I would still encourage myself to go to Huntingdon, it was an incredible experience and I wouldn't change it. There have been ups and downs but mostly ups. If Huntingdon can get rid of the few administrators who are harming what the college stands for then it will be a truly great institution.
You are about to embark on the most wonderous adventure of your life. You are going to meet amazing people that have many of the same interests that you do. You are going to enjoy having comrads, study buddys, roommates, dining hall pals, sorority sisters, etc. etc. etc. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. Don't sweat the small stuff. Take pride in your studying for this is your future. If you have trouble in class, solicit help. Utilize the library. Work out regularly for this will help your mind stay crisp and clear. Eat healthy and sleep six to seven hours a night. Most of all, take pride in your education because you live in a wonderful country that allows you to be educated.
Huntingdon is your blessing,
I would tell myself to start managing your time more wisely while you are still in high school. Also to improve as much as possible on your studying habits. If you do not work on both of these before you go to college then you are starting out behind the eight ball and the transition will not be as smooth. However if you do have good time management skills as well as good study habits then the transition from high school to college should not be a difficult one. Also since you are going to play a sport in college both of these skills need to be fine tuned in order to balance varsity sports and classwork.
I would tell myself to not procrastinate on making the decision for which college to attend. Once you know where you're going it makes the transition easier and allows you to accept that you're leaving and the people around you. Make a definite list on what you need to bring and the break that list down again because you don't need all that you bring! Make sure to buy paper even though movies make it seem like all you use is a computer, it isn't true, you still use paper. Have fun and don't be afraid of the transition it is well worth it and you're going to meet great people.
Going to a high school where the teachers do not care if you are prepared or not for college, I wish I could go back and tell my former self about college. I would go back to myself as a high school senior and say work harder to apply for more scholarships. College is expensive and you will need all the help you can get; especially with your parents losing their jobs. I would also tell myself to find a good math tutor because pre-calculus is hard. One of the most important things I can tell my high school self is to make friends and enjoy being in college. This is one of the only opportuntiies to experience the things you can in college, so make the best of it. I would have been so much more prepared if I would have had future me help me. Even though I did not have help, I can take what I learned so far and help others who are planning on going to college.
If I could go back in time and talk to my self I would tell me to pay more attention in all of my classes and also study all the time for my classes. If I could have studied more for things I could have getten all A's in my classes.
If I could go back to my first day of high school I would give myself the advice I wish someone would've given me. First off, I would tell myself not to slack around my freshmen year. Every year counts. Secondly, I would tell myself to enjoy my high school years a little bit more because college is not going to be what I expect it to be. Lastly, I would tell myself not to go to Huntingdon College. If I'm going to be stress out about finances I may as well go to a school I actually want to be at and will enjoy.
I am going to give you some advice that you will probably have a hard time accepting. You see, I know that you are incredibly focused on getting great grades and achieveing a perfect GPA, but as you move into your crazy college years you need to remember one thing, balance. You must understand that although you are going to college to receive a great education and learn all you can about your field, you are also going to discover who you are and what your role is in this world. Don't hide behind your books and watch others live their lives but dive into some activities, meet new people, get out of your comfort zone. Put down the pencil every once in awhile and embrace the world around you. Remember that grades are not what makes you who you are; It is the experiences you have and the way you handle yourself that truly defines you. Don't allow yourself to get sucked into the world of perfection but instead embrace the ability to make mistakes and grow from them; embrace the humanness of yourself and cast aside the need to be perfect.
If given the opportunity to go back to the past, I would've taken more of initiative to do well in school. I would've attempted to be more socially involved in clubs and organizations. Along with this, I would've taken more responsibility in the classroom to fully listen, study, and make excellent grades. I also would've made the choice to retake the ACT to increase my current score. To go back to my Senior year, I would have not graduated early so I could've deepened my learning base and expanded my opportunities for scholarships and academic awards. I would constantly remind myself to study and fully develop my goals in life so that I would've had a firmer foundation of what it truly means to be a successful student. I wish I would've been a better learner.
I would tell my self to "GET INVOLVED!!!" Because I was so involved in ballet and it was so time consuming I did not have time to be involved in school clubs making it difficult to apply for scholarships. I would tell me to stop dancing because I knew that I would not dance as my carrer, and to get involved in high school stuff. I will always continue to kick my self for not doing that. I would also tell me to not put things off, do it as soon as you possibly can!! Life will be much eaiser that way.
Be open minded to new adventures - things will be new and different, both good and bad. Be ready for changes and adapt to a new way of doing things. Be prepared to study hard to be successful. Cultivate friendships that will benefit you in life and treat people how you want to be treated.
