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I have experienced several amazing things during my college experience. I had several opportunities to meet business leaders that have inspired me to pursue my passions. I have learned that opportunities should never be passed if they build character and add to my education. College is not easy, it takes a lot of hard work and effort and if you really believe in yourself you can achieve your dreams. You should always try hard in every class although it may not be something you plan to use in your life. My college education has not only changed my outlook on life, it has challenged me to become the successful person I know I can be in the future.


So far, I've realized college is a place of much growth, revealing itself in many forms. While the biggest growth falls under education and knowledge, college teaches individuals to actually be an individual and stand out in their own unique form. College pushes students to discover themselves and their passions. It presents alternate routes for students, other than what's typical. Pursuing a college education forces students to become independent, while presenting them with real-world challenges and experience. I've learned alot educationally in one year of college at Oregon State University, but the most I've learned this last year, was about myself. I look forward to three more years of discovering me.


I have only been in college for approximately eight months and I already know I am a different person. College has allowed me the freedom to reshape myself, think about the future, and change for the better. At home, I felt suffocated by my overbearing but loving mother, and her expectations of me. She still has expectations and wants to know details of my life, but because I am in Oregon, and she is in California, there is a healthy distance between us that allows me to develop into my own personality, my own person. I have become more assertive, more able to ask for what I want. I want to stay in Oregon, I want to continue my journey of self-discovery, I know college will lead me along that road.


First off, I've gained a lot of experience and knowledge from attending this college. My teachers are very accomodating and wise. They know what they're teaching and are passionate about it as well. I've met many people, and I keep in contact with most of them. I think that some of these friends will end up being people I talk to throughout the rest of my life. This college offers a lot of options for being social. There are many clubs, events, and activities. In the dorms, there's always something going on. The people are very friendly and the R.A.'s are helpful. I grew up in Portland and had to move down to Corvallis for school, so when I've been living on my own at OSU. This has been a great experience for me and shows me how prepared for life I am, and what else I need to do. Attending OSU has been valuable to me because I've gained knowledge, friends, and experiences that I'll carry with me for the rest of my life.


College has taught me how to stay organized and motivated because if you are not organized or responsible you will not succeed. Most high school classes can be passed with mnimal effort, however, college is much more difficult. WHile it has taught me to be responsible and studious, it has also taught me to kick back and enjoy myself on a friday night. Oregon State has been valuable to attend because they offer so many different clubs and programs that make students feel more secure and allow them to meet other students with similar likes. The staff at Oregon State is extremely helpful and they have helped guide me into my career field.


school at anne arundle community college has taught that i can do it! I was never good at school in high school, so school was a discuraging experience. however, when I tried to start my life without a college degree i was tired of working in the dirt. So I went back to college with more determination. the past two years have been the most profitable years of my life! I'm so glad to be in school and will stay till i get my bachalors degree and mabye more. i need a scholarship because I dont want my parents to pay for my college and i dont want to be stuck with a large loan after school. I'm determined to get a scholarship and I will. I hope that you will be able to help me.


College is such a time of growth and independence. It is a great place to discover where your interests lie, and really find out what it is you want to do with your life. College is often an enviornment in which individuals are alone for the first time, and it can be hard, but it is also very rewarding. I grew up a lot during college. I made mistakes, but I also learned who I am as a person, and that knowledge will be with me forever.


The experience I learned from this college and why its valuable to me is the open-mindedness that I need and should have when talking with others. Because it reminds me not to judge and not to identify them with a specific group. Instead I should remember that they have their own identity that they go by and thats what it made it very valuable to me. Through this I was able to attend different activities that brought friends and bestfriends as well. I really hope that I am able to continue going to this college until I finish my degree and continue to learn life long wisdom.


?The Legend of 1900? tells the story of a man who lived his entire life aboard a ship. When given the option to set foot ashore, he couldn?t; the world was too vast for him to comprehend when juxtaposed to his confined living space. When I first set foot on a college campus, I was like the man on the ship; with so many possibilities I didn?t know what I wanted. Every year millions of freshmen are discovering an entire world unbeknownst to them; it?s like opening your closet door and discovering Narnia. What I say to them is this: don?t stand at the foot of the dock wondering about your next step; but begin by placing one foot in front of the other. You don?t have to be afraid that the world is too big for you. It may seem overwhelming at first, but pretty soon university will just be another ship amidst the vast ocean of the world. Be glad you are small and the world is big; it is in the process of growing into new confinements that life gains meaning and your past confines are like a sunken ship.


