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My advice would be to embrace the challenges in every class and learn as much as possible from your professors. The first two years I went to COC, I was not focused and I was just attending to get my A.S. Degree. I wish that I would have taken the opportunity to learn as much as I could have and made the most of my education. Now that I have taken a couple years off of school to work, I have found that I really need to focus on my schoolwork and give every class my best effort in order to get to achieve my career goals. I would tell myself that giving 100{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c} effort in every class is much more fullfilling that just trying to pass the class with a C. I am thankful for the opportunity and learn from the mistakes I made when I first started college.


Take school seriously, College is much more dificult than high school. Find your self some good study buddys in each class you take and dont fall behind. Its good to have a social life but its also nice to be able to get into any school you please. enjoy learning, it pays off.


If I could go back to myself as a senior in high school, I wouldn't do anything differently. I took the smartest move financially and academically by staying home and going to the local community college. I finished my AA in two years and saved up money by living at home and continuing to work my job full-time. As for other students, I would stress the advantage of going to a two-year school first. You save a ton of money and receive quality education. If you stay commited and know what your ultimate goal is, you'll finish quick.


Now that I have completed two years of college I have gone through a lot of stressful times. Making the transition from high school to college wasn't easy for me because I had to go from a household where all the decisions were made by my parents to having to make those decisions myself since I was living on my own. I had to quickly learn how to handle living on my own succesfully in every way from financial aspects to time management. I learned what it took to make grown up decisions after some time but along the way I made many bad turns and silly mistakes. Had I known what I needed to do in the first place, I could have avoided those errors. With that being said, I wish I could go back to when I was a senior in high school and make sure I know how stay balanced with my social life and school along with properly handling my expenses.


Prepare to study so that you can keep a high GPA. Do not waste time on unneeded classes that will not get you to where you want to go. Know what you want to do with your life and step on the gas!


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would advise myself to never give up on my education. When I was a senior, I had no hope for going to a university because I believed that I could not afford it. However, I attended my community college and now I do have hope that I can attain an education. This hopelessness I had when I was a senior was a detriment on my high school GPA, but I have recovered fully and now I am performing excellent in all of my classes. "Never give up" is the most valuable advice I could give to myself.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself that it's okay to go to a community college. Don't worry about what people think. It will be one of the best decisions you have made so far because you will save a great amount of money and that is the place where you will find out what you want to do in life. You are able to focus more on your academics because there is not a huge social scene. It's a great transition between high school and a college. You are able to get the feel of college while still living at home. I would also tell my high school self to not stress about what to major in. You are going to change your mind a thousand times! And that's perfectly okay and normal. It takes trial-and-error to figure out what you want to do in life. Don't be in a rush, just stay focused and do your best. Everything will work out the way it is supposed to be.


Always remember this: nothing in this life is set in stone. Therefore, do not rely on getting by with mediocrity. Strive to consistently put forth your best efforts, and then rest assured that you are prepared - to the best of your capabilities - to take on the unexpected. There will be rough and stressful times. You will make mistakes and even experience failure. There will be instances when you want to give up, but resilience is key in moving forward. You must learn to accept your reality and adapt to it. Moments such as these will test your character and compel you to grow. Balance between work, friends, and family must be maintained as you move forward. Only then you will truly feel successful. Finally, there will be occurrences that will be out of your control. You will win some, you will lose others; you will rise and you will fall, but you cannot forget that such is life. Do not lose your confidence or you will miss all the fun along the way. If you do not enjoy what you are doing, you will not feel alive while achieving your successes. Remember, your future is what you make of it.


If i could give myself any advice about the transition it would be to always keep your mind on the future. Everyday we learn so much and we apply our knowledge from yesterday and even when we're done with school we never stop learning. So, keep your mind on what education really is and how it can help you be who you are meant to be and don't think too much about the small segments of your college life. Imagine bigger, picture the whole goal and then live in that image. Highschool gave you the idea of which path you want to walk for your future, college is the time to follow it.


" Look here girl, listen to me and listen well!" In high school, I was a quiet, undecisive girl who didn't really have my mind set on a career. I knew I wanted to go to college and even envisioned myself living the "dorm" life. I started attending Lake Tahoe Community College after getting a GED but was only taking general ed classes due to my indicisiveness, lack of interest and lack of guidence. I ended up taking a lot of unneccessary classes before I made up my mind. for this reason, if I could bo back in time, I would tell myself "liste to me and listen well, you better just sit down, think about what you want to do in life and stick with it. Be active in researching careers and your financial options. Do not waste time, seek help and don't stop until you get the answer you need. save money, and most important, envision yourself succeeding and graduating. picture yourself in a career you love and don't give up". This is one conversation I would have with the young self, wishing I would've listened.


