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If I could go back and tell myself anything, I would tell myself that many things don’t matter. When I was younger I was very shy and quiet; and the few things I did, were the reason I am hopeful today. I would tell myself to study more for ap tests and take notes in class. I’d tell myself to work out more, and get in better shape for football, hockey, and rugby. The friendships I made in those activities will last a lifetime now. I can only imagine what would happen if I had gone through it without fear. The last thing I would tell myself is to try. Try in everything I do and try to change all those around me for the better. I look back today, just a few months after, thinking that I was being dumb for no clear reason. I remember good and bad memories that I’d like to see myself change. I never participated in any illegal things and never made any mistakes to learn from there. But I learned through some mistakes, I’d like to think that I would have made better ones for growth.


I would advise my high school self that everything is going to be okay. You don't need to be as worried about getting into college, you've worked hard enough in high school to get into a good school. The transition will be difficult the first few days, but after that, you will be fine. Making friends is easier than you'd think, you just have to try. Also, your professors do a good job at transitioning you from High School to College. Just remember that everything will be fine and college is not as scary as you think!


I would tell myself to start taking control of my life in those moments. Don't allow your parents to create a future for you, make one yourself. If they coincide that is great, but if you are only going after what they want for you, when it gets hard, you won't want to push through. Take responsability and ownership for you own life. After all, it is your life.


Start applying for scholarships in August or September. Do not wait until April to start looking and applying. Do not go to a school just because your friends are attending it. Go to the school that feels right for you as an individual, that makes you feel welcome, and that really values your education. Further, start searching for colleges to attend during first semester - the earlier, the better. Apply to as many schools as you would like. Ultimately, the decision is yours. It is perfectly okay to be nervous about college and being on your own, but remember that you are going to better yourself. You may not stay in touch with your high school friends, but you will make new friends in college. This is a big step in your life. Make it count. Be confident.


If I could go back in time and give myself any advice for college, I would tell myself to enjoy moments spent with family and friends. During the beginning of my freshmen year, my grandma passed away. For eighteen years, I lived in the same city as her so I was fortunate to see her on a regular basis. Once I left for college, I was only able to see family members about once a month. Therefore, I only saw my grandma once in the time I left for school and the time I had to say goodbye to her. Losing someone so close to my heart taught me that every moment spent with a loved one matters. It was hard being away from my family during this terrible incident, but it did make me stronger. Whenever I come home for a weekend now, I value every moment I spend with family and friends. Life should not be spent worrying about small details that only stress us out. Life should be about creating memories and enjoying the moments that so many people take for granted. I will always cherish the time I get with family and friends.


I wouldn't worry about pety drama, or negative influencing friends. I would worry only about myself, and my school work. I would have chose to go away to school, instead of staying at home so I could grow up faster. I keep saying I "would have" because I wish I took high school seriously. Everything you do in life follow you, and no one really told me that.


Never to go school with your closests friends. It may seem like a good idea but in the long run it isn't. There is a saying: absence makes the heart grow fonder. This is completly true. Your relationship with your friends will change when you leave for college but upon vists back home, spending time with them is much more valuable. Don't procrastinate in finding scholarship opportunities. When it gets down to signing off on your student loans you will thank me. Even smaller scholarships will make a difference. Free money is free money regardless. Make friends with as many different people as possible. Its the perfect oportunity to do so. You want to make friends that you will enjoy being around in late night cram sessions. Making friends with upper classmen is always a plus. They can give you the inside scoop about the school.


As a college student, I now know what it takes to make the intimidating transition from a high school senior to a full time college student. With the ability to go back in time, I would give myself advice to make this difficult transition easier. First, I would give myself advice pertaining to life at home. This would include fixing any problems with the relationship with parents because soon enough the college student will realize the importance of their parents in their life and it will be much easier communicating with them if there is a mutual healthy relationship. The second piece of advice I would give to myself would be to get involved in the many clubs universities have to offer. This will help build life skills and at the same time allow for social growth and meeting new friends. Finally, I would tell myself to stay on top of the course work divert from all of the poor studying habits, such as procrastination. Procrastination will cause stress and result in lower grades. Knowing this important information, I am now better prepared for the future ahead of me.


