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I would tell myself that it is okay to take a step away in order to calm down. The stress of senior year is crazy and so is the college application process and transitioning into college. The most important thing I had to constantly remind myself was to calm down. If I could go back in time, I would tell myself to calm down a lot more. I would tell myself to take more breaks and not worry over every little thing. I would tel myself that nobody is in charge of my life but me, and if I need a break I am allowed to take that break.


I would tell myself to wait to choose a major and go into college undeclared. As a high school senior I didn't really have a clear idea of what I wanted to do with my life and my future. At the time I thought everyone else had it all planned out and that I should too so I felt pressured to choose a college and declare a major before I was really ready. If I could speak to myself as a high school senior I would have told myself to go into college undecided and take my general education classes first before choosing my path for the rest of my life. It would have saved me the struggle of changing majors, and schools. It would have made the transition to college easier and less stressful because I wouldn't have been so pressured to do well in my major classes and impress my peers and professors.


Renee. You are a mess. Not the hot kind. Papers are a one night sprint. Tardiness is a life style. Your teachers don't like you. People say your mind is elsewhere. Your mind is never anywhere in particular. You think a zombie apocalypse might not be that bad. You are crazy. You are afraid you will let everything fall apart. This fear is real. Renee. We have ADHD. We are going to be just fine. I recommend taking Ritalin. It helps with the depression and social anxiety. As well as the spirited away moments. ...I am crying a little. The college years are not going to be the best years. But they are the turning point. You will discover that no one but you has the answers. Not even our parents, God bless them. I can't tell you. Because hearing the truth and living the truth Are not the same. And because we are extremely pig headed. I will say this. You were designed for a chaotic world. You need to struggle, and problem solve, and explore. You love it when things aren't perfect. You like to make them better. Like how we made ourselves better.


Being a female on the ASD spectrum, also having been diagnosed with ADHD and Generalized Anxiety Disorder, my college experiences were not always the norm. Growing up, I always knew I was different but was not informed of my condition until the summer before college. I had heard people say that college is a time to start over and be whoever you want. I tried to fit in, but I wasn't accepted by my peers. I felt isolated and negative towards college until sophomore year when I made supportive friends through a campus fellowship. If I could, I'd warn my high school self to be prepared for challenges I would face as a special needs student. I would encourage myself would be to accept my differences rather than try to conform or fit in with a group. I'd share that freshman year is a hard transition and does not reflect how the rest of college be, nor do the people I meet reflect the whole student body. I would also advise myself to do my best academically, be sure to find an internship and utilize the career center, as those are what matters most after graduation.


Dear High School Emilee, I know you are stressed, trying to figure out where you are going next year and what your career will be. But let me tell you, it will get easier. Especially if you stop trying to please everyone else and follow your dreams. Go to culinary school. I know what you are thinking, you need a real degree. But I guarantee you will not find anything that makes you feel the way frosting cupcakes does. And I have done the research, culinary school is academic! You take tests just like any other major, and you learn a hands on skill too. So, a culinary degree holds as much weight as any other degree. Also, do not worry about moving away from home. Everyone will tell you not to worry, and that your roommate will like you. That is true, but you have doubts, so let me give you some new advice. You and your roommate are usually on different schedules. Even if you are not best friends it will not be a problem. So please, take this advice to heart, Follow your dreams and do not sweat the small stuff. Sincerely, Older and Wiser Emilee


I would warn myself about the temptation of freedom. Going to school people tell you that "you're on your own" but for me it didn't hit until I saw the showers in the bathroom. From there it settled in that there was no one telling me to clean my room, go to class, no one checking up on me, and no one enforcing a curfew. You have to make responsibe decisions to get your school work done and then have a social life. Balancing the two is harder than some would think. For example, if you wait until the last minute to do a paper because you think you have time, 9 times out of 10 there will be a party that you will want to go to. Of course you will convince yourself that you can go and save the paper until Sunday but then Sunday will come around and it won't get done, or you will be up all night jeopardizing your chances of making it to your morning classes. Bottom line is discipline yourself right now, get on the ball. Just because you don't have to, doesn't mean you shouldn't.