It might not seem like it is that important right now, but make sure you do your best to be prepared in English and math. When you get to college, you are going to have to take an English and math placement test, no matter what your grades or classes were, and if you do not score well, you are going to have to take extra classes to get up to the college level. Now you have to take 1 or 2 extra classes for both math and English. These are usually the boring classes and they extend your time and cost money! This is a problem for a lot of students, not just the students who do poorly in high school, but even the average students in high school do not score so well on these tests. All your other classes are also important just because you want to have a good overall GPA...even if you are going to go to a community college where the GPA will not matter. You do not realize how many people and applications will ask what was your GPA in high will follow you around for quite some time!


Always in reflecton the advice you could give yourself you may not always take. Every word that I speak or have written down has been on some sort of path. Each one a learning experience. One Research your College educational chioces. Don't think that all schools are equal some credits may not transfer or may be a useless degree after you achieve it. All those summer jobs you have start investing in a college fund because you nor your parrents are going to able to afford college. The Army will give you great direction in live but get your college done first because then when some Sergent tells you something you will out rank him because you are an Officer. Last, choose your friends better if you hang around successful people you will see yourself as worth more, achieve more, and associate with better people. A GPA isn't everything but hard work will get you that GPA if you work for it.


Going to College is a big change from high school. The biggest difference is the professors. In high school, if you are missing an assignment the teacher might tell you that you are missing this assignment and to get it in. In college this doesn?t happen. If you don?t turn in your work you won?t be reminded and you won?t be able to turn it in late. Go to every class whether you want to or not. Most professors don?t take attendance so you don?t have to go but you will miss a lot of important information that could mean the difference between passing and failing. It is up to you to do well, do not procrastinate on your assignments because it is more rigorous than high school work. You will be shocked to find that paper you could write in two hours in high school takes two days now. Stay focused, do all your work and you will succeed in college


The main advice I would give myself comes in one word: help. As seniors in high school, too many students think they know everything about what they want to do and who they want to be. Many students quickly learn that life after high school is not as easy as they envisioned. Not enough students seek the help they need to ensure their success in furthering their education and accomplishing their goals. High school campuses and college campuses are the similar in that the availability of help for the students abound. The confusion strikes when the student realizes that help is not going to be handed out. Help isn't going to walk up and say, "hey, I'm here for you." The transition takes place when the student takes a step closer to their education and forms the relationships with counselors and their professors that will push them towards a degree and eventual prosperity. My advice? Look for help, accept that help, and learn.


Regarding the challenges that come with choosing to go to college, I would decide to place emphasis on saving up money to actually go. It has proven to be the greatest challenge for me in my own college experience. The class work load, for me, has not been too overwhelming and I can comfortably take 22 credit hours a semester. I dare to say it is easy, because I feel I made the right choice in college major (although my school choice could have been better). I chose something I would be good at rather than going by what kind of salary I would make. Knowing what I now know, I would tell myself, in high school, to really assess what it is I want to end up working on. I did not answer that question early enough and even now it continues to change from time to time. I would urge myself to concentrate on my major and make the best possible selection (and to plan for a really good school); one that is specific enough for the occupation I would like to have, but that offers enough opportunity to venture out and really learn with variety.


College life has taught me how to multi task and how to acclimate myself to any situation possible. Exploring majors and careers in High school is important because it helps one discover what he/she enjoys and is good at. In addition, I would advice myself to search for scholarships and financial aid; Lack of money should keep no one from a better education. Lastly, I would tell myself that one of the best feelings in life is achieving what you set yourself to achieve.


If i could revisit my days as a High School Senior i would have a few words of wisdom to share with myself. First, I would advise myself to earn money and save for college. Not to worry of fret about saving a certain amount but to have a small cushion. Having money saved will be a life-saver i.e Financial aid isn't going as smooth as you had planned,you don't qualify,you would rather not deal with student loans,car breaks down, little time to work due to being a full time student. Second, attend Community College while still enrolled in High School.You can take electives or Gen Ed classes that you'll need to take in College. It is worth the time to experience the feel of college life, time management, and people. You will get the benefits of easing into your college routine and already start working towards your college career! Press on and succeed!


