As a young adult, live in on campus housing and get involved in clubs, groups, or sports. Immerse yourself wholly in the experience and don't worry about the fun or partying outside of school, it will be there when you are done, but the college campus experience is once in a lifetime. An experience you won't get a second shot at but will miss if you didn't take the chance to embrace it.
Don't choose a college for a guy. If you want to go across the country for school, apply! The worst thing that could happen is you'll get a denial letter. Big deal. There are plenty of options out there and plenty of schools willing to work with you. Also, don't let anyone tell you what you can or can't do. If you want to get your degree in International Business, then you can get your degree in International Business. Don't let anyone make you feel less than what you are capable of. You can achieve anything you set your mind to. It won't be an easy road and at times it may not even be enjoyable, but at the end it will be well worth it. Most of all enjoy the moment now and don't stress about the future. These are years that you will never get back.
The advice I would give myself would be to not take the easy road. When I was 18 I had a job lined up doing construction and didn't plan on going to college. A few years later I realized life isn't about how much money you make, it is about being happy at what you do and what you can accopmlish with your time. Now I wish I would have tried harder, found a career path that I was interested in, and earned more college credits when I didn't have to pay for them out of my own pocket. Looking back now life would be easier if I had gone to school right away, but instead I went out on my own and now I have to work twice as hard by working full time and going to school at night.
I would tell myself to practice good time management, organization, and study skills while in high school so I would be ready when I go to college. I would also tell myself to have more of a clear mind of exactly what I want to do career wise rather than having many different aspirations.
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