Southern Virginia University Top Questions

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

Courtney

Don't be afraid to ask questions about things you don't know. Take advantage of your admissions counselor. Just becasue you have money doesn't mean you should spend it. Save it. Seriously. It's okay to go to bed before midnight. The friends you make your first semester will most likely not be your best friends later on.

Milton

I would tell myself to not worry too much with new things and being out of my comfort zone. I should embrace these changes and learn to love these new experiences. When I first started college, I was 18 years old. I was from a small village in the tiny island of American Samoa. It was my first time away from home and I experienced a huge culture shock. Eventually I drop out of school and worked for the last couple of years. I found both the courage and drive to come back again. It has been well worth it. There are plenty of people that have different backgrounds. It is in this that I can grow to experience different cultures and different opinions on subject matters. I would tell myself that it is ok to see what others see and have them see what I see. As a college student I am the architect of my destiny. I am the one who motivates myself to meet new people and wake up on time for my classes. College is a new experience and it can be scary at first. All new things are. It is well worth it though.

Hannah

Dear Senior Me, Soon you are going to college, and man it will be crazy. The best advice I can tell you about transitioning, first semester will be hard, since you lost Ethan. I know working is something you feel obligated to do, but taking a semester off will be good for you. Do NOT get lazy. I know it will be difficult going to school for a long period of time with seemingly no breaks but keep going. I promise you the grades are worth the work. Also, leave high school in high school. Three years later and I don't even talk to any of them anymore, yes, even Bradin and you don't talk anymore. Don't spend all your free time lingering in the past, actually, go meet katie bug right now. She can use you. No matter how hard you think life will get during second semester, you can do it. You totally have this in the bag! Just push through and remember you are a daughter of God, and he loves you! Love, Future me

vance

The biggest piece of advise I would have liked to know is the importance of preparation. There were classes that I did not try as hard as I could have and I wish that I had achieved better grades so that I could avoid them in college. The ammount of studying for end of term exams and Advanced Placement tests I did was minimal. Even though I passes and my grades were above C avereage, I did not recieve credit for the class. Being in college now, I wish that I had prepared better so that my time in school would be less. In addition, I only researched two schools and applied to three. Though I am happy with my decision and would not choose differently, I wish that I would have done more research to be better prepared for the demands and life of a college student. If i could ge back in time, my advice would to be proactive, and this trait is one that I am attempting to convey to my siblings so that their college experience can be richer and more productive than mine

william

I think I would tell myself to search for many more scholarships and be able to do them in rapid succession. Money is the only reason I would not go to college

Kathryn

First of all, just relax! It's easy to stress out about all of the new experiences that are coming your way, but just take it a step at a time and you'll make it there just fine. Extra stress is the last thing you need when you're starting college. Enjoy being new and learning how things work. Once you're there, work hard, but don't forget to make friends, smile, laugh, and experience life! If you plan well, you can have both good grades and good friends--the best of both worlds. Sometimes we get so caught up in the little details of life that we lose sight of the big picture. Take some time to think about things. What are your true goals in life? What do you want out of life? More importantly, what do you want to be able to GIVE in life? Keeping these goals in mind will help you keep your priorities in line. Instead of just surviving college, you'll be thriving in college. It will not only help you to shape your future, but it will help you to influence the lives of those around you as well.

Victoria

I would advise myself to get to know lots of different people. It is good to have a close group of friends you can always count on, but it is never too late to make new friends. Ask for help when needed. A benefit of a small school is the professors know you and are willing to help you. Take advantage of that. Don't be afraid to step outside your comfort zone. While it is good to make friends and have a social life, it should not get in the way of studying or sleep. If you priotitize correctly, there will be enough time for everything you want to do. Get involved and have fun.

valerie

I would tell myself that I am one of the smartest people because I always thought I was dumb and could not live up to my parents expectations. College isnt all about partying and boys, its about getting an education meeting friends that will be there forever and getting ahead in life. If you always study and stay on top of things in your life everything will flow easily and evrything in life willl come naturally. Also I would say that I should not let anyone get into the way of your success even if you are "in love" you always come first no matter what. Last, college soccer is one of the most amazing parts of college and to keep working hard to get better because you could go places with the amazing skills you have

Morgan

Live in the moment you are in. You will be in college before you know it, so enjoy this time. There won't be a time like this ever again. Don't worry about what college is going to be like. You will figure out how college works when the time comes. For now enjoy being a high school senior. Enjoy your last year of high school basketball, enjoy the time you have with your high school buddies, enjoy the time with your family. Most importantly, remember that the freshman 15 is a real thing.

