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What should every freshman at your school know before they start?


If I could go back in time, I would give myself a few points of advice. 1. "Don't mess up and be serious about school. Don't wait to go to college." I would give this advice because I took a year off and I didn't relize how hard it would be to get back on track. I made the mistake of starting to look four months later than I should have. 2. "You should seriously think before you act. Just focus on life and the future." I got in trouble in senior year and that affected my ability to learn and study. 3. "Be sure that you have people who support you and do not give up. Belive in yourself and your abilities; when you put your mind to it you can succed." I thought I wasn't going to make it, but I had support from people who cared and that made me believe in myself. 4. "Push yourself to the limit in order to succeed. There are obstacles in life, and they're diffucult, but with the right help you will make it." This is the most important, because it takes dedication to succeed.


Why would you change anything, your perfect? Isn't that what you tell yourself in the mirror every morning? What could you possibly learn from me? Kid I'll tell you what, life is a cold bitch if your not ready for what is coming your way, and your not even close. When did ditching class become cool, and when did you start to care more about what you drove to class, than what drove you to excell. When did you loose sight of it all? Kid I'll tell you what, your not ready, its time you got a job, its time you took an interest in your community, its time for you to wake up and do something. When your ready, get yourself a cup of coffee, becuase we have a lot of work to do, go hit the books, go ace that test, go study for next weeks class now. Becuase, if you don't, in two years from now you'll be right back where you started, nowhere. What are you waiting for a new dawn is breaking, and a new day is upon you ,take it, and live the good life.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself to simply relax and absorb as much information as I could. I was stressed about the college process, finding a school to go to, adapting to the lifestyle, and all of the financial aspects about college. However, now that I have started school and adapted tremendously I realize that I stressed out way too much and that I also did not pay as much attention to information about college as I should have. I didn't worry too much about scholarships until it was too late. I had been told about how much money was out there but never really listened, but this year I know more about applying for scholarships and where to look for them, something which I am definitely taking advantage of. I would also warn myself on just how much fun college really is. There are tons of people to meet who are all looking for new friends, which makes the process very easy and the whole concept an immediate bonding process. I would simply tell myself relax, listen, and enjoy.


If I could go back in time to talk to myself as a high school senior, first off I would tell myself to cherish every moment of playing sports because I miss it terribly. I would say to enjoy being part of a team even if you dont get along with them because you can't get that back once it's gone. For my career aspirations, I would tell myself to go and work for a veterinarian as soon as possible because experience is valued and it will be easier to get a job. I would also say to spend more time with your family, because you wont get to see them as much and even though you want to go hang out with your boyfriend, its more important to spend time with your family. Furthermore, I would also say to pick some better choices for prizes at grad night so you wont go have to buy the things you could have gotten for free. Lastly I would tell myself to cut down the shopping because your going to need that money for more important things!!!


You are going to change. Once you get into college, you're surrounded by new people with new ideas. You get the chance to take classes and learn about things that might ultimately change the way you think about the world. Don't be ashamed of that. College is a wonderful time to break free from your parents and and your friends. It gives you a chance to challenge your own ideas and find the things that you really care about. However, you also have to take responsibility for this new you. Don't throw your manners and your morals away the second your parents drive away. It's easy to get caught up in all of your new found freedom. It is ok to act like a kid every once and a while, but realize that people are going to expect you to act like an adult. Your parents aren't around to tell you right from wrong. You have to figure that out for yourself.


Never take anything for granted. There is too much in the world that is not appreciated until its too late, never be afraid to take a chance. Work hard and love your friends as well as respect those with whom you face adversity. Find time to do what you love and share your passions with others.


If I could go back a year ago to when I was a senior and give myself advice, I would tell myself that in college I have to study much longer and harder, it is not like high school in where you can attend and pass. I woud also give myself the advice that 8 am classes are not the best option. I would tell myself this but about the school work but I would also tell myself to not be afraid. Last year I was really nervous and apprehensive about moving away from home, so if I could go back, I would tell myself that everything will be fine. That I will adjust really well and even become involved in a sorority, Kappa Delta, and that I make wonderful new friends and sisters! The last bit of information I will tell myself is to have fun and really enjoy college life, go out there and live! College life only happens once, it is a time to cherish!


