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

Do not stress so much about things; it will kill you. You are the type of person who, when you stress about school or work, does not accomplish anything. The best thing for you to do is actually to stop thinking and just do what you need to do next. This has actually worked a lot better for you these past few years than all of the other strategies you used in high school. In regards to the future, don't stress about that either. You really don't know what the future is going to be like, so why worry about it too much? Just take care of the present. Right now, in high school, you are worried about classes and applying for college. These are both great things to concentrate on, but stop stressing so much. You actually do end up at a community college, despite the fact that, as a high school student, you thought you had to go to a university. Ironically, community college was the best thing for you. So, stop stressing and life will work out for you, as long as you focus on the present and just do the next thing.

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After going back into time, the advice I would give my senior self would be to be aware of all my potential growth. This meaning, to be open-minded to all the college advice being given to me and to push myself in a difficult major I feel I can succeed in. I would tell myself how important it is for me to see all the pros and cons in a school and to make a list before making a decision. I would say how it is not only important to be able to have fun in college but to see myself in 10 years and really think about succeeding in a major with helpful benefits for my future life. I would say to take everything into consideration and really put myself to the test, a test in pushing myself for high goals for my future. I would also just remind myself to never be satisfied with the average, but that I have the mentality to become successful and to over achieve everything that I do, because it will always benefit me in the long run and to ignore all the walls that ever stop me from being the best.

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Having experienced two and a half years of college life, I would advice myself as a high school senior to prioritize and create a plan. It took me a while to figure out the career path I wanted to take and while I was in search of the right courses, I experimented with different classes hoping that one of them would lead me in the right direction. Since my family does have financial concerns, I look back now and wish that I did not waste money on some classes. Although I have few regrets with the classes I have taken in the past, I do wish I had made a more stable plan for myself and possibly put it in writing. As a high school senior, I think I would have benefited more having entered college with a more solid plan instead of leaving some things to be done last minute. If I could go back, I would tell myself that it is fine to not have a clear idea of which path to take, but it would be more advantageous to make decisions and put together a plan that could help me find the right course.

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"Education is the only thing that no one can ever take from you". These exact words were said to me back in 2004 when I was a highschool Senior by my father. MY fther has always been the biggest influencs I have had in my life. Over these past several years I have learned so much out of life, strangers and people close to me. advice that I would give my self as a senior in 04 would be to live and learn as much as you can, and Appreciate everyday like your last. People come and go but positive people leave footprints in your life forever. ?Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is God's gift, that's why we call it the present.? I would tell my self that anything is possible. I have met some incredible people since I have graduated highschool and they have all shaped my life for the better. I have met people that have worked with Bill Clinton, and people who have been homeless, but whatever their past situations have been it has shaped them in the people they are today.

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If I were able to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself everything I need to know in order to be successful throughout college! I would tell myself that even though I'm a senior, I still need to try my best and keep my grades up. Colleges still look at your grades from senior year even though it's not the most important out of the 4 years. The transition from highschool to college is huge! College is very hard work, and every night you will be at home studying. Alot of students feel tempted to cut class because everything you do is confidential, but don't ever do that. Once you get behind you stay behind, and you do not want to fail ANYTHING or else you need to take the class over. Just always remember that you need to be focused during class and do all your homework. If you follow everything I told you and go down the good path, then you will finish your general education in 2 years and be able to work torwards your lifetime career!

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Dear my senior self, Junior year was rough, huh? But you finally made it to senior year. Don't worry, it'll be even rougher. But I'm not here to tell you about that. I'm here to tell you what college is like and simeltaneously smack some sense into you. I know you applied for scholarships all of last year and you didn't win any, and you're discouraged. But don't stop. Money gets tighter, I promise you. You won't have as many bail outs as you think. So even if you think you won't win, apply. Apply if the amount is small; apply if the comepetition is large, it doesn't matter. You always have a chance at winning some extra money to help your education, as long as you try. And most importantly, believe in yourself. I still have trouble with that to this day, but maybe if you start now, you can benefityou, me, us, in the future. Yours truly, Yourself Who Is College Bound

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I would definatley tell myself that I should have done a lot better in High School by trying harder and trying to get the highest possible grades. College is very diffirent than High School, you don't have the teachers constantly reminding you about a deadline for a major project, or that a test is coming up. In college you recieve a sylabus that organizes the whole semester and has all the important days you need to know about for the entire sememster. You have to work hard to achieve your goals, and try to make your life succesful. There is never anything you can do to change the past, so it's your job to make the right decision. If you know that one day you want to be succesful, then it's time to take school seriously. School is very important in today's world, so strive for excellence so that one day you can achieve your major goals you have set for your life.

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If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a senior in high school, I would tell myself to save up money for college and make sure not to be a part-time student for my first year of college. That being a part-time student only made it so I would need another year in addition to what is already needed in order to graduate. I would tell myself to make sure to take all my classes seriously and to pay attention in class. Also, I would tell myself to put school before work, that education is more important than clocking in massive amounts of hours at a job. That though I may need the money for bills and things, running myself ragged won't help with making good grades and succeeding in my ultimate goal of eing successful in life and in becoming an adult.

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If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to take my classes more seriously. During my senior year I started slacking because I was very excited for all the activities coming, like prom, and my future in college. I would tell myself to keep pushing harder in order to get the best possible grade in all my classes. I would also tell myself to not stress so much about all the "drama" happening in between my friends. Many students often get side tracked by all the negative things going around in school, including myself, that they forget to just relax, enjoy and have fun their senior year.

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You've always did just enough to get by in school and basketball, well when you get to college that isn't going to work with anything that you pursue. Your going to have to start working hard to get things accomplished. You've always just went with whatever was happening, well in college you have to set some goals for yourself and stay focused enough to achieve them. Being in college isn't hard nor scary it's, it can be fun all you have to do is stay focused on the important things and work hard in whatever you do.

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