University of Alabama at Birmingham Top Questions

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?


I wish I had known how research-oriented this university is. It's an R1 university, and research is huge. That means great opportunities for students to become involved in research much earlier than other students, and in a much better institution.


I wish I'd known that slacking off is a downward spiral-- keeping the dedication and passion that you feel on day one is totally crucial to doing well.


I wish I knew how to campus looked before I came.


Get focused early and start reaching out to companies you would like to work for in the future. Volunteer or get into an internship. That way, when you do graduate it will be much easier to get a job. Do not wait until your sophomore year to decide on a major. Take your classes seriously. Just because you can skate by and get a B does not mean you should. You might need that A that you could have earned to cushion your GPA later in your college career when the course load gets harder. Every class counts, even electives.


Before I came to UAB, I wish I had known about the somewhat difficult transition there would be from my community college to UAB.


How Financial aid deals with people, I wish that they were easier to get in contact with and would respond to emails and phone calls in a prompt manner. Granted, for the size of the school I guess they do a good job. They aren't very helpful with housing, everything has to be done on your own accord.


Before I came to college, I wish I had known how many different opportunities I would encounter once I entered school. I also wish I had known how many different cultures I would encounter, and how the setting in the city would be so different from where I came from.


I wish I would have known the exact amount of tuition and I wish I would have applied for more scholarships at the school. I really need this scholarship to pay off my tuition so I can register for the next semester. If not, I will be kicked out of school and I don't want that to happen. I want to prove to my family that we can graduate from college and so on to be intelligent people.


That the physical therapy program would be phased out at the bachelor's level.


The importance of grades, at an earlier age, especially now that I am in gradate school