I would tell myself not to care so much of what people will think about me and just be more open to meeting new people. It really does not matter how hard you try to make friends senior year because next year those relationships will be totally different. It's good to keep in contact but evenually not seeing someone everyday will cause you to forget them because you were only friends because you had a class together. I would also tell myself not to stress out about not seeing these people anymore because in college you will meet the person who will ultimate be the best friend you will ever have.
I would tell myself that friendships don't always last forever. High school friends are your friends mainly because you see them pratically everyday. But when the time comes for you to go to college and you end up 100's of miles away from those friends it's very unlikely that those strong relationships will last. You will move on and so will they. This doesn't mean that they completly have to leave your life. You'll hear from them occasionally especially on Thanksgiving and Christmas. But losing their intense friendship allows you to have new people enter your life. Accept new friends and make new memories. You'll always have your high school friends but this new part of your life with new friends will shape you into who you become.
I would advise myself to apply for more scholarship, instead of now that my parents are in a financial crunch. I would have told myself to start my recruiting process sooner and take more college visits, so I could have chosen from more school options and would have had a better idea of what I wanted in a school and sports program.
I have gotten a better way to view things in life. No matter where I stand in the situation. Things can always turn around and you will always have a friend there with you to help you get through it.
I would definately have worked harder to improve my GPA and try to become well rounded with my school work. I attended a community college and was not offered a lot of help with simple questions as well as instructor availablity and tutors. My GPA graduating from the community college was a 2.3. I was accepted by King College on certain terms and conditions. Two semesters at King College and my GPA is now a 3.9. I beat myself up every day for not treating my course work the ways I do now. Although I am a first generation college student, I should have tried to reach other further to those who had attended college to help guide me through college. I realy did not enjoy college until I enrolled at King College. The instructors and faculty have truely helped get me to where I am today. As a high school senior in 2004, I would have advised myself to pick and choose colleges wisely. Not only with my college choices, but as well as advising myself to stay in the books and it will pay off in the long run. There is hope.
I WOULD TELL MYSELF THAT COLLEGE ISNT THAT BAD, THAT I SHOULDNT BE AFRAID. I WOULD TELL MYSELF THAT I NEED TO BE INVOLVED IN THE INTRAMURALS THAT THEY HAVE AND THAT IT WOULD BE SMART TO LIVE ON CAMPUS. I WOULD ALSO TELL MYSELF THAT I NEED TO STAY UP TO DATE WITH MY HOMEWORK AND ASSIGNMENTS IN CLASS AND TO NOT SKIP CLASS CAUSE YOU WILL FALL BEHIND.
I would not have listened to my guidance councilor when he said I didn?t need college and didn?t have the grades to get in. I would have found a way to pay for the schools I did get accepted to. I would have asked about scholarships and loans rather than thinking I had to pay as I went. I would have continued my on line classed when they were only 2 or 3 hundred dollars a class rather than the full rate of today. I would have made it more of a priority and not had children until after I had an education. I would look for a mentor, someone who would encourage me and support me in getting an education. This was a long time ago, but not being educated had been an issue for me all my life.
Grades really matter. You might think that it is your senior year and you just have to do what you have to do to get by. That is not true. When it comes down to it, you will be cramming in the knowledge to make an "A" on your next test because you are .10 points away from graduating with honors. When you go to college, you will be nervous. Don't be! It's an amazing experience and you will truly love it. Enjoy every minute of it. The friends you make in college are lifetime friends and those friends you thought you knew in high school, you really don't know. Take every second for what it's worth. Study. Sleep. Make new friends. But most importantly, cherish your college years.
I would have most likely told myself that the amount of studying and time that you are putting into your classes right now will not be good enough for college. You need to prepare yourself more by studying frequently instead of just the night before. It is important that you do not make the mistake of not taking your first year of college seriously and you need to do good in all of your classes to obtain a high GPA, even the classes that you dislike. I would suggest that I take a couple summer courses at a University so that I have a little bit easier time with the transition. It is very important to learn good time management because it will be very difficult to juggle varsity soccer with coursework and you need to not save all of your homework till the night before it is due. It is important to have a social life but do not go overboard and limit yourself to the amount of late night parties and dances. The education that you will be recieving will effect your future so everytime you are planning on doing something, ask yourself, "is it worth it?"
