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If I would go back to High School the advices that I would give are selecting my major. Selecting major was not a difficult thing but i would definitely like to highlight that what are the posible job markets and payscale after graduating. I would also take financing into consideration. Affording school and university has become very difficult. Text books are another of an issue. As tuitions increase so does the textbook price. In this case, If I do not receive enough financial aid then I need to have other alternatives and plans as an backup.


I would tell myself to take college seriously! To give it all you have and to always apply for scholarships. I would tell myself there will be a lot of challenges away from home but not to get discouraged becuase everything will work out in the end! I would tell myself that my grades really do matter and class attendence is crucial to achieve the grades necessary to progress toward higher education! I would also tell myself to be a good friend, be open minded, and always always treat others as you would want to be treated becuase in college everyone is different! Not everyone will believe what you believe, accept them anyway and don't be afraid to broaden your horizon!


Save whatever money you have! School is terribly expensive. Make sure you focus and spend less time watching TV and checking Facebook and more time on schoolwork and studying. I didn't really understand that in high school, but it really is very important. Students who succeed study about 8 hours a day, like a full-time job!! Treat it like one! Remember to go to an academic advisor every semester because scheduling classes in college is really confusing. Last but not least, eat breakfast!


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a senior I would tell myself to apply for as many scholarship as I can. The reason why I would do this is that because I am undecided and the majority of scholarships offer to college student require a specific major. Because I am undecided, I do not meet that specific part of the requirement to apply.


To think that two years ago I was that high school senior, the one who was making all those mistakes, and I now have advice from things I've learned in just two short years. That advice to high school senior version of me would be not being so consumed with partying and be more consumed with school. The tumbleweed of events that happened because of me not having my current advice may have not happened. For example I would've been able to avoid being put on an attendance contract because I had missed so many days. Plus, if more attention was paid I would of realized the contract in turn could of possibly corrupted my chances at graduating, something I should've tried to avoid it at all cost; especially since my grades weren’t the best from non-attendance. Another regret that I have other than my attendance was not taking my SAT's, because my school was offering the opportunity to take it for free and now I have to consider how to pay for it. Looking back I made a lot of mistakes, but now is my time for redemption.


Through half a year of college, I have experienced some rapid changes, some which took place in my first class. Through my experience, there is one thing I would go back in time to tell myself as a high school senior and that is, to be an efficient reader because five college courses can be a challenge. In high school, I did not have to read as much from the textbook, even if the teacher would assign a reading. Sometimes, I would complete the guided reading questions just by glancing over the section. However, my first history class in college caused me to change this habit when the teacher handed me a full list of the semester's readings. I was told that I would be behind if I did not keep up with them. In addtion to these readings, I was handed more in another history class, where the teacher does not lecture as much. At the start of the semester, it was difficult for me to get used to the amount of reading I had to do. Four weeks later, I settled into a schedule of reading and, thinking back, this transition could have been easier.


There are two things I would say if I had the opportunity to go back in time and speak to myself as a high school senior. I would tell myself to stay focused among other things. My grade point average has increased significantly over the last two years because I have become more focused upon attending Sacramento State University. I would also tell myself to stay in the on-campus residence halls for my first year in college. When I attended San Diego State University it was difficult to meet friends, as I relocated from a small town. I spent my first year of college living alone in an off-campus apartment, which made it easier to focus but much more difficult to meet people outside of my classes. I believe that if I had learned to be more outgoing in my freshman year of college I would have given myself more time to focus in the following years.


The advice I would give is to apply for a lot of scholarships and take chances because it will all be worth it in the end.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior there are few things I would tell myself. For one, I would tell myself to start looking for a way to finance my education early on because it only gets harder. Also, I would recommend taking AP classes or other advanced courses so I could earn college credit early on. Most immportantly, I would tell myself that the most important part of college preparation is to make sure you understand the information that is taught to you in high school. Instead of focusing on getting good grades and passing classes, I would tell myself to focus more on the content material and make sure that I understand the basics before learning more complex ideas. College is not easy and can be extremly discouraging if you do not have a firm foundation of basic knowledge taught in high school.


