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Dear "My 2008 Old Self". I am now living my life in 2014 and I must say i miss you. There's so many things I know now that i wish i could've told you back then. For instance to avoid college loans, and apply as hard as you can for scholarships, i even wish i could have told you to save your money and maybe even invest it. I really wish i could have told you to eat better and excercise more for now I am a type 1 diabetic, and balancing school and my health is not easy. O and by the way "My 2008 Old self" living at home with Mom is more of a gift instead of a curse trust me, because working full time and paying rent is not all cracked up as it was suppose to be. Though it is now 2014, I can no longer wish upon my highschool years I must focus on my future, and everything that I've learned has not only made me stronger but i am a much wiser young woman. Which is why im wise enough to pursue my education and obtain a College degree.


Knowing what I know now about college life and the transition, I would tell my high school senior self, " Don't put anything off" Do the reading from the books because you will get more information from them than what you normally do from the teacher. If you have to, work ahead so you don't fall behind. The most important thing I would tell myself would be to join clubs and activites so you can meet people who share an interest similar to mine.


If I could go back to college as a high school senior, I would have quite a few things to tell myself about life after high school! If I had the chance to do it over again, I would have taken advantage of the post-secondary option that my school offered-- where I could have taken college classes while still in high school for free-- and would have recieved credit hours that would have made a difference in the time it takes to get my four year degree. Another thing that I would have told my high school self is to enjoy being a child for the time being because once high school is over, and you are an adult, you have to take on a lot more responsibilities! I think that I have made a good transition from high school to college, and look forward to the next chapter in life and what it brings!


BENJAMINWARSAW-ADVICETOHIGHSCHOOLSELF Knowing what I know now about college and the transitions that are required to be successful, I would advise myself not to worry too much and to continue doing my very best. I found myself worrying too much about what the new expectations would be; college was a whole new lifestyle change for me. I thought that I might have problems taking notes in class and keeping up with reading assignments. To add, I worried that I might get lost on campus since I was in a completely new environment. So my suggestion to my past-self would be, “Establish a daily routine and stay organized by keeping a separate notebook for each class. Also, take one day at a time and focus on what needs to get done that day. College isn't as 'hard' as you are perceiving it to be; you are more prepared than you realize. Just believe in yourself.”


If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school student I would tell myself one thing that would have changed my whole high school experience. I would tell my high school self that it is ok to not have a best friend. I always felt like I needed to hurry up and make a best friend in high school so that I could tell everyone when we were older we have known each other since high school. It is okay that I did not have a group of friends and was a “loner” because when you get to college you are going to find your best friend and you are going to have that close knit group of friends. If I could go back and tell the high school me one thing, I would tell me to not stress over being a loner, you’re going to make friends in college!


Save your money.


First of all be a better student. Listen to my parents more. I would study more to ensure my grades were always the best to strive for scholarships/grants for college. Have goals and some direction on being successful.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior the advice that I would give myself after knowing what know now is that I should be more responsible for my learning. Now looking back, I regret not taking the time to study prior to any of my exams, I would usually wait until the last minute to do it. Another thing that I would tell myself is that I should apply for scholarships early because you never know what's going to happen meaning that I had to take time off after high school for a semester since I didn't have the money to attend college. The last thing that I would tell myself is that I need to be able to communicate with other teacher if I'm not understanding the subject matter. That was my biggest problem in high school, I would just pretend that I knew what the teacher was saying even if I really didn't. That's why teachers are there, they are willing to help beyond the extent so that the students understands what's going on.


Dear My Senior Self, I know that you are nervous about graduating and continuing your education by going to college but you are making a great decision. The advice that I wish we would of known earlier is that the ACT scores are very important when applying to colleges. The ACT determines what colleges I get into and what scholarships I can receive. Study, take practice tests and be prepared. College is very different from high school. You are expected to learn more information and at a faster pace. The tests in high school are over one chapter but not in college. The tests in college are ususally over five chapers. Make studying a habbit now because you need to study in college. Take harder classes and challenge yourself because that is what college is going to do. If you follow this advice, you will do great in college just remember to never give up. It is easy to become overwhelmed as graduation is getting close but just face one challenege at a time. I promise we will get through this. -Our College Self


I did not graduate from high school. I did receive my GED in May 2013. However, if I could go back, the advice I would give is to not drop out of high school no matter the challenge.