Get everything turned in early. I am currently scrambling to get enough scholarship money to return to my education. If you wait too long to get your scholarships and financial aid turned in, it will be difficult to impossible to get enough money so that you don't have to get a loan. Also, if you can, live on campus. I live at home and I can't tell you how many activities I've missed out on because of it. It isn't bad to live at home, but if you've gone home for the day, you don't feel like coming back after class to do things.
Just make sure that is where you want to be. Once you are there you'll only have wasted time if you leave
My advice to parents and students about finding the right college and making the most of their experience would be to find a college that has the most that it can offer it students for their money. Wiether they are competing in college athletics or they just want to focus on graduating and obtaining a degree. I think that they need to find whatever school can help them achieve that goal to get the most they can out of life.
Look at the stats on the specific type of degree compared to other schools. Look at all the finacial aid available. Look at crime rates in the area surrounding school and what extra curricular activities are available to the student.
Choosing the right college and knowing how to make the most of the opportunity is an extremely important life decision. The best advice I am able to give is to visit several campuses. Take a scheduled tour and a non-scheduled tour in order to observe campus life. Talk with students on campus for a more accurate opinion of the school's professors, programs, facilities, food, and activities. Definitely choose a college that you believe will meet your academic needs, but do not neglect observing the sense of community amongst the professors, employees, and students. Also, talk with the employees of the business and registrar?s office if possible. These people are very important and can either be a headache or helpful. This was very important for me because the first day seemed to set the tone for the rest of the semester and any opportunity to avoid added stress is always appreciated. People will greatly influence your college experience. In order to make the most of the opportunity, get involved with the school and the surrounding community. The relationships you build and the impact you make on others, while studying at any university, will be critical to your success.
The advice that I would like to give to students about finding the right college is to first learn about yourself, and know what it is that motivates you as a student and also what causes you distraction. With that knowledge I would then encourage you to look at schools that give you the chance to learn academically, while also having the resources to provide social and fun distractions periodically, to help enhance all aspects of your life both as a scholar, and as a citizen of the world.
As a parent who perhaps knows their child better than most, my advice about finding the right college is to first look at your child with as much objectivity as possible; as someone who has knowledge about the personality of their son/daughter you can advocate schools that set them up for success rather then failure. And to help them to make the most out of their college experience I encourage all parents to gradually pull back and let your child learn how to stand on their own. This I believe will be the final tool needed for your child to do well in college and in life.
Visit several schools because sometimes your first choice isn't your best choice. Get involved in campus activities because that's how you make friends and learn about your school. Find out the activities that can be done around the city your campus is in...if there is alot of nightlife chances are the focus of the kids at that school will be drinking, if its has alot of outdoor activities, that will be the focus. Finding out about the town around the school is just as important as the school itself.
Just ask around... And Go on gut instinct!!!
Take your time, remember you are most likely going to be paying the school to go there. Make sure it is what you are looking for. Do not just settle for anything. Make sure you take the campus tour at the schools your looking at. Really take the tour seriously look at every little thing. Also look at the surrounding area. Make sure there are thing to do and stores around. The tour is the most important part in deciding the school you are going to.
Don't let money be an issue for going to the college of your choice, most financial aid departments will help you find the scholarships that you will need to attend their school. You will be there for years and it's important to be happy where you go to school because it influences how hard you work. Meet the professors in your field before committing because you'll be spending a lot of time with them, if you don't hit it off or if they don't take the time to meet you, it's an indicator of what's to come when you're in their classes. The professors that you have will be guiding you to achieve your dreams, don't choose someone who is not interested in you and your plans.
Throw yourself in there, study hard, and attend every class. Also, study right after your class, and make sure you have enough time to prepare for tests.
Look into all of the dorm rules and regulations before choosing to live on campus
Get recommendations from actual students, not the ones that show you around.
I would tell them to take their time. Vist the school more then once. The first time set up an apointment and on the second vist just show up. This will show you how well they can plan for their students. When you are on campus talk to the stundets there, not just the out going ones but they ones sitting by themsleves. Also, while you are on campus sit in on a class or two, it doesn't matter if you under stand what they are teaching just see how well they use group talk.
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