If I could tell myself one thing, it would be to learn to balance things better. Prepare yourself to do your schoolwork, make friends, and spend quality time with your friends. I would also say to make sure you take time to tell your girlfriend how much she means to you, and to make as much time to spend only with her, no distractions. College life is hard, I spent my first year spending way too much time on homework. Granted, I did well in my courses, but I certainly could have had spent more time putting energy into other things. Honestly, a great GPA is very important, but lifelong connections, and the overall experience is what sticks with you. Don't ever let stress get to you, and appreciate the little things. Take one day at a time, and never think too far ahead, it will drive you crazy!
Don't stress. It is important to do well in high school, however that one C on an exam does not matter in the big scheme of life. Become involved in organizations and clubs you are passionate about. Don't do things simply to put it on a resume or application one day. Find something you love and stick with it. Do what makes you happy. Don't give up on your passions, those will be your guide when everything else seems to fall apart. Friends will come and go but family is forever and parents just want what is best for us. Most of the time they are right, they have experienced more than they will often share, trust in them. Finally, just remember the phrase, "this too shall pass." No matter what is going on, you will make it though and you will be okay. Life gives us trials, we can either sit on the shore and watch our goals and dreams float by, or we can race to greatness and welcome the challenge.
Hey there kiddo, and yes I said kiddo. Now I realize just how young you are and how much you still have to learn. So tell me, what do you know about college? Nothing? Yes, I remember being completely clueless about college but now that I am living the dream I now know much more than I once did. And here is the most important thing that I wish I knew back in high school. You know all those scholarships they offer in guidance? Well, go and apply for them. ALL of them; every single one that you are eligible for. Scholarships will help to alleviate the financial burden that college often places on your shoulders. And apply for all the scholarships you can find. There are several helpful websites out there that offer scholarship opportunities. Ask your guidance counselor about them, and once you receive the information go and check them out. Don’t procrastinate, especially when it comes to finding a means for attending college. And don’t not sign up for them because you’re afraid you won’t win it. Be daring, be brave, who knows what possibilities await you.
During my high school career, there were definitely some decisions I wish I had made differently. I was presented with many opportunities that I didn’t take. If I could go back in time, there is much advice I would give myself as a high school senior. Most importantly, I would tell myself to get more involved. Not only during my senior year, but throughout high school, I had the opportunity to join clubs and organizations including National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, Key Club, and Student Council. At the time they all sounded fun, but I didn’t feel that I had time for any extra work that becoming a member would entail. Now I truly believe that I missed out on meeting some great people as well as making myself a more well rounded student. My two main focuses, during my senior year especially, were work and school. I worked thirty hours a week and maintained near straight As. My only extracurricular activity was softball. Sometimes, simply having impeccable grades isn’t enough to make a college accept you. Not only that, but I missed out on some great experiences and that is something I truly regret.
Colorado State University is the best school I could ever imagine attending, and I worked hard throughout high school in order to get here. However, I did not expect the transition to produce such a great difference in lifestyle; I found it difficult to be able to balance study time with volunteer hours and social events with friends. Therefore, if I could go back in time to my senior year of high school, I would certainly advise myself about time management. Collegiate studies are extremely demanding in comparison to high school studies; even though there are less hours being dedicated to class, studying is much more essential and time consuming. But in order to fully appreciate the college life, it is important to also do things you enjoy. I found it preferable to finish classes by the early afternoon, get homework done immeidately afterwards, then spend time with friends for the remainder of the day and volunteer on the weekends. I have also noted that you can be productive no matter the time period at hand if you learn to take advantage of every hour available. After you learn how to manage your time, your college experience will be unforgettable!
If I could go back in time I would tell myself to learn how to manage my time better. Transitioning to the college life is hard because there is so much free time and there's this feeling that you can do work later as long and do something fun during the time you aren't in class. This was a very big problem for me first semester as I was always doing my school work last minute because I had such a hard time adjusting to being free to do my work whenever I wanted to. I had so much free time that I was never inclined to do my work because I felt like I could simply do it at another time. I wish that I had known that time management would be such an important skill to have for my not only my transition to college but my entire college career as well.
