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


As my first semester of college has recently concluded, I am now able to look back on the good, the bad, and the ugly of what has been one of the best experiences of my life. Looking back, I am satisfied with all of the choices I have made as they have led me to success and contributed to a solid foundation in preparing for my future career. Though I would not wish to change the outcome of any past events, I would urge myself to get even more involved in serving the community and recruiting others to do the same. Through my community service, I have learned what it is like to help someone in need and to feel the satisfaction that comes with doing what is right. I have learned just as much, if not more, from serving others than I ever would have expected and I am extremely thankful for the opportunities I have been presented with. Therefore, given the chance, I would advise that any high school senior would take the time to give of themselves to help others and to take advantage of this learning experience while the opportunity exists.


If I can go back in time to be a high school senior, I would be more independent. I was so use of my mom being right by my side through everything. Senior year was a make it or break it year. Of course, I had senioritis. It was a struggle and I kept telling myself that I can't do it by myself. It was a lot on my plate. I did over 15 college applications, my senior project, applying to scholarships, getting a job to help my mom with the bills, and to start saving my money for school. My mom didn't financially have it, so I pitched in to help her. That year was too much for me, I felt overwhelmed. As senior year started to end. I realized that when you fall down, you have to get back up, things in life are not always easy. When I finally got to college, my mother wasn't by my side. When she left me, I learnt that I have a responsibility to take care of, I have to start doing things on my own. Today, I get things done on my own.


Hi Dawn! I hope you're senior year isn't too stressful. I have some advice to give you for college... College will hold some of the best times of your life, but you will be able to decide the rest of it. Don't let finances sway which school you attend, at the end of it you'll have a pile of debt regardless. Your engineering degree should help pay that off in a couple of years. We both know you're really trusting, naive, and sheltered now, but things will change. Don't be scared. You'll learn so much, both academically and socially. You'll lose some morals, but you'll always be selfless in your desire to help other people. People are selfish, but your naive outlook will warrant others to protect you. Keep growing as a person; try countless new activities. You only live once, keep trudging. Don't research animal ingredents; veganism is very selfless of you, but it's alienating, physically and mentally tolling. Happy birthday! The PA powerball for 8/13/11: 9, 12, 35, 50, 58, 4. Pay for school, a pretty motorcycle, some land, and live life to the fullest!


I would say to myself, "It's going to take time and it's going to take patience. It takes time to adjust to college because college is a lifestyle, even only if temporary. Lifestyles are a part of your life timeline, meaning that they are your life for a certain portion of your life, which is different than simply being a part of your life. In other words, it is your entire life for a few years. It takes patience with yourself to give you ample time to adjust to the new lifestyle. If you are not patient with yourself, you will feel rushed, stressed, and worried that the adjustment is taking longer than it should. There is no set timeframe for which the transition should take place, everyone is different. Everyone goes through their own experience and, therefore, their own transition. Oh, and don't feel like you aren't allowed to cry just because you are no longer an adolescent. Adults cry too, for various reasons, just not the same reasons as younger people."


If I could consult my high school self regarding my future as a college student I would explain the drastic difference in time management. I would tell myself that I am going to have a great deal of free time compared to being in high school, and I absolutely need to learn how to manage that free time. Time management is the biggest transition I had to make when I began college. Also, involved with time management, I would tell myself that I need to dedicate more time to studying. In high school I got by doing the bare minimum and still recieved all A's. In college, a whole lot more work, studying, preparation, and dedication is needed in order to succeed. I would tell myself to stay focused on my school work, but also to enjoy my time spent in college by making new friends and experiencing new things.


