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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 focus on school rather than my social life. Senior year, I put my school work second in my life and I regret that. Next, I would say prepare to grow up; in college, no one cares about who you were in high school. I would also tell myself to spend as much time as possible with my family and close friends because you don't realize how important they are until you don't get to see them everyday. And lastly, although your parents are pushing you, it is only for your benefit and you will be thankful for it one day.


Knowing what I know now, I would tell myself to not take school for granted. I would tell myself to enroll in as many dual credit classes as I could ( FREE COLLEGE. ) I would show myself how to properly organize my classes and how to manage my time better. Most imporatntly I would show myself how to manage my money. I would tell myself to not give up so easy and to not procratinate. I would remind myself to put in my hard work now because after the four years it would be worth it. I can travel and party where ever I want. I would remind myself to have some fun but to not loose focus, to take care of my health/ body and to get a job relating to my major.


If I were able to go back and to myself as a senior in high school, I would tell myself that I don't need to be scared and nervous about college, because it's a blast. I would also tell myself that it takes a lot of responsibility to do well in college. In high school, you live at home and your parents dictate what your curfew is, make sure you do your homework, among other things, but in college, you're on your own. Getting your school work done is completely on you, and it's easy to fall behind, which I know from experience. The best thing to do too keep a great GPA is to go to class, know your professors, and get your work done. If you do those three things, you'll do great in college. The most Important thing I would tell my senior self, is to just have as much fun as possible, and don't be shy. Because it's college; it's supposed to be a blast and a place to make life-long friends.


Dear Leah, Always remember that the most important thing you can do when choosing a college is to realize that it matters far less where you attend-and the name of the school. What truly matters is how much you apply yourself to succeed. When you are choosing a degree plan try to select something that you have somewhat excelled at in life. There's a lot to be said for allowing your own natural abilities help you come to a life plan doing something you'll love. Best wishes to you from me. Sincerely, Leah


Be proactive; be involved in as many school activities/clubs are you can! Apply for more scholarships because you did not try your best the first time. In other words, widen your horizons. STOP focusing on your dull love life, stop thinking every boy you meet will be your "soulmate", and focus more in the community you live. Start to slowly become independent, because that is how you have to be in college. Learn how to cook! It would also be REALLY helpful for your resume if you get a part-time job. But most importantly, be yourself. You held yourself back in high school a lot, and that did not do you any good in the friendship area. Put yourself out there and be part of the town. Volunteer for many things, and help during fundraisers. Spend more time with your sister. She will miss you when you go to college, but she won't tell you nor will she show it. But you will just know. She needs you. You will achieve great things in the future. Please do not doubt yourself. You are already a superhero, now all you have to do is learn how to fly.


Jonah.....just relax! This is all fixing to be water under the bridge. You know all those things you are stressing about now, yeah next year they won't matter anymore. Like your mom said, this high school thing is just a small season in this thing we call life. I know you can't see it now but college is so much bigger and you are going to absolutely love it! I know you are scared and this small city life is all you've ever known, and believe me even after you leave you will still always cherish these lifelong friendships you have built but get ready and don't be scared to embrace this opportunity you are going to get. I promise you won't regret it! Be present right now and take in every single one of these "lasts" that you are experiencing of high school and get ready to start experiencing a whole lot of new "firsts" on this next adventure called college. Oh, and 1 more thing...high school love really doesn't last. Smile because it happened, heal and move on. YOLO Jonah!


If i could go back and give myself advice i would say to be more outgoing. Don't be afraid to try new things or look into a school farther away from home. also, when you do get excepted into a schoool make sure they get your paper work. You may have sent it but that does not mean they recieved it. Double check to prevent yourself headaches in the future.


Don’t be afraid, do what makes you happy. I say this because when I was younger I was always riddled with uncertainty. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do or what would become of me after I graduated from New Mexico State University – Main Campus. Now, however, I am happy. It is because I opened myself to new experiences and to meeting new people. I have never been happier. One can only grow through life experiences, and it took me sometime to realize this. I have regrets for my being uncertain in the pasted because I have grown into the person that I am with the help of the people that I have met here. I have learned so much from the friends and instructors that I have met here. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. The friends and the instructors here that I have had the opportunity to meet and connect with encourage me to become the bester version of myself, hence my initiative to make the world a kinder and gentler place by educating others about acceptance. It’s a journey and an adventure. I am happy.


