Hawaii Pacific University Top Questions

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

Andrew

I would remind myself that I am working towards something; a better life and an adventure that I couldn't possibly imagine while in high school. No class, club or activity is meaningless, and it can all be used to build a profile for the future. I would tell myself to get involved; because the teamwork will be important later in life. I would also tell myself to follow my interests, and not to worry about following the crowd. There will be a day that there is a fit for my interests. I would remind myself to not worry about social struggles. There is a world out there where everyone fits in, and where everyone has a unique spot to fill. Finally, I would tell myself that my parents were right. They told me that high school would seem distant once I started college, and that there was a whole new reality that is exciting and interesting and feels relevent towards meeting my goals in life.

KristyLee

Thus far, my college experience has taught me many different things that would have been nice to know about in high school. College is actually twenty times harder than high school and there is no such thing as studying the night before and getting an A on an exam. I would tell my high school self to enjoy the amount of academic freedom because once you get to college, things get much harder. I would definitely tell myself to loosen up a little and learn to say NO sometimes. In high school I had many responsibilities that ranged from being class president, being a captain of wrestling team, national honor society, and helping my dad raise my two younger siblings. I would always say yes when someone asked a favor of me, and sometimes it got the best of me. I would always be exhausted physically and mentally, but somehow I made it work. I learned to be an independent hard working young lady.

Devyn

Really learn about your financial aid and apply for as many scholarships, grants, and whatever other free money you can have.

Tiana-Lei

The first thing I would tell my high-school-senior-self is to be more aware of the events happening around the globe. In college, professors will always mention the news (local, national, and global). My first semester of taking World Geography, I had no idea what the professor was talking about and I should have been more updated about the world news while I was in high school. My second advice would be to really focus on writing, and when I mean writing, I mean writing research papers. It will be the death of you, but if you know how to structure a paper with organization and fluidity, then it'll achievable. Learn everything that you can in high school, even if it doesn't seem to matter in the moment. You never know if your professor in college might test you on that very same subject that you hated in high school.

Kira

Do your homework and get some networking done. Definately apply for classes yourself because your counselor is going to overwork you with too many classes. Call out people when they are rude. Don't hide behind "I'm fine" and make sure your partner is secure because it will be detrimental if you lie to them like that.

brandon

So listen dude, you need to quit messing around with your video games and get more serious about your studies. If you put the work in now and get your grade point average up, not only will you do better in college, but you will qualify for some awesome grants. Many scholarships require you to have a high GPA as well. The top colleges are very competitive and you will need good grades to be accepted. It wouldn't be a bad idea if you began to do some volunteer work in your community because many colleges and scholarships are looking for individuals who have done community service. One area you need to really step up your game in is your general education, such as reading, writing and arithmetic. The majority of your time in college will be spent reading, writing and doing math. The better you are in those areas when you enter college the easier college will be for you. So, set some limits now on those video games and put the extra time into focusing on school and you will find college easier and more rewarding.

Ashley

Be prepared to have no money. As a college student now, I wish I would have saved more money for books and the things I need. I wish I would have saved up at least five thousand dollars for my expenses. Being on your own allows young adults to prepares them to support themselves. When living with your parents asking them for twenty dollars every now and then seemed like nothing, but when you have no income and have debts (if you need them) college can be a difficult transition for money. I have had to create a major budget and watch my expenses carefully. More advice I would give myself is freshman 15 exists! Though my college gives healthy food choices and warns students about their eating habits, I wish I would have taken it more seriously. Exercise is difficult to accomplish when five days a week you are going to school, studying and doing homework takes away at least eight hours a day. When the weekend comes around you dont want to work out. I wish I would have introduced myself to spending the extra money I have on healthier food. It will benefit in the long run.

Jacob

If I had the opportunity to go back and advise myself about making the transition between high school and college there are three main things I would say. I would preach the necessity of scholarships, the importance of patience, and how much procrastination actually hurts you in the real world. Living on your own is hard enough without having to worry about student loans. I believe the focus should be on your education, not how you're going to afford next month's tuition. Equally important is the patience needed to deal with people; whether dealing with language barriers or cultural differences, you must possess this trait for personal growth. I have learned the hard way that the most common and detrimental quality among college students is procrastination. This is harmful because it takes away from the quality of your work and is one of the main stressors on campus. I firmly believe that knowing these qualities as a high school senior would have saved me much wasted time and effort while adjusting to life on my own in college.

