Young one have faith in yourself and what you are capable of doing. Being Math and Science smart isn't the only kind of smart. Do what you are good at: the reading and writing. The evidence has always been there, so pursue it. I know that going to Community College isn't your dream, if anything it is going to be a nightmare for a while but hold on. It will pass. There is a light, and you will meet wonderful people on your way. Some will stay some will fade. But that is the beauty of it all. This situation and place are all temporary but the knowledge you will learn will last you forever. You are worth it darling. Just hold on.
I'd tell myself to stop being stupid. To start caring more about my grades and to stop listening to what all the school bullies tell you. To put yourself out there more and join more groups. To put more effort into studying and preparing for tests. To put the effort into my classes that I knew I had in my but never wanted to apply. I would tell myself to start using the brains I had in my head and to stop skipping class and just push through and go to school. That college would be totally different and I wouldn't be able to get away with that crap. That if I really wanted to get into the schools and accomplish the things I wanted to, then I needed to put more effort into it because it will be so much harder for me when I get into college. But most of all, I want to tell myself to be happy, to stop putting myself down and start holding my head up and believing in myself. That I am a great person and that I can do anything I put my mind to.
All throughout high school, I thought i could breeze through and still get accepted to the college of my dreams. Senior year I was hit with reality when that school denied me. Now, as a college freshman and recently accepted student to my dream school, I would go back in time to slap myself and push myself in the right direction. If I had actually made an effort my senior year I would already be at the university I dreamed of. Something else I would tell myself is to prepare for loss. Since college began, I have gained and lost friends that i grew up with or met during my first semester. Many of the friends I grew up with and considered family have gone miles and miles away. It's incredibly hard losing people that were so close for so long. I wish I could go back to my senior year and warn myself that I need to enjoy the time I have with those people now so that it hurts less when college began. College changes people and that's just how life works. The way I see it, staying happy is the key to college sucess.
After receiving my Associates in Business Technology at OCC, I decided to continue and get my Bachelor’s in Hotel Resort Management. I attended Buffalo State for 1 semster and came back home to Syracuse. OCC has a partnership program with SUNY Delhi for Hotel Resort Management, which means I don’t have to go to Cortland for classes. I believe having a degree (especially in business) has put me ahead of my peers in the work force. I learned valuable business educates, had an internship for catering, and took fun electives that expanded my education.
So far I have learned a lot that I didn't get to experience in High School. Its a lot different than back then. They treat you with respect and treat you like you are an adult. So far I love this college. All the teachers have been really nice and they have great tools for helping me learn better and faster. I do believe that they are helping me prepare for a career in the future. I just want to be able to afford to keep going to this great college.
Onondaga Community College has provided me with the necessary tools to further my education and build a career as a future Secondary School Art teacher. The knowledge and skills I have obtained will allow me to expand my possibilities in life as a strong working class citizen of my country and supply the youth of tomorrow with the necessary skills to become successful individuals in thier own lives. I have had the oppourtunity to meet individuals of many diversities in both ethnicity and personality and learned how to build lasting relationships with people from all walks of life. Onondaga Community College is a stepping stone in my life on the path to achieving my desired career. I look forward to utilizing these tools as I work toward furthering my education as I transfer to my next of adventurous Institutions.
Now that I have lived life for 31 years since graduating high school, I would have much advise to give myself. The first thing I would tell myself is to not be afraid to be an individual. Don't worry about what other people think of you. Even if you don't have a clue of what you want to do, or what you want to be, enroll in school. Life goes by so fast, you must take advantage of any and all opportunities presented to you. Do not be satisfied with just getting by day to day. If you do that now, the chances are that the rest of your life will be exactly the same, just getting by. You will find that in your professional life, the absence of a college degree will put you on the bottom rung of the ladder, struggling to prove yourself over and over again, with the added burden of always having a lower salary than others. Be bold, be sure of yourself, take chances!
I think that the best advice that I could of given myself is to stay ahead. What I mean by this is to stay ahead of the game by applying for any scholarships available, taking as many college level classes in highschool as possible, and communicate with your guidance counselor more about the transition to college. Then once your in college, trying your best isnt enough, you need to give 110% effort in everything that you do, in order to be a successful college student.
