If I could go back in time and give myself advice, I would tell myself not to be shy and ask a lot of questions and do a lot of research on the different colleges. Also, I would have myself research on what careers are derserving of a degree so I do not waste my time and money, and stick with school from start to finish.
Don' bat an eyelid to miss one waking moment of the present. Make the most of today and rejoice when tomorrow arives. Circumstances, people, and environents are ever changing right before your eyes; do not rush those changes. Try not to plan everything, let life happen to you. It's a beatiful, moving thing. Don't be bored by any of it. Let it move you. Let it change you at it's own pace. Love your family. Spend time with your family. Love yourself. Believe in yourself. Chase your craziest dream, and then chase another. It is okay
College is very tough, but if you set your mind to it anyone can get through it. Be ready to be out on your own, and make decisions that can change your life. College doesn't have to be so tough though. If you use your time wisely, and also make decisions wisely then you will be fine. I believe that college can make you or break you, but don't let it break you. Set aside time for your school work and your social life and college will be the best years of your life.
Moving away from home, from familiarity, is never easy. Something everyone must come to terms with is that life is shrouded in impermanance. Change is life and in order to achieve our hopes and dreams we must learn to embrace it. Embrace the fact that without change there would be no new opportunities, new ideas, new relationships or new experiances. Embrace the change with your feet on the ground, hands at work but let your heart and soul soar to new hights. Never stop dreaming and striving to accomplish your goals and help your family and friends along the way. Cherish every new experiance, helping hand and mistake so that you can learn from each one how to become the person you aim to be. Lastly, know that all the effort you put into school and your job is worth it. Working fourty hours a week in high school to pay for college is worth it. You miss out on prom and spending those last few days with your friends but you achieve the chance to obtain a degree and start your future. So embrace the change, you will find you like whats waiting for you.
I would tell myself to focus on what you really want to do in your life. Decide what you want to do after you graduate and take classes that go with your dream. Focus on what school will help you accomplish your dreams and aspirations. Don't just pick a school that your best friends are going to because you want to stay together. Pick a school where you know they will help you become the person that you want to grow up and be. You also want to find friends that will stick with you through whatever and will help you grow and help you achieve your goals and aspirations. Focus on what you want to do and stick to it.
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I was a high school student 12 days ago. Although I was in high school, I also attended a community college, where I earned my Associate's degree in a 2-year, joint high school and college program. But if I was to go back to 12 days ago and give myself advice, I would say don't spend the $200 your grandparents gave you. No, I would really cheat the rules and go back to my sophomore year, when I was age 15, and worried that I would never get into college because of my poor GPA.
I would tell myself not to worry though. Not to worry because I'll be in "college" next year. Not to worry because I will be the only graduating senior who took 26 classes in 2 years. Not to worry because life is about making mistakes, learning by them, and then proving everyone who said you couldn't do it wrong. College is all about going out of your comfort zone, opening yourself up to failure, but most importantly, it's about accepting your faults and your past -- and then moving on. So, finally, woman up and pull yourself together.
I would give myself the advice to not be afraid. College is a scary place but it's different here. I would say to not be scared to be out about who and what I am. People are so accepting and they don't really care about things like sexuality or your past; they care about your present, your future, and your life as a person. I would say that you will make friends, that those kids in Chemistry and English were wrong and listening to them will make the process of becoming friends with the girls in your dorm harder than it has to be. I would also say don't give up on life and don't think about what would happen if you just stopped caring about other people or even about yourself. I would say that you are worth something as a person, worth more than your brains or your large vocabulary. You are worth the smiles you put on other's faces and the hugs they give you in return. You're worth it. Don't be scared.
