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I have gotten a good out look out of my college experience. It seems I have been out of school for about four years ; so its like learning how to be in a class room alll over again. As far as being prepaired making sure that I arrive on time , and never the less making sure my work is turned in . Also it is valuable for me to attend so I can make good grades and pass; so that I may earn my degree and become a certified surgical tech. That way I can have a better job' and can provide for my family.


Being able to attend college and play the sport that I love has been a blessing in disguise. While I hated the long hours of practice, the time I spent away from my friends, and the feeling of entrapment by my position on the team were all difficult to deal with, I learned and grew into the person I am today because of the committment I made to this team when I was a senior in high school. Signing to play for the University of Dayton opened a world of experiences that I could not have provided all by myself. I was able to discover my passion for cardiac rehabilitation, and guided to pursue further learning in graduate school. I opened myself up to other faiths, and found one the spoke to me. I was blessed with a group of friends who I can always lean on for help or laugh with when looking back. Intercollegiate athletics let me discover a hard working, self sufficient, trustworthy leader that I never knew exsisted inside of me. I have my high school teachers and parents to thank for my self discovery during my time at the University of Dayton.


I have gained many new skills like time management. I have definitely gained more responsibility because I am fully responsible for myself, my health, and my grades.


Attending the University of Dayton has by far been the most formidable years of my life. It was there that I discovered who I am and who I want to become. While I graduated UD not knowing a definite career path, I did leave knowing certain truths: that my experiences at UD had shaped me into a person I am proud to be and the confidence to know that I will be alright. Not only did I get a noteworthy education, but the relationships I formed with my peers, faculty, and staff while at University of Dayton has impacted me immensely. It was at UD that I understood the importance of service to others; I realized that learning is not confined to a classroom; and I found that in order to be an effective leader, you must first be an example for others. I feel fortunate and proud to be a Forever Flyer.


My current college experiance has been great. I have learned alot especially from my English 101 teacher. After twelve years out of school I was kind of scared about coming back. But Midlands Tech has made it a easy and smooth transition for me. I now have a direction in which to head with my life, thanks to the advisors help. I was at a huge crossroad, I had been out of work for two years and did not know what I was going to do. So I went to tech and met with an advisor and we discussed my life and what I enjoy doing and came to the determination that I should get basic classes out of the way and attend Clemson University's Construction Science Management program. The college has helped me prove to myself that I can do it, I can make the grades and get the degree and make something of my life. I have learned how to believe in myself something that I have not done for a very long time. I just want to say thank you Midlands Technical College for believing in me too.


I feel as a young adult, my college experience has allowed me to grow as a person, student and friend. I work hard everyday for myself and my family to be successful for my future. My parents have sacrificed much to send me to this great school and I want to make them proud. I feel I am definately on the right road to attain my goals.


I knew the value of getting a college education, but I didn't completely grasp the positive outcome it would have on my life. However, my life has taken a vast transformation and I now see that obtaining my degree is worth more than just the self fulfillment of the accomplishment I made. Living a stress free life is extremely important to me. I have struggled with my previous jobs and that is the determination that pushed me to achieve more. After the completion of school, I have a job where I have been thrilled to come to work, knowing that I am a huge asset to my employer, rather than an employee they feel is easily replaced. A college education is completely valuable in the essence that with hard work it provides future contentment, knowing doors of opportunities throw themselves toward you. I’m finally experiencing the feeling of making a difference in my field, and I am able to give back to those who have helped me through college and the community I work in. This is a satisfactory feeling which awards me with motivation to go back to college because of the endless possibilities an education provides.


I have only attended UD for a few weeks and so far I have discovered that we are a Marianist college that puts a large emphasis on community. UD is a place that is considered home for its students and promotes service, academic excellence and sparks intrest in social concerns, learning within the community and outside the classroom. UD's reputation is defined by the success of the students and faculty. Through attending this college I have had the oppotrunity to meet people from all different ethinic, and socioeconomic backgrounds which has furthered my interest in community service and studying abroad. Last year I never thought I would be attending UD but now that I'm here, I can't imagine myself anywhere else.


