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

Michael

I would tell myself to buckle down and do my homework first, instead of doing it late at night. I would also tell myself to hang with the right kind of people and not get caught up with the kids that do drugs or drink a lot. Last but not least I would tell myself to use my money wisely and not go crazy with it since I'm not living at home.

Amanda

If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior knowing what I know now, theres so much advice I would give myself! I would tell myself to meet with my advisor and make a layout of classes that I was required to take and split them up evenly into 3 quarters over 4 years so that I would always know what class to take and the next step in the process. I would tell myself to stay focused, even though you do have an active social life, you still can be responsible for school work. I'd tell myself to learn to be constantly busy with working twenty hours a week, and doing school work. I'd tell myself to apply for financial aid early so that you can get the most money you need. I would tell myself that it isn't going to be easy, that you're going to have to work hard to make it but in the end it will be well worth it. Most of all I would tell myself to be surprised and to learn to just take everything day by day and see what becomes of it.

Christopher

College starts in a few months and one thing you should remember is procrastination is your enemy. It didn't serve you well in high school and it will impact your success at OU. Also, it has a big effect on college financing and grades. Your past procrastination is limiting the scholarships you qualify for now. The good news is top grades in college will help change this. As with funding, classroom success is important too. Good grades require good study habits and procrastination should not be part of your study program. It may be more fun to party every night, play video games, or text and twitter your time away, but they will not get you the grades you want and need. Once you get your class schedule set study times and stick with them. And, depending on your subjects you may need to lengthen those times. Don't procrastinate. Do it the first week of classes. You are where you are today because of the choices you have made. Abraham Lincoln said, "You can't escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today." Keep this in mind. Remember, procrastination is your enemy. Don't do it!

Alisia

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would give myself advice about always keeping in mind what is important to me. In college, everyone gets exposed to new things, new people and new temptations. This makes it very difficult to concentrate on school work. All of us came to college to get a higher and better education; therefore if we get caught up in the unimportant things then our time in college could be cut short. Making a schedule of when to study and when to socialize is key to success in college. For every hour spent in class a student needs to spend two hours outside of class studying. If the student reads over materials everyday then when exam day arrives it will be easier to study because the student already knows about half of the material. I believe a proficient student studies approximately five days a week and uses the other two as days of relaxation. I consider this advice to be the key to victory in college versus high school.

Leah

I would tell myself many things to get ready for. Get ready to study. Get ready to spend your time wisely. Get ready to be free (but not always in a good way). Get ready to make decisions. Get ready to not have someone hold your hand. Get ready for the pressure. Get a job now and when you get to school. Exercise once you get to school (it releaves stress). Get involved in high school (it looks good on applications). Get ready for it all. I would tell myself to apply for as many scholarships and grants as possible and to apply to as many schools as possible. The more things you apply for, the more choices you will have when it comes time. Overall, I would tell myself do everything I didn't do. Prepare!

Jessica

If I could go back in time to talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to work harder in school. There is a tendency as a senior to slack off but those grades count in college ( if you take AP classes) for credit and can help you out greatly when you try to add a major for example. I think I would tell myself to relax about the transition more. I was very anxious to go to school and have to leave home for the first time. I made it a much bigger deal than it had to be and soon enough I met friends.

Megan

I first started out attending Ashland University for Education. I have always wanted to work in the schools I just wasn?t sure exactly what part. As my first semester progressed I realized math really wasn?t what I wanted to do every day! I looked at my options within the small private school and found nothing interested me. I ended up transferring to Ohio University where I am studying to be a Speech and Language Pathologist. There are many things I wish I could go back and tell myself. But the biggest thing is I wish I would have looked into bigger schools in the first place! I was so intimidated by a lecture hall I tried to find the smallest class size available. I now know that lecture halls really aren?t that bad at all! Bigger schools are great for people who aren?t 100% sure of what they want to do. College in general is a huge transition for anyone and you can't live on regret. I'm greatful for the experiences I went through in both places.

