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

Erica

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself that it is okay to be unsure of what path to take in terms of college and a career. I would tell myself to still apply to all of the private colleges that sparked my interest, but if I didn't feel ready, starting off at a community college would still be a good choice. I would remind myself that my education is the important part - not the name of the school I would attend. I would tell myself to make a goal, even if it is a short-term one, and always have something to work towards, because the big picture can sometimes be overwhelming. Finally, I would remind my high school self to branch out, get involved, and try new things, because you truly get out of college what you put into it, and it really can be an amazingly rewarding experience.

Lucianna

If I could go back to high school and talk to myself about the future, I would say that it's okay to take sometime to figure out which career will make you happy. Everyone finds this information out at their own pace. So just because friends go immediately out to college, and your first college wasn't the best choice, it's okay to try again. You will succeed and you will find a college where transititoning is easy and where you feel comfortable and excited to attend. I would have told myself to experience a few fields, go out and volunteer more and see what really makes you happy. I would tell myself not to regret decisions because every decision made identifies who we are as people. My choices made me who I am. I would remind myself not to lose that goal-oriented personality and to keep shooting for the stars because in a few short years, you'll finally make it and understand the path you took for your education was benefical to you.

Will

Dont settle for just a job, get a career going, and if your like me and love to work on Diesel engines you will never work a day in your life.

Hilda

If I could go back I would most definitely sit down and think about my future profession. Although not every college student knows what they want to do as their profession I wish I did. Being able to know this would have save a lot of time I have spent in school. Another thing I would have done differently is do a lot more study groups. I first thought they were not helpful but they actually did help me with my last couple of years of college. I noticed that studying with a group of people gave me a better grade when test taking. These are both two important things I wish I could go back in time and talk to myself in high school about.

dayna

If I can go back in time to when I was a senior in high school I would tell myself to get a head start on looking at different colleges. When choosing a college you have to choose one that is a best fit for you. This is a place where you will be at for a while and you want to learn in a comfortable environment. Choosing the right college is also important when thinking of the finances that you earn. Knowing what I know now I would have looked more into the financial aspect of this school and shopped around more. Choosing the right school for you is important in the long run.

Allyssa

I would tell myself to enjoy the college experience. Focus on your school work but also don't try to get all of the tasks done. Enjoy each task as it is being completed and learn as much as possible. It flies by.

Tanya

I would tell myself that college is not as frightening as people make it seem. College is only hard if you don't put the time and effort in your work. College might seem like it would take a long time be time flies by before you know it your two or four years are done before you know it. There is always someone to help you in college you wont be by yourself. Picking the right college is important because you need to be happy and love the school you would see for the next two to four years. When you finish school and in the career you desire to be in you will be more happier and stable in your life.

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Karen

Great question! The best advice I could give myself would be to push myself to step out of my comfort zone and involve myself in activities, clubs, sports, a sorority, etc. It is a great way to meet people and even though it may be uncomfortable at first, it's an amazing opportunity to expand your social skills and in a way, create a new life for yourself. I would have given myself the same advice going in to high school. I grew up in the parochial school system so I was very shy and introverted - afraid to step out of my shell all four years of high school. College is everyones time to shine. It's a fresh, new beginning with no need to fear the "what ifs" as long as you give your best every day with no regrets then you cannot ask anymore of yourself.

Kelly

My biggest regret was not enrolling in AP courses in 12th grade. I could have saved a lot of money in the long run and would have been able to complete my degree quicker. What seemed like it would have been a huge amount of work and a financial burnden of 100 dolllars for an AP test, could have allowed me to bypass many freshman requirements.

Maria

I will had loved to finish high school and then go to nursing. I waited to late to finish high school and start nursing school. If i can go back in time i will do everything diffrent. I will tell myself maria finish school and then go to do our nursing and then get married and have kids. Travel and enjoy my job and my family to,i would of love to go to school for nursing when i ws younger because i would of had more energy and i would of worked and safe my money and invest in a house. Travel and maybe go further into the medical field.If i could go back i will deffently would of tell my friends how good it feels to have a good job and i job that i will always be able to help others. One thing i always liked is helping the spanish people because lots of the olderly don't understand or know how to talk and explaine to the english speaking nurses..Nursing for me is about helping and taking care of those that cant do for them selfs. Am going to enjoy thid work very much...

