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


Things are never as hard as they seem, you know that more than anyone. You?ve always made friends easily and you?ve got great ones, just remember not to take yourself too seriously. That goes for your assignments too; you?re smart and there?s nothing you can?t do. If you get a bad grade, it really isn?t the end of the world. And you?re parents really did get your ready for the real world; be prepared, a ton of people are not going to know how to wash clothes or even cook a few meals. Being helpful feels great. By the way, get more scholarships. Now. No doubt you know how to stretch a dollar, but out of state tuition is kind of killing you slowly and your family is collateral damage. Other than that, have fun and don?t be afraid of growing up.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would help myself prepare for college. First of all, taking what I know now, I would make sure the high school me focused more on studying. In high school all the learning is structured by the teachers. They tell you what homework to do and what to read and what will be on the tests. In college, you take notes in class, and you are responsible for learning on your own. You must know what to study and how to study. There are no worksheets to take home. It takes hours of reading and studying and constantly going over the material. I would make sure my high school self knew this so I would be able to practice study habits and be ready for college!


Caitlin, though you imagine yourself more worldly that you really are, you?re still a naive little senior. Busy with school, friends, sports and anything else you can pack into your schedule. You dream about leaving high school behind and finally entering the ?real world?. You?re making all sorts of plans for yourself, but don?t forget to stop daydreaming and listen to Smailes? lectures in English. He?ll make writing a paper at 2am a lot easier, trust me. That brings up another good point: try to get the procrastination bug behind you. The dance parties with your friends on the floor are a blast, but not when you have that paper for Government in the back of your mind. Go talk to all of your professors at least once?not only will you stand out, but you?ll get more help than you realized. Remember that when you first meet people, you don?t have to share everything. Let people get to know you slowly, and you cultivate better friendships than you imagined. Enjoy recruitment for the sorority; these girls will be your sisters for life. Above all have fun?it?ll fly faster than you know.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would let myself know that the next 4+ years of my life would be harder than I think. Homework barely exists anymore, and when it does, it is usually reading. Professors do not really care if you get the reading done; lessons will continue as planned. Late work is not accepted in most cases. Exams usually can not be made up. The trick to surviving college is discipline. You have got to make yourself do your work, and do it the right way. Mom and dad will not be there everyday to make sure you get your homework done. Although school is very important, and it is imperative to keep studying, do not forget to have a social life. Make friends, but do not go crazy. These will be the best years of your life, you have just got to make sure you do not regret them. Believe in yourself above all, because if you do not, you will sink faster than lead in water.


I would make sure I knew before my senior year the colleges that had what I was looking for. I would tell myself to make sure and spend a lot of time to go on many websites for the scholarships and fill out as many as I can to get any finical help that I need. Especially for going to a state school that is out of state which makes it even more expensive.


After going to college, out of state, for one semester I now know that it is not as scary as I imagined. During my senior year I was debating on going out of state or just staying in state, which would have been the easier way. After hours of consideration and countless pro and con lists I chose to go out of state. I wasn't sure if I made the right choice at the time because of the cost of out of state tuition but I now know better. I know I wouldn't have been happy if I stayed in state and I would have regretted it later in life. College only happens once and you need to make the most of it. So, the advice that I would give myself is to do what you want to do and don't have any regrets. And, you can't put a price on happiness. I would rather be paying off loans my whole life and be happy than not have loans and be miserable.


Vicky do yourself a favor and go off to college with no fear and no baggage. That means no boyfriend, try not to be shy when meeting new people, and don't be afraid to put yourself out there, because in reality everyone is in the same boat as you. Try to stay at the dorms on weekends it'll help you make friends, and join as many clubs as you can handle because they really are helpful in meeting people, you will find yourself eventually. Everyone is nervous and a little scared. College is a big step in life and you just have to applaud yourself for even getting there, take it one step at a time. Some other advice i would give you is that you should never stop looking for scholarships, just put in the effort to find them. Focus on your studies, grades come first, so the minute you get out of class and have a few hours go over the material again, its a very helpful technique. Even though your classes are your number one priority make sure your taking care of yourself as well, and don't be afraid to try new things.