Look, do not think that this is going to be easy because it's not. This is going to be on the of the hardest things you are going to do. You're going to have to put everything you have into this. You can't procrastinate or just lay around doing nothing. You can't expect to do good if you don't work for it. This isn't going to be easy. You're going to get tired. You're going to get stressed. You're going to scream and curse. You're going to want to quit, but don't. You know why? When you're finished, it's all going to be worth it. You're going to be successful and you're going to be able to give your children things you didn't have. You're going to be happy doing something you love. Just keep going. Your hard work will pay off.


Knowing what I know now, as a high school senior I would advise myself to listen to everyone that told me "you won't be friends with half the people you are now", "Your current boyfriend won't be your boyfriend in college", and "don't sweat the small things". After two years of college I am not friends with half of my friends from high school, I am not dating the same person, and I have realized that the things i worried about in high school were not important. While a senior in high school, I would never have agreed to any of those statements, but I now realize how true they are. So, in conclusion, the advice I would give myself as a senior in high school would be to listen to the advice of others and take it to heart.


Knowing what I know about college life and making the transition the advice I would give myself is to not fool around, use professor office office hours wisley and that high school and college is completley different. Fooling around will get you no where but have your grades decrease than what you expexted. Using your professors office will help tremendously help throughout college. Professors are there to help you and answer any questions that you have. In high school you can get away with so much and turn assignments in late, make up test with no consequences but in college it the other way around if you don't turn an assignment late or not take an test on that day thats an zero right there on the spot with an emergency excuse. Don't fool around, use office hours and college isn't like high school is what I would tell me myself before heading to college my senor year of high school.


College is a great experience that I was blessed enough to take part in this past year. If I was able to give myself advice about college, I would tell myself that petty high school drama doesn't follow many to college. Everyone has a new start and what they decide to do with a clean slate is up to them. It might sound cliché, but stay true to yourself and know that you will find a group of friends that accepts you for who you are. The first few days are the hardest with all the forced ice-breakers and insignificant small talk, but you will be able to find people you can have deep conversations with. Most people in college actually want to be there, so there will be a lot of positive attitudes. Maturity tends to increase with the additional responsibilities, freedom, and independence. Occasionally you might get home sick, but remember there is a whole group of people just like you going through the same, sometimes frightening, transition. The support system in college is almost built-in, which makes it easier to thrive.


The advice I would give myself would not be of a great amount. My high school was a college preparation school, so I already knew what to expect. The most advice I can give myself as a high school senior, or even before that, would be to apply for scholarships every day I get the chance to. Putting out of pocket has been the hardest experience ever. SInce my grades have always been good, it has not been hard for me to qualify, yet it has been hard for me to receive them.


If I could back in time to when I was a senior in high school to give myself advice about college life and making the transition, there would multiple things I would say. The first and the most important thing I would say is to try harder and focus in your classes. College professors will not give you a break like your high school teachers do. I would also say don’t go to college right away save money and work to figure out what you want to really do with your life. Another very important thing I would tell myself is to take advanced placement classes so you don’t have to take them later on in college. I would stress to myself how important it is to do as many scholarships as I can. I would tell myself to stay away from the loans and credit cards that you think you need, but you really don’t. The last and most important thing I would tell myself is to try your harder in college we are paying for it, so let’s make it worth it.


20 yrs. ago I had the chance to go to college fresh out of high school and I decided to take a different route. I took the opportunity that was given to me for granted. If nothing else, this is one thing I totally regret not doing. Going to college is a blessing as many of us and especially our ancestors never had the chance to do. College an open door where you can learn what is necessary to secure a good career. Where you can find stability for your future and accomplish your goals in order to achieve your dreams. My life would be different if I would have made the right choice back then. Can't change the past but I can do something about the future. They say it's never too late. Well! I am now 45 trying to achieve what I should have achieved years ago. Don't do the same mistake as I did. Now it's your turn. This is your time! Your young and fresh and full of energy. Don't let this amazing opportunity slip through your fingers. Embrace it and you will be proud of your success.


