The first thing I would do is try to calm my high school senior self down as it looks at the new, smarter, and college adapted self. After getting a cup of water and a couple of breathing excercises, i would politely explain to myself that college is NOTHING, absolutely NOTHING like I imagine. There is no such thing as being in every organization. That band is not a hobby as a music education major,it is hours of practice and an extra hour a week of private lessons. I would tell myself that complaining about Mrs. Tally's twenty-five page readings a night have nothing on a 16 hour schedule along with two part time jobs. If I could go back to my senior year I would tell myself that senior memories are not as important as scholarship searching, because all the really neat scholarships have at least a thousand more slots for high school seniors that college students. If I was lucky enough to just grab myself and shake, I would tell myself that my teachers are not crazy, that I do have ADHD, I just dont know yet, and that procrastination has GOT TO STOP!
The first advice I would give myself is to relax. College isn't as stressful as everyone makes it seem. Yes, at times there will be stress. Staying up late studying, cramming for test, huge amounts of homework. But for all that stress there is an equal amount of fun and excitement. Atlast you will be on your own. Making new friends, goint to parties, late night study groups, and everything inbetween. Now the only problem is deciding how you are going to manage your time. This is they key to a successful college experience. Time management can be the best or worst thing about college. If you can manage your time between work and play correctly then you will do well in college and make good grade, but still have plenty of time to make some great memories with even greater friends.
If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would have said push yourself even more because this is testing you for what will come in the future. I would explain to myself that there are many bumps on the road ahead but everything that you are doing now and working hard at will pay off in the future. I would say to study more and more everyday even though you may want to hangout with friends because they will always be plwnty of time for that but you'll never get your first experience as a first time college student straight out of high school.
I would tell myself, this is you from the future, I have lived the life of yours although It's good it could be better, Some advice is try harder in your school work, It will come in useful if you get good marks in your exams to do a job you love instead of just for money to pay the bills. You might get stick for wanting to do well in school, but thats far easier than and less embarrassing than standing in line to collect your dole money. You have the rest of your life to have fun when school is over, don't ruin your Future by wanting to have all your fun now.
Figure out what you want to do and do it. Dont lolligag about and not focus on what you need to do or you will never finish. Life is waiting on you to be successful, success doesnt wait for you to live. So study, learn, and experience education for all that is is, and come away the best you can be in your chosen field.
If I could go back in time to when I was in high school, I would tell myself to stop procrastinating and get to work. TAlso, that I no longer have only myself to think about, to get it together before college instead of waiting for it to just happen on it's own. The time is NOW!
I would tell myself to be more careful about the people I would choose to hang around and to be more responsible in my first semester. I would explain how procastination can get me in a lot of major trouble and how it will be more convenient to do things as soon as possible.
Always maintain your integrity and learn to speak up. Teachers can not help you if they don't know you're having problems. Try to create a balance between your school life and your personal life and keep that balance, distractions can harm you if you're not careful.
Visit more colleges and look into more degree options that the high school counslers emphasize
If I could be so priveledged to travel back to my self as a high school senior