Cretian

An advice I would give myself is to know what I want to do before I enter college. I would tell myself to pick a major I would want to stick with and seem interesting to me that I know I would like. Once I have told myself to choose a major before going to college, I would also tell myself to look for the requirements for that specific major and plan out my four years of college. Planning out my four years ahead of time could help me because it would allow me to finish school on time without spending extra money for classes I could have taken during the school year. Lastly, I would tell myself not to stress out so much because college is similar to high school, except I am responsible for all my actions I make.

Gnei Dimple

Well, being seventeen again would be amazing because knowing what I know about college I would tell my self to save as much money as possible. It seems that ever since I attended college it has been money trouble from day one. To be honest I think I would tell myself to not go to HPU and go to community college so I would at least have more money saved and then transferred to HPU and not worry about money 24/7. Being nineteen and living at home with my family and finding the struggles to survive college has been difficult. I think the best option for me would have been to go to community college and to also have more self-confidence in myself. Students in high school were mean from day one because of my acne problems and my academic skills. I wish I would have stood up for myself becaue I know in college people accepted me for myself becaue I was being 100% myself with my humor and kindness. All and all I would tell myself to be the best person I could be and just keep trying hard.

Shaun

I would have taken my academic progress much more seriously. I did not attend college immediately after high school, I waited until I was 31 to go back to school. If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior I would scream "Go to college you dumby!' After yelling at myself I would explain to myself the oppurtunities that I was eliminated from becuase of not going to college, after that I would probably have to explain to my former self how I gained so much weight. All joking aside I would like to thank you for considering me for this scholarship.

Jessica

Knowing what I know now I would simply tell myself to remember my worth and to stay focused because I lost that mindset, temporarily, freshmen year. I would also tell myself to be sure of what you want to do, as well as staying on top of things because you cannot expect college advisors to do it for you, as well as not to second guess myself. If you really want something in life, do not look to others for validation or allow them to persuade you t do otherwise because you have to live with that decision. Take as much time as you need to focus on studies and learn who you are, without secluding yourself from others because this is the time when you will learn more about yourself than you ever thought was possible. Also, Jessica, remember that the decisions you make not will effect everything you do later in life. LEAVE THE MEN ALONE and never put your bible down. It shall keep you and guide you when the way is unclear. Don't lose yourself trying to be who others expect you to be. Remember wo you are and do not be afraid to shine.

Carly

I would tell myself, don't take it easy credit wise for the first semester, and focus on your family more than academics. This is a very important time in a person's life to develop one's self as an individual. However, you never want to live with regret of not valuing a person enough, due to taking time to be selfish and focusing on yourself. When life throws a curve ball, it is ok to take a semester off, or to go back home and take classes. Educating yourself is a priority, but not number one.

Aaron

I think three of the biggest eye openers I had when I first got to college were: 1) That you shouldn't stress to much because with good time management you have a lot more free time. 2) Age really doesn't matter. 3) Being self satisfied with your life isn't that hard. From those, I would tell my senior self to not worry about how much work you're going to have to do in college. You know you have pretty good time management skills, so you'll do just fine. Relax. I would also tell him that it's nothing like high school and that you're going to make some friends that are a lot older than you. Some twice your age, and some only five years older. But don't be intimidated like you were in your freshman year of high school, it'll be way different. Lastly I would say that you're going to meet some people that will open your eyes about things. Like how to be satisfied with your life and not let the small things get to you. Appreciate and enjoy what you have. It'll make your life better.

Rashelle

If I could give my high school self any advice it would be to thoroughly pursue your ambition by taking initiative. Nothing will benefit you more than being as active as you possibly can to reach your goals. This would mean reasearching as much as you can, being open to talking to people and building contacts, even volunteering or taking part in something extracurricular that may not even realte to what you want to do. Going out and having your own experiences is what brings and builds important relationships. Letting yourself be closed off or doing the minimum won't get you the sense of fulfillment you want. Everyone is only going to live their life once, so it would seem a waste to be conservative about what you can accomplish. I would say go out and grab the life you want; the only thing that can stand in your way is yourself. Take your ambition and fly with it.