Be prepared for the shock of moving out of your familiar environment and into a whole new world. Take the apartment living class and pay attention to learning how to live on your own. Take into account how far from home you will be and how easy it will be to be able to get home once in a while.


College life is very different from high school; in many was its better. Living in the dorms allows for freedom of movement through campus easily as well as a way to meet people and network with some of the people who will be going through school with you. Stepping out of the proverbial shell is very important and once you have a solid support group both academics and the social side of college become easier. Being successful in college is very important, as it will shape any future jobs and/or careers. Joining study groups and going over lecture notes is very important. This is a sure way to be successful in the classes. Also, go to class and do not be too shy to ask the professor questions. They appreciate your interest in the topic and are there to help you. To balance academics join a club such as an intramural sport, fraternity, or simply find a way to do something you enjoy with a group of people, such as music. College is a time to try new things and find who you want to be, but don?t feel pressured to try anything that makes you feel uncomfortable.


If I could go back in time, I would tell myself that college life is a lot different than high school. You're working at your own pace; there's no teachers or principle to push you to finish your schoolwork and pass your classes. I'm going to college because I want to earn a higher degree of education. But it takes a lot of discipline and self-instruction. I must be motivated and dedicated to get through all the courses. I am at college because I WANT to be. No one is forcing me. It is my choice to take my education seriously and strive to complete the work. Thus, I would need to prepare myself and ask myself if I am truly willing to do something with my life. It won't be easy, but learning is an experience in itself. I would tell myself to take enjoyment in what I am learning and strive to complete my goals with enthusiasm. If this is what I really want to be and want to study, then I must work at it. I must give all I have and never even think about giving up.


I would have prepared myself more. I don't think high school prepares you for college that well and being independent and on your own. High School still treats students as children and doesn't give them any responsibility. If High School had given us more freedom and allowed us to make our own decisions and learn from our mistakes I would have been more prepared. Also, to take college very seriously and know that you are deciding your future but you don't have to know what you are doing right away, not many 18 year olds do.


If I was given the opportunity to talk to myself as a high school senior, I would definitely have some advice. I was fortunately able to handle the workload transition from high school to college so I'd assure my younger self that it won't be as scary as people make it out to be. One thing I didn't focus enough on in high school that could've helped me out more in college is my involvement with my community and my school. I was heavily involved with my high school's German exchange program and marching band but not much else. I'd suggest to my high school self that for senior year to start participating in regular community service and be more involved with my school organizations would help me feel more eager and open to joining the many clubs and communities offered on Colorado State's campus. I've been a little hesitant but have branched out significantly since I started college. I'd smile at my younger self and say, "Don't be afraid, because you have an amazing journey ahead of you and you need to relish every moment!"


You should choose your career based on what you find enjoyable. Everyone working in the professional world spends a considerable amount of time at their office. Make sure that whatever college/major you chose, you enjoy what you graduate with. Ensure that you really apply yourself, even if that requires many hours of work and sacrifice to get there. A little more time spent now, will pay off in the end. I graduated with a degree because I was told that a 4-year degree was necessary by my parents, but I didn't choose something that I found rewarding. I am now going back to get the degree that interests me. I will be spending another 2 years trying to acheive something that I am proud to do. In the end I will know that this is what I want, and not what someone else wants for me. I have found a niche that I am good at, and that I want to spend the rest of my life doing.


If I could go back to my senior year, I would have talked alot more with my couselor at my high school to get a better understanding of scholarship, grants and what classes I should apply for first so I would not waste my time on classes that I did not need. I would make sure as a senior I have taken as many college prep classes as I could handle instead of taking less classes my senior year. I was a 4.3GPS honor student and just assumed I would get a full ride. Surprise it does not work that way so I am paying for my own schooling now. I should have been better prepared.


Ever since my admission and first few months as a freshman college student, I have fequently been asked what advice I would give others who are on their way into entering college. The same advice that I would give to those below me, is the same advice that I would give myself if I were able to go back in time. The solution to a successful college career is not some drawn out complicated explination, it is simple and logical. It is nothing more than to get involved with the school and to place yourself in an area that interests YOU personally. If you can find a group, club, organization or major that makes you happy and really sparks an interest within you, your college experience will be multiplied in success. Having that one thing that you can turn to when you are wanting to get away from the stresses of school and bring a smile to your face will make all the difference. It will also allow you to feel as though you are apart of something and not alone in this huge new world you have just been thrown into. I regret not beoming apart of something everyday!


