University of Wisconsin-Parkside Top Questions

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


I would tell myself to focus on saving up my money so that i could afford college with ease. I would have also told my senior self to apply for colleges earlier so that I could have had more oppurtunites and preparation time for scholarships and other rewards. The last thing I would have told my senior self is to continue to work rigorously on my schoolwork and to continue to thrive and enjoy the actvities that I was already doing.


I would tell myself to not let the freedom of college get to my brain. And even if the classes seem easy to not skip any class days as many teachers have an attendance policy that after a certain number of absences, that student would have their grade dropped to a D for that semester. Above any other possible advice, I'd tell myself in the past to not let college work overwhelm them and keep their head cool so they don't waste a semester like I had done.


I would probably tell myself to do this on your and stay away from my stressful parents and file emanpation against them.


To go in prepared. Do not think any class is easy, even if it seems like it keep trying harder. Take advantage of the honor program. It does not matter what school you go to for your undergard but make sure you stay ahead so you can get accepted into a medical school. Also start doing scholarships early!


College is crucial in one's life as it builds character and prepares us to be well geared in our career. Education and higher level education is for everyone if you put your mind to it. Nothing is easily attained and so is college education. We work hard to attain everything and once hardwork is done, that phase is over and a great path for abundance of opportunities starts. College is never a drag because it opens your mind up and makes you well organized. Never sacrifice an education because when you slip by giving excuses, it is hard to convince yourself back into it. But when you do convince yourself to get back to college, doubts will arise and only the formidable ones will finish with much dedication. College life has a lot of distractions, but with utter most focus and dedication, you will get through it, and once you get through it, you have the rest of your life to travel, share your wisdom and party like there is no tomorrow. Never stop, keep on pursuing as education is crucial and knowledge is in abundance. Knowledge is power!


If I could go back in time and talk to myself while I was a high school senior I will tell myself strive to make all A's in every class. Your GPA is everything. Apply to as many colleges I can. I would recommend to take AP classes for my electives, start taking college courses at a community college and try to decide upon a major and stick to it. Make sure that I work towards gaining an Associates Degree and agree to continue on to a Bachelors and Masters. While I am in High School save every penny I can and have fun doing it. At no point in time do I ever fill out any applications for a credit card no matter what my circumstance. Look for a summer or part time job to save some cash for textbooks, clothing, school suplies, and create and emergency account that my does not have and ATM/Debit card. Start my Financial Aid application early decide, upon a school before April and add the school to your FAFSA before March and complete the application as well. Be sure to add work-study too.


My advice to myself would have been to try harder from freshman year all the way to senior year. I messed up freshman and sophomore year. I didn't care about school and definetaly wasn't thinking about college. By the time I finished high school I ended up with a 2.8 GPA because I messed up alot of my high school years. It narrowed my college catagories. I dont regret ending up at Parkside but I know there are other colleges out there. And because I didn't do too good in high school I had no chance of any schools offering me scholarships to go to there school. I'm stuck with loans im going to be paying off for a long time. If I could go back in time, I would've slapped myself in the face to told myself to get my act together instead of hanging out with friends you need to hit the books so you can get into college with lots of scholarships.


I am a returning student. I have an undergraduate degree and a law degree, I have practiced law and done other work, and I have a child. Despite the experiences I have had throughout the years, there are several things I regret not doing. So if I were able to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to take advantage of all opportunities that are presented in college. I would tell myself to join clubs and organizations, to travel during the summer, to attend talks and discussions with visitors to campus, and to take every opportunity for new experiences. During my first college experience, I concentrated primarily on getting top grades. While good grades are important and did help in my future career choices, they cannot substitute for the knowledge and experience to be gained outside the classroom. I don't regret any of the opportunities I took advantage of in college; the thing I regret is not taking advantage of more of those oportunities.


I would tell myself to slow down. I wanted to graduate so bad, move out on my own and call my own shots. But now I live on my own paying bills and I hate it. High school was my highlight of my life. I was so involved in leadership and sports, I took challenging classes but not to many of them. I wanted to enjoy my senior year, but not overwhelm myself. I wish i would of watched what I spent a little more and saved up, maybe should of taken an economic class, because I tend to struggle on my own. I wish i would have listened to my parents whne they said to save my money! So now I'm doing my best and I need so finacial help so I can continue school, and be successful in life.


