I would tell myself to worry less about picking a major and deciding on a career path. Knowing what you want to do is great, but college is a transformative journey and you don't know who you will end up becoming. So don't focus on who you want to be, but working on learning about who you are. Branch out and take classes that sound like fun instead of jamming in as many general education courses as possible. Don't worry about getting a date that first semester, instead, learn to cherish your new friends and build up your relationships with them. Romance will happen on its own time, and its better not to rush it. Study hard, but don't forget that college isn't all about the classes. Get involved on campus! Volunteer! Have fun! Spend time with people who are completely different than you are, because you will learn more about the world by talking to a student from Trinidad-Tobego than you ever will by taking an ethnic studies course. Above all, keep an open mind and an open heart. Don't judge others, but don't let go of your own values either.
If I could go back in time, I would tell myself to embrace everything that is thrown at you. Do not let people hold you back and focus on the amazing new things that are happening to you. What grade you are in does not matter and you can be friends with anyone you want to if you put your mind to it. Watch how much you spend because it starts to add up fast when you do not have Mom and Dad telling you what you can and cannot do. Enjoy the time with your family before you go away and call every once in awhile so they know you are alive and having fun. Find the balance between fun and homework and do not think grades are the most important because you learn so much more from experiences with people. Enjoy the time you have with people because these people will become friends for life. Roommates will change, but know you are not the problem. Form relationships with your professors because they are some of the wisest people you will ever meet. And finally live life to the fullest and enjoy every single experience of college life.
I would go prepare myself on my own for college academically. I would definately tell myself that I am worth something as my professors at Milligan have taught me to believe. That God will never leave me. Milligan taught me that too. Follow my dreams and not to worry about the money. Number one would probably be to just be myself. It took me two years to do that at Milligan. I've finally made some great friendships and I feel like I'm getting cheated out of them because I waited so long to open up to people. Don't be afraid to let anyone in. I almost didn't ask for help at all in any aspect of my life and I would probably be dead if it wasn't for my professors and the help I got there. The psychology professors saved my life for getting me into a group therapy program because I was suicidal. I'm bipolar with psychosis (hallucinations) and my professors and my friends are so understanding accept me as I am. I am so thankful for everyone at Milligan who helped me. If it wasn't for them, I'd be dead.
If I could talk to myself when I was a high school senior I would give myself a sort of reality check. I was naive and under the impression that college was like it is portrayed in all the movies. I would tell myself to be a little less high-strung and a lot less sensitive. I would tell myself that change is okay and that not all roommates become best friends. I would most certainly tell the younger me that its okay to take risks and to go for internships and opportunities that may be a little frightening because even if they don't work out like I planned, they are always worth the effort. I would do well to let myself know that I don’t have everything figured out and that I am not always right. Furthermore, I would tell the high school senior that working hard doesn’t mean you can’t have fun and that the nights of card games and movies are just as important as the nights of studying. I would tell myself to relax and enjoy the ride because you can only ever do your best and that is good enough.
If I had the chance to talk to myself at 17, I would tell my naive, little self to be more openminded with people. After arriving at college, it quickly dawned on me that there were some very strange people that I would have to be living with and dealing with on a regular basis. Looking past these peoples aggrivating qualities was a challenge, but after doing so, I arrived at the conclusion that some of these people are not so bad. At 17, it is hard to see past yourself. Looking back I wish I could change the way I communicated with people during high school. Judgement was an easily identifiable quality in the 17-year-old child that roamed the halls of Chicago Christian. After just a semester at Milligan College, I was able to change my heart with the help of God. Instead of getting annoyed with people, I remember that God created everyone. Even though I may not like them, God loves them. Because of God's love for me, I try to be more kind to others and extend the love He shows.
High school for me was simple. I graduated at the top of my class, was the editor of the yearbook, and was involved in every club and extracurricular you could possibly think of. My first week at college I went into it with the wrong attitude. I thought that since I took on the world in high school that nothing could stop me. If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself to open my mind and realize that sometimes curve balls will be thrown and you have to be ready to dodge them, catch them, or get really hit hard. I was not ready for the curve ball when I got to college. The course load is hard, (eighteen credit hours) and managing my time has been difficult. I am on the dance team and also a member of Women's Chorale and sometimes it is all I can do not to throw my hands up and say I quit. As a senior I should have spent more time studying colleges and making a plan of action instead of walking around with my head in the clouds.
I love Milligan College. Its orginal selling points were that it was six hours away from home and a Christian school. Now I am in love with it for so many other reasons. The people the I now call family here are some of the most real people. If someone is searching for friends that won't really care and just let them slip under the surface, they should not look at Milligan College. Milligan College is in the heart of East Tennessee, meaning there are beautiful mountians and waterfalls everywhere. Its an all around beautiful place. I've loved my past year here, followed by a summer in Nairobi, Kenya. My Milligan education prepared me for that. Giving me a greater world view and the abilty to have a huge heart for those people after hearing about them and people like them in Chapels. I'll never regret my years at Milligan College. The memories, the friends, and all of the humanities and bible I have learned.
I think that I would tell myself to keep going. During my senior year, I attended Cincinnati Christian University as a part of Ohio's Post-Secondary Educational Option. (Dual-Enrollment). I transferred to Milligan with 62 college credits which saved me a lot of money. I have often wondered whether or not it was a good idea, but I believe that it was. I think that I would tell myself that I was doing the right thing and just to study hard and keep going the way that I was. Stay focused and work hard, and that in the end it would pay off. College transition was not as difficult as it could've been, since I had been in a college environment before I actually moved away to college. I would also tell myself that moving away to go to school was the right decision, and that I would grow more when I was 350 miles away from home than I would if I had stayed.
In finding a college, it is important to not let price-tags deter you -- they can look very steep! Most colleges offer adequate financial aid to make even a private college affordable for any student who qualifies for admission. It is also very important to visit a college you are interested in because while viewbooks and websites can make a school look fantastic, what really counts is the students, professors, and staff which is something you can't truly determine from pictures. Lastly, once you are there -- get involved! Making connections from day one makes the transition to college that much easier. While academics are most definitely imporant, it's having a network of friends that can end up being the difference between having a good college experience and having a bad one
Start looking for your options early and know what you are looking for whether it is rural, urban, close to home, small, etc. Be involved with something, whether its clubs, sports, etc. Have a comfort base established early freshman year so that you feel needed and included within the student body. Focus on your academics so that you can make the most of your education and the tuition you have put into it. Don't follow where your friends are going. If you're a Christian, let the Lord lead you to where He wants you to go. And don't wait until it is too late to pick a major! Have some idea what you want to do for the next four years of your life! Don't forget to have fun and love the college you're in because it is some of the best memories of our lives.