Allison

I have actually been thinking about this question very often over the past year. I would go back and tell myself, and anyone else who is a high school senior to spend very little money, work as much as possible, and to save every last cent! As an undergrad, half-way through my Sophomore year, I am really struggling to pay for college. I am paying for everything on my own. I have found myself feeling very helpless because everytime I make a monthly payment I ask myself, "how am I ever going to get enough money for the next month?" My parents got a divorce over a year ago and things have been going even more downhill since then. They are both bankrupt, which means that I have no co-signer for loans that I desperately need. When I am home for break I work two, sometimes three jobs and luckily last quarter I got a job at the rec center here, unfortunately only making minimum wage though. I am honestly scared about not being able to finish this year off with no loan coming my way anytime soon. Hopefully something will turn around for the better soon!

Holly

If I could go back to the beginning of my senior year, with my knowledge that I have accumulated here at Ohio University, I would tell myself to read as many books as I could and pay closer attention to my english class. My first quarter at OU woke me up more than I could have imagined. Two weeks into the quarter, we had a paper due that included a summary and I was not aware of what a summary was and bombed my first paper. If I would have paid closer attention my senior year, perhaps I would have got an A. I slowly made my way up in the class, but it was unbelievably difficult and it was hard to break into a new work ethic. It's so easy to procrastinate. I definitely would tell myself to get an organizer and start working on being timely. These things could have drastically helped me going into college.

Virginia

know you think you're totally prepared, but there's a little more to it than just schoolwork. Yes, you need to find a great balance between schoolwork and social life, but there's more to it than just that. Get ready to experience the glory of a Dining Hall. This will be like your best friend in college. Not only will you be getting food that you can't make in your dorm room (which is limited to Easy-Mac and popcorn) but you will also be sharing meals with friends that you are soon to meet and will have for a lifetime. And laundry? What's that you ask? Well, unless you plan to drive your laundry basket home to mother, you will be learning how to do it; it's not as hard as some people will make it out to be. You will come home for the holidays and cherish a home-cooked meal and being around your family that you just couldn't wait to go to college to get away from. Don't get too worried about college though, if you go in with a good attitude and priorities, you'll be just fine.

Kyle

If I was to go back to my high school senior self, I would have to advise myself to have worked a little harder in my more difficult AP classes. I know I did do well and I can definetly tell that making the effort to take such challenging class helped my studies as a college freshman tremendously, but I still think I could have tried a little harder so I could fully grasp how difficult college classes would have been. I would also have to advise myself to apply for more scholarships during my senior year. It would have been easier financially to have had some more money available. Maybe i could have also put more effort in running for my cross country team so I could have the option of having a sport scholarship as well as an academic one.

Brandyn

I would advise myself to wait for a year or two before going to college. Take the time to think about what you really want and try a few different jobs. This would allow for more exposure to the real world before re-imersing in academia. With this added seasoning, you would be able to make a more informed decision. Another bit of wisdom is not to fear adventure. I would advise myself to be much more open to experiences that are far ouside my normal sphere of concern. This is the one time when these things can be accomplished and it's important to take advantage of it. My last bit of advice is to be involved with social, professional and academic groups. These are a vital tool for meeting friends and making inroads in your chosen field. Embreace change and take risks!

Christopher

I would tell him to focus on school. After high school I wanted to enter into the work world and have fun, soon I realized how important it really is to have a college degree. I would tell my high school self that my academic performance shows great promise and to stick with it.

Rachel

If I could go back in time to when I was a high school senior, I would give myself some very good pieces of advice. One piece of advice would be to look at many different colleges and not just one that you like. I would also tell myself that I need to work harder in classes to prepare for college level classes and the college level classes that I took, I need to pay more attention in. I would say to look for scholarships harder and also to get a good job so that I could afford college when I go. I think these were all things that I really did not look into when I was a high school senior. I cared about school, but not about preparing for college. Money is a big deal at college, and I wish I had actually saved up some money.

