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Always do your best in whatever you do, even if you don't like it. There's a reason it's been placed in your life, so don't let it go to waste. Aim to learn instead of getting good grades and a high GPA. Neither of those matter if you did not learn anything after you get your diploma. Think ahead financially! It may not seem like a big deal now, but your future self will appreciate it. Plan ahead, save money, sign up for as many scholarships as possible. Be careful who you hang out with. Even if you call yourself independent from others, the people around you can and will have more of an impact on you and your education then you may think. Take time to meet people and build relationships. Networking and growing that group of contacts will greatly benefit you. Lastly, teachers and facualty are there for a reason! Don't fight through high school all by yourself. There are people there you can and want to help you, take advantage of that when you need it.


This is a season of life that you will never repeat. If I could advise you, these are the things I would say.1. Make the most of each moment. You only do this once. Be bold. Be wise, but try new things. Do this and you will graduate with no regret. 2. You mind is fresh and young LEARN EVERYTHING! Your mind is a sponge. It will soak up so much. Do all of your homework, do the extra credit. You are prime for learning. Do not waste your beautiful mind. 3. Seek out good company. You will become the sum total of the friends you keep. Choose them wisely, and then stand by them, defend them, encourage them, invest in them. There is something about the human soul that is eternal. Nothing else in life is…. Focus your time on people.4. Never second-guess what you love.You will have people ask you all the time if you know what you are going to do with your degree. DO NOT let that get to you. You are doing what you love and loving what you do. There are few greater things in life. It is worth it.


If I could talk to myself as a high school senior after experiencing college, I would tell myself to not be nervous. College is great, it is fun and the people are incredible. Here is where you will make true friendships that will last forever. Financial aid might constantly be a worry in the back of your mind. Do not worry about the future; you will figure out what you are supposed to do and where you are supposed to go. God is good and He will provide and He will bring you through. I would also tell myself to be prepared. You will experience more growth and more change than you ever have before. You will realize how much you need the Lord and He will show you areas you must improve on. Work hard in every area of college-growing in the Lord, making friends, schoolwork. It will all be worth it.


I would tell myself as a high school senior to take more steps at becoming independent and not so reliant on my parents' presence in my life. I gained confidence simply by being with my parents everywhere I went. Without my parents at college, it was hard for me to be confident in things I did. I would also encourage myself to not be so self-focused. I was always concerned about getting good grades, so I spent a lot of time on school work. This limited my ability and willingness to socialize or volunteer large amounts of my time to noteworthy causes. When I came to college, I still had this tendency to focus on myself rather than others. Lastly, I would tell myself to pray consistently that God would prepare my mind and heart for the transition into college. I rarely asked God for help as I anticipated the entrance into a new stage in life. I believe if I had been more faithful in praying, I would have been more prepared for college life, and my transition would have been easier.


If I could give my high school senoir self addvice I would say " Do not stress over your grades,enjoy learing for the sake of learing itself and when you do this grades will come natually." I would then go on to explain that although grades are a good indication of your progress they can never truly measure the extent of your education. The value of education that is available in college is priceless, however if it is reduced to merely passing tests and completing assignments then the education itself is squandered because it is no longer about learning. I would also tell myself not stay up late cramming but instead to work hard thoughout the entire semester weather it is the first day of finnals week or the first day of classes. Find ways to apply what you are learing to the real world because this is where your education will truly be meared to the extent that you can take what you were given and use it. What is the value of an education if it is not accuired in a fassion which allows it to be applied?


If I could go back in time and give myself one piece of advice as a high school senior, I would tell myself to do dual enrollment online my senior year in order to get an early start on my degree. This would save both time and money. I would also teach myself how to say "No" to opportunities that are not going to push me in the direction of my long term goals so that I won't become overwhelmed with responsibilities that are not beneficial to me. I would definitely make myself work harder at finding and applying for scholarships, because even though it seems laborious and time-consuming, working to pay for school before it starts is much better than working to pay off my bill after I graduate. Finally, I would remind myself to appreciate my private high school education because it prepared me for college better than public school.