You're good enough. You can do this. Don't believe the lies that other people have told you, that you're stupid, you're not worth it, you'll never be able to get what you want, you'll never find the money, you'll never amount to anything anyway. Don't be afraid to fail. Don't be afraid to succeed either. You're brilliant. You're amazing--a partially filled canvas with tons of potential. I see that now. I couldn't in high school. I was too scared, too lonely. I lost out on so many opportunities because I was so worried about what other people thought of me. These last few years I have learned the hard way that this world is not for the faint of heart; the only people who get what they truly want are the ones who are willing to fight for it. Fight for it. Go "all in." Then, on your death bed, you can say without faltering that you fought the good fight, you finished the race and you will be able to rest in peace knowing that this world is a better place because you were in it.


If I would ever go back in time I would tell myself many things that are important to know when attending a university. First of all apply for scholarships owing money and having large loans is not easy on the budget and on oneself. Time management is very important when you have a hectic schedule and need to make time for studying. Learn what your best study habits are because they will come in handy for your exams. Set some goals! Setting goals will help you stay motivated and not to give up, even if you do have economic problems. Stay healthy, exercising and having good eating habits will help you have more energy and help you manage with stress. Ask questions! If you do not understand something or need some help, don't be afraid to ask because there are no dumb questions and everyone is willing to help you along the way. Give it your 100% because in the end you know that it was worth it.


I would tell myself to not give up when classes get overwhelming. Things can get stressfull, sometimes you just need to breathe and take a break. Also, be sure in what you want to do but don't let it limit you. Be confident in yourself, you'll be fine.


If i could go back and talk to myself during my senior year i would say, do your best and focus on the major needs to enter college. College life is nothing like high school, you have to apply yourself and much as you can and you have to want to be there.


I would tell myself to get out there. Do everything that looks like fun. Don't take life so seriously and to step out of the box. College is ment to be fun and exciting. If you stay your high school self then you wont get to know all the fun and cool people that are out in the world. Put your self out there and don't be afraid to make decisions. If they are wrong you will learn from them, if they are right... yay you! Just be your self and enjoy everything that comes your way.


Remember who you are in this very moment. I read once that "our true selves lie in who we were in high school"; now, as I face my 40th birthday, I see that too be true. Hold on to your passion...hold on to your dreams...don't let yourself be the little fish that drowns in the big pond. College will try to diminish you. There will always be someone better looking, smarter, more talented, more...more...more... Don't allow that to make you "less". Don't let yourself be defined by the number on the scale, the Greek letters on your chest, or the numbers on your transcript. Hang on to that brazen teenager who had the world by the tail and was ten feet tall and bullet-proof. Travel. Learn a dead language. Try out for a student play. Date someone your parents hate. Make lots of mistakes but never regret them, for it is far better to have remorse than regret. Hang on to your high school yearbook and stay in touch with those friends. Years from now when you feel lost, they are the compass that will guide you home.


If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself to study hard because everything I would be learning that year would be applicable to the classes I would be taking throughout college. I would also tell myself that working as hard as I was in my advanced placement classes would be well worth it because I got a lot of college credit from those classes. Advanced placement classes were very much worth the work in high school. I would also tell myself to not stress over class sizes or the amount of personal help I would receive. There are plenty of services available to help students succeed and even the large classes usually have a smaller recitation class for more personal help. I would tell myself that college isn?t as scary and different from high school as everyone makes it out to be as long as you can keep up good study habits.


If I could go back to senior year of high school and give myself or anyone else one piece of advice, it would be to not be scared of going to college. I went to a college prep school, so academically I felt prepared to start at a university, but socially I was worried about the changes. I was unsure about living in the dorms, making friends, taking care of myself and being away from home. As soon as I got here I realized things were not going to be so bad and I felt really silly for worrying about it so much. The only changes I would have made would be getting involved with campus activites earlier. My campus involvement has truely made my college experience at Oregon State University.


