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I would like to give advice to myself study hard in high school year as much as I could. And research about university that I would like to apply so make sure they have right study program that will towards my career.


The world is a machine fueled by money. By coasting idly the world will overrun, overwelm, and consume you. In order to take flight, to keep your head above the clouds, to maintain a gust below your wings, you must first take the plunge: stepping off whatever foundation you had stood upon before. Diving deep into debt, into the mess of it all, submit yourself to the consternation you wish to triumph. You will endure many hardships in discovering yourself, discovering your place, and many forms of the term distress. At times you will wish to cut your losses; looking back at what stability you once had back at home. You continue. You must. For every moment you free-fall emotionally, spiritually, financially; you are gaining momentum. Momentum that will propel you to your aspirations. Do not misunderstand me; the amount of money you pay for school does not bring you success, only oppertunities and introductions. College is an endeavor; the flight is your success. As light shines brilliantly encompassed by darkness, triumph flourishes when faced with overwhelming failure.


Truthfully, if I could turn back time to when I was a high school senior, I would tell myself to listen to my mom about boys, to keep my head up and to study hard because education is important to a good future. That at the age of 37, I am living pay check to paycheck not knowing where the next meal is coming from and so I need to follow through and go to college. I would be more than I am or at a better place in my career. Growing up in a country like Jamiaca where the poverty level is higher than most countries, we have no choice but to follow through with our education but sometimes we get distracted by things that we can't or won't control. Knowing what I know now, I would convince myself that it is better to go to college straight out of high school because it is a much smoother transition. No to throw away my future on things that are going to be there when I am finish. To fight for the things that I want and to believe in myself and know that I can do it.


Knowing what I know now as a junior in college I would want my high school self to know three very important advice. The first would be to commit yourself to making lots of mistakes. Mistakes teach you important lessons. The biggest mistake you can make is doing nothing because you’re too scared. So don’t hesitate, and most importantly don’t doubt yourself. The second would be to find hard work you love doing. I’d tell myself not to base my career choice on other people’s ideas, goals and recommendations. I’d tell myself not to pick a major because it’s popular, or statistically creates graduates who make the most money. As long as you remain true to yourself, and follow your own interests and values, you can find success through passion. Perhaps more importantly, you won’t wake up several years later working in a career field you despise, wondering “How the heck am I going to do this for the next 30 years?” The third and last advice would be to invest time, and energy in yourself. The more energy spent acquiring pertinent knowledge, the more control you have over your life.


I would probably tell myself to research my college options more carefully. Start saving up your money now so that you won't have to worry so much about paying for school in the future. Also, maybe going to a cheaper school would have been a smarter decision.


I would tell a Christian student who is attending a public school that they would find it beneficial to do research ahead of time on local churches and on-campus ministries, so that he or she can get plugged in right away and not get caught up in other things and putting Church off.


I would tell my younger self to really take life one day at a time, when your a senior in highschool even though everyone tells you you have your hold life ahead of you , i felt rushed . I was in hurry to get out of highschool enjoy my college life and just have fun. I sooned relized life is way more than just having fun . Life is full of choices, you may not realize as a senior what you do today can effect the rest of your life . as a senior please enjoy your year , all the while know whats important and whats not , never let anyone shatter your dreams and the day you walk across that stage is not the end its only the beginning !


I would tell myself to not worry so much and to just take it one day at a time. It's a hard transition and it's okay to struggle with it a little bit. I would tell myself to continue to study hard through the end of my senior year and not give up with the end in sight; but, I would also remind myself that I am preparing for college and still developing study habits even in those last months of college. I would also warn myself to be careful with my money because paying for college is a daunting and overwhelming task and it is not fun to be bogged down with worry about making payments, so work hard and save a lot, it will be well worth it. Overall I would just tell myself to relax more and not worry about so much stuff related to transitioning to college.


If I were to go back to high school as a senior, I would give myself the advice to take AP classes or Dual Enrollment as early as possible. They always seemed so expensive and a lot of work, compared to the general education classes of high school that were not very prepatory at all. I enrolled as a college Freshman with no credits, and a desire to take more classes than could fit in my four years. I have had to take summer classes and online classes outside of my regular class load, to work towards the degrees I desire. Coming in with atleast one semester credit opens up oppurtunity for studying abroad, possible minors, room for electives, etc. Partaking in these classes in high school could have saved me currently. The realization of how demanding certain majors are; and the benefits of preparing yourself beforehand. The realization of how fortuante you are as well; through family, friends, sports, classloads, etc. Moving to a different state for college, I learned how much I take for granted, and how differently I would have treated friendships, or experiances that I had in high school.


