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What should every freshman at Sam Houston State University know before they start?


I would tell myself to just stay focused in school and grades because it is so important in the long run. I would also tell myself not to apply for classes late because all the good classes get taken first. Lastly, I would tell myself that I need to apply for scholarships while I am in high school because college life is so very expensive.


I would tell myself to take more pride in what I wanted to do with my life, career wise. I was made fun of in high school because I wanted to be a zookeeper, but people here at Sam Houston embrace it, because there are many others who want to do the same. I wish I had taken more pride about it in high school, because it would have saved me a lot of tears and anger. I decided as a senior that I was going to go to school for Biology and work in a research lab, because everyone else thought that was ‘cooler’ than being a zookeeper. I was not happy with this choice, and as soon as I realized that the only thing that mattered was what I wanted to do, I switched my career plan to zookeeping and I am now having a blast! I have learned that it doesn’t matter what everyone else thinks of me, because as long as I stay true to myself and what I really want out of my own life, then I will be happy and prosperous. I only wish that I had figured this out sooner!


I would have told my high school self to not stress out as much on the studies and to enjoy the time I had with my friends, becuase it would be one of the last times I would be able to see them again. I would have also told myself to take more dual credit classes so that when I first get to college, I can go straight into my major. One last piece of advice I would give myself would be to understand that this is privilege and blessing to be getting a top rate education.


Being a senior, I fell into the horrible habit of procrastination and ended up putting pretty much everything off to the last possible minute. If I could go back in time to my high school senior-self, I would tell myself to start early on finding scholarships and financial aid. My dad owns his own tree trimming business and works hard for every penny he makes, although I have received a scholarship for playing soccer here at Sam Houston, it's just not enough. I have a long way to go to achieve my dreams but I am determined. Being the college student I am today, I could go back and tell myself a lot of small things to do, but keeping straight As and getting money for college are definitely the most important.


I would tell myself to listen more closely to my parents. Amazingly, they know a whole lot about life and how to survive the first year of college.


Debrisha, just keep doing what your doing. College is going to be something new and exciting but in the end its high school just on a much larger scale. Keep your head in the books, because all the partying will try and distract you from your goal. Oh and do not register for thise 8 a.m. classes, you're going to hate those by the end of the first semester!


If I could go back in time and give advice to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to work harder my first two years of college and make better grades in my basic classes. I would tell myself to buy all of my textbooks and sell them back on and not waste money in the campus bookstore. I would also tell myself to decide on my major in English, so I wouldn't change my major three different times, which caused me to take classes I didn't necessarily need. Other than that, I would tell myself not to change a thing! My first three years of college have been a blast and have been a great learning experience, both in life lessons and academically. I wouldn't change the major parts of my college experience for the world!


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior there are two things I would tell myself; do not be afraid to go out and have fun and follow your instincts. It took me a bit to adjust to college social life. I had had the same friends since middle school, and then I went to a college where none of my friends were attending. It took my a couple of months to actually make good friends and I cannnot help, but feel like a missed out on those early months. I also spent my first year in college with a major that did not make me happy or feel accomplished. I had planned to follow my dreams of radio and television, but I stuck with a major that made me feel safe. Now that I am changing after a year I feel like I am going to be behind from my graduation track. Essentially, I would tell myself that college is what you make it. No one can make it easy for you and no one can do all of your school work. Be yourself and be motivated.


If I had a time machine, and I could go back in time to when I was a senior I would go back and tell myself to apply, apply, and apply some more for scholarships!!! There were so many opportunities I missed out on, because I did not want to write essays or find out information for a certain scholarship. I do not regret anything I did, but I do wish that I had applied for more scholarships, and worked harder to get them instead of half way going through the process. Lastly, if I could go back I would tell myself to study hard for tests and quizzes. I did not think quizzes could help me in the long run if I needed that extra bump from a high B to an A. Now I study for quizzes, and tests weeks before the test or quiz is even scheduled. There is a ton of information that has to be stored, and then brought back up, that a late-night cramming session just won’t cut it.


My college experience has allowed me to meet many new people and step outside my personal comfort zone. In being from a small town this was an important step into helping me prepare for the business world. The many people I have met have shown me the beauty in speaking up and getting myself out there. Sam Houston State has allowed me to realize who I am and shown me that I am my own individual with valuable ideas and concepts. The smaller class sizes were perfect for me to have the one-on-one interaction that I need to actively learn the material being discussed. I am part of the history of this school. In paving the way for future generations, I will show them that even though this is a smaller school the quality of the educaton I am receiving is worth the drive up to Huntsville Texas. I am Sam Houston State and I am the future.