Carley

Dear Carley, Soon, you will be making choices that will sculpt your future. You need to invest as much time as you can in making these decisions. Don't just apply to one or two schools! You need to explore your options and be sure not to limit yourself. The same goes for choosing a major. There is no rush! Take your time and check out everything rather than just settling. If you think you have found the right one, there's nothing wrong with changing your mind either. The biggest challenges you will face in the next couple of years will be a result of your transition into college life. You will be making some HUGE adjustments. It's an entirely different lifestyle. At first, you may not feel like you belong, but that void will fill in time. One last thing, work on your study habits, now! You will thank yourself later. Good luck! The best way to go into your new experience is to stare it straight in the face, don't be afraid. No one said it would be easy! Love, A wiser, older you

Camee

I would tell myself not too bring so many clothes to college first and foremost! I also would tell myself to stay home for a year instead of going off to a university right away. I would probably tell myself to visit more college campuses and talk to as many college students as possible to get their advice on where to go to school, what to expect, and what I would need. I would tell myself to not worry so much, that everything would be strange at first, but in no time at all I would be used to the routine and rythm of college life. I would tell myself to also apply for more scholarships, to work more hours, and to not spend as much extra money. As a poor college student I wish I would have saved a lot more money in the year before my freshman year of college, so I would make sure to really make this stick in my past self's mind.

Stephanie

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself to spend more time with my family and friends. When you go off to college you really realize how important those relationships are. I talk to my parents on the phone at least once a day. They help me stay on track and give me convidence that I can achieve whatever I want to with hardwork and dedication. College can be very stressful and having someone to give you a positive outlook will help you deal with the hard times. I would also tell myself the importance of applying for scholarships and grants. My senior year I did not comprehend how much of an investment a college education was. I knew before I went to college that I was going to have to pay for it myself and that my parents couldn't afford to help me so I really should of done more research and tried to receive help. I wish I would have saved more money from working throughout high school to at least help pay for books and spending money.

Cierra

As a high school senior I wasn?t fully aware of the new adventure I was soon to be embarking on. As the year came to a close I began to reflect on the past four years of high school and my next 4+ years in college that I would soon start. The reality that I was going to be starting college in the next few months hit me harder than I was expecting. The piles of college applications I would receive, the long lectures about approaching deadlines, financial set-backs, and so much more, were stressing me out and causing me to become a little depressed, but the good news is that everything worked out and I got through the stressful process of preparing for college. So the advice I would tell myself if I could go back in time would be that it is okay to ask for help and receive help from others, because there are people who are there to help make the transition to college easier, so that you can enjoy that important time in your life.

Rachel

The one thing I wish I knew before I got to college is the concept of time. I never realized in high school how my days were planned out for me; I had to be at school for a certian amount of hours, I had a certian mapped out time for homework, meals, everything. In college, time is abundant, and time is scarce. You have to make your own time. Time for classes, time for relaxation, time for eating, time for sleeping, time for homework, time for friends. If I had only known how to deal with time, I could have used it better when I got here. If you know how to manage your time, then you can do everything you want in college. You can take that exciting new class, join that club, meet new people, and still have time to read a good book. College has so many opportunities to meet interesting people. It is a shame to waste any of the time or the money you are spending on college to not get everything that you can out of it. So, in my opinion, time management is the most important thing to know.

Cecily

You need to focus on your grades do not worry about your social life. You need to score as high as you can on your ACT and save your money from your job for college spending money. When you get to colleg utilize the library and writing center for all papers. Make sure you are familiar with your surroundings and do not stay out by yourself past 12am on weekdays. Make sure not to focus on having a social life that prevents you from studying. Surround yourself with people who are academically focused and career driven. You need to be motivated and interact with intellegent, positive people. Do not let your finances consume you that is why you came to college to better yourself and gain a degree. I know everything seems overwhelming but know in your heart that you can do this and anything worth having is worth working for. You need this oppurtunity to begin your life so make it a good one. Good luck and through all of this keep your faith. Love Cecily

