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


Although sometimes you might like to believe it to be true, you are never the most intelligent person in the room. There is always someone who knows the material like the back of their hand from the first time they hear it or knows the answer to that problem that has been in the back of your head all day. This being said, always ask questions. If you are not annoying your professor to the point where he is practically running out of the door to dodge your questions at the end of class, then you are missing out on information. Staying on top of your work is the key to good grades, but you also need to get active. The more extracurricular activities you participate in, the more friends you make; you will be amazed at how valuable a couple friends are when your printer breaks down at one in the morning or when you are not sure how to start a physics problem. Keeping your grades up and make lots of friends will prepare you for the future, but never be afraid to try new things; you never know what experience will change your life, do it all!


if given a chance to go back in time to myself as a highschool senior i would have to give advice to an selfsish egocentric boy who only cared about getting things done the easy way. Maybe at first it would be hard for this kid to understand who he was talking to since this person evolved as a human. Physically that long shaggy hair is now cut into a very neat look and those skinny bones are not as vivid as they once were. When coming to words with his past self at first he would beg him to treat his mother with more respect since she is one of the people you love the most. Secondly he would tell him to study more because he is a very smart boy and he needs to share his ideas and not keep them locked up. He would tell him that his first semester he should not take 8:00 am lectures because he can't concetrate in math if he cant keep his eyes open. He will tell him to never assume anything and to never procrastinate because that is the downfall of many humans.


I would tell any young adult the truth, that education is the only thing that will make a difference in our lives; that it is the only force that will create a move to a better world. Only by educating ourselves we can understand better other people, improve our relationships, increase values and the quality of life. We can protect our planet by understanding the consequences of our actions, we can provide better lives to our family, we can become whoever we want to become; we can be successful to the degree of what successful means to each of us. I know that we cannot no longer afford to have uneducated new generations, we need to able to empower people, to motive them, to make them want to know more, to know it all. We need to empower all people, the young but also the adults, it is never too late to obtain a college degree a master and even a Ph.D. Empowerment starts with examples, not only words.


If I ever had to go back in time and talk to myself I would say “Leanne”, stay in school and whatever you do don’t drop out. You don’t want to be fortysomething years old going back to school to get a degree.


I would tell myself to research what careers will have appropriate opportunities and to have some fun. I worked so hard my first time around in undergraduate school only to end up owing over $50,000 and have a degree that I can't use for anything. I'd say to have fun and enjoy experiences while you can because sometimes life comes very quickly; you get married, have a child, and end up right back where you started, but in worse shape because when you're an adult, no one offers to pay for your college books or classes. My biggest regret is not taking advantage of the experiences offered to me at the time because I thought they'd always be there or out of fear. Now that I'm returning to school, I know that the field that I am entering will have jobs, and hopefully, I will be able to provide for my family.


Dear Me, Don't get overly stressed out about college and don't be intimidated when you begin. It seems like such a big step to go to college and in a lot of ways it is, but not enough that you stress out and lose time with the friends you might not ever see again. College is going to be very different from high school and here's why, you get to make all the choices. You decide what you want to take, when you want to take it, and who you want to take. You are in control, so relax, stay calm and don't waste what little of valuable time you have left of being a teenager. When it's time, you take control of your future and make good choices but don't let the future of college take over your life right now. Sincerely, Me


If I could go back in time to talk to myself as a high school senior I would advise myself to really start to develop time management skills. This has probably been the hardest adaptation that i have had to make coming in as a freashman in college. Being a full-time student balancing 7 classes a sememster plus finding the time to practice my instrument (I am a Jazz Trombone player and a Music Education Major) can be almost impossible at times. I would tell my high school self to genuinly consider investing in a planner or agenda to keep important due dates handy. It will also help organize my time to get the most out of my day and be as efficient as possible. College has really tought me the value of time management and organization and I would greatly emphasize the importance and meaning of this not only to myself as a high school senior, but to all high school seniors.


As a high school senior, I remember how exciting it was to be so close to graduating and starting a whole new chapter of life in college. The thought of such a big change was exciting, but mostly scary. If I could go back in time and give myself some advice based on what I know now, I think I definitely would have felt a much larger sense of relief, and much less anxiety upon graduating. I would allow myself to enjoy my senior year and not stress about being "ready" for college. I remember worrying about feeling alone in college, missing my high school life, but college didn't come with any of those sad feelings. It brought me joy and excitement. I would advise my senior self to relax and be ready, becuase the change I am about to experience is an incredible one. College means being a true adult, it means freedom, and the transition is easy. The classes you take are ones you are interested in and fascinated by. The people you meet are ones that make you excited about your future, not scared of it. College, in short, is the best time of your life.


If I would go back in time and talk to myself as a highschool senior I would first advise myself to save all the money I earn and to apply for as many scholarships I can because life only gets harder as you get older. Also, I would say to take advantage of the free time I had to study and concentrate more in school and have an idea as to what I see myself doing in the coming years. Finally, I would tell myself to not be afraid to take the path that seems too far to reach. Don't rush your education, all in time and dedication you will get to the point where you need to be.


In high school I was not given specific and proper information about what I would need to prepare for college. Although my grades were more than good, I was simply given the wrong guidance as to what I needed to do after high school. If I could go back in time and speak to myself, I would definitely tell myself to apply to more scholarships, and I would show myslef how to do it. I knew scholarships were important, but I did not understand or have a good concept of how expensive college was going to be. I would have also told myself to apply to more colleges, becasue at the end of high school I was pretty much limited with my choices. The last piece of advice I would give myself is to apply to merit scholarships, and to try and find a job early. I had the grades but didnt do much with it. Also in todays society, finding work with just grades isnt the easiest thing to do. I would definitely help myself in any way I could to make the transition to college a lot smoother, less scary, and painstakingly easy.