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


College life should be the time where you get to explore all of the possibilities that you can have. You will enroll into courses that suits your personality and that you have an interest in. More importantly, college is the time where you will meet a lot of people. Your inner circle will begin to grow during your first two years because you would want to be as social as a possible. Don't settle on just one guy; in fact, go out on dates, meet new people, and have fun because this is the time for you to grow. Another thing you should do is seek an academic advisor each semester. We all know that you think that it's a waste of time to see your advisor and that you think you know what you are doing, but that's not true. Academic advisors are here for you for many reasons. They are paid not only to teach you important concepts for your majors, but to enrich you with what classes to take and when to take it, simply because they know the rigorous of that course to help you reach your potentials while balancing life.


If I can go back and talk to myself as a senior in high school, I would tell myself to be more serious about school. My future starts now. You may think you're old and know it all, but you're really just a baby. Don't ever think twice about asking your parents for advice. Start taking a foreign language now. It would look good on resumes and being multilingual would just be cool.


Don't worry about things. Make sure to stay active, and don't let fear hold you back from trying anything new. Think about everything not only from your own perspective, but from others' as well. Don't ever stop trying your hardest, and don't put too much emphasis on how people think of you. And don't spend your money on foolish investments! Save it for things like a flamenco guitar, going out on nice dates, and just for saving in general.


I would first let myself know that it is nothing like the movies, partying every weekend, not easy to adapt, and that I would stay in contact with friends elsewhere. It was easy to adapt too, becasue everyone has the same thought about getting a career, whereas college people don't know what they want yet. As of friends, it was hard to keep in touch with old ones but I made really close new ones! I would tell myself to start looking for a job and gain as many hours as I could. I would make myself aware of the tuition and how much I am in debt as of now, and that it is best to save my money as best I could, becasue graduating will not take the 4 years like I thought. If I really needed loans to take only what was needed not a full amount and to really use whatever I earned to help pay so I am not in debt. It's a struggle and I don't think I really realized it when I was in high school. Now I am working two jobs as well as being a full-time student.


Dont slack off or procarstinate on any work. Dont stress out about dating because school is more important than any other aspect of your life. Leave the drama in high school and fix any problems you have with anyone. Life is too short to not do what you love so follow your heart and always do what is right. Most importantly, always strive to better yourself and try your hardest in everything that you do.


If I could go back in time, I would tell my high school self to have applied for as many scholarships because finacially, my family was on a tight budget. I would have also told myself to go find a job to be able to support myself and my family. College life is hard finacially especially for my parents situation right now and if I was better prepared when I was a high school senior, I believe it would have been benefical , so I wouldn't have to struggle financially now.


There are many things I want to do as a senior. I would like to apply many schools so I can have more options becuase this time I only had two options. Another thing would be that I should search on what career I want because you are making the life decision. I have seen many student who change their majors at College. One more advice be better If I be a good leader. Being a good leader help you to make the smooth transtion betweeen the High School and college and help you to create the networking for you which make you to feel "Home away from Home".


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to try harder. I did a decent job my senior year. Decent grades, but I know I could have done better, especially in AP Statistics. I gave myself a goal of straight A's the beginning of my senior year, but I slacked off, so I would tell the past me to stick with it, because it was possible. I would tell myself to also have fun , because life gets harder after you graduate. And do not take things for granted because everything that happens will be a learning experience.


High school is a time of innocence, adventure, and discovery. I feel that one finds out who they are in high school and shape into that person in college. My high school was a different high school. I went to Cristo Rey, a small private Catholic high school where they gave students jobs and embrace the Catholic teaching of loving people like you love yourself. My graduating class was 42 students and I was the school Salutatorian. Knowing what I know now, I would have changed my motivation to do my best. Though I was Salutatorian, I did not apply myself as much as I should have. High school was easy to me. The work load was not tough, the teachers let you make up tests/quizzes, and the people were extremely friendly. If I had know that college was going to be as tough as it is now,I would have read a lot more books, increased my vocabulary, and spoke a lot more in high school. In college, I struggle to participate in discussions and keep up with readings. If I had worked on this in high school, I would not have been struggling now in the present.