Sarah

Don't wait. Start visiting different campuses early and check out all the options. Go for a double room when you get placed in a single; it makes socializing much simpler when you're required to live with someone. Get more scholarships! Do you really want to graduate with so much debt? And don't worry about the courseload; the freshmen classes are no more difficult than high school if you pay attention, do the work and take notes. By the way, speaking of classes, you don't know what you want to do yet. It's ok to go in undecided. Don't rush into a major; there's a good chance you'll change it (not that changing it is a big deal). Try to find a healthy schedule and stick to it. Staying up until 3AM out of sheer bordeom accomplishes nothing. Know what's most important in all of this? Have fun! Don't stay cramped up in your dorm when a beautiful campus awaits! Get out there! Coo at the squirrels! Pay attention to the mountain scenery! Breathe some fresh air! You're young! Live! Oh and get good grades! (But that goes without saying.)

Derek

To go back in time would be a marvelous thing. Before coming to college, I was a nervous mess. I had no idea what to expect or what kind of people I would meet here. If I could go back, I would tell myself one thing, relax. The transition from High School to college has not been hard at all. The classes are very similar to High School and the people are very friendly. Living on campus is very exciting, it is different from living at home, but it is not scary at all. Every once in a while, the people that you meet might not be the best of people, but you find that everywhere. Another thing I would tell myself would be start working on scholarships now, because college (all worth it) is very expensive. And lastly, have fun. Don't be scared, you're going to love it.

Catherine

Be open and prepared. Make sure that you know what you want and do what's best for you--this is your future in your hands. Try to stay focused and realize that timelines and guidelines both exist for a reason. Have fun but take everything seriously. Double check everything you submit and make sure that you take time to consider what you're doing. Never forget what you're doing or why you're doing it and that will make everything easier.

Colleen

I would tell myself that an education is the best thing you can get for free., and you would be nuts not to capitalize on it. I would also recommend to get into a study routine, and be self-disciplined in it, for there are many temptations in college and you need to be strong in saying "no". College has many fun things to offer, and you just have to learn to balance the fun with the studying. However you must remember you are responsible for your actions, and mom and dad will not be able to pull you out of trouble that you created. Chooose and think carefully before acting , for college is your passage to greatness, don't blow it.

shanyece

If i could go back in time and talk to myself as a highschool senior, i would tell my self that its not easy. That i should lean studying tips and be ready to make my own descions. That highschool is like being a toddler compared to college in highschool they hold your hand making sure your work is done and that you are on task, but college is when you take the training wheels off and try on your own. Your teachers aren't going to baby you through anything they give you the work and its up to you to do it they want to test you as an adult to see if you can take responsibility and do things yourself they are willing to help but its your job as a student willing to succeed to study and take notes to know the diffrence between work and play , to find help and tutors if you need it and to not be afraid to ask for help. i wish i could have told myself this before because if i had i wouldnt be struggling to make the transition.

Jessica

Jessica, make sure you apply for as much financial aid as possible. Focus on your studies, your gpa in high school is just as important as in college. When you get there, make sure to make as many friends as possible, and save money. Don't spend your money on silly things. Keep your head up. Just because you're not doing so well in a class doesn't mean it's the end of the world. Get help from your professors and other students ( remember those friends you made?). Study. Study. Study. Keep your head in the books; your studies are very important. GOOD LUCK!

Holly

If I could go back to my senior year of high school and talk to myself for a few moments, I would tell myself the getting more involved in on campus activities would be a really good and benificial choice. It is a lot harder to make friends on a college campus than I originally expected, and getting involved in a few more activities could have made the transition a lot easier when getting to know more people. I would also probably tell myself not to be as shy as I originally was, because the majority of the freshman on campus were in the same boat I was. We were all away from home, friends, and family, and none of us really knew anyone well. I would tell myself just to be more outgoing and willing to meet people that I might ahve never talked to back home, because there are some really great people for you to meet, but you have to be willing to make the effort to meet them.

