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If I were able to have the chance to have a conversation with myself as a high school senior I would recommend finishing the year with straight A's to have a better GPA.I would encourage myself to study very hard for the SAT's because it will play a huge role when applying to colleges.I would also instruct myself to apply to every scholarship application I am eligible for because it will help with college cost.Lastly , I would tell myself to prepare to depend on no one else but your self to get through college because unlike high school teachers college professors will not make you do your work or make you come to class everything in college is a choice and its up to you to put forth the effort to succeed.


Chakara, I know that you think school is boring and that having fun is more important, but believe me when i say it is not. The most fun you are going to have in your life is going to college and meeting new people. You are literally the smartest person I have ever known, you just have not realized your full potential yet! Stop screwing around, get your head in the books and realize that I know whats best for you. Get the best grades you possibly can this year and do not slack off like I know you are so very tempted to do, it is not worth it. Remember how much potential you have and apply at Clark Atlanta University to further your education.


If I could go back in time and talk to my younger self, I would tell Allison that it is okay to be alone sometimes. I would tell myself that sometimes your goals are not the same as everyone else's. I would assure myself that if i really want something, then sometimes you have to stand alone and work hard by yourself to get it. I would not allow my younger self to dwell on the past and what I do not have because I know that once my hard work is done, life will reward me.


Although teachers and administration explained the importance of taking advantage of any scholarship I did not take it into consideration. If I was able to go back and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would surely emphasize how hard it is in college without the right funding. One thing I would tell myself is to use my free time wisely and try to get as much money as possible with scholarships. There are so many out there that could benefit me if I would have taken the time to complete more scholarships. I am in college on a payment plan that is about $1,500 a month every month. Currently, I am behind on my payments and it has caused the university to put a hold on my account and restricts me from creating a schedule for next semester and releasing my transcripts. This is causing me to be very stressed out! With finals around the corner, family problems and my social life, I have found myself breaking down because it has gotten so hard for me to do things on my own.


Listen up self, I know that you are very excited about going to school and getting away from Newark, NJ but never forget the reason you are going. You don't want to have to return her empty handed and have to face the world more unperpared than you started. Make sure you set a purpose to go along with your goal. Keep God first and follow all of his order. There will be alot of people in this new environment who dont mean you any good but like wise this can be the opportunity of a life time. There are many people there who have good information to share with you but you must be open to recieving it. Remember you are special. It is not about what you wear, what car you drive or the fact you dont have a care. You are there so you can afford a car later. Please do your work and always always go to class no matter what. Talk to your teachers and stay focused on your goal of having a purpose filled life. I really love you self and I want you to get the best out of this time.


If I were granted the opportunity to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to seriously look up these schools and know what they offer; read commentary from current students and or/ graduate students and see what they said about the institution. I would also tell myself to really think about what my major would really be because sometimes it can change based on how well the professors, in that field, teach the subject. Here is an important tip I would tell myself: Starting out as a Freshman, take every class serious, get to know your professors, make connections, and just enjoy yourself. If you do what you are suppose to do in class, your grades will positively reflect your learning. Make friends with your professors because believe it or not you will need them as a reference for a job or internship for the future. Thirdly, meet new people and show them what talents you have; these same people may work for a high-end job and are willing to show you to your seat in Stardom. Lastly, make the best of your four years; smile through them.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would say to be focused when I got to college. College students have a lot of free time on their hands to do work and study, but it is hard to stay focused when you have so much time on your hands. I would tell myself to save all the money I could because living on your own, fourteen hours away from home is tough when you are not working. I would tell myself to believe in me and to believe in my intelligence. Sometimes you are going to be the only one rooting for you and you have to do it because if you don't, nobody else will. I would tell myself not to worry about the parties or get caught up in the drama because none of it is worth it, but your education is it is the key to your future


Transitioning from being a senior to college freshman life has been an intimidating experience. If I could return back in time, I would tell my senior self several things that would help to prepare for the mental, academic and financial challenges that as a high school student I took for granted. When addressing the mental challenges, I would tell myself to stress less, manage my time more efficiently and prioritize. With academics, I would tell my senior self that having better study skills and not procrastinating on important assignments is critical, because you can't do your best when waiting till the last minute. Financially, I would tell myself that saving money and applying for scholarships would have been smart so that paying for college would be easier for me and my single mom. Finally, I would tell myself that spending money wisely is very important because its the ultimate means of survival. When realizing that it is timeindependent and knowing the struggles that I will face I ultimately have a different outlook on life. These are the important things I wish I would have been able to share with myself before transitioning into college.


