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


I know one of the things your parents are going to tell you is that college is going to be harder than high school, so you better study from the start and try to keep up your grades. Well, listen to them, because they are actually right! And remember this college GPA follows you around for the rest of your life on your resume, so you want it to be a good one. But between studying, take time to make new friends and have some fun too! There's a whole world of different cultures, beliefs, and ideas that are worth exploring and learning from, so try to be open minded as well.


Find your passion and then follow it. It's ok if you take more than four years to finish college. Once you find your fire within, nothing else matters. You will be able to achieve whatever it is you want in no time at all. Not taking this opportunity to find yourself could lead to regret and backpedaling through life. You don't want to waste time doing things for which you lack passion and heart. Live life for what you love most, and give it your all.


If I could go back in time to give myself advice about going into college, I would tell myself to actually try. In high school I put forth little effort and got little out of it. I did not take the ACT or the SAT. I would tell myself to take those tests and to put forth the effort to prepare myself. I would also have to tell myself not to wait till I was 23 to go back. Being away from school so long made me forget what little I acquired from high school. I have always been a very quick learner, just never cared t try. Imparting the knowledge I know now might not benefit me in current time, but it would benefit the me of the past. Hopefully spurring him into what I have become now. I would much prefer the me of the past to go into college with a 4.0 instead of a 3.6 with know ACT or SAT scores to back it up.


In this hypothetical scenario, I would tell myself to secure my funding as soon as the year. I also would have disregarded the misconception that the federal government will cover all the cost with the expansion of education.


The advice that I would give myself is that you should never give up. Always try your hardest, excell in every way you possibly can, and live life to the fullest. Try your hardest because your hard work ethic will make a difference. Maybe not right away, in the near future, or for quite a while, but it will show up in your advantage eventually. Maybe in the workplace or even in school, such as graduating with honors or making the Dean's list. Excell in every way you possibly can because there is no reason not to. Try your hardest and show yourself what you are capeable of doing. There is no reason to sell yourself short, so be proud of what you have to offer and use it to the best of your abilites. Lastly, live life to the fullest because you only live once. Show the world what you are capeable of. Don't be ashamed of anything, God gave you talent, use it, and show it off for the world to see. There is no sense in hiding what you can do. Do what makes you happy and be happy with what you do.


If I could go back to when I was a high school senior, I would tell myself not to worry so much. I worried a lot about coming to UAT and not getting along with anyone, and not liking the school. Now that I'm here I love both the school and the people. I wondered for a long time what would happen if I got to school and decided that I didn't like what I was learning, but now I see it was a pointless worry. I love my classes and my major, and I definately wouldn't do anything different. If anything I would encourage myself to continue looking for scholarships in any place possible. Every little bit helps, and right now I'm seeing that I could use a few more.


Attending college has been one of the best experiences that has happened to me and my family. Being born into a family where the need for education has been fully enforced although financially, it has been a struggle in terms of tuition and fees. I have had the experience of meeting some very wonderful people who have helped shaped my life and made a very big impact in making me who i am today. It afforded me an opportunity to meet and learn different people and culture and to also appreciate their contributions to the world at large. I have gathered a vast knowledge of the wonders of the scientific world we live in thanks to the highly brillant professors i have had the chance to meet who helped imbibe in me the neccessity of attending college and acquiring a sound education. It has been extremely valuable to attend college because of the desires and prestige that is being associated with a college degree in the world as of now. It has also afforded my family the joy and pride of having a child who has strived through hardship to finally have the opportunity to attend college successfully.


With my limited college experience, I have gotten out of college thus far is needed skills that will be valuable in the job that I want and it really solidify what I want to do later in life. It is valuable to attend because I have made friends and valuable work buddies as well as teachers who are passionate about what they do.


It is the only pathway to a good life for me and my dread career as a game designer.


I haven't been to college in over 10 years. I would like to return in order to finish my degree and to help my son see how important it is to finish school. Now and today times are very hard and I have a few regrets for not finishing school when I was much younger. My degree doesn't help me to receive a higher pay but I would like the satisfaction of finishing for my own self-worth. Now that I am older I also see how important my experience in college was for me in my life. I often refer to experiences that I went through during that time of my life, but not truly understanding how blessed I was at the time I let my thought of my pay interfere with me finishing my degree.


