse people and wonderful professors. I love college.


If I were to Describe my College experience so far while attending Trevecca in one word it would be: Strength. Not physically, but mentally, emotionally and spiritually. While here I have found the strength to break out of my comfot zone, and take a stand for things I believe in. Things I wouldn't have even thought about standing for without Trevecca. I know, with my education here, I will have the strength to pursue future careers, and the strength to make something of myself. I am thankful that I have had the opportunity to attend such a wonderful school, an opportunity many will not be able to have. There's not a day that goes by that I don't thank God for this school and the strength that has been bestowed upon me.


College has given me a better work ethic. In high school, I was never really challenged, the assignments were all so easy and recquired little effort. College has shown me that in order to get what you want you must work for it. Another thing I have learned from college is that making friends is essential. My first semester I hardly talked to anyone. I did not feel comfortable opening up to new people. I soon realized that friends who are going through the same experiences are crucial. One other thing I learned from college is that I am a stronger person than I thought I was. Some of the assignments and projects so far have been so difficult. There were times (and sometimes still are times) that I felt like throwing in the towel and giving up, but I didn't. College has made me a more responsible, friendly, hard-working, and dedicated person.


I have gained maturity, a respect for other college graduates, and a more driven spirit out of me time spent in college. Before I attended college, I believed it to be just an extended form of high school. I was very wrong. College truly is a place to acheive a higher education, a place to grow and mature, and a place to build a firm foundation for a future career. Unfortunately, the amount of money it takes to run a pristine University, such as Trevecca, is rather expensive. I need help paying their tuition and I long to continue growing in the path I am headed down currently.


I have learned to be a responsible and honest person through my experience at Trevecca Nazarene University. The professors at Trevecca have taken interest in me as an adult and treat like an adult, thus my communication skills have matured over my first year at school. I have learned how to better support myself emotionally through the trials of living on my own.


I have allowed myself to witness to others and to allow God to show mw what I am suppose to do with my life. Trevecca Nazarene University has given me more experiences and learning abilities to further myself in Musci/Worship Arts.


I have learned how to be a better student, it brought me closer to my community. I believe that it is valuable to me because I have a two year old daughter, and I want to show her that you need to be in school, I want to set a good example for her. I go to school because I know how important it is for my family and myself.


I have made lifelong friends at Trevecca Nazarene University. It has been a super friendly and warm experience. My education experience has made a huge impact and I have learned alot. Besides learning information I will later need for my career choice I have also learned the importance of loving others. This could be showing love through friends, family, strangers, volunteering ect. Trevecca Nazarene University has really opened my eyes on my purpose in life. Jesus has shown us through his ministry is that when it comes down to it, "love" is the most important. We are here to love and be loved. No matter what career field someone goes into there is always an opportunity to help someone and love them. LOVE: this is the most important of all.


If I could inform my senior self of one thing, I would encourage myself to take more classes versus having half a day at school. I thought that my last year really didn't matter, and took easy classes and only went for three hours. Now looking back I wish I had harder classes and stayed all day at school. Now I am taking difficult classes in college and I get overwhelmed with too much homework. I regret my pass decision.


I firmly believe I have the made the best decisions and those decisions have led me down an amazing path with the help of Christ.


Prepare to become the person God has planned for you to become. College is a time to make mistakes, but do not be afraid of making these mistakes because they will shape and mold you into a mature and well rounded adult. College is also a time to truly discover who it is you wish to become. Never be afraid to take risks because those risks will either help you advance down the road you wish to take or they will point you toward a better path. Don't be such a worry wart. Yes, your mother have unconsciously trained you to be one, but college is too short to worry about every little assignment or deadline. You are a good student so don't worry about it. Finally, be confident! You are a great person inside and out! Be confident in the woman God is shaping you to become and be confident in yourself. Only you can make yourself feel inferior.


I would tell myself to start trying to find out who I am and what my passions are before I go to school because there is not a lot of time for self-searching in college. Those years fly by so quickly. They are also so very precious and should be used to learn how to live out your passions rather than trying to figure them out and floating around for four years.




Look for a place which allows you to fully bloom as a person, embrace you in a loving community, and challenges you to see that you are interconnected to the rest of the world. We are not mere machines which accomplish, but rather a piece of a bigger picture of the world at large. Look for a place which continually stretches you to seek and question life, ultimately doing whatever you do for a greater cause than yourself.


Make sure that you are going for your dreams....never settle for anything less.


Dear Potential College Student, The tasks ahead of you may seem insurmountable: scanning the country for a college that meets your needs, deciding what needs absolutely must be met, and raising funds to meet your dream. It seems paramount that you get everything right. Everyone says your entire future hinges on these decisions. To some extent, they are correct. You must decide the basics. If you want to major in Engineering, you shouldn't attend a Liberal Arts school. However, the most important thing is to take charge of your education, no matter what institute you choose. When you arrive, your GPA will climb onto a pedestal, demanding all your effort. However, your education is in your hands. You decide how much you want to learn. If you easily make straight A's, don't use your teacher's measuring stick--raise your standards, do extra work, and do what you think should qualify for your A. If grades simply aren't your strong point, but you're doing your best, relax. You're getting an education. Finally, never forget that learning takes place outside the classroom. Your social life can open as many educational doors as any professor can.


