Biola University Top Questions

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

Dakota

I know you might be nervous about the upcoming college lifestyle you're about to face, and in all honesty, you should be. It's everything you expected and more. You're going to retreat into yourself and be shy in front of some people, but don't be. The friends you meet in college really are the people you stick with afterward. Even though your roommates are fantastic people, it is nice to branch out and meet other people! Don't be afraid to tell people about yourself. Don't be so scared that you just stay quiet. After all, you are a Public Relations major, and even though you don't know it now, networking is a huge part of it, and you need to be able to talk to the people around you openly. Sieze every opportunity, because they go by faster than high school did. Get involved your first semester. There are so many opportunities on campus that you didn't even imagine and most of them are exactly what you need. Also, limit your Netflix use.

Grace

Relax. Give yourself time to understand the concepts introduced in class instead of rushing to study the key terms the night before an exam. If you understand the concepts, the rest will follow. Be anxious for nothing. Make sure you set aside enough time to get all your homework done. SERIOUSLY! Enjoy the late nights and early mornings. Make friends with the coffeeshop barristas because you WILL get to know them whether you want to or not. Give yourself time to make friends, it won't happen right away, but I promise-- it will happen. When you do meet those people that match your level of crazy, go on adventures! Go to the beach, go hiking, or don't go anywhere.. stay in and watch movies. When work and school get overwhelming your friends will be your solice and your comfort. Make sure you get your alone time as well, it may not seem like it now, but setting time apart for yourself allows you to rest and recharge in order to keep going on adventures that you'll remember for the rest of your life. And most importantly... don't forget to call your mother often!

Alyson

Believe me, I know college is quickly approaching and the image of that graduation stage is all you can see as you sit in class. The excitement to be on your own is growing each day. Try to be present in the moment regardless. While college will be great, this last semester of senior year will hold so many memories that will help you as you make the transition, don't let the time slip away from you. Embrace college with as few expectations as possible. College will send you on a crazy and unexpected ride no matter how many pins you have on pinterest telling you what to expect, what to wear, and how to design your room. No one can prepare you for what you are going to experience because each person has an experience of their own. Let yourself make mistakes and do things you normally wouldn't; there is no better time to fail. If you don't meet your best friends during welcome week, relax. You are going to meet incredible people. Most importantly, be yourself and don't be afraid to admit that you are still trying to figure out who you exactly are.

Thomas

Don't worry about making friends quickly- the lasting ones will enter your life natuarally. Make sure you are constantly checking the syllabus to stay on track with assignments and reading not mentioned in class. Try to work on homework directly after class, while the subjects are fresh in your mind, but study for quizzes and tests the night before so you can remember it clearly. Try to maintain healthy relationships with your nieghbors and get to know them by having meals together or being spontaneous and fun. When people are friendly towards you, try to return their positive emotion, rather than merely absorbing it. This will keep them from becoming emotionally exhausted. Get as much information from your professors as you can, making the price of your education worth it and introducing yourself as an interested and driven student. If you are having problems with procrastination, follow these steps. First, isolate yourself from distracting friends and environments. Second, listen to music just loud enough to drown out your surroundings, but quiet enough to not be a primary interest. Third, work through your homework, constantly changing perspectives when you loose inspiration. Finally, take heart and persevere.

Jenna

I would tell myself that it isn't such a terrible thing to start off at a two year college to save money. I would also tell myself to apply for more scholarships to decrease the level of debt. One other thing I would tell myself is to introduce myself to new people and make connections with others.

Rachael

Making the transition from high school to college is always hard, no matter how small the transition may seem to a person. Don't be afraid to explore more outside of your comfort zone and get to meet as many people as you can the first week of school. Also, be sure to check out a variety of clubs because there are a lot of extracurricular activities to participate in. The first few weeks of school is the perfect time to find some friends that will last you a lifetime, so make the best of it and find the right friends that you can trust and depend on. One big piece of advice I would like to give to my past self would be to attend the chapels early on in the semester and to take the time to get to know the professors well and spend some time getting to know them because they love to get to know each and every one of their students not on the academic level, but also on the personal level too.