I would start and say that it is totally different from high school. The teachers care still but, they will not remind you that u have assignments due or ask you where are they if you didn't turn it in. If you come in with the mind set of grades come first, everything else should fall into place. Just like high school, college is what you make it. Also get involved so you can get to meet new people and enjoy your time at college


I would always follow thru on my assignments, and keep a journal with things that I need too do, and make sure that they get turned in on time. Too apply for as many scholarships that I can, and too talk too as many people that I can about college whenever I go vistit college campus, and get as much information about the college that I can, too register early and check back too see where I stand with the college so far as too my admission.


If I could go back in time to give myself advice as a high school senior, I would tell myself to START SEARCHING EARLY!! I feel like I waited too long to fill out college applications and search for what I want because now I'm kind of in a dilemma. I would fill out scholarships way ahead of time. Also, save time to research and look for the right college for me. I'm now not as positive about the college I will be attending and I wish I had some more time to look for what I want. Finally, I would tell myself to study harder for the ACT and SAT and also go on lots of college tours during senior year.


I would tell the High School students that its a whole new transition. College is way more advance and you need to really stay focus. Don't get destracted by anything and make the best out of your high school experience. When your in high school its a way different atmosphere then college. You have to take college even more serious because its more serious.


I would tell my highschool-self to be sure to make friends at college. Having friends at school makes it seem more like a family and I feel much more responsible for my schoolwork then. Ideas are definitely clearer when I get to reflect them off others and hear how other people understand their schoolwork. One way to make friends at college would be to join or form study groups. Study groups were abundant, stable, and reliable at my community college. Clubs at my community college also had many motivated, smart, and nice students. A third way I would make friends would be to be more active in the free tutoring center at school. The tutoring center is full of students who are earnestly trying to learn and student tutors who are trying to help students learn as well. One situation in which I wish I had more friends was a certain semester at college when I had 17 total credits of math, physics, and chemistry. If I had friends who would encourage me and back me up through this tough semester I feel I would have had a much less stressful time studying for school.


i would tell myself to do the best i can. dont slack off. complete every assignment. work hard and study hard. i would tell myself to look into all college possibilities and make sure yoju choose the best one for you. i would tell myself to work even harder freshmen year because its easy to fall off.


"Carmen, you're about to graduate and you're heading to the illustrious Clark Atlanta University. I know you're excited and anxious to start. And as yourself, I'm going to tell you some things I've learned during my first year. First, make sure you get everything done ahead of time. Money is the motive here. Save, save, save!! I can't stress that enough. You're gonna need all the money you can get. College is expensive. Use this summer to work all you can and don't spend any money! Stores will have sales, but you will survive. Trust me. Also, balance your time between work and friends. You will be asked to parties and to hang out. Carmen, I know you; you're gonna say 'yes' then forget about that english paper you had to write. Listen to me because you're stubborn. College is fun and you will make tons of memories and friends. But, don't forget that your education comes first. It's gonna be up to you to make decisions without the help of Mom or Dad. It's not just about book smarts, you gotta have that common sense too."


College is a mix of the busiest and most relaxed times of your life. Make a plan to take advantage of both. Balance class time by taking fewer credits in the fall/spring but commit to 1-2 summer classes to keep an on-time graduation. I took 16-18 credits and ended up bogged down with work and studying so much that I missed opportunities making memories with friends. If you need a “filler” class, do not just grab something easy. Credits are too expensive to throw away. Consider grabbing a fitness instructor course that could earn you a healthy part-time job. When in doubt, add foreign language. Take it seriously and it will be invaluable in any job market. You don’t have to sit in the front of class and raise your hand. In courses for your major, get noticed. You need those professors to write letters of recommendation later. But you don’t need to exert that high energy in every class – you will burn out. Some of my favorite college classes were those where I sat in the back quietly, studied and got a good grade without trying to play the shining star.


