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


There are a lot of great instutions out there to fulfil an individual's needs. To find the right place for a prospective individual requires visiting the institution and seeing if it's a great fit. When I decided on my school, I found the area beautiful, the students friendly, and the education offered there was great. Additionally, in this day and age, with economic turmoil, it's advisable to find the best college for the cheapest price. There are a lot of great state-run schools out there offering as great an education as any private school for less than half the cost. I myself considered going to a private institution that had a lot to offer, but ultimately the cost was too much. With the institution I'm at now, I get basically everything that private school offered but at a cheaper rate, and it's a little bit closer to home. But if one falls in love with a certain university, don't let money be the roadblock. One should follow their heart and worry about the school loans later. Loans can easily be paid off with time and a career earned through collegiate education.


The only advice I can give is to make sure you find a school that offers things that work for you. Find something you like learning about and do it.


Make sure that when you visit a college you check out every aspect that would pertain to how you want to live your life at college. It is very helpful to ask random students some questions while you're visiting.


I would tell students to go and look at the campus. Make sure that it feels good to them when they are there and talk with random students walking around and see if they are friendly!


Do whats best for you not for anyone else! It's the students life, let them live it!!!


Make sure you tour a campus when there are students there. It gives you the right feel of what the university is like. Make sure you have an idea of what is very important and what isn't important in a potential school. If you don't CHOSE the right school, it isn't worth it. Make sure you find a healthy balance between social life and school work. I have seen many people (including myself) chose one over the other and suffer through grades or depression. You are not paying money to make friends but you aren't paying money to fall into a deep depression either.


Find a college where you feel comfortable, espeically with the location, facilities, and students. Make sure it has what you are interested in plus opportunities for you to experience new things as well. The most important thing about finding the right college is your comfort. To make the most of your college experiece, students should not only participate in things they like but take the time to experiece something new as well. A new class, club, sport, or group of people can be the most amazing thing to experiece in college. It can bring you new friends, new interests, and the msot amazing memories and perhaps lead you down a path you would never expect but could end up changing your life for the better. Even if doing new things can be out a student's comfort zone, it can be the most rewarding thing to do. There are so many ways to get involved and learn, take full advantage of these. Studing abroad, taking a school sponsored trip, or having a course that is held outside the normal classroom is a fun and excellent way to learn, not to mention make new friends.


Even though it may be scary, for your best interests, apply to multiple colleges and choose the one that feels right to you. Once you're there it helps to maintain connections with home, but it is important to spend time with other students and make new friends. College is much more enjoyable when you have people there to share it with and it starts to feel like home. Stay ahead of your homework; professors do not give extensions as readily as they did in high school. Because you are going more in depth than in high school, it is important that you take time to study. You're paying for your education, so you should try to get your money's worth by learning as much as you can, and taking advantage of what your school has to offer.


Finding a college that fits well is different for everyone. Some things to focus on are size, reputation, and available programs. Size is important because it may be too boring at a small school or overwhelming at a huge school. Reputation is also important, because similar candidates for jobs might be judged then on the quality of their school and picking a well respected university might be that defining factor in getting the better job after school. Available programs is another concern to have when choosing a university. The larger the variety of majors and minors the better, because many students change majors or minors and having a selection after the origional choice is good when changing a major. To make the most of the college experiance students need to have balance in their social life and courses. Courses should be chosen for relevance to career goals, as well as for a factor of challenge. Challenging oneself is the best way to grow as a student. In addition to school work , a social life is important. Having an active and healthy social life helps relieve the stress of school and allows students to be more constructive in class.


Don't look for a school based on where your friends/classmates are (or aren't) going, and don't be so concerned about fitting in socially. It is easy to lose yourself and your focus when you first get to college, but if you stay true to yourself and remember why you are at college, everything will fall into place the way it should. Also, don't get caught up in the idea of needing to be far away from home. Yes, it is nice to get away, but being part of any college community, no matter the distance from your hometown, allows you to experience the same freedom and independence you would get from a long-distance college. Make the most out of your college years, but don't forget why you are at college. No prospective employer is going to care about your social life or how many friends you had; they are going to care about how hard you worked at school and how involved you were in the community. They want to see what you can bring to their company.


