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What I wish I knew – Maggie Peck ’21

“College is where you will spend the best years of your life.” Growing up, I heard these words all of the time from adults. Throughout high school, I grew anxious to move away and be able to live out these next wonderful years of my life. However, there was one issue. I had no clue where I wanted to go to college! As a result of my uncertainty, I applied to 13 different institutions ranging large and small, rural and urban. Needless to say, the task of finding the perfect school for me was quite daunting. After all, it was one of the biggest decisions I would make in life.

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What I wish I knew – Juliana Shugar ’23

The college admissions process can be a scary time. Trying to figure out where you are going to spend the next four years of your life can prove to be a daunting task, but the process is different for everyone. Some people know from their first year of high school where they want to go, and others, like myself, will take a little bit longer to make that decision. In retrospect, looking back at my application process, there is something that I wish I knew. I was researching so many different schools with different programs in different states and it got quite overwhelming. Juniata was one of those schools, but I had no clue that it would be the college I would pick. Looking back, I wish that I knew that I didn’t have to worry; that I would pick the right school, and for me, that school was Juniata College.

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What I wish I knew – (Cruz)ilious Contreras-Amezcua ’23

Time is crucial in college, and anywhere really. In college, you’re given a pile of work to complete in a span of one to two days and probably a number of meetings too. On top of that, you have to make sure that you’re taking care of your needs (that means no holding your bladder until you finish that last essay sentence!). Things like making sure you’re eating meals, practicing good hygiene, even making your living space feel a little more like home. This can be especially difficult for first-year students to navigate if it’s their first time in an environment like this. Let’s be honest, it can all overwhelm you pretty fast.

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What I wish I knew – Talia Bertrando ’22

“Who made you queen?” was a phrase used by my mom multiple times throughout my childhood. Whenever I made brainless decisions without approval or demands without manners, I was brought down to earth with the pointed reminder that I was, in fact, not royalty. I gradually grew into this knowledge of my lack of birthright, and often remembered the phrase to keep my ego in check. This phrase followed me as I transitioned from a sassy seven-year-old demanding snacks to a college-obsessed seventeen-year-old praying I would find a college I would like for all four years.

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What I wish I knew – Theo Weinberger ’21

The first semester of your senior year of high school is one characterized by a period of strife and stress also known as the college application process. College applications, commonly full of looming deadlines and standardized testing, are a main point of stress in what would otherwise be a wind down year for students who are nearing the end of their four year stretch of public schooling. If I could tell my 17 year old self something about the college admission process, I would tell myself not to take the application personally, and to focus my efforts on finding the best matched school for me.

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