Knowing what I know now about the college life, I would advise myself to get more involved and be apart of the high school more. I would encourage myself to think more about what I actually wanted to do in life , and how I could make a difference in the world and be remembered. I would also advise myself to pick up various techniques of studying, and ways to help myself succeed better through college.


If I could go back to my senior year, I would tell myself to work harder and not to settle for okay and go for the gold. I would strive to get more involved in the community and school life. I would also tell myself how to prepare for college, SATs and ACTs. As a senior I didn't know that applying for school was so hard. I wish that I had a little more help and knew who to talk to. I also had no idea what all colleges look for in a student. I would've known more about college. I would have a higher GPA and higher grades. I would involve myself in school, extra-curriculum activities, and community projects. One of my biggest dreams is to help others. My high school was down the street from an elementary school, and it would have been great to go and speak to the younger kids. Many kids look up to me as a big sister, I wish I took more advantage of that. doing this would make me a better citizen and would help with college applications. It also would have helped me accomplished my goals and dreams.


Take into account the campus life and weigh having fun into the equation as well as the educational portion of the university


If I could take to my senoir high school self, I would make several recommendations. One would be to make sure that I being all my notebooks from previous classes because they are extremely useful. Also, do not be an introvert. It's a lot nicer here once you start involving yourself in groups and gaining friends.


I was a slacker in high school. Given the opportunity to go back and give myself advice I would tell myself to work much harder than I did. All of the partying and random things that I did were insignificant in the grand scheme. I would probably have been able to go straight to college after that if things had turned out differently, instead of being a 25 year old freshman. I messed up prettily badly in high school, but I feel thatimately all of the hard work and dedication that I have learned between educational adventures has inspired me to work as hard as I can to achieve my goals. Maybe my advice to my past senior self would not be that useful after all...


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would have some words of advice about college life. The first piece of advice I would give myself would be about time management. Time management is a key skill to have in order to succeed in college. It is better to learn to manage your time when you still have spare time to figure things out, which is not in college where time is limited. In college, it is necessary to manage your time in order to complete all of your schoolwork and be able to be involved in campus activities. Another piece of advice I would give myself would be to stop worrying about the past. The past does not matter, the present and the future is what you need to keep your mind on. You cannot waste time thinking about what you could have done; you need to be able to accept the decisions you have made and keep moving on to accomplish the goals that you have your mind set on. Lastly, I would say to just try and make the best out of the opportunities available to you.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself that once I leave to go to college, much of what I find familiar at that time will seem as though it was merely another chapter in a book that narrates my life. Going to college starts a new chapter in which I will be meeting new people, going new places and learning new things. Even though the life as a high school student will be a previous chapter, it doesn’t mean it can’t be revisited, the family, friends, and persons that you met will still be around, as well as the knowledge learned in those years may be useful later in life. Starting a new chapter just means there will be a different feeling or attitude about life as you are indeed an adult. As you progress through life you can look back on the previous chapters or years of your life and reminisce of fond memories, but take care to not get stuck in the past as you must keep moving forward and continue writing the story of your life.


When I was in high school the college advisor only took the kids with the high GPA or the kids that for some reason were more important I think. However I had never got to seat in the office of the college advisor and my only orientation was the annual meeting for seniors or juniors in the school. Attending this meeting I had learn that I had to have a high GPA, community service hours and a good score in the ACT and SAT. I did meet all the requirements except for the ACT and SAT scores. When I went talk to the college advisor she told me that my only option was to attend as publi8c community college, MDC. When I come to MDC for the first time I found out that I didn't need 300 hours of community service, I found out that I need to take the CPT, and the only good thing was that I had a good GPA. My advice is that you as a student should take care of yourself, don't wait for others to tell you want you need to do. Get on your feet and find out for tour self.


I would tell myself or any high school senior is use your time wisley at anyschool that you attend at. The better you use your time the more sleep and activities you can attend. This result will give you better grades and fun.