Rebekah

Take your time, and choose your own path. It took me two years to get to the school that I wanted to go to. Stand up for yourself, and be willing to sacrifice your good standing with your parents. They can suggest, but you need to do what feels right for you, not placate your family. You do not have to decide what you want to do with the rest of your life right now, believe it or not you have time. Stop trying to please everybody, sometimes you need to put yourself first. I know it sounds selfish, but it is necessary I have put my own happiness aside to help someone esle too many times, and I don't want you making the same mistakes. I am not saying always put yourself first and don't do nice things. I am saying be cautious and be wise. You are going to meet people you don't get along with, or drive you crazy it's okay, you don't have to like everybody, but you should at least respect them. Give them a chance and you will be better for it. College is hard so good luck.

Eva

To not worry so much about college. Yes, its hard and you will find yourself writing essays and doing homework at 2am, but stressing about it makes it so much worse. Just chill, be yourself and do your best.

Marley

Dare to express yourself, even when in environments that encourage otherwise. The safety conformity promises is not only false, but also not worth the cost of silencing your personal vision and pursuits. Throw yourself into class discussions. Push yourself to be more even when you can succeed with less. Live by your standards of excellence and not the ones decided for you. Education is meant to be the bettering of yourself and you alone know your limitations and how far you can push them. Effort is the key to success and self-fulfillment. Don't let self-doubt and the fear of failure prevent you from taking advantage of any and all opportunites that come calling. Failure is inevitable, view your mistakes and the mistakes of others as lessons. Study your trials in life as you would for an education-based test and learn all you can. Discouragment is a disease. Reward yourself for your successes, revel in the simple pleasures and the hard-won moments. Let yourself feel pride in your efforts. Live life and love it. Transitioning from high school to college, from child to adult, is challenging. Let it be. You can handle this. You will.

Nicholas

Nick, you have so much to look forward to as you prepare to attend college. Apply for scholarships!! It's never too early to start applying and working. Student loans are a pain, and when you take a lot of credits you can't work as much to pay back your loans. Listen when mom tells you to apply for scholarships. Also, have fun. Don't spend so much time with one person that you waste all of your freshman year. Date around, look for good qualities in people, and live it up. Your AP classes are like college classes. There is a lot of homework, but you can stay on top of it if you are aware of what's on the syllabus! Lastly, visit your professors during their office hours. They want you too succeed, and are there for you. Don't think you're stupid or too cool to visit with them and counsel about your papers and projects. The professors I visited became better friends, called me by name, and looked for ways to help me succeed. Study lots, and work hard. It will all pay off in the end.

Bailey

If I could go back to August of my senior year, I would tell myself to NOT TAKE EIGHT AP CLASSES. That was the dumbest thing I have ever done. Taking an overly demanding courseload made such a fun and crucial time in my life unnessessarily stressful and overwhelming. Yes, AP classes are great, but I should have taken a maximum of three during my senior year. I hated my jobs and the sports that I loved became a burden. I would love to go back and tell myself to take it easy. Colleges don't want unhuman super freaks who try to conquer a ridiculous course load, work two part-time jobs, play two sports, participate in National Honor Society and become the queen of the science fair. Colleges are looking for someone who can do a few things really well. Just because I was successful at three things, that does not mean I should have tried to be successful at one hundred and two things. Relax and enjoy the magic of this amazing time in your life. You can't get it back.

