University of North Dakota Top Questions

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

Jeffrey

Simply, I would have better applied myself to my studies and concentrated on subjects that came less naturally to me. Though, school did not come easy, I could have studied a bit more and spent less time involved in clubs and extra-carriclar activities. Strangley though, many of those activities prepared me for the social, networking and problem-solving issues that I confronted in upper-level classes at university. The maturing process that college lent me the advantage that I needed to make up for any short comings II may have encountered in high school. Isn't that a large part of what college is all about?

Ashley

Thinking back, I think I would tell myself that it's okay to be myself. College is a place to start new and I wish I would have realized that when I started. People are more accepting here than in high school. I wish I would have told myself to stay focused and not get caught up in the fun stuff and friends. I would also tell myself to be more prepared school wise, as in take more effective notes and go to class.

Cheyenne

I would tattoo it on my hand to try has hard as I can to excel in math, because my life would have been so much easier the last few years if I had. EVEN THOUGH about ten people told me that and for some reason I just did not think to listen to these ten people, because “I knew what I was doing.” Also, you don’t need to go to the same college as your friends because you will make friends anywhere you go and there are so many awesome smart people to meet it is going to be great. Never underestimate a dollar; it can go along ways if you make it, (and you should, the sooner the better). Oh, and roommates make you want to be homeless so enjoy living at home, having all your groceries magically there for you when you open the cupboard, ya, you will soon find out that food isn’t just there, it’s bought. The most important thing to tell myself is enjoy your youth, enjoy being close to mom and enjoy the little things.

Kristi

If I could go back and talk to my high school self, I would probably tell me to not start school until I am 100% ready. When I first stared college it was perfect, I was on time, and did all my work. Then a little more than half way done I started to slack, didn't show up some days, and then it went to that I ended up dropping out. Finally I had my son and started school again. So once again my advice would probably be something about waiting to start school, and really focusing on what is important about school.

Luke

Even though I was a generally hard working high school student I made some mistakes that have continued to bother me to this day. If I were able to talk to my high school self I would begin with encouradging myself to continue to work hard. Classes in high school were fairly easy, and sometimes I would find my self slacking off. I would spend less time on homework and studying because I knew that I could get a B without really trying. After that I would tell myself what college was like, it is a lot more work, I can't just do my homework in class, getting a B now takes effort. Lastly I would tell myself to get ahead while I could. I should have applied for more scholarships, taken more challenging classes to prepare myself, and also I should have sent in applications to more colleges. The only thing that could have done is help, if I had, I might be at a trade school now studying airplane mechanics. Overall I don't think that I made any big mistakes in high school, but I could have been a bit more proactive.

Jennifer

If I could go back in time, I would tell myself not to put too much stress on myself. College isn’t high school, but it’s also not as difficult as everyone made it out to be. I’d tell myself to go out and be more sociable instead of staying in all the time to study. I’d remind myself that grades are just letters on a piece of paper and they don’t count if I don’t have other experiences to back them up. I’d learn right from the start how to manage a social life and academics, and I’d not worry so much about money. I wouldn’t be afraid of all the unknowns that come with moving away from home the first time, and I’d tell myself that no matter what happened, I’d be alright.

Samantha

I would tell myself that high school didn't prepare you at all. Go get help right away, don't put it off until the end of the semester. Make sure you look at other majors, not just Physical Therapy. Don't be afraid to get a job right away and don't be afraid to make friends. I know that it's really hard but you can do it and there is nothing that can stop you. Work hard on your classes so your GPA stays high enough to keep your scholarships. Finally, TRAVEL. Go do stuff. Don't be a butt and sit on your butt all the time. You'll feel better if you leave the room sometimes. Trust me, I've lived it. And now you can do it.

Carly

My advice to me as a high school senior would be as follows: 1. Never do anything half-ass. Always perform to the level that you can be proud of. 2. Know when to say "no". You can get burnt out very easily by trying to do everything for everyone. 3. As a music major, the practice room is your life. Spend most of your free time there. 4. Cheesy, but stay true to yourself.