Ellen

I would tell myself to never stop trying. That even though it ook me awhile to figure out what I wanted to do, that time prepared me, and instead of freaking out and getting worried I could have continued to pray more faithfully and studied more diligently. I was so worried financially that I woud not be able to pay for school that I took off a semester to work more and save more money. That money ended up having to go to a new car since the one I had broke down. My confidence was shattered because I went from being a great student in high school to struggling in college. I would tell myself to not envy those that get to go to school without having to work to pay off finances, my jobs taught me responsibility and discipline, time management and the reward of working hard. I would encourage myself by telling me that I would meet a family of friends that are always going to be there to encourage me, pray for me and offer words of advice. I would say that even in the tough moments, it will be worth it.

Kaitlyn

The idea of transitioning from a high school student to a college student was something that simultaneously thrilling and terrifying. Though I was looking forward to entering a new chapter in life, I was also very apprehensive about the school I was planning to attend that fall. Cal State University Los Angeles was not my first choice, but it was the best option given my not-so- stellar GPA. If I could go back and advise my younger self, I would stress the importance of gracefully accepting what seems to be failure, and work hard to change what you still can. I would say this because after two years of attending CSULA, I was pleasantly surprised by some of the hardworking, intelligent and driven people I met along the way who challenged and inspired me to do better. I would tell myself not to waste a single minute feeling discouraged that I was not going to a top tier college because at the end of the day, the purpose of a higher education is to absorb all the knowledge you can to prepare you for life ahead. By learning to accept failure in stride, no one can stop your sprint.

Kristin

To my high school senior self,Remember all the expectations you have for college? For instance, you have high hopes of graduating a four-year university with all of the answers to life. You also confidently believe you will find love in a campus of 4,000 students. In addition, your goal is to find the right major, because you are convinced it will forever determine your future. If you continue to cling to these ideas so tightly, you are going to be disappointed to hear that it will take you five years to graduate, because you change your major three times. Plus, you will leave college single and with more questions than when you first started. Kristin, you have this picture in your head of who you should be and what you should do, but get rid of it, because it is dangerous. You will waste countless days trying to attain this picture. With this advice, you will spend more time enjoying the process of finding out who you truly are and less time blaming yourself for not being the person you think you are supposed to be.

Colin

Most people say that senior year is the easiest year of high school, yet for me it was one of the hardest years of high school. Maybe it was the classes that I took or that I was trying to fight the idea of "senioritis". It strikes seniors usually during the third quarter, after students are accepted into colleges and everything seems to be going well. That idea was talked about so much, I tried to fight that idea. I may have had a little bit of this "senioritis", but for the most part I did all that was expected for a student to do and did pretty well. Two pennies of advice for senior year: instead of fighting senioritis, don't get too carried away with it. Do what you usually do, but make sure to say your goodbyes. Compile a list of daring activities that you've always wanted to do or achieve but never did, and carry it out! Cherish ever moment--the good and the bad--and spend time with your family and friends.

Kevin

The more people we judge, the less people we see. I wish I could go back and tell my bright-eyed freshmen self “Don’t be so judgmental.” When I first set foot on a college campus, it was so easy to judge people prematurely. I just left every friend I knew and arrived at a campus with over 4,000 students living in a few square miles. I wanted so desperately to find a group of friends, that I latched on to the first acquaintances that seemed nice and avoided anyone who exuded “awkward,” “annoying,” or “weird.” However, eventually the people I thought I would hate became my good friends. That gangly kid who hid behind glasses, curly hair, and a giant set of headphones became my lab partner and the only one in class who knew anything about chemistry. The short guy from Oakland who used ridiculous slang words knew the best Korean BBQ restaurants to take our group to every month. That gruff jock with the Mohawk became the co-captain of my Ultimate Frisbee team and my favorite person to discuss Plato’s Symposium with. The more people you judge, the fewer friends you have.

