The advice I would give myself is to take it one step at a time, Take every day slowly and learn as much as I can. Do all of the homework early so I won't have to rush through it last minute, and also take part of the on-campus activities and join clubs such as Deca. Be okay asking for help when needed and not feel pressured by others in the classroom or feel pressure from the professor. Wake up early to eat breakfast and be energized to learn and take notes in order to understand what I will be learning about throughout the quarter. Use time-management wisely, and get to school on-time before the professor takes roll. Enjoy college while it lasts and make sure to make friends and have fun!
I would tell myself to buckle down and do your work and get good grades. The thing I really regret about high school is not playing soccer so I would also tell myself to try and get a scholarship for soccer. I would inform myself that college is a lot harder then high school and to hit the books hard and to not slack. Also to save money because I am living paycheck to paycheck and it is not fun. If I had just put away money that I had earned as a senior in high school then I would have more money to spend on stuff at school like books and stuff but it is hard to get by on the small paychecks that I am recieving.
Stick to your goals. Things are going to get hard, but they are going to help you grow into a strong adult. Apply for scholarships: they don't take very long and you can get free money just for writing your own thoughts. Never doubt your intelligence or ability to achieve great things: you have made it this far, and nothing can stop you from going wherever you choose. You are capable of going to any college you want, things like money and grades cannot hold you back; only you can hold you back. Relationships and friendships come and go, but now is your prime time to reach for the stars and try out new things. Take risks. Travel. See, taste, and experience things that you have never even heard of. Most of all, never give up. You'll want to. You'll want to drop everything and consider working retail for the rest of your life. You'll think you aren't good enough. But you are. You are more than good enough. And only you can take you to the places of your dreams. So dream big. It's that easy.
Taking a quarter off to travel was a very good idea. I learned a lot about myself and felt much more ready for college life after traveling. Make sure you know what life at the college will be like before you enroll there. Be careful about 4 year universities, you can do the first two years at a community college for a lot cheaper. Talk to advisors! They are there to help you and they can be a lot more helpful than you think. Don't try to do things on your own when there are perfectly good people getting paid to help you. Stay confident! It's just school.
The person I am today is completely different that who I was in high school. Back then I was overly conscious of what I thought others were constantly thinking about me. Additionally, I lacked the luxury of many true friends. Attending college taught me a lot about myself. I figured out how to be confident, self motivating and a valuable friend.
I wish there was some way I could instill confidence in my high school self. If I ever had a chance to go back and tell my high school self something, I would say ?Don?t worry, it?s all going to work out. Do everything exactly the way you think you should?. In other words, I wouldn?t change a thing. My path hasn?t been the most direct, but it?s been exactly what worked for me. If I hadn?t made all the mistakes I did, I would never have figured out so much about who I am.
The person I am today is exactly who I want to be. There is nothing more valuable that being comfortable in your own skin and that?s precisely where I am.
Looking back, now as I am wiser and older and seasoned by the salts of life, I can only imagine the advice that I could give to a younger Mr. Lindsay. I would say, ?Marcus as you embark on this next year go slow. Enjoy your freedom from true responsibility and live it up. Have fun, but do it responsibly. Do not be so hard on yourself and realize falling is another facet of life, you will fall, but it?s how you get back up that matters. Don?t worry about those who may despise you because the kids that you long everyday to be like, will not matter in five years. Expect to cry. Expect to have your heart broken. But respect everyone you encounter, especially their differences and learn to appreciate them. Give an honest effort and take pride in the work you submit. It?s also ok if you do not get into or attend a major university after you graduate, and it?s ok if you decide to take a couple of years off after you graduate. Take your time deciding a career, and when you do, give it 110% and you will be happy."
Think about what you enjoyed as a small child. What was your passion and what excited you most about learning? What were you really interested in? If you could think of a subject or profession and not include money or where you might live or where your family live, what would it be? Don't clutter your mind with babble or noise, just relax and take time to understand yourself and what you want to do. Do not be influenced by what others think or what others might want you to do. You know yourself best. State your goals clearly to yourself. Don't think that being in school until your 30 is a long time or that you will be old. Remember what you thought when you were 7 and someone told you you would graduate when you were 18? Wasn't that a long time? Not really. If you follow what is in your heart, you will be happy, money will follow you and you will be successful!
It wasn't too long ago when I was sitting in front of a desk, starring at a paper with the letter N on it. That N was a letter grade I had recieved in my hands for a bridge class and it stands for No Credit. I was sadden by the fact that I had failed through out my high school years. Seeing everyone with smiles on their faces, excited that they were going to the universities they were accepted in, I wish I was in that position.
If I could go back a year from now, I would tell myself to not worry. Don't be sad about what you didn't do in high school because you have your whole enire life ahead of you. Live the way YOU want to live it. In the end, it's all about experience and what you have learned. I know seeing these seniors excited to graduate makes you feel left out, don't feel bad. High school is just high school. Since you're eighteen, you have enough time to make things right for yourself. Which is what I am doing right now.
Don't procrastinate and make the best of what you have. Also, try to grt to deadlines. If you questions about anything, ask.
If I could go back in time and tell myself what college life would be like, I would tell myself that it is a difficult but necessary part of growing up. I would imparted upon myself the dire need to get a solid education in order to succeed in the real world. After a few years of being in the work force, I have come to one conclusion; working isn't fun and it is even less fun at a dead end job, especially when I am working for a small wage. I would tell myself, that I really need to work hard do well, so that I could do something fun in life, because without being able to enjoy my job, I have found that it is that much harder to enjoy my personal life.
If i could go back in time to talk and give advice to myself about college life i would say to eliminate all distractions during the week to focus mostly on school work and activities. Another thing i might bring up would be to learn all of the study strategies i could. The last thing i would tell my self is to learn to talk to my teachers more so i know what grade im getting instead of wwaiting last minute and finding out that my grade is way lower than expected.
If I could go back in time and talk to myself about college life and making the transition the advice I would give is simply this, ?It?s going to be one heck of a ride, have fun!? I do not think I could really have told myself anything to help with the transition from high school from college and the mistakes I made will never compute to someone telling me the right way to do something. There is just something about actually going through your mistakes and coming out the other end and learning from that which can never be substituted from spoken experiences.
Some advice that I would give to myself is not to rush into going to college. Having the years that I did to grow up and really appreciate what college has to offer and what college means was a very important stage in my life. I feel that without this time I wouldn't have been able to fully appreciate what I was paying for. I would also tell myself to retain those study skills that I learned in high school and to always keep that drive to be the best in whatever I do. Thats the only way we succeed in life is knowing that whatever we did, we did it to the absolute best we could, wether we failed or succeeded.
I was told early in life by some ill guided counselor that I was not college material. I believed her! Knowing what I know now college would have been the best place for me. I would have told myself that you know what you want to do, do it. Do not let anyone make that decision for you. Try and try your best, if it doesn't work out at least you know you tried and you can put your life on another track. Follow your heart, set your own goals and go for it for this is the best time of your life . I decided to attend college 40 year later and it is the best decision I have every made.
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