I think about this question a lot, actually. I have said many times that when I have children of my own, the one thing I demand of them is to get straight-As; they can always fall back on it. This plan is definitely is a means to steer my future children down an alternate path than I myself embarked on in high school. Not working to my potential, posessing an "uncanny ability to maintain an 80 average" as my Latin teacher once responded in an email to my mother about my performance in class. I went through my high school and recent college years without any sense of direction other than social expectations that propelled me with a numbed inertia. Today, nine years since I entered high school, I finally found a route I want to take- to be a doctor- and I know it would be much easier if I had gotten the high GPA back then rather than scrambling now. That said, I don't know if the first thing I would tell my younger self just to get good grades for the sake of a transcript. Instead, I'd tell young me, "make your own path."
If I could go back and change my high school senior year, I would change my learning techniques and put more effort into gaining more for myself. I slacked of in my last year in hig school, just thinking that college was just a continuation of going to school for another four years. When I got to college and saw what the work load was like and noticed that I could not just breeze by like I did in high school. i really buckled down and did my work to get the grades that I wanted. What I also notice about myself more now that I am in college, I really push hard to get the A grades in my classes. When I was in high school, I really did not care about what I got also long as it was a passing grade. I look foward to seeing my transcript say " Dean's List" on it. It makes me feel proud of my hard work.
If I could talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself that college is not as scary, or as hard as I thought it would be. I would explain the importance of continueing my education while I was young, and how furstrating it is to be getting a degree as an adult learner with additional responabilities. I would tell myself to remember to always believe in myself and my ability to achieve my goals.
I would tell myself that don't slack in your classes because they can become very useful to you in the furture when you go to college and when you go to college don't miss any classes because you will endup falling behind in your classes. I would not fall into the high school drama and pay attention in class also i would work harder to pass every class with A's.