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


If I could go back in time and talk to my self as a highschool senior I would tell him to apply for tons of scholarships. Although the community college is a great place to start I would stress to my past self that the university will be so much better. I would also tell him to take school a little bit more seriosly.


Dear self, stop falling asleep in class. Always bring a snack and water with you. When you get tired, eat what you brought. Remember to always be on time with your assignments. Even if it seems like it could wait, it shouldn't. If you don't feel like dressing up, don't. Your outfit won't affect your grade in class, come as comfortable as you'd like. Try to make friends. Friends will help you out when you need to understand something. Don't bring more than five dollars in change per day. Vending machines will eat your wallet alive. Always bring a pen AND a pencil, you never know what your teacher might assign for that day. Always have a good eraser, smudged pencil marks are the work of the devil.


Once you figure out who you are, accept it. Accept your personality, and your likes and dislikes. Do not spend so much time trying to figure out how to blend in with everyone else. You are unique—maybe even a little unusual—for a reason, and that is okay. Strengthen your strengths and improve upon your weaknesses, but do not struggle in vain to make fundamental changes to who you are at your core. The fact that you need time to figure out what you really want is part of who you are. Once you know what you want, however, just jump in! Do not waste time bantering with insecurities and doubt.


You have integrity. It is so much that it could be a physical item, and be given to others by the pound. You lost interest in academics for lack of money. I warn you, DON’T! You will find the money for your first semester, and focus that massive integrity on learning. You will fall in love with books three months before your senior year ends. In fact, the first book you will read from cover to cover will be the Hunger Games. You will finish the entire trilogy in four days, and check out a new book every other day for the remainder of the year. Fall in love with books sooner! College is about reading textbooks, and loving to read will make college fun. Writing, the one subject that you believe is useless. In college you will write essays for everything; in addition, how you write is how you speak, so improve it! Buy a grammar book, and never stop reading it. You will always make mistakes; English requires time and patience to learn. The sooner you begin to improve, the easier things can be in the future. You are a genius, so do not give up.


Hi Chrystal, Don't freak out. Actually...freak out because time travel is real and possible!!! Yay! I'm the 28 year old you. I don't have much time so listen carefully. Apply for all of the schools you want to go to. Money may be tight but there are soooo many scholarships out there. You have to try. Also, you know that you have wanted to be a teacher for as long as you can remember. So either get your degree in theatre (your second love) and get a teaching certificate or get your degree in education. I know it's hard to see right now, but you are so smart and have so much going for you. Please don't waste it. Less than 5% of your friends will stay that way. "Old" people say this all the time but seriously, don't worry about what they say or do.The secret to confidence is knowledge. So learn everything you can about everything you can. Working can wait (I promise, it's not going anywhere). Make us proud. PS. Next year...Doctor Who...watch it. Most importantly, I love us. Even if you can't right now.


the first advice would be "enjoy your high school days, you will miss them later", and then the common ones such as "apply to financial aid" "search scholarships and apply for them", to finish with the personal ones such as, "learn well english" "study english".


Follow your dreams. People are always going to tell you to do this and become that. But they've had their chance of choosing what to do with their lives and just because they want you to become what they didn't, doesn't mean you have to listen to them. Just smile and nod, and listen to your heart. Because if you don't you'll regret it all and you don't want that. P.S. study a little harder and more importantly follow your dreams


Apply for scholarships! Don't give up on your dreams. You are too smart to just stop and not keep going in this journey. God has given you the intelligence to make something out of your life. Don't let so many years go by, you cna be someone in life. Make your parents proud. Your future really does depend on this.


The advice I would give my self is to stay encourage and not getting off task. I also would plan to make plans to put down important events I need to meet and not forget important events. I plan to think positive things and make important events positive and successful.