I could never stress to myself how important it is to become financially literate. I would like for myself to know what it means to invest in an undergraduate education and how to manage and save money so that I may make wiser decisions allowing me to succeed in undergrad as a whole. I would tell myself to become familiarized with both my financial and academic advisor so that I may be aware of my student account activities at all times. I would advise myself to acknowledge my purpose for college and make sure that it remains my main focus. I would recommend to never attempt college alone. Friends, teachers, colleaugues, etc. are all good for a healthy education. Failure is not an option and neither is giving up. Lastly, I would tell myself to find out who you are and be happy. Gaining and maintaining a higher education is a priceless experience in life that I'll want to share with loved ones!


As a high school senior I was very nervous about attending college. Concerns such as, how are classes taught? What is the campus like? What are students main focus in school? What is Financial Aid and will I have enought money to attend? Questions that accomidate many fears of any college freshman. If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a senior I would simply say: relax. Apply for as many scholarships as possible because financial aid may not cover every expense in shcool. I would tell myself that college is a new experience. A great accomplishment and milestone. To appreaciate and take this time to learn yourself and build bonds that will last a lifetime. Don't be afraid to take chances because of financial binds. Take chances because you will never know what standing in confidence feels like unless you fall in times of trial and tribulation. I would also tell myself as a high school senior, to keep in mind that it's the journey and not the destination that counts.


Dear September, College will be your next step to success. Therefore, you need to be aware of the things coming your way. You will attend a Historically Black College/University filled with rich history and people who want to see you succeed. This journey will not be easy, but it also won't be too challenging. You are a very bright young lady and you need to remember your school's two mottos at all times: "I Will Find A Way Or I Will Make One" and "Culture For Service". For these mottos will mold and transform you into a better person. I wish you nothing but the best of luck and I know you will do great things. Sincerely, Someone Who Wants You To Do Great Things


As an incoming freshman you are not educated about key factors such as tuitiona and fees, houseing, and how to manage your time effectively. If i could go back to my senior year and give my self advice i would push myself to have an open mind about my college of choice and to apply for more than one school as a back up. I did not research the school as well as i should have and I did not give much thought to the money i would be paying yearly to attend this school. I would also advise myself to start looking at scholarships earlier so i would not have a problem with dead lines. Its hard to pay for college and going into your freshman year or any year with only loans is a bad decision because it will affect you negatively in your future. I hope ill make a better decision next time around.


The advice I would give myself would be to cherish every single moment in high school. There were a few times I could have put forward more effort in a few classes, and now that I realize how serious college is I wish I had done better in my high school classes. I would spent more time preparing for college and for my future versus just assuming that college is just like high school, because it's not. College has its ups and downs, its great for the experience, education, and friendships that come along with it, but its a very serious manner. How well you did in high school and in college will reflect the outcome of your future. You are the next generation. You are the future. Make your family proud.


Maturation is essential. When going to college you will be diving into the world of adulthood. You may be going to school, working a part time job, and paying a cell phone bill now. However, when you attend college you be responsible for making sure your financial aid is in order, so you can have housing and food. You will be responsible for purchasing your books for classes, attending classes on time, and reviewing your class syllabus to see when assignments are due. You will also have to learn time management. Since you are the type of person who likes to have fun; you will have to make time for attending classes, studying, and doing homework in addition to joining clubs and partying. Pace yourself, don't dive into all activities at once because you might overwhelm yourself. Give yourself time to adjust to multitasking and handling all responsibilities at once in order to be an effective scholar, group member, and leader.


You are about to start a whole new chapter in your life. Although you will have frustrations and doubts don't give up. All the sacrifices that our parents made will be your biggest motivation and that is what will set you apart from your friends. Don't let them hold you back; you know what you want out of life so go after it. As you start College remember this is not high school anymore, you can't just miss a day and hope the teacher will understand. It's your future so take responsibility for your coursework. All the classes for your general education will seem unimportant and frustrating; instead think of it as a preparation for being a teacher. Always keep in the back of your mind what your goal is and that is to be a teacher, in order to be the best for those kids you need to do the best for yourself. Enjoy your new chapter and everything you are about to embark on, it's in your hands now so don't let yourself down. You are amazing and I believe in you.


