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

Well, first I would tell myself not to get so in depth with my boyfriend. I would tell myself that eventually people do grow up, or most of them, and how I am viewed now, as a high school student, won't matter in 2, 3, 4, 5, years. There are so many different things to worry about besides your appearance, how others view you, the car you drive and other things. I would tell myself to continue worrying about my grades, because they are what truly matter in the long run. College is different than high school, but also the same in many ways. An individual has to be independent and self-reliant in college, because there are no crutches with the teachers. You either get it or you don't but there will always be individuals to help. I would tell myself that life is hard without an education or degree, so I should be thankful for what god, my mother, and others have given to me and what they are willing to do to help me. You only get one shot at life, so don't take advantage of it.

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I've seen many people in my area that have gone straight to a University right out of high school. While I admire that they got to a University out of high school, I have seen a lot of them return to the area and attend the community college where they could have started at. I would tell myself as a senior that going to a community college is not a bad choice right out of high school. In fact it might be a better decision because of its affordability, closeness to home, and smaller class sizes. I would also tell myself that slacking in the last year of high school is not a wise decision at all. If one decides to slack in their senior year of high school then it might carry over into the first year of college, because the student is not used to the course load. If they had continued to work hard their senior year then the transition into college might have been a lot easier.

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If I could go back in time and give myself any advice, it would definitely be to save, save, save! Attending Sauk Valley Community College was not my choice, it was my parents' choice. I was beyond ready to bust out of this small town and run free at a big university somewhere far away. But realistically, that was not going to happen. If I could go back and talk to myself my senior year of high school, I would tell myself that Sauk Valley Community College was going to turn out to be one of the best things to happen to me. I would tell myself that I was going to meet my best friend, that I was going to find myself, and that I was going to have so much money saved for the future, so that I could really have fun when I was away at school. I am so thankfull that I have had the oportunity to attend Sauk Valley Community College and save money for my future.

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Considering that I am both a high school senior as well as a sophomore in college, that would be a tad difficult. I will graduate from Sterling High School in the spring of 2010 with a total of 46 college credits from Sauk Valley. In the summer I hope to take another 9 credits so that I will be completely prepped for the college I choose to go to this coming fall, where I will triple major in business management, business marketing, and graphic design. If I were to go back in time to the beginning of my senior year perhaps I would tell myself this: "Study hard, get good grades, and take notes in class. You won't be able to maintain your 4.0 at Sauk by slacking and goofing around. You need to keep that gpa up to continue being a member of Phi Theta Kappa."

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I would tell myself to apply for scholarships sooner, to retake my ACT, and to work just that little bit harder. I allowed myself to slack a little bit because I was going to only be attending a community college, but I didn't realize that college in itself despite the level is hard. I would of taken more college classes during high school, and developed a more well rounded profile.

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Take classes that hard or that challenge you as an individual because that looks good for the colleges.

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I would tell myself to prepare better because college life is so differnet

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