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If I could go back and give the high school version of myself some good advice, my words would simply be, "Relax." It sounds cliche`, but pick colleges based on your true feelings rather than by their reputations. In the end, whether or not you like your school will have a greater impact on your success than that school's national ranking. Also, chances are that you will end up somewhere. If you're not accepted to your favorite school, don't let it devestate you. There are reasons for everything and perhaps that one particular school wasn't the perfect fit for you. Lastly, your school and your GPA don't define you. Only you are capable of defining yourself. Don't let the stress of classes, applications, waiting for letters, or final exams dictate your memories from your senior year of high school. Focus on the things that really matter to you in your final year of high school as well as in applying to different colleges and you will undoubtedly end up in the right place.


The most important piece of advice I could tell myself would be to relax. During my first semester, I thought I had to make friends right away, figure out my major right away and basically figure out my life right away. But thinking that way just ended up stressing me out. When I took a step back, I could see that I didn't need to rush myself. I realized that I had been given an amazing opportunity to be able to study whatever I wanted, and I should take advantage of it. So, instead of focusing so much on the unknown future, I began focusing more on the present and on the things that interested me. In doing so, I was able to discover who I am. Once you know that, the future doesn't seem so scary.


1. Do not assume you will get along with your roommate even if you have similar interests. Living together is personal. 2. Be more open minded about required classes that don't sound enjoyable. When you start a class with a bad attitude, the class will be painful and miserable. 3. Get more sleep. The point of going to class is to learn the material and not teach yourself from the textbook because you were only half awake during class. If you understand what is happening in class, you will better understand your homework. 4. Call home more often. Your family misses you and you miss them - even if you are enjoying college. Also, breaks are more enjoyable when you are not disconnected from your family. One o'clock AM is not a good time to call home because non-college students are asleep. 5. Do what you love. If you don't like a class, stay away from the major. Pursue your dreams. Fill in the dots, "I've always wanted to learn/do/see..." because college is a great time to do it.


Now that I'm in my third year at UVA, I'm starting to see the impact of my first and second year. It's about that time for career-related internships, thinking about graduate school or law school, and what's kiling me is my GPA. Reflecting on what contributed to my low gpa, I would tell my high school self that the transition from high school to college is no joke! In high school you can get away with not completeing assignments, there are always opportunities for extra credit, and you don't think twice about the relationship between you and your teacher. My first year of college, I really had to get a grip on time management, self-discipline and the value of hard work.. You have to step out of your comfort zone, get to know professors who will be your greatest ally, and STUDY! Had I taken these things a little more seriously, perhaps it would have strengthened my grade point average. Learning to adapt in an extreme academic environment, there is cutting corners. Simply, you have to know when it is time to have fun and when its time to buckle down.


College is all about time management. The first time away from home, many are surprised at their new-found freedom. No one is there to tell them where to go to class, how to do homework, when to go to sleep, what to eat, etc. But just because you can do whatever you want doesn't mean everthing is good to do. Think ahead and stick to what you value. The most crucial advice is to find a balance between social and academic life. In a challenging environment where you are surrounded by same-minded and driven classmates, it is easy to slip behind if you're not putting in the time and effort. At the same time, it is just as important to develop a social life and to find a group of friends to confide your problems and having someone to turn to. You should still keep in contact with your friends from high school, but in a completely different setting, they would only be there to get together during holiday breaks. Therefore, make new friends who could potentially be life-long friends. College time will fly by fast! So enjoy and make the most of them!


It is very easy to get caught up in all the extracurriculars and socializing, but it is very important to go to class. In the engineering school at UVA, just going to class will raise your grades by a letter. Equally important is forming study groups, going to the professor with questions, and consulting the teaching assistant. When school is out I recommend taking summer classes for the more challenging subjects and january term classes for the more work-heavy classes, and also taking advantage of the internship programs laid out by the university or the companies that come to the job fair. Lastly, look at potential careers at your field and take classes that will prepare you - and talking to upper-classmen about classes and professors will pay off.


Don't sweat it. If I could give my high school senior self any advice it would be just that, don't sweat it. In high school I spent too much time worrying about GPAs, SATs and other acronyms while I missed out on enjoying time with my friends and family. I am a believer, now, that I ended up where I was supposed to end up. My further advice would be to not to fixate on a particular college and what is meant to be is meant to be. As for making the transition to college, my advice goes in accordance with "don't sweat it." Now that I am so far away from all my friends and family I would advise my one-year-younger self to appreciate the time with those at home. This makes life more enjoyable at home and also while away at college you can see how those thousands of miles away truly love you. My senior year I would tell myself that in order to fully enjoy college and make the transition having a stable foundation back in Massachusetts is necessary or you will be wandering between two quasi-homes.


