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

Dear high school Melissa- What advice wouldn't I give you right now? Since I have to narrow it down to 200 words, I am going to give you two pieces of advice. One, do NOT go out to eat until the end of the month when you absolutely know you have some extra money to spend. I know Red Robin, The Cheesecake Factory, and Blue C Sushi are delicious, but please please resist. You never know when you'll have to go to a craft store and buy supplies for a project. Second, apply for jobs before you move out. Apply any places that are near your future apartment complex. This will give you a head start on having extra money AND, most importantly, keep you busy, so you'll always be in that hard working mode, and you won't feel the need to slack off or procrastinate at all. Much love, college Melissa. P.S. Francisco is going to blow up the transmission on your car while you're away. Chill, dad takes it to the shop.

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Advice I would give myself is too stop thinking so little. I needed to think bigger then I did, now being out of high school for a couple years and being a part of something bigger shows me that the sky isn't the limit, the limit you put on your self is fear. My fear was not being successful. Life is about taking risks and thats something I should have done more. I would tell myself that everytime I said I can't... I should have said "what can I do to do this?" Life is what you make it and I would tell myself to make the most of it. The years get shorter and shorter and even though senior year was the longest it should be the best. I would love to see what would have been different if I only I said I can instead of I can't. Can't should no longer be in my vocabulary. Overall I would tell myself that my dreams should go beyond the skies and don't ever say I can't or they will never come true.

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My college experience has taught me that I need to stand up for myself and the things I want in life. No one else cares whether I succeed as much as I do, and no one else is going to get my degree for me. When you know what you want and you work hard for it, you can be successful. The sense of accomplishment you get from achieving your goals is something that no one can take from you, regardless of what unforseen events may occur in life. Friends may come and go, teachers may forget your name, you may seem to grow apart from your family, but if you are working towards what you want, you can stand tall knowing what the cost and the worth of your success has been. It is different for each of us, but no less or more significant. Your life will be what you make of it.

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I would tell myself to get off the pain medicine while I was still young. I’d tell myself I could follow my dreams and go to college if I just quit abusing my pills. I graduated from High school in 2001 and did pretty much nothing with my life. I almost died more times than I can count and made myself sick allot, but nothing worth anything. With a year clean 12 years later I’m finally able to attend college. If I could have just listened to myself now back then who knows how far I would have gotten in life now. Wondering doesn’t help much though. At least I’m clean and in college now.

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I think if i was to go back in time to be able to tell my self is that i should study a lot mroe and not just fuck off and to be my homework. Becuase im high school and never really did to much of my work, or i just did the min. to pass which is not every good now that i go back and think about it. And also i wish i could tell my self to apply for more scholarships beucase i only apply for a few, and now im really hating my self for not doing more when i had the chance and the time..

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I would definently give myself the advice of saving as much money as possible and limiting what you spend because in the end you willl end up broke with no job like I did.

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