Emily

Your teachers are just trying to scare you guys. College professors are some of the coolest people you'll ever meet, and they are way more concerned with your academic--and personal--success(es) than they are about their salary. These are people who will go an extra mile for you whenever you request it. Seriously, use every single resource you have available to you, and for heaven's sake be sociable. Start using the counseling services immediately, because you and I both know you need the help; there's no shame in it, I promise. Take your love life slowly: don't get caught up in somebody just because they show you affection. You'll roll your eyes, but I can assure you that it's distracting, and it uses up a lot of time that you really ought to be using for something else. The most important thing that you need to know is that college isn't hard just so long as you keep up with your classes. Don't just skip because you're tired; the classes are all entirely worth your time--and Mom's and Dad's money.

Natalie

Knowing what I know now, I would have told myself not to get so caught up in grades. My high school was extremely competivive and I was in the top 20% of a large class taking many advanced courses. There were often times where I would get discouraged when I would recieve a grade lower than some of classmates and I would beat myself up about it. I always tried my hardest and I earned very satisfactory grades and despite that, someimtes I would get angry that I was not getting perfect scores on everything. In reality, the grades are not the most important thing. Yes, they are very important and determine a lot of things about your future, but they aren't the end all be all and they certainly do not tell me my self-worth. Learning new things and having fun while doing it should have been a higher priority of mine so that I would have enjoyed high school more than I did. Taking honors and AP classes is great, but if you aren't getting anything out of them, then it is pointless. Enjoy high school while you can.

Andrew

Do not be afraid about making new friendships. You will find them in your classes, clubs, and random places. Be confident in all that you do. Do not over pack, even when mom says you need "whatever." Eventually, you will be hauling it. Do what you love. Take piano lessons, run a 5k, and go to the hockey game. Getting away from studying and enjoying life with friends is essential to the college experience. Do not fear getting homework done on time; take the responsibility seriously, but anxiety never solves the problem. Find a fun exercise group; it is important to have a sharp mind and body. Never compromise your dreams, but be flexible to new and exciting ideas. When you are down, share it with others. They will help shoulder your burdens because they care about you. Get involved with a student group related to your major; the professors and upperclassmen are excited to share their knowledge, give great advice, and become friends. If you get the bad professor, buckle down and treat them like a person. They will greatly appreciate it. Volunteer and serve others. There is no greater way to have a positive impact on peoples' lives.

Caraline

When I was a senior in high school, my biggest dream was to be a charcter performer at Walt Disney World. Everyone that knew my used that as my identifier for pretty much my entire senior year. "Call me Princess Caraline!" I would always say. I wanted nothing more than to be a performer because for my entire life I called the stage my home. Whether I was singing, dancing, or acting I knew I was ment to entertain. My goal was to go to community college for a semester and apply for the Disney College Program. I thought my future would be set! I was incredibly wrong. I started out in the Liberal Arts major and applied but also got denied for the college program twice my first year at SUNY Broome. I also wasted valuable time that could have been spent learning what I love to do now. I changed to a Communications major and am now focusing on a career in television production. Although I may not be the one in front of the camera or onstage I'll still get to do what I love; entertain an audience. High school me.. change is good.

Danielle

Just don't worry about what you SHOULD do and do what you WANT to do because whatever you choose to do now could pave the way for your future, so make it the one you've always wanted.

terry

Save your money! Get those other 3 points on your GPA.

Lauren

The thing that I would stress the most if I were talking to myself as a senior in high school is that college is so fun, but it is a lot of hard work. My senior year was a very rough time for me. I became very depressed with thoughts of suicide, my boyfriend of a year broke up with me, and I didn't make the volleyball team my senior year. I would have looked myself in the eyes and said: "Lauren, it will get better. It doesn't look like it now, but when you go to the University of North Dakota you will have such a blast, you'll forget high school!" College is a lot of hard work, you're preparing for your dream career so don't just mess around and party every weekend. Make sure you complete all your work, but most importantly, don't take more than you can handle! Having too much on your plate can make you stressed and not enjoy college. Have fun, but work hard because you're going to want something more out of life then what you have now.