By senior year, with college so close on the horizon, I finally understood what needed to be done for college. However, if I could go back to the start of my sophomore year in high school, my life would be very different now. Around my second year, I began to give up and become more interested in my social development than my education. I was in advance classes and was on the right track to a great future. By my junior year, I would have been in dual-enrollment classes that transfer into college credits. If I could go back in time to that point, I would tell myself that “your dreams are more important than having fun. In order to get into a good college, you need to get better grades, apply for more scholarships and push yourself harder”. I just wish I had understood that before my senior year. Everything I have done has led me to where I am and who I am today, but I would be farther ahead in my pursuit for my education degree if I could go back in time.


I would tell myself that I should take even my senior year of high school seriously. I would tell myself to keep on going through whatever motions happened in order for me to finally attend a school which I feel I belong (for the most part) in, but I would highly emphasize the importance of taking my education seriously. I would also tell myself that I should have drawn more, put my artwork more publically, and I should not be as timid as I was in certain social aspects while in high school. I would also tell myself that I should learn to cherish the little bit of downtime I would have. And I would tell myself to cherish every moment spent with my best friend, because I will never be able to see her again. (she died in a house fire in December 2009) "Take chances, love and live fully, and be serious about your talents" would be the main focus I would wish to say to my high school senior self.


Dear Younger Asa, I am excited to hear that you will be attending Baptist Bible College in the fall! There's a lot of hard work, but the experience is so worth it. I want to advise you to mannage your time as well as money in a responsible manner. You only have 7 days in a week and you have to balance them between friends, a job, church, schoolwork, and also getting exercise, decent sleep, and eating healthy. If you make sacrifices in the right areas, you will appreciate those efforts in the future. When you get a job, be careful not to spend your money on unnecessary things like fastfood and drinks and entertainment. If you make small payments to the school here and there, you could avoid graduating with a high amount of debt due to student loans. This will allow you to have freedom to make many more decisions in your adult life because money issues can seriously weigh a person down. Lastly, don't worry about girls so have plenty of time! Sincerely, Older Asa


Mom always told you to hike up your grades. You are better than the B's and even C's you are getting. In a few years you will be so passionate about your education. You will practically live and breathe learning. Start on the right foot now. The college you are wishing to attend will leave you with more debt than you would make in 4 years if you continued at the job you are currently at. You won't recieve too many scholarships if you continue putting minimal effort in. Just skating by with your grades will not suffice. You want to be a teacher. How can you expect solid work out of your students when you hardly put forth any effort yourself? You need to put every ounce of your being into your education. If you start now, things won't be so hard later. Take my advice, because if anybody knows you, it's me.


If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior i would tell meself that college is not as terrifying as evryone makes it sound! I would tell myself to get involved in campus groups and activities right away! College clubs and groups are the best way to meet new people and get connected with your school. There are many types of clubs available, just find what suits you! Next, I would tell myself to not be afraid to ask questions. The faculty and staff at your school are there for you they want you to ask them questions when you are confused about a student loan or other paperwork, so don't be afraid! And lastly, I would tell myself to save my quarters, the laundry machine will devour them!


Since I have been enrolled in college, I have realized that although it is never too late to go back to school, the opportunity to get an education is something that no one should pass up. There are a myriad of scholarships and grants offered to students who qualify. Financial aid benefits provide assistance to mature students, single mothers, and unemployed people who want nothing more than to better their lives with a higher education. Being that I am enrolled in a community college, I have seen nearly all walks of life with a common bond: each and every one of those people are willing to work hard in order to achieve their goal of attaining a college degree. Being exposed to such a diverse group of people has truly made me realize the value of an education.


I have gotten plenty of things out of my college experience. Generally a good sense on what is expected of you if you are determined to continue on your path to your degree. I am fortunate enough to go through with my post-high school education. Although I am enrolled in a community college I still see it as a blessing, for it is nonetheless a step towards my degree. It has been a great experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything. I am glad I have been able to attend, learning so many new things. It opens so many other doors for me that I would not previously have open. There are so many things I have yet to learn, and I am excited to be continuing this path of higher education I have chosen.