Some advice I would give myself if I could go back and talk to my senior self would be to not procrastinate. I would use this advice because I learned in college that procrastination is a bad thing. I learned it is a bad thing because, when you tend to put assignments off to the last minute you could forget to do them, or you might do an assignment in a hurry the nigh before and realize you got a bad grade for it. The reason for this is you did not take your time to put your full potential and academic knowledge towards the assignment. Another piece of advice I would give myself would be to get a planner and use it. I would give this advice because planners in college help you stay organized. Planners help prioratize and remind you of what you have to do and when they have to be done. The last piece of advice would be to study as much as you can and whenever you can. Those are three pieces of advice I would give myself if i could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior.


If i could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior i would encourage myself to take more dual-credit classes at the community college in town. The high school paid for the class and the book, so we were able to take college classes with out charge. I took a few classes and saved some money, but I could have taken more and saved more money and not have to stress about tuition costs and scholarships .


Ask yourself probably the most important question that needs to be answered. What do you truly enjoy and want to do? If the answer is "I don't know", pause and begin to ask others how they discovered what they wanted to do. Think about the things that bring you great joy and focus on those moments. Find the things that hold your interest because you find them fascinating! Now, combine the things that make you happy with the things that you find fascinating and explore them further. If you are going to take the time and put in the effort to go to college, make sure you are studying what makes you happy and also holds your fascination. Remember there are many things that you may not know and may not understand that are going to be important later in life. Most importantly, make sure that you are happy and enjoying what you are doing. Pursue what makes YOU happy, not what someone else thinks will make you happy. If you are happy and fascinated with the work you do for the rest of your life, you will never "work" a day in your life.


If I had the ability to go back and give myself advice, I would tell myself about all of the opportunities and every good thing that I coul possibly think of. I would want to encourage myself to push through all of the hardships because I could explain to myself that it would all be worth it. I would warn myself about upcoming financial issues and that I should expect one of my main scholarships to be underfunded as well as the New Mexico Lottery Scholarship to also be underfunded. But other than that, I believe that I would do most everything else the exact same way. I feel that if I had changed much else, I would not have had the incredible experiences that I have had in college. I would love to relive many of my college experiences and avoid some but I understand that they would go hand-in-hand overall. It takes difficulty and struggle to understand the beauty and worth of other things, my time in college has shown me that I have plenty of obstacles to overcome but also plenty to look forward to. True sagaciousness is not achieved through an easy life.


Take time to enjoy your life. You'll need several years to come to term with going to college. no matter how long it takes for you to go back top school, btw you'll be 28, divorced single mother of 2 moving back in with your parents when you do go back. Don't get discouraged. Keep going untill you earn the degrees your heart desires.


Don't lose yourself. Remember who you are and remember your values. College is a big place, and you'll experience many changes, but you know who you are. Stay true to yourself. Have fun, meet new people, do something you've never done before. Don't be afraid to break up with your high school sweetheart, if it's meant to be, it will be.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to figure out what you want to do in life, be realistic, and pursue that degree. I would also tell myself to travel a lot and make time to study abroad for a semester. Don't get caught up in finishing in 4 years and take your time being a young adult. I would tell myself that life is short and to take time to appreciate your family and friends. I guess I'd tell myself to study hard, not to procrastinate, and to not be afraid ot ask for help sometimes. Lastly, I would tell myself to just have fun, enjoy college, go out once in a while, and try new things!


Do not take any of your schooling as a joke, it all matters if you want to get ahead in life. Be dilligent and remember that staying in for a night to study will not kill you. Take every test like it will be your final grade, study like you only have a one day. If you take school seriously then you will be good, do not procrastinate or else you will be left in the dust by everyone else.


