Western Kentucky University Top Questions

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

Kelli

To take as many AP courses as possible to get credit hours. To not think you're smart enough not to study because in college you have to. Also I would tell myself not to stress as much because the world will still be turning tomorrow no matter how bad things seem whether its financial (which is all the time) or anything else that goes on in my daily life. Never give up or think its too hard.

J-Briel

The advice that i would give myself is that time is limited and time runs out. By saying that, personally, I know how it feels to be fed up with work and studying and thinking that not all material learned in high school is neccessary to know throughout life. I thought wrong! EVERY concept that any teacher, counselor or adult has told you in the past pervious years, will come around to be used. It may not be understood right then and there, but as you grow , the wiser you become. Another thing that i would give myself advice on is that a good attitude and appearance can possibly take you further along than grades or your personal achievements can. Lets say for instant, your first job interview. You're outstanding in every class and you've done alot of volunteer work; good resume. But you come in with your pants down off your butt and your attitude is terrible. I figure that the person behind you that isnt the best in his/her studies will get noticed more,simply because of the way they presented themselves as if they wanted and respected the offer. It makes a difference.

Cassandra

If I were able to enlighten myself as a high school senior I would tell myself to, most importantly, embark on this once in a lifetime experience and unforgettable journey with an open mind and positive attitude. Too many student came to campus with many pre-conceived thoughts and expectations. Some expected the "college party scene", others believe they already have defined themselves. The past few months I have realized the vast amount of ethnicities, personalities, and various beliefs that did not exist in my rural upbringing. Many students have not been blessed with a loving and caring family as I have been blessed with; it is not uncommon to hear of divorce, abuse, and struggling childhoods. College has not only opened my eyes to the world we are creating, but it has opened my eyes to the world that each of us has a responsibility to correct.

Jerry

Hey Jerry, thinking to myself from a distance away from my high school-self. I am your future. It was fun floundering around for the last 6 odd years of your life finding a direction and a community of people who you identify with, but I am glad you will do it! The way the economy has been recently it should benefit you to still be in school, setting high goals for yourself, and pursuing two bachelor degrees at once! Don't change what you are about to do in your life one bit. I'm telling you Jerry, you will travel to countries and places in the world you would never think about right now. You will meet people, friends, and lovers you would never think about if you changed your life course now. Stay true to your heart and don't sway from what you are doing right now. Yup I wouldn't converse with myself directly at all. I am proud of where I am at and I'd hope that my senior high school self would continue on the same path with or without my advice. Thanks for doing what you have done Jerry.

Emmaline

If I could go back and talk to myself as a senior I would tell myself several things. First of all, i would tell myself to attend another school other than the one I am currently attending. Secondly, I would tell myself to try very hard to win scholarships for school. I didn't win any and i didnt apply for many and i really regret it. Another thing I would tell myself is to find a school that fits my interested. Recently i decided that I would like to major in culinary arts. I would very much like to go to a culinary school in nashville in the fall. I would tell myself to visit that school then than waiting after a whole year of school at WKU. Also, i would tell myself to focus on my interests and not worry about what someone else wants for me.

Albert

College is easy it?s just a larger version of high school minus parental guidance. What make college seem difficult are the distractions. Time management is important along with learning how to avoid anything that will be a hindrance to your education. I would also tell myself to view college as a job; every day I go to class to work. Avoiding individuals who like to party and behave childishly; college is not only about prepping you for the professional world, it is also about finding yourself what makes you unique in the eyes of those around you. In addition, it is the transition from an adolescent to an adult.

J'enae

To always listen to yourself about the choices you make and don't let anyone make them for yoou. Also to be wise who you hang around because it could bring good or bad. Do what you want and not what other people want. Always be on top of your work in school and everything should be alright.

derrick

I know that i would have paid more attention to how much college cost and would have done more to help myself

jewelie

I would tell myself to suck up my shyness and get out there and make friends. Being so far away from home and all of my old friends is difficult and I really bottled up when I got here. I would also tell myself to go to class and to not slack off so much, than I would be graduating on time instead of being irresponsible and wasting money that I don't have.

