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In my attending this school, I have not only learned valuable information to help me succeed in my chosen profession, but as a person. Learning life lessons and building character is as much a part of college as the paid tuition, in my eyes. You meet new people who can influence the path of your life as you grow into the person that you will soon be. This maturation process is one that I've encountered first-hand while attending Coastal Carolina University. Managing my time and myself were never my strong suits in high school. To be honest, I was lazy and apathetic towards my education. This year has really changed that side of me, helping me overstep my self-imposed boundaries and work towards becoming the man that my family, community, and I can all be proud of.


Like most students in college, I have definitely improved my debating skills, as I often find myself on the brink of switching majors once again. Hither and thither I pick. Perhaps this one? No. This one? Probably not. Maybe this one? Haha! Yeah right. In all seriousness though, I definitely feel that both my time management skills and my sense of accountability have improved. I have to find that sweet spot in the balance between work and school. The ability to manage my time more effectively has made that a much easier task. It may seem like a no brainer to not do, but many students will try to work while having distractions going on like Facebook or YouTube. I have learned to just sit down and plow straight through whatever I have to do. My sense of accountability has improved simply from the apathetic nature of professors. They don't care if you attend or not, and some don't even care if you miss class because of an emergency. You are either there and you get your crap together, or you fail. It is very simple to understand, and yet difficult for some to perform. I love it.


So far through my college experience I have gained a lot of knowledge not just on the subjects I am learning but also on life situations. I feel like Coastal has broadened my horizons by making me a more well rounded person. Also, I have taken in many of the different aspects of Coastal and it shows through on my academic and also my life achievements. It has been valuable attending Coastal becuase I know in a few years that I will have a great degree from a great school. I am attending Coastal becuase the education program is one of the best in the states, I hope by attending this school that I will be able to take my experiences i recieve there and let them shine through in my own classroom when I become a teacher. An education is a very valuable thing to me and I am not going to take that for granted.


You get what you put into your academi carreer. If you work hard you will get good grades, get involved and graduate you will see the success upon graudation. If you are lazy, unmotivated and boring you will not succeed in life. Coastal Carolina had a way of challenging me to become involved and to learn. I would not change a thing about my college experience.


Attending college has, so far, been one of the greatest experiences of my life. It has taught me to become more independant and less reliable on others. I no longer use excuses for things and I own up to my mistakes. I also feel like attending this university has made me feel like I can actually make a difference in the community, and maybe even the world. I feel more responisble and more confident in my decisions. It was absolutely the best decision I've ever made to attend CCU.


I realized that highschool taught me less than I thought! The last time I had grammer was back in middle school and was a little shocked at how much I did not know when it came to grammer. I enjoy learning new things and college is not as easy as highschool was so it is making me work hard and push myself to accomplish more. I have never enjoyed reading, but now I have no choice but to read a lot and believe I am better for it. College has taught me to have better organizational skills, time management and study skills.


What I have gotten out my college experience was preparing for my future and exploring life on my own. It has been valuable to attend because college showed me that the life after this is going to be important and to get the career you want, it is going to require a degree. Another thing about the experience of college is meeting people from all over the world and learning about their cultures. They also mentioned that your friend in college can end up being your life-time friend and I believe that I have found that friend. Sometimes the work can be hard but it is worth it because I have realize that the world out there is not going to be easy. So my preparation is right now. I know that there are many more experiences to come in the college life rather if it is good or bad,but as a reminder, this is why it has been valuable to attend so far.


I have expanded my narrow-mindedness at college. Because I grew up in a small town, I only thought one way, and never opened my mind. I feel like my professors taught me to look and think outside of the box. It's been valuable for me to attend because it will pay off once I'm done. I'm tired of living paycheck to paycheck, and not taking pride in my job. I want to be able to wake up every day wanting to go to work. Once I get done with college, I will be able to make a living, and be proud of my job. It's also valuable, because I want to be a role model to my children.