If I could go back and give myself some advice when i was a high school senior, I would tell myself to pick a major and stick to it! I did a lot of flip-flopping and ended up taking extra classes that will not do me any good now. I ended up going with my first choice of major, so I should have just stayed with that in the begining. I also would have told myself to apply to more schools and scholarships, as I was sort of narrow-minded and only applied to a few schools, then decided to stay in town and go to a community college. I enjoyed my experience there, but I think that I would have been better off going to a four-year university fresh out of high school.
Get excited! It's going to be a big change, hard work, and you'll have to study more than you have ever studied before but it is worth it. In return, you are going to learn so many invaluable life lessons and fluorish into a better individual than you were before. Just remember, accept that the secret to life lies behind the word cliché. Everything happens for a reason, so accept it as it comes and know that sooner or later you will find out why. Happiness is a choice, so make the effort to live every day knowing that life is great and that you're enjoying it. Smile - you'll make more friends that way. Remember that right now, you're young and inexperienced; you aren't supposed to know who you are or who you want to be - that's what college is for: to figure all that out. It's not about the destination, it's about the journey, the experiences, the memories, the friendships, and the laughter that go into this amazing thing called life. You don't understand any of this yet, but you will soon. Enjoy and don't give up!
The advice I would give myself as a senior, would be to go straight into college. Instead of going into the workforce and putting a strain on my body for a minimum wage job, going to college would give me a better education and cause less physical strain. Having a better education would provide me with a steady and well paying job, that would not cause wear and tear on my body. Going to school would be a greater benefit not only to me but my future family.
Knowing what I know now I would tell myself to really take school seriously and figure out where you want to attend college. Also figure out what it path you intend to take when you leave. Make sure you have "all your ducks in a row" and have a clear cut plan. Lastly I would tell myself to not screw up the year by not taking it seriously and not achieveing the grades I know are possible from myself and really push myself to reach for the stars and give all I have.
Looking back, I realize I made a lot of mistakes when picking my college and my career. I was not confident in myself and I didn’t think I would do well at a four year school. Instead of believing in myself, I decided to go to a vocational school and pursue my cosmetology license so I would be done with college in a year. Unfortunately, cosmetology wasn’t my passion, so after completing my degree, I enrolled at John Wood Community College to pursue a degree in Office Technology, knowing it would be easy. After one year there, I decided what I really wanted to be is a Paralegal. Even though the thought of going to a four year school terrifies me, I know that I have to believe in myself and go for it. I would tell my high school self to not be afraid of taking on big challenges. If I had gone to a four year school straight out of high school, I would have been almost graduated by now, instead of starting over. Life is full of challenges and surprises, so you must hang on and enjoy the ride.
Keep your GPA above 3.5 and practice good study habits. Try to get as much volunteer work as possible on your resume. Start applying for scholarships as early as possible and start saving money now because college is expensive!
Now that I have experienced the stress of not knowing what I want to be in life and not discovering what I love/care about, I would have told myself in my senior year to explore my interests. I wish I had joined more clubs and had a desirable hobby or interest. Unfortunately, my last year of high school was a very stressful time. However, most students I realized do take years to find their passion in life. To make up for lost oppourtunities this year I am joing a ski club and hopefully an art class. I was upset to find out that Colorado State University doesn't have a tennis club so my idea was to create one. I intend to take full advantage of the power this school allows me to use.
With some college experience under my belt, if I could travel back in time to talk to my former self, there are a few pieces of advice I would give. The main point could basically be summarized into one thing--time management. With so many new opportunities available, there's just too much to do! I would recommend rationing your time between the most important things at this time; studying is important, but don't spend all your time locked in your room with your head crammed into a book. Instead learn in study groups- that way you get to meet new people and have the social aspect and education simultaneously. Now this type of multitasking is better than trying to read and eat at the same time! Also, take some time off and relax. By that I don't mean sit down and play video games; go out and enjoy a new activity- that's what the intramural fields are for! With all these new influences, they will expose you to the different facets of life and will help you determine what really matters. Let these next few years guide you, build you into a responsible and passionate adult.