When choosing the right college for yourself/your child, there are many aspects to look at. Location, price, religious affiliations, campus life, dorms, and extracurricular activities are all important things to consider. Compare all of these aspects of each school with your personality and expectations for a college to give you an idea of which schools are your priority schools. Also take a campus tour at each school to get a feel for the atmosphere of the school and the student life. Talk to admissions counselors, financial aid officers, and possibly professors at each school when you visit.


I would say weigh your choices carfully. Do not rush into anything. Research the school, cost, financial aid opportunities, facilities, houseing, available communication, professors, Accredidation, meal plans, and crime rate. There are of course a lot more things to consider, these are just a few. If I were to go back and do it all over again I would better plan my four years of class schedules with my counseler and I would buy all my textbooks off of Amazon instead of the school book store. It is very important to learn good study habbits before college so that when you get here you will not be overwhelmed with the work load and will be better equiped to balance study and a social life especially if you are involved with extra curricular activity. In the end, the majority of the time, the right school is looking and screaming at you in the face, you just can not see it yet. After you pick your school it usually becomes very clear and obvious that it was always going to be that school.


Plan far ahead and be very aware of where you want your college career to take you. Learn about the kinds of people who attend your school of choice and what their social lives look like. What's advertised is not normally very realistic. When you do your own investigating you'll get a better idea of what college life will be like and where your education will take you.


Find a college that is right for you, not only for the field you are wanting to join, but the financial aspects as well. The more comfortable you feel at school equivocates the more peace you might encounter while attending classes and enjoying extra-curricular activities.


Look at lots of schools and start early to leave plenty of time to make a decision. You will know as soon as you step onto campus when you are in the right place. Once at school, seize every opportunity. Get involved. Do as much as you can. These are the best 4 years of your life.


Make sure you look around. I actually transferred to from my original school. I made the mistake of just checking out a few schools. Start early and go visit as many schools as you can. Take everything into consideration! What does the college offer (academically, socially, emotionally, physically)? What does the town offer? Are there ways to get around? What can I be involved in? What are the people like? Will I like the class sizes? Can I get a job on or off campus? Does the school have resources that I will need? What is there to do on the weekends? Are people willing to help me if I need help? What are the professors like and are they willing to work with me? There are so many questions to ask and don't be afraid to ask them. Make sure you go on campus tours and try to meet people before you even go there. Exchange emails and keep in touch!


Find the right college that best suits your own personal needs and not of the people around you. Morals, academics, social life, and religious beliefs have major influences on the college you choose. In college, you have to be willing to do the amount of work and dedicate time to studying to earn your degree and prepare yourself for the future. However, college is also one of the best times of your life. College is where you meet new friends you will keep the rest of your life. It is important to pick a college that has the same morals so you are surrounded my people, friends, and teachers who are on the same page.Parents have the best intentions for their children, but children need to have the deciding factor.College students don't want to go to a college their parents forced on them where they are unhappy because they disliked the choice their parents made. Make the most of your college experience becaue you only get to live it once and it goes by so fast. Being involved and learning new things about life, and discovering yourself are all a part of the college experience.


Live on campus if possible. I am 12 hours away from home, so I have to live on campus but, these are only four years of your life. I have seen plenty of communter students that do not get involved and have the complete college experience because of living off campus. It is an experience unlike anyother to live with those you see everyday, and produces those lifelong relationships you always hear about, or at least I do.




Visit several colleges even if you think you already know where you want to go. Choose different sizes of colleges so that you get a feel for what's best for you. Be sure that their campus visit includes meetings with an Admissions Counselor and someone in their Financial Aid Department. If not, ask for meetings with these people. It's very important to meet with them to ask questions that may not be covered in just an overview visit. It's a good idea to have your questions typed out ahead of time and keep a journal of your visits. Also, if possible either meet with a professor over your intended major or visit a class. Get as much out of your visit as you can. Then compare your notes. By the time you do all this, you will have a feel for what is right for you.


Students if you have the option of trying something new or something you've never thought about doing before. Parents please remember that where your child goes, it has to be their choice. This is the best time of your life kids, and it will never come again so make the best of it and live it up.


Go to the area that has the jobs you want. Look for class sizes that best fit your learning style. Look for professors who are experts in their field (remembering that you'll probably change majors). Don't worry about not having a major. Decide it based on what you enjoy. Liberal Arts schools are nice, b/c grad schools like it when you keep up with a rounded schedule.


Go with the school that feels right in your gut. It may not have as strong of a program as another school but you will be happier if your at a school that feels right (not saying to hender your education, just that sometimes what looks best on paper isn't really the best choice).