Hey high school Calli, this is college Calli. I just wanted to let you know, college is an amazing experience if you let it be! Don't spread yourself too thin and do your very best at everything you're involved in. You know that second job you're thinking you can handle? You can't, school is so important and money is not, some people can work twenty hours a week and take sixteen credits, not you and me. CSU has more than twenty four thousand students, you have choices so pick your friends wisely, they have a big impact on the way you spend your life outside of class. A warning about homesickness, it's not fun, but it'll pass; you will survive your first semester. Work hard, get to know your professors (they're pretty cool), sleep well, eat healthy, and have fun!


If I could go back to senior year, I would change how I viewed my schoolwork. As a senior, I was more focused on obtaining a social life, and less worried about making it into a university. As a freshman, I studied hard for every test, and strived for perfect grades, but as a senior, I was more worried about getting a date for prom than my grades. This carried over into my college studies, and my freshman year of college was poorly executed. If I maintained my studious habits, I could have maintained my stellar GPA and started my first year of college in the same manner. Of course, a social life is key to a balanced life, but spending too much time partying in high school could have cost me my standing with Colorado State University. Just be careful.


"So, Rosie, are you ready for your first year of college?" I asked my younger self. With an anxious look in her eyes, Rosie replied, "I guess... But I'm worried about living in the dorms and adjusting to life on campus. I love my family so much; I think it will be hard to be away from them." I gave my younger self a knowing smile. "I can understand that. I remember my freshman year; my first week was nerve-racking ? not knowing anyone and attempting to find my classes on campus.? Rosie apprehensively bit her lip. I grinned at her encouragingly. ?If you?re worried, why don?t you join a campus community? I joined CSU?s Key Service Community my freshman year and the people there helped me adjust to life on campus.? ?Hmm? You know, that sounds interesting. So it helped you feel more a part of CSU?? Rosie inquired. ?Yup. Not only did I receive academic assistance from my mentors, but I also developed relationships with my fellow Key members. It was like having a large family!? A small smile spread across my younger self?s face. ?I?ll look into it, then. Thank you.?


If I could go back in time and give myself advice on entering a college lifestyle, I would have told myself to relax. I spent way too much time as a senior, stressing out and feeling intimidated by college. I was afraid that I was going to have problems fitting in and I was worried that my classes were going to be way too far out of my league. It turns out that in my first semster of college I ended up creating several great friendships and I did very well in all of my classes. Knowing what I know now, I would go back in time and tell myself to calm down. College is a great opportunity and a great experience. My first semster was no less than perfect and everything went far better than expected. Had I known college was going to be this great as a senior, then I would have saved myself a lot of unnecessary stress.


Go for it. Live like you'll never live again, ask questions like you're the only one in the room and give every assingment your best effort. Don't afriad to be creative, don't be afraid to meet people, don't worry if you won't find a passion, a boyfriend, a group of friends in time. There is always enough time. Take all sorts of classes in the beginning. Find out what makes your heart flutter and your scalp prickle with excitment. Run on that treadmill next to that skinny girl, dive into that scrimmage soccer game even if you stink at it, cheer louder than the guys surrounding you. Go to parties, be assertive, don't be embarassed about who you are or who you might be. Just be. Enjoy the learning process that college is and use it to learn. This is the time to test the waters of your future.


I have learned a great deal of new things during my first year in college, but being able to go back and give myself advice would be a huge advantage. I have enjoyed all parts of my college except for a few exceptions. I love the location and chance to play sports, but I do not like the large numbers that attend my school (20000). I would tell myself to follow my heart and travel out of state to a smaller school, which hopefully offers a chance to continue playing sports.


Although senior year of high school was one of the best years of my life, I would tell myself to take more AP classes. Work on getting ahead so that in college I wouldn't have to take classes that "weed-out" students who aren't up to snuff. I would try and get as much college done in high school so that I wouldn't have to worry about all the prerequisites. If I mess up one semester, that could mean an extra year of college which I can't afford. Still have fun, but remember that all the hard work now will pay off big in college. The teachers in high school are more caring than professors in college.