Now that I'm in college, when I talk to my younger friends who are still in high school I often tell them things I wish I had known as a senior. I tell them to apply for scholarships once they have college applications out of the way. There are so many helpful websites these days that have you fill out profiles so they can give you recommended scholarships that fit your description. I tell them to get a part-time job once they've been accepted to a college. Teachers often lighten the workload for second-semester seniors, which allows for a lot of downtime. They can save up spending money for school, which comes in handy when the dining hall gets old. Also, they may be able to work a shift or two whenever they're home, and some extended breaks offer too much free time that could easily be spent earning a paycheck. Also, I tell them to try and meet as many different people as they can at school, students and faculty. People evolve in college, and surrounding oneself with different lifestyles can help one find where they belong.


As difficult as college may seem and although you might think you will not have any time to do anything other than study, go to class, and MAYBE get to socialize, do not fret and never limit yourself simply because you think you are not capable. As I look back on my first semester, I see that I truly did have the time to invest in the extra-curricular activities I wanted to do and could have invested more of my time into my studies while still enjoying my social life. Procrastination only causes stress, weight gain from late night snacking, and zits from a growing lack of hygiene; all of which nobody wants, especially you. As pressing as it may seem to watch the latest episode of "House" or "Grey's Anatomy," reading your chemistry book or volunteering your time at an actual hospital is exponentially more important; I promise. Also, no matter what you decide to do, make sure you love it. Never join something simply because "all your friends are doing it," and throw yourself out there; make new friends in those other clubs. Most importantly, never doubt yourself and give everything your all.


I would tell myself to be more open minded about people. Since coming to college, I have learned that people have there own situations and backgrounds and that it is not fair to over judge people for their flaws. Also I would tell myself to remember that college is more than getting a degree for a good job; it is a chance to explore different subjects, live on your own, meet new people and many more. College is more of education for life. On the academic side, I would tell myself to learn to study and focus more, because while there is more free time in college, it requires more diligence and self learning.


The transition to college, I would tell my high school self, is unusual but do-able. Of course, college presents many temptations that do not exist in the 9-12 environment. Especially in a suite-style dorm like mine now, there are conversations, TV shows, and video games that you feel like you NEED to be a part of, though you have work to do. So, I would tell myself that it's NOT as easy as you think to get work done in the common room; find a nice, quiet place to knock out a bunch of work and avoid the multitasking that turns a 30-minute assignment into three hours. The library, specifically, makes it feel more like homework is your job, not just something in the way of TV, so you can focus better. Having said that, I would like to tell myself not to stress out about the workload that college courses carry. Yes, there is a bunch of work. But you have plenty of time to do it, plus nobody on your back about getting it done. College is overall very liberating compared to high school, and as a result, much more enjoyable.


If I had the opportunity go back and time to share what I?ve learned after my first semester of college, I?d advise myself to put more thought into where I applied. When applying to college, I spent a lot of time considering the reputation and ranking of the school overall, as opposed to examining the individual departments within the university. I wish someone had advised me to spend more time looking at the departments and classes relevant to the majors I was considering. That would?ve given me a more specific glimpse of the academic life at each school. I?d also advise myself to visit more colleges my senior year to personally witness the different dynamics of college life. After all, academics are only one dimension of the college experience. My time at college is also defined by the times I spend in out in the town, in the libraries, around the campus, and with the types of students that go there. Although I am content with my college choice, I would?ve applied to different colleges if I had this advice. My friends that didn?t enjoy their first semester could?ve used it as well.


I thought that I knew everything there was to know about everything, so I figured college was going to be easy. If I could give myself any advice my senior year it would definitely have to be to take more initiative in high school so that when I get to college I wouldn't get shell shocked. In high school, whenever there was deadline or any assignment due the teacher would give a nice reminder either verbally or written on the board. In college, at the beginning of the semester you are given a syllabus with due dates and very important information on it and that is it.There is no one "holding your hand" or "checking to make sure that you are doing the work on time." It was definitely a growing experience and it taught me to be more organized as well as taking the initiative when it comes to doing anything in life. If anything, my college experience so far has taught me that "If I reach for the stars, I will never fall short from the moon!!"


