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


I've always hated it when people said that high school is the best four years of a person's life. I never really enjoyed high school. So, what would I sayto my past self? I would walk right up to my frumpy, sad-sack self and say, "Hey, Sam. I know you're having a difficult time, you're finding it hard to really get into all this, and you don't know why. You've always really liked school and learning, and now, all of the sudden, it's not as satisfactory. I'll let you in on a little secret. You don't like school now because high school isn't about learning anymore. You may ask yourself 'Well,if school isn't about learning anymore, what is all this stress, drama, anxiety, and effort for?' It's a four year audition for college. So, as much as you dislike school now, just hold on because at the end of it you'll get to go to college which means school is, yet again, about learning. Don't worry, Sam. You're doing fine. Just keep it up and remember that college is much, much better.


First of all, I would tell little eighteen year-old Jenny to put down the pipe and the bottle and focus on reality. I've been out of school for over a decade, and I want to slap that teenager across the face every morning when I'm heading to my minimum-wage deli job at five in the morning. Second of all, I would point out that there is a whole lot of world outside of LeRoy, Kansas, and not to be so angry. As soon as I moved away from my hometown, my entire demeanor changed. I would tell young Jenny to sit and talk, seriously, with her Gifted instructor, Mrs. Reppert, about options for college and scholarships, so that she wouldn't spend a year working in a bank only to leave to spend the next thirteen years waiting tables, bartending, and cocktailing in costume. I would tell Jenny to TRY. That too much was handed to her when she was young and that she's going to have to buck up and make some things happen for herself. Hopefully, she would listen, and I wouldn't be filling this out when I'm thirty-one.


if i could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior i would tell to myself; "Yasmin to be better in college start talking more notes and start being a way better student know" and if i had know that i was going to need more money than i thought i would had applied for scholarships since i need money for my books, my classes, and snce i have a baby cant work full time. so i would just had tell myself to be more involve on school and learning what steps where next after graduating from hihg school.


The following bits of advice are meant for your guidance and survival. 1- Take the time to become acquainted with students, advisors and professors, who are key to your education. 2- Organize. You will save so much time . 3- "Study hard. Play hard." Set goals and apply them. 4- Get involved on campus. Make new friends, learn new skills, and feel connected. 5- Use the learning labs and tutors available. 6- Set aside some time and activities that help you relax and take the stress out of your day. 7- Take time out to discover who you are, what you enjoy, what you're good at. 8- Use this motto ?I am responsible, respectful .? 9- Make it a priority to meet at least one new person on the first day in each of your new classes. 10-Upon locating the college's career service get started on planning, preparing, and acting on your future. 11-Get enough sleep. Eat right. 12- Seek professional help when you need it. Be prepared to feel overwhelmed. 13- Keep track of your money. Know you have what it takes to make it through your freshman year -- and beyond.


If I could go back and speak to myself when I was in my final year of high school, I would say, "Alona, believe in yourself. Trust your gut. You're right; you know more about you than anyone outside of yourself. There is no predetermined mold that you come from, which your teachers, counselors or vice principal, understand. You are NOT a typical statistic. You are bright, likeable, interesting, strong and capable. In fact, you are built so well that you will sail through storms you cannot know you will face. Not only will you survive these storms, but you will conquer nasty beasts of convention and belief; you will prove these wrong and weak. It is not important that others believe in you, your ideas, or visions. It is of utmost importance that you believe in yourself, accept yourself, love yourself, liberate yourself. You can do this without judgement. You can do this with fear and tears streaming down your face. No one has it easy; don't let photos or people's masks fool you. If you can only believe in one person, believe in me; I am you. I want what you want. You go girl!"


try harder in high school. i didn't know much about the life in college, and didn't know what to make of it, but ive already learned that college can show you alot more to yourself then what you already knew.


The best advice I would give myself is not to procrastinate and give myself enough time to finish any assignment or certain chore that i have been given. Experiencing the college life I have noticed that i wouldn't keep good track of any assignment, big or small. So I would definitely tell myself to put any and everything in an agenda to make sure I will not forget to complete them. So I would basically tell myself to be more organized and have a well planned out schedule for homework, working out, family and friends.