Northern Arizona University Top Questions

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

Jasmine

I have not yet received a degree from my college, or even completed a full year, but I already know how important a college education is, and I'm excited to get my degree in Psychology so I can get a lifelong career and do something I love. I love the college I'm at, and enjoy my classes and the time in between classes. My professors are great, and the students are very friendly and hard-working. Having a college education will help me with everything I do in life, and I am proud to be a first generation college student. Working hard to excell in my classes is very rewarding, and I am proud of myself for making the decision to go to college, and I know others are proud of me as well.

Andres

My college has taught me more about different cultures and how they interact with each other. The small class sizes helps student build deeper relationships with the professors, therefore, making the learning process easier. The winters in Northern Arizona University's Flagstaff campus are full of serenity and to me personally, inspiration. The snow leaves a beautiful view of the locally famous San Francisco Peaks, this landscape usually becomes subject of one of my hobbies wich is songwriting.

Craig

I have not really experienced very much college at all because i have not attended my school yet, i only applied there and went to orientation, but through orientation i learned a few things about the college expierience. I learned that it is not as stressful as my school counsellors make it out to be, I learned that living in a dorm is not really that bad, and dorms are small but not too small, but most of all I learned that colleges are full of people who are willing to help, whether it be through academic or personal issues. So far that is all i grasped from my "college expierience."

Tamara

choose wisely. Some Universities do things better than others.

Brittany

College has been a very liberating experience for me. In high school I wasnt the most popular person, I was kind of shy. I didn't talk to anyone or express my feelings how i would have liked to. When I got to college I realized I was in a different environment and would have to be comfortable in my surroundings, so I promised myself I would be a new person and experience everything I didnt in high school. When I got to college I joined a lot of clubs to get involved and meet new people, I joined the band to feel like a part of the school and I joined a sorority to feel like part of a sisterhood. At first I was afraid to start college because I didnt want it to be anything like high school. I couldnt have another 4 years of education just like high school. I knew it was time for a change and college was my outlet to do so. So on top of having a wonderful social life my grades are better because I am able to communicate with my teachers and they are happy to listen and help.

Ashley

I have grown in all aspects of my life. I have lived, learned, and survived on my own for the first time in my life. I have matured in my thinking process and emotional growth.

Leilani

I just recieved my Associates Degree at Richard J. Daley Community College in the city of Chicago. The 2 years I spent there were amazing. I had gotten more out of this particular community college in education then I have in any other educational facility in a long time. The classrooms were fairly diverse in many factors. The teachers were involved positively in the students home life and actually understood all the differnt situations students went through. The teachers at Daley College rooted for you, they were on your side no matter what!! I've learned to be a better student and mother while attending Daley College. I have come to be passionate about school and what i get out of school. I would not be at where I am now if it wasnt for me attending college. I hope to obtain my Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education by transferring to a University. In the end I hope to have a career so I could financially take care of my children.

Jacquelyn

The experience is what makes college, college. I would never give up going to a university no matter the reason. Some people say that the best four years of one's life are high school, but I beg to differ. College gives students the opportunity to explore new things, become independent, learn and grow on their own, all while their parents know that they are still safe on campus. My time has been greatly spent on studies and involvement in my sorority, Pi Beta Phi. I have met lifelong friends, gained connections and earned an eduacation that's worth printing on a diploma. It makes me proud to say that I am a student at Northern Arizona University and that I am a member of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women. Going to Nau has taught me a vaste amount of life skills such as meeting deadlines, study skills, I have even learned to change a tire all by myself.

Shaneika

The most valuable thing I've gotten or should I say earned from experiencing college has been obtaining more discipline and drive. Highschool and college differs alot. Highschool was slightly easier because by law your obligated to go to school. Whereas for college its mainly the students responsibilty to themselves first, then to others to give that 110%. It is great to attend because I'll be someone great because no one forced me but I woke up on the bad and the good days and broke every barrier life could throw my way down.

