Dear high school self,
It's not about you.
I realize that you are amped to go out into the world and do the things you've long dreamed of, to stake your claim and let your voice be heard, but hear me out for just a moment. This may come as a surprise, but the world is a big place full of many people feeling what you feel at this very moment, and while this is a fine and natural thing, it is important for you to know that it is about more than you.
All of history has built up to this single moment, gathering and forming itself into what it is today. There are people who have lived that history, learned it's lessons and now wait for you, and the countless others like you. Let them gift you their knowledge, let it ignite you so that you may one day encounter a high school senior and have enough to pass along to them. Like the past, you are an amalgamation of all the roads you have traveled thus far, and your journey is just begun!
If I could go back and tell myself anything it would be to work as much as I possibly could and save up some money. College is really expensive and you'll need all the money you can get. I would also tell myself to go back and pay a little more attention in Math class. I slacked off in that class I know I could have done much better. Instead I took the much easier route and my class grade suffered. Also I would tell myself to apply for more scholarships so that paying for it will be alot easier and I won't have as much stress on me to figure out how to pay for it all.
I would love to go back and start all over if I knew then what I know now. I would definitely start my college search a lot sooner than I did. I would tell myself to not be hesitant to try out for sports and clubs and be more a part of my school. I would tell myself to connect better with those around me, including classmates, teachers and administrators - even reaching out to those in my community. I would of told myself to try harder and to look for any and all scholarships available to graduating seniors. I would of told myself to study harder and create better study habits than those I am finally having to learn. I would tell myself to make memories and friendships that will grow even more while we attended the same college.
As a high school senior I was extremely motivated, supplementing my senior schedule with college hours. One could deduce that I continued on to college with out fail. The sad reality was that I fell in love, and got impatient. Being so young, I thought that I would have plenty of time to work college into my life, however, reality of life hit with full force. Time has a tendency to slip away from you, and I soon found my aspirations of becoming a doctor faded into the shadows.
Since then, I have been struggling to obtain money for college, so I enlisted into the Army. After one deployment, I found myself a single-mother. As a result, I chose an honorably discharged, allowing me to utilize the GI Bill for college. Given all the time and heartache that I have endured, I would advise my high school self, to be patient. Furthermore, attending college while life is simple is paramount to a successful outcome. Now, I do have college paid for, however, I have two little girls that absolutely depend on me. I am giving myself the same guidance, as I would my high school reflection, have patience.
The college experience has opened up a whole new world of opportunity to me. It has shown me through students, faculty and situations that I can do what I want to with my life. I'm a dreamer, and now I know that my dreams can indeed come to pass. When they say anything is possible, listen, because anything IS possible. Follow your heart.
When I attended my first college I chose a large, public college campus. After high school I felt that I wanted to see the world and have the "college experience," and this was the only way to do this. I spent two years at this public university struggling in my classes and feeling lost in a sea of students. I decided I needed a fresh new start. I transferred to a small, private university. It was the best decision I have yet to make. I may be struggling financially to make ends meet but you cannot put a price on the education that I have received at Newman University, located in Wichita, KS. I have learned more in 1 semester at Newman than I had in the 2 years at the public university. I have wonderful teachers who care about you more than just a student. I had the opportunity to travel to Guatemala for an eight week study/serve trip before my first semester at Newman University. After this, I knew that Newman was the place for me. My only regret is that I wish it had not taken me so long to get here!
I have gotten exactly what I wanted out of my college experience, the tools needed to advance and I learned timely and up to date information on what I needed to succeed. It has been very valuable, and I am glad I was accepted into the college.
The expeirances i have gotten thus far with being a college student, are many and for the time i have been here at Newman University i have learned a few tricks into getting the most out of my education. First get involved with the campus activities, go on the retreats it holds, worst thing that could happen is you get free food, and you meet a bunch of new people. Second communicate and talk with your professors, they want you succeed, they want you to be comfortable with them and they really do want you to pass their classes. Third don't be stupid. Yes we all know that the excitment of being on your own can be over whelming at times, you got all those parties, and all those cool seniors and upper classmen you want to get tight with, but just remeber "it's Never the biggest party." I value my education because my goals in life require me to do the best i can be. Being a college student is quiet an achievement, ans succeeding as a college student is even greater. So push the limits, and be who are suppose to be. great.
If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself to not give up. Throughout my four years at high school I devoted my time to community service. To me, the greatest feeling was helping those in need. I continued to give my time to the less fortunate, special needs, and mentoring and helping with pregnant teens. Now, I continue to do those things but with a deeper passion. I would tell myself to stay strong, that everything I do for others, in reality, benefits me the most. I remember the faces and the smiles that touched my heart so much. I would also tell myself to not be afraid of letting go. In order to truly help someone you must take down that barrier that puts you at a different level with the other person. Although it may seem like you are the person helping, the person in need ends up helping you more. They will give you a sense of life and a sense of hope. Each person will continue to shape you into a better human being. Don't ever give up.
