Assuming that i can go back in time to talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to not delay in attending college right after graduation. The longer you wait the more difficult it will be to get through the transition. also to believe in the decision that you make never doubt them for a second because its okay to make those mistakes, you learn from them and those mistakes will make you stronger as a individual, take the step and commit no matter what anybody has to say about it. this is your future and only you will be able to make it better. you just have to adjust to the situation at hand then adapt to better improve then once you figured it out you overcome those tough situations.
Senioritis is often used to describe the decreased motivation toward graduating by students who are nearing the end of high school. I know all of you want to graduate, but I have to be real. Many of you will probably not end up graduating. I know it is a hard pill to swallow but there it is. My best advice to you is what I said before, learn to balance this senior project and your regular school work, don’t procrastinate, and also learn to have your stuff in order and time- manage yourself.
study harder and apply for scholarships early and start taking the act and sat early in high school.
Make sure that you fill out as many scholarship and grant applications as possible. If things go wrong don't stress about them just try and get things straightened out as soon as possible. Make sure you stay on top of your school work so you can be successful in getting your degree. Always remember you are there to learn but do not forget expierence new good things and make some new friends. Most importantly remember the three D's while going through; determinatiom, dedication, domination, you are determined to make good grades, so stay dedicated to going to classes and studying, so you can dominate and get that degree.
First of all-relax! College is an amazing experience that allows you to grow as an individual, to challenge your mind, and to transition into an independent life. These are expectations that you can work towards by keeping a few important things in mind. Firstly, remember why you're going to college-to prepare you to live out your dreams and goals. Having a purpose and keeping it in the front of your mind will help you to stick it out when it isn't easy, because that vision will take you where you want to go in life. Another way to get the most out of the college experience is to be assertive and take initiative. Don't be afraid to take advantage of the resourses that are available to help you succeed. Stuck on an assignment? Talk to your professor. Start a study group. You won't reach your full potential by going it alone. Lastly, have fun! The friendships made in college will last for a very long time. Some of the best memories will be made in college with friends who care about you and will support you as you work towards you goals together.
"Practice is over, it's time to play!"
You can't go into college with the same mindset you had in college. In college, you have to pay your way through, decide your own classes (rather than having a state-mandated curriculum put together by a counselor who knows you by name), and will be in class with people of all ages & lifestyles. Be open-minded and have a committment to think critically. Surround yourself with good people that will encourage you and help you achieve your goals. It's important to have a broad skillset, so make sure you apply for an internship, get a part-time job, and start to make connections with people who will aid you in your future career goals. All of your high school grades are important for your college career! Don't dismiss any classes as "not important" -- an 'A' on your transcript will take you a long way. Simimarly, an 'F' brings you down and hurts your GPA. More than anything - be persistent, study hard, and keep your goals in mind! Someday, all your hard work will pay off and you'll look back & say you did your best.
When I was a senior in high school, I knew that I wanted to go to The Ohio State University and major in Medical Technology. I was a straight A student, graduated in the top 10 of my class, and received a 29 on my ACT. Everything came so easily for me and I was accustomed to achieving good results with little effort. I was a teenager; I knew everything. I was invincible...until I wasn't.
At Ohio State:
Obligations - Full-time student
Significant obstacles in hindsight - None
Effort Exerted - Little
Results - Failed. Dropped out after two quarters.
Obligations - Full-time student, Full-time employee, complete self-sufficiency.
Obstacles - The death of my stepfather in a plane crash two weeks before I started school again.
Effort Exerted - Immense
Results - Will graduate in the spring. Current GPA: 3.72
Advice to Little Brittany:
You are not invincible, and life is not easy. You have to work for everything, and you have to work as hard as you possibly can. Rise above expectations and be strong. Look at the big picture. You have it easy right now, take advantage of that. Be thankful, and don't take anything for granted.
I would advise myself to consider God and myself in every decison. I would advise to steer clear of making decisions based on anything that would not be considered permanent, i.e. boys, athletics, or the opinions of my friends. I'd say "Put your best foot forward, trusting in yourself, your brains, and when all else fails, always go with your gut." But moe than anything, I'd say "Honor God with all your heart, and strive to follow his plan for you. He will not fail you."
If I could go back in time and tell my high school senior self anything, I would tell myself to ask questions. The simple fact of not knowing anything about scholarships or applying for college is what left me in the dust as all my friends started their college years. I would tell myself to sit down with a conselor and ask them what to do, how to do it, and when it needs to be done. I would tell her to retake her ACT and SAT as soon as possible, because taking it after she graduates makes it harder to get good scholarships. If my high school senior self wants to take a year off, I'll tell her to apply for that job at Sam's Club sooner, save 40% of the money she earns, and lastly, to apply for as many scholarships as possible. I'll tell her that it won't be easy, but with God by her side, she can prove to everyone else that she doesn't need them to be successful.
I have gained a lot through my college experience. It has allowed me to come into my own, and find out a lot about myself, and how strong of a young woman I truly am. There are always new things to learn at college, and always someone new to talk to. College should be a staple in everyone's life, because it allows you to find yourself, and build relationships that will last a lifetime. Attending college has been well worth the money, and the effort it took to get me to this point. In your life, there is always a puzzle to be solved. In college, you can put a lot of the puzzle pieces together. It can be stressful, but it is all worth it in the end. College is amazing, and I would never trade one second or one experience I have had.