I have a few words of advice to give to my high school self. The first would be to save, save, save! Do anything possible to save money, or help pay for your college tuition. Apply for student aid, grants, scholarships, anything and everything. Every single penny matters. I have made the mistake of not saving up any money for my college career, which has forced me to take out student loans, yuck! Another thing that would save money is community college. It is well worth it, and you end up with the same degree in the end anyway, so who cares! Secondly, follow your heart when it comes to picking a major. I know it sounds cheesy, but a job isn’t a job when you do something you truly love. Don’t major in something just because its “the smart thing to do”, either love it or leave it. But you also have to remember to pick a major that has good job opportunities as well! You wouldn’t want to be stuck without a job to pay off your student loan debt. And last but not least, have fun, but be responsible too!


After experiencing college life at Widener Univeristy there is advice I wish I knew as a high school senior. I would tell myself to not worry about what other people think. Everyone is at college for the same reason. I would also tell myself to not bring my fan home when it begins to get colder out! It is still very hot in the dorms, even in December and January with the windows open. I would also tell myself to bring an umbrella. Walking to class in the rain is not fun. An umbrella would be very useful for those rainy days. I would also tell myself to never leave my room door open/cracked. Even when I am too lazy to bring my keys with me when I go to the bathroom really quick, I should still close my door. You never know who could be walking by your door. People steal. Lastly I would advise myself to get involved more. I would tell myself to join the dance team. They are the most popular club on campus and I really enjoy dancing. Those are many reasons of advice I would give myself.


I have been to four different colleges and universities. My road to attaining a degree has been long, i will be 26 this year and i started college when i was 18. My advice to my highschool self would be to apply to Widener and only Widener. This is where i am supposed to be. If i went to this school first i could've saved alot of money and heart ache.


It's okay that you are afraid; you're not alone. You are going to find great friends, just give it some time. Don't be afraid to speak your mind when you are at school. The most important thing I want you to do is be yourself. If you aren't getting along with your roommate, you can move out. Don't put yourself in an unhappy environment just because you are afraid to speak up. You matter just as much as she thinks she does. Speak up. Move out. You'll be happier. Also, scholarships. You will want to apply to a lot of them. No one explained finances to you, and that's okay, but you'll learn soon enough that paying for a college education is going to be hard work. Scholarships will ease that burden. Don't be afraid of rejection from them either. Keep applying. That's key. Everytime you see Mom and Dad, hug them. Tell them you love them. They're going to become friends to you soon, as well as parents. Trust me, you'll appreciate it. Just breathe. This isn't as scary as you think it will be.


If I knew then what I know now about college life and making the transition, I would have done a lot of things different. For one, I would have taken my studies more seriously and not want to be like the college kids that are shown in the movies, or on television shows. Another thing I would change would be listening to my parents and take their advice about college to heart. If I did those two things, I believe that I would have had a better college experience than I did, but now I know what I must do. Yes, I wish I could take some of my actions back, but I would not take away the lessons I have learned from them.


I would've told myself to pick a school based on myself and what school offered me the most money, because unfortunately, that really does matter. I ended up transferring here halfway through my freshman year from the University of Pittsburgh, and I will be in so much debt when I graduate because I'm not eligible for quite a bit of scholarship money from Widener. During high school, I was accepted to Arcadia University and they offered me a $21,000 academic scholarship. However, I didn't understand at the time how much the financial end of things mattered.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself to work hard and stay focused. I dont think I was prepared as I should of been in high school for college when it came to the importance of your GPA and applying for scholarships and applying to different schools. I would have told myself to start acting like an adult and taking my education seriously because once you get to college no one holds your hand anymore or tells you to turn in your homework, your just expected to do it. I would have also told myself to be prepared for change, and struggle, and the ups and downs of independence because college are the learning years of what the real world holds. High school was just a test run, college is the real deal! College makes you or breaks you and if it wasnt for my dedication and knowledge of knowing how important school was, I probably would have already quit at the college life.


