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

Hey, High School Self! You are taking it pretty easy during this final semester, so enjoy it while you can! You haven't really ever needed to study so you're really going to have to work at it if you want to make better grades! Studying tips; highlight whatever the teacher points out in your book, go through the chapters and make your own notes, make flash cards, reward yourself with a short break for answering a group of questions correctly, and just keep reading your notes. Aside from the new comcept of studying, you will be awakened to the harsh realities of the world around you. High school is one big bubble, so make sure you emotionally prepare yourself. You don't have many friends going to the same school as you so take advantage of that first week of classes! During the first week there is no shame in meeting someone and adding them on Facebook when you get back to your dorm, haha. And make sure you talk to those fun girls in GEP. Get a head start on your friendships with them, they are wonderful people. Also, TRY TO ENJOY YOURSELF AND YOUR EDUCATION!!

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The advice I would give myself is too forget about high school life, how people think of you and the usually high school drama. When you move off to college, nothing really matters from high school. Yes, you keep your closest friends, mainly if they stay in the area, and you will have some friends that will go to the same university as you, which is important to find out before hand to keep close relations with people that you feel comfertable with there, but whats mostly important is preparing yourself for the next big step. You will meet new best friends, deal with very tought school work, that will be like have a job, and also have to handle your newly aquired independence, which includes new financial needs. I wish I would have told myself to just work work work and save save save for when it matters the most, to make life 5 times easier in college. I am transferring to a very large university next year, and before I'm even there living and figuring ways to pay for my weekly food and groceries, I'm trying to find ways to pay tuition.

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If I could go back in time, I would remind myself that every class and every grade counts. In highschool you might not put as much thought into how important those grades are simply because you are still a kid. However, I would tell myself just as I tell my younger family memebers, that every class, every assignment, every test, and every grade matters. How well you do in highschool determines what colleges you can get into. The better your grades, the better your choices of schools and academic programs. If you apply yourself in highschool to the best of your abilities you can get into the college of your choice, and it takes less time to get into your program of choice. I would also tell myself to be as prepared as possible, college is a lot different than highschool, there are more freedoms and you are there cause you want to learn. I would also tell myself that it's a challenge, but also something to be very excited about. College opens so many doors to your career path and it's a great opportunity to gain more knowledge.

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First of all I would tell myself to enroll in the A+ program we had. Second I would have myself consider taking and paying for the college credit classes offered at my school. It is a lot cheaper, then it is going to be later. Other then that I feel that the choices that I have already made and the classes that I have taken before college has prepared me pretty well. I only feel that I missed out on oppourtuniteis that could lead towards scholarship money. I also feel I missed out on the chance to not only get a good expereicne of a college level class but I would also had the oppurtunity to pay for it less. That is what I would tell myself my senior year if I had the chance to.

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As I wake up, dreading to go to class, lugging my books and body into the car, off to school I go. This is how I felt many mornings on my way to High School, senior year I was just so ready to be done, only with college lurking around the corner though. "You know this is the easy part," and "you'll see one day," were some very common things I heard from my mom, and aunt, who was a teacher at my high school. Well I should have listened, I wish I could go back and tell myself, and make myself realize, everything that my elders had told me. Study hard, don't procrastinate, take your time, ask questions, and the list goes on and on.

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If I could go back in time and give myself advice as a high school senior I would tell myself to go straight to the four year universityinstead of beginning at community college. I would also tell myself to create better study habits so that I could have boosted my GPA earlier. Knowing about my current college life and what I could've done differently, I would also tell myself that study groups aren't always the best way to get your work done because they can be distracting and can slow you down in certain situations.

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The advice that I would give myself if I could go back to when I was a senior in High School would have to be to not procrastinate. To get everything done early so I wouldn?t be stressing and in a rush to get whatever it would be done. To pace myself so I will have time to make it the best work I possibly can.

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I would tell myself that I should be more out going and look for opporunities to surpass the teachers expactations. I would also say that the most important thing I should do is focus on my finding out who I am and what I want for my life.

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