If I can go back in time to when I was a high school senior, I would talk to myself about how college life really is. I would tell myself some of the positives about being a college student, like not having to worry about getting up all hours of the morning to get to school on time nor getting from one class to another on time without getting in trouble. I would also tell myself about how I will be able to have more freedom and more time to do things, especially in between classes. I will also remind myself about some of the negatives, like essays, exams and paying for classes, especially by the deadlines. I would tell myself to save my money for class, tuition, etc., meet new people, stay in touch with the professors, keep my head in the books, and to make important payments on time.


Do not go into debt to receive an education. It's not worth it, because a good education can come from affordable schools, saving your money, and scholarships. Applying for scholarships is one of the best things you can do to get help. It's not as hard as you think, you just need to buckle down, stay motivated, and do your research. College is essential to your growth and future. You may not understand this, but college is about finding yourself and enriching your life. The academics are important and require a lot of work, but you receive more than just education. You learn important life skills like patience, ambition, getting through obstacles, and most importantly you learn a lot about yourself. College lets you do many different things, connect with different people, and work towards a goal that can change your life for the better.


MiaSwyaa'h, you have excelled very well thus far on your journey to complete undergraduate school. However, if you had the chance to make this transition from high school to college over again, here are some things you should keep in mind. Within your first semester, reach out to students and get involved on campus. Do not wait for organizations to inform you about what is going on, dive in and ask what you can do to help better the outcome of the organizations ultimate goal upon you joining. Academically, your focus and drive is there. I would not advise you to do anything differently being that you know how to ask for help before it is too late. Do something that is going to make a difference on a daily basis, even if that means just making sure one person is happy that day. Do not hold yourself back from your own success; do not be the reason you missed a good opportunity. Everything you do has purpose; so do not be afraid to take chances. Above all else, remember this phrase: "I am because we are; we are because I am... Change the world"


The best advice I could give is to stay in school. No matter what obstacles come your way, or how hard you think it is, keep pushing forward and giving it 100%. Staying in college and completing your degree will keep you in the path to success. Graduating college can help you get a great job and make life so much easier. You start adulthood on a better path than if you were to quit school and only have a high school diploma.


If I could advise myself high school self about college I would say three things. One being not to wait, get started right away and get it done. You will be so happy that you didn't wait and it means you can start living sooner. I would also tell myself not to settle. Don't settle for a degree that requires less time to get just because you think you don't want to be in school for that long. The time really does fly, you learn a lot, and it is fun! Lastly, I would tell myself to hold off a bit on having children and getting married. Family is great but you will have plenty of time for that. Enjoy your college years, study hard and get the full experience of going to college. Choose a degree that really matters to you because you will spend the rest of your life doing it. Get the most out of college and make a future for yourself and the family you will have someday. College is great, it gives you a great sense of accomplishment. Be wise about your decisions now they will affect the rest of your life.


"AHRON! WAKE UP! TAKE DUAL-ENROLLMENT COURSES!" Those would be the first words I would tell myself if I could go back in time. Every day in college I am reminded of what I could have done in high school to make college a lot easier. I see students on campus who are three to four years younger than I am, completely the same courses I am. If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself the struggles and expenses of college, and how much easier the process is when starting early. My advice would be to take dual-enrollment courses with what time is remaining in high school, and actually participate in high school. Now for the first time in my life, in college I am an honor student in my education and with this I can see how wonderful the success feels without any dismay; I would want myself to have this same feeling before graduating high school and moving on the college.


Knowning what I know now about college life abd making the transition from high school to college, some advice that I would myself as a high school senior is make your senior year count. When graduates or adults use to tell me that senior year is one of the most important years of your life, I did not believe them until I actually entered my second semester of senior year. During your senior year, you want to make the best grades you can possibly make, apply for various amounts of colleges and universites, and last but not least apply for various amounts of scholarships because attending college is very expensive. Senior year of high school determines a lot about a persons feature. Secondly, I would tell myself to make sure that I am doing right before senior year approches because waiting last minute to do what is already needed of you to do only puts more stress and press on you. Also make sure that you are invovled in extracurricular activities because colleges like students who are diverse and can balance academics and extracurricular activies. This is the advice that I would give myself if I could go back.