Bailey

As a senior in high school I would have like to have been told to slow down and enjoy each and every moment. There is something unique about every big event, every small moment, and every day that we are alive on this Earth that should be treasured and appreciated for what it is worth. As a senior, I was eager to be out of high school and into college. Although I would not say that I missed many highschool expierences by this eagerness, I would say that I still wish that I had taken the time to slow down, breathe, and reflect on the goodness of every day. Having grown in many ways over the course of my first year of college, I have come to learn that every moment and laugh will be remembered and that when it comes down to the stressful, hard, and downright chaotic times of school, the reltionships that I have built over the year will be right there with me holding my hand and I will be able to truly appreciate this for all of the moments, big and small, that have led up to this one.

Daniel

Being a college student is an extremely formative stage of life. Use this time to lay a solid foundation for the person you would be proud to be. Develop a good work ethic by doing your best in your classes. Set goals and remember what you are working for and towards. Manage your time so that you do not miss out on everything that school has to offer you. These experiences and relationships are invaluable and they will help you become you. That being said, you know how you tend to gravitate towards people that are similar to you? Try your best to let go of that. You are holding yourself back from so many great things. College is a season of learning, but do not limit yourself to only learning inside of a classroom. Learn to learn from everyone around you. Do not assume that someone has more to offer because of their age, interests, views, social status, or the people they hang out with. This is one of the most diverse environments you'll ever be in, so take advantage of it. College has more to offer you than a diploma, so make the most of it.

Zania

Knowing what I know now, the fundamental word of advice I would give my younger self can be summed up in this old age adage: less is much more. Entering college is an exciting time for anyone! University life is brimming with opportunities for academic and professional advancement (as well as friends and fun of course)! However with so much pressure to achieve societal upward mobility, the aforementioned things can easily become superficial markers of achievement instead of enriching experiences. When we see all of these opportunities as things to be “had”, we focus on getting them rather than cherishing them. Practically this principle can be summed up with these two words: slow down. Relax. These four years will be filled with innumerable opportunities. Seize a few and cherish them well throughout the years. Don’t try to do every internship that you are qualified for. Choose one or two and stick with them. Stop trying so hard to make friends with every person you meet. Instead pursue things you are good at and that really enrich your life, and true friends will come. Work hard at a few things with a few good people, and enjoy the time.

Sabrina

First and foremost, try to not be afraid because this journey is going to be great. In your yearbook you see the sang "don't change", college is not going to change who you are, but it is going to go stretch you and mature you. Be open and allow yourself to question everything. Be confident in who you are and what you want. You may not always know what you want but hold on to any little bit of certainty. You are going to be given great responsibilities so do not abuse it! Pray for guidence when times get tough, because it will get difficult. Do not give up. Embrace the good inside you and show people who put you down (may even be yourself) that you are capable and strong. Meet new people and build relationships with classmates and professors; put yourself out there. Join clubs, get involved with activities at your school, and have fun. Also, have some quiet time to reflect on your day or what you are learning. Balance is so important (and so is sleep!). Discover who you are meant to be. Be patient with time but do not waste it.

carlos

Don't take school work to seriously. Grades, tests and homework are very important, but you learn more about life by actually living it, than by digging your nose in a text book. Take plenty of time to enjoy the few years that you have and make lasting friendships and memories. College isn't only about earning a degree; it's about growing up and learning how to live a fulfilling life. It all starts here.

Jaci

As a senior I wish I would have taken in the experience of high school while I was still there. Once you are a senior I feel like the future of college is at the forefront of one's mind and many forget to be present where they are at in that time. So enjoy, learn, and embrace the last year of secondary school before entering an entirely new experience. I do not think there is one solution or piece of advice to give for those going into college but something I would voice would be to go in with some kind of intention. Whether it is to do your best academically, or to participate in various clubs and activities, or to study abroad, the list goes on and on, but the best advice I could have is to start with a goal or purpose and to be mindful that it might change but it is better to start with something and go from there instead of start with no ambition and lose the opportunities to be shaped and molded by what your university has to offer.

