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


I would tell myself to apply for more scholarships than I did back then, and I would also tell myself to be more focused on classes and to stop procrastinating.


With the amount of knowledge I was able to gain over the years in college, I would tell my high school senior self to major in Language and Culture, and Arts for Visual Arts as a college student. Although it was not easy changing majors, it was for my best interest to give up career in science for career as an artist. It is definitely one of the biggest regrets I have as a college student that I had not figured out what career I had really wanted. If I was prepared to be an artist during my freshman year in college, I would most likely have finished college by now with an Art certificate and apply for jobs in the industries. I have also studied Japanese as a foreign language as a result of changing my major. I wanted to have another skill as an artist, which is to speak multiple languages to give myself competitive edge in the industries for visual artists. As of this moment, I am pursuing an Art certificate, as well as a degree in Japanese and I certainly wished I had pursued these educational goals after graduating high school.


If i were to go back in time as a high school senior, I would advise myself to do better and take as many opportunities as I could have to obtain more life experience. Although I am content with where I currently stand, I wish I had not skipped out on the opportunities that could have landed me a scholarship or even an internship. Also, looking back, I would have advised myself to be more open to diversity of cultures and people around me. College has been a huge eye opener in a sense that there is more to school than your circle of friends and just doing enough work to get by. College has taught me work ethic, acceptance of different people, and allowed me to mature as a person. The experiences that I have already obtained through college have taught me to not be so judgemental and that school work is not just busy work anymore. So, basically my advise to myself if I were to go back in time, would be to be open about the culturally diverse population, stay diligent in my studies, and enjoy the company of others.


I would inform myself to prepare for the road ahead me, get all the information I would need and do everything much earlier. I would apply to more scholarships and look hardeerr for a job to pay for school. I look into the courses I would need and make a plan of how I would go about choosing the courses needed and which order I would take them in so as to be more organized and not just trying to get courses I do not understand or courses I do not need. I would put be able to inform myself of how to better manage my time, how to apply to the classes I need and avoid the ones I do not need. I would also infiorm myself of the costs involved with not thinking ahead. I would be able to better prioritize and get things together or at least avoid all the other wrongs about trying to get what I would need to do to succeed in college.


While the transition to college is, undoubtedly, an exciting and important part of one's life, it is more than simply moving from one school to another. In addition to the spectacular education you're about to receive, you will be expected to start thinking and behaving like an adult. While no one would expect such a change to happen overnight, it's important to realize that the lifestyle you are transitioning into is drastically different than the one you have been living for the past 18 years. Everything, from your health to the grades you earn, are your responsibility. Most importantly, the cost college will not be left to your parents or to the government to pay, but to you alone. Starting now, you need make lowering the cost of college a priority for yourself. Scholarships are everywhere, just waiting to be taken hold of and used to further one's educational dreams. College and all of its associated responsiblities will be stressful enough without having to amass mountains of debt. Do yourself a favor, and work hard to earn scholarships now so that you don't have to pay for college later. You'll be glad you did.


I would tell myself to buckle down on my academic knowledge in order to be able to register for better classes. Also, I would tell myself to work harder than usual but take breaks as well. I have realized that breaks are important for my well being and overall success as a student. Along with that, I would tell myself not to waste time with various time consuming activities. Instead, I would advice myself to read more books and to spend more time with family. Finally, I would stress the importance of applying for scholarships! College is not cheap and I really need all the financial help I can get, so I am grateful for the opportunity to receive a scholarship from CampusDiscovery! Thank you!


To my high school senior self; I'm sure you're aware of the things you could be doing better, but fortunately, nothing you did, are doing, or will do are things that I look back on with much regret. You're a good kid, and you have gotten so much better since the time you first began high school. There are; however, a couple things that I would like to address. First, you started doing sports, which is great, but you're not doing it whole-heartedly, and you're aware of that. That needs to change. Push harder. Be a part of the team. It's hard, but it's so worth it. If you get into the rhythm and routine of trying harder, it'll take you so much farther than you thought it would. Second, don't worry too much about having friends to sit with. If you settle for people to be around- just so you're not alone- it can seriously hold you back. Be brave, be smart, and be content with what you're doing, and you'll accomplish so much. Worry is not an emotion that'll help you here.