Amber

Take advantage of everything that is going to be offered to you. There are so many opportunities for volunteer work and getting involved on campus that will make your college experience very rich. I cannot say how much I wish I would have taken advantage of the clubs and groups on campus. They will make you a more well rounded student and person. Also, take advantage of the help and advice your professors give to you. They are there to help you and make sure you understand the course material. Go to office hours, establish a relationship with professors. They welcome the interaction and will become a great resource for you in the future. Last but not least, take advantage of the career services offered to you. This will become an invaluable resource when you get close to graduation. From perfecting your resume and cover letter to doing mock interviews to attending job fairs, this service is so useful and I wish I would have participated in the service they were offering. Overall, make sure to enjoy your time in college. It will be a great time in your life but remember it is to prepare you for your future.

Cameron

Don't underestimate good study habits. Try to build them while you are still in highschool where your mistakes will not hurt your pocketbook. Because, once you are in college, you don't get as many second chances. If you fail a class because you didn't have the right study habits, you will be wiasting money. And as a college student you will have very little money to waist. Also, take scholarships seriously. I know it hasn't quite hit you yet how much college is going to cost. Trust me when I say that the costs will add up quickly, and you aren't going to like the numbers. Looking for scholarships might not be the most fun activity, but if you work hard it will pay off in the end. Make sure that you pay close attention to deadlines when it comes to payments, paperwork, or forms. Because some of those may have late fees if you don't deal with them on time, or they might just not let you submit them at all. Finally, when you visit a college or go to a college orientation, its better to ask your questions than to be ignorant.

Margaret

Marge, if you aren't passionate about it, expolore. You can make a difference in many people's lives here. You don't necessarily belong, but you will find great friends. Oh, and school. Stop the perfectionism.

Ethan

If you expect people to do things for you without your effort you will be sadly mistaken. Out of highschool, you will be quickly lost in the system, and unless you act on your own, your academics and finances will suffer. However, if you are polite but insistant you will be amazed at what you can accomplish. Even when you are told that it is "impossible" persue it earnestly, and your efforts will be noticed. I read once that brick walls existed only to show how much we really wanted what was being blocked. I believe in this from my experience here at school. The extra effort of talking to teachers and employees of the university personally, when emails and phone calls normally went unanswered, I left impressions with these people, and it has allowed me to succeed when progress seemed impossible. LIke I had mentioned before, participate in clubs and student organizations, and take advantage of these in order to build a strong group of friends and acquaintances. Every department has advisors, tutors, training equipment, and a plethora of other resources are readily available for students to use and are included for no extra charge to the student body.

Velvet

Dear Sharrisse, As you come to the end of your high school senior year, it would be very wise of you to start thinking about what school you want to attend and why. You should also think about how much it will cost for you to attend the school of your choice and if it will be affordable. Do not let anybody divert your attention from your goals or dreams. Realize that the transition may be a challenge, and you may become homesick. But you must remember that you can get through both of those emotions, they are just temporary. Make sure to utilize all your financial resources before you apply for student loans if at all possible. Beginning your first semester in debt is not smart. Research scholarships and grants because this is money you will not be required to pay back. Be prepared to have many distractions once you have arrived on the college campus of your choice. There will be no one there to tell you to get up and go to class, or when to go to bed that will be YOUR responsibility. You must stay focused and realize that you are investing in your future.

Ethan

Set yourself up for success in college by making hard work a habit in high school. College will drop so many incredible opportunities in your lap; take advantage of as many as you can. Play sports; join clubs; take classes that sound interesting, even if they aren't part of your major; and study abroad! Living in another country is one of the best ways to learn about the world around you, and even more about yourself. Also, don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Your college wants you to succeed, and the staff there will do their best to guide you; they won't do the work for you, but they can always point you in the right direction. Most importantly, have fun. When you make your education fun and interesting, there's no limit to what you can accomplish.

