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


The biggest piece of advice I would give myself is take the time to establish good study habits. You can't just get through college the same way as high school, it requires some effort. Other than that, don't worry about relationships, focus more on school and sleep.


I would say: "good job that you took all those AP classes, and for trying your best!" However, those AP classes did not help me much--I should have rather taken normal classes in high school and consecutively taken classes at a junior college, so that I could have gotten the lower division and general education classes out of the way and I would have been more familiar to what a college setting is like. I would also advise myself to apply to more scholarships during high school, because college is expensive, and to go visit different campuses, so that I would be aware of the different sizes. Back then I should have thought of a specific career goal that I would work towards and I should have evaluated all my options to find out all the details about that goal, before almost reaching it and seeing that that's not exactly what I hoped it to be. I am glad that I went to the freshman orientation, because that answered a lot of questions about life at Sac State and the academics.


High school is a place where students prepare themself for the education that will prepare them for their future careers. Finishing up senior year, many students are told they need to know what they want to do with their lives in order to be successful in college. It is engrained into many students minds they must know what they "want to be when they grow up" right when they enter into college. If I was given the opportunity to go back in time and give my younger self advice about college, I would tell myself it's okay to not know what the future holds or what you want to do because life isn;t about know what's next.. College is a time to discover who you are and to grow to become that person. The world will not end if you enter into college with no idea of what you want to become in life. Changing your major does not mean you're a failure, it means you realized your true calling and you're taking the correct steps to achieve that calling. Enjoy college while you can because you will miss out if you don't.


If i had the opportunity to go back in time to advice myself when i was a senior, I would mention many things so that college life would be easier and less of a hassle. I'd advice myself to be more cautious than i already am so i can realize easy mistakes that tend to happen to me as of right now. I'd tell my high school self to stay in all my classes and to start applying for scholarships early so they could help me later. I would start preparing myself to learn geology and earth science since that is what i want to major in.


Make an effort to get involved in the learning process. Sit near the front of class, ask lots of questions and make friends with those around you because they are your best resources. Start what you finish and give 100% of your effort. You are worth the education you are about to receive even if you may not think that you are. It's okay if not everyone likes you because in life...not everyone will. What is important is that you like yourself and be your own best friend. You are smart, special and beautiful!!


If I could have any words of wisdom for my highschool self I would tell myself that I need to buckle down and take college as serious as I will my future career. When I first started college I didn't do very well on my first law test. I needed to do lots of extra credit to catch up. I would also have to say that I would tell my past self to save, save, save all the money I could. My family never had much money when I was growing up and when I got my first job ( five months before I started college) I had things I had to purchase. I needed clothes and good shoes, but maybe I could have lived on a little less and kept a little more in my bank account. I think I could even have gotten a job earlier on. If my past self took it to heart and saved more money I would not be feeling quite the financial need that I am right now.


I would say that the course work at the high school level is intended for an important get you ready for college. School-based activities are fun and engaging, however, don't forget to take the time necessary for focused study.


I would have advised myself to look into my current college earlier. Also, I would have advised myself to look exclusively into online classes. With gas prices today its too expensive to make the commute every day.


Seeing how I did not take the SATs in high school I would tell my senior self to take community college seriously the first time around. To get in and do the best I could so I could transfer to a four year institution as soon as possible. I did not make those choices and now my educational road is much longer than would have liked. I would also tell my senior self to create better study habits than I did in high school. I would tell myself that I was really smart and to go with my instincts. They have yet to fail me. I would reinerate what my mom has told me my whole life; you can do anything you put your mind to.


Don't take the time off. It is very hard to manage a life where you have to work instead of being able to concentrate on school and getting yourself in a good position earlier in life. Don't worry about the extra curricular activities you have in your life, enjoy the experience while you have it because real life is hard and expensive. It would be nice to have a career in place by this time in your life.


To stay focus to make a plan and stick to it no matter what and who happens to come accross in my life. To remember that at times it is okay to be selfish to take the time I need to get my stuff together. The only people that are important in my life is my family and my very close friends because they are the ones that will remain in my life through the good and bad. I am not superwomen I can not be in three places at once so to pick and choose carefully. Always trust God and make conversation with him as much as possible, that it doesnt matter how many songs I sing, how popular I become or how "anointed" others say I am. All that matters is I have an actual relationship with God. To always remember my roots, and never forget the blessings in my life. To trust in God is to have confidance in myself and in him to accomplish all that I set out to do. To surround myself with people who love me and who will push me to be amazing; finally SUCCESS IS THE ONLY OPTION DEFEAT IS UNTHINKABLE.


