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


I would tell myself that knowledge conquors all. You have the right to think, don't think about it just do it.


If I could go back in time and give some advice to my highschool self I believe it would be first to have more confidence in myself as a student. When I first left for college I did not feel that I was really ready to make the transition. Although now I have gotten accoustomed to the life of a college student, in the beginning I had never been truly out on my own. Also, with me being a first generation college student I wasn't exposed much to the ins and out of college life either. This process was a slower learning start that was made slower by lacking confidence in myself.


Probably not to worry too much.


Now that I know, college is very different than I expected and what I dreamed of as a high school senior. But if I did have the chance to go back in time and tell myself something as a high school senior it would be to push it give it my all. Get good grades and don?t slack, study, concentrate, and start applying for colleges early; don?t wait till the last few months to start applying to avoid stress overload. I would tell myself to stop procrastinating because it does no good in college. Work is going to be coming and going and you have to be ready to take it all in and be ready to do it. Don?t try to fit in, just be yourself and it will do you some good to be quiet and reserved. Come out of your shell and show people who you really are, still being a loner, but showing people that you can be sociable when you want too. Learn to write good essays or papers for your classes, make sure you know what you are talking about, and ask for help now so it can help you.


If I were able to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would have instructed myself to take both the ACT and SAT and then to apply to a variety of colleges and universities instead of going to a Business College. I believe I would have been able to get a great scholarship with my scores and athletic abilities while earning a degree. If I had went this route I would not have all these loans to pay back.


Go rigth to school. Do not put it off.


Knowing what I know now about making the transition to college life, being able to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior would probably change a lot of things. In high school, especially senior year, I admit I did slack off a bit. If I could go back in time and do it over, I probably would tell myself to study harder, and keep focused. Back then I never really liked to think about the future, and I would just drop the subject if it ever came up in conversation. If I could go back in time, I would tell myself to be a little bit more proactive about the future, because in just a few short months I would be off on my own and have to accept a lot more responsibility. College is hard work, and the main factor that helps decide basically the rest of your life.


DO YOUR HOMEWORK!!!! Don't waste your time and money going to college by not doing the work required. Even though it is not always fun or what you want to do at the moment, in the end it's better to pass the classes and graduate. Also, don't feel pressured to pursue a major or even go to college right away if you are not sure what you want to study. I wasted a lot of time switching majors and schools because I hadn't spent the time figuring out who I was and what I wanted to do. Take the time to explore your interests and passions before throwing yourself into different career paths. Don't finance your education with private loans. You can't consolidate them and they have variable interest rates. Instead apply for scholarships, grants, save money, work, do ANYTHING so you don't end with large private student loans.


If I could go back in time and give myself some good advice; I would say, "Self, don't slack off in high school, try to be an "A" student and not just an "avgerage" student. Try to do well on the ACT, SAT, and PSAE. Try to get involved in school, with different activites besides the school fashion show, such as: peer mediation, national honor society, yearbook, SAVE, and etc. " I would also tell myself, "Start now by looking for scholarships and the right schools that fit my needs and my goals."


College life will be harder and more challenging. It will take you a while to adjust to it. So prepare for it properly by saving money first. Be sure to purchase larger notebooks, a scientific calculator, four ink pens, two pencils, and at least six folders. Be willing to help out those of your classmates who need help and ask for help when you need it. Inquire about the college you will attend. It is good to ask someone who currently goes there about where certain offices are located. It is good to inquire about the classroom setting such as asking if it is strictly lectured or if it is an interactive class. When writing research papers be careful not to plaigarize, only cite sources, and put the author's words into your own words. Get involved in extracurricular activities if you have the time since they are meant to be enjoyable. Lastly, do not just acquire knowledge about a certain subject or subjects, memorize it and use it throughout your life when it is needed; whether it is for your major or not. Others may need to know about it too.


Tara, you have your whole future ahead of you. The choices you make today will effect your whole entire life. You need to start believing in yourself and know you are alot smarter than what you think. Apply at more than one college don't worry about how you will pay for it.Go and volunteer at a Nursing home and listen to what the residents have to say. Older people have been where you are today and know life's hard learned lessons. Quit your part-time job and focus more at school . You have a life-time ahead of you to work . Why not find a career instead of job. All the adults in your family hate their jobs. Why not choose a career path that you will love to do and get paid more than an average salary. Find a way to make your dreams come true. If you can see it in your imagination then you can do it in the real world. Yes, it might take you a while to accomplish but when you achieve the goal you will charish the feeling.


There's a Chinese proverb that says "If three people walk together, one of them must be my teacher." In college, your instructors are not your only teachers. The people who walk beside you--your friends, your fellow students--they are your teachers, too. Choose to "walk" with people who will help you develop in positive ways, and who will model good study habits. "Bad company corrupts good character." I Corinthians 15: 33. Knowledge is power: tap the untapped resources. Scholarships are available--find out about them. Tutors are ready to help you--look for the study center. Online resources are available for almost any question--plug those terms into the search engine. Teachers are available outside of class--knock on those doors. High school, my friend, was a kind of full-service gas station. But that's a thing of the past. College is a self-service station. You have to take action. Treasure this opportunity. YOU are a COLLEGE STUDENT. Many people around the world would give almost anything to take your place in that uncomfortable seat, behind that desk with that wad of gum stuck underneath, listening to that professor's "boring" lecture. Be grateful! Work hard!


If I could return back into time and talk to myself I would first congradulate myself for making it this far. I would then tell myself to fully weigh my college options so the same mistake would not be made again. I would explain to myself that Holy Cross College will talk a good game about how I will be taken care of finacially, but when you get there it will be a totally different ball game. I would recommend to myself that I should go with what my heart is telling me to do and not what someone is telling me.I will also tell myself to contact the schools that I am interested in and see how many scholarships could I be awarded and the different types.I would also tell myself to give my mom a big k


Advice to be Heared High school was completed in the 1983; full of hope, expectations, and great dreams. In retrospect, personal advice would include continue school, have a back-up plans, and when that fails keep going. No one should give up on their goals or dreams. During 1982 college plans and marriage begain for me. Which ment a carrer was essential and need to be immediately secured. Therefore, four years of college wasn't resonable and becoming a Nurse was delayed. In 1983, I entered Southern Illinois University as a two year Respiratory Major. During the fall of 1986 my mother passed away and I nolonger had any financail support and had to take a job immediately. After being gainfully employed 13.5 years I was downsized and still had one year to go to complete my bachlors degree. In 2007, I graduate from Chicago State University and now studing to be a Registered Nurse at the age of 44 years old. Following my own advice sooner by having a back-up plan, never giving-up, and not settling I would be a Registered Nurse today. Reaching your goals takes patience and hard work. Goals delayed aren't denied!


I would tell myself to plan for my classes immediately along with a few backup classes and to always register early! I would also tell myself not to worry so much and that the atmosphere at junior colleges makes it just like high school.


True harder in all subjects and never give up to get to your dreams.