Keep in touch with the people who matter most to you. You never know when you will need someone to remind you that you can come home and help you get through the lonely or stressful times in college. You will grow up and change and meet new people but the people who knew you in high school can also be your lifelong friends and there will be times when you need a whole calvary of people by your side. Remember you can always go home but only go to visit because you will thank yourself later for toughing out being away when you graduate a grown up and with new friends and memories. Everyone needs to get away so go as far as you can get and figure it once you get there!


I always tell myself that if I could go back to being a high school senior, I wouldn't be so set on what I plan to study in college. College has been one of my greatest challenges and it hasn't only been about getting an education but also a journey of self-discovery. During my 3rd year of college I lost all my motivation and I hit rock-bottom, my grades slipped and I lost out on very important scholarships. I couldn't comprehend why this was happening after having been a 4.0 student all my life. Turns out I was so dissatisfied with field of study at the time and absolutely hated everything. Although it has taken me longer to graduate, I am now studying what I’m passionate about and couldn't be happier. So my advice is to not rush and take your time. I was racing through school and setting myself up for failure. Your interests in college will change and that's okay. But I refused to graduate with a degree I was not happy with!


Well as a senior in college now, I see many of my friends who have graduated are struggling to find jobs, I seem to be having the same problem. I would have told myself to prepare myself better for a Master's degree rather than just going through school with the expectation of only completing a bachelors degree. I would have perhaps made sure I prepared myself better for the future rather than focusing so much on just graduating and getting through college.


Prepare to really focus in college. College is nothing like high school. Your teachers don't care if you were sick the day before and couldn't do your homework, your responsible for everything being turned in on time. Highschool is ten times easier, and you thought you couldn't handle that being a single teen mom. I thought college would be much easier, because I could make my own schedule, take as many classes as I wanted and go at my own pace. Oh boy, I was wrong. Being a mother is hard by itself, a mother that works full time is hard, but being a mother, that works full time and goes to school part time is the hardest thing I have ever had to do. Stay in school, enjoy socializing, and pay attention because it will only help you out in college.


Future Self: Gustavo hold off on going to college until you know what you will be majoring in. Join the peace corp, do volunteer work and start excercising. Past Self: But Why? Future Self: If you hold off on college you will know what to major in and will have a more specific plan. You may start at the community college and save yourself a lot of money. Also it will give you a chance to apply for scholarships and become more mature. If you join the peace corp it will give you life experience. Past Self: You are very wise future self.


Dear Sabrina, As you prepare to graduate and head off to college I would like to advice you on a few things. First college is not all that scary. Second when you make your classes make sure that an advisor for your major is there because if they are not you might end up taking a class that does not count towards your degree. Third try your best to avoid early morning classes. The second semester I got stuck with 8 A.M. classes every day and it was horrible, but you made it through it. Last you will learn so many new things and meet so many intelligent people that will give you advice that you will carry for the rest of your life. You will make some of the craziest friends, but you will also have some of the best and worst memories of your life during that first year. You will have to go through the death of two dear friends, but during those times you will prove how strong you are. It may seem scary when you start, but during this time you will finally start to find who you really are. Love, The real you


If I could be able to give myself advice as a high school senior, I would definately tell myself college is the key to success. The more education you obtain, the more successful your journey will be. Education is something that no one can take from you. Once you learn about life's obstacles you will definately be prepared for life throws at you. I would tell myself to be focused on your education and don't let anything hinder your thought process. Keep your eyes on the prize and perseverance pays off in the long run. Don't let peer pressure influence you in doing something you don't want to do.


If I could go back and talk to myself the first thing i would say is, dont be a quitter. I dropped out of school only to go back and get my GED. I would encourage my young self to get through the rough times. I would tell myself that there are careers out there for women and that I could make something of myself. I would tell myself that being a wife and mother are not the only things I should expect of myself. I would also tell myselft to seek out tutoring and not to give up when some subjects seem to difficult to handle. I would also tell myself to report bullying, that was one big reason I left school. I would tell myself that I could make a difference and my life would be what I made of it. I would want my young self to set high goals and be more involved in school clubs and socialize more. I would also tell myself that I shouldnt listen to negativity. Growing up hispanic, going to school was not encouraged.