Sara

To do it right the first time. This is my 2nd college experience and I am now in my 30's. I first went to college and had too much fun that I forgot about attending classes. It took over 10 years to get back to college because life gets in the way. I am so excited to be just over a year away from graduating and having a career that I will retire from. Work-Life-Play balance is important.

Deseree

This college thing is no joke. You have to really know what you are getting yourself into. This is the time in your life when learning really counbts. High School may vae been hard but college will make it seem like a piece of cake. Please remember that you will not be "spoon fed" in college. The teachers wont pressure you to complete your assignments or even to pay attention inclass and you wont be told to read and keep up on assignments. You have to be responsible for this stuff yourself. This is when you have to act grown up. You have alot of money ridding on this. Please make the best of these years. This is also the time that you make life long friends and sometimes your partner. Enjoy and work hard.

Amara

The advice that I would give my self is to aim for all A's and B's in school because if you want scholarships and grants to go into the best schoosl they pay attention to grades and also participation in after school activities . Make sure you apply to scholarships your senior year it will save you money in the long run. Never give up on yourself, college is never too much. Study your lesson for the week in your classes a week in advance so that you can be ahead of the game when you attend classes. Always be disciplined because no one tell you your schedule or what to do in college.

Michelle

Please DO NOT take a break from college. I proimse it will not be easier than now! Having 2 daughters and a senior citizen mother to support is not the ideal time in life to complete your college education. If you feel like you are overwhelmed then go part time. Look at moving back home for a semester, but whatever you do - DO NOT STOP GOING! You can do this. No matter what life brings you, you always make the best of it. I know it is hard when life uses you as a punching bag but honestly you are single without any responsibilities other than going to school. You do not want to be 36, a mom of an 8 an 11 year old, caregiver to a 76 year old mother, trying to complete full time nursing school. At that point there are not enough hours in the day to do everything you want. Something will have to give and it will most likely be sleep. So do yourself a favor - Work hard, study like it's your job, aim for a 4.0 - Because when you get a 4.0 you will never be more proud of yourself!

Stephanie

When I was a high school senior I had no idea what I wanted to choose for my eventual career. After graduation I decided to become an emergency medical technician, instead of going to college, and then obtained my paramedic license. I have now decided to go back to school to become a nurse and in doing so I have learned a lot about the college process. If I could go back in time and do things over I think that I would have taken more time and looked into the true costs of college, the time frame for achieving college goals, and researched how student loans work. I feel like these topics are not talked about enough in high school and I wished that I had known more about them before I graduated. At my current job, I interact with a number of high school students and recent high school graduates and I spend a lot of time helping them to research colleges, cost of programs, and educate them on how loans work. I am unable to go back in time and learn these lessons any earlier myself so I spend my time helping prospective students research.

Tyler

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to begin learning how to manage time better. That is one of the biggest issues that freshman in college struggle with trying to adjust to. Only needing to take a few classes a day for a few hours really allows yourself to have a lot of free time on your hands. What do you then do with all of that free time? I would advise myself to make sure that a good chunk of it is spent studying and doing work in the library because after adjusting to those ways I saw a significant raise in my GPA. I would also tell my high school self to be sure to make smart decisions, try learning how to become independent, and to be responsible. College is no joke. This is where you choose a career that you will be doing for the rest of your life! Do not go out partying on weeknights and then end up missing class the following morning. Make your parents proud. Do not waste their money. Graduate and make something of yourself! Go make a difference!

charlene

I would advise myself to work harder. When I was a high school student, I didn't apply myself to my full capacity. Knowing that I am capable of being on the Dean's List as I am now, I would tell myself to work harder and never give up when something seemed too hard. Getting a college education has been something I will forever be grateful for, as many people in this world cannot have the same experience as we all can in the U.S. Determination and being a driven person gets everyone through any obstacle they may be facing.

Gladys

As a single 31 year old mother of three sons, aged 15, 12 and 7 years old, the best advice I would give myself would be to "Go For IT!."I would strongly and convinsingly express that I will not only be able to do it, I will find that I will surpass my own expectations, gain recognition, accolades from my peers & collegues, and find a strenght-part stubbornes, part pride- that would surprise even myself. I would argue that there is no perfect time, for anything, and that this moment in time was as best time as any to embark on a wonderful, fulling, and rewarding education journey. I would testify to the unwavering and strong support from my family, peers, and collegues- even if this was not clear to me then. I would take my hand and say that the fear of the unknown and new can be perceived as terrifying, but it's just a perceiption- it is comfortable and safe to remain in place but the adventures, the experiences that such a risk brings will take you, show you, and introduce you to persons, places, and things you would have otherwise cheated yourself of. Go, NOW!