Brent

To apply for scholarships constantly and prior to attendance. Aviation is expensive and if i started applying for scholarships as early as possible i would be in a better position than i am now.

Rock

I would first advise my younger self to start living as an adult after graduating high school. Paying rent at low income areas and supporting a livelihood on minimum wage jobs day after day would motivate me to take school seriously and aggressively. Secondly, I would also recommend that I spend each day off exploring my inborn creative ability and find practical uses for it. This great use of my time would help develop the creative spark that is needed to pursue any engineering career.

Kirsten

I would tell myself that finding and applying for scholarships early and quickly is one of the most important parts to advancing in your career. I would tell myself to be who you are and friendships will come easily as soon as you open up to other types of people. Along with these things, I would remind myself that wanting to attend college is the driving force for the passion needed to accomplish the academic standing for your career.

Nichole

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a senior in high school I would have many cliche' things to say. Things like "your gunna miss this" and "live each moment like it's your last", because in reality those are some of the better moments of your life. College in it's self, but it requires a lot more self control and dicipline than one thinks. Another thing that is a big part of the college life transition is the freedom, to skip class, to drink whenever, to eat whatever you want. I would tell myself to stick to my guns, do what I think is right not what other people are doing or what they want me to do. I would make sure that overall I learned to value myself, which means fighting for my happiness and the things I want to achieve in life.

Jess

I would tell myself not to stress the small stuff when coming to college freshman year. I was all high strung and afraid to move away from the life I had lived in high school. College is a lot more challenging but in a good way, I would tell myself to go to class every day even though I may not want to. I would also advise against morning classes, and remind myself that reading before the class will be the best thing to get you through those tough Criminal Justice classes and pop quizzes. The food at Wilkerson isn't the greatest so be prepared to cook for yourself, and don't forget to take advantage of the Wellness Center on campus. Exercise to keep off the freshman 15 and remember to look into the Zumba and Abs Blast classes, you will meet some of your best friends in these classes. Midterms and finals week will be a big kick from high school but don't sweat it, take good notes, read the book and you will do fantastic!

Kassandra

If I was able to go back in time to talk to myself as a high school senior I would have some recommendations to give. First of all, I would tell myself to be prepared to balance school, work, and social life as it is going to be very demanding. I would remind myself that my grades are very important so focus on them first and foremost. You are going to meet a lot of new people, don't be affraid to take the time to have a conversation with someone you don't know. Get up and go to class each and every day and if you are lost in your studies go directly to the professor and ask them to help you out, the sooner the better. It is to your benefit to use the tutors on campus if you feel you need extra help. Get to know people in your classes to form study groups and to compare notes, another point of view is always helpful. Reward yourself after you accomplish a goal you have reached, it is ok to take a day off once and awhile.

Jacob

If I could go back and have a talk with myself, there would be several aspects of college that I'd tell myself. The first would be to make the most of the time that I had left. It doesn't seem to go fast but once it's gone you'll see how fast it went. Secondly, I'd tell myself to keep working hard toward getting the good grades because the scholarships I got from them helped a lot. Another piece of advice would be to not be afraid. Some friends will dissapear but a lot will stay with you and you'll find even more friends once you get out there. I'd also say to make sure to call home a lot otherwise mom will get worried if you haven't called or texted her in more than a day. For one of the most personal subjects: don't worry about you and her. The distance seems far and the time long, but trust me, it all works out in the end. That is the advice that I would give my past self and I hope that I would listen to myself.

Katherine

Do not worry. If you are willing to make friends and be a friend to people the social aspect of school will go really well. Remember to study hard and do all of your homework, it will pay off and when you do well and get a good test score you will be proud of yourself. Remember to not give up!

