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


About 50 percent of what I learned in college was not in the classroom, rather it was from the people I interacted with and the adventures that we had together. It is important for students and parents to consider the cultural diversity of the college and its location. If young students are given the opportunity to interact with people who have different views than themselves, they will further expand their knowledge of their own beliefs as well as others. It is also important to choose a school that strongly supports creativity and critical thinking. Anyone can memorize facts, but only those who have been challenged in the clasroom and beyond can apply those facts to demanding, real-life situations. It is important that faculty use discussion, field trips, and critical thinking projects to educate their students about how the information they learn can be applied and made useful. Overall, ranking is not all its cracked up to be. A student should decide on a college based on its ability to offer new, exciting experiences and to challenge the student's thinking skills.


Find the college you want to attend and stick with that choice. When you are in college, make time to study and GO TO CLASS. It is very important that you don't miss class.


I would suggest that you really look at the school. Do research and make sure you visit the school while students are in attendance.


Finding the right college depends on the individual. To make the most of it, join clubs that interest you, talk to your fellow students, and be sure to study, study, study (its better and less stressful to feel prepared, trust me)!!


let the student choose. be very outgoing and make as many new friends as you can. dont forget about your schoolwork.


Visit the college and see first hand what goes on there. Follow your dreams and all will fall into place.


Choose a career idea, then set your on-campus expectations. The college will fall into your qualifications. There are tons of colleges to choose from.


I would tell them that its best to do research on student involvement on campus, teacher ratings, class sizes, and other things that the student feels is important


Let your children attend


First, narrow down your area of interest and research college options that match your area of interest. Secondly, talk to people in the occupation in which you are interested to see how they got there, what they would reccommend, and what, if any mistakes they may have made along the way, so that you may avoid those. Most importantly, make sure you are absolutley ready and committed to college, otherwise it will be a waste of time and money. Once you've determined that you are indeed ready, formulate a study plan. Designate specific study/review times and don't forget to allow for some leisure time. It's equally important to have decompression time so that you may re-charge your mental battery and study more effectively. Lastly, enjoy this time and take full advantage of the opportunities availble to you. Make the most of your learning experience!


Don't restrict where you apply based on grades you got in high school, that's how I ended up at UNO, I was afraid to get rejected by my college of choice, so I only applied at UNO.


In the world of college hype and promotion, the high school student can get lost and forgotten. Remember that what matters most is not how prestigeous your school of choice is, but rather how hard you can work while you are there. Be involved in the application process, don't rely on just the information provided by admissions staff. Colleges pay people to try to convince you their school is the best one for you, but only you can know for sure. Ask them if you can talk to a current student, and follow that student to a class, to lunch, their dorm. You will spend four years of your life with this institution, so get as much information as you can before you choose. If you aren't comfortable, you won't put your utmost into learning. With many schools, it is too easy to fall into collegiate apathy and stumble drunkenly toward a degree. Don't let that happen. If you want career options after graduation, make sure your school has a strong, supportive accademic climate as well as numerous networking connections you can tap into when you are ready to put that degree to work.


Pick a major, or atleast have a clue what field it will be in. Then look at schools that offer that. Be aware of financial aid options and also look for schools that have comfortable atmospheres.


work hard in highschool plan for the future and pick a career that you will love


Go to a school that you want to with a surrounding area that fits you. There is no reason to go to a school just because everyone else tells you to.


Pick a college with a relatively small closely knit community. Large universities pose more distractions to students who really want to learn. Also, while living on campus does have some benefits, I have found my grades improved dramatically once I moved off campus.




To find a college that is the right size for the student, and meets the needs of all or most of what you need.


My advice to all the students out there looking for the right college to go to is to relax, and do not rush your choice. College is supposed to be a new educational experience, but it's also supposed to be fun, and one of the happiest times of your life. Don't ruin that by jumping onto your or your parents first choice college. Do the work. Find out exactly which college is for you.


Don't get so wrapped up in how great the school is that you forget the experience of the city. I'm a film student and chose to move to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to study. Picking a bigger, well-known school such as NYU or UCLA for my major would have been easy. However, though I was scared af first, I knew the most experience would come from living in New Orleans post Katrina. Not only is the school really great, but I'm getting the education of my life living and working in the city with the people who survived the storm. I'm completely enthralled with numerous cultures and classes all whom have come together to rebuild. So before focusing on a school's success in academics or sports and what it could mean for yourself, think about the location and what you can do for it. You just may find that the education you get from the city's culture and the beautiful strength of it's people is just as good as the diploma you work so hard to receive. I know I have.


IF the college doesnt work for you, get out and go somewhere elce ; do not try to force it.


Always go to the campus. Spend a typical college day, and get a real sense of what the campus is like. Figure out if you like the style of the building and the atmosphere of the campus. Check out potential study places and hang outs. Look at the options for on-campus dining. It is very important to be comfortable in all aspects of college life. Don't stop there. Look around at the different people on campus. See if there is a majority of one group or if there is diversity. Check if the campus is overrun by fraternities or sororities. Also decide for yourself if you like the presence of many social groups. Never judge a school based only on their academic program.


College is more than a a secondary institution for furthering education to enter the job market, it is something that shapes your life. You must be careful when picking your college; everyone has the dream college, but is it really for you? Always make sure you visit the campus and schedule appointments with people that are involved with areas that interest you.