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As a senior in high school, the first step is to apply for scholarships now. although you can still apply in college, you become overwhelmed with school work and activities. Make sure you stay on top of your grades and keep a grade point average above a 3.75. Become involved in campus actitves. Do not join too many clubs because you do not want to over extert yourself. Make your name known in a positive manner. Aquire a small group of friends who are as ambitious as you are. Leave the games behind you because it is time to get serious about life. This is a time to find yourself and make something of yourself. Do not get lost in the world around you. Keep focused and never give up.


The advise I would give myself is that to stay on task because time flies by in college. Also look for scholarship because college is not a easy to pay for.


I would tell myself to do what you want to do and study alot harder, try not to get senoritis too early. I would also tell myself not to rush senior year. This is a time where everything is basically handed to you. When you go off to college you have to work for everything that you want, so take advantage of this time now. You don't have anything to lose.


I would advice myself to apply for more scholarships so i will not be forced to take out loans.


If I were to go back into time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would say self, and self would say hmm? And I would respond saying, please do not fall into the cracks of college. Make sure you obtain the necessary skills from high school such as writing well and being able to read and interpret long passages. Also, my advice to my younger self would be to continue to do what you are doing. Being President of Future Business Leaders of America, member of National Technical Honors Society, member of the National Beta Club, Top 10% of the graduating class ranked number 31 out of 210 with a gpa of 3.7 while committing to after school volunteer work with a local non-profit organization are all wonderful accolades that will take you very far. Keep up the great work Jazmine and in college you will be a great success.


I would say stay buckeled down and have your options open. Don't be solely stuck on one school, apply to several, and get admission deadlines out of the way. Apply for various of scholarships because in the long run it will be worth it. College is fun , but you also have to manage your time and be mindful of your priorties. You have to be able to work and play and most of all study and make sure your professors know exactly who you are.


If I had the oppurtunity to travel back in time and give myself pointers about college life I would tell myself to become agressive with the search for scholarships. So many times during my Senior year of high school I got distracted when I should have been searching for scholarships. My matriculation so far has been some what stressful due to financial problems. These problems could have been avoided if i would have taken the time to look for scholarships to put towards my education. I had so many chances to apply but I was such a procratinator then and still even to this day I suffer from procrastination only now I have more drive to help my mother as she struggles on a daily basis to see me receive a college education. So I would sit myself down and tell him how much easier scholarships would make life for our family. I would then give him tips on time management and share how important studying is in college. Surely after he recovers from the shock of my visit he would begin to absorb the knowledge being given and become a greater versions of myself.


Gain more knowledge when it comes to financial aid, apply to as many scholarships as you can. Never give up, when it comes to acheiving your goals and dreams.


The advice I would give myself is that you should follow your dreams and do not settle for a job as a waitress or in fast food just because you finished high school. You graduated from high school onthe honor roll and have the ability to do anything you want! You should fulfill your dream of being a pilot and joined the Air Force. You may have been retired by now in addition to getting benefits such as money to go to college to prepare you financially for life for when you are older. Don't wait until you are 48 years old to return to school, when its harder and you now work full-time to pay the bills and try to find scholarships for someone is returning to college to re-career themself. You may have to help support your mother who is now disabled and needs financial assistance in addition to taking time weekly to help them do some of their daily needs. This is quite challenging when you are trying to get good grades in college as you strive to obtain a better life to be able to provide that needed support your parent needs.


I would give myself the advice of better preparing myself. I would have made a better effort in attending more advanced classes, such as English courses. College is all about having the ability to write an outstanding essay. It’s a lot more challenging when your skills in writing aren’t on the college level. Also, I would have also decided to immediately go to college once I graduated high school. Also, I should had applied for numerous scholarships to help financially. Financing for college is one of the most stressful aspects to overcome as a student.


If I could go back in time I wouldn't tell myself the usual "get good grades" or "have good attendance." I would say since highschools range in size from small to large be interactive with your guidance counselor as much as possible from day one! Whether there are a handful of people in your class to thousands, don't be shy to take advantage of any workshops or help counselors offer you. Make sure essays, applications, and test scores are submitted promptly with counselors because other seniors are doing the same thing at the same time. Second, I would tell myself get involved in volunteer work and extracurriculars early. Colleges are looking for DIVERSITY among its applicants and the more you do different then the next person is what may allow you stand out.