I would tell my-self to stop worrying about fitting in and being cool and trying to impress people Ill never see again. I would tell my self to fix my priorities, peer presure is an overcomable obstacle. Just be happy; no one, no thing, no amount of knowledge can bring you happiness, it comes from within. Dont beat your-self up, better things come your way. Seize the opportunities that are slapping you in the face! Take control of your life because no one else is looking out for you. Be yourself, everyone is insecure of them selves aswell. Dont stop dreaming, keep working for those goals. Make real connections with people, doesnt have to be the cool kids. Be real with your self and those around you. All these things are great things to say to my past self to try to reconcile any missed steps or opportunities but I think the most important thing I would tell my self would be: Make mom and dad proud, you wont have them for too long. Whatever happens just know they were never dissapointed in you. -Your friend, Jacob


Make all of your grades count. Well, you should have done that all year around. But grades do factor in a lot on the outcome of the college or university that you want to attend. Apply for as many scholarships as you can and get all the financial aid you can. Dont lose focus on the things that are important that will help benifit you. Whatever anyone tells you dont let it discourage you from advancing your education. Dont rush into some thing that you arent prepared for. Make a schedule and plan ahead for the future. Dont be so reckless and care free all the time, youll forget your priorities.


It's time for you to wake up. Sure you don't drink or do drugs, for now, but just you wait... college life is a slippery slope full of distractions ready to push you down. Parties, alcohol, and drugs; it's an intoxicating atmosphere, which promises to make you feel better and have fun. The scariest thing about that though, is that it will follow through on that promise. At least momentarily it will, and you'll have the time of your life. Where will you be after the buzz has worn off though? I'll tell you. You will be laying in bed, skipping another week of classes, and hating yourself. That is where you will be unless you wake up now. High school classes are easy, yeah I know, but who cares. Learn to study, learn to say no to distractions, and put some actual time and effort into achieving your true potential. Most importantly, pick up a pen and begin writing poetry like you did when you were young. You have no idea how therapeutic it will be, and how much better you will feel. Wake up, because today is the day you change.


One advise I could give to myself is learn more about the major I want to archive in my life and what are the steps I have to take to get until the end.


Stay focused. Even though you may not know what you want to do for the rest of your life, don't stress and have fun trying to figure it out. It is a bit ridiculous forcing children who not too long ago had to ask to go to the bathroom to make a decision that would more or less impact them for the rest of their life, but hey, that's life. No matter what mistakes you make in life, always remember that it's never too late to make a change. Even though you're taking things slow by going to a community college, at least you're going to school. Don't waste your parents time and money. Stay focused and I promise that one day, you'll know exactly what you were put on this earth to do, and college will help you get there. Never give up, and always look forward to tomorrow.


If I had gone back in time towards my Senior year in High School knowing what I know now about College I would have told myself I need to work 10 times harder than I actually did. Although I passed and graduated High School its not enough to just pass. If you want to over succeed so you can pass the ones at the top and arent stuck behind then jump ahead and do your research as ask questions pertaining to college. All the oppurtunies I had to push myself I took them for granted and did metiocre work. Good things in life never come easy. Seek the help you need to get to where you beloing. Apply for scholarships and asking counselors for help to get ahead.


I will let myself know that going from high school to college is a great big change. It's going to be hard, but I can do it!


Dear younger self, If for some miraculous reason this is able to reach you, I wish for you remember what I am about to tell you. In order to get into a proper college or university, you must start doing scholarships! I know it's difficult for you to be motivated, but in order to get a proper education and have fewer worries, this is a huge must! Followed by volunteering and starting to develop a proper study schedule, so that you learn how to manage time better. Speaking of studying, this is something that is unavoidable, college is definitely not like high school. If you are not able to grasp something, you must attend tutorials and practice at home so that you have a better understanding of what you are doing. Unlike high school, no one is going to look after you, you are in charge of yourself. You cannot be a baby and you need to take total responsibility. You might be afraid of what the future holds for you, but no worries! Most people are the same as you. Keep your chin up, remember growing up is a difficult thing to do and it will take time.


I have learned to be alot more patient and compassionate to my patients. I've also learned that studying and learning are alot easier when you are younger (I'm 53 now and in nursing school). I've also learned that life experience goes a long way in dealing with people, keeping your cool, and showing younger students how to really want a profession no matter how old you are and how we can all teach each other something. Everyone is so very unique that it is an exciting experience every day just to be alive and with other human beings, no matter what age, profession, education, etc.


