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


I would have told myself to apply to alot of schools and to study harder for tests. When I finished high school I went into the Navy so I was out of school for 7 years and that made it way harder to get back into the swing of things when I got to Gulf Coast. I would tell myself that if I am going to join the Military that I should be taking classes while I am in. All in all the college I go to is not so much different than going to high school but it is important to be self-motivated. In high school you have teachers to bother you about doing your work. In college it is up to you to be responsible! Now that I have finished my first year of College and I am halfway through my second I know I have what it takes to get a degree. I am so excited for what the future holds.


As a high school senior I thought I had a life plan that will never fail: studying hard and disciplining myself. I have learned how to get good grades, to behave, to perfectly do what others told me to do; I was comfortable that way. Ones preparations for college started, I did not know how to find things, where to go, what to do next; I was so lost. Major lack of real-life experiences, and communication skills showed its mark. If I could only talk to my high school senior self, the advice would be to get out of that house, talk to people, leave the comfort zone, gather as much information as possible about every thing that comes to mind, take risks; life is so much more than just home and school. While scholar knowledge is important, knowing how to apply it to life situations holds even greater value. People are the source of all ideas and all answers. College emphasizes the importance of human relationships by putting a person in situations, in which not communicating to others is just impossible; now I see, and feel the results of such experiences. I only wish I realized that earlier.


Cameron, never settle for less, always strive for the best even when it seems pointless. Study every subject, even the one's that don't seem important because the subject should not matter it is all about learning new things. That is what life is about Cameron, learning, seeing, doing all different kinds of things, it is in everyone's blood, it is what makes us human. Do not get caught up in petty drama because it will not matter later, you will have enough time to look for friends and significant others. Always treat your teachers with respect, it will come in handy when applying for jobs. Most importantly, be confident and proud. There is nothing worse than feeling like you could have done better or that your work is not satisfactory to you, because it is you put down on paper, your thoughts are your most precious things that you can offer the world and they deserve to be heard. Do not be afraid of the future because it will come when it's ready.


When I was in high school, I did not study mathematics well because i majored in literature. After I graduated high school I enrolled into college where i studied managment. I was succesful at my studyings, but it was my family and the society choice. I always knew i want to help people because we all have to be more givers than receivers. I would recomment high school students to know what they want to become and go for it. Listen to your heart and it will lead you on your path. Even if it is difficult at the moment and you feel like you are not talanted for the major of your dreams, just work hard and you will get succesful results.


College is not easy. As much prep as they are giving you now, expect it to be entirely different. You have much more freedom, but with that comes twice that much responsibility. Do not take an early morning class, you do not have to and you will not want to get up early after twelve years of it. Do your homework, no matter how tedious it seems, it is actually relevant to class and unlike highschool, it is hard to pass without doing the extra class work. Utilize the library. It is your safe zone and study area.


Go to school for what you want to, what your're interested in, not what other people want. You are the one living this life, any regrets you have will be yours to bear. So have fun, school is the most important thing to getting in a career you love. You only have one shot at life, you should make every moment count.


To go ahead and pursue my career choice as far as education is concerned.


Hey college senior, you are almost there! 1) If you're in an IB or AP or any other program, do not think you're 'amazing' , 'the shit' or better than others. Once you're out of HS, these things do not matter. 2) Do well (do your best) on the SAT/ ACT. They count, A LOT. 3) Enjoy your time now, you may think college will be all partying and no studying- it's the complete opposite. IT IS TOUGH. 4) You might be 'ready to get out of this place', but if a school nearby is cheaper, go to it. You will thank me later. :) 5) Not all your friendships will carry over from highschool, pick a few good friends that you would stay in contact with. And get close to them, instead of getting close to everyone. 6) Don't get too overwhelmed. Breathe. Relax and take it slowly. Set aside time for everything. Family, friends, applications and school work. 7) Apply for scholarships! Anything and everything. Whether it's for $200 or $20,000. Apply! 8) Stop daydreaming so much about the future. Things don't always go as planned. 9) Enjoy your worry free time.


GO TO COLLEGE RIGHT AFTER HIGH SCHOOL... do not put it off.. because life has a way of moving forward whether you want it to or not. If you do have to delay for a while, get back to it as soon as you can because a formal education and a degree will always help you in whatever path you choose and put you in line for better paying jobs and better job opportunities. College helps you in hidden ways (better computer skills, better english/writing skills, communication skills) so just DO IT.


Assuming I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior knowing what i know now being a freshmen in college. Id tell myself to make it last,get to know all you can and educate yourself beyond what you think you only should know because some people say some things you dont need to learn because its not going to be in your everyday life. Develop your independence. Take initiative when it comes to yourself. Your parents are no longer there with you every day. It's time to take responsibility for yourself.Be prepared,Decided on classes. If you know your major, try planning the your first year or two. It will help you feel like you have something to work toward. However, if you haven't decided what to study, try getting the general education requirements that are needed. These can help you decide your major.Get involved. Join a club, volunteer Have fun. Studying is important, but so is having fun. Go out with your friends when you can. have fun and you'll find that anything can be fun when you're with your friends.But be ready for college.