Carolina

If I was able to go back in time and talk to my young self about college I will advice myself to never quit no matter how hard or new everything looks to never quit studying and if you can start with college credits during the Senior Year even better. Second I will recommend myself to always learn from other people and other cultures no matter the differences we are all very similar at the end. Since I come from a different country I will probably recommend to learn to speak English and more languages if possible, you’ll never know where you will end up at. I mean who knew little young me will come to the United States after graduation, joined the U.S. Navy and earn a college degree while being in active duty. Life could be really unpredictable but we have to stay positive and everything can work out. Finally I will tell myself to never forget where you come from and the moral values you stand for because you will always represent the country you are from, no matter how little the country is, always with a head high.

Kelly

Life is all about the attitude within you! The decisions you make in life, there are no benefits for anyone else but yourself. It all comes down to the way you use a special gift within your inner being called “choice”. “Choice” can either leave you with failure or success. What will your choice be?Use your attitude and your ability of choice to live life 100%, but never let the unknown distort your choices and stop you from what fate has waiting for you. Life is not about fear. It is about living your life to a grade A and when you feel your life is a grade B, C, D, or F. Fall on the attitudes that will help you get back up to a grade A. These are the attitudes that will guide you towards your successes in life. Don’t let fear get in the way. Live life fearless! Life is all about the attitude within you! What will your choice be?

SueLynn

If I were to give my high-school-self advice based on the transition to college, I would advise myself to not get caught up in my newfound freedom. From elementary until high school, it's been a routine to wake up early, go to school until the afternoon, Monday through Friday. When you register for classes in college, you can choose to take classes that fall on as little as two days a week (fulltime). This can feel so liberating at first, that you might easily choose to "forget" about a class you don't want to attend that day, or procrastinate on assignments for classes that only meet maybe twice a week. I did just enough to get by my first two semesters. Although I didn't technically waste my parents' money by failing any courses, my actions hurt my GPA, which is a whole lot easier to bring down than back up. This is hard advise to take. I'm not sure if I would even take it if I had the chance to speak to myself in high school. Taking it, though, would save a lot of effort wasted on "making the transition."

tanisha

If I could go back and talk to myself, I would tell myself to take school seriously. To be thankful for it, and not take it for granted. I would tell myself to never lose confidence in myself. I would tell myself to watch what type of friends I hang out with and to surround myself with people who care and have priorities, with school/education being one. I would tell myself to sit and plan out my future. I would tell myself to settle down with working so much and that money isn't everything. I would tell myself to go talk to councelors, teachers, anybody, they're there to help and they actually know alot!! One line I would love to tell myself is, "Tanisha, nobody said life would be easy, but no matter what obstacles come up, because many will, to always follow your dreams. Have your support, but none of that will matter if you initially don't believe in yourself. You can achieve whatever goal it is you want, as long as YOU believe you can." I would advise myself to open up my eyes to the real world, and say "you can do it."

Jennifer

During my senior year, I told myself that I would not slack off and that school is my number one priority, but all of that changes because many of my classmates, including me started to slack off in the middle of the school year. I regret tending to slcack off because I promised myself I wouldnt. Instead of going the easy route like how many other seniors did by taking all easy classes so they can get straight A's. I took hard classes that I needed in order to pursue the nursing program for college. My advice for high school seniors is to focus on school before you start focusing on having fun because if you put having fun before your education, you will end up making a decision you will regret. You will be wishing you could go back in time to focus on your grades rather then going out with your friends and not attending school because this is your last year. Make your last year worth it and stride for the best because this will be the last year to impress the faculty and staff of what you can do. Make your name memorable.

Katie

Dear High school self,

Christina

The advice I would give myself would be to not try so hard to get to know certain people first semester. I handled the college transition extremely well in almost everything, except I tried a little too hard to be friends with some people and I ended up damaging my relationships with them instead. I did make a lot of friends, but the ones that come naturally are the ones that last, and I wish I had just relaxed a little bit more.

