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


What a loaded question. Since I am a college freshman, I have less than one year of college experience under my belt. But don't think for a second that that disqualifes me from gaining valuable knowledge about colleges, universities, and other postsecondary schools. College is such a unique experience that I would encourage anybody to go and continue their education. Thinking back as a high school senior, things were so different than where they were last year. Working hard as the Nashville FFA Chapter President, I learned what it truly meant to serve, lead by example, and prepare for the future whether it was mine as an individual, or for the good of the Chapter. Because I made mistakes, and because I learned from them, there is not a thing I would change. Sure, there are things I would like to say to myself. But they are not negative or based off of regrets of my actions. If I really were able to speak to myself back then, I think I would tell myself to never ever give up, to never stop trying, because I am powerful, excellent, and can do anything I set my mind to!


If I could go back to myself as a high school senior and give myself advice the first thing I would tell myself is calm down. I know now everything is going to be okay! I would try to get myself not to worry about money and paying for school, even though money is tight, things will find away to work them out. I would also let myself know that going to a junior college is not going to be bad or ruin my college experience; you will have fun there as you would anywhere else. I would let myself relax and enjoy the last days of high school. As a senior in high school, I was scared to go to college and change my life completely but now I know it was not bad after all! So generally, I would just tell myself that you are a good student, person, and you work, hard everything will work out in the end. I would also let myself know that all the time you spend filling out scholarship applications, writhing short essays sometimes pay off, and when they do, it feels great!


The first thing I would tell myself as a high school senior would be to not freak out. These days, many students attend college and all go through the same application process. Apply early for schools and scholarships, to give ample time for acceptance. Also, I do more research on different majors, and even more job shadowing. I have realized that experience with a major will give tons of insight into the job, and what you want to do. A huge transition is decide on which school to attend. Also, being away from mom, dad, family, and friends is a big decision. Do I really want to be six hours away? Then, decide on a major. If I do not figure this out before I start school, attend a community college and go from there. They really help out and get your education started. Do not try to get away from everything you have ever known. Get to know yourself a little more before making such an important decision- it will have a huge impact. Know what is important for me, and what goals I want myself to achieve. This way, I will know what I want in life.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself when I was a high school senior, I would have much to say. First of all, I would tell myself to take more dual-credit classes. College is not cheap and I would welcome the opportunity to take a free college level course. I would also tell myself to keep my focus and study every night for just a few minutes, because it will save time craming the night before. Another piece of advice I would give is to get more involved. I was involved in many groups, but I still wish I participated in other activities and played more sports. My final suggestion would be to have fun. This is your last year and you can never get this time back, so enjoy it!