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“What advice would you give yourself?” First and foremost, Hannah…remember that you can do it. I know life always seems like a game that only gets harder and harder, but the more you practice, the better you will become. I know that you think high school is some joke, and you pass your classes with less effort than it takes to nap…but that’s going to turn into a huge issue for you in college. Please. Learn to study. Learn to listen, and absorb the teacher’s lectures. Take notes, and not just in class. It is time to begin the transition from child to adult, and college is just one stepping stone on your way to everything you have always dreamed of. Do not get in the way of yourself, because when college comes in the blink of an eye, you won’t be prepared. So grab your text books and your highlighter and get your head in the game. Have confidence in the fact that you are smart enough, you are strong enough, and you are most certainly capable enough. Push forward until you have made what used to be your dreams, into your reality.


I'd tell my younger self to apply for copious amounts of scholarships like I'm currently doing; every little bit helps. I'd also tell him to focus less on girls and more on school as well as scholarships. My misadventures with the ladies didn't pan out well at all, so it would've been better to focus my time on more productive things, like scholarships. The women may or may not flock to me later on. I'd also tell myself to drop AP Lit as soon as possible because that class really impacted my G.P.A. negatively, plus, I honestly did not learn how to write better! It also took up a lot of time, time that could be spent applying for (you guessed it) scholarships. I believe it is safe to say I have an obsession, but a healthy one at that (sort of).


I would tell myself that scholarships are everything and it my take a long time but its the best way to pay for college.


I would tell myself to be prepared, and take time to have time. Don't rush things, or procrastinate. If you take the time to follow through and put one hundred percent into each assignment, then you'll have no problems. Taking notes will probably save you more than reading the textbooks, plus they give you something to put your mind to instead of falling asleep during lectures.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a senior in high school I would give myself some very helpful advice. I would tell myself to enjoy everything I am doing at the moment because college is going to be a lot harder. I would tell myself that in college there is no turning back. You need to do the best to your ability to reach your goals in life. I would say not to stress out on too much as a senior and enjoy my last year of the high school experience. The last advice I would give to myself would be that I need to apply for scholarships because paying for college will be harder than it may seem.


Take your time choosing. Don't fly away to the first big university that will take you. Find a school that lights your fire and inspires you to exceed your own expectations it will save a lot of time, travel and money. Remember, just because you were hot stuff in high school doesn't mean you get to go in guns blazing and cape flying in your first GenEd class. Respect your teachers, appreciate what they tell you. Accept every critisism as a chance to grow not as a personal insult. Explore every option, try new things! Most importantly keep your mind on the big picture and keep every experience as an investment in a great future.


I think that the two concepts that were most difficult for me at a young age were patience and persistence. If I could offer advice to myself (or any other young person), it would be that goals should be set and pursued - even when results do not come easily or quickly. It is important to strive for goals. In other words, to set goals that are outside of your comfort zone and pursue them with patient determination until the goal is reached. When I was young I was very impatient and expected immediate results. Because of this I became frustrated very easily and simply gave up on goals that were worthwhile. Over time I have discovered that the most important goals can only be achieved over time - generally I have found that it takes time and emotional growth to reach your desired goal. It is important to understand that if one direction or set of options does not work, then there are always additional choices if one looks for them.


If I could go back in time I would tell my younger self to not be afraid of pursuing what makes me happy. Doing what makes you happy gives you the drive to stay focused on your education. I would tell myself not to follow a path that someone else has set out for me. As a senior in high school my family wanted me to become a forensic scientist, but inside I knew that wasn't for me. I let the dreams of my family guide me to make a decision that ended up being costly. I would also tell myself to stay focused and be more confident. I should have never let the distractions of being free from my parents sway me from doing what needed to be done. My confidence was at an all time low. I was letting opportunites like this slip away because I was afraid to take a leap on my own. Maybe if I put the time and effort into the things that mattered the most for my future, then I wouldn't have let three years of my life just pass me by.


You Should Stay In School, Try Your Best. Best Choice is to start looking for a school and applying for scholarships. Forget about the friends and focus in School what really would help you succeed in life.


If I were to go back in time I would get good grades in high school and actually pursue an education after I graduate. There's always time for fun and games later. Education and a future is important, not only for myself, but for my future family. Life's too short, live each day like it is new.


When I was a high school senior I was still working hard in order to get good grades. Although I was suffering from mild "senioritis," I still didn't slack off in any of my classes. Because this is the type of senior student I was, I don' think that I would give myself any advise about making the transition to college. I felt like I was very well prepared when I entered Cuyamaca College because not only have I always been a determined student but also because Cuyamaca College is an easy transition process for high school graduates. The only thing I would tell my senior self is that I was doing a great job and to keep up the hard work. Even though I graduated high school with honors and over a 4.0 gpa, I still went to Cuyamaca. Many people asked my why I would go to a community college when I had good chances of being accepted into a University. My only answer was that 1) community college is what I could afford for an education, and 2) I really did like Cuyamaca College and I was looking forward to being a student there.