If I had to give advice to my high school self I would tell myself to stay discipline and focused because it this is your future at hand. High school and College are two different worlds with the same concept, helping you with your future. In high school you can slack off and the teachers will be on your back about turning in assignments, however college is totally different. The professor in your college class may not even know your name with some classes ranging in the hundreds of students. College cost so when you do not turn in an assignment it’s only hurting yourself and your wallet. The professor is not going to constantly ask where your assignments are. You got to start learning how to wake up on your on and make it to class because no one else is responsible. Take the time while you in high school to start preparing for your future and what you want to do, because when you’re in college if you want to change your profession be prepared to pay.
Knowing what I know now as a part-time college student, I would advise myself as a high school senior to pay attention to the details. The college application process involves a lot of little details, which can easily be missed. School applications, private and public scholarships and grants, and even auditions and portfolios for music and journalism applicants: these all come tagged with an especially important detail to remember... the deadline. Keeping track of deadlines translates into college success. Ignoring deadlines harms your chances of receiving financial aid and getting into preferred schools. An ignored deadline can delay the prospect of attending college as early as you had hoped. The best course of action to avoid missed deadlines is to apply early, as early as possible. Applying to colleges early makes you stand out from the crowd, in contrast to those who wait until the last minute to apply. Also, applying early for financial aid improves your chances of receiving helpful monetary assistance. The whole college application process boils down to remembering the little details. The most important detail a college-bound student needs to remember is the deadline.
What I have gotten out of my college experience is that you can go back to college no matter what your age is. I am a 51 year old grandmother trying to finish my bacholor degree. I have approximately 8 classes left to finish. It is valauable to attend college because knowledge is power. A college education can open so many more doors and can teach you the things you need to be a successful and productive member of society, even at my age.
I have gotten a lot out of my college and one of those is the ability to obtain an Associates Degree in Applied Science and that has encourage me to now go back to school and obtain my Bachelors degree. Great college and amazing teachers!
I am attending Patrick Henry College, located in Purcellville, VA. The first challenge the college experience has afforded me is at the intellectual level. Though this should be expected, I think the impact my institution has had on me may be richer than the average student. A genuine hunger to learn and be taught makes each class an adventure and each assignment a delight.
The second challenge is at the personal level. During high school, my education was always in my parent's hands. However, now that I am in college I have been placed in a situation where I must grow up and take responsibility for my own education. I have become independent and grown out of the childish fear of change and the teenage fear of my own inabilities.
The third and finale challenge is at the social level. I was a rather timid, anti-social chap growing up; being forced into an environment where I put on a social face every day has greatly strengthened my skills in making friends and preparing me for the real world, with its many colors and ideas.
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