Kyla

Advice I would give myself as a high school senior would be to finish my four years of a foreign language. As a result, I would not have to take a foreign language in college, which would allow me more time to focus on my major and take other electives. Also, I would advise myself to enter a numerous amount of scholarships and grants. College is expensive and such a debt can leave you unable to fulfill other needs. Furthermore, as a commuter student, I would advise myself to arrange car pools and overnight stays ahead of time. Also, getting information about academic resources, such as advising, tutoring, and the institution of equity, is pertinent in achieving my goals.

Olivia

The one thing I would tell my high school senior self if I could travel back in time would be: not to worry. I spent so much time worrying over whether or not I would make friends, if I would be able to handle the work load or be able to do my own laundry that I didn?t really stop to think about the new world I was about to plunge into. So many things were happening at the same time that I didn?t stop to smell the proverbial roses. I missed saying goodbye to my friends who left before me; I wasted my last few days at home freaking out about the smallest details. The last thing I would tell myself would be: APPLY FOR SCHOLARHIPS. That?s something my mom kept harping on and something I wish had listened to a little more. Financing the rest of my education is going to be a long, difficult road; one I'm not at all sure how to navigate. But with some help, I should be able to do it.

Ellen

If I could talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to take certain classes in high school that would help me in college. For instance, although I took Math classes all through high school, I did not take a Calculus class. In my major at college, I was required to take Calculus. I found that class somewhat difficult and wished I had taken Calculus in my senior year rather than the Trigonometry class I took. I would tell myself to research potential colleges' webpages to see what classes are required for my intended major and take classes in high school that would help me understand better what I would be doing in those same subjects in college. Lastly, I would tell myself that, although I may not have wanted to study hard as a senior in high school, as a freshman in college I see the importance of good study habits.

Michael

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a senior in high school, I would tell myself to listen to my heart and do what I truly want to do. I have changed my major twice since being here at college, first from Journalism to Education and then Education to Spanish, my true passion. My biggest regret is not listening to what I knew I wanted to do and instead going on about something that I did not have this same passion for. My entire academic career feels much better now that I know I am going into a field that I am going to enjoy to its fullest and going to do something that I love, not something that I thought I loved. That is what I think is most important and also one of the most important parts about college - finding what you love and following your heart.

Kelly

Knowing what I now know about college life and making the transition to college there are many things that I would have done differently in high school. The main thing that I would go back and tell myself is to study! In high school I never studied and I always "got by", college requires you to study every day. You cannot slack off in college, its the real deal, no re-takes and no curves, you have ONE chance. Another thing I would tell myself is to not take my family and home life for granted. It is very hard to adjust to living on your own and having 100% freedom, do not take advantage of it! In high school your parents did almost everything for you in college everything you do is on you, remember that when making choices. The last thing I would tell myself is not to take my senior year for granted, have fun and cherish it!

Michael

Not a day goes by where I don't wake up and think of how I could've re-lived my senior year of high school. So much happened, so much didn't happen, so much could've been done. I constantly find myself asking questions I don't have answers to. Is it regret? Hardly. I look back now and know that had my senior year of high school could have gone a million different directions. Did it go the direction I had planned? No, but did I truly know what I wanted when I was a senior? Do I truly know what I want now? No. All I can do is play the hand I've been dealt and enjoy the ride. All the hardships, heartache, and stress. I wouldn't trade any of it. If I could go back and talk to myself I'd have so much to say...but it would all be narrowed down to one quote: "life without pain ain't worth living."

