Illinois State University Top Questions

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

Heather

The most valuable part of my college experience is being responsible for my own actions and every decision I make has a consequence. I've learned to take the right path thanks to the guidance from my advisors, parents, and mentors from extra curricular clubs. I've been able to partake in clinical experiences with children. This semester I have been given the opportunity to be a teacher's assistant and teach a creative drama class for second and third graders. It is these field experiences that excite me for my career and allow me to be thankful for the chances that Illinois State University has to offer me.

Kierra

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior and knowing what I know about the college life transition, I would tell myself to start off my maintaining a high G.P.A and to get involve with as many activities as possible. When you first start of in college the classes that you take are usually general education courses that you have to take before you start going into your major focused course classes. It?s better to make sure you get good grades and maintain a high G.P.A that way when classes further down the road start to get harder a B or C in those courses won?t really affect you because you started off so strong. Another tip is to get involved in many clubs, activities, and volunteer opportunities on campus as much as possible. It looks great on resumes when you need to apply to your major or when you have to apply for jobs. Getting involved is also a great way to meet new people and network because the way the economy is going who you know will definably benefit you in the upcoming future.

Hana

During my last few months in high school I was filled with alternating feelings of excitement and fear. I was excited to be at the end of my high school career and to be about to venture off to the world of college. However, the thought of college also filled me with a sense of fear and uncertainty at the thought of the unknown. I was worried about the difficulty of college classes and the new living environment. But now, sitting in my dorm room, several weeks into my second semester in college, I look back on my fears as a high school senior and realize how needless they were. Starting college was definitely a major transitional moment in my life, but it was nowhere near as difficult or scary as I imagined it would be. What I would tell myself as a high school senior, is to relax and to face the uncertain future not with nerves, but with hope. I would tell myself to be confident and assure myself that nothing was as hard as I was imagining it to be. And as long as I stayed true to myself, college will be a great experience!

Megan

I would tell my senior self to work harder so that the transition from high school work to college work would not be so hard. I would not have taken advantage of the fact that I had it so easy senior year, because now I wish I had it that easy. I would have also told myself that I cannot depend on teachers to tell me how I'm doing. In college, you have to make the effort to find out yourself or you'll never know. I would also tell myself to grow up. If I would have started doing things for myself, instead of expecting my mother to do everything for me, then I would have been more prepared to live on my own and do for myself. I would also have learned how to spend my money more wisely. Being in college is already expensive enough and it is tempting to buy things I do not need because I do not have anyone controlling my spending. I would have definitely prepared myself much better for college if I knew how hard it was going to be.

Michelle

College is a great time. People may tell you that because it is the best time to drink and party and experiment. It is fun, enjoy every moment. Even though classes may boring or pointless to your major, go to every single class. The more you know, the more impressive you will look to your future employers. Take time to have fun and don't be shy, talk to people, they are not going to bite. They can even help you if you do not want to ask a teacher for help. I would still consider, if you are having trouble , to talk to your teachers and do not wait until the last moment to write papers or do projects. Participate on class, do not be shy to raise your hand an d it is okay if you are not correct, we 're not perfect. Make friends do not sit in your room, feeling isolated. When you make friends do not think it is ok to not go to class because they did not. Be your own person, be responsible, and be nice to people that hate you.

Kayley

I would tell myself to study more. In high school I never really had to study so I did not know how really when I came to college so that was a big adjustment for me. I also would have told myself not to stress as much. In highschool I tried to get the best grades and be as involved as I could be. Although I did enjoy being involved in all of these activities it did not pay off coming to college. I would not change being involved as much as I was and the grades I earned but I stressed myself out too much over it.