As a current college student, I would advise my high school self to not rush into anything. Do not be lazy and look at plenty scholarship opportunities before tuition is due. College is very hard to pay for and if there is no money, there is no education. I would also tell myself to not wait until the last minute to try to find grants and loans because the longer you wait, the harder is becomes to acheive. To get a good education is expensive and a lot of hard work. Have an open mind and be proactive.


If I could go back in time as a senior in High School, I would tell myself to take advantage of scholarship opportunities, be more involved, and take your classes seriously. In High School many do not realize that their grades are so important. The higher your GPA is in high school the more scholarship and financial aid you will receive. Also I would tell them to find study techniques because there is no way to get through college without studying and time management. Time Management is everything you need in college. Life is all about balance and that’s what is important to succeed.


I would advice students to manage their time wisely. Make sure that you are getting enough sleep and spending time studying. There will be parties every weekend so do not focus on that. You are unable to retake exams so it is best to study hard for them in advance rather than waiting until the last minute to do so. When you have managed your time, going to school, working, and socializing with others does not become overwhelming.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a senior I would tell myself to work harder to get above a 3.0 GPA. In high school a 3.0 is great but when you come to college it say you did average work and didn't strive for greatness. I would also tell myself to save my money and apply for all the scholarships that were offered. Now that i'm in college I find myself struggling to buy books, pay for room and board, and tuition but if I had applied for more scholarships, I would have had a better chance of receiving money that could take care of these costs. The last thing I would tell myself is to never give up and be ambitious. Transitiong to the "college life" is hard especially when you're a long way from home. I was put in a lot of "adult like'' situations such as buying everything I need with little help, taking care of myself, and learning how to grow up fast because I am no longer able to call my mom or dad and have them by my side at every moment.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would mainly focus on focus. The main objective to learn while being in college is to remain focused in whatever it is that you choose to do. Coursework and parties may seem hard to balance but is all about maintaining focus and you can find a way to do both. At the end of the day, the most important thing you're working towards is your degree and everything else will still be there (i.e. parties, socializing). I would also tell myself not to stress! If you spend your time crying about every obstacale, you will always be depressed. Life is full of dissapointments and a part of life is learning to handle them and still focus on the goal ahead.


If i could go back to my high school years and give myself some advice, I'd tell myself to keep my GPA up so that school can be paid for. I would also tell myself to be more involved in sports so that I could recieve athletis scholarships. I was a little bit mean in high school and I would tell myself to get more involved in the community to relieve some of the stress and pressure. I stayed out of school a year before i graduated so I would tell myself to go ahead and go to school right after graduation. Most of all, I would tell myself to go to college and make the best of it because you only get your college years one time. Go make life-long friendships and make a better brighter future for yourself and the future generation.


If I could go back in time and give myself advise as a senior in high school I would tell myself to discipline myself better when it comes to studying and doing my work. I had a bad habit of procrastination when I first came to college so I was not fully prepared for the amount of work I would have to do, which affected my grades. I would also tell myself to manage my money better. i was not the best when it came to managing money so i had to learn the hard way when it came to having my books and materials for school.


If I could go back in time, I honestly would tell myself how to handle certain situations. For example, I grew up with a learning disability. When I’m in school, it takes longer for me to process this in my head. When I read something, it’s like a foreign language to me. I’m not a strong writer but when I write I come to life. I’m still trying to cope with my learning disability because it is a different setting from high school and college. So If I was able to go back in time I would tell myself to just take one step at a time, because if you rush though everything you will give yourself more stress then you need to. And that is not healthy at all.


If I could go back in time to talk to myself as a high school student I would say, "what is for you, will not pass you." Being in college i learned things that are for me academic wise or friendship wise will not pass me. If i work hard for a grade then i earn that grade and that grade will not pass me! If friends are suppose to be my friends forever they will not pass me. I should not have to change myself to earn friends or a grade. Making my transition to Clark Atlanta made me learn a lot so far and i wish i could have known the information i know now when i was a high school senior.