Growing up in coastal South Carolina, I was always privileged to be able to attend the cultural events of a university. Coastal Carolina University sits practically in my own backyard. My “college” experience began as a child, rather than the day I actually enrolled in courses. I have been lucky enough to grow up in an environment where the sciences, arts, languages, and mathematics have been at my fingertips. Since enrolling in Coastal Carolina University, by education has been expanded and my horizons broadened. I have had adversities, successes, achievements, and many long nights of studying! I have gained friendships, allies, understanding, education, and memories. My life and understanding of others had been forever altered; I no longer take things a first glance. I ponder, question, investigate, analyze, and create a conclusion of any given situation. I no longer assume that an experiment will go my way; I see science as an art, life as a miracle.


To go through life without hardship and struggle is not a life at all. I believe to know what you want out of life you would have to experience what you do not want out of it. My college experience is not what I expected at all. I expected fighting roommates, hating my living situations, the most work load, and being named a college dropout. Although some minor negative expectations I have met, I was so wrong about the rest. I accept all of the positive opportunities Coastal Carolina University (CCU) has to offer me. My experience at CCU has been the most valuable and essential to my ever-changing life.


I have learned to live more on my own, and I have become my own self here at coastal carolina. There are plenty of great students here, and it's a quality institution for continuing your education. I really enjoy learning about different subjects, and becoming more diverse in my thinking. I have also become more spiritually strong from being in college. Learning about life and the world around me has gotten me closer to our God.


As a child with primary immune deficiency I always heard "you can't. Can't go out in the cold, can't go to school when you are sick, can't play with your friend because she has a cold, can't survive without 10 hrs of sleep, can't skip the doctor, can't skip the hospital, can't be in honors classes and my favorite "she is sick too often to be as smart as you think she is she won't ever be able to go to college". That was my highschool english teacher, I got an A in her class. I always heard I can't do this I can't do that and I even tried a running start class and failed miserably; which only further instilled the I can't attitude. Now I'm in my 3rd quarter of school with a 3.48 GPA and loving it. College for me has taught me that I can, and there's nothing more valuable then believing that.


The supportive proffessors that encouraged me when I was worried abut my grades. And I love my advisor she helps me through anything possible, My financial aid advisor supports me no matter how bad my financial problems are right now.


I never knew the importance of college until I left. I spent several years of my life without going to school and I didn't like the peron that I became or where my life was heading. When I finally went back to school, I realized that college was much more than textbooks, homework, and grades. It was about becoming the person I wanted to be. I found my voice not only as a student, but as a unique individual. I gained a confidence in myself that didn't exsist before. My college experience has opened my horizons and and taken down walls of ignorance that once stood. I have learned skills that have allowed me to give back to my community and assisted me in service trips across the globe. Regardless of what career prospects await upon finishing my education, I am glad that I have had such a remarkable opportunity to be able to attend college and walk the to road to self-discovery. My life is forever changed because of my time spent on a college campus.


I can be whoever I want. Procastination can only hurt you, and respect for your neighbor!


As I have held several different job titles during my collegiate career, I have truly realized the importance of education. By going through jobs that I always considered to "just while I'm in school" jobs, I began to look around at my co-workers and supervisors. I noticed that these people were satisfied with a complacent lifestyle. As I sat through class lectures, I began to have a more positive outlook on my classes. I was happy to have the opportunity to better myself. I do not want to wake up every morning and dread going to work. I want to become a teacher, so that I can truly express to students the power of knowledge and a college education. I feel that continuing education after high school would allow for everyone to make a choice on living a happy life and bettering the world..


Coming to college was a life changing experience finically and socially. I learned how to manage without the close support of my parents and how to live with other people. I also learned how to deal with stress and overcome problems that are prevented to college students. One of the most valued aspects that I gained in college is friendship. The college experience has presented me with different ype of people and personality. Although having a true friendship with someone you can connect is very valuable. These are some of the key aspects that I value with my experience in college.


I learn that u can learna lot from people from a another race. In order to know more and have more fun, u have to brake out of ur shell and ask questions.


My college experience has taught me so many things. I learned how to be on my own without my mom or dad being right there to help me. I learned more about responsibility for my school work, financial aid, living conditions, and various other things. My classes not only taught the basics that I learned in high school, but I also learned more in-depth information about the subjects, some subjects that I didn't think I would be taking and ended up liking them. My classes might not have been as big as some of the other schools but were filled with people from different places whom I got to know more about. Coastal is a school that offers so many opportunities for all students in an environment that is fun and educational. It gives students a chance to explore not only numerous careers and subjects but the area around them as well. I loved my first year at Coastal Carolina University and look forward to new year as a sophmore chanticleer.


