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


Don't fret the small stuff. You get so caught up in the process of college applications and scholarships that you start to stress out way sooner than you need to. Take the time to enjoy the little things. Take days off to yourself, moments to spend with close loved ones, time to do something fun, relaxing, even childish. You'll have time for that in college, but why wait for that when you can enjoy it along the way. You'll be challenged beyond your academics in college. As a person, you'll face mental, emotional and physical challenges in college. Just when you think you figured it out, something may come to knock you right back down again. When that happens, take a moment to absorb the set back, try making sense of why it happened, but don't stress over it. If you can't solve something right away, push it to the side and save it for a time that you feel better equiped to deal with it. Enjoy the little things and don't forget to have fun. Don't wait till you're older.


If I could go back in time and give my senior high school self advice for college I would tell her to just talk to that girl from Colfax. Even though you were wrong about what state she lived in you should have continued to talk to her and become roommates. She is your best friend, and you would have been perfect for each other. Now you have to deal with two other girls who will not go to bed until two or three o'clock in the morning. Not to mention the constant smell of three week old dirty laundry and an absence of vacuuming or any consistant cleaning. If you want to be the happiest and most restful college student on campus I suggest you get over your awkwardness and talk to that girl. Then all you would have to complain about is the horrendous food in the cafeteria, which trust me, is a lot worse than you think it is.


As a high school student, I never realized the extent of my free time. I was never pressured by deadlines or sleep deprived and I recall having ample time to spend time with my family and friends, while still managing to achieve above average grades. Since I have began college, I have experienced a new dilemna: there is not enough time in my day for all of the activities I wish to participate in and to stay on top of my homework load. I am able to contribute this to my lack of involvement in my high school. I was not apart of many clubs, nor did I participate in school activities; I focused my excess time on after school jobs and participating in activities outside of school. Contrastingly, I am an active member in my college community; I am apart of a biology club, art club, I work at the library, and attend football games and other activities. However, it is difficult adjusting to the difference of time management and if I could go back to high school, I would have joined more clubs in order to prepare myself for the struggle of time management.


There are several things I wish I could have told myself two years ago. I would tell myself to keep up on my studies, particularly in AP classes because transfer credits are significant and give you an advantage when you register for classes. To go alongside that, I would tell myself to learn effective study skills because proper study skills are the difference between getting a 4.0 and getting a 3.8. Not knowing your roommate can be scary, but Linfield does an excellent job of pairing people together. I would tell myself not to be worried because my first roommate will become one of my best friends. I would tell myself to find “me time” because no matter how much you love your roommate, you are going to get sick of her. Lastly, I would tell myself to apply for many scholarships because money will get tight and there will be moments where you don’t know if you will be able to attend Linfield for all four years. Despite all the stress money causes, in the end, everything will be okay. You will figure it out.


If i was to go back in time, i would tell my younger self not to play sports because it has cost me alot. i would also tell myself that, i need to pick a school that does not rely so much on scholarships to attend because when you loss grants it will make it very hard to attend. i would also tell my self that although studing is hard and feels pointless at times it is the most important thing you can do in school. you need to work hard at it and never give up that when you did give up it cost you more then you were willing to loss.


Dear Briana, I'm writing this to let you know that you will be accepted into Lasell College!! Congratulations, but with that you’re going to need a little advice for a few obstacles that are going to come your way so here they are...1. Get to know people, I understand that you want to get excellent grades, which you will, but please take time to get out of your comfort zone and meet new people. Friends are great to have as study partners and also when you just need to vent so please listen to me, go out there and make some new friends! 2. Keep up on your high school guidance counselors, you’re going to get a bill in the mail from the college and it going to be $4000.00, you really need to stay on top of them because it not easy to find extra money especially with your mom being a single parent and on disability. So apply for every scholarship. Lastly, be yourself. Do not change yourself for anyone. Always be the leader you are and great friends will come. Sincerely, A wiser you!


As a first-generation college student, assuming I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior is especially mind-blowing. At Linfield College, after three and a half years, I found my unique personal identity. I have developed an awareness about what the future can hold, and the uncertainty that must be confronted in order to pursue my goals. Taking risks is not easy, but it feels less scary when there is nothing to lose. I learned to face the unknown with confidence. The advice I would give my high school senior self is three-fold. First, be patient and slow down just a bit. Second, follow my instincts without hesitation. Finally, try not worry so much about the future. The transition to college will be not easy, but certainly manageable. The experience will be an incredible learning opportunity and truly life changing. I would tell myself, “your doubts and fears will become a source of inspiration and encourage you to do the impossible.” Four years from now, you’ll learn how to appreciate the past, look forward to the future, and embrace the present. “Everything will be fine, you will be just fine.”