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Be sure to ask any questions you have. Make sure it has what is the most important to you whether it is size or a social school. If you honestly do not want to live on campus make sure you can live off campus especially as an in coming freshman or a female. If you are a religious/spiritual person be sure they have activities and progrmas to enrich this part of your life, do not leave it hanging in the valances. Don't be afraid to try new things and be opened minded. The dorms always look worse at first than what they really are. Make sure wou pick a roomate who has some of the same things in common with you and the same study, sleeping, and cleaning habits. Remember you are there to get an education not to party 24/7 so don't forget to go to class!! If you are used to small class sizes keep in mind that the bigger the school you choose the harder the class room setting will be for you, a small school doesn't mean a poor education.
To the parents of future students,
I would advise you to take your child to as many colleges and visit them to see the atmospere that college would give your child. Walk around and visit students, visit the classrooms and talk to professors to make sure they have the interest of the students in mind because thats what college is for, to get a degree and be a better person for it.
To the Students,
I would advise going to a smaller school and not the big state school because the classes are smaller in size and the professors
actually care and want you to succeed. Im an out of state student from Alabama attending Louisiana College and I have never really felt out of place here. I may have payed a little more for my schooling but wouldn't have it any other way. I have met many friends and know most of the student body here and everyone is helpful from teachers to students to registrars office and more.
Dont just pick a college because its a "Big Time School" but for what you will get out of the school: friends, future wife/husband, a future, a DEGREE!
This school is only right for you if you are a close minded Baptist who refuses to accept other religions.
Follow God and He will lead you down the right path in life.
Don't take their word for it. EVER. Talk to students at random away from the admissions people, because they will just give you the run around and make promises that you will probably never see fulfilled. Be aggressive about learning the truth of the place, and make sure you go where you'll be happy. In my experience, I went because the cost was low. I'm getting a good education and have made some close friendships, but I hate it at my college. Cost and education are fine, but make sure you'll be at a college where you will work hard but still be happy. DO NOT SETTLE. Find a way to go where you want to be.
Visit the campuses of schools you might be interested in. Spend time with current students. Participate in preview days. Try to attend some classes to get a feeling for the academic atmosphere. Research the area the school is located.
Remember it is ok to have fun while you are in college but you are going to school to learn and better yourself, so find a college that equally mixes both. Your education is so important if I could do it over I would have never quit the first time around now Im 26 and should be working on a masters not a 4 year degree. Find a college that focuses more on their students not parties.
The process of finding the college which best fits your needs, fulfills your expectations, and ultimately becomes the vehicle to your chosen career needs to begin early in your high school years. Thinking seriously early on about what you want out of college and what your expectations are for college life makes a big difference when it comes to the selection process. It?s very important to not only apply to a variety of schools which fit your needs financially and academically but to visit these colleges. Visiting a college campus is vital in your decision making process. Planning for college early also affords more time to find scholarships/grants which will help further your education and ultimately, your vocational opportunities. Be willing to put time and effort into investigating financial aid. Don?t put the college decision off. Begin thinking about it, perusing websites, and talking to people from different types of institutions. In this way you will best formulate what it is you desire. You don?t have to know what you want to do for the rest of your life, but you do have to know where to attend college and how feasible the finances will be.
I would tell them to weigh all the variables and go from there. If there is a particular school in which the student could potentially flourish, then that is probably where they need to go. Also the student needs to check out whatever field they are thinking about going into, and look at schools that specialize in those areas. If the student attends a school where they can flourish in whatever field they are in, they will have the best times of their lives there.
pray about it. dont make you child go to a school that they do not want to attend because in doing so they will not do as well as if they 're going to a school that they picked.
You should try to find a college with a program that suits what you want to do. If you are a Christian, then I would reccomend a Christian institution, secular institutions can be a bad thing to some Christians. One of the most important things to remember about college is that you are not in high school any more. Things are different in college. Also, you meet the friends that you have for life there, so don't go there trying to be something that you are not, be yourself in college and you will find the best friends you ever will have. Making really good friends is one of the best ways to make the most of the college experience.
I would tell parents and students alike to be sure and visit the college(s) that you are applying to. I applied for more than one college and did not know how I was going to decide between my top two choices. Upon visiting the colleges and talking with the some of the faculty and seeing the campus, my decision seemed simple. Also, if the college offers preview days, attend them. You will probably get to attend a campus event and a class or two which can help you decide how you like the college. To get the most out of your college experience, do not be afraid to take part in events and try something new. Attend sporting events, plays, musicals, art openings, club meetings, even rush for sororities/fraterneties. You will gain a better sense of what the college has to offer and meet new people that could turn out to be your best friends. Do not just hole up in your room but experience what your college has to offer to make the best of it.
Listen to God and Trust in him!
My advice to parents or incoming students about finding the right college would be to find out what kind of environments you are comfortable with. Do you do well in big places, or do you feel more comfortable in smaller, one-on-one settings? That is a huge part in finding the right kind of college. Also, look at the school's offered courses, see if they have a positive education reputations for their fields of study. In making the most of your college experience, i would say get out there and get involved. To me, college wouldn't be the same if i hadn't gotten out and met people. I have made so many amazing friends but i also know so many people who seriously miss out because all they do is work, or stay inside their bubble. Don't do that. THe more people you meet, and the more involved you are, the better experience you will have. I have made soooo many memories in college, and i know the people i meet here i will never forget. They have forever become a part of my life and who I am today.
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