If I could back in high school to speak to myself as a senior I would say: do not stress out so much since things tend to work out one way or another. Enjoy your senior year and continue to work hard. Senior year is fleeting and hard work always pays off- etiher now or in the long run.


With what I know at the present time, I would give advice to myself as a high school senior to determine the absolute career I want to live with for the rest of my life. I definitely would not have seen where I currently am at the present as a high school senior. Going through college experience and figuring out what potential I have now that I did not know I had really changes my perspective and know what kind of expectations I have for myself now. High school seniors expect new life after graduating high school and seek opportunities for their lives. Because unexpected things happen through the course of our lives, some things may alter changes with small or big impact. Ultimately, I want to keep doing what I have the passion to do. I wish I had some insight I have now that I did not have as a high school senior. I believe that if I did have the insight during my high school senior year, I would have been closer to a career that I seek today.


Experince, Experince is everything you will need in life to succeed. Your Experiences will allow me to handle situations that may seem hard when it hits you square in the face but you will be able to overcome them through adversity. Adversity is a word I Knew nothing of while i was in high school. If I could go back in time this is exactly what I would tell myself


If time travel were possible and I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to go back in time to talk to myself as a high school senior, I would have one very significant piece of advice to give to my younger self. I would say, "Yes, college can be challenging and tough, but it is well worth it. Stick to it, and make sure that it is your priority; you can work, in fact, you should try and find a good job, but don't spread yourself too thin. Find one job that will help to support you, and stick to it; it will be tempting to go for that second job while you are also a full-time student, but it will take its toll on you. Focus on school, and do the best you can. Your family and friends will be there for you, and this job is not one that you'll have for life, which is why you're going to school, so there's no need to focus all of your time and energy on that, some yes, but most should go to school. Stick with it, and good things will come."


Dear Chris I like to tell you a little bit about the college life so hold on its gonna be a wild ride. Im not really sure were to begin so her we go I would suggest first get to know where all your classes are on campus. I think after that I would suggest that you then meet all your profesors and try to get in good with them. As far as the food goes on campus make sure to either bring your own or buy fast food. The homework is really not that bad if you don't mind four or five hours worth just kidding its not that bad. I think that you will get along good with all the people on campus since you such a people perosn. I would like to remind you though this is college not high school mom and dad are not here to take care of you anymore its up to you now. Another suggestion I would make is don't let the girls and partying get out of hand its all fun and games until they trow you out. In clossing try to have a good time, and lean something.


College is an expense, whether it is affordable or not. It would be wise to use any leisure time as time to research ways to receive financial aid or scholarships. They are out there; you just have to find them. Transportation may also be an issue so whenever possible you should work on receiving a license, it will be very convenient. Also if possible join the workforce. Not only will it give you work experience for the future but it can also be used for some college expenses. And last but not least, college is not something that should be frightening. Just try your hardest and you will succeed.


If I had the chance to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, there would be a few crucial things that I would tell myself to make the transition into college as smooth as possible. I would tell myself to listen to your parents because they only have your best interest in mind & take as many honors and advance placement classes as you can. Having parents that cared for my education, my mom always wanted me to take the honors and advance placement classes because she knew I am capable of them. In doing so, I would of had some college credits as a high school student and be ahead of the game. Due to the fact I pay for my own college tuition and books, I would of saved quite a load of money. I would also tell myself to not slack and have education as the number one priority because after you get a good education, you have the rest of your life to play and enjoy life. As my mother told me before along with something I would tell myself again, "work now, play later."


There just so many little things i would tell myself if i could go back in time. First of all, i would let myself know that tuition was going to go up in a couple years. Instead of it being $20 a unit it was would change to $26, so to take all the classes you can til then and not to waste your time on classes you didn't need. To really stick with the GE because later on it would be hard to get into 4 years school i wanted to attend. Secondly i would tell myself to really take school serious and not be lazy because that will seriously mess you up later even though you don't see it now. Thirdly, My first year i was so naive that i bought textbooks from the bookstore, which were super overpriced. Buying online will save you TONs of money, then after the semester is over sell your books instead of keeping them to collect dust. You need to sell them right after you don't need them for them not to lose value. Lastly i'd say "Stay focused you have now idea what lies ahead, BE PREPARED!!!".


i would tell myself to pay more attention, i sure wish that i had. also to take more and better notes, to learn as much as i could while the learning was still free because now that im paying for it im kicking myself in the a@@ trying to grasp at the knowledge that is being shoved down my throat


Pick a major you like and could see yourself doing in life. Of course at 18 yrs you really do not know what your interests are professionally or what you do like how you can make money at doing it. High school students should get more exposure in real life job practicallity and what jobs make money other than the obvious ones like doctor and lawyer.


