University of Nevada-Reno Top Questions

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

Lawton

I wish I would have known what it means to have a good work ethic before coming to school. I attended college after high school and did not do so well, then I joined the Marines and they changed my work ethic. Now in my second round of college I know what to do, which makes the whole experience easier and more enjoyable. Having a good work ethic is paying dividends and I wish I would have known this right out of high school.

Douglas

I wish I had known how many classes one has to take per semester to graduate in four years. I went full time (12 credits) per semester, and it took me a very long time to finish. I also wish I would have known how to line up a professional position after graduating. The school didn't help with that.

Jacob

School will be difficult and trying at times, but never give up because education is a life long process. You will not suddenly be finished learning the day you graduate. The friendships and contacts you establish while attending school will be just as important as the grades you get, so always be friendly to your because you never know who will hire you. Take this time to really enjoy learning. In the future you will become far too preoccupied with work, family, and finances to ever learn as freely as you can right now. Overall, just enjoy the opportunity.

Kelsey

I wish that I had known about the various scholarships available to me that would help pay for my education. Financial aid is extremely important and I believe every incoming undergraduate freshman should apply for as many scholarships as they can. In the end, it will benefit him or her greatly, and they will have one less stress in making the transition from high school to college.

Ronald

How unfriendly and clique people are.

Elizabeth

If I could go back and had known something about the school, I wish I would have known of its opportunities. Nevada provides many different opportunites for students including sports, clubs, and a social life.

K

I wish I had known I would be ripped off beyond belief.

Emily

I wish I would have taken seriously when people told me that getting behind in class is hard to come back from. College is way different than high school and you may not get homework but reading the required chapters in the textbooks for the course is so important. I wish I would have listened to this in the beginning. Staying on top of reading is the most important thing in college in my opinion.

AshLeigh

I wish I had known how to better get scholaarships. I understand there are a lot of scholarships, but in high school I felt I would never get a scholarship because I didn't volunteer as much as some and couldn't write better than others. I was an average student who was involved in many activites only to learn during my senior year that unless you were the best of the best you couldn't get scholarships for dance, speech and debate, or drama. I wish I had the understanding that you can't suceed unless you try.

Maddy

I wish I had known more about how to manage so much of my time. In high school there isn't much time to socialize (especially as I graduated from the International Baccalaureate Program), so having so much time in college has been a challenge to manage. There just needs to be a balance of school, social and work if you have a job.

Michael

One thing I wish I had known before coming to UNR would be how many resources were available and how extensive the engineering department is.

Sherri

I wish I had known how the classes were structured and also how each teacher tested. I found it very difficult at first to figure out what each teacher liked and didn't like and also how they chose material for the exams. For example, do they mostly use information from class notes or mostly from the book. It would have made my transition a lot easier.

Allyson

There are many aspects of college life that I didn't know how to prepare myself before I started my college career. The one idea that I believe would be the most helpful to anyone before starting college, and that I wish I had known, would be to get involved in as many activities as possible on campus. Your college experience is truly made by the effort you put into it. I quickly learned that the school and its' organizations offer many positive learning experiences for the students and community to get involved.

Dillon

I wish I would have known to take college or AP classes while still in high school to get a jump start on my degree.

Michelle

There is so much more to life than academics. It took me a long time to realize that, however I still make sure to keep my grades up. I realized my freshman year that there was so much on-campus life and spirit and it took me a little while to really get into it. Once I did, my overall college experience improved drastically.

Caitlin

There isn't a lot I wish I had known about UNR. I wish I had known more about the school I attended before, because the students were much different from UNR students. UNR students are very laid back but still work hard at school, don't party too much, and are extremely kind. I am very pleased with UNR.

Elham

I wish I had known to explored more career options. I thought that I would figure it all out in college but I haven't. There are so many career options out there and I feel like I still haven't explored enough. I wish I had thought about this more in high school because now I'm still unsure and running out of time, or at least I feel like I'm running out of time.

Michael

My situation is probably no the norm for most students. I decided to transfer to UNR 6 weeks before the Spring semester and I found out I was accepted a week before the semester began so everything happened so quickly I never really thought about what I wished I would have known. I do know that I am glad they offered the orientation it helped the transition be a little easier.

jeremiah

If I could go back in time and give myself advice about college, I would tell myself to make a plan for graduation. The importance of making friends, joining study groups, asking questions and speaking up in class. Connections made in college will be valuable when I get out of school. Getting a job a lot of the time is who you know, not what you know. Get involved in student clubs and activities. Take advantage of the tutoring offered by the college. Most of all I would tell myself to work hard because it will pay off.

Megan

There is nothing I wish I would have known. I felt from day one I was provided with all the information I could ever need. As time goes on there are little things I have questions about or difficulty with but there is always someone willing to help me with any problem.

Vanessa

Perhaps getting exposed to the different areas of Business Admisitration.

Gabrielle

Truthfully, nothing disapointed me about the school to the point of me wishing for prior knowledge of it. I was happy with what I received, and although it is hard to explore Reno, the experience has been well worth having.

Angelina

Before I came to this school, I wish I had known what the weather was like in Reno. The colder months usually start in mid November and end around the beginning of May. Sometimes, the weather will be very cloudy and cold for a few weeks at a time, which can kind of be depressing. Also, the weather is often very unpredictable. One day, it can be windy, cold and snowy, and the next day, it can be sunny, warm and bright. My first year, I wish I had more insight about Reno's erratic weather.

