Honestly if I could go back in time and talk to my high school self I would tell myself to fill out scholarships. College is very expensive, and you can’t just depend on financial aid because it doesn’t cover it all the way. Books were my major struggle, books are not cheap at all, and these are words that came from my algebra teacher himself. I waited on financial aid for months; when it finally went through I didn’t need the books anymore my teacher told me there was no use class is almost over. It was a good thing my teacher told me that because I still didn’t have enough to afford my books. My algebra book was $200 and sad to say I couldn’t afford that. I didn’t have any help in high school looking for scholarships so therefore I didn’t receive any. I wish I would of have had help applying for them so I wouldn’t of struggle this much. I just feel like scholarships were always given to the ones that could already afford college. So anytime you get a chance to do a scholarship take it.
If I could go back and talk to the freshly graduated me, I would tell myself three things. First I would tell myself to stick with it. I only allowed myself three days to try to adjust to living away from home before deciding to commute. I now believe that had I stayed at least a week or two I might have been able to handle it better. The second thing I would tell myself is to reach out and make as many new friends as possible. It is those friends you make that keep you from losing it when times get tough. It is those friendswho will comfort you when you bomb your first test and keep you from spending all your time studying. The final thing I will tell pre-college me is that you will make mistakes. Every college student is going to make a bad grade at least once, get lost the first time you enter a building, and will probably offend someone by accident.
Take it easy, go to class, and go into nursing. It isn't absolutely necessary to take the maximum course load as long as you are keeping your grades up. Don't stay in the dorms! You're smart and you know it, so it doesn't matter if everyone or no one around you know it. This experience is for you and no one can take it from you. Just keep with it!