Be prepared to adapt -- to change your way of thinking, your way of learning, your way of arguing and your way of explaining. Be prepared to learn new topics in vastly greater detail. Be prepared to get frustrated with challenging topics and to excel in topics you love. All that you have learned in preparation for your college life will provide you with the basic tools you need to succeed. The key to transitioning from high school to college is learning how to adapt those tools to your new environment. You are capable of learning whatever you apply yourself to - nothing is too difficult to understand. You will learn more about yourself in the next four years than you learned in the last 18 years. You will learn how to be a capable person, how to be a capable human, how to be a capable student and how to understand concepts you never realized existed. The most important rule in all of this is that you should never reject a challenge, never question your ability and never let fear of failing prevent you from trying. With the right attitude you’ll achieve whatever goal you set yourself. Just be prepared.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to really look into my passion in seeking out my future career. I would tell myself to not listen to others and research multiple careers that interest me. I would also tell myself to speak to a doctor about my on going learning disability and to talk to others about my learning problem instead of hiding how I felt.


I would tell my high school self to complete three years of Spanish and try to take as many AP tests as possible and to study hard to pass them. This will help with meeting the college requirements faster, as well as giving you more time for “extra” classes that are fun. Also, make sure you take some fun or interesting classes to make school worthwhile, as well as develop and explore yourself. Do not just "learn" and do the homework to pass the class, work on fully understanding the material. I would tell my high school self to talk to a career counselor to help decide on which major would be a good choice. It took me four attempts to figure it out. Lastly, I would tell myself to have fun. Hang out with friends, go out, and do things. Life is not worth it, if all you focus on is education.


Samantha, please stop worrying about the move to junior college! I know that your teachers keep telling you that junior college is where the slackers go to school, and you need to disregard what they say and be practical. It's so much cheaper than going directly to a 4-year institution, and it's a wonderful way to ease yourself into the college life because it's smaller than a University and larger than a high school. When Mrs. Montgomery tells you that almost 40 percent of students at a junior college don't finish their education, tell her that I said that statistic is comletely fabricated, and she's just bitter that she didn't get accepted to U.C. Berkeley. Relax, explore all of the classes so that you discover what you really love to study, and make friends to last a lifetime. You can worry again when you've graduated and have to pay off your student loans.


If I could go back in time to tell myself what I know now, I would have told myself to take applying to scholarships more seriously and really think about my future. Now as a college student I have changed in so many ways that it is hard to list them all. I would have told myself to take my life seriously. When I was in highschool I just let life come to me, but I should have taken advantage of all the help I was given and have utilized it to benefit me.


I am someone who has so much pride in my value of education. I also live by the phrase "have no regrets". Im 26 and still going for my bachelors. I have switched my major from nursing and I have also failed classes and had to retake them. I sit now and of course wish that I already had my degree. But I sincerely don't regret what I have been through. I am proud that at my age, I still have such a want to graduate and succeed. So I would tell my high school self, to live life and appreciate it. But education is a necessity and extremely important. So do your best to knock school out while you still have the drive and motivation. You can still have fun and learn. Just never let life take you off your path, because the effort you have to put forth to stay on track is so worth it in the end. When you can look back and be proud and smile at what you have accomplished its the best feeling ever. Going to college is a learning experience and one of the best developmental stages in life.


If it were possible to travel back into time, I would warn myself of the great changes from transitioning from high school to college. I was ready to graduate and get done with high school then, i rushed those easy years by me quickly. Looking back now, everything was so much easier, the school days, the teachers, and a lot less stress. When I moved away from my family, it was heart breaking. I felt as if i was on my own from then on out. I really am. I don't have daddy on my back telling me what to do or staying on me about my grades or homework, what i do now is effecting me, my future, and goals in life. College life is what you make it, if you go out and party all the time you cant expect to get the grades to help you achieve the goals and dreams. If you study, pay attention, and take it seriously you are likely to achieve. I would tell myself to enjoy the easy life while i can because changes and difficulties are coming my way.