Elizabeth

I would tell myself that I should trust myself in believing I can achieve anything if I work hard enough for it. To not be discouraged at first because things are different from how high school was. College, especially at HPU, is an experience to take in stride, with confidence and trust in your own ability to become an adult that is both concious of the world and willing to learn from mistakes without fear of being put-down. With an education from HPU, you will become a more able adult and more active in interacting with others without intimidation and learn to become prepared to grab hold onto dreams that can only become a reality if you work hard, keep focus, and not be discouraged. The change from being a teenager to the adult world is not something to fear for if you keep your goals and trust in others, you will succeed.

maud

During my college experience I learned about exploring my potential. College is not just about going to class everyday and doing homeworks but it is also about learning the neccessary skills that are important in our daily life. Being a college student help me gain confidence. I have learned to be confident from taking classes which requires me to present in front of a class to asking instructors for help with school work. I have experienced a few failures in college which taught me to have determination and to push forward with my goals. A failure is only a failure if you do not learn from it. In college, learning does not only happen in classrooms but also in the whole college experience. It is valuable to attend college not only for the degree a person will earn but also for the experience. Having a college degree will give you a better employment opportunity but the experience you gain from college is an added bonus.

Yowanda

I have gotten a sense of confidence and the value and education offers to those who would like to experience the more technical aspect of a career. I feel there is no goal too big to accomplish and have no fear in trying new things. I have found that an education can help you discover what your passion is and also what is not your passion even though you thought it was before venturing down the path towards that goal. Basically, a higher education can help you discover things you never knew existed.

Cristina

I have gotten an experience here at Hawaii Pacific University that is undeniably one of a kind. I can voucher that I do not go to a conventional college. What other school can offer "Hula" or "Surfing" as course credit? But other than what comes with the perks of being on an island, Hawaii has taught me SO much. I've felt myself grow into a stronger person. I had to learn how to survive on my own. I literally had NO ONE I knew with me. My mother couldn't afford to send me to Hawaii for a visit, therefore the first time I set foot on campus was not only my first time seeing the school, but my first time being in Hawaii in general. I flew in by myself, again due to costs. I learned how to get a job on my own and balance that out with my classes. I had to navigate around Hawaii on my own. I met new people, made new experiences, and came out overall a more dynamic individual. The experience I got from HPU was nothing close to what I was expecting, but I wouldn't change it for the world.

Aira

College is such a big tradition to the American culture. From being a high school graduate in a class of 26, it was such a big transition to get use to the college life of Hawaii Pacific University. From my college experience, I’ve got to learn to take more responsibility for myself as an "adult," making the choice of attending class to being pressured to go to parties. The college experience has taught that I am now accountable for my own actions and it is now my life. Also college was an eye opener, showing me that I have to take college seriously for this is my future. It was very valuable to attend college because it is your first step to your career but also it is the beginning of your life. College has shown me many paths and college is the one thing that can help you choose what you want to do with your life. Though I am still a freshmen college has been very valuable both socially and academically. This is the time where you meet your lifetime friends and make a decision that will change your entire life. In all college rocks!!

Benjamin

Emerson College in Boston was the first university I attended after graduating from high school. I chose Emerson because I wanted to be a writer, realizing very quickly that I didn't have anything all that interesting to write about. I believed one way to correct this was to spend the fall of 2003 in Emerson's study abroad program in Europe. This taste of living abroad, traveling constantly, meeting people I could communicate with only through body language and alcohol, affected me greatly. It made me hungry for more, and after withdrawing from Emerson a year and a half later, I spent too long time working at dead-end jobs before finally moving to Wuhan, China to teach ESL. I met my wife there. She encouraged me to go back to school and promised to move back to America with me. After two semesters at University of North Florida, I have maintained a 3.72 GPA and plan to apply to graduate schools for 2012. My college experience has been - for almost ten years - my life, even while not enrolled in school. Without the influence of those three semesters in Boston, my life would be a boring, wasted existence.

Julie

My most valuable college experience has nothing to do with college itself (but then, we all know you learn more from actually living than from listening to a lecture). My university is comprised of 1/3 Hawaiian, 1/3 mainland, and 1/3 international students. I grew up in Colorado, which is 98% white. Living in HPU's diverse community has changed my view of the world, and of people. Perhaps the most important aspect of this diversity is discrimination and racism. There are many fabulous Hawaiians whom I call my friends, but I also distinctly remember a comment from one Hawaiian: "I hate white people, but I'm not racist." Some Hawaiians do hate white people. They hate us for the past, for what we've stolen from them, and the worst part is they're probably right. But it's still racism. That's the most valuable experience I've had. I've learned what it's like to be hated for the color of my skin, for the crimes of my fathers. There is no such thing as reverse discrimination, it's simply discrimination, and it is always wrong. Knowing how it feels, however, is invaluable perspective.