Dear Kimberly, I wish you took highschool more seriously. I wish you studied harder and stopped joking about everything. I wish you joined more activities that would make your college transcript look good. I wish you worked harder on your art because working at Pixar was the only thing you wanted to truly do. You may not even get it now because you used to be so lazy. Right now you go to community college, always worrying whether or not you'll get into the art college you want to go to. Everyday you're afraid of not getting all the transfer credits you need to transfer and afraid that you'll be stuck in community college. As a child you were afraid and now that you're eighteen you're still afraid. Why didn't you work harder? Your parents paid so much money for your school and you took it for granted. Now I want to say that I'm going to do better than you. I'm going to grow and have a future. So I want to say thank you for making all those mistakes. Without them I wouldn't know what I want to do.


The biggest thing to know ahead of time about college, is you are going to get stressed out - a lot unfortunately. When education is your highest priority, and your grades really matter, even the smallest things can stress you out. Don't throw all your friends and everything else aside though, getting an education is important but so is having days where you can take a break, de-stress and just relax. Another thing to really do now that college life has taken place is participate more in the community, it's really important to make a name for yourself early on. The classwork/homework is all pretty similar to high school, but the tests can be harder. Choose your professors wisely and most of all - big projects you should most definitely not procrastinate on. I guess in generally, there are a few really important things. There's no order of siginifigance, just remember them all and college life will be a fun, learning adventure - not one you'll look back on with regret or a want to make it more fun.


I would want to remind myself to go stairted to collega and not wait for any thing. Also i would tell my self to do it befor i had kids


If I could go back to my first semester in college and give advice, I would say to myself "Get involved in a campus club as soon as possible." When I transitioned into college I found myself having trouble forming a community. I felt this way because my college has 16,000 students, and unlike in high school, you are in the same class for 3 to 4 months, and then you move on and could potentially never see any of those students again. This makes it difficult to get connected to campus, and made college seem fleeting at first. One day while walking on campus, there was a club fair going on and I joined Intervaristy Christian Fellowship. This changed my entire college experience. Suddenly, I was being connected with people with similar interests and instead of just going to class and then going home, I was building a true community. I also had more opportunities to practice leadership skills, network with people already in the professional world, and discover more about myself. I now know that joining a club was the most enriching decision I made, and it made the transition much smoother!


If I could go back in time and have a conversation with myself my senior year of high school, the first thing I would say is to live in the moment. Focus on soaking everything in from the senior year high school experience. The biggest thing is to keep school work first because that is what gets you to the next level of education. However, live your life and have a good time. Enjoy the time you have with your friends and family while you are at home. You will make so many new friends in college, but you'll have some of the greatest memories with your high school friends. Don't let any high school drama bring you down because it's all forgotten about in college. Most importantly, appreciate your mother because starting next year laundry and ironing is on you. Finally, every time you step on the field for Friday night football, give it your all and play like you know you won't ever play again after high school. That's the thing you'll miss the most.


In college, it's so easy to be overcome by all the chaos; what's not so easy is standing steadfast and true to who you are and the person you want to be. It all is extremely analogous to the story of Daniel from the Bible. Kidnapped from his native land, he and a few other Israelites were given the rare opportunity to be educated, as their intelligence had impressed the king. They found themselves in a completely new environment, learning completely new things meant to introduce them to Babylonian culture and idols as well as structured education, a situation not at all unlike college. Daniel had three options: he could surrender completely and assimilate into this new culture and religion, he could completely reject it and remain shut up in his room, or he could fight it by actively interacting in a way that bespoke the person he wanted to be: a Christian. Whether or not you are religious, you have the same options in college as Daniel. It's up to you whether you surrender and lose yourself, reject it and miss out on the experience, or use it as an opportunity to become a stronger person.


If I could go back to my high school years, I would give myself these bullet points to follow:•Fun is not the priority during school, there will be plenty of time to have fun after graduation, just think how old you will be? Plenty of time! Furthermore—you will be able to afford to have a real vacation, a real party, not just a bottle of bear in somebody’s 15-year-old car. •Don’t skip years! It is harder to come back to school when you have children waiting for you, husband or wife you want to spend your time with. It will be more painful to loose time with them than with your friends now.•Don’t fall into illusion of love! Your partner for life “qualifications” will change dramatically when you find your true self in the next few years.•You don’t have to drool watching others living prosperous life, driving expensive cars, living in front of the beach, -- graduate-- and you will have it too!•Choose friends with the same values and goals. •Get involved in your school; bring your own opinions and values to the classroom.•Just do it!