If I could go back and talk to my high school self to help give advice I would say is do not procrastinate with your time. That is the one main thing that I learned right away in college is that you have to manage your time wisely. You need to make priorities for the important things like school work and studying for tests. Another important thing that I would tell myself back in high school is that you need plenty of time for studying for tests. This isn't like in high school where you can get away with little studying and cramming; you actually have to take time out and study well in advance. The last important thing that I would tell myself is to find a great group of friends that will be there for you and support you. That has really meant so much to me in college because they are like your family when you are not home and you need people that you can rely on and support you. My friends are absolutely an important thing to surviving college because I don’t know where I would be without mine.


Jessica , You will face many obstacles in your life ,and college will be the biggest of them all. Many times you will want to quit because of your job, assignments, finances and the overall demands of College, but if you just hold on a bit longer you will see that you will get the hang of it. This is an investment, and it is all a process to help polish us into successful individuals. Soon your dream of having a degree in Psychology will come true! You are smart, you are capable, and you are beautiful. I now see that you can be successful as long as you are determined. Do not compare yourself to others, or think less of yourself. Those who called you “stupid” obviously have never seen what is deep inside your heart and do not know what a strong and intelligent person you truly are. Those erroneous words will last only but a moment, but if you do not educate yourself, regret can last forever. Keep this quote in your heart: “Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; Education will not. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent...” ~Calvin Coolidge ~


College is a personal and a social experience, but above all else, it is meant to be an academic experience. As a senior I fantisized mostly about the personal and social aspects of college, rather than the academic or even the financial side. I took two AP english classes in high school, and after a semester in college I would go back and tell myself to take as many AP classes as possible! Advanced Placement classes are a great value for your money considering the rising cost of college. But more importantly, the skills and knowledge they give you are priceless. AP helped me to get an idea of what college classes would be like and I felt very prepared for the classes I was walking into. By getting college credit from my AP exams I was able to skip certain college classes which will allow me to graduate college sooner and also pay less toward my education. After seeing the value of only two AP classes, I wish I could go back to high school and take as many AP classes as I could, in order to be as productive and prepared as possible for my time in college.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a highschool senior I would make myself aware of how hard I need to work to open more doors for myself. i would make it known to myself that i need to receive the best education possible. I would let myself know that there are certain things that universities are looking for that I should be working on such as grades, extra curricular activities and other things of that nature. If i could go back and make myself more aware i would prepare myself for the big change in college being on my own and having as much freedom as i possobly can. All in all I would prepare myself so that I could have a awesome and uplifting college experience.


I would probably say, "Hey, don't freak out about figuring out what you're going to do for the rest of your life. If you don't know what major to declare, that's ok. Take a bunch of courses in areas you think you might be interested in, and go from there. Everything will work out. Also, when you first get on campus, hook up with some sort of social group; whether it's a religious group, sports group, or some sort of club, just plug in somewhere. It helps you make friends and makes it easier to adjust to college life. And don't be afraid of your roommate! They're in the same boat as you, and chances are you'll be great friends. Oh, and SAVE YOUR MONEY. Don't go spending all willy-nilly. You're going to have to pay for books (which are never cheap) and some classes require other things you may need to purchase. College is expensive, and every cent counts! Also, It's ok if you have to take out a loan. 99{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c} of college students have to at some point. Lastly, ENJOY YOURSELF! College is a great experience!"


Considering I was in college 30 years ago, things have changed over the years especially with technology. High school seniors pretty much know what they need to take to college. I wish I had then what the students have today. The one thing I would tell myself about college is not to get overly involved in activities. I did that in my sophmore year at Millersville and wasn't able to complete all what needed to be done. This was very frustrating to me as well as detrimental to my overall success at school. I wasn't able to give 100 percent to anything and my classes suffered as well as some of my friendships. It wasn't a good thing at all. If you are feeling overwhelmed, you probably are and you need to re-evaluate what you are doing or not doing. Keep on top of things and be the best you can be and do the best you can do. Just don't overdo it!


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to save as much money as I possibly could. Having to pay for college on my own has definitely been one of the biggest challenges I’ve had to face in college. I’ve received no financial help from my parents whatsoever, so I’ve had to take out student loans to pay for my education. I would also tell my past self to search and apply for as many scholarships as possible. I had the mindset that other students would be more qualified to get the scholarship than I would be, so I didn’t apply for as many. I see now how important those are, and I hope that you all consider me for this very important scholarship to continuing my education!


Make sure you go to class everyday!! NO SKIPPING. Also test out diffrent classes so you can find what kind of career you would like.