I would tell myself to always remain true to myself and never forget that my academic excellence in high school is what got me to college. I would say to work hard at all times and to never let anything stand in the way of your success. Financing college may be an issue, but you will overcome anything that you put your mind too. I would also tell myself to stay true to your morals and values and never allow anyone or anything to take you out of character. I would tell myself to start off freshman year with great grades and getting involved just like high school because setting your GPA from the beginning is crucial and it is much easier for your grades to drop than it is to pull them back up.


I don't remember when I stopped taking school so serious. In fact, I wouldn’t even aim for A’s or B’s anymore. I was satisfied with a D as long as I passed the class. I had the potential to do better, but all I wanted to do was have fun and be with my buddies. Until senior year came to an end and I wasn’t graduating on time for failing an English class. When I enrolled in college I felt like I got another opportunity to do better and give my education my full effort and that’s exactly what I did. So after my experience, the advice I would give myself as a high school senior would be “Pay less attention to your friends and focus more on school because your friends aren’t going to help you graduate, go to college, or get a job in the future. All that depends on you. Your education and knowledge are things that are going to get you somewhere good in life and even though learning can get frustrating at times don’t ever give up because in the long run it’s well worth it."


Looking back now, I would only tell myself one thing. NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK! I think I did pretty well academically in high school. But coming to college, I quickly learned that the connections you make with people could be the opening you need to get your foot in the door at places. You never know who you might run across or even who you are sitting next to everyday in class. I would tell myself to work on my communication skills more. And learn how to put myself out in the field more. I should have stepped outside my comfort zone and networked myself more. In all honesty, you can learn these skills when you get to college but it would have been very helpful to hear this while I was still in high school!


I would take my classes more serious. Your gpa in high school is very important when applying to colleges and universities. It is important to study and complete assignments on time. I would also ask questions when I do not understand what is being taught. In high school (9th-10th grade), I did not realize the importance of having a good gpa until my junior and senior year.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would definitley tell myself to stay focus, and apply to as many scholarships as possible. You may think that you are ready for college and moving out of the house, but as soon as it happens its not all that you hope for. The pros of being in college is you can do what you want, go wherever you want, and more. The cons of being in college is you are responsible for everything. Parents will not be there in the morning waking you up for school, teachers are not going to remind you when things are due, and there are a lot of distractions. Once you enter college, you are entering into another world; adult world. When you go to college make sure you are financially stabled because college is not cheap, and when you don't have money to stay in school it's not a good feeling. You are in high school now, so stay focus, remember why and what you are going to college for, and apply to as many schorlarships as possible.


If i could go back in time to talk to myself as a high school freshman, i would have to tell mysekf to attend a cheaper school. Clark Atlanta is my dream school but having to come up with $33,000 a year is almost impossible.


To meet myself as a senior in high school the major advice would not pertain a huge college transition. High school was a giant black spot in my life due to bullying and I would like to tell myself not to sweat it. The only people who really matter will be there when you really need it and all the girls who picked on you because your clothes will not even be on your radar in college. The only things that will matter are your hard work and effort. Your life will not be based on what you did in high school or what your ACT score was, you can change anything if you set your mind on the goals and tasks ahead. I would say “Believe in yourself for you hold all the cards.” I would also remind myself that while being overweight is not something to be ashamed of, it is something you should try to improve on. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication just like college does but being active helps to release tension and stress. So cheer up, leave the immature students behind and look forward to a future you can create.


Highschool has been the framing to prepare you for the next phase of your educational path. If you are able, attempt to apply for as many scholarships and grants as you can in preparation for entering college. As you enter college, going into your freshman year focused with a plan. Your social life should take backseat to studying and classroom time. Partner with upper classmen that you see are serious about school and use them as a model for your personal success. Use your leadership skills to get involved with clubs, memberships, whiile honing your networking skills. Take advantage of any local and campus scholarships and grants. Find a professor, counselor, or someone in your upperclass who are willing to mentor you and offer guidance for mapping out your future. Take this opportunity to stretch and challenge your intellect to learn as much as possible. Never take advantage of education. Choose to live your best life and never settle for less then your best! Lastly, volunteer at local schools and share your storie with other highschool students to help them prepare for their own upcoming college experience.