There are too many things to mention, most important would be relax; you have so much time, everything will be okay. Consider community college. They aren't bad; don’t be such an academic snob! You can explore so many more fields without paying a small fortune allowing you to spend time really deciding what to do with your life. The goal is to finish and be happy, not to be first. Don’t forget to listen to your heart and go with your gut. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it. Don’t pick the school your parents want or went to. Don’t follow your friends or lovers; find your own place so you’ll want to stay when all those other people seem less important. Have faith in yourself. Life is hard and not fair, but it is also glorious. Remind yourself of the good times when you feel like curling up into the fetal position or banging your (or someone else’s) head into a wall. It’s your time to make mistakes, learn the hard way, make great friends, fall in and out of love., and prepare for the long ride ahead.


I would start by telling myself that everything the adults are telling you about making high school count and giving it your all is true. College money is thrown at you like a 100mph baseball if your grades are high. Strive to be the best. If you do not know what you want to major in once you get into college, then take all your academic general classes. If you do that, all you will have to take are classes involving your major when you decide on a major. College will be a self driven experience, so please DO NOT GOOF OFF! There will be tons and tons of partying taking place in college and you do not need to be at every single one of them. Remember to do business before any pleasure, because most of the pleasure will halt all business. Lastly, I would tell myself that the college female is you biggest threat as a male. They are like starving vultures and you are fresh meat waiting to be taken away. Do your very best now, so getting into college is a breeze.


Knowing a year or two ago what I know now about college life I would advise myself that that experience isn't going to be as different and fun as depicted on television. I looked forward to so many fun events and making riends with so many interesting people thinking college would a lot like what is being depicted in film and television. My experience at Sacramento State University is going very well and I don't regret deciding to attend this school in any way. I would tell my high school self not to expect too much.


I would tell myself to start searching for scholarships as soon as possible and keep looking and apply to all that are applicable to me because every little bit helps out. I would also tell myself that college life is crazy but just take a deep breath and do your best to find something to get involved in even though it all seems so insane when you first start. Get out of your room and go meet people and go to various places on campus or take the bus into the city and to the mall or the bookstore. Don't get too caught up in school work but don't put it off forever either. Spread it out and find time to spend more time with your friends especially those that you graduated with from high school and either go to the same school as you or live just down the road from when you're back home. And talk or text your parents more than just when are you coming to pick me up to come home for the weekend.


I would probably tell myself that there is nothing to be nervous about. College isn't as scary as you thought it would be. The teachers and students are actually super nice, friendly, and helpful. However, dont lose focus in school and make sure to stay on top of things and also remeber to have fun!


Life is full of obstacles. Sometimes they come out of no where, but you have to remember you are a strong person and you decide your own fate. Everyone will tell you what to do in a difficult situation, make sure you listen to people you trust and respect. Take advice from people you want to be like and always remember, in the end, it is your life and your decision. Only you know your situation. It is very important to always put school and family first. When things seem like they are spinning, like you cant handle it remember that your family is always there for you. Choose your friends wisely. Unlike family they might not always be around. Even though you want to be accepting of people in all situations and not above anyone in a stuck up way it is important to evaluate your situation. Its okay to have standards for yourself and to be better than some things or situations. Lastely, be your self. You are amazing for who you are and where you came from dont lose any of it.


The main goals you have to focus on is building your confidence level and be better at managing your time. Building confidence is important, because it reflects in every work or assignment assigned by your professor. Also, college won't be intimidating if you have confidence. If you feel lost remember their is help for everything such as the writing center to help you on your essays and help on your presentations too. The most important goal is managing your time. It is the key to have an excellent project or essay. If you have a project do it right away and every day do something that way it is less and the day before it is due you fix a few errors, and not stay up all night to finish it. It is a waste of time and a lot of errors!


I would give myself better advice on becoming more of an outgoing person. It is important in a college setting to be able to talk to people, make friends, and go to teachers or advisors when you need help with something. I would also tell myself that no question is a stupid question and that it is ok to ask when you don't know what is being said. I wish that I also could tell myself to push harder to try and reach my goals and not to settle. To have an accomplishment takes many hours of hard work and dedication towards that accomplishment and that no one will just give you what you want, you need to earn it.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a senior in high school I would tell myself to really go in and talk to a councelor and learn all the graduation requirements and transfer requirements so that I could shave off as much time from graduating as I could. I think that my biggest failing was not being prepared for college when I went into it. I wasn’t sure I even wanted to go and therefor my grades suffered simply because I didn’t care. This however has vastly changed and now is the most important thing in my life. I want to graduate and make a life for myself and pursue my dreams. College is a necessary step forward and one I truly intend on taking seriously. But unfortunately it wasn’t always that way. If I could go back I would attempt to make myself understand this and change my behavior so that I could get where I want to go now faster.