I work with teens who are struggling with getting into trouble and making poor life choices. I have two pieces of advice for them when it comes to college which is the same advice I wish I could go back and give my high-school senior self. That advice? Go for it! Go for all of it! College is an exciting and challenging life experience and I would recommend jumping right in after high school. As someone who went back to college many years after graduating, I wish fervently that I would have attended right away. It?s worth the time you take to complete your education, and then you?ll be done! Secondly, never forget that college offers so much more variety than high school. Take the opportunity to explore many different subjects and expand your knowledge byyond your experiences. Not only will you earn your college credits but you will enjoy learning about new things and benefit from expanding your view of the world. Get as much out of college as you can, as a student and as a person, there will never be another experience like it!


Looking back on life as a high school student, with almost 2 terms of college under my belt makes me realize many things I would love to tell myself when I was still in high school. I wish I could go back and give myself the advice to develop time management habits, and I would tell myself to not procrastinate. Once in college, all the procrastination of high school will not pay off, because now all my large tests, papers, and assignments for every course will be due at the same time. Have fun, is another piece of advice I would give myself. Although I am in college for my education, I also have many activities outside of class, and having more fun in high school, would have helped me to balance all of my current activities. Lastly I would tell myself to not stress. I stressed quite a lot over tests in high school, which only prompted more stress for college midterms and finals. So the best advice I could give myself is to learn to manage time, stress less, and balance fun. If I learned all of those in high school, I would have had an easier transition.


I think hindsight makes the best guidance counselor. If I could return to a younger me, I would say three things. My first advice would be to really get to know myself, and the true extent of my opportunities, by trying the things I was afraid of doing, or thought I could not accomplish. I would say to do this regardless of the anxiety or fear I felt about them. My third parcel of advice would be to realize that today, not yesterday, is the first day I have the opportunity to make a change.


There are a couple of things that I learned throughout college that I feel if I had known would have made my entire college experience that much better. Mainly I feel that if I would have first attended my current four year university instead of transferring after two years at a community college I would have had a much more enjoyable experience. The two main difficulties that I came into contact with were the difficulty level of classes and integrating into the social network. I expected college to be just as easy as high school was. I didn?t expect to have to study, and it took a little time to adjust and learn how to study. Also, if I had known how to be more actively involved in the social scene it would have been easier to make friends; for example, living on campus the first couple years forces students to be social. I feel that if I were to have begun my college career at the four year university then I would have had a much easier time with both of these mishaps.


I would tell myself the following... "First off, I know you have no idea what to expect from college. The best way to approach the college decision is to not rush things like I did. When you pick a college, make sure that it is somewhere that fits you and makes you happy. If when you get to college you feel out of place, take that feeling seriosly because it means something is wrong with where you are. Also, you don't have to pick a major right now, or even in your freshman year. Take your time, because you have all the time in the world. Think seriously about what you want to do for a career and find out exactly what classes are reqired by your major and what they entail. Don't pick a major because you feel like it's something you should do or because it sounds neat. Pick it because it is something you really want to do. Most importantly, find some people you actually enjoy being around and are not simply tolerable. Be sure to keep a check on reality and don't go through college with "the blinders on." Good luck!


It's a whole new ballgame when you get to college. "101" courses are not necessarily easy A's, they truly test you on what you did learn in high school, while still shaping you to deal with your intended field of study. Also, making friends is much different too. However, you don't have to drink alcohol to make friends, there are many clubs available to get involved in on campus. And of course, there are the athletic events to get together and show your school spirit. In the end, if you remain focused on your work and open to doing activities on campus to converse with other students, your college experience will be meaningful and you will learn more about how you can set yourself up for the workforce after you graduate.


If I could talk to my high school senior self, would tell myself to stay on track and don't get behind because I have seen a lot of people here that fall behind and can't catch up. Get started on scholarships early every year, and don't think that you can just fall back onto the skills that you had from high school. The pace is so much faster here that you have to study everyday and don't procrastinate. Don't fall into peer pressure and don't go to any parties; the people that go to parties are usually the ones that fall behind in their classes. At the same time, enjoy your time at college because this is supposed to be one of the best times of your life. Good luck!