Anytime I felt that someone was picking with a person who was defenseless against them, I'd step into their defense. I have always been a really bright girl but because of my suspensions, my grades were not where they should've been. Due to this, it is evident even on my transcript, that I stopped all of my violence and began to put my emotions into positive things. I found anger management to be helpful because I was able to talk about my problems. I do not regret any of the decisions I made because it made me the person I am today and I can honestly say that my experiences made me wiser. I would also tell myself not to let things I cannot change run my life. I was angry that my hero, my dad, had been sick for so long. I would've been more at peace and I could better handle everything else that life threw at me. In conclusion, I would tell myself to pace myself and to stop letting troubles get me down because the best is yet to come if I just wait it out.
If I was able to go back in time as a High School student as a senior, I would give myself alot of advice to better myself in school. The best advice I would give myself is to study and complete all of the work assigned because if you don't study you will never learn anything your suppost to be learning that will help you later in the future. Another piece of advice I would give myself would be to focus on school and not be too social. Also interacting with my teachers more, because being shy around your teachers won't help you figure out things that you don't understand.
Look, I know you think you'll be with this boy forever but you won't be. Take some time to slow down and make some decisions for yourself. Stop smoking because no one actually thinks it is attractive. Try some dark beers before you decide you don't like them. Make sure you double check what you have gotten credit for because your advisor doesn't know what is going on. No one actually cares if you double major but take the art classes because you enjoy them. Spend some time with your little sister while you are both still living in the same city, same goes for mom.
Get a cat.
Get a tattoo.
And yes, you will get into Oxford.
The advice I would give myself if I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior would be to make sure I was better prepared to pay for my college expenses because that is the most important thing. You have to be able to afford your school, as WELL as afford stuff for your room. I wish I would have known how rough things were going to be. Now I am stuck with financial problems because my parents can't work; my mom has a rare disease called normal pressure hydrocephalus and my dad had to quit his job to be able to take care of her. As of now, they are the only ones I can depend on to pay for my tuition, but it is extremely hard for them because we are basically poor and have been for awhile. We live off of my dad's social security check, basically.
Do not settle for a school just because it is in your comfort zone. Make th edecision to go somewhere affordable but likeable at the same time. Choose a city you are comfortable navigating.
I would tell myself to relax! All of the problems I had imagined as a high school senior were easily solved during my college transition. I was worried about friendships, my coursework, and living away from my parents. However, I met several people who would become my closest friends just in my first week on campus. I had an amazing advisor who showed me how to create a challenging schedule without it being overwhelming. Finally, I learned that e-mails and calls to my family shortened the distance between us. I just wish I had known as a senior how friendly and helpful Meredith faculty and students truly are!
I would tell myself to look for more scholarships because loans are difficult to pay back right when you get out of school.
If I could travel back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, there is not much I could really say to myself. I am confident that when I was in high school, I took advantage of every opportunity that was presented to me. I have always been a go-getter, and even with the pressures to be popular and be "cool", I never lost sight of what was (is) important to me - my education. So, I guess if I had the opportunity to speak to my old self, I would say, "Andrea, keep your head up and don't stress so much. You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength. You are a beautiful, strong, caring and independent individual; you are destined for GREATNESS."
Don't stress on finding friends or doing well academically. Everything will fall into place. Give your classwork all you can and you will be successful. If you feel like you are falling behind, go talk to your professer imediately they are always helpful. It's similar to high school, just without the parents and a different kind of schedule.
If I could go back in time and knowing what I know about college life I would tell myself that college is not as bad as it is made out to be. College is a fun time that broadens your life in many ways. In high school I only knew people from my town, but in college you know a whole diverse group of people. I will tell myself that when I get to college work hard and be ready for tough classes, but do not be afraid to ask for help. Many students are afraid to ask for help, but here at Meredith College they emphasis getting help. I would tell myself do not be afraid of meeting new people. In college I have met so many new people that I am closer to than the friends I made in high school. The last thing I would tell myself is to have fun in college and do not worry so much about grades. You only have four years of college so live them up. It is important to work hard but it is also important to be happy.