The overall mood throughout senior year among us upcoming graduates was all the same: we were sick of high school, sick of living at home, and way too excited to begin college as new people. ?College? implied so many wonderful things, which left no room for the negatives that we would all inevitably encounter as freshmen. Move-in day and the first week of college were new, exciting and overall very happy. The negatives didn?t arise until the novelty of college wore off, and the negatives arrived all too quickly. I don?t mean to say that college itself has been a negative experience, but it has taught me many valuable lessons.The most overlooked factor about college is the homework. During my first semester of college, I spent no less that two to three hours on homework daily- something that I never did in high school. This realization was nothing short of being thrown into a freezing pool of water, so the best advice I could have given myself or anyone else shortly before starting college is to mentally prepare for the intense amount of homework, but also for a wonderful life learning experience.


Stop worrying about what others think. If you live your life with an emphasis on how things will ?look on paper?, you will make hollow decisions! Even though, everyone else in your high school attends the universities in Florida, it doesn?t mean that they shouldn?t be considered. People from each state attend their respective universities because it is more economical. Don?t try to prove that you are better than them by attending an out-of-state university. Secondly, apply for more scholarships; don?t worry so much about the name of the school, as the form you?ll pay for it. The financial situation is dire three years from now. So attend the school that gives you the most money. As long as you have good grades, you will be accepted to great colleges, so don't stress the small things. There is one last thing you need to do. It doesn?t matter what university you attend. What matters is what you do when you are there. When you finally find your calling remember to be the best at it. As long as you are passionate, energetic, and doing something that you love, you will succeed!


If I could go back in time to give myself advice, I would tell myself to remember that people like me for who I am. My high-school-senior-self was very worried that it would be hard for him to make friends. I was going to the University of Virginia from Chicago, and I was not going to know a soul on campus. I worried that the person that I had been in high school would be unable to make friends at college. Also, I feared that I might not find other students who had a passion for the things that I did; music, theatre, and business. When I arrived at UVA, however, I found that I had nothing to fear. I made friends quickly with the guys in my dorm, many of whom had the same fears that I had. I found that people at UVA liked the same person that people in Chicago had liked. Finally, I was able to find clubs and activities right away that catered to my interests. It certainly was a relief! So if I could go back in time I would tell myself ot relax; you'll find good people everywhere.


As a high school senior I felt blocked in: limited by academic stereotypes, clicques, and class choices. I had heard stories of reinventing yourself in college, giving yourself a fresh slate. As nervous as I was about that, I would tell myself that it really is possible. I would say don't stress about the popular kids, at college you'll find your niche and a great group of friends. You will find that the valedictorian can fit in and that her intellect in the classroom does not hinder her social life at all. Don't be afraid to be yourself: that illusive over-used phrase that I have found to be true. I gave myself a fresh start my first year at college - and have since found friendships and happiness I could only have dreamed of in high school. I can accel in my studies without worrying about becoming a nerd because everyone here takes school seriously. And yet I also party with my friends, and nearly always have a lunch date with someone. College is really as good as you've heard, don't give up.


If I could go back in time as a college senior, I would initially make the college application more of a priority. I would focus less on the academic aspects of colleges and more on the social aspects. All colleges can give an individual a good education, its the other aspects that make the experience worthwhile. I would tell myself that the location of the University is very important in choosing where to attend. In reference to the transition between high school and college, the best advice I could give myself would be to spend more time studying for exams. In high school, tests and quizzes were expected weekly and were fairly simple. In college each exam is vital to one's GPA. This fact was stressed, but the point never got across. Finally, I would tell myself to join a club or organization and experience something new. Every university offers clubs with excitings focuses. I wish I had pushed myself to become involved in one and expand my interests.


Monica, You're about to go to college and I just want to tell you a few things. First off dont act like you know everything 'cause guess what you don't. Enjoy first year however second semester you will need to stay on top of everything. That semester is when your whole world will be changed...but for the better. When you enter college I can tell you, you will have no problems making friends and keeping them...that is except for one. But either way your life, and relationship with Josh will be stronger than ever. Dont be afriad to try new things and just be yourself people will love you for you. Between all the activies just make sure you have ample time to study spainsh and actually do it. Your time-management skills will always be on point, so dont worry about not having enough time, just worry about not wanting to do you work and having senioritist. Work on not being so introverited and try to make more of a sence at events. Oh and last thing make sure to save a lot of money for the oncoming years, I forsee an ecomonic crisis ahead.


