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

If I was allowed to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, what adivce would I give myself? Well, in all honesty I would tell myself to not change a thing. I would tell myself that my life as is, is going to only get better if I continued to do exactly what I was doing. I would only ask that I would be more fearless, and to be in love with my life, every minute of it. That as long as I continued to be strong, stay focus, and apply myself more that it would pay off soon. Granted I would direct myself to start saving aside some money or apply for grants and scholarships then to help with my future needs. However, my advice for college would mainly focus on my psychological, and physical health. That I needed to live in the moment, and that every experience I was going to be faced with, I could handle just by being my smart, outgoing, and assertive self. Thus, knowing what I know now about college life and making that transition, I would tell myself this, " I can. I will. End of story."

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I know you feel that time is dragging and that you have all the time in the world to make a decision about your future but that's simply not true. As you move to the next level of your life, you will take on many different responsibilities. Some will be your choice, others will be thrust upon you. All of these responsibilities will take up time - valuable time. And before you know it, you are turning 50 and wondering what you did with the last 34 years of your life. Please spend your time wisely because you will not be able to get that time back. I don't want you to be constantly looking back on your life and wishing you had done things differently. Things like taking college prep classes, listening to your counselor and actively pursuing your interests, not someone else's. Oh yes, and make sure you seek out and listen to the advise of those who have blazed a trail before you. There is wisdom in what they have to say. I know that now.

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If i could go back in time and talk to myself at high school i would tell myself to listen to tips for success. To not let hard questions or problems stop you from conquering them. to stay longer in school to get extra help for the long run. Better to know enough than the less , and try to struggle when you have your hands free to put all the time to where you dont have to go way back and try to remember what u learned in what might seem ike centuries.

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