I would tell myself to stay in school and to study hard. I would tell myself that it is extremely important to get good grades and to strive to get A's in all my courses. I would tell myself to be involved on campus and to start thinking about my future career goals early. I would tell myself to explore all my interests and take advantage of any opportunities to study abroad or to volunteer internationally. I would tell myself to be disciplined when it comes to due dates and deadlines and not to procrastinate or wait till the last minute to complete assignments. I would tell myself to get my writings published and to make sure to get acquainted with staff and faculty as they will come in handy when applying for scholarships. I would also tell myself to apply for any and all scholarships that are available because you never know which ones you will win and the more scholarships you earn the better off you will be financially in college.


What would I do, given the chance to speak with the girl I was in high school? What would I say? I think I?d start with the practicalities: Unless you are a genius you won?t keep a 3.8 in college. Don?t obsess over it. Start studies and projects early. You can't breeze by in college. If you're having trouble in a class by the first test, get tutoring. There?s nothing shameful in it. If you?re doing badly by the third test, drop the class. ?Withdrawn? looks a lot better than ?F?, and you?ll have to retake either way. Don?t hate yourself if classmates are doing well while you struggle. Ask them how they do it. Panicking before exams doesn't help. Niether does cramming. Trust me. Caffine, despite what people say, is no substitute for sleep. Then I'd tell myself something truly important: The world is meant to be explored. Try everything. As my last piece of advice, I'd say "Stop bieng afraid. Most of the things you dread are going to happen. But they're not going to destroy you. They're going to make you learn."


College is not all about fun and learning about time management. College is about sacrifice. Once you?re at peace with this fact, integrating into college will be relatively easy. What you don?t know about college is that no one can have it all. By the end of four years you will be either a socialite, serious scholar, or a regular student. The socialite is the college student who will go out almost every night (or at least every weekend) and party throughout first and second semester. The serious scholar is the student who will diligently go to the library to study. And the regular student is the student still trying to figure out which of the afore mentioned students he or she wants to be. Spend your first semester as a regular student. Find out through your own ways which student you want to be. Your decisions do have consequences! So don?t do anything reckless and keep in mind that having fun at parties are even better when that 5 page essay doesn?t loom over your head throughout the night.


The richest and most successful king of ancient Israel once gave an example of wisdom: an ant. An ant doesn't have someone telling it what to do, nor does it have a five year plan, but it works it's butt off and stores food and therefore lives through the winter. I would reiterate these lessons to my high school self, if I were able to, along with their inherant real life applications: work hard at whatever you do, always pursuing wisdom, because what you do now shapes the man you will become. So don't waste your life by chasing after other things besides wisdom. College has opportunities galore. Opportunities to get involved in activities that will shape you into the person you will be as an adult, for good or bad, and you need to know that making poor decisions, or passing up the right opportunities, could be disasterous to the person you want to be. So be proactive, and live in a way that seeks truth, and you can't go wrong. Also don't fool yourself into thinking someone is going to lay out your life for you. It's your life now. Live it.


Attending college requires a lot more work and dedication than high school coursework ever did. You can't simply "skate" through it with little effort. You have to be prepared to study for extended hours. It is a challenge you will really appreciate as you learn how to open your mind to new ideas and diferent ways of thinking. The instructors are brilliant academics who help you embrace interesting educational concepts. You have the opportunity to meet a lot of new people, from many different places, cultures and walks of life, not just the instructors, and you will make some amazing new friends.


I would grab my past self by the collar of her shirt and tell her, "Don't be an idiot in college. Just because you're surrounded by a bunch of distractions, focus on getting through school. Don't declare a stupid major that has no future. Don't horse around with a bunch of future ex boyfriends because you'll regret it for the rest of your life. College is about getting an educationnot drinking yourself silly. Sure it will all work out in the end but don't you want something better for yourself? For your children?" I wish I could have focused more that first year. I may have a 3.6 GPA but I could have been a straight A student and I would have been closer to getting out of school if I would have focused on a "real" career. I had no goals just like everyone else, I wish I could have been unique and focused like I am now. I should have thrown my cell phone out the window and just dealt with school because now I don't have the money to complete what I started.


If I could go back in time to speak to myself as a high school senior the first this I would discuss, would be the down time I took in between high school, and college. I have taken nearly four years in "transition" , because I was afraid to start the next chapter. Not knowing what that chapter might entail, I eventually came around and did the very thing I should have done nearly four years ago, and began my training for the future years. Do not dodge success, when some day you'll do what you are avoiding, and the only thing that hurts about it, is that it took so long to jump.


