Valdosta State University Top Questions

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

Danielle

When deciding what college to attend, students should make sure, first and foremost, that the school they want to attend is just that: the school THEY want to attend. I've met people who have attended universities just because their friends are attending the same school. Later they realize that although the school provides them with what they need socially, it does not provide them with what they need academically. There's nothing wrong with wanting to be near your high school friends. After all, college can be a scary place, especially if you do not know anyone attending the school. However, research, visit and talk to others who are attending or have attended the school in order for you to make the best overall decision for you and your future.

Timothy

Make sure you get to know the teachers that are teaching your major before you go to school. They are the ones that you will be with for four years, you do not want to regret picking the right school but the wrong teachers. Never forget to ask about teacher evaluations, they are very important, not all schools have them.

Joshua

Parents and students should be involved in the finding the right college together. There are a lot of factors to consider and it takes both the student's desires and parents' expectation to find the right fit. Also, this process should be started early in order to allow time for adequate research. Visit the campuses you are interested in. You may find a deciding factor while visiting.

Kristina

Parents helping their children find the right university need to look at three essential elements for college. First, meet with the teachers and go to Parent's Day. Here you can assess if the professors are open minded and critical thinkers. You really want your kids to learn, not just skate by. Second, clubs and organizations need to be checked out. This is a great way to become a well rounded individual and really interact with new and diverse people. Third, internships and/or international studies is a must. If you or your family is financially endowed, interning or studying abroad is a fantastic way to get ready for your career and to see the world around you first hand! My school also has great financial aid packages, so it's easy for kids without a lot of money to do these things and experience the world. The bottom line is go to a university that's free thinking, diverse, and helpful. And don't forget to have a little fun along the way.

Iliana

Knowing who you are including your limits, goals, and anxieties is the best advice I could give to upcoming students. They need to be able to control themselves in a new environment and make the best decision according to their beliefs, ideas, and who they want to be affiliated with. Every school has a reputation, and as the saying goes "birds of a feather flock together." So if they choose a college that has a reputation of being party school, they will most likely party. If the school is known for being tough on academic standards and the student chooses it, then they already know what to expect. Knowing who you are is very important in selecting a college.

Ashley

Choose a school that has the best surroundings and atmosphere that makes you feel comfortable because the school you choose will be your new home away from home. As for making the best out your college experience, try to get involved with the school and/or community. Go to college with an open mind and try to meet as many different people as you can. Remember to find the balance between your academic and social life. Don't forget why you're in college and what you're goals are. And most importantly, try to have fun!

Sophie

Make sure you seriously think about where you want to attend school, this will be where you live for the next four years of your life. Make sure you visit EVERY perspective school more than once. Spend the night. Ask questions to current students. Do lot's of research. Maybe even try sitting in on a class and see if you can imagine youself there. A lot of campuses require freshman to live in the dorms. Make sure you choose a school where you like the dorms. You don't want to be miserable away from home just because of the dorms. If you find out you will be living with another person, see if your school offers a roommate search, and search long and hard until you find the perfect roommate. If you know you will get homesick, make sure you choose a school that's not too far from home. When you start school, join as many groups and get as involved as possible. The more friends you have the more at home you will feel. Make sure you don't let social activites get in the way of school work! It will try to suck you in!

Rebecca

The best advice I have for new students is to become as involved as possible on campus. The more groups/organizations you involve yourself in, the more people you will meet and the more fun you will have. College is only as fun as you make. I would advice parents to always encourage their student to follow their first instincts on what they want to do. Also, always stay completely organized with school work, therefore equalling more time for FUN!!!

Paige

You and you son/ daughter should definately visit the school. They will know if they fit there or not. They should research things to do on campus and off. More importantly, they need to form their own opinions about the school and not listen to others. Don't follow friends or a boyfriend or girlfriend, go somewhere they like and they enjoy.

Allison

Some advice I would give to students and their parents is to look at all different types of colleges and try to visit your top three choices.

