University of Houston Top Questions

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

Lindsay

Stay organized! If you are organized, it is easier to study and therefore make good grades. Don't give up or get discouraged. You will make it through. Take advantage of all the tutorting opportunites available at school. Get to know your teachers so they don't consider you just another student. School comes first, it only takes 4 years out of your entire life. Work hard, so you can reep the great benifits from your education!

Amanda

Don't waste time worrying about whether people here in high school will like you. Chances are, the only ones you'll see again are the ones you choose to stay in contact with, and college students have better things to do than make fun of you for wearing glasses, or whatever differences you may have. Just focus on your studies, and being the kind of person you want to be, and friends will come naturally. They'll be better ones, too, because they will be the ones who saw the true you and liked it.

Cheyenne

I would tell myself to not take myself too seriously. I would tell myself to have fun and work hard at the same time. Find a balance of work and fun. It's ok to make mistakes as long as you learn from them. Make as many friends as you can and don't sweat the small stuff. Work is for people with jobs, the work never ends but college does. You only have four years to be in college. Learn as much as you can in class and outside of class. Seek to learn who you are as an individual. Take risks. Ask questions. Cry. Laugh. Read. Write in a journal. Go outside. Let the wind blow through your hair. Play. LEARN.

Megan

I would tell myself to work harder. I felt like just because I was a senior that it gave me the right to be a little lazy but still feel entitled to the things I wanted. I would tell my high school self that if they wanted the best college experience they could get, that they would have to put in the extra hours, apply for those scholarships earlier, and not to feel limited by their current financial situation. I would tell myself not to be jealous of the students that got into Stanford or MIT. And while they were no less deserving, if they wanted what was best for them, I would remind them to work as hard as they could to get into the college that was right for them and not to settle on anything less.

Joseph

I would say that the strongest piece of advice, is to find a college that suits you (the student). College is about transitioning into the rest of your adult life, and it's your first glimpse of the real world, and having to depend on yourself to maintain, academically if not also financially. College is a big adjustment, and no matter where you go, it will be a different experience from high school. No matter what, college should be taken very seriously. Nothing should be allowed to hinder your college education, as it is a direct determiner of what you will be doing for the rest of your natural life.

Sarah

The best advice I could give upcoming college students and their parents about finding the right college is to look past a college?s alleged reputation and decide what college fits you the best by your own terms. Admittedly, the University of Houston was not my first choice because compared to the University of Texas and Texas A&M, it is not considered a high caliber school. However, I chose to attend the University of Houston because of its good financial aid and pre-professional programs and my acceptance to the Honors College at the institution. I have just finished my freshman year as a Chemical Engineering / Pre-Medical major at the University of Houston and have discovered that the college is a diverse, academically rigorous institution whose faculty truly caters to their students? needs. Now I know that the University of Houston was the perfect school for me, and I am happy with my decision to attend this superb institution.

Rachael

First make sure the family fills out the FAFSA, that has got to be the most important thing of all because no school will even think about accepting you without that. Then from there apply to more than one school of choice that has the student's particular interests. Look at the school's graduate/alumni employment rate to see how many people were successfully employed after graduation by having that school on their resume. If it is possible to tour the campus' that's even better, but if not thoroughly comb the school's websites and see what pictures they show and what clubs, organizations, and other activities are available. If the family can go on some search engines to get students reviews/commentaries of the school to see what the students really think about the school that would help too. Overall just go with the gut and intuition of the student and how they feel about that school.

Ladia

First off know who you are, different college appeal to different people. Also think about location, I understand that as a teen we would like to get as far away from home as possible, but please be logical. Like in case of an emergency you don't want to be too far away from family support. Do your research on the school, from what type of colleges to their football team. Last but not least it help to already know someone going to the same school before you get there.

Rajpriya

Finding the right college is and always will be a very tough choice. There are so many different things that people look for. From a potential student's point of view, a big campus and a thriving Greek organization could be of highest importance. Parents could be looking for a non-party school and great teachers. Everyone looks for something different and finding a medium between both parties is quite necessary. Finding a college that fits that medium is most imporant. Making the most of a college experience is crucial to a student's life. In college is where you learn many life lessons like time management. Also, you make friends who you will possibly never loose although you're also bound to make friends who will let you go. College is a time of your life to find out who you are and what makes you tick. It's one of the most important chapters of the book called "Your Life."

Kerrin

in highschool I was never a good student. i was able to grasp the material but I never wanted to work at it. when going to a university you should go somewhere that inspires you to want to work. you should go somewhere that has adequate study facilities and a hots of tutors ready to help you when you need them. I was lucky to find a place like this and since then I made the deans list my first semester in.

