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What should every freshman at Bethune-Cookman University know before they start?


When I was a highschool senior, I was pretty clueless about the process of going to college. I assumed it would be just like highschool and, obviously, I was wrong. I would start off by telling myself that paying attention and studing is key to success in college. In highschool you can recieve high grades without much effort but that doesn't install in you good study skill. I was used to getting straight A's in highschool and was shocked and dissapointed in myself for earning a B in Algebra. I would tell myself to calm down and do not expect to get perfect grades all the time. I would also warn myself about the high cost of tuition, books, and supplies. I would encourage myself to get a job sooner to raise more money, apply for more scholarships, and browse online for used books. There is a long list of advice that I could have given myself if I went back in time but this is enough to get me started.


Jade, you are a great person and you have achieved alot. Knowing what i know about the future though, if there was anything i could tell you it would be don't take time off from school. Soon as you graduate from high school start summer classes in college and don't stop! The transition is going to be a lot harder if you take a break and you will forget how to study, write , understand math and use your resources. Eventually, you will catch up to where you need to be, but your g.p.a. won't be as good as you are capable of and it will be a lot harder for you. If you continue school after you graduate high school you will be at your prime of retaining information, you won't be behind in life, and you won't have any regrets. Trust me!


To apply for more scholarships and do not take a loan


If I could go back and tell my highschool self advice, I would tell myself to relax. Granted, college isn't something to be taken lightly, but you're not going to succeed if you don't relax and not stress yourself out. I 've learned that I can't accomplish everything I set out to do in one day, one week, or one month. If I take what I need to do in strides, I know that I will be able to accomplish what I know I need to and want to.


i wish i had the time to stay focus and study more because now i have to be indepent, on my own trying to get more knowledge and take care of myself.


If I could go back, I would tell myself to apply for more scholarships. After recieving a large scholarship that went towards obtaining my associates degree, I gave up on sifting through the numerous scholarships, and settled with what I had. I had no idea what a difference it would make in earning money in advance to go towards my masters degree. I felt that at the time I had done enough with one scholarship, but I am now realizing that it takes more then one scholarship to pay for college. Now that I have my educational path set, the idea of graduate school, and it's expenses are weighing heavily on my mind. Now I am determined to apply myself even more in order to find more scholarships to make it easier on my family. If I could go back to my high school self, I would shake her firmly by the shoulders and tell her that doing the bare minimus is not enough, you should always excel, and go above and beyond.


If I could go back in time as a senior, knowing what I know now about college, I would tell myself stay focussed. Do not put college on hold go straight to college after high school. I would also tell myself to always make sure to keep my grades up and try to apply for as many scholarships as possible. I would let myself know that college isn't cheap at all. I would make myself aware of the amount of money an average person makes with a degree versus an average person without a degree. I would tell myself to set a goal and stick to it to the best of my abilities. I would tell myself that it takes you forever to pay off student loans. I would also tell myself to stay at home as long as you can. Living on your own is not all it's cracked up to be, even as a college student. I would tell myself to pick a major that you actually like and stick with it. I would also tell myself that without a degree or some type of trade it's very hard to get a good paying job.


The advice I would give myself as a high school senior would be to discipline and devote myself to the academics. I would also tell myself to prioritize my time for those things that are most academically benefitting. Also, focused on having fun while learning the material in class because it allows the lectures and lessons to be more memorable.


I would tell my self to stay focused on God. When you come to college it's not about anyone else but you. Never depend on others to do what you have to do. Also that college is hard work so it is time to grow up and get your mid focused on your future.


College is very important, and it is one of the most important decisions that you will make as a young adult. Please take your education serious, and take advantage of life opportunities that will present itself throughout your matriculation in college.