Brittany

I would tell myself that everything I do academically will help get through the long nights, but that I need to learn now, that it will be good to relax and open up to other people once in a while. Sometimes, it?s hard to meet new people and if I prepare my high school self about new situations I think it would make the transition easier. Stepping out of my shell while in high school would serve me well in college.

Ashley

There would be a few things I would like to tell myself to make the transition easier. Such as; try to interact with people more, get involved withsports, keep up the good academic work. Interacting with people more will make the time spent at the college more enjoyable. Since I don't live on campus, making good friends is a little tougher, but it can be done. Getting more involved with sports, such as soccer, will help me make more friends. It will also allow me to play the sport that I love, even if its not on the collegiate level. Finally, keeping up the good academic work will keep me at the top. Some students slack off once they get into college, but by keeping up my great academic status will keep my grades as high as they can be. Overall, I would tell myself to be more involved with other students and extra activities, as well as encourage myself to keep up the great work.

Renaldo

I would tell myself to get ready mentally. College is a big step from high school. High school you have to go to class, in college, you can sleep in if you feel like it. You have to depend on yourself. The work is harder, so I would also tell myself to begin better study habits. Last of all, I would tell myself to be more sociable. You'll meet tons of new people while in college, so it would be good to get out and make some new friends.

Catherine

Be thankful that you had those two years as an Academy student. Don't overload now that you're on your own. Really stop and think about what you want out of these next two-three years. Keep in touch with your friends, you never know when you'll need them. Don't hold back this year, give yourself time to breathe and truly live. Take chances, but always have a safety net. And most importantly HAVE FUN!

Julie

I would tell any prospective college student, high school senior, don't just settle for average. It is, without a doubt, a very confusing and stressful time in your life. After so long in your collge searches, your mind just wants to give up and decide. As personally a transfer student, I learned first hand, do not settle for anything that is less than your standards. It is tough, but hang in there and find a place that you have no doubts in. Find a college that you can be yourself at. Get involved and don't be shy. Don't be afraid to ask anyone on campus any questions. Pay attention to your surroundings because you don't know when you'll be asked a question and possibly make a new friend. If you have roommates, don't be afraid firsthand to tell them your peeves and your schedule. You'll be happier in the long run. Go to class!! Most professors will notice you are there and will reward you for it. It could be a difference in your grades. Make college what you want. Do what makes you happy.

Dominick

I attended Middle College at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN, so I already lived the college lifestyle as a high school senior. Some advice that I would offer a high school senior about to enter college would be to never give up. College is very different from high school, and you have no one there to tell you to get up every morning and go to class. You have to learn to become independent and how to motivate yourself. It is a tough transition, and at times you will feel like you do not have what it takes to be a full-time college student. You must push yourself and always keep the bigger picture in mind: your future.

Kendra

Dear Kendra, Keep having fun as a senior, but buckle down a little harder. You're not working as hard as you could be. Study more, because you need those skills for college. Get more comfortable with meeting new with people, because you'll soon enjoy that quality. Keep taking that ACT, try to get your score up. Save up all your money, it goes fast! Say all the things you want to say to the people in your life, because they may become less present. Have more confidence in yourself, great things are in store for you.

Shawn

Dear Shawn, In order to save some money you need to fill out more scholarship applicatons . You also need to study hard in the beginning of the semester and noy in the middle. Even though you did well you can do better. Sincerly, Yourself

Shavoun

I would say to myself: Considering that you are unsure what you want to pursue in healthcare, you should start off by attending a community college. Take some "core" classes under a liberal arts math and science degree finishing in two years with an associate degree. Financially, apply for federal student aide if you qualify. If you do not qualify do alot of research because there are scholorships and grants available for all types of students. This will help prepare and put you in the right direction for any career in healthcare. I would also encourage you to volunteer in a hospital or clinic during your two year educational program. This will help you socially as well as make your resume more appealing. Another good avenue worth trying is to find a certificated program within healthcare (example: Nursing Assistant, Dental Hygenist/Assistant, Medical Assistant) which will allow you to be up close and personal with all of the many different areas in healthcare. This will expand your mind and open you up to all the options available and allow you to decide where in healthcare and if healthcare is the right field for you. Good Luck with your SUCCESS!

