Viterbo University Top Questions

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

Brandon

I would inform myself of the career path I will go into as well as the demanding workload required for college classes. After graduating high school, I started off my college experience at a different University where I bounced around with different majors not sure of what I wanted to do. I finally decided to go into nursing but unfortuatnely, going into nursing required me to transfer to a different university since my previous university did not offer a nursing major. If I could go back in time, I would tell my high school senior self that I will end up going to Viterbo University and pursing a nursing career, which in turn will help me save two years of wasted time and money. In addition, I would inform my high school senior self of the rigourous workload that comes with taking college classes. In order to be successful in college, you need to be organized and take the valuable time to read all of the material in the textbook. By being organized, not procrastinating (very difficult thing to accomplish), and communicating with your professors outside of class, you will give yourself the best chance to succeed in college.

Stephanie

I would tell myself to work hard but also to take time to be with friends and find time to relax. I would also tell myself that it is okay to not be perfect at everything that I do and that it is not a bad thing to say no to taking on too much responsibility. It is also a good thing to learn to prioritize things in order to keep a balance in life.

Kristin

I would tell me high school senior self not to stress out so much. Grades are important yes but you need to have fun and relax! You can’t enjoy college or your life if you’re stressing so much. Take advantage of opportunities and be proud of what has happened to you so far. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable either, you’re great when you’re real and honest with people. People will respect you and you don’t need to worry about these popular people ever again. They don’t define who you are and they never will! Go far and achieve your dreams! Please enjoy and be grateful for what you have in your life, and make changes. Not big major life changes, but little changes. Take little steps and move forward as best you can. You matter, remember that. Go out there and make a difference.

Tonia

One piece of advice I would give myself is to never give up. Things will be challenging and there will be times when you will want to give up, but keep trying and you will get through those bumps in the road. All of your hard work will pay off in the end. Also, it is okay to change your major. When they tell you at orientatino that some students change their major three or four times, they are telling you the truth and it really is okay. College is some of the best times of your life. Do not let yourself be overwhelmed by your homework. Go out and have some fun and meet new people. Ultimately, your grades are most important, but so is making memories. Lastly, it may be difficult at first to move away from home, but you will find a new familly at college and you can always go home and visit your family. This is a new chapter in your life, make the most of it and live without regrets.

Kristen

The advice I would give my high school senior self would be to follow your dreams and to never give up. To go to the school that your heart is leading you too. It is important in college to focus on your classes and studies. To not procastinate and get behind on any of your work. It is important to start papers, assignments, projects or anything school work well in advance that way if you need it looked over and revised you have enought time to do so. It is also important to use the resources on campus. The learning center and library are great resources when working on papers, assignments, or research projects. It will benefit you in the end. It is also important to communicate with your professors and use them as a resources. They are their to help. Also to attend class every day because missing a class can affect your grade. It is important also to meet new people that can become lifelong friends. Also to try new things and be open to others and not judge anyone. It is what you make it to be so strive and you will succeed! :)

Cassandra

If I could go back in time and give myself advice I would tell myself “your life is in control.” In the past I worried about everything. I would worry about grades, homework, tests, money, relationships, and health. All these aspects in my life were in control, I was a well-organized student who stayed focused and kept a positive outlook on life, but I still worried. I had no reason to worry and no reason to stress about the small struggles I suffered in my life. Today, I understand that I am very fortunate. I attend a great college that has supported my variety of needs. Worrying about the future and stressing over challenges is an unfulfilling way of life. I now possess a strong outlook on life. I do not worry about the little stressors in my life, but rather I embrace every challenge with an open mind. I want my future career and lifestyle choices to be based on the strong ethical principles I have learned and come to believe in college. I have become enlightened by the world and I am ready to use the knowledge I have gained to help those who need it.

Nicole

Do what's best for yourself. Don't settle. Reach for your goals and try your hardest. Never settle for less.