Kevin

During high school me. Get off your high horse, apply for scholarships, and starting realizing that if you don't start sooner you'll be behind everyone who is working hard and you'll be playing catch up from then on. Start researching schools, start researching jobs, start researching scholarships.

lyndsee

If i could go back in time i would tell myself that the little things are not as important as I thought. The things that will help going into college is hard work., focusing on academics and not the social life of high school. Something that would also be helpful is to save my money. I did not realize how expensive it is not living at home.

jessica

The advice I would give to myself would b to relax and not worry so much about maintaining perfect grades right off the bat. The first semester of college is going to be full of ups and downs, I need to take these as they come in stride knowing I will have plenty of opportunity to raise my grades should they drop.

michael

I would focus harder on my studies. Growing up without parents by your side telling what you need to do and when you need to do it has a great effect on a young high school student. Due to the death of my mother and being forced to move with my great grandmother i was forced to mature at an early age. I still managed to goof around on my studies between work, sports and socialization. Now that i reflect on the high school days i soon grow and wish i had dedicated myself to my studies the way i am force to now. I would tell myself that i need to put a certain amount of hours for each subject studying. I would also tell myself time is priceless and the more i waist the more i slack on my great potential. Time managment is the key to everything that we do in the college life. If i learned that at an earlier age in high school my senior year would have been a breeze.

H

If I could go back in time, and talk to myself as a high school senior about college, I would emphasize three major things. First, would be to take pride in all of my work. Barely scraping by and earning average grades when I know I could do better doesn't cut it. Professors and life expect more of you when you become an "adult" and head off to college. Highschool actions create habits, and you don't want a slew of bad practices following you into the beginning of your new life. Second, I would tell myself to take advantage of all the monetary help offered to students as soon as possible. FAFSA, grants, scholarships, and many other organizations can make college life a whole lot less stressful, which then allows you to focus on your studies and interests. Finally, I'd advise my younger self to have fun. Moving out of adolescence into adulthood can be scary, but don't let that stop you. There are so many wonderful people, opportunities, places, and knowledge to be discovered and enjoyed. Take advantage of that! Make mistakes, take chances, do your best, don't be scared, and have fun!

Stephanie

College is such a great blessing and opportunity! My advice-get involved! From joining a club to even just showing up for class, it is important to become involved because it helps transform you into a well-rounded and successful person. There are a few reasons why this is so. Not only are you able to net-work (which will come in handy when you are trying to find a job after you graduate), but you will also develop social skills to be able to interact with others in a professional manner. The other aspect of becoming involved is simply having a release from the pressures of school. Laugh and have a good time doing the things you love to do. Life isn't meant to be all about work, or in this case school work. Don't stress too much. Relax and do your best. Things will work out in the end. Trust me, I know. I've lived through it and I'm here to tell the tail!

Megan

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to not let myself get wrapped up in all of the melodramatic drama that occurs in high school. I would tell her that it is not worth it and instead, focus on studies and doing the best I can. However, I would also tell myself to have a little fun and go out and enjoy life because high school is one of the last opportunities you have to have fun with friends and go out of town and enjoy yourself. Once college starts, your life consists of work and school. I would advice myself to find the perfect balance between school and entertainment. Hang on to what's in front of you, but be prepared to let it go.

lakeith

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a senior in highschool I would be very decriptive about the things i need to know and need to do. First of all my gpa is very important. I would highly stress that the grades are very important but also not just average. A 2.0 isn't bad but anything above a 3.0 is what will get you where you need to be and not where you can be. Everything you do in highschool is preperation for the next step and that is college. Also if I could talk to me as a senior in highschool I would change my priorities, the way I think, and the way I do things. If you start good habbits out before in the classroom success will follow you in and out of the classroom. Study habbits, test scores, and preparation for quizez are vital to succeed. Focusing is also a huge role because as a young adult you get side tracked by your friends, peers, and activities so if I could go back and talk to me as a senior Focusing would absolutly definitly be the main focus point!

Collin

If I could travel into the past and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would sure have a lot of advice to give myself. In high school, I was always a good student. I did my homework, did well on tests, and even got college credit. But as I look back, I never really knew how important it was to learn. Throughout these four or so years that it has been since I graduated form high school, I have realized just how much I cruised through school without having a direction or a final goal in mind. Every small amount of knowledge learned can be applied in your life somehow. If I had only known how important learning was, I would have been so much more prepared to make decisions and take on a career. I have also learned that when you know what you want to do in life, it makes it so much easier to learn and then apply that which you have learned. Seek to find your passions in life while you are young so you can make a difference in the world as you grow up, not only when you are grown up.

Keelie

The best advice I could get as a new freshman would be to go to class even though you don't technically have to. There is more useful information given in class than you can glean from the textbooks. The readings are typically explained in a way for you to understand which will definitely help on exam day. The next bit of advice I could have used would be enjoy the college experience which is a balance between work and play. If you want to play hard, you have to work hard. Many new freshman get to college and think "No rules, lets party!" That is not the way to succeed. Do your homework first, party after.