In my opinion, this is a great question to ask students in college. If I would have the opportunity to go back to senior year of high school, I would advise to myself to study hard, try to learn from all your friends, and enjoy it at the maximum; As a result, you only live once. Being a sophomore in college have taught me many things like the professors in college are there to teach not to babysit you like many high school professors do. Also, many of your friends from high school you might not see them again and last but not least, enjoy it because many times you might want to go back because you feel that you are not ready. However, I have enjoyed every second on my college life to not regret it as the years past learning from everybody throughout my college experience.


If I could back in time to high school, I would have change my study habits then. College you get an big work load from different classes more than high school. I wished I would have trained my self how to study and how to stay on top of things in high school. My first semester in college was quite difficult, because I wasn't use to managing my own priorities. It is best to start early, so that you can put you best effort forward when you start school. Develope a good study routine in high school so that when you get in to college, you are able to mirror those habbits.


I would tell myself that college is a place full of opportunities not just to learn, but meet people that can help you on your journey to your career. Furthermore, I would tell myself be prepared for anything because opportunities are always available you just have to be prepared to cease them because the only thing that can hold you back in college is yourself. In college it is all up to you how well you do in class, it is up to you if you apply for a summer internship, it is up to you if you apply for a scholarship, all the choices you make are up to you. You no longer have parents and teachers to force you to go to class and learn because now you have the choice, you have the opportunity to go to class if you want to or not or the opportunity to apply for a summer internship or scholarship. For the possibilities and opportunities are endless in college, but you set the limit for your success. So, if I could go back in time, I would tell myself put no limits on your success and cease every opportunity.


I would tell myself NOT to take a year off between high school and collage because you will never go. Life will get in the way, you will be a single mom of 2 kids so you will find reasons not to go but most important...if you dont go you will be working in a factory that you go nowhere in.


Firstly, I would change my reading habits, draw closer to my proffessors and make them my best friends. With my experience in college, professors appreciate students who are hard working and and always come to them to ask questions. They even often grow more interest in those srudents, beacuse those are the students who challenge them and show more interest in there work. Another thing i would advice my self , is to change my reading habits rather than staying to the last minute to study for exams and quizes, I would have a mastery each topic i was thought in class. Due to my learning experience, I have discovered that if i study one topic a day, I would be more successful as a student and I would do better in quizes and exams. Secondly, i would engage myself in extra curricular activities. curricular activities are of great importance, but many students tend to ignore this aspect when passing through school. I would rather engage myself, let the school pass through me, instead of just graduating and not engaging in any kind of civic engagement. later on, this are the kinds of things needed for letters of recomendation.


don't believe the kids ahead of you when they tell you college is so hard and there is so much work.


During these 4 years I have been in college I have endured a lot of things. If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would first tell myself to first apply for as many scholarships as you can, because you don’t want to get stuck with thousands of dollars in student loans. If there comes a time when you do have to take out a loan only use it when you really need it. The course work you will endure in college will be rigorous but just remember to study hard and never give up. College itself is very active. It’s a lot that goes on so it is very easy to get distracted so make sure you stay focus. It’s alright to have a little fun every now and then but stay on top of our studies and remember why you are there. In addition to that never give into the peer pressure, spend your money wisely, get involved around campus, and don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone and try new things. Most importantly always keep God first in everything you do.


I would tell myself to take into consideration the cost of all colleges even though mom told you not to worry. I would say to always chase your dreams regardless of how far they seem. I would say to remember your plan and follow your heart regardless of how crazy they sound. Make sure that you give everything your all and leave no doubt in your mind that you've done everything possible to reach your dream. College is a lot more freedom than you expect and remember to maintain your moral standards.


