I would tell myself not to stress. I should not have been so worried about the future. I should always take one day at a time. The things that I thought were a big deal back in high school mean nothing to me now. College is not as scary as it seemed to my high school self. I wish I could have told myself that back when I was 17 stressing about scholarships and applications. I definitely turned out okay. In fact, my life now in college is better than what I ever expected.
Don't stress! Be yourself, enter with an open mind, and get ready to cherish the next four years because you'll only live them once! Be excited for the next chapter of your life.
If I was to go back in time to talk to myself as a high school senior about making the transition from high school to college, I would tell myself the following statements:
1. On your first day in college, do not be affraid to talk to other students, it is just like transitioning from middle school to high school, they are in the same boat as you are and are feeling just as nervous about college and making friends as you are.
2. While you are in class, pay attention, do not goof off, actually try in your classes, and study for each test, hard, so that your gpa stays good, and you get on and stay on the Deans list, which is like honor roll was in high school.
Those are the two key statements that I would tell myself if I was able to travel back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior about the transition from high school to college.
Transition into adult life and college life can be tricky. The key to success is to surround yourself with friends that care about what they are learning. Find a dream that is exciting to you and make it personal. Don't let anyone, including yourself, tell you "you can't do it". Believe in yourself. Give your instructors the respect and courtesy they deserve. They are public servents and put many hours into preparing the material they are teaching. Don't be embarassed to ask for help when you don't understand. Questions only get answered when asked, and curiousity has lead to some of the greatest discoveries. At times, it may seem difficult, but it is easier to accomplish now. You have few family and financial responsibilities while you are young, so take this time for yourself. Be disciplined in your studies and care about your work - let it reflect who you are. Find the tallest obstical and tackle it one step at a time. Then, you look back and see what you accomplished and thank the instructors, family and friends that helped you through.
If I were to go back in time as a senior in high school, I would first slap myself over the head for my so called "studying tactics." I've never really learned how to correctly study, or learn the best way to study for me. I wish for all the tests that I took, which I somehow managed to get through, I wish I would have known the material and made it become embedded in my brain. The twenty year old Nicki would tell the loud mouth eighteen year old Nicki to hush up and quit talking while the teacher was, and actually listen and try to learn. I would also tell her to find a tutor for the math class I barely managed to pass, and get all my basic core classes' information into my brain for good, not for the semester. I wish I would have really listened when they said, know your stuff, because in college you can't "scoot by," you need to know it and understand it one hundred percent.
Stop blowing off homework, develop a good study habit. Prepare for what you want to do in advance.
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