Not to say that there aren't things I could've done differently or maybe some things I should've done, but didn't, but truthfully, I have no regrets. I had a lot of friends and fun times. My senior year was awesome! I do wish that I had received better academic counseling though and been more proactive in learning about scholarships and other sources of funding for college. If I were to give myself advice, I would say to be your own advocate. Stick up for yourself and for what you want and hope to achieve. Don't accept "no" as the ultimate answer, keep searching for ways to get what you want and assistance in obtaining your goals and dreams.


I would recommend that I have more faith in myself. I was so nervous about moving to another state by myself and second-guessing my decision to go to a small school. So many people I knew were going for big, name-brand institutions and I worried about being left behind or missing out. Senior year of high school was a blur of sleepless, anxious nights. I kept thinking "what if I'm wrong?" It held me back. I know now that even back then, in the midst of all that angst, I knew what was right for me and ended up at the perfect place. My school, Linfield College, helped me through my initial inhibitions and pushed me to grow. Freshman year I was shy and subsequently had difficulty making friends. Senior year I was a Student Trustee on the school's Governing Board, Student Body Vice President, a member of my sorority's executive council, and a paid anthropological researcher working on an academic publication. Looking back I knew what was best for me, even if I didn't know it at the time. I should have had more faith in myself like I do now.


If I could let my past self in on any college secret, it would be that it is completely 100% okay not to know what you’re doing. Not everything has to be planned out perfectly because it is going to change, and not just once but over and over again. Embrace the possibility that there are endless possibilities, and don’t be afraid to admit that you want something else. Just because someone else may want something for you doesn’t mean you are stuck on that path. This is your education and your life. This is when you get to become whoever you want to be.I would also warn myself not to stay up until 3am watching movies with the cool people I’ll meet. However tempting it is to do whatever you feel like because you now have the freedom to do so does not mean it is a good idea! There are some things that are better left undone, or rather there are better things to do, such as sleep! You’ll only regret what you don’t do and sometimes you’re really going to regret not sleeping when you had the chance!


Don't worry, you're making the right choice. You will meet some of the most honest and down-to-earth people in the upcoming year, so be friendly and don't keep your guard up 24/7. Go to concerts, dinning adventures, and hiking day trips. Be mindful of what you pack with you. Be an active member of a few clubs. Don't hesitate to call Linfield College your home.


Much of what people say about the college life is false. It is not all about partying, non-stop studying, depending on your major, trying to finish college all in four years, or that you could simply take out a loan to pay all the bills for your tuition, books and supplies, and personal spending. No, college is all about being smart, thinking your way through before you get through that point, improvising, and adapting. You always have to adapt to changes that you might not otherwise suspect from the beginning. Examples of these adaptations includes taking up a job, applying for as much scholarships as you can, while maintaining your grades, better time management, looking for internships, and scheduling independent studies outside of your classes relating to your major, if you wish to be ahead of the game. Besides this overwhelming workload, you must set aside time for projects relating to your major, besides independent studying. A great part of being in college is developing those vitals skills that future employers wish to employ in their company, and applying for internships and doing projects related to your major are some of the ways of marketing yourself to future companies.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to start looking into different study methods and figuring which one works best for me. I would have had a much easier senior year if high school had I done that.


The transition between high school and college is harder than you think! There is so much hype about moving away from your parents, meeting your roommate, and making new friends. People always tell you that college will be the time of your life and that it’s something you’ll never forget. But what they don’t tell you is that the transition into college is scary, overwhelming, and a rather uncomfortable experience. Looking back, I wish I had been more open to meeting new people. Instead of staying in your new room, go out and introduce yourself to your hall mates. Laugh lots, smile often and don’t be afraid to make a fool of yourself. In terms of school, don’t take on too much! If you have too many classes and become too involved, you will not be able to enjoy the people around you. It makes a world of difference. Last but not least, be yourself. Find friends who are just as goofy and as weird as you are. And always remember that it does get better! I promise that once you make it through that first semester, you’ll be a much happier person!