I have gotten a lot out of my college experience so far. I have made lots of new friends who will be able to help me out when I get into my industry of choice. Most of my professors are also great people who could possibly help me get a job in the future by referring me to a company that they know is hiring, putting in a good word for me at a past employer, or writing an official reference. I have also learned a lot about how to deal with working in the video game design industry as well as what I need to be able to do in order to be successful in the industry. This is all after only one semester, and I am sure I will be able to get even more out college if I can find the money to continue!


I have gotten the expierience of knowing just what to expect out of the teachers. I now know that I cannot slack off like in high school, I really have to work for what I want. I am really excited to just keep persuing my dream of working as a pediactric nursing. College classes have been the most rewarding expirience because i meet new people and see how they work and realize that even though I have my own ways of doing things, there are several ways of getting the same task done in newer, more creative, or faster ways. Meeting new people and new ideas is also very rewarding. Sometimes it does feel like high school with cliques and he said, she said situations but if it's ignored and you do what you feel is needed for yourself, it makes you time in college alot more rewarding.


I think freedom and being on your own for the first time is a big experience that relly opens your eyes. I will enjoy going to UAT and taking my fist steps to my future job.


There is nothing that can fully prepare a person for the shock of leaving their parents' home and entering complete independence. College is a unique experience, and is definitely good for transitioning between living with parents and the real world. There are still all the responsibilities that existed before, with all of the necessary schoolwork, so things definitely do not get easier. Instead, there are distractions caused by the new independence, so it is best to remember to work hard and focus more on schoolwork than anything else. The best advice I can give is to continue living life as you already are. College is not that different from living at home and going to high school, and should not be treated differently. Education is important for the future and should not be taken lightly. College is fun, but it is best to not lose track of why you are really there, to gain knowledge and, in the end, contribute more to the world when you are done.


I would give the advice to take more credits per semester, apply for more scholarships, and to take advantage of auditting. With the college being as expensive as it is, it's crucial to get as much in as possible in a short time. There's a lot of classes that I wanted to take that I missed out on because I didn't realize I could audit them and learn the content without them counting against my credit limit. Other than that, I would tell myself to work towards what I wanted to achieve, rather than doing only the classwork early on.


If I knew back then to what I know now, I would be more prepared for college. I started college at a later age rather then as soon as I got out of high shool. I had received my GED rather then my high school diploma. I wish I could have graduated with my high school diploma and go right into college. I have had a rough life and starting all over has been tough. With the economy today, which I didn't expect back then could have been totally different. I could have had a good job and have my Associate's Degree on my shoulders. I love the college life, but I think it would have been better back then. I have three kids with one on the way and I just wish I could have went to college.


If I could go back in time I would tell myself to learn how to get out of my comfort zone. During high school I never took risks when it came to meeting new people or trying new things. I liked sticking to what I already knew because that was the easiest to do. If I would have stepped outside of my comfort zone in high school, my transition to college would have went much smoother. My first couple weeks in college weren't the greatest because I didn't have the ability to get out and meet new people. Due to my inability to make new friends, I became home sick and slightly depressed. Fortunately, my roommate helped me through the funk by taking me under his wing. He introduced me to people that I would have never approached on my own, and I began to have fun for a change. The whole experience made me realize exactly what I could miss out on if I didn't get out there and experience what college has to offer.


Go ahead and get your gen ed done at the local school like you were planning on doing. And then, just as you are already going to do, suddenly transfer out to that game design school in Arizona to follow your dreams. After discovering that game design is not for you, you will want to trasnfer a second time, to an art school in California to study 3D animation; go ahead and do that. Money will become your biggest obstacle, so, like you are already going to do, try your hardest to get scholarship money to help your dad pay for your expensive schools. So really, I have no advice to give you, but keep going the way you're going and follow your dreams and aspirations. Like my dad told me: "At least try to end up doing something that you love, and if it doesn't work out, then at least you can say that you tried. I made that mistake."


Tuition is difficult to pay for. Scholarships definitely help alleviate this cost. One should do as much as one can while in High School to provide a more diverse resume. Having a diverse resume provides one with more options. Honestly, I did not do all that I could have done. I could have actually tried out for sports. I could have done more community service. I could have been apart of groups and clubs. Instead, I chose not to. Instead, I chose to sit around and play games when I had free time from my job and school. This is my only regret I have in life. The work that I chose not to do at the time would have helped me greatly in the present. If I could go back in time, I would encourage myself to be more active. I had opportunities, and I messed up.