Amy

The advice I would give myself is to avoid the "senioritis" of high school and take plenty of Advanced Placement courses, because they do make a significant difference in college. I would also tell myself to fill out as many scholarship applications as possible, as scholarships are an enormous part of paying for college, and my family cannot pay for any of my college, so even though my high school self would want to avoid scholarships in which she had to write essays, I would encourage her to apply to as many as she was able. Regarding the social aspect of college, I would tell her that college is not all about parties and that she should keep her priorities straight, while at the same time, making friends; in her classes and dorm especially. I would tell her that she should speak up for herself, and that it really isn't all that different from anything else she has been through, but that it is a necessary opportunity to establish a career and learn more about herself.

Katherine

Senior year of high school I couldn't wait to leave my small hometown and experience life on my own at Ohio University. However, certain issues never crossed my mind while day-dreaming in Physics. If I could go back and chat with myself, I would say to really take advantage of shadowing various professionals at their careers. College is not just for the social experience, it is also to prepare you for what you want to do for the rest of your life. This is a huge decision, when you are only 18 years old. College is critical time in your life, and it is also an expensive one. So, having an idea of what career route you would like to take would help you financially later in life. If I am unsure of what I want to do for the rest of my life, my first two semesters of college, I should take a variety of courses in different areas to see what interests me most. Being a senior at Ohio University, I would tell myself that time goes way too fast. Whenever you are stressed or worried, take a breath, and appreciate the time you are there.

Najah

If I were able to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to stay focused. I have been known in my family to be a 'people pleaser' and to not cater to my own desires before others. Some people may call me selfless, yet I believe that it hinders my potential. I know that I can do so much with my life and still, I eallow my family issues to discourage my ability. I take full responsibility for not going forth with my dream to be a performer, it is just that I wish I had stayed focused even In my most troubling times. I did very well in high school and felt that I was ready for college. I decided to attend Ohio University because of its Communications Program and I am enjoying my time here. Even now I have trouble focusing due to my finacial situation and so I apply for scholarships like this one here. I know now that staying focused is the key that I need to retrieve in order to succeed.

LaDawn

While in high school there was no one to inform me of what college was really about. Yes i knew that there was a lot of work, and yes I knew I would have to study. Though I knew these things I still was ill-prepared. If I could go back in time and speak with myself and those within my graduating class, I would give them the following advice. 1. Manage you time. Do not spend hours talking on the phone, watching television, etc. 2. Take advantage of your professor's office hours. It is very important that you form a relationship with your professors. 3. Utilize all of the resources around you. You can never know too much. 4. Get to know your classmates. When you feel like you are the only one who does not understand, you are probably wrong. There is always someone out there with the same questions as you. 5. Pay attention to how your professor tests you. There is a such thing as studying the wrong way for a class. 6. Do not cram before tests. Spread out your study time. Give yourself enough time to process and understand the information.

Daniel

Take every chance to get in college placement classes. Search and apply for 100 scholarships, you may not get 99 of them but you will for sure get 1 of them. Professors are not like teachers, they will fail you if you don't try but they are more than happy to answer your questions and explain things for you if you make an effort to get a good grade. The moment you get a chance, get out of dorms and move in a house, its way cheaper. Last but not least, ask as many questions as possible because you never know when you get pointed in the right direction and get cheaper tuition.

Emma

I would tell myself not to worry so much about what others will think of me. I would also tell myself to just focus on my studies and not to be so worried about other things. Schoolwork should come first. But, it is always good to have some extracurricular activties to help unwind and relax once in a while.

Inna

If I had the opportunity to go back in time and talk to myself in high school I would let myself in on a few secrets. The best advice that I would give myself would be to be open to new things and people. College is a perfect place to explore different cultures and meet people of other races. So far in my college experience I have met many people of different backgrounds and ethnicities. Now I have friends who are Asian, Indian, Russian, African American and Hispanic. Since my school was mostly white, I never had the chance to be around people who were of a different race or from a different country. All the new friends that I have made so far in college have exposed me to their cultures and ideas about life. Diversity is an important part of life and the best thing you can do is embrace it. Another word of advice that I would tell myself would have to be to be responsible. When you are in college you are on your own. You have to learn to look out for yourself and do your best to succeed!