Make sure to keep all school transcripts! The college you will apply to is going to request transcripts from schools you went to years and years ago. Apply and show serious interest in your 1st choice school in advance and keep updated with their current programs to insure a spot.


Spend more time reading and doing school assigments. Listen to what adults have to say about their experiences. Study and study.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself it would be as a high school freshman, because I was not chose to drop out as a freshman and get my GED as an adult in my mid 20’s. I would have told myself, “he’s not worth it and he is not going to do anything for you in your life. I would have said to myself get you head out of your butt and stop using drugs because they are not going to get you anywhere in life. I would have said stop hanging around these want to be thugs because they are not your “homies.” I would have also said to myself stick out high school until your senior year, because you are still young and can have a better life than this one, and having a college degree at a young age opens more doors than you can imagine, you are somebody special, and you won’t have to worry about people putting you down for the mistakes you made.”


Save your money!!! Money goes fast when you are living on your own. I would also suggest applying a spaced out study habit and reading. Most of college work consists of outside class reading and tests. It is important to develop a good work ethic and habit. It is also important to stay intouch with close friends, practice good eating and sleeping habits, and don't forget all the things you learned in high school.


If I was fortunate enough to go back in time and talk to myself as a highschool senior I would give myself alot of helpful advice. As a highschool senior I did not give my all, I did not care about school, grades, or anything besides hanging out with my friends. I finally realized how important it is to get a good highschool education when I began my first semester of college. I became very independant and began to care about school and grades more than hanging out with any friends. I became very interested in my education when I began college, but struggled with my college classes because I wasn't working hard in highschool. I worked harder than anyone in my classes learning the material being taught. I realized that you need to study, do your homework, and try hard. If I could go back in time to give myself any advice, I would say, "You need to work hard to make your dreams come true. You can do anything if you stay dedicated to getting the education you deserve." Luckily, I am the oldest in my family and I can give this advice to my younger siblings.


“Take everything your advisors tell you about preparing for your future seriously, because time flies and being prepared is the best way to ensure success! Once you get to college, things get expensive! The sooner you can practice a budget plan, the better. Your freshman year eases this transition because you don’t have to pay for rent or groceries since you'll live in the dorms/have a meal-plan. However, budgeting for things like recreational activities and gas is great start. If you plan to work part-time, find a job on campus with flexible hours! This one should be a given, but GO TO CLASS - don’t oversleep! Be mindful of your eating habits. Continue to value health and fitness... (your major will end up being exercise science!) Keep healthy snacks around, and get your fruits and veggies in! Because you intend to tryout for the cheer team, I must remind you to be ready for the time and team commitment! Last but not least, invest in a planner – it will help you stay organized! Remember that overall, success is determined by how much work and dedication you put into to something - always rise to the challenge!"


If had the ability to go back in time and give myself advice in high school I would tell myself one thing, take a duel credit class. Duel credit classes are classes that allowed for a college course to be taken, and assuming you pass, you gain a credit toward the local university and a credit toward high school. These classes would have been helpful in kickstarting my college education not only because it would have allowed for me to get some of my prerequisits out of the way, and possibly even more helpful is they would have been at no cost. Other than this advice I believe that the classes I had taken in high school and the dedication I had towards these classes helped make the transition to a college level much easier. For the most part it was easy to go from a high school level of work to a college level. I do not feel like there is much other advice I could give myself, just keep working hard and don't slack off.


I would tell myself to do better in high school grade wise and not focus on sports. Grades are what help you pay for college when you cannot afford it. I also would tell myself that college is going to be the time of your life. Show up to class and take notes on what the professor is saying. Get a job in high school and save for college because its hard to pay for everything college requires. You are going to make different friends you never thought you would make, and they will be even closer to you than your old friends.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself not to study harder, but to study smarter. I can remember highlighting entire textbook pages, which defeats the purpose of a highlighter. I am now a high school English teacher and my mantra with my students is "audience and purpose." This works for reading and writing, regardless of major. Identify what you need to take away from a lecture, reading assignment, or problem set. This will help you disregard the extraneous information and focus on what is important. For writing assignments, consider your audience and purpose in order to stay focused on the topic and make the task less arduous.