If I could go back and speak with my high school self I would spend most of that time reassuring myself that college will be the best experience of my life. While in high school I was completely against the very idea of attending a university. I was tired of school and wanted to get away from it for the rest of my life. My future self would dispell that belief and describe how wonderful an opportunity college is. I would paint pictures of what I experienced in my first year of college alone: the friends I made; the wonderful teachers; the activities on campus. I would convince my past self that it is the right decision. I would also stress being more serious about finishing up high school with good grades. I would encourage myself to work harder at the weak subjects like math and science. Having good grades in these areas would benefit in the long run when it comes to the requirements for a major. Above all, I would encourage my past self to put more energy into scholarships, because they are so important. They determine whether you go to school with loans or not.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would explain to myself just how important college really is. I thought I could wait, that I could start a family and think about school later. I thought it would be easy to pay for everything with the job I had at Sonic. It was not that easy. Sonic does not support a family. I would tell myself that a good education is necessary if I want to support my family well. I would say not to wait, to enroll right after high school, take advantage of being responsible of myself only. Things would be so much easier and nicer if I had a favorable carreer. If I had gone to college right after high school I would be done by now! Eight long years have gone by. So, basically I would tell myself, "Go now! Wait on a family. Start off adult life being responsible."


If I had a time machine, traveling back to my senior year in highschool would be a must. Knowing what I know now about college life and making the tranistion I would scream to my self "WORK HARDER, PAY ATTENTION, DO ALL OF YOUR HOMEWORK". I do not regret nothing in life but i do wish i was more focused in high school rather then being focused on being the class clown. Going back I expect to find a younger me who was not so quite but more louder then others. More worried about after school hangouts then after school studying groups. Education really is an important thing, something that is not to be ignored by.


Apply for scholarships! Don't wait until the last minute to get everything in order. Make sure you have a place to live, and enough money to live on. Financial aid mostly goes towards tuition and books, not living expenses. If you can stay at home, DO. Be realistic about how many classes you take on - make sure you have the time to keep up with homework. Every step you take right now will affect your future - success is not for the faint of heart. Put hard work and effort into your education!


I would smack myself silly first, then sit myself down and explain. I would say, "Caitlin, don't you worry about the commute, it will still be worth it to go to your state school. Don't you dare go to Widener!" I would let myself know that taking that summer class is going to be a terrible idea, no matter how great of a grade I am going to get, and that I can not afford this school in any way. I would let myself know that friendships aren't really friendships, and the only reason anyone even talks to the other person is to garuntee that they have a person in class they know, but they wont want to know you outside of school. I would also let myself know not to trust what people say, to go and speak to people directly yourself, and not let your academic advisors inform you on financial aid information. Long story short, I would make myself change my school choice so as to avoid the mess now. But mostly, I would tell myself that no matter what, your mother and grandfather are still proud, so proud. Good job.


It's very difficult as a high school senior to know what you want to do with the rest of your life, especially when you have very little real world experience. Take your time, be patient, and go easy on yourself when everyone else is on the fast track to success and you're still not sure of which direction to go. It seems like the decisions you make today will affect the rest of your life, and they will, but perhaps not in the way that you think. Don't let the fear of making a mistake prevent you from taking a chance. Worry more about growing as a person and developing your own character than what anyone else might think of you. Push yourself past your comfort zone, and take your best shot at the curveballs life will throw at you. Be on time for class. Always do the extra credit, even when you don't need it. Send a thank you note to the professor who really makes a subject come to life for you. Find a mentor to help you develop your goals. Maintain a healthy balance; work hard but make time for joyful things.


I would tell myself that the most important skill is time management and study skills. At times, it is very difficult to manage all the things that need to get done in a limited time frame. Also, how to study the material is an important skill. It's also important to make friends in your classes so that you have someone to study with or ask questions, because the teachers are not always there for you for many different reasons. Time management is what I have struggled with the most because I much rather hang out with my friends than do my homework, but I know my homework is a lot more important. Time management is the most important skill for college.