If I were able to give my high school self advice knowing what I do now, it would be to work harder and start to work on time managment. Without hard work nothing will get done. At this school, many hours of hard work and dedication are required in order to succeed. One minor slip up can cause a much more dramatic academic fall than that of high school. Additionally time managment is critical in order to succeed. High schools manage the majority of students time with classes imediatly after each other and homeroom in order to do their homework. This is not the case after high school and should be corrected as soon as possible. Another big point I would advise myself to do is not to worry as much. Through school a lot of things will happen. New people will be met and friends will come and go. The main thing is not to worry about things as much because they are not as bad as they first seem. In summary, work hard, manage your time, and don't worry. If you put your mind to something, nothing will stop you.


If I could go back to senior year, I would tell myself to be happier and more excited about the college process. Applying to schools and scholarships is challenging, but in the end, you have accomplished so much. Getting through applications is a huge step towards becoming a college student. Writing countless essays helps you figure out who you are as a person and solidify your future goals. Most of all, don't let your friends bring you down. Everyone feels stress the first semester of senior year. Your friends should not make you feel guilty about your level of stress being less than theirs.


Get involved in something extracurricular! For the first half of my high school experience, I cared very little for the classes. I got decent grades, never anything worse than a B-, but my focus was going home and playing video games. I had little interest in anything else. Finally in my senior year, I joined the school Stage Crew and met so many incredible people, many of which are still my friends today. Only then did I fully reflect on all the time I wasted during my first two years and regret doing so. Finding an extracurricular activity is so beneficial. Committing 6 more hours per week to Stage Crew helped me manage my time better. Being in a group let me meet new (and awesome) people, which made me feel like part of a group and generally increased my self-esteem. When the play or musical was performed, I felt that I had contributed to a positive cause, something I definitely was not doing during my freshman and sophomore year. In general, I feel it also helped me focus better during class; I had something better to look forward to at the end of the day.


Do your homework. Don't fall behind. Talk to people in class.


I don't care if you're one of the smartest kids in the class, MSOE is not going to be like high school (or, for that matter, most other colleges). Work harder at academics and buy fewer videogames, because you're in for the long haul. You should get used to being unhappy with your life, because the payoff later when you have a good college degree gives you far more freedom than not getting one.


The thing that is worst to any student coming into college is almost always the same. The risk of starting their whole lives over again. Although not all of them admit it every college student is at least a little nervious about going to college. Who are they going to room with, how will they make new friends? Their entire life is going to change and they never feel like it's going to work out for the better. But in all reality after even a week at school every student is having the time of their life. It is important for students coming into college to remember that every year thousands of students are doing the same thing as them. Every person they meet is in exactly the same postion as them. It is imposible not to find a connection to any of these students. It is almost imposible not to instantly make friends at college. Friends who will be there to help any problems from your classes to relationships. It is important for new students to realize they will make it through the transaction and that they shouldn't find any reason to get nervous.


Stay on top of things. Even though this is your last year in high school, don't start slacking. Every bit of effort you put into your final year will come together and make the transition easier. In college, you must make sure to stay organized and get all your work done as soon as possible. If there is any slack, classes can get quite stressfull. However, if you get everything done as soon as possible, college will be quite an enjoyable experience.


Hey Sarah, I know you're excited for college but there are some things I'd like to tell you. First off, don't be afraid to be yourself. It is a new environment where no one knows your life, make it what you want. Don't get involved with boys, they're useless. You have academics to study for! Pay attention in physics, please, for the sake of our GPA! Also, it is pointless to compare yourself to others, just focus on doing the best you can. If you aren't doing your best, try harder! You have to do it anyway, you might as well make the most of it. Don't forget to call home once in a while, our family misses you! Love, Sarah.