Michael

Focus on using all of the available resources that your University has. It is no longer enough just to get into a top school and graduate with a high GPA, one must also take advantage of all the utterly amazing life-long contacts a student will make during the time spent there. Study partners, graduate students, alumni, professors or facility provide a future student the tools to not only exceed in school, but life as well.

Holly

I would say it's important that you get that feeling immediately that the school is the right fit for you. Get involved. Volunteer as a research assistant, etc. Network as much as you possibly can and you will not regret knowing that you made the most out of your college experience because you were able to carry the networking opportunities and experience beyond the classroom, into a career.

April

Don't get frustrated and complete the process early and a little bit at a time.

Melanie

One of the first things I would say if I were advising a highschool student on college choice would be to go where you feel comfortable. Don't pick a place that you've never been--often schools put a slant on their campus/academic life that isn't true to life and, should you chose one that you've never seen, you're more likely to end up at a school completely different than you expected. When it comes to finances, it basically comes down to two options--with you as the decider of which is more important: to go to a school where you want, where for perhaps the only time in your life you can get a loan to pay for EVERYthing (and have no family to tie you down to one location), or to go where you won't need to borrow much or anything at all. If you prefer to travel and take your "opportunities" now, go for it, but if you prefer to live conservatively for the future, be especially careful of the cost of the school.

Rachel

All I can say is get involved and do not be afraid to meet new people! In a huge college where classes are as big as 600, its easy to go an entire day without seeing one person you know so you just really have to get involved. Join a club, get involved with greek life. That stuff may cost alot, but it is worth it because it makes your college life so much better. Don't just go to a college because of where your friends are going--make sure it is right for you... Big vs small and city vs country... It's going to be your home for a long time, so you might as well enjoy it and have fun. Also, its alot easier to do well if you're happy.

Kristen

Students should definitely live on camps for at least a year. That way they can get involved more on campus and meet even more people. Students should also learn how to manage their time wisely. There's so much to do their first year that sometimes it's easy to forget that you have to study. Get involved with a few clubs. They can really help you out with your first year and you can make connections in the long run. Get tutoring when you need it. Don't wait until the day before the test to get help. Don't be afraid to relax and take a break from studying. Get some exercise in at the rec center.

Nusrat

Do not worry about the money issue. Choose a school that feels right and one you think you can do well in.

Chris

Come in to the college experience without any preconcived notions about what should happen. While you are here, many things you had no idea about will come to light, and it is better you just recieve them as opposed to disregard them. In this world of wide ranging walks of life, your best friend could be your people's worst enemy. So be open to idea and weary of ignorance, as they will get you no where in trying to enjoy your college experience to the fullest. Live for purpose, so when you get to feel like you are lost, and trust you will feel lost, it will only be a minor bump on a fun and educated road to success. Experience is what you make of it, so choose a college based on feeling right about your decision to the core of your being.

Savannah

Find a college with alot of resources. Also find a school that is diverse. You should probly choose a bigger college. A small college is just like high school. Make sure your school has your available major.

Norma

Choosing the right college is not a simple task to do. In order to choose the right college for you, you need to sit and think about what you really want. First make the list of the colleges you would like and ask your self why are you choosing them. Then look where they are situated and picture yourself in that city. Besides think about the surrounding where you might be living . Make a note of the people that live in that city because you will live there for at least 4 years. Last, if you feel satisfied then start making the arrangemets continuing the process. If you didn't feel satisfied then choose another college remember that it will be your new home and that you need to feel safe and comfortable because that will reflect on how successful you become on your major. I hope this detalis work that way you have a successful choice.

Laura

The first piece I would give to any incoming student would be to job shadow. I believe that everyone has preconcieved notions of what their future job is like. However, a student should job shadow to see if they like the environment, stresses, paperwork, or people that the job entails. This will help prevent students from switching majors as much and therefore having to take less classes. As far as the right college, it needs to be a college where the student feels comfortable and has the opportunity to challenge the student. The right college has to also be affordable in order for the student to keep attending that specific college. Students should also find the time to make friends and to get involved in something that they are interested in. There are tons of clubs to get involved in.

Monique

I would like to advise parents and students to start early and make the best decision based on their specific circumstances. There are so many choices these days with online education, correspondence courses, the ability to transfer credits from high school to college. Research all available options and find out what the requirements are for scholarships and aid, then work toward meeting them.