I have loved my college experience so far and am trying to make the most of it. While attending, I have played on the women’s soccer team and sung in the Chamber Singers ensemble. I find that extracurricular activities teach time management and responsibility, but are worth-while and have provided many wonderful experiences and memories. I also work in a café on campus and I love the way it helps socially and financially. My education has taught me to form my own opinions and set of beliefs, and showed me how to be an effective member of society. I’ve learned how to work with others, grown in discipline, and had so much fun in the process. I have learned much of what I need to get a job and be the best I can be. I am an Elementary Education major and am excited to become a teacher and impact lives of young people. My college experience has motivated me to push myself and strive for excellence in the long run. I’m passionate about serving and being used by God. Any financial assistance I can get is helpful to that end. Thank you for considering me!


I have gotten great friendships, and i feel like the classes have really prepared me for the future. I have always gone to a small school so going here really keep me in my comfort zone and i like the way the school runs itself. I would recommend others to go to this school, and i no people who have attended and graduated and loved everything about it.


Through the professors and resorces available to me, I have been prepared to lead a life full of success. I have learned so much while being able to be a part of a wonderful community and make life-long friends. I love learning and growing as a person which Baptist Bible College has enabled me to do in countless ways. I wish I could learn more at the college but, because of financial reasons, I am scraping by to afford a 2-year degree. My professors have become trusted advisors and mentors. My fellow students are close friends and we work hard together so that we may help each other succeed in every aspect of life. I am ready to face the world and take on new challenges. The education I have recieved is priceless and the application to life is extremely practicle. I would make the same choices to attend college in a heart beat. Baptist Bible College is well worth the sacrifices I made to be there.


Throughout my college experience i have learned a lot of valuable information. I have learned that you must have drive and determination to make it succesfully through this experience. You must first realize that high school is in the past and no matter how bad you would like to go back, you just simply cant. One of the most valuable things about college is that you grow so much on a maturity level. I am in my second sememster and i have already learned so much and have matured a lot also, i am learning so much more about myself and who i am as a person. College is a great place to learn not only book knowlegde, but also about life itself. It has been a great journey and though i have learned so much already i know that i still have so much to learn and i am ready to take on the new challenges that await me.


Attending college is the first step to reaching my educational, and proffesional goals. I have learned companies are not interested in long term relationships; if you dont have an education. The college experience has given me options to gain financial freedom, and pick a career instead of look for a job and settle with whatever I find.


College isn't something that you can take for granted. Not everyone is privelaged to go, and it's not something you should toy with. My parents keep giving me so many chances and college is the biggest one to prove myself. It's the one thing I SHOULDN'T mess up but I currently am. It's the one chance you have to REALLY prove yourself though, and now I have to turn it around. If anything, college is not something you can take lightly. While it does seem extreme, the best thing for me seems to block out the outside world. I let people get in the way of my college experience and now I'm paying for it in everyway possible, in money, missing class, having to make up for it, heart break, etc. College isn't a joke, or a toy. It HAS to be taken seriously.


I have learned so much in the short time in have been at BBC. I have learned about relationships and living in a community of students. I have learned so much from my professors both in the classroom and talking to them personally. I have grown so much as a person from the hesitant high school senior to the confident college freshman.


Life isn't about finding the right guy. If it is meant to be, he will find you. Finals aren't as scary as they seem; study hard and you'll do fine. Prof. Lackey's dry teachings will get better... just wait. Get out there and socialize!


Make wiser and better decisions. I would apply myself a lot more.


One thing that I would change if I was still a high school senior is to look for scholarships while I was still in school. After graduation I took a year off to work and earn money for school. With this plan I didn't think I needed to worry about scholarships while I was in high school. About a year later when I was seriously thinking about college I looked into a lot of different scholarships and realized that a lot of them are only available to high school students. Now that I know about this I try to let to my friends that are still in high school know, but I wish someone could have given me that advice.


I would tell myself to use my time wisely, and to do your best because it will really pay off at the end. Be ready to learn and have an open heart to learn as much as you can. God will work in many ways and keep your focus on Him. Do not doubt yourself in what God has instore for your life. Be confident in yourself, and most of all, just be yourself. People will like you for who you are, not for what you can do or how popular you are.


