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What should every freshman at Miami Dade College know before they start?


During my senior year of high school I was in an emotionally abusive & sometimes even physically abusive relationship. So, if I could go back in time I would say a lot to myself. It would probably go along the lines of, “Madison, you are a strong girl. You are beautiful & interesting. You don’t need someone who makes you feel badly. No one deserves this treatment, and no matter what you can’t change someone. You have greater & better things ahead of you. Bruises shouldn’t be associated with love. Leave the things that don’t strengthen you, and instead focus on the memories you could be making with your friends. Focus on school, apply to more scholarships, don't let your GPA drop, & most importantly have a lot of fun. It isn't a lie that once you leave high school you'll miss it.”


If I could go back in time, I would tell my high school self to slow down. I would want my high school self to enjoy the college years and work hard. Choose your classes and your major carefully, what you decide now, creates the path for the rest of your life. You must love what you are doing, but what you are doing must also be financially benificial. Do not depend on anyone or any pretty picture you paint for yourself. Set yourself up to be self sufficent, independent, and successful. Do not worry about where you fit in right now, that will all fall into place later. Try new things, aim high, and go for your big goals, college is the time to make those big jumps, not take easy outs. Once life in the career world starts, it's hard to go back and redo your dreams. Enjoy your time and don't give up.


Work hard and keep that strong work ethic throughout your college life. It's easy to get lost in the coursework and if you're not on top of everything going on in your classes you're eventually going to realize you're completely lost. When it comes to college time lost is time wasted, and when you waste your time it'll take you longer to get your degree. So when you enroll take mandatory classes alongside electives like that it won't take you longer to finish your mandatory classes because of the math and science prerequisites you haven't taken yet.


I would give myself a wise advice like "study more and concrentrate more on your studies, maybe do some duel-enrollment classes to be more ahead of the game. Also to do good in school and keep my grades and GPA higher, investigate more about college and its requirements too so when you out there in the "real world" you ready !" That would be the advice I would give myself as a high school senior.


If I were to go back to my high school self I would tell myself to better prepare for the college courses I will be taking. Also, I would make sure I tell myself to do everything to my full potential and do not hold back on anything. I would make sure to apply to as many schools as I can and also learn more about the different majors there are out there. I would also tell myself to speak to an advisor about different careers and the different opportunites out there for you. Most importantly I would tell myself to never lose focus and do not let anything bring you down keep striving for success no matter how tough college may get at times.


Let go of what you know now and rethink your life, because in college thats all you do now a days. You are still trying to figure out who you are and it is perfectly fine if you don't know where to go or who exactly to speak to college is different, it's better. you have people from all walks of life, people with different goals, in different fields of study, and the multitudes of possibilities is encouraging. Good Luck!!


I would have many ideas and thoughts to share with my younger self. One of the most important pieces of advice would be to make friends with all kinds of people. Whether or not they are smart, wealthy, and attractive is of little importance. Enriching social experiences can come fom the most unexpected places and situations, so it is important to stay open-minded. Something else that I would share is that not every opportunity is meant for us. The article of prime importance is to make a solid plan based on our passion. From there, base our acceptance of opportunity on whether or not it will bring us closer to our goals. Another piece of advice I would stress is that there should be a sense of urgency applied to studies. Deadlines come faster than we would like, hence prioritization is of utmost importance. Finally, I would tell myself that one day I will discover time travel, and there are far more important and interesting times to travel to besides our senior year in high school. Therefore, to save myself from such an inconvenience, it will be important to get it right the first time.


I know you're young and you've messed up before and you havent taken stuff seriously, goofing off and just gliding through, and thats alright for now, but it's time to get serious. From here on out everything that you do is going to affect your financial staus, every F you get or withdrawal you put on your college record is going to be with you for the rest of your college career. Trust me, I've been there and seen the consequences. I know maybe you're not sure what is you want to do yet, and rememeber thats ok . Just jump in Undelcared and explore all the fields that you even have remote interest in. Let yourself be free and most of all, do not compare yourself to other people! You are not in a hurry, even if it might feel like the whole world around you is rushing you to pick a direction for the rest of your life and that you just entered the rat race with every single other kid that just graduated. Thats not true, everyone has their own journey. So take your time and find yours.


Upon being given the chance to speak to myself as a teenage girl in high school I would give myself some well needed words of advice. Growing up had been difficult in my upbringing, I knew no boundaries, knew no respect for myself. Having had the chance to do so, I would have told myself "Even if it gets hard, don't sell yourself short along the way. You're not finished yet." I did not appreciate life because I felt unappreciated. I thought that my parents didn't love me because of my sexual orientation. Having known that everything was going to turn out okay for me, I wouldn't have thought any less of myself because I am worth a lot more than I thought I was. My life is priceless, I will never atempt to take it again.


You should totally join the Coast Guard. Best decision you ever made.