The first piece of advice would be to take as many AP classes as I could. Theres so much you can go off of from taking these classes not to mention they take some time off your journey in college life. The next would be to find out the best way that I learn. The earlier you understand the easiest way for you to learn things, learning becomes easier and faster all around, which is essential to tackling your college education. The third thing I would tell myself is NOT to procrastonate. Procrastanation is the root of all evil in college. The last thing I would tell myself is to be open minded. College is a great experience but you have to be willing to accept everything that comes in the package.
I would have advised myself to save up as much money as possible. College costs money and although loans are given, you do have to pay those back at the end of your education. I would have worked hard and saved all my money, and then when I got into school not work as much so I could focus on getting an A in every class. I would have also advised myself to take the advice from everyone around me that knew what they were talking about instead of being headstrong and stubborn. Lastly, I would advise myself to take it seriously but also allow myself to have a social life.
The most important thing one can do when looking for a college is finding one that will make YOU happy; not your parents, or your friends, and not just choosing a school because you cannot find one you like. If it takes time, and you need to attend a community college for a year or two, that is perfectly fine as long as you work hard. College is about excelling academically, but also maturing as a person. In the next few years, you will be meeting a diverse group of people and facing challenges that you may or may not be ready for. It is important to remember to be yourself always, rely on your family and friends when you need it, and never fail to work to the best of your potential. Academic success in college seems much more rewarding than it ever did in high school, so do yourself a favor and do not sell yourself short. My mom told me when I went to school "work hard, play hard", and it was great advice.
If I could go back as a high school senior knowing what I know now I would advice myself to stay focus and be more responsible with your time, when it comes to school. Once you go to college things change and you have to take time into your own hands. There no more breaks when it comes to college, if you don't get your work done you not going to succeed very far and high school is a good practice to prepare for college.
I would tell myself to really sit down and look at what I want as far as my major and school. I would have started out at a community college to save money instead of going to a more expensive school and having student loans. I would have made sure to use my money more smartly and save it for the unknown expenses of college, like books, school supplies and so on.
If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would prepare myself for the college transition by sharing some advice I've learned so far. The number one rule is that studying WILL pay off, and a 4.0 GPA is not hard to attain if you do your work. You're paying for school because you want to live a happy, successful life, and now is the time to take advantage of that and do the work that is required to achieve your dreams. Also, you can't live on frozen dinners, luckily chicken is very easy to make, 99% of the male population at college are in no way "boyfriend material", and there will always be a party that everyone is going to be at next weekend. Staying in is perfectly fine, especially if you have a test the next morning. The last piece of advice I would leave with myself is don?t hold back from your true self or judge others for being themselves, and make friends with all kinds of different people. College is about learning who you are and who you have the potential to become.
I would tell myself to study harder, and concentrate. I rushed through my high school years wanting it to be over and now I miss it. I didn't do so well on the ACT / SATs so I would study for that and atleast try to my fullest potential.
I would have told myself it is easier to attend college directly out of high school. It is difficult to balance a full time job and going to school full time. As you get older you have many more responsibilites than when you are seventeen or eighteen years old. It is beneficial to at least get your general studies out of the way. The more you are in school the it easier it will be to figure what kind of area of study you are interested in. Education is very important and is something you will hear your whole life. Take adavantage of all you can get while you are young , so you are more prepared to go out later. If you are holding back because you are unsure about college be sure and talk to your guidance counselor. It seems intimidating at first, but the more you understand the easier it will get . New things can be uncomforatble, but there is always help out there if you are overwhelmed or confused. My best advice is to challenge yourself in the unknown and you will get far in your education as well as life.
One piece of advice I would give myself is just because everyone else has the college itch to go somewhere away from their parents and out of Syracuse doesn't mean you have to do the same. I realized very early on in my freshman fall semester that I wasn't ready for all the decision making you have to do while on your own. It is extremely easy to get swept up in the party life and forget about the importance of homework and going to class. I forgot why I was actually attending college. Classes and studying quickly faded away into the backround and drinking and partying rapidly become my entire life. If I knew hwo easy it was to mess up in college, I would have never gone away from home my freshman year. I would have gone to OCC right off the bat until I was mature enough to be on my own and succeed.
That as long as you try your hardest, you can get anywhere in life. College is hard, its not like High School where things get handed to you. You have to work, and work hard, to get what you want. As long as you keep focus and try your best, you will do fine.
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