Doneica

The college experience I had was what allowed me to open myself up to what was really important. I pursued a degree program that my family wanted me to. During much of my college experience I resented it but kept moving forward. After graduating I was strong enough to go a completely different direction in my career path despite what my family expected of me. Thanks to the time I spent in college, I was able to grow as a person and gain the strength to be on my own and make my own choices. Now, my experience may be different from many. However, the simple opportunity to attend college, learn and grow from is why it is such a valuable experience.

seyrra

My college experience had taught me so much in the short semester that i've attended so far. I've learned new and interesting facts and theories from my classes and random facts from classmates. The most important thing that i think i've learn from college though is me. Moving away from home to attend college has made me refocus my attention from caring for my younger siblings to caring for myself. I've learned that i am stronger than i thought i was and that i can be a role model for my younger siblings. Having the opportunity to be exposed to a multitude of cultures has given me a better perspective on my own life. Before college i will have to admit that i was a bit ethnocentric, but mow i realize that there is a whole world of differences, and differences is what makes the world interesting. I don't think i could have learned so much about my self or about the world that i was blind to before if i had not attended a University. It has help me tremendously to understand myself and have repsect for differences.

Nicole

Well by attending college im getting all my pre-requisite classes over with at the community college closer to my house. That way in the long run i wont be paying college loans for the next 10 to 20 years. College is great. It is basically on your own time. If you want to work hard and get all the work done that is how you pass your classes. Otherwise its a waste of time and money. As far as college party life goes there is not much at this school. Which is fine because im here to pass my classes not go into them hungover. So that is my college experiece. Not really crazy but it will get me farther in life and have a job down the road.

Karla

Out of my college experience I have gotten education. My whole purpose of being in school is to get an education and have a better life for myself. NAU has provided me with great teachers and awesome resources to help me succeed in my field of study. I have gained a lot more than just an education. I have been able to expand my mind and learn more. I have met some incredible people who have opened my eyes to different perspectives. Even if I do not completely agree with their views it still helps me grow as a person and I am able to view things through their eyes and they are able to view my perspectives and see from where I come from and why I am how I am because of certain things they do not have much of an understanding for.

Maricela

My college experience has taught me how to be independent. It taught me responsibility of myself and that how I do in school will affect my future. Attending college has and is very valuable to me because I want to have a career in something that I would love to do which is be a catholic counselor but for children. If I would have had that as a child It would have saved me from many painful experiences that have affected my life. It is also valuable because I have learned the hard way that I only have myself and that I can only depend on me and god of course. When you get betrayed by the person you loved the most and you lose everything because of them and because you were naive you realized even more how important school is. If I would have prioritized my school and myself I wouldn't be where I am now with nothing. I would have my career doing something I love which is more rewarding than just the money and I would be able to take care of myself. College prepares you so you can face the world with confidence.

jordan

Through my first semester in college I learned many things about myself and what I really didn?t know about myself. In my first semester I really was just shocked about how different it was from high school because I was all alone able to do what I want. I was kind of shell shocked on how little high school prepared me for college, but that was mainly my fault for making my senior year easy instead of preparing myself for college. Halfway through the semester I realized I don?t know how to study or manage my time very well. Now in my second semester I have completely changed it was a real Jackal and Hyde change. Only one semester and my whole outlook on school changes I have all knew habits and I do my work the day its assigned instead of at the last minute. Now I can take this new outlook on education and time management and apply it to other aspects of my life.

Roxanna

The most important thing that I have gotten out of my college experience is knowing that I will constantly always be learning and have much to learn about people. So far, I have been to four different colleges over the years, one in which I went through a study abroad program to Kolkata, India. I have realized that I am always going to be a student in life through this experience of college, even when I graduate from college. There are so many things that I am looking to do, such as travel around the United States as well as abroad again, explore people more through volunteer work, learn more about different cultures and I feel like this will all be easier for me with a degree in Secondary Education and Special Education which I am currently working towards. I want to be a teacher in life as well as a student because I know I still have much to learn. I do not believe I would have come to this realization without college. I am thankful for the college experiences that I have already endeavored, as well as the student experiences I will have in the future.