Charlotte

I would suggest that students not only visit the campus, but get to know current students and sit in on some of the lectures before you enroll. Talk to students about the professors. Visit the school website and search for syllabi of classes you intend to take. Finally, when deciding which organizations to join, choose two that will allow you to be active and possibly serve in a leadership roll, rather than signing up for several and not having the opportunity to get the most out of the opportunity.

ryan

Take your time and start as early as possilble

Candice

College is a milestone in one's life, and the process is just as important as the outcome. One must take into consideration of the kinds of lifestyles demanded by particular campuses. Studious individuals must look for those places that will quench their thirst for knowledge while those not so ambitious must relieve their wants. Parents must come to the understanding that growing up doesn't always mean cutting off, but letting go in order to thrive. College is not completely about grade point averages and late night cram sessions for threatening mid-terms. It's about the homecoming games and endless parties that sew memories into our life stories. It's about the best friend we meet that without, we would otherwise end up in tearful breakdowns. It's about finding the inner you without disregarding the exterior self. College is the best horrible thing that could happen to a person. Its a journey without end but resulting in discovery.

jesmy

Deciding the right college is a very difficult decission. My advice to students and parents is to prapare well in advanced for college and to make sure your picking the school that you , the student, feels will help suceed in life.

Tina

Diversity should be one of the biggest factors in choosing a good school. However, one must not forget that college is a center for learning. College is a place of growth for any individual willing to grow. Both academically and socially college give us what our parents and community can not.

Lyndsey

Finding the right college is not about where your best friend or your boyfriend/girlfriend is going, its about where you want to spend the next four years of YOUR life. If you know what you want to do with your life research which university is best for that major, if you aren't sure about your exact major look for a university that specializes in your interests. When you get there join as many clubs and organizations as you can and want, always speak up in class, and get into as many study groups as possible. The point is, you need to have fun but don't forget you're here to begin the rest of your life.

Brittany

Don't get your heart set on one place that you think you want to go. You should leave your options open and apply to as many colleges. When entering college, go in with high expectation, and be ready to work.

Brittany

Make sure the college you choose fits every aspect of you. Don't choose based on family alumni status or where most of your friends plan to attend. Make sure the school is well accredited and offers the classes you need to get the degree best fit for you. Also make sure you enjoy the surrounding area. If you are used to living in the country a school in downtown Houston or D.C for example may be a bit intimadating, which could hinder your ability to perform well.

Amanda

It's very hard to pick the right school, but I would say parents make sure your kids know they have time to figure out what they want to do. There are many resources on campus to help pople find out what they want to do. Plus if they take a year of core classes and then decide on a major they haven't lost any time, where people whoa pushed into a major and then realize they hate it lost time and money. I'd also say follow your gut, you're never going to be certin but the place you feel happiest go for it. I would also recomend living on campus for the first year, you learn a lot more about the campus if you are there all the time and you also find ways to be positivly involved. SO make sure to check out the dorms when you vist schools, and ask the RA's all the questions you wnat, they are there to help you, plus they want to. (I used to be one)

Todd

Student Financial Services office can be a nightmare. From accountability for vital documents to timeliness of administrative processes to general concern on the part of the staff for the academic career of the student, a student and/or parent can easily have their hands full with fresh plucked hair from their own heads. My advice would be start on any administrative task as early as possible, follow through daily and don't let up until you know without a doubt that the task is thoroughly and correctly complete. Other than that, hands down one of the greatest and most rewarding experiences of my life.

Lucia

When lookiing to find the perfect school parents and students should make the decision together. parents should think about the initial cost per four years. you should also find out how much aid the school is willing to give them. as well as federal aid awarded . Besides the cost students should think about how big they want the classes to be, if they like a lot of team sprit; enjoy large amounts of students; visit the campus and visit the department you would like to study in; meet professors there. check out the extracurricular facilities. talk to Students on campus and how would they rate their experience on campus. check the area around the campus and what is around the area (supermarkets, entertainment,etc).

Krupa

I would advice all new comers to University of Victoria-Sugar Land System to attend this convient college. This school is very peaceful and convient. If your a parent there is no need to worry since the college is located near most Sugar Land residents. University of Victoria has changed who i am today. I have became independent and more competitive within my educational goals. I happen to be an early graduate from Kempner High School. I work at a Dry Cleaners close to school which helps me to be able to make money and go to school all at once. As hard as it is, if i did not attend University of Victoria i believe i would not be as strong and competitive as i am today as well. This campus was made to help individuals out and to simplify it into one word its "ECONOMICAL". If your having money issues University of Victoria Sugar Land System is the school for you. Free Parking and Free Tutoring and comfortly sized building not so big where new comers will get lost.