During my senior year teachers pressure you trying to make sure that you are prepared for college. Teachers twice the load of homework and college prep tests to make sure you can handle the work load and pressure. Through all this hard work I would tell myself to make sure to spend equal time on each class, but to also make sure that you don't focus all your time on your work but that you give your brain a break even before a test. I focus a lot of time on all my school work but in college I learned that you need to give your brain a break and take time to soak things in. Sometimes I would focus for hours on end on one thing, but even five minutes away from it will help you absorb things a little bit at a time. This is especially important before tests and finals so your brain doesn't get fried with too much information at one time. "Don't fry your brain with too much information at once but relax and take a break to take in all you are studying a little at a time."


You have your whole life ahead of you; you need to make the right decision now. Don?t join the Air Force and go straight into school. Don?t get married since it?ll hinder your chances of starting college a lot sooner than you would like to. When you finally move to Montana, get your residency papers filed before you file your taxes so you can start as a full time student and have to wait even longer to start school. If you listen to me now, you won?t feel like such a failure two years after your graduation. When you do finally start school, don?t worry about the classes that you think will be hard, all classes are hard, but there are tutors that you can use and the teachers in Montana are really helpful. Take everything one day at a time, you don?t have to freak out about everything. Don?t worry about anything while your in school, because worrying doesn?t do anything, it doesn?t help the situation, just makes your emotional state worse. So take everything at a steady pace and you should do fine.


Everyone shies away from the unknown. You MUST NOT do this. If you ever hope to learn anything, you must be willing to move towards that which you do not understand. You must embrace the feeling of not having everything figured out, it will be with you for the rest of your life. Look at the percentage of students that are in-state. These people will most likely go home every weekend for the first few weeks, if not months. If this percentage is high, then the campus will be very empty on the weekends. Choose your school accordingly. Throw yourself into everything you do. That is the only way to fully experience life. Be willing to try everything once. You never know what will inspire you or where your passions lie. Take everything you have an give it back. Give your time, money, energy, self. Communities are built by people giving themselves. Keep your wonder. Continue to be amazed by the world. There is always something new to discover. Meet as many people as you possibly can. You will be amazed at the way they can open your mind. Do not take this advice. Make your own mistakes.


This is huge. In the next four years you will embark on the ride of your life. You will experience incredible achievements and inevitable failures. You will form relationships that will last a lifetime. You will be faced with challenges and choices more difficult than any you have previously encountered. You will work hard. You will play hard. Most importantly, you will mature into the person you will be for the rest of your life. You will watch yourself grow up as you're faced with your first glimpse of life as an independant adult. It's both exciting and intimidating, but you have to take hold of this experience! Set goals and form habits that will set you up for success. Be diligent and responsible. Complete your work in a timely manner, so you can have time to get out there and have some fun! Be sure to try new things, and take advantage of the once in a lifetime opportunities. Now is the time to do it. Get excited! Stop to enjoy every day of these next four years. You will remember them as the days you grew into your own.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself, I would tell myself not to be nervous or frightened. You should never be afraid to keep moving forward. After all, college is simply the next step in life. There is no need to worry about what will be. What will come will come and the only thing to do is deal with it when it arrives. A past life may fade, but a new one will arise, like a phoenix from the ashes. All that you can do is do the best that you can with every moment to make the most of your life and give yourself a better future.


Given the option, many people would grasp the opportunity to go back in time to tell their past self some bit of information that could change their future. If I had that opportunity to tell myself senior in high school self anything, I would express my desire be more courageous in the relationships I had and warn against seeking the approval of others. In high school, I was scared to speak my mind due to the fear of confrontation. I wish I could tell myself to be bolder and more willing to say what needed to be said. Having courage with those that play a great part in any person?s life is an attribute that I consider a great necessity, but is likewise a trait that is not often expressed. I feel that it was my very apparent need for the approval of others that fed my insecurities. By telling myself that approval is not the only thing that matters I believe that could open doors that would allow for more personal growth. I believe that if I could have advised myself to be bolder and seek less approval, I could have really changed my past through my future.


