If I could go back in time, I would have talked myself into staying in school. I was going through a lot my senior year in high school. My older brother, who was taking care of me at the time, had been incarcerated. As he was my sole provider, I had to get two jobs to pay bills because I was too stubborn to move back in with my father. I also let a scholarship go that I had won for my excellent scores on our state MCAS test. I feel that the decisions that I made at that time were very poor. I let my pride get in the way of my education. Had I been more humble and smarter about the situation, I would already have recieved me associate's degree and been working towards my bachelors. In essence, I have learned from my mistakes and I know now that my education is one of the most important things that I could possibly possess. Even greater than my pride.
The advice I would give myself if I could go back as a senior in high school about college life and the transition is to make the initiative in High school to participate in extracurricular activities, it broadens the chances to more scholarships. Another suggestion is much as possible research idealistic careers that fit your personality and, life preferences. It is sometimes a strenuous and difficult decision to make dealing with your future life in such a short amount of time, but it is possible. As far as choosing schools have a few options open do not pick the first one you see; research and visit the schools. Also get the answers to questions you may have; if the schools offer the major you want to pursue; how far the school is; the costs; and talk to a student attending and see how their experience is going? College can be a demanding climb but in the end the view at the top is great. If you want something in life go after it.
Your destiny has been a small high school without staff or opportunities for a student like you, one without access or exposure to choices of career and educational opportunities. In your naturally unobtrusive and quiet state , you have not been tugged into the light of opportunities to ponder your strengths, interests, and goals in the framework of your future.
Take the ticket of your wonderful high school education and use it for admission to all the local two- and four-year colleges. They will want you, believe me. Beg, borrow, be boisterous in getting to them all. You will be amazed and in awe of what you will find --- adults whose entire focus is to help you figure out what you're good at and what you like and how you can make a great future out of them, financial resources to get you there, and a helping hand with all the details that get you through the doors of the college of your choice. Learn, learn, and learn some more, then walk into your future and see where it takes you. Enjoy every step. It's all about the trip. (Every choice you make will be the right one.)
First, plan ahead for the financial cost of school as well as other expenses because it will make the transition easier and less stressful. Second, always have a backup plan (whether it's a backup school, major, or financial assistance). Not everything goes according to plan so having a backup plan allows you to not be "up the creek without a paddle." Third, become more involved and well-rounded. Colleges love to see people who are involved whether it is in the community or in sports. So not only does it look good on college applications but it also makes you a better person and opens up other opportunities such as meeting new people. Fourth, be prepared for disappointment. Life is not perfect and you do not always get want you want. Just keep a positive attitude and persevere through the trials because the goal is worth it.
I would tell myself to be open to meeting new people, because college can get pretty lonely when you sit in your room all the time. Don't drink too much, it never makes for good decisions. Join study groups and clubs, and meet people who care about the same issues you do. Go home to visit, but not too often. Going home is more fun when your family and friends actually get a chance to miss you. Finally, go to class. You will learn a lot more if you go to each class and participate.
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