The advice I would want to convey if speaking to myself as a high school senior, is to have more confidence in your abilities and truly apply yourself. Being from a small suburban town, as a high school student looking at where my future could take me, I was not opening my eyes very wide. As a college graduate, who worked full time through my Bachelor's degree and is now also working full time during my preparation for a Master's program, I would tell myself to believe in my choices rather than second guess myself. I would apply myself to my studies and open myself up to such opportunities as studying abroad or internships with different organizations. College life can be fun and exciting, but you also have to focus on post graduate priorities rather than just live in the here and now. Exposing yourself to different opportunities will help in providing the confidence in your future goals. Going to college sets the foundation for your life long career. It helps instill the confidence needed when making decisions, and the confidence in ones abilities to achieve what they set out to, regardless of life's obstacles.


I would tell myself not to go to a private school, because of the expensive cost. I would have taken more time to apply and look for scholarships I could possibly be awarded to help pay for college so I do not have the extreme debt when I graduate that I am going to have. I also would force myself to be more conscious with my money and how I spend it. With my social life, I would let myself go and be more outgoing, rather than so reserved. Finally, with regards to studying I would take more time to focus on the classes that I did not care about because they did not apply to my major, and in the end, brought my GPA down. Although in college we are still "kids" I would tell myself to focus on the task at hand, and to worry about having fun later in life when I have a job.


I would have applied myself better. I would of ran for leadership offices instead of just being a member. I would of tried out for school sports. I would of taken college classes in high school to be applied toward a degree in college. Oh yeah, Mandy, Don't screw it up!


Look more into colleges that have your major in a different aspect, not just where you think your friends will be going. Also, do not lose focus of your goal, yes it will get hard and you won't want to do anything anymore but keep going.


The first thing that I would tell my high school senior self is that I should fill out my roommate match form better, because there is only so much messiness that I can take. My advice following directly after that would range from "don't forget to bring your life savings in quarters for laundry" to "you really don't need that massive stack of notebooks that you've been stockpiling in your room, because you probably won't use them for notes anyway." I would also let myself know that I shouldn't get my hopes up too high for a new and more intellectual school, as high school mentality does not magically disappear the moment you get a diploma in your hand. Give it time and they shall mature soon enough. And by the way, senior self, you aren't nearly as mature as you think you are, so you'll probably fit right in. Oh, and I would definitely tell myself to brush up on every obscure film fact known to man, because it is apparently a hobby of college students to show off their film prowess to prove just how hip and happening they are.


As a senior graduating high school, I was both cocky beyond all words and as terrified as a church mouse. Now, believing that I have matured significantly, I would tell myself this: do not let fear run your life, and don’t leave other people to do the dirty work. Our one purpose in life is to love God and love others; we are instructed so in the Bible. Because of my fear that kept me from taking chances and the belief that someone else would take care of those hurting people that I refused to leave my comfort zone for, I missed out on a plethora of amazing opportunities. My school is very service based. There were hundreds of opportunities for me to get involved—I was offered chances to take multiple mission trips and participate in many projects to better the community. If I could tell my high school self anything, I would make sure to stress the importance of getting involved and jumping on those chances to serve others.


I would tell myself to never slip up and get lazy and keep working hard, maybe even harder then you already do work. You are really blessed to have taken AP courses because you will be prepared to handle a heavy course load, however working harder than you do right now will be very beneficial. Never give up if something seems hard, take a break to clear your mind and get right back to studying and be the best student that you can be.


Hayden, you may feel like high school is a terrible thing to have to go through. In some ways, you are right, but it gets better. College is a blast, and you will love it. The people in college really want to be there and learn. College is where you are going to meet the friends that will last you forever. There are so many activities that you can participate in, and you don't go to class allday for a whole year. So, just relax and take it easy. Everything is going to be just fine.


Work really hard to save up money for college. Be a more outgoing individual with confidence. Don't be afraid to take any risks, and look at all the opportunities around so that you can leave your options available. You cannot please everyone so choose your friends wisely because the friends you choose is normally how well you will do in life; if you are with a bunch of gamers who dont pay attention in class, that is what you will be; and if you are with a bunch of studious individuals, you will most likely become studious yourself.


I currently have a Associated Arts degree, Bachelors degree in Liberal Studies, Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. I am considering returning to school to ger a Special Education Credential I have gone back in time because I am currently attending junior college and this time I see how I could have enjoyed it so much more. i was never interested in school and had so many distractions that I just never considered attending college. I wanted to have children and marry someone who would support me. Habit learned are hard to break. It took me so long to actually enjoy and appreciate what I was learning and how it was making me see things in a whole different way. When I first started to attend school It was more of an obligation and that actually made it difficult to learn. I felt like I didnt belong and that this was not the thing for me, but kept going because I did not want to be a quiter. I see now that it was me and my attitude towards school that made it difficult. Dont look at school as an obligation, but as a gift to the mind and person.