If there was a way for be to go back as a senior I would tell myself a couple different words of advice. First I would tell myself to become more outgoing and have more confidence in myself so I would have had more friends my freshman year and felt comfortable without being with someone I always knew. I would not have lived in the dorms with my best friend because no matter how long you have been friends there is still things you don't know about them and you lose her. The last thing is to tell myself that I need to work really hard at school my freshman year because as the years go on it is really hard to raise your GPA. GPA is taken very seriously to get into the programs you want at CSU so always work really hard.


Denae, Get a new phone. Once you get to college and actually have to use your cell phone, you will discover that it only has 15 minutes of battery. Get a new one sooner rather than later. Do not be afraid or too proud to write things down. Though you sometimes demonstrate good memory, you will need a planner to write down homework assignments and phone numbers and appointments. Also, make a list of items to bring when you go home for a weekend. Check that list. Please do not forget your coat or gloves; this is Colorado. Skipping breakfast is not worth the sleep. You need adequate nutrition to start the day correctly. Get involved. There is no better way to meet new people and become familiar with campus than to join clubs and activities. Do not stay in your dorm room or apartment all the time. Got to the library, or study room, or dining hall, or a friend's room. You will be happier if you get out more, and it will keep you from bothering your roommate. Pay attention Listen to your teachers and RA and parents. Put into practice their words of wisdom.


I know when I was in high school I thought I was never going to go to college because I did not want to deal with the loans and stress , but now that I am living the experiance it is not bad at all because at the end it is all worth it. So if I could go back to my senior year I would tell myself to work harder so that I can get bettter grades and start looking at better college then where I am now, instead of waiting 2 years after graduation. The sooner I would have started the sooner I would have been in my carreer.


In high school, I was at a point in my life where I had little guidance from my parents. I also switched schools in my senior year so I became one small fish in a very big pond and was never even assigned a guidance counselor. With a 4.0 GPA and everything going for me, I made the decision to get married instead of going to a 4-year university or college. I spent the next 3 years in night school to obtain my associate's degree. Life gets in the way and at the age of 44, I am finally returning to college on February 1st, 2010 to pursue my bachelor's degree. If I could go back in time, I would tell myself to make the effort to find an adult to help me apply for college. I would tell myself that I was good enough, smart enough, and talented enough to make it happen. I would encourage myself to enroll in a 4-year school and get the "normal" college experience and the bachelor's degree. Life would have been a whole lot easier these last 24 years!


You?re getting close to starting your freshman year at Colorado State University, congrats! Here?s a few words of advice before you go. First, remember that sometimes the best thing you can do is ask for help. I know it will be intimidating to talk to your professors, but they are teaching the class for a reason, and they are the ones writing the tests and giving the grades. The fact that they see you trying all you can to get the grade speaks volumes in their books. Second, stay away from relationships that toy with your emotions. As much as you think they won?t affect your school work, they ultimately will. You don?t want to spend your junior and senior years trying to make up for one really bad semester. Finally, as selfish as it sounds, focus on yourself. The competition in this field is cutthroat, and very few will reciprocate the help you offer. Surround yourself with people who are happy for your achievements. Find escape in an activity or different field of study as a minor. Do only what works for you, what makes you happy, because in the end, it?s your future.


I would tell myself to follow my heart. I would say that UCSB is not the school for me, and that college is a dramatic part of life and development, so choose wisely where you will spend the next four years. If it is out-of-state, don't let the money stop you, if that is where your heart belongs, follow it, it is never wrong. Also I would encourage myself to find a school with a successful program in which I want to study. Look at the long term future of that program and its successes and failures. Always investigate what you will be spending money and time on, don't just take their word for it, look up your own information. Last but not least, California will be California wherever you go, so if you want out, going 300 miles north is not exactly the smartest thing to do. Visit around the country and see the places which you would have never dreamed of going to, it might surprise you that you actually like them.


Very few people in college are the brilliant thinkers that you'd like them to be, but don't dwell on that. Someone does not need to understand more about the complexity of the universe than you in order to teach you something. You need to rethink your concept of an "open mind" so that it involves getting to know people whos lifestyles and points of view make you angrier than you can every remember being, and understanding the universe as they see it.


Breathe. Although the stress the college process creates is very large, just breathe. It will all be worth it once it's over and your diploma is in your hand. Appreciate the time you have left in high school because once you enter college, your world will change, it will change but for the better. The next stage of your life will fill you with new experiences that better you as a person. There are several things you should know though before entering the intimidating world of college. Be yourself. All the new people you're meeting will like you for who you are and you will feel much better about the transition if you are comfortable in the skin you are in and confident in the person you have grown to be. Next, get involved. I know that is such a trite saying and you hear it almost everyday by your college and high school counselors but it is one hundred percent accurate. Lastly, appreciate every moment in college because it goes by faster than you can imagine. And remember, breathe, it helps, I promise.


