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

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior about life after high school and the transition to college I would tell myself many things. First I would tell myself to become focused on my long term goals right away, not to goof around and end up doing things last minute. I would tell myself to become familiar with my college texts, and maybe ask other students about my professors and what they expect. I would tell myself to become aware of the programs and opportunities my college provides for me in the form of educational opportunities, clubs and organizations, and work opportunities. The last thing I would tell myself is to just breathe. I needed to be proud of myself and where I had gotten so far and that many great things were to come. College is another step in life that will take a little while to get used to, but in the end it would be completely worth it.

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During my senior year, I was not dedicated nearly enough to the college application and process as I should have been. If I were to do it over, I would follow the instructions of our advisors much more closely. I would take the ACT more than once, and I would begin applying to colleges at the beginning of the year instead of the end. I would take much more of an initiative in applying for scholarships as well, searching for and applying early on instead of waiting for the end of the year and summer. I would make a larger effort to have all of that accomplished before graduation. Trying to apply for scholarships, apply to colleges, and make all the necessary preparations for graduation at the same time is too much to do all at once. Finally, I would rely on my counselor more fully in applying to colleges and searching for scholarships.

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I for one would tell myself to be more active with school activities, because once I started to become involved in college, I became more comfortable. Also, I would tell myself to be more aware of the school's surroundings. If you do not make use of the resources on campus, you will not survive. With the amount of hard work involved and the diversity of the school, I would probably tell myself to be ready for a large change as well. I would tell myself that just because you earned high grades in high school, that does not guarantee anything in college. I would say that you cannot just cruise by, and that you have to work as hard as you can if you want to learn the material and succeed. Looking back, I feel these are the most important pieces of advice that I would give myself.

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If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would encourage younger me not to give up. Keep dreaming and fighting for your dreams. Don't ever let anyone tell you what you can and can't do. You don't have to go to college, but if that is what you want, than do it. It's going to be a lot of hard work, but you can do it. Dream big but, be prepared to put in the work. There is nothing wrong with waiting to go to college, but sometimes it’s easy to get distracted. Set goals with reasonable times and do what has to be done to reach it. You are an individual, you have to find your own path. Just remember, you can do it!

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I would tell myself to take advantage of the PSEOP program that my high school had. That way I would have been able to take college courses and get credit for them while I was still in high school. Doing this would have given me an extra jump ahead in my college career. That is the advice that I would give myself.

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Advice i would give myself would be to get a head start on anything that presents an opportunity. I would say, "take a risk for once in your life". Always keep your mind focused on success and don't get down on yourself for anything.

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