Lauren

Do what you love. Sure, it would be great to have a degree that will get you a well paying job, but if you don't have a passionate interest in the subject, you're going to be miserable. Look at your talents and what you enjoy doing, and base your decision on that more than anything else. Don't stress out about picking a major either; you have your whole life ahead of you. You're 18 - no one expects you to have it all figured out yet. Try different things in college; take classes that sound interesting, participate in activities, and use this time to figure out what you could see yourself doing for a lifetime. Experiment as much as you want. The most important thing is to do what you love so you can love what you do.

Maryn

High-school Maryn had a good idea of what to expect academically from college: she knew it would be challenging and finding and deciding on a major might take a couple years. But what she didn't know was the emotional and social transition it can be. If I could talk to her now, I would urge her to be grateful for the time she has with her family. They are her best friends and biggest support, and she may not be around them her entire college career. I would tell her to work hard and save lots of money to help pay for wherever she may feel she needs to travel and go study. I would tell her to be practical, but never lose sight of her dreams. Pursue what makes you happy; don't be afraid to love school. Don't be afraid to immerse yourself in studies that may not "get you a good job". Never sacrifice what you love and what you feel is right because you're afraid of hardship in the future. Hardship will come anyway; you might as well do what you love!

Alyssa

If I were to go back to tell myself what I should have done better to make my life in college better I would be quite blunt with myself. I would say that I need to save my money, so I can have what I need and be able to have fun, and do things. I would tell myself to look at scholarships better. I wasted my time procrastinating, and if I didn't do that I wouldn't be struggling to continue attending this school. I would tell myself to take my studies seriously. I would want to have better study habits, and not be such a procrastinator. I would also say to do as much as I can to be involved. I am a shy person, and being ablt to do things would be a lot easier, if I had worked on it better beforehand. These are the best I can think of, its the phrase work hard, or go home. If I would have worked harder, I wouldn't have the looming idea of having to go home soon.

Angela

I would have told my self that school is more important that boys, follow you mind not your heart. You are so very intellectual however you have not go the common sence you need to just get a GED and wait until your broken to go back to school. Finish highschool, build some self-esteem and what ever you do listen to your parents. Even though the therapist said you were ready for your GED, and you were, you should have stayed in school and to up some kind of sport.

Hannah

If I could go back in time and give advice to my high school self about college, I would give myself the advice to listen, enjoy and absorb everything I can. I would say to listen to my professors more; the things they have to teach, especially in those freshmen core classes, is so incredibly important. Those core classes lay out the basic foundation for the rest of your education, and not only that, they are some of the most profound and interesting classes you will ever take. I would tell myself to enjoy the learning experience of those early classes, because it took me until the end of my sophmore year to start to enjoy college, and I wish I had begun sooner. I would also tell myself to absorb and learn as much as I could, to study diligently. I would tell myself, it's not about the finals or midterms, it's about the life long lessons you are learning, that you will use for the rest of your life.

Brittany

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a highschool senior my life would be completely different. From the start of senior year, I would tell myself to take high school more serious. I would tell myself to take less hours at work, or not be active in alot of clubs/organizations. I would tell my younger self, that I should not be in such a rush to grow up fast. Being considered adult in the real world is not all fun and games, its hard work. Listen to your parents, they have your best interest at heart. Do not be so fast to move out on your own. A broke college student don't seem surreal until its you begging your parents for money. Also, be wise with your money especially with your finanical aid (netcheck). You do not want to know what it feels like to be evicted from student housing. Know that it is people that would love to be in your spot, so don't take nothing for granted. Most importantly I would say to have safe fun. For it is college, but you do have only one life. So live it.

Brandon

I would tell myself how important it is to take advantage of all the opportunities that are available. As high school students, we often don't think about what a difference taking a few of the harder classes might make, especially as we are coming to the end of our high school career. There are AP classes, or programs that allow us to take some college courses free of charge. My advice is to do these things as much as possible. Sometimes it seems like it would just be easier to worry about it afterwards, but it isn't. As seniors, we feel like we're already adults, but we're not. We don't know what it's like to pay for our education, to be in a situation where maybe there isn't always someone else enouraging us. One of my greatest regrets is that I did not take advantage of all of my time in my senior year. I took the easy road, and now I'm paying more and working harder because of it.

symone

If I could go back in time I would tell myself to get a job at a young age and save money because college is super expensive!