Jessamyn

My decision to attend Northern Arizona University was the most advantageous decision I have made thus far. Living on my own and being solely responsible for myself and my personal actions, such as whether or not to attend class every day, has made me more responsible and accept responsibility for my actions. For instance, on the occasion I do miss a class, due to an illness or because my alarm does not succeed in waking me up on that particular morning, I will go in on my own time to make up what I missed. In addition, I have also learned the importance of managing my time; this is helps me plan when to work on a certain assignment and how long I am able to work on it until I have to move onto the next project. This asset will come in handy in real-world situations when I obtain a job as a Registered Nurse; my ability to manage my time will allow me to equally care for all patients that have been assigned to me and not leave anyone out.

Maeghan

If I could go back in time with all the knowledge I have today, I would tell the highschool senior me to save my money. I would tell myself not to go to NAU, and to go to a community college for a year because it would be the wise thing to do for the new dreams I would discover in the near future. I would tell myself to start taking classes that would go towards this new dream. Going to a community college would not be fun, but it would absolutely be worth it. I would also tell myself to work on a lot more scholarships, because believe it or not, big dreams costs big money. I would finally tell myself to enjoy the time I had left, because although I was so ready to get out than, I would assure myself, I'd miss highschool.

Christine

My transition to college was like being pushed off a high-dive, everything rushed in at once. If I could go back and give my high school self advice it would be to wait. I'd tell her not to go right to college just because she thinks she has to; to travel, live, and figure out what she likes to do. I'd say she has plenty of time to decide what to be when she grows up, and she'll change her mind a few times along the way, so pick things she'll enjoy doing rather that doing what she's told she should do. I'd tell her friends are wonderful, but spending all your time with them makes it hard to study; some of what I learned in class will actually be useful someday - she should pay attention. I'll also tell her there's a lot of things I learned in class that I never used, so don't study all the time - some of those friendships will last for years, and teach her things classes never could. I'd say "Have fun, take your time, and be yourself - there's no rush."

April

Throughout high school I was an acceptable student , however, that was one issue, I was only mediocre. I always managed to get a"B" in my classes, but this was never enough to stand out. I wish i could have talked to myself and forced myself to study harder and do the very best to my abililties. This would have helped me retain the information a little better, rather than memorized and slightly forgetting the information. Critical thinking is a big part of the college process. If I would have done more quality work during high school, there would have been a better chance of retaining the information learned. This information would have been useful when trying to solve problems for my college classes. There was not so much critical thinking in high school, it was mostly memorization. If I could go back in time, I would definitely tell myself to critically analyze the questions asked and spend more time with learning the information, rather than memorizing.

Jefffrey

Work hard and don't give up on yourself. Apply to schools early and work on getting as many scholarships as you can because paying for college isn't easy. Don't waste time doing nothing when you know that you should be doing homework. Don't join every club just because other people are. Join clubs that make you happy and will benefit you. Take up leadership opportunities because they'll teach you how to prioritize and organize your schedule. It's ten times better to be a student than to be an athlete. An athlete's career ends when they are no longer useful. With a good education and good schools, you can get a job that will ensure your future worthiness. Don't let your future control what you do now either. Don't try and predict what is going to happen in the future. Instead, just know what you want and pursue it to the end. Finally, do not let your mistakes in the past haunt you. Live your life without chaining your mind and heart to things that will hold you back. Stay free and dedicated to only yourself until you are ready.

Julia

The ability to go back in time and talk to myself would be one of the best things that could happen to me. If I was able to do so, I would start by telling myself that it is going to be a big change, even if you're only two hours away. I would then tell myself to make sure that I put myself out there, and make new friends, because they are what will keep you sane in college. Without them, college is a lonely place where all you do is work. I would then tell myself the obvious, go to class. But the obvious is not always followed, and tends to get a lot of people into trouble (I have first hand experience). Make sure you eat properly is another. Do not pig out on junk food or cheeseburgers all the time, it will slow you down and make it almost impossible to stay alert in class. Most importantly though, I would tell myself to have fun, and not take everything too seriously; college is supposed to be a time of your life where you have a blast and grow into yourslef. Make sure you have fun.