Klaire

I have learned that college was a prize to be made not a prize to be won. I chose a college that suited me well despite what others say about my college decision. Although this is just my first semester and third month at Hawaii Pacific University, I must admit that it has been, so far, the greatest three months of learning I have ever received since grade school. The instructors I have are profoundly passionate about what they teach. Furthermore, HPU instructors remarkably do their best to help when students are in need of assistance. Students are free to let the instructor know whether or not the pacing of the lecture is too quick, too slow, or just right. When students are stressing before a test, HPU instructors carefully explain to the students what to know and review what will be on the test. In COM, I have learned that mid-terms, finals, and other tests are a “celebration of knowledge.” With that in mind, I became more excited to learn about new concepts, new lessons, and further my knowledge than simply skim at through the surface of new ideas. I value beating the deadlines instead of meeting them.

Madilyn

I have gotten more confidence in my abilities to perform well in a harder academic situation. I am very grateful for this and all the opportunities I am now presented with everyday. It has been valuable to me because I had started to doubt myself academically even though in my last year I recieved a 4.0 GPA. Now I am confident in my abilities and am moving more towards my ultimate goal.

Elizabeth

Education is the most important thing my parents taught me to be the only treasure that cannot be stolen from me wherever I go. My college experience taught me that no matter how old or how young an individual is, it is never too late to get an education. No matter how you look like and what color is your skin is, you have the right to get an education and be better person. It is valuable to attend college because my experience helped me gained diverse perspective of looking at life differently. It is not only about books and learning skills but is also taught me the lessons of life through relationships, teamwork, individual uniqueness and camaraderie. It is valuable to me because it cultivated me in developing my values, beliefs and virtues. It paved a way to make my dreams come true and enlighten me to understand everything around me. It establishes confidence in me that I can face life with decisions and accept success and failures as part of living and know that learning does not end there but is a lifelong process and still continues until I am breathing.

Jenna

I have become a very independent person since I have started college. I have learned how to write a twenty page paper, which at one time I thought was next to impossible. Since school has started I have developed good study skills and time organization. I have learned that I not only want to major in Psychology, but also major in Justice Administration. They both are extremely facinating to me and I want to make a different in many young peoples lifes within the court systems. I feel like I would become a great child psychologist.

Melissa

I have gotten a lot out of my college experience at Hawaii Pacific Health. I have learned so much about life, our community, and global issues from my professors. They have taught me so much over the past few years. My professors taught my how important history, national news, the economy, politics, and etc. is in the social work field. I have met great faculty and the other students in my class are wonderful and caring. Every professor that I have all care about how we do in school and are always there for the students if they need any help at all. They do not want to see us fail and to have the professors look out for us is a motivator to do really well in school. I have attended many different schools in different states and I can honestly say that I have never felt such a part of something that will affect our community in a positive way. I would recommend other students to attend this school if they are looking for diversity and small class size with professor that look out for your best interest.

Florence

I attended Hawaii Pacific University for my Bachelors in Computer Science and I attended Charminade University in Honolulu for my Masters Degree. My college experience coupled with my professional experience as an active duty United States Air Force airman was invaluable because it extended my learning well beyond my current life experience and pushed me to reach my fullest learning potential. The Computer Science program was extremely valuable becasue it allowed me to re-engineer my skills and I prepared for my transition from the United States Air Force and the Masters Degree, an MBA prepared me for the application of business as I transitioned from military to corporate experiences. Both my degrees, a technical degree in computer science along with my MBA gave me a much needed advantage in the workforce and greatly enhanced my resume for a second career immediately upon retirement in 2001. It allowed me to position myslelf for greater advantage in the career force, helped me achieve unbelievable heights in my own learning potential and challenged me to reach higher heights. I now hold an Excecutive Management position with a major defense contractor focused on computer sciences and I have also become a lifelong learner.

Vasil

The college life makes the young people to mature. The college is the border between the youth and maturity. When I got in my college for the first time in my life some years ago, I did not realize that I would start a new life that is very different from the previous. To study in college is very different than to study in high-school. When people study in college, they bring greater responsibilities for their actions. Also the college students are separated from their families and they need to control their life alone by themselves because there is nobody to help them. Everybody should helps himself. When I went to college, I became independent from my family and I had to find financial resources to support myself. It was not so easy in the begining because I had relied in all my life only on my family but I succeeded to conform to the difficulties of my new life. Now, when I'm already a graduate student, I feel that this experience that I have passed through was very useful to build my character of a strong person.