If I could go back in time and talk to myself, I would tell myself to not freak out so much. I was really worried about classes, moving out, SATs, and actually getting accepted to a school. Everyone here has helped so much and made the trasisition so much easier than some of my other college bound friends.
"Dear Self: You will marvel in ten years that the world which seemed to spread out before you in hundreds of tantalizing threads of possibility has narrowed down to the point and path on which you now find yourself. The world that you see is ripe, bursting at the seams with possiblity. You tremble with anticipation, and a little bit of fear, of new adventures. Self, you have no idea. Your fear is going to attempt to hinder you from tasting your college experience to its fullest. Well, I am older, and wiser than you, and it is my prerogative that you hear what I have to tell you: Life gets bigger. Adventures find you. The sheer multitude of possiblities is both your friend and your enemy. Dive in, Self. Dunk your head under the ocean of Life that is swelling over you. Do not fear that you will drown. You will learn to swim, eventually. You will be surprised one day to find solid ground under your feet. And then you will look up, squint into the bright sun, and realize that it is ten years later, and it has been a life well lived."
The first semester of Meredith College, hang in there. It is hard but all the studying will pay off and so will the hard work. Don't give up no matter what. Don't let money get in your way and follow dreams no matter how tight it gets. The hard work will pay off and you will gain an experience of a life time!
Better prepare myself for the hard change in pace and time with the difference of having to go for a certain amount of time a day to having a break between classes.
Pick something you love to do.
I would say work harder in school and build up my GPA and to not procrastinate on work,
I would definitely tell the individual to work hard. High school and college are very different environments and it is easy to get distracted. Procrastinating in college will get you nowhere. Work hard and on time. Time management is key.
If I could go back and talk to myself in high school, I actually wouldn't tell myself very much. I was fortunate and college worked out more than perfect for me. I am not one that sleeps in late and misses classes because I was out partying the night before. I actually live in PA but came to a school in NC to be close to my now fiance. I don't regret it one bit. We are getting married this summer, and all of this would not be happening if I chose a school far away from him. I also play volleyball, and I may have told myself to practice harder in high school to perfect my skills more and get more playing time. I would encourage myself to be more "on top" of scholarships last summer because now I am struggling with being a full time student, an athlete, and planning a wedding. I love where I am in my life and my education and I am fortunate to pick the right school on the first try.
If I were to go back in time, I would tell myself to not forget all the hard work and perseverance I demonstrated in High School to get to where I am today. College was something that I thought would be unattainable. The cost would add huge financial strain on my parents, who never finished college themselves. I decided that it wouldn't stop me, so I took Advanced Placement classes and continued to keep my grades up. It felt amazing to be accepted into Meredith College, and begin my journey to become a Graphic Designer. College is a huge step in one's life, and it is not something to take lightly. When you get to college, you are finally on your own. No one is there to tell you when to get up, go to class, and do your homework. You're independent and therefore all responsibility is on you. In college I learned a lesson: not to procrastinate and take for granted all the hard work that got me here in the first place. I realize that I need to keep up my dedication to graduating and work through anything that may stand in the way.
I would have taken completely different classes my senior year and not stressed out so much during the application process. Also, I would have saved and spent my money more wisely; I really did not know how much spending money I would spend my first semester of college. And with family, I would have spent more quality time with my parents because living at home is never exactly the same after living at college.
Say it with me. TIME. MANAGEMENT. And better planning. You will procrastinate, and that's fine. But break your work down into steps; it will save you a lot of time, money, stress and mental health days.
study hard and figure out how you learn best, look into more schools, figure out what you want to do in the future to save time/money.