Patricia

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior some advice I would give myself about college life and making the transition would be get involved with as many clubs as possible. This is an excellent way to meet new people and looks good on your r?sum?. Also, rushing to join a sorority may be a good idea. Even if I have no intentions on joining I should at least do rush week because it may be an opportunity to meet a lot of new people and I may actually find a house that shares the same morals as me. Be prepared to share your miniature room with another person for the year. It may be hard to get alone time because your roommate never leaves the room, so you should consider taking walks or finding a place of your own around campus. Now about campus food, learn how to eat what is provided because the weekly menus can have slim pickings and tend to be repetitive. Also, if you ever get home sick, breaks are longer than in high school and a lot of people go home for the long weekends.

Joshua

College is an opportunity to start off brand new again, a personal renaissance, in which you can find new friends, make new grades, and become a new person. Whatever you may have done in high school that got you labeled into a clique, forget about it, because now you are whoever you want to be, and I encourage you with all my soul to put behind you what other people think about you and do what makes you happy. The drama of high school will be behind you, so go ahead and talk to that professer about your test, debate with your classmates in your general education politics class to support your opinoin, and dont let the peer pressure of drinking, smoking and partying change you into someone you dont like. There are plenty of student organizations on every campus, so get out there and try out something new, continue something you love, or just have fun. Those organizations are also a great place to meet people who will enjoy you for you, and will become those friends that you have forever and are truly there for you. Have fun, do well, and congratulations on a new you.

Jose

Enjoy yourself while you can Jose. You may not know it, but you have it really easy. Going from high school to a 4 year university is a huge step. In college, you do not have anyone to tell you to go to class, you do not have anyone to tell you what you can or cannot do. I do not mean to overwhelm you with this, but this is information that you need to know. College life throws a lot of temptations your way. What you should know is that you always have a choice, peer pressure is something that you can overcome. There are many great oppurtunities when attending a 4 year university, take advantage! Join a fraternity, leadership and service group, or any club that you find you might interested in. It will look great on your resume. One more thing Jose... Start applying for more scholarships so that we do not have to pull out so many loans!

Jeff

If I could go back and counsel myself as a high school senior, I would advise myself to STEP IT UP! After making it through the stress of junior year, with ACT tests, tutoring and college research and campus visits, and the beginning of senior year with college applications and the nerve-wracking stress of waiting for the admission letters, I approached senior year as a time to slow down and maintain, not accelerate and continue to grow. My thought process was - I have worked hard, paid my dues and been accepted into college - now it's ME time! Looking back, I would have opened myself up to new experiences that I didn't have time for previously, maybe joining a club that was outside of my interest area, learning a new sport or even sitting with different people at lunch. I wish I would have stretched myself further, stepped out of my proverbial comfort zone and sought out new experiences. College has opened my eyes, expanded my vision and reversed my own internal stereotypes in more ways than I can state in this paragraph, and I could have begun this process while still in high school!

Ashley

My advice to myself would be, to stay opened minded. When you are going to a new place and don't know many people it is scary, but it is also important to be open minded and willing to try new things. College is all about new experiences and it is important to be willing to experience the different things that may come your way. I would also tell myself to make sure to deticate time just for your school work, there is a lot more work in college to do than in high school. From personal experience with having a learning disability, I know the importance of asking for help when you need it. Many teachers are more than willing to help you and may even make accommidations for you, if you happen to have a disability or just in need of help with your school work, all you have to do is ask. Overall my advice, is to be willing to experience new things while entering a new stage in your life, it will be worth it in the future when looking back at your college experience and realizing how much it made you grow as a person.

Kenneth

Work hard and be kind to people and good things will happen to you. But also, dont work too hard cuz you have to have some fun every now and then of course.

Elizabeth

This is important! You need to think hard about what you want to do with your life and where that is going to take you. Know what makes you happy and don't let anyone pursuade you to do something different from what you want. Don't be afraid to open up, everyone is in the same boat as you are. Be ready for a lot of work, and by work I mean reading. Make sure you approach every class with an open mind and don't be afraid to say what you think in class. You're professor's appreciate hearing your opinion. Don't let yourself get to stressed out. The classes are really hard but nothing is worth an emotional breakdown. DON'T PROCRASTINATE! It is never the right thing to do and will never have a good outcome. Bring warm clothes, and definitely a wind breaker! This is the windiest city you'll ever be in. Don't forget to have fun. College is supposed to be fun and it's suppose to be hard. Just make sure you know the balance of the two and everything will work out!

