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

Honestly, it starts before being a senior, as a junior I really wish I had started searching for scholarship opportunities. They seem to be the only answer to my education financial need right now. I would start by encouraging myself saying “In a world where you can be anything, be yourself!” Then I would know it was me who was talking. I would continue by pointing out the good things I am doing that may be a lot of work now but worth it in the end, such as: volunteering at the hospital, operation military kids, and keeping a good GPA. These things will help prepare me for scholarship applications and open up other opportunities to continue my higher education along the way. As a college student it is very hard not to get bogged down with the weight of college debt amongst your studies. I would urge myself to take the time and apply for just one new scholarship a day, in order to get as many as possible and pay for my higher education, making it so I don’t have to worry about being in debt for the next twenty years or more.

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The advise I would give myself is do not procrastinate, always show up to every single class, do every homework, and study for every quiz, test, and exam. If you show up to every class and ask questions everytime you do not understand something, then you are more likely to pass the course. Before you start college, try to figure out what kind of learner you are and let your teacher know, because most teachers are willing to try to help out and help you make it through their course. That is what they are there for, to help you. Your teachers are there for you and the college life, is completely different from high school. First, you pay for your own college and books, so you should always try your best. Second, what you learn in a whole year of high school, you will learn in eleven (11) weeks in college. It will be much harder. But keep your head held high and always do your best!

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If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a senior in high school, I would tell myself not to rush into it. High School will have given you so many memories that are irreplacable and nothing will ever compare. College is not as huge of deal as people keep making i to be. Its a lot like going to high school except with more freedoms as well as more responsibilities. I know you tend to stress yourself out over the smallest things because you think they will effect yor life in some super crazy way, but stress in college will just continue to pile on between trying to find jobs in this recession to trying to pay for college and getting your papers turned in on time. Its so hectic! But you will manage. You are a very self-sufficient young woman and you have so many people backing you up and believing in you. Go get 'em!

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I would tell myself that college is what I make of it. College life is very different from high school and living at home with your parents. They will not be there to make you go bed or to check you homework. I would remind myself that it will be up to me to go to class and study. You have alot more freedom in college and I would tell myself that it is my responsiability and mine alone to make sure I get the grades that I know I can get. I would also let it be known that college can be very expensive and hard for some parents to pay, so don't throw your parents money away. I would tell my self to get involed in a group or club this is a good way to make friends and better yourself as a person. College can be fun, exciting, and a new adventure take advantage of this oppuritunty don't waste it .

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As a high school senior, I was undr the assumption college was not neccessary for me. I was working as a restaurant supervisor and thought i had it easy, the money was good and I worked all the time. If I could go back in time, I would have told myself that going to college will open up my career choices and let me make an informed decision about what exactly my career goals are. I would have said to myself that once you open the doors to the future it is your choice where you go and what you do; the possibilities are endless and not going to school will limit you in your life. The last thing I would have said is, keep an open mind and try new things, don't be afraid to explore all the alternatives that exist for you and have fun!

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The level of maturity and discipline that it takes to be successful in your college career can make or break you. You need to have the discipline to go to class everyday and communicate with your professors about any needs or concerns you may have. Utilize all of the resources that your college offers! There will be noone but yourself to make sure you are doing your required assignments, studying at least 1 hr. a day for each class that you are taking, and the most important task-go to class everyday! College can be a very rewarding and enjoyable experience. Knowing the difference of when to go out and enjoy a social life and when you need to stay in and study is key to a successful career in college and beyond!

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I would tell myself to work as hard as I did in high school. I should do all of my homework and not to miss any classes if at all possible. College life is much harder than high school and that life will get harder as I move forward toward my career. I need to put more thought into what I do and put more effort in homework. College requires one to read, read, and read. You should take this into consideration and to do as you are told. Reading will help you understand concepts and making the homework assignments easier to do. One more thing before you go off to college, I just want to say good luck and make your future bright.

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keep in mind that it's okay if you decide against your major. there is no need to feel pressured into anything. give it a realistic try and see if it works out. college is not as hard as people make it seem sometimes, if you really put your mind to it you can do it. remember, you're going to college for noone besides yourself and you should always keep in mind that this is only a very small time period in your life. enjoy high school while it lasts, but don't be afraid of college, it really isn't that bad.

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I would say to myself, "Don't worry about getting a fulltime job right away. Enjoy your time as a normal eighteen year old kid, and concern yourself with money after you have graduated. It seems like it should be really important to be making 25k per year as an eighteen year old, but the money honestly doesn't make up for the experiences you will miss out on. P.S. Do your homework in a timely basis rather than the night before it's due..."

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If I could go back in time I would of study scholarships more and worried about how to pay for school. I just always thought there would be a way to go to school. Well now I know thats now true because I'm trying to go back and get a great career field and Im hitting wall with money. I dont have a job right now being full time and studing. I just wish I would of been more prepared.

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