If I were to go back in time and talk to my high school senior self, my first words of wisdom would be, “Create maximum usage of the high school's resources that are available for helping you with college because you will absolutely need it.” I would also emphasize on spending more time applying for scholarships because every little bit helps; especially, when it comes to college textbooks, fees, school supplies, and parking permits. In addition, I would scold myself for not taking the Advanced Placement Calculus AB and Advanced Placement Chemistry courses more seriously; also for not attending more of those tutoring sessions because now I’m paying for those courses when I could have earned college credit for those courses while in high school. Furthermore, I would instruct myself to not plan on overworking myself the first semester of college because transitioning into college life is a huge adjustment that will not happen overnight. Most importantly, I would encourage myself to join clubs that are related to my major, seek out help from professors and fellow peers, and to get involved in campus activities because it will all set me up for a proud and successful future.


If i could go back in time I would tell myself as high school senior to study harder and to be sure to take any ap exam i could especially in english and math as those to areas are much harder in college to pass even though you learn the same basic material but there is less work due to the fact grades are purely based upon test score not homework or other in class assignments.


I would give the advice to take as many of the harder classes as possible. This would get me better prepared for what was to come and more used to the rigor of the coursework given at a university. There is no time to make up for the easy classes taken in high school when you go to a university. The harder the classes that I take during High School, the more prepared I will be for college, the easier the classes will be, and the higher the grades I will have.


If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself not to get discouraged and keep applying for multiple scholarships. I'd beg myself to apply for every scholarship I'm eligible for and remind myself that It's worth not going through the hastle of wondering how I'm going to afford the next semester. I'd also tell myself not to settle for that 3.487 GPA because it is painful learning that I would have qualified for scholarships if I'd only had a 3.5 GPA. In addition, I would advise myself to make sure that the career I choose has my whole heart in it, don't choose a career just because it's what I'm good at or because it's easy for me, do what I love to do.


If I could head back to my senior year in high school, I would congratulate myself on picking such an excellent college. The material is challenging yet fun, and it will keep me thinking critically for years to come. I'd also advise that I get involved with a few more of the many student organizations on campus. I'd encourage myself to make an effort to join a couple of new organizations even though I was on daily hemodialysis for kidney failure, a two hour process which took a significant portion of my socialization time. And the final bit of info I'd give is to reassure myself that as long as I put in the effort, I can not only enjoy my college experience, but also thrive and excel at what I love to do.


Take all the AP classes possible. A cost and time effective approach in limit tuition cost as well as time until graduation. Apply for many scholarships. Even with one win, may prove to be as effective as your part time job. Speak more with peers. Time is more enjoyable when you are more active and involved with others. Time management os critical. Work before play. Priorities always come before leisure. Begin networking immediately. Figure your desired profession and work to become associated with those that can help. Remain focus regardless of whatever. Main objective is to complete college, not merely say you attended.


You will succeed; there is no doubt about that and there never has been. Remember that, and nothing can stop you. College is hard work, but not the same kind of work you are used to. Get ready to talk to new people and make new friends. Your friends will teach you things you never thought you needed to know. Sometimes you will learn everything you need to know about someone in the first five minutes, and sometimes you will never stop learning from them. Opportunities abound at college; pick and choose your "Greatest Hits". Find the groups or activities you actually enjoy and dive in. You will be much better off than by trying to do everything. Your classes will be challenging, and they will be expensive, but you will be rewarded for the time and money you put in. You get nowhere by worrying about these things, only by doing your best and paying attention. Finally, live life a day at a time. You can never live your life over again, so do it right the first time. Parties only happen once, so make the most of them. Never forget the people who love you. Make them proud.


I would tell myself that you need to make friends quickly, at the beginning of freshman year. I started dating my boyfriend right away, and I didn't really take time to make close friends. These people are going to be in my classes and clinicals for the next 4 years, so make some connections. Otherwise, you are going to feel lonely and disconnected from your classmates. Take time out to actually hang out with them and get to know them. Lastly, don't work yourself to death. It is possible to be easily overwhelmed here. Skipping a class or doing an assignment sub-par is not the end of the world. Sometimes it is necessary to keep your sanity. It is not worth your time and energy to stress yourself out to the max. I'm an very glad I have learned to be okay with not being 100{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c} perfect with school. Overall, the transition to college was pretty easy. Balance between school and your normal life is an important skill to learn.