Cyndy

It's not about the money! Pick a career path that will utilize your gifts and talents, even if there is no potential to earn a lot of money. Think about all of the needs in this world and how you can make a difference so your life means something. So you want to get out of bed every morning instead of hitting snooze five times. Do not sell yourself out! Don't chase the golden calf because you will wake up one morning hating life, hating yourself, and looking down only to realize that you have golden handcuffs around your wrists. Stop listening to your parents, advisors, and family who with well intentions say, "That's a stable industry"....You are going to spend more waking hours at work than any other place in your life. What makes you happy? Find a way to earn a living doing it. And I stress a living, not living on country club drive with a membership. I mean if it means an apartment but your loving life...DO IT!

Edward

Ok man this is the beginning of the rest of your life. Over the summer you need to buckle down and prepare to live on your own. You should learn to do your own laundry and waking yourself up. While working this summer save your money because there will be time in college you need some spending money and if you forgot you will not be working. When you get to school be outgoing get to know all the people on your floor and in your classes. If you stay shut up in your room you will not have fun at college. Also get involved in student organizations and sports clubs or intramurals. This will be the best way to make new friends and meet people interested in what you like. Oh and number one thing to learn is get used to reading, a lot of reading. Take the summer to read the paper and other books get used to fitting reading into your schedule. Believe me this will help because in college there is a lot of reading. Last but not least you are no longer in high school so the easy way out won?t work here.

Felisa

If I had to go back to my senior self and tell myself about all the transition that you face in college I would first tell myself to prepare for large quantities of reading. I would tell myself to be prepared for all of the hardwork you must endure in order to succeed that you have many different expectation and noone holds your hand. College Profesors don't care if you go to class or do the homework, or do well on your test, college is all about your individual self and how willing you are to succeed. That in order to do well you must work hard, and to learn, learn to the best of your ability and do not take what you have for granted. Finally I would tell myself cherish what you have the memories you leave behind and remember that you are on your own now and make it worth while, college isn't only about what grades you have but it's about defining yourself who you are, and who you want to be someday, college is about creating you, and making your dreams come true.

Marissa

I have had a slightly different college experience than most, though I am not alone in the situation. I began my college career at a four year university and decided that it was not the right fit, so I then tranferred to my local community college. After completly my Associates degree, I transfered again to Ilinois State University. I think if I had to go back and tell myself one thing, it would be to decide on a school that I truly liked, and not to allow other people to effect that decision. Choosing a college is a huge decision, and letting others make that decision for you will not give you the result you want. I would also tell myself to enjoy the situations and places I am in and not to let them bother me or bring me down.

Jeff

After coming to this college and learning what it is about, the one thing that I would go back and tell myself would be to be outgoing. When I first came to campus I stayed in my room a lot and played video games. I never really took in the true college experience here until my junior years. Since then I have met many new people and made many new friends. When I look back on it, the whole that I was here I could have been doing this. Illinois State is a great school that has a open student body. They are very friendly and a lot like me. Like I said, when I first came here I was hesitant but now that I have met these new people I have learned that their are people at this school that share the same interests as me. The other piece of advice that I would have given myself was to read. I never was good at reading and when I arrived at college, most classes assigned reading. I usually fell behind and had to catch up on them. Now I read them when assigned and I am doing awesome.

