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

When applying to college, choose the one that is best for YOU, not the one your friends, boyfriend or parents want you to attend. You are the one who will attend for 4 years, make sure it is the best fit for you. Learn the deadlines for applying for admission, FASFA and scholarships. Don’t let an opportunity pass you by because you missed a deadline! College is expensive and it will be more enjoyable if you aren’t paying for it out of pocket! Earning scholarships is a challenging, daunting very competitive task. Extracurricular activities and volunteering are your friend for scholarships! Do not procrastinate. It may seem everyone is pulling all nighters preparing for tests and projects, however if you plan your time wisely it isn’t always necessary. However sleep IS a necessity for achieving good grades and staying healthy. Coffee and power naps will only get you so far. If you are always on the move or studying, you will miss some of the best days. Slow down and breathe. Take it all in. Life doesn’t wait and if you miss it, it is gone forever. There is no going back. And last, enjoy it!

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If I could go back in time knowing what I know now, I would tell myself to do more research in what I want to become. I realized that in high school I was one of those student who always said "I want to go for pharmacy" or "I want to become a doctor"-- but I never actually got out there and job shadowed or did any volunteer work that was in a healthcare setting to expose myself. I would also tell myself to do dual enrollment, where I can go ahead and take college courses such as English Composition I and II to get it out of the way because English at a University is time consuming-- especially when you are taking 17 hours of college courses in Math and Science. Overall, if I was more exposed and did my research in volunteering and job shadowing when I was a Senior in High school I could have realized what I wanted to major in sooner. The more experience we have in the areas we are interested in the more we find out what we want to major and stick with it!

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I would tell my high school self to pay attention in class. There were many instances that an assignment seemed familiar yet I could not put my thumb on why. I would tell my high school seft to keep all assignments and notes from any English or Science class because they will be useful in college. I would also tell my high school self to keep all her writings and poems because she would enter into this amazing club that would appreciate her talent. I would tell her that it is ok to have fun as long as you make sure to get the work done. I would also tell my high school self that when she gets to college, life will be better and safer. I would tell her to just have confidence and new friends show up randomly at just the right moment. I would make sure she has hope and she is more excited for college than I was.

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If i could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, i would advise myself to study harder, take lots of online classes, and make more goals for myself to accomplish. I would tell myself to worry less about high school drama, and pay mor attention to my english teach about writting essays. I would tell myself to not hold back and have all the fun I could. I would tell myself to take more advantage of all the teachers and staff that were willing to help me. I would direct myself to stay on a straight and narrow path. I would tell myself to develope a stronger relationship with the Lord, and keep true friends closer.

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College is definitely time for fun and partying but the academics should come first because students are there to get an education. I would tell myself to have all the fun in high school because college gets more and more serious the further you advance in completing your major. Battling athletics and academics is not so easy at times. The mind has to be responsible and self-controlled to accomplish what needs to be accomplished while you are in college.

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Learning to manage and organize my material would be the biggest advice I would tell myself in high school. I was a organized senior and very neat, but the college life is demanding of excellence. With all notes being labeled, headed, highlighted, there is no room for a slight misplacement of information. Staying on top of your schoolwork is the key to college successfullness.

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The best advice i could give myself if i could go back in time would be to more confident of myself and not to be too nervous. I could have enjoyed my first year in college if i had been more confident of myself. I also would have been able to make more friends if i had not been so self-conscious and shy.

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I would tell myself that I can do anything if I put my mind to it. I am capeable of doing anything.

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