There is a lot of advice I would give to my 7th grade self as opposed to my 12th grade self. My first piece of advice would be to tell my 12th grade self to "Stop goofing off in school; this is it. This is the time to get your act together and start earning A's. You have been blessed with going to an IB school and you should take advantage of it, because if you don't you'll go to a Community College for 1 1/2 years then join the military for 5 years, accomplishing almost nothing during that time; is that really want you want?... 6 1/2 wasted years?" My second piece of advice is to tell myself to "drop those so called friends of yours because after high school ends you'll never talk to or see them again, and while you're at it, delete facebook because it's all just a waste of time." My final piece of advice is to tell myself what classes to take because before I took classes with no direction and now those same classes don't count for the degree I want now.


Don't rush...Think about other alternatives before starting college. A tutor perhaps or Starting off at a 2 year college if not sure about your future or not able to afford a 4 year university. Try to raise my garde point average as the school I choose may require a high GPA. Study harder and take high school more seriously.


I would tell my self to look for more scholoarships. I would also tell my self when picking colleges aso look at the price t cost to go there because as of now the price of tuition is a problem.


If I could go back in time into high school I would certainly change my attitude towards my academic work. I am a senior now and get straight A's, but my most important year of high school( Junior year) I slacked off and was only an average student. I woul every better opportunites for getting more scholarships and into a better college. Although this is a huge regret on my part I still don't dwell on it, because I know I am making up for it by getting high honors now. I also take two early college courses that th EC4ME program in Maine pays for, and it is great to get ahead of the gang and start my liberal studies early. I'm also getting goo grades in these two classes. So all in all I'd tell myself to learn to work hard in high school, because it will better your future in the long run even if it doesn't seem that way.


A word of warning: It may seem like you have so much more time now that you’re not in class for 8 hours a day five days a week, but you cannot use those fifteen hours a week in class to do homework. That will take twice as much time on your own time. You won’t want to do homework on Friday night, or on Saturday, or during lunch, but if you don’t do it then you’ll spend every morning before class, sometimes at three in the morning, trying to catch up. There is no such thing as a ten minute assignment in college, and the five-hundred word essay no longer exists. Everything is new and exciting; you have freedom you never had before, and in your rush to experience it all you might forget how much you’re paying for the school you’re attending. Make the most of those classes, because if you have to leave and start up somewhere else, it’s not fun to have paid for credits you can’t use because you got an Incomplete in the class. You will never have too much time, so utilize every second.


Find out who you are. Find out what you want to do and what it takes to get there. Find out what you cannot and will not do. Find these things and stick to them. Tempation is going knock and it will knock hard, it will knock more than once, way more than once, but it is important that you stay true to yourself. Make good decisions so that you can fulfill your dreams. Struggle now for sucess later or play now struggle later. Its up to you. ! Time management is also very important. All work no play is not healthy but you need a healthy balance. Not too much work and definietly not too much play. ! But overall enjoy this time. You will never get it back.


I totally wish I could do this... I would tell myself to stop slacking and wasting time doing nothing. Stop hanging out with the friends I have been hanging out with, focus on school, apply for scholarships, and don't be lazy. I would've told myself that things would be so much easier than how it is right now If I would focus in school and only school not focusing on friends or my social life but to put all of the focus on school.


dont quit collage


I would tell myself to calm down and not be so stressed out about it. Yes college is work but if you're willing to do it, its not that difficult. Plus I'm going to school for culiary arts so its not like I didnt have any idea what I was getting into. I would just tell myself to take some deep breaths and to relax. Also not to pack so much stuff, moving into an apartment takes a long time in the first place, but add way too much stuff into the equasion and you're in for an entire day of lugging stuff up three flights of stairs. College life hasnt really been too difficult for me so I guess the only advice I would have needed would be to relax and be confident in my abilities.


Tom, listen up! You better learn and study all that you can every day. Your future depends upon it. Get help when need it. Especially in math. You know weakest subject is math. Get a tutor. It will pay off in the long run. But most of all, dont be afraid to start college right after you graduate. It will be a lot easier to attend your classes with your friends and new friends you will make.


I would tell myself to be open minded. College can surprise a lot of students and it can make them or break them within the first semester. I would let myself know that he needs to be open minded about the things that are about to happen. Never judge and never fall off track. Always stay on the path of your goal and be acceptable to new things.


mangae my time more wisely and study more.