Through out my college experience I have gotten to adjust and solidfy who I am and what I am looking for out of life. When I entered college I had an idea who I was and was very stubborn and resisted all change good and bad. I was under the impression that I couldn't and wouldn't change. However, over the past three years tons of things have changed and I feel at times I am a completely different person. I have learned alot about myself and where I want to go. My whole college experience has molded me into the man I am today. My classes, my friends, my student organization involvment, my living situation on campus, and my off campus activities- each adding to who I am. I entered college thinking that the world revolved around me and now I am entering my Senior year knowing that I am part of the world and my job is to make it better than when I came. I have learned that it is not about me. College has been a great experience and I know I wouldn't be who I am today had I not came to college.


It's really corney and cliche, but I've begun to find myself in college. I thought I knew exactly what I wanted out of life and I had my whole future planned out, but then I realized how many other options I had and what I could really do with my life. I have found some amazing friends and used my newfound independence to make some amazing memories. College has reinspired me and given me the sense of possibility that I forgot about. In college you can be selfish; you can spend four years making the choices that are best for you and you don't have to worry about responsibilities or societal obigations. My college is amazing. The students and teachers there realize that while we are attending college to get a degree, there are so many other things that are just as important to focus on at this time in life. There are service opportunities, social opportunities, and even opportunities to grow in faith. In college you finally have the space you need to really try out new things and discover who you are.


I feel what I have gotten out of college is a since of self. I have found myself to be more independent and starting at a community college I feel I am more stable as far as my being. I am now about to embark on a University and feel like I can do so with little guidance from my parents. I also have developed a need to persevere and keep going no matter how hard it may get. I have wanted to change my major time and time again but I know that I really want to help people mentally. So with that I have just kept at my major as Neuroscience and will keep going further.


The most obvious value to my college experience is the knowledge that I have gained. This is what will truly help me in my graduate studies. I have also been given the opportunity to work in many research areas and on many projects. I am always getting e-mails about research opportunities on campus. Experience in research is one of the greatest assets to anyone in the science fields. Academics aside, it has been valuable for me to attend the University of Dayton in order to learn the art of life balance. In high school I could do anything and everything and succeed. In college, however, academics, jobs and athletics are taken to a whole new level, which takes a whole lot more out of an individual. I had to learn that even if an experience seems valuable, it may not be worth the stress it could add to what is already going on my life. I have learned the lesson of quality, not quantity. No graduate school will accept a student that claims four research projects in a year but cannot pass an entrance exam. Number one lesson learned in college: balance is key.


College has been an opportunity for me to break away from my small town, to really grow through education to maximize my potential for my future career. I have always had a lifelong fear of being stuck in the small town I grew up in and would never get the chance to get out; for me, college was that chance. Even though attending the University of Dayton has been a financial hardship for my family and me, getting a top-of-the-line education, the chance to participate in numerous extra-curricular activities I could not have obtained anywhere else, and the overwhelming sense of community and camaraderie the college offers is really second to none. Above all else, the experiences I am getting from the University of Dayton will prepare me for my future endeavors in a way that I don't know if any other school could have. From the perfect class size and Marianist-based traditions, to their motto of "Learn, Lead, Serve," my experience at the University of Dayton has been everything they promised it would be and more; I could not think of a more valuable way to have spent the past three years.


My college experience has taught me about the many different lifestyles of people in the nation. I have lived in a small rural town my entire life and coming to a more urban campus has opened my eyes to other people's culture. Although I am not sure if the city life is for me I am very glad that I get four years to experience it and make an informed decision on whether I want to live an urban or rural lifestyle. Dayton has taught me that there is an extreme range on finical situations, unlike at home were we all make around the same income. It has also taught me how the people who are better off can help those who are not. Although the city is not my favorite environment I am glad I have experienced it so that I am a more cultured individual.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would have a lot to say. The transition from high school to college is never easy. After graduating high school, I felt like I knew everything. Although I had some nervous moments, for the most part I thought that I would have the easiest time learning to be away from the comforts of home. As I soon found out, finding independence poses quite a challenge. The first thing I would tell my high school senior self is to realize that you are spoiled. Once you are in college, many things that you take for granted that your parents are willing to do for you stop because you have to take care of yourself. Being sick for the first time at college can be an awful experience, especially when you are used to your mom cooking you soup every time you have a cough. I would also tell myself to be more outgoing. I never realized until my second semester that everyone is in the same position. If you put yourself out there and meet people then you will make friends easily.


