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

Dear Ashley, College. I am not going to lie, it is hard but it is so wonderful. Do not get discourged when you don't have the friends you did in high school, but cherish the people that you meet. Don't be surprised when you make your first C in bio lab as a final grade, you tried your best. Have enough confidencein yourself to try new things, saying you are not good enough isn't is an option anymore. When you taste that caferteria food, it's over, might as well not even step foot in there. Take advantage of that free gym they have. You will stay up all night studying for tests and writing papers. My advice: do not procrastinate but hey I know you more than you know you yourself so I know that won't happen. One last thing, when you find yourself not knowing what to do with your life, remember that you have all the possibilities in the world. Remember that your first love is teaching but your dream is act under those stage lights, do not compromise your dream but rather exercise it. With love and respect, Your Future Self

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Carolina, this is you speaking. I am you. I have come back from the future to give you some advise about college. Keep in mind that you currently have a great job that pays well. A year after graduation you will make the decision to quit your job. Do not quit that job! College is more expensive than we thought, and our scholarship does not cover all the necessities. Also, our cherished, crimson vehicle that we love so much will start having many problems. Do not pay the $500 to fix it up, because the engine blows out two months later and you know how Dad is about paying for things to get fixed; he will not fix it. On the bright side, we are doing really good with our grades so do not lose focus in that area. Just make sure that you do not overload yourself with classes, and DO NOT PROCRASTINATE. That nasty habit needs to be left at graduation. With all this said, it is time for me to go. Keep all I have advised you with in mind, and do not lose sight that your education is a journey to success. Sincerely, You.

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Do what YOU want to do. Do NOT listen to your mother!!! By all means go work in that zoo!! Accounting will get you stuck behind a desk. You'll get stir crazy and stressed when you shouldn't. Get your lisence to be a Wildlife Rehabilitator now because you will love it more than anything. It will be heartbreaking but life is heartbreaking. Find joy in what God has given you to find joy in whatever it is. You know you love outside more than being stuck behind any desk in any office. Get a job outside. And do your damn homework and read the chapters! I am too old now to waste a good education but have loved learning what I have in the last sememster. Learning, no matter how old you really are, you can still do what you want has been empowering. Knowing what I know now, go be a game warden, a zoo keeper, find a wildlife preserve somewhere. Just do something that can make you smile because you're happy and cry because your sad not stressed of office work. Office work kills like crack!!!

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As an adult, my advice would be to slow down. There is nothing out there better than the college experience and it is not the same when you are an adult. Take the opportunity to learn everything you can but also find time for fun. It is not the end of the world if you don't know what you are interested in. Take the general education requirements but also take classes like photography, economics, or the history of rock and roll in order to expand your knowledge and maybe find a new interest. Being educated is not just about having a degree but also about what you've experienced. Four years is a long time--take it all in and enjoy every minute of it but keep your overall goals firmly planted somewhere that you are reminded of them whenever temptation should arise.

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If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would say, "Live life on purpose". It is better to go to college right out of high school, work hard, give it your all and do not take breaks. Go straight through to each semester with the intent of making an "A" and not striving for a "B". If you work hard for your "B", celebrate that, but if you are capable of making an "A", acheive that. It is very difficult to get the courage, money and time to go back to school after an extended absence.

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The first thing I would tell myself is to not stress out about classes. I was always very worried about college classes and the new setting and it is not stressful at all and actually a lot more relaxed in collge. I would also tell myself to be prepared to get out of my comfort zone and talk to people I don't know! I would tell myself o go ahead and get in the habbit of studying a little bit everyday because that is what I have learned to do in college because cramming the night before does not work for me.

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If I could go back in time and talk to myself in high school I would first say, "be thankful you listened to your mom about going to a 2-year collge". Then I would also tell myself to try out for cheer because college is not cheap and your parents will have to pay a lot of money out of pocket. "If you try out for cheer and make the team you will get a full ride schorlarship". I would also tell myself to not get this one teacher because she is mean and will have you stressing the whole semster.

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I definately would tell myself to take a few years off and enter the work world but maybe not 15 years which is what I did. I would suggest that taking a foreign language in high school and taking it seriously would have been helpful. Mostly I would tell myself to really establish good study habits because they will come in handy later.

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Girl! If you only knew how easy you have it. Take the ACT multiple times and SAT mulitple time. Any job experience is better than no experience at all.

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Study, study, and study so you can have a free ride to college and be sure you pay very close attention to the small things.

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