After being transitioned into college life, I would tell the high school senior I was three years ago that there are two essential elements necessary for succeeding in college which are self-discipline and moderation. Joining a sport is a great way to learn how to be self-disciplined. Cross country, for example, requires an athlete to endure intense pain for miles and have the will to keep going for the sake of the team. Having the quality of self-discipline affects almost every aspect of college life including being on time for class, turning in homework assignments, and budgeting time for work, school, and social activities. Lastly, moderation is another fundamental key necessary to succeed in college. The Greeks would say that there should be "moderation in everything." I agree with this statement because I beleive that work and play need to be balanced to transition into college. Balancing work and play will give the student the best opportunity to finish college by not working or playing 100{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c} of the time. Through self-discipline and moderation, a college bound student will have 2 key weapons in his or her arsenal to get through the obstacles in their path.


If I could go back and talk to myself as a college senior, I would tell myself to shoot for the stars. Choose whatever college and major you want to do, test it out first (by taking some classes involving that subject and major) and feel free to change it if it doesn't feel right. Don't just stick with that major because you've gone "too far". Also I would tell myself that I should apply for scholarships and grants right away so I would have more options available. It IS possible to go to your dream school and study for the perfect major. Don't rule out the possibilty of living on your own. Although your parents discourage it, it is something very possible with the help of scholarships and grants. Do continue to work hard and take lots of units, you can definately handle it. If an amazing oppotunity comes along or you discover that another college has a better program for you, apply for that college. You will love all of the endless possibilities that comes with college life. Set your goals high and don't give up!


When you?re about to leave high school everyone stresses the importance of studying and time management, but another equally-important facet of college success is too often overlooked: networking. One thing I have seen is how essential it is to network with the people around me. As the vice president of my campus?s honors society, I have been able to expand the reach our community service events by asking local churches to add them to their announcements, making them true community events that were able to help far more people than our group would have been able to by itself. I would want my past self to know how easy it is to involve other groups to reach shared goals, whether that means asking classmates to study groups or other clubs to trash pick-ups. In a world where so many people use Twitter and Facebook, one would think that networking would be second nature, but the simple step to unite people to increase our impact is one that is often overlooked. So, Past Self, network. Get other people to participate. You will get more done, help more people, and have more fun doing it.


What advice would I give myself on college life and the transition from high school if given the chance to go back and talk to myself. Well for starters I would have to tell myself to start getting a schedule together, a schedule based on when SATS were, when to have the FAFSA turned in, and knowing which colleges I would like to attend and having the college apps for each college completed in a timely fashion, not waiting until the last minuet to complete them and worry about if in fact i had made the deadline. Thts what I would have to tell myself if given the chance


Take every opportunity presented to you. If there are Summer/Winter classes available at the college of your choice, take it! Pay your bills! The longer you hold off paying for your classes and tuition, the more vulnerable you are to being put on a ?hold?. Books are expensive, so when you see a used book available for your course, take it! Don?t delay when registering for a class. Remember that you are only one among thousands of other students vying for one class. Whether you are enrolled in the course or crashing the course on the first day, always show up on the first day! Have a major in mind and research what classes are needed in order to get into that major. Remember, most classes have pre-requisites. Pre-requisites are classes that are needed in order to take other classes. Procrastination is a big no no! If it was a stressful thing in high school, it gets worse in college because the workload is a lot heavier! Tuition can be quite pricey, so apply for as many scholarships as you are eligible for. FAFSA is also a good way to help pay for college. So apply!


As a senior in high school it is hard to decide what you plan on doing for the rest of your life. As a 17 or 18 year old about to graduate it is easy to get sidetracked into thinking about other things. If I had the chance to give myself some advice during that time, I would have reminded myself to focus on trying to at least narrow my field of interest before entering college. That way I wouldn't have to waste much time on trying different things and taking different classes, and instead I could have gone straight in knowing somewhat of what I wanted to do so I could concentrate on that field and get more classes "under my belt" to better my chances when transfering to a 4-year university.