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, knowing what I know now about college, I would definetely make better grades so I would have a jumpstart in college. I would also prepare myself for the determination that I need to make it to class on time and study more.


I would say that it is good to come in knowing what you want to do -- but don't be so fixated on your goals that you don't take into account how much you've changed in those four years. I came in certain of my double major, and the first year dropped one of them to a minor, the next year dropped it entirely, third year picked up a language minor, and fourth year I'm realizing I would have liked to double minor with business. It's necessary to keep an open mind and really think through how your options in school will influence your marketability once you've graduated. College is different from high school, and I think it's smart to keep in mind that you can now be considered a young adult, and that you're creating the life you want to lead after you graduate. Don't be quick to dismiss extracurricular activities and community service; often you find hobbies in club activities that can redirect your career path in ways that you never would have considered before trying it. Find the right balance for YOU between being focused and being open.


Believe. Following your passion of music does not, in any way, make you less intelligent than someone studying Math! Love what you are doing and you will discover so many opportunities that hard work brings. Music is definitely more complicated that what you're seeing now and you are going to LOVE learning about it. Those business classes you've been taking in high school? Worth it, kiddo. It's going to be tough moving away from home, but I promise- you will be okay. There are other people who are going through the same thing as you! Reach out to those friendly faces, because it never hurts to have great support from friends and some of these people you meet may become your lifelong friends. Just remember: you don't have to do what everyone else is doing either. It's okay to say "No." As someone once told me, " It isn't awful to make mistakes. The awful thing is not learning from them." You will have some frustraing times in college, but they will show you why you strive for and deserve the great times. Enjoy this new chapter in your life and BELIEVE.


Given the opportunity to go back in time and talk to my high school self, I would tell myself to live without fear and take (safe) risks. I think that the most important thing in life is to have no regrets and take advantage of every opportunity given to you. Every time I have felt a bit of hesitation in college, I have made it my goal to jump into whatever I was hesitant to do, whether it be deciding to study abroad in Ireland and Africa or joining a new sport like rugby. I did not discover this fearlessness until recently and now, looking back at my freshman and sophomore years, I wish I had applied this philosophy and maximized my first two years of college. It would have eased the transition by keeping me active and exploring. Now that my time in school is almost over, I am applying this even more whole-heartedly. This advice has helped me be at peace with exactly who I am and where I am in life since I am in control of my own destiny and this would've been useful to get me started off confidently in college.


“Hey buddy I know you have led yourself to believe that you can just float through life but listen closely to the words of wisdom I have to offer sonny boy, when you enter college the world you know right now will disappear and you will be standing there gawking.” I would slowly begin then to explain to my other self in as simple of words as possible (I had heard the speech a thousand times before but never thought twice about it, and maybe just needed things to be in simple terms) the kinds of things that were coming. “You may not have homework now because you can finish everything in class but believe me you will in college.” My younger self would then reply not realizing the sheer amount of horror homework brings with procrastination “Really I think I can handle it.” My older self replying “The time you spend just sitting around with; friends, your girlfriend, just doing nothing will all be gone.” “Eighteen hours of your day will be compiled between doing homework and going to class!” “Procrastination will only cause days on end with no sleep, and that is only the begining.”


Being a senior in high school, the future seems both daunting and empowering. Knowing that all opportunities are endless and a new slate will be achieved once graduation happens is somewhat stressful. But ultimately, it's exciting. If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself this: graduating and leaving those friends behind is not the end of the world, for when you enter college it will be everything you ever dreamed of. I was very emotional at graduation and thought I would never go through anything harder than that. Well, I was definitely wrong. I was worried about leaving the friends I had spent elementary through high school with. What I didn't know is that those were not the friends destined to be in my life forever. They were great at the time. Those people served their purpose in my life, but their purpose is over. The friends I have met here will be life-long and have a much greater service in my life than those I thought would be forever. I wouldn't mind going back and talking to myself, I have great things to tell her.


I have only spent one semester at Linfield College so far, but I know that I made the perfect decision when choosing to attend this school. The campus offers such a personal experience, made up of only 1800 students, which makes me feel as though I am part of a family, rather than a huge campus. The classes I have taken so far have all been extremely informative and interesting, each of them being taught by an actual professor, and not a TA, meaning I get a full education in every class I choose. The people at Linfield are all so amazing, as they all chose the school for the same reasons I did, that it is a small private school with an excellent academic record. I do not think that I would have been this happy at any other school!


