During high school I was an over-achiever. I always had to take the hardest classes, always make an A, and also very involved in school and community organization. After high school I went to college where I earned an Associate's degree. During college I had the same mentality as I did in high school. I was always busy; I worked full-time, had 18 to 21 hours on my schedule overy semester, and held office in several organizations. After earning my Associate's degree, I found myself worn out and burned out; therefore, I took a few years off from school to work. Now I am back in school and loving it; but, now I am taking a much slower pace. If I could speak to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself that while taking education seriously is a must, one must also take some time to enjoy life. I would also tell myself that if I would slow down and not be in such a hurry to finish, I would not be so burned out that I would take a break - causing myself to become behind in my education by a few years.
First and foremost I would tell myself to work harder and try your best. It might sound cliche but it is so important. I would tell myself that being popular is so irreleant outside of highschool, that having fewer real friends is more important that having a ton of fake friends. I would tell myself that being smart is more attractive that acting like you're not and that you should be totally confident in who you are as a person. Don't follow the crowd and don't keep anyone around who tells you that you can't do something. You can literally do anything you put your mind to if you continue to work for it. I would tell myself that life is hard, and that there isn't anything that you can do about it except to have a good head on your shoulders. Lastly, I would tell myself to live in the moment and appreciate the things that you have... especially your family, because when it all comes down to it family really truly is everything.
I would tell myself that I'm not stupid, that I can do anything I set out to do. I would also tell myself to reach for the stars...that I can do anything, be anyone, if I just work hard and remain focused. I would also stress the importance of not waiting until the age of 42 to start school.
It is going to be a rough road, but in the end it will be more than worth it. Dont be shy, dont be scared, and just try your hardest!
I would explore more college and major options during my junior and senior year, otherwise, I wouldn't change a thing!