Dear former senior self, You are about to embark on the exciting journey from high school to college. As your future self I will offer some advice to help make the transition smoother. There are certain areas that provide a challenge for you: advocacy, communication and managing workload. As a person with a physical disability, it is vitally important to perfect your advocacy and communication skills in order to make the most of the university experience. The main difference between educational opportunities in high school as opposed to college is that high schools care about your success and are required to provide adequate resources. In college, one must ask for the resources that will lead to your success, they are not automatically given to you. You must be your own advocate. There are certain steps you can take to prepare for this difference. One step is to take charge of your educational needs in high school by directly communicating with teachers while improving your communication skills. This skill will come in handy when it comes time to confront professors during office hours. Finally, the idiom, don?t bite off more than you can chew is great advice when entering college.


All through middle and high school, I was told that I was very smart. I was placed in all gifted classes and received wonderful grades. However, I didn't always feel that I worked very hard. Occasionally, I felt challenged, but the majority of the time, I did not feel this way. When I got to college, it only took a few low grades to realize that I now had to start working incredibly hard to earn decent grades, and that sometimes, even if I tried very hard, I would not always get a good grade in a class. I wish I had been able to better prepare myself for the fact that I am truly closer to an average student, rather than the genius student that I was always made up to be.


Hey Lauren, it's yourself as a First Year at the University of Virginia! Yepp, you made it to the school of your dreams. All of that hard work does pay off in the end. Now, the first couple of months of your senior year are basically going to suck! That old boyfriend isn't going to last very long though, the man of your dreams will finally ask you out, and he is a lot closer to you than you think. Then, you have to make it through that Physics Research Project you got yourself into. You'll get close to finding the density of pure dry ice, but what you'll really get out of it is that Physics isn't what your really cut out for. God has a bigger and better plan for you. In fact, He even tries to trick you up and offer you a scholarship for Physics at JMU, but don't fall into that trap and don't cry so much over the decision. It all works out in the end! And give Brooke a big hug before you leave, but don't worry. She won't forget her big sister!!


Everything you know is about to change. Your entire life is about to be uprooted and placed in a new, unfamiliar setting. Over the short period four years, you will find you have changed more than you have in your whole lifetime. Don't be afraid, because these four years are the best thing that will ever happened to you. Don't worry about holding on to things that you have been attached to all your life. These things will fade away and new ones will come to take their place. You will transition from the young high school kid into a grown man. This is a lot to happen in the span of four years, so be prepared. Dont hold back from new things. Be sure to find a few good friends and stick with them until the end. I guarantee these people will stay with you for the rest of your life. Learn something outside of school at least every week. Never be content with what you know. Most of all, be comfortable and confident in yourself and in the decisions you make. Only then can you learn to become who man you are truly meant to be.


To listen to myself and do what I want, take the classes that I want, and don't worry so much about requirements, etc.


The first thing i would tell myself is to take advantage of professor's office hours as well as teaching assistants. Establishing good relationships with these people is crucial to academic success and can provide one with so many opportunities as these are the people who give grades and write internship and scholarship recommendations. I waited almost an entire semester before I realized how much these relationsips could influence my academic experience. On a different note, I would also reassure myself that there is no reason to be nervous about meeting people and being social. No matter what, there will always be people around to talk to and simply be with. There are so many students at the university that it is always easy to find people who share common interests.


Learn to separate your schoolwork from the other aspects of your life. If you don't learn to do this, you will only cause yourself extra stress, and it will take away from your overall quality of life. Do not worry about your test grades once you have taken tests because worrying about them won't change anything. It is important, especially while adjusting to college to be on the lookout for lessons to be learned about life in general, not just academic lessons. I think you'll make it further in the long run if you learn as much as you can about life in general, and college is a great time and opportunity to do this. Overall, do not cause yourself more stress than you have to, try to learn from your failures without dwelling on them, do not hold unreal expectations for yourself, and stay true to your beliefs and morals as people will generally respect you for doing so.


Learn to be more outgoing. studying is time consuming, but a social life is important too. take the time to make a lot of friends freshman year.


