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

I think the biggest thing I would tell myself is to do a better job at researching. This would include starting my college search in my junior year instead of as a high school graduate. By getting a head start on searching the colleges I could also research how much they cost and what it would take for me to go to the school of my choice. The cost of school and not being prepared for the cost is the biggest problem. The first thing I would tell myself would be to first save as much money as possible. This is extremely important because the more money you have saved the less you would have to take out in loans. The next step would be to research scholarships. I haven't looked into scholarships until my sophomore year in college and this has put me in a position to take out loans that will take a long to time to pay off. The last would be to be very cautious when applying for a loan. The loan that I have has high interest and I was caught off guard by this. Always look at the fine print for a loan.

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If I could go back in time and talk to my high school senior self, I would tell her that the transition into college life is a rather easy one, it is keeping the momentum to finish that I would most tell her about, and to not get discouraged about ways to pay for college. I would tell her that no matter what, it is most important to finish and not get distracted about jobs, and events, and just life in general and get your degree. I never realized how important that degree would be as far as getting a job or getting paid what I should get paid because I don't have a degree. All of the knowledge and experience in this world does not matter if you don't have the degree to back it up. I would tell her to keep her head up, strive for the best, study hard, and do not get distracted by anyone or anything. I would tell her to look at my struggles and learn from my mistakes. I would tell her do not take breaks, push forward and do not stop until you have a degree!

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I would tell myself to stay focused, to concentrate on school, and that your friends can come later but if you do want friends now but they are not willing to help you or contribute to your journey then they don?t deserve to be your friends. I would also tell myself to not let anything bother you, to stand up for yourself; when in class pay attention to your work do not let anything distract you so easily as they have before the more you stay focused the more you will succeed and accomplish what you want to do or become in life and make something of yourself and prove to the people that said you couldn?t do it or that you wouldn?t make it wrong, make them think twice about what they said to you and wish that they could have enjoyed this journey with you and watch you make something of yourself along the way but most of all always be a leader and never a follower and always stand your ground keep looking forward at the positive things in life.

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I would tell myself that is it important to maintain your values no matter what. You will experience prespective and ideas that are contrary to what you know or believe. Stick close to the friends who you know will not hurt you and leave you. Brace yourself for change. Its okay. You need to be diligent and not procrastinate. When you procrastinate you will become more stressed and will not do your work to the best of your ability. You are not going to college to be a social being, you are going to gain an education. Yes you will meet friends along the way, but you need to keep your focus on your school and the big picture. College is an amazing experience. Be glad that you have the opportunity to go. Be yourself and watch yourself grow and mature as you expand your knowledge. Enjoy it while it lasts. The time seems like it will be so long, but it is just a fleeting moment. Don't doubt yourself. You can do it!

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What I have gotten out of my college experiance so far is excitement, friends, a new experiance, and a strong will to learn. I am excited because I feel as though I get to make my own decisions in life. I have made alot of new friends that I probably would not have met if I just worked a job. This experiance is amazing. I feel as though my future is going to be brighter because of the path I chose. Since ive been in school I have learned more and have been wanting to. When i was in high school I felt that I had to go to school just to graduate. College is the same thing but now that im going it feels as though its so much more. I want to learn. I want to graduate from college. I want to make something out of my life. College has been a amazing experiance and I would never change it for the world.

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Never having been a confident student, I tend to feel unsure about myself in school. For four years, I was forever being told that college was going to be much harder than I was used to in high school. I became terrified that I would fail in college, that I couldn?t ?hack it?. Now, about to graduate with my Associates degree and transfer to earn my Bachelors, I know that I am more than capable at the college level. I have been able to hold my own with people twice my age and with more education that I currently have. If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to have more faith in my abilities to learn and to adapt to new academic experiences.

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When I was a senior, I didn't really know what I wanted to do and because of that I allowed friends and family make my decisions for me. My life went from bad to horrible because I went to a college they picked for me and had the worst time there. I knew that I wasn't mentally ready to go to college and I just couldn't cope with the changes. So if I could go back in time, I would tell myself that life is hard and I have to be prepared for it. I would tell myself to take an active stance in my education and not just go along with everyone else. Now, I'm at a community college. I'm taking it slow and I love it. The best thing about it is, I did it on my own.

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Don't let anything discourage you, or bring you down. You can do anything that you put your mind to! Things in life won't always be easy, and sometimes you may think that you're not good enough, but don't for one second believe that. You love helping people and the best way to help the people that really need it, is to continue with school and never give up. Think positively of every situation, no matter how hard it may be. There's a light at the end of the tunnel that's never going to fade as long as you keep your head up and tell yourself that anything is possible. Don't let the hard work scare you, it'll all be worth it when you're done.

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If I could give my high school self one piece of advice, it would be to go the extra mile and do those challenging problems at the end of every chapter. At the time, I constantly felt pressed for time. However, the reality was that I had way more time than I thought I did. If I had taken the time to go the extra mile and do those problems, then I likely would have built up solid problem solving skills. I would be able to fluidly bend and use my knowledge in different ways, which would save time for my college self.

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