I'm no philosopher, in fact I'm a business major, but my college experience has taught me the "essence of me"... who I am as a person. Most importantly, I have discovered who I want to be as a person. For so long I have been thinking in terms of the short run. What will I be doing a day from now? However, college is my pair of binoculars. It has helped me to see the long-run with all the obstacles along the way. Life. The pursuit of happiness. Reality. College is preparing me for next step...my next leap of faith. My actions, study habits, time management, relations, and balance have all realigned to a more wholesome me. Some people would say knowledge is the most important thing you can learn from college, but I believe there is so much more. You learn who you truly are. You learn your worth...for what its worth, anyways.


If I could go back in time to talk to myself as a high school senior, the monologue would go something like this: "1) Do not take more than one writing class per semester. 2) Make sure you choose close friends who will prioritize studying and making good grades. 3) All the parties are the same. If you go to one per term, you should be 'good.' 4) Your instructors are hard because they are preparing you for life, not because they hate you. 5) Help other people understand material you have learned ; it will give you a greater understanding and ability to apply the knowledge for yourself. 6) Having brand new textbooks doesn't make your learning experience better than having used books, so save your money (or buy them from Amazon.com). 7) Keep your textbooks - especially those specific to your major (you WILL need them again). 8) If you don't know, ASK SOMEBODY! Questions can be your best friends. 9) Manage your behavior and be a good steward of your time - college is neither forever nor free. And 10) The number one rule is: Studies first, extra-curricular activities second, jobs third, and social life LAST!"


If I could go back in time to when I was a high school senior I would tell myself to stand strong next year. Whatever guy walks up to you and asks for your number don't be afraid to say "NO!" You can still be everybody's friend but remember to keep God first in it all. No matter how angry you get stay strong in God. He's your best friend! And don't worry about your first boyfriend you'll get a man a whole lot better. Just stay confident in the woman God has created you to be. You're going to do great things!


If I could go back in time and talk to my high school senior self, I would tell myself to take college seriously. I would also tell myself to strive for greatness and stay focused, because my doing well in college is the cornerstone for my success!!!


College is responsibility, almost like having a job. You are responsible for learning the material for your own future. Make sure you choose your instructors carefully to suit your learning style so it will not be as difficult to learn the material.


Don't worry, it'll all come to you. You're stressing youself out about graduating early, and finishing all of your classes. Just pause for a second. After graduation, it's going to feel awkward at first. You won't have any homework, and a whole lot of free time. Realize though, that it's just the beginning. College is going to be difficult, and there is no room for procrastination. Get your work done ahead of time, and it'll be easier foryou. Also, remember to register for classes early. That'll keep your parents less worried. College life will be very busy, so try watching less television. Study more, because college professors are not as easy going as high school teachers. (They don't give you the answers!) Just remember to take a deep breath when you're nervous, and you'll do fine.


Don?t procrastinate! Start everything ahead of time. College level work is not like high school. There are paper, papers, papers galore! And the grading can be tough. If you pulled an all-nighter the day before a paper was due in high school, you could get a decent grade. NOT in college. Plus, by starting early you minimize stress, increase productivity, and have more time for fun. Yes, time management sounds like a bore but do ourselves a favor Natalie and get organized! You don?t know what you are missing until it is absent from your life, but I do. You can?t imagine how many times I have wanted to go back in time and change my decision to hang out with those ?friends? of mine, instead of studying for that government test that bombed my GPA. I should have studied then gone out to celebrate my good grade. Yet, ?shoulda?, ?coulda?, and ?wouldas? don?t exist after bad decisions. Trust me, I?ve been there and know that an easier life awaits us if you master your time now.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would have a lot to tell myself! As a 43 year old college freshman, I now know how hard life is without a college education. In hindsight, I now see that the decisions I made back then affected the course of my life. I did not think it was important to go on to college when I was 18 years old. I thought I knew it all and no one was going to tell me any different. I would love to be able to go back in time and tell myself to study harder and take my choice of courses more seriously; instead of choosing just what I thought would be easy. I would also tell myself to college right after high school instead of getting out on my own and getting a minimum wage job. The transition from high school to college would have much easier back then than it is for me now. Instead I chose a long, hard road and now at 43 years old I am starting all over. and having to learn Algebra all over again.