Looking back, I would encourage myself to comeplete emerse myself in the college life. Upon arriving, I was so nervous and overwhelmed by all of the freedom and activites. As a result of the intimidation, I held myself back from meeting people and joining new activities. I was too afraid of people not liking me, or not having enough time to get my schoolwork done. After a few weeks, I built up the courage to go out and join our school's club field hockey team. I was excited because it was a sport I did in high school, and was looking foward to meeting new people and having fun in a safe and comfortable way. My experience in the club was wonderful and encouraged me to join other groups such as Society of Women Engineers, Campus Crusades, and a service club St. Vincent de Paul. These activited introduced me to some of my best friends I may never have met before. They provided positive structure for my day. And they allowed me to live my first semester of college to the fullest.


Assuming I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would give myself one piece of advice. This one piece of advice would be to take your studies and grades more seriously. While I had a GPA of 3.0+ all four years of high school, I certainly could have done better. What I realize now looking back, is that while I took my grades seriously, I didnt understand that the way you finish high school and the way you do in college, impacts your whole life. So what I would tell myself is to do more than is necessary, overachieve whenever possible, and go the extra mile with your scholastic endeavors. It may take longer and require more short term, but in the long term it will turn out more positively for you.


I think to my self almost every day, ?Man, if I knew then what I know now??. If I could go back, I would tell my self these three things. One: You have a fresh start. No one knows you as the person you were before, and you can be whoever you want to be. Be outgoing and you'll find the right kinds of people come to you. Two: Challenge yourself and work hard. College is completely different from high school. You need to seek help, there will be no one forcing you to seek extra help if you are not doing well. Do your homework, attend every class and get to know your professors. Stand out in the crowd. Three: Everyone is in the same position you are. Be open-minded and experience new things. Do not be afraid to talk to the person sitting next to you in class or the cute boy in the cafeteria. Do things out of your comfort zone and youll find they were well worth it. Be bold and you will find extrordinary things in this new way of living.


If I could go back in high school and give myself advice, I would say to stop worrying about what people think of me. I would tell myself to stop acting how everyone wants me to in order to be "cool," and focus on school and family and true friends. Once everoyone graduates, how you looked, what group you were in, and everything teenagers worry about, does not matter anymore. You will likely never see those people again, unless they were your true friends. So I would tell myself to stop changing in order to impress the "cool" kids and start focusing on myself, my family, and my schoolwork.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would have told myself to try harder in high school. In high school I never studied that much for a test and homework seemed to only take about 10 to 20 minutes a day for me. I never really prepared myself for the amount of work that I would get in college. I would have told myself to start getting into a habbit of studying for tests, because now I have to try and study because college tests are a lot more complicated. I would have also told myself that I should have tried for better grades, because since I didn't try my hardest in high school, I didn't get that many scholarships to help pay for my first year in college. Now I have to try really hard for good grades and if I started doing that in high school, I would have had a better view on grades. If I could talk to myself I would have told myself to get better grades and get used to studying for tests and quizzes.


If I got one chance to go back to high school and give myself advice, with all the knowledge I know now, I would do it in a heartbeat. I would first tell myself that college is nothing that high school teaches you it is. College is hard and full of in depth, scholarly, confusing research and professors that don?t really care about you or your success the majority are just there to do their job. I?d tell myself to remember, GPA is not everything, but extra-curricular activities are. The more you can put on your resume, even straight out of high school, the better prepared you will be ? so stop fooling around and take the job, skip the party. I would remind myself of is that people change, you will make new friends even if you do keep the old. The most important thing though, is I would tell myself that the one thing everyone said that was correct is that college is about expanding horizons and opening yourself up to a new array of endless possibilities so remember, don?t take anything for granted because you might need that opportunity at any moment.


The advice I would have given myself, if I could go back in time to talk to myself as a high school senior, is to get involved more. I would have told myself to make better friends with the girls on my floor and not get so wrapped up in relationships and boys. That school work is your future and while having a social life is nice, it doesn't pay the bills later on. Overall, I would tell myself to stay focused and reach out for academic help when I need it.