I would tell myself that 12 years down the road I will be 30 years old and unemployed, with two children and a husband who will be getting laid off in a few days. Every job will be asking for ATLEAST a bachelors which you won't have. The friends and social life that I am so worried about in high school will be non-existant because everyone esle has already graduated college and are well into their careers and making great money. I would tell her how sad I feel waking up every morning because I feel so unaccomplished and how difficult it is to get back into school with children. How embarrassed I feel still living with my parents when all my classmates have their own homes and luxury cars while I'm struggling to make my car payments. Finally, I'd beg her to stop thinking that being popular is more important than going to class. That memories with boyfriends will fade but the pride of finishing college and having that degree hanging up on your wall in your own corner office will last a life time!


The most important thing I would tell myself is to stop being lazy and work harder. In high school, fun seemed to be more important than education. The knowledge I have now versus then shows me how wrong I was. I would make the most of every class I was in, instead of sliding by just to pass. I would tell myself to study hard now in order to instill a strong school ethic and passion for succeeding. I would also tell myself, the attitude I have in hight school will shape me in College and in life, so get a better attitude about school. I would make sure to tell myself to get into College right away and never miss a semester. To ask lots of questions when applying and make sure to apply for scholarships. Having a drive for success and shaping a wise personality is more important than fake friends. If they are truly your friends they will help you succeed. Most important to pray every step of the way from High School to College.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would advise myself to manage my time extremely well, join many clubs, and get to know my professors. Managing time is one of the advice that I cannot emphasize enough about because when students lack good time management, they create additional stress and pressure that can possibly lead to illness, or lack of passion for their education. Furthermore, I would also recommend joining clubs to help ease the trasition of college life. When students join clubs, they can build new friendships to alleviate feelings of loneliness and become more open to exploring fun activities that can take the pressure of college work off their mind. Getting to know professors is another important tip I could not exclude because professors are reliable mentors that students can depend on and they can give students great recommendation letters for scholarships or future employments. Although these suggestions may sound cliche, many students still take them for granted. It's only when an individual is put into the college environment do they truly realize the signifance of such words; thus, it is crucial that I highlight these advice.


After High School I was in a serious relationship with a girl who is now my wife. I stayed in the local area in order to attend a Junior College so we could stay closer to each other. Although I am so happy in my marriage it's hard managing working full time paying for a house and also trying to work on what you want to do with your life, and figuring out your career. If I could go back in time and give myself advice, I'd say make it work. Go to a 4 year university right off the bat even if it has to be long distance. I'd be finishing this year and not having to worry about finances. Make it work!


If I could give myself advice two years ago, I would tell myself to enjoy my senior year with friends and family. I'd tell myself to take some time to apply for scholarships once in a while. Also my choice of school ended up being a great one, I'd tell myself to consider the distance of the college from home. One big piece of advice would be to be careful while driving. At the end of my senior year I totaled my car. Although I learned the hard way, a serious talk about being careful would've definately helped. There are probably a lot of things I could've advised myself on but I feel as if I did pretty good. My senior year I went to three different high schools and managed to finish my last semester with a 3.8 GPA. If I could give myself advice about my first year in college that would be a different story. For any senior getting ready for college, I'd say to prepare, don't procrastinate and make the best of each moment. Afterall college is once in a lifetime. Make it memorable and make it count.


Remember that everyone else is just as afraid and uncertain, so take a chance. We fall so we can learn to pick ourselves up.


If i could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior, i would tell myself that everything would be just fine and that not getting a high SAT score was not the end of the world. I would tell myself that throuhg the transition i found passion and college is not as difficult as it sounds as long as you keep focus and know what you ultimate goal is. I would enphasis to myself that hard work finally pays off.


Get into the habit of studying. Don't procrastinate, try to get things done as soon as you get them that way you don't have to worry about them later. Try getting into a routine of where you go to sleep at a certain time as well as wake up at a certain time. Get involved with different organizations outside of school. Get to know people. Build networks/connections (those will come in handy some day). Actually study for the ACT and SAT and SAT II. Read more books to increase vocabulary exposure. Start taking classes during your junior year, don't wait to go to college to take college courses (you can possibly graduate earlier if you do so). And please, please, please don't ever take your school work lightly, it is your key to the future...don't put it aside like it's nothing!


If I could go back in time and advise myself on the future, I would begin with "listen." I would say to myself, "Really try to understand the college program you've selected. Try to understand the long-term financial outcomes of the decisions you're making right now and that you're going to make. Really commit yourself to your schoolwork and manage your priorities correctly. Have fun but stay focused on your goals. Surround yourself with other goal-oriented individuals. Understand you will be given a lot of freedom, but along with that there is much responsibility. This "point" in your life will greatly affect the rest of your life, either future opportunities or setbacks will await based on choices made. Please consider what I say and stay positive."


