The transition is fairly easy if you choose to be mature and responsible and know that your life starts as soon as you settle in your dorm room on the first day of school and your parents leave you to be on your own. though you wont make it to class everyday learn how to go and see your teachers that same day and continue to finish every assignment given to you. no matter the grade in return you are always learning something new every day so in essence you will do better everyday. also time management is everything, learn to put priorities first, because their isn't a better feeling than finishing your work before fun and going to class forgetting that you even did it and then being relieved to find the completed assignment in your notebook for class the next week. the advice i would give myself is, "you can never be great until you have worked up against something."
If I could, I would go all the way back to my first grade year and keep constantly telling myself that the people that bullied me for eleven years will all be gone as soon as high school was over. I developed an eating disorder because of those people, I almost died because of those people, I started self-harming because of those people, but guess what? You are going somewhere, younger self. In the future, you have saved 2,000 individuals from committing suicide, and you love every single day of your life. Chin up, younger self, you are going somewhere in life, and as for those other people? Let them bully you. Let them say those words to attempt to hurt you. Keep in mind, karma will give them (and you) a wonderfully ironic case of justice for what you have been through!
If i was a senior in high school again, I would've told myself not to wait on anyone else to attend the same school as me. Waiting around for friends can cause someone to lose out on several grants and scholarships. I would've also told myself to try harder and apply myself more on campus, not just grade wise, but also socializing with more people. Most of all, I would've told myself to apply for as many scholarships and grants as I could because I never dreamed school would be this expensive.
College has maximized my knowledge and expanded my perspective of different aspects in life. Having made the transition from a high school graduate to a college student, knowing what I know now about college, my advice to myself would be to learn to manage time effectively and efficiently. In high school, time management was the most difficult challenge for me and it was very imperative for me to improve in this area. Now that I Have learned and adopted new skills such as setting priorities, and formulating a manual that best fit me, I would advise myself that the best way to manage time is to identify and analyze how time was wasted in the past and learn to avoid those time-wasters in the future by setting priorities for myself. this transition has made me realized how crucial and beneficial it is to form a manual that best fit oneself. As for me, I prefer a calendar as a guide to keep me in track of things . I would not only help myself to implement and commit to these skills for a successful senior year but to teach myself to be more confident and optimistic about the future.
Brendan, listen up! Apply, apply, apply for scholarships, even if you don't need them. Having extra cash for books, notebooks, a and backpacks go a long way. Also, try to make friends quick it gets kinda lonely with out any. Remember to sit in front row, speak up as much as you can, know the material to have a good question or answer. That goes a long way. Just be on top of things, responsibility kicks in when you go to college. Drink lots and lots of coffee. It stimulates your senses and makes you think. Just enjoy being in college why you can, because soon comes the real world.
I would simply say to myself the words of a Side walk Proffets song "Be strong in the lord, never give up hope. Your gonna' do great things, I already know. Gods got his hands on you so dont live life in fear. Forgive and forget but dont forget why your here. Take your time and pray and thank God for each day. You love will find the way. These are the words I would say"
I would also add, " dont stress yourself out so much. Your a smart girl and college isnt as bad as you think its going to be. You have a passion for education and that is gonna take you places. Stay on top of your classes and make sure you get good grades. Scholarships are few and far between so make yourself stand out in a crowd. You love learning and classes arent as hard as the proffessors like to make you thing on the first day. You got this. Four year will fly by before you even know it. Life is good and all the struggles are well worth it. Education is definatly the feild you belong in, and Glenville is your school.
I have learned that going to college you will not only better yourself, but if really makes you think what you want to do with your life. I work part-time here as a waiter and it makes me realize that I want to finish college so I know that when I graduate, I will be able to get a good job and not depend on other people. I also have learned that going to college isn't anyone's decision but your own. You are the one that decided to come to school, weither you know it or not because you are deciding to attend all your classes. Its valuable to attend because I don't want to have to worry about my finacial needs later on life.
After graduation in 2007 i thought i had my mind set on where to go, but looking back I was wrong. Graduating at seventeen, I wasn't exactly as mature as everyone else. If i new where i would be and what all i would have gone through in these past years, when i was getting ready to graduate I would have definately decided to take a year off. Like i said i wasn't as mature as i should have been in order to start the college life, it's completely different then that of high school and is a big step to take, a step i didn't realize at this time. I would have definately took a year off to get a job and learn some responsibility. Growing up i was a pretty spoiled person and kind of had most things handed to me and going to college was hard for me. I have had to learn in some hard ways, ways that i could have made easier in the year that i should have took off.