Going away to a university fresh out of high school will be a big change for you. You won't have your parents around to keep you grounded and focused. That may sound fine and dandy now, but remember: a school that accepts you can also reject you. Keeping up your grades up is vastly important. Apply and go to a community college first. Get all your prerequisites done and out of the way so when you are ready to take the big step and go away to university you can jump right into the classes that will shape your post graduate future. By starting out small, you as a person will grow and mature. You’ll be able to take on more responsibility and you’ll already have two years of college under your belt. There will be no surprises when you start university. I understand you want to get away from home and get the freedom you’ve dreamt about since you were thirteen. But this freedom has a price, almost fifty thousand dollars a year. Think long and hard about your college decision. University isn’t going anywhere, but you can.


I would say to myself, focus on what is important. Try not to have so many extra distractions in your life. Have all finacial things in order so you do not have to quickly get things done at the last minute. Know your view on things such as political issues, people will disagree and argue with you, so make sure you know your facts. Overall, make sure that you know where you want to go and how to get there.


i would tell my self not to go to devry. i thought the jump start the provided would help me. this only hurt me schooling wise. none of there credits transfered and i wasted money going there.


Dear High school Nissa, college is not going to be what you had in mind. In college you will not be reminded of assignments like you are reminded in high school. You will need to learn how to manage your own time, and use the time wisely. You may notice when you first start that in college most classes will not have homework. Just because you don't have homework does not mean you can sit around and do nothing. You will need to study at least 2 hours per credit hour that the class is worth. When it comes to studying you can not rely on last minute study time. If you study at the last moment you will fail. College is serious and you can not mess around during lecture. You need to be focused and not talk to the people around you instead you should take notes during class. Best of luck, Future Nissa.


If I were able to go back in time and talk to my younger self about college there are a couple of points that I would like to cover. First of all is to be prepared for what I am getting into. This is not going to be like high school anymore, it is very different. The subjects are harder and the work load is doubled if not tripled. Do not expect to breeze by like you did in high school. I would tell myself that I would need to buckle down a bit to be successful in college. Another point would be to work on my organizational skills, because being organized is a huge part of being successful in college. More importantly I would tell my former self to open up a bit in college. Do not be afraid to ask questions and talk to professors and peers. Good communication skills will be extremely helpful in college and allow me to reach my full potential.


Study long and study hard. College isn't something you can just breeze through and slide by. It'll kick your butt if you're not ready for it. Get a tutor the very first day in order to better yourself that much more.


"Plan ahead," is the very first thing I would tell myself as a high school senior. You can't afford to just "wing it" when it comes to college. Sure, in high school, procrastination is a little more of a luxury, however, college is definitely not the place to be making decisions at the last second. With this being financial, as well as, academic, making sure your willfulness of succeeding is very vital. This also involves not putting off the opportunities of scholarships in proceeding towards your future. Seize the moment to make your future worth a lifetime.


Take a deep breath, this is the last school year you will enjoy without having to worry about financial issues. No car? No problem! The bus is there every morning waiting to take you to school. Weekends are your rest time, so rest. High school is a piece of cake; take more AP classes, join extra-curricular activities, apply to more scholarships, prepare more for the SATs, and smile. Colleges look more at your achievements than they do at your GPA. Friends come and go, family stays forever. The best thing you have done in your high school education is finishing it in 3 years instead of 4; don't forget that you are so much more than you think you are. Don't worry, be happy.


If I were capable of going back and advising myself as a High School Senior I would illustrate very simply the importance of patience. Patience and a will to abandon previously ascribed conceptualizations of how the world works are imperative. In order for one to have an uplifting and enriching academic experience, one must learn to change dramatically. One must learn to alter their dispostion, and to metamorphosize from a young individual with many things to learn to a wise an sentient adult willing to pass through life's glorious and opportunistic thresshold into an atmosphere of wonderful opportunity. If I could go back in time I would inform my old self in regards to just how proud I am. Not merely in regards to my accomplishments but in regards to the exceptional experiences I have had and the wonderful friends I have made along the way. "Prepare yourself" I would say, "For quite possible the most wonderful experience of your life."