Knowing what i know now about college, the best advice i could have given myself when i was in high school would have been to begin saving money since i was a freshmen. I did not plan on attending a four-year college; therefore, i did not plan ahead and i didnot save money. if i had known that i was going to end up at a four-year college i would had saved as much money as i could. Another advice i would have given myself would have been to apply to UCSC because that school was closer to home and i would have not needed to move out of my mom's home. This would have saved me a lot of money and i would have been able to help out my mother.


Before attending a university I was very unaware of the college life and if I could go back in time to give advice for the preparation of college I would. I would inform myself that time management is the key to success. The reason for that is, in college one will have many things to-do in so little time. In high school one could slack off a little bit and still receive an decent grade, however; in college one needs to devote them self in their study's 100% because if not theirs is a possibility one might not even pass the class. It is very important to be aware that college is not like high school and that one has to realize school is a priority so manage your time wisely.


Going back to when I was a high school senior, I would have to say I am a different person know then what I was then. Knowing what I know now as a college student, I would advise my senior self in a postive way. I would go back and tell myself that, I should be prioritize the important things in life of what has to be done rather than worry about the unimportant things. Besides this be a little more outgoing, because i was always on my books and id not have as much friends as i wish i would have had. For the most part that is what i would say, because back then I was a very caring, repectful, polite, friendly person that got stuff sone tht needed to be done and I am still that person today. So I would not change much. Even though I have gained a lot of knowledge entering college, I know I am the same person who consentrates on my education to push forward and strive for a successfull carreer of my dreams. I got to say though, I have had the privilage of making friends that I have always wanted.


One of the first things I would advise myself as a senior would be to remember to keep school the first priority. There is a risk if getting caught in the middle of your social life and doing your homework or perhaps studying for an exam the next day. Professors are not on your tail telling you to hurry up and turn in your homework or asking if you’re doing well at home. Professors in college expect you to turn in exceptional work regardless of what current situation you may be going through. Acknowledging the lack of support you receive in high school is important to understand how the academic society works. Another advice I would give myself would be managing my expenses wisely, especially when applying for loans. One thing that should always be kept in the back of your mind is the fact that one day you will have to pay the money back. Setting a limit on the amount of money you spend a week and in a month will definitely payoff in the long run especially once you graduate.


If Iwas givin the chance to go back in time and tell my high school self something about attending college it would be to ask more question and not be afraid to ask for help. The transition isn't much harder but there is alot of paper work and filling that needs to be done and doing it yourself is very difficult. If you mess up one item it can mess up everything so always ask if you are not sure and always double check your work. Asking question does not mean you are dumb, but smart enough to know you need help. Don't think you are on your own there are many people in and around the school who can help you with everything you need to know. Also time is your biggest friend and your biggest enemy, give yourself eough time to process everything so you arn't rushing and in the end hurting yourself and your education. That is what I would advise my high school self if I was given the chance.


I would tell myself, your college education is the greatest investment you could ever make. Give an honest 110% effort every class, every paper and every assignment because it all makes you a better person in the end.


I would tell myself to get more involved in activities sooner. Since I 've been involved it has made my school life easier. Also, apply to internships as soon as possible because its necessary to start getting experience for your future because sac state has many resources and they are there to be used.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a senior in high school, I would tell my self that I should work much harder and be more responsible. In my experience in college, I had much more responsibilities and I was on my own. All of my high school years, I never had much responsibilities and I was pretty much living a carefree life. My transition from high school to college made a huge difference in my life. Now, I have to be more manageable and responsibe with my life. Another thing I would tell myself is be dedicated. I decided to major in computer engineering. I have heard from many people that not many students graduate as an engineer and some change there majors. If someone wants to be an engineer, one should be extremely dedicated and on track with work and assignment. Meaning, one should not slack off on work, procrastinate, and ignored important assignment. And one final thing I would like to tell myself is that I should enjoy the college experience. It is good to work hard now and then, but one should find the time to relax and enjoy the experience.


Shelbie, you have done a wonderful job getting yourself ready for College. Now that the time has come, it's ok to attend a Junior College for a few years to save a little money by living at home and working on your pre-requisites for your degree. However, something big will happen to you and your family, so be sure to save your money, because you will need it! And be sure to take a full load when it comes to classes, your work willl understand and support you. You are a bright young lady who has infinite possibilities ahead of you! Please remember that you've got the world at your fingertips and if the chance presents itself to travel, take it!! Always remember who you are, what you stand for, and that no matter what, everything happens for a reason!