Do not be pressured by your parents to go to this school simply because of the prestige, ranking, and practicality of the possibility of a career in business. This school is far too difficult for you to gain high marks in because of the disparity between the majority of the students' academic upbringing and yours. These students have a city mentality and you are from a town. You should go to a place that is much tighter knit and friendlier with a much more lower middle class atmosphere. Do not go here simply because the financial aid is so much higher than any other university. Do you really want to substitute money for your happiness? These people cannot begin to ever recognize where you come from. They will never understand how to be humble. Regardless of the friendliness they exude at the campus visits, there is a duplicitous coldness to these people that you should have picked up on immediately. You were never a math and science type of guy. You knew all along since you were a kid that you had talent in artistic endeavors that require a school with more artistic outlets. Regardless of this opportunity, choose wisely.


I wouldn't give myself any advice. I wouldn't want to change my experience at all, these have been the best two years of my life so far and I've loved every minute.


My time as a second-semester senior was full of apathy, in part because I was ready to graduate and head off to college. Part of my attitude, in retrospect, was fuelled by the idea that college would be always great and always perfect. Ultimately, college is a great place; I'm learning incredible things, making new friends, trying new things, and having a great experience. However, there have been bumps along the way, many of which I didn't anticipate when I was still in high school. People preparing to make the leap to college need to know this, because accepting this reality will make overcoming college's challenges much easier. When you hit tough times it's important to not lose track of the big picture. Other than that, it's easy to lose track of the fun you can have in college. Have some fun! Go out on a weekday night sometime and cause some chaos. You might not get another opportunity to have fun like this, because for many people graduating means heading off to the real world and a career-oriented environment.


To worry less about what college life will be like because the choices and opportunities are numerous - there is something here for everyone. To have fun, try new things and take each moment as something to learn from and appreciate.


just get through high school, and take as many college classes as possible cause they r much harder here


Do all of your work ahead of time!


For starters, don't start smoking. It's a bad habit, some girls don't like it, and it's going to become quite the expensive hobby. Don't hang out with people from work who are older than you-- you will have a lot more fun just spending time with your new college friends. Live with someone who goes to school your second year, not an immature high school friend. Take advantage of your advisor's and professors' office hours, and don't be afraid to ask to get into classes that are already full. Take the classes you want to take, even if the interfere with your work schedule. Think of school as a job that will pay you further down the road. If you miss a class or two, don't get depressed about it and stop going for the entire semester. Buy a laptop, not a desktop. Make use of the library or study lounge-- you won't get any work done in your dorm room. Lastly, don't sleep with your girlfriend's roommate the night she leaves for Christmas vacation. It might be fun at the time, but you'll pay for it later!


Finding the right college begins by doing your homework. Read up on the university you are thinking about attending. If a school states that it has 12,000 undergraduate students and that is overwhelming to you, then mark that school off your list. Once you have researched the school, VISIT. Universities tend to embellish when describing different aspects of university life on their websites, the only way to discover the truth is to go there yourself and talk to students. Finally, talk with financial aid counselors about the school?s policy. If you need money for school and they aren?t willing to give you any, then you should not be willing to give them the time of day. Keep a balanced schedule. Pick interesting classes and make sure to have at least one friend in a class, that way you can study together and have a great time doing so. Make sure to digress by joining a club that interests you. Finally, go to a party or two. College is the last time you will be able to be slightly wild and get away with it, so I advise you to take advantage, but do not go overboard.


Students and their parents need to keep in mind that there is not a single best college. Harvard may beat everyone else in rankings, but there are other things a college needs to be evaluated on. First of all, don't eliminate anything right away because of price. Instead decide what is the best choice, and then try to make the money work, with financial aid and everything. If it doesn't work, then you can try something else. When you start making a list of colleges, begin with a big list of colleges that have the type of program your intested in. Then narrow it down by thing that are important to you, like campus size or availability of extracurriculars, sports, community service, research opportunities, or social groups such as fraternities and sorrorities. By looking at all these criteria and doing some research, you can figure out which college is the best match for you. You should go from a big list down to a short list, and from that list you can make your final decision.


You get from the college experience what you put into it. If you are determined to make a difference, to make memories that will last a lifetime, to succeed in the present and in the future, you will.


For me, I knew I wanted to go to UVA because I cried when i read my acceptance letter. None of my other acceptances moved me in that way. In order to truly enjoy college life, become as involved as possible without overloading. I would also recommend attempting to get involved in the greek life on campus. If it isn't for you, you can always quit. The greek life truly introduces many ways to socialize and help the community.


