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If I could go back to high school I would do it tomorrow. I would tell myself how important it is to study and focus on oyur grades not the social aspect of high school. I would have studied alot more than what I did. I was also have set my goals by studdying more so that I could have gotten into a four year college right out of high school and not went to tech. Im 29 years old and fixing to transfer to a four year college to finally finish my bachelor degree and at 29 with three small children under the age of 3 and limited funds it is extremely difficult.This being said if I would have studied more then I would not be 29 trying to finish. It is very important to emphasize that in todays world you almost have to have a bachelors degree to succeed in the world. The academic aspect of high school was not easy for me I have ADD and it made it extremely difficult sometimes to focus .this being said I just did what I could at the time to get by.

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I would tell myself not to give up, high school was very hard for me, i lost my father at the age of fourteen and i was told that i had tumors at the bottom of my right leg the next year, i went through so much that i didn't think that i could finsh high school. I became an amputee at the age of twenty years old, three months after i had my son, I got my high school diploma through a home school program, my mother passed away in 2007 she asked me to go to college the day before she died my brother has passed on to, i have to take care of his four children and his grandchild now. I know i've been through a lot but going to school , God and my son is what keeps me going, so i would tell myself to never give up that everything happens for a reason, and that God has a plain for you,so stay in school because you have a lot of people depending on you.

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If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would start to teach myself that I am going to have to learn to do things on my own. My mother always helped me fill out paper work and things like that in high school and when I got to college I had to do it all myself. I am getting better at being independent now, but at the beginning of the semester I was very nervous about it. I would also tell myself that when you need help make sure you ask for it. In college I have finally learned that all professors are not scary and they are humans just like myself. If you ask them to help you with something, usually they are more than willing to help. The last thing I would tell myself is to just be myself. If people don't like you for you, then they are missing out.

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I would tell myself to be prepare to work hard. Start college right after High School so you can finsh early and have a good job. Never take more classes then you need because you can get behind or fail then you have to pay out of your pocket. Don't take too many online classes because you might have trouble understanding and you can not see the teacher to ask for help. Leave your home early so you can get a good parking place if not you have a long walk. Pick your classes early before the new students can so you don't have to take a class you don't need.

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Do your best because its gonna matter in the future

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