University of Delaware Top Questions

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

Keywan

There are a few important things that I know now that I didn't know as a senior and wished I had known prior to starting college. First off, I would tell myself that saving money, however small, is a great endeavor. I recieved small scholarships from my high school and other sources. Within the first month of college, I was down to less than $100 due to books and room supplies. I would tell myself that college is a extremely different place than high school. In college, your success is based on your actions. There is no one there to force you to go to class, or constantly behind you telling you what to do. Many of the poor choices that you make have lasting consequences. Lastly, I would tell myself that college is an environment in which everyone has different goals, therefore not everyone acts in your best interests, so choose friends wisely. Many students have a different view on the college experience. Some view it as a place to drink and have sex, others as a place to get good grades and a great future. The people you surround yourself with determines how you view this experience.

Soukaina

If I could talk to my high school self, I would try to prepare myself for how difficult it would be to be so far away from home. Growing up, I prized myself on being able to live a wholesome life with a clear conscience. But as you get older, it seems that making the right decisions gets harder to do. If I could go back and tell myself anything, I would warn myself not to see the world as strictly black or white. Grey is a huge part of life. Things won't always be clear all the time. As you get older, right and wrong, good and bad all begin to blend into each other. I would urge myself to be less judgemental and more lenient towards others but especially myself. The world judges you enough without your help. Ultimately, I would emphasize patience, because thats the only thing that will get you through any transitional phases in your life.

Erin

If I had the capability to go back and warn myself in my senior year about transitions with college, above all I would say to relax. I remember having spent my senior year worried about every possibility no matter how improbable it would have seemed. I remember far too many sleepless nights, wondering when I would receive a response from the only college I applied to. This concept also falls into the amount of self confidence, if I was aware of the fact that I was a strong student and capable of achieving any goal. The second warning would be for the need to develop studying skills. Unlike high school, studying every night would be a necessity. These studying skills would also have to coexist with time management. Time management would be imperative when paired with work friend and family. I would truly have to tell myself that I am far more prepared than I could ever believe.

Ashley

Knowing what I know about the college life I would give myself as a high school senior, plenty of advice. I would definitely tell myself that I would need to be safe and be aware of all of my surroundings. You never know what could happen especially to females. I would also say that "I" should have time to enjoy myself because times do become stressful. Learning how to balance time and to be organized is a big key in college. If someone is not organized it is easier for them to get overwhelmed and stressed out. Also a big thing is to stay clean and wash your hands whenever you can. This can help prevent you from getting sick or the flu. Another huge part of the transition is to beware of the tests. In most classes the grade is the tests that you take. Study as much as possible. College is fun but it is also a major part of life so make the best of it and make sure you keep your grades and get involved.

Ashley

The first two years really aren't as important as your last couple of years in school because you're just getting the basic classes out of the way. I think you'll make the right decision by choosing to stay in Dover for your first two years rather than moving up north for the next four. You're going to save yourself and your parents ALOT of money and you'll get more time to grow and mature as person and to save all your cash for those last couple of years. Always give yourself time to decompress but also know when it's time to buckle down. Continue to prove the doubters wrong by managing your time wisely towards your son, your future job, and your education. You will be great and do great things, not only for you and your son but for plenty of other people.

Matthew

Going back in time to talk to myself as a senior would benifit me so much. When ariving at school I realized that I am totally on my own and I needed to learn how to make dicisions and prioritize my things to do. With that learn different ways to study and not procrastinate oin my homework so that I can be the most successful student I can be to achieve my life goals.

Heather

After completing my first semester of college I have already learned and grown so much since my high school senior year. In high school the priority for many students is to look better than their peers, be the sports superstar, or be the most popular. I've learned these past few months that once you get to college none of that matters anymore. You're no longer the most popular girl in school, where everyone knows your name and watches your every move. In college you're just another face in a crowded 300-person lecture hall. You have to start all over; make new friends, learn the campus, and acquire new study habits. I wish I could go back to my high school years and tell my self not to be so worried about what other people think of me and focus more on school. College truly is a big step up from high school and your senior year you should do everything you can to prepare yourself.