It is impossible to describe everything I’ve gleaned from my college experience, because there are so many subtle, unexpected lessons at each step of the journey. Valuable life lessons began before I stepped foot in a classroom. I learned how to fit an oversized bag of dorm essentials in an aircraft’s overhead bin, where to find the absolute cheapest towel set, and how to say goodbye to my mom for the first time. When I arrived at school these lessons continued, and I learned how to build a new friend network from scratch, how to communicate with professors, and where to get food to fuel midnight study sessions. These simple lessons will serve me throughout my life, but I think the most important thing I have taken from my college experience is a love and passion for learning. This educational attitude is infectious on a campus where students and professors learn and explore together. I meet each class with renewed wonder and excitement, and have found that learning experiences in my everyday life directly correlate with the knowledge I gather in the classroom. This development of a desire for lifelong learning alone has my investment in college worthwhile.


Even though I have only been in college for one semester I have gotten a lot out of it. I have made friends from all over the world and gotten to learn about their cultures and languages. I have learned about how other cultures are compared to America's which I feel is a very valuable skill to have because of globalization. Besides that, I have also learned that I can accomplish anything with perseverance and hard work. I was not sure that I could amount to much before college because I came from a low-income, single-parent home and did not think I could afford college. With hard work I was able to attend and I would not trade it for the world. I have learned to be free and explore our world and now know that anything is possible and even though I must keep working to be in this lovely place, I will do it because I love to learn and absorb the world.


With my experience at Linfield, I have learned many life lessons and lessons that will benefit me throughout school as well. School at Linfield is taken very seriously and a degree from this college is a great opportuntiy and people recognize that. But many hours of hardwork and late nights are put into a major at Linfield which teaches you techniques that will make you successful in the classroom. Time management is most definitely the greatest skill i have mastered with my time at Linfield. With playing sports here at Linfield, not much time is left for studying, so throughout your day, you have to plan time to get your head in your books and study for upcoming tests and papers. Time management forces you to discipline yourself to jump on things that are due down the road so your not in a struggle come finals time. Politeness is one aspect that you see at this school that is lacked at other places I have atteneded. When you wallk through our campus, you are promised to get at least 5-10 greetings on your way. People hear teach you how to generate friendships and those friendships last a lifetime.


What I have received from my college experience is patience. It takes a strong individual to handle to work load that is required to complete a degree. Being a mother of two working a full-time job and trying to attend classes full-time is a lot for an individual to handle. However, for one to take the time to juggle these duties and responsibilities and still manage to successfully complete a class takes a great deal of patience. This experience has and is continuing to teach a valuable lesson and that is to be patient. Only great things come to those that wait. And that is what I am planning on doing continuing to manage my time to work towards earning my degree to better, not only myself, but the future of my family.


Food is the most voluable source in our world. As increasing the world population, its demand was expanded. The primary food production, agriculture, is my major now. Agriculture is really important subject include above reasons. In this summer, I internshiped to the organic farm. I did most of choirs like weeding, mowing, sowing, and watering. These are really primary things for agriculture and most peope do not like it. However, I really liked it and I could know the important of sustainable agriculture for enviorment and biodiversity. Talking of biodiversity, agriculture is involved entomology, so I have to know a little bit about insect. Then, organic farm provided me great oppotunity to learn different kind of insect and what kind of pests are most likely to the specific plants. This experiece gave me a chance to think about enviorment and biodiversity.


I have learned a lot here at Linfield. I have grown as a reasearcher and person. I have learned that it doesn't matter where or what you come from, and that hard work and determination make up for a lot. I have also learned the valuable lesson that grades do not always reflect what you've learned, and that your grades are by no means a good measure of your character. Linfield has been a great college to make the transition from a young student into a scholar.


My college experience has been phenominal. I have so many great things to say about my time here even though it has only been a few months. The weeks have flown by and I know my future years will be the same. Linfield is an outstanding college. I am taking a full credit load and working along side to pay for my education, so unfortunatly I am not able to participate in as much as I would like. In a social sense, it has been very valuable for me to attend, because I have tried so many new things and met so many awesome people. I just got done playing intramural volleyball with some classmates and had an absolute blast. I wouldn't trade my memories here so far for anything. As for academics, Linfield has and is going to continue preparing me for a successful future. There are many reasons why my Linfield education has and will prove valuable, but here is one. Linfield College has the best professors in their subject area and actually care about us as students. They give us value because they themselves have it and do everything they can to pass it onto us.