My college experience has given me an excellent education and has ultimately helped me to make a career decision. Upon entering college, I chose to major in psychology because the subject appealed to me, but I did not have any idea of what sort of career that choice would result. As a psychology major, I was presented with the opportunity to intern as a behavior therapist with autistic children. This internship allowed me to gain hands on experience with conducting independent therapy sessions, and it also allowed me to observe other professionals such as occupational, physical, and speech therapists. These autistic children continue to have an impact on my life and have inspired me to pursue a master's degree in speech pathology. Not only has college prepared me academically to enter the professional world, Coastal Carolina University has also led me to pursue a career as a speech-language pathologist in order to continue to have an impact on the incredible population of people with autism.


The things that I have gotten out of my college experience were that it has allowed me to begin to overcome personal obstacles that I have faced in my personal life as a teenager, make new friends, and strive for excellence. It has been valuable to attend college because had I done something else after high school, I would have been looking back saying, "What if?" Had I have chosen another university, I also would have been saying, "What if?"


I have made lots of new friends at Coastal Carolina University. I have learned a lot so far. I also learned that nothing comes easy. Everyone needs to study hard. I need to study harder. Always follow your dreams.


When I graduated from high school, I thought ?I am free?! I was going to college, away from my parents, and I could do anything. I was ready to explore the world. Of course there were insecurities as well. I didn?t know what was going to happen in my future or what to expect. I know that I wanted to be successful, but how was that going to occur. Here in my second semester of college. My first semester has really been a transition for me. There has been a lot to learn. Going back in time, particularly to my senior year of high school I would definitely change several things. READ! You can never get enough of reading. It broadens your intellect, keeps you informed and opens your imagination. In high school they require reading, but not as much. It doesn?t end in high school. In college they expect more from you in less time. The benefit is enormous on an academic and personal level. Next, I would become more sociable in school. I would join school groups. It would have given me the opportunity to get involved with people inside and outside of the school.


If I could go back and talk to myself I would say "Don't get pregnant on your honeymoon." College is a full time job. Having the support of my husband has been overly rewarding, and my daughter is absolutely amazing. However, juggling a seven-week old between homework and dinner isn't easy. Professors don't like hearing, my daughter spit up on my homework. (I don't think they like the spell of sour milk.) Other than that, I would encourage myself to get organized. Keeping my classes on a color-coated system has greatly improved my study skills. It's a no-fail system when each class has a colored binder with a matching notebook, that only corresponds to one class is essential. Study hard and stay focused. You'll do amazingly well.


I would tell myself to study up in the health occupation classes because I wouldn't have wasted my Hope hour money on a degree in Early childhood care and eduaction, when i could be using my hope hours to pay for a degree in Occupational therapy as and OTA. I would then focus on attempting to apply for scholarships, because that money would come in handy to pay for any housing, books, and tutition. Instead of having to work and go through school which going to school is stress enough to be working too. That is what i would have told myself if I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior.


Knowing what I now know about college life and making the transition, if I could go back in time and give myself advice, I think I would give myself two main ideas- make school come first and be more open to others. As a high school senior, a lot of students come in conflict with "senioritis," a term used when a senior slacks off a little with school work. Also, having known the same people for years in high school, one may forget how to make new friends and get to know other people. Starting college is a hard transition, from being at the top, to going somewhere new as almost a nobody. Students tend to forget what they are at college for- an education. If I could go back in time, I would tell myself that school work always needs to be done before anything else. Another transition in college is a new location with tons of new people. I would have told myself to be a lot more open to others, even if it's not what I am used to. I've learned that in the end, everyone has been in the same shoes at one point.


