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If by some as yet undiscovered law of physics that allowed time travel I could talk to my former self, I would advise my younger self to focus my gaze solely on the stars and not at all at the ground beneath my feet. My younger self lacked the confidence I only came to have as an adult due to my work ethic, where in my younger years I believed that talent was the greatest attribute anyone could have to be successful in life. And so, I pursued a career that I had talent in but no passion for, but I always wondered if I could have done more. I would have listened to the wise words of my mother, whose own experience of living and somehow thriving in war-torn Nicaragua far outweighed anything I could have ever lived through: "There is more inherent value in effort than there is in talent, for talent can lead to laziness and lack thereof can breed determination." Cognizant now of this new reality, I intend to re-write those high school chapters and set myself on a path to a great ending.


The transition between high school and community college is relatively easy in the essence of work load, however, there are many other things to remember as you go into the next step of your life. Like college costs money for many reasons. A little job goes a long way. Also just because you made your decision to attend AACC, does not mean to stop doing research on other schools. Two years goes by quick and next thing you know you will be filling out applications again. Start them early, like the fall of sophomore year. Get help early if needed, it is easily accessible. Remember the college is small, but that does not mean there are not things you could be doing between classes. Go to the library, you could run into people you know and you'll get homework done. Ask people on the team for lunch. Get to know your teammates better the first year, they'll turn into some awesome friends! Go to the training room and get to know the trainor. She takes care of you and will probably watch a movie with you while you're there. Act like a pro, during your first semester.


I would tell myself not to give up and to believe in my abilities as a young man surrounded by negativity and drugs. My biggest life regret is that I never got a diploma handed to me and I feel ashamed of it knowing I settled for a GED. I would tell myself that if I did stick it out that a university will be so awesome and so different, so make sure that I take this last year to maintain good grades, because your future depends on it. Lastly, I would tell myself to not be afraid to ask for help and to seek guidance even if your parents do not help, someone will. I would like to note that I never was a high school senior. Thank you for any consideration.


If I had the oppurtunity to go back and give my high school self I would tell myself to "suck it up and work harder". I would tell myself to stop spending too much time with my friends and procrastinating. Although it sucks it is going to pay off in the long run. The more I work in high school the more free time I get have to have fun with friends later. College and school is much more important than having fun with your friends.


Looking back now, i wish i would have done more for myself in high school. for starters I would have played more sports, Cheerleading still is my passion but it really didnt offer me much in scholarships or other opprtunites out of high school. I also wouldnt have payed as mich attention to boys as I did and i sure wouldnt of dated the ones i did. i would of given myslef more of an opprtunity to take advance placement classes, getting a head start on my college carrer. In high school i was strongly influenced by what people thought of me and how i looked, i was a little over weight but as i got older i thinned out, i honestly wish i wouldnt of let poeples opionins of me infulcence how i saw myself. My freshman year in high school i was bullied, i wish i would of stood up for myself more, and would of been more outgoing then i was. if i could go back i would tell myself to just be myself and prepare for college and apply for scholarships earlier then i did and to know it wasnt the best years of my life.


If I had the ability to go back in time, there is so much I'd tell my past self. To start, I would tell high school senior me to stick with it! She didn't feel that college was for her, because no one took the time to tell her how it would benefit her as an artist. I'd make sure to fix that. College isn't just writing papers, taking math classes and grades. It's an opportunity for you to learn new skills. Every class you take will make you a better artist. Also, there are tons of people around you in college who want to see you succeed. Your high school teachers may not have been as invested, but college professors care about your life and your work. Most importantly, I would tell myself that these things won't just fall in your lap. You have to actually want them – and that's okay! You're not too cool to want something or to have fun doing something. And you'll never know just how awesome things are unless you try. Stop worrying about what other people think and worry about yourself for a change.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would do things a lot differently. I wish I had someone to tell me along the way in my struggling times that "I am worth it." Nobody hears this enough and sometimes it can be all that you need to hear. We were always taught to put our homework first. While I can easily say I did that in high school, it did not cross my mind how much time I would have to account for studying for AP tests. There have been many times where I had to tell myself, "I matter and am worth it." Your physical, emotional, mental health matters. Treat your body right and get more than 5 hours of sleep. There is so much more to life than getting a bad grade on a test you were not properly taught how to study for. School is important, but not more important than you are. Your life is not over, you need to love yourself, as you are more important than some silly GPA. If you do not make yourself a priority, no one else will.