Hi me. It looks like you are doing fine as a senior. I came here today to give you some advice on college life in general. You are definitely gonna have a lot more fun in college than you are having right now in high school. There is a lot more freedom in terms of picking classes. There are a lot of things that are more enjoyable such as dances, fundraiser, and fun contests. The staff is your best friend. They will help you with anything and everything you need from signing up for classes, admission, and financial aid. It is their job to make your life easier. You won't feel as restricted when ur in college than you do right now. There is one last thing I have to tell you. Your life will truly begin when you're in college. The most important thing: good luck on graduating at the top of your class.
Sign up for every scholarship there is regarldess of how much it gets you. Every little bit counts and will help you when it comes to paying for college so that you aren't stressed about having worry about financial issues when you can just worry about school. Also, to spend those extra minutes going over every thing you do to make sure that there aren't those little mistakes that could cost you a point.
I would tell myself to make my college decision based on my needs instead of on the opinions of my family. I chose to attend this school because my father wanted me to be closer to him; however, I knew in my heart that this was not the university that suited me best. I ignored my needs and chose this school because of my father's wishes, but I have made the best of the situation by earning good grades, getting involved on campus, and building lasting friendships. Unfortunately, the first big decision of my adult life was made using the wrong criteria, but I have many more decisions ahead and I have learned an invaluable lesson from this mistake.
I would tell my high school self that college isn’t as hard as every teacher and counselor said it was going to be. Yes, the assignments are more difficult, but almost all teachers will work with you and there are several student resources there to help me succeed.
I would also tell myself that it is ok to wait to go to college if the finances are not there because it is better to wait a few years than to go into so much debt that it becomes a financial burden. Apply, apply, and apply for scholarships and grants to ease the tuition and fees. A degree may be worth more money in future employment, but there is no guarantee that there will be a job right after graduation.
The most important advice I would tell myself is don’t be afraid to put myself out there. Get involved with groups, volunteering, and getting to know other students. It is important to build those relationships to learn about others and to have the connections later on. Also, the best people to talk to and ask for help are those side-by-side with you, going the exact same path.
Similar to your public speaking style, you are rushing, take a moment. You are considerate and thoughtful, but naïve. Consider those qualities when moving on to the next step as a high school senior: finding the college meant for you. You enjoy shopping, do some online shopping for a shiny new school. What school fits your wants and needs? Yes, this is the secret. Determine what the school can do for you. Admissions committees enjoy being glorified. If you find the school that interests you the most, apply to it and give it compliments, it will accept you. You like to be accepted-by people, schools and everything in between. Go back to the counseling center, they know what to do. They are both wise and book smart, you however are just the latter. Remember you're only 17, so don't take it personally. Also, remember, you will always find the solution, whether it's the college to attend, the answer to a crossword puzzle or a statistics problem, you are good at it...(hint: especially the latter), but you still need to work on your public speaking, so maybe take more of those classes too.
If I had the ability to travel back and time and confront myself as a high school senior, I would remind myself why I wanted to attend college in a different state. I would encourage myself to not let the size of the school overwhelm me. The willingness to try new things, explore options and embrace change are key elements to being successful. I would tell myself that in order to feel like more than just a face in the crowd I need to break out of my comfort zone and pursue my interests in regards to joining a club or organization. I would tell myself not to stress over being undeclared, but rather embrace all the different possibilities. I would remind myself to maintain a balance in regards to time dedicated to schoolwork, my job, and building new relationships with the people I meet. Overall, I would advise myself to throw caution to the wind and never take for granted the opportunities that college presents.
I would tell myself to work on better study habits. College is hard and requires lots of work and time to learn the material. I never studied in high school for test because i ususally got A's. I dont think that is a smart choice because i never learned how to study or what works for me. Now i am struggling with figuring out how i learn best. Time management also goes into that. Homework wasn't that important in high school and i did everything last minute as im sure everyone else does, but i am finding out that doesnt quite work out so well in the grown up world.