To tell you the truth, I would do the same thing I did. I would not change one thing. I worked really hard through high school and was actually in the honor roll all four years. I decided to attend a community college right after because it gave me the opportunity to work and have some type of responsibility. Between working and taking classes at the community college, I managed my time great! I have a 3.78 GPA and I am a member of the Phi Theta Kappa. I have taken my job and my school seriously from the beginning . My goal is to transfer to George Mason University in the fall of 2012. All I need is a little hand with the financial part. I am so close to achieving my dreams! Just a little more to go!


I would tell myself to keep putting myself out there, and to not be so shy or reserved. Throughout high school, I've always been the quiet person that sits in the classroom and always does their work on time. I've also been the one to answer questions whenever the teacher asks for a student response. I ran for Senior class President last year and the only reason why I didn't win is because half of the Junior (now Senior class) didn't know who I was or anything. I've never wanted to bring attention to myself because most people at my school don't like me due to my lifestyle choice. If I could go back and do it all again, I would tell myself to not worry about what people think of me, and to just make myself known as a well-rounded, individual that doesn't care what people think of them no matter what.


Education directly effects your quality of life and lifestyle. A decent job out of high school is a paycheck to paycheck job at 20 years old. Work hard in school so that you don't have to work as hard to make ends meet.


Apply yourself to knowledge!!!! Not only would I give this advice to my former high school self, I am also a returning adult student who would like to instill the passion for learning within my children approaching the high school age. I often revisit the thought 'if I knew then.....’ with a conclusion that is always the same: knowledge is your personal key to a life of happiness. Therefore, apply yourself to learning and taking charge of your life, because when you do, your first steps into the real world will be that of an eagle flying high above the rest.


If I were a high school senior, I would say to myself "Prepare academically as much as you can". Even though college is the greatest experience and a step up to your education, everything changes. You are now treated as an adult. It is up to you to suceed and there is only one way to do it, dedication and balace are key elements. Never give up, there is always a solution to everything. Study, study, study! If you have a dream, never stop persuing it. However, don't forget that your family also need you. Good Luck!


If I could talk to myself as a senior student I would tell myself to be prepared to learn new things. First semester do your best because after that it becomes a trend, you're GPA depends on it. Take the classes that are required do not waste time on classes that may seem fun. Take classes that are beneficial. General course classes may seem annoying at first these may end up helping you pursue your interest and helping you decide what you really want to do the rest of your life. Gaining networking, social skills, an working on you emotional intelligence may be the most important thing you can do in college. Your future consist of talking to people no matter what career you are in. Gaining these abilities in college can save your career or actually help you build your career. Finally, have a group of close friends and family that will be there to support you in your decisions, that are there to hold you accountable for the consequences and are willing to borrow you money when you're broke. These are the real friends that will follow you for the rest of your life.


At University of Wisconsin Parkside I don’t feel like I have received the college experience but I know it is important to attend school and that is why i am transferring to University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in the fall of 2011. Milwaukee gives me more opportunity to rise to success. College has given me great responsibility and that is something that I will take with me for the rest of my life. It is important for me to attend college so I can be the change of tomorrow. College is important to me because I want to help people with me degree as a social worker. By going to college it will not only brighten my future but also brighten the future of others.


To sum it up in a few words. Here at my community college I have been able to experience college at it's fullest. I have been under the tutalage of acamdemically astounding prophesors. Here, new faces have become new aquaintences, if not good friends. Here I am able to get the education I need to successfully transfer to a four year university. Here I have been faced with the reality of facing the world with an education to succeed. Here is where I start. Here is where it has begun!


College has been the most incredible experience for me so far. It hasn't been easy to say the least but it has been extreamely rewarding. I have learned to be my own motivater, this has been the most difficult thing for me. There is no one to tell me to do my homework and I have realized that I am in control of my life. I'm in control of my futrue and I am the one who must lead myself in decisions and choose the directions I am going to take. It is an incredible sense of freedom and a very scary feeling. Not only has attending school been rewarding personally but also academically, I have had to push myself and budget my time and energy into different activities. I am very thankful that I have the opportunity and skills to be successful in college, I hope to expand and grow more in the next three and a half years and adapt to living alone and building a life of my own.