A university education is an essential part of a person pursuing their dreams. First, I would remind myself to start early with the application process, by the end of Junior year. Second, I would also remind myself to do Strong Interest Career Inventory and the Myers Briggs before making any official choices. I would then research all the financial aid options I have, and discuss them with my parents over the summer. The sky is the limit, as long as, you willing to deal with sleepless nights, hard work, and involvement. Don't waste your time while on campus, get involved with student groups and the surrounding community. When the pressure is to much, look above, a university education is a gift. Last but not least, each person is unique, they all have different paths. Keep the friends you make, because they will be saving grace. When you throw up your hat on graduation day, regardless of debt, you followed your dreams and never gave up.


Hello, Self! Don't look so stricken, you're not going crazy. You see, I've come back in time through that machine back there. Oh, put your eyes back into your head! I'm here to give you some advice. Now, as I recall it you are a high school senior. Heading to college soon eh? I advise you to pack early, I didn't pack until the very last minute and forgot some key things! Keep in mind the weather, don't bring winter clothes just yet, you'll be going to college in August not December! Also, contact your roommate beforehand, make sure you coordinate who is bringing what. Most importantly, STUDY! In high school we were a little lacking in the studying department, you can't get away with that in college my dear. Look over your syllabus and read your assigned chapter before going to class. If you are struggling, don't be afraid to visit your professor's office hours. Your future biology teacher will have some great advice on internships and careers. Despite the amount of studying you should put in, don't forget to relax and make friends. See ya, Self!


If I could go back in time, I would tell myself to get ready for the biggest shock of my life. I thought I had everything handled for my transition to college, but as it turns out, reality set in and I found I don't have everything together. So I would tell myself to expect change and to learn to accept it. I'd say it's ok to let go of the past in order to glimpse the future. Your old friends will always be a part of your life, but you can't meet new friends unless you live in the present and move on from the past. The trick is balance. Let go of the old to find new, but never forget the old for the new. Finally, I would tell myself that you don't have to know everything at once. You don't have to know your career goals. You just have to be willing to expand your mind for learning. The best tool is your mind, and it's best fuel is knowledge. Learn and have fun. Sooner or later, things will click into place, and your learning will become part of life.


I have learned somuch being in college so much that i wish i knew before i made the transition. Stuff like its nothing like high school you need to study or you will fail because hey test you on everything you learn and even some stuff you dont. I ould tell myself to sign up for more schollarships because the less money you have to worry about the easier life becomes because believe it or not money does run out. And lastly make some close friends that are moving up to college with you so when trouble arises they can be there to bail you out and talk you through anything or just simply be your study buddy so you dont fail those rediculous college tests. Overall i wish i knew a lot of the things i know now going int my second semester because if i did i probably would have done a lot better and life would be a whole lot less stressful


Don't have fear of not affording or being rejected by a schools. I applied to college, without parent support, not knowing how I would afford it or if I would be accepted for my less than average ACT scores. Luckily I received nearly full paid tuition and have minimum loans from a great university.


The advice I would tell myself is despite the struggles you have had in High School, going to College to further your education will provide you with the knowledge and the tools to be more successful in life than a High School education. I would also say to myself to stop making excuses because if you take time off from furthering your education now, you will make excuses to not go to College later on down the road or you will decide to go when you are 40 years old when it will be a little more difficult because you are still raising your children.


As a high school senior, I had adults surrounding me telling me everything I thought I needed to know about college. Because of all this advice, I decided I had it all figured out, that I was going to move to Colorado, make thousands of friends, party every night, and have the time of my life. I've only been there for four months, but I know that it hasn't been exactly like what any of those adults had told me it would be. I came to terms with the fact that college is my own personal experience, it's not as great as some told me and it's not has horrible as others said. This is my four years to grow into myself as a person and prepare for the rest of my life. I wish I could have told myself to take what others said in stride and just embrace the experience for myself. I've learned more the past four months than I ever did in high school. I wish I would have known to come in with a fresh mind, ready to take in all that would be put before me.