So far my college experience as been an emotional roller coaster. I wouldnt change it for anything in the world. Being in college i have learned responsibility, how to communicate with others, time-management, and have grown as a man. I have learned responsibility through the act of taking on loans and debt at 19 years old and keeping a 3.0 GPA my first semester with only 2 textbooks and 5 classes. I have learned to communicate with the very nice ladies in Wideners Financial Aid and Admissions office and now we are all on a first name basis. I also have had to communicate with my professors explaning and asking them to bare with me while I turn over every rock looking for money to buy their assigned text books. My time management habits have changed for the better since being a full-time student, having a work-study job on campus and playing football here at Widener. Being here at Widener University has allowed me to venture out of my comfort zone and have my light shine as a young man in the real world. That is why attending college for me as been so valuable.


College thus far has done a lot for me. I've realized what I want to do with my life and that no matter what I'm going to have to work for it. Choosing such a small school, I've made friends that I know will be there for years to come and I wouldn't change my decision if I had to do it over again. At Widener, there are so many things to be involved in and it's very uncommon to be turned down or not accepted. There is a great balance between schoolwork and social life. We have plenty of activities on campus, and plenty or parties off campus on the weekends. Overall, Widener has given me not only a great education but a great circle of friends. I'm very happy with my school and I would definitely recommend it to a prospective student.


I am currently a freshmen in college and in second sesmester. So far it has been pretty hard but easy to handle, at first it felt like a lot was being asked from me but then at the end of first sesmester I did fine with a 3.31 gpa. My college experience so far has been great and what I have gained from it has been knowledge. Reason being knowledge because not everything is handed to you and given to you easily, the syllabus is given the first day and from then your on your own. At first I found it hard because all we did was follow what was on the syllabus and it was up to us to decided whether the homework was going to be done because we had to get it off the syllabus. It has been valuable to attend collge because I'm valuing the money that I put in it, I pay for college although a loan is being taken out it'd hard work money at the end so might as well put my all into it if at the end it's going to help me and make my life better.


To be honest, college has been a waste this far. Few teachers actually teach me anything. I spend most of my time teaching myself the crap that I am paying the teachers to teach me. I spend tens of thousands of dollars each year for nothing. College has basically taught me that as long as I keep a relationship with the Lord then I will be able to make it through everything. The only constant for me in college has been my reaching out for God. He helps me get through each day one at a time. I guess in a way college has taught me the most important lesson of my life.


I have gotten a lot out of my college experience thus far. I learned about many different types of people from all over the world, I especially enjoyed my computers classes considering they are towards my major. I got the most out of the professors. They are all open minded and easy to get along with, which once again makes the learning experience that much better.


As a dislocated employee, I had never gone to college before - and I was petrified upon learning I needed to go. I was a child who was never told they needed to go to school and continue my education - my father thought I was too stupid. I have more than proven him wrong! Not only am I getting A's and B's, but I have a great network of friends now (all going through what I am with family, work, and school full time). I was determined to be a valuable part of my school, so I became a New Student Expert & Student Ambassador. I help new students find their way, log on to the school website, and sign up for classes. I help people who were just as scared as I was, it is very rewarding. I have also become a tutor for PreTech Anatomy & Physiology. The advice I would give is simply this: Get Involved. Go to a basketball game, come to game night, join a club - you will be so glad you did. I feel very blessed to have this opportunity, I intend to make the most of it.


My college experience has given me the opportunity to grow as a person. I have learned many interesting things, and have gotten the chance to meet great people. It has provided me with valuable resources, the opportunity to read books and listen to experts in their fields, in turn this stimulation encouraged me to think and ask questions. I got the chance to explore new ideas., and also got the chance to challenge them. College is important because that is where professionals are made. By not attending I would only have hurt myself, and my future.


College has been a great experience for me. The past fall, my freshmen year, i had the oppurtunity to live on campus and experience the natural groweth of maturity and indepence hat is tneeded to me living on my own. I've learned the importance of responsibilty, time manegment, morals, values, and much more. College has opened my eyes to the real world that is no longer covered by our parents. This semister has helped me to grow into a strong and wiser person.