The single most important thing I have received from my college education experience is to value the learning process. I have come to love and value education and learning. I actually enjoy to grow and expand my knowledge in different area because I know in the process I am actually growing and expanding myself. I know the my education is key to me becoming a person of influence and affecting global change. Thats why the second most beneficial aspect of my college eperience has been a broadening world view. I have come to see the world and all it's cultures and civilizations through a completely different lense. I have such a greater understanding and appreciation for diversity and variety in every sphere of influence on our planet. Because of this I have even declared my majors to be Global Studies and History so that I might open myself up to greater opportunity to affect international change. I continue to be excited about my education and future all because of my college experience and education. I look forward to and fight for a continual expanding and growing of my charater through my remaining college years. Thank you for this opportunity!


My experience here at University of Wisconsin Parkside have been varied. I have attended some amazing and very beneficial classes but I have also had moments where I dreaded going to school. Parkside has opened my views on different topics and has exposed me to things I was not privy to at my private highschool. Parkside is very focused on groups such as sororities/fraturnities and others. There are many signs and postings encouraging safe sex and to drink wisely. I am glad Parkside is looking out for its students in that way but I often wish they would tone down the focus on groups and encourage academia more. Parkside is a good college to get your general education classes out of the way but I feel that it is not a good college to earn a degree from.


If I could talk to myself as a senior in high school I would tell myself that I should really follow my heart and continue looking past the in town school. I mean really listen to my heart and I would have know for sure a major plan that wouldn't leave me hanging and I would have the expierences I have always craved. I would tell myself to focus more on me to make the transistion smoother and not so much on the people in my life. People come and go but you have to be happy with yourself and what you are doing. I would tell myself to live. Just let go and live life to the fullest.


When you think of college, what comes to mind? PARTY! Right? Well, don't get me wrong, college is a party. It is a party everyday on a college campus. There are always events being held, clubs recruiting members, friends eating lunch together and packed sidewalks in between classes. There are plethora of opportunites when you go to college. But, if you think college is just a party, you're in for a big, big surprise. College requires in depth exploring, focusing on you and what you want to become in life. College requires research, searching for the best match for you. College requires applying, trying to find scholarships and grants to pay for the outgragous costs. College requires decisions, on where you'll live and who you'll live with. College is an exciting, yet important time in your life. I think the biggest mistake I made was procrastinating. I waited to do my exploring, I waited to do my research, I waited to apply, and I waited to make decisions. DO NOT WAIT! College is worth the time and effort! Your happiness and future depend on it.


I know you think that school is a waste of your time right now. I understand that you don't find any accomplishment in finishing high school, because as soon as you cross that bridge at graduation, you've got 6 more years ahead of you. What you don't see is that starting college is actually the start of your career. You want to get into the medical field immediately, but you're not willing to take the time to complete the schooling. There are always other options; you just need to take the time to look into them. If you want to start working in the hospital ASAP, you should take the phlebotomy course at Wheaton. It's time consuming, but you can make it work with your future job. You can switch to part-time, and you can apply for financial aid as a full-time student versus only part-time. You can also find a higher paying weekend job. I know you're always worried about money, so the last thing I want to say is that you'll be accepted for financial aid. If that isn't's ok to accept student loans.


If I could go back in time, I would tell myself to take class-assigned reading a lot more seriously. I was ill-prepared for all the book work that the professors assigned during my first semester of college because my high school did not stress learning from a book enough. I would also tell myself that it is okay to go up to a person in class and ask for their name just to become more aquainted with classmates and surroundings. In high school, I did not realize how easy it is to just strike up a conversation with another person. If I had known then I would have tried to make a lot more friends back at the time. Finally, I would have trained myself to study a lot earlier so that I could have had less stress learning how to study during college.


If I could go back in time and tell myself about everything I learned in my first year of college I would have to tell myself to take in every day for that day. Listen fully to your teachers and your upper classmates because that is where you will learn the most. Also, the time that you learn the most tends to be outside of class, studying and asking questions. Furthermore, I would tell myself to live at home because that is where my best support system is. When anything goes wrong, no matter how badly you screw up, that is where you will always find people who love and care about you and they will always forgive you. College life is not easy but it is a life changing experience for the better.


As a current college student, I would tell my high school seinor self to not be nervous or scared your first year. I would tell myself to listen to my high school teachers about me keeping my career goal on my mind all the time to keep me focused and that they have prepared me well for my future academics. I would also say to keep in mind that what ever I'll be learning is what will help me attain my specific career goal. The last thing I would tell myself would be to keep running to keep the stress at bay and to have a social life because if you don't mix it up once in a while, I'll get burnt out.