I have learned so much from my college experience and I love all the classes I have taken. I want to major in Psychology and I have enjoyed all the psychology classes i have enrolled in, I can not wait to take more. It has been very valuable to attend college because I have always wanted to pursue a career in psycholgy/counseling and I can not do that without my bachelors degree. I want to do more with my life which is why I need to finish college.


When I started college I really didn't think that it was going to be much different than attending high school, once I started I realized so much was different. Honestly, no one cares if you don't get your homework done, they just want it turned in; it's not there problem if you don't show up, just hope you know what's on the exam. Once you learn this your pretty much set, you have to learn to prioritize. I've really learned that being in college takes responsibility, your paying so much money to get a degree in what you want to pursue, so you have to take it seriously. In so many ways this has been valuable to me because I want to graduate and get into a great job in my field. There is no one that is going to do my work for me so if I don't try my hardest and work my butt off, I'm not going to get anywhere, that's why I want to try my best. So far that's what my college experience has taught me.


My college experience has not been solely about the classes I take, but about the personal growth that results from stepping outside my comfort zone and pushing myself to try new things. Before I attended college, I had never shared a room. I had never gone to a concert. I had never been responsible for making my own dinner. In high school, my parents would always push me to do my homework and get good grades. In college, they don't know when my assignments are due -- the responsibility is all one me. It has been a valuable venture because it has forced me to grow into the person I want to be. I have learned to bind books and to make ravioli from scratch. I have debated Chomsky's poverty of stimulus argument and explored coffee shops in the city. The college experience is simply that -- an experience.


College is everything I thought it would be and more. I have made incredible friends, taken fun classes, and gotten to know knowledgeable professors. I know that I have spent only less than a year here at Linfield, but in all honesty, I feel at home even now. Everyday I see people that I know when I walk across campus, I at least say "hi" to all of them. The great thing about a small school is that you know a good percentage of the student population and can have an in-depth conversation with 10-15 of the ones who are closest to you. If anything, I would tell someone to attend college for the life-long friendships that can blossom and the valuable times that you share with those people. What I have learned from college is that the degree isn't what really matters. It's the journey that gets you to that degree. Along the way you will discover yourself and what you like doing. Once you have that, and a degree, you can do whatever you want. Most people get jobs outside of their major, so that can't be all that matters.


Since i have been in college it has valuable in a sense to me that someday my work will mean alot to someone. I mean that because my current study is diesel technology and when im working on big over the road trucks they have to be done right because if they aren't it could cost somebodys life and to me that means alot and i put my full effort into my learning and studying so one day i can be a master mechanic.


My college experience has taught me a great deal about people. In my experience at Linfield, I have met people from Washington, California, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Montana, Alaska, Mexico, France, Germany, Holland, Japan, China, and Canada. Meeting so many people from so many different places has given me some insight into the differences and similarities that we all share. For me, all of my previous stereotypes and categorizations were shattered. After interacting and getting to know people on a personal level, in and outside of the classroom has been valued greatly by not only myself, but also all of my fellow students. While Linfield is known for great academics and the NCAA record for most consecutive winning football seasons, it was the people that really made me love it here. I get to experience so many new things with such a wide array of people. I did a great deal of growing up in my first year of college, and I have only begun to grow up and mature even more. For that, I value Linfield and everyone here.


What I have gotten out of my college experience, it has made me more independent and able to figure out what I really need to do and get it done. I have understood what I am doing in my classes and never give up even if I want to. It has been valuable to attend, because, if I don?t go to college I won?t get the job I really want. It really show that everyone need to go to college, because there are the jobs that you need to have your Bachelors degree and if someone doesn?t have it you will not achieve that job that you really wanted.


From college I have learned to be a more indepentent person and have developed relationships with people I never would have before college. I currently live with a foreign exchange student from Vietname, and have really learned about another culture and developed skills to work out our differences. I have also learned the value of a dollar and spend my money very wisely. College has helped me to move out of the teenage years, and into adulthood. Managing my time is another thing that I have gained from attending college. I have also learned while being at college, that my family are the most important people in my life and I am so fortunate to have them. My attendence at college has been valuable because it has shaped me and has made me a better rounded individual. It has given me a better understanding of culture, learning, friendships, and also just the value of life. It has made me learn to think more critically about more things and made me realize how fortunate I am to be able to attend such a great school.