I will be completely honest and say that I say this to myself every single day of my college life, "I wish I could go back into time when I was in high school and tell myself what not to do". For I wish I could go back in time and tell my high school student self to not go to Arizona State University for one year so I would not have a $35,000 loan that is going with interest every day. I wish I could go back and tell myself to go straight to the the two year university that is right near my house. I wish I could go back and tell myself to take college courses while I am in high school. I wish I could go back in time and tell myself to save all the money possible and to put it in my savings account. I wish I could go back in time and tell myself to not be the stubborn child for my parents were right the whole time and there knowledge is something I regret not listening to when I was in high school.


Chrissy, you need to start saving money right now and improve your grades. You have potential, and skills, but you need to take advantage of any oppurtunity to earn funds. It may be hard right now, but in the long run it is worth it. Also don't worry about going to a junior college, it's a stepping stone and you will make a ton of wonderful friends if you keep an open mind and heart.


Dear Alyssa Gresham, I?m sorry your mother committed suicide this year; don't let it affect your college experience. Aside from pre-ordering your parking pass, be sure to stop by the Disabled Student's Office during the first week of the semester; it?s going to be a lifesaver when you begin your Intermediate Algebra Course. I also want you to be more confident, you are going to win that student government election, second times the charm, isn?t it? Oh yeah, dad was right, you do need a job, so stop walking by the wanted ad in the student union; your honors English courses can go on your resume for that tutoring job. Don?t forget to mention you used to tutor foster children because that?s how you?re going to get the job. One last thing, in late December there?s going to be a holiday party, please pass, some students decided to drink and drive and you are pulling a 3.8 GPA don?t ruin it for a ?good time?, two students die that night. PS. ? please don?t forget to smile, it lets people know you care. Sincerely, The future YOU


First, I would tell myself to keep organized. I would probably tell myself that one hundred times. Keep a planner. Know when things are due. Write down your assignments, exam dates, application deadlines, birthdays, Armageddon, etc.--it's a great way to keep your sanity. The next thing I would stress is to keep your assignments manageable by breaking them down into smaller parts so that there's less to do in one sitting; the same goes for studying for exams. The third thing that would be important to tell myself is that, while contributing to the class is wonderful, questions count as contribution too, and they can really help cement your understanding of something you're "pretty sure you got". Keeping organized is one of the hardest parts of college, but if you do, it's easy to get good grades and keep your head above water.


Not really advice that I would give myself, but I would have definately taken more College of the Canyons courses while in high school. Advice for myself- I would have probably told myself to be extremely early! This is because my first day I left my house an hour before class (College of the Canyons is only 10 minutes away) but drove around forever looking for parking! Luckily by the time I got to class, I took the last seat available. I would have also told myself to use the library for books and not buy them, because books are super expensive and they were never really in my price range. An important thing that I feel is necessary to tell any new students at a college, would be to not ditch. Alot of my friends ditch and because of that alot of them are in academic probation, but I only miss when I need to and I feel that has helped my education.


If I know about college life, I would study at the College for long time ago. Knowlage isreally important in humans life. With more study we have a better and more comfortable life for us . With our knowlage we can help other peope to have better life too. Higher education help us people to have a better world. I wish I studied for long time ago at college, but I am happy that I do now. I will study as long as I can and I hope other people do like me.


The advice that I would give to myself if I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior is stay in school and get the best grades that I could possibly get in each grade and to look into more scholarships to help me pay for school and rent when I move to the university. Also, to stick to community college right after high school because that will save me money to pay for the university and to start right away with the mathematics major classes because it would relieve me alot of stress of not worrying to finish in time. Also, to look into interships that deal with my major so that universitys see that I am serious of what I want to in life and that I will need the assistant of other people in getting me to the top of my career.


I would have got into more clubs and extra curricular activities if I could go back. The transistion to college takes good grades and focus but what you do outside of school counts too. Now that i'm in college i'm involved in many outside activities that have to do with my major and the community. I think if I told myself to do that in high school I would have been better prepared for college in that aspect. I would tell myself to get involved in college preparation early and learn the facts about transferring, going to a 2 year or a 4 year, and about major exploration. I think those things are very important in the college process and should be explored throughout high school ecspecially senior year.


School is what you make it out to be. If you do not do or wait to the last minute to complete assignments, then you are making it difficult on yourself. So, finish your work and put your best into it, and college will be the best and easiest experience for you.


"Get off your ass and study. Take school seriously, focus, and keep your tunnel vision in place in order to reach your goal. College food sucks, so get a job and eat Subway everyday."