If I got the chance to go back in time to talk to myself as a senior I would say, Hey Amanda, I know how you are felling right now about this boy but get over him beause you end up with someone much better then that jerk. It will be one of your best years by far trust me on this one. Yes I know that you want to Graduate in white but it's okay you did your best and your mom is still very very pround of you no matter what color you gradtuate in. Oh and don't spend to much time in yearbook because then you lose out in all the fun your friends are having around you. Don't forget to spend as much time as you can with Erica because you know she will be leaving at the end of the year and you will miss very much. bye now Amanda


As a high school senior, I made a lot of decisions without a lot of advice from anybody. The only university I applied to was University of Dayton, even though I wasn't completely sure I wanted to attend it. My first bit of advice is to apply to at least three or four universities to give yourself options of where to attend. This way, you are not locked into one university at the last minute. Finally, I want to express that it does not matter if you do not know what to do as a freshman or a sophomore in college. College is the time to experiment to see what is best for you. I felt a bit forced to make a decision, but I am thankfully happy with the major I am in.


If I could go back in time to talk to myself as a senior in high school I would advise myself to become more organized, have a better work ethic, learn not to procrastinate, and to become more outgoing. Organization, work ethic, and learning not to procrastinate in my last year of high school would have better prepared me for the work load of college and balancing it out with social things, while still getting good grades. The toughest transition for me was to meet new people and make new friends. Since none of my friends chose to attend UD, it is difficult to make new friends especially when you?re not very outgoing. If I had to choose one piece of advice to give myself in high school it would be to become more outgoing and it will make the transition ten million times easier.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself to be open to others and new experiences. I would tell myself to take my classes seriously and do not get wrapped up in all of the drinking and partying. I would also be sure to mention to not take life too seriously, to roll with the punches, and take in every single day. I am currently in my last semester and I can't believe how college has gone by. I would make sure to tell myself to keep my head up ,even when life gets hard, because the days will fly by and you need to make the most of each one. I think the most important thing to tell myself would to be happy and accept who I am. Don't try to conform to anyone elses standards and love yourself just as you are.


Give it time. When transitioning to college, nothing happens overnight - besides the move that is. Building lasting relationships and friendships takes time. College, your dorm room, and the campus is not going to feel like home immediately. This is ok. Although you do not feel comfortable in this new environment, it does not mean that the University that you have chosen to attend is not the right place for you. Get involved. In order for this strange place to feel like home, you must be willing to step outside of you comfort zone. Consider your previous interests in high school and your future goals. There will be extracurricular activities on your campus that match these needs. Although it may seem overwhelming and scary, seek out these opportunities and be willing to participate. Also, try new experiences that you may have never considered. This is what college is all about - it is a learning experience inside and outside of the classroom. Take advantage of this. Keeping an open mind and actively involving yourself in your surroundings will simultaneously allow you to create a true second home for yourself and develop meaningful relationships. Most importantly, enjoy yourself and have fun.


When I was a high school senior I knew I would have to pick a college and figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I never realized that year how crucial it was to start exploring what it was I wanted to be, all I worried about was what I was doing with my friends that weekend. If I could go back I would have explored many of my interests and shadowed different job sites, so when I went to college my major I started off with was the major I finished with. I have switched my major threee times since freshman year, and I am satisfied with what I am at now, I just wish I would have discovered it sooner, because now I have to play catchup in order to finish school in four years.


I would tell myself not to overdo it. As a girl who has a tendency to fill my life with as many activities as possible, I frequently bite off more than I can chew and run out of time. There are so many activities, clubs and organizations to participate in that it is sometimes difficult to say no. The other piece of advice that I would give myself is to always save time for studying. I skated through high school, putting in very little effort to get a 3.82. College is different - it's harder, the material is more in-depth, and professors expect more of you. For me, that was the hardest part of college to get used to. It took me most of my freshman year to figure out how to study for a college test and how much time I needed to get my work done properly.


