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

First of all, I would tell myself that everyone needs some time management training before entering college. There is no way around it and even if you think you are prepared, you are not. Along those lines, remember to pace yourself. Do not leave everything till the last minute nor take on too many classes, activities, jobs, etc. Overdoing things can really hamper your grades and life in general, though you do not want to do too little because you will not be prepared when you graduate college. Additionally, in college the teachers will help you if necessary but it is the responsibility of the student to let them know if there is trouble with something, just as doing the work and showing up to class is the student's responsibility. If you do not have any drive to be in school then you will not succeed because too much responsibility is placed on yourself, and essentially you will be wasting your money. You do not need to know what you want to do with your life (a lot of students do not know either and some that do will change their major later on), however you do need drive.

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I know you don't know what career you want to pursue now, but I am you in the future and I know exactly what you want. You want to be a firefighter and improve upon public safety. Move up to San Luis Obispo asap, you'll love it there. Go to Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria (Santa Maria sucks, but the community college is great) and take out loans/ apply for financial aid, you're gonna need it. Make a detailed plan of classes needed for getting Associates degrees in Fire, EMS, and Psychology while getting your transfer requirements done. All of these have a lot of classes in common, so they won't take to long. Try to make a time frame of less than three years for Community College and work on an ambulance if possible. Next transfer to Cal Poly SLO, Major in Psychology, travel abroad and learn spanish. Once you're B.S. is complete get Paramedic licensed and get your MPA. By this time you should have a job, be moving up in the fire department and have gotten there years earlier than me. Be open to new things and have fun!

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If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a highschool senior I would tell myself to not be so focused on people trying to bring you down or thinking you will never go anywhere. I would tell myself to focus on school and study a lot because there will be a lot of that in college. I would say to always believe in yourself no matter what anyone tells you. If you have a dream then you need to make it happen no matter what. If there is something you are passionate about, work hard, go through with it and you'll be very happy with the outcome. Never hold back because people are trying to bring you down. You need to rise above that and trust your insticts because you know yourself better than anyone else. You need to strive for success. Never live your life for someone else, live it for yourself. Do what it is you want to do and what you want out of life, not what someone else wants you to do. In May I will recieve my Associates in Visual Art. I proved everyone wrong who never believed in me.

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Aaron. In 8 years you're going to wish that you had known this. It would make things a lot easier in the future. 1) STUDY. Those grades will make it easier for you to get a better degree (aka more money). 2) PUT THE ALCOHOL DOWN AND SAVE YOUR MONEY. You'll want that money for more exciting things to happen in Hollywood. 3) BE NICE TO YOUR FAMILY. There will be times in the future where you will need their help. Although they love you, you don't show it as much. 4) BE THANKFUL. You'll meet and lose a couple friends along your way. Life IS short, don't take them for granted. 5) TRY. Depression is a horrible thing. But if that energy spent reflecting could be directed towards something else, hard telling what you can do! A lot of your mistakes, misfortune and overall lessons learned are normal. Don't let them get to you too much. You only live once (as far as we know).... enjoy it. Be.... Happy. Oh, and hey. You'll meet a girl in MN. Be nice to her. Trust me. You'll regret it otherwise.

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If I was to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would first tell myself to take the time to really think about what type of career to go into. With so many different career paths it can be difficult to choose just one! Keep in mind that one can minor in a subject. For example one can minor in Spanish and major in Communications. It makes sense to minor in a subject that can be helpful for your major. Secondly, I would tell myself to do some research on student loans and how to apply for scholarships. Trying to get financial aid, a student loan, or a scholarship can be very difficult, so do not be afraid to ask questions! Use your resources, go online, use the telephone, talk to diffent professors. Remember to not rush through college, and focus as much as you can on school, four years will go by fast! I would also tell myself to not forget about Study abroad, Internships, and Graduate school. And lastly, don't forget to have fun!

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Hello John, yes it's you! Listen, you're doing a great job taking all these AP classes, but dont go into university next year thinking you are all that and can do the "college work." You will struggle, and doing things by yourself just won't cut it anymore. Open up, join some study groups, get mentally and physically strong and you will be able to tackle this like you will getting over the death of your parents. Remember, our parents are extremely proud of us for doing so well, and although I cannot tell you when tragedy will strike; "all the while thinking in my mind, 2 loving family members will pass in a very short time, and that mental strongness will be needed then more than ever." Alright, I've taken enough time, that statistics book is starting to turn green and you are slowly falling asleep as I ramble. Talk to you soon John, I'm always here in your mind because I, am you.

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If I could go back to talk to my self in high school, I would tell my self not to worry about the future so much because it always works out for the best. Something that I have learned that my past self didn't know is that all the really great things in life take time but with enough patience and dedication; you will be able to do and ahieve anything. also, I would like to tall my past self to enjoy life every moment of the high school experiance because it wont come again and to trust myself thats the most important advice I could give myself becasue without that becoming successful becomes a lot harder. Overall, with all the advice that I could give I don't think I would becasue I am quiet happy with the way things turned out. I wouldn't be the person I am today without learning from those mistakes and growing from them.

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If i could go back in time to be a high school senior i would give myself different advice. I would for one tell myself to put in for all of the scholarships that i possibly could. Scholarships are really important and back in highschool i did not realize it. I also would tell myself to start saving oney for college back then. Another type of advice i would tell myself would be to know what i really want to do before i start college and know what my major is about and put my whole heart and soul into it. I would say to really loook at your future and plan it out so you do not have to do it when you are graduating and have a ton of loans to pay back. That is what i would tell myself if i got to go back in time to my senior year.

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I would have to say that college is the best experience I have went through yet in life, although I have made some bad decisions while in college. The decisions I made were not the best and hurt me in the long run, the attitude I had when I entered college, was that it was much easier than high school, and I could attend class when I wanted. Well, I was all wrong, and learnt the hard way. I had to pick up the pieces and work twice as hard in order to pick up my GPA, grades, and my great reputation that I once had. You have to work hard in order to make it through college and follow what major you want. Do not be scared to change majors, if you do not feel the current one is right, then move onto something you like more.

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If I could go back in time to when I was a high school senior I would tell myself to always take as many challenging courses as possible, to contunuesly work hard because it is always worth it in the end. I would also tell myself to do certain things for myself becuase you can not please everyone, and that it is important to do the things that make you happy. I would just tell myself that there is always a reason why your teacher is telling you something that you think is not important at the time. The most important thing you can do is to always work hard and to do things to the best of your ability.

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