Valparaiso, IN
Valparaiso University


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

Never give up in your dreams no matter what. All your efforts will be worth it. The way some times will be hard, but you mus...

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

Never give up in your dreams no matter what. All your efforts will be worth it. The way some times will be hard, but you must keep trying, and you will see at the end the light shine. You will remeber those days were you didn't want to continue, the tons of homework, but you will say I did it. I am here and I deserve this.

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

Dear High School Self, Entering a large university from a small town is going to be a HUGE transition. Although it is an exc...

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

Dear High School Self, Entering a large university from a small town is going to be a HUGE transition. Although it is an exciting new adventure, you are paying the university to learn and receive the degree of your dreams. Do not put your social life above your classwork. Yes, you are there for four years and have time to build up your GPA, but if you start out unfocused and do not work hard to keep a solid GPA, it will only be harder to raise in your future coursework. Not having a solid grade point will only cause headaches when you are trying to apply to the program of your choice. There are plethora of bright students in the world who are given the opportunity of a lifetime when accepted into a prestigious university; you want to stand out from these students working towards the same goals and not take for granted your. You only have four years to prove yourself, so make your time and money well worth it. Starting off on the right foot your first year will only make your climb to the top easier for your future decisions.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The worst thing about Valparaiso is the town itself. This is a small town atmosphere and people are very conservative. Coming from a large school in Michigan, I am used to people who are open to many different ideas, clothing, music, and activities. Valparaiso is a town that sticks to their roots and the people within do not live outside of their means.

What kind of person should attend this school?

The program I am enrolled in at Valparaiso University is an Accelerated Nursing program. This is an intense program that lasts a year. Attending this school requires great dedication to one's school work. This is an expensive school in which hardwork is required to be successful if you want to make your education worth the money. Valparaiso is located in a small town, so a person should enjoy a small school atmosphere.

Rebekah
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Valparaiso University was a wonderful place to learn and grow, and my time there was priceless.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Valparaiso University was a wonderful place to learn and grow, and my time there was priceless.

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

Don't sweat the small stuff. Take more time to read from independent sources, ie for fun not just academic. Early reading habits help with long term study and reading habits.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone that is mentally ill that can cause harm and danger to students and faculty.

Sarah
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Valparaiso University is a great school to thrive academically and meet life-long friends.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Valparaiso University is a great school to thrive academically and meet life-long friends.

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

Making the transition to college is a milestone in one's life. You are leaving everything you have ever known to begin a new chapter in your life. While I am quite satisfied with my choice of attending Valparaiso University, there are some things that I wish someone would have told me in high school before I moved away to college. First of all, studying for college exams is completely different than high school courses. If you want to succeed you have to budget your time wisely and study for days if you want that A. The material is presented more quickly than it was in high school, so be prepared to learn on your own outside of class. Another piece of advice I would have liked to here in high school was making new friends takes time. In movies, college students are perceived as meeting new best friends within the first week. While I have met some great people here, it did not happen over night. You have to be patient, and before you know it, youll have great people to hang out with. Lastly, enjoy these four years because it is a completely unique experience unlike anything else.

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

I wish I would have known the limited variety of classes in the science department.

Kelley
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

My school is a small, acidemically based, kind comunity, and most of all fun.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

My school is a small, acidemically based, kind comunity, and most of all fun.

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

I would Tell my self not to stress out as much as I did. I was really worried about balancing track and school. I would also tell myself to have more fun. You only have 4 years of college and even though I was busy, I could have had more movie nights or more times where I hung out with my friends. I would also tell myslef to get involved with a few more things on campus. Valparaiso University is a small campus so it is really easy to get to know everyone and I feel like if I got involeved with more things I would have meet a lot more new people.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

I think the most frustrating thing about my school is sometimes I have to take a lab that goes through my practice time. It can sometimes be hard to schedule my classes and labs at a time that makes it able for me to go to all my practices.

Lauren
Describe the students at your school.

Some of my freinds are also my classmates. There is some diversity in the students in my classes last semester.

Describe the students at your school.

Some of my freinds are also my classmates. There is some diversity in the students in my classes last semester.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

I chose Valparaiso University because it felt like the right place for me to be. It is a beautiful campus. And something that I think is unique (though I hope that it is like this at every school) is that just about everyone will hold the door for everyone else on campus.

