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


I would tell myself to take every great opportunity that I have, and to get involved more. I should've volunteered more of my time to the community when I was in high school. I would also tell myself to really take advantage of my teachers, and build relationships with them. I was quiet in high school, and I should've spoken up more. If I would've done this then I could've really engaged with my learning. I would tell myself to ask more questions, and become a critical thinker. I am just learning how to do all of these things now in college, but I am realizing that it would've been more beneficial to me if I had learned how to do these things in high school.


Looking back, I would advise my high school self to stay dedicated to my studies; it will pay off in the end. I would also tell my past self to not hold back when it comes to getting involved with activities. Every additional class I sign up for, every activity I join, every hour I volunteer- I grow as a person. I wish I had known that when I was younger. College is the perfect place for oppurtunities for that growth. You just have to jump in head first.


I would give myself advice that I should ahve went PSEO in 11th grade and not just my senior year. To perservere through troubled time, learn to take a break, treat yourself, but most importantly just relax. What I really would try to inplant in my brain is to always speak up!!


If I could go back in time and find my past self when I was in high school I would tell myself never be afraid. All through my childhood and high school days, I was always afraid to stand up for myself and to speak out. I let people push me around. I would always submit to what my parents wanted for me in my life. I know that a parent only wants the best for their child, but the child has to be free to express themselves. I was so pressured in school to be perfect. I would tell my younger self that it is ok not to be perfect. I would say to myself to speak out, branch out and take those risks. Do not let opportunities pass you by. You'll discover after the tornado of April 27 2011 that you are capable of overcoming anthing. You'll suffer loss, sadness, and guilt, but you'll realize that you have never been stronger. You'll finally see that the courage you've been needing was inside you all along. So in the mean time, Keep your head up girl! You're not broken. Your'e a winner.


I waited until was 56 years old to go to college, going back in time I really chew myself out because of my actions at that time. FIRST Tell myself to go to the school counselor and ask for HELP. My father died when I was 12, my mother blamed me. She soon married George. I WANTED AWAY FROM HOME NOW!! SECOND Tell myself not to drop out, get married, have a baby at 16. I don't regret having my children but tell myself to wait. THIRD Tell myself to go back to school at that time and at least got my GED. FOURTH I'd tell myself to look in to finical aide then and went back at least part-time. FIFTH Tell myself that I need an education to get the better paying jobs. SIXTH Tell myself that I wasn't that useless person, that I deserved a chance to better myself. SEVENTH Tell myself, desire a college education it's available somehow. EIGHTH College will always benefit you in someway, YOU HAVE TO DO IT!! NINTH You know you need and want too! Tenth NO EXCUSES, College is must, DO IT NOW, don't wait anymore.