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

As a high school senior, my main goal was to move as far away from my parents and gain my "freedom." In doing this, I became a little too focused on my freedom than the goals I had made for my college career. If I could give myself some advice, it would be everything that my parents had already told me but I had been too stubborn to listen to. I would tell myself to stay focused on my schoolwork and enjoy the freedom later. I have learned now that the small amount of freedom I experienced then could never compare to what I COULD have now but do not. I would hope that I could take advice from an experienced version of myself a little easier than I was able to take the same advice from my parents.

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If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to do more career research and take a career counciling class. I was so sure that I wanted to become a veterinarian, not knowing the cost and grueling coursework it included. I quickly changed my major and have done so about five times. I could have saved myself a lot of time and money if I had researched career options more thoroughly. I thought I could do all the research by myself, but the reality is, that there is too much information to make quick long-term decisions. I recommend consulting a career couciling expert no matter how sure you are of the career you want.

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I would have told myself not to rush to make a quick decision about college. As a high schooler, I remember being pressured to know what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I would have told myself that it is alright to not be sure what career path you want to have for the rest of your life. The decision to go to college should not be rushed, you can take time to figure out what makes you passionate. I would have told myself rushing into a career will not necessarily mean that it is the correct choice for me. I would have said "Take your time, talk to your counselors, and do what YOU want to do, not what your parents want you to do".

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I would tell myself that I don't need to stress so much about having everything figured out right away. It is okay to be unsure about a career path, and there are many opportunities in college to explore different interests to find out what fits best. I would also tell myself not to worry so much about the cost; there are lots of options to help pay for college, and even if it takes a little longer than planned, the important part is to keep going. Overall, I would tell myself to have fun, explore as many opportunities as possible, and enjoy college life.

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I would tell myself to take it more seriously: don't put big projects off until the last minute, pay more attention to the teacher instead of your friends, put in the most time and effort you can, not just the bare minimum to scrape by with a passing grade. Getting into college isn't always easy, and that is your key to the real world, the rest of your life. Basically: take it seriously. It's not just a social playground or a waste of eight hours of your day. It's a tiny step towards the rest of your life, treat it as such.

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Learn to study. This is important. There are a ton of things you don't know, and a ton of things you aren't prepared for, and if you learn to study now; before it's too late, mind you, you'll be able to adapt. You're already good enough in english to pass the courses you need to, but even so, learn to adapt. And study in math. Study HARD in math. As an art student, this is double the importance, simply because you're not expected to know that much of it. And find your motivation, and hold onto it.

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I would tell my self that everything is a learning experience. You're going to make decisions, good and bad, that you need to learn from, but most importantly learn from them, that's why you're going to school. I would also tell them to take the extra time to branch out, college is a very diverse place and once it's done, it's done. So just have fun, make good grades, and most importantly learn as much as you can from every experience you find yourself in.

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I would tell myself that there is no such thing as over preparing for a test. Notetaking is essential. I would also tell myself to become more involved in High School Activites to better prepare myself for the Social Dynamic of College Classmates. I would tell myself to read a wider range of book genres, newspapers, and magazines to give myself a greater knowledge base for topics in and out of the class room.

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The advice I would give to myself is to relax about college and not get as stressed out about it, and to save my money and prepare to spend it wisely. My money has run out a lot faster than I was prepared for. I am very pleased about which college I chose. I do think I got lucky and I would recommend learning more about a college before deciding to go there.

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I would have told myself that I need to go to college for myself and no one else. When I did get to college, I should continue on with my goals and take care of myself rather than other people. I also would have told myself to pick different goals becuase the degree that I was going for would not have made me happy.

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