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What should every freshman at South Puget Sound Community College know before they start?


As a senior, I was in a study abroad program in South Africa. I was there for the whole year and I hadn't put any serious thought on what I would do when I got back. Looking back, I wish I would have applied for university before I left so that I could have began attending once I got back. Since I didn't, I'm taking this time now to work and save money for school and future travels, but I just wish I could have told myself how important applying to schools was.


Dear Destiny 2010, Freshman year will not be an easy one. Losing your childhood bestfriend will tear you apart. I wish I could take that pain away, but it will only make you stronger. One thing I want to tell you is that you can't give up on the things you love. I know you will feel like the world is against you, but you need to open your eyes and see the bigger, brighter picture. Giving up on your softball team is not the answer, neither is giving up on school. Those two things will bring you more happiness than you can ever imagine. Losing Becca is a challenge but you need to not only stay strong for yourself, but your team as well. They will be the ones to support you, they will guide you, they will make you who you are today. Lose yourself in the sport, stay driven. Most importantly, don't spend your time questioning God, he has a plan that you are not quite aware of yet. Be strong, be smart, be confident. Remind yourself that Becca is right behind you, pushing you farther on your lifelong journey. Sincerely, Destiny Roberts 2014


I am a high school senior, I am in Washington state where we have a program called Running Start which allows us to be enrolled in full time college two years early so I can graduate with my AA and transfer to another college. Looking back at my sophomore self when I was first working on getting into South Puget Sound Community College though, I would definitely tell myself to take advantage of the oppurtunites around me sooner. I am currently the drama club president, and I wish I had joined my first year, it is so much fun and we do so many great things. I'd also tell myself to not sweat the little things. I was so worried about some of my classes first few quarters that I did poorly, but then I started to relax spring quarter last year and my grades and social life have been picking up ever since.


If I could go back in time to when I was a high school senior, I think I would tell myself to relax a little. As a high school honor student, I was very stressed for going off to college, for a number of reasons. I thought the transition from small high school classes of students that rarely cared about the work and where constantly shooting glances at the clock waiting for the dismissal bell, to a fifty-student lecture hall where I would have to take constant notes on the professor's lectures to pass huge exams, would be a nightmare. I thought wandering around different buildings across an expanse of winding campus paths would also be a major stressor. However, once I got to community college, I was pleasantly surprised. The atmosphere of the entire campus was much more relaxed than I thought; in fact, much more relaxed than high school. So, if I was able to go back in time, I would tell myself these things. I would tell myself to keep an open mind; the students at college are much different than high school students. I would tell myself, that I would be fine.


Greg, you need to focus, think about what you want out of life and how you are going to get it. The events in your life right now can drastically alter your future. You maybe limiting yourself on where you can go to school, what education you'll receive, and what you'll do to provide for yourself and a future family. You are smart and you can accomplish every goal you set for yourself, if you start right now to prepare. Enjoy your time now and have fun.


I f I could go back and talk to myself as a senior I would definately tell myself to go about things quite differently. Paying for college has proven to be the hardest part of life after high school and I would tell myself to save money and to apply harder and more seriously to as many scholarships as I could. I would also advise myself to utilize the Running Start program which was essentially free college classes until you graduated. I had no idea what an amazing opportunity this was and how much money not signing up for this program would cost me later. I would tell myself to work with my parents, and try to get them more involved in my college opportunities and see if we could have worked out a deal where they could have helped me manage the staggering cost of college education. I would also have told myself to listen to my heart first and foremost instead of the many people insisting college was a waste of time. I would finally advise myself to get involved in some clubs and start volunteering at places I may want to consider pursuing a career in.


The advance I would give to myself as a high school senior would be to work hard, to not procrastinate, be passionate, and make goals. In college the work course is alot more serious than high school, you have to know what you want and strive for it. By having goals that you want to achieve, it makes the hard process in between alot easier. Passion is a huge part of my life. So I would tell myself that with every activity I did, to do it will 110{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c} effort, and really enjoy the small moments of life.


If I could go back in time, the key advice I would tell myself would be to : learn to breath, and to sleep now, because you won't later. Learning to breath, for myself anyways, is very vital in keeping on top of everthing in my life. I have a lot to juggle, and I can get overwhelmed quickly. I have adjusted now, but the first two quarters were testing. As for sleep, I work about 30 hours a week while attending school. I also have a 4 year old and a 2 month old to worry about so sleep is the last luxury I take part in. I am greatful for the oppertinities I get in life, but sometimes it would be nice if they didn't happen all at once.


If I had the chance to go back and talk to myself when I am senior in highschool. I would first of all tell myself that you are doing a good job and keep going because you are going to love how your life is in the future. Even though the reason why im writing this is because i have no money and im trying to win a scholorship. So I will also mention to myself is to get a JOB, because im going to need more money for college and you wont have to do any silly surveys to try to win a scholarship. Besides the lack of money, you will enjoy your time after High school. You will meet many new friends, get good grades, and gain many great expierences. So thats all I would tell my younger self and Oh yeah, dont leave the stove on....


The advice that I would give myself is, study accordingly. Don't let nothing or noone get in the way of you achieving your goals. I would also tell myself that I should know what field of study I want to go into, before hand, so I'm not indecisive when it's time to make the decision.