Katharine

As a high school senior, the thought of being thrown into an unknown world is extremely daunting. One has no idea what to expect and advice does not change that. However, if I were to give myself I would say that your experience will be different from everyone else's, that is just how it works. But take every event, test, occurrence, and let yourself enjoy it. College opens your mind to so many new things and you must be willing to learn and change based upon them. In a matter of months, your life changes drastically; be prepared for new friends, extremely challenging coursework, and the fast paced life of a college student. But most of all, be prepared for how these factors change you as a person. College undoubtedly alters a person, but you must stay conscious of these changes and ensure that you come out as the person you want to be. Nothing can truly prepare you for college except an open-mind and a strong sense of self.

Matthew

Think about what kind of contribution you want to make to the world. Are you satisfied with graduating from college and working at a menial job for the rest of your life, or are you interested in making a difference? Going to a big school, it's easy to get lost in the crowd, and it can be hard to make the connections you might want to really make a difference. In a big school people tend to stick with people just like them, because it can be difficult to get to know people from other backgrounds. If you are interested in meeting all sorts of people, going to a small college where everyone knows everyone else will probably end up being a better fit. Once you get to college, make sure you are yourself from day one. If you aren't, like I wasn't, you will end up in a group of friends that you don't fit in with, and you may miss out on opportunities you will later regret. The bottom line is to always be concious of what you are doing, what you want to be doing, and where you want to end up.

Etornam

The first bit of advice that I would give myself would be to look closer at the curriculum of my major of choice so that I can plan out the classes well beforehand and eliminate the any issues of scheduling classes. The second thing that I would tell myself would be to learn as much about as many programming languages and their core principles that I can before graduation. I would tell myself this because this would give me more time to enjoy programming than deal with the bothersome steps of learning how program in a specific language. Finally I would tell myself to remember that as serious as college is, it is not a life or death situation and all things pass in time.

Nicole

No matter how fun and exciting the college life may seem, just remember that you are there for one particular reason: to succesfully graduate with a degree. There is so much freedom waiting to greet you once you step on the campus, and it is fine to give it a salutation back. However, you can only endure so much of freedom if you want to keep your priorities in focus. There are numerous distractions in college; some are negative while others can be positive. Many extracurricular groups will encourage you to join them and a plethora of new people will want you to partake in friendships. Just remember, academics come first so limit your activities; do not put too much on your plate. In regards to all the new people, some of them do not have your best interest at heart because they may have different priorities than you. This is when you must become selfish and remember your goals in life and focus on accomplishing them. Academically, some classes may pose a challenge to you, don't be afraid to seek help because it is always there. Excel in academics, be active, and remember you are the focus.

Jessica

Knowing what I know now about college today. The first thing would to be more open to explore other colleges. When in high school it's about the high profile of colleges that want you to look at theirs only. Also when with your friends tell you that their. Lets say Boston U. John Hopkins, And Penn St. It's tough to think of any thing less. Now after bieng 2 different colleges I see a bigger outlook today. As of today my advice to myself would be to stay clear an focus on what a college has to offer opposed to what I want from a college. I am very happy at the University of Delaware instead of Quinnipiac University.

Jessie

I would tell myself to enjoy high school more because the work load is much more strenuous in college than I anticipated. I also would take more classes in different subjects to know what I wanted to major in. I know everyone tells students that they don't need to know what they want to major in right away but If you want to switch majors you will probably have to extend college to more than four years.

Katelyn

I would tell myself to really consider the financial aspect of the school (UD) I want to attend. Financially, the school has worked out a bit better than expected, but overall I am still going to rack up a lot of debt. Due to my debt load, I am trying to graduate as soon as possible. I would have also told myself to really consider going to a school in my home state, Pennsylvania. Penn State isn't that much different than Delaware, but with in state tuition it's much cheaper. I just hope that Delaware will be worth all the financial trouble.