Cedric

the adivice i would give students in choosing what college to attend is follow your heart. Don't let anyone decided what is right for you.make sure that the school you attend is known for having excellent number of graduates in your major. As far ask making the most of your college experience you need to know that college will be the best time of your life, so soak it all in. Do not forget what you came to college for and that was to get your degree, so you can learn to be sucessful in life. Without that education life is hard so do you best.

Crystal

I would tell any parents and/or students in search of the right college to take their time and learn everything that they can about a school before making a choice. Transfering is an option if things do not work out, but it could cost you more money than you intended. Look for activites or programs that the student is interested in or would like to be involved in to enhance their college experience. Make sure that the school does offer the student's intended major(s)/minor(s). The parent should research the community for safety, its relationship with the students and faculty of the school. Parents should also take the tour with their student(s) to get all of the info they may need to make a choice. And of course, research all of the expenses that go with their desired school. Compare prices, bargain shop. Get your money's worth and enjoy the experience. Have fun finding out more about yourself and who you are. And don't ever procrastinate, ever. Study groups/partners and academic centers are there to help you. Take advantage of all of your resources.

April

I think finding the right college is about finding a school that will allow you to explore possibilities for you as a person. College is just as much about the experience as it is the education. The things you learn while in college make you who you are. You need to attend a college that will let you be yourself but also let you do things that will enrich your character, open your eyes and grow into who you were meant to be. Making the most of your college experience is being involved. When the school you attend has a lot of opportunities to be involved in the school and the community, you gain experience, memories and friends. Meeting new and different people is one of the best parts of college. All of your college experiences give you a new way to look at life and the opportunity to learn all that you can from it.

Jessica

For future parents and students wanting to make most of their college experience including finding the right college, I could say, to look at all your options. If the student is used to larger or smaller classes, one needs to plan accordingly. For a student that wants a decent sized college with a booming town, but still a down home southern charm and hospitallity, I would say look over Valdosta State University. For partents and students looking for cheaper costs, try going to a 2 year community college first, then attending a larger university. This saves thousands of dollars, and introduces the student to a college environment without to much of a shock factor. By the time the student is entering a larger university, they have matured and are ready to handle whatever college life may throw at them. Also, talk to a colleges financial department for information on studnet loans, and monies out there to help the student. The last thing you want is your student to begin a new life in the work force, several thousands of dollars indept. Again Valdosta State University offers many wonderful qualities and I would advise anyone to explore the possibilities.

Kevin

To parents: make sure your child chooses the right college to fit their needs/values. tour the college before you enroll and take part in some of the events in order to get a feel of that school's atmosphere. Kids, have fun and dont worry! After a week you begin to feel very comfortable and you WILL meet all sorts of generous people.

Kaylane

Go because you (the student) wants to... not because the parents or anyone else wants you to. Have fun and live it up!!

Janelle

Make sure the schol is best for the student, not the mother or father. Make sur when chooseing you can see yourself shining there!!!!!..... Good Luck

Caleb

Take time to visit campuses before you pick one out. Many times, a student thinks that he or she wants to go to a certain college, but when they visit it, they do not like it. Always make sure to pick a college that fits you. Some people like big campuses, some small. Just do not make rash decisions or decisions based on what your friends think you should do. And don't let your parents decide. Decide for yourself...within reason. To make the most out of your college experience, be willing to get out of your comfort zone and meet some new people. That is probably the hardest part of college. In my opinion, get involved with some sort of organization to make the most of it. This will help you identify and make friends with the same interests. Do not just wait around for people to find you...go find them. The friends that you make in college are your friends for life. So make the most of your experience and don't waste it. Make sure you study though. That's really important. Studying comes first. Make a balance with socializing and studying.

Derrick

Sometimes, we don't all get accepted into the schools that we really want to attend but that's not always bad. Yea Harvard, UGA, Yale, and others are seen as the best schools to attend but there are other colleges that are just as good. Schools sometimes get overlooked because they aren't always up for display on television. We should give some things in a life a chance before we make our impressions of them. It takes some time but if you are willing to give it a chance I promise that you will find aspects of the nature that weren't realized at first. It helps us to better appreciate things. I am speaking from experience because I too felt this way.