My college experience has not been so great because out of all my family members including cousins, I am the first one to attend college and trust me it's not that easy specially when your the first one in college knowing that you have no one to help you at home once again because they have never attended college. When it was my first day attending college, I was really scared to death because I didn't know what to expect and another reason is because I didn't know anyone at college. I was really nervous because I thought the teachers were going to be mean just like I had seen in movies and other television shows. Plus am a very shy person so I became more scared that i didn't want to enter the classroom but am glad that I overcame my fear because it ended being a great experience for me. I know that attending college is a valuable lesson because with the degrees they offer you could get a better job then your parents if you come from a poor family like me, you are going to be proud of yourself and your family.


I grew up in Thailand and went to a Thai school all my life, up until 2008. When time came that I was to start thinking about my universities, I started to apply to the usual universities in Thailand. I didn't even really consider applying for college in the states. It just was something so surreal, I didn't actually think I could do it, what with the SATs and the language barrier(despite being quite fluent in English, I did realize that--despite my school's good English education program--my English skills would probably still quite a ways behind most native English speakers), and everything. But, after much persuasion from my dad, I decided to try to apply to a few colleges in the states and because I actually soon realized that I was eager and curious to find out about the culture my dad had come from. After much difficulty and a few rejections, I was finally accepted into Linfield college. These past two years at Linfield college has been a whilwind of change and completely amazing experiences. Thailand's and American culture is probably almost polar opposites, but I have truly enjoyed every minute here.


I have been able to obtain a wonderful education that I never thought possible. It has not only shaped my life, but it shows my children how important continuing education is as well. I was able to attend one semester of college after high school, but I didn't take it seriously. I got married and had two children before I realized what a college education meant to me. It has taken many sacrifices to be able to return to college, but it will be worth it in the end. I'm confident that my children, even as young as they are, can see how important college is. They see me studying every day and listen to me tell them how fun school is even when you're an adult.


I have been attending Lamar State College - Port Arthur since I was a junior in high school. It started with a dual credit program, but I took an initiative to take night classes after I got out of high school. Now that I am in my final semester as a high school senior, I have more experience than any other student my age. At the completion of this semester I will have accumulated 27 college hours. I am so excited about my accomplishments as well as the knowledge I have picked up along the way. Going into my experience at LSCPA, I just wanted to test out classes, to see what I liked for when I entered a university. Well, I have found my niche, discovered great study habits, met new people, experienced new things, and most importantly, matured as an overall human being. I get very fulfilled when engaged in classes. I feel as if I want to stay in college forever. The knowledge is my drive. I know what I want out of college because of my experiences at LSCPA, and can barely wait until I enter Baylor University for the summer 2010 session.


Overall, I believe that attending my college has been a valuable college experierence for many reasons. First off, I like the fact that most students that attend my college are athletes. Me, being an athlete myself, seem to relate to these athletes very well because we share a lot of the same things. Most of my best friends on campus play a sport(s) so it's easy to relate to them. Second off, I believe all the professors at my college are very helpful not only in the classroom, but also outside the classroom as well. Since all my classes have approximately 30 people and below, the professors get to know the students not only on an academic level, but also a personal level as well. I believe that attending my college has been valuable because I found out who I was as a person just by the experiences I have gone through. I mean, yeah, there have been some tough times both academically and athletically, but those tough times made me grow as a person by talking it out with people that live on campus. Pretty much all the students and faculty on campus are willing to help.


If I were to be able to step back in time to talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to take advantage of everything that is offered to you. I would tell myself to still go to college in a different state to experience the independent life and use my resources as much as possible. I would persuade myself to develop the confidence to still make new life-long friends with all different groups of people. I would tell myself that if I do not know what I want to major in right away, that I should try different fields of study until I discover the best fit for me. I would want to tell my high school senior self that asking questions is always helpful and branching out to others is a great way of knowing that you are not in this transition process alone. But most importantly, I would tell myself to work hard, but have as much fun as possible while being in college and take up as many opportunities as possible. Take risks because you will never know until you try something new!


If I can go back in time and talk to myself as a high school student, the advice I would give myself would be when the time get rough don't quit and if you really want to be successful in life strive for it. Your senior year in high school is more then just completing high school, and it's more then just dealing with the teachers and students that made it hard for you. It's just preparing you for your next step in life. Have you even thought about what are you going to do after you walk across that stage and recieve your diploma? What college you going to attened? Your major? or what career your going to persue after college? These are the main questions you should be asking your self now because after high school your life begins. College may be a little more challanging then your previous school years, but your strong you can handle it. As long as you stay focused nothing challanging should get in your way, all your hard work will pay off. Who knows, everyone just might be looking at their future doctor or lawyer .


