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


I would tell myself not to procrastinate and take charge in your college future. Don't settle for the bare minimum and shoot higher than you think you can achieve. If you want it bad enough you can have it you just have to try harder and motivate yourself everyday. If I could tell my hish school senior self anything it would have been to focus on applying for scholarships and applying to other colleges rather than focusing on my student government position. I would have prioritized my time better and I would have tried my best to make smarter decisions.


Take as many classes as possible so you cna transition quickly don't be afraid to succeed and grow.


I would tell myself to study harder and get better grades because it does pay off. The higher your GPA, the more scholarships are available. I graduated high school with a 2.7 GPA and was fortunate to have one scholarship fund me. Most scholarships that I looked up required a 3.0 or higher. Had I maintained a very high GPA, I would have joined the National Honor Society. That's okay though. Now that I'm in college, I'm doing better than I did in high school. My cumulative GPA is 3.58 (nothing lower than a B on my report card) and plan to join Phi Theta Kappa. Phi Theta Kappa will open a lot of doors for me in the future.


Back in high school I was a little above average kind of student. So if I could go back to the past to give myself an advice, the school related advice I would've told myself would be to have taken certain classes more seriously rather than just getting by just to finish school and get a good grade. With that I would've also told myself to not give up, no matter how hard the class was, that all it took was more study time. I would have also told myself to practice improving my study habits, to go out less and use that time wisely to study because after high school, the social life isn't as important as school. Lastly, I would've also told myself to save money sooner, listen to my Geometry teacher who told me to open an account on ING Direct, I should've followed through earlier! But besides all that, I would also encourage myself to continue caring for school, never take a break.


I graduated from high school a year early, so there is a lot of advice I would give myself. First of all, apply for colleges early; deadlines are a huge thing that gets prospective students. I started to look for colleges in my junior year, only to found out that this year was also going to be my senior year. I was hesitant to apply for some colleges because of the application fee, too; do not let those discourage you. Also, look for scholarships and grants. Usually, you will not find scholarships where you do not have to work for them; things worth having do not come easily. If you want something, you need to go out and work for it; it will not just be given to you. I am a student paying for college by myself, so this process in furthering my education will not come easily. A good thing to remember is that college is the best investment you'll ever make, so make the most of it.