As a student in high school, I have been able to take dual credit for an Advanced Placement English course. As a result, I have been capable of building my college education at an early start. This prepares me for more rigorous classes in my future as I plan to attend a 4 – year university in the upcoming year. Taking an AP Dual Credit couse, I am putting myself ahead of my peers and classmates. College courses give high school students more of a challenge to work for a dedicated education and knowledge. It shows persistence that a student is truly working toward a positive future. Being a high school senior, I value the experience of challenging myself to do well in school to better prepare myself for the education I have in upcoming years. I am saving myself time and money taking a dual credit course. Time because it's conveniently at my high school combined with my senior English Literature class. Traveling to a university is not necessary. Spending unnecessary money is avoidable because it is a part of my high school courses. I am saving money this way to use it for future classes in college.
"I could have done better", is the only thought that comes to mind when I reminisce about my high school years. Life isn't a one-way paved road that has a big sign stating, "This Way is the Right Way",but instead it's an abyss where one can't escape if preparation and self-disciplined isn't applied. If I had the opputunity to return back in time I would advice myself to get involved in more school activities and community service. Also to be more social because in college one must have good communication skills, especially when presentaions come around . Most importantly to know exactly what I want to pursue in as a career , because it's time-consuming when being undecided. The only thing I don't regret is doing good in school academically, but in some cases that isn't quite enough. Eventhough I wasn't accepted to a prestigious school, my honor classes taught me how to take control over amounts of unexpected homework assignments. Since I only graduated last year the only thing I would do is warn myself about dealing with a long list of possible career and life choices.
I would tell myself not to worry. Back when I was in highschool, I thought that college was this place full of teachers that care nothing about whether or not you succeed and that if you couldn't swim in their academic pool then you'd drown and no one would bother to tell you how to swim. Now i know that on top of there being ample opportunity to find the help that you need to succeed in college, the college is also filled to the brim and perhaps overflowing with staff that do care about whether or not you succeed. I would tell myself the professors aren't there just to get their paycheck and that they are passionate about what they teach. In highschool I thought that college would just be more meaningless assignments and that there would be no discussing the material and that the professors would treat you like they were above you. Accordingly, I'd tell myself that humility is something that a lot of the professors have in spades and that there are many discussions on course material. I'd tell myself that college is going to be more fun than anything. Ever.
My life as a high school senior was full of hard work, but with many great times with my friends and family. When I was applying for colleges, I did not know what to expect college life was going to be. I would go to the school orientations of how college life at a university would be, but I knew that being told something about experience and experiencing the college are two separate things. With what I know and have experienced with the year and half a semester I have been in school, I would have told myself the importance of time because time is an extreme factor for managing work, which I used to lack in. My time management has progressed over time, but, if I were to give the experience and advice to my high school senior self, my management of work and study would bring me the edge to sense how to plan and do. I would be more responsible for this advice, and my discipline in work would bring me A's in all of my classes. I would create that balance that I need in my life to accomplish everything under a specific time.
If I could go back in time and suggest wisdom to my high school self I would have to say it's okay to let people go. When you go to college a lot of your friends have gone to different schools or have taken up different hobbies since they went to high school. I guess the hardest thing for me since I have been in college is letting go of people who use to matter to me. The people who really care and love you, will stick around no matter what. Also, if I could go back in time I would have to say put more effot in. My first semester the only thing I was concentrated on was getting a music certificate, now I plan on getting my BA in music. So I guess I would have told myself that if you are going to do this, go for it all the way. Now I am taking classes to catch up on what I missed out on.
The advice I know I will give myself is to take every single class seriously. I have learned that being accepted into a Cal State is a great honor, and even though I know the carreer I am interested in of being a high school counselor, the sociology classes are not the only important classes. Even though the general education classes are required, there is no excuse to not attend a class or even feel that getting by with a C is acceptable. Because as of my third year in college i am forced to file an educational leave even though i was recieving B's in my sociology classes, recieving C's and D's in my general education classes would not cut for myself to recieve a BA. Therefore, I am now in Financial Aid differment and now attending a two-year community college.
I f I were allowed the chance to go back in time and tell myself about college life I would say to myself, do as my mother told me and apply for all the scholarships that were offered to me. Apply for all my choice colleges, make sure I create good study habits for myself so it wouldn't be difficult to study in college, and a writing course to improve my wirting habits. I would tell myself to take all my work seriously and try to get mostly A's. I would also tell myself to learn how to relax when it is time to relax and not over think any of my work. College isn't that difficult if I allow myself to just take each day a day at a time and embrace meeting new people and not to be afraid going into new classes.
While first attending a California State University for two and a half years, then a community college, and now Loa Angeles Harbor College, if there is any one valuable thing that I have learned, it is simply that college is what you make of it. If you want to succeed, you will; if you want to skip class and waste your time away, fine. The choice is yours! I made some wrong decisions in my early college years, and I now know that this is my life, and this is my future! Carpe diem: seize the day!
First off, i would have worked a lot harder to get better grades and a higher G.P.A. Secondly, i would have forced myself to take all of the practice ACT and SAT tests and the practice AP tests. I would have also visited the college councelor a lot more and obtained more information on how to apply to schools and the deadlines. In addition, I would have started taking classes in the Human Services Academy that would have accredited me to be atleast an ANS nurse by this point.
Apply to as many scholarships as you can possibly do. Learn good student habits. Save money and spend wisely. Buy a car and get a license. Make school the first priority. Drop a class if I know for a fact I will not be able to pass by a certain deadline before the bad grade stays on my record.