Senior year in High School is fun, exciting, overwhelming, hard work, dedication and most of all rewarding. Being a senior in high school prepares students to become responsible adults. Being a senior in high school is also a time to prepare for college. Assuming I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high senior, knowing what I knowing today. The advice I would give myself would be to apply for as many scholarships as possible. The importance of scholarships could not be stressed enough to a high school senior. Scholarships have ways of allowing a student to be recognized for high standards that they may have set for themselves. Scholarships are important for several reasons. First of all scholarships provide financial support easing the stress from students and parents. Second scholarships help students transition from high school to a selective university, smoothly. Third scholarships distinguish the achievement of a student’s progress. Finally a student’s resume will stand out from others after receiving a scholarship. Scholarships not only help financially but academically. Being more educated about scholarships would have made my transition from high school to college less stressful and more definite.


Micole please make wise decisons this time around and really take your education serious. Be all that you can be and give 100% to all that you do. Never let anyone detour or dictate what you do in your life. It is very important that you save your money and spend it on foolish things like clothes and cosmetics because in college those things really doesn't matter.Micole remember that you are a beautiful woman and that is a purpose for you in life and never seek the the validation of your friends because it is NOT important. All you need it your christ and saviour.I know that it is hard and you have cried alot of tears, and alot of people who you thought loved you hurted you but it is important for you to be strong. College could be a cold and unfriendly enviorment if you let be.Be the social butterfly that you was born to be and meet the new friend to last a life time in college.Open up and stop being anti-socail its people in this world waiting to meet you.


As a high school student, you dont truly know everything that college/career life will particularly present to you. By the time you reach your senior year you've already changed your mind about three different career choices, & college majors. You dont truly understand the importance of your future, you're kind of just going with the standard "high school student" approach such as ( what your friends are doing, what pays the most money, or what your parents has been pressuring you to do etc.) However, once you enter the college life everything all of a sudden changes. You don't have teachers making you go to class or do your work. You no longer have the privalege to abuse free Education, & every failed course will cost to be retaken. It's truly the decision you make that will determine the outcome of your life forever. Knowing this as a college student now I would tell the HS Eboni to listen and pay attention. Understand that when your parents and teachers say "I already have my degree" Its to make you the best person that you can be, and to be thankful for those who cared and ordered your steps.


As a first year college student, adapting to the new environment wasn't easy. Being on my own and not having any rules to follow was an adventure for me. I didn't always manage my time in the most responsible way. I would wait until the last minute to finish an assignment which would cause me to stay up to about 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning while having a class at 8am. If I could go back in time, I would have told myself to manage my time better and to put my school work before my friends. In some occasions, I did not put my school work before my relaxing time which caused a lot of stress on me because I was trying to make sure that I would receive a good grade on the assignment and get it done in time. Managing time is one of the most important things you need to know before entering college. If I were to talk to myself as a high school senior, I would have told myself it is okay to have fun but your school work is more important.


I would tell myself that college tution is not joke so study, and work hard. You can have fun, but school should always come first. Make sure I also maintain Honor Roll or High Honor Roll at all times. I deserve the best and to achieve the best I have to work hard. Slacking off should never happen. Also that school clubs are very important and I should've been in more. A job is very much so necessary for me, and to save all the money I can, because sometimes scholarships don't pay for everything.


Briana, okay listen and listen very well. Whatever mom tells you just do it don't back talk, don't put it off until the next day or the next. Just do it, the advice may get on your nerves but take advantage of everything she tells you. While your taking classes right now start looking into colleges and medical schools you want to go attend and even hospitals you want to work in. Also, whenver you hear about a scholarship do it, no matter! Talk to all counselors and advisors even talk to our cousins that have been to college ask about everything from housing, meal plans, books, tuition, everything. Schedule lots of campus visits and always always always complete your FAFSA on time or whenever mom gets her taxes completed, but don't forget to have fun.


If I could speak to myself as a senior, I would tell myself to work way harder and be more involved. In high school I did farely well often just a bit more than expected. Also in high school I was a bit shy and afraid to be outgoing. Now looking back I see how those lazy and reserved time lead to missed opportunites. However, now entering my sophmore year I know what it takes to succeed and I am now more outgoing and very dedicated to my work. Sometimes, it just takes time to wake up and take advantage of what life has to offer.