Be ready to work hard. Don't procastinate and put your social life above your work, but at the same do make friends and have a socal life as it makes college a whole lot more fun. You will make crucial decisions during your college years and just be careful in the decisions you do make.


Looking back at high school, I did not realize how expensive college would become. I should have begun to save for college much earlier than my senior year of high school instead of struggling to pay for tuition. Secondly, I would have applied for more scholarships and grants. As a senior, I did not fully realize all the money that was available to me, and now I am paying the consequences.


College is wonderful part of life. It is a a growing experience and a time to figure out what you want to do with your life and meet life long friends. I would suggest the student and parent to sit down and talk about what kind of college the student would like to attend- narrow down the options. Then talk about the major and look into the school to see if they have a good program that will provide a good education. The parent and student should both visit the college to make sure they are both on the same page and feel comfortable. Once the student finds the college, make sure he/she is involved with as much as they can be. The more you are involved , the more people you will meet.


First figure out what you want to do regarding a major, or at least have a pretty good idea. Do what you love and what you're good at. If you don't know what that is, there are plenty of advisors to assist you in making that decision. Then, research schools to find one that is compatible with and has a good reputation for that major. Another important factor in this choice is your level of comfort with a specific school's size and values/rules. Expect diversity within the venues of belief and personality. Going off of that, my relationship tidbit is to be aware of who you are developing relationships with, both friendships and dating potentials, since not everyone at the same college has the same standards or interests. So develop good relationships but don't neglect homework for social functions. Time management is key, especially if you have to work to pay for your schooling. My last piece of advice would be don't be afraid to try new things and pursue different activities or interests; keeping an open mind is essential to any growing experience.


Be sure to visit the campus before you decide. Talk to professors, advisors, financial aid, and fellow students. Attend some of the offered classes, go to social event. The best way to learn about any college is to experience it. Once you've decided on a college, participate in activities, in the dorm life. I've learned that the best college experiences I have had are with my friends in the dorm and around campus. Don't be afraid to try something new. Some of the best experiences I have from college are from stepping out and trying something new.


Be smart. Don't go somewhere you can't afford now, or won't be able to pay for in your career later. Know what your looking for in a college before you go! Weigh out what's important to you and have them written down. Then, as you visit each school, mark down if each expectation is met or not. Get to know some of the students, faculty, and alumni. Get their advice and opinion of their school. Put all of these together and make your decision from there. If you start planning enough in advance, you'll have plenty of time to think your decision through and make the right choice.


In order to find the right college the student needs to think about the things that they are most passionate about, then look at a college that offers courses in that area. Do not worry so much about the cost, but think about the quality of the education that you would recieve and the joy would have in learning to do these things and move on from there. There is alot of schollarships offered that most all schools accept, so this should be a problem. In order to make the most of your college experience you need to be open to doing new things.


The potential student should pick a campus that they like the classroom setting, the personality of the school and its reputation in the community. The student should also pick a school with a diverse selection of degrees because almost every student changes their major at least once. When you, the student, visit a school, if you can picture yourself involved in class, involved on campus, and literally picture yourself happy on the campus you are visiting...that is probably the right school for you!


As far as choosing the right college, I would strongly suggest to visit many colleges before picking the one you want. Students need to be sure that the college they are interested in has the major that they would like to pursue. Wasting money on a "cool-looking" campus that doesn't have the particular major is not a good idea. Parents and students need to ask MANY questions while visiting the campus and even afterwards. To make the most of the college experience, I would suggest that student needs to go and start meeting people the very first weekend. That is the crucial time of figuring out the kind of people and groups one wants to hang out with This is not to say that you must meet everyone and be friends with them. However, a student's first week on campus largely determines the outcome of his first year. Lastly, to make the most of college, the student must get INVOLVED in as many ways possible. College is a brand new place to try brand new things with brand new people where diplomas are achieved through hard work and fun times are remembered for a lifetime.


It would be a good idea for students to know and understand the rule and regulations. Also, know just what kind of college you are looking for and what kind of degrees the college has.


