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What should every freshman at Weber State University know before they start?


Don't stress over the little things. It is important to know what is going on and how to do it. But if you give it time, usually someone will explain it to you, or you will figure it out. I am good at stressing out, but have mellowed out some since high school. Going from high school to college was a quite a jump. I didn't know what to expect, I wasn't sure what to do, and it scared me. I would tell myself to not be afraid to ask for help. Over time I have learned the hard way that it is ok to ask for help. The majority of the time, the person you are asking is willing to help and actually cares. It was little things like this that would stress me out and sometimes still do. I have learned to take things into stride, I guess you would say. It is important to take things as they come and do the best you can. It would be nice to know then what I know now. But that would defeat the purpose of having to go through it to learn it.




Get involved. I know its scary, but people will be accepting. Don't let your fears hold you back. Don't wait till Senior year to make friends. Ask people to hang out on the weekends and don't bail on them last minute. Get out of your comfort zone. Create a new one with less boundaries and more space to explore all that is available to you. When you enter college, don't expect it to be something different from high school. People are people and they don't change that much. Do expect more responsibility. Don't wait for others to tell you what to do. If you can't find the answer, go searching. And most important. Don't worry, you'll be fine and do amazing.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would ask myself if I have done everything in my power to make sure that I was prepared to leave my family and go out and make a life for myself. I would also ask myself if the school that I choose is definetely the right one for me. Think about everything you have wanted to do in college and make sure that the school has all of these things. If they don't have a national sorority that you want, mark one and don't defer from the things you know you want to experience in college. Also make sure the school has all the major and minors you think you might want to venture into.


I would persuade myself to enter college immediately as a high schooler because I was afraid to go and waited 4 years after graduating high school to enter college. In the time that I wasted I could have already finished my asscociates degree in accounting and been on my path to a bachelors degree! It's not that hard and you don't have to go to school everyday, you can still work! I would make myself realize that I could work and go to school at the same time, now that I have a two year old daughter I am going to school and feel like it is easy compared to what I expected. I would push myself to make the effort and try attending college to see that its not as scary as I thought!


Jennifer, even though high school was easy, college is a whole different world. You can't just take it for granted that it will be easy because it won't. There will always be another party on another night but when you need to study, you study first! Going to classes is mandatory -- if you're sick, suck it up and take some tylenol long enough to attend your class and get your assignments. College is preparation for the real world and if we don't make it in college, we won't be successful as adults in the real world. Listen to people who tell you to buckle down and study, it is so much easier if you do. They really do know what they are talking about and they are not just trying to bust your bubble.


If I could goback in time I would tell myself " don't wait on others" and put more of an effort in. I would tell my self this, because if you wti on others to do the things that you need to be done it will never get done. I would also tell myself to put alittle more effort in, because if you dont you'll get senior ittice and think that you have all the time in the world to put in appalcations to school of to fill out scholarship forms. Then you realize that you dont have the time you thought you had and it will be to late. so the advice that I would give my former self would be to not drop the ball and spend your senior year wisely.


College is a big step in life, and it might be a little scary at first, but you'll do fine. Work hard and remember that learning is the reason that you are there. There are people that you may not like, and those that you meet that you will be forever grateful to have known, but these interactions, and the things you've learned from them, will be what makes you grow as a person. You've done everything that you could have to prepare yourself for this change, and I know how much you've been looking foreward to this new opportunity in life. It is everything that you could ever have hoped for, and so much more. Don't let the change scare you away, and remember that even your mistakes are just part of the process of growing up.


Take every opportunity you can to learn and get more involved in the community. Also, don't choose a school for the material things choose it for most importantly the quality of the education but also don't be afraid to expand your horizons, don't live in a box. Go out, make friends that will last you a lifetime, do something crazy, take lots of photos, and don't let the little mistakes in life get you down. But most importantly learn to let the little things go, you can't control everything that it going to happen in your life. If you stress about every miniscule detail that somehow goes south you'll explode. I'm not saying to just not care about the important things, like grades, but don't let the pressure of haveing to be a 4.0 student or Mom and Dad's perfect little girl keep you from living life. Have fun, college is the time of life that you learn who you are, experience all that the world has to offer and take in each moment as it comes.


I would make sure I chose the correct major. This is my second time going back to school to pursue a different degree..hopefully this time it's the right choice!