You need to make the choice for yourself. No one else should pressure your or influence where you go. Even though college is expensive, you need to pick somewhere you are going to enjoy yourself for the next 4 years.


I would tell myself i need to listen and concentrate on my senior year. It's the most important to help me get into college and persue a career to help benefit me in my future. I did horrible in high school and im now having trouble in college. so definately cocentrate and apply for as many scholarships as possible to help me.


The status of the school does not always portray what the school os about, so make sure that you find a school that you feel at home with and one that you are easily able to see yourself attending. If you are lost during the student visit day, then you may be lost during the semester. Look into what the college offers YOU, individually, not just as a student, but as a person that has qwerks and opinions.


I have gotten alot out of college thus far, i have learned that in college is where i get the real scoop on universal issues and life. It has really opened my eyes and has caused me to start thinking outside of myself, and the life i live in today. I feel challegened and i get to grow , learn, and become inspired. school has also played and important part of my adulthood, i say that because in every class i take i learn more of who i am, what i believe in, what i dont believe in. Whatever i have known in that past to be true, professors help to better understand and lern more about my beliefes. I have also been able to find amazing friends, apart of being in school allowed me to find people that i enjoyed being around. Every year i find that my groups of friends change, and it reflects the inside of me. So, i will sum it up by saying. School is hard but worth it.


I have found that college, especially obtaining a nursing degree, is very difficult and requires a great amount of study time and work time. I can see why nursing takes a great deal of discipline and dedication. It has been valuable to attend this school to show me how important it is to go to college and work hard. It has also been valuable to attend to acquire a degree for a safety net, in case my career choice changes, I always have something to fall back on.


At Huntington I have been able to grow spiritually while learning the basics of what every student at a liberal arts college learns. Although classes have been interesting and informative I have found chapels and other worship times even more interesting and educational. Every professor somehow incorporates God into their lesson almost everyday and it is just good to see how He can really be involved in all things. I have also been blessed with a great group of guys on my floor that all praise God for everything and we all worship Him together.


To this point in my college career, I have been able to learn much more than just academics. Yes, the education has been great, and I have learned things in the classroom I could have never learned outside, but more importantly I have grown up. Learning how to live in a community has taught me so much about myself, and so much about how the world works. Going to college I have gained life-long friends that are more than just people to hang out with, they are people I consider dependable and always there for me. Before going to college, I depended on myself for support and for answers, in college I am able to lean on the great relationships I have developed to help me understand and gain what I need to know in order to accomplish my goal of being successful in the real world one day.


My college experience so far is incomparable to almost any other college experience. My freshman year I attended Taylor University Fort Wayne with plans of attending it for my entire four years. Sadly, that school was shut down, but we were allowed to finish out the year. So that year became focused on what community really is. I was able to bring that here to Huntington University. Between these two schools I have learned that there is so much more to a college education than papers and tests. There are people, there are questions of identity, understanding, faith, world views, philosophies, mottows, life long friendships to be formed and found. In my college experience I have learned to roll with uncertainty, to work towards investing in every interaction with my fellow students, I have learned that at some point one must choose what the focus of their life will be. We have to choose between investing in people, in lifting them up, or focusing on the paperwork, the grades, and our own personal agendas for that day. We have to decide what is most important to us, the lives of others or papers and office work.


College gave me the confidence not to know the answers. Before I came to school, I saw everything as black or white, good or bad, right or wrong. It had to be one or the other. Grey areas made me uncomfortable. But today I can see all sides of an issue -- as there's usually more than just two -- and feel comfortable with not taking sides. I can evaluate what makes the good arguments good and the poor arguments poor, but I am not required to make a definite conclusion on which one is right. That is the most valuable lesson I've learned from college. I don't have all the answers, and I don't have to.


If I could talk to myself as a high school senior about the transition to college, I'd tell myself that it won't be what I'm expecting. Sometimes it'll be better, sometimes it'll be worse... but mostly it's just different. I'd tell myself to hang in there through that rough first semester because it gets better in the second, no matter how hard it is to believe in the first semester. I'd tell me to study hard and work hard, but to take time to goof off and do nothing with people sometimes. I'd say not to take Chemistry, Western Civilization, and Writing all in the same semester. I'd tell me that I'm actually going to college, and that I'll like it, though it won't be where or when I expect it to be now. Mostly though, what I'd say about what to expect is not to expect anything, because life never ends up being the way I expect it.