If I could go back in time and give my younger self some advice, then I would have some very interesting things to tell myself. I would tell myself that giving alot of studying is not something that you should wait to start doing but that you should actually start it now while you are still in high school. You should study alot everyday during your high school years and if you keep it up then by the time you reach college, you will be used to doing a lot of work, studying, and it will not come as a surprise to you since you have practiced doing it back in high school. Also, you should practice how to write papers in high school alot of times so that when you hit college and are assigned a 7-page paper for instance, you will then have many strategies on how to come up with alot of things to write on your paper and you will also know how to avoid writing too many words.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself to apply more reasonable schools. I wasn't being realistic in my college choices. I was all over the place and wasn't sure exactly where I wanted to go. I would have told myself to do more recearch on schools and apply for scholarships so that I wouldn't have to struggle as much now. I would remind myself not to apply to schools so late becuase then maybe I would have gotten the chance to go to a school I really wanted to go to. Millersville University is not all bad, but wasn;t my first choice. In the beginning of senior year is when I really should have been paying attention to where I wanted to go and should have went on more collge tours. Overall I would tell myself to be prepared and not take college so lightly because it is hard work. I would tell myself to look up as many scholarships and grants as possible. Now that money is tight, I'm not sure if I'll be able to come back next fall.


Education has always been one of my main values, so coming to college was not an option not for me and neither for my family. I know that i have accomplish my long term goals and college was just going to be a stepping stone into my future career. It will help me become a more independent woman, network and gain the knowledge in many liberal courses. I know i have to maintain a positive attitude and stay strong through my college journey. I know i am making not only myself happy but everyone else who loves me and believes in me.


Knowing what I know now about college life, the advice I would give myself (or really ANY high school senior) is to SLOW DOWN. I took up so much time unnecessarily worrying about classwork, presentations, and even my annoying roommate that turns out, wasn't really all that annoying afterall. It is far too easy to stress out about things when you are in the moment and have a lot on your plate, but taking a few moments each day to relax and refocus yourself will help you in the long run and even offer INSTANT relief. I began meditating, going to the gym, and choosing to take the stairs or walk places instead of using the elevator or shuttle buses. These small changes made a huge difference in my everyday life and I wish I would've started these practices sooner because of the immediate positive impact they had on my life as a college student!


Before I came to college, I was bombarded by my parents, their friends, and my friends that it will be the best time of my life. As I heard those words, I couldn't help think why it would be the best time. Would it be the football games? Or would it be the vast amount of knowledge I would attempt to soak up in my 4 years here. Over and again I tried searching for the answer. After the past year and a half that I've spent at school, I am almost positive I have found out why it is the best time of my life and why its a such a valuable life experience as I go forth into my career. I have found that the giant clash of culture here provides anyone who is willing with a new insight into life. As a teen at home, you are only exposed to a culture that is condoned by your parents. A structured environment to keep you safe. But at school, all of those fences are torn down and you get to finally experience the cultures that so many other people enjoy around the world.


Out of my college experience, I have recieved a great deal of passion to persue my desires to become a registered nurse. I have been largely encouraged to strive to become a better person, and to aim for the best in my future. I have recieved hope that my future can be immensely better if I only continue to work hard, and put my whole heart into following my dreams. My education has become so valuable to me because I see my family struggling with financial hardships, and I don't want to have to put my future family through those same struggles. I have so much to offer to the Health and Medicine field, and I believe I can make a difference in many people's lives.


College has caused me to apprehend important civil and social lessons such as respect, network and discipline. I have learned to connect with others through school associations, and to evolve as an individual in society. I am currently taking extra core accounting courses at a Maryland Community College. I am a part-time Masters of Accounting student at the University of Maryland, College Park. College induced a sense of assurance in me, regarding my future as a bright and successful businessman. Thanks to my college experience, I have begun an Accounting-Finance English Tutoring business, mapped out several business plans for my friend's companies and helped my family reduce the financial burden of college. I have developed vital critical thinking skills and gained the confidence to undertake leadership roles at various occasions. College has given me invaluable skills and I am ready to take over the future. I am currently in dire need of scholarships in order to complete my Masters program. I have acquired patience and optimism. I am counting on your bountiful cooperation to aid me in the achievement of my Master degree.