You need to find out what you have a true passion for in life. Once you find that out you should find a path that will help you make a career out of that passion. For the rest of your life, if you are making a living doing something that you have a passion for, it will barely seem like work. After you figure that out, start researching and applining to colleges that might have a program for you. College is expensive and until you are sure what you want to go there for, you should probably save some money by taking some general education classes at a community college. While you are at college, always remember why you are there. For the money that you are spending, you can't just throw it away by not studying and just having fun all the time. Don't get me wrong, college is an awesome experience and you make many new friends and it's good to hang out and have fun, but you have to remember to focus on academics and why you are there. I thank God for leading me to such a wonderful school.


A lot of times people go to a college because it's conveinent or it runs in the family. I don't think that this should be the only reason someone attends a college. The student should truly look into all their options to conclude where they may be spending the next four years of their lives. After deciding where this will be, new students should remember that this isn't high school anymore. College classes and atmospheres are very different from those that we have gotten use to during our years in high school. Take advice from upper classmen; get to know your profs and don't be afraid to ask questions. At the college that I attend, people care about your acedemic progress and definitely more about your the time that we have in the Word of God everyday, on a personal basis.


It really does not matter where you do your first two years, but it is those years when you will decided what is best for you.


The best thing to do to find the right college is to visit the colleges. Make sure that the student can tolerate the enviroment at the campus since they will be living there for the year. For the student, the best, yet hardest thing to do once you get to that college is balancing study time with social activities. Stay in school and focus on what you want to do for the rest of your life.


Students, go to the college you like the most; the one that you think will help you achieve what you want for your future. Parents, let your kids do what they want to do for the rest of their lives. The major you begin with does not have to be the one you end up graduating with and that is ok. Students, get involved with on campus organizations right away. It is alot of fun and you will make friends that you might not have made otherwise. Make sure you keep up with homework because college is not to hard until you slack behind.


When choosing a college it is important to make sure that you are going to the school that best fits your personal needs for your education, social life, student life, community involvement, etc. I have had the opportunity to represent my school in speaking to high school students about our college and about choosing the right college that suits them. The main thing I always emphasize to both students and parents is that visiting the college you are interested in is crucial. You can read all you want to about a college or talk to people about it, but when you actually go and experience the college and it's campus you really see and learn what it is all about. Making sure that you make the most of your college experience is truly up to you. Keep your education your primary focus, but do not be afraid to take opportunities to get involved in extra-curricular activities both on and off campus. Only fill your schedule with as many commitments as you can handle and then work around that for other things you enjoy doing. Learn, serve, and enjoy all you can while in college. It only happens once.


If I could give some advice to those looking at colleges, I would say that the most inportant thing for you is to visit the institution that you are considering attending. Go to some of the classes, spend the night in one of the dorms, and ask any questions that you can about the college and student life.


First, be sure of what kind of future you want to pursue and then put all of your passion into getting that future goal. Next, find the school that specializes in the area you want to pursue. Also, try to find a school that keeps up on the current events that are related your coursework. New ideas are always being brought forward and technology is always advancing; be sure your school is at the forefront. Try to make time to visit the school before you enroll. When you visit, it will be important to meet some professors that courses that are key to your major. It will be important to get some advice from the professors about your future career and how to get there. Lastly, try to find a school close to home. Even if you do want to get away from your hometown, you will still need a place to stay when school is not in sesssion and getting back home could cost a pretty penny if you live far away. Always remember your cost for travel, especially if you do not have a car and you need your parents to pick you up.


Be diligent, search, ask questions, visit, compare the cost to the quality of the degree; but most of all, pray. The right college for you is the college where God desires you to be, and the way to find it, is to ask Him to show you. Often He answers practically through a desire or financial capabilities or good advice from others. Once you know though, go with an excited, positive attitude, get involved and balance yourself! Be friendly, reach out, smile, do a sport or work on campus (great ways to make friends). Save money by buying or borrowing used books. Go to class; do your homework-on time! Have fun, play games, watch movies, eat pizza at midnight. Your attitude is key though; it can make the difference between just getting a degree and thoroughly living your college years.