-you are going to mostly love but sometimes hate college -you are going to love dorm life but unlike high school you actually need to try in your classes -You think you have study skills, believe me you dont, you need to figure out what kind of learner you are NOW. -Mom and dad dont have a lot of money, you need to help out a lot. -Dont be afraid of looking like a loner, you actually enjoy being alone a lot because you wont get distracted or annoyed -stop ignoring your sexual orientation, embrace it early so you can easily understand yourself -For the love of God, listen to mom, she is always, always, always right about everything -I want you to realize how much mom and dad do for you and will contiue to do for you, dont let them down -Dont stop jogging, you regret it everyday because its really hard to get back into it and you end up giving up too easy -Dont be stubborn, ask for help when you need it -high school did not do a good job in preparing you for college/life, everyday will be a learning experience so PAY ATTENTION.


It’s been two years since I started Senior year at my high school, it was difficult to even be in that position; the pressure of choosing a college and becoming a part of the “real world.” Seventeen years old is a pretty young age to decide on what I wanted to do while accepting the responsibilities that were given to me. The ones I hold on my shoulders now. A year is short in the long scheme of this life, but it changes a lot. As a result of knowing what I know now, I’d gladly take the opportunity of traveling back through time to that first day of the school year to tell myself about how to get ready for college. I’d let myself know that procrastination doesn’t cut it in college. The stress of making sure all of my assignments are turned in on time could be avoided if I did them earlier. I’d also make sure to tell myself that making friends in classes can help studying outside of class easier. Overall, I’d stress that college isn’t horrible like I thought it would be and that it’s rather enjoyable.


Engaging in a college education brings imagination, curiosity, and passion to life. After spending so many years in the workforce before returning to school, I found myself shocked by the number of subjects that compelled my interest above and beyond what was offered in the classroom. Though I'm fully committed to my chosen course of study, I wish there was time for further participation in economics, astronomy, public speaking, and all of the other fields I have found so fascinating during my re-emersion in education. Back when I was seventeen, I was in a very different place in life. I was thrilled with the impending privileges and responsibilities of becoming an adult and absorbed by the thought of beginning life on my own. Regardless of how much I would benefit from having commenced my collegiate studies earlier, such advice would have fallen on deaf ears. Instead, I would tell myself to conscientiously develop my time management skills. This advice would honor any path I chose in life, provide me with a valuable skill supportive to all my endeavors, and allow me today to enjoy greater freedom in exploring my newfound interests.


When I first entered college, my impressions of the difference between high school and college were not exactly as I thought they were going to be. Knowing what I know now about college life and making the transition, I would advice myself to stop procastinating. I realized that procastinating is a disease, not only that I postponed my works, I was falling behind. By the time I decide to get it done, I feel stressed, and tired. I would also advice myself to use my time wisely.


To start filling out scholarships beginning freshman year and not waiting until already being in college since I am finding it is harder to be awarded than it was for my friends while they were in high school still.


College can be a time of transition. High school was the beginning of my formative years, allowing me to experience life, sorrow,joy, happiness, tears. I would seek to discover my true passion, the career that most attracts me and pursue it. That career perhaps will not be popular with some, but it will be the career I have to grow older in. My life's ambitions are important and not only I will reap the full benefits in the career path I choose.


If I could go back, I would tell myself how much easier high school is than college. If studied as hard as I do in college when I was in high school, I probably could've graduated with straight A's. Don't use college as a learning experience. Obtain all the study skills in high school so that you are very well prepared for college.


Looking back, I haven't done so bad, but I could have done a little better. "Catelyn, do NOT procrastinate," I'd say. I would make sure I wouldn't wait to the last minute on assignments especially after having my internet crash in the middle of an essay minutes before it was due. I'd tell myself to not stay up so late because it's not okay to miss one or two classes when you have no idea what's going on the next day. I'd tell myself to be a little more involved in school activities. Don't be afraid, meet some new people. This isn't high school all over again, I promise. Don't forget to study for those tests, and don't forget to practice your viola. The music isn't as easy as it was in high school, but you'll feel so accomplished when you can play that really hard piece (you'll know the one). Don't hit that snooze button fifteen times. You'll wake up once you are out of bed, or there is always the yummy coffee at the cafe. Don't forget to relax!