If I could go back in time I would definitely do things different. I would of prepared myself financially a little bit more by researching and applying for scholarships because going through school is not easy and you don't really know until your there. I would get my mindset more prepared for whats coming. Some advice I would give myself is also to try to take as many college credit courses in high school as i possibly can since they are at no cost in high school. Those credits would of helped me in college.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior knowing what I know now about college life and making the transition, I would say, remain focused and persistent. Attending college is a fun experience, but there are a lot of distractions. If as a senior you are able to remain focused on your goals, and have a strong sense of self-discipline, then it will make college 50% less stressful. It is easy to get caught up in other people and activities instead of remaining focused on why you are there, how you plan to succeed, and accomplishing the goals you have set for the next four or five years. In addition, persistence is the remaining 50% of college. College is a big change from high school. For one thing, the work load is heavier, and you will face a lot of challenges, whether they are exams, financial, or even family issues. There will be times when you question whether all this hard work is worth the time and energy, you may even want to quit some days, but keep moving. Keep working hard. Keep believing. You will accomplish more than you think.


College is an open road for highschool graduated students. It provides you the opportunity to advance your knowledge, along with being disciplines and being responsible for yourself. College is where you will find the answer for your future, eventhough right now you have no clue of what would you like to do nor what major would you consider. Getting to college is the first step you need to take to define what you really want to do in the future, it will give you the instructions and information you need to sucess. Don't be nervous and afraid if you're not sure of what kind of classes will you be taking, what major would you be in, you will figure it all out when you give yourself a chance to step in the college life, where you will get the help you need from the government, the advisors, the professors, your classmates and everyone else, including the support of your family. Give yourself an opportunity to learn how to be succeed, to learn many things not just from the books but also from the community that you are in.


If I could go back in time, revisit the school of my American higher learning, bring my old self aside; the conversation I would have, I would assume, would go something like this; be patient and focused the parties can wait, time moves faster than you notice, if you stop you?ll be late. Stick to one plan many will come soon, don?t change your ideas, don?t sleep until noon. Be guarded of passion as emotions run high, set multiple alarms, and always be on time. I presume the list would be endless and possibly ignored, if I remember correctly it will be completely ignored. I would explain the streak of independence that seems to overtake the mind of a new student. How the world unfolds to wandering minds in a hunger that never ceases. Or better yet I would tell myself nothing if only to enjoy that year in school, for no advice can ever replace the lessons I learned by being a fool.


If I could go back in time, I tell myself that friends and luch time are no longer apart of your schedule. College is more indepent and time consuming. Professors are n't going to follow you around and tell you to do your work and the deadlines. You have to be able to commit your time to study and go to class. After all you paying for your classes. You learn as you go, you have to attend class and take notes.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself not to be in a rush to choose my life career. I would take the time to discover what I like to do by getting actively involved in various extracurricular activities in school. The key is to be very flexible, adapt to change and don't give up. If what I choose to do does not challenge my curiosity then it is not worthwhile. After having come a long way, through several not so good choices, at the age of 26, I finally realized that I really love the selfless work that nurses do and I can't wait to be a part of it. I also regret caring so much about unimportant things and especially about what others thought. As an adult in the real world, I know now that what really matters is me and how much time I invest into developing myself. Finally, I would also tell myself never to underestimate my abilities and always keep smart and hardworking friends, it rubs off.


If I were able to go back in time and give myself advice about college, the first pieces of knowledge i would share woul be to "Soak up as much as you can". Not to go about my classes simply studying for a test or a quiz that was around the corner, but to study and read in a manner that would help me better retain the knowledge. The first few semesters of college are much like the classes you take in high school, and thus, had I been better at studying and retaining more knowledge, I would have been able to attain a much higher GPA for those classes that were simliar, if not the same, as my high school classes.


Pay attention in class. Don't talk back or try to make a big deal because college life is stressfull. Make sure to actually study for the SAT the first time and stop thinking that it was a joke. When you apply for college write down the information first instead of rushing through it. When gonig out for the cross-country team, don't cheat on your diet plan because yopu will get exhausted a will be in last place for at least three events. Don't take that girl you like to the prom because all she will do is just break your heart and cause more hurt on you. Your parents will always be there for you and don't try to rush things.


