If I can go back in time and talk to myself I would have to tell myself to be more social. Being on the football team I was well known, but only known for what I can do on the field. Nobody has ever known me on a personal level other than my head coach or family members. With that being said I would have to tell myself to join more extracurricular activities such as clubs or doing volunteer work. This would make me more comfortable with people, and bring me out of the bubble I was trapped in. Joining a club my freshman year of college and playing football helped me out a tremendous amount. I find myself having more friends, being more social, and a lot happier. This is the only thing I would tell myself if I can go back in time.
Do not take a year off from school. Go to college right after you graduate early and apply for all kinds of scholarships early on. Save all your money from your job and plan accordingly for school. Make sure that you are fully prepared for your first semester in college and all the semesters following it. Do not let anything else distract you from your education because it is the most important thing right now for you to focus on. Also, participate in a few extra curricular activities to fill up your free time. Volunteer at the local animal shelter. Keep writing poetry. Keep a journal. Use a daily planner. Keep your skills fresh regarding the clarinet and the computer. Continue to improve your skills on training animals. Make sure that you have all of your college plans laid out well in advance. Do any extra jobs that you can do to get extra money for school. Purchase your books from third party websites that have them for cheaper (Chegg is excellent)! If you do order from Chegg, DO NOT LOSE YOUR RETURN BOX OR RETURN LABEL and return the books on time! Take good care of your Honda Accord!
I would tell myself to not take time off between high school and college and to not be discouraged by the poor guidance counselors and ignorant rules that my high school had, which did not allow me to graduate early. I would also tell myself to have fun and enjoy the experience and take a couple classes just because they sound interesting or different. I would also tell myself to remember that a college education is not free and to take the opportunity to learn as much as possible and connect with other students and faculty because all of this will help you make friends that will last a lifetime and help you to land your dream job in the future.
If I could go back in time, I would tell myself not to be afraid. In my mind, college was a terrifying place where I would be on my own to figure everything out. However, I would tell my past self that college is actually a place of acceptance and understanding. Teachers, faculty and other students have been there to help me through the process. I would tell myself that college is an institution that functions with the aim of helping each student to succeed. For that reason, there are many people who are hired to help the students reach their full potential. I would tell myself this with the confidence that it is true because I am now a tutor. I work for the sole reason of helping students when they are afraid as I once was.
College is a completely new experience. Luckily, I went to a very competitive high school that prepared me for what was to come. A lot of high school teachers warned us about the difficulties we would encounter in college; however, I did not completely understand until I started. First and foremost, I would tell my young self to establish an efficient and comfortable work ethic. In college there are several distractions and it easy to fall behind. It is very important that you find studying techniques that best suite you. Also, I would remind myself to not allow procrastination. It is very important to be proactive about your schoolwork and to get it done in a timely manner. In fact, is extremely important to be proactive about your education in general. I would encourage my young self to practice asking questions and developing relationships with high school teachers because that will work to your advantage in college. College challenges your independence because it is an education you choose to pursue; therefore, it your responsibility to make this experience fulfilling.
If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, knowing what I know now about college life and making the transition, the advice I would give myself would be to develop better study habits then before coming to college, and to start being more independent with doing all different activities without friends or family, to know that I was capable and alright being independent and alone. I also think that I would tell my self to be more open minded toward being involved in a lot of things on campus, creating a social life and not closing myself off, and in choosing courses, etc. I also would tell myself not to be afraid to make myself known on campus, in a positive outlook.
If I could go back in time to tell myself about college, I would warn myself about the stress of trying to keep up my grades and still do well at work. I would tell myself that I need to prioritize my time so that I still have an hour here and there to have some fun. Then, maybe, I would be better prepared for the stress of living on my own.
I would tell myself not to be so worried about college and growing up, change is a good thing. Take in every minute of the last year at your parent?s house and the California weather because Kansas actually has these things called seasons. Also look and apply for more scholarships, because there are tons of scholarship opportunity that I missed out on since the requirement was for high school seniors. Just keep up your same work ethic and determination and you will do fine in college. Always see the positive side in every situation. Buy more flashcards! Always hold on to hope and you will never be lost. The hardest part about the transitioning to college is unpacking all those shoes and clothes, maybe leave some at home. When you have free time call your parent?s and tell them you love them, it will make their day. Don?t be afraid to make new friends and never turn down the opportunity to try something new. Ask questions whenever you need to. Most of all you should be ready to be pushed to your limits and also to have the time of your life.
If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself not to put college off and to go in the fall after graduation. It is harder when you take a year or few years (in my case) off. College really does fly by, but I never thought so at first. I thought, "school for four years....time is going to drag." I can't believe this is my last year already. I would also tell myself to go to college before getting married and having any children. College life would be so much easier if I was single and could live in the dorms. I wouldn't have to worry about any dependents, study for as long as I wanted without interruptions, and living expenses would be cheaper. No one really knows what the college experience is like until they do it. When I was high school, I imagined it to be all about parties and friends. It may be to some, but for most, it is a short-term commitment to be very proud of in the end. I know I am.
When I was in high school, I didn't really think about my future. I didn't really know what I wanted to study. That is why I started to study Medecine and then I changed for Economics. So If I could go back, I would tell myself to take the time to see all the opportunity I have and to choose the best.
I also understood how it can be important to speak another language. But when I was in his school, I didn't work very hard on that. So I would also advice myself to spend more time to study my spanish lessons and to travel into different countries (it's the best way to learn a language)
What ever your study habits are in high school will likely be the same in college. Always ask for help if you need it from the professors because they undertand that this isn't the easiest of tasks. Don't let people step on you; take control of the situation before it gets out of hand. You are the boss of your life. Decided on what you want to do and follow through. Don't let people be road blocks to your dreams.
Try the food before you decide. You'll be eating it for four years. Sit in on a class, talk to people who go there. It's important.
Don't let any one tell you where you need to go figure it out for yourself.
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