Pick a college that fits YOU best. Don't worry about where your friends or boyfriend are going. I made that mistake, and realized that I needed to do what made me happy. Go where you feel most comfortable regardless if your best friend is going to be a million miles away because true friendships last forever; there is never an end. And chances are you will meet so many new, amazing people that grow to be best friends as well. Don't be afraid of challenging yourself, and don't let anyone talk you out of your dreams and aspirations because only you are capable of making them come true. Also, have fun in college, but always remember school work and future come first. Most importantly, get involved because not only do you build great connections and friendships, but it builds your resume. For those people who struggled with the commitments of college and weren't outstanding students, this is a time to start over, to clean the slate and show your real potential. Overall, just be the best you can be because college really is the beginning to your future.


Don't choose a school that is too large because smaller classrooms and one on one contact between professors and students is very important. Space for study and availability of resources for needs related to the classroom and living are equally important when choosing a University. Sometimes it's hard your first year but I made it through and many others did too. Let your child decide because a large amount of their life is spent here and the influences they experience that determine the rest of their lives so let them make a decision based upon what they want and not just what you think is best for them. I would suggest supporting them in any and all activities they wish to do whether it be volunteering, joining a club, or having an off campus job. The University of Wisconsin Eau Claire is amazing and I wouldn't trade a second of my experiences in college so I would recommend it to anyone because people are friendly here and it is beautiful and I've had the most fun of my life.


I would encourage them to look at different schools and see what the actuall campus looks like. Contact the University to take a tour and to meet with professors. Look around the web page and see what it is they have to offer in ways of campus activities, organizations, majors, and experiences. Don't settle for a college near home, often it is the experience of being on your own that makes you who you are. However, if you know you want your families support look for colleges that are in your area and that allow for somewhat easy trips home on weekends. Finally, go with your feelings. If you feel like you would fit in great at a certain college go for it; if it doesn't work out you can always transfer to a different college. Go for the experience.


To find the right college for incoming students you need to visit the campus and view in session classes. One of the most important decisions should be what you want to get out of your college career. If you are looking to meet very friendly people then you may want to choose a smaller school, if you are looking to learn more about different ethnicities then a larger school may be the best choice. The one thing that you may want to consider when choosing your college is the costs involved with attending that school. With the costs considered, after your first year you need to decide if this school has the degree and path you want to take in your life. Enjoy the time you have while in school, it will be the best time of your life. Life is short, so choose wisely.


Finding the right college all depends on what you want to study. If you want to study the sciences, then choose a school that has a great emphasis on science as an example. I chose Eau Claire because I knew it was a school that had great schools in business, science, and teaching. They were all things I considered pursuing. To make the most of your college experience, you should join an organization of some type. That is where you are going to meet your friends and where you will find yourself or your identity. I joined an organizaiton called Campus Crusade for Christ. It was a Christian organization where I met great people and grew tremendously. My best friends came from that organization and it was great to help out the freshmen every year, much like they did for me.


To parents or students trying to find the right college I would say to you that, you need to find some where that you will be confortable on campus. You also have to find activities that you will enjoy on campus, the worst thing to do is to just sit around in your dorm all four years. You are there to learn but also remember to have fun and enjoy the time you have that you can still be a kid at heart.


First I would tell them to research. That was my biggest mistake. I just chose a school that looked good on paper, eventhough it was a great school I didn't like it there so I transfered. Also tour the campus and get a feel for what it will be like to go to school here and if it fits your likes and dislikes. For example do you like the city or do you want a more rural campus. Also make sure that the school offers the major that you are interested in. If you can't decide on a major make sure that have an abundant selection so that you will have many to choose from. Meet with a advisor, if they can't help you decide on schools then how are they going to help you pick out classes or even a major.


Don't go to a school because somebody else. Go because you got the right feeling about that place. Also keep in mind what you can afford financially, but don't make that your deciding factor. Everybody takes out loans, just go where you feel most comfortable. It's a gut feeling, you'll know when you feel it. Don't worry.