Bryan

I would just give the simplest advice I could; Prepare for the classes, apply for all scholarships, find a job, push yourself to the limit, enjoy every minute, make decisions early and remember why you are going to school.

Austyn

I would tell myself to not be scared. I'm from Nevada and going to a university all the way in Virginia was intimidating to me. I also would tell myself to not hide my talents. The only way we develop or learn talents is by sharing them. I would have told myself to get involved earlier. It took me awhile to get involved, but once I made the decision to, my campus life became so much better. I would tell myself to really try harder on my schoolwork, and not fall behind. Lastly, I would tell myself to not complain about the honor code that we are required to live by. I have learned that it is for our benefit and only helps us, while creating a safe and clean environment for learning.

Jill

I would tell myself that your GPA and test scores really do matter! I would also say that whomever said High School is the best four years of your life never went to college. My college experience has been like none other and the main reason is because I got involved. So I would tell myself to get involved in High School and stay involved in college. Your grades will stay up adn you will fall in love with whatever school you are attending. My last piece of advice is that it's okay to miss home, and you will, but don't dwell on it. Call your mom and then get your butt to class! Don't be a hermit, no matter how badly you want to be. Get out of the corner and get on the dance floor!

Amy

That you should not be scared of deciding on a career path. To just try it and if you make a mistake try something else. That you are smart enough and will achieve great things. When you are at college emerge yourself into it. Be outgoing in nature introduce yourself to five people that you don't know a day. Join a group or organization and get involved. Go to class and be on time. Read the chapters that class will be covering before you go to that class. Find your academic help center as this place will look over your papers and will help with editing. Find a study group and surround yourself with friends who will take school seriously. That kind of positive environment will help you be successful and stick through it. The biggest thing we lose when we go to college is our support group so you have to make a new one. Have positive fun. Drinking alcohol is not something that is going to help you in the long and should be avoided and most of the time it isn't fun either. I know losing your dad was hard but seek help, counseling.

Marisa

Follow your gut. I know you're going to get the feeling that you need to go to Brigham Young University, because Mom went there and you feel like you'll find your husband there. But it's not the right place for you. Southern Virginia is where you need to be. It's where you're going to find the woman that you want to be. It's where you're going to expand your mind and learn things that you've never even dreamed of. It's where you're going to make some of the best friendships and meet some of the most wonderful people. It's where you're going to make a difference in life. It's where you're going to learn the importance of time-management, priorities, true friends, education and a smile. You think you have a good hold on your life now? You have no idea. You're going to experience things that will test you in every area of your life. But you're going to come out on top every time. Why? Because you're a Southern Virginia Knight. Take pride in that.

Patrice

Hindsight is 20/20. If there was some way that I could have known about the costliness of college while i was in high school I would have thought twice about neglecting my homework. As a senior in highschool, I was so sure that because of my mom's financial situation I would be paid for fully by the government and college. I found out late however that need based financial aid only makes a tiny dent in vast expense of college. I don't regret going to my university, or the small fortune spent to go here. I do regret the misused highschool summers that could have been spent saving money. I also regret the 3.0 GPA average that I coasted on in my false sense of security. The transition into college was easy. It's the transition out of college and into the real world of student loan debt that I expect to be very difficult. That expectation is why I'm now earning a 3.8 GPA. If I could have done one thing different, I would have had that expectation from the start.

Malorey

If I could give my high school self advice about college, I would tell her three things. To start, I would tell her to be patient. I have learned that patience is a virtue and one of the essential qualities that will not only get you through college but life as well. Things aren’t going to happen when you want them too and that’s okay. The longer you are willing to wait for something the more value it has to you. Next is to relax. You cannot control every aspect and outcome in your life. Problems will come up where there is no solution and you’re just going to have to go with the flow. It’ll all work out in the end and if it doesn’t, it’s not the end. My last and most important piece of advice I would give her is to trust in the Lord. Have the faith that He will take care of you as go through college and also through life. He will help you become who you need to be, learn what you need to learn and take you to where you need to go.

