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What should every freshman at Florida Atlantic University know before they start?


If I could give advice to my younger self it would be financial advice. By attending Florida Atlantic University, I was able to receive enough financial aid to graduate without debt. I was able to work and put money into savings instead of towards my undergraduate degree. Now planning to attend graduate school in the fall, I wish I had known that I should be investing this money to save for graduate school.


I would tell myself that college is nothing like high school. College is such an important part in furthering your future. You have to enter college with a determined mindset. Take as many classes as you mentally can. Just because you have the option of taking one or two classes a semester doesn't mean you should. The more you study the better it will be. Do not try cramming the night before. Get as many A's as you can. And sign up for as many scholarships as you can, it will make a huge difference. Graduating without any debt will make graduation day so much better. Its okay to change your major but understand that now some of those hard courses you take won't count towards your degree. As much as that sucks you will be closer to making a difference in the world.


If I could go back in time and inform myself as a high school senior and give myself advice I would say do not wait to apply to scholarships. In college, you pay for everything and it adds up. Do not procrasinate and think you can wait till the last minute to apply; scholarships take a lot of focus and time to complete.


The absolute best advice I can give myself: get your college books early and start to go over the notes/chapter BEFORE the class starts. This will enhance your understanding and get your GPA higher. College is a differnt animal compared to High School, You need to put in more time and effort in preperation for the next class. Also, If you choose to participate in early classes, get your cloths and backpack ready the night before--incase you wake up late for class, you'll have a headstart to making it on time.


If I could go back in time I would be more involved in high school programs such as clubs and organizations. I was an ESOL student which made a big diffirence for me. Now that I am in college I see things very different, it does not matter your race or what language you speak, what matters is what you want to accomplish in your life.


I would go back and tell myself which major I would be the happiest in pursuing. I changed my major so often throughout my first few years of college and that set me back in graduation. I would tell myself of all the best studying habits that I adapted over the years so that I would be at an advantage going into college as a freshman.


You need to buckle down. Stop joking around and trying to just get by. That's not going to help you at all because high school is nothing like college. Getting by in college will get you nowhere. It's very true that some teachers in college don't care if you're in class or not, but if you miss a certain number of classes then you'll fail that class and have to take it all over again. Apply yourself. Use your brain and do what you do best. Studying is a necessity in college. You're going to be up late in the night, but it will be well worth it when you're prepared for the tests that come. Be wise when it comes to money. Scholarships are your best friend so apply for as many as you can. And manage your time wisely. Don't think that just because you wake up at 5:45 every morning for high school you can easily take 8 o'clock classes everyday in college. Make sure that you get your sleep, that you get to know your proffessors, and that you do what you've got to do.


Always dream the impossible and that will be the future. Ask lots and lots of questions. There was not enough information in my school about going to college. What I should have done was to self educate more. Never think that you know it all and never assume people are going to give you all the anwers. Research a lot more then I did and I should not have been afraid to step outside of the box in all aspects of my life. I went to college 22 years after I graduated HS. I know now that college is key and it has to be done straight after HS becuase life has a funny way of making you do detours.


We're always in a rush. We rush to work. We rush to get home. We ultimately rush through life. My senior year in high school was especially difficult. My high school boyfriend had recently passed away that summer, so when I returned for my senior year I was understandably different. My mother had lost her job and I started working full time to help take some of the stress off of her. As an adult, I feel as if I rushed through high school and especially my senior year. If I could tell my younger self anything, it would be to take it in. Everything is going to be okay. You don't have to rush through this. Enjoy the moment. Go to football games and school dances. But most importantly I would tell my younger self to slow down. Don't grow up before your time, because in the end everything will work out the way that it should.


Talk, it's so easy to have friend when your around the same kids for four years in a row, but you have to break out of your shell even if you think the friends you have right now are adequate. In college you only get a semester to make a friend.