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

If I could go back in time I would strongly advise myself not to attend DePaul University. I choose that school for the wrong reasons, such as location and the social scene. I should have focused on the program major and the tuition cost instead. These are essential issues. Most especially if you don't plan on getting a Masters degree anytime soon after graduation. I would say that now I am in debt for school and have only have one job out of several that pertains to my B.A. degree. I would advise myself to listen to others advice regarding schools and degrees, most especially my parents. I didn't during that time. I'd tell myself to seek out professionals in my desired field, medicine, to request job shadowing to figure out exactly what I wanted to do. There is a big difference in knowing abstractly what you want and knowing definitely what you want. I would tell myself to consider a community college's program so that I could immerse myself in the field quicker. Finally, I would strongly suggest joining the military so that I could gain additional funding for school.

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I would definitely tell myself to apply to as many colleges as I could. I would say to take some pressure off of yourself. Focus more on the extracurricular activities. I would do the community college thing ASAP and use those credits at a major university. Check out the credit transfer systems at every college you want to apply to. Invest in your education with time and money. Once I get financial aid, hit the bookstore and invest in pens and folders, you will need them. It never hurts to get a college hoodie jacket. Don't forget, you are not just a number. Don't be afraid to get a tutor and use the library. Keep your library card up to date. Save as much money as you can. Don't buy into the hype that you have to buy your books at the bookstore, the internet can be your buddy! Save your aid money at the bookstore for smaller items like notebooks, calculators, batteries, folders, pens, etc.

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"When Showing Up is Not Enough" I'm looking back now on my younger self and wanting to explain to her what it means to build your knowledge. Effort, participation and support are all building blocks to building your knowledge. Every student must go beyond attending class and make an effort to build their critical thinking and take the ideas they are learning and work to apply them to life. Every student should go above and beyond in both their academic and extra curricular participation. And most importantly using the support systems that are available to take you to the next level of knowledge. Asking questions, seeking guidance, and using the help available. The support building block above all the others are the ones I would want my younger self to pay careful attention to. I would want her to know not to be afraid to push herself to do her best.

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In highschool I could just not attend school and still pass classes. I don't quite know how i did it, but I did. If iI could go back in time and make a transition I would really go to every class everyday. In college you can not skate by, importantly because if you want to persue a future later on in life you must have the education of the career down to a T. Employers are lookin for people who have the best potenetial for the position open. They are goin to hire the best, and if you skate through your education you can not possibly be the best. In order to get the grades and results I want out of college I must make a change and attend class on a regular basis and I'm happy i have come to realize that before it is to late.

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The main advice I would give to my self as a high school senior is to start preparing for college immediately. There are so many things that have to be done before you attend college, especially figuring out where to go to college, what to study, and how you are going to pay for it. College is a lot more responsibility than high school and it takes more focus and concentration. No high school senior should slack off in their last year because it will count against you when college rolls around. Never attempt to procrastinate in getting everything done for college. Give yourself ample time to finish so nothing becomes last minute. College is a huge step foward, so it is best to go in with a clear mind and full motivation.

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Currently I am participating in a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathmatics (S.T.E.M.) Program at Praire State Community College in addition to completing my senior year of high school at Rich Central High School in Olympia Fields, Illinois, so I would go back in time and talk to myself in August of 2013. I would begin by telling myself not to stress over things that I have no control over, as long as I do the best that I can and put in the effort, everything will be fine. I would also remind myself that I am qualified. Meaning, I have great grades, and wonderful relationships with my teachers and advisors, so I should not be putting myself down; instead I should be living up to my full potential.

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I would tell myself to take some time off before throwing myself into the college life. I originally went to a 4 year university, and i was completely overwhelmed. Now that i am older, and going to a community college near home, i realized that the university college life was too much for me. I am glad that i had the experience, but i do feel like i could have saved some money if i would have come to these conclusions sooner. I also wish that i would have had my car when i was away at school. i think that may have led to some of my being home-sick. If i was able to go home whenever i wanted, then maybe i wouldnt have felt trapped in a strange town.

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I would tell myself to keep on studying. Studying can only help you and would never hurt. College life gives you a wide range of freedom which makes things difficult. With great time management skills, college can be less mind-boggling. College is also a time to experience new things, so don't be afraid of taking risks. Also, don't be afraid of talking to your professors because they are here to help in your education. Making new friends is also great in college and you leave the stigma of high school behind. College is a precious thing in life and you should try your best here. College can be tough but the experience is incredible.

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I would have told myself to take college credits in high school and I would have told myself to try to get the best grades that I could. I would have studied more and would have not been concerned about hanging out with friends or having boyfriends. In doing these things as a high school senior I would have been well prepared for college and would have finished college much sooner than taking a long break and waiting to go back. I really wish I could go back in time and make these changes, but it's too late. When I talk to high school students now I tell them the mistakes I made and encourage them to do better.

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There are so many things I wish I could tell myself. Specifically, I would convince myself to abandon Chemical Engineering because my heart isnt really in it. Music is what I want to do and I should focus on what makes myself happy. Also, I would tell myself to take that year more seriously because I will regret not working to my potential when it can still make a big difference. Go out and get that job and enjoy the social life instead of staying couped up in the house. I am powerful beyond measure and I should act like it. It'll pay off. I promise

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