High school was not especially meant for me. I struggled, and was an outcast. I found sanctuary in school library where I spend most of my time with a friend or two reading on science, metaphysics and spirituality. I never missed a homework assignment, but I never did study for a test. I was the type to just ?wing it? and barely pass each class. Now that I am in college, a community college to be precise, I realize how important classes in high school were. If I had worked just a little harder, and accomplished a few more classes, I would not have to be at a two year college, working towards my general?s degree. I could be that much closer to my BA at a University, and that much closer to finally relaxing. Unfortunately, I did not make the best academic decisions in high school but I have taught me little sister the importance of being successfully academic and she has done great. She has over 100 awards she earned in elementary school, and has acquired a steady 4.0 for the past 3 years of her high school life.


Knowing what I know now as a college student, the main advice I would have given myself is to stay on top of deadlines for scholarships as well as to apply for the 4 year schools in addition to the community colleges. Money was a gigantic worry to myself as a high school senior. I knew that community colleges are the way to go when you aren't sure about choosing a major but looking back, I personally feel that I could have come up with many, many, ways to pay for a four year education and come out with little to no debt. As it stands: I always wonder how I would have handled campus life at a 4four year school straight out of high school as opposed to now becoming a transfer student. I am still working on scholarships, but it took a lot longer for me to get into making scholarship-searching a habit.


Do as much research as you can when it comes to looking for the right college. Visiting one or two campuses isn't enough. You will be dedicating time and money into an institution that will hopefully set you up for a great career. Going to a college that isn't right for you is a waste of your time and money. Finding the right college will make learning an incredible experience.


Plan ahead. Do not procrastinate. Make sure to apply early. Always ask for help when you need it. Don't be afraid to ask question they will help you. College is not scary on the contrary it's exiting. There is not much difference between high school and college except more freedom. College is fun and you get to meet new people. Make sure you start getting in the habit of studying thouroughly because you will need to in order to pass exams. Don't worry too much about the future focus on the present and enjoy the experience of college life.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a senior in high school, the very first thing I would tell myself is not to be fearful of the future. I would also try to make myself understand that if I do well now it will benefit me in the future more than I realize. I would let me know that if I do well in the present I won't have to look back in the future, instead I will be able to look forward. Forward to a new and brighter future.


I would have told myself to definitely pay a lot more attention in math and join clubs and programs. I really wish I would have been more involved in high school. My mom always told me to get involved and I never did and I regret it dearly. So now I try and convince my younger sisters to get involved and take school seriously.


The first advice I would give myself is to start taking every class seriously. In this way, I can learn as much as possible so that in the future any similar classes that I may take in college will be review courses. Furthermore, this will increase my chances of obtaining an ?A? grade. The second advice for myself is to first attend community colleges before transferring to universities. Not only is it cheaper, but it is a great method of deciding whether or not I made the right choice of choosing nursing as my major. Also, transferring from high school to a university is much harder than transferring from a community college to a university. Students who attended some college get priority over non-college students in terms of transferring. The last advice for myself is to start working while attending school. This is a way for me to reduce the stress and learn how to manage my time between school and work. In addition, this is a way to start saving early for college once that time comes.


If I were a senior again, I would say live your last year as a senior in high school. College comes harder than it seems. Concentrate and dedicate yourself to your college years because when finals come around it will pay off. Do not compare yourself to other students but live up to your own standards. You will fall once in a while but pick yourself back up again and keep moving. College are the years of survival. Challenges will come your way so think wisely in a timely manner and take it one step at a time. Do not stress out. Take in what you can handle so you don't overwhelm yourself. If you are working, save and use your spare time to travel before life really cathces up to you. There a lot of new and exciting people out there to meet. Spend it wisely and make college the best years of your life so you don't regret anything in the end. Also, use this time so be yourself and use it to grow for the better.


