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What should every freshman at your school know before they start?


I always cared about my academic success, but I didn't become passionate about it until after entering college. I would tell myself to put forth the extra effort to study more and take a more active part in extra-curriculars while I was still in high school also. I haven't had the chance to be in many activities or groups since high school graduation and having the time to take part in them is something precious that I wish I had time for now. I would tell myself to soak up every ounce of knowledge I could in the advanced placement courses I took in high school as they helped me profoundly in my first nursing program. If I could go back and give my younger self the drive to succeed that I have now, that is what I would want to do the most.


Senior year is the year you can relax and not worry. It is the one phrase from high school that haunts me. If I was capable of communicating with my high school senior self, I would advise against following that. I would have told myself to plan more ahead than just applying to a two year community college. I would also advise myself to apply for more scholarships and to try to avoid the student loans from piling up before transferring to a four year college. Wishful thinking does not get a person somewhere in life, hard work and substantial effort do. Even though my senior-self will never benefit from that realization, my current-self does.


Always make time for your homework and studies first, then move on to your daily routines.


As a high school senior one of my biggest mistakes was not taking anything seriously. I didn’t plan ahead and that has gotten me where I am today. All I ever did was work, work, work and did enough in school to just barely pass. Looking back if I could tell myself anything it would be get your act together! If I only took my time and tried to do my best, I could have academic scholarships. Not to mention with all the money I was making, the malls received every bit of it. This is another thing I wish I would have saved up for the expenses that college students are faced with. I would also tell myself not to grow up so fast, to slow down and live a little. Since I didn’t think ahead I now have to work, work, and work to pay off college tuition, books, and housing. There’s hardly time for myself, and so now my life consists of work to school to school to work every day. Though neither one of those things are bad, it would be nice to be able to sit down and breathe a little bit.


I would have gone to college right out of high school. I think the best thing for any person getting out of high school is going to college and getting all that experience. I have learned so much from other students and living the college life now, that i wish i would have done it right after high school. I feel that i am behind all my friends that went to college right after high school


At the time of my senior -year in high school, I assumed that the college process was a two-step action: go to school, then make money. At the time of my sophomore-year in college, I see college as a different two-step action: make money, then spend it on college. If I could go back to my then senior high self to give advise to, I would advise myself to scrutinize monetary commitments more closely. I would advise myself to consider the total amount of debt including the amount of interest payments that are involved with loans. Next, I would diligently walk myself through the FAFSA application process and make note of the four-year cap of its services. After, I would sit down with myself to plan which institution would be more applicable for FAFSA?s aide, a four-year or a two-year college. I know that this advice would have aided my positive college experience by alleviating some of the stress associated with paying off loans and give me a more secure financial starting poin


If I were able to go back in time and tell myself what I now know as if i were a high school senior, I would definately let myself know to take my time and make the best decision for me, not anyone else becuase I'm the one who has to live with the choices i make and that when you get older, your mistakes cost bigger than they would now. I would tell myself to make sure that the college I choose is natinally accredited so that if I would want to transefer schools i could do so easily. I would tell them to start applying for grant and scholarships as soon as possible to get a head start. Go see all the schools I'm looking at and start to narrow down the ones I would want to go to. Then apply to them and once I've been accepted and made my choice i would go and get accustumed to the school. Visit with your new counselors and view your classes and class rooms. I would also suggest joining some clubs and groups ahead of time so you could get to know your new classmates.


dig deep and find strength to keep moving and pursue your goals. Along those lines, since you havent started yet one of the best things I can tell you is make sure to figure out something you think you might want to major in and then DO IT. Even if its not waht you want to do the rest of your life, knowledge and education are cummulative. You will always be learning and changing your perspective. In school, its important to see yourself making progress and accomplishing things, so find one( degree ir path of study) and DO IT. As far as academics, dont overload yourself. Take the time to get the classes that work for your schedule . pursue skills to be a functional, responsible adult. learn to be reliable, capable, and in general a productive, pleasant member of society. be aware that ITS NOT ABOUT THE PARTYING. Being able to do what you want, when you want is a perk of adult life. Learn to use it wisely, dont squander it on debauchery. Im not saying dont have fun and explore. Im saying, develop the ability to self regulate and keep yourself together. Check yourself before you wreck yourself,


Be prepared to make a big transition. School will begin to cost money, classes will be more demanding and fast-paced, but it will lead to greater opportunities than a high school diploma could offer. Talk to your teachers and ask them questions. Let them know that you're dedicated as early in the semester as possible, because they are there to help you get to where you need to be. Apply yourself to school like you've never done before. Do everything you can to get an A in all your classes, because it will pay off when your transcripts are outstanding, and competing against hundreds of students to get into your desired program. Don't stress too much though, because you will make friends that are on the same journey.


I would advice myself back in high school to take my education seriously.


I would have told myself that school should have come first. I had quit school after my first semester of college so I could work full-time at Wells Fargo because I loved getting paid a decent amount of money. I waited over 3 years before going back to school. I'm now 22 years old and I wish I would have finished school a year ago.


