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

The first piece of advise I would give myself is not to be so terrified of the transition. College is not as dramatic a change as you fear. You may have to leave many of your friends as they go to other schools, but this creates the opportunity to forge more and stronger relationships. Take that opportunity! Also, the atmosphere of college is one of greater openess and liberty. Optimize this to let yourself explore the experiences that exist and to find the person you want to become. College is a testing ground of sorts. There are many classes, many clubs and institutions, and many people to get to know and experience. Do not hesitate to utilize all that they offer, to become a part of them, to help you in your development as a student and an adult. Learn all that you can to prepare you for your future career, or to determine what career you want to pursue. Participate! It will afford you valuable experiences and put you in touch with new and interesting people. All of these you shall come to cherish and be very glad you took the opportunities available.

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I would say, wake up! As a senior I always assumed that I would get into the college of my dreams and I wouldn't have to do very much in order to get in. I didn't take the classes I needed and I didn't focus on my school work. I was too busy day dreaming. I should have been spending more time filling out college applications rather than on immature boys. Honestly though I had no idea what I was doing while I was a senior. I didn't realize when I was suppose to start looking at colleges, applying or even filling out scholarships. Nobody in my family ever really talked about colleges for me. But I would tell myself to try and do it on your own if you can, and if not then ask a counselor. I would tell myself that there are more options, more than I could realize about getting help with college stuff. And if I had been smarter as a senior in high school then I believe I wouldn't still be at a community college, but rather a four-year university.

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Go NOW to college!! Do not wait 20+ years thinking that you have a great job, and will always HAVE that job. There are many things that you need to do in life-and this is one of them!! Some day, you are going to get married, have children, and then realize that your education WAS the most important thing in your life. The great job, the great life-the great home, car, and money all came BECAUSE you went to college. If you do not choose to go to college now, you will regret this for many years. Then suddenly it will be manditory for you to go because you have no more options. I am there now. The world has changed, and getting by is not going to work anymore. You need a bachelors degree, or else be stuck flipping burgers the rest of your life. Is this what you want? So, take my advice, and do it NOW. Your future, and myself, (me) are waiting for you! P.S. Marry the rich girl you meet in college-don't let her go!!!

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If I could go back and talk to myself as high school senior I would give all the advice that I could. I would make sure I took all my classes more seriously and studied harder. I would make sure I got better grades so I had better chances of getting scholorships. I would also tell myself not stress out so much about transitioning into college. It is just like high school, but much more relaxed and laid back. The most important advice I would give myself is to make sure I knew for sure what career path I wanted to get into. I was for sure that I wanted to become a physical therapist, but I ended up switching to nursing. I took some classes I did not need when I could have used the money for classes I currently need. It is mainly important to be well prepared for college no matter if it is a small community college or a big university.

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Enjoy your senior year. Miss some school and check out different college and university campuses, especially when the weather is nice. Don't worry so much about grades and hang out more with your classmates. Get to know them before you all part your seperate ways. Spend some more time trying to figure out what you want to major in. Go out and job shadow. Volunteer! Have a great senior year. Make it a memorable year. Take lots of pictures. Get to know who you really are. Don't doubt yourself and be willing to take more risks. Don't listen to want others are telling you to do, but decide for yourself. Stop procrastinating. Fill out the FAFSA and fill out every scholarship you possibly can. Don't freak too much about the future. College is so much better than high school. Best of luck.

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I would tell myself to have an idea of what you want to do later on in life. As long as you have some idea then it makes choosing major's easier even if you were to change you mind. I would also tell myself to take as many dual credit courses as you can that way you would get college credit for some of your freshman year classes and hop straight into the classes that will be teaching you about what you will be doing in the work force. I would also tell myself not to worry as much about the transition from high school to college because there will be somebody there to help you out along the way. College is more fun than high school and you will hopefully be doing something that you like so show up for class and do your work and it will all fly by with a breeze. It is not as hard as it seems.

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If i could go back in time and prepare myself for something it would probably be time management. In high school i had all A's and it was easy for me. I have lived on my own since my senior year. Nobody is helping me pay for college so i have to work alot. i have two jobs, two dogs, and a cat. Not to mention a lot of bills. I am also a full time student so i have alot of homework. THen of course my friends want to hang out all the time. Me first semester was very stressful because i couldn't find time to do everything. Eventually i learned how to make time for everything and now im not as stressed. I just wish i was prepared for evrything that way my first semester wouldnt have beeen so stressful. On a good note i still got all A's and one B. :)

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If I could go back and talk to myself while I was still in high school, I would tell myself to go to college right away. I would also tell myself to study harder and fill out as many scholarship entries as possible because college is expensive. I would also urge myself to participate in as many extra-curricular activities and organizations that interest me. I would also stress the old saying "there's no time like the present". I would let my younger self know that college is not easy but it can be fun as long as you seize all open opportunities. Sometimes along the way you might need to invent opportunities that may not be outwardly apparent. In the end I would just advise me to make the most of that time in my life.

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If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, their are lots of things I would say to myself. First, I would tell myself that moving away and going to a four year college is not the best idea. The community college near my hometown is an excellent school that will adequately prepare me for a four year college. I would assure myself that I can do well in college and never to doubt myself. I would have also, reminded myself that my parents are smarter than I think and that it would be in my best interest to listen to them and not take them for granted. Most of all, I would tell myself that school is very important and an education is something to be proud of and take pride in attaining.

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If I could go back and tolk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself to ask myself if I am doing what I really want to do? Am I going to be happy with the choices that I make for my future. I would also tell myself that a little studying goes a long way, and building your study skills during high school will help a lot when transitioning to collage. I would also tell myself that it is also important to have a social life, this provides for some time to destress from the long hours of studying. However, most of all I would tell myself that I must prepare for change in my life and not push away from what I really want in life.

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