Hello Tyler! I am cotacting you to give you some advice from the future regarding your college experience. The main points I want to stress are make sure to stay focused on school, do not worry about the social life, and make sure you utilize all of the opportunities CSU has to offer. When I say stay focused on school, I mean always try to get a 4.0 GPA. Don't set your goals short and reach for the stars! know that if you set your mind to it, you know that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. Through all that process focusing on school, don't worry about social life. I know sometimes it can be hard to not see your family and not having many friends to start. Just be yourself and making friends and keeping in touch with loved ones will be easy. The last thing I wanted to point out is utilize all of the help you can get at CSU. This means take advantage of their free tutoring programs, office hours with your teachers, and fun sports that can help relieve you of stress. Good uck!!
If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a highschooler, I would tell myself to slow down, love more, be happy, worry less, and study harder! Slow down, because you have your whole life ahead of you to do whatever you want! Love more, because everyone loves friendly people, and when you are guineinly nice to people they feel that, and they are nice back. Be happy, because you have so much to worry about when you are older and actually have bills, and real world problems! You are a kid, HAVE FUN! Worry less, like preiously said, you have your whole life to worry, as long as you are keeping track of what you need done, and what is already done, you should be good. Last, but not least, study harder, a lot of your high school education actually helps in college. Also if you find your studying groove in high school, you will not have to find that groove in college, where it is a lot harder to do. If I could go back in time those are for sure things that I would tell myself!
High School was a great time for me. I was two time homecoming court, nearly sporting the crown for homecoming king. I had tons of friends, the only problem was that I was empty. It was all based around social norms and who knew who. My grades were garbage, and it has put a damper on my families income. I work full time trying to support myself, and I know if I had tried hard enough in high school, well, I could have been valedictorian. Grades did not matter to me then until the real world hit me. My parents got a divorce, and I had to start sustaining myself. I was a good for nothing boy, and now I am a man. If I was a man back then, I would assuredly be in my senior year of college by now, failing several advanced placement exams. It didn't matter then, but it matters now. A whole lot.
I am now a freshman in college and I realized the transition is not half as bad as I believed it would be. The school is big there are about 28 thousand students, yet I feel like I fit in. I have only been on campus 3weeks, but I have learned that in high school I needed to focus on applying to scholarships rather than taking three AP courses and working 30 hours a week. My time was not spent wisely. I did apply to a school that was out of my price range, because of it I now must focus my attention on applying to scholarships in order to stay in the school I have fallen in love with. I have realized no one is no longer there to hold my hand and tell me what to do, if I need anything I must look for it myself. I am in charge of my own success. I have a lot of people rooting for me. I am officially incharge of my life. I can only tell myself remember your goals, dreams, and assperations. I will be graduating in May 2016 from Colorado State University.
I would tell myself not to mess around when I get to college. I understood logically that my grades are important but it was not emphasized how important that very first semester is. I would also tell myself to open my mind a little bit more.
It might not seem like it, but the choices you make now affect the rest of your life. We’ll all be working for a long time; having a job you love is essential to happiness.Waiting too long to find mine was a huge mistake. I chose an easy employable major. I thought I’d be happy doing anything that paid well. Trust me, this doesn’t work. Unless you fit into a predefined category, you have to investigate many different options to find the right fit. Start looking now and you’ll be much better off. I set myself back a couple years by wasting this opportunity. Follow your whims. Talk with students and professors who share your interests. Discover what your interests and hobbies are. Join different clubs and organizations so you can explore and meet people who will be helpful after your college experience!
Most students in school are told to dream big. Children learn they can be whatever they want to be as long as they put their mind to it. Make a plan, follow through with it. The sad thing is that plans do not always work out. When I was a senior in high school two years ago, I was just getting over a two-year depression. I was discovering that I wanted to go places. I was accepted into my dream school. I had plans to complete a BFA in English with an emphasis in creative writing by the time I was 21. Unfortunately, I held my hopes high and they were knocked to the ground when my brother went through some trouble with the law. For the sake of his mental health, I gave up going to school for two years. If I could go back in time and talk to myself in my senior year, I would tell myself to relax. Expect the unexpected and don’t beat yourself up when events don’t happen right when you want them to. Breathe. Good things really do happen to those who wait.
This question presents a little bit different for me, as an adult returning to school.
