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What should every freshman at Howard University know before they start?


I would give my high school self one piece of advise. which is, " sometimes the key to making progress is to recongize how to take the first step. Then you start your journey. You hope for the best and you stick with it day in and day out. Even if your tired, even if you want to walk away. You dont because you are a pioneer. But nobody ever said it was going to be esay. When theres something you really want, fight for it. Don't give up no matter how hopeless it seems. And when you loose hope ten years from now. Youre gonna wish you gave it one more shot because the best things in life, they dont come free. you might fail..... but but thats what progress looks like a bunch of failures, but dont fall apart because one day you will succeed and one day you will walk on the moon. "


If I can go back in time and have a conversation with myself as a high school senior I would tell her not to relax so much. Yes people say that senior year is suppose to be the easiest which it was, but not to become to relaxed. There are still things to be done, for example, apply for scholarships and make the end of the school year count because in the end all we're left with are memories. Not to mention one day you'll want to become an OB/GYN and that takes endless hours of hardwork and college does not care if you want to take a nap or go home. One thing to keep in mind is that all of the hard work will one day pay off and you can relax a little once you've become that OB/GYN


Knowing what I know now, the best advice I would give my high school senior self is to take a breath. Take a breath, take everything in, and handle things one step at a time. As much as you think you are prepared for college, you will be overwhelmed. Don't worry, you will get the hang of things. Just because you go to class now from 8am-3pm, does not mean you will easily wake up for 8am classes(keep that in mind). Don't be afraid to introduce yourself, you never know who you might meet. does not lie, listen to what upperclassman have to say; they've already been through it. Be optimistic, have no limits; and most importantly, DO NOT LET ANYONE STOP YOU FROM BEING GREAT!


I would have taken more AP courses in order to be exempt from more classes in college. For the AP classes I did take, I would have done better in them so as to prepare myself for the respective course at the college level. However, this could not be helped for some of my classes were poorly taught at my high school by teachers who did not prepare students well. I would have applied for even more scholarship and put more though into what major I would have pursued.


A few words for myself: Do not let people tell you what to do. Do what you want. Make your own mistakes. But don't regret the things you do, take your mistakes and let them make you better. Do not be afraid of failure. When you fail, fail big and have fun with it. Have no fear. The worst thing that you can do is not do something because you are afraid. Facing your fears is the only way to overcome them. So have no fear.


If I was able to go back in time and speak to my former self while i was still in HighSchool, the first thing i would tel myself is to study hard. Howard University is the Mother of all HBCU's and we are expected to uphold the stardards that are held for us. I would also tell myself to stay away from the partying becuase in no way shape or form is it benifitial to your future. There is to much competition and opportunities to be worried about partying.


I would tell myself as a senior in high school to continue to live life with no regrets. To trust that everything happens for a reason. To learn more about yourslef before you try to go out and join random organizations. To not procrastinate and waste time. I would tell my past self to really get out and meet new people. Venture out of your comfort zone and explre your surroundings.


It's important to understand how to select a school based on your future career goals as opposed to choosing a school specifically for the "college life." Don't break the bank on student loans just so that you can immerse yourself in a dynamic social atmosphere. Higher educiation is about learning, as opposed to partying. If you're unable to afford the high cost of tuition that accompanies most universities, especially in regard to out-of-state schools, attend a local junior college. Attending a JC for two years might not seem like an ideal scenario, but it will allow you to grow up a bit while also completing all of your lower division credits. Most importantly, it'll help prevent you from acquiring the obtrusive burden of crippling student loan debt. Be active in your community as you prepare to apply for schools and seek out scholarship opportunities. Also, be sure to fill out an annual FAFSA so that you can gain access to potential state and government educational grants. Following these tips won't be easy; life happens. But you'll be on your way to a successful college career if you're able to do so.


If I could go back in time and redo college life, knowing the different things that I know now, I would have done the following: When I graduated high school, I did not have a good foundation in basic math and english. Because of that, I had to start from the bottom and take the beginners college classes as prerequisites to the regular college level classes and it delayed the process for my college career. Had I known, I would have taken the extra math and english courses during my HS senior year, so that way I would have been up to the correct grade level in college. When I started college, I did not know what I wanted to do with my life. It took me some time to figure out which direction I wanted to head in and I also took some extra classes that I did not need for my current master's degree. Looking back, I realized that it may have been beneficial if I would have volunteered my summer time during my high school years in the different job areas, in order to get a taste of what career I would want to pursue in.


If, for any reason, time permitted me to rewind my way to 2012, I would take the moments spent with myself to do a deep breathing exercise while reciting reassuring words into the ears of my younger “me” and reminders to breath; to relax. Seeing firsthand how alarmingly high stress levels are rising amidst high school students, I can only wish that someone was able to pull me aside and calm me down, reminding me that while the acceptance rate at Yale is 4{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c}, there are a multitude of other institutions in which I would blossom. And I would be sure to mention that college should not be stressful, and while there are certainly late nights and midnight coffee runs, college is fun because it is about exploration. It is about taking advantage of the much wider array of organizations and classes and people that each campus has to offer. As teenagers, we grow and change and stretch our minds past what we can imagine at 18, only if we remind ourselves to never let stress overwhelm our experience. I wish I could go back in time and remind myself to relax, so stress did not overwhelm my senior experience.