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

It is difficult to leave everything familiar back at home such as family, friends, and pets. It can also be difficult to move from home, but the transition is worth it! There is something to be learned in living on your own and fending for yourself. The transition, although terrifying, allows you to grow and learn who you really are. You have to remember also, that all freshmen are new on campus and are going through the same situation and feelings that you are. Introduce yourself! This is where you will make life-long friendships and put your foot forward in starting the next phase of your life. Join groups. Get involved. Take the time to meet new people, and most importantly, your professors. Building these relationships will benefit you in the future when you may need assistance, when you are searching for a job, and when you need advice or opinions once you begin your career. Also remember to have fun and relax every once in a while! I do not regret the decision to go to college. Be brave and begin your college experience with this advice; It is well worth it!

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If i could go back in time and talk to my self as a high school senior i would give myself so much advice. I would have told myself to get a 4.0 GPA and apply for at least 30 scholarships a day. I would have also worked harder in getting recruited to play at a division 1 school for soccer. I would of advised my self to stay home for two years take my classes at a community college so i could save money and not be in debt so early in my college career. Then i would tell myself to apply to every college that i wanted to go to rather then only a couple because then i would have options for school choices and compare tuition costs. The main thing that i would be drilling in my head would be getting free money for college which would be applying for every scholarship out there that applies to me. I would also tell myself to come into college knowing what i want to do and major in so i dont waste any time.

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Hey girl, walk with your head held high. You don’t have to walk these halls alone with your eyes at your feet, sworn to silence, avoiding the slightest bit of attention. This is the time to find you, not keep yourself locked up. High school is so vitally important, although not for the reasons you assume now. This is your foundation you are building. You can make is solid as a rock, or leave it teetering ground. Do your best here, do your best in class, do your best to learn, do your best to others especially. No matter how others make you anxious, do what you think is right. Build a foundation on Christ, and his teachings. This will give you so much relief later on, and so much more to build on. Above all, your name is Christian. Remember that, and remember who gave you that name, and what it means. Live this way, and I promise you will live a satisfying life.

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If I were to go back and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would have some very sincere advice. Study more, pay attention in class and always take notes. Make sure that you take care of your friends and family and call home every night. Make sure that you watch your finances and put money away so that you can survive the harder financial times. Most of all, explore and expand. Get out there and try things that you never thought you would enjoy, for it is in those times that you will not only learn more about yourself, but more about the world around you.

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I would tell myself that getting good grades in high school really pays off in college. There are different scholoarships, grants that you can apply for with those high school grades looking so wonderful.

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Go to a college with a fun social life and located in a fun town.

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