If I could go back in time and talk to me as a high school senior, I would tell myself to stop trying to grow up so fast, leave the boys alone, believe in yourself, and you can go to college. As a high school senior, I was homeschooled, trying too hard to be an adult, and did not go straight to college following high school graduation. It would have definitely been easier to go straight into college, live on campus, work at the school, and study hard. There are so many opportunities that I miss out on because I have other commitments. Early morning classes, Saturday classes and internet classes at the local college are not available on a consistent basis. The Internet classes that are available are always harder than traditional lecture classes. Thing that I would emphasize to myself the most is: if I am able to do well despite all of my current responsibilities, there is no doubt that I would have been able to do extremely well if I had waited to graduate from college before I put these obstacle in my way.


If I could go back in time to talk to myself as a highschool student I will let myself know that college is something not to play around with. Yes, it's a lot of fun and sometimes it can be distracting but don't let it hurt your education becuase there are consequences. Study first, play later because when mid-term grades come, you're going to be scared and upset with yourself and sometimes its too late to catch up because in some classes, you'll only get a few grades for the whole semester. It's definitely not highschool. I will also tell myself to learn time management because that to me is the most important in life. It balances out everything you need and want to do. Enjoy college because it's the most important and fun times of your life but dont allow yourself to fail because it's not hard to do.


If I could go back in time, I would tell myself to stop doing what your parents think you want you to do. You're very smart. I know fashion industry isn't the most highing paid field but your happiness doesn't have a annual salary. Don't be afraid to fall down because you have falled down before and you have gotten right back up and face your challenges. College can be scary only if you make it that way. Your friends will come and go so stop trying to follow them because they are pursuing their own dreams. You need to believe that you can make it out there and even though you have setbacks, those setbacks will only make you stronger. You know no matter what you do, you will have your mother to lean on even if you're in Myrtle Beach, or Chicago or New York. The fashion industry is tough but what you will go through in the next 12 months will be the most eye-opening experience and you skin will be tougher than an alligator.


The advice I would give myself would be go to University of Delaware and here is why. I would say " You are going to go to Coastal and fall in love with this state and this school. Your second year in your gonna find out you can't come back unless you find some schloarships and you are going to be crushed. Save yorself the pain." I love Coastal and I am very sad that I might have to leave if i can't get the loans and schloarships to come back next year. I would tell my senior self to just not even go and meet the people that are going to become your friends because its just going to make it harder to say goodbye. As backwards as it sounds it is hard to have to start over when I am so close to being finished.


If I knew then what I knew now my freshman year of college would be much easier. I really didn't pay much attention in class while I was in high school, I just did enough to get by. As I sit in the college class room I realized that things would be much easier if I had paid more attention last year. The advice that I would have given myself a year ago would be to learn everything that you can learn because you never know when you will need that information again. Even though I am doing very well in school right now if I would handled my business last year, I could of had a chance to have more fun this year. However, I am grateful for everything Ive learned this past year and I hope with your help I will be able to continue my journey and learn as much as I possibly can.


On those long nights at the library, when you just can't seem to understand the material, something will click and you'll get a A on the exam. And when you get frustrated because you have very little money for 'fun stuff', a friend of your parents will come to town and take you out to dinner. And that cute guy at Orientation will ask you out. And even when you think that you may have made the wrong decision about college, those thoughts will pass, and you'll realize that you're having the time of your life. And when you graduate you'll know that you made your parents proud, but most of all, you will be proud of yourself.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to stay focused my freshman year of college. This year is the most important. Aside from classes, be sure to get involved in school clubs and activites. Dont follow the crowd the way you might have in high school. College is about finding yourself and becoming your own person. Take the time to explore new things, meet new people and enjoy yourself. Have fun but be smart and safe in doing so. Become a leader on campus. Get your name out there, become known. Sit up front in class and attend all classes. Show school spirit-attend sporting events. Have proud in yourself and the school you attend. Be loyal to yourself first and always.


The first thing I would tell myself is to buckle my seatbelt and prepare for the ride because college is a crazy rollercoaster of emotions, work, and fun! When I first entered college at a technical school in my hometown I thought it was going to be a piece of cake. I was in for a rude awakening. I ended up withdrawing after the first few weeks of classes and decided to take a year off after I realized how much devotion it actually takes to make it in the college world. When I picked back up I still didn't devote the time I should have to my studies. After two semesters I finally got my head on straight and started working my tail end off to bring up my GPA. I have a proud 3.5 now. The friends and the memories are the greatest part, but it comes with many emotions, the good and the bad. I would basically tell myself not to take life too seriously, but to always take your studies seriously. I would say to look for the best in everyone and judge no one and you will have the time of your life.