Even though money can be an issue, take out whatever loans are necessary to go to the college that you want to because that will make all the difference. Take out loans to travel during college because you won't have the time to do so once you graduate and start working. You will have the rest of your life to work and pay off loans; you might as well enjoy the time while you have it. Also if things aren't what you expected after the first semester, don't be afraid to look at other options such as changing a major or transferring to another school. If you stay and don't like the college or your major, you will just be hurting yourself.


I would tell them not only to consider the difficulty of getting in, and how many people get rejected, but to actually look closely at what the college itself prides itself on. Dig in deep, sometimes schools will have a large umbrella department that seems to cover everything that one perhaps may want to pursue, but when it's actually broken down, the one part of that department you liked may be missing. Freshman year is almost always a life changing experience, i recommend not living with friends the first year. Of course hanging out with them is fine, but branching out is the greatest thing to do. If there is no reaching out, then a large part of the diverse college experience is lost, and could potentially be similar to something like an extension of high school. Skipping class is a newfound experience too, and it took me a good amount of time to actually let it dawn upon me what everybody said to me constantly, "You are there to learn, that is your only goal." Losing track of your priorities can happen easily, make sure you are able to say no to a good amount of tempting offers.


Travel to all of the campuses you're interested in. It is very easy to feel if the campus just isn't right for you, or isn't a place you can see yourself living for the next 4 plus years. Also try to make sure the school offers the programs you're interrested in. If you're sure you know what you would like to study, choose a school that is known to specialize. If you're not sure, choose a schoose that offers a large variety of programs.


My advice to anybody looking to choose their perfect college would be to make sure that you visit at least two different schools. When you visit different campus's you are able to compare their characteristics (big vs small, public vs private, etc.) to one another based on your own wants/needs. Also, look into the program of your interest at each of the colleges. And if possible visit a friend you may know at each college you are thinking of so that you can try the food, and get a feel for the dorms; both the food and the dorms are different at each school. In order to make the most out of your college experience my suggestions would be to get involved, I know that everyone says it but I would just like to stress the importance of it. Extra-curriculars is a great way of getting to know new people who are interested in the same things, and it is also something you can add to your resume.


Do not pick a college soley on major or reputation. A campus and surrounding city must also make a student comfortable, like it is a place where they belong. The town should have activities and oppurtunities that cater to the students interests, as well as the campus being a place where they want to be. Knowing about events, meetings, and intramurals are amazing ways to network and meet people, so knowing if the school has many events and clubs for students is also a good thermometer. School is the priority, but having alternatives and leisurely breaks that you can look forward too help ease the stress and tension of student life.


Visit!!! If a campus feels right for you, it probably is.


Follow your gut instinct. The rest will work itself out. I did not know a whole lot about what I wanted, expected, needed in a school upon graduating from high school. After looking into a couple of differnt campuses around Wisconsin, something just felt right about Eau Claire. If I said that I knew it would be the size of the campus, culture of the student/faculty environment, unity with the campus upon attending UWEC my first semester it would be a lie. However, as soon as I got through those first awkward semesters, and got my head around what I was doing and how no one was going to do it for me, things started to fall into place. If you follow your instinct in picking a school, and then just take it upon yourself to seek out what you need for happiness and success, you will be in excellent shape.


Visit the college!! Don't just assume it's going to fit you.


I have some important information about college that everyone should know. Let me share with you some lesser talked about wisdom concerning Universities and how to chose and how thrive at a college once you get there. First, I want to give some background information about my self. In high school I was what many people liked to refer as a "Jock;" I played three sports for four years and academics were not important. Since then I have decided to focus on a more well balanced array of activities. In fact, recently I was elected the Student Body President of my University in one of the most highly contested elections ever. I never would have thought that the decision to run for president would be the best decision of my life, thus far. So how did my life change so drastically? Simple, I chose a university that fit what I was looking for. For me when I got to campus it felt like home. This is my advice to prospective students: take hard classes, challenge yourselves in everything, always go for it, and enjoy it. It might just change your life--but only if you want it to.