Chamaigne

College is a dramatic change from high school. Have fun, but understand that your college careert directly affects your life's career. Study hard and work with other students in your field to help through your studies. Your study group will be a great support system, as all of you are in the same boat. Have time with them both in school and out of school. Participate in class/group activities, these times offer some of the best opportunities for learning, even if you say the wrong answer, your classmates will still support you because many of them probably didn't know the answer too. Get your degree now, just do it and especially just finish it!

Brandon

If I could go back and talk to myself as a highschool senior, I would tell myself to enroll in as many college credit highschool courses as possible and take the highest level of math available to me at the time. Colleges accept high maths as they would college level math and I would have saved myself that hassle of taking math again. I also would tell myself to relax and enjoy my time as a senior and not to grow up so fast. Graduate highschool with the highest GPA possible so that you can obtain some kind of scholarship to help take the financial burden of your parents as well as yourself. I would say: "Brandon, relax, enjoy this last year of highschool and when you do get to college, go full-time, year round, and hit it as hard as you can!"

Cami

I would tell myself to be organized, collected, and confident. I would make sure that I was dedicated, and tell myself that no matter how hard it may get, no matter how many late nights I will spend drilling myself on science and history, no matter how many times I throw my pen across the room in frustration because I can not figure out the math problem, no matter the tears and the discouragement, I would tell myself that it will be all worthwhile, and to keep going. I would encourage myself to learn what helps me to study the best early, so that I would be prepared and not waste time trying to figure it out. My high school self would need to know that even though I would be making the transition to a new place, I would find friends and have experiences that I would never regret or forget. Above all else, I would tell myself to wake up each morning determined to do my best, and to look forward to each experience that would come my way. Dont go to school with a bad attitude, and you will learn so much more.

Lori-Ann

High school seniors have difficult decisions to make taking the big step forward toward college life. I feel college is an important aspect on your future goals and career; however you need to be mentally prepared and be ready for higher level of education. College allows placing you in a different mentality and provides you with all the necessary tools to accomplish your goals; you just need to find it in yourself to utilize these tools to your advantage. Responsibility and building a good GPA is the key to success. It will open the doors to many opportunities and advancement to programs and career choices. My advice to accomplish good grades in a course would be to: 1) discipline yourself study time, 2) turn in assignments by the specified deadline and 3) asking instructors/professors assistance or asking questions if there is confusion on an assignment or project. Master writing papers is essential, any course you register for will need some form of paper writing. Having experienced college life, I really hope you will think about what I said and use it to your advantage and you will succed and adjust really well to college life.

Stephanie

When I was a high school senior, I considered attending a community college to help save money financially while I finished the pre-requisites and core classes needed for my nursing major. I thought it would be easier financially and that I could transfer the credits to the University I wanted to attend. However, if I had known sooner, I would have directly attended the University as a freshmen to complete my core classes there so that I may finish earlier. The University I am attending now allowed the students into the Nursing School by how many home university credits they have as the tier system. Because of this tier system, I had to take other classes to increase the amoutn of credits I had at the University after transferring into the school. I would tell myself the transition into this University would have been as easy as transitioning to a community college as this university offers small class sizes as well.

Barton

Making the transition is easy; although you have to be smart when managing your time. The first week is the busiest so coordinate with your roomate (if you have one) what each of you will bring. You can start learning people's names and where they're from during this busy moving in process. Your going to meets lots of different people. Don't be scared of going out of your room and meeting everyone. They're just as scared as you are when starting college. Keep a good attitude and you'll do fine. If you're scared of going outside, you should keep your door open so people can drop in and say hi. The key thing right now in high school is to work as hard as you can. I think high school is tougher than college because you have less free time in high school. Get as much scholarships as you can so you don't have to waste your own money. It's important to have money in college. Also, keep your grades up! This is the most important thing because then you'll have an easier time not having to worry about money.

Nicholas

Unlike high school college requires the use of real people to succeed in. You can't just look everything up on wikipedia or google, cause the answers are not there. The people you meet and how you interact with them will be the most important thing you will take from your school, because college is not just working to get that peice of paper at the end. That peice of paper will mean nothing if you have nowhere to go after that, moving back home is moving backward. You need to come out of your shell, meet people, try new things, join clubs and groups, learn how to interact with people. You will learn more from the people around you than you will from any teacher, teachers are there to guide you and help you with the fact but the people around you are the next group of leaders in this world. Everytime that voice in your head questions you cause you might look foolish ask yourself how all these people got hear, do it put yourself out there.