Transitioning from high school to college is a big step, and the advice I would give myself is to continue to stay focused on school work and do all of the volunteer work and club work as possible because colleges and scholarships look at those things specifically to see if you are a well-rounded person. It is important to be a well-rounded person because in the long run, you will see that all of your experience out does the next person giving you an advantage in the "big world." Stay on top of it.


If I could do the whole college search experience again I would first and foremost start the process earlier. There are so many different paths to go down and figuring out which to take is a time consuming ordeal to make sure you are happy with where you go. Visiting the campus before was crucial to deciding if I fit. I did! I think feeling overwhelmed, nervous, and excited were the main emotions my senior year. Mixed emotions are perfectly okay. First, to increase the excitement I should have communicated with my roommate more because I went into it without a clue of who she was really. Fortunately, it worked out perfectly! Secondly, I would say keep a planner. It is my main form of organization and without it I would go crazy. It tactfully lays out my homework, extracurricular activities, important dates, and social events. Lastly, learning to say "no" is okay. With so many things to do at college, choose the top priorities. I figured out I do not have to do absolutely everything to be happy.


Assuming, I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, knowing what I know about college life and the transition;the advise I would give myself is listen to your elders. My uncle, mom, and financial status was telling me to go to community college but, I did not want to accept that fact. I had worked hard in high school and wanted to be that girl who went to a university as a freshman. Even though I knew it was not possible. I needed to accept the fact that community college is great; but, remember to know exactly what classes you want to take for the semester and register the minute registration opens. This point is extremely important. During your second semester it will cause problems for you forcing you to attend the university prematurely. Once you attend the university prematurely you will run into many problems and give yourself a meltdown. Focus harder on being the best student, have fun, meet people but most important-what you take and the grades you receive are utterly important. High school senior self please don't forget this advise it will help you; I promise.


Don't take for granted what your parents and teachers have told you. College is going to be a lot harder than high school was. Study all the material presented to you in class and then do your own extra studying. Sometimes items on the tests will only be covered in class in five minutes. If you have problems in a class, take advantage of the office hours for the teacher. They know the material and the test, if you ask for their help you'll have a better chance of getting a good grade in the class. Do not slack off. If you fall behind, it's harder to get caught up. It will help you save time and requires less effort if you just keep up with the material. While studying is important, don't let it consume your life. Go ahead and relax from time to time and hang out with your friends, otherwise you will burn yourself out and your college experience won't be so fun.


I initially came into Colorado State University as an undeclared freshmen with an interest in Civil Engineering. I had advisors and family members give me advice and warn me that it would be a smart plan to research and discover alternate major choices. I did none of the advice and later learned the day before move-in day that I wanted to switch my major to Watershed Science. Therefore after re-declaring a major so late I was behind on classes for my required major for the first semester and had to take a large load for the second.


The advice I would give myself as a high school senior, is to not be afraid of opportunity. Many leadership opportunties have come my way while attending CSU. One of which was the chance to be a orrientation counselor (a person that welcomes new freshmen to campus). At the time I thought this opportunity would be too time consuming. My GPA was already struggling to stay above a 3.0 because a divorce was ensuing between my parents. I would tell myself that I should enjoy the family time before depression, and other handicaps keep you away from the things you truely want. I would tell senior self to hold my head up high and take a chance on those opportunities that come along because they will help your self esteem as well as make your college experience something worth while. I would tell my senior self that studying more than 2hrs per class will be manitory to get the A's and B's you've always had. Most of all have fun and be open to the chances and opportunities you will have. Through God's grace you will get through!!!


Your freshman year try to go out and meet people. Enjoy the little things. Each semester is going to get tougher and your free time is going to decrease. Start early with trying to find an internship and remember there are internships for freshman too. Remember that you will have the rest of your life to live in your own house and pay your own bills. Most important stay true to yourself. You will change a great deal over the next few years and remember what has made you who you are.