Going back in time is somethinig we wish we all could do. If I were able to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself to take the time to learn everything instead of just cramming for the test and forgetting it all afterwords. I would also tell myself that my English teachers' lessons will come in handy while writing college papers. And lastly, I would give the best advice I could have been given, relax and enjoy your last year of high school because in the end you will cherish it.


Alisa, Since your parents do not offer motivation and encouragement, continue to offer yourelf motivation and encouragement. Without financial Aid and your VA benefits, you will not be able to attend school without student loans, so apply for all of the scholarships possible. You are supposed to study 6 hours for every 3 hour credit that you take, please begin to prepare yourself now. Your easiest solution will be to prepare a daily schedule. It is true, missing one day of class will mess you up academically if you are not cautious. Do not expect your professors to mingle with you, they are almost always busy. Last, but not least, academics come before fun and play, so maintain focus.


Elbert Hubbard, an American philosopher, once said, "The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one." If I could go back to give one piece of advice to my younger self it would be just this "stop being afraid of making mistakes, explore everything and accept that you will make mistakes- that's part of life". So many people reach their late twenties and look back on all their mistakes with regret. I did the exact opposite; I look back and regret not taking risks and making those mistakes. I played by the book, I was so afraid of taking a wrong turn and regretting it that I ended up stressed and no better off then my peers who dove into everything head first, made their mistakes, and learnt from them. Ultimately, mistakes are made when we take risks and things turn out badly. Of course, I would never encourage anyone to take extreme risks, but risks are part of life and playing it safe is just as big a mistake as being an extreme risk taker; both can result in regret.


School has always been extremely important to me. I've worked hard my whole life to earn good grades and to really get the most out of my education, but I wish I had realsized that even though being dedicated to schoolwork is very important, it is also important to explore your other interests. You should be well-rounded, and when you get to college you should know yourself and your interests so that you can select a major and a career path. I didn't think it was important to have any extracurricular activities, so now I am still trying to explore my interests so that I can decide what I'd like to major in and what career path I would like to go into. If I could tell my high school senior self something, I would say that I should start considering possibilties and interests, and become more involved in activities outside of school.


Read thoroughly all avalable services, academic requirements, important dates, etc on the collge web site so that you could avoid wasting your time and money. Make good friends as much as you could so you can encourage each other and exchange information. You should talk to your professor often. Sign up for a club or volunteer activities. You would be surprised that there many things you can learn from them. Don't push yourself too hard. Enjoy your college life.


I am so grateful that I put my best foot forward. Now, I have the option of selecting the best college for me. With great grades, I can choose the right place to study to become the best English teacher, the lawyer, or the best novelist I can be. There will be no settling for whoever is willing to take me. I can turn my attention to being a part of campus life. I Icould run for student council or join an eco-friendly club that will contribute to making our community a better place. Then, I would set my sights on possibly earning a scholarship to offset the burden of high tuition. And when that big moment of recognition comes my way, the smile on my mother's face will be enough to say job well done.


I would tell myself that school gets harder. In college you get the freedom to make your own choices, even if you live at your parents' house. The situations you are put in by those choices can expand or limit your next choices. So to help my younger self, I would tell him to focus on improving my Mathematical knowledge or reasoning. I want my young self to join a math club to help me learn more skills that will make my studies in Mathematics easier. Also, I would tell him to apply for more scholarships, even though I did apply for a few. That way I might have had some help in college rather than having my parents and I pay out of pocket.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a senior, I would encourage myself to stay on top of everything. I would tell myself to try to break the bad habits now, so that I don't take them to college with me. These bad habits include, procrastinating, being disorganized, and insufficient note-taking. On the other hand, I would advise that I started to practice and incorporate more efficient strategies to keep myself disciplined, such as time-management, organizational skills, and prioritizing. The most important piece of advise that I would give myself would be to exceed my goals and expectations rather than doing just enough to get by in the classroom, because the pace that you are expected to learn new material and apply it in college requires you to put so much more effort into everything you do.


The advice id give myself would be to go imediatly to college. Dont wait a year, also apply for scholarships and grant now while you have the chance and resoruces. Don't think that you'll be moving to washington with your boyfriend because you did'nt. really understand what the loans that you are appling for, don't just assume you understand what they mean ask questions. Also a relationship is'nt important as an eduction. You'll find someone along the way. Just take the time to really research what is best for the situation that your in. College is'nt as scary as you think the work is a little harder but only if you make it that way. Prioritize your time is the best way to make it through college as i'm finding out now and make time to read. I know its difficult but you can do it.