Mia

Don't be too hard on yourself when you enter college - you don't have to be perfect and it takes time to adjust to a new life.

Allison

Start visiting colleges earlier. Apply for more scholarships. Save more money. Pack less for move in.

Kristen

As a first year college student, it would have been helpful to fully understand the demands of college. Advice regarding course loads, academic planning and study habits would have helped tremendously. I struggled trying to balance the workload associated with all of the introductory classes my freshman year. I was not sure exactly how to be successful in all of these different courses all at the same time. I overall enjoyed my freshman year but with these small tips, I feel as though my overall GPA would be much better moving into the rest of my collegiate career.

Megan

If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself three things. First, I would tell myself to constantly apply for scholarships. I will be coming out of college with about $50,000 in loans. Mind you, I will be working to pay those loans off on an elementary teacher's salary. This fact has caused much stress in my life. I have a job at school because I am personally responsible for all of my spending money (food, clothing, books, etc.) and because I need to start saving money now to be able to pay off my loans. Secondly, I would tell myself that as long as I work hard and do my best I should not worry about wether or not I have a 4.0 GPA. I was a straight A student in high school without much work. When I came to college, I received a few B's and was very upset about it. I now realize that college is much different than high school and that I am doing well with a 3.4 as of right now. (even if I still want that 4.0!)

Sean

study hard, pick a four year major, think about dropping the assinine amount of money for this education

Alison

There is not much advice I would give myself if I could go back in time to my high school days. I think this is because I would not want to change anything about the way I have experienced college so far. I struggled the first year or so, as most other college students experience as well. I think an important part of college is the unknown. I did not know what to expect when I stepped foot onto my campus, and I had to make my experience great for myself. Nothing came easy and I did not expect it to. As a high school graduate, there is so much excitement know ingthe next step is college, but also so much apprehension surrounding the journey teenagers are about to go. I would not have changed these feelings in any way!

Tabitha

If I were to go back and give myself advice, my advice would to be never to take an assignment as a joke. Take every assignment seriously, and never wait until the last minute to complete it, because in college you won't be able to survive.

Erin

I think it's important, particularly as a college freshman, to get involved in the various activities that your college offers. There are many opportunities, ranging from sports to clubs, that are designed to help new students meet people. Taking advantage of these groups can not only help build your social network and support system, but can offer you more opportunities in the long run and open your eyes to new possibilities that you may not have thought of before. I think it is also very important to get to know your professors. While you may feel a little silly introducing yourself in a 300 person lecture, these teachers can help you greatly throughout the rest of your college years. Professors can not only help you in their class, but they may also offer research opportunities, general academic guidance, and can help with recommendation letters and post-college careers. I guess, in all, I would advise myself to explore all the possibilities that college offers. I am currently a junior and still discovering new things and meeting new people. The earlier you start looking, the more opportunities you can have!

Shandy

When I was a senior in high school, I knew I wanted to go to college, but I did not know the challenges that it brings. I am the first person in my family to attend college, so this was all new to me and my family. Some advice I would give myself would include financial, educational, and social. I have faced many financial difficulties in college that I have learned and still learning to overcome. I have learned the importance of being organized with my finances so that I can budget to pay for college. I have also learned to communicate better with the teachers outside of classrooms so that I can better understand the materials outside of class. This makes a big difference because it shows the teacher that I really care about my education. They are usually very willing to help with the questions that I have, Lastly, I have learned the importance of socially interacting with friends to help relieve stress. Good friends can help carry burdens of each other. I am thankful to have learned these lessons and am able to pass this knowledge to others.

Michelle

To be successful and put in 110% effort for everything that I do even if it does not pertain to my major and to be persistent no matter how the situation is.

Eric

I would tell myslef to study hard and always go to class. Missing a day of college is like missing 5 days of a high school class. I realize that now so I would make sure I tell that to my "senior" self. Also I would tell myself to be more sociable and open to making new friends.