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

I would give myself the advice to always plan ahead, to start homework early, and to get on a regular sleeping schedule. I would advise myself to read all the books too. I would tell myself that your beliefs will be challenged, but you need to stand strong in your beliefs (as not to change), but to have an open mind for those who have different beliefs than you. I feel that I made this transition into being more open-minded my freshman year of college. I would give myself the advice to not pick a roommate when I went to summer orientation, or if I did, to make sure to fill out the roommate agreement when getting on campus.

Megan
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are very compassionate, welcoming, and we all truly have a great sense of school pride, that can be seen at man...

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are very compassionate, welcoming, and we all truly have a great sense of school pride, that can be seen at many of the crusader sporting events.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The unity that is experienced between all the students on campus is suomething that set Valparaiso University apart for other colleges and universities in my eyes. This feeling is achieved by the living and the dining arrangments.

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

There is nothing that would have made me change my mind about my chosen university. There is some advice that I would give myself about making the transition though. I think that if I could go back in time I would make sure to try and develop myself as person who can get by with solely relying on myself; at college you won't necessarily have your high school friends with you, in my case I didn't, and you don't have your parents either. In college you have to learn how to get by without a lot of direct support from others at certain times. I personally was not a person who did overnight camps, and I think that the experience of overnight camps would give someone a taste of the college life in the sense of independence. I would also tell myself that I had truly never experienced studying hard for a test in high school; the amount of time that a student needs to put into their school work compared to high school is unbelievably more. The biggest adjustment for me was the amount of time and independence that I had.

Adrieanna
Describe the students at your school.

The classmates typically lead the conversation with guidance from the professors so it is more personalized, more independent...

Describe the students at your school.

The classmates typically lead the conversation with guidance from the professors so it is more personalized, more independent, though by no means are the students left to wonder idly; the content of the conversation always seek to capitalize on the presented knowledge and offer alternative perspectives. They tend to help in the case you miss a class or two here and there with in-depth and insightful notes.

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

I've always worked full time during high school, and throughout the summer; it was the mark to show I was great at multitasking. I kept great grades, maintained the honor roll, and did well on SAT, ACT, and all other major tests during that year. Yet, I would always make myself aware the workload is different, as well as expectations and approach. I've always been an independent worker, but it is different when you don't have that constant reminder or buffer in the case YOU JUST FORGOT or you JUST DIDN'T HAVE TIME. I hardly got sick, but when I did it was a luxury. Now...it's more of a hassel. I would tell ANYONE to make sure they are prioritizing and know where their time is going.

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

There isn't much. The school made exceptional efforts to allow the student understanding of what to be expected, and what is expected of them.

Lucas
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

They are probably best known for Bryce Drew ( the basketball coach ) making a buzzer-beater in the NCAA tournament when he pl...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

They are probably best known for Bryce Drew ( the basketball coach ) making a buzzer-beater in the NCAA tournament when he played here. They are also well know for being in the Horizion League and being a very good engineering and nursing school

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

This school is unique because it has the feel of a division I sports school but is small and also has to feel of a littler school. It is kind of like it has the best of both worlds. It is also individually focused since it is a smaller school.

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

Don't stress out over the little things. Not everything is going to be perfect or go your way, so you have to accept that. Just remember that with a good attitude and hard work, you can do anything that you put your mind to. Stay focused and never give up on your goals!

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

Start everything early! Look for scholarships and other financial aid early on so that you know that you can pay for school a...

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

Start everything early! Look for scholarships and other financial aid early on so that you know that you can pay for school and so that payments on tuition do not prevent you from registering for classes later on. Make freinds right away. If you are social the first few weeks it will be easier to be social later, and by then you will already have friends. Under no circumstances should you procrastinate on end-of-term projects and papers. When they are initially assigned, start them. Work on them a little bit each day so that they do not overwhelm you right before finals, because that is the worst. The longer you wait to do anything, the harder it becomes to do, and the worse the consequences will be. A jump start is the surest way to a life with minimal amounts of stress. Allowed to run rampant, stress will quickly become debilitating. The more you can minimize your stress the happier and more productive you will be.

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

Just that it would be have been better to have gotten all of my finances squared away in the beginning so that it would not have become an on-going problem that affects other aspects of my life.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

People who prefer larger schools and classrooms, people who do not want to be surrounded by religion, people who would like to be close to city life, and people who are not prepared to buckle down and focus on school work.

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