Ashlynn

Identity. That would be the one word I would say if I could talk to my senior self. When I came to college I thought I knew who I was and confident in myself, but it wasn't until I came to college, made a few mistakes, and tried to fit in with different cliques of people that I realized I needed to figure out who I was before I started making new friends. I would tell myself that you don't need to try and act like you can do it all on your own because it is okay to shed a few tears and it is okay to have a melt down every now and then. I would remind myself, that I don't have to carry the world on my shoulders and I don't have to try and act tough. I would tell myself that family is there for encouragement and my goal should not be to shun them but instead accept their instruction and remember where I come from. I could have saved myself a lot of heartache and trouble if I just knew what I stood for when I came to college.

Dulce

If I had the ability to go back in time to my senior year, I would have invested more time durring the summer break submiting as many scholarships as possible. I regret not informing myself more about financial aid opportunities. I have found it challenging to take advantage of all the univeristy's resources for the lack of funds to live on campus. Most of their free tutoring sessions begin late in the evening when I must head home. In addition, I would have taken multiple AP courses that would transfer into the university. Being the first of my family to attend college, I must pave the road for my siblings. Although going back in time is not realistic, I have learned very valuable information that will certainly be passed to others that follow.

Summer

I would tell myself to wake up and enjoy the freedom of high school, and better prepare myself for the stresses of college. I lost a family member my senior year, and mourned his death for the entire second semester, missing out on some great memories that I could have made with my friends. Also, because I was in mourning, I did not work as hard as I usually would. I still managed to maintain a relatively high class rank, but I never gave it my all. Attending college the next fall was a bit of a culture shock, and I quickly had to kick it in gear and get back to the hard working student I am. I so badly wish I could have realized that I was missing out on life back when it was so easy and fun to live it up. Death is a part of life, so you must love everyone with all you've got and live to the fullest. Mourn your loved ones passing, but don't let it get in the way of your future. Like the sweet fish Dory in Finding Nemo says, "Just keep swimming." Always remember to stay positive.

Oscar

If I could go back in time and talk to myself when I was a senior, I would tell myself that everything is going to turnout fine even in the worst of times and also to relax and theres no need to rush things. Everything will happen in time but I must have better paitince and everything will fall into place. Just enjoy the ride and don't force anything.

Emerson

I would give myself a hug. Knowing its going to be hard, but I wouldn't change a thing. Every challenge hurts, but I look back on all the hurt in my life and am thankful for every bit of it.

Morganne

I wish I had known a couple things going into college. First, that college isn't what it is made out to be on tv shows or movies. Although there are crazy fun and wild nights, there are some times when no one in your group has a car and your are stranded on campus. I also wish I had known that this is not a bad thing! Being able to make the best of these opportunities and find fun things to do on campus are what makes college so fun! The second thing I wish I had known was that you will not replace your high school friends, only make new ones and that this process may take time. Don't be afraid to make new friends, your friends at home will still be there for you. But don't be worried when you don't have a best friend over night. Trusting people and making friends takes time, so take the time to get to know cool people and spend time with them! Lastly, I wish I had known how fast time goes int college and knowing that, would be sure to make the most of all opportunities.

Katelyn

Given the opportunity to talk to my high school self, I would have plenty of advice to urge myself to follow: Dear High School Self, First and foremost do not to worry or stress about the minor details of this upcoming fall, but rather just pray. College classes do require more studying and reading outside of classes compared to high school, but as long as you manage your time and keep on top of the assignments there is nothing to worry about because you first semester of college you sucessfully earned a 4.0. Also stop worrying everyday about your roomate and if you will get along with her. She is the nicest person and so caring. Even if you ended up with a horrible roomate there would still be nothing to worry about because everyone on campus is so welcoming and you have a plethora of amazing friends that encourage you and help you through the tough times. Lastly, give the new transition time. The first few weeks will be hard because everything is new and your far away from home, but slowly everything will fall in place. And remember it is okay to be a little homesick.

Victoria

Don't get so worked up over small stuff, enjoy each day for the joy it is, do your best and commit the rest. Cultivate meaningful relationships and try new things without fear of of failure or looking foolish. Explore the facets and embrace the things that make you, you.

