When I was a high school senior, I had no encouragement or help with my life. In fact, I brought myself up since I was six years old. So, I never had anyone tell me about college, preparing for the future, growing up or anything like that. So, I would sit myself down, and tell myself to go to college, and make something of myself. I would encourage myself to do the best I could to find meaning for my life in a way that would be pleasing to God. That is what I would I would do and say.
If I could go back in time and talk to myself, it would be even before I was a high school senior, but I would tell myself to stay away from partying and dating because there will be time to celebrate later, when that diploma is in my hand. I would tell myself to focus on my studies and work hard and stay in school and graduate from college. I would tell myself to find a mentor and a group of friends who were focused on their education so that I could surround myself with wisdom and support. I would tell myself to sit down and really talk to my parents about what my goals are in life so that they could understand more of where I was trying to go in life, so they could have helped me down the right path. I would tell myself that it's okay to ask for help and don't be scared to try new things and push myself further. I would tell myself to talk to my high school counselor instead of being afraid to "bug" her. Finally. I would tell myself, don't give up. Ever.
If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself one thing; don't loose focus on what's important. I think the major thing that plagues kids coming out of high school and going into college for the first time is they loose focus on what is important in their life. They get to wrapped up in things like, what their parents want out of them, or what the proffessors would want out of them. Then there are those that loose the focus and think that they can party their way though high school and college. These are things I have seen time and time again from thousands of college students. I think that if you keep your mind focused then it makes the college expirience that much easier. I do believe that taking time for yourself is important too, although I think that sometimes there are students who take that to far.
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