Forget about name and prestige. Look for the college that suits your learning style (i.e. class size, academic or career focused, emphasis on seminar or lecture) and for the college that suits your social life.


The biggest mistake most of my friends made: many of them fell in love with a school taking a campus tour and decided that was their first choice and left it at that. THIS IS A BAD IDEA! To get a feel for what a school is REALLY like, take a campus tour but also stay a weekend with a friend or through a university program that assigns prospective students a room with current students for a weekend. Then the prospective student can get a feel for the kind of people he or she should expect to see at the school as well as the type of activities he or she would consider on the weekends (fraternity/sorority parties, hiking/camping, video games, intramural sports, etc). If the main weekend events do not appeal to the prospective student, that student should consider other schools. For example, those opposed to drinking should not attend Virginia Tech and those that plan on partying 7 days a week should not attend an academic powerhouse (like the University of Virginia =] ). Finally, everyone wants to go far away for college until they realize they miss home; and everyone will miss home at some point.


Find the school that has a decent program in the field of study the student wishes to pursue. Money should not be a hindrance to receiving an education, so seek out financial aid and scholarships either from the desired school or other financial aid programs. For the student, making most of the college experience means to trying out things that interest him/her in terms of academics and extracurricular activities and finding the right people to establish lifelong friendships with. Most importantly, it is important that the student overall remains positive about college life in general, which would facilitate making the most of it.


Go to the best possible school you can. Money issues are tough nowadays, but you have to look at school as an investment.


It's impossible to know until you've tried.


No matter what college you attend, you are the decider of whether you are happy or not. I never wanted to attend the University of Virginia. I hated the fact I was going there, but now I could not be any happier. All you need to be happy is some good friends- and that is what I found. Good friends can be found anywhere- whether in the Ivy League or at a community college. At the end of the day, they are who you will remember about your college experience, not your classes. So, don't worry, it will be okay no matter where you go to college.


Applying to colleges is stressful and emotional for both students and their parents. Even though during the process it's easy to believe that only one college could possibly be "the one", its important to keep an open mind about all schools you are considering. Visit your top choices, remember it can't hurt to apply, then re-visit the ones where you have been accepted. Pay attention to your emotional response to the college, but take it as one factor among many others in your decision. Once you have decided on a college get ready to take every advantage of the opportunities you'll get in the next four years! The first semester can be tough at any college, make sure to explore lots of different groups and try out for anything that intrests you. First semseter may not go as smoothly as you envisioned, but if you experience all you can of your college or university, you will find groups that 'click' for you! Good luck!!


In both finding the right college and making the most of your experience, I would say it is most important to keep an open mind. In the college search process you are definitely going to have to narrow your choices down but it is important that you do not rule out any school because of a statistic or ranking. You could find that the best fit for you may not be the most exclusive college and that is okay. Look for the school that plays to your academic interests, learning style, and has extracurriculars that you may want to explore. In college you will be presented with so many opportunities to participate in something you have never done. Although it may seem foreign or not right up your alley, try it! Try everything you can! You never know what you will have a knack for or what you will enjoy. Plus, by participating in new activities, you will meet many new people. The people are the most important part of college, so expanding your friendship circles will only lead to more fun, comfort and additional new experiences to enjoy and learn from.


I would say that it is a lot easier finding the colleges that fit you, than having to pick between two or three colleges. When it comes to the right college, I would start out by deciding if I want to stay in-state or out-of-state. After that, I would pick which region I would want to stay in, for example, east coast or west coast, even the states that I like. After that I would narrow it down by picking the colleges that meet my interest. If I have a major in mind, I would look at the colleges that have that major. When it comes down to picking between two or three colleges, make a pro and con list. This allows you to see the ups and downs of a school. When it comes to making the most of the college experience, relax. Don't stress out so much. Though college is hard, you have to figure out how to balance out your school work and your social life. It's good to have a planner; this can help you stay organized. Make sure to always put in time to have fun and hang with friends!


In the end, it is about comfort - go where you feel most comfortable and MAKE SURE you visit, preferably overnight, at a random time of year when there are not activities preplaned for you by the school.


Look for a campus and academic program that suits you and dont be intimidated to ask the professors questions.


Look for the school that will give you the most value for your money. Scholarships are always available. Study hard and stay focused because your GPA and employment prospects depend on it. Always make sure to use your alumni resources and network because it will prove invaluable after gradution.