Marta

If I could give my high school senior self advice about college, the first thing I would say is to embrace the changes. As a college student one realizes that life is clearly not like it was in high school. While the freedom may be exhilarating, it is still necessary to be responsible. College is definitely about having fun, but more importantly, it is a stepping-stone into adult life and responsibilities. I would also say that college is a time to seize opportunities. Joining groups and participating in exciting events are great ways to meet people with similar characteristics and beliefs. Not to mention, these events are usually a great way to acquire free items given by the university! Keeping in contact with old friends and family is also important so that you do not feel too homesick in the beginning, but at the same time, it does not hurt to branch out instead of dwelling in the past. College is full of great opportunities and new friends with who you can make new memories. Finally, the most vital piece of advice I could offer is always be yourself and do not sell yourself short. Confidence is key!

Jillian

If I were to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself not to be so nervous about going to school. The transition is way easier than you think it will be. You will have no trouble getting used to the college life. The classes are not as hard as you think they will be. As long as you go to class and pay attention, you will be fine. You will make a ton of friends and have a great time hanging out with them. You will meet a ton of new people and it will not be hard for you to make new friends like you thought it would be. So just calm down. Be smart about going to class and doing your work. You will be fine if you just be yourself. No one judges you here like they did in high school. You will love it here. So stop worrying so much and enjoy the time you have here.

Nicholas

When you first get to ISU, do not turn down any invitations. Be willing to try new things and meet new people, but remember you're hear to receive an education above all else.

Brandon

Attend all classes. Pick the school that you want to go to, not the one that your parents want you to go to, and choose the profession that you want.

Amanda

As I think back to the myself as a high school senior, I can just recall all of the anxiety I had of leaving home and having to fend for myself. Looking back, I feel as if i would tell myself something along that lines saying that everything will work itself out. We all have a path in life, and we have to make the best of the situations that we are handed. This is the time for you to focus on yourself and find out what it is that YOU want in life. This is the time to find yourself, and where you fit into society. This is when you discover that the world is here at your disposal, and that you can do anything you set you mind to. Once you find that one professional that you are passionate about, you can then put your heart and soul into it. This all starts with just believing in yourself, and having a great attitude on life. With that, along with the support form your family and friends, life if a breeze and you will have the adventure of a life time doing so. Just trust the process!

Yarelie

Come prepare to be more organized, you must have a daily schedule to keep on track of your work.

Lisa

You are about to transition into a point in your life where you will question everything from your upbringing to your sense of style. For so many people college is about finding themselves. However, there are a few people like you who have already found themselves. The person you are is not predicated on clothes or money. It's who you are when no one is watching and there is no one to impress. Poor is a description. It's a classification. It's not who you are. The person you are is beautiful inside and out. You are honest, loyal, humble, and teachable. You're every bit the person you were meant to be. You have to grow, embrace enthusiasm and live for yourself. Stay true to who you are. Life is not meant to be lived easily. If it were that simple, it wouldn't be worth living. You're the first person in your family to attend college. Some people will support you and others won't. Get over it. There's no need to dwell on things that are out of your control. Live life to the fullest. No one else can do it for you.

Amanda

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Abrecia

The advice I would give myself is to learn what down time was. As a high school student I pratically lived at the school. I participated in marching band, symphonic band, orchestra, choir, theatre, and I ran track. Most days I would leave home for school at 7am and arrive back at home at 12am. Of course when I got to college all my advisors felt since I was a freshmen I needed to learn time management so they limited me to two extra curriculars. While my fellow classmates were stressing over finding time to do homework and study I was trying to find what to do with the extra 10 hours in my day!! My body and mind were trained to do homework as soon as I possible and survive from 2 hours of sleep. So of course in college all my homework was done three weeks early and I stared at the walls at night. Although I thought that much spare time was unbearable I found it to be quite soothing. I finally had time to think and get to know myself. I finally had to look in the mirror to plan my future. Here I Come World!!