Angelica

Angelica MaesTime TravelIf I had to opportunity to go back in time and give myself some advice about school I would definitely tell myself that college is a wonderful place to be and is not as intimidating as I thought it was. Being the first child out of four to go to college was the most important and most achieving accomplishment I have ever done. Knowing the college life now and being able to make a big transition I would advice my self to keep pushing harder and never give up because everything you learn will make things easier for you in the big world. Don’t let anything in this world tell you that you cannot accomplish anything in this world. All the education, studying and sleepless nights will pay off at the end. College is wonderful place to be and knowing that you will become someone important in life is the best feeling ever. Don’t let anyone get in the way of your education.

Bailee

The main thing I would tell myself is to learn to manage your time better. It isn't easy balancing school, family, and friends. Also, be adventurous and meet new people. It is fine to talk to your old friends but in college it is nice to expand and find life-long friendships. Another big thing is, do not go home so much and give yourself a chance to spread your wings a fly away from your parents. And lastly I would have to say, find a job as soon as you are out of high school because being broke in college is not fun and adds a lot of extra stress.

Karlene

Going to college is a great experience and it really is not as scary as you would think. Sure there will be a strange campus to get used to and new people to meet, but isn't that half the fun? College is much easier if you continue right after high school. Building on the knowledge that you already have will make college courses that much easier. I waited 15 years, married, and had two children before I started, and let me tell you it isn't easy! Finish high school and start taking your general courses. You have time to figure out what you want to do and which avenue is best to take. Don't let anything stand in your way, apply for enrollment and get the ball rolling. College is nothing like high school either; the other students aren't worrying so much about who did what and what style of clothing that you are wearing. Education is the key to your future, don't put it off and later regret it. I knew that I wanted to be a social worker in junior high. Make an effort to plan ahead and make your dreams come true.

Christine

I would tell myself to apply for more scholarships and to have gotten a second job. It is so expenzive going to school. I would also tell myself to not worry so much. It is a big change but to take it day by day. I would also tell myself to spend much more time with family. They are way more important than most of the things I did.

Victoria

The advice that I would give myself would be to take college life more seriously. My first semester at college I did not "hit the books" as hard as I could have and my grades reflected this. I passed all my classes, but that first semester grade report was a real eye-opener. I then realized that my instructors were intent on treating me as an adult and that I was responsible for my actions. If I failed I could blame no one but myself. I decided right then and there to work harder and succeed because I was spending money to take these courses and wanted to get everything that I could out of them. I attended classes more regularly and completed all my assignments on time. An unexpected surprise was that I was also able to find time to attend social functions at the university and have fun with my fellow classmates. I did not miss out on any of the "extras" that make college life a full and rewarding experience. And, incidently, I was on the honor roll nearly every semester over the next three and a half years and graduated with Honors.

Anna

As you always said, persistence is your greatest quality. Don't ever be discouraged by wondering if you are good enough, or if you will ever make any money. These things are not important. Your love of music, singing, and performing are the only things that you need to worry about in the future, the rest will take care of itself. Performance is a difficult major, and there will be times that you question your ability, drive, and talent. Remember that practice makes perfect and all you need to do is believe in yourself. You can become anything you want to be, and the proof is in your past. Not only have you overcome people telling you that you can't make it as a performer, but you have picked yourself back up again and showed the world by singing with a professional opera company as a high school student. Don't ever give up hope on your dreams. Your drive and persistence will see you through on any path that you choose. As Audrey Hepburn once said, "The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it's all that matters."

Eileen

There is no rush to decide what you want to do! Explore your options, do job shadows or talk to academic advisors. Try to start with general classes that would be applicable to any major and maybe some that interest you. If you still are unsure, waiting a year or two to figure it out might be the best. That way, you are not discouraged at a "waste of time" and you feel more confident with your ultimate decision. Living in the dorms is a must. I would also tell myself to try and step out of my comfort zone more- to be open to moving further away for example. College life is a difficult transition, but take it seriously and work very hard. Even if those "gen eds" don't seem important, they will come in handy. It is important to keep your grades up. Work hard and try to focus on the end result!