Esther

To constantly remind myself of all the blessings and be joyful in every circumstance. I took education for granted in the past and because I find so much joy in learning now, I want to be filled with wisdom to be a greater cause for others. I want to be passionate and humbly serving others. My advice: Give everything I have and never give up, and be thankful for everything, good and bad. Find joy and hope through every experience.

Kelly

I would tell myself to look more at the big picture of life. I became dependent on my ex husband which became an abusive relationship. I would tell myself to be strong. To stand up for what you believe in. I would tell myself to follow up dreams and go after what you want in life. I would also instill that you can you anything in this world that you want to do. I would tell myself that I hold the key to my dreams and my happiness. I would say you just need to stay focused even through the tough times. Nothing worth having in this life is free or easy. The things that are most valuable are those you work hard to attain. Life is not always easy. Life is not always pretty but it is definitely worth the ride. You must dream big, stay strong and go after what you want in this life.

Nancy

I would tell myself to PAY ATTENTION! I spent my senior year dreaming of the time I would be away from the demands of school, homework and tests. As an adult, I have realized the value of an education and the knowledge and experience I would have gained, but wasted it in my arrogance of my rapidly approaching 18th birthday and high school graduation. In my conceit, I felt the world was for my talking and I would be immensely successful in whatever I undertook. Sadly, adulthood was not quite what I thought it was, from my vantage point of being on the outside looking in. Now, as a grown woman with many children of my own, I have returned to school to finish what I should have done so many years ago. With my own children negating college as unimportant, I am now setting the example of how vital it is for your future.

Sarah

Be yourself. Do not try to change who you are in order to fit in or stand out as an individual. Make friends with your fellow classmates. They are a key to success in classes. They help push you to be a better student, as well as help you out with any material that you missed or are confused about. Not only are they helpful in passing classes, some of them could be your best friends. Do not give up, no matter how much you want to. Chances are, when you push through the hard classes, the accomplishments you have made are very rewarding as a student. Participate in class discussions and ask questions. Asking questions is a big part of learning. Not only does it allow you to receive help, but it also lets the professor know that you are working to understand the material. The professor will then be more likely to be more than happy to help you get a good grade (as long as you deserve it). Last of all, have a good attitude about everything. Take the best out of every situation and you will enjoy yourself.

Madison

I would advise myself that taking a year off should mean taking a year off and not any longer. At eighteen I was in no way mature enough to make such a huge decision about my future and did not give it the proper attention it deserved. I would be sure to let my self know that taking so much time away from an educational enviornment in no way brings to light what I could be intrested in studying. My high school senior self should have spent far more time researching and deciding what she wanted to do in the long run even if it did end up being that she wanted time off she should have made sure she had a definite plan.

Meredith

If I could go back in time and tell my high school self something it would be pretty simple. Make better grades. I was always the girl who just sqeaked by in everything that I did as far as academics in high school. I knew I wanted to go to college but never really gave the finances a second look. Now I am a first year college student who has a 4.0 GPA but is still denied grants and scholarships due to my low GPA in high school. I am currently getting no state or federal aid excluding student loans. If I could go back in time I would tell myself that making good grades in highschool is unbelieveably important. If I could do that maybe I would not be in the stressful financial situation I am currently in.

Hyunji

I know you may be anxious and nervous as a pre-freshmen in college, but to be honest, there is no need to worry. Biola provides a very friendly and welcoming environment for everyone. You will also find your life-long friends here. Also, if you are worried about being pressurized by your race and looks, don't worry because Biola is very multi-ethnical and has almost no emphasis in racism. Overall, Biola is friendly so do not worry about anything but be yourself.

Leanna

If I was able to talk to myself as a senior I would let myself know how hard it is to make new friends. I would encorage myself to be outgoing and work hard to make friends at the begining of college. Taking a risk in the begining pays off and it gets harder the longer college goes on. There are a lot of great people at college they just need to be found. College is a big transition and having a good group of friends makes the transition easier. Being prepared for the transition into college can help one suceed through college especially with the right group of friends.

