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


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I wish I would have known about the parking issues. It is very difficult finding a parking spot unless you arive at 7:20am and beat the rush at 745am. Im thinking about riding a bike next summer.


That it was going to be hard to find scholarships to pay for my schooling.


I learned enough about it through the website and friends who have gone here, I was not blindsided by anything. I knew it would be hard and expensive, but a fun experience.


I wish I had known just how hard the transition from high school life to college life was going to be. I still catch myself thinking like high school student and it irks me sometimes because it is time to grow up and get on with a college life. Also, it would have been nice to know that some programs that you participated in high school (JROTC, for example) were not going to be just as easy to get into at college. I was in JROTC for four years and I don't qualify for it in college.


It's not as hard as it seems. I think one of my major worries was that coming from a smaller school it'd be harder for me to make good grades. My first semester I managed a 3.4 and I had a lot of experiences and had a lot of fun. Now I am in a sorority and I am still managing good grades. It really doesn't matter what school you came from, you can still do well in college. I think the summer before UCA would have been a lot more carefree if I'd known this.


I wish that I would have known not to be solely focused on the details of my school work EVERY hour of EVERY day. Though my work load has increased and I still maintain my GPA, I have managed to be more relaxed, sleep more soundly, and be overall more content in my second year at the university. A valuable skill for any new college student is to learn to put down their school worries when appropriate and leave them there to be picked back up when prudent. Quality of life is increased as one puts their mind at ease.


I wish I had known more people before coming to this school. While the community at UCA is very friendly and helpful, people still tend to stay in their own groups. It's easy to make friends at first, but when you try to branch out it proves to be a little more difficult, because everyone already has their own friends that they hang out with. Meeting new people is easy, but becoming friends with them is another situation entirely.


I wish I had known that there were so many fees. I know that is how it is at all schools, but I was dumb and didn't know that originally. They are always raising the fees and the costs to attend this school.


Before coming to UCA I wish I had known many things. Mainly, I wish that my high school counselors would have explained in more detail how things in college work. I wish I had known how to register for my classes, where I can go if I need help academically, and how quickly the classes would move. I wish I had known that missing one day of college is the equivalent of missing an entire week of high school. I also wish I would have been more familiar with campus.