Alexandra

I wish that I would have known that there are tutoring resources available to students when they need them. Granted, UNR has improved on promoting their tutoring center and such, but that has only been within the last year. Knowing about free tutoring would have saved me a lot of anxiety.

Nicholas

Not much more then I did. I did my research and lived not to far away from the school. It was what I expected, and I expected a lot.

Eman

I wish I had known about certain classes that I did not need to take. I was informed that I was required to enroll in a few classes that later on turned out to be unnecessary. However, despite this, I am content with the A’s I achieved in those classes and the new material I learned. I also wish I had known about options regarding living expenses and locations, as I had no choice but to rent out an apartment, without being informed of cheaper locations closer to campus.

Lucas

Nothing, I was pretty well prepared.

Ellen

I wish that I had known more about everything campus had to offer. There are so many different things available here at UNR and it is helpful to understand what they offer so that you re able to decipher what you need. I also wish I had known more about the finanacial aid that is offered. It would have been nice to have been able to set myself up with a financial aid advisor to help me figure out the process.

Travis

I wish I had been more decisive with my major of choice. It would have been easier to prepare for college. I also wish I would have known more about scholarship oppurtunities because I am a first generation college student.

Emma

Before I came to this university I wish I had known just how expensive college really was. No one informed me completely of the sky rocketing fees and prices for classes, meals, parking and tuition. I decided on going to my local univesity to save money but it is still quite expensive. Now I am searching for aid, scholarships, grants, a job and other means of money all at the last minute. I wish some one had told me to save up and research the prices of the university before hand.

shayla

I wish I had known to get involved and stay involved. There are so many opportunities on campus, do not miss out.

Julia

I wish I'd known exactly what I wanted to do before coming to college. I still haven't really decided what career I wish to persue. It is has been difficult to decide, and it would have saved a lot of time to know exactly what I wanted to major in. At the same time, it has been a fun ride, and I've learned so much about myself that has helped guide me towards a permanent career.

Ariel

I wish I had known how exciting and enjoyable my university is before I came here. I was very nervous as an incoming freshmen; I was afraid that I would not make friends or that I would have to quit because I couldn't afford to stay in school. I also wish I had known that the transition is made easier by joining clubs and organizations, or that the financial aid office is very helpful for students who want to go to college, but have trouble affording it.

Stephanie

I wish I had known that you need organization and time management already set, or rather instilled, in you because then I wouldn't have been flustered the first semester of my college career.

chantell

I grew up in the Reno area and I had visited UNR many time while I was growing up. This allowed me to be very well perpared when it came time to go off to college. It is because of this that I feel there really is nothing that I wished I would have known before I came to this school.

Courtney

I wish that I had known that high school is very different from college. It seemed as though most of my high school classes prepared me for a different college experience than one I have currently experienced. Most of the students that attend this university are focused on learning and furthering their education and making a career for themseleves but high school seems to have only prepared me for minor things, like making friends. I attend the university to learn, to further my education, and to have a career.

Kendall

My experience at the University of Nevada Reno has been a great one. I just wish one thing was different. I wish that the school and the student government had made it clearer on how to get involved in our campus government. I was not sure of how to go about being involved on campus, and I feel that advertising or having the information more accessible to students would get people more involved in what is happening on our campus.

Amanda

I wish I knew exactly what calsses I had to take for my major. Since I transfered from another college I did not know the requirements of my major unitl I came to this school. That would have saved me a lot of time and money. Also knowing more about financial aid would ahve helped me too.

Sean

I had already known about the surrounding area but the pros outweighed the cons.

Brianne

Professors truly want to see you succeed. The problem is, unless you make the effort to get to know them, you will be nothing more than a face in a crowd of 200 students. Get to know your professors, TAs, discussion group leaders, and your advisors. That way, when you begin to struggle in class, you will have many great resources to help you out.

Arianna

I wish I would have know what I wanted to study before I came so that I could have taken the most advatange of research opportunities for as long as possible. Also so I could have prepared better and know how intesive my studies were going to be so I could have taken them mopre seriously and worked harder for top grades. Also I wish I was awear of how the graduate school processs worked becasue know I feel that I cannot compete for a graduate spot because my grades are only average.

Jacqueline

I wish that I had know that religion was going to be pushed on individuals.

Elizabeth

Everyone is so friendly! Say hi to a random person, introduce yourself to a random person. I think I kind of knew this already but I didnt take full advantage of the fact that everyone is in the same position as you. A new environment where everyone is new. So get yourself out there and dont be shy!

Laurena

Before I came to this school, I wish I would have known better ways to choose classes and more about each of the colleges in the university.

Anne

I wish that I had known that the way to prepare for college is not by fretting that I would not get into the best college, that my SATs were not high enough, and that my future would be ruined if I made the wrong decision. The way I should have prepared for college is by doing activities and taking classes because I was interested in them. I have learned from my first semester that college is time to develop my interests that I am passionate about in depth, but no one can do that without knowing their interests.

Jacqueline

I wish I would have known that some core and Major classes are lecture size classes, which can consist of more than one hundred students.

Drury

I wish I would have known that there are more advising resources available to me.

Aradhana

how difficult it can be to get involved

Devon

How to focus my education into a more distinct career path, how to network with local business or professionals in my field.

samantha

Study! Study! Study! And how to study properly.

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