I would tell myself that sometimes things just don't work out like you would think. Now that I have grown up a little more I realise that some plans you just can't keep. Things happen, like in my case a mental disability popped up. But I would also tell myself not to give up on your dreams. I have a lot that I want to accomplish and think that even with my disability I can still make it. I would also warn myself against getting into drugs and that they would only hinder me.


Looking back on my year as a high school senior with the knowledge I have now about college, I would advise myself of a few things. First, I would encourage the enthusiasm I had about college. I was so excited for the transition, and this proved vital to my introduction into the campus setting, therefore, I would encourage anything to increase this excitement. Taking initiative and finding my voice would be a crucial piece of advice, telling myself to talk to professors and classmates, as well as to begin making relationships with key campus individuals and staff. This advice connects to another suggestion of filling out scholarships whenever I can. Making a calendar specifically for deadlines and a file for all information and contacts, would be a primary idea I would lend. Lastly, I would encourage myself to have fun but also devote this time to academics and building vital tools for my future. This could be organization, promptness, and involvement for example. College is a special time, and should be cherished and valued for its academic, social, and personal benefits. These are all suggestions I would give my high school self.


If I could go back and talk to myself two years ago as a highschool senior, I would tell myself to calm down and enjoy every minute of college life. I would tell myself to calm down because it is so easy to get overwhelmed with studying and grades. I think it's easy to develop a tunnel vision of seeing a problem as gigantic and as having a direct coorelation to the amount of sucess you experience in life. Obviously, a paper or test that goes poorly will not cause you to never experience sucess in life. Secondly, I would tell myself to enjoy every minute of college life because it goes so fast and you have so many oppertuities and so little time to experience them all. I am shocked at how fast two years have gone past and I'm sure the next two will go just as fast and I don't want to miss a minute. College is literally a once-in-a-lifetime experience with a multitude of oppertunities with new people and things. When I leave there will still be unexperienced experiences, but I am trying my very best to seize the moment.


Knowing what I know about college now, I would tell myself simply to relax more. As a high school senior, I was extremely stressed about picking a college, about what college life would be like, about how I would pay for college, and so many other things that I could probably fill a book with all of the things that I worried about. Now that I have been in college however, I think that I would tell myself that I simply needed to relax more. For me, the transition to CSU wasn?t without its challenges. It was stressful for me to be away from home and from my family, and switching to dorm life was difficult as well. Although, stressing about it all certainly didn?t help me any, it just made me worry about everything that I think that I knew that in the end would turn out just fine. That is what I would tell my high school senior self if I could go back.


The advice I would give myself as a high school senior, after experiencing college life would be very important and helpful in my situation. Something as simple as having an open mind with classes and absolutely NO procrastinating. Two very important things that I have learned so far. By avoiding a closed mind and procrastinating, college life has been less stressful and more enjoyable!


If I could talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself to focus on the right things, to put myself before other people more often. My first semester would have been much more successful if I had not been trying to make everyone else happy. I would have gotten better grades and would not have been as stressed out as I was. Relationships, even if they give you the warm and fuzzies at the time, are not worth it if the other person cannot support the goals that you have for yourself. They should never ask you to sacrifice your goals, your future, for them. They should be proud of the hard work you are doing and not try to make you feel guilty and when they do you should be strong enough to realize that that is not right for you.


The most poignant piece of advice that I can think of is that you have to attend your classes. Even if you think you'll just fall asleep and won't retain any of the information--just GO. I wish that I had not started skipping classes because my college career would have gone so much smoother. I am happy to be graduating and applying to Graduate school, but my GPA would be significantly better if I hadn't missed classes and hurt my grades. All I did was shoot myself in the foot, even if I did keep limping along. Also, since I had family to live with, I'd have just stayed there instead of moving out. It would have been far better financially if I had. Student loans will be exciting to pay off once everything is all said and done.


Make connections, get to know your professors and classmates. Life after college is all about who you know and the more people who can speak to your character and work ethic are the people who can help you network (which can lead to potential employment).