Jamie

If I could give my high school self advice on college life and transitioning into being a college student, I would tell myself to consider a community college for my general credits. I made the mistake of leaving home too quickly. I think the transition into leaving home and being on my own would have been much smoother and so much easier if I would have waiting a year or two before leaving. I would also tell myself that the first year, it's best to put yourself into as many clubs and organizations as possible. I think it's the best way to really get to know people and make the friends that will be there throughout your life. I would say that I need to focus on college, because college coursework is not as easy as high school course work is and it takes a lot more time to study and learn things in college.

Kevin

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to relax a little and not worry about what other people think of me so much. High school is a very stressful environment. You constantly feel like everyone is judging you and laughing behind your back. But once I got to college, I realized that first of all, everyone is just a scared, intimidated, and self-conscious as you are. Second, that even if they are laughing at you, it doesn’t matter, because you will never see these people again. Half of them are going away to college out of state, and the other half are going to a school in the same state, but the odds of running into them again are slim to none. I feel like if I could have heard that from myself when I was still in high school, I would have had a much more enjoyable experience, and wouldn’t have put myself through so much mental torment about what everyone else thought of me.

laura

Calm down, don't panic, everything will fall into place and take life as it comes. There's no need to over think the obvious, stay focused and driven and you will be fine. Keep in touch with your professors, they will be able to help you more in the game of life after college, and most are more than willing to do this and enjoy hearing from you.

Nicholas

Be your-self. Have a plan. Apply for scholarship programs well in advanced. Be flexible.

Brian

One of the best aviation training opportunities in the nation. I have grown in confidence, which every pilot needs, and as a person learning independence and living on my own. During my semester at UND, I have a much better understanding and vision of what I want my life to look like over the next 10 years and look forward to the coming years.

Anna

I will be honest with you; I was not a great high school student. I just didn't have any direction and didn't really know what I wanted to do. So on a whim, we took a rode trip to North Dakota (UND) and I instantly fell in love with the campus, the staff and just the feel of the college. I was scared, that's for sure, but I could tell it was going to be managable for me and I really wanted to prove to everyone that I could do this. My parents wanted me to go to a community college because I had given them no reason at all to think I could handle a University. So, we made a deal and if I failed to get a B average the first semester in college, I would come home! Well, guess what? I did it and am continuing to get great grades and love college! I proved to myself and to my family that I was a good college student and I picked the right school. Not only are the professors terrific and classes are manageable as far as homework, but the counselors are extremely helpful.

Tiffany

UND is an amazing school! I feel that I became a more accepting and culturally aware individual! I was able to experience cultures that I would've never been able to in rural North Dakota. It really opened my eyes to the world and made me more accepting and understanding of what type of adversities people face. I learned how to budget and provide for myself. I made many new friends and professional contacts. College really created in me a want to succeed and a strive to be successful. I have learned the importance of taking one day at a time and how to overcome difficulties and just breathe! College really opened my eyes to the real world! My amazing advisors were able to help me land jobs and prepared me very well for the workforce! I wouldn't be where I am or who I am today without the University of North Dakota!

Jacob

I have grown into an adult while in college. I have become an adult not just because I am older but because this college, the professors, the students and my teammates have helped shape my beliefs and attitudes. These beliefs and attitudes will affect the way I make decisions from this point on. As many people have had an influence on me throughout college it allows me to see the world through many eyes. College is the great equalizer, you may have been top dog in high school, but now you realize there are a lot of amazing people out there and the future of our country is in good hands. With today's economy and unrest in many nations it's easy to become discouraged. College life aleviates that somewhat because you can see how a group of people working towards a common goal can effect change. It happens everyday on our campus and it makes me proud to call this campus home.