Stephen

I would tell myself to try harder and give more effort than what I gave. I wish i had participated in a lot more extra curricular activities and sports. Looking back today, i wish i had done something to make a change in my high school. I was not a social butterfly and I would tell myself to be more outgoing than what i am today.

Nathan

College is full of opportunities, so take as many as you can. But don't overload yourself! Live every moment like it's your last, but plan for your future. Ignore girls for the first semester, at least! Not saying they're bad, but stay focused. Ultimate frisbee is way cooler than you thought; it's way up there, pretty close to snowboarding believe it or not. In class, teachers are teachers, but afterwards they are a wellspring of wisdom. They've walked in your shoes, so heed their advice. Oh man, if you thought MLA was dumb, wait 'till you try Turabian. Sucks. Cafeteria food is hit or miss, but at least it's better odds than the lottery. Show up early on the first day so you can get the good side of the room, the one with less windows. Nothing's worse than waking up at 7 when you don't need to be up 'till 10. Above all, honor God in all you do. He's why you're here, so make your life count. Be humble, be yourself, and don't judge. Your best friend could be the kid next door. Oh, and HAVE FUN!

Brookelyn

If i could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior knowing what i know now about college life and making the transition, the advice i would give myself would be to go into college with a positive attitude, be prepared to work hard because nothing worth having is going to come easy, and know how to deal with stress. A positive attitude always helps no matter how challenging classes may become and it's very easy to bring stress into your life whether it's school related or some personal issues. The struggles that I have faced throughout my life has allowed me to be able to recognize all the hard work and rewards that come along with it, allowing me to continue to strive towards my goals and keep a positive attitude in the process.

Malcolm

I would have conveyed that I needed to really study hard and stay focused on my grades. Also visiting my professors during the semester is very beneficial to your grade and It would be helpful if I were to be confused. I would have also made sure that I knew how to balance my time between social life and school time. This is the key to college life, learning how to budget time wisely between all the activities that college offers. That being said I would also encourage myself to get involved in a club or organization because you will make friends for the rest of your life in those organizations. My last bit of advice would be to have fun because it doesn't get much better than this. Life is short and as much as college is meant to prepare you for a career it is also a time to be enjoyed with your friends. So remember study hard, visit your professors and get to know them, budget your time wisely, and most of all have fun.

Anthony

If I could go back in time after all that I have learned about making the transition from high school to college and give myself advice I would tell myself to take as many college courses as I possibly could at the Eastern Kentucky University extension school that is located in my hometown. I say this because I now see that if I would have taken advantage of such a easily accessible source of education I could have accumulated more that 12 hours of college credit. This would have also helped prepare me even more for the challenges that presented themself to me over my first semester of being a student at Western Kentucky University. Another piece of advice that I would give myself is to take that classes at my high school that would best prepare myself for college. I say this because I now realize that the easy classes that I took in high school did not properly prepare me for such a huge academic transition. Both of these messages that I would strongly recommend to myself I believe would have made the transition from high school to college a lot easier.

Courtney

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, there would be better decisons made. I would tell myself to go to class and make good grades even if the work is easy. I would say even if you think that you dont need this class in the long run, it will still help you with your gpa, and in going to college. I would've signed up for alot of scholarships, instead of waiting until the last minute. There's plenty of money out there that I never paid attention to. I would tell myself to hang in there and it will all pay off in the end.