The advice I would give myself would be don't waste your time for a guy. If you have a test you need to study for or an essay you had to do, do it. Don't spend all your time with a guy. He isn't worth it in the long run.


Eric; this is your future speaking to you, don't be afraid, I'm not here to spook you, but to enlighten you on what our future holds based on the decisions you make now. I know it seems unfair as a 17 year old to make life altering decisions without first knowing the end result of those choices, but who said life is fair? It isn't , the sooner you realize this, the better off you we be. Life is just; in other words life returns to you what you put into it. Poor choices based on emotions and little or no research produce poor results that sometimes take years or even a lifetime to recover. Great choices based on logic and solid research produce great opportunities that can last years or perhaps a lifetime. Research; that is my advice to you young man, research what really motivates you, what you would do for free if money were not an issue, research analytically your family memebers choices and the results they produced, duplicate them and expect the same results; learn from them and change your destiny. I'm your future life has been rough, choose wisely young man.


I would try to instill good study habits in myself. Unfortunately, I was always naturally gifted in academics and I never really tried in high school while graduating with about a 3.4 GPA. Now, I have to try so much harder because of the simple fact that I don't have good study habits! I would also tell myself to enjoy life and have fun while the opportunity is prime because now, with full-time online classes, a full-time job, and a 10 month old daughter, there is very little time for relaxation and having fun for myself.


If it were possible for me to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would definitely tell myself to be prepared. I would make sure that I knew how much effort I would have to put forth in order to be successful in college. I would make myself start putting in twice the amount of time spent in class, at home studying. I would be a lot more serious about my decisions and study all of the majors/career choices that I was debating on a little more in-depth. I wouldn't of taken the transition so lightly and would have prepared myself so that I wouldn't make the same mistakes my freshman year of college as I did in high school.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself, I would be very hard on myself. Knowing what I know now I would have to say join the military and get a college education. Life will happen if if you want it to stop. An education early in life will make things so much easier on yourself later on in life. If you would have worked as hard on trying college as you did getting out of it you may have gone on to truly great things. I do not regret the decisions I have made in my life but if I would have had a college education some things may have been easier to accomplish.


Always seek help. Ask questions. If you don't know the best route for you, talk to an advisor or counselor. Services are free, so take advantage of them !


If I could go back in time and speak to myself as a high school senior, I would tell my self not to be so scared. I would tell my self to start sooner rather than later. I would also tell myself that one does not have to be the smartest person in the world to go to college just the most determined.


Knowing what I know now about college life and experiences, I would love to be able to talk to myself as a highschool senior! I would tell myself NOT TO QUIT! I would tell myself that your education should come first, and the longer you wait the harder it is. I would beg myself to not take that "break" after high school and to just continue with my education. The longer you wait, the more responsibilities you will have to juggle along with your classes. Go while it's easy to do!


Dear high school Ruth, Please take your education seriously. Being accepted into the cool group and finding fun weekend parties will fade fast, and will seriously limit your future successes. Don't take a class just because your friends are taking it. Take the courses that are in your degree plan. Set your education goals, and study hard! Keep your grade point average high. You are capable and you should apply yourself to your studies. Finish your degree, and do not quit for anyone. You will regret it later if you do. Graduate and get a great job, save for your retirement and take care of your health. You only get one chance to do it the easy way. Don't blow it. Much Love, Future Ruth 48 and finishing AA degree in Engineering


I would tell myself to study more and get in the habit of being alittle more on time, I had a real problem with that at first. I'd also tell myself to get the best teachers I've experienced already or to atleast not get one or two. Grants also should have been applied for while in highschool, I was in the mindset that highschool would last forever.


WoW! There is alot of advice that I could think to give myself as a high school senior. When I was a high school senior I was already a mother to a child less than 1 years of age. I actually barely graduated due to becoming a parent but I was determine not to be another statistic and get my high school diploma. Well I got my diploma but decided to take a break from school. Unfortunately the break turned into me not wanting to go back at all because I got what I THOUGHT was a good job at SallieMae. Well my breack turned in to 10 years. I realized that I wanted more and that I was sick of working paycheck to paycheck although I knew it would be hard being a single parent but I could do it. With that said, my advice to myself would be to go straight to college out of highschool with no break. If I would have only been as motivated then as I am now I would have already accomplished my goals. Even though I waited so long nothing can stop me from seeing my dreams!


Do not get caught up with your social life too much. There are way more important things in life than having friends and partying. Keep your goals in mind, and do whatever it takes to be successful and and be proud of your accomplishments.


Sign up for dual enrolled classes and take everything seriously. Don't take senior free or co-op classes, instead take more math and science electives