The first thing I would advise my past self, would be to be confident in my dreams and hopes for my future. Know that the plans I had for myself are inlaid deep in my soul and to maintain the path toward that dream. I would let myself know that the path isn't necessarily going to be easy. It will require great strengh, perserverance, sacrifice, and security beyond my imagination. I would also advise myself that I need to have fun and make new friends, unlike high school, these friends are life long and will shape and change my life. I would let myself know that laughing is the best medicine. To keep strong in my adherence to no drugs or alcohol, but to go out on a Friday night! Lastly, I would tell myself to guard my heart. Don't allow boys to have full access to my soul, to the very center of my being, until they have earned it. Love is out there, don't try to force it and be pateint. Mr. Right will be there when the time is right.


As a high school student I was very quiet and not very outspoken, even though I longed to speak with and make friends with the other students. So the first piece of advice I would give my high school adolescence would be to speak up. "Don’t fear what others may think of you, for no one is perfect and there is absolutely nothing wrong with be different from everybody else. Since in reality everyone is different, people just act as normal as possible for fear of being judged." The second piece of advice would be, “Friends will come and go, so do not fret if you do not end up going to the same school as Katherine. If she is a true friend to you, distance won’t matter.” The last and final piece of advice is "Learn to love the library and computer lab they will be your best friends when no one else can. Also APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS!"


After completing high school, I have gained immense experience not only in upper level schooling, but also in the real world, which opened up my eyes to the life I was leading. If I could go back in time and talk to myself in high school, I would offer some helpful insight that would guide me toward a fulfilling future. First of all, I would tell myself to be more of a free spirit and follow my own individual dreams. Far too often did I strive to please others when making decisions for myself. Reflecting on the past, I've realized that this held me back from fully understanding who my true self was. Life is not about making others happy, but trusting your instincts and following your heart, is what everyone should be able to experience. So if I had to revisit myself in high school, I would declare that I place enough trust in myself to follow my own path in life and make myself happy; because as we all know, nobody else will do it for us.


I would give myself the following advice: Beginning fall of your senior year, apply to as many scholarships and grants as you can. There are never too many scholarships to receive. Secondly, once you graduate leave options open to attending a public college and private college--explore and take advantage of programs offered. Once you choose a college, get to know your advisor. Become comfortable with asking questions about degree plans and follow through with class registration. Don't be afraid to ask questions about financial aid, internships and especially classes.


The advice I would probably give myself is to start applying for scholarships because it has been really hard to figure out a way to earn money to pay for college. I am grateful to have my parents to support me but I know that they are having a hard time themselves and with the scholarships, college would be more easier. I think that would be the best advice I would give myself if I could go back in time.


Start exploring things that interest you early. Try to sample as many topics of interest you can if the opportunity presents itself. It helps tremendously to discover early if you can, what you think you would like to do with your life. Being prepared Before you start taking classes helps eliminate wasted time, money and possible scholarships or grants you may have earned. Also, talk to people who are in fields that you think you might be interested in. They can tell you what their line of work is really like and give you some pointers, or let you see for yourself what they do. Sometimes we have an idea in mind of what we think we like, until we actually try it out and find it really isn't what we imagined. So preparation and exploration are two big factors I would tell myself to do


I believe I would've told myself to be a bit more involved in many school activities. Whether it be sports or clubs, or even some mentoring or tutoring. Any way to get involved would help out with scholarships and other clubs that one might want to join in college. It's honestly worth the time when you enter college because there is so much to do that it takes a well rounded person to be able to enjoy all these things college has to offer. I know I would be telling myself to do more with my high school instead of just being a student.