No matter where you go, choosing college is going to be over-whelming. But, taking campus tours are a great way to get a good feel for a school. Before taking a tour, however, it's important to have a set list of what you personally are looking for. Most colleges will try to entice you and turn any negative aspects about the school into positives. So, it's important to really listen to the information being fed to you. I encourage you to interact with students who are on the campus because it will really help you feel out the overall vibe of the school. Although it's easier said than done, to make the most of your college experience, work hard and play hard. It's important to stay focused and you education goals in mind, however, it's just as important to get involved! Joining some group or club on campus will really help you get comfortable with your new home and the people you meet will probably be a huge factor to your success in the future.


Although it may be hard for parents to let go, they need to let their child choose which school their child wants to honestly go to. It is very important for a student to feel comfortable at their choice of school. It should not be because it's where their parents wanted them to go. If they choose their own school, it will be much more likely for them to feel comfortable and be their own person. Friends, studying and career options will be smoother knowing that parents are there to back up their child's choice of schooling.


Oone suggestion I would give is to request to stay on campus for a weekend. Many colleges will accomadate this, and I feel that is a great way you will know what that particular college atmoshpere is like. If this is not possible, try to visit the college when school is in session, and possibly sit in on a lecture. Ask lots of questions on your tour, and go with the college that feels right for you. Attending college is a special time when you will not only expand your mind and prepare for your future career, but also a time when you will form life-long friendships. Do well in your classes, but take time out for yourself. Attend campus concerts, plays, or special forum events. Get involved in an organization or intramural sport. Hang out with friends on the weeknd, order a pizza at 2 in the morning. In other words, don't forget to have some fun too.


Oftentimes, college really has nothing to do with the location. Stop stressing about where you kid could end up and just end them away. Either way, it's how you raised them that's going to dictate how they pursue their career, education and social life. Money doesn't always factor in either. You could send them to ivy league or public. There's a good chance that their education will wind up similar.


Make sure you visit the campuses you are looking at, and talk to students who attend the college you are looking at in the major(s) you are condidering.


Just have fun


Make an appointment to do an on campus tour and really research your options before choosing the right school for you.


Check out everything that a college has to offer and also learn from people you know and don't know about the college as well.


The best way to find the right college for you is to visit the college in person. Once you get there, look around and simply ask yourself 'Can I see myself here?'. If you can, you are on the right track. Find out everything you can about the college and then just go with your gut. If it doesn't feel right, it probably isn't right. Once you have found that college, jump right in. Join an organization that might be a little out of your comfort zone, and find another that involves something you know you love. That way you push yourself and your boundries, but are able to make friends with similar interests. Who knows, you could fall in love with the group you were a bit wary of!


I would tell parents and/or students who are trying to find the right college that they should look for a college that makes them feel at home, even though they are away from home. It is important to plan campus visits, that way you can get a feel for the campus and maybe even sit in on a lecture. You can also ask questions or voice concerns that you may have. When it comes to making the most out of your college experience, I would tell students to get involved, especially during your first few weeks. The beginning of the school year is a very critical time for new students because in a way it can outline the rest of the year for you. You should try to meet as many people as you can and take advantage of the groups and activities that your school has to offer. The more outgoing you are during orientation and your first weeks of school, the better off the rest of your year will go.


There will always be doubts about whether or not you will be at the right place at the right time in college. Get to know your professors, ask them about their opinion of school and how they got where they did. Talk to your advisor. The booklet they give you to look up classes for your major is incredibly boring but you need to explore it early. dont drink just to put the pictures online later or prove you are cool. there are two truth serums; sodium penathol and alcohol. The latter more acessable and illegal based on your age. Join an extracurricular even if your not that interested it the activity, just to meet people. Don't just hang around in your dorm, go visit other dorms. Email and talk to your professors and classmates whenever, even if you think it may not be necessary. Leave your door open often to get to know strangers, youll be living with them for a year. The sooner you decide what you want to do, the closer relationships you will form with important people. Read up on colleges online and the transfer programs to make sure you have the right one.