Do not choose a college based on where your friends are going or how much money it costs to go to the college. There are so many others that will be attending the same college as you and you will make many new friends and can still find time to spend with your old friends over breaks or meeting up with them over weekends. Not everyone you will meet will be to your liking, but there will be some lifelong friendships created with your new friends. Moneywise, there are so many scholarships out there and loans and many other means to help pay for college that you should not base your choice on money. College is a new beginning in life where you have to start taking charge of your life. Parents are no longer there to make choices for you and adults at the college are not there to do everything for you. Being able to control what you do and deciding how you spend your time is fun, but time management is important for putting yourself in a successful position. Going to college can be tough, but it will be one of the best times of your life.


When I went to college I lived on campus my first year and commuted the other three years. If I could give myself some advice I would tell myself to get more involved with students on campus especially while commuting. When commuting sometimes you are not on campus except when you are in class or studying in the library. You don't get much time to socialize with other students.


If I had the ability to go back in time and advice myself about college life I would recommend to keep an open mind. Their where alot of opportunies that I passed up when I began school. Also, I would let myself to leave all attachment behind that might hold you back from gaining a full experiemce of college life. Having fun is also every important. I would tell myself to relax and take the opportunies as the come passing up no opportunites. And, in the academic category I would tell myself to manage my time better and focus myself to get the most out of my studing time. The transtion to college is a very crucial time in a persons life with alot of lifestyle change, and having made the transcation being open mined is the most crucial element to a smooth transtion.


If I could go back to high school and give myself advice, knowing what I know about college, I would give myself the following advice: don't be afraid to get involved. It took me a semester before I started getting involved but it was the best thing I could have done. I'm now a proud brother in the co-ed service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. I've met some of me best friends through APO and it gives me something to look forward to every week. The other piece of advice I would give myself is not to get overly worried--about anything. I've figured out that getting worried just adds unnecessary stress and never helps the situation, whether it be in class or in relationships or in work. It helps to take a deep breath and relax, think through the situation and then make the decision.


Study and make sure you go to every class


chill out, college isn't that hard


Live. Have fun. BE EASY ON YOURSELF!


My senior year of highschool I was set on not going to college. My parents were able to talk me into the decision to atleast give it a chance and try for a year. Looking back, I would tell mysef that it is ok to say goodbye to your best freinds. The ones that matter will still be there when you go home for every break and there are so many different ways to talk to them for the day to day. The tripod, my two best freinds and I, will go through ups and downs but they are just adjusting to the new situation too. University of Dayton is the perfect fit for your personality. Although you may not want to admit it , you need the stability of a smaller university and small classes. The professors will push you in ways you didn't think you could be taken. You may not think you want to play sports anymore but being on the track team will be the family, support, and love you need. Going to college is amazing and you will love it more than high school, which you wont believe now but trust me.


I would tell myself to stop procrastinating! But honestly, I would encourage myself to learn as much as I could as a high schooler and really appreciate the atmosphere of learning I had in AP courses. I would also recommend studying more for the SAT and the ACT in order to get more scholarships for school. I would also tell myself that socially everything is easier in college and to not worry about what other people think about me, to just have fun and not feel limited.


I would tell myself to get a summer job and save up as much money as possible because even though I'm getting an EXTREMELY good education at this school, I'm hurting for money.


Every class counts, even if it is only a gen edu class. Take it seriously because each class is there for you to learn something in


As I said during the actual survey, I was fairly prepared for college. I was ready for a change in lifestyle and was happy when it came. The one warning I would have given myself was to be prepared for the change in workload. The amount of writing and homework was nothing like high school. Time management is the key to success. It is possible to maintain a respectable GPA and still have a social life. If I could have told myself to just spread the work out over time instead of waiting until the last minute. My first semester could have been easier and a lot less stressful. Other than that, I would remind myself to know my limits. There is such a thing as too much fun, and I believe I have crossed that line several times last year. There are a lot of temptations and college and being able to control youself is very important. I have had two great years in college so far, but I believe that these two suggestions would have helped improve my experience.


One of the most valuable things anyone can take away from their college experience is personal growth. The four (or five, or six...) years you will spend at the university you ultimately choose should shape the you of the future. College is a time to stretch yourself and explore new boundaries, ideas, peoples, and activities. I realize that leaving the world you know now and have come to love is an incredibly scary task, but when all is said and done, the more risks you take the more you will benefit from the experience. Approach your first weeks of school in full throttle. Join the lacrosse team and frisbee club, attend the campus activities (no matter how lame they may seem), and go out of your way to meet those people who will live on your hall. You pay to much money for schooling to settle for a mediocre college experience. What you will learn in the class is important, for sure, but the personal experiences you could ultimately accrue could be worth more than all the formal education in the world.