Kelsey

I would tell myself to look further into grants, loans, and scholarships. I was not aware of the hardships I would have to deal with financially, even as a 1st semester freshmen. I had the chance to be in a sorority and a club soccer team but had to turn both of them down in order to pay for other expenses. I also would apply for on-campus jobs sooner because like most college freshmen, everyone needs money. Lastly, I would tell myself to apply to more colleges. Although I love the school I am currently at, I only applied to 4 schools and I think I should have givin more schools a chance. College is said to be the best days of your life so I would make sure my "high school self" knows to spend them wisely, successfully, and happily.

Kayla

If I were to talk to myself as a senior in high school, the fact I would tell myself is this: college is not high school. I mean this in both the academic and social aspects. Academically, the responsibility of passing a class and with which grade lies solely on yourself. While a few professors may find it in their hearts to personally help you succeed, to most you are just a number in a lecture hall of hundreds of students. There is no personalized punishment for not attending class or turning in your homework (besides a lower grade). There are not 'detentions' or a set amount of days you are legally allowed to miss. However, you will find that attending class and doing the reading is necessary to pass. Besides this, the social aspect of college is much different from that of high school. The maturity of the students in comparison to high school students is clear, and it is not necessary to be friends with everyone, nor is it necessary to make sure you are not friends with certain people. In college, your life is yours, your decisions are yours, and your success is solely dependant on you.

Michael

Knowing what i do now as a college student, if i could give myself advice as a high school senior I would definitely tell myself to focus on my goals and improving upon the aspects of school that I am weak at. I now know that studets can not get by excelling in only one aspect of school, but instead a broad range of knowledge is very helpful for college students. I would also tell myself to work harder on my study habits so that when i come to college these habits will already be in place and it won't be something that I will have to worry about. This is so important because unlike high school, where you do most of your work in class, college is diferent in the respect that most of the work is done outside of class on your own time.

Alexndra

"Allie, you need to get online right now and start applying for scholarships,and start saving up all your money now, because within the first three months of school you're not going to know where it all went. Take school seriously; it's not like high school, and there are going to be many tough times, but along with those will come fun times... Just don't be an idiot; you're paying good money to get an education, not to improve your social life. Yet don't let that stop you from making friends and having fun. College is supposed to be the greatest time in your entire life- if you make the right decisions. There will be times when you can go out and havefun, but you also need to do your fair share of studying, and you need to go to your classes. You're going to be confused at times, stressed, miss home, but don't let it affect your grades, because everything you do in the next 4 years will affect you for the rest of your life."

Jacob

Sitting in my desk waiting for that monotonous bell to ring to signal the end of the class, I sure remember that! If I could go back and talk to myself as a senior in high school, there are definitely some points I would be sure to tell myself. Starting off, people in the real world can be pricks and unless you are stern with what you want, you will get walked all over. I learned this as I worked out for an entire year and went to try out for a team was told that I was a waste of time to the coach and I did not even get a chance. Secondly, this is your life now and you have to do with it what you want. You will have a mammoth amount of freedom and free time compared to high school, don?t waste a second. Last and most important, keep strong in your faith as you will be exposed to many things you do not wish to do. You heard it said in high school that ?just ?cause everyone?s doing it doesn?t make it right?; well; now you will truly get to experience that.

Angela

I would tell myself to relax. I came to college very high sprung and worried that I would not make it. I found that college is much easier when you relax and take the time to ask questions. Asking classmates and professors about something you do not understand is very helpful. I would tell myself to get out and ask questions when class materials do not make sense. I would also tell myself to open up more often. Talking to numerous people on your floor, in your dorm, and around campus helps you understand how the campus really works, and it could help you meet those best friends you have wanted your whole life. I would tell myself to be more active on campus. There is a lot of free time during the week. Watching TV, reading, and writing keep you locked in your room. You should get out there and meet new people and learn new perspectives about everything! Without other people, life will be inevitably difficult, especially at college.

Jazz

I would tell myself as a high school senior is to live life and never regret. I would give myself advice to look for scholarships and grants while in high school because once you graduate from high school, life is just beginning and money doesn't just fall out of the sky. Also, college isn't always what you think it will be, it is going to be so much more. More friends, more teachers, more life to grow. You might think your life is over with once high school is over but life is just starting and gettting more intense.