I attended Burlington County College for two years after being a home schooled student. Those two years at the college provided me with the tools to further my academics however, it was the extraordinary people that I met that made being on campus such a remarkable experience. I was vary shy when I first came to Burlington County College, as this was my first time attending an actual school. It was not until my final year that I got involved with student clubs and activities. Now that I have graduated from the college I regret not being involved from my first day on campus. I made unbelievable friends during my last year, from fellow club members to student government officers as we volunteered and participated in numerous events. From helping kids draw while they waited to get a free teeth cleaning, to collaborating on graphic design projects for real life clients. My college experience has made me a happier person; I am able to open up to people more and be less withdrawn. After attending Burlington County College I received not just an education, but the value of friends; friends who I hope will always be part of my life.


When I started my college experience I was just trying to catch up to the college level because with my illness it kept me away from school throughout my high school year, so I was not really prepare for college. Now, that I am in a two year college it is giving me the opportunities to catch up with my peers and to get the education my mother and other family members want from me. It is preparing me by teaching me the skills needed for a four year college. It is giving me the study skills needed to continue my education on a higher level. It is also giving me the chance to figure out what I want to do for a profession before I go to a four year college. It is also helping me with my social skills need for college and the world beyond college. So far college is giving something to look forward to in my life. I am hoping college gives more to me while I am attending it.


I cannot describe everything that I have gotten out of my college experience, since there are too many. The main experiences were based on becoming more mature and dealing with my mental illness. I have grown enormously, since I graduated from college. Since I have a mental illness and my major was in psychology, I have come enormously far in my recovery. Due to frequent hopsitalization I was not able to achieve a high GPA, but my GPA was not really that important. To me it was important that I had learned a lot about myself and the field of pscyhology. My college experience prepared me for graduate school where I am excelling now. Now after many years of struggling with my mental illness I am in a position to help other people with mental illnesses. Now I can fulfill my dreams of becoming a counselor which I could never have done without my education.


The experience of going to college, whether online or at an actual campus, provides students with more than just an education. The interaction that takes place between the student and those they come in contact with during their time in school will change them in ways that can never be replaced. I thought that when I went in the military first, instead of college like my siblings, I would not miss anything. Now that I have been in school and experienced all the activities, clubs, cultures, and people I feel that no one should be left out of the chance to attend college. I am 46 years old, retired from the Air Force, have 2 grown girls in college, and two young grandsons. I am very proud of what I have accomplished so far, but I know that there is so much more to do and I want my children and grandchildren to see that college is the way to achieve it. Thank you


I have learned so much from my studies at school as well as made good connection with professors. I also made a lot of new friends that I plan on keeping a relation with after school is over. I have never been bored on campus because there is always something to do, and as long as I stayed invovled in student activites, which there are plenty, you will never be looking for something to do. I also think that I have made several connections with people that I could possibly use when I am done with college and working on my career. I don't think I could have asked for a better experience than I am having now at college, and I am glad that I picked Millersville University as my school of choice.


It really grew and shaped me into the person I have been today. If it wasn't for Millersville, I would not have had the ammount of opportunities or friendships I have now. It has been a really amazing experience. i would recommend it to anyone who is interested in working hard, and enjoying life. Anyone would benefit from this school, because it has an excellent learning environment, and a vibrant community.


In my short experience getting myself enrolled into college, I have learned many things already. The first steps I needed to take have given me insight to the reality of being on my own. College will allow me to begin my adult life and challenge me to do things I have counted on my parents to do. I hope to grow in all aspects of my life and create memories that will last a lifetime. College, to me, is a stepping stone to the rest of my life and a learning experience that I will carry with me in my years to come.


My college experience thus far has been more than I could possibly have hoped for. I am enjoying my experience very much. It has been very valuable to attend becuase it is preparing me for my future. I hope to one day be a teacher and college is teaching me how to do so and be the best I can be at it. College is the best experience of my life so far, and I love being there and embracing every new experience that presents itself to me. I am priveleged to be able to attend and I intend to make the best of it while I am there. It has given me more confidence in interacting with others and it has begun to teach me what I need to begin the rest of my life successfully.