I am better able to face the world on my terms in regards to my education. I feel that I have received experience from some of the best and most caring professors, which has allowed me to do far better than I could have expected. And I have met what I consider best friends for life ; we have formed a tight knit group called "OPA" which stands for Over Powering Adversity - we hail from all different backgrounds and locations around the world, and we all hold leadership positions on campus. There are about 20 of us and meeting on the Widener University campus was the best thing to happen to us all. We help each other study and all have great GPA's. My college experience has been a life-changing event .


Attending college has been the most valuble thing in my life because it has set me apart from millions of other people in the job market. Throughout school I have learned many important things that will guide me in my future career. Every class has taught something new and invaluable in the field of Physical Therapy. Whether it be proper grammar in letters to physicians or the correct way to transfer a patient from a plinth to a wheelchair. Without my education I would not be able to get a job as a Physical Therapist which has been my dream since I was younger. I am lucky to say that college has truly set me on the right course for the rest of my life.


Though I have only been enrolled in college for one year so far, I believe that my experience has had a tremendous impact on my future already. Upon coming to Widener Univeresity I was fortunate enough to have already choosen a career path to follow which is Physical Therapy. The requirements for this major intales a seven year long learning process. I desided to take this curiculum as a good challenge to which I will concur to the best of my ability. However, in my mental preperations I did not quite acount for the transition from being and only child living at home to living in a dorm room. Some adjustments were harder than others but over all, with the help of people and staff around me the noramalcy of college life stuck and I am now a better person because of this. I am more independant and driven than ever. I also find myself excited to continue my college journey, no matter how long, and even more ecited to begin my career! This has been most valubal to me in every aspect of my life because I have grown more as a good, well rounded person for life.


My college experience has matured me into a better person.A better education for my future family and myself.It has been valuable to attend college because I am the first in my family to graduate High school and attend College.It has helped me advanced in learning how to finance my bills, manage time with family and school, I how to meet deadlines.It has made me a stronger person.Maybe I can be the next president of the United States.I am honored to be the first in my family to be working towards a degree.I believe education is important and it will get you somewhree in life. College has taught me that its about succeeding and where you want to go in the future. It has prepared me for real life situations, the dynamics of culture, learning how to interact with others and grasping myself with every will and power there is . I get up every morning thinking about how bright my future is going to be. College has been a great experience and value to me because I know I will make a change for my country and the next genaration coming.


I want to go to school to study criminal justice and go on to law school. After I finish college I would like to become a family attorney. So I can have the satisfaction of helping someone else. I believe GOD put us on this earth for a plan and a purpose. I would love to help out the homeless because I think no one should be with out a place to lay there head at night and they should also have a home to call there own. Attending this college has been a very rewarding experience for me. I have been out of school for more than ten years, and this school has welcomed me with open arms. the professors are very knowledgable and sensitive to a student's needs.


I have a sister that is in high school so this question is easy. She has just satarted looking at colleges. I have told her to look at a lot of schools. I stress to her that the classroom size is very important. I always tell her to apply herself. Especially this year, being her junior year in high school. Junior year is the most important when you are looking for a college. Your grades have a very heavy effect on your college acceptence. Scholarships play an important part on which college you choose. So, do well so you can afford to and get accepted to the college of your choice. Also, one of the most iportant things is to choose a major that will lead to a job. I have seen many people get there degree in a field that does not have a lot of career opportunities.


Knowing what I know now about college life and making the transition, what advice would I give myself. I would have adviced my self to work hard and to save money for the expense of it all. To make the transition into college life easier on the expense and support of my family. Time management is also key, if you are not able to manage time you will get lost and delay getting work completed for your classes required to pass the class. The student life and independence makes you realize that you are now an adult and an individual with others going through the same experience. Your classmates become your support system and along with your teachers your new family.