Liza

I would tell myself not to worry so much about choosing a college and knowing that I would be able to grow and make friends no matter what. I would also probably have told myself to think about what I wanted to major in since I came into University of Delaware undecided. I would tell myself to just be myself! :)

Lauren

I think if I had this opportunity, I would tell my-high-school-senior-self not too be so worried and nervous about becoming a freshman. Because I am the eldest child, I did not have an older sibling to give me advice about becoming a college student. I was was nervous about being away from home and missing my family. Of course I did miss home for a while during the first couple of weeks, but I was able to find some really good people I could relate to. We bonded and I felt very fortunate to make such good friends; they were certainly a good distraction from missing my family. I have a younger sister who is going through the college application process and I am more than happy to help her out. I think she might be nervous about going away to school, but I've been able to assure her that she'll be happy and she doesn't need to be quite so stressed out. I would also tell my-high-school-senior-self that it is not difficult to meet interesting people and everyone is in the same boat.

Brittany

"College isn't going to be easy!" or "This is nothing compared to college!" ... These are the two things I heard the most from my teachers in high school. Well I both agree and disagree. College is incredibly harder than high school in that it requires you to have a full-time job in order to pay for your degree. On top of that, a one week work load consists of reading 1000 words, writing 2 papers, and studying for exams. What my high school teachers neglected to add, is that the classes are so much more enjoyable. If you have the right study skills, A's and B's are easy peasy! So Miss Brittany, just do what you are doing now and you will be just fine! My only other piece of advice is to steer clear of those kids at UD who drink and party. I know they aren't your crowd but even just having them in your classroom can get your spirits down. You'll see what I mean. Get to know your professors and find a few good friends, and you will have a pretty decent time at UD.

Jeana

EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OK. Going away to school implies a lot of things. It imples making new friends. It implies having to do large amounts of school work. It implies deciding for yourself when to turn in for the night. It implies choosing who to trust and who not to trust. There are going to be a ton of decisions and choices to make. Don't try to exert too much control. Don't be too regimental. Don't be too lax either. When faced with an important decision, remember to ask yourself a few simple questions. Which choice is conducive to my future plans? Am I doing this because I want to do this, or am I trying to fit into a "profile?" Does this choice reflect my values? Does this feel RIGHT? Most importantly: YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE WRONG DECISIONS. Recognize them. Reflect on them. Learn from them. Forgive yourself, move on, and handle it differently next time. Keep a journal. Start studying for exams one week in advance. Eat right. SLEEP RIGHT. Build relationships with your Professors. Argue your points. Participate often. Read the texts. Volunteer often. GO TO CLASS. Smile, it's contagious.

Carolina

I would tell myself to take a chance, not be afraid to be outgoing and try new things. I would tell myself to let go of the past and who you were and try and start new and see where it takes you, it can't hurt and there's nothing wrong with trying. I would also tell myself to organize my work load from the very begining and keep to a schedule because in the long run it is a good life skill and helps you achieve in your school work as well.

Samantha

The advice I would give is to be prepared. I worked hard in high school, but not nearly as hard as I need to work now that I am in college. It will all be woth it when I am working in the career of my choice one day. Also, I would tell myself to not grow up too fast because these are some of the best years of our lives.

Tucker

If I could go back in time and give myself advice as a high school senior I would tell myself to be me. I would tell myself to make my decisions for college based on what I want without any other influences rather than making the decisions with other people's opinions in mind. With this said to myself I probably would have made the same decision to go to the University of Delaware, but I would definitely have a different mindset going into college than I originally have.

Danielle

If I could talk to myself when I was a high school senior I would tell myself that college is a rollercoaster. High school work was much easier and when you get to college you have to put forth a lot of effort so be prepared for that. What is good about college classes is that even though it's a lot of work, the classes are what you are interested in so it makes it easier to pay attention because you actually want to. As for the social aspect of college, get out there and introduce yourself to everyone. All college freshman are in the same boat. They don't know anyone and all want to make friends so just get out there and talk to people, it's the best thing to do. Don't worry about looking or feeling stupid. College is the time of your life to do anything and everything you want to so go for it. Make as many memories as possible because these years just fly by!

