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The biggest advice that I could would be to just go to college! You may not know exactly what you want to be when you grow up yet (the first two years are to figure that out), you may be sick of school, and you may be terrified of failure, but the biggest first step is just to go! You can find jobs right out of high school that may amount to a decent wage and have the possibility of promotions and optional careers. You will also quickly find that they are not so satisfying and that wage may become not so decent with time. Besides while you're slaving away learning about the harsh realities of a blue collar life, your friends who went to college will be gaining awesome exeperiences, making lifelong friendships, going on unforgettable summer vacations, and walking away without ever knowing those same realities. And yes, they may have to sometimes take a break from all that to study and work hard too. More school only seems like torture now because you are familiar with it. You don't want to become familiar with how that crochety old cashier at your local grocery store feels!
Assuming that I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would rethink my actions to not get marriage right out and school, and to go right into this university. I now know that having a good background is very important. Having a good college life and making the transition can be very rewarding and great experience. Some good advice I have learned along the way is to study hard and pace your self. Work hard to earn a degree is so worth it. I at all times tell other how important it is to earn a degree. It will open many doors for you.
I would tell like to tell myself to go on and get into school early while they were younger and had someone older to help them, they need the education, in the long run it pays off, school helps you get better paying jobs, do it for a better future.
College is hard, it's time comsuming. College isn't something that you can take lightly. Yes, it can be fun and recreational, however, you have to be goal oriented. College responsiblities are great, you are now an adult who has to be in charge of most things in your life. You need to be able to juggle school responsiblities and life outside of school. College can be fun and you get to meet a lot of new people. Just give it all you got and in the end if you either fail or succeed you at least know you gave it all you had.
Finding the right college is not anything to rush into, take your time and research each one in the area of study that you are wanting to pursue. Random picking of a school just because of the fun things to do there will not further your career choices. Make sure there is a variety of studies to work with, you may decide along the way that there are other studies that will enhance the major you are working toward, but may not be offered at that particular college. Stay focused, but above all pick one that will give you joy and pride in attending.
As being both a traditional and non-traditional student in pursuing an undergraduate college degree, I would encourage parents to be involved in their student's decision of where he/she will attend. It is important to begin the scholarship application process EARLY, to ensure adequate financial aid. Scholarships can be an excellence source of funding for college. Exhaust all resources for scholarship searches!
In order to make the most of the college experience, it is so important for the student to feel a sense of individuality, but that he/she also can have an open relationship with his/her parents. As the student makes the transition into adulthood through a brief career at college, he/she should feel secure in knowing that he/she can spread his/her wings and fly, yet know that home and loved ones are supporting them as they develop into becoming a productive part of this thing we call "life."
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