When I graduated from High School I had little direction. I should of joined the military while trying to figure it out. I went to college after High School and did not take it serously. Instead I thought of it more of a social life. Looking back if I worked harder on it I would be farther in my career.


I would tell myself to not be scared. Stop caring about failure. If you never fail, then you will never grow. Failure isn't bad. So stop hesitating and go try something new. You are in charge of you now. Don't let petty things get in the way of you experiancing the best time of your life! People can only get in your way if you allow them to. And the people that you truly want in your life, will not get in your way. Or wish to see you fall. But if you do fall, they will pick you up. Those are the people you really want around. Change is ok too. It is scary at first, but change is alright. Don't fight it. Embrace it. Stop being nervous of new things! You think you are protecting yourself when really you are only hindering yourself.


If I could go back and give myself in highschool advice, I would tell myself to study hard and get a high gpa. I would advise myself to apply for different scholarships and to work really hard in highschool to get where I want to be in college.


Please keep you head firmly mounted on your shoulders and know that having fun does not mean being involved in risky behavior. Please know that years from now you will be happy with the person you have become and the way you look is not going to be as important as the woman you are going to build. Please know that even in your most hopeless moments that you are strong and will be able to get through anything this life decides to throw in your path. Please keep reading on a regular basis, as it will help to release your mind to a new world of possiblity and imagination. I would also like to tell my highschool self, even though right now you do not feel worth it, you are. Do not let outside influences dictate the person you would like to become because these happenings are fleeting and will not be around your entire life time. You are worth to make your self feel worthy of everything this world has to offer and do not question your self worth, ever.


Through the four semesters I've spent in college, I believe I did some wrong moves that have affected my future plans. If I could go back in time, I would advice myself to never miss class. Being absent would clearly result to missed lectures, which leads to low grades during exams. A low grade could obviously affect my GPA, making me less likely to be accepted in the nursing program; i just never thought how C's and B's could easily pull my GPA really low. Also, it is best to always sit in the front seat. Sitting at front would prevent you from distractions and makes you more focus to the teacher and the board only. Most importantly, it would be smart to never take so many classes in one semester. It was a mistake when I wanted to get my prerequisites done as early as I can, because it gave me a lot of stress and frustrations about doing essays and homeworks in every class that I took; it then lowered my GPA poorly. It is always important to plan things in an organized way, always know your options and always think of the possible consequences.


Knowing the things that I know now, if I were to visit my high school senior self, I would tell me to go into what I am and do what I love. I would advise me that the love of money has nothing to do with future happiness. Please realize, I would say, that people burn out doing things much more easily when they are motivated by the wrong inspirations. You are a giver. You are concerned for people. You always see the good in people and situations when others fail to do so. Use this to your advantage. Know who you are, what you stand for, what you believe in and hold firm to those beliefs for they will guide you throughout your life and allow you to work for the betterment of mankind while paying a few bills. Do not expect to attain greatness as the world sees it; expect to obtain greatness with a hard day's work, doing what you love, giving all you can, making a difference in the lives of more people that you can know, while making ends meet. The blessings you pass on will be returned and peace will live in you.


At times college can be difficult and stressful but if you have a real passion for what you are learning it is a lot easier to rise up to the challenge. Also, never listen to those people that tell you you can't do what you have set out to do, or what you want to do. They are wrong. Believe in yourself and others will as well, and those who don't aren't worth wasting your time on.


When you get there continue to work hard, but you will need to develop patience. The homework will never fully stop coming, so I would not suggest even considering getting involved on campus. Also, take a look at the class end dates and when you can find time, instantly schedule an appointment with your adviser, because you will not be able to schedule an appointment with him otherwise. Do not rely on the e-mail system to work fully, if at all. It will either send e-mails to you too late, or the advisers or other professors will wait too long to take care of anything. More or less, you will have to do everything for everyone, even if all you want to do is work on your field of study. Prepare to kiss your now limited social life goodbye because there will be no time for it with all the work. Since, you have all that work you will not be able to apply for scholarships and, even if you do, you will probably not be able to get any. In the end, it will truly come down to how much faith you have in God. Keep faith!