I would adivse myself that I do not need to join a lot of oragnizations because the school work will take up mmost of my free time. I would also adivse myself to make "me time" where i destress myself from school, work, and friends. to destress myself I would suggest going to the gym, relaxing somewhere quietly , or even going to an organization meeting. Do anyone of these things so O can keep my mind ready for the next round of studying but also not to over to do. I would tell myself that going to the first year experience meetings to learn how to handle the first year of college is very important to because they teach you to; manage time, destress, healthly living, and other important information for my first year. One of the most important things that I learned from those meeting was how to manage my time. I helped me a lot through this first semester. Knowing that in managing my time for the week I need to calcuate sleep, eating, commuting, homework, studing, and friends. I would have never calculated sleeping, or eating in my calcuations if not for the meeting I attended.


I would tell myself to relax, and not be so worried about starting college, its not the big bad wolf so many people make it out to be, but its not a cake walk either. You have to be confident and prepared, because it is still going to be tough if you want to do good. Always study your materials, and make sure you do not slack off. College is one of the biggest steps of your life, so messing up here can mess up the plans you have for your life. As long as you work hard, and give it your best, there is nothing more you can ask for yourself. Do not be too hard on yourself if you do poorly on just one quiz, just take it as a reminder that you just have to work harder for the next one. It is not as scary as people make it sound, so just be yourself, work hard, and have fun, and as long as you keep that in mind you'll do just fine.


If I could go back in time and give myself advice, I would tell myself to start earlier to look for scholarships and study more. Do not work so hard meaning do not work over 40 hours a week for a minimum wage job. Expand your expectations and rise to the top. Do not be afraid express yourself.


If i could go back in tie and give myself advice as a highschool senior it would be to be more involved in school and focused in class. I feel like I was not focused enough in class and i did not find the time to get help with things i didnt understand.


Focus on the subject that you truly love and that you have a passion for and this will help you in reaching your goals. Take as many college level courses as possible while still in high school as this will help you complete your undergraduate degree in less time.


I would tell myself that Parkside is an excellent school and I never thought that I could be so well adjusted and ready for my career (as a sophomore) as I am now.


College is what you make of it. Don't get upset if you don't go to what you thought your dream school was. You might find unexpected pleasures in a second choice.


try to go there a couple times before school starts


Parents should encourage their children to take their time to find out exactly what it is they want to do in life. The student must find what it is that motivates them and this should play into their college choice. Finding the right atmosphere is important to be able to focus. When choosing a college you may want to stir away from the wants and focus a little more on the needs. I would have liked to have gone to a bigger school in a huge city because it would have been fun, however I know that I would not be able to focus on what is important. So in a way, you should know yourself and your needs before making any decisions such as accomodating how much you have to work and knowing if you are better focused close or further away from your home town. Atmosphere is definetly key to aquiring a desired college experience because any college can offer one to anyone, but not every person is right for any college.


Talk to your kids and know what activities they are in


You only live once (depending on religion), but in this life you should do what you truely want to do. Choosing where you feel in your heart is what is best and no matter what a parent or peer says, it's still your life to live. They will get over it and you will be stronger from the decission that you make on your terms.


To go to the college you want, evenif it means tranfering.


I would tell them to tour the school and make sure they like what they see. Also, talk to the students that go there. Nobody can give you a better insight into what type of educational environment you will be entering then students that already are attending. Also, do some research. The first school you see may not always be the best choice. It's important to do some research to make sure that you are making the best choice for your future.


For parents and students trying to find the right college I would ask are they intrested in a 2 year or a 4 year? Do they want to take classes outside their major or do they want to go straight to their major? What is their learning style? Do they like big classes in a 200+ lecture hall, or do they like smaller classes where it is easier to interact with professors and ask questions. Do you know what your field of study is already? What have you heard about the schools you are looking at? How far are they looking to live from home. Do you want to stay and live at home or do they prefer to go out and have an adventure living on campus? Is sports a big factor for choosing a college? Are you intrested in playing on a varsity team, or do you just want to play for fun? Are you willing to make new friends, try new things and get involved? Find a few colleges that hold your intrests and go visit them. You could even shadow a student for a day. Have an open mind about applying and ask questions. Good luck!