I’m 31 years old now, and just beginning my college career in the fall. I dropped out of high school my senior year. I did get my GED several years later; however, I missed so many important milestones. All of my school friends went onto college in the late 1990’s, and I’ve worked minimum wage jobs since. Now I am trying to balance my family, paying bills, and starting school full time… without any financial assistance from my family.
So, needless to say, my strongest suggestion would be to just stick it out. If I could go back in time today, I would say to take advantage of your youth, there are so many more options.
Now don’t get me wrong; I love my life today. I’m a mother, and have the opportunity to return to school—albeit a little late. It’s just a little tricky trying to balance everything. I guess the bottom line, is no regrets. I can’t change the past; I can only control what I do today, in preparation for what lies ahead.
Dear High School Self,
I am here to tell you how important it is to quit procrastinating. Although doing things at the last minute has gotten you this far in life you will soon realize the importance of getting things done and turned in on time. Missing deadlines will cause you major setbacks in reaching your goals. To ensure this won't happen plan your own deadlines at least a week in advance of the actual deadline. You will forever regret the scholarships you don't get and the programs you don't get into because of your dalliance.
I would also like to beg you to apply for as many scholarships as possible. Going to college full-time to become a Nurse will be way more stressful if you also have to work full-time to pay the bills and feed yourself. Scholarships will be your key to success in your future. When you do receive scholarships be forever thankful to those who make reaching your career goals possible.
The biggest advice I would give myself is go to every single class. I have found that showing up to class is half the battle when trying to do well on tests. My first semester as a freshman, was full of new exciting experiences and even though I pulled off a 3.5 gpa, I kick myself knowing that I could have done so much better. I would stress the importance to the high school me that it really is worth every single minute of my time to spend with my professors, and that breakfast at Denny's with new friends or an extra hour of sleep is isn't as valuable. I would tell myself that being and excellent student and having excellent grades has always been very important to us, and so in college I would need to put in extra effort to be great, even if that extra effort seems unimportant at the time. I would tell myself that we want to succeed, we want to succeed very badly.
You do not know what you want to do. Just like everyone said you will change your major a handful of times. Pick the school that gives you the most options and is most laid back. No matter where you graduate from, you will get a job. The key to success is to be open minded and live one step at a time.
In 2004, I dropped out of high school and obtained my GED. I was a sophomore. However, I would have told myself, at that critical juncture, not to be so easily bogged down by my parents' divorce and to go to class. I feel that, had I completed that school year, I would already have finished my undergraduate studies by my current age of 25. It wouldn't be easy, but I'd try to motivate myself to stick with it and pursue education passionately. I've always loved to learn, but I let my fleeting circumstances seem more important than my future in academia. I greatly regret having ever held that unbalanced view of school, so my goal would be to persuade myself that I'd be better off in the long run if I didn't drop out.
The first thing that I would tell myself is to fill out as many scholarships as possible. While applying for schools I should pay attention to climate, environment, and cultural of the surrounding environment as well as what the school has to offer. I would make sure to tell myself to be realistic while applying to schools, but also don't let anyone tell me I am not good enough to go to a certain school. Lastly, I would tell myself to stay focused and keep my priorities straight because academics come first. Overall, have fun. Being in college is a once in a life time experience.
I would tell myself that college really isn't what some people make it out to be: huge campus, hard to find classes, difficult teachers, etc. The campus grounds depend on the student population and whether or not it is a two-year or four-year school. It is easy to get around them once you have been there for a few days or so. The classes are not really hard to find, it's mainly all about figuring out where each of the buildings are and getting used to the time limits in-between classes. The teachers themselves are generally nice people; they are serious about their classes and teach you only what they are supposed to. All in all, college life really isn't bad and attending is nothing to be worried about; if you could adapt to high school, then college will be no problem.
All too often we fall into believing exactly what our parents have taught us. However, college is an opportunity to grow into the person you truly want to be. It is a time to learn about different perspectives and form your own opinions and beliefs. College is all about the experience. I would tell myself as a senior in high school not to worry; don't sweat the small stuff. It is okay to take chances and make mistakes because in the end it is all lessons learned. Talk to people, anybody and everybody. Make great friends. I would tell myself to live in the moment because college goes by quicker than you'd think. Make the most of the next four years. Take it seriously enough to avoid spending the next five years in school, but enjoy it along the way. Work hard, play hard.