Dear Jessica, You are a fighter, a survivor and more determined than you allow others to know. You have no idea what you are capable of! Don't be a shadow, be the sun! As you make your way through your senior year in high school, don't let the fear of the unknown hold you back from doing something great. Although you may want to take the safe path, don't. Open your heart and your mind to the unfamiliar and let your discoveries teach you. Life will not always be a struggle or a fight. It is okay to not know what is ahead of you. It is okay to fail. Take your mothers advice: "Do as I say, not as I do." You think she's crazy, but she's right. She wants you to do better. Lastly, go to college and go now. Don't put it off because you think you havent figured it out yet. Truly, Jessica P.S. Don't worry about money, you're too young for that. And lose the boyfriend, he'll still be around when your done conquering the world.


Do not listen to your high school counselor! Take the extra year of Spanish in high school because it saves you a wasted year in college. Go with your gut instinct. If it makes you happy now, it will make you happy later when picking a Major. You love to talk, you love to find messages in films, so just go with who you are and pick Communication Studies the first time. Don't waste your time with things you think might "work." You should not change to fit your Major; pick a major that fits YOU. You should go to college with a basic plan - when you want to graduate, what you want to do when you graduate, and how to achieve those goals - but be sure to leave time for a social life and do not bury yourself in your coursework. Also, leave wiggle room. You may find when you take a GE course on the opposite spectrum of your passions that you really love the subject. But mostly, have fun! Sac State is a great, social school with a lot to offer, if you know where to find it.


As a high school senior, I would like to tell myself not to stress as much as I did. It was a big change, the transition from high school to college, but not one that should have been so stressful. I would also tell myself not to procrastinate because of my nerves, and to not be so afraid to stand up and shine. The worst you can do is fail- and that is definitely not something that should dissuade ones' ambitions. I would tell myself to be happy I was finally arriving at college, because it is so much better than high school. It's more challenging, more rewarding, and all around, it's more fun!


I think the most important thing that i would do is not slack off take it seriously dont make excuses for yourself or it will come to bite you at a certain always have to be focused spend and organize your time wisely because it flies by very fast.


If I could go back in time and give myself some advice knowing what I know about college life and making the transition, I would say do not get discouraged. Although it is challenging- going straight from high school to a university, I deserve to be there just as much as the next person. I would tell myself to pay attention to the lessons being taught in class, that those lessons will someday make me a better employee, a well-rounded person, and a smarter auntie and role model. I would tell myself that the goal of college is learning and building a better life for myself, not simply obtain a piece a paper as I used to believe. I would say that I have the power to make my own decisions to do what is right and not what is popular.


Now is the time to find serious focus in your studies. You must envision yourself nothing less than a scholar. Life revolves around school. There is much joy to be had in learning and reading. You will begin to realize how frivolous your high school image is when you have an efficacy for coursework. Every time you struggle in school you are getting smarter. In life you are not alone, but as a student you alone must succeed. Reading will help you interpret good choices in life since the wise are the ones who know the most stories. Learn about the will power that has driven your father’s success to never give up. You have to believe in yourself. Your destiny is school, and it is not easy but having a college degree will be the ultimate gratification. At this point, friends are helpful for collaboration in school activities; however do not be deceived in believing these are the best times. The best times are when you have completed your training as a scholar. Tell others you will be a Computer Engineer even if now your grades are only average because the past self-misconceptions were merely a formality.


To find someone who knew the campus and have them give me a tour and show me around first.


The most important thing is to focus on one of your many dreams and follow through with it. Throughout life's journey, you will choose many different careers and jobs that are all part of the grand experience. Choosing a college or a major doesn't mean you are choosing the rest of your life. Take time to think about which path you'd like to pursue at the time and concentrate on completing that goal. After studying business in college, I went into the Peace Corps and came out with a different career goal than when I first started my undergraduate studies. Research as much as possible, all the different work opportunities at the school to which you are applying and all the scholarships, grants, programs available to you prior to starting your college education. This will help you financially and will alleviate stress caused from working while attending school. In the end, your education is an investment to your brain and to yourself. Regardless of what you choose to study you will grow mentally, emotionally, socially through your college experience. Embrace all that it is and remember that you are learning how to become independent.