As a high schooler, I was always the quiet, shy type of student. I swore to myself that I would not be that type of person by the time college started. At first I was pretty successful in meeting other students and having a good time, but as soon as my classes started, it was almost like a switch was flipped in terms of me being outgoing. Every professor of mine encouraged the students to speak up and become known to them since it would increase the chances of becoming involved in research opportunities as well as networking. Instead of taking my professors' advice, I would sit in class silently taking notes and asking very few questions. I would like to think that my professors would be able to recoginze me based on the preformance of my grades being excellent, but there's no guarantee that actaully happens. If I went back in time to when I was still a senior in high school, I would encourage myself to become known in college for the right reasons because that's how opportunities come up.


If I had the opportunity to go back in time and talk to myself, I would certainly have a lot to say. I would tell myself not to stress so much. If I relax a little bit, I can have a lot of fun. Transitioning into college isn?t that hard. I would tell myself to let my mom buy all the college dorm stuff she wants because in the end it will be useful and I?ll really appreciate it. I would encourage myself to get involved and find the right crowd of friends to make relationships with. I would also stress to myself the importance of not procrastinating. Everyone tells you not too, but it's easier to fall into the habbit than most people think. Transitioning into college is going to be one of the best time of our life and we should enjoy it and make the most memories we can.


The last four years you have been preparing for college. Stop worrying because I am going to give you personalized advice. It is exactly what you need to know if you pair it with what you already know or need to know. To begin, get more active in visiting schools and researching what school path is right for you. Do not be afraid to start out at a technological school. Even working a year before you start school is acceptable. Do not get into massive debt. Some people believe you have to start college directly after high school. You are not most people. It is ok to be undecided for the first year of school. Be sure about your major. Do not be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Get more involved. I know you are afraid but remember that you do matter and you do have something to offer. I know you feel inadequate but because of your feelings you will eventually become inadequate. Get to know your classmates and join in on study groups. You have struggled through twelve years of school and you will continue to struggle several more but it is worth it.


If I could go back in time to talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself to go away to school for freshman year instead of commuting to college in order to stay close to a boyfriend. My freshman year of college I commuted to UConn for a boyfriend who broke up with my before college even started. After that year, I took some time off then transferred to Coastal Carolina. I did not realize how important freshman year and living in dorms was to a college experience. Most students meet their friends and form the closest bonds while living in dorms, which is an experience I regrettable missed.


I cannot actually do that. During my senior year, I was already in college. I did not have any classes at my high school although during the fall semester, some of the classes I was taking in college counted as dual credit. I graduated high school in December so my "senior year" was more of a "college sophomore semester."


Knowing what I know now about college life and making the transition, I would tell myself that Coastal Carolina University is one of the best school's on the east coast for their marine science program. So regardless that there is not much to do in South Carolina, I should pick this school to attend because you will be able to find something to do and college life will get better as the year goes on. I would also tell myself that I should find a balance between fun and school work because all I ever did for my first semester was study, study, study and no play. But I would tell myself, while finding that balance between fun and work, school is and should be my first priority for me, and everything else comes second. The last thing I would tell myself is that everything is going to be fine and that I am going to do well in college.


Knowing what I know now, I would tell my high school senior self to apply for more scholarships! Money is definately something that gets you by in college and the advice would have definately helped. Also, do not worry about books so much, because some teachers require different books instead of the ones that are appointed for that class by the school, so wait for the class to start until you by your books. The number one thing I would tell myself though, would be to relax and do not worry about how harsh college professors will be. From what I have learned, the teachers that I have had are great, supportive, and will work with you in any way they can to make sure you get an A.