Whoa the first thing that came to my mind when I saw how much tuition I owed, how big the campus was, the food court, and how incredibly awesome the well (gym) was. Once I started college there were so many things I realized that I never fully thought about in high school. There are always those people that tell you all this advice about maintaining a good GPA, joining sports, applying for scholarships, and volunteering. Maybe we should have listened to those fellow wise people. Throughout my first semester here in college I have regretted many things I could have done in high school, luckily so you will be more prepared for college I am here to rescue you from worries. First, don’t procrastinate when it comes to applying for scholarships. Even if you think you’re not going to get them apply for them anyway chances are you’ll get one out of the 10 that you apply for. Second, if you get money just save it dont spend it at the food court, you do not want to get fat. Lastly, get summer jobs it will really help when it comes to paying tuition or bills


Going back in time for me would have to go further then my senior year, sense i droped out of high school in my sophmore year. By my Freshman year in High School i already had a fulltime job taking care of my self. Only if i knew what i know now, i would have not skipped school. I would have tryed alot harder to make better grades. growing up i had no rolemodels to show me that high school is a important time in my life. My older brother droped out of high school during his freshmen year, my parents had no dagree, as i followed their footsteps. reaching my 18th birthday i had been working for 5 years in a restuarant. Turning 18 i decided i wanted to find a more mature adulthood job but with out a highschool daploma or a GED it was almost impossible to suceed. I then decided to make my own footsteps and go back to school. i obtained my GED at Gary Job Corps and now a Freshman at SanAntonio College. I am also now that adult that influences younge teens to stay in school and study hard. so they will suceed!


If i could go back in time i would take high school a lot more seriously than i did. I would try to get ahead in my classes so that college would not be overwhelming. This would definately help me transition into college by making sure that i did everything right the first time and not procrastinating.


I would tell myself to buckle down and do better. Life isn't a BIG party. Don't skip school. I need college more than I know it, to better my life and for my children.


If I was able to go back and talk to myself as a high schooler, I would tell myself to focus more on school and in the end popularity does not matter one bit in college. I also would tell myself to take the SAT again so that I would have been able to better my scores. Lastly I would have told myself to apply for scholarships when I was applying for college, so that I would have been able to go away for college and live in the dorms there.


Use your time wisely! Dont let it slip away!


I would try to take more advantage of all the opportunities i was given at that time, i would also give my hundred percent all the time on all the homeworks, in class work or projects and stuff like that. High School was good for me but if i could go back in time i would definitely study way more to get better grades in all of my classes so i could have a better gpa, is not like i did bad but obviously i think i could of done way better, now i just want to focus on my career a hundred percent so i can grow as a person and become what i want to better my self and to have a better future, and also when the time comes to have children i want to be able to encourage them on going into college so they can become what they want in life and have a brighter future to support themselves and their families, besides learning is beautiful and the more you know the more you value as a person, so i hope that every step i take from now help me to become a better person.


I would tell myself to make sure that you apply to some scholarships to help pay for your college education. When you get to college make sure that you focus on the task at hand and not get involved with people that are not there to graduate. There is going to be a lot of days that you are going to stand alone in your education, but it will work out in the end. When you getto campus, make sure that you utilize the wealth of professionalism that your professor has to offer. When class starts, get a tutor the first day as a resource to help keep your GPA up. Thomas study hard in high school and learn study skills that will afford you to make a big impact. The hardest part of college life is to understand that you are a captain of your ship and that you have to push yourself. Money is not more important than getting a quality education. You will have plenty of time to work in the future.


i would tell myself to get better grades and also to apply for scholarships. i would tell myself to apply for scholarships because they really do help you financialy to pay for your books and also rent.


