I know you. You're probably curled up, hiding under your covers, staring out at swaying trees as you think about this next big step in your life. College. It's the night before the very first day and your brain is turning in on itself with nerves and excitement. What if you meet cool people? What if you hate your classes? What if your professor is one of the types that yells at a kid for not knowing some bizarre knowledge? You drum your fingers on your bed. I know you. I know you're anxious, but don't be. You're going to have a lot of fun, be stressed beyond belief, and take naps at odd hours of the day. Don't be intimidated by other people, they're much nicer than their resting faces make them look, just smile and ramble on like you always do. Remember to sleep. Sleep is important, you'll learn that in Psychology. So while you're curled up in a ball, hiding up your covers, remember this- be the best you can be. People will love you.
If I was to go back in time and give advise to myself about college and life. I would tell myself that, school is one of the most important things in life and to continue to do my very best at everything I do, no matter how small the task is. This would be the most important thing to tell myself if i was to go back in tim and give myself advise. Hard work is the best thing I can do, and it is the most responsible thing that any person could ask for. Hard work and determination can get you far in life. However, the only way way hard work and determination can work is for an individual, me, to stay completely focused and concentrated. I understand this would only be advise, so no matter how I take the advise in, I would hope I make the right choice and listen to the advise. No one can get anywhere in life without some advise, and this would be my chance to give myself some advise.
If I could go back in time I would tell my high school self, that the friends you have right now, won't always be around and thats okay. The grade you got right now wont matter in ten years, because you have a chance to fix it. I would also tll myself to try harder, and the problems you are facing like depression, will get better. you will get out of it, wiht the right treatment and the right group of people. Because the stress of the accident you've been in is nothing compared to the greater things in life that will come eventually like college and university and a successful job, and maybe a husband and kids. So the pain you're going through right now, worrying about the problems you are facing, you will look back at them and say "I survived" because you will. and life is worth living, because there is something good about every coming day
Take advantage of Running Start to get ahead and pay for college, and get everything in order with your two colleges so you can transfer easily. Everyone I've ever spoken to that hasn't done Running Start wished they did. Those that did are forever grateful for that decision. And with all your classes and credits lined up, transfer to the university of your choice is much more simple. Save money. Make friends, study hard, and make every penny count. Be on top of things and focus on your goal ahead, the whole reason you're even going to college or getting ready to. And lastly, enjoy yourself. College is an amazing experience and a huge blessing you can learn your life's work from. It's the springboard for your career and ultimately your life beyond school. Learn a lot and make it count.
If I were to go back to when I was about to begin college I would give myself a couple pieces of advice. One would be to stay organized and keep a planner so that you know when assignments are due and you can be ahead of schedule to start your work on those assignments. This greatly helps me, now that I am aware I need to keep a planner, to stay on track with my school work so that I'm able to recieve good grades in my classes. Another piece of advice I would give to myself is; don't procrastinate! Procrastination is the key to failure and stress. Getting work done or at least starting it ahead of time helps you to be much more successful and keeps your stress level low so that you are able to maintain good grades and a positive attitude.
Save your money. Spend less on designer jeans, cell phones, movie tickets and put more into savings. Fill out any scholarships you can get your hands on! Continue living at home at least until you get through your AA then, just then, start to think about moving out while you attend the Art Institute of Seattle! Save! Save! Save!! Spend time with friends and family and enjoy every last moment of that senior year of high school because there really will be days of it that you will miss! Your senior yearbook should be perfect, go back through and edit every single page, yes it will take you a bit longer than you had hoped but it will make it worth while!! And last but not least Natalie, be happy, smile, enjoy it!
Apply for classes now! Do not wait a week or two, and just assume that the classes you want will still be open. talk to your advisors, and do it often. They are paid to help you figure things out, they are more than happy to listen to your problems and work through them with you. Apply for scholarships and grants and loans. If you don't go looking for them, you can't get them. Take classes that will challenge you, but not ones that you can't pass. No point in paying for a class that you're going to have to take twice. And most importantly, stop being so stubborn. Would you rather feel stupid for a minute by asking an obvious question, or feel stupid for a whole quarter because you refused to ask it?
If I could go back in time and talk to myself, I would tell myself to enroll in more art classes, seeing that I am in the School of Design. I would also tell myself to enroll in the Post Secondary Education Option (PSEO) program. As a senior in high school, I was in PSEO and it was one of the best decisions I could have made. By receiving college credit for English while still in high school, I allowed myself more time to put toward my projects as a freshman. I would also tell myself to keep in contact with close friends, but keep room for making more. I was a bit blindsided by my best friend going to a different school, and I started out my freshman year rather shy.
I would tell myself "you are an adult now, and you need to be accountable for yourself: there isn't going to be anyone there to keep you on task and focused but you." When I graduated and started college I was overjoyed that the instructors no longer checked the homework they assigned so I didnt bother to do the homework. But I learned that you can't slack off and get good grades, you have to work for them. The instructors don't care if you pass or fail or if you have to spend loads of money to retake a course and your parents can no longer go online and check your progress in school only you know what you need to do and when it needs to get done.
I would tell myself to take life one day at a time. To realize this place is only temporary and I will move on to do much better and greater things. I would tell myself to listen to more Bob Marley. I would tell myself to learn from my teachers and take thier advice. I would tell myself to respect my parents as I have realized now they now a lot more than I thought. I would tell myself to quit trying so hard and that is how you get people to like you. I would tell myself not to care if people liked me or not. I would tell myself to chill out.