In high school it was not hard for me to get good grades. I could usually pull a B or C without any studying. If I could give any advice to my high school self it would be that studying really makes a difference. College requires a lot of studying and I was not prepared at all for it. I would also advise myself to not procrastinate. There has been more than one occasion where I find myself literally staying up all night to complete an essay due.


First of all, you need to prepare yourself to go really far outside of your comfort zone. Talk to your classmates, stay up late at school events, do not worry so much about what others think of you. If you are yourself in every aspect about you, regarding appearance, how you carry yourself, and your personality, then it should not matter what others think of you. Be who you are in your eyes. Stay true to your moral and values; realize that what your parents taught you has a real impact on the person that you are today. Love the people around you will all that you have because you do not know how much longer they will be there for you. Understand that college is supposed to be the 'best four years of your life,' but realize that life is so much longer than just these four years. Do not regret missed opportunities, but look to the future and think about how to handle situations with maturity and poise. Go to as many school sponsored events as possible; do not be afraid to go by yourself, you never know who you might meet there. Enjoy every moment.


I would not give myself any advice. I think the learning experience is most important. I would not go back in time and change anything. Transitioning and living with change is important for the future. It has taught me important lessons that will come in handy in the future. I know to keep my head up even in the lower points in life. Change is good.


If I had the ability to go back and talk to myself as a senior or even further back to sophmore year, I would have told myself to try harder. I would have put far more effort into my studies and even my preparation for the SAT's. I am not a strong test taker and my SAT scores showed that and probably more so because I did not prepare well enough even though I knew I should have. If I could tell myself one other thing about the transition and difference between high school and college it would be about the work load. I would tell myself to take more rigorous AP classes my junior and senior year so that way I would be more prepared for the work load in college and the amount of reading that you are required to do. Over-all, my process of being a high school senior and college student has gone so well. I have done well and earned 12 thus far and am proud of myself and my hard work.


If I could go back in time as a high school senior, I would tell myself to network more. Networking is an important assett to finding jobs and having connections. Knowing people and making friends, even on a surface level is important. The more people you know, the better chance you have of getting reccomendations and interviews for jobs and school.


If I had the chance to go back in time and talk to my high school self, I would try explaining that I should be pushing myself harder. In high school, senior year (at my school and with my friends) was about having fun, getting out early, and having a minimal number of classes. I had the chance to take four advanced placement courses but I turned it down so that I could get out of school and work. Little did I know, if I had made the smart decision to stay in school a few hours longer and take those extra classes I would have knocked off a semester of college and been that much closer to starting my career. College has opened my eyes to quite a lot and I wish that I would have been that high school student that wanted more and kept trying for it. Now I know, and I am working for that in college.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself not to worry because college is not as daunting as it seems as long as I put forth the effort. I would encourage myself to work harder in high school because the work load in college is more difficult and being prepared in high school would help me make an smooth transition to college life. I would let myself know that there are a lot of nice people and the instructors are great.


If I could go back a be a high school senior again I would tell myself a lot. I would tell myself to apply more to scholarships, learn all you can about financial aid/loans/credit before going. I would tell myself that my studies were the MOST important thing because that is the reason why I'm going to school, I would tell myself to keep God first and to keep in touch with family and friends because being away from home is hard. And finally I would tell myself to study study STUDY !


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior knowning what I know about college life and making the transition from the two schools I would tell myself to be more focused. I would have prepared myself for the work load I would have to deal with and the seriousness of all the work that consumes way more time than in high school. I would tell myself to have been more prepared for exams and make sure my attendance was better.