I would tell myself take more summer courses, not let so many GE requirements wait until the last semester, and take some fun creative classes. I probably would have told myself to apply and go straight to CSUS rather then spending a year at another campus. I would also warn myself about all the classes that sounded great, but ended up being horrible. Another piece of advice would be about my future goals, rather then spending a year wondering about my future I would start college with the same mindset I currently hold. Having a goal has vastly improved my class preformance and if I had known what I do back then I would have dedicated more time to my work early on.


If I was given the opportunity to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school student I would tell myself to take advantage of all the opportunities I had at the time. I would tell myself to take mor AP courses. Although, it would have challenged me slightly more I would have been better prepared for the classes I would have needed to take in college. I would also have been able to eliminate a few of the required GE courses that I now have to take. Also, I would have told myself to take more courses at the community college. Since tuition was free to high school students I would have been able to save thousands of dollars that I am now spending by going to a university. Lastly, I would have told myself to listen to my mom about how she wanted me to go to a school closer to home. Not only would this have allowed me to save more money, but I would also be less homesick.


make sure you dont fall into pure pressure


As a high school senior i would tell myself that i need to know what my goals are to stick to them. We all know tha transition is hard, but I would advise myself to be patient, consistent and think of what the future will bring at not the struggles presented at the moment. I would advise myself plan ahead and do thorough reaseach in regards to those plans. Most of all to be prepared for the unexplected and be flexible to changes in plans and situations


Transferring from high school to college in Sacramento was the biggest change that I had ever made. Looking back on high school from college there are definitely many things that I would take into consideration about preparing for college better. In high school I never really learned how to study and my senior year during high school I had barely any classes to concentrate on. Although my GPA was the highest my senior year I would have liked to have focused more on learning how to study and what would help me the most in college during my lectures. If I could tell myself what I know now from being in college to what I did not know in high school I would say, " Aleena, you need to study more, get good grades and concentrate on school. Don't worry about your friends, if they are your true friends they will always be by your side and they’re for you whenever you need them. You need to concentrate on all of the steps that it takes to get yourself into college, do not get behind!" If I could go back to high school I would have done better.


If I could go back as a high school senior, i would tell my self to focus on my studies and study as hard as possible. I would tell my self not to be afraid to seek help if I did not understand. I would really encourage my self to focus more and be disciplined and serious about academics.


If I was able to talk to myself as a high school senior knowing what I know now, I would be sure to tell myself to take as advanced of math classes along with other classes as you can because most likely you will need the prerequestique fulfilled for college and in some cases you may be able to save yourself money by passing the class in high school and not having to take it in college. I would also say try to develop a strong studying plan because most of the work of learning is placed on you in college and not spoonfeed by the teacher as was the case in some high school classes. An finally enjoy senior year because life is alot different once out of high school.


College is valuable because it helps you become who you were meant to be; and it is in college that we decide whom that will be. Before college I thought I was lucky because I did not need to try as hard as my peers to get good grades; but that turned out to be my downfall. Being smart can make you lazy. Its one thing to score through the roof on an SAT reading comprehension test and quite another to think you can cram for your college statistics exam. It took me longer that I care to admit to get my act together in college, but eventually I learned that it takes discipline to succeed. College also gave me the opportunity to explore different majors and participate in school activities such as theatre productions and sporting events. My college experience has helped build my resume, but it has also taught me life skills and given me the opportunity to discover who I am and what matters to me. A college diploma is more important now than it ever has been, but knowing yourself is even more important, and that is what my college education has given me.


My college provided me with an opportunity to get more socialized. I grew up in a very small town, so it provided me with an oppotunity and a window into the bigger world. As with any educational institution it has prepared me for the job world. Hopefully it will place me at a better chance of aquiring a good job, especially within this economy. Another hard fact that I have learned from this school is that life goes and no one stops for your particual problems. At the same time hard work will pay off at the end.