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What should every freshman at New York University know before they start?


As the time machine's whirring slowed down, I immediately recognized my bleak highschool hallways. "Be careful about letting anyone from the past see you," warned the man who loaned me his time machine. I pulled a hood over my head and walked down the hallway. I spotted younger me heading towards the bathroom. I intercepted her and pulled her into an quiet hallway. I wasted no time: "Listen, college is tough. You need to make sure you're not simply average. Start studying for finals now. But more importantly, don't be afraid to be a leader. There's a lot more competition in college and if you want to shine, you can't be someone's shadow. You're shy...I know. But a future diplomat of the UN can't be afraid to take risks and talk to new people. You have to believe in yourself. People will listen to you if you're confident and enthusiastic. You were afraid to run for student government; why? Fear is irrational and only exists in the mind. Try anything and everything next year! Make connections that will spur you into success. You won't regret it." Then, I vanished.


Many students bubble with ambition during the college application process and apply for a disproportionately high amount of extremely selective universities. While applying for admission to these "reach" schools is not necessarily a negative thing, I recommend applying for the same amount of "safety" and "level" schools that are more likely to offer admission and secure amounts of financial aid. While I tried to take this strategy into consideration during my application process, I still found myself swaying toward more rigorous "reach" schools. I recommend aiming big, but do so with limited expectations; a seemingly infinite amount of competition exists for each space in a university's incoming freshman class. While one certainly should not downplay the significance of their achievements, it would be wise to keep in mind that many other similarly high-achieving students are also competing for admission. Universities with slightly lower ranks still offer unbounded opportunities for intellectual growth, career exploration, and extracurricular involvement. Remember, rank is arbitrary; the experiences one takes from his or her education however, is not.


Go Back In Time If I ever have chance to travel back in time I would give myself a lots of advice about careers. When I was in high school I was full of excitement and expectation knowing that I was coming to USA. I had many plan: be disciplined and become an engineer. My mother decided that she would bring me and here once I finish high school. I started not to focus on school work in Mongolia. I would give myself advice “doing school work is about getting knowledge and learning to be disciplined.” Now I understand that having discipline is very basic of a work ethic. Also I would tell myself never to give up on my dream. Let me know that it takes time and determination, and I will have challenges such as money. Also certain things are worth let go of what’s not important. If I had one chance to go back in my high school years, I will make sure that I take all my classes and stay true to my goal. However I can’t go back in time. But I know that anything desire or goal will never late to start.


That never remove the focus and continue to the end, dont stop attending classes to be with friends. And all that you learn at collage depend your and family future.


What you're going through is not your fault. What will happen is not your fault, and it is not typical. It's called Bipolar Disorder. It will be very hard to see everyone else succeeding and achieving happiness while you feel stuck inside your own head. Stay strong, you will get through it with help from the people who love you. This is the hardest thing that you will ever go through, but you will come out as a strong, mature person on the other side. Just because you feel bad does not mean that the college choice that you made was wrong. In fact, by the end of your challenging time, you will be incredibly grateful for your experience, and will appreciate your school more than any of your classmates. You will have more passion for getting a good education than ever before after taking time off to heal and become a mentally healthy person. Even when you don't love yourself, I will always be proud of you for getting through what you are going through, and so will everyone around you. I love you, stay strong.


Don't just go to college because your mother wants you to. Find something you really love, and learn about it. If you go to class for someone else, you will just float along. If you go to class for yourself, you will excel.


If I could go back in time I would tell myself to go to a 4 year college and major in computer sceince or something in the computer gaming area.


Don't register for courses late, register early, you'll be grateful. Don't schedule yourself for extremely early classes just yet, you're not ready for it, wait until next semester to make the adjustment to your commute time and circadian rhythm. Don't skip meals, you need your brain food! Try not to be too harsh on yourself, you're only human and this is a learning process. Take time management seriously, it is a skill that you will thank yourself endlessly for refining! Study for exams earlier than just the week before, studying for exams the week before may have worked in high school but it is the equivalent of cramming now that you're at NYU, so spread out your study time. Purchase a planner to help yourself keep track of all your assignments, club meetings, to-dos and hang-outs. Take 5 minutes out of each day to stop, relax, and meditate. Keep a journal and write something interesting you've learned everyday. Don't be bored while you take that hour-long commute to campus, read a book! Don't be afraid to befriend your professors and peers, everyone is friendly and welcoming!


I would tell my younger self not to over think every detail of the future. I would constantly find myself worrying about possible scenarios that (mostly) did not even happen. Bridges are meant to be crossed once you get there, not miles beforehand. I have found that it is a lot easier to take things as they come instead of worrying beforehand because it only creates unnecessary stress that blocks you from doing the best you can in the moment you are living. Take one step at a time and eventually you will have walked the world.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior the advice would be to not to wait so long to start college. Another piece of advice I would give myself is to take my time while writing my research for college, because they count a higher percentage to you grade. The third piece of advice that I would give to myself would be that to focus more on school then sports. The reason why I would give me this advice would be I never knew how much education mattered til I was actually out of high school and found that alot of companies that are hiring are looking for people who have completed their educaiton. This is just some of the advice that I would give myself if I could travel back in time to where I was a senior in high school.