I would tell myself to prepare and decide on a major before going to college. I would say save every penny that I made in order to pay for school. I would advise to keep in close contact with counselors in order to stay on the right track. I would also say keep your head in the books even more than I have in my college career in order to graduate with honors. I may even advise myself to become more active in clubs, intramural sports, events, ect. that the school puts on. I may even adivise myself to work for the school on campus to not only kill time, but to earn more money in order to pay fo the high costs of school.


Assuming that I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, knowing what I know now about college life and making the transition, I would tell myself not to procrastinate as much as I did my senior year. I was able to pass all my classes in high school but if I had not procrastinated as much it would have been a lot easier and the transition wouldnt have been as difficult to process.


Tanshea life does not wait on anyone. Enjoy school, live to learn and grow with knowledge. I would encourage myself to stay focused and prepare one's self for the future. Time is the most valuable commodity available. Education will always take you far. Be a leader and stay on the path that will enrich your life.


If I could go back and tell myself a few things when I was a high school senior, I would say "study harder" and "don't procrastinate as much."


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would advise myself to do plenty of research to figure out what I am generally interested in. Almost every student struggles to figure out who they want to be when they “grow up.” However, I would encourage myself to research interested majors and to have at least a little bit of faith when applying to prestigious campuses. As a high school senior I felt that due to the little income my single father received, I would not be able to go to a prestigious university or even a university away from home. With limited resources and little encouragement to attend an undergraduate or graduate school I limited myself from exploring the possibilities that were out there for me. Now as a late college bloomer if I had the opportunity to go back in time to my high school senior self I would give myself a little bit of encouragement and show myself the possibilities that are out there.


Kelly, why didn't you take the college application process more seriously? Why didn't go you visit the college campuses? Why did you procrastinate to fill out the applications? Why didn't you research on what you wanted to major in? Oh Kelly, why? You should have been doing what you are doing right this nanosecond! Yes, that's right--filling out scholarships to aid your financial needs. You have always done well in school and joined many clubs, sports, and volunteer activties. But what have you been doing that for? Yes, all of that made you happy, but it also reflects who are you for the colleges. They don't know you, so they look at what you have done: all of the awards you've won, the plentiful hours of volunteering you've done, and the amount of work you put into school which is reflected by your 4.3 GPA. Kelly dear, you have done so much work that you forgot what portion of the work goes to: your future college.


Pick a major and stick to it sooner. I wasted too much time changing my major which lead to me taking lower division classes that I did not need and were not very interesting.


I would advice myself to have taken more college courses while I was in high school because they were so inexpensive. Now I have to pay over three thousand dollars just to attend a state university and be an undergraduate.


I know how much you hate it when old people and know-it-alls try to give you advice, but stop being so stubborn and defensive! Not every piece of feedback is an affront to your intelligence. Some advice DOES make sense. Try having a budget, practice safe sex, and please take me seriously about having flip flops on when you’re in those communal showers! And use a calendar to track things like due dates for financial aid, homework, and family stuff mom will never forgive you for forgetting, like grandma’s 90th birthday. Everyone will say how “different” things will be once you're in college. And they’re right. The cool part is that you get to decide whether or not “different” is going to be terrifying and terrible, or the best years of your life. So many things up to this point have been out of your control, but now that you’ll be in college on your own, you call the shots. It’s an exciting new mix of freedom, responsibility, and unlimited potential. Trust me – you have what it takes to succeed. PS Tell Mark you’re sorry about the goldfish. Really sorry.


Breath. It doesn’t matter the anxiety and the stress. It does not matter that life is hard, and getting harder every minute. It’s worth it. You are working towards a clear achievable goal, and you will get there! Stay focussed, and do not wait until April to do your senior project that is due in May, trust me. You are bright and talented and competitive. You are beautiful. The boys don’t matter right now, and you are doing the right thing by not chasing them. You are also doing the right thing by staying on track, and not making any mistakes to jeopardize your future. You will succeed, and it will be worth it. When to go to college, do not get the coffee from the kiosk by the library, it’s worth the ten minute walk to get the better coffee that doesn’t make you nauseous, and lay off the cupcakes, you’ll thank me later. Thank you for giving future you a strong foundation, you’re going to need it.


Some advice that I would give myself would be to study hard and study often. I'd also advise myself never to drop classes. After getting out of high school and being allowed to choose which classes I take in college also allowed me to decide if I wanted to stay in a class or drop it. I would never have dropped a class since it eventually made me take much longer at a city college to transfer to a four year.