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, the most important thing I would tell myself is that balance is key to success in college. My Freshman and Sophomore years, I had a hard time balancing my social life with my course load. Because of this, I rarely participated in any fun activities and spent most of my time studying. I received excellent grades, however I regretted not having more fun and learned this year that I can have fun and still get really good grades.


Simply remember to get others to talk about themselves more than you talk about your self; oh and don't let sex, precence or lack, be a big distraction, be comfortable with your desiers (in and out of the "bed room") what ever they may be.


Dear Lisa, In my second year at Colorado State, I have some advice that will make your experience the best it can be as you enter this exciting phase in your life. When you arrive, don't be afraid to introduce yourself to other students! Everyone is in the same boat, and this is a great opportunity to meet new, interesting people! Become familiar with the campus and services that are offered to students. There are people available to help you with writing papers, finding jobs, editing your resume, and help you get involved! It is easy to feel overwhelmed in the beginning; just be sure to stay on track with your classes, and try to get the most out of every course you take. The most valuable advice I can give to you is to get involved in a student organization you are interested in and passionate about. You will meet other students with similar interests, and build strong relationships, as well as gain valuable leadership skills. Most importantly, appreciate the time you have here; college is a unique experience, and it is up to you to make the most of it!


Now is the time to try all the things you never thought you could. You are going away to college; away from your parents, your high school nemesis and the shadow of your big brother. Now is the time to experiment with the things that scare you. Join a recreational soccer team on campus and learn, finally, how to kick a ball. Prove to your mother that girls CAN kick a ball. Love every sweat-filled moment and afterward, when it's over, hug your teammates and revel in the friendships that have grown so easily. From one heart-pounding, fearful decision to join a team, reaching out into the unknown, you will find the sweetest part to be the easiest. You will develop friendships that will last you a lifetime, and you will gain confidence you never knew you possessed. As you embark on your journey, remember to try the things that scare you, and break out of the mold of your childhood. The experiences you will gain and the beautiful relationships you develop are worth the fear and anxiety of the unknown.


I would tell myself to develop better study habits to prepare me more for college. I would also tell myself to start practicing seperating my social and acedemic life so that they dont interfere too much and cause problems.


?Take a deep breath and walk through the door. It?s the beginning of your very first day.? This line from a Taylor Swift song is what I would tell myself if I could talk to my senior self. Senior year was a blur of anticipation, deadlines, pressure, goodbyes, and decisions. I was excited to be done with high school and to be moving on in my life. I couldn?t wait to burst out of the doors of my high school yelling ?good rid-ins? and to celebrate my graduation. Due to this intense and sometimes fidgety excitement and anticipation, I did not do as well as I know I could have when it came to the college process. Procrastination caught up to me in deadlines and added layers of pressure. I did not apply for as many school as I had wanted, and did not get as much financial aid as I had needed. By telling myself these seventeen words I would hope to relay the message to slow down, take it all in, and relax. Do what is needed step by step, and do not panic. College is a big deal but can be tackled with composure.


To be prepared for college life you have think about more than just the academics that the school offers. If you choose a school that is not the right fit for you, then you will not reach your maximum potential and spend lots of time wondering how to fix that. I went to Auburn University for my first year and even though I loved the classes there was something missing. Luckily, I found Colorado and they offer a lifestyle that matches my personality. My best advice is to follow your gut and do what you love.


Be focused, don't get distracted. Professors will not be babysitting you so you will have to be responsible to get every homework done on time. No excuses.


My advice would be to stick to who you are and what you know. Throughout high school I was an avid athlete playing many sports and was extremely passionate about volleyball. My team mates were my best friends and I could relate easily to athletes like myself. However, in my transition to college I did not bother to join an athletic team and was consumed with other aspects of college leaving out what I knew best. In this, I lost what was one of the most important things to me, the simplicity of playing a sport and the underlying family a team can provide. I now miss the joy of being part of a team and doing something I love. So if I were to go back in time I would advise myself to choose a school where I could play volleyball, or get involved in athletics right off the get-go. I would tell my self to not give up what I love.


I would tell myself to stay focused and not to get off track by partying and drinking too much. Most people get sidetracked easily in college because of a new freedom from their parents, but I need to not give into that population. Its better to get all the school work done and study hard for 4 years, and then the partying can come after I have received that diploma!