If I could go back in time when I was a senior in high school, I would give myself advice about being more focused and steadfast in my studies. During my senior year I was more focused on attending events and partying when I should have been more focused on making my G.P.A. higher. If I would have been more focused, I wouldn’t have to be as worried about financial aid as I am now. I would tell myself to apply for more scholarships and get involved in more clubs, societies, etc… I would also tell myself to study harder for the ACT and for my AP courses. I would also explain that even though parties may seem important at that moment, in the future grades are the most important thing. I would tell myself to be more open to meeting new people and engaging with people who aren’t familiar to me. Overall, I would advise myself to be more focused and expansive, because the transition to college will be easier if I applied that advice to my life.


If i could go back in time and talk to the formet high school me the first thing i would say is don't stress over new things or challenges someone may give to you. Life is full of those challenges and it's up to you to stand tall and take on these challenges to your best ability. It may not be easy and you may want to give up but hang in there and continue doing the best you can. In college there isn't anyone there for you to wake you up or remind you to do your homework. It's up to you to make all the decisions that will help your life. Of course you're going to miss your family and wish that you was back at home laughing with your family and friends, but im here to tell you that its not going to be the end. Its going to get easier as you go on and you will learn to love being independent and the college enviroment. We will succeed just keep doing your best and remember what you learned over the years, no matter what your will come out on top.


If I could go back in time and give myself some advice as a high school senior, I would say to myself focus on your GPA and SAT/ACT scores. I believe that your GPA and SAT/ACT scores are your ticket to funding your education. I am now struggling to fund my education because my GPA and SAT/ACT scores are just normal. College should be an option for all students who what to attend however it is not. If you GPA and SAT/ACT scores are not above average your funding supply becauses very limited. Take the extra steps to make sure you are passing your classes with a "B" are better. Take the prep classes that are offered to assist you with getting good SAT/ACT scores. Still enjoy your extra activities and give back to the community but make sure you focus on your GPA and your SAT/ACT scores because being successful with those two will be your ticket to fund your education.


If I could go back to high school I would have told myself that my freshman year was the most important year. I would have altered my study habits and listened to my parents. I was in such a hurry to get out of high school. I would now tell myself to sit back, relax and enjoy. It is all about learning to find some type of balance.


Please make sure that you are fully commeted and ready for college life. Eating top ramen and and ice cream everyday is not going to cut it. You WILL need to learn how to cook, or you'll end up starving! Remember that you do have family that will help accomidate your food needs as well. If you need to take a year off, try to do it before your first year of college. Do not take any other 'breaks' once you have started or you may get side tracked. It's fine to second guess your major however make sure that you are second guessing because you found something else that you truley want to do and not just because of the money. There will be hard times and I don't just mean the money. You will also have tough classes and will have to learn how to manage your classes between both your work and social life. Don't get to stressed when taking a hard class, there are more than enough different options for you when you need help. But most of all remember that no matter how hard college life gets, you can do this!


Lisa you are now a high school senior and you are about to go out into the world as a grown woman. You will be making grown-up decisions and one of them is about going to college. It is very important to go to college now and explore the different options and programs you can do. First start by taking your general education classes such as english, math,science, biology, and writing. This will give you the chance to talk to the college counselors to see what you want to major in. By completing your college degree now while you are young is ideal because instead of having to depend on others you will be self-sufficient and be able to take care of yourself. You can travel, and explore your degree to the fullest. I am so proud of you for finishing and graduating from high school. You know you can complete college because you are intelligent and motivated to finish what you start. So lets enjoy out summer, have fun, and get ready for a bright and fulfilling future out in the world. God is with you, pace yourself, and don't overwhelm yourself with too much.


The advice that I would give myself would be: to save every single dime that you earn because college isn't cheap and you can't assume that the money will just be there. You need to take every opportunity to fill out scholarship information, make the best grades you can so you can receive and academic scholarship. Learn how to budget early, whether you wnat to live on campus or off campus, you have to budget and estimate what the cost of living will be, understand it, and choose accordingly.