College life is portrayed as full of cliques. There are the nerds, the jocks, the frat boys, the suck-ups, the theater people, the people-obsessed-with-their-grades, and the music people. All the movies indicate this is true about college life. But here?s what I say: it?s true, to an extent. In college, it?s natural for students to gravitate toward people who share similar interests. It?s easy to form cliques. My advice to any high school senior is this: try to float from clique to clique. Hang out with the nerds, but also spend some time with the theater people. Get to know a jock. Don?t commit to one clique, but make friendships with people from several cliques. Now, before you say this is impossible, know this: I am an athlete and a mostly A student. These are considered to be clashing cliques: the jock versus the nerd. However, I?ve been able to make friends in both groups, and my college experience has been richer because of it. Don?t get sucked into one group. Consciously make the effort to diversify your friends, and you?ll be glad you did.


I would go back and tell myself to go college at least six months to one year after high school graduation. Waiting until you are an adult and have a life established is hard. I would also tell myself to stick with it no matter how hard it gets. It will be well worth it in the end!! Keep a positive attitude and don't get caught up in the party scene. The only thing that will suffer is your health and your grades. You are in college for a reason, and that reason is to learn.


Dear High-school Molly, As you approach your first year at Huntington University, remind yourself not to judge others. That girl whom you think has it all together, her world is crashing down. That guy you think is annoying and flirtatious will become your best friend. Take time to listen to others, to accept, you will cherish the relationships you find. Molly, don?t limit yourself! Believe it is possible, do not fear the future You have no idea the success collegiate running will bring you, you might not think you can make it through chemistry, you fear your professors won?t like you. You will be floored by what you can accomplish by ignoring your fear, and saying yes. Most of all, dream. Opportunities are going to present themselves, be willing to commit, and the results will floor you! Seize each moment, envision the person you want to be, and then become that person. You can do this, be prepared for amazement. You got this, Molly Jo


Dear Sonya, Take as many dual enrollment classes in high school that you possibly can rather than taking advanced placement (AP) classes. You have to pass an exam to get college credit for the AP classes you take. You know you do not do well on stressful tests. You will only pass your AP English exam which will earn you 3 semester hours at college. You will not pass your AP government or your AP calculus exams for which you will earn nothing. However, you will earn 8 semester hours for the dual enrollment Anatomy & Physiology class you will take. It will not require an exam for college credit. You will only need to enroll at the local university through your teacher to get the 8 semester hours. Because of your 11 credit hours prior to entering college, you will be one of the first freshman to sign up for fall classes at your summer orientation! Continue to work hard and maintain your 4.0. If you do so, only you and Megan will be valedictorians in May, and you will earn $2250 in scholarships! Graduation will come a lot quicker than you ever imagined. Sincerely, Sonya Yoder


I would probably advise myself to get gen-eds out of the way (whether it be at a community college or within the first couple years at Huntington), that way it would save time and money in the long run.


Life in college will be difficult, it will be new, and it will be exciting. Do not forget who you are, or where you came from. Always be confident in yourself. Learn to balance your time among the different classes, among the friends, and among a job. Do not let yourself become too scared to make new friends. Do not let yourself be afraid of failure. Instead, strive to your full potential. Life will be crazy at times, but learn to love the crazy times. Do not be too stubborn to take advice from your daddy. Most of the time, he will be right. Do not hold too tightly to your past, but do not let it go. Be willing to accept the changes that this time in your life will bring. This is the time of your life to realize who you are, and what you are meant for.


Friends are a gift and should not be taken for granted. You have been blessed with deep and valuable friendships and you should value them. You will not understand the worth of a friendship until you no longer have that friend by your side each day. One's relationship with others can only go as deep as one's relationship with his/her savior Jesus Christ. Pursue Christ daily. It is okay to share you failures and not appear perfect. This is why Jesus came as a baby to this imperfect and sinful world to later be a perfect offering on our behalf. Be an encouragement to those around you by always lending a listening ear. Friends are a blessing from God and are to be treasured.


I would tell myself to apply for more scholarships, and save as much money as possible. I would also tell myself not to attended school because my friends were going to that college. I would give myself tips about studying and time management, because these were the hardest adjustments from high school to college. Also, I would suggest looking into more schools, and doing what made myself happy, not others. Huntington University would have been my suggestion to myself, instead of transferring freshman year, and to live on campus and not commute first year of college.