Codi

Being able to go back in time to talk to myself as a senior would help me out alot. There were alot of things I was not yet prepared for. One of the things I wasn't prepared for completly was applying for scholarships. I would have to tell myself that good grades aren't enough, and I would talk myself into joining more clubs. I would also warn myself about the other hidden costs of college life, such as groceries,shampoo, soap and other things I didn't think about or save up for. However, the one thing I would've warned my highschool self about is, never wash colorful towels with your laundry, it will turn all your whites multicolors, and not in the cool tie-dye kind of way.

April

If I were to go back in time as a high school senior, I would tell myself to fill out a lot of scholarships no matter what. Also to study very hard and balance your work. Filling out more scholarships is a main thing for me as a college student because I can't afford the money for my tuition and books. So the more scholarships I apply for, wheather I've been awarded or not, it will benefit towards my college tuition and expenses. It's not easy to just get money out of your own pocket by yourself or your parents. In high school, I was the typical student that played sports and didn't do much studying. So my advice then was to practice or get the habit of reading more and studying because it will help during the transition towards college. If you don't study the materials, your more likely to fail. Thus of course if your a genius. But in the end your capable of having to get a good passing grade with all the hard work and effort.

Alexander

Alex, time management is key in maintaining your grades and stress level in college. Do everything ahead of time, that way you always have time to do other things. Secondly, even though you aren?t too sure what to major in right now, it isn?t something to worry about just yet. Take your general education requirements and your major will come to you in time. Thirdly, make sure you request off from work the day before every exam, that way you have ample time to study. If you?re having a hard time in any class, don?t hesitate to get tutoring. If you wait till the last minute, it may be too late or you will be overloaded with material you don?t understand. Study groups are good way to learn as well. Other students may know the answers to your questions, and you may know the answers to theirs. Lastly, you are going to meet a lot of new people. Being cautious of who you trust will save you a lot of heartache. Other than that HAVE SOME FUN and BE SAFE!

Tara

College is a very important step in life. It provides the foundation for students' dreams and career desires. It is also essential that students get the proper education to pursue their career choice. If I could go back in time to talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to look at specific professors once I selected a college to attend. To me, that's what makes college easy and fun when learning. I would tell myself to take classes according to the professors rather than by how easy the class sounds or how little of a workload there is. Once in college, I would say that it is important to see your professor for help if you are ever stuck because they are always willing to help. First semester, I took two hard classes. What I thought would suck every day, those classes turned out to be fun for me because of the professors. I found myself learning something interesting every day. The material that I learned in those classes is information that will stay with me forever unlike my easy-going classes. Choosing professor over simplicity will be the best decision of your life.

Betsy

If I was granted the oppertunity to recede to the past I would give myself one vital piece of information: START EARNING COLLEGE CREDITS NOW! To earn a Bachelor's Degree at Hawai'i Pacific University I need to complete 124 credits. If I knew then the demand and amount of classes I needed to take I would have quickly enrolled in a college back home and earn my general education credits sooner. Besides that, I believe I paced myself well for the transition to a college that was nearly 6,000 miles away from home, I simply reminded myself why I was here and what I needed to do.

Monica

Assuming I could go back in time, talk to myself as a high school senior, and knowing what I know now about college life the advice I would give myself is to be honest with myself and think about what I really want to pursue. I would ask myself, if money wasn't a factor in my life, what would I like to become? What would I like to learn more about? What interests me? Cherish each and every moment of life, because you never know what will happen in the future. Love life. Love yourself. Love Others. Do your best; do your very best; and do it everyday. Last but not least, smile sunshine. :)

Tami

The advise I would give my self if I could go back would be to stay at home and take general classes there for the first year and then transfer to HPU. It would save a lot of money not just from tuition and houseing but also plane fares as well. Taking classes at a coummunity college close to home would give me the oppatunity to get the general classes done in my first year and then when I transfered I could go right into my major requiements instead of wasting time and money taking them here. I would also keep me on track so i could graduate with my undergraduats with in four years instead of haveing to go an extra year.

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