It was the first day of the semester and I needed a map because the next thing I knew, I was lost and in a room with a weird machine. As I approached, everything started to glow, the clock hands spun backwards and then the room went pitch black. So I opened the door and realized I was back at my high school. I must?ve traveled back in time because a banner read ?Welcome class of 08?. So I found my senior self when the bell rang and gave some good advice. First I explained that in college studying is very important to maintaining good grades, even though I didn?t study very often during high school for my honor roll. I also told her to do a lot of research about the types of degrees and schools that our available because I didn?t know as much as I know now. I told my senior self to worry less about friendships and popularity because in college you meet a lot of interesting people that are all trying to reach similar goals. Finally I said ?If you work hard, you?ll have nothing to worry about?.


Oh, jeez. I would tell myself that getting accepted into a prestigious school like University of New England is great, but the price is more than I can afford. That the greatest idea would be to stick with my original plan and live with Dad and go to AACC. I would also tell myself to take the AP courses the high school offered and to save the money I made baby-sitting.


TAKE THE COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS SERIOUSLY! Just because one might have above average (but not stellar) SAT scores and grades does not guarentee acceptance to even a half-way decent school. It is extrememly important to actually put effort into the application essays and to apply to as many schools as possible. The last and most important thing I would tell myself is that finding scholarships is one of the most imporatant things of all. Money will keep you from attending the school you want to enroll in because financial aid is nothing but low-interest loans.


If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to get involved in at least a couple of different groups or activities on campus. This would make the transition from high school to college easier because getting involved is a great way to make friends and meet new people. Also, I would tell myself to not be afraid to talk to a teacher and ask them for help. Almost all of the teachers that I have had are so helpful, and they really want me to succeed and do well in their class. Overall, I would tell people to have fun, but to study hard and do well.


If I was allowed the chance to talk to myself as a high school senior I would've been able to evade a lot of what I'm experienceing now as a college student. I would've made known that college isn't something that you can take lightly and that I should be more concerned about my education rather than talking on the phone or spending countless hours shopping. Setbacks as such resulted in me not being properly prepared when registering for college, buying books, and also paying college fees on time. I would also make myself aware that it takes persistence to make sure each assignment is completed on time and that I'm taking the right amount of time to study for any test and/or quizzes while in college. Moreover, if I was able to give myself advice as a senior I'd mention that persistence and being prepared were essential to making a successful transition from high school life to college life.


I would tell myself that I need to believe in myself and not let others influence me. I would not allow myself to to take any thing less than the best opportunity to be everything that I want to become and accomplish. I would not listen to instructors or any one else who tried to persuade me that being in a man's field will only lead to disappointment and I would not be successful. I would be able to tell myself that I can do anything I set MY mind to and I can be quite successful and accomplished. I would let myself know that I am bright, capable, and an asset to any school I attend. I would also not let the fact that I did not have the money to attend school without working full time stop me either.


Dear 18 year-old Sarah, Hi, this is your 24 year-old self, who is now half way through nursing school. As happy as I am to have accomplished so much, I wish I would've just done this right out of high school. Instead of getting your associate's degree at 25, you could be getting your bachelor's at age 23, if your heed my advice. Go to school right after you graduate! College isn't as hard as you think it is, you're smart and you can do it! And if the idea of going to a University scares you to death, start small. Take all of your pre-rec classes at the local community college, it's cheaper and a may be a better transition from high school life to college life. Once those are completed transfer to an in-state University to complete your education. If you're wondering where you're going to get the money, don't worry, scholarships and student loans are so easy to obtain. Don't let your fear of the unknown stop you from achieving your goals in life. Best of luck in life and with your decision.


Make sure you complete your college education immediately after leaving highschool.


The advice I would give myself would be to take school seriously. I took high school for granted and wish I could go back in time. I would tell myself to work hard, study the extra mile, and never give up. I have learned so much from being a college student that I wish I would of had the same attitude my senior year in high school. This is the main reason why I went to a community college right out of high school. I was not mature enough and had no idea what I was getting myself into.


The advice that I would give myself about college life if I could go back in time is, you have to be willing to force yourself with doing the work. This is not high school no more so the teachers aren't going to remind you about certain assignments you need turn in or do. You are a young adult, its time to grow up,a dn take responsiblity for your own self. The education is not free so if you don't pass a class, you have to take it over, and pay for it all over again. Now is not the time to play around and take things such as school work and homework lightly. Its time to step your game up ASAP.