An overwhelming question, all things considered; what advice would I give my high school senior self, knowing what I do now? Well, for starters I would have told myself to try harder in high school, to push myself to full capacity. I suffered from severe senioritis at the time and just coasted along, for the most part. Also, I assumed that everything would just fall into place as I continued my education, that there would be something (some college, some job) waiting to carry me away to greater things. I struggled my first year or so through college because of that attitude. Knowing what I do now, I would stress the value of initiative and organization, as I've found that these values are extremely helpful in the college environment. Lastly, and just as important, I think, I would have told myself to relish my high school friendships, as everyone sort of drifts apart in college. I miss those friendships. Besides that, there's a certain amount of unconsciousness necessary for a high school senior to really enjoy his/herself, but there's no way I can recommend that without giving it away.


I would give myself the advice of having extensive preparation and making sure that I had a system in place to study thoroughly and maintaining time for regular chores. I would also advise myself to take counsel with the counselors often to really gain insight into the right field based on mutual observation of my talents and in what field my talents should be put into practice. There is one more thing I would urge my younger self to do and that is to never to have a roomate or live with family during the period of education my younger self would go through, because the distractions would be a lot less without obligations or questions that might be imposed or posed by family members who may not have the proper understanding of the requirements that a college education would put on the student..


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would advise myself not to give in to the stresses of getting an education. While on the path towards recieving an education, it is important to work as hard as one can, but to also give oneself a bit of a break once in awhile. I would advise myself to never take on too much of a workload that I know I can't handle. I would say that college and high school differ because social stresses are somewhat alleviated when exiting high school. I think that graduating seniors should be excited that as of now, they are free to make their own decisions about their future and that this is not stressful, but exhilirating.


If I could give myself advice as a high school senior it would be to show up and do what needs to be done. I chose to screw up, especially my senior year and suffered the consequence of not graduating. It was humiliating and one of the biggest regrets in my life. Now at 46, I've completed 53.50 units over 7 years and will soon earn my A.S. in Paralegal Studies. Granted I'm doing well but I really wish I had done things differently. It's hard at my age to take classes like English and Algebra. I think its a disadvantage for seniors to put school off for more than a year or two. They get out of the habit of studying and doing work, and trust me, its not an easy thing to relearn the older you get. Yes, it can be done, but its very hard to work fulltime, be a single parent and do homework and go to school. The best advice I could have given myself 28 years ago would have been just show up and get it done!!


I sugguest that you plan what you really enjoy doing and spend the first semester taking informational courses that will help you research different major's. Pick things you like as your daily hobbies and they might be fit to be apart of your future! Discuss your choice(s) with a counselor and they will help you get set up, such as what classes to take, what schools provide that major, if your college visits those campuses, etc. Stay focused and study hard no matter what goes on in your life. Don't give up because this will make you a success and you will make something of yourself as an individual. Do what you want and not what others tell you, because in the end this is your life and you will have to live with the decision you made. Make something of yourself and reach out for the dreams you've wanted your whole life!!


Breathe deeply and exhale slowly. It's easy to become so immersed in excelling academically that you learn nothing of intellectual worth. Don't self-destruct over a grade that is regrettable but, in the end, not life-determining. Review the questions, study more effectively, and then move on--the purpose of failing in the present is to improve in the future. You'll be glad to know the transition between high school and college is a refreshing one; college allows for flexible schedules and you can choose classes more freely, as opposed to preset IB/AP/Honors programs, which understandably want you to acquire a general education background. Have an active social life, make good friends as a network of support, and be a good friend yourself, not just a study buddy. Indulge in fun hobbies, and make time to appreciate and be with your family. Control the tendency to stress with prayer and exercise, not excess eating (don't be a fat piggy!). If you find yourself thinking negatively, get up and do something positive (for someone else). Evaluate life as a whole and not that single moment.


I would tell myself to get all the information up front. Find out where the student centers are and other resources your school has to offer and untilize them as much as possible. I would tell myself not to worry about if others thought that you were kissing up to the teacher because you rose your hand or stayed after to get a better understanding at the task given to you. To put everything outside of school aside and focus on the big picture..... My Future! Try the best I could and never settle for average but to try to excel in every aspect of life.


I woud not change a thing. I studied hard, took some rop classes that helped me with my carrer choices., and had great support from my parents.