College has been the single most important experience I have ever received. Millersville University has made me appreciate friendship, the value of a dollar and education. My brother who attended Millersville University ten years earlier once said successful people suround themselves with people who are successful. I see many people at Millersville who are very serious about their college degree while having free time to enjoy their college experience. I have made many friends who are graduates of Millersvilles or who are in honor college classes. They do no take education for granted and I have learned many vauble life lessons from them,. Many friends I have known grew up in impoverished situations and appreciate what their family has gone through. This is similar to my situation because my parents came to the United States as immigrants during the Vietnam War, and it is my priority to graudate form college to make them proud of me. It is very valuable to attend college because in today's job market a bachleor's degree is becoming the norm and education is the single most important tool you can ever receive.


Although my academic experience at Millersville has not been wonderful, I would not take back my descision to attend there. I have learn a great deal about myself and challenged myself to better who I am. I have made many diverse friends and also found new and exciting interests at Millersville. I love the area in Lancaster County, it has become my home away from home. I have been attending this school for two and a half years and learned that my needs exceeeds what Millersville has to offer for their science majors. I will be transferring this spring to Rowan Universiry in New jersey. And as I transfer I will continue to seek all opportunties to better myself and my education.


Before college I attended two different job corps center(Atterbury and Clearfield jop corps centers) from 2007 to 2009. When I started college I had no idea what I was getting myself into and I did not know how to approach the situation, with me being out of school for two years and not learning math and english and other subjects i learned in high school. Once I got into school and got into the rhythm of taking notes, doing homework, and typing papers it was much easier. I gained independence, I got a chance to witness and understand the different cultures on campus, socialize with people of different backgrounds, and I also learned how to live in a diverse environment. If i would not have attended college I would have been able to experince these things in my how town because I live in a area where everyone is from the same background and see the same things I see everyday. Attending college was the best choice I made since I left high school.


Having transferred from a University at which I was very unhappy, my attitude about the school I attend could only improve. Attending Millersville has strengthened my ability to think for myself and make educated decisions about my life path. The failure of past advisors to actually advise in course scheduling or general education issues hindered me in some aspects, but more than a hinderance I have become very independent and headstrong in my own thinking. I figured out the path I should take by myself, and subsequently by my own will, will graduate a year ahead of most. I have become proud of myself and believe in my own convictions. I know now that I can do whatever I set my mind to. Through working 20 to 25 hours a week while successfully taking 15 and even 18 credits per semester (all while sustaining a successful long-distance relationship with my now fiance), I know now that I am and always will be successful if I create a goal for myself and believe in it.


Upon graduation from high school, I had decided to attend a local community college due to financial reasons. I felt as though it was the logical choice to attend community college for two years, and then transfer to a four year school to save myself money while receiving just as good education as four year schools offer. I have always aspired to become an educator. As a secondary education major, I am enrolled in a foundation of education class. One of the assignments in the education class was to complete ten hours of classroom observation at a local middle or high school. I was so grateful to find out that I was going to have the opportunity to see the daily school routines from a teacher’s perspective. During this experience, I was informed of almost every aspect of teaching. I enjoyed every minute of the opportunity and have a greater respect for teachers. If I had chosen to go to a university, I might not have had this opportunity as a first year student. This community college has given me an excellent education thus far, outstanding opportunities, and hope for a better future, all of which I value greatly.


Out of my college experience, i have gotten a sence of independance, and new knowledge. Independance is very inportant because we all have to learn how to take care of ourselves at some point, and college allows for you to grow independantly without being completely on your own. New knowledge is always useful. The more you know, whether it is common sence or book knowledge, the better off you will be. I have learned things that i need for my career choice, but i have also learned critical thinking and common sence which i use every day.


I have learned a lot about life itself. I have learned that only you can make yourself happy and only you can be the one you trust. I've learned to push myself to do good work and get all my work done before play. I've picked up a lot of responsibilities since i have been in college. I have learned to do a lot of things on my own, and i feel confident doing these things. Overall i think i have grown a lot since high school. College makes you realize who you are as a person, and this helps you decide the direction you want to take your life.