I was very sucessful in high school . I took school very serious and tried to be the best in everything I did. I can always here my parents saying do good in high school because you might get some Scholarships to pay for your College. I would tell myself to cherish every moment in life, be the best you can be and to remember what ever you put into life you will get out. One other thing that my parents for all they did beacause i'm on my own now.


The advice that would give my self is that there is no wrong choice. I have transferred twice, this is my third school. While some may see this as a mistake and that I would regret the decisions I have made, I dont. The experiences that I have gained through transferring and experiencing different school envrionments have given me the chance to grow. There is a lot of pressure to choose the right school in high school. Even though I didn't know that I was going to transfer two times, I think that I made the best decision for me with the information that I had at that time. I have no regrets, but instead am thankful for what I have gone through. I hope that every person, every high school student, has the courage and confidence in themself to know that no matter what they know they have made the best decision for them with the information they have. So I would tell myself that no choice is the wrong choice, because it's about the experiences and growth that matter the most.


Put yourself out there right away. You have to go meet people, not wait for them to come to you. The longer you wait, the more cliques start to form, and the harder it is to find a close group of friends. Also, learn how to study in high school. You'll need it in college. And last, DO NOT DRINK DURING FINALS WEEK. It will break your grade.


College is all about what you make it. Of course there are certain limitations due to weather, environment, and occasionally prestige, but which college you choose really doesn't matter in the long run. The friends and memories you make in college will last a lifetime and it is absolutely one hundred percent up to you what those memories are. As for transitions, don't worry about them. Take everything as it comes and seize every opportunity that you can. Meet as many new people and try as many new things as possible, and eventually you'll start to settle into where you want to be. They say that high school is the best four years of your life. That's a lie.


If I could go back to speak to myself as a high school senior there a few things that I would tell myself. The first piece of advice I would give myself is to really devote extra time to scholarship applications. Without enough financial aid, school is just that much harder. It is difficult to concentrate on doing well in classes when time must also be dedicated to applying for scholarships as well as a part or full time job. The other piece of advice I would give myself is to study! It is always a temptation, for many students I believe, to use the first exam in each class as a practice exam. It is easy to use the first exam to test the waters and then study harder for the next exams. However, in many college courses, if students do poorly on the first exam, it can greatly affect the final grade.


Look at all your opportunities for scholarships, grants, and financial aid. Try for everything no matter how remote a chance youe think you have and work hard for what you want. Life will take you many places but go with the flow and enjoy where it takes you. Your first year will be the hardest but after that it goes a lot smoother and classes become much more enjoyable. Do not feel out of place with the other freshmen because they are in the same boat as you.


I would advise myself to get used to reading the textbooks actively. Reading is the most prominent part of most courses that college students take. I would also have allowed myself more free time, because college is stressful. Adolescents should have fun before they have to grow up!


If I could go back in time to talk to myself as a high school senior, I would give a few simple pieces of advice. First, start applying for as many scholarships as I could during my senior year because the college isn't free and financial aid won't cover all of its costs. Second, look forward to meeting, literally, tons of new people and that college is more than just an academic learning experience, it also an extremely valuable life experience. Third, get involved while in college, which means volunteer and join clubs that do things you love because all those experiences will be beneficial when an employer looks your resume. Fourth, find a job because for one, you need some extra spending money, and two, it is another way to meet people. Fifth, go home every once in awhile either on weekends or breaks and express gratitude to mom for helping you to get to where you are right now. Sixth, stay healthy and don't be afraid to go to campus health office. Finally, keep in mind our goal of becoming a personal trainer, it will help you through the rough times.


I would tell myself to study hard and stay focused. When classes get tough, I would remind myself that it's okay to ask for help and it's okay to not understand something right off the bat. One of the biggest things I would emphasize would be an acceleration in math. Math is vital to success and while it gets tedious, it's a necessary evil. I would also tell myself to be more open to new opportunities. If you're given the chance, go out of state. It's more expensive, but the experience is worth every cent that is paid for college. Get out there, work hard, learn alot, and just have fun.