If i could go back in time and give my old senior self some advice it be to start doing extracuricular activities like clubs, honors society, or whatever there is available to help me be more elligable for scholarships. I would also tell myself to ignore trying to be socially popular in school and just concentrate on learning as much as possible to make college less impactful to my brain, because you end up not seeing your high school buds very often after you graduate anyways. Another thing i would tell myself is to watch out for tunnel vision and to not just concentrate on a single class while the others suffer but, to spread it all out evenly because it will reduce the overall stress impact. Also I would tell myself to talk to your teachers as much as possible on stuff you dont understand and write down everything you see because it will save your hide later on even if it seems unnecessary. Overall though i would tell myself to stay positive and no matter how bad it seems I am able to get through it somehow.


I would give anything to go back in time and talk to myself when I was a high school senior! If I could I would tell myself to stop concentrating on my job so much, pay attention in high school, and apply for college. I?m 30 years old now and although I?m very thankful for all my experiences. I know that I should not have taken a break between high school because it made it much too easy to keep putting off going back to school with all of the work and life distractions. It makes me sad to think that I could have graduated by now. I know that I can?t go back so I?ll just keep going forward and get the degree I should obtained years ago!


College will be no problem for you. Academically, you can handle whatever they dish out, but you need to choose a major that will actually take you places. You have some time to experiment the first couple years, but you need to gear yourself toward a particular field. Consider something with broad applications as a base and then pick up specialized training later. You should have a handle on the practical concerns, but we need to talk about the social aspect of college life. This loner act of yours, knock it off. You're going to have to learn to work with people out in the real world, so you better get to practicing now. I would hate to see you find yourself in the Army and learn to rely on other people that way. Fix that personality flaw of yours and you might just come out of this a well-adjusted individual. You can do this. You might even be crazy enough to go back and do it again.


The advice I would give myself, is the same that my mother was trying to get me to see which is; taking college courses while in High School at our local community college so that this would help me by not paying for these courses at the college level. Also, I would add that taking any AP courses while in High School is a big boost as well. I can see now that; if I had taking action to obtain these courses, then my over all cost to my education would be much less. I did however, elect to take my General courses at the community college so my cost would be less than at the private level. I would not only advise my self this; but others as well. I would also try to work more hours and save more for college expenses.


If I could go back in time I would tell myself to pay attention, study more, and to get better grades in school so that I would've been eligible for more scholarships and financial aid. I would also tell myself to fill out as many scholarships as possible.


Make sure that you really want to go to school for whatever you choose.


If you can have an idea of what you want, that make a huge differance. If you don't know pick a school that has a lot to offer to increase your chances of findind something that messes well with you. If you get along with your family try for a school that is far enough away that you are free to live, but close enough you can visit. Take the classes you sign up for seriously, you're paying enough for them. If at all possible don't skip classes, it only hurts you. Another reason not to skip classes is: Take the amount you payed for this semester (x) and divide it by how many classes you have (y) and you get (x/y=z) where (z) is how much you spent on each class, and if you skip you just tossed that amount of money in the trash. College gives you freedom to learn what you want, but you need to make the extra effort to go beyond the bookwork, this isn't high school, no one here is going to hold you hand.


Figure out your priorities. If you wish to just get a degree and get out then find a college that will have minimal distractions. If you want to get that "whole" college experience then I would suggest a school that is balanced among all degrees and cultures. And If you want to party go to ASU. Also, be sure to visit the college before you make your decision. Talk to a professor, sit in on a class, and stop a random student in the hall and ask them what their favorite part of the school is. If they blow you off that will tell you a thing or two about the student body. When you get to college, take it seriously but also enjoy it. College is so vastly different from both high school and the work world and is a crucial stepping stone between the two. But most importantly of all, find a college that you can picture yourself in and be proud to describe how college is going when your friends parents ask you how college is going while on break, believe me, they will.


If you know what you want to do for the rest of your life then look for a college that provides the right materials and classes. College is a very serious part of anyones life and my advice would be to always aim high and never give up. At times the financial stuff will make you feel overwhelmed but when you recieve that degree in your hands you have officailly made something of yourself and you can live to tell your children of your success.


Don't be lazy, it's been my biggest flaw, now I have to work 10 times as hard to catch up and my GPA looks like a 5 car pile up.


Know what you want from school before starting. A clear objective makes for a focussed mind.


Go for what you will enjoy not what makes money.