Brittany

I would tell myself to be ready to put in more effort than you were required in highschool. Don't let friends peer pressure you to go out when you have things to do for school. Make your school work the most important thing. Try to find a job early, most jobs where the school is your employer fill up quickly. Don't be afraid to meet new people and everything happens for a reason. Keep an open mind and remember college life is closer to the real world than you have ever been before, but there is still a bigger world out there that you will enter in a short 4 years. It is easier to keep a good GPA than to let yours drop and try to bring it up. Have fun!

Everette

If i were able to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, the advice that I would give myself would be to choose a school that would allow him to take more classes that were related to his major, and not require so many general education classes. Since I am a Criminal Justice major, I would advise my high school senior self to apply to Westwood College or a similar school. I would also tell my high school self about the benefits of attending a school such as Westwood College, such as the luxury of being taught by professionals from different fields in the criminal justice system. I would also mention the great internship opportunities that would be available to him.

Jaqlyn

First I would have liked to tell myself that it's ok to go to a community college first to get your gen eds out of the way, because when I was a high school senior I was angry with my mom for making me go to Harper. I would also mention how I should have gotten involved more, and try to do more community service because it would look great on a resume, and it would help when looking for scholarships. I should have saved up more money so when I later found out about volunteering abroad and helping other countries I would be able to do it. One last thing I would tell myself is to spend as much time with your family as possible. They may be a pain some times, but they're your family, they have your back and you never know when something might happen.

Jennifer

Senior year of high school is a very exciting time. Students are about to finally leave home, in pursuit of an education that will lead towards a future career and life. The promise of a new beginning creates a feeling of being on top of the world for many students. However, this feeling can lead to many problems during the college transition. If it was possible to travel back in time, the biggest piece of advice I could offer myself would be to stay on task. It's easy to get distracted during freshman year, and even easier to forget that you are in college, not for partying, but for an education. If I could do it all again, I would read all assignments, take extensive notes and study diligently. With these changes, I would have made a smoother transition into college and would have been much more comfortable with my new surroundings. Many high school seniors do not realize it, but a higher education does require a large amount of work. Once this is discovered, it is much easier to succeed in not only a university setting, but also a future career.

Patrick

If I could go back and tell myself something different that I know about college that I didn't know then it would be to go to school in the city. Initially as a senior I remember being apprehensive about going to the city because I was afraid I would not know anybody. One semester into college, I have made friends with people I never would have been friends with in high school simply because I was a proactive and invovled student. To my apprehensive senior self I would say go to school in the city school because you need to be in an urban environment to form connections and relationships with professionals in the graphic design industry. These professionals will teach you concepts beyond the classroom that may present and internship for later in college helping me to jump start mywork into the creative industry. I would tell myself that making the transition to city life would be difficult compared to living on a campus but, that life in the city provides opportunities that rural campuses cannot. Most of all though, I would tell myself to always believe in myself and take everything day by day.

Christopher

Work hard, do not let anyone tell you, you cannot do it, take educations seriously, and chase your dream.

victoria

if i could go back in time, i would definitely have adviced myself to attend a community college first before going right into a four year university, reasons being is If i am planning to transfer, i can take my core classes at a community college and save money on my bachelor's degree, and also it would really prepare me for a four year, so i would be able be more successful at a four year university

Tyler

I would tell myself to keep all of the notes that I had taken during Chemistry since they would really help me out in college since I am majoring in Chemistry. I would also tell myself to look for as many scholarships I could find so that it would be easier to pay for college. Doing so would relieve a lot of anxiety about having enought money to get through both semesters.