If i could go back in time and talk to myself as a senior their is one main thing that I would do to prepare myself even better for college life. I would tell myself that I need to slow down, enjoy highschool and living with my parents, but to focus on my school work. I don't know how many times I have run into problems here at CSU that I look back and go "Gah if I had just studied a little harder in highschool, I wouldn't be having these problems". Another thing I might tell myself is to embrace the change. Once you get to college, at least for me anyways, my life turned a complete 180. I've always struggled with change, so if had learned to except it in highschool, than when I moved to the college life it would of been a million times easier.
College is nothing like you were expecting it to be, your expectations were way out of the ball park. Don't spend your days day dreaming of what your days at college are going to be like: relaxing, making friends, going out constantly. You will be quite disappointed. The one thing you are expecting the most is that you are going to meet many new people and life long friends but the truth is this doesn't happen right away. You are going to struggle to find yourself and to find your spot at such a big university. Just prepare yourself for the battle you are about to enter. I'm not saying that you are going to hate college, what I want to get across is that you are going to be at war with yourself constantly trying to decifer who you truly are. My best advice to you is to be yourself and don't change to fit in. The right people will come your way in time and when that does happen you will become the happiest person in the world. Believe in yourself and as the Beatles say, "Let it Be".
I would advise myself to go to college right out of high school. I would tell myself that there were a lot of financial aid programs and scholarships for young people, fresh out of high school, with a 4.0 GPA. I would tell myself to believe in myself and never let anyone or anything bring you down, or crush your hopes and dreams. I would tell myself to keep studying really hard and that I could achieve anything I wanted to. Lastly, I would tell myself to never despair; keep trying and never give up.
If I could go back, I would tell myself to look for and apply for every scholarship available. I would tell myself not to give up so fast on the financial aspect of college. I would encourage myself to join in more extracurricular activities for my first year in college. I would also remind myself to save as much money as possible, for not only for my bachelors degree, but also for graduate school. If I could go back, I would tell myself that GPA isn't everything and that most schools look for community involvement, too. I would go back and tell myself not to put all my eggs in one basket, so to speak. I would tell myself to go on many campus tours to see where I felt the most at home at. If I could go back, I would tell myself that it is important to look at the college where I would be the most successful at the end of the day.
I Must apologies, I simply could not do an essay of 200 words. I had to do a poem, a free formed sonnet. Normally a sonnet has every other lines last word rhyme. It goes in an A,B,A,B pattern till the last lines having the same ending word in an A, A, pattern. But I figured that Life is not bound to structural rules, you will always get something new. I'd rather make my sonnet express how life is (especially high school), unstructured, flowing and not something entirely expected.
If I could go back in time
I'd tell myself to smile
I'd tell myself to climb
That it's only for a wile
The top is almost here
Can't give in to fear
Because the end is almost here
Soon I will get to cheer
It's not time to let go the wheel
Because you still need to steer
Trust me, I know how you feel
So Get in that car and put it in gear
Soon that letter will be here
The letter that says you're admitted here
I know high school was a great experience for you. You made a difference because you were involved in everything! College is a whole different game and it is full of choices that are not only tough, but will change your futures direction. I know you value staying debt free but please do not work full time. Sacrifice the time in the summer and apply to as many grants and scholarships as possible to keep school costs low. In doing so, college can be an enjoyable time full of adventure mentally, physically and emotionally. Furthermore, please say yes to every positive experience. Take advantage of every opportunity to grow and discover who you are becoming in the now and future versus whom you were in the past. Let the past go and start new! Discover who you are as a fun lovely adult, while still maintaining responsible qualities any good citizen should process. Make good choices but good choices are not always the fun or easy choices. College is the introduction to the rest of your life so work hard at it now so you earn the right to play hard later!