Jennifer

Many students base their college choice on how popular the school is, or their athletic department. My advice is this: think of what you really want and ask questions to people you know that attend those schools. Then see which actually fits in your requirements, disregard any preconceived thoughts you may have or what your friends want you to do. Make the choice for you.

Carissa

When finding the right college, I would find schools with strong programs that are closely related to your major. If you have not decided on your major, then I would find a school that you will feel comfortable in, until you've found what you are looking for. Financial aid is critical in college, especially freshman year; so do in-state if you don't have a full schlarship to an out-of-state school. Once you are in college, freshman year is going to make or break you. Don't get off guard by the partying or being away from home. You should really take advantage of the easy core classes, because once you get into your major, your social life is going to cut in half. The best advice to give to future students is to remember that college is not a race!!! If you change majors or you are a year behind from graduating in four years, it is o.k.. My philosophy is that there is always someone older than you in your class. As long as you finish with a degree and have a good college experience, time doesn't matter.

Jessica

Ask senior students about the school not freshman.

Rhonda

Before choosing a college I think it's important to decide what factors are the most important to you. It varies from person to person. Whether it's location, cost, academic programs, or even social life, it's a good idea to make a list of what you would prefer. I think before you choose a college, students and their parents should visit the school together and decide if it the right choice for them. Even though there are brochures, things can look a lot different in person. Once you choose your college, it's important to get the best education you are paying for. My best advice is to be involved. This includes in your classroom, at your school, and in your community. College is where you learn about yourself and what you're passionate about as well as what you enjoy. Another good tip is to never be afraid to ask for help. There are numerous resources on campus to help you with all types of problems, either academically or personally. Your college experience will be one of the most exciting and memorable experiences in your life, so be sure to enjoy every minute of it.

Jaliece

I believe that the right college for a person depends on that person. A good college would be where you have a name, not just another face in the crowd. Where the professors try to actually help you, not just give the lesson and go on with their day. To make the most out of a college experience is not the amount of parties that you can go to and still pass class, but to make sure your friends care about you because of you and not because of what you have.

Liz

parents to make sure that you support your children and tell them they can do it. and students make sure u put school first and get put there and be social.

Brandy

Make sure you research the area around the college to see what all there is to offer. Is the area known as a "party town" or is it usually pretty calm? Look into what kind of jobs are avaliable if your going to need to work while taking classes. The bigger the area, the more jobs that are avaliable. It really just depends on the person and what they are looking for. Also look into the scholarships and financial aid that is offered by the school.

Christi

Find the college that will give you the best in your major. Find a place that is able to provide you with financial aid if needed. Also find a college where the classes are not too big because the professors are able to focus on each individual student better. Go out and have fun but not to much because college is not just where you learn from books it is also where you learn long life lessons and grow into the person you want to be. Find some where that you feel comfortable being and that you can see yourself staying for your four years. Also pick a college with alot of community service activities.

Bailey

In finding the right college, there are many things that you should look into. First of all, if you know what your intended major is, then that should be a factor as to where you go. For example, VSU has the number one ranked Communication Disorders program and since that?s my major, it was definitely something to look into. Also, I feel that you need to look at the town itself and see if there are activities that you can participate in and see the number of available places to work and live. Parents should look at expenses and a school's record to see whether it seems suitable for his or her child. Students should look into everything because they are the ones that are going to living there. Make sure the school has a sport you're interested in, a local church that?s inviting, or even learn about Greek life. Take every little detail into consideration and good luck!

Arthur

I would tell parents and students alike to ask different students around campus about what they think about the school, and specifically about whatever interest the inquiring student has. I would make sure that I ask a variety of students maybe about 5 or 6 and definitely talk to someone that is majoring in my anticipated field of study.

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