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

College is a big step in everybody's life. It is a scary but necessary thing that needs to be accomplished. Now that you are out of high school you will be given more freedom that you have ever known. However, the word that you need to keep in your mind is responsibility. Freedom is a wonderful and powerful thing, but you need to stay focused. High school graduation might have seemed like the end, but in reality it was just the beginning of your adult life. These first four or five years of decisions will influence how you will do with the rest of your life. You need to pick a major that interests you, but will also allow you to provide for your future family. If you think of these people instead of only yourself you will make the decisions that you need to make for their security. Do the best that you can in all your classes, but don't forget to find some friends along the way. They will help you through the tough times. Just remember to do the best and act responsibly in all you do, and I know that you will do well.

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The advice I would give myself as a high school senior would be to do what I had planned. Go to school for a career that I would love to do every day. An extra piece of advice I would give myself is that you never know what you will do later in life so make good grades in college (you may go back one day and those grades still count 10years later). When choosing roommates make sure to get roommates that are motivated to go to class and making time to study after class. Your "at home/living environment" makes a big difference in your studies. Sit up front in class. Don't just go to class, sit in the middle and try to focus. Sit up front! Sitting in the front of the class makes you more attentive and keeps you focused on the teacher-cause they can focus on you too, makes class more like a discussion. Go to class every day. Do not skip or take a free day because you can. In my experience you never know what to expect in class, the one day you do not go could be the extra credit day.

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if i could go back to my senior year in high school and talk to myself, the advice i would give myself is to keep looking for scholarships and free grants and money from different sources. i would tell myself to never give up even for a second and even though your pregnant and your due date is around graduation that doesnt mean your should give up even if it is for a semester. Education is one of the one things in life that regardless of what anyone says to you can not be taken from you. you can lose your freedom, your life, your love, and even your ability to walk, talk or any of the above. but education is something that you can cherish for the rest of the life and something that can help build you a future that you can be proud of. During my time at scott community college i learned about thing i never even knew of like the Mensas and how barak obama is a mensa. life can be hard but you cant give up, you have to keep going for you and your beautiful son isaiah!

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Don?t take a break between high school and college! You have NO idea how hard it will be to get back into the swing of school and get your degree finished. It may feel like you?ve already done so much and that you?re so worldly, but you?re not. There is so much to do out in this great big world and so much to learn. It?s much easier to get the things that you want in life with a college degree. Why not start out your life easier instead of making it harder on yourself. Besides, the sooner you get it done the sooner you?ll be able to live a life outside of school. It?s much easier to transition into college life when you?re still fresh out of high school. It?s a much different world, but it?s a fun world. I?d say to get involved with as many things as you can. Church groups, school groups, study groups, sports and what have you. Pray and don?t be afraid to ask questions in order to be more sure about your decisions.

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As William D. Brown says "Failure is an event, never a person." If i where to have gone back to my senior year and told myself what i knew now i would tell myself to slow down, concintrate and to enjoy myself. Not worry about those around me and how they could effect my life but seperate myself from my home life and prepare to better my future. I would have been smarter with money and wouldn't have trusted people who contiuously let me down, even though it was there job to protect me. I was fourtunate enough to find some friends who had been through a similar sittuation when they where my age to help me get through the end of my senior year and teach me some of the life skills i lacked. If I could tell myself what i know no i would be a better person because of it. from a source unknown "To be Old and Wise, You muse first be Young and Stupid."

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If I could talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to work hard on the college classes I am taking now. They may seem just like classes that you are taking for free, but they will really effect your GPA later. I have a 3.0 and haven't gotten a C since taking classes in high school. I am slowly getting it raised, but it's even harder now because of how much I hurt myself in high school. So, I would have told myself to either a.) work as hard as possible on them, or b.) don't take the class and just wait untill you get to college. Also, college is hard. If you think it is going to be one big party, you're wrong. It's a lot of all-nighters finishing homework and studying for tests. Especially if you have a job, you're social life is not going to be as "fun" as you thought.

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I thought highschool was time to take AP classes and studying really hard for the ACT, and it was. But what I also should of focused was other part of high school that I missed out on like joining a sports team, and participating more in my clubs that I was in. There are so much memorries that I have missed. And only if I would of focused more on my scholarships in my junior and senior year of high school. I wouldn't have to worry about working nearly full time at Bestbuy. Working and going to school full time is not fun. If I focused on other things, i wouldn't had to work and could of concentrated on my school work more. If i had the second chance, I would of enjoyed myself more and involve in something fun and worked on scholarships.

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When I was a high school senior, I was very undecided about my future path. I had previously let other people talk me into doing whatever they thought was the right choice for me. By the time my senior year had rolled around I had four years of Accounting under my belt, and I had no real interest in Accounting. My heart had always been in the graphic arts, I was just to involved with what other people had told me my future was going to be like. I decided to take year off and figure things out, but when I finally did decide my life at the time was too full for school. If I could talk to my past self, I would have a talk about standing up for myself and speaking up about important future decisions.

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If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, my best advice would be to attend a community college first, and then decide where I would like to see myself in a couple years. Senior year is hectic, exciting, sad, all these emotions wrapped into a short amount of time when big decisions need to be made. I would tell myself that it's okay to stay close to home for a couple years and get just as a good of an education completed at my local community college. Dont jump into a big university away from home if you're not ready for it. You don't have to follow what everyone else is doing, just focus on what will be best for you and your education.

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Don't stress over everything so much. The right college is out there, you just have to find it. I would say that I did a good job in deciding to go to Community College first. It's a lot cheeper and I will have an Associates degree in two years. It's not just about the academics. Have a life outside of the class room. Get involved with camps activies. Get to know people in every class. This will make college more enjoyable and easier to get through. Study hard and get good grades, it will help when you want to transfer. Most importantly, enjoy college. You are paying for this education and experience, make the most of it.

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