I would say first what is wrong with you? College is a great place to meet new people that actually want someting out of life. Go to college at least for one year see if it is for you. Live in a dorm, join a sorority ,run for student council, live the college experience get good grades and have fun. Cassandra you are much smarter and have more potential than you think. I would say let go of the past don't let it hold you back because you cannot change what has happened you can only move forward . Cassandra do you know that one day you will have a wonderful husband and four children counting on you to be a good role model and help with the finances. Do you know how much more money you can make with a college degree instead of messing around with all those meaningless,boreing mindless jobs with no future? You also need to love yourself ,that is the only way you are going to succeed. Stop being so hard on yourself. You are a great person with alot to offer and to never think or let anybody tell you any different.


If I could go back in time to talk to myself I would say that I need to work on getting some scholarships because school doesn't come cheap. I would also say that I need to improve my grades because it will get me a better chance to earn some scholarships. Also to pay more attention in math class because you are going to need all the help you can get because it isn't easy. Take the advantage of all the information that you can get on doing power points and exhibits because you are really going to need it. If you want to achieve something surround yourself with people that will encourage you not put you down. The friends you hang out with won?t always have your back because they wouldn't want to see you do better then them. Always have a positive attitude because it will help you achieve what you want in life. But with a negative attitude you are always going to put your self way down. I would also say don?t wait for two years to pass by to start college start right away when your done with high school.


I would have to say do lots of researches about colleges before going to college. Why? because when I went to school (college of course), I thought I was prepared but I had a hard time and I wished I had more researches and better prepare. Yes, I struggled, but I never give up because once I startred I don't want to give up. And yes I made it through college and that's why I want to further my education. Therefore, knowing that college is not what it seems, I should do a lot of research on the college and the course(s) I'm taking before I actually taking or will take. And I believe that's what most students if not all student should do.


i would of told my self to go through, Pseo, or look at trio, there are so many programs out there for people of a young age, and if i had a time warp, i would of gone , back and fix that, and where i live now, but education, to touch basis, with my inself, i would advise if you can do it, go for it SKY is the limit


Although my struggle is specific to chemical dependency, I think this can apply to any students who have outside issues that will affect their ability to be a student. I would have told myself to get sober and not use going to school as a way to try to make my life seem better, because that .8 GPA from that semester is really weighing down my 4.0 from last semester.


I would tell myself to save money and work harder to apply for scholarships. I now understand that when the school bills come you wish you would have worked harder on your FAFSA or scholarship acquisitions. Plus it makes it easier to do well in school when your not worrying about school bills.


If I could go back to my senior year in high school I would tell myself to pay attention and grow up. I would tell myself that after high school there is a whole different and unstable world that you need to be prepared for. While i would still want myself to have fun I would have tried harder and started my proffesional life earlier to get a head start. Instead I am doing that 10 years later. When its harder to afford the same mistakes and harder to pay for a home, car, food, bills, school, and the bills along with school. Do everything you can now to make tommorow easier.


I would tell myself to buckle down, and strive to be a successful student in high school up until the end. I would also tell myself that joining the National Guard after high school is a great decision to pay for my tuition, and to apply for as many scholarships as possible to lift the financial burden off of myself. I would tell me to be outgoing and make friends with as many people as I could, all while trying to teach not only myself, but many others about culture outside of our own in small town Brainerd, MN.


I would tell my high school senior self to fear nothing in college. The college transition can be very overwhelming and difficult at times, but there really is nothing to be afraid of as long as you trust yourself. You should also learn to trust others including professors, friends, co-workers, and the administration. People can be surprisingly helpful; sometimes when you least expect it. Here is a list of things that I would tell my high school senior self that I should remember as I start my journey into college. 1. Get to know your professors very well. 2. Try something new everyday. 3. Join a group or club that you're passionate about. 4. Study abroad. 5. Become a leader on campus. 6. Always ask for help if you need it. 7. Develop a solid study schedule. 8. Volunteer regularly. 9. Take a few electives outside your major. 10. Don't sweat the small stuff.


The advice that I would give myself if I could go back in time is to give myself the very wise but simple words, "be humble in all that you do." In high school, espcially in my senior year, I felt that I already knew everything and if anyone was going to teach someone, it would be from me to the professors! Because of this, when I went to college the first time around, I failed miserably. I failed 2 of my 4 classes that semester and wasted all of my time and money thinking that I was undefeatable. My ego was so high in the air it was in the stratosphere, and as the old saying goes, "Pride goeth before a fall." If I were more humble in my work and would have allowed my professors to teach me, rather then arrogantly shun their lessons, I would be much further today then I am now. Not only does humbleness help on the work aspect of school, but also in your relations with other students. Nobody likes a show-off, let alone a know-it-all!


I would tell myself to raise my GPA and apply for more scholarships, because i didn't take paying for college to seriously i thought it was all about loans, but i would rather benefit myself from future debt after graduation and be able to enjoy my career without having to pay off loans for the rest of my life. Also I would've gotten into more extra cirricular activities outside of school, and more involved into community service to makle myself more noticable to college representatives, and people that have connections. also i would have taken it upon myself to layout a long-term plan as far as goals for college goes esepcially for finances. I would also say to myself that this is a big life changing step and courses just get harder down the road as you reach to succeed your life long dreams.


Trust your gut and don't worry so much. Life will work out eventually. Work hard, you're going to be paying for school now. It's a hard road but most definatly worth the journey.


Do what you want to do with your life don't let anyone stop you from reaching your dreams and have a good time.