Without threatening violence and remaining calm, I would tell myself how important just being herself is. She has nothing to worry about--college is nothing like the shark infested lakes that we call high school! The professors are fair and well educated, the classes are challenging and she will have no problem finding people who accept her just the way that she is. I would tell her that her new motto should be "Relax!" as she will be just fine.


My first few years in college I was young and didn't know what I wanted. It was hard because I had never been on my own, most of my life people were telling me what I should do and how I should do it. So that's what I did. I went to school for nursing. I didn't like it, but kept at it for a little bit. Later I found a job that I loved. My grades suffered because of it, and I ended up taking a few years off. But from it I found something I love and I can confidently say I know what I want to do for the rest of my life. Now I look forward to going to school because I know what I want and it took time for me to learn what it was that I wanted. So what I would tell me self is to take time and find something you love to do and then work will not be work.


There are two things (one related to the other) that I would tell myself about the transition to college life. Coming from a small high school, my classes weren't very hard --- and I am fairly smart anyway. But when I went to college, I thought my classes were going to be just as easy, and I didn't put forth the initial effort that I should have. So I would tell myself to take my college classes more seriously. Secondly, I would have told myself to listen more to my heart when choosing my major. I chose Pharmacy, because it was the "logical" thing to do, and also because I didn't want my true passion (graphic design) to be a job....I wanted it to stay a hobby and something that I could never come to hate. But as I matured, I found an interest that balanced logic and creativity, which is now my current major: Psychology. Both of these just go to show that I basically would tell myself to think about my actions more...on both a micro and macro level.


The transition from high school to college marks a new chapter in your life. While this can be somewhat scary, for it is the end of a time you hold dear to your heart, it is the beginning of an even greater time. Entering this journey it is important to keep an open mind. Do not be afraid to test yourself, to try new things and step outside of your comfort zone. College is about learning, not only in class but in the real world. Reach out to people in your classes and get involved in as many things as possible. Try things you have never thought about trying before and don't be afraid to make mistakes. Learn as much as you can and take it all in. There will be good days and bad days but in the end, the experience, the memories and holding that degree in you hand will be well worth the struggles you endure along the way.


I have learned that college is nothing to take lightly and I can now say that because I am currently living this hard life. School has become such a struggle and that is an issue that could have been prevented if I had prepared myself for in hgh school. i would advise her to put forth more of an effort and be a little more proactive. With that being said I also should have practiced things such as time management and organization, because those two factors have put me behind. Take two weeks ago for instance, i was preparing to transfer to a four year university and found that because of my lateness in my finances I cannot attend at the time. Also I would advise my high school self to make more of an effort in her social life and to be more outgoing. Also to do more as far as extracurricular activities, just to show that I am able to balance more than just school. Basically my high school self needs to be conscious of her adult self, because I am her future and need that. As high a student you should just prepare yourself a little more.


To my highschool self: Don't be affraid! Look at being first in your family to go to college as an opprotunity, not a limitation! Everyone does not have it all figured out, its ok if you don't. The majority are walking the same steps you are, and are just as unsure. Don't be affraid to ask questions or get help. Everybody needs guidance. You have to start somewhere. When you finally get the courage, you will see that college is not what you've created in your mind. The work is more time consuming but you enjoy it so much! Remember your an adult now, in college you aren't treated like a child. The environment is fun and relaxed and best part you pick your make your schedule. There are numerous resources at your finger tips and a excellent and friendly staff that is eager to help. College is what you make of it! It's too easy to put things off, or talk yourself out of them when you think you have all the time in the world. You dont! Stop looking at time as 'your future' and start looking at it as your tomorrow!


The advice that I would give myself to not forget about high school. It was a big part of my life and it will always be impactful. Pay attention even after you're accepted to college, grades still matter even though they've already accepted you. Also, don't believe too much of what high school teachers tell you and try to scare you about college. It's a new experince but it's a great one. Don't be afraid to move on from old friends, it's okay to make new ones. Your old friends will understand as they make new friends of their own. One of the biggest things that I can suggest is to never forget the past. You might be ready to get out of the tiny town and high school now but trust me, you'll miss it. Also, enjoy your last few months of high school, you don't want to look back a regret it. You want to look back and smile.