Irae

If i could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, i would have so much more advice. First and formal, i would tell myself to make sure to sign up for scholarships way ahead of time. Also make sure you keep up with your grades. Then i would make sure that i learn better study techniques, and know how to study in a more quiet environment. Another important thing i would tell myself, is to prioritize well and have good time management. To know that school is first, and that you're going to college to better your future and to be successful.

Bailey

If I were to go back in time, I would tell myself to be who I really am. I hide behind a facade when in the presence of others, but everyone is different and so am I. I'm beginning to break out of my shell and be who I want to be and express my opinions more in class because I know I won't be judged by my classmates. And if they don't like me, well then that's their problem because I love who I am and that I don't need their judgements to bother me. I would also tell myself to relax and have fun - school isn't all about studying all the time. Make friends and go have fun in your free time.

Brianna

Go slow, ignore the counselors, and reach out to people. Don't be afraid to speak your mind, and don't let anyone talk down to you. Get more scholarships, you'll need them. Most importantly, get out more!

Jennilynn

I came from a lower class family that lived on the southeast side of Chicago. I was an excellent student until I developed panic disorder. I was fearful of having a panic attack at school and that lead to my lack of my attendance . I didn't understand my condition and my family didn't have money for therapy . Ultimately, fear kept me from persuing my dream of becoming the first female in my family to receive a bachelor's degree. If I could go back, I would give myself the encouragement that I needed. I'd give a clear explaination of what panic disorder is and why it shouldn't push me off track. I'd explain the importance of having a college "career" and how it would give me the confidence that I needed in life. I'd tell myself that attending college means more than having a degree in hand. It's an experience that builds integrity, which is exactly what I needed to become a successful adult. Most importantly, I'd tell myself that I'd never get ahead if I let fear make my choices.

Paige

With both the opportunity to speak with my high-school self and the knowledge that I have acquired during my freshman year of post-secondary education, I would give myself several pieces of advice regarding the transition into college life. The first piece of advice regards the importance of scholarships and financial aid. Of all the different extra-curricular activities available, applying for scholarships is one of which I would advise my na?ve self to participate. Secondly, as I now know, living five hundred miles away from the individuals I care most about is a difficult aspect of college life. I would advise my high-school self to try not to worry about the separation. Even though all of those individuals are miles away, they will always remain close at heart. The final piece of advice I would give myself is to release any inhibitions and enjoy the time that I have at hand. A potpourri of people diversifies any college campus. So far I have met a variety of individuals. I would advise myself to be comfortable with my personality and semblance and find the friends who will enjoy me for exactly what I am.

Kyndra

As a high school senior, I wish someone would have told me to visit as many college campuses as I could and then decided which one I would enjoy and succeed at. I would give myself advice on roommates and how it isn't the wisest decision to room with your best friend. I would tell myself to put myself out there and to try to make as many new friends as possible and to get involved with clubs on campus as well as getting to know the city in which my school is located. I would tell myself that college is completely different from high school and that you have to actually read your textbooks and study everyday to get good grades and succeed in your class. Also, I would tell myself to apply for more scholarships and to do anything I can to save money and not get into total debt from school.

Kelsey

College has an outlook to be a great time, but it really takes a lot of dedication and time. It's not all about parties and fun. It's about changing the rest of your life with the start of an education. Concentration is key. I would tell myself to look more into schools that would fit my major and look good when graduation hits. I would pick a school that will fit my personality and style. I would tell myself to make a lot of friends and not to stick with the ones I have already. Life moves on, so don't regret anything. College is a whole new experience and make the best of it. You should pace yourself well and focus on everything. I would join clubs and stay active. College is a huge part of life, and just enjoy every part of it.

Sara

If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior the message would be simple, cherish your time. I found the most difficult thing about college and transitioning was time management. Suddenly I had extra time between classes, I could stay out as late as I wanted and I had no parents to tell me what to do. The problem was my workload increased dramatically. I would tell myself that no matter how smart I think I am in high school, college changes all of that. Nothing in college is unnecessary, if a professor wants you to read a chapter, you better read that chapter. If you don?t study for quizzes like they are test, you will fail. Also I would make sure as a senior I would know to spend more time with friends and family. I would want my younger self to spend most afternoons with friends that choose to go to school very far away and to realize how much my family does for my. Although staying in touch with the Internet is easy, once you leave the people you care about, you miss them terribly.