What I have gotten out of my college experience is independence. I was able to learn to do many things on my own and to be responsible. I am able to feel confidence in everything I do. The leadership I learned from my professors is a lifetime learning experience. I feel totally comfortable to enter the real world or to further my education. Millersville is a school I would recommend to anyone. There is so much I can say about how valuable Millersville University is too me. I am very proud to call Millersville University my university. Millersville has prepared me to face the world's challenges and to believe in myself.


From my college experience, I have learned about how to manage time. Being a member of the women's basketball team, I would have to go to practices early in the morning before class, then go to my classes and go back to a practice while being on time for everything. Also I learned that when the assignment is given out, that same day I should get started on it because with my schedule it is almost impossible to get anything done at the last minute.


So far my first year college experience has been a success academically and socially. I have learned so many knew things from my professors, counselors, and even from some of my fellow peers. This new knowledge that has been imparted to me has made me grow stronger as a person and as a student. My college experience is not only teaching me the academics but it is teaching me life lessons. I am learning the different aspects of elementary educations, how to be more independent and so much more. My college experience is something that will always be a part of my future. Attending college is very important because I value my education and I take it very seriously. It is valuable to me because it will help in my future to become who I am destined to be. Overall my college experience has been a very significant part of my life, and it is something that I value and don?t take for granted. In the future I plan to continue to attend college and work to the best of my abilities.


I can remember when I was in elementary school; I wanted to be like my first grade teacher, Mrs.Moranda. She was a very nice young lady that I have ever met. She always used kind words to me and others. So as time went by, I was trying to figure out my destiny in life. I know that I had to go further than high school. I didn?t put a lot of thought into college at that time. Now, my eyes have been open and college is the place for me. A college education provides me choices. My college experience has made a difference in life. I have choices to make that I didn't have before.So college was a big step in my life. This college experience has been very valuable to my life. I will be able to get a jod in my field of work. My college will allow me to recieve better wages than before. A college degree will make a differences in my life.


I am a firefighter/paramedic for a paid fire department. When our department critiques a major incident, it always seems like the biggest problems revolve around poor communication on the fireground. Tasks may not be carried out as desired or are done incorrectly, often due to a message not being delivered clearly or not painting a thorough picture. As a firefighter that is utilized as an acting officer and as a paramedic, the course work involved in this degree benefits my fire service career and department by teaching me the crucial skills necessary to better interact with my coworkers and the public on both fire scenes and medical calls. Firefighters are forced to make split second decisions and instructing others to carry out tasks in a concise, respectful and professional manner not only instills confidence in my crews but increases the level of safety that is crucial during a fire or medical incident. Having a communications degree has been valualbe by increasing my interpersonal relationships, helping me be able to defuse escalating situations involving irate citizens and create presentations for educating my peers and the public.


The most valuable experince was that I was able to graduate at all. Though I had a mental illness, had language difficulties, and had no family in the United States, I became resilient and perservered. Learning has become one of the most exciting experiences in my entire life, since it opened so many new doors for me, that I now feel I can do anything with my life if I only try. Going to college has enabled me to follow my dreams of going to graduate school and becoming a counselor for the mentally ill in my community. Most people can succeed in college, regarless of any disabilities or handi-caps. At Millersville I was given the chance of a lifetime to prove myself. My foreign student advisor was one of the most influential persons in college. Even though I had tremendous difficulties due to my handi-caps, he pushed me, gave the facts of not succeeding to me, and encouraged me from beginning to end of my time at Millersville University. Currently I am attending the University of the Rockies as a graduate students which I could not have done without my undergraduate experinces at Millersville University.


Millersville has prepared me not only for my career but molded me into an extraordinary individual, with great knowledge of my profession. I have learned to be independent, well rounded and responsible. The college has also prepared me for the next step in my life and that is my career. I am confident that when I graduate I will be able to step into a job and be qualified to do the tasks that are give to me. I will be a hard worker and dependable. I will do whatever it takes to get the job done. The University has given me an experience I will never forget. The culture, and lifestyles of the community are a never to forget experience. One that I hope to keep in touch with as my life turns to the next page. I was fortunate enough to have interaction with some of the greatest individuals that ever existed. The staff and students have guided me to the man that I am today and will always be caring, thoughtful and reliable. In ending, with a lot of hard work and dedication I walk away with one of life?s most important possessions, A DIPLOMA.