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What should every freshman at Coastal Carolina University know before they start?


This would be hard to answer because I graduated high school in a foreign county, so basically no matter what I did I still would have the same financial issues now. As for my children I really encourage them to focus on academics and have a high GPA. It is never too early to thing about your college and your goals.


Relax. High school may feel stressful and heavy now, but soon it will be a distant memory. Don't wait until the last minute to finish those papers, it doesn't matter that that's not what you want to write about, you have to do it and procrastinating will only stress you out more. Take that SAT one more time, yes a 1200 gets you scholarships but you never know how much better you could do the second time; it won't kill you to give up one Saturday. Go to the games; scream in the stands with your friends. Don't let the administrators make you despise coming to school, you're more than a GPA, high school is about experience. Just do your AP calculus homework, stop avoiding studying it, you'll get a 5 on that exam and make your favorite teacher proud. Take a FUN class! You don't really need spanish ab initio anyways. Mostly importantly I would tell myself don't ever, ever let school steal your love for learning, appreciate what you learn, sometimes it's more important to be happy with yourself than to take yet another AP/ IB class.


The advise I would give myself in high school would be to try harder. I think if I would have applied myself to the best of my abilities that way I could be in the Honors Program. Along with this I would tell my high school self to get involved in as many activities as I could. This way when I came to school I would be able to comtinue particapation in those activities. I would also tell myself to do much more reaseach on the University. This way I would know what types of sports, and activities are on the campus. This way during my Freshman year I would have been able to be particapating in activities instead of trying to figure out what types of activities were on campus. In all I would give myself advise on how to get involved on campus instead using my whole freshman year on figuring out what I might like, or what the campus had to offer.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a highschool senior I would tell myself to stay focus. The transition from high school to college is very diffcuilt. In high school you are living by your parents rules while in college you are on your own. My freshman year I didn't do so hot because I was free. I started to hang around the wrong crowd and I lost the real reason why I came to college and that was to further my education and become successful in life. I always have been an A student in high school I never made anything lower than a C. My freshman year all that went down the drain. I dropped a lot of classes and I failed some. It took me almost having to be on academic probation because of my freshman year final results to get my act together. So to all my high school seniors don't be like me. Take your education seriously when you come to college. College is not easy like high school so you have to pay attention and stay FOCUS!


I would have told myself to focus a little more during my first year of college, and to challenge myself. I would not have focused as much time doing extracirricular activities and would have challenged myself more academically. Academics to me always come first, then if you can handle any extracirriculars go ahead and do it! Extracirriculars are great but only when your grades are not going to suffer because of them. Sure, they look great on a college resume, but if it could possibly destroy your future career why risk it? After my first year of college I realized extra cirriculars aren't everything. During my freshman year, I had to have signed up for at least six extracirriculars including a team sport. It was exhausting and my grades started to quickly decline! I quit four of them my sophomore year and only continued my team sport and the pre-med society. My grades excelerated and it just made me happier knowing I could still do extracirriculars and still get good grades!


I would tell myself that yes, college is about having fun and doing crazy things, but it's mainly the time to find out who you really are, and what you want to become in life. It's about trying your hardest in school, not slcaking, and doing the best you can to get good grades. Also, be a sponge. Take as many classes as you can handle, and learn as much as possible while you can. Because this will help you become the best you can be in life, and help you further your carrer. Yes, give yourself some time to have fun and be care free, but don't forget what really matters, and don't fall behind. Because once you do, it's hard to get back to where you want to be.


Now kowing about college life and the transition, I would tell myself to put more effort into everything. Senior year I did what I had to do to pass and did not give my best effort. I would do all my homework and study more for a higher GPA and more scholarship money. I also would tell myself to get a job and put some money aside for tuition since I now realize how expensive a college education is. In college no one cares about what anyone did in high school, everyone has a fresh start here. As a senior I would have been more outgoing and cared less about opinions. On the field I would have put more work in so I could have gotten looked at my a school then offered a scholarship to play for their team. In a nut shell, I would tell myself to look at the tuition prices and try my best to understand the positive in what is ahead of me in the upcoming year.


I would give myself advice to: -College is a option not a necessity. -College isn't for everyone. -Never give up and to study hard. -Cheating gets you nowhere! -In order to achieve your goal you have to go out and get it on your own. -Nothing comes easily, atleast nothing that is worthwhile! -Good grades and a high GPA are everything. -Your professors could either be your best friend or your worst enemy. -The people you choose to hang around can either make you or break you. -Freshmen 15 is not a joke. -Take advantage of as many sholarships, financial aid, etc. as possible.


Dear me, Hi. It's you. A whole year from now. I'm going to give you some advice on how to prepare to be where I, I mean you, are today: college. It's a whole new big scary world here, and to be honest, you aren't really ready for it. High School is cool. I mean, you know everyone and really, could the classes be any easier? College is a whole other story. So I'm going to tell you how to be the successful college student that you, a year from now, are slowly becoming. First, study. I know it sounds obvious, but it really is important. College is hard enough before you pile on activities that suck up your time so that you can meet people and stop being a friendless loser. Which beings me to my second point; get involved. News flash; you're going to school ten hours away from home. You know no one and need to make friends ASAP. Most importantly, have fun and make some memories so when you're old you can tell your grandkids that you weren't always a boring old lady. See ya in a year!


Never stop filling out scholarships! You will need more money than you think. Don’t settle for second best. Take charge of your life because only you know what you truly want. Don’t be worried about your roommates liking you, they will love you. You are a beautiful person inside and out. You do deserve everything you have and more. Don’t ever pass up an opportunity to meet new people because you just might benefit a lot from it. That guy you thought you were going to marry is not good enough for you and will hold you back from your true potential. I know it will hurt to let him go and realize you wasted two years of your life but don’t think of it that way. It is another chapter in your life, be grateful for it, you learned your lesson. You will be smart enough to put your education before anything else but don’t get overwhelmed, remain calm and remember you have an army of people supporting you. Don’t allow your pride to keep you from getting the help you know you need. Math will push you over the edge so study!