In regards to choosing the right college to attend, I would advise: ?Considering the large amount of wonderful universities to choose from- I think that there is not one ?perfect? school for each student, but rather several that would be wonderful fits. So choose a school you feel comfortable with, even if it isn?t the absolute best on a pro/con list. ?Choose a school with many strong programs in various majors and broad opportunities, as your interests are likely to change over the course of your college experience. ?Spend the night on campus. This gave me a greater feel for the students, community, and interests at each university. As for advice on making the most of your college experience: ?Don?t go into college hoping to drastically change and be the ?new and improved? you. Rather, recognize that your most real relationships and joys will come from being genuine about your talents, past, and interests. ?Most importantly, choose to serve others. Choosing to serve your roommate, your classmates, your university, and the community will bring quality to your college experience, encourage personal growth, and allow you to make a meaningful impact.


Don't do a "drive-by visit" or grand tour of six different colleges. Give yourself enough time to be at a college, understand its vibe, talk to its students. The worst kind of decision you can make for college is going off a brochure or a quickie visit. You are going to be at this college for four years, you need to spend more than four hours seeing if it fits you and your goals. Also don't write off a school purely because of a label. You may not want to go to school in the city, but some campuses are able to create that small-town feel right in the middle of a metropolis! When you get your financial aid packages, don't freak out and immediately go with the biggest package. Call the college's financial aid officer and talk to them. I was able to get more from my school after showing them the offers I was getting from other schools. Usually a school is willing to work with its prospective students, maybe offering more scholarships or giving you a campus job right on the spot!


My advice would be take your time in finding the college that you want to go to. Don't have it narrowed down to one and only apply to that school, cause you might not get in. To students I would say pick a school or schools to look at that would match your lifestyle. If you want a party school with huge classes don't look at schools that are private schools. To parents even though you would like your kids to go to your college or university don't tell them that is where they are going to go. Let your kids find a shcool that is right for them. Students when you are at school you need to find a balance between your school work and your social life. You don't want to spend your whole college experience locked up in your room studying, but also you don't want to party all the time and never look at a book or study for class.


In regards to finding the right college, I would say that it depends on your criteria for a good school. If you are looking strictly at academics, make sure to look at what courses are offered and the background of the professors at the school. If you are looking for the social life, try to talk with people who have gone there and/or to the residence life staff to get a feel for what the school offers. If you also are very interested in the physical environment, go to visit and see if it is a fit. This last part is key. It is really important, if possible to visit several schools to make sure it feels right. As far as making the most of the college experience, I am not a person to say try everything. I would say meet lots of new people and in order to do this get very involved in campus sponsored events and random activities in the dorms. I would say that the most important parts of college are to get a great education and make life-long friends. If you can do this, you have made the most of your college experience.


You have to pick a college that will work for you. It is not about what the school has to offer, but it is about what you are wanting to get out of the school. Not all schools are going to be the best for everybody. Don't just go to a school because someone else went there. You are the one who is going to be doing the learning and growing. Consider what will help you.


Take a look at as many colleges you can and follow your gut instinct. God opens all kinds of doors, so never stop relying on Him.


Look at the community and find one you love. A school can have all the best academic ratings or most experienced professors, but if you won't be comforatable and can't enjoy being in your new home, college is going to be a wretched experience.


Visit the colleges your interested in and learn as much about them as you possibly can before making your final decision. Best of luck and God bless!!


Visit, Visit, Visit!


Make sure that you feel comfortable on campus. When you visit, pay attention to how welcoming the students, faculty and staff are. If you can, stay the night with a current student so you can experience dorm life! It's the best!


I would say make sure you do everything you can to find financial help! There are a lot of weird little scholarships out there that you don't really hear about. Don't disregard a college just for money. Also, let your kids go away. They don't have to go far, but it is so good for them to get out of the house and learn to make friendships in new settings and be a little more dependent. It is a great learning experience and I think it is very crucial. Also, no matter how far they are if they live out of the house, send them mail!!! I makes their day!


I think you should choose a college that fits your personality. A big school may not be a place that is conducive for learning to a person who is easily distracted. In my experience, attending a small school has kept me focused on my studies and out of trouble. You my have to look at what you want versus what you need reallistically. Also, finding a good roomate can be very influential in how much you prosper as a student. Your college should feel like a home to you and a place you would have no problem spending four or more years of your life at.


My advice to parents and/or students about finding the right college would be to find a college that fits you, not anyone else. You do not want to go to a school because a friend is or because a family member has been dreaming about you going there ever since you were little. Your college experience starts with you being happy with where you are and expands as you start enjoying your pick even more as time progresses. When you start at your college, be social but focus on your school work as well. You do not want to focus just on school work because your experience will be lessened, but if you are overly social you may not be able to stay at your college due to failing grades. Once you find your happy medium you can make college the best years of your life!