Now, being at a community college and looking to transfer to the University of Michigan, I once again feel like a high school senior. Knowing what I know now , I would love to go back in time and tell myself to believe in carpe diem. Sieze the day, to do whatever responsible, yet crazy thing I want to do; to be more spontaneous and have fun! When I was a senior, I was so worried about how I would pay for my college, what colleges I would get into, and if my family would be happy. I was most definitely a people pleaser, putting others before myself. I still believe there is nothing wrong with that, however now I realized that it is important to sometimes put yourself first. I am proud to say that I will be attending U of M because its what I want to do. If I wanted to volunteer instead of going to soccer practice, I wish I could have done that instead as well. Overall though, I do not regret my decisions as a high school senior, because it has led me to where I am today.
Dont worry! I spent way too much time worring about the transition and it was not bad at all!
STAY ON CAMPUS, College is just a once in a lifetime experience, so enjoy it! KEEP AWAY from distractions, and continue to stay focused.
You made the right choice! I know it was hard to choose, but you will love your life where you are now. It is great. You have tons of friends and are involved on campus. Meredith has so much more to offer than the other schools you are accepted to. Follow your heart! I know you will make the right decision.
If I could go back in time I would first tell myself that I am making a very good decision in choosing what college I want to attend and secondly I would tell myself not to give up on my schoolwork and not to worry to much about a social life before I do schoolwork.
If I could go back and talk to myself in high school I would tell myself that I need to be prepared for the biggest change of my life and that I need to be willing to find out more about myself than I ever thought I would. My biggest piece of advice would be that I needed to stop relying on my parents to take care of me and start to work on gaining my independance before I left home. This would have minimized the shock of being five hours away from my parents and not being able to call them every time I needed something.
I would give myself the advice of make the college experience that you want it to be.
I would tell myself to focus and work hard because it pays off. I would tell myself to follow my current career path because I love interior design. I would tell myself to save money because taking 18 hours and working has been difficult. I would have been nice to have some savings to fall back on.
If I could go back in time, I would tell myself not to go home near as much as I did freshman year. Stay on campus and get involved so you can meet fellow Meredith peers. Make sure that you try as many different classes as you can so that you will get a better sense of what you want to major in. Definitely do the study abroad programs, even if it is only for a Summer it is worth it however you should get adventurous and do a semester study abroad and have fun with it. Save your fun for the weekends and do your classwork during the week. Stay on top of things and do not get behind. DO NOT PROCRASTINATE, you will do great if you just start on things a day or more before they are supposed to be due. Keep up with readings that you have in class and participate, you will get a lot more out of class lectures this way. Work in the Meredith Autism Program from the very start because it is one of the best experiences you will ever have. Figure out all of these things before your Junior year!
I would tell myself to take small notes on lectures and to pay more attention to the text book because that is what we use the m ost in college. I would tell myself about the environment that I would be coming accross in college. I would tell myself to do certain homework that would help me the most and I would take more electives so I could explore all major opportunities.
If I was able to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to get involved sooner. I have noticed this year that Meredith is a community that works together and becomes involved in so many ways to help others. I did not know what I wanted my career to be when I was in high school, and I have realized that I wan't to work with missions and helping those in need. At Meredith, there are so many opportunities to get involved in helping the community and people all across the country and if I had gotten involved sooner, I would not have lost a year of aiding those who need help. Now after I have officially made the transition into college, I would definitely have told myself as a high school senior to get involved in on-campus events as soon as I possbly could.
I would tell myself to make everything count. That involves the academic and social aspect of highschool, because when you come to college you have to give up a lot of leisurely activities in order to keep up with your studies. I would have worked harder in school; I wish I would have realized how important it is to get into a good college.
I would learn how to take notes properly since most test questions are based from notes and what you learn in class. Also, papers are a very frequent thing so learning proper MLA and APA standards for writing papers would be better taught in high school to prepare students going to college for how to correctly write papers without college students worrying about plagiarism from improper citing.
Also, I would have saved my money instead of spent it in high school that I earned from my high school job. College is expensive and my parents couldn't pay of the funds to attend Meredith College in a lifetime!