Stacy

Dear Stacy still in high school, You will be going to college next year, make sure when you visit the college, you feel comfortable with youself and you really can see yourself going to that specific university. It should click with you, follow your heart, make sure it has enough opportunities for your specific interests. Know that you will be working harder in college than in high school, or that you should try to work harder. In college you really discover who you are and realize what is really most important. Focus on having fun and make friends, be outoing and open because you never know who you will meet, they may impact your life for the rest of the life. Learn from your mistakes and grow from them because if you belive everything happens for a reason, you will do just fine. Sincerely, Stacy from college

Justine

If I was able to give my high school senior self advice on college, it would be scholarships. As a high school senior, I didn?t do many scholarships and I wish I would have. Now as a college freshman, I am looking for so many scholarships and finding ones that pertain to just high school students. I?m making up now for what I lacked my senior year. I would also tell myself to make a 100% effort because it?ll all be worth it at the end. There are so many scholarships available to me but I just didn?t take the time to search for them and fill them out. I, as my senior self, would definitely take this piece of advice and get as many scholarships as I can for my first year at Illinois State University.

Sally

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, knowing what I know now, the advice I would give myself to begin with is education is the key to the rest of your life. Without an education you stress over bills, having insurance, living paycheck to paycheck, having to work two and three jobs at a time to survive and put food on the table for your children. To make the rest of your life not so scary and stressful get an education so you can get a good job even a career that will give you and your family the sense of security that you cannot get from working a minimum wage job, with no benefits, no retirement plan, no vacation or sick days. The transition from high school to college for me is been exciting, considering I'm 34 years old and have 5 children, this is my chance to show my children the difference between having an education and career and then not having one. I finished my GED this last year and I am ready to learn and eager to better myself for me as well as my family.

erin

The advice that I would give myself is not to come to Illinois State. Although this school does have a high reputation for Education, I have been frustrated with not being able to get into my major, roommate conflicts, problems registering for classes, inablilty to transfer out with credits being useful at another school, I do not enojy taking so many gen ed classes that I do not want to take. I would tell myself to apply to more schools, and possibly attend a Blackhawk Community College and transfer to Western Illinois- Quad City Campus.

jonathan

Do your best and always give 100%.

Sambath

Go to college as soon as possible, because waiting isn't worth it. You slip up into the worst of life that you think is fun and games until you realize that you wasted your time and could of done more. Don't go and regret it later. Take the initiative and go. Once you waste your first year, you won't get it back. I went to jail, fell in love, have a kid, and is backed into the corner of life with no assurance or stability. That means I have no job. Why you ask? You're prone to not care and lose work by doing the stupidest things and associate with the wrong people like you never thought you would. Now, the only person to help you mentally rehabilitate is God. Financially? God may guide you, and you're mom would help, but in the end they say one thing that hits you. "Go to school!" Three words that have a whole lot of meaning. I searched for fast jobs, they don't pay well and hours aren't enough. Where does the search in the end lead? Career training or college and that's enough said!

Cynthia

I would tell myself that rushing the process isn't a good thing. No one can make the decision but yourself. Thinking too much will only make you question the right choice. I would also tell myself that junior college isn't always a bad choice. If you are uncertain about going away to a four year university, dont do it. It may mean you arent ready and ruin your experience. Giving yourself time is key and making sure you are mentally prepared. You have to be very open to new things and new people. College isn't just about doing the school work, one should enjoy the social aspects. Joining in things may help the transition. Also dont be afraid if a conflict arises while at school, dont let it bring you down. Conflicts and problems are normal and will only make you a stronger person. Never tell yourself no, or i cant. Just keep trying. Also try to take some fun classes, learning about your hobbies may give you some releaf. Also, excercise is a good way to relieve stress and will improve your life in every aspect.

Rachel

I went to a small private Catholic highschool, so for me it was the transition of having to live away from home in a place where if i run into a fellow student, I might never see them again. So I would give myself the advice of don't be afraid. Make friends with everyone on your floor and make sur eyou make a few friends in each class. That way you can exchange notes or help eachother with questions about class or where to find a certain building so you don't look like a freshman trying to find your way around.

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