Hmm...advice, advice, advice. Wow. What if I really could go back in time and give myself advice about college life? What would I say? Well, to start off with, I guess I would first tell myself that I could save a drastic amount of money by not buying my school books at the campus bookstore. I would tell myself to wait until the first day of school when all the professors hand out their syllabi and then rent the textbooks listed on the syllabus from either, Amazon, Barnes&Noble, etc. Secondly, I would recommend packing my lunch everyday so as to not eat the calorie-loaded, carb-loaded, and salt-infested caffeteria food the campus offers. That way I could closely monitor my diet and save myself a few miles on the treadmill. Lastly, I would remind myself that I am capable of anything. I am a strong individual with a pure heart and a genuine desire to expand my knowlegde of the world I live in. I would emphasize that I was created with a brilliant mind; I am important. So I would tell myself to walk through those campus doors with confidence!


If I could go back in time, and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to relax. As a senior I was under a lot of pressure because I didn't know what course of study I wanted to pursue, had no money for school, and felt basically directionless. I took a loan out at a school nearby which was pretty expensive and went for one semester, and burned out. I paid that loan back for a long time. I would warn myself to take a little time to find myself, gaining more perspective and wisdom, before jumping blindly into school. I would tell myself not to feel pressured by anyone but to walk the path that was right for me - when the time was right I would do well at school. I would try to explain the value of patience until that time came. Lastly, I would explain the tremendous value of being diligent and disciplined when I finally did embark on my education!


If I could go back in time to have a talk with myself while I was still a high school senior I would say, "soon you will have to push yourself harder because college professors will not spoon feed you everything." They will give you helpful techniques and ways to do things but you have to apply those teachings and learn yourself. Another thing I would tell myself is be prepared to go to school everyday, be on time and have all your supplies with you because it will be so much harder to catch up even if you miss just one class or you come unprepared. The last thing i would tell myself would be practice, practice, practice. The saying practice makes perfect nearly applies to every aspect in college because the better you do the better you chances for graduating on time and having a successful future.


I would advise myself to look into college sooner and to apply for scholarships to cover my first year, if not more. I would encourage myself that I can get through nursing school if it's really what I feel called to do for the rest of my life. I would also tell myself to not automatically trust just anyone but to stick up for myself instead of letting people try to run over me.


If I could go back in time and talk to my senior self, I would have told myself to try harder. I had a hard time my last two years of high school and I pretty much gave up, especially my senior year. Some of my grades slipped, mostly math. I would have told myself to put more effort into my school work. If I had, I wouldn't have to take some of the classes I'm taking now. I would have also told myself to apply for scholarships. I didn't realize how much money it would take to go to college. I didn't realize how much strain I'm putting on my parents just to put me through college. In short, I would have told myself to stop being so lazy and put work into what I was doing. It's only effected me negativly in the long run. I really wish I had my future self to tell me those things.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself to work even harder and do more research about scholarships that are available to high school students. Although it sometimes seems overwhelming to get everything done on time, it is well worth every bit of time you put into it. The harder you work in high school, the better your college experience will be. I f you develop good time management skills, planning skills, and are good at prioritizing, these skills will set you up for success. And not only for college, but for life. Above all else, enjoy what you are doing. Even though it may be an extremely long night of homework that seems to have no end, do it with a smile. If there is no enjoyment in the accomplishments that you are making, you need to make a change.


If I went back in time to give myself advice as a high school senior, I would remind myself of what's important. You need to go to class and take time to study. You are going to college to prepare you for a better career so focus on you're coursework. It's more important than anything else right now. I would also tell myself to start saving and apply for as many scholarships as possible because college is expensive. Yeah, you thought going to a regional campus would be cheap enough to pay as you go. It's not, so start saving now.