Rachelle

Rachelle, Please stay true to your self. You have done a good job of this so far, but always remember it. Also remember that blood is thicker than water and your family will always be your family, but your friends will come and go. Don't let the little things get to you and enjoy the time you have in college because it will be over before you know it. Please, remember to work out, you are cheering anymore so you WILL need to stay in shape. Remember these things and you will have the best 4 or maybe 5 years of your life. Love, The Older Rachelle

James

First of all, I would tell myself to get off my bum and get to work on scholarships! The financial strain of college was more than I could ever imagine, and something that still haunts me to this day. In addition, I would tell myself to work on my organizational skills. College is quite demanding when it comes to being prepared, and I was simply not ready. I would need to learn how to manage my time, and quit procrastinating , as well. Life in college is fast-paced and there is no time for distractions when there is work to be done. Focusing on the task at hand would allow me to truly maximize the value of my time. All of this advice is precious, and I would hope that my stubborn past self would come to realize this.

Noelle

When I was in my senior year of high school I took everything so easy and in some ways I slacked off. I let my grades slip and GPA drop. I also did not take things such as the ACT very serious. I became a person that only wanted to sit at home instead of going out to games. I knew that I would be leaving my family soon and I dreaded it. When I arrived at school I had severe homesickness my first month of school that began to make me physically sick. If I were to go back in time and talk to myself as a senior in high school I would tell myself to enjoy the time I still had in high school before it's over. I would also tell myself to be serious! Not to slack off and think that everything is going to always be handed to me. I have learned that even thought it might be rough it is all worth. I would prove to myself that collge will be wonderful and that I will do great, as long as I keep up the hard work.

Lori

The first piece of advice I would give myself as a senior would be to start on scholarship applications as soon as possible. I waited until it seemed like all the deadlines to everything had already passed, making me feel trapped. Choosing a college is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Take time to explore. Definitely schedule college visits to as many places as you think you might want to apply. You might not know what you want now, but you should feel confident that you're making the right choice about the college you're going to attend when your college search is over. Once you find out what you want to do, don't give up. Don't back down from an opportunity to follow your dreams because you think you can't afford it. If your really want it, find a way, because you can. Above everything else, get involved in the campus community and enjoy the experience. College is more than going to class. It's also about making a lasting social network and finding yourself; don't forget that and you'll be gold.

Shayna

If I were to go back to highschool as a senior, I would definitely have tried harder in school. I would have gone the extra miles and been more enthusiastic about learning. It's a shame to think I wasted those years when I could have been making myself academically intelligent.

Abby

Because I had to complete a large service project senior year, I hardly focused on college selection. I would tell myself to spend less time trying to get an "A" and more time figuring out which college fit me best. I heard about a full scholarship offered by WKU that I knew I could get with my ACT score and GPA, so I visited once and decided to go there. After spending a semester there, I realized it's not the place for me. I am still giving WKU another shot spring semester, but I would prefer to attend the University of Louisville. In order for this to happen however, I need another scholarship, though. I wish I had looked into my options more as a senior. Now I am stuck trying to find a way to finance college at UofL because I was too worried about grades when college mattered most.

Delila

If I could return to my senior year in high school, I would have a few things to say. Number one thing would be more importance on my education. I would be better prepared for college. Second thing would be to list to my parents more. Most seniors think parents are trying to control their lives. I now know they were trying to guide me. Plus, save money while working. You need it during for college...............................................................................................................................................Thank You Delila P.

Jordan

If I were given the opportunity to go back in time and offer some insight into what the next two years of my life would hold regarding the college life would be quite an extraordinary advantage that I would definitely like seize. The first thing that I would tell myself is that it is critical to manage my time wisely. I would tell myself to stay home and study rather than going out with friends. I would tell myself to finish all of the projects that I am given early in the semester so that I can use the last part of the semester to just study the material harder without having distractions and deadlines to hold me back. I would also tell myself to not miss any classes or lectures because it does in fact affect your memory of the material. I would also preach to my past-self the importance of listening and good note taking as well as reading the entire assigned chapters in my textbook. The last things that I would tell myself would be to choose roommates and friends wisely, and quite possibly the most important advice would be to maintain your values despite scrutiny.