Breanna

I am currently a sophomore at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks and I wouldn’t exchange my experiences in college so far for anything in the world. Moving two states away from my family and anyone I have ever known was one of the most challenging experiences I have ever encountered. My fears were quickly extinguished during my first few weeks at school. Every single one of my teachers were friendly and extremely helpful. Attending a smaller university allowed me to have a personal and worthwhile relationship with each of my faculty members. In addition, I joined the sorority Alpha Phi within the first few weeks at school, and my life has never been the same. I quickly moved into the house because there are no other words to describe this organization than it is a family away from home. We provide extensive hours of community service, organize fundraisers, set up student functions on campus, and most importantly strive in academics. This last semester, Alpha Phi held the second highest GPA across the entire campus! Not only have I excelled in my academics but I am having the time of my life at the college I love.

abdirizak

First, i think the most i got out of my college experience would be the fact that i come to know that education opens alot of door for me, the more im educated and well aware of the world, the more postive my actions are. i learned that having a education can last a life long, it is the education that i recieve that makes me different and helps me make a better decisions in life. Attending here at UND is just want i need in order to achieve my goals in life and progress as i continue my education. UND helps me maintan that eduaction which i strive for.

max

In collage, you really get to see what comes out of hard work. I wasn't a great student in high school. My highest GPA was a 3.5, but during my spring semester of my freshmen year, I managed to pull off a 4.0. To some students this may not be a big accomplishment. There are many talented minds out there who are far more gifted then me and look at a 4.0 as something that is standard. But for me, achieving a 4.0 GPA for the first time was a huge slap in the face that allowed me to see what can come out of hard work. All of those hours studying in the library; studying even when I wanted to play around unfolded in front of me in the end. My collage experience thus far has shown me the capabilities of hard work and dedication and has made me set a new high standard for myself to allow me to tackle any goal head on with confidence and determination to succeed.

Jessica

I have gotten a lot out of my first year attending the Universtiy of North Dakota. I have learned that college isn't easy and that you actually have to study to get the grades you want. You have to put eveything you got into your school work and into all your classes. I learned that is good to attend classes instead of skip them. College is worth doing in my opinion. I feel like i have learned from my first year, and i feel like i have grown up a lot and became more mature. College is a great experience and i think everyone should at least try it once in their lives.

Erika

I have attended my first year of college and I learned more about myself than ever before. I learned all new set of awesome set of study skills. The most important thing that I realized about myself is what I want to do with my life. Art has been my life since I was very young. I have learned socializing skills and am not afraid to meet new people. It was a new experience that taught me so much and I would never take it back.

Edgar

CurrentIy, I attend the University of North Dakota and I plan to major in Commercial Aviation. The transition from Walla Walla, Washington to Grand Forks, North Dakota has been a difficult one but with perseverance and willpower, I have successfully accomplished the first semester of my college education and the most amazing experience of my life. This semester I flew an airplane for the first time and the feeling was, well, indescribable. Being a pilot represents my life and future and I will not let any obstacles destroy my goals and aspirations. One of the many things I learned from collage is that it is up to you to make your own motivation, push yourself to be the best and nothing less. College has proven to be a hard route in life but I cannot imagine what would have happened if my dream, like so many others in this world, had been deferred. With my education, I hope to influence others, to find and do something they love. For me, my love for aviation led me to strive for an education that at one point seemed inaccessible. With every day passing, i am one step closer to earning my wings.

Stephanie

I have learned a lot about not only my field but about growing up. I learned how to do things on my own and be responsible for my actions and decisions. I have learned that College is much much harder than highschool and that highschool doesn't really prepare you for college as well as they should. I have learned how to get along with all sorts of people who didn't grown up with the same kind of background as I did. College is a great place to be your self and start over. You make great friends that help you and support you in all of the stressful times that college brings you. I also learned though that it is not always easy to fit in right away. It took be a little while to feel like myself and at home here, but once you do it is great! One of the biggest things that I have learned is that college is NOT cheap! It is very expensive and can be very stressful because you watch all of the money you have saved up for the last 3 years dissapear in the matter of a semester or two.