For students to make most out of their college careers, it is critical for them to take advantage of what the university has to offer. Opportunities will come knocking every now and then, but for students fresh out of college - it is prudent for them to go looking. Independent study projects were offered through UW-Parkside's SEG Solution for Economic Growth Center and it was during one of those presentations, I was asked to come and interview at the company. I had interned at the company that summer full-time. Upon graduation, I was offered a full-time job. Learning in the classroom is important, but also getting real world experience is critical. I would advise students to become involved in these projects. After completing one project for the company, more and more students at UWP were being considered. Your college education is the effort and time you choose to put into it. Challenge yourself. Think about your future after college. It's just like driving. Not only should you be focused on the car in front of you, but also need to focus on the cars down the road to be prepared of what's ahead.


Know what programs you are interested in, even if you aren't sure precisely what you want to do. Pick three or four things that might interest you, and make sure to talk to students and faculty of those departments when you look at the school. Some schools may have two or three really excellent departments even if the rest of the school is mediocre. If those are departments you might like to take classes in, then you might consider that school even though the other departments aren't terrific. Don't cross out schools from your list just because overall it isn't the best. If you find a single department you love within a weaker school, it's worth suffering through unhelpful general education classes to get the in-depth coursework you want within your major.


Choose a college that has a reasonable number of students. You don't want to be overcrowded, but you want a lively social enviornment that enables you to get your degree while enjoying the whole process.


When looking for the right college for yourself or your son/daughter be sure you go visit all of your options. See what is right for you. All schools are different in size, diversity, and character. Be sure you find a school that fits you. Also make the most out of your college experience by meeting new people and being open to change. Everybody is different and has there own way of seeing things. I have made great friends here at UW-Parkside and it is because i opened up my arms to new people and people that i was similar to. When walking through school I almost always have someone to say hello to because i have met so many new people. So make the most out of your college experience by staying positive and open.


The most important factor to keep in mind when choosing the right school for your college experience is that you should always be true to yourself. If you went to high school in a small, rural town, a small, rural college may be the best choice for you. If you grew up in a big city, a big city college may be your best fit. Once you've narrowed down the schools you're interested in that offer the major you're pursuing, look at what school fits you the best personally. Disregard what schools your friends are attending, which schools your friends and family went to, and what you've heard from others about certain schools. At the end of the day, your college experience is just that. Yours. If you're not true to yourself and attend a school that doesn't fit who you are, you may not get the most out of your college experience. Be true to yourself and be prepared to soak up all of the college life that you possibly can. Those four or five years of your life will create memories that you'll remember for the rest of your life.


When considering the school that will be right for a student one of the things you should consider is the location and population of the school. Students have to think about rather they want to stay closer to home where they are familiar with the area or do they want to expand their horizon and move to a different environment to meet new people. Students must also consider the number of students that attend the college some colleges have large campuses where class room may hold up to 250 students and it may become overwelming at times to be on a large campus. Schools that may have smaller campuses have smallier clasroom sizes and student are able to intereact with the proffesors as well as other students. another important aspect to consider is diversity and extracirricular that are available on campus. Students will be able to get the most out of their college experience my meeting others that may be outside their race and joining clubs and activities where students can socilize and have a little fun. This gives them the opportunity to express themselves and make new friends.


Make sure you pick the school that meets all of your needs. Make sure the price of tuition for the college will provide with the best education. Think about location of the school. Make sure you take a tour of the school and ask questions. Does the college have your major/ interest?


Finding the right college is a matter of fully exploring your options. The college experience is a matter of exploring your options as well, so it's very important that the search for the right college 'fit' starts soon enough. Students and their families should seek out appropriate living arrangements as sleep and good 'home life' is necessary for optimum academic performance. Also, most importantly in the search for the right college is the correct academic program of study - the school being examined should have a strong program for the intended major. Finally, the student needs to make sure there are ample areas of involvement on campus that interest them - including sports, clubs, organizations, social groups or on campus jobs.


Figure out what you want to do and where you want to be before you jump in unresearched and unprepared and waste time and money. Some people are too young to do college right away.


Think about what you want out of the next four years of your life. If you do well at nearly any school, the years that follow those four should be wide open. When choosing a school, it is important to remember that not only will this be a place of learning for you, this is where you will live for the next four years of your life. Take everything into account: the weather, range of programs, class sizes, proximity to friends and family, facilities, etc. Any school may seem fun, but I realized after only one year at a "party school" that it wasn't for me. I moved to a school that is a better fit for me, and my entire life quality has gone up. Remember what is important to you when deciding on a school, and also remember that as you grow and change, so may your interests. That is why I feel it is so important to choose a school with a variety of programs. And lastly, I would advise to speak with as many current students and graduates as possible and ask them their specific opinions on the things that matter to you.