I knew my passion at a young age and nothing would have changed that no matter what I could tell my high school self. I have always been drawn to animals. I knew in high school I had to get a degree and work with animals eventually. So, I pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Sciences. If I had a chance to tell my high school self something it would be to continue in the path I was headed. If I never got my B.S. in Animal Sciences I would have never had the series of jobs that lead me to the career choice now. Mainly I would tell myself where the path would lead me and what I learn: twelve years after I graduated high school I have finally learned what my real passion is and what I want to do for the rest of my life. I have learned after working in a vet clinic for 2 years that I love medicine and want to work with people more than animals now. I have learned through my working experiences after my bachelor’s degree that I want to be a nurse.


My advice to future college student is that they should not go out that much during the first year of college and they absolutely do not pledge for a fraternity or sorority. Just focus in academics.


Do better in the SATs.


If I were given the opportunity to give myself advice in high school it would be to take my classes more serious and stay out of trouble.


One thing that i could say to my self it to put more focus more on school.


If I had the opportunity to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior the only advice I would give myself is to study hard for the SAT’s and the ACT’s. I think that would be my biggest regret as a college student today. I would really want to give myself advice into the college life and making the transition because the experience of coming to college not knowing anything relives oneself to bloom and become who they really are. I really would emphasize though on the SAT and the ACT because when I look at it now I see it in a way that if you do well on the test’s and pass with an adequate score you really invested into a college career. Unfortunately I didn’t do good in the SAT or ACT so it caused me to take remedial courses witch cost me a good amount of money on materials but more importantly it slowed me down into my college career. So in a sense I would just ask myself this question “college for four years or college for six, you decide.”


I would tell myself to keep my head up no matter how hards things got. To try hard and focus on myself a lot more. Worry about my school work and get things done ahead of time. To feel free to have fun once in a while.


Knowing what i know now about college life, my advice is to try harder. Do not give everything your least effort, put some hard thought into everything you do. The harder you try the better the outcome will be. You can not just live your life without trying, I mean you could, but what meaning would life have on living if you only made it to be the least effort possible. By trying harder your giving yourself a reason, a reason to be something, a reason to do something, not just slide by knowing if you get the lowest passing grade you will graduate. College has definately change my perspective on my life, what i know now i wish i knew in High School. I have and will try my hardest in everything that I do now in life. Thanks to being pushed into college and not having a little regret for going back to school.


I would tell myself to take more Advance Placement classes in high school to get credits in college. If I knew I had to pay the amount I need to pay I would of gotten a job sooner.


If I could go back in time to talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to always focus on my goal. There are a lot of unexpected bumps on the road but to never give. College life is a lot harder than high school life because there are no professors to guide you every step of the way. It's easier to get distracted, but to always stay commited with my work and to always be the best I can be.


Lil Fabz, don't stress so much. Leaving this small town will be the best choice you've made thus far. Sure you will be leaving your high school friends, but you will be exposed to so much more; you'll realize that there's a whole world out there of places to see and people to meet. All you have to do is take a chance! I know you have lots of questions now so once the time comes, start asking. Ask anyone. Ask a complete stranger if that's what it takes to get an answer. Don't procrastinate because it will be the death of you. Stop beating yourself up trying to figure out what you want to do for the rest of your life. Great accomplishments take time. Listen to your heart and forget the rest. Trust yourself and you'll figure it out soon enough. All that matters is that you believe in yourself. You've made it this far so don't stop now. Put on a winning smile and go get them.


Shoot for the stars and discover your full potential!


If I were given the opportunity to visit my past self as a high school senior, then I would advise myself to be more proactive rather than reactive. If I had been more proactive my senior year of high school, then I probably would have had a job therefore have extra money to help with college expenses. Because I was not very proactive, I am now (the summer before starting college) being forced to be reactive -- and try to catch up with the expenses -- which has proven to be challenging and stressfull. The pressure of college fees has recently hit me when I was informed that the amount FAFSA had offered to lend me would not be enough to cover the total tuition fees. I would give myself this advice because this problem might have been avoided if I had been more proactive with my finances during my senior year of high school.


Taylor, I know you don't care about academics and think that you're not worth more than a C, but it is incredibly important for you to start paying attention and putting more effort into your school work. You can't just sit in class and get by with minimal effort after High School. College work will really sneak up on you if you're not on top of your game and decently organized. That being said- don't be too afraid to expirment with what you want in life. There are so many options available to you. Don't listen to any of the counselors, and make sure that you're really doing what you want to do. I promise you'll make mom proud.