If I could go back a year ago and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would have some choice words to say. First, I would tell myself to start filling out scholarship information, grants, and loans early in my senior year so that it would make financial stresses easier. I would also tell myself to study a lot harder than I did for the SAT's. I would let myself know that the first semester of college was not what was expected; it was extremely intense in accordance to studying and getting every assignment turned in. The most important thing I would tell myself would be to make sure I attend EVERY class no matter how tired or sick you are in the morning. As a high school senior I thought college life was going to be easy as being a senior, I learned that as a college freshman, the most pressing issue I dealt with =was the drive to get up and dressed for classes. I would advise any high school senior that is going to be a freshman in college to always attend class and complete every assignment.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would give myself many pieces of advice. First, I would tell myself to keep ahead of the game as far as studying goes. I can not count the number of times that I had fallen behind on my studies this past semester. I would warn myself that college is not like high school; I can not breeze through it and still do well. I have to pay attention and really focus. I would also advise myself to get involved in a club, whether it is for a sport or just a random activity. I chose to join the swim club my first semester at Coastal Carolina Univeristy, and it has helped me to meet new people and make new friends. Lastly, I would tell myself to TRUST people. I have really hard time trusting people, and that somewhat hindered my first semester of being a true "college student."


Be prepared for difficulty in adjusting from high school to college. Keep your Head in the game and stay focused. God is with you at all times and do not forget it.


When I came to Coastal Carolina University in Fall of 2007, I came to this school not knowing anybody. During my senior highschool year I had this feeling that I would get to school and instantly make friends, but it did not turn out that way. Sometimes I felt so alone and I didn't know how to act or what to do with my freetime. I could've made friends with the wrong crowd, but I decided to take the time to find out who I was. Over my college experience I have truly found out the "me" that was missing up until this point. I would tell that highschool senior I was to get ready for the change that college is about to bring you. Get ready for the late night studying, heartbreaks, homesickness, true friendship, self-discovery and self-fullfillment it is going to bring you. If I would have known this maybe the first year wouldn't have been such a shock. Ps You can go ahead as a senior and start hugging your family! When you are away from them for a year, you will definately want to hug there necks every chance you get!


College life is not all booze and partying. I know you've watched these movies about crazy parties and crazy stunts, but honestly, think about your future. Will this school offer you the best opportunity to find a job later on? Will this school have students that will end up being your life long friends? If you want to be the best possible person you can be, and be an expert in a career that you truly love, than you must apply yourself. There will be long nights, even all-nighters, but the feeling of accomplishment you will feel once you get that A back, will be the best possible feeling in the world. The transition may be difficult because you'll be away from your family and friends that have been there to support you throughout your whole life, but get out there; make friends, join clubs! They say college is the best time in your life, they neglect to tell you that it is also the toughest time of your life, but make the most of it because in the end, college can determine what you do for the rest of your life.


I would tell myself to learn how to manage my time. In college, being able to use time wisely is essential to success and learning these skill early can help avoid the first year turmoil that many students face when entering college.


In my senior year, I slacked off on my studies. I was playing football and enjoying all the perks of being a senior. I missed getting inducted into the National Honor Society, which would have made a difference in receiving scholarships and financial aid. I am really glad I chose to go to Coastal Carolina. I can't say that I had a hard time making the transition. The hardest part is time management. Knowing how much time I need for each class and being disciplined enough to do what needs to be done. I am proud to say that as a freshman, I made the dean's list both semesters. This fall semester as a sophmore I am continuing to do well.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a highschool senior I would tell myself to look more for colleges and what they have to offer. That is the part I messed up on was not looking good enough for colleges which is why I've been to 3 different schools. I think it is important to have a plan when you graduate instead of just winging it. I would advice myself to make a plan and all the things I needed to do in order to stick to the plan because the real world outside of highschool is very different from the world we are able to live while in highschool. I would also advice myself to be very conscience of my money choices. Money doesn't control every thing but unfortunately it is a contributing factor to many things in life.


I would go back and remind myself that education is a possession that no one can take away. I am the first in my family to go to college, and the future holds a huge graduation ceremony! I want to make my family proud and never give up in learning. I would tell myself to remember to have fun in school, because although the coursework is what you pay for, there is so much more available for growing and developing who I am. I would tell myself to talk to others and treat them as I would like to be treated. People react to the transition differently, making new friends will help you feel more at home in a brand- new place. I would remind myself to call mom and tell her i love her.