First and foremost I would tell myself to start in the beginning of my senior year looking for all possible scholarship opportunities. Next I would suggest applying as soon as possible to colleges and universities. I would stress the negative effects of procrastination and keeping all deadlines on the top of my mind. Also I would encourage myself to stay on all my teachers' good side because you never know who you may need a letter of reccemendation from. I would advise myself to keep up with any and all extra-curricular activities I choose to take on. Last but not least, I would tell myself to to put school before friends because after graduation many of them won't be there.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, the first thing I would tell myself is to stop slacking off now and be more prepared for the college life because it definitely isn't a joke. I would also tell myself to sign up for as many scholarships as possible and to start off at a 4-year university instead of a 2-year community college. I missed out on attending a 4-year university because I was indecisive, but I feel like starting off at a university could be more beneficial for me because I would be able to actually get the college life experience and I wouldn't have to worry about putting off some time in order to check out the different universities and worry about what classes are transferrable and what aren't. In high school I had all the time in the world to check out the different schools available, but now that I'm in college and also working part time, I don't really have much time.


Its hard to answer a question such as this ,when I dropped out of high school in the ninth grade, because I was not focused. I later got my GED but if I go back and talk to myself about the college life and the transition, I would tell myself to not give up despite what I was going through because there are so many opportunities if you continue. The college life is what you need to make sound decisions that can better your future. You're are out in the real world and its up to you to make the changes necessary to complete your education. You will need to learn time management and discipline because college is a challenging, but rewarding experience and its truly what you make it. I would tell myself to say encouraged, because if you really want to be successful learn from the mistakes because with every mistake you are that much closer to SUCCESS!!


In hind sight to the person I was a few years ago, today I see that I could have enjoyed my high school career allot more that I actually did. If I could go back I would tell myself to not worry so much about test scores and class rank, because after you?re in the system, you?re in the college system. All the work and all the effort that I put into high school is weighted about the same as my first semester of college level work. I would have told myself that life is to short not to be enjoyed and to start living life and enjoy the moment of being a senior in high school and college was another years off. Don't start stressing out like a freshman in college, when you?re still a senior in high school.


First, i have to determine what i need in the future, what career i like, and what i want to be in the life. After that, i should focus on them. when i were still in high school senior, i just learnt from school and from teachers. all of my knowledges what i have known are from them. some of them i dont know what i need for. i just know them like one part of school schedule. i see them as general knowledges. when i transfered to college i have some intuition for myself. i know what i need and i know what i want to be in my life. From that, i just focus on that and i devote all my life for my dream in the future.


The biggest advice one can give is to prepare as early as you can for college and save all your money. Eat out less and don't worry about being in the latest fashion. Even though you can make honor roll throughout high school, there is no guarantee that you will get a scholarship and have school paid for. My biggest challenge was paying for school because I was ignorant and believed that with my academic achievement, I would get plenty of scholarship money. College life is far from that of being a high school student. You are in a learning environment surrounded by other people who want to learn as well. There are no distractions or other students making a scene. There are alot of individuals on campus who want to help you succeed and will give you whatever advice and learning tools that will guide you on a path to success.


It's almost that time where you will start to think, "ok well school's almost over!! LET'S GO SUMMER TIME!!". But before you start planning out the upcoming summer events there's something more important that needs to be done before anything else. College! I know for a fact that it may sound so difficult or maybe you get the butterflies in your stomach, kind of like when you took your exit level exams! But it's ok because right now i'm here to tell you that there isn't anything difficult about college that you can't accomplish if you don't try! It's all basically up to you to choose your path. It may sound funny right now, in the end it's the truth. I'm gonna give it to you straight and simple. It's all weather you wan't to struggle in life and live the rest of it trying to just "pay bills" OR you can choose to follow a desire, a DREAM , a goal and who know's it might just be one of those dreams that makes alot of money! I made my choice and I love it!


I would tell myself to stay focus and really work hard to save up money for college because it is extremely expenise! Your parents are going to help you out at all so do your best!


I would tell myself to not quit, no matter what obstacles may get in our way. Dont wait ten years like I did now to try and go to college. Plan, plot, and strategize your every move so that you can stay ahead of the game. Dont get pregnant, stay focused and be all you can be. There are a lot of programs out here that will help you pay for college if your not from a financially stable family . Grants, loans and schlorships are out there to help you so utilize them.


