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What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Decide WHERE you are going to college early. Most colleges have deadlines for scholarships in the winter. If you want any kind of scholarship, plan on spending time looking at the college website to find out scholarship and academic choices. Get your personal recommendation people and have them give a reference letter you can send in . There are many decisions coming up that YOU need to make. It is a good idea to make sure you have someone available to help you. When I graduate this spring from H/S, I will also graduate from college with an Associate's degree. It has been a very demanding program and I haven't had time to do all I needed to do to for my next 4 yrs. My mother became sick , needed surgery on her spine due to a medical condition. She has not been able to help me with all of these choices that need made. I almost died at birth, and was awarded a trust fund to pay for medical expenses , but the college sees that as "just money" in my account and they have denied me most scholarships, even though I have a 3.5gpa. Thank you,

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I would tell myself to attend college immediately instead of waiting 18 years to do so. My reason for not going to college right out of high school, believe it or not, is because I didn't know how. I didn't have parents to help me with the process and thought I would never have enough money. I would tell myself that where there is a will there is a way. I would say it is possible, I had no idea how to apply for grants, loans, or any kind of financial aid. I would make sure the right questions were asked and I would tell myself to get help from people who knew how to do it. I now try to assist everyone I can in the process. I would tell myself to seek guidance from the college and high school counselors. I would make sure that I knew how to reach my goal and not let it take me 20+ years to finally get there. Better late than never, but had I gone right out of high school, I wouldn't have faced the financial struggles and hardships I have faced.

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Well if i could back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would definitely tell myself to work alot harder than i did. i struggled alot with getting homework done. I wish I had studied harder and longer for tests and quizes. I'd tell myself to go for as many scholarships as I can. I'd tell myself considering I still work at a Hospital to actually save my money and not waste it on worthless crap. I'd tell myself to try and be more social because now I feel like it's hard to fit in and it's hard to make friends. But the more you experience things like college adds another impression to your life. I'd tell myself definitely to cherish that last year in High School and not take advantage of the time I had with my classmates before its graduation day and we all go our separate ways.

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I would have to tell myself that college is not high school, so don't act as many students will. You are there to get an education for your future and i must act as a young adult would.

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