I would go back and tell myself that I am going everything that i need to do. I just need to stay on this road that i am on and follow it to the end. When i was a senior I followed the rules and studyed all the time to get the grades. So i think i was doing everything that i could at the time, but i could have filled out more scholarship for college.
The only thing that I would tell my high school self now as a college student is to save as much money as possible because you will need it.
Stay focused. I would advise myself to focus on the long term goal. I would also encourage myself to be proactive in deciding the classes needed to reach my goals and develop a plan instead of floating along in the stream of life. I would seek others to help me achieve those goals. I feel that being more involved with campus life would be a way to achieve the help needed and also develop life-long friendships.
The advice i would give to myself about college, based on what i know now, would problably be me going back to the old saying,"Never judge a book by it's cover." Huntingdon although from the outside looking looks very boring and dull, but once you get to know your advisors,faculty, and staff you begin to say question yourself as to why this wasn't your choice all along. It's not about how big a college is that makes it a great college. The most important thing about a college is that you are not just satisfied, but that you absolutley LOVE IT. College is an experience that like high school will come and go. At the end of the day you should love your professors and feel comfortable with them. The best thing about a small college is virtually everyone you know or have at least ran across that person more than once. The main thing about choosing a college is at the end of the day you ask yourself the question "Does this school fit me and my personality?" If you answered yes, then the college in which you chose is the college for you.
Start applying for grants and scloarships as early as possible and apply for every single one you'll need the money. Take your last semester day by day graduation comes up fast. Tell all your friends that you love them because some won't get to walk with you and some won't live to walk with you! Apply to Huntingdon College you'll love it and it will cange your life and you'll feel right at home. Keep taking the ACT don't just settle for the twenty-four you know you can get at least a 27. Get a part time job it feels good to be able to help your parents with some of the bills. Don't let the mean girls get to you because the don't get as far in college as you. Don't stress you can do this and you know you can. Live! just live each day because as soon as you walk across the stage you'll want to go right back so don't wish your way out of your Sr. year. Keep studying don't slack you last semester! Love every day and remember everything about it!
Choosing a college and major are extremely important decisions that must not be taken lightly. It is important to visit several universities in order to determine the best "fit" for you. Examine ALL scholarship opportunities, regardless of how unlikely the possibility may seem. You don't want to finish school with a huge debt hanging over your head. Once you are in school, stay in school. Do not leave to get married. If you want to marry, then do so, but STAY IN SCHOOL. Otherwise, you may end up like I did--going back to school after a 23-year break. It's much easier to finish the first time. Also, appreciate your instructors. Listen to and learn from their experiences as well as from the textbooks. Finally, it really is true that you can do anything that you set your mind to. Believe in yourself!
I would tell myself to take what I was doing more serious and to consider more than how close I would be to my friends or boyfriend because where you choose to go to school is an important choice and it should be based on what is good for you.
I would tell myself what kind of stuff to expect to better prepare myself for college life.
Dear Mary Katherine,
You are about to embark on the most exciting four years of your life. You will become a new person with new beliefs about yourself and the world. Be prepared to open yourself to new ideas, and don't be afraid when you feel all those strict assumptions you held start to fade. But hold on to the things that make you who you are, namely your great capacity to love. You are about to make lifelong friends and meet the man who will become your husband. The most important things you learn in college will not come from a classroom, but from the people you meet.
Best of luck,
The future you
Go to some other college than Huntingdon College!
I would go back and tell myself to focus more on yourself than others happiness. I would tell myself to not make any excuses whatever the reson about anything that happens and to take all responsibility.
Just relax and trust the process. Highschool has prepared you well for college and you will still have your family back home to support you. Branch out and meet knew people cause this is one of the best times of your life. Live it up
Stay focused during your freshmen year and dont get caught up in the adolesence years and that you have to let them go sometime. Save All Your Money!!!
I know that Montgomery is only two hours away from your hometown, but your coursework is going to take its toll. By your sophomore year, you will not be making it home as much as your mother would like. I suggest that you call her at least once a day just to tell her a funny story or update her on what you are involved in because that will save you a lot of grief and yelling.
You also need to visit the Career Center. It is never too early to begin making career connections once you figure out what you want to do with your life. (by the way, you should look into the field of publishing--just a thought)
You should start keeping a record of your volunteer work, summer jobs, and activities because you will soon need to make a resume, and believe me, it will be difficult to remember everything you have been involved with.