Amanda

Going back and taking to myself, I would be sure to make the statement "It's only going to get harder," abundently clear. As a high-school senior I was lazy, just got average on everything. When I arrived at a University the next fall I was in shell shock. I would try to teach my past high school senior how to study. When I went to my classes I had horrid study habits and preferred to sleep over anything, and everything. Most importantly though, if I could go back, I would try to teach the importance of letting things go. I have a tendancy to beat myself up when I preform poorly, and I realize thats not the way to be. Learn from your mistakes and learn from them to do better the next time, is an important idea for me. Lastly, I would tell myself, your going to do great, no matter what.

Breelon

As I approach the conclusion of my freshman year in college, there are quite a few things I wish I had know while still in high school. Today I look back at what I stressed over and I realized that most of it wasn't worth the stress. Yes life is hard and full of obsticles but you have to learn to face them head on with a smile on your face, other wise the ride wouldn't be worth it. I stressed about school, friends, sports, and yes even relationships, and all though everything that didn't seem to go my way felt like the end of the world, it wasn't, it was merely the beginning. I wish that I would have spent more time trying to decipher what was right for me at the time then what was expected of me. The pressures and trials I was put under made me feel like the whole weight of the world could come crashing down on me at any moment. Now I realize that you just have to live every day and no matter what your put up against, the sky will clear.

Erika

When I first looked into attending a school that is about 300 miles from my house, I worried that I would not be successful without the support of my family, with whom I am very close. After they helped me move into my dorm and were getting ready to leave, I cried. But , probably the most important thing I've learned about myself through this process and my schooling so far, is that I can be very scuccessful independently. I threw myself into marching band, joined the national honorary band fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi, and found an entirely new family right here on campus. If I were to give any advice to incoming freshmen in the future, it would definitely be to get involved and find a group of people that they can belong with. I know for me, being in band and making all those new friends, made all the difference. I attribute much of my success in college thus far to having forty people I know will be there for me no matter what. And, most importantly, I have learned that I am an independent, self-motivating student, and nothing can ever take that away from me.

Alejandro

If I could go back and talk to myself as a senior in high school, I would tell myself to only take the classes I needed and not any of the one credit classes that I took, to be happy because I was going to make a lot of friends and to always trust my heart. I would also tell myself to take advantage of the help support that the school provides with my classes and not to be afraid cause you have learning disability

Duane

I would meet myself back in 2006 at the front doors of my high school math class. I would stop myself and say ?where are you going to attend college?? Certainly I would know my answer but in 2006 I was ignorant about how college would be. Only little experiences while attending an upward bound program. I tell myself to meet outside and chat about what is coming in the near future. I would tell myself go beyond your classes and I know how talented you are. You are one of the top students in the high school and would graduate with honors. There are endless opportunities out there for school and you are a good candidate to receive all these opportunities. Do not be lazy and just do the paper work. Better to try then not to at all. When you get to college do not hesitate to sit up front in the class and stay away from that girl she is trouble. Just wait on the job and focus more on your school work because your job with interfere with your studies. During the hard times always remember where your coming from and why you are in college.

Brianna

If I could go back and talk with myself as a high school senior, I think that I would definitely have a few things to say. I would tell myself not to procrastinate thinking there will be more time later. Time is precious! I would also tell myself to look for funding sources early and have an alternate plan in case things do not work out the way you think they should. No boy is worth sacrificing your future. Do not hold yourself back and always do your best. Learning from your mistakes really is valuable advice. Ask for help when you need it, don't be afraid! Don't think that there is a limit on dreaming and most importantly have fun! There is always going to be time to work and time to play. Most importantly, always remember to believe in yourself, you are only as successful as you make yourself out to be. No one is going to be able to live your life for you, take chances and it's okay to make mistakes. Always keep moving forward and strive to be the best you can be. Stay Strong and Hold Your Head Up High!!

