If I could go back to my senior year and talk to myself, my advice would be to find financial aid and to focus on developing my art skills. The most important and simple advice about financial aid I would give myself would be to apply. Applying for financial aid is probably the most important step in continuing your education. Unfortunately, I spent a lot of time after I graduated looking for jobs for the summer, which at the time were in very short supply. So applying for financial aid would be the number one advice I would have to give my past self because no with scholarships and grants, I wouldnt be able to attend college. The second best advice I would give myself would be to develope my artistic skills. Knowing that I want to get into video game art and design, I would go back and tell myself to develop my skill to the point where I could provide a college with a high quality portfolio and explain that even though my academic grades were a little below average, with a good portfolio, the chances of getting into a good art school were slighly better
The advise I would give myself, knowing what I know now about college life is persereverance, and trust in yourself, the best yet to come, college life is the beginning of a new era, where you will find innovative, interesting,exciting people who will bring out the best in you. you will make it, it is challenging but thats is what is needed to make you who you are destined to be.Forget all the distractions you are getting from arround you, always have a back- up plan, pay attention to maths formulars, know your metric table by heart. Learn to be a critical thinker, learn to manage a reading schedule. learn how to research from other resources such as librairies, online search, that can help you understand more about what you are studying. you are on a right path, and if you continue in the same thriving spirit of success, you will be a great help to the community and to thousands of lives.
Knowing what I know now about college, I would go back in time and tell myself that it is not as hard as high-school teachers repeatedly say it is, and to not worry. To focus on what each teacher wants because each teacher is different. Some do not care if you are extremely late, and some are very strict on tardiness. Some give many assignments, and others just lecture and give tests. I would also tell myself that as a student in college, one must take core classes before taking classes directly related towards the intended major, but to not be discouraged with this information because their will be interesting and attention-getting classes ahead. And college is to be enjoyed, and not stressed about, for it is a place to experience many different career opportunities and pathways, which ultimately leads to the discovery of the right one that fits the soul and its personality.
Knowing what I know now about college life, I would tell my self as a high school senior to take AP courses to avoid the basic classes in college. To never give up when a situation arises and to apply for all the scholarships that you can. Do not fall for girls in college some of them try to get you in trouble and unfocus on the task at hand. Apply yourself and do be afraid to speak up to ask for help as well as when comes to life. It is not easy in out the world, you have to struggle at first to become successful. Build yourself to become a leader and not a follower, and read as must as possible.
If I could talk to my "high school senior" self, I would recommend to save money. Although Georgia has the HOPE program to help pay for tuition, not much assistance is available for books. College Textbooks are outrageously priced! I would also tell my "high school senior" self to NEVER purchase books from the campus bookstore, and rent textbooks rather than purchase them. Another piece of advice I would offer myself is to never take a quarter/semester off. It is so hard to get back into school once you have taken a hiatus. Just stay full time until you are done.
If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, the most important message I would convey is simple: "You can do it." For my first few years of college, I had the idea in my head that I would not be successful. As a result, I did not try my hardest, often skipping class and neglecting my assignments. After taking a year off, I have returned to college with a fresh perspective and a more positive attitude. I am proud to say that I have a 4.0 GPA. I am working hard, and I am confident that I will be successful in my educational endeavors.
If I could go back in time to talk to myself as a high school senior, I would keep in mind that college life is no joke. It can be fun to hang out with your friends, but that's not what college is about. College is about being determined to get an education and becoming successful in the future. Hard work does pay off and it will help in the long run. I would tell myself to never give up and to never let anyone distract me from getting to destination I need to go. Deciding to further my education will be the best decision I have ever made.
I would have told myself to take college more seriously. I would have told myself to do more college applications and once I get in to stay instead of leaving. That once in college you really need to know what direction you're going to. Pick somewhere that has different types of degrees so I can try different things and see which ones I like, instead of going to a tech school wasting time taking classes I don't need. I would tell myself to make decisions for me, not for the people around me.
I Would tell myself to not stress. It's not as hard as you think, you will enjoy the expirence and make friend that will last a life time. Your family will support you more than you know. Prepare to do your work on time , that can be the difference between an A and a B. It will be a little different than high school, but in a good way. Actually easier so just make sure you get us here and i'll take over from there. Oh yeah save up for the books now cause they are going to cost later.
Start as soon as possible on college scholarships, and grants to help cover college expenses. It adds up after considering tuition, textbooks, supplies, student fees, club fees, mandatory fees, living expenses, room and board. Being a first generation college student is harder than it looks, however you'll enjoy experiencing new thinks in the "College Life" everyone talks about. Balance your time between academic responsibilities and social networking. See ya, in about three years!