Transitioning into college is a scary thing to go through, especially alone. That is why it is very important to stay in touch with your family. Even if you are going to a school that is close to home, having a strong relationship with your family is important especially if problems come across. Also, build relationships with the people on the floor that you are living on. A lot of schools arrange people based on interests. Knowing that these people have the same interests as you, it is easier to build a friendship with them. This friendship can last for the next four years. The next piece of advice is stay on good terms with your roommate. Living with a person for two semesters can be difficult, but if you have built an agreement with this person, the living situation can be made into a good situation. This does not mean you have to be good friends, you just need to be able to live comfortably with them. It is not good to not have a place that feels like home. Lastly, get involved. It is a great way to meet people and it looks good on your resume.


College is hard- it is a lot of work to keep up with to have good grades; teachers will grade your work on how it would be percieved in the real world- not comparitively against your classmates like in high school. You are not a huge partier so think very carfully about going to UD, and realize how much you want to be away from home because it is a four hour drive that you cannot make very often.


When you visit the campus make sure you notice how the other students react with each other and faculty. Make sure it feels welcoming to you. Once you are there join everything. Make sure to leave your door open the first month or so. People will just walk in and introduce themselves. who knows you could meet your new best friends or future partner. if you see something new or different, keep your mind open and give it a chance before you say or think anything negative. make sure that your proffesors know who you are. that way they will ask you if you need help, and will write you recomendations later in life. remember it isn't wierd to be friends with your proffesors. try everything at leat twice the first time isn't enough to see if you don't like something. have fun but you are there to study, so don't fall behind in classes. enjoy it, these are the best years of your life.


After my first year of college, I think my eyes have opened a little wider to the world. College is the beginning of the rest of your life, and I don't think I realized that until I had completed one year. In the beginning, hours seem like days. Days are weeks. A month with no break is unheard of. By the end, four years will seem like four days. Going to College is an experience like no other. You will meet people you would never expect you would, right off the bat. Choosing a college for you should be that, up to you. Your view and preferences are all that should matter when choosing the school for you. If you're happy, then what you're putting forth to attend the college of your choice is completely worth it. Going to and paying for a college that doesn't satisfy your academic, social, and personal life in a nutshell isn't worth much at all. Being happy and successful are the two clinchers. Once you have found the school that satisfies both. You've won.


Never pick a college based upon a tour that was taken once or twice. It is very important to understand the social and academic aspects of the college, so it is best to shadow a student and go to classes with them, and then go out with them on the weekend to get a feel of how people are around campus. Most schools do offer these services, and it is a lot easier to pick what is best for the individual. Also there is always the chance that even if you do that, you might discover later on that maybe the college isn't best for you. It's always something that might be in the back of your mind, and it's perfectly fine to think about tranferring. I would give it a whole year before transferring. Sometimes you might feel stressed or confused when you are trying to adjust to college life, so it may seem as if you don't like it as much. Always give it a try, and there is always plan b to go to a different school which is perfectly fine. Also, most importantly, be sure to balance fun and academics.


I would suggest that you visit many colleges for more than just an hour during lunch. Sit in on a class at each school and drive around during the night life with your parents. This will give you an idea of the academic and social lifestyle of the university (which is going to be your home for the next 4+ years). Looking back I happened to make a great choice, although I based it mostly on the opinion of two of my older siblings who also went to Dayton.


College is a time where teenagers flourish into adults. The student that is going to attend college is the one that needs to pick where they feel most comfortable at. If you do not belive that you will know where the right college is for you, keep searching, because once you walk on to a campus and can say that you never want to leave and have a connecction with that campus, then you know that that camous is where you belong for the next four years of your life. Do not let anyone else tell you where you should go or what you should become because then you could be misserable and hate college, and that is not what college is all about. Also start looking for scholarships and grants early especially if you want to attend a school that might be out of your financial reach because there is money out there, and there is lots of it. Remember, no one can ever take your education away no matter how much or little it cost.


take tours, talk to students