I would tell myself to be ever vigilant and to keep my eyes open to the world around me. Know that college is about learning what you are made of. You will learn how to deal with amounts of stress that you have never experienced in your life. You will learn how to motivate yourself. Remember to make choices that you will be proud of, because this is an investment in yourself. Most of all, I would say ?Remember to invest in Google.?


I would tell myself to keep trying and study hard because that will help you in the long run. Also, to take a closer look at the Universities, and go and actually visit them instead of reading about them on the internet. Also, to become more involed in the community, so that way when she gets to the university she can create ties within the university community.


If I were to go back in time, and was able to talk to myself as a high school senior, I would have told myself to change few things. I would have told myself to study more than I had done. I would have told myself to start on papers for classes sooner, since the games I would play are not worth the all-nighters I would do to make up for the lost time. I would have told myself to be more social and outgoing, because studying is a lot easier and funner when you're going at it with a group. Basically, I would tell myself to do the little things and subtle changes I've always said that I needed to make. The things that would be good this term, but hey, there's always next term to start.


Brace yourself. College is full of new experiences, new people, and new situations. Your identity will be questioned as well as your beliefs but be strong and surround yourself with those who know your true self. Don?t be afraid of letting go of the past, it is ok to distance yourself from home in order to branch out and see who you truly can become. Take the time to meet new people and not get caught up in the excuse of having too much to do; it will be worth taking a break in order to get you through and keep your sanity. Also make time for yourself it is in those quiet moments where you will find your true self.


I would help myself find happiness in the world of work. To do this I would first describe the work done in different job settings. The essential elements in every job setting revolve around basic parts of each job, such as sitting at a desk, answering the phone, working on a computer, being outdoors, and talking to people. After these elements were described I would then ask myself which I think I would enjoy enough to do 8 hours a day. Then I would take these choices and match them to college majors. Now with a list of college majors that may work I would have a starting point in life. These choices could be narrowed down again by considering income provided by jobs in the field. For example I would discuss with myself how much a family of 5 children may cost. A last critical step to finalize major choices would be to do job shadows. With these things done anyone considering college may save thousands of dollars and years of their life by not wasting it on things they probably won?t enjoy in the first place.


Assuming It was possable to go back in time and talk to myself as high school senior, and knowing what I know now about college life and making the transition, I would have some pretty good advise to give myself. I know myself and I know that as a high school senior I had a lot of questions about going to college and obtaining a higher education. I would assure myself that joining the United States armed forces is an exellent way to gain an advantage. I would tell myself not to wait so long after my discharge to start getting a higher education. Knowing that it is difficult to obtain the resources needed to attend a college or university, I wuold give my self all of the information on doing so. I would inform myself that all it takes is a lot of motivation and and a bit of intestinal fortitude.


I would tell myself not to be so nervous about college. It's not as big and scary as I thought it was going to be. I would also tell myself to make sure I had my books on time, before I even got to school. I would tell myself I need to get used to reading for education, instead of just for fun. Mostly, I would reassure myself that everything would turn out okay. As a senior, I was so unsure of what I wanted to do and what college I wanted to attend. I was really nervous that I would make the wrong decision and regret it once I got to college. It turns out that I love Oregon State, and I'm glad I made this decision. The number one thing I would tell my high school self would be to calm down and have confidence in the decisions you make.


Aiming for a full international baccalaureate my senior year taking 11 classes, a word of advice I would tell myself is to not overload my senior year stressed with IB nonsense. I really feel like the stress was not worth it and would have been more beneficial to me if I took more AP classes that filled some requirements that were not related to my major. I would have also told myself to fill out more scholarships to cover my full tuition. I know I could have made room back then to at least submit a few in, but I had procrastinated and did not submit any.


I would tell myself to not worry so much about it. I spent a lot of my highschool years worrying about how hard college would be, and how I could possibly manage. If I could go back, I'd tell myself to have more conifdence in myself, and in my abilities, and I would probably tell myself to apply to a lot more schools, instead of being so afraid of rejection that I limited myself to two schools.


