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What should every freshman at Chabot College know before they start?


Don't trust you know what you want to do, walk into college with an open mind; be willing to learn and accept beliefs. Be dedicated and calculated about how you work and learn; you can decide easier where you're heading. Question everything you hear or read, and talk about it with everyone around you. Analyze and reflect. Dig for resources like it is your life's work; there are so many resources out there, you just need to find them! Get involved within the community of the school, you will enjoy it so much more. The general people and the teachers have huge impact on your school experience, so be sure to find the positive, supportive winners to associate with.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior the first thing I would say was, "this is it Melody, the foundation to your future. Your going to have try hard, study long, and make sacrafices. Get good grades so you can get into college. College is especially important now, while your fresh out of high school. You are less likely to be side tracked by LIFE! If you wait, you may never go because it's too easy to lose sight of your dreams. It's too easy to get stuck, and settle with what you might end up doing, just getting by and living check to check. It's no fun. Take advantage and explore the oportunities college has to offer. Make goals for yourself and reach them. Dream big, taking little steps at a time, never loosing sight of that dream, and you might be surprized at what you can accomplish, and who you may become. It wont be easy, but your chances to succeed are better now, having less obsticles in your way. Go for it, you won't regret it....


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would have told myself to get a job to help pay for college. I say this because when I was a senior I didn't relize how much college really dose cost. Before college you know about the fact that books cost alot, but you dont know about all the little costs. The little costs are student body fees, health fees, class fees, mailing fees, and all the other little things that are usually free in high school and not free in college, Another thing that I would have told myself to save for is living expenses because when you are in high school your parents tend to pay for evert thing but when you become an adult and have to take care of yourself you start to relize how much it costs to live and go to college.


All those SAT prep courses, practice tests, essays, finals, deadlines, University apps, don't sweat it. With these California budget cuts you'll be at Chabot and it's like high school part two just more lenient hours. Stop stressing, relax, and continue to do your work, then in due time you can transfer to the school you want.


Wishing I could go back in time and speak to my high school senior self is an activity I often partake in. I would tell myself to take college more seriously, and not treat lightly. I would tell myself that, unlike what people said about high school, college is actually difficult and takes a serious level of commitment. I would make my younger self understand that colllege life should be treated with the same respect that one would give to his or her own job. Most importantly, I would have told myself that it is okay to attend a community college for the first two years. I would tell myself that attending a community college for the first two years is in fact a terrific idea. My young self would come to understand that attending community college is a superb idea, as it would have helped with the difficult transition. I'm sure that, would I be able to go back in time and speak to my high school senior self, my younger self would be extremely grateful for the advice.


Back in high school, my priority was starting a family. I got married and had a baby less than one year after graduation. As much as I enjoyed my little family, we struggled. We were two young adults with intentions of going back to school. Instead, life kept on going. As my 30th birthday approached, we had four kids and still no real plan. I decided I needed to make a positive change. I enrolled in college as a now single mother. I worked full time while taking care of five children. I finally got into Chabot Nursing School and can see a light at the end of the tunnel. I cannot count how many all-nighters I pulled after making dinner; helping kids with their homework; and then studying for a test of my own. People always ask me how I manage. It is difficult, but I feel extremely blessed to have the opportunity to make a better life for my family. My kids are my motivation. Taking what I know now, how hard it is to go back to school as a single mom, I would convince myself, as a senior in high school, to finish school first!


The class is only boring if you let it be boring. As much fun as it can be to avoid the inevitable just get it done now. What you've been missing can be found in a classroom. It'll take some discpline , but you can do it. I was in a class one day and this kid was yelling at his teacher. He said something about how he couldn?t past the class because it had nothing to do with him. Let me tell what?s ironic about that argument, if you make it about you somehow it?s actually easier to remember large amounts of information. That only proves it does pay to be conceded in the long run. Studying never gets exciting ever. It?s just one of those things that comes with life. You do it because you have a dream and you do it because that is how your going to get there, right? Have you ever heard of an ?apple a day keeps the doctor away?? Well a little studying a day keeps the headache away and bonus that distributed study effect is fantastic for getting that memory on overdrive.


I would advise myself to study more diligently, study more for all the classes, and get more active in clubs. College life is bittersweet. Bitter to the sense that it is a different vibe from high school and friends might not be there whenever they are needed. Students need motivation to succeed that comes from within. Teachers will not care if they are late or absent and will not constantly remind them when assignments is due. There are more responsibilities, yet the freedom is present. It is also sweet because they are on their own. So I would tell myself to keep that in mind despite of the bittersweetness of college because every thing that is done in high school will pay off in college and the future.


"Study, work hard, and apply yourself," is what I would say to myself a year ago. I was hit by "senioritis" bad and recieved twos on my AP exams. I thought to myself, "I could always take those courses in college, people who do not take AP courses do and transfer to 4-year universities." What I did not think of was time, the time it would take to complete my requirements to transfer. If I had studied first instead of having "fun" on top of my priority list I would be able to take the classes I need and want instead of having to put them off to take remedial classes.


You have done a great job up to this point, but, you need a few adjustments if your going to be successful with your education beyond high school. The next level awaits your arrival with so many possibilities, you wont believe. Knowing your history and part of your future, I want to say that you can do all things if only you believe because I believe in you. College is a wonderful experiment in social behavior and higher learning. I know that youll want to follow the crowd but stay focused; your reward is yet to come. Dont worry about what youll do, just do it. Dont be fearful of trying anything, because failure is a part of learning and you will learn. Tomorrow is your opportunity of today, take it wisely. Go all the way in and fill on the nutrient of knowledge and I promise the petals of your bulb will blossem into a brilliant rose. Your future will be bright. . The next time I see you, if you follow this path and adhere to these words, youll smile as I reflect and Ill smile too. I Love You Go Forth!!!