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


If I could go back and talk to me when I was in high school, I would tell myself that I can do it and to hang in there. I struggled in high school; I was placed in advanced classes ever since the fifth grade and in ninth grade, I was making C's. For me, this was unacceptable as I saw myself as being very hard-working and not recieving the grades I felt I deserved. Before tenth grade started, I sat down with an academic advisor and told her that I would like to be put in "regular" classes. I thought to myself, "If I can make C's in advanced classes, then I can certainly make A's in regular ones!" This was not a good mindset to have. I wish I could go back and tell myself: "You are going to go to college and make straight A's for many semesters, you are going to become very close with many professors and you are going to make a wonderful teacher some day. Push yourself harder now - and you will be even greater when it comes time to attend college."


Think hard about what you want to do with your life and how you want to get there. The average college freshman changes majors 19 times, but they only have two years to pick the right one. The college you go to will limit your choices and career opportunities. Think hard about what you want to do, so you don't have to go back to college, like I am. When you find something that makes you happy, consider the career possibilities with that major, and if you're in the right college. Don't be afraid to transfer if you need to. Start internships immediately, don't be lazy, because it'll cost you job opportunities after college. Look into relevent clubs and activities and make the most of them. College will be the best time of your life, but you'll realize later the mistakes you made not preparing for the future. College will get you the job you want. Start as soon as you enter college. I was lazy. Don't make the same mistakes I did, and you'll be where you've always wanted to be.


When I was a senior, it was very difficult to decide where I wanted to go to school and what I wanted to study at such a young age fresh out of high school. I was excited, yet nervous about what would be in store for my future. I think I would just tell myself to relax and take a deep breath because everything always works out for the best.


I would go back to my senior self to tell my not to be in such a rush to get out of high school and enjoy all the event throughout the year. Also enjoy the time with your friends and the relationships you have becasue it will not be the same way in college. And most importantly don't stress so much about what is coming next and that not everything is going the speed you want it to. Senior year is an important year don't let it fly by so fast, because when you go to walk across that stage you will be wishing you had enjoyed more rather than stressing about all the college problem your having and your not even there yet. Everything will work out, you'll do fine in college, don't worry. From, your future self


You will make it through this school. yes it'll be everything you dread but keep your grades up you'll make it. you're going to go to a school you'll be proud of this one wont be it but you'll get there


Ever have that "moment of weakness" were giving up seems to be the easiest way? I certaintly did, and it lasted four years, those four years being the ones that would shape my future, determine what college I would go to, if I would get a softball scholarship, and help me discover what I wanted to become. For me those four years came and went in the blink of an eye, because there was never a night I stayed up studying for an important test, or finishing homework due by the end of the semester; No, that was not me. I was Colleen Kuplast - the school jock and class clown is what many would say because my time was spent on the softball field of disrupting the class just so I could annoy the teacher. I woke up too late. June 13, 2009 I would cross the stage and receive my diploma in front of my family and friends, and while they were proud I felt nothing but worthless because I allowed myself to be a joke for four years. In returning to senior year I would tell myself one thing; make a change, and discover what your worth.


Looking back on my life as a high school senior with all of the experiences i have, I would tell myself not to hesitate and go to college immediately. I often have regrets about waiting to attend college, however, all is not in vain. I was able to acquire tremendous work experience and valuable job skills that will help me with the career I am pursing with my college degree. I now better understand the "process" of college; from applying to enrolling, to scholarships and financial aid. I would be certain to tell my high school self not to worry. That everything happens for a reason, although we many not know it at the time. I would tell myself to have faith in myself, that through hard work and determination I can and will succeed.


If I was able to go back in time I would have given myself the advice of taking more time to study. I never was really the studying type back in high school but until I made my transition to Manchester Community College , I have taken the time to study and try to put my part towards succeeding to get out within two years to continue on with my education. If I had known that a university was a bit better to start off at after high school, I would have dedicated my time towards working hard to get amazing grades in high school in order to prove to myself that I can do anything if I put my mind to it. I also would have told myself to try and apply to diffrent universitys/colleges during really early so that I would not end up going to Manchester Community College. Good thing was I knew that starting at a community college was good because its cheaper and I get basically the same education as another student who attends a university.


The advice i would give myself if i could go back in time and talk to myself would be to focus 100%. Focusing on school really helps you get good grades. My first semester in college didn't go very well; it was overwhelming and i didn't focus. Math is still my toughest subject even in high school. I think in high school i didn't really care about math and if i did, i know it would have helped me in college. High school sets you up for college although its not the same experience, high school does help. Focusing in high school could have taught me the importance of getting good grades and doing all my homework. I wish i did better in math class so i would remember most of what i learned and apply it to college math because most of freshmen math was review.

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