Elizabeth

Don't worry about the school councelor telling you that your family makes too much money to be elligable for financial aid or let the teachers which told you how costly it is to go to college discourage you. You will do it on your own working part time on pay that is under $9 per hour while going to college part time & will be very proud of yourself. Eventually you will qualify on your own for financial aid & will be given a grant that will cover your cost at the community college & books. Don't worry about your average grades in high school that others say will keep you from college because you will graduate with an associate degree with high distinction & belong to Phi Thetta Kappa which will lead to open doors at the universitys. Get involved early on in Uprimise & Fastweb it won't cost you anything & it will help you.

Jeffrey

I am glad that I have the opportunitiy to write this essay because often I do wish that I could transport myself four years back and do college all over again. I wish that I could tell myself what to do and what not to do based off my experiences through my college career. I would tell myself that no matter how easy a class seems to be you need to work hard and get an A. It seems to me that I have done very well in my hard classes and not so well in my easy classes. This is because the easy classes were not a challenge or I believed that the test would not take much studying. However, this has hurt my GPA because I did not take the easy classes seriuosly. I would also tell myself to be well organized and do homework assignments at least three days before they are due. I found that if you wait until the night before to do the assingment, it may take longer than expected and then you have to pull an all nighter. The all nighers are usually not necessary because the assignment could have already been done.

Louis

I feel that I had a good transition from the high school enviroment to the college life. However, if I was to be able to go back and talk to myself I would tell myself to really maintain my hard work and vigerous studing, but also reserve my self more time to spend time with my friends which I would not be able to see as much after the college start. I would want my self to find a more equal level of studing and socializing instead of procrastinating. I beleive that if I was to hear it from myself that the procrastination is a hinder to myself I would spend time alittle more wisely. Although, despite my procastination, I feel that my college transition went smooth and that I am very happy with my choice of going to Northern Arizona University.

Ellen

If I could go back to being a senior in high school, I would change a few things in my life and routine that could have helped my transition into college easier. I would have worked harder in all of my classes, practiced better study habbits, and gained all the extra knowlegde I could. I also would have taken as many honors, accelerated, and AP classes as possible. This almost forces you to form better study habbits since the material is more difficult and moving at a faster pace. Also, if there is a chance to take a high school course and get free college credit for it, why not work a little harder to better yourself and your education? I found college level math to be extra difficult and I wish I would have stuck out the harder math courses in high school to get more of a head start into college. Always keep your head up and never stop trying, keep good friends close and let go of ones that aren't worth your time.

Katie

Knowing that I could go back in time to give advise to myself as a senior, I would tell myself not to give up. I've considered to drop out of high school numerous times when I was a senior because I was a single teenage mother. It was difficult for me to stay in school. I would tell myself that there's a better life for myself and my daughter when I finish high school and attend college. Dorm life isn't that great in my opinion but there's other options that we can take as a family. In high school I didn't like how teachers and principles told us what to believe. In college you make your own decisions based on your beliefs. College opens a whole new door for you to experience, it's nothing like high school so don't give up and think that high school is the whole world because it's not. This is what I would tell myself if I were to go back in time.

Samantha

College isn't just about fun and games. Ok at times it is. But you have a wonderful chance to advance your knowledge and make more money with a bachelor's, master's or doctorates degree. College offers a lot of oppurtunites that could get you as far as you want to go. You can be college student and still have a social life. It requires more balancing but it is really worth it in the end. You'll find friends that are really awesome and make friendships that last forever. Your first semester will be hard, it is for everyone, I know, it does get easier, it becomes a lot of fun, you push really hard the first few years and then next thing you know it's your senior year. You can relax a little and enjoy your last year in college. There are many programs that you can join as well that are fun and engaging.

Josylyn

It wasn't long ago that I was a senior in high school. My school offered a great program that allowed high school students to take college classes that were credited in both schools. If I were to go back I would tell myself to take advantage of every opportunity I had to take those classes. I only took two my senior year but looking back I would have done more throughout high school. My choices in classes would have been very different as well. I would have taken more humanities classes instead of short term interests. Humanities courses offer a variety of opportunities in different fields of study. As for education majors they are the core of prerequisites required to get into an undergraduate program. I have worked very hard in my education and I'm finishing a four year degree in three years. I feel that I could have been more prepared and not taken quite the course load if I had taken more appropriate classes in high school.