What I know about college is a huge step in life and is the word to understand the real world meaning. College is not an easy thing for a new high school senior. Yes, when students enter college first is easy but six to eight weeks its will be a huge stress for students. Some students drop out of college because is hard or never show up. Sometime college is hard for some students but is easy for some students. Why that’s? The points of going to college is why you in college? I to be a high school senior I don’t know much about college expectations. I only know bases things about college such as scholarships, tuitions, financial aid, the cost of the college and etc. My teacher will teach only bases thing about what an instructor expectation on assignments and instructor won’t hunt you down like high school teachers. The advice I would give to myself to get into college are management your times, put your effort in college, know the camps, know your instructor; read the syllabus and etc. it will help me to not think college is a bad place and get helps.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would advise myself to apply to as many scholarships as I could, and to take as many dual credit classes as possible to get a head start in college. I would also tell myself to be patient and to manage my time effectively because those are skills I use in a daily basis. I would also advise myself to start using a planner because it is very effective and keeps me organized. Another thing I would advise myself would be to not give up in school, a class, or hope because even if you change your major twice like I did that it will be worth it at the end because as you advance in college you get to experience what you really eant to do for the rest of your life that makes you happy. I would tell myself that I can do it and to never give up. College is not easy but with dedication anyone can do it.


I could have been found in the halls of my high school scared stiff as the graduation date neared. Everyone seemed so sure of their paths, while I worried that my choices may not have been what was best for me. I would have loved to be able to shake myself awake and away from the imprisonment of worry. I walked those halls as a zombie, not really enjoying my senior year. If only I could have told myself that, "It's totally OK to not be 100% about what you want to do right out of high school. It's better to doubt and study a variety of classes before you get the Bachelor's degree and become stuck with a job that is unsuited to you," I would have made the decision to go back to school sooner. Maybe I would've been able to hold on to my last year of being a care-free adolescent.


I would tell my past self to go to a college counselor in order to make sure the classes I register for qualify for transferring. I was not careful about picking my classes and as a result I have now been in community college for four years instead of just two. I am ready to graduate and move on with my life, but I can't transfer until I get those pesky math classes done. I wish I had been more aware of the classes I needed to take!


I would tell myself to get into scholarship mode, and stop putting it off! I would tell myself to work harder and pay attention! I would tell myself to treasure the moments while there, because there is nothing like high school, and once you graduate you can never go back.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, the advice I would give myself is to learn how to study and prepare better. Although the classes weren't to hard and not much time was absolutely necessary to prepare for a test in high school, it would've been much better to develope a better habit back then. That way I could've been more prepared for tests at a much higher difficulty level. Not only in studying, but in learning the material as well. College has proved to be much much less hands on than high school. Instead of the teacher involving us more in what we are learning like in high school, the professor lectures and it is our own responsibility to pay attention, take notes, and then study from the notes we took. I do fine now, but it would've been nice to know how to prepare a little better, so that it would be a regular tendency. Especially to hear it from myself.


Don't stick to one thing because that is what you want to do now. Explore all your options and then make a decision. If you are having lots of bad experiences do not continue on but take the time to determine why and find out if that is the correct field. Make lots of friends and be social. Do not alienate those in your classes. Get to know your professors and be on their good side.


If I could go back in time, I would advise myself to make sure you really think about the college you choose. Make sure it can support you financially and academically. At the end of the day, an education gets you through college, not athletics. I would also say make good choices and stay true to who you are, at all times. Find friends who have your best interests at heart and respect you. Truly, think about the choices that you make because you are the one, who deals with them at the end of the day. Dream big! Go after your dreams and live life to the fullest. Make college the best four years of your life because once you are done, the "real world" begins! Always try to be confident, have faith, be persistent, and humble throughout all of your endeavors. Believe in yourself, so others may believe in you. Be a leader not a follower and move to the beat of your own drum. The key to success is endurance. Education is all about endurance, not neccessarily the workload. Finally, choose the college that is right for you and your true friends will respect you for it!


If I got the chance to go back I would tell myself at the beginning of my senor year to start applying for scholarships and gain as much money as I could. Start a savings and look into all my options do that way I could find out exactly what I would want to study.


I would tell myself to take as many classes in as many different departments as possible, and to not be so afraid to talk to my professors. I would also tell myself to join not just one group or club, but several since being involved in campus life makes college so much more fun and meaningful. Being part of an organization makes you feel more connected, and that is essential to making the adjustment of living on your own for the first time. I would also say to keep going, even when you are homesick and do not like your classes because it is the best investment you will ever make. Yes, keep going even if it is one of the hardest things you do and the hardest advice to internalize. It will be worth it, so worth it.