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At first I didn't want to attend a community college. I thought it would make me look stupid as opposed to a 4 year university. I was wrong. I came here only to play a sport and I am glad I did! I made so many new friends and I feel like i am really apart of this school. I am only an hour away from my house, so iif I feel like I need to, I can drive home. School is so much cheaper here and with all the scholarships they offer, it is practically free! That is the best part! There are many clubs and activities, so there is always something going on. I love that I can participate especially when I don't feel like doing homework. The teachers here help you more than they would at a 4 year, but it's a good transition so you can experience the college classroom. It does take some dedication though, because they won't baby you and remind you everyday that something is due. I feel, though, that after I graduate, I will be ready for the big 4 year university and what it has to offer.

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I never made it as a high school senior. After 10th grade I dropped out and got a job. Within the next 2 years after that however, I went back to school and got my GED. If I could go back in time, I would tell myself not to give up. That the things that seem so important and worth quitting over then will soon pass. I would tell myself that nothing is worth losing my education for. I would explain that one day I am going to apire to become a doctor and it will be hard but to not give up that I can make it. I would tell myself that it's okay to believe in myself because the limits I thought I had are in reality so much further and in fact I will never even realize just how far my limits reach. Last but not least, I would tell myself not to be so nervous on that first day... come to find out, people are nicer than you might realize. :)

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I would have to advise myself not to worry. The particular community college I am attending is close enough to home to not greatly change my lifestyle. As far as the work in the different classes is concerned, I would tell myself to continue studying as long as it takes to learn the material, because there are fewer tests to determine the final grades. 'Talk to people,' I would say to myself. It's important to build close relationships with those in the same classes. They'll probably be the ones on whom to depend when classwork and lectures don't seem to make sense. Finally, I would tell myself to have fun. Conservative fun, of course. College isn't a big scary place to be feared, but a place where you learn what you want and participate in school activities that you find enjoyable.

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I wish for this opportunity every day. If i could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school, I would tell myself to start off at my current community college instead of starting off at an university. I made the mistake, as a high school senior, to attend the University of Southern Mississippi my freshman year of college. I ended up transferring down to a community college at the end of the fall semester. If I could go back, I would push myself to applying for more scholarships. There's plenty of free money out there, I doubted myself as a senior that I would not be rewarded for those scholarships. Now I know it doesn't hurt to try. If I had the chance, I would've started off at a community college, applied for more scholarships, and saved a bunch of money.

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If i could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to look into the scholarships better. I would also tell myself to try out at the colleges that I had the chances to try out for. Another thing i would tell myself is to broaden my search, go outside the state and choose something different. If i didn't slack back then, I would have gone of to somewhere big, so i would love to tell myself to actually put forth the effort to make something better of my life. If i could go back, my present would be different and i would be recieving a better education at a university.

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If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to make the best grades possible while you have the chance. I would also tell myself to get ready to have a very enjoyable education experience, because college is great. College is much more interesting and laid back. There are also many interesting students and professors to meet. I would tell myself that the transition from high school to college is very smooth. I would assure myself not to worry or be nervous because college will be one of the greatest experieces of my life.

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I would tell my high school self to put more effort into education, not socialization. In your senior year, everyone thinks that college is just a chance to be an adult and be free. It is, partially, but what you do in college will follow you for the rest of your life. I tell seniors in high school this all the time: there is a balance between fun and school, you need to find it. Partying all night is ok, as long as you pass that history exam you have on Monday. That is the key to having balance in college. If you start in high school, the transition becomes easier.

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There is a lot of things that I would tell my high school self. The first thing I would tell myself would be to retake Pre-Calculus and look into dual enrollment and taking Calculus I while in my senior year in high school. I would also tell myself to try a little bit harder in my Freshman and Sophomore years; do not settle for C's in classes that are harder. Another bit of advise I would give myself would be to take advantage of the AP classes available and take harder and more advanced courses. Those courses would help me later in life when I'm attending college.

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I would tell myself not to give up on hard classes. College has taught me that presistence and deadication alon is the only way to achieve the classes that I take. I wish I had taken harder than normal classes in high school in order to prepare for my college classes. High school students are sometimes intemidated by classes that are socially deamed hard and therefore do not take them. Take at least one hard math like Trig that way depending on what classes you take in college you would have an edge on what the class is all about.

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If I could go back in time, I would definitely tell myself that it's good to be relaxed but not too relaxed. Definitely make sure to be on track and don't slack off because the years in college seem to go faster than the years in high school and every day is one step closer to being out in the real world. Also, another big advice I'd have to press on is to be CAREFUL with spending money. Looking on the outside, spending money doesn't seem to be a bad thing but as a college student, that money goes quick.

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