Do not slack off and make as many friends within each class as you can. School is much easier if you have friends that not only make the class worth going to( especially if the class is a bit on the boring side) but are readily available to help you if it is needed. Doing work in groups is a lot more beneficial than doing work alone, especially if the class is difficult for you.


Listen up, high school me. I want you to hear me on this – high school is just a blip in your life. In fact, it’s not even a whole blip. It’s half a blip. It might not seem like it now but the day-to-day drama is so trivial. It’s only been two years since I graduated and I already can’t remember who was dating who or what the cool kids did on Friday night. So don’t sweat the small stuff. And don’t be ashamed of being a little nerdy. It’s what gets you into the college of your dreams, where being a nerd isn’t such a bad thing. The transition will be hard at first, but fear not! You’re not alone. Every freshman feels a little unsure of themselves and sometimes even terrified. It’s part of the process and we’re all in it together. Oh, and one more thing – when you take a year off to save up money for school, don’t chop off all your hair. We look absolutely ridiculous now.


I would tell myself to start earlier with school and to network more with professors and fellow students. I would tell myself to get more involved with volunteering. This would help with my graduate goals.


I would advise my high school self, to go straight into four-year College and be more confident and firm in my choice of the major. I would advise to enjoy the classes and take as much from them as possible. I would remind myself to be firm in my personal beliefs and let not anyone shake them. As a twenty-five-year-old I would remind my eighteen-year-old self that the possibilities are endless, but I should do what I enjoy doing, and to not be discouraged by difficulties that come at times. I would advise to persevere and keep doing the best job I am able of, but to still keep your priorities straight. I would advise to listen to my heart and not try to please my parents by taking what I would dread by the end of the semester. Follow my passion and work not for my grades, rather do the best I can, that way anything I’d do would always be the best work I can do. Enjoy these years and look cheerfully into the future.


CSUS has a strong emphasis on multicultrualism and diversity on campus. There are clubs that encourage students of different races, religions, and genders to interact and realize our similarities. Had I known that there was such a strong emphasis on this topic I would have volunteered in more culturally diverse settings sooner. While in my junior year of college I volunteered at a low-income diverse middle school. This allowed me to understand the structure of the Special Ed classroom from the perspective of the educator. I learned that the students benefit greatly from a college student that is willing to come to their classroom a few times a week and help them out with their coursework. The class that I volunteered for was included Caucasions, Asians, Latinos, African Americans, and Indian students. Students that are entering college should realize the benefit of helping students that are in need of academic assistance. Students that live in low-income neighborhoods may not be raised with the idea that college is possible for them, and they may not value their education. For college students to reach out to them would help them realize they can go to college too.


No matter the decisions you make and think are wrong, you will learn and grow from them. Do not be afraid to be challenged academically, socially, or finacially because you will be stronger as a person from those challenges. Choose what makes you happy and makes you smile. Love what you learn and where you live because you earned the place to be here and have worked hard for it. You will face some extremely challeging times, no doubt, but you will emerge as a strong, beautiful, intelligent person. Never give up and stay with it because you will fall in love with learning. Mosty importantly, be yourslef and do not let anyone define who you are because only you can make that judgement. Have fun, live it up, study hard, and work harder. The future is yours for the taking and you will be awesome!!! :)


I would tell my former self to stop being so anxious about everything and let go of any negativity that will come my way. College is a wonderfully stressful experiences as it is a part of life which means there will be a lot of situations that cause people to become distressed. I used to be the type of person to become overwhelmed with those situations but now I have learned to let go. I cannot control every aspect of my life or situations around me and the best way to live is to relax. I learned that when I went abroad to the UK for a year as apart of my education and when things did not go my way I adapted a British response to life; to let it happen- good or bad. I am now a much happier person for it. High school seniors, just relax and enjoy it because time truly does fly!


The advise i would give my self is to take life more serious and learning from my mistakes. As a high school student you dont think what's out there in college taking more of your time studying and reading. One of the ability is having the mentality of learning new things in class and paying attention to the teacher who is helping the students succeed. As a college student you are on your own, proffesors are aware of their students being responsible of their own work. The best thing i would of do as a high school student is work part time and save money for books and tuition fees. I look back thinking thats the best thing i could've done. Especially being a teen mom in high school it wasn't easy, the best thing i can do, is do community service for my community helping out.


My only advice is to never give up, regardless of the situation I am in.