If I had a chance to go back in time and give myself advice, I would actually say very little. Choosing a college is never easy, but the whole process of deciding is part of the adventure. The one piece of advice that I would give is one that I received from my dad as I was struggling to choose between my top two colleges. He told me this: "Sierra, no matter which of these schools you choose, it will be the right choice, because in the end, your college experience is what you make of it!" His statement has remained true for me throughout my now 2 1/2 years of college. There are many, many wonderful colleges and universities to choose from all over our country and world, but stressing about the choice is not a good idea. In the end, if the college seems to be a good fit for you, if it has a strong academic emphasis, and if it works out financially, go for it! In the end, what you get out of college is what you put into it. That's the advice I would give to my 17-year-old self!


When I was in high school, I was fairly shy. Even though I often had questions about things, I was generally too nervous to speak up. I was worried that I might bother someone, and didn't think that people would really want to hear what I had to say anyways. When I first came to college, although I attempted to be a little more outgoing, I still generally waited for others to ask me what my thoughts were. As a senior in college, I have finally learned to come out of my shell a little more, and it has been one of the best things that has ever happened to me. If I were to go back and talk to myself in high school, I would tell myself to allow my voice to be heard. I have learned that in general, professors don't mind having a student ask questions if it means that as a result they really understand a class. To them, an uninterrupted lecture is not worth the price of confused students. College is a time to learn - a time to get questions answered. But a question won't receive an answer until it is asked.


Danny, you can do it. I know you are satisfied with graduating as the valedictorian of Coupeville High School class of 2008, but don't slow down now ? build off of the solid academic foundation you have formed these past 4 years and strive to do the same thing in college from the get-go, because you can. The reason I say this is because right now you are accepting the fact that you will no longer be able to be at the top of your college class ? it will just be too competitive and all those other students are coming from high schools that offer numerous AP and IB classes. Well Danny, about midway through my first semester, I realized that I (we) can have the same level of success. Your hard-working attitude can conquer any "disadvantages" that you are going in with. Never expect less than what you are capable of. Make your family, friends, and your hometown proud of you! On a more personal note, realize how much Mom and Dad have done for you and please help them in return (I wish it didn't take me so long to figure this one out).


I would tell myself to remember who I am and to be true to myself. Don't make friends with people just because they're "cool" and stick to your personal beliefs and morals. If anyone tries to get you to do something you don't believe in, that person is not worth your time. Also, I know it's easy to start out strong doing your homework and studying everyday, but don't get into the habit of spending ALL your time with friends and neglecting your work. Yes, it's cool to be able to hang out with people whenever you want to, but you do live with them, they'll still be there on the weekend, and they have studying to do too. Instead of hanging out playing video games, get together with them and do your homework together. It's the best of both worlds!


The main advice I would want my high school self to know is that the transition to college is a life changing event and not to be worried or scared. I'd tell myself it is fine to take chances, actually it is what helps you grow, and that there is no need to cling to old habits like in high school. In college there is much more around you if you are willing to experience it and take a chance to discover something new and different, it might become a great influence on what you think. To open your mind and allow every opinion to effect you, even if it something completely outside the norm or something not within your knowledge. Allow yourself to grow, you may think there is no more you could build into your own database of a brain, but there is much more that will help you to become someone that you want to be. I'd describe the great experiences to come if I will allow myself all of these.


Save your money from your summer jobs and work hard to obtain the grades you want. Remeber that making friends is not hard as long as you are active in your student community!


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would say the road ahead is tough but to keep pursuing my goals and dreams. I would buy a planner and write down important dates, test, classes, and appointments. Learn how to budget money so that when you are in college you don't need to ask your parents all the time if they can loan me five or one hundred dollars. Learn how to relax and take time to breathe so that when your in college you won't get stressed out over the little things. Keep an open mind and try to meet as many people as possible no matter what age. Making connections with peope before college will allow you to have references for jobs, study abroad, and scholarships in the future. The most important advice I would give myself is take every opportunity that is presented to you and run with it. Even if it is new try it, beacuse you will regret not doing it later.