LEANE

Make sure that you pay attention to all aspects of the enrollment process and take pleanty of notes. This is going to include testing, financial aid, admissions, orientation and other steps that may be required. Please pay specific attention to the financial aid portion, there may be consequences to dropping classes and you may not have enough credits to continue with aid. Paying for college is not cheap! Getting you degree is so important that you really want to make sure that you are fully prepaired no matter what you decide to major in. You can make changes to your degree but that may also mean that you need to take other classes and there again may change things for you financial aid. Put money away for those unexpected expences that you are going to end up having. These may include books, lab fees, and other things that you are not thinking of when ou enroll in classes. Don't be affriad to ask questions if you have them. They are all going to be important.

Rianna

I would tell myself that it is extremely important to focus on grades and doing everything possible in order to gain financial aid. While it may seem that friends are more important, and worthy of your time, paying for school should be your top priority. Be proactive in making time to apply for scholarships, and budget your time and money wisely. Don't put off applications until the last minute, because you could very possibly be letting significant aid slip through your fingers. Be wise and smart in your decisions, and know that your education is more important than going to a party or grabbing a smoothie with your friends. Make every second count when it comes to your future because your future would be a terrible thing to waste. Most importantly: don't be afraid to grow up, it may seem scary and overwhelming at times, but you are capable of making good decisions for yourself. You have nothing to fear; get excited because this is your life, and you have so many opportunities headed your way!

kara

Keep working hard, but not so hard that you dont have any time for your self. Remember to check deadlines and try not to push things off. Most importantly believe in your self, you are the only one who can truly get you were you want to be.

Tate

Don't get caught up in who you will marry or date. It doesn't matter that everyone else has someone. You will find someone at the right time. Just stay focused on your school and learning all you can. This is going to be the time of your life. Have fun, but be careful. Be responsible and don't let your parents down. But most of all, if anything- Believe in yourself. You can do it. You Tate, you are good enough. You will fit in. Don't underestimate yourself. Keep your head up and stay positive. Be confident in the woman you are. Remember why you're here. Be yourself, because you can be no one else. Be confident in your abilities and have faith.

Toscha

Education is the most important thing that you can do to contribute to our country. From politics to financial; education is the base. Without education we tend to become followers and allow our lives to just happen however with education we are better able to serve one anothers needs. We become leaders and therefore contributing strongly to our futures. The world is all about education whether it is in the classroom or living in the world, education is all around us. It is up to each individual to take the opportunities that education provides to live and strive off of. Children are taught by observing others studying each and every day. They are well aware of how important it is to follow in my footsteps. I was lucky to find passion in my learning and you can have that too. Just try it.

Dana

If I were to go back in time and talk to the young bright-eyed, naïve, and lover of comfort Dana I would have told her a plethora of things. I would have told her to take risk with scholarships and put herself out there. I would encourage her to get more involved with club leadership on campus and not back away to only being a member. I would tell her to take each class that she takes seriously in the sense of not just looking at a class as a task but an opportunity to submerge herself into an unknown topic and interact with knowledge. Since she would be surrounded by all of this knowledge I would want her to take the next step and actually study what is in front of her to the best of her abilities. I would get her to understand that the way that she learns is special so that she does not just do what other people do because it looks right. And on that note I would encourage her to be who she is and run away from stifling the waters of creativity that flow within her.

Rachel

It was a good idea to do junior college before your University. When you make the transfer however, try to get involved in more activities and spending more time with people. Finding friends right away will help you a lot during your first semester and even later on in the years to come.

Kim

When I first graduated high school, I was one of many students who was not sure what field or career I wanted to enter. Like many of my high school class with this problem, I enrolled in my local community college. I treated it like I did high school by skipping and dropping classes. Habits like this gathered myself a poor grade point average. I continued this for a couple years, not taking my direction in life seriously. Finally, I discovered what career field I wanted to enter and started visiting colleges and making an academic plan for myself. What I've learned from it all makes me have a strong message to my high school self. I'd tell her how important it is to take every class you enroll into in college seriously. Even if she did not have an exact career or field she planned to go into, take basic education classes because she WILL need them to start off ANY degree program. If I had been the student I am now straight out of high school, I would not be working so hard now to repair my past destruction, financially and academically.