Victoria

I would tell my high school senior self, to not get stressed out. While it is a new school and new group of people it is the same schedule as before, go to class, come back, and do homework. I would also say do not get in with the wrong people, keep your focus on school and not on partying and having fun, while you can have in college don't become a partier and stray from the goal. Go into college with an open mind, don't go in saying you are going to hate it and that this is the worse idea you have had. Even if you are scared and nervous at first you will shake that off and enjoy it. College is meant to be a learning experience, so learn from it!

taniqua

I am back in time as a high school senior. The most important thing to tell myself is to make sure i take the act test again so that i won't have to be in foundation classes. Another thing that i would also tell myself is that when picking out colleges to make sure that i am going somewhere where all my friends are going. i would tell myseif to do scholarships so that i will not have to take out all these loans, when yoou know you cant get finical aid. remember that if you work hard and stay focused in high school then you can go to college and focus even harder. I will also tell myself to keep my grades up so that i can get kees money and scholarships because college is not cheap at all. After everything that i have told myself i have to remember that at college you can have fun after you have done all your work. Work first play later.

Joseph

I would advise myself to do a lot more research about the university I want to attend and taking the necessary steps, such as investigating financial aids avenues and deciding on the appropriate major. It took me going to two different schools before realizing that I belonged at Western Kentucky University. As a senior, I assumed that everthing would work itself out and I procrastinated on taking the the necessary steps in order to prepare for college. I now the see the importance of planning ahead and I am now taking the necessary steps in finding a career after college or possibly attending graduate school. Therefore, the best advice I could give myself as a high-school senior would be to find yourself and don't assume that there is ample to time to decide your future.

Anthony

If I could go back in time, I would tell myself to take college more seriously. I would make myself write out a list of goals and achievments that I want to accomplish while in college. I would plan out my major as well as my minor and made sure I knew what I was getting myself into. I would also tell myself to apply to more grants and scholarships. But most importantly, I would tell myself to come up with a study plan and stick to it.

Aly

As a high schooler, you hear a lot of scary myths about college. Such things as, "College professors don't care whether or not you show up" or "Don't expect college to be anything like high school, you have to work hard." Okay, so maybe those aren't exactly myths, but they may be hyped up just a bit. In high school, I knew to take harder than normal classes, not only to challenge me, but to prepare me for what lies ahead in college. These harder classes taught me how to study and how to prepare for tests, an issue most college students struggle with. So, the transition from high school to college was not as hard as I expected it to be. The one thing that I did not do so well with was attendance. In high school, it was so easy to skip out on class and not worry about what you missed. In college, that's not such a wise idea. But, I have learned my lesson and now know what I need to work on in my college career.

Chris

I would tell myself to not be so nervous and just to be yourself. That everything is going to be okay and not to fret and worry about all the things I worried about before walking on to the college campus. I would clap my hand on his shoulder and tell him that everything you prepared yourself for works out perfectly in college.. That being independent is a huge benefit in college because those first couple days is when it hits you that you're on your own. There's no going to Dad or Mom anymore. I would tell myself to watch our for those cute, but sly girls and be careful about those frat parties because they draw you in easily. As far as academics go, I would tell myself that high school teachers did not lie. Professors do not care if you are present, late, or don't ever come to class at all and it can be tremendously easy to skip class. Then I would also tell myself that as long as I remember why I'm going to school and etch it into my head that college is going to be the best experience ever.

Angel

If I could go back and talk to myself about school, I would definitely encourage myself to be apart of as much activity during highschool as I could because once you get out it is a completely different world. I would tell myself to not be afraid, that I am strong enough to achieve my dreams fro education. I would also tell myself that I deserve the best even though I came from a very poor background in the projects. Every one deserves a hand up and to take a chance to get what is available for me. Don't give up I am worth it!

