Listen up! College is a big change from your life at home! You will pick a degree and shcool that no one in your family supports you for doing. The one person is your mother, even though you two don't get along now, be nice to her. She's the one who helps you with your funding. But your two sisters and father do nothing but put it down and say you're making a huge mistake. But don't listen to them! Don't let them get inside your head, follow your heart and what you love to do and the rest will fall into place. At the same time, be realistic about life after college and focus on your future and paying back your loans! Good luck and don't let mean family members get you down!
You will be fine when you finally figure out what you want to do(mainly HIT). It'll be a hard road and you will have to deal with some bad things before you get to school, but all of it was worth getting yourself pumped up to go to college. College will be hard, too, but you will have awesome instructors who will help you learn everything and you will push yourself to make the best grades and attendance to get into some extraciricular activities at the school. You will love when you get into the college cause you will meet wonderful students and the staff at the school will be easy to get along with. The campus isn't big so you will be able to move around quite easily and you will only deal with one class per day, but you will learn more than you could ever imagine. The family will be so happy and impressed about you keeping wonderful grades and your knowledge, so it is definately worth it when you finally get to go up to mom, dad, or anyone to show them your grades with your head held high.
I was a High School dropout for reasons unknown. However, I wasn't the ideal dropout. I was an honor roll student when I was told by the state of Maine I couldn’t graduate for missing too many days. My teachers and principal all enjoyed me as a student but I could not stand being in class and I didn’t know why.
Two years after I left high school, I pursued my G.E.D and a trade at Northlands Job Corps Center in Vergennes, Vermont. It was here that I attained the reason for my failure with high school. I obtained my G.E.D with relatively high scores, and completed a six month trade in two weeks. I identified that I was an accelerated learner. I was getting bored in the high school classroom from repeating the work already accomplished. It made me feel confined and not challenged enough to want to stay in class.
What I would tell myself in high school is to "Keep challenging yourself. Ask the teachers for more work and let them know that you are not being stimulated enough to keep your focus. Most importantly get your High School Diploma!”
During my senior year, I realized that the kids I had considered my closest friends for 7 years—or the brainiacs—were incredibly judgmental. They were constantly making assumptions about other student’s personality traits and lifestyle based upon what they looked like and who they talked to. If you attended Parsippany Hills High School, the top 10% of the class knew who you were, knew your business, and they felt superior to you because they were more intelligent.
I realized in my last year of high school that while these people may have been my companions in the past, it was now time to move on. They gossiped about my life on top of everyone else’s as I sat in my honors classes alone and ostracized. Looking back on days where I felt rejected, I would tell myself that in college this experience will make you extremely resilient. You will become a confident, strong young woman, unafraid of being her true self and losing friends is ok if it means being happier personally in the end. You can not live for others, you must live for yourself because you are the only thing you have 100% control over.
I have always had a type A personality, so the advice I would give my former self would be "Don't freak out. College is important, but it's not scary. You're going to make friends easily, and the classwork won't take over your life. You'll have time to relax, and time to work, and time to waste making questionable decisions. You will not go through college perfectly, you will not always succeed, but you will also regret not going. You know you will never be satisfied until you have tried your hardest; Don't bother worrying that you will not be good enough. College is not a competition, it is an experience. You must take advantage of this experience. You will never be eighteen again, and it would be criminal to ruin this brief time of your life with anxiety over whether or not you will fit in at school. Trust me, you will; You will be immesuarabley proud of yourself as long as you take the time to enjoy college while you can."
I would tell myself that college is a great experience. It's okay to be nervouse, because it's something you've never experienced before. You will be fine though. You will really learn to adjust being on your own. The teachers care about your education just as much as you do, but there's only so much they can do, so it's important to give your all no matter what. Your primary reason for being there is to better yourself and your future, but it's okay to have fun doing it. Don't get too stressed out. College will also make you broke. So, work anytime you can, without getting behind in school and save every penny. Apply for as many grants and scholarships as possible. It might seem hopeless, but keep at it. No matter what your college life brings you, make sure you look at the long term results. Don't think too much in the moment, because that could hurt you. Think before you act, be a good person, and the fun and rewards will follow along with you.
If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would just tell myself not to worry. During my senior year, I worried about any possible thing that could go wrong when starting college: Would I make friends? Would I like my classes? Would I be able to get good grades? I spent all of my time worrying. So if I could back in time, I would tell myself that everything would go smoothly when I start college and that I had nothing to worry about.
Hello high-school-Ethan, this is you, writing from the future, and I’ve got some things to tell you about college. Firstly, ask for a new room freshman year, yours has bed bugs. Secondly, CALM DOWN. I know you’re horrified about the idea of leaving to go to college, of leaving behind home and comfort, family and childhood, of making new friends and tackling new challenges like “LAUNDRY”. But I’m encouraging you to (try to) forget all that for a second and focus on something: making the best of it. Here’s something you may not have noticed in high school, things go by fast and what seemed liked ample time to mess around quickly turns into what-happened-to-that-year-and-what-did-I-get-done. I’ll tell you, the feeling of a lost opportunity is a deeper sting than the failure of an attempt. So take a risk, be emabarassing, don’t waste time thinking your passions are a waste of time. You will make friends, you will be able to handle your school work, you will adapt as always. You’re going to be fine.
Try harder. GPA is everything. Put your heart into everything you love...even if you just 'like' it. And everything works out. If you want it, you'll find a way to make it happen.
My college experience has been amazing so far. Everyone is friendly and it is easy to make friends. Also, it is very easy to concentrate on my studies. If I need help with some thing, I can always get in contact with my teacher. I couldn't see myself at another school. The amount of experience they a am able to get is very valuable. Companies hire people who have experience, and by getting a lot of experience, I know coming here was well worth it. They will also help me get a job. :-) I love everything about this school, class sizes, teachers, equipment, students, and the atmosphere.
I have made more friends than I even could have imagined, and not only in my field, but in all majors. That is one of my favorite things about NESCom, there is always a project going on that gets ALL of the majors involved, which is how you learn to work together and even learn a bit about video or audio if you were a journalism major. I also believe it's very vaulable to attend a school as small as NESCom because you do get that hands on experience. I was out conducting interviews and writing up newstories within the first two weeks I was there. It's fun and most of the time it doesn't even feel like learning because it's something that I'm truly interested in. I've learned so much in the first semester, and that just makes me 10x as excited to return for my next 3.5 years!
The college experience has many good and bad aspects to it. My Freshman year I learned about patience, persistence and being proactive. I had a very bad experience with my first roommate that required a college Dean to get involved. Thanks to being placed in a new room with a new roommate, I had the opportunity to make friends with a whole new set of people. That experience reminded me that life is full of challenges and it is up to us, as individuals to put a positive spin on things.
If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior the advice I would give myself is to apply to more schools, fill out more scholarships, and actually take time to do homework. I would tell myself not to slack off with "senioritis" and to stop making excuses. Knowing what I know now about college life I would definitely inform my former self that I need to exert more effort in all my subjects and gain some money.
It will get you ready for the real world. Classes are exciting and the professors are not stuffy they make learning fun. It's a great place to go if you want to be a journalist. It's a real personable school.
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