Kasie

Simply, even though I am only in my third year of study, I know I have already received a thorough and solid education from Viterbo. Through a combination of my own drive and determination and my wonderful and knowledgeable professors, I have been able to gain a better understanding of the world and societies that surround me. What is more, I am recognized for my education and academic drive. Viterbo makes it a point to instill a pride in its students regarding the work they are doing in the classroom. In addition, attending Viterbo University has provided me with so many great opportunities. These opportunities include research, professional development, work experience, cultural experience, diversity, and freedom to make my own choices. Through these various opportunities, I have developed a more open mind, especially about other cultures, ethical viewpoints, religions, and economic situations, just to name a few. Without attending Viterbo, my horizons would not be as expanded. Honestly, I cannot think of a better way to spend four years of my life than at a university as helpful, inspiring, and caring as Viterbo has been for me. Certainly, I will never forget or regret my experiences at Viterbo University.

Haylea

I feel like I have gotten a lot out of my college experience already and I am only in my sophomore year still. It has taught me even more responsibility and how to be independent and on my own. I have to take care of myself and all of the things I need to do for school. Also, continuing to play basketball has really helped as well. It has taught me a lot of leadership and hard work skills. Being there for my teammates and knowing I can depend on them as well is a great experience I have learned. All of this has taught me good time management skills too. I have to know when we have practice and games that I am committed to, but also make time for homework and projects as well. It has been so valuable to have learned all of this and proved to myself that I could do it too. I met a lot of new people along the way which has also added to all the fun. If I keep working hard I know it will be worth it because it's helping prepare me for the rest of my adult life.

Marissa

My college experience has taught me a variety of things; from the importance of studying to what happens when you put a non-microwaveable plate in the microwave. Not everything has been easy, but I certainly have learned from it all. The best thing that I have gotten out of this experience though, is that I have been reminded how important my family is to me. They were always there for me in high school, and when I moved to college it seemed as if they were here for me even more. "Just a phone call away!", my mom would always say. They were the ones who first encouraged me to go to college. They knew the value in it, as I also know now. My goal is to become a nurse someday. The only way for me to do that is to go to college and earn my degree. And even though the sleepless nights of studying seem hard to me now, I know that they will pay off in the end. I am truely blessed to have such a wonderful family behind me and the opportunity to pursue goal in college.

Cari

I am an incoming student this year so I haven't really had any college experiences yet.

Terry

to never give up on your dream no matter how bad high school was and how you enjoyed the times with your friends and hated teachers who made you feel like you need to give up on yourself where they tell you that " your not going to make it in life, if you don't try." just keep going because there's alot in the world who you dont know that have had teachers or even parents that made them feel like they needed to give up on themselves, but don't quit and tell yourself that this is your time to shine.

Amanda

I would tell myself to relax and that it is not as difficult as a transition as many think feel it will be. As long as you relax and study and do NOT procrasinate everything will work out just fine. Don't stress the small stuff. Everything will turn out just fine, and make sure you major in Psychology and Sociology. *smile* Don't worry because in all of your classes you turn out to receive grades that you are very happy with, and all in all just remember to not worry about tomorrow because tomorrow will take care of itself.

Raisa

I would tell myself to go out and do orientation activities and not worry so much about trying to fit in with everyone else. Just go out for activities and try them and if after trying them if I don't like them then I can quite. I would also say talk to people and collect numbers and names and ask people to hang out. Also don't be afraid to get to know the girls on your floor. Talk to them, get to know them, you will never know what friendships could come out of them. Dont be afraid to be yourself, even if you are a little goofy because everyone hear is nervous and doesn't know anyone so be the first to make introductions. I would also tell myself that even if your roommate seems to be a really nice person and you think you'll get along fine, set up some dorm room rules. That way you both know whats expected from each other and it will prevent conflict in the future. Don't be afraid to tell your roommate what you're uncomfortable with because its better in the long run to avoid conflict.