Mindy

If I could go back in time to give my high school self advise, I would advise myself to take classes more seriously. I would let myself know that putting in a little more effort could get me all A's and a 4.0 GPA that would have helped me with scholarships and grants. Also, I would have to advise myself to get more involved socially on campus to build up my resume and my social experiences and skills.

Zania

If given the chance to address myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself the following: "Slow down first of all. I know that you're ready to dive head first into all that college has to offer. It's a completely new life! There will be plenty of time to try out as many clubs as you want and a lot of time to meet new people (as many as you want). That doesn't all have to be done within the first semester of college; otherwise you'll easily become worn out, especially with the weight of classes already pressing down on you. Focus on your classes first and really take your time to figure out what you want to do and what you're interested in. College gives you time to re-evaluate your life, your interests and values. It's not necessary to know exactly what you want to do right now.It's okay to be undecided; just keep pressing toward the mark of discovery. Above all else, God is real and he cares about you! He knows the most so don't be afriad to ask him about anything!".

lidia

As a college student, I want to say that in college you become dependent. Everything you do is for your own good, not trying to please friends. Also, always be open to your roommates if you feel comfortable. My roommates are the best and when I moved in I struggled a lot because I used to be attached to my mom. For the first week I cried each night, but luckily I felt safe and comfortable with my rommates that I told them how depressed I felt. They helped me a lot. Also, if you are attched to home, call home, skype, or email. From personal experience my transition was not that bad because I felt safe at a Christian University. People were extremely nice and helped me a lot.

Stephanie

I wish i could've pushed myself a little more and not let seniorities get to me. To save up money and get a job sooner cause college is expensive. Lastly, to enjoy my senior year, you step into the real world once you are in college and get the feeling of adulthood.

salvador

If I was able to go back in time and talk to myself as a senior I would advice me about how different is college life. The possible do and don't allowed by the society, and how much your mind set changes when you meet new people. I defenitely would tell myself that procrastination is not a good thing, and now it does caught up to you. That the old habits of not studying should be changed immidiatelty, and to become a better reader. And no matter what people say, study what you want no what may make your family happy (medicine won't make you happy,computer science do). This is wjat I would probably say to myself if I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior. Hoping that in the future, that high school me changes before college arrives.

Jessica

I would definitely advise myself to "give my all" and never let anything stand in the way of my future. Education is the key to a successful future, and doing good in high school is the stepping stone to it. Gather and obtain all the resources that are given right in front of you because if you do not take advantage of the opportunities, you will miss out on a life time experience.

Richard

Do not slack off or procastinate. You could get scholarships that can help you pay for school and you won't get rejection letter and have to transfer after two years at a community college.

Liset

If I could go back in time to give my high school self advice about college, I would tell myself to skip that one whole year taking classes for elementary education and remind myself that young children do not need to be in my near future. Anatomy is my calling and that I should pursue a degree in the medical field. Also, I would remind myself that boys are in college simply to test your dedication towards getting an education. Priorities first since being sociable, sadly, does not pay the bills.

Stephanie

I know things seem very uncertain right now. The future appears like an abyss, and it is even hard to imagine that you are getting ready for college. It seems like it was just yesterday that you were starting high school. But I want to remind you that God is already in your future. He has big plans for you, plans that you cannot even imagine or fathom, so do no waste your time trying. Worrying about the future is a waste of time. You are going to transition to college life so easily because the Lord will be with you. He is going to give to strength, and provide for you. Remember how faithful He has been in the past. All that you have to do now is thank Him, use your last year in high school to glorify Him, and know He will be faithful through your college years. He has already picked out a school for you, the people He wants you to meet, and the experiences He wants for you to have. Right now, enjoy the peace that comes with knowing the all-powerful, loving, and perfect Creator.

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