I would tell myself to not slack off. As a high school senior, I suffered from what is known as "senioritis". When I was in high school, I took college dual-credit classes, however due to my slacking off and lazy attitude I didn't do so well and now I'm paying the price. I would tell my past self to be more hard working. The transition from high school was not hard, I would tell him to prepare himself for a slightly more rigorous work and ready to have much more fun. That college life is fun and you feel free, however you must also be responsible for your own actions and must incorporate school work with life. That making friends and being social is a incredible experience. Not to be scared and worried about college, because college has made me much more animated and I'm sure it will for him too.


I would tell myself to stay focused on making the best grades and continue to learn as much as I can about as many things as I can each day. Life will be a journey. As a member of God's family I should live my life in a way that He is seen in me daily by others that I encounter. I must help others that are in need. I must live with a servant's heart. My purpose is to live to glorify God.


I would tell myself to stay focused on my future. What is going on right now isn't nearly as important as the path of my education. Even though college will be something new or a little scary at first you have to continue toward your career goals. If you continue your education then everything that seems so difficult while you are doing so will fade in to the background as stepping stones toward a better life. Make your choices carefully; visualize their effects on your future. Never depart from your academic paths unless it is a genuine change made with no other outside influences. Every grade counts! Every class is important so excel every chance you get. Grades show your cumulative effort and perseverance. You are an achiever. Never forget who you are and you will be successful.


If I could go back to my senior year and talk to my self about college life I would definitely tell myself to focus solely on school because its harder than you think. I would have told myself to stay away from the partying and the boys because they will make you get off track. I wouldn't believed myself if I said I was going to get pregnant my freshman year and college but if I would've known that then I would have definitely focused more on school. I also would have told myself about the freshman 15 because gaining wait so fast was so wierd. I should've stayed away from the cheese burgers and the pizza. But now I know what to expect and now I have no chioce but to focus on school so that I can achieve not only for myself but for my beautiful daughter.


My advice to college bound high sdhool seniors would be to stay at home and continue to live with your parents for at least 1-2 more years while taking many of the entry level college courses. I would suggest that a student should complete all of the "core" classes and possibly complete an Associate Degree program prior to moving on to a large four years college for a Bachelors degree. There are many reasons for this advice. First of all college life is expensive. Even when living in a dorm you have boarding expenses, additional computer/communication expenses like internet access and telephone lines. Secondly, it is very difficult to have a good paying job and stay focused on success in the classroom concurrently. Third is the fact that change is stressful and going away to college is stressful. I would suggest staying at home if possible and get accustomed to college life without the trials and tribulations of being in a new city with strangers and new distractions. I have been told at Freshman orientations that as many as 61% of Freshman do not make it to the Sophomore year. I believe it is for the reasons mentioned.


High School was all fun and games for me, but I manage to get my work done, be a ?B? student in all my AP classes, and be in the student body in some school clubs. If I could go back to myself back then, I would tell myself to work harder, focus on my studies more and learn time management. There were nights at home that I would just be glued to my computer screen and get nothing done or actually studying, but falling asleep with the textbook. Also there were those countless hours of lack of sleep. Although I took AP classes, I only did that so that I can get the AP credit, but I pass none of those exams. I had the opportunity to, but I let it slip by having fun at school and being lazy. It?s a disappointment to see myself retake all these classes again, wasting money that I could have saved for my education and possibly even get eight hours of sleep some nights. But, I must learn from my mistakes and continue on.


When I was in high school i wasn't focused like I should. I made decent grades but I knew my capability of bieng a honor student. Going to college was an eye opening experience. It showed me the true value of getting an eduacation and learning responsibility. Making this transition I wish I was a little more prepared for the college life. Being in college help me in so many ways. It gave me a drive to further my education and pursue my dreams to becoming an Architect. I know the road ahead is challenging but with my faith I know anything is possible. Thinking back when I was in high school, I thought college would be nothing but a big party. This transition showed me everything what my parents and counselors were trying to tell me. At this point I'm glad I recognize life now instead of later. This would be the advice I give myself and other high school seniors.