To start early, to go and visit lots of universities and colleges, to take the SAT and ACT multiple times, to ask for help when its needed and to get excited!!
Being at Meredith College has allowed me to focus on what is really important. The ability to not have to worry about guys on campus or my safety has really helped me feel like I can be myself and not worry about anything else, except school. I love that I can walk back to my dorm from the library, late at night, and feel safe.
With all of this being said, I have therefore been able to study material that interests me. Having resources such as the Learning Center for tutoring, and Career and Academic Planning has also helped in the classroom and in me search of a future career.
I found my purpose at Meredith. Working in the Chemistry lab as a teachers assistant, I realized my interest in helping others. I took a strong interest in the sciences, which led to my Biology and Chemistry double major. Putting these aspects together helped me realize that Physician Assistant school was my goal after graduation. With the help of all of Meredith's resources and incouragement, I am sure that I will make it there someday.
I have learned that education is about learning about youself as a person. Going to college has helped me to understand what I want to do with my life and also why. Being at an all women's college has helped me to keep my focuses on my education as well as gaining relationships with other females like myself with the same type of goals. I've also come to realize that I do not have to lower my standards or my efforts because I am a minority. It has helped me to push myself even further because I know that I CAN do what I put my mind to. I put myself out of my comfort zone going to Meredith College and little by little I feel as if I am starting to notice the benefits and the growth I have accomplished. I love my school and believe that anyone that attends will feel the same way.
So far, this college experience has been eye opening. I discovered so much about myself and I feel like I am an adult. Being away from my parents and the city that I love so much has been difficult, but it has without a doubt made me into a stronger person. I can't say I want to stay in college for the rest of my life, but it has definately been a good time. I miss some parts of high school, and part of me can't wait to be a "grown up," but i know that will all come in due time, and for right now I just need to take things as they come and enjoy college.
I have learned that in college, the only person you can really depend on is yourself. You don't have parents around to wake you up when your alarm clock doesn't go off; you don't have your teachers to push you to do your homework; and you certainly don't have anyone to help you pay the bills. Being in college has helped me become more independent, and has also established a work ethic in my system, so that now I can fend for myself. So not only am I getting a formal education that will benefit me in the future when I search for a career, but I have learned valuable information about life, and living for myself, and learning to depend on myself.
I'm a freshman and haven't had much time here at college yet. But the experience that I HAVE had has been so incredible and valuable to me as a person that sometimes I think three months is really the compression of three years.
I've learned to forgive other people and (more importantly) give others second (and third) chances. I push the boundaries of myself by taking risks and studying subjects that I would never have even considered before or been too afraid to try. I've even discovered an unexpected talent for computer science! I'm learning to sing, experimenting with new clothing and new ways of being a person. I'm less inhibited about my sexuality. I've gone out on a date (and it may seem like a small thing but it is important to me--I've never had one before.) I'm tired all the time and there is ALWAYS work to do but I'm totally happy. Every challenge I've found makes me GROW--even the small ones. And I can feel my brain growing.
I am so excited about life! I wonder what person I shall be next year?
So far my college experience has been extremely different than I initially expected. I graduated HS back in 2000 and have spent the years up to last working go-nowhere, do-nothing jobs and being depressed. I was a terrible student in HS and used my childhood diagnosis of ADD as an excuse to be lazy and unproductive. After the unskilled labor jobs started becoming almost non-existent in the Detroit area, I realized that I needed to go to and finish college. My first expectations of college were that it was going to be incredibly boring, difficult, and frustrating. I imagined being stuck around and bothered by teenagers that only cared about partying and wasting their parent?s money. I was relieved to be wrong about my assumptions. It?s hard to describe in 200 words what it?s like to go from an uneducated blue-collar worker to a college student with a software engineering major. I?ve found that college is difficult and frustrating at times but is in no way boring, and the students there want to learn. Having the company of people with ideas and dreams instead of resentment and complaints is pleasant beyond explanation.
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