The advice I would give students and/or parents about finding the right college is to make sure you look at all aspects of the college before making a final decision. Then, once you start college make sure you make the most of the experience because it is something that most people do not get a chance to do, so do not take it for granted.


The first thing about finding a college you want to go to and seriously considering going there is going to visit the school first and see how you like the feel as well for your parents to also get a read on the campus too. Just enjoy the people that come into your life and really just manage your time properly with studies, friends, and social life. Make sure the cafeteria is a good place to eat too that always helps when the food is good.


When choosing a school, be sure that you don't settle for a school that you don't really love. Make sure that you like the campus, and that the people that you run into are people that you would enjoy spending four years with. Also be sure that the school is affordable for you. Money is a big issue when choosing a school, so check out all financial aid opportuities to make sure that you get all that you can get.


The advice that I would give, is to do your reaserch. Look at what the school offers, as far as majors, extra activites, how the social life is, and what else they offer to the student body. Visit all your possible choices, and ask the important questions that you have, like how much, can I live off campus, can I have a car on campus being a freshmen, or what are the class sizes. Make sure you know everything about the school that you are looking at before making your final desicion. Make it based on where you feel more like home and where you know thata you will be able to focus and get the most out of the money that you are spending, college is not something that you should take lightly. And definately something that you do not want to waste your money on. Enjoy college, it is a fun experience and one that will last a lifetime. Picking the perfect school for you will help with that experience!


The quickest and best advice I can give is to research every college and visit them. On your visit ask questions, they will remember you and this enhances your chances of being accepted.


Seek out a college based on principles you wish to pursue, once you find a few options, then narrow it down with more picky things like what kind of campus, or how big are the class sizes. You have to define what you are looking for before you can find it.


Look for a college that suits you. Make sure that your college excells in your field of study. Find a college where you will enjoy your experience.


Look for a school that can bring the best out in you. One that you can get involved with to get to know the people around you. I think it is very important to get involved cause you never know who you might run into that can make a huge impact on your life. Pick a school where you will feel comfortable in the environment around you. Don't for get to study and keep in touch with your family.


I believe the best advice for finding a college is to find the school you feel at home the most at. When I was looking at schools I tried to picture myself in the hangout place with friends or in the quad studying. Or even in the dorm room hanging out with friends. The right school is not the school that all your friends are going to or the school your parents basically force you to go to. The best school is the one where you feel comfortable so that you can grow mentally, physically, and spiritually. Just because the financial situation is better at one school should not be your deciding factor either. If you are feeling completely unwanted at that school then you will be completely miserable for however long you stay there. Go to the school that even when your paying off loans 5 to 10 years down the road you will still say " I would not trade those years at (insert your school here) for all the money in the world!" College is going to be where you grow up, find the place that will allow you to do this.


look early and try to get them to go down on price useing cost of other potential colleges for you


First of all I would say pray about where you should go and for the financial aide you will receive as well as what you may feel a spiritual calling upon your life, however, you don't need to know that right off hand. Second, I would advise you to take a step out of your element and go to a college that maybe not too many of your graduating class will be attending and this is so that you can have the chance to start over and meet new people and lifelong friends. Next, I'd say to pick a school that can best suit your beliefs because if you can't believe in what the school stands for you can't be happy. Finally, I'd say make sure that you look around and find an environment where you can feel safe and feel as if you are not just a number, but a part of a community and an extra large family for without it we may not make it.


Talk to students on campus. They know the current situation best and will be honest. Seek the will of God and do your part. God will work out the details.


To fully achieve a good education, focus on a school that fits you in all areas. Look for a school that has a strong focus on academics and also has high recommendations. Make sure the university you choose has a strong department to offer for your field of study. Always build educational relationships with your professors. Don't become just another student in his/her class. The best thing to do is live on campus your freshman year. This allows you to meet other students and form life-long relationships. Become involved in campus activities, but also mantain a balance in your studies. Make sure to take many college visits to help you find that one, perfect university. When you find the right college, you'll know!


Parents, your children are about to embark on the greatest adventure of their lives. This is the time where they will learn to spread their wings and "fly" to their destiny. These next few years are pivotal to their success for the rest of their lives, and your influence on their college decision is a very important step to where they will go. You always want to remember that your child is not only going to recieve an education, but to enjoy themselves and have a fun time. So you want to help them find a place where they can learn and safely have fun. Please encourage your child to make the most of their college experience, and find a place where they can embrace this experience. As a student I want to tell you to always support you child in their decision making, no matter what outcome there is (failure or success). The love and support of a parent is always worth more to a student than any amount of education achieved. As you send your child off, I encourage you to sit back and admire your life long teachings and influence in their lives.


Find a college which encourages you to be yourself and to better yourself. Sometimes that means that classmates or even teachers will disagree with your beliefs or lifestyle or something else, but if those people can accept you anyway, the creative tensions in those relationships will push you to fulfill your potential. College is a time of self-discovery, so make sure that you give yourself enough room to grow and even to change your mind about who you want to be if necessary.