Dear Kimber, Stop worrying about what everyone else thinks about you. It turns out that in the grand scheme of things, it really doesn't matter. You'll find friends who love you for who you are. It's okay that you don't want to go to school right now too. You will, in your own time. And mom is right- stick with art. It's where you belong. Take more computer classes, and stop being afraid of those ugly Macs in the library. You're going to wish you had later on. Play around more in Photoshop and get a digital camera. (I know, I know. "Digital- eww!") You're going to love having one. And when you go to work at The Print Shoppe, don't be content with doing the grunt work. Bug Sue to teach you about design- she's not scary, I promise! And get to know Rollan. The man is a design genius. And lastly, even though you're not ready for college yet, get the information from the counselors now. It'll be easier in the long run, rather than trying to do it by yourself! Love, Kimber Rose at 29.


Just trust your gut and go with that feeling it is telling you, NO MATTER WHAT!


If I were able to give advice to myself as a high school senior, I would have suggested that learning better study habits would be beneficial for future college success. I went to a suburban high school that challenged me very little compared to my current college, Milwaukee School of Engineering. I usually stayed up past midnight talking on the internet, which gave me less time to sleep and study. Therefore, I was inattentive in my classes due to lack of sleep, not appreciating the aptitude of the teaching staff. It would have been easier to adjust to the rigors of studying many hours a week in college if I had started to study and sleep more while practicing proper organizational skills in my senior year of high school. I would have also advised myself to get more involved in my community and volunteer. I did not recieve many college scholarships because of my lack of extra-curricular activities. Finally, I would have told myself to take my math and science courses more seriously, as my major of Biomolecular Engineering is extremely math and science-focused.


Advice I would give myself is that, I should manage my time well. Having a lot of homework and school activity, I wanna learn how to set a time for them. Especially school, where my career depends on, I mainly focus more on completing the homework and anything that is due the next day or even so, homework that due in a couple of weeks ahead. Another advice that I would give myself is that, try not to think too hard on an homework or a test that I have failed. Because, that would only create more depression on myself. So I try to not think too hard but rather work harder for the next following test. I believe that if I can do all of this, my life would be much better and would not have to worry much about my future or what I'm going to be.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself to spend more time preparing for my college career. I would tell myself to spend more time on scholarships. I would tell myself to put in a little extra effort because it would have defiantly made everything a little easier. All in all, if I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself to keep going, don’t give up, your almost to the finish.


Take your time to pick the correct school and major. Listen to your heart and don't let anyone tell you different.


Apply for more scholarship and be more educated about what's out there. Spend more time on applications.


During my first year at Milwaukee School of Engineering I have learned that the Mechanical Engineering field is not right for me. In high school I accelerated at mathematics and was informed that engineering would be a good field for me. My high school engineering courses were very interesting and I could not wait to continue learning about the field in college. After about one trimester as a mechanical engineering major I learned that it was not what I expected it to be like. I also learned that college math was even more interesting than the math I had previously learned about in high school. This knowledge has since lead me to change my major to mathematics. I believe that this is the most valuable thing that I have gotten out of my college experience so far because it has lead me in the right direction for the future. Without this experience I would very likely be working towards a career that I would not enjoy and not find fulfilling. I do not regret attending Milwaukee School of Engineering and I am very thankful for the experience it has gave me, even if I will not attend there next year.


At MSOE we run on a trimester system unlike most schools who only have two semesters per school year. I finished my last final exam for the second trimester on the 26th of February and we have a week long break before we start a new set of classes. Everything moves really fast here and it has given me the chance to try new scheduals, study techniques and keep looking forward. I can almost feel that diploma in my hand.


I have met a lot of people who will be my friends for the rest of my life. I have also learned that dedication and hard work really do give you a benefit in life. I always partied at the first college I went to, and when I transfered to MSOE, I realized that drinking is not what college is about. I have learned a lot, with the help of my one-on-one professors, and would now like to continue my education to get my master's degree. That was something I never expected before, but now that I have found a college I really enjoy, I think I will miss it when I finally graduate!