Research to death. Look at every aspect of the school and make sure it fits what you want. Know what it is you are looking for, and don't settle, colleges are everywhere, there is no reason to settle for a school that doesn't fit your exact needs. Make sure it works out financially as well, don't choose a school that you know you can't afford, and don't go very cheap if you know you can do better. Make numerous visits and ask everyone from graduates, new students, and ones who have been there for a while, as well as teachers and staff to get a complete view of what every aspect of the school is like. My biggest piece of advice is don't settle, be completely satisfied with your decision. College is a very important part of a person's life and since not everyone can go to college, make sure you will have the best experience that you can have while furthering your education so that you can be the most succesful person you can be.


Parents should be supportive and helpful with their children in finding the right college, even if they do not agree with their children's choice. Instead of leaving their kids high and dry, parents should offer advice, and let their kids know that they want to help them work towards a bright future. Students, on the other hand, should appreciate their parents support, but not to be dependent on it. Any disagreements in money or location are miniscule when compared against the knowledge of having a parent's blessing and support with a final choice. When it comes to examining specific colleges, it is important to look beyond an academic reputation, and to examine the social atmostphere that the student will be immersed in. The college lifestyle is one of both academic learning as well as social maturing, and thus a decision should not be derived purely based on the academic benefits that a student can gain. Another important factor to consider is the level of independence a student will have at any given college. This feature is often times overlooked and leads to excessive amounts of stress when a student fully realizes the true scope of their evironment/situation.


Search for a college that is friendly, and has a nice atmosphere. If you go somewhere that you don't like the facility or people then you will most likely end up dropping out. Also check for accreditation in the field of study you want to pursue.


Finding the right college is as much a decision of the right program for a student as how the student feels on the campus and in the surrounding areas. If the student is not comfortable with even one of these, it does not matter how prestigious the school is, the student will probably not achieve their full potential. To make the most of the college experience, the student must balance and manage their time so that they can succeed in school, but also take advantage of the events, activities, and offerings of the school as a whole and the town/city the school is located in. The last thing anyone looking back at a time in their life should be thinking is that they should have done more with the time they had available to them. That would be my advice for new college students.


Know what you want and take every locial step to get to your desired goal.


Go to the school for a tour and activities, ask a lot of questions about every single detail of the school.


Do what you love. College is not about how many frat parties or how many soroity chick you sleep with. College is about getting the qualifications to do what you love for a living. Finding that "Perfect" school is really not that hard. Just google what ever you love with college after it and most likely you will find something. College is supposed to get you into the field of working and getting on with your life. To do that you must take classes that will be beneficial to yourself and your future career. find a school that will cut most of the crap and give you what you need to know how to do what you love. i.e. my girlfriend has to take a texas history class to become a dental hyginest. How does that make her a better dentist, well it doesn't. One phrase, find that school that will help you know what and how to do what you love.


Self motivation and determination are the qualities that will carry you (or your child) into their chosen career fields. Pick a college that suits you and your needs. Travel to as many colleges while in high school. Apply to twice as many as you visited. Know that the college isn't going to hand you a job or a degree without hard work and dedication.


When searching for the right college, make sure you visit it. Visiting a campus can give you a certain vibe on what the school is like and whether it is right for you. To make the most out of the college experience, I would have to say you should work hard and be involved with the school community. Being apart of clubs (even if it is one) gives you a sense of belonging that is priceless, being apart of the school Student Government is really rewarding because you can help change the school to be the perfect school. Also, I would say, don't try to attent parties on a weekly basis unless you have time for it, stay focused on why you came to the college and what you want to get out of it.


I would say take into account if the potential student wants to leave home or not. I am from Indiana and am currently going to college in Arizona, pretty obvious there. Then look for the school that will be the best fit for the potential student. Get some information on the choices. Try to narrow down the choices after learning more about them to the ones that will fit the students style most. I recived information on UAT and Digipen. After reading Digipen's information I took them out of the picture as the info made is sound too professional. Then go and make a campus visit to see which college will be the best fit. I visted both UAT and Art Institute of L.A.. I ended up choosing UAT because it was a lot more laid back among other reasons. Hopefuly the student will be able to make a smart college choice after lots of research. I know i did.


Start early. Selecting the right college is one of the most important decisions of your life. In your senior year of high school, if not earlier, make a list of your top 5 colleges and push yourself to tour each of them. One of the most common mistakes I see is students blindly listening to the biased opinions of their friends and choosing a college based on nothing more than their spoken word. Chances are, you and your friends do not share the same ideal college. Instead, look for a school which suits YOUR prefered social setting, and is recognized for the major YOU wish to pursue. Most importantly, keep an open mind and remember college will be time of your life!!