The change between high school life and college life can be a major change for many. Being away from parents is one thing many high school seniors look forward to, a life without rules. The first piece of advice I would give to anyone going into college is, just because you are free from your parents reign doesn't mean you shouldn't make your own rules. College will be impossible if you don't have some rules laid down. Another piece of advice I would give is, avoid "having a good time." I hear far to often that because I'm in college that it's time to be stupid and reckless. But when grades come around, you wont be to happy. Laying down rules remains the only option. Also I was a major procrastinator in high school, this terrible habit followed me over to college and it was not easy. Do your work as soon as you get it, don't ever wait until the last minute. This is one of the rules i made for myself, and it has helped. To succeed in college you must set rules and boundaries to regulate your life.


Don't Procrastinate. There is no, "I'll do it tomorrow" in college. Do it now. if you do fall behind, don't get discouraged. You can always work a little bit harder to try and catch back up. If you have trouble doing the work, ask for help! It doesn't make you stupid, or annoy the teachers when you simple ask for help. It does annoy the teachers if you wait until the last week before Finals to try and get some help. Don't be afraid to be yourself. College is a whole new world where you can be everything you want to be! Smile. Be happy. Enjoy it while it lasts.


The first thing I would say to myself would be, "Finish college, enjoy your freedom, and get involved while you are there. THEN, after you are more established and mature, you can think about starting a family! Don't be in such a hurry to grow up!" I would tell myself to make the most of my college experience. Living in a dorm, joining a sport or club, volunteering - these are all part of the college experience that you can't do as a wife and mom, at least not as easily. I don't have any regrets and wouldn't trade my life for anything, but if I had it to do over again, I'd have waited a few more years to get married and have my kids, and that's the main point I would try to get across to myself if I had the chance; who knows, maybe I would have even listened!


Taking full advantage of the opportunity, I would tell my younger self about the importance of beginning scholarship applications as soon as possible. I would explain how I liked going to community college before the university to have smaller class sizes and lower tuition costs. I would convey a sense of necessity for a decision on a college major to take the best advantage of time during college. I would tell myself to enjoy every minute of life because each year in school is more challenging than the last. I would say remember your love of art, do not let it go. Remember your love of swimming, do not stop. Remember the importance of friends, do not isolate yourself. Remember your God, always put him first. Remember that life was created to be enjoyed, have fun, go out with your friends, and spend time with your family. School is one of the biggest decisions of your life. Make a decision and stick with it, you will succeed in anything you put your mind to. You are a fighter, go for the gold.


I would tell myself to get a job during high school. It doesn't have to be a lot of hours, but anything would help with tuition. I would also tell myself that I shouldn't necessarily go to a college because my friends are going there; I should go somewhere because I want to. Don't be afraid, relax, it isn't tha bad. Be willing to open up and explore, there are endless opportunities. Study hard, but make time for fun activities. Just be you.


Keep building your momentum from senior year into college. Avoid falling into senioritis. Given your senior standing get involved in as many clubs and activities as possible. It?s your last year in school and you need to make the most of your last year of free public education! Try to find a job or internship related to you major over the summer between high school and college; that way you can continue growth of your knowledge and mind, even after graduation. Remember, high school was only the first step to the rest of your academic and professional career. Try to find a weekend or two over your ?last? summer at home to take a trip with your friends. It?s a great way to unwind and reward yourself for 4 years of hard work, and make yourself feel more refreshed and ready to take on a new academic journey come Fall. It?s a last chance to have memories with your friends before you all leave for your own separate lives, and at the same time, familiarize yourself with living with others outside of your parents? home. The hardest part of college is becoming independent. Prepare yourself for it.


I would tell myself to apply for as many scholarships as I possibly could. Warn myself that I will probably be in debt if I dont work really hard to find scholarships. I would tell myself to take more of the 2+2 credit classes so that I wasn't paying for classes I could have taken in high school. I would tell myself that dorm life stinks and its not easy to live in the dorms with people you dont know. Everyone has a different way they were raised from the types of music they like to how clean they keep thier room to the type of foods they like.


If I could go back in time to talk to myself when I was a senior in high school I would tell myself to do as many advanced placement courses as possible in order to gain more college credit. I would also tell myself to apply for every scholarship possible since they are very helpful. Another thing I would do is try to teach myself what I have already learned in my courses in order to get the best possible grades I could get. Basically what I would tell myself would help me in every way do even better in college, both financially and academically. By doing that I would be helping myself for the rest of my life by graduating earlier and in less debt in order to due my duty to progress society with my career as a civil engineer even sooner.