Jose

If I could go back in time as a high school senior, and knowing the college life and makin the transition, I would tell myself that I would need to apply to as many scholarships and grants that I possibly could because college is expensive. I would have found a part time job and put money away in a savings account towards college books and materials. I would also tell myself that the transition from high school to college is not as difficult if you're a hard worker and is passionate to succeed. Personally, I would love to attain a Masters Degree in Business Administration but financially I can't afford it. I won't give up on my dreams because I'm having problems paying for school. It will only motivate me to work ten times as hard to make sure that I get that degree. I believe that yourself is the only one responsible for your success and if you give up because you encounter problems, all you have to do is put a hurdle right over those problems and jump over them. You can't let one thing get in the way of you becoming successful.

Sonya

I would tell myself to ask for help, and to take my future much more serious and not be afraid of failure. Call mulitple colleges and to have went back to school much sooner.

Angel

Knowing what I know now about college life and making the transition the advice I would give myself as a high school senior would be to tell myself to apply for scholarships. Back in my senior year of high school, my guidance counselor would tell us all to apply for scholarships. My guidance counselor emphasis the need for me to apply for as many scholarships as I could. I did apply for scholarships but I didn’t really make an effort. In my mind, I knew college was expensive but I thought I wouldn’t have to pay back the money once I finish school and started working. Throughout the course of my college years, I had to take out loans, pay the reminder balance of my tuition with my own money, and pay for my books. If I had applied for scholarships in my senior year of high school, I probably would not be in the financial hardship that I am in now.

Tiffany

As many teenagers are, I was lost in my own world of self-consciousness and insecurites, thinking the whole world is looking at me for answers. The truth is the world does not wait for you to become an adult. You don't magically wake up and know exactly what you want to do with the rest of your life. Education is lifelong and has changed mine forever. I would tell myself, "Tiffany, you have your whole life to be who you dream to be. No matter how old you are, anything can be conqured. And let life take you on a ride. Go ahead and get married and have kids. You will be an amazing mother. And that boy you dated this year, he will be the best daddy and husband in the world. Once life settles down, and you have time to think about yourself, you will find your path. It will be an adjustment, but you will learn there is a you, under developed, waiting to cure the world. You never thought you could, did you? College life can wait. Indecisiveness will fade. Your wisedom will flourish in college. And always remember, love yourself."

sara

High school is the step before College. If one plans to go for further education after high school he or she must realize that they are in the spot where they can prepare themselves for the next step. So best advice would be to learn as much as possible when they are in high school. Most of the time high school students are being confused with learning and memorizing. Memorizing will definetly help them to finish high school however, it will not be helpful when they are in College. Learning on the other hand is different, if one truly learns something it is very difficult for him/her to forget. So best thing for high school student to do is learn the subject, because he/she will be seing same subject in a different level. If background is not strong on the subject, most likely he/she will fail in college.

Cynthia

At Goodwin College I have been offered a diverse population of students, caring teachers, and a community. I have been able to make friends with many different people and learned from each one. I also am an individual of many cultures, born and raised in the United States with a heritage from Peru and China. The diversity has caused me to become more open minded. I also was completely skeptical of attending my college until I met a teacher, Mr. Secondo. His way of teaching caused me to fall in love with my worst high school subject, biology. I have found a great appreciation and interest to all sciences. It's like giving a mouse a cookie, the mouse will want more. I want to know more. I began in my school with the idea of simply completing an associate's degree as a registered nurse, but now I am on the road for a bachelor's degree. I don't plan to stop there because I want to be a cRNA and pursue my master's degree in nursing. I'll have a third and fourth cookie and become fat with knowledge to help my community.

Ashley

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would definitly tell myself to focus more because all colleges look at your senior year grades and GPA.

Ripal

If i could go back in time to my high school senior year, i would have taken more college classes as a senior so i could graduate early. I would have saved more money for college. Applied more for scholarships. College life can be hactic as times that reminds you of senior moments. Making wise desicion as a high school senior. I wish i had done that. But only i could go back in time.

Amanda

Give it your all, no slacking and just do it. I will be a better decision in the end for everyone.

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