Tyler

learn how to study, stay on top of your work, and learn how to be challenged. learn how to not be lazy.

Kelsey

Don't worry about it. the other freshmen are in the same boat as you! the people you meet as a freshman will become your life long friends. don't hold back. be social, but work hard. Classes matter too!

Rebecca

The first thing I would tell myself was to apply to any and all scholarships available! There's no telling what you may or may not get for financial aide and every little bit you can get your hands on will help. Fill out the ones that are no-essay first to submit them, and then do what you need to do for the other ones. Read the books, write the essays, submit while you can because Seniors in high school have a lot more scholarship opportunity than those who are already enrolled in college, so start now! Then, I would tell them to take classes all year round. It's difficult to go back home in between sessions once you've become more independent, because parents have a hard time adjusting to it. Also, you will accelerate yourself through your courses and you will not lose focus because you will always be in the school mindset. See if there is an option of year-round housing that is supported by financial aide and opt to live there for this reason. You will either graduate early, or be able to even take on another major that interests you!

Jillian

If I were given the ability to go back in time and talk to my "high school senior self" about entering into college, there is only one piece of advice I could think of to give to the senior me. I would tell myself to branch out more, away from my high school friends. Out of the 250 of my graduating class, 150 of them also chose to attend the University of Delaware. Although I am happy that I have maintain friendships from high school, some of them also made me resist venturing out to find new friends and have new experiences. However, I am fortunate enough to have three more years in which I can venture out and find myself.

Melvin

Finding the right college is important and it directly affects the students college experience. It can affect whether a student is successful as far being to accomplish their goals. Factors that should be taken in consideration are location, cost, opportunities, weather, and majors. Students should try to visit colleges that they are interested to in to see if the college environment is on that feels as good as it looks on the fan y brochures the colleges send to your homes. The location of the college you go to can greatly affect whether or not you come on the holidays and other family events. It's integral to check the cost of transportation. To / from your college choices. Also if you are city person it is not wise to choose a college in small towns vice versa. It may come as a culture shock to you and make you feel uncomfortable. Another example of this whether is if your use to living in sunny California it's probably not a good idea to attend a school that primarily has cold winters like those in Maine You can only be as successful if you feel that you are in comfortable environment.

Allison

In order to find the right college, it is important to do your research. Keep an open mind and make sure you go to visit the campuses. For me, I thought I knew what I wanted until I visited the University of Delaware. The second I stepped foot out of the car I knew this was the school for me. In order to make the most of your experience at you college, its important to get involved, particularly on a big campus. It is great to meet people in your dorms and classes, but the best way to really find a group of people that you will fit in well with is to join in an extracurricular activity. Whether it be a sport, sorority/fraternity, club, or artistic group getting involved in something like this will help to make the campus smaller. I loved my time at UD, but after I joined my sorority it truly made the experience complete. That is where I found the friends that I will keep for a lifetime and who truly understand me and love me. It is the best decision I have ever made, and I would recommend this to anyone.

Xuanyi

campus-visit is important, should experience the school ahead before attending.

Nelson

Trust your gut and don't settle for a school that you didn't want to go to because of lack of money.

Jane

There are so many schools in the world, it can be difficult to make a decision. Make sure you visit the college, I think that is the most important part. That really makes or breaks the whole thing. There were many schools I thought were great until I went to visit them with my mother, and then I realized I hated the schools. It's a bonding epxerience for the prospective students and the parents. When you visit schools, something will just click at THE school, and you'll know that's where you want to go. To make your college experience the best it can be, work hard. Work as hard as you can, but make sure you have a good time. It's okay to go to parties and let loose as long as you get your work done, which can be difficult as this is probably the first time the student doesn't have teachers hounding him/her to do his/her homework. Do you work though, and you'll be fine.