As a senior within high school, I would advise myself multiple ideas to be able to accomplish more through transitioning to and living at college. I would state that I need to continue following my dreams of being a veterinarian, to give back to the horse community that taught me to be whom I am as a human being through morals, standards, and ambitions. Next, I would state that following my dreams is an ideal to never forget; and to never let myself down in any sense of the word. Also, reminding myself that staying on the same standards which my academic integrity and morals stand upon would insure that I will be who I truly am. Plus, saying that I should study more for my courses and to become even more active within the campus. In doing more activities than community, could help push myself to be better as a student within college and further my education as well. By giving this advice to myself would insure that I get the best education out of the time staying at college.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would know that it is best if you organize your time. I would let myself know that staying focused is key and tha I need to take care of my health. I was a person that liked to stay up late on school nights. I would let myself know that if classes start early, it will become a hassle and I would need all the rest that I could in order to do well in classes. I would also let me know that there is a big transition from high school to college and reading and homework assignments are completely different. There is a lot more and organizing your time is key to completing assignments. I would also let myself know that I shouldn't take on more than what I can handle when it comes to trying to engage in different activities on campus.


When I was in high school, I was a straight A student, managed multiple extracurricular activities, and a job all at the same time. I rarely had time to study, but I got great grades anyway. When I started my first semester at Widener, I realized that it isn't so easy to balance everything on my own. Classes become very stressful, homework piles up, and before you know it you're cramming for finals. The best advice I would have for my high school self is to relax, keep a planner by my side, and write down every test and due date in advance. If you save a period of time every night to study, you will be comfortable in your classes and you won't have to worry about the last-minute chaos at the close of the semester. Knowing when assignments are approaching, staying on a schedule, and simply reading class notes each night makes an incredible difference in how smooth your transition from high school to college goes.


If I were able to go back and give myself advice about college, I would tell myself to make the decision about which college to attend carefully and look at every aspect of the school. This is because I started out at the University of Pittsburgh and transfered to Widener after just one semester. When I chose to go to Pitt, I underestimated the importance of class size, and later realized that I really wanted smaller classes. Another important piece of advice would be to cherish your high school memories, but not to let them rule your college life. High school was a great experience, but no matter how awesome you think your school was, no one is going to be able to understand those experiences unless they were there. So instead of trying to impress upon your new friends why your school was the best, focus on making new and even better memories in college.


If i could go back in time and tell myself how to make it through college i would deffinetally tell myself to focus on school only. College is so much different from highschool for the simple fact that you have a lot more free time, which you need to learn how to manage. Hence you have a lot of time it is easier to slack off. I would also tell myself to focus on the important aspects like studying and doing homework rather than what could i do on the weekends or worrying about boys. Those things can take up so much of your time that before you notice you start slacking off with your school work. It's very important to stay on top of your work and read the given material to understand better what is being tought to you.


The information that I have gained upon entering college leads to me to advise myself to stay on top of all my work. College is not an easy task to slide through. You do not get as many chances to go back and correct the mistakes you have made on a paper or test. It requires a lot of thought and time effort. Studying is key in college. I pretty much was preparing myself for college throughout my high school years. Staying focused is key as well because there are a lot of distractions in college. So, with all this I would have told myself to study a little bit longer. I am very good with time management and was in high school so I pretty much am on top of my skool work, but that is key advise to give yourself. To add a little bit of humor, I also would not have bought the clothes and things that I wanted back then and should have saved it for college. That was one of the major transitions that I had to adjust to because college is not cheap.


If I go could back in time and give myself advice about college I would start off by telling myself that college is very different from high school. For example, you have a lot more free time and you need to know how to maintain it between homework, studying, social life, doing hobbies/activities and working a job. At first it?s overwhelming, but once you get into a good system of maintaining your time you should be fine. Also, I would tell myself that college is not a walk in the park; I would be completely honest with myself and say that you have to work hard to succeed. You need to be dedicated to doing homework and studying for each of your classes, but in the end it will all pay off. If you work hard for it, you shall succeed and the greatest feeling is success especially when you know you worked hard to get there.