Oh, I almost forgot. Don't get too down hearted when--umm, if--your high school boyfriend/first love breaks your heart. Huntingdon College is full of great people. You might just meet your soulmate. ;)
While college is one of the funnest and most inspirational times of your life, it is also one of the most difficult. College is a step-up from high school. Tests are bigger, and problems are longer. Learn how to balance social life with academic life early - its all about you and your future. Having said that, the people you will meet throughout your college experience will truthfully be there for the rest of your life. You will laugh with them, you will cry with them, and you will love with them. If you can allow yourself the perfect balance between those two aspects of your experience at college, you will honestly have the time of your life. Join a fratenity. Play a sport. Debate in a political group. Go to parties. Participate in class discussions. Live every second of life to its fullest, because college allows for you to really live. Be all that you can be, and do all that you can do - you won't regret it.
Do not be afraid of what lies ahead. You can do it. You do not have to go to a major university to get the education you need. A small scale school is perfect for you.
Being a high school senior was so easy. I would definitely tell myself not to get so used to everything being so easy. I would tell myself to save all the money I could because when you get to college, funds run out very quickly. Another thing I would tell myself is to learn how to study so that the transition from not having to study at all would be a whole lot easier because in college, or at least at Huntingdon, if you do not study then you do not get the "A". I would make sure to let myself know that things are going to get tough at times you should never give up on your dreams, even if quiting seems to be easier. When you get to the point in your life where your life goals have been achieved it will all be worth it. College may seem like the hardest time in your life, but without your degree, your dreams and goals will not be achieved. An most important of all, I would tell myself not to forget where I came from and who helped me to succeed. Your family should always be the most important.
My advice to other students and or parents would be to take a huge amount of time to find a school that best fits you. Start in your sophomore year of high school. Be open to many scholarship opprortunities because you never know what God has up his blessing sleeves for you.
I would say to really look into all the possibilities. Your first choice is not always the best one. It is really important to seek out the campuses and talk to people you meet there. Whether it be a teacher, student, or parent. You see so many different perspectives that way then when you only talk to admission offices. Once you decide on the college that is best for you, get involved. Even if it is something small like a study group, the more time you devote to your school, the more it will give back to you. My first semester I wasn't very involved on campus, and I thought that school was going to be rough, but during my second semester I got a lot more involved, and I enjoyed everything a lot more. It really does help to be involved in something. The college experience is all what you make it, so I would definitely advise everyone to make the best of it!
When it comes to finding the right college, simply obtain as much information about the school as possible. Being the potential college student you need to decide what you would like to get out of your time there [ study and obtain a quality degree, excel at collegiate sports, have a wild social life, etc.] Pick a college that best suits your needs, dreams, and goals. Be open minded and willing to consider even the craziest offers. Follow your instincts. You'll know when you've found the right one. As for the college experience, don't be shy, especially during your first couple weeks. It isn't high school anymore. There aren't the same cliches. Everyone is willing and anxious to meet new people. So take advantage of that. Remember to focus on your schoolwork. Afterall, you are at college to learn. Get a reasonable amount of sleep, don't let your social life intrude with your classes, and take advantage of your school's resources. College is like everything else in that you get out of it what you put in. Have fun. It's a great experience!
Remember first that every school is not for every student. There are many factors that go into choosing the campus that is right for you. Secondly, take all the time that you can to choose the right school. Simply put, choosing the place to give $100,000 and spend 4 years of your life is not something that should be rushed into. Finally, know who you are. It is always easier to find out what school is your niche to fit into when you know what "shape" you are.
The main advice I think that parents and students should know about finding the right college is that the cost of the school is not the main thing, its the education that the student will be receiving at that instituation that is the main priority. What he or she learns at that college or university will determine his or her future so however much it may cost shouldn't be a huge deciding factor, afterall there are plenty of scholarships and financial aid available so that everyone could attend the school that best fits them. Personally, my parents can't afford to send me to Huntingdon College, I even thought about transfering to a less prostigious and less expensive school so that we could afford it but after many long discussions with my parents we realized Huntingdon was the place for me, the academics were wonderful, I'm about to play two sports as well as get my degree!
Finding the right college will make the most out of you if you make the most out of your experience. From the friends you will meet to the things you will learn. If you find the right college, it will be well worth it.
To the parents, I would say let your child make the final decision. A school where they are comfortable is where they will more likely succeed. To students, I would say not to pick a school just because you are a fan of their football team. That isn't always a good fit. Make sure that you are comfortable with the school and the campus. The campus shouldn't be too big or too small depending on your preference. Also, move away from home. It will be difficult at first, but being a student who did not live on campus my first year it was difficult to make lots of friends. No matter what your parents say you are ready to live on your own. The only way to really find out is to try it out and if it's not for you then move to a school closer to home that fits you. But the most important advice I could give is to have fun but not so much that you fall behind in school.
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