samantha

I would definitely tell students and parents to make sure they visit prospective schools before even applying. I visited some schools to discover that I loved them on paper but in person they were blatantly not for me. Once you do apply, and even get in, go back and visit the school again. Sometimes you might end up loving the school the 2nd time even more, and others you may not like it anymore. Every time you visit a college you will catch a different view on it. You can talk to different students & find out how they feel about it and will get different tour guides who show you different aspects. The most important thing about making the most of the college experience is going to the school that is best for you. For students, don't let parents or friends influence you. The next 4 years of your life will be spent in one place & you want it to be amazing. I know that for me, when I visited Delaware I knew after 10 minutes thats where I wanted to go. Trust your instincts, because following your heart over your mind will ensure you to be truly happy.

Kristen

I would make sure that they really take a good look at each college and everything that it offers. Spend the night with a student that goes there, without parents around to really see what college life is like and to get a feel for what the next four years could possibly be like to you. Don't worry about what your friends think of the school or what schools they want to go to. Think for yourself and your future as well as your financial situation to make sure you're making the right decision.

Turquoise

I would recommend that you go on as many campus tours as possible to explore your options. I was unfortunate in this aspect, i chose to go to UD just because it was accessible. Im not at all saying that financial capability should be looked over but this will be the biggest decision up to date in a high schoolers life. It is important to chose a place where you will be comfortable, because comfortability is no doubt a key factor in success in college. The more comfortable you are, the easier it is to make friends and network and find resources that will aid in your success in college.

Caitlin

I believe the most important advice I would give a student and thier parents about choosing the right college and making the most out of that college experience is to experience a day here for themselves. Don't come during visit times when admissions expects potential new students and glorifies the campus for thier benefit. Come on a regular Monday, attend a basketball game or catch the music department's opera for the season. Ask to shadow a student in a class and sit in on a lecture, or a lab. If the student knows someone, have them stay with the student on campus to get a feel for what it's like on a day to day basis. There is nothing more important to the college experience than comfortability. One can never even begin to succeed if they are not completely comfortable with thier decisions and surroundings.

Kris

As cliche as it sounds, college is what you make of it. I really had fun in my freshman year of school and it has allowed me to explore the different paths that I might want my life to take. College is a very exciting time, and the right school can help to maximize how exciting of a phase in life it is. I know that the University of Delaware has made me optimistic about my future, and I look forward to my next three years to see where it leads me. I can not stress enough how important it is to take the time to make the right choice regarding what school to choose- I myself chose my school in May of my senior year. However, I do not regret my decision in any way as it has provided me countless oportunities.

Nicole

Finding the right college is a difficult decision process but it is also an exciting one as well. Students should put a lot of time and effort into looking at schools before they apply to see if the school offers everything they are looking for. I highely reccomend campus tours so you can see if the school is the right size for you or if you like the campus. More importantly though, I believe what makes the most of the college experience is the people you meet while you are there. At colleges and Universities there are students from all over the world, of different cultures, and students who have experienced differnent things that maybe you have not experienced before. I encourage students to go into college with an open mind and reach out to students from different cultures because the amount that you can learn from them is amazing. I also encourage to make friends who are older than you. Do not only talk to freshman but talk to upperclassmen as well, especially those in your major. They have already experienced a lot and can help you and teach you so much. College is a great place to explore.

Ali

The most important advice that I have is to follow your heart and do what is right for you.

William

When choosing a college be extremely careful in not becoming caught up in the superficial things. While there are many aspects which go into choosing the right school besides sports and academics there still needs to be a certain amount of quality. Pay attention to how easily graduates enter the work field and how the majors accurately reflect the types of skills needed for a given field. When making campus visits it is also extremely important to try and get a vibe for the campus. Is there a prominent social scene on weekends or do students pack up and go home? And last but not least ask questions and don't be afraid to dismiss a college as "not for you" even if it was your first choice before you visited. Trust your own instincts because after all its you money and where you will be spending the next (and possibly best) four years of your life!

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