Going throught your last year of high school, Halle you need to listen to your teachers and get the help you need on all your work. When you get to college sometimes getting a little more help from your professors can be very difficult. Also time management and organization. If you have problems now, fix them. There will be a lot of things in college that you would want to participate in or attend but if you have good time mangement and organization skills you can complete your work and have fun. One more thing, do not be afraid to socialize and get to know people. You never know who you will meet or what connections people might have that would help you now or in the future. And stay true to yourself, don't be afriad to be you and don't care about other people's opinions like you did in high school. Be you and succeed. You can do it Halle!


The first thing I would say would be its doesn't seem like its important to study or to stay focused and your going to want to take a year or so off or your going to want to start a job right away. The most important thing is that all those things can wait for just 4 more years and all those things will come and be even better than if you tried them before college. Make going and completing college you immediate goal.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself when I was a high school senior, I would say, "good job San! You're awesome! Take as many notes as possible while at Western Culinary Institute and forget about the girls there. Really focus on what they are teaching you and the more time you spend at the school working on scholorships or homework, the better. Also, Spend as much time with dad as possible because you'll take him to the airport in California soon so he can go back to Cambodia. Tell him how much you love him because its gonna be a couple years untill you hear from him again. But dont let that bring you down! you are the man San! you are going to do everything that you wanted to do, as your future self though, I'd reccommend getting as much money as possible from scholorships and grants and whatnot, because even though your going to have an awesome next couple of years ahead of you, planning for the future will pay off. Trust me. I love you, and your awesome. Good luck little San! :-)


I would have told myself to appreciate high school for everything that it can offer. I never thought about life in the work force or going to a four year university. I should have used the resources available to me in order to make a plan for college. I also never allowed myself to take part in anything extra curricular and I wish I would have been more involved in the entire social aspect. But high school was not a good time in my life, and I wanted it to be over as quickly as possible. I transfered high schools and took a class at the local college in order to graduate a year early. I didn't know anyone in my graduating class because I went through my day with my head down and my ipod in my ears. I realize now that all that rush was for nothing, and I sincerely regret the way in which I treated high school as something to get through as soon as possible, and not as an experience in which to grown and learn from.


If I could go back in time, one thing I would tell myself is to really research schools of interest and to make sure that I allowed myself enough time to really think about where I would want to go. Also, I would encourage myself to look for and apply for scholarships early so that I am not in the position that I am in now. Finding funding for college has been one of the hardest parts of my journey as an undergraduate student because although there are plenty of scholarships out there, it does not always mean that you will be granted one. Furthermore, I would tell myself to realx. Many times being in college can cause a lot of unnecessary stress but learning how to balance a personal life and an academic life in a way that allows you to incorporate time for yourself can help a lot. Lastly, I would let it be known that it is okay to have a little fun every now and then as long as the main focus is always on what my end goal is.


If I could go back in time, I would advise myself to always talk to and associate with those who have been through the college experience before me. This is important as it will keep me on the best possible track going through college as well as help me to make the most of my time during the great college experiences. Also, make sure I study with other students to enhance my education. Never be afraid to ask for help. Take every opportunity to grow myself and to reach my goals. Be sure to help others along the way, for it does enhance my personal growth tenfold. Grow to become a leader. Take on challenges and take responsibility. With all that said, don’t forget to wear a smile and have fun along the way.


This is a question that I have always asked myself and always had an answer to. At first I will be honest I didn't have a answer, I didn't know what I would change or even tell myself. I have recently watched a movie by the name of "Back to the Future" The film tells the story of Marty McFly, a teenager who is accidentally sent back in time from 1985 to 1955. He meets his future-parents in high school and accidentally attracts his future mother's romantic interest. Marty must repair the damage to history by causing his parents-to-be to fall in love, and with the help of scientist Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown, he must find a way to return to 1985. My story would be a different because I would tell myself that continue to get great grades to obtain a high gpa. I would tell myself don't get distracted by anything or anyone, continue your goals and make sure that you introduce yourself to all your professors. Also that it will be hard in the beginning but dont give up, because it will pay off in the end.


The advice that future Maurice would give past Maurice is do not be afraid to take risk. Understand and know that if you are feeling scared or afraid to apply or try something out. Know that their are many others that feel the same way. You always have a great chance to achieve whatever it is that you want because so many people are afraid to speak up themselves. Be the voice of inspiration to them but most importantly inspire yourself to achieve your dream and goals, “Good, Better, Best.”