If I were to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself these main things. Gain as much information about the university as possible; this will help make the decision of which college to go to. Although I would not choose a different college if I were to go back in time, I do wish I would have gained more information and visited many different colleges instead of just two. Extra credit will not save you. Many professors do not ?believe in? extra credit and banking on it to get your way out of a bad grade is a bad idea. Your high school teachers are right, high school is nowhere near as hard as college, and they are trying their best to prepare you for the road ahead, if only you would pay more attention. DO NOT procrastinate, especially when it comes to studying. Tests are hard and studying for the test the night before, like you did in high school, is not a smart idea. Listen to your professors, when they say this will be on the test it will, when they study this study it!
I would tell myself to tour more schools and have a better idea of what I was looking for before I visited them. And although I am an athlete, and a lot of the decisions would naturally come from the athletic side of the school, I would encourage myself to look at the academic and the social sides of the schools as much (if not more) than I look at the basketball part of the school. I would make time to ask some better questions to get a feel for the attitude that is behind the school, town and community because I would venture to say that that attitude encompasses so much of the life that takes place on and around campus.
When asked the question "where are you going to college?" and "what are you going to do with your life?," I was mortified by my bland and dodgy answer that basically meant I had no idea. I would cheerfully approach that kid with the wisdom of having made these difficult decisions and survived the consequences of them all, thus far. As far as direct college advice, my former self would get very little; situations of this magnitude and our ability to cope with our life's decisions make us the people we are. However, the young college applicant would get three major points of advice: work hard but dont forget to enjoy yourself (after all it is college), trust in your own decisions (you have slightly more intelligence than you give yourself credit for), and finally make lasting friendships and experience as much with those people as you possibly can. The learning experience of college as well as life is so much more than the knowledge you manage to soak up. Learning is making the most of your situation and using past mistakes as future stepping stones to greatness.
I would tell myself that college isn't near as scary as everyone makes it out to be. My entire impression of college changed within the first five minutes of my very first class. I would remind myself to work hard in school and make my last semester high school grades as best as they can be. I might also save myself the time and money I spent looking at other schools across the state, becuase Newman University is the only place I can see myself attending college, and the only place I can be generally happy getting an education.
If I could go back in time, as a high school senior, I would have taken basic courses at the community college & focused on developing better time management skills. Time management skills is the biggest thing as you have a lot of free time for the first time for many & it's a challenge to develop the discipline during the semester to manage it properly. Taking courses in the summer proceeding college would allow one to better rebound from mistakes made during the 1st semester of college & would give a person time to practice managing studying & socializing successfully. There's an old saying, "a closed mouth cannot be fed", many first time college students shut out help from family & professors which is wrong so take advantage of resources available to you & foster those relationships instead of shutting them off. Don't be too proud or ashamed to ask for help even when you think it's too late.
I would expect to tell myself to be ready for what many call the real world. This cliche is true for me since I grew up in a Christian community that was for the most part very decent and didn't include what many others do in their free time. I would also tell myself to really give some deeper thought in what I really want to do with my life. I realize that I need to love my job and that pursuing a lot of money is always an unachievable goal. With that being said, I would tell myself to find a job without considering the amount of pay that the job would earn. I would rather have a fun job that had a decent and livable wage than a job that I would regret gonig to every day just so that I would receive a generous paycheck. Another aspect to look at would be to not give in to peer presure. This is the road that ultimately fails you in the end leaving you with almost nothing to accomplish in your life time. All these reasons would have made me a better college student.
I would tell parents do their own research about the institution and not to believe what the college says because they can distort. I would look at the majors that interest the student and check the availability of the classes offered. I would tell them to speak with students on campus about what they think about the university. I would speak to professors in the field of study that you are interested in and see if what they say has a positive effect on you because they will be the people that you will spend most of your time with. I would also look surveys that are conducted about the University that can be found on other websites. The most important thing would be to visit the school multiple times and see if you get the same good vibes from the campus, students, and professors that you speak with and if it does then make your decision about the university.
Try to get invovled in extracurricular activities. I am currently not involved but I am trying. Be sure to visit as many schools as possible and do not forget about those close to home. They tend to be the most beneficial and will help with financial aid.
take campus tours more than once. Show up to the campus without setting up a tour
I think it is important to find a school with a strong academic reputation and an excellent campus life. The academic reputation is important because the student is at the school primarily for academics. He or she needs to be given the kind of education that they pay for. I would also recommend that they look for a place that has study abroad and internship opportunities. Study abroad will help the person develop in a way that they might not be able to at home. Internships are also important because they can offer the student the experience necessary to get a job upon graduation. Looking for a strong campus life will help the student to develop socially and build community. When there are a great amount of activities to attend it become easy to meet people in a fairly casual environment without dealing with drugs, alcohol, and the like. This allows one to be his or herself and still make friends. I would recommend living on campus for at least two years as well (even if from the same town) to help the student become involved and meet diverse groups of people.
deeply research the school and definetly get a campus tour during the schools' semester
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