I would tell my self to push harder in high school. In high school it is easy to get away with good grades and not learning the material. But when you get to college if you have already learned and mastered the things you should have it will be alot easier. Also push your self to get good grades starting as a freshman because who knows what school you will want to go to when it comes time to apply. If you pushed your self you will have a better chance at getting in to what ever school you choose in the end.


Sometimes it takes being on the outside of things to really appreciate the beauty and benefits of the inside. In my case, I didn’t go to college until four and half years after graduation. I was an outsider to university, looking at my friends blast through college, picking up degrees in this, and certificates in that. I thought my high school GPA and motivation was too low for immediate enrollment into college, and I was right. Going back in time, I would tell my high school self that the path I took, which in this case the military, was the right choice. Taking time to explore others after high school was necessary for me to appreciate college later in life. The thing is this. I wasn’t ready for college after high school, and some non-academic activity or adventure would probably be as beneficial and fulfilling as college would be. And I do declare that it was for me. College isn’t something you do immediately after high school; it is something you do when you are ready, be it at 18 or 50.


The best advice I could give myself if I could go back in time as a high school senior would be for me to apply to as many scholarships as possible and seek other resources and opportunities outside of community service. I have always done community service but never involved myself in too many social events. By applying for scholarships I would have been more prepared for college financial expenses. I also may have started at a university earlier in my lifetime.


The world is different now. When your parents were in college, a BA was enough. You could live comfortably with a BA. An MA could get you in to the upper class. But now, you need to pull out all the stops. Nothing is ever enough. I know it is difficult to process, but with the economy in the toilet, you need to be competitive, academically rounded, and a social queen. You need to make connections with professors and your peers to ensure future success and social support. Stop being shy. Shy people get run over in the hallways and forgotten in the library. Stop being scared. Fear will crush your future. Some basic advice: credit cards are your enemy. You do not need a grande coffee every morning. Nurse that one beer the whole night, because believe me, you do not want that drunken spree on facebook. It isn't the amount of parties you go to, its the impression you make with people. Group study - socialize and learn at the same time. And finally, you don't need to compromise your beliefs. In fact, stand up for them, and later you'll be respected for it.


The advice I would have given myself would be to always put my best effort into every class I take. There has been a few classes that I hated but needed to take to finish my general education that I did not try my hardest in which I regret.


Assuming that I could go back in time when I was senior in high school, I think that I would tell myself to take school a little more seriously. I would encourage a continued sense of humor but more dedication to my studies. I would tell myself to not be afraid of other people or insecure about myself, because those things that seemed so life threatening are little mole-hills. I would convince myself that I am just as important as the others around me and my opinion means something. Study groups would also be something that I would encourage because they allow broader perspectives and a new way of looking at something. Connecting with other people is probably the best advice I could give myself because it is really amazing building connections and making friends.


I would ask my high school senior self, to be a reader. There is are various materials to read: textbooks, novels, articles, and other reading materials. It would also be nice to tell my senior self to also be aware of the financial difficulties I will get myself into, while I am trying to earn my degree in Film study to become a films director.


No matter how hard things seem as a high school student if you don't get your diploma now and enroll in college now, you will always wish that you had. Even though you think that you know it all, you really don't and honestly never really will. Quit trying to grow up so fast and enjoy the little time you have left to be a high school or college student, don't be in such a hurry to get into the workforce. If you don't finish school and try to further your education you will always just get to have a job and you will work tirelessy to accomplish only half of what your true potential is. If you finish high school, get your college degree and start a career, life will be a whole lot less stressful and by having a career and not just a job you will be more secure in yourself emotionally, physically and financially. Be an inspiration to all of your family and friends, not just another statistic.


Save up more money for education, apply for more scholarships, figure out from beginning which field to go into, and plan classes ahead.


There is more to life than High School. I would put much more hard work into my studies right now, as it will help you prepare for a rigorous educational journey. Even though all you may want after high school is to get married and have a family; there is no way possible to have that without a good job along with a higher education. In a couple of years you are going to regret the fact that you didn’t prepare to attend a four year university. Please surround yourself with mentors who are going to encourage you to dream bigger than your “stay-at-home-mom” dream. Although that may indeed be a good dream, your dreams will change and shift; your dreams will soon include attaining your Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Helping others is something that you loved in high school, and your passion is going to grow even stronger when you get older. Enjoy the ride, it is an amazing life; especially when you achieve your dreams of helping others, it is indeed fulfilling.