Get involved, always keep be open to meeting new people, and don't be afraid to use your resources. The great thing about CSU is that there is so many clubs and groups, there has to be something that fits you. And when you get involved you will find friends that have something in common with you, and before you know it, you've found your best friends, many for life. And second, sometimes it is easy to forget that there are so many people available to help you through. Use them! Academic advisors, carrer counselors, teachers, clubs. Anything that you need, someone can help you out. And it is always nice, at CSU, to see a smiling person at the front of the classroom or behind the information desk.


I would tell myself to accept everyone for who they are. I grew up in massachusetts in a fast paced environment , surrounded by east coasters who are known for their snappy attidtudes and judgemental thoughts. Once I moved to Colorado, my eyes were opened to all different types of people and ways of life. At first I didn't know who I would fit in with and was a little nervous to go and meet anyone. I have learned over the past few years that we are all people and it doesnt matter what you look like or where you are from, rich or poor, we can all get along. If I could go back in time I would have taught myself that before I moved away from home. I was stuck in a rut, and was ignorant as to what the rest of the world was like. I have since been across the world through taking advantage of a study abroad opportunity at CSU and have changed tremendously. I am now very involved with different groups on campus and have many diverse friends from all over.


I would tell myself to get more involved in college the experience earlier in my freshman year. Keeping on top of your studies is very important and you have to find that perfect balance of keeping up with your studies and getting involved in extra-curricular activities to get that full college experience. I was staying on top of my homework, but not getting involved with the university and meeting new people until my sophomore year. Those experiences outside your studies help you develop skills and relationships you can't get in the classroom. Leadership, teamwork, companionship and motivation are all skills that can't be taught in a classroom, but through the expericences you have working with student organizations and local groups. With the right balance of studying and getting involved in extra-curricular activities you can leave college with that degree you have your eye on, as well as those intangible factors you develop working on outside projects. So my biggest piece of advice to myself would be to get involved early and stay involved throughout my college years to develop those skills alongside a college education.


I graduated high school a year early so I never had a senior year. I went to a 2 year college near my home in Texas for a year before transferring to Colorado State University. However, my advice would be that you need to be good at managing your time especially if you are going to have a part time job. Don't take Organic Chemistry and Physiology at the same time. Get involved in community activities not just activities with the college. Get to know people that can help you in your future, college is the best networking place you will ever find. Take advantage of all student discounts anywhere you go because they are everywhere. Last but not least take time to relax and get away from all the studying at least once a week. It could be a hike in the mountain or a horseback ride which I love to do or you can go out with some of your friends and watch movies and go bowling. College is very stressful so you need time to relax in order to do well. Also go to college for yourself not because other people want you to.


Follow your heart, and don't choose a specific lifestyle or make decisions based on the people around you. Romantic relationships should not rule your life right now, college is the time to experience life, and discover who you are.


Advice I would give is to go to class, it does help you on the tests, study hard but also play hard. The transition can be hard but make friends, call your parents often and things will fall into place as long as your at a school that is where you want to be and you feel it is where you belong.


Okay Evan first thing you need to know take time to study talk with your profs when you get there. Also Do your best to keep track of time and schedule everything out that you can. Most importantly find good group of friends because having a support group when it gets tough makes all the difference. Lastly KISS keep it simple stupid to many words, too much info, and getting off track and you destroy the message, the heart, and the entire point all of which are the same thing will ruin any paper you write. Oh and "live long and prosper" -Spock


Enjoy highschool while you can, things get alot mor complicated when you are in college. From managing your fianances to just the fact that you are not with the same people anymore. College is alot of fun but enjoy high school because sometimes when you are bogged down with work you will miss it.


I would tell myself to take more AP courses and to get into a better study and work habit and to be a more serious student in general. I make friends eaily and so I would not have to worry about making/keeping friends. I would also tell myself to get and to keep a steady job. Life is expensive and you need to have the money so that you can at least provide the basic necessities of life, not to mention the little things that make life jsut a bit better.