Caitlin

I can honestly start by saying that my college experience has not only been valuable, but it has also been exciting, scary, fun, and even sometimes infuriating. My college experience has taught me that you can do so much more with your life. College is the path to bigger and better things. I have made friends here that will probably be my friends for life. The people here make the experience so much more enlightening. You are always told that college is so much different from college, and until you -experience both, you just can't understand how true it is. Class is faster-paced, homework and tests are different, and professors are.....better teachers. This experience has been very valuable to me because I have learned so much about myself. I can survive on my own, and that is something I wasn't sure I could do. I can live in a dorm with a large number of other girls, and we all get along fantastically. Class is such a new and valuable experience too because I came from a small high school. Everything is a learning experience for me, and I love it because it's worth it.

Darren

What I have gotten out of my current college experiences are, for one, an amazing view of the future ahead of me. This college is a great eye opener for the rest of your life and I know for a fact that I would not be any happier if I would have chosen a different school. Another experience that means a lot to me would have to be the social setting of this place; everyone seems to always be in a good mood, whether you're walking to class, sitting in class, or in the coffee shop, you will usually always find someone that says hi to you. A final thing that I have gotten out of my college experience is a drastic gain of maturity, confidence, and self efficacy. I know for a fact that I make more grown up decisions when it comes to my job, social settings, and my studies. My self confidence has gone up, because college has given me a feeling of, "If I can do this I can do anything" and my self efficacy has grown as well because if I can't do one thing, I know I can adapt and learn how.

Jennifer

I have attended three different educational institutions. Even though it may sound like a lot to some people, it has made me well rounded. I have learned how to adjust to different ways to learn, methods of teaching, and how to be able to let the information 'sink in' no matter how it is handled to me. College has also taught me how important deadlines are as well as how important time management is. You must read the course material to understand it before you can apply it. There is a lot of people that try to skip over the minor details, but those are the most important ones to understand! In all, college life has taught me how important knowledge is. It can make your job easier when you understand the concept of why and/or how something works, as to just doing it. College is one of the best choices I have made in my life.

Juan

My college experience has been both wonderful and hectic at the same time. I work part-time 30 hours and go to school full time . I'm currently taking 14 hours and a continuing education class. I also help youth enrole in college and encourage them to keep going to school after high school at my local church and at work. If someone would have told me could do all these things, i would have not beleived them. I'm finding out who I am as i countinue with college. With all of this going on my college experience has been a very hectic one. I have learned so much from different teachers and professors I have had. The things I learn in college not only prepare me for a career, but for much more than that. In some cases what I learn in class can be used later in life.

Nicole

I believe that my college experience has helped me to develop a strong backbone and become more dedicated to my studies. It was a big shock coming into college from high school because I was not used to having to study as much. Also with high school, students have to go to class but in a university, it is up to the student to attend class. I believe this has also made me independent. I have not just developed only academically but also physically. With the new wellness workout center and the different exercise programs they offer, I have been able to get in shape and enjoy doing so. They offer different exercise classes such as hip hop, zumba, boxing, cycling and a variety of other classes. The wellness center also has a rock wall, that many students enjoy climbing. Altogether I believe the University of North Dakota has been a great choice because I?m able to be with my family and I?m going to school for a career that I will enjoy. Hopefully, I will never have to work at a fast food restaurant again because I will have an education.

Valerie

If I could return to my senior year in high school I would give myself lots of advice. I would tell myself to get a tutor in math to help raise my grade, and in doing so, my grade point average as well. I would tell myself to fill out more scholarships online to pay for my tuition without getting loans. Then I'd say to get a job during the summer to help pay the cost of your study abroad session, which you'd take in Moss, Norway during your spring and summer semester. I would have told myself to take the dual credit english as well, instead of just the dual credit speech, so I'd have both when I start my freshman year. In this matter, I'd be able to concentrate on more essential studies courses. That way, I'd be able to experiment with a wider variety of classes to find out what I'd like to major in. I'd tell myself to be better prepared,to stop the bad habit of procrastinating. It will only hurt you.