I know you've been hearing this a lot, but do NOT get pregnant. There will be parties and boys, and these are just distractions that will keep you from your studies. You will need to learn to balance your social life with your school work, and do it early on. Cherish each syllabus as they are your guidelines to your courses. Keep a planner, and read the assigned readings BEFORE you go to class. This way, you will have already thought it through and will be able to absorb the information better in class. Work on your homework the day it is assigned, and if you don't have much time, just look it over so you know what to expect. Take advantage of your academic and extra-curricular resources; they really make a difference and you pay for it so why not use them! Contact your professors if you ever have any questions or if you messed up by not going to class or missing an assignment. Get involved and have fun! Be responsible, and try not to fall behind. Exercise and play around! Volleyball, basketball, snowboarding, swimming, rock climbing - there's so much to do here!


The advice that I would have given myself was to establish good study habits, and use my time wisely. In college all of your time is based on how you use it. No one else is telling you what to do anymore, and you have to make your own decisions. Time management and keeping track of all of your assignments and due dates is important as well. When you come to college you are independent and reliant on yourself, and the best way to make that work is to have a routine that will allow you to focus on your education first and foremost, then focus on your social life and enjoying your college experience.


I would tell myself to be more confident and to focus more. Enjoy life and take every opportunity


Go to class! Yes, I know, you got by fine in high school without studying. And yes, the topics in class will seem simple. But that's only because you're actually attending class! You'll have no real sense of just how expensive you college education is until you try doing it without any financial aid. Make it count this time, stay on top of your school work, keep it your top priority. But don't ignore your mental health either: Depression is real, but it's also easily treated. Don't be afraid to ask for help!


Be prepared to be overwhelmed. All the stress, and all the work will hit you all at once, and you've got to be prepared to juggle it. Begin mustering up the courage to interact with professors in order to develop connections that may benefit you along the road.


If I could go back in time and give myself advice or someone else advice on college, I would tell them to listen to their teachers when they tell you to apply for scholarship while you're in high school. That way you will not be in your second year in college trying to figure out how your going to pay for your college tuition after your parents tell you they don't have the money. Also get a job in high school so you can start saving for your college expenses, get two jobs if you have too. Also apply for financial aid, this will help you a lot. Last but not least, keep the partying to a minimum. you have your 20's and when school is out to live it up. It is not worth losing your focus on your main objective.


I would have told myself to take a math class at the local community college my senior year becuase that would have helped emmensley. I wish I would have applied for the Ford Family Foundation Sch. becuase I may have got it and saved a ton of money. I wish that I would have gone at least a year or 2 to the community college in my town beucase it would have been easier and cheaper and I would have better prepared myself for entering a large university that has difficult classes. Most of all, I wish that I would have worked harder to learn material in h.s., not just get things done and forget about them for a grade.


If I were given the oppurtunity to go back in time and speak with myself in high school, I would be able to offer helpful advice. After experiencing the college life for a year, I would tell myself several things. In high school, I think it is important to take tougher classes and to speak up in class. It is important to not let the feelings of insecurity prevent you from taking every possiblty that you can. Having confidence is a must and having the courage to remain true to who you are. In college, I learned that it is alright to be yourself. In high school, I was to shy to really be outspoken. I would tell myself to change that because being shy you miss out on learning experiences as well as other activities that may have enhanced your experiences. Most importantly, having the courage to speak up and ask questions will help prepare you for college in many ways. Not only, gaining the knowledge, but also gaining the skills. It would be a tremoundously beneficial to go back in time and offer advice to myself.


Be aware of your surroundings and take advantage of opportunities. Don't just picture the university experience as the means to the end, but as part of life. Enjoy the day-in, day-out experience. Keeping a regular schedule is very important. This will help in keeping your grades up as well as keeping your life well rounded. A balanced life is very important! School is important, yes, but focusing 100% all the time on school isn't healthy. Keeping a social life will make school a lot more pleasant. Knowing how to keep stress levels low and knowing how to relax when stress does become and issue is EXTREMELY important. School is stressful. Between class schedules, homework, papers, tests, projects, friends, family, money, room-mates, etc. The list is endless and being prepared for these tasks makes life a whole lot easier.

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