Sara

I would really think about your future and even if you don't know exactly what you want to do when you grow up, do what your heart tells you. Even if you choose a school that you can barely afford, do it. In the long run, you'll be happy. There's always a way through financial aid help and jobs on campus. Students: Do it for you, not for others. Parents: don't force your child, let them learn on their own, sometimes that's best.

Justin

New college students should get involved with as many extra curricular activities as possible. By doing that they can create life long friendships with people who share the same interests as them. Students also need to take their studies seriously. Companies look at GPA so it is important to keep it up so it can put you ahead of the next person. Community service is also another very important part of college. By helping out the community students can make connections with people, which could help in their networking and finding jobs. The overall college experience should be very enjoyable and active. By being involved in many things students slowly develop into the people they will be for the rest of their lives.

Marybeth

I would advise any future college student to be sure and make a very informed choice. It is hard to find the college that is good for you; fortunately I was able to find the perfect one for me. For parents, let your child choose don't push them into a choice because they will more than likely end up not being happy. For students in college try to get involved in activities that the school holds and clubs and sports, it is a great way to meet new people and have fun at the same time.

Seth

Take you time! It is so important that you know it's the right fit for you. Don't worry about what your parents think; it needs to feel like you are spending this money for something you really want.

Kelly

Make sure you look at everything. If school is too much, ask about offered scholarships and grants. Go through a checklist and make pros and cons, but do not be quick to judge. Never be intimidated by goals that you put your mind to. Its not just your childs first time, other students are new also. So take advantage of things going on around campus and interact with people , try new things. Now is a time to find you. Never feel intimidated/scared by anything. You are not just here to go to classes. You have the opportunity to meet new people from all over the world, volunteer in your community, intern at the place you want to work for after graduation, and all of these things you learn values, responsibility, and how to have a good time. If you hesistate at something, try it anyways, you might like it.

Ashley

Don't go to a college just becuase a boy or girl friend is going or already goes there. You need to have your own experiences and grow.

Mary

It is hard to tell when looking at colleges, but you need to find the school that is the right "fit" for you. If you have to transfer schools because the school isn't quiet right, that's ok to do. But it is important that the school you pick works well with your personality and prefrences. The best school in the world will be no good to go to if you are too unhappy at school to do well and graduate from there.

Betsy

My best advice is to really think about your high school experiences and what you like and dislike about your high school. If you attended a smaller high school and you liked that fact, moving to a larger college or university is probably not going to be a good choice for you. I never realized how much I enjoyed being in a small high school until I attended a larger college and did not do well in my classes. i would suggest that you make as many visits to the campus as possible to fully understand the ins and outs of the college and its surrounding area.

Joni

I had a hard time finding the right college for me. Choosing a college is ultimately the student's choice. Though, parents can help guide his or her son into a couple good school options. Something I have realized, myself is I love bigger areas, but I need to be educated in a smaller school so I get the attention I need in order to do well. Even though private schools tend to be more expensive, I have found this to be most successful because it is a smaller school, yet in a bigger area where I also like to be. My classes at Viterbo have left me with a comfortable feeling and I know I can talk to either my professors, advisor, or other classmates about anything if I need to. It is also very important to get involved in extra-curricular activities because you open up so many doors for yourself and in meeting new people. College is about doing what you love, but also trying new things that help you develop into who you are meant to become. I've learned it's about what you make, not necessarily what the college brings you.

Brooke

Find a college that provides the best academics for the field you wish to study in. Do not pick a school because your friends or significant other is going there. When you pick a college remember that you will be there for at least four years and that you must enjoy going there.

Patrick

Follow your heart, or start out undicided and think about it the next couple of years.

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alyssa

move away from home if even by an hour or so. Its a great experience!

Sarah

Really look for the attitudes of the professors. If they are all about wanting you to succeed and finding ways to help that process, then it is worth attending the school. I was in a school where they set you up for failure and very few people lasted there long. Viterbo professors, financial aid counselors, human resources officers, and career services people are all eager to see you leave with a degree and a successful college career!