Best of Luck,
Knowing what I know now about college, I would go back and tell myself that I should have taken homerowk and tests a lot more serious. Now that I am in college it is a lot different. The work load is a lot heavier I have as much as two chapters per class in one night. If i could go back I would have taken the time to actually get my time management together and putting an effort into my homework instead of being forced to be able to do it now. Also i would have taken my tests a lot more serious. In high school if you missed or did bad on a test it was ok, you could make it up or do extra credit. College classes have maybe three exams and a final and your exams are majority of your grade. Plus if you miss the exam there is no make up you take a zero for that grade. If i could tell myself to do anything differently it would have been to actually take my academics as a whole a lot more seriously althouth i ended with good grades i did what i needed to pass.
If I had the chance to go back in time and tell myself something about college-life, I'd remind myself that when I take an online class to check and double check the dates on when things are due. If I don't, I'll end up missing a HUGE final that's due, and it'll drop my A in the class down to a C. I'd tell myself not to take Humanities class online, because it's difficult without the lectures. I'd also tell myself that going to school four days a week ontop of working is going to drain me of energy. I'd warn myself to go to school only two days out of the week, for the first quarter, and spend the extra two days off, studying and catching up on precious sleep or the road ahead will be very difficult, especially with Math. Lastly, I'd make sure I knew how to correctly use an audit system to find out what classes I REALLY needed, so I wouldn't end up taking pointless ones.
If I could go back in time and talk to myself in High School I would convey a lot of information to myself. Number one when I ask myself how this will relate to the real world the answer is it will come up on college exams so listen and learn it do not skate by and think you have escaped the tropical storm because a hurricane is swiftly approaching. Also the calculus and physics classes I chose not to take, take them it will make the transition and class load so much easier. Another piece of advice I would relay to myself is to focus on having fun in high school before college starts and your studying non-stop just to squeek by. Lastly enjoy the home cooking because dorm food is not the best in th world but it keeps you full and focused just like the mini-wheats commercial says and focusing is the number one attribute to being successful in your college years.
Now that I have spent about a year and a half as a college student, the most important and critical advice I could ever give my past self would be to go to bed consistently before midnight or, better yet, 11 or 10pm. Back then I would stay up late, pull all-nighters, and procrastinate all the time, always ending up hungry and sleep-deprived. Now I am exhausted from going all around campus and cannot find much to do late at night just because I have gotten my act together and get all my work done way before the last minute--which, admittedly, is still extraordinarily strange. Having free time is a little bizarre, but nice nonetheless. Plus, I can go to bed and wake up easier at 6 or 7am, something that would be next to impossible; my body and mind possessed zero motivation to move so early in the day.
Sleep is a wonderful thing high schoolers take sorely for granted, as well as several college students, but once one realizes the joy of waking up with slightly more energy, school is much more fun--or just bearable enought to get through without a nap.
I would be sure to tell myself that college classes are not easy and they will consist of most of your free time outside of class. Make sure to practice good time management skills before going to college because that will be the hardest part for you. Do not get caught up in the party scene because it will not pay off for you in the end and will only reflect poor results. If I could go back in time I would also tell myself to research and apply for more scholarships so I would not be so stressed out about money and would not have to work as much in my free time. I would also make sure to look for jobs prior to moving into the dorms. One last thing I would make sure I knew would be to make sure to make time for myself so I won't be as stressed. Find a stress release place early in the year.
Believe in yourself. It's OK not knowing what you want to do because it's expected only that you will go to college and graduate, those answers will come. If you don't believe in yourself who will? Take these steps so that you don't have to stress over the small stuff and set yourself up so that the great moments and decisions can come when you are ready.
First, go to a state school for your core curiculum. They are relatively affordable, maybe not as affordable as community college, but there is no guarantee that community college classes will transfer if you need them to. Classes that don't transfer mean you will pay time and money for them again.
Second, do your best. You can get As; college is about taking tests, figure out how to take that classe's test. Those As will give you opportunity for scholarships and admission to premium schools for your undergrad or graduate goals.
Third, become a better version of yourself. Enjoy the first few weeks of parties, but then work on yourself. Find volunteer opportunities... soup kitchens, fundraisers, etc. You will like yourself, others will notice too.
live your life to the fullest because you won't be able to go back; live without regrets. Also, what you learn is important for the future and will make life easier for you. Finally, it is scary at first but eventually you will feel great about becoming independent and becoming a mature adult who will go on and do amazing and spectacular things in the world.
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