If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior about college life and making the big transition I would tell myself to think simple. When you move into your dorm bring only what you'll need. If you need something extra you can always buy it later instead of buying it and never using it. Budget your money and look for deals on books, food, and seriously don't buy it if you really don't need it. If you're worried ask yourself if it's really a good reason to be worried; if it's a petty reason then stop worrying because worry won't help your success. Stay focused on your work and pass up a few parties. Make time for yourself and relax while doing your favorite activity. And most importantly you can do it; only you keep you from success.
If I could go back in time and talk to myself, I think I would be more serious about getting ready for college. Financial aid is important! I knew I wanted to attend college, but I was unsure what career path to take. Be more aggressive in talking to my guidance counselor , they have information that can help with decisions. Instead of feeling under pressure to have my life in order by graduation, I realize that everyone makes changes as they get older, it's part of life. Nothing is set in stone at seventeen. I wish I would have known how much I would enjoy college life and look forward to each day. My college classes are chosen for a career that I am interested in and more enjoyable than high school classes that were requirements. The transition from high school to college life, is going from a dependant child to becoming a young adult and learning how to live on your own while pursuing a career to last a lifetime; I think I am doing okay,however, I worry about the cost of each semester and my ability to pay for my education. I will enjoy college life!
If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to not worry about being homesick, dorm life, or not making friends. I came to a college where I didn't know anyone, and I was constantly worrying about fitting in. Luckily, I ended up on one of the friendliest campuses in the state. I would tell myself to enjoy life regardless of how difficult my classes might be, how homesick I would get, or how annoying 3 a.m. residence fire alarms might be. I would also remind myself of the cliche phrase "this will be the best 4 years of your life" because it truly has been so far.
My advice is to look around and take advantage of the oppurtunies your school has available for internships and study abroad programs. I transferred and took classes from quite a few schools for my undergraduate degree but each school presented new challenges and great experience for not only success in college but also in the real world. Also don't rule out certain aspects of campus life until you've tried it. Living on campus isn't for everyone but it definitely gives students a different perspective. Greek life also isn't for everyone but others find their nitch there. You should explore campus, the activities, groups, and organizations and see if any fit your personality or lifestyle. Greek life is what helped me stick to my studies. My sorority sisters were my support system because I was too far from home to lean on my family.
Make sure you are going to be welcome and helped every step of the way!
Pick a college that reflects who you are. Don't go to a college because you believe it is the best you can do or because everyone one thinks you should. You want to enjoy your experience, adegree is a degree no matter the college or university you attend.
Parents should encourage their children to find the school that is right for them.
Choosing where to go to school after high school can be a tough decision. I myself was scared to go to a larger school, so naturally Glenville State College was the overall best choice for me (close to home, friendly people, small classes). Make sure you get a good feel for the school, its faculty and staff, and its current students. Ask plenty of questions and don't be shy when asking those questions (ask both students and faculty/staff to get a point of view from both sides). Make sure you check out the resident halls and if you want, sit in on a class or two (most professors won't mind) to help get a feel of where you will be living and what your classes may be like. Once at the school you've chosen, make the most of your experience. Be outgoing, make friends, join groups/clubs, get involved! Take random road trips with your new friends, experience a party or two (I never said to engage in activity), and enjoy your newfound freedom. Just remember, college isn't all fun and games, be sure to keep up on your studies and attendance in class!
Really look around. Do not settle and ask the student's what they think of the school and not take everything the faculty says to be truth.
When determining where to go for college a student should consider the quality of the insitution, location, and what kind of a person he/she is. Parents need to consider their child's hopes and dreams, the quality and location of the institution, and budget. It is important for the student to choose what is going to be the best fit for him/herself. However, it should be the parents responsibility to guide the student to reputable and quality institutions. Sometimes students get more concerned with the social aspect of college when it should be a good balance of growing up and earning an education. I think it is a good idea to visit a variety of schools and generate a list of pros and cons to help determine what will work best for the individual. It is not a decision to be made lightly so I would also suggest considering schools in 10th or 11th grade so you can begin the application process early. Get to know everything you can about the school, professors, community, and students. It really helped me determine where I wanted to be and I could not be happier with my decision! Go Glenville State!
I would tell parents to make sure their child visits the school (if possible) to make sure that they are attending the right college. Also, that their child doesn't have to go out and party to have fun. If they can find people with similar interests they wont feel the need to binge drink and party all the time.
Enjoy it...make the most of it....it goes by so fast.
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