Cory

The college experience, or at the very least finding what the "college experience" means for oneself, can be most taxing on one's life yet a solid investment for a future. This makes finding the "right one" an insatiable quest because, ultimately, choosing a college can mean choosing a life, lifelong friends, and an education worthy of the money that is spent on it. The most crucial time to first discover this is on a campus visit, where one can discover the true colors of the college/university. Scrutiny of the campus and asking innumerable questions about campus life and the surrounding community is essential to peering beneath the depths of a college/university beyond the face value of the tour and what the tour guide deems flattering to it. It may seem mere common sense, but without questions, there can be no answers to one of the grandest decisions of one's life if he/she so decides to attend an institution of higher education. Once a college/university is found, the experience is what each student makes it: a student can have more icebreakers than he/she can dream of, but ultimately he/she decides his/her path.

Silke

The most important thing for a student to remember is that the college you choose is for him/her, not for the parents or friends. So the student needs to always make sure they visit all the colleges they are interested in, not just the ones they are told they should be interested in. Parents should ask all questions involving financial aid, because no matter how much aid a person may need, its always out there and always available. While a student is at college, he/she needs to be in active in all extra-curriculars available, both clubs and sports. This is a good way to meet new people and make new friends not only fast, but friends who share the same interests. Also, the student should be involved in the classes. Taking part in all in-class and out-of-class activities and assignments is a good way to enhance the student's learning experience. The one way to really enhance an experience for both the parent and the student, both parties need to be active in both the academic and collegiate experience and be supportive of each other.

Debra

If you are an adult learner like myself, seek out a college that has specific programs designed for the working professional. Small class size, sense of community and professors who are fun, insightful and knowledable. Preferrably a college that accepts previous college courses as credit toward your degree. The campus should offers a variety of cultural diversity and opporunity to become involved in school and community programs.

Jessica

To the new students: Be yourself.

Becca

Firstly, don't just go to college because that's what everyone is doing. Yes, a degree offers opportunities otherwise unavailable and college is a great experience, but it's not for everyone and that's okay. Take the time to decide that so if you do decide to pursue a higher education, you want it and you're motivated to do well. It's expensive, so make sure it's worth it! When you look for colleges, be honest with yourself: does a recognizable name matter to you? Do you want to stay close to home? Do you like the 'vibe' of the campus? But also don't forget to look outside your comfort zone. It doesn't hurt to look at a school far away in a big city, or apply to a 'smart/hard' school. Once you're there, get involved! You may think it's lame to go to a freshmen dance, but you won't meet new people in your room. Join clubs to meet people and expand your comfort zone. Don't go home every weekend. Find out what services you have on campus-you pay for it, use it. Volunteer. Get out there!

Krystal

Every person is their own individual. Each college has so many different things to offer. My advice is to make a list of qualities you would like to find in a school and although you may not find somewhere that fulfills the list completly, you may find one that comes close. Once you find some that come close to what your looking for, I would tour them because you get a feel for the atmosphere of the school and thats when I made my college choice. College experience is something you get to do once so make it count. Stay focused with school work, but take time every day or every few days to go with friends or to just sit and talk with them. College is a learning experience and you will learn the balance between school and social life. My advice is lean towards school work first then slowly add in social life until you find your balance. You dont want to start out poorly in classes just starting college.

Charlie

My strongest recommendation is that you decide on your school based on what it's actually like in class. See if you can attend a few classes that will be required for your major. Get to know the faculty and staff that you will be spending time with for the next 4 (or more) years. It's a huge decision, and it could prove to be one of the biggest ones of your entire life.

Danielle

Don't worry about the coast of the school. There's a lot of help, and you don't want to not go to a school just becasue you don't think you can afford it. Find a school that is known to be a good school, and has a good reputation. When in college you have to work hard, so you don't fall behind. Make sure you have a balance between school work, and doing other fun things with friends. Make sure you don't lock yourself away, and only work on school things. Also, be sure to do your school work in a timely manner. Don't leave it all to do right before it's due.

Brittany

As cliche as it sounds, I would tell parents and students to follow their hearts. If it feels right, it is.

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