University of Northwestern-St Paul Top Questions

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


I wish that I had known more about the professors before hand in how they relate to students. Knowing how eager they are to be helpful and to build relationships with students would have made my decision to ultimately come here a lot more clear.


I wish I had known math better and English writing.


That I had a writing disability. I only found out about it after a professor told me I should get checked for learning disabilities. That Facebook is a huge waste of time, and sucks time out of everything if you let it. It increases laziness by probably 50{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c}. That there are actually people in the world that care about me and I can trust. I found a lot of these people at Northwestern.


How many times things would be changed for the sake of money.


Before I attended Northwestern it would have been nice to know who my roommates were. I knew the names of my roommates but I didn't know anything about them. The first day I moved in with my roommates there were already problems. Since we had already moved in we were not able to change roommates until second semester and by then there were multiple problems. One of my rooomates moved out at semester, but it would have been nice to know my roommates before school so I wouldn't have had roommate problems first semester.


How little the financial aid actually helps, that its so easy to go through the motions, there aren't as many extra-corricular options as I had thought, and that the guidelines and rules would change almost every year or several times throughout the year.


I wish I would have known how much more work I had to do than in high school. Between the school work and the work I do at my job, I have no time for a social life of which I thought I was going to have while attending a post secondary education program.


Progress begins with me. Coming to a staunch Christian college, I naively assumed that my worldview and intellect would be greatly deepened vertically and expanded horizontally simply by being around so many others strong in similar beliefs and committed to intellectual growth. As I came to know the students and professors, however, I became somewhat disillusioned, for the "growth by osmosis" that I was expecting was not happening. I came to realize that growth comes from pruning, planting, and perspiration -- not just by contact. I have learned to be responsible for my own flight, rising on my own wings.


I wish I knew that they could change the housing age limit in the middle of my time there. When I enrolled, you had to have on-campus housing until you were 20, but they changed so that you have to live on campus until you are 21. Also, even though everyone tells you to fill out scholarships, I only filled them out my senior year of high school. I wish I had been made aware of scholarships that pertained to my field while in school.


I wish I had known, or realized, just how challenging school would be. It is not just academically challenging, it is personally challenging, but in a positive way. At Northwestern you will be challenged to become a better person, to understand the world around you, and to be able to understand and consider the view points of others, whether they be from a different Christian denomination, or another religion completely. I must add that any challenges I have faced here have made me a better person, and stretched me to become a better person.


The love that the faculty and upperclassmen have for students & the importance of commiting yourself to the field you are being trained in.


About how much debit I would be aquiring.


Prepare to work like you have never worked before. Prepare to learn like you have never learned before. Prepare to love like you have never loved before.


Well, the school educated me enough that I had no questions or lack of knowledge about the school.


What I wish I had known before I came to this school is how to map my four-year plan with an advisor. Also know more about the requirements for getting into the Education program. Knowing the requirements will help save me more time in college.


I wish I had known that I didn't know everything, and that the things I believed were'nt necessarily correct.


I wish I had known how challenging the class called Composition II is before I came here. Knowing that would not have made me decide to go somewhere else, but it would have been nice to know.


I had done a lot of research before hand so I came to it well prepared. I have no regrets and feel that I had known all that I needed to.


I wish I would have understood the school's reason's for their rules a little more then I did when I came in. I know they had a reason, but just being told them made them almost seem pointless at the time which made me hesitant to coming to this school.


That I would could be a harder worker.


I wish that I had known more about the benefits of getting involved in extracirriculars (sports, student government, teaching assistant, etc.) on campus. It isn't like high school at all. All of the little choices about how to spend one's time are crucial to having the right kinds of connections in the real world once college is over. The right reference from a professor or internship can make all of the difference.


I wish that I had known more about housing. Where I lived was just fine, but I would have wanted to know things that would have helped me later. The dorms seem like the best place to be, but really the apartments are way better!


What I was going to major in


I wish I would have known about the cafeteria food before I came to this school.


The policies for when you got in trouble


I wish I would have known how isolating it can be to be so close to everything that a big metro area can offer, but far enough away that without a car it's not easy at all to experience the surroundings.


The poor communication between the different programs and sectors of the campus.