Kaila

Throught high school i was laid back when it came to work . I was always told by teachers and my mother that college was going to be fun, diffrent, and in some ways harder. I did not think much of it. Now that i have experienced college for a quarter if i could go back and talk to myself in high school i would have told myself to study more. Study so that when you go to college its not as much as a shock. Study so you can learn what the right study technique for you is. I would tell my self that it would make your life so much easier. Plus the work you do in high school is nothing compared to college so do the best you can.

Emily

just know that the people that care about you are never too far away. just do your best, stay away from the t.v. and junk food and make the most of the gym and people that you meet. It's college. There is time for both work and play.

Shannon

Hindsight is always twenty-twenty, and after a year in college the truth of that statement resonates. I could make a rather long list of decisions that I would like to tell myself to make differently. However, adaptation occurs, and despite all the wrong turns and missed opportunities, I am finally on a road I am happy with. On the way to that route there were roadblocks of inefficient studying, wrong turns of majors, and long detours via Facebook. Of all the impediments though, the one street I missed and most regret, was reaching out and meeting new people as a freshman. That opportunity is similar to a one-way street. It is simple to go flying past it, but difficult to turn on to once missed. As a sophomore people have already formed many of their relationships and friend groups. Also, there aren?t the same opportunities to meet others. Orientations are over and introductions are harder to come by. However, I haven?t given up. While I missed the opportunity to become friends with some very amazing people, I did learn a lesson. I know now, to reach out when opportunity presents, and turn on to that street.

Joseph

Study Hard, do not party too much.

lykia

I would say to my past self to work harder because life doesn't end when you finish high school it's just the beginning of the journey that you won't regret taking , choose a college wisely and don't wait until the last minute to realize what you want to do in life because business can open so many oppurnities into the proffession your trying to pursue . socialize with more people, be involved in more school activities to stay healthy and focused

Alex

Hey, remember that time when you met Hannah for time and ended up being able to count on her when you got really homesick around the time of your birthday? Oh, and when you signed up for that one class that you thought for sure you would hate but ended up loving? Or when you actually stayed in on a Friday night to study and went out on a Tuesday night to party? How about when you finally got the courage to ask the professor a question after class and she ended up explaining everything in terms that helped you understand AND pass the class? You can't forget that one hallway where you accidentally walked in on the wet floor and fell, spilling your coffee everywhere but meeting Mike when he came to help you clean up all your books. What about when you did your laundry for the first time, or when you refered to your dorm room as "home" for the first time? Or, remember when you invented that time machine to make it possible to go back in time? No?... Oh well, don't worry. You will. P.S. Don't skip class on October 12th.

Lindsay

If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to remain true to myself. As a senior in college, I have lived a lifetime through my college career and experienced many things. The most important thing for me to remember would be to stay strong and independent. All too often, I have seen individuals fall into the trap of comformity. Ohio University is an extremely diverse campus and the students are very accepting of different cultures and beliefs. It is easy anywhere you go, however, to get caught up in the beliefs of others so quickly when first coming to college. I respect myself for the way I have remained myself through my college career, but I often forgot what an independent and empowered individual I could truly be. I would tell myself to remember the fact that I am capable of dealing with difficult decisions and situations on my own and I am a strong woman. I am proud of myself as an individual and I have been lucky to finally find the truest friends possible. I would tell myself to remain focused on my goals at all times.

Nicole

I would definately say to take Freshman year seriously. If you don't do well your freshman year, you will be making up for it the rest of your time. Also be very open to meeting new people and taking every oppertunity that comes to you if it is a positive one. Get involved in lots of clubs and things!

ADELITA

I would tell myself to pull your head out of your ass and go to college! If you have a degree in the field you love your life will be more fullfilling. You wouldn't have to work for a bunch of a-holes and struggle at being a single parent and working whatever jobs are available. Oh, yes that guy you gave your future up for is a L-O-S-E-R!!

Brett

I transitioned properly. I am receiving very good grades in college and I have a great social life.