Hannah

Don't worry. Everything will turn out. All things happen for a reason. Do not hesitate upon making a change. Do not deny yourself happiness. Remember that you are young, Hannah. Things like jobs and money and adult responsibility will come in time, and sometimes striving towards independence ain't all it's cracked up to be. Just be yourself. Don't worry about what majors other people think are most lucrative. You don't even like graphic design, just go back to fine art. Stick with what your good at and get even better. No sense in pretending that you're someone else, doing something else. What's the difference between a desk job you hate and a design job you hate? None. So what if being a creative person won't make you rich. But then again who says it won't? Your heroes Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe kept telling each other and all the world that they'd one day be famous artists. And behold! So they did! Just have faith, padawon. Keep your chin up and your passions aflame.

Mandi

It's silly to know what you're going to do for the rest of your life when you're seventeen years old. It seems like a crazy notion. But, in the end, you need to persevere. It's better to continue education and figure it out along the way. The transition will be extremely difficult at times, and you will want to give up. It's vital that you don't. You will want to scream and go back to the comfort of home, the place where the people who make you feel whole reside. Every day is a new day, and all you can do is take it one day at a time. Give yourself credit and believe that you'll come through difficult times all the wiser and experienced for the next time. Meanwhile, have faith, and never give up on yourself. Persevere.

Jordan

If I could go back to when I was a college senio i'd have important advice to give myself. That advice is to believe in yourself and the work you are able to achieve. If you put time and effort in the work you have, you will be able to achieve excellent grades. Never give up on anything. When you give up, you're letting yourself fail in something that just takes extra time and work that requires extra work. Anything is possible college is a whole different world from high school and it's possible to well, as long as you don't give up and work hard on everything that is thrown your way.

Kristen

I would tell myself to start planning for college as soon as possible during high school so that I can optimize my chances for being successful in college. I would start looking at potential colleges and applying for scholarships during my sophomore year in high school. I would also have talked to more college age students about their experiences in college so that I could have alleviated the fears that I had before leaving home for college. My anxieties during the summer before I left for college turned out to be greatly exaggerated from what actually happened when I started college. I would tell myself to just be myself and try hard academically just as I did in high school and then I would do just fine in college.

Kaitlan

If I could go back to my senior year of highschool, I would tell myself numerous things. The first thing I would tell myself is apply for as many schlorships as possible. It is so expensive to go to college and it has been terrible needing to take out loans to be able to get a secondary education. I would also tell myself to save as much as I can before I get to college. I would also go back and tell myself to appy at more than one college. I love NAU and knew it was the college that I wanted to go to but I never thought about what if I was not accepted. I had no back up plan and luckily I was accepted but it could have been terrible having no plan B. I would also tell myself to spend more time with my family. Now that I live two hours away from them, I miss them so much everyday and wish that I spent more time with them when I lived at home. Last but not least, HAVE FUN IN COLLEGE!

Tess

CHILL OUT! I was so nervous to go to college because i had never been on my own before. It wasnt that i wasnt ready to get out of the house, but to live on my own was another matter. I was worried about how to do simple things like call in a perscription, i had never don that bfore - who do i call what do i say? Simple things about school scared me. How do i know when to read the chapters, what if its too much to handle, what if i begin to fail out, who do i go to? The resourses college offers its students is amazing from tudours to dinner. Evrything is so much easier tha you think. My advice to myself would e just to relax becase they have it all covered

Kelci

If i could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior i would have to talk to myself about applying for the summer to take one or two courses to see how the teaching is and how the university grades and know more about the education at the school. I would talk myself into getting a loan to help pay for a trip to NAU so i could visit the school and see what it was like, so i would have a better feel of what to expect as a new freshman at NAU! And if i would visit talk to students that already attend NAU and see what their opinion is about NAU and what i could do to make my transition to NAU a successful transition!

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