Madelyn

If I could go back and talk to my 17 year old self, I would stress the importance of setting goals and sticking to those goals. I would break that down into short and long term goals and stress the importance of finding out what is expected of me (by reviewing all class materials and asking the instructors) and making sure I strive to effectively meet those expectations. I would also tell myself that excellence in doing something right is it's own reward. Lastly, I would tell myself to prioritize my obligations and make sure I'm aware of my priorities and that I should place importance on the right things and avoid the wrong things (like partying or not taking my studies seriously).

Kiley

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would keep telling myself to keep up the hard work and to not give up. During high school I was a good student, but had a hard time studying. There were a lot of times that I just wanted to give up and I heard myself saying a lot "Oh I don't care about this test. If I fail one test it won't hurt my grade that bad and I can do better on the next test". I would love to go back and redo my junior year of high school when I would think like this. I have learned from that experience to never give up and to keep working no matter how hard the subject is. It will almost always pay off in the end. Overall, most importantly I have learned to believe in myself.

Shelby

I would tell myself that I do not need everything everyone else has. Also to not go in debt like I did and be smarter then I was. I would also want to remind myself to take college more seriously and not stay out of school for almost 2 years, when I could almost be finished. Its okay to need help and ask for help andn ot get caught up in being lazy.

christion

assuming i could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior and i knew what i knew today about college,I would have to say; that each student will look for the worst but be surprised by the best. Each school is different just as well as each experience. As being anxious goes, every student will be just that and that is the norm. Once you picking a school and fill out the FASFA its a smooth ride to college town, so just sit back, relax and congradulate yourself! you deserve it. oh and you will fall in love with signlanguage!

Kaylissa

Breaking out of your comfort zone is the best thing when it comes to broadening your horizons. Attending college out-of-state is scary at first but definately worth the first week of tears. It will open many doors in your future, help you branch out, and allow you to become yet more independent! Many opportunites will become available when you work hard in school and help those around you. It's not what you know, but who you know that gets your foot in the door. Once your foot is in the door; you can then use your knowledge and thirst of knowledge to learn and teach.

Kirsten

I would believe that it would be a lot easier attending college straight out of high school. Therefore my advice to myself, don't wait to long to get started with college, practice the English language more often, and learn everything you can while still in high school. Since the cultural is a lot different at home in comparison to the United States, I would also tell myself to become more familiar with the different lifestyles and ways of thinking within this country.

logan

There will be good times, there will be bad times. There will be lots of fun, there will be lots of work. You'll make a lot of friends, but you'll also want to just be alone sometimes. Overall, the good outweighs the bad by a ton in the end. Have fun but remember to keep yourself focused with the end in mind.

Anna

If I could go back in time, I would tell myself to learn how to study and work hard now. It is much harder when you have to teach yourself to be motivated once you're in college. I would say to keep busy and learn how to manage your time and get a job so you have money to spend once you're gone. I would tell myself to treasure the time spent with friends and family because once you leave, things change. There is no going back to the way things used to be. Even though my college friends have become like family, it is still a relief to be able to come home.

Emma

Do not freak out, Emma, but you're going to go through so much in the next year and a half. You're going to go through rough patches but you'll get through it with the help of mom, dad, and all your friends. You're already very open-minded, but be prepared to have your head expanded even more. You're going to have so many different experiences and meet so many different people. Be accepting and kind to everyone you meet because you might need them later in life. Keep on doing your best and do not be afraid to take risks.

Scott

Life is going to get a lot harder, but stick it out and you will reap the benefits

Sarah

If I could go back to my senior year of highschool and have a chat with myself, I'd have to just reassure myself. Being home schooled and not knowning anyone at WKU, I was a little more than hestitant about how i'd adjust to college life. Knowing what I know now, I'd have to let myself know just how much fun I'd have making friends, experiencing the diversity of the students, and becoming the person I'm supposed to be. Overall, I'd let myself know that everything will turn out a-ok!

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