My college experience thus far has allowed me to expand my intellect in so many areas I never thought possible. I've gained so much insight and perspective not only in the business world, but in every day life. It has taken me a while to adjust to the responsibility and level of maturity that is required of a college student, but I believe I have adapted extrordinarily well. If I could take all the valuable life and work skills I have obtained and present it to myself as a high school senior, the piece of advice I would give myself is to never give up. I've witnessed so many bright students with a great deal of potential withdrawal from college because of the amount of pressure placed upon them. A very wise professor told me over and over again, "The work will get done." Entering as a freshman, the workload seems frightening. But now when I feel overwhelmed by work, I never give up. College can be described similarly to the patterns of the ocean: the waves are high and rough near the shore, but if you work hard to pass them, it's smooth sailing.


When I was a high school senior, I was already attending college full time. So instead of talking to myself when I was a senior, I rather talk to myself when I was a junior just starting out with college. I would have told myself to take all the classes I could and not settle for the easy classes that did not push me as a student. Also, I would have told meself to work hard and not become lazy.


honestly I would say wait. Go to school after you enjoyed alittle life. Make sure your serious and you have an idea about what you want to be. If I just jumped into school I think I would have played been more worried about friends then classes and not have done as well. Its also helped fincially because right out of school it would have been double the amount and had less help from fafsa or other groups. Its great to go to school without peer pressure and judgement. Its also nice to have so many different people in my life now. I would only want my self to travel alittle more and take off a few years before heading to school. I now know I want good grades and I am doing very well. And I know if i jumped the gun it wouldnt be this way. I also have more support with all the people I met working and traveling. It makes my life richer and more of an impact. I have higher goals and I do the best for my son. With him in my life I want to best I can do in school for him.


I would tell myself to take school more seriously. It doesn't get any easier once you leave high school. Save up money, because you'll need it. Even if you don't think you will need money, sometimes something unexpected happens and you need to be prepared for anything. I would also tell myself to have more fun, because the older you get the more serious, stressful, and difficult life becomes.


I would definitely tell myself to take more credit hours of post-secondary college courses during my senior year. I think I took 9 credit hours during my last year of high school, but I regret not taking more, especially a math course. Because I didnt take a math during my senior year in either high school or college I fell behind- fast.


If I could go back in time I would tell myself to make sure you make the right decision to where you want to futher you education. Apply for as many scholarships as you can because school is definetly not free. I would tell myself do not go to Lon Morris College because it is a waste of time and a large amount of money. Make sure you choose your decisions wisely, don't just jump and go with anybody anywhere. Know your surroundings and the people in it. Keep your eyes on the prize and never give up.


Tampering with time could end in catastrophe if one does not meet the success he yearned for, but if one tampered with time to go back and warn his past-self about the future, the final result could be forever manipulated. If I possessed the power to travel back to my last months as a high school senior, I would purposefully give myself enough vague advice to strive for a healthy, confident college life. First, I would tell myself to pay close attention to my health, as ignoring it just to spend more time studying can potentially damage my exam grades in the long run. I would also tell myself to frequently ask questions while being a senior, given that college is not as intimidating as I thought it would be, and I surely would have appreciated forming this habit at an earlier time. Lastly, I would inform myself that I need to be more confident when it comes to change. Now that I am in college, I have realized that the doors around me are infinite, and each one of them will open as long as I'm willing to step through the doorway and welcome a brighter future.


To my past self, I would highly advise getting a jump on the college application process, and to put much more effort into obtaining scholarships to help pay for college. I would consider my career oppurtunities more heavily, and encourage myself to realize the promise I show as a person, rather than a young man who had no confidence and no real goals in life beyond a vague idea of what field I might like to study in college. I would tell my past self that college professors are very helpful, and not that intimidating. They are very helpful and willing to help if you are respectful, so please do not worry so much. Perhaps I would tell my past self that college classes move at a much faster pace than high school, and to not get knocked off the perverbial horse when you get that first B on a test you considered a foregone conclusion. Most of all, I would tell my high school self to prepare to be thrown into the adult world. Hold your head high, learn that you are now a real adult, and no one is there to give you a do-over.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a senior I would make sure to try and get any extra college credit that I could at that time. I would apply for every scholarship within reach also. Now that I know how college is, I wish I would've taken more courses while I was still in high school. This might have cut down on the time that I have to attend college. But, I'm proud of myself for taking what college courses I did while I was in high school. As for the scholarships, I applied for several but not all. Knowing what I know now, I would've searched every day and made a goal to apply for so many per day.