Ose

Ask current students of the school any/all questions to get an unbiased opinion

Harris

Research! Research! Research! Do not procastinate about the selection of your future college. Once you have gotten in the college of your dreams (or a few steps down), research some more about the different resources /facilities available on campus. Make sure to choose classes soon, you do not want to be stuck with the "bad professor". Good Luck!

Sherman

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Brittney

Figure out which colleges you would be interested in during your sophomore year in high school and visit them that same year. Start applying for financial aid and scholarships as soon as you get to high school and make and honest effort to make the best grades that you can. High school students should also try to volunteer and if they are able to get a job they should save at least 20 percent of each check and put it away for college because freshman year is tough and many people are not able to work because of that. Parents should also save as much as they can for their child as soon as they can so that the student will not have to take out loans to pay for school.

Ashanti

Visit the schools you are applying to . Go into the classrooms and read the bulletin boards. Just see if you think that you could enjoy that environment. Also look at all of the majors. Look for your first, second, third, fourth, and fifth choice...if not more, and if you don't have that many choices...come up with them.

Guy

I would say investigate as many schools as possible and talk to as many people from the department you wish to major in. In addition to that you might want to sit in some classes and go to the campus during the start of the fall semester to check out how things are done.

jihan

Parents need to support their children but they need to let their children make their own choice. plus the parents need to let their children go to the school that they children want, not the othere way around.

niko

Visit the campus speaking with staff and students. Be involved in networking groups that are focused on your industry of choice

Anna

Be sure to check all your options. Be sure to have a clear, concise idea of what you want in a career. From there, decide what you would like in a school - whether it be small and close-knit, or larger and spread out. Everyone has their differences; you must be sure to honor them. Many schools have newsletters to show what they are advancing in. Those will give you a picture of whether the school is arts or science geared. Also, take your time, but start early. Give yourself time to check scholarships, grants, and financial aid. This may not seem like a big step your junior year of highschool, but it is something that will change your life forever. Take advantage of what you have around you, and the picture you have painted for yourself.

John

Choosing the right college to attend is a very important choice because it's important to get the best education possible at the most reasonable price. Attending an ethnically-diverse, friendly, helpful campus has helped make my college experience great and more confident that I'm preparing myself for life after college. Surrounding yourself with positive, supportive people only makes the college experience easier and more enjoyable. Find a school that offers plenty of opportunities, whether it be through the courses, extra-curricular activities, or opportunities for careers after graduating. Be proud of the school you attend and get involved in anything that interests you. Learn to balance school and your social life because dreading yourself with only schoolwork will make your time in college a miserable time, so just make sure you make time to just have fun and make the best of your time there.

erica

i would have to say out of experience.. trust your instincts, as a parent you know your kid better than anybody..! so.. i would really encourage you to trust your instincts, tust your child and be happy.

Nonye

Firstly, the advice I would give to parents is let your children be themselves. It is important and highly appreciated when you aid them in the narrowing down/selection process, but you should not make the decision for them. Often parents feel like they know best for their child and often it is out of genuine love that they may force a child into something. However, I advise for you to only put in your two cents and not a whole dollar and then some change. This is one of the most important decisions of a student's life and if they are not happy in the end, then it is not worth the suffering they may incur. Students, I advise for you to seek help wherever you need it. It is very difficult to leave home and find out that it may not be what you envisioned. Visit the campus, talk to counselors, students currently enrolled in the school, and research your potential school. There is nothing worse than getting situated at a school and finding out that you want to transfer at a point in time. Good luck and always remember hard work pays off!

Kara

Don't just look at the rankings, because for the most part they don't matter. Go where you think you will be the most comfortable academically and socially.

Anton

Class size matters more than you could ever imagine!

Nicole

I would say to students and parents to really enjoy the process; it doesn't have to be a chore. Go and visit each campus to see if you feel at home there. To parents, don't put so much pressure on your student to go to the "best" school. The best school for you may not be the best for them, after all it is the student who is going to college, not you. Apply to as many scholarships as you are eligible for, even though you might not get all of them. Also, be flexible in choosing your major (choose your own major and not the one that your family wants you to do). Most colleges require students to take core classes, so you might find a career that you love. If you're unhappy with your major, look into other fields you like. Study alot but take time to have a life. Have friends that support you and don't try to pull you away from your education. Most of all, be open-minded to change and stay positive and focused! College is a place to really find out more about yourself and your enivronment.

Leah

maybe for parents to always go and check the campus out...it can make difference in what your paying if ...it's a large campus is there a shuttle? where are the parkinglots and how are lite at night? is there a gym so you don"t have to pay for a membership?