Going back in time, I would tell myself to not worry so much about how to manage my time. At first, playing football, going to class, and being a part of a scholarship program may seem really overwhelming, but make sure you plan out week by week what you have to do day in and day out. If the day seems to be going at a million miles an hour, stop yourself and take a step back. Slowing yourself down will be the best way to get through a stressful day. Getting stressed out is only going to make college feel like a job rather than the experience that it should be. Make sure you plan out time to do both school work and have a social life. I found too that working out will definitely be a stress buster, but also include friends in there too so that it doesn't get so monotonous being a school. It's a fun experience, and as long as long as you plan your times right, it's less stressful than high school because you have so much more time to get stuff done.


Due to the many challenges and various changes that I have undergone through my college experience, psychologically, academically and even physically, the best advice that I could give myself is to use all of the resources provided for me. Looking back at my previous year at Widener, I felt that I didn't fully understand that being a college student is more than just academics and having a desire to be involved. College is an experience of a lifetime! Using academic support services, meeting administrators as well as making friends that have a similar mind set to that of own, are some of the many key components for thriving academically. By making friends who are involved on campus, challenged academically, and who share many of the same values as me, I have learned that success cannot be acheived without the assistance of others. The important concept is take college one step at a time, starting with students around your age group who share similar standards. It is the best way to climb the later of success.


No matter how smart you think you are there is always room for improvement. College is hard and you need to know that you have to be able to commit yourself to completing all your work before the deadlines while managing your busy schedule.


If I could go back to talk to myself as a high school senior I would probably say that I need to believe in myself. I am smart and can get through college with a good GPA. The transition into college from high school is tough, but it is for all students. Your friends and family are always there for you and you will never be able to disappoint your parents as easliy as you think. College will be the best four years of your life and you will make great friends that will be your friends for a very long time!


Make lists of things you are and aren't looking for in a school. Visit schools before September and compare them to your lists. The more schools you look at, the better. Talk to students in the same accademic program you want to persue. Ask them what the work load is really like, how the social life is at their school, and how they have adjusted to their paticular school. Finally, go into college with an open mind. College is the perfect experience for adolescents to find their true indentity, establish their own believes and values, and learn to live life in the happiest way possible.


I would tell them to make sure they visit at least ten different college campus to get a feel how different each one is to make the best choice.


The number one suggestion I would give parents and students is to visit the college you think you want to go to, tour it, and if possible spend a night there. This is the best way to get to know the people which you are going to spend your education experience with, and if you don't like the type of people your surrounded by you will not be as happy and it will make it harder to achieve your full potential. The Second thing I would advise it to figure out what size classes you feel most comfortable in and figure out of the school you wish to go to fits that. Do you want a large school with many opportunities so you can dabble in many different things to figure out your passion, or do you know what you want to do and want to go to a smaller school, which will help, you specifically focus on that career path. The last piece of advice I would wish to give is to live everyday to the fullest but to make sure you have a plan for the future.


The advice I would first give to the student is to do you college research early. Don't wait to the last minute and pick a school that will benefit you in the long run. A school that will help with your goals and your career. The student should made sure that the department they are going into are very welcoming and willing to help at anytime. They need to made sure once they pick a school that there advisor knows their career path desired, so they can help to their best ability. To the parents I would say assist your students, but do not try to pick their school for them. What my seem like the best school at the time is always not the right one. They should pick a school that will best help with not only their educational needs, but also help their career needs. A school that will help them in the right direction of their future. Sometime pressure from the parents could be a bad choice and can hurt the student in the long run. This could cause the student to accomplish their goals later then wanted.


I would make sure the student wants to go where their final chose is. You have to like the campus and environment. Make sure the school has your major. To make the most out of your experience I would suggest to get involved in an activity. Getting involved help makes friends for life, and connections around campus,