Adam

If I could go back in time I would have taken my foreign language classes during high school. The running start programs offered in many areas would be another resource that I would have taken advantage. I would have also taken more math and science classes as I am now struggling though college level math and science classes.

Patrick

If i could reurn and talk to myself as a high school senior there are many tips that i would of greatly appreciated knowing before i started college such as the importance of time management and organization. My freshman year was a disaster because i was so not used to the need to study hours upon hours every week for every class. Another thing that i would of told myself is to not be as worried about making money at your future job. Do something that you enjoy doing and it will be as if you never worked a day in your life, however untill you reach that ideal job dont be too proud to work flipping burgers in order to get by because once you reach your dreams it all becomes worth it. The last and most important piece of advise that i would give myself if i were to go back is to make sure God is a priority in your life and that to serve others is more important than earning a 97 percent instead of a 93 percent because they are both an A in the class but with one you served another.

Brian

If I could go back in time and talk to my previous high school senior self, I would say to prepare. Not just financially, but also academically and emotionally. I would tell myself do get a full-time job, and work long hours. Additionally I would tell myself that my grades do matter in high school, and that I would need to fortify myself emotionally for the coming trials ahead. Lastly I would tell my former self of the importance of being independent. I believe if I knew what I know now then my life would be far more certain and hopeful than it is now.

Victoria

If I could go back in time and talk to my senior self I would tell myself to start saving for college. When I was in high school I didn't save as much as I should have and I realize that now. If I had saved up some more money I would have a lot less to worry about. I would ask my parents to save some money from each of their checks. Even if they could save about $10 from each pay check it would start to build up. Another piece of advice I would give high school Vicki is to be myself. When I first started college I had a hard time making friends because I was afraid of what people would think of me. I was afraid I would say something that sounded stupid and people would make fun of me. Soon I started feeling more comfortable and now I have a group of wonderful and amazing friends and I am always looking for more.

Kaitlin

I would tell myself to get in the habit of being focused and turning things in on time. I would tell myself that it's not the same in college and that you have to hold yourself to a higher standard because in a large university, no one else is going to look out for that kind of thing. I'd tell myself to start getting into good habits about talking to people and reaching out so I wouldn't feel so lonely when I went to school every day inside my shell. I'd definitely tell myself to be ready for anything, and to look forward to changes that are a part of the process.

Alaura

If I had to give my high school senior self advice, it would be to not be so uptight. That college isn't just about oing well in classes and getting a career started. It is about living on your own and being able to love yourself.

Desiree

Dear Desiree, This is your future self, and I would like to provide you with some words of advice before you enter college. First of all, enjoy high school. Enjoy being able to spend time with your friends and family members who love you. Second, study for the ACT much more. A high ACT score will seriously enhance your opportunities for getting a scholarship. Third, do not give up on anything. If you know that "A" is attainable in math, no matter how often you need to go to th tutors, attain that "A." You can do it. Fourth, shoot for at least a 4 on the A.P. tests because some colleges only count 4's and above as college credit. Fifth, never change your dreams just because you feel intimidated by someone else. Take that intimidation and turn it into motivation to do even better. Sixth, get involved in extracurriculars, but manage your time carefully and put homework ahead of spending time with friends. Seventh, don't stress too much! High school (and life) is to be enjoyed. Embrace it and treasure each precious moment, because those moments don't last forever. Best of luck, Your future self

Thomas

For starters, i would tell myself not to rely so much about what people say around me, i have the complete ability to make my own decisions, and i do not have to bend to the whims of those around me simply because i am not what they prefer. but in that sam breath a reminder to follow the rules given by the institution, because they are there to protect both the faculty and the students from harm both physically and on a higher more buisness level. people are not likely to hire someone who is known simply as a partier

Brady

First of all I would tell myself to establish a better relationship with my family. It's amazing how much I began to realize the important people in my life meant to me, and al the things I could have done differently in order to show them more love and compassion. I would have been interested to know in high school that college would be a lot like highschool, but that there is a lot more responsibility placed on my shoulders for assignments and such. In the college world if I need or want something done, it's up to me to do it. There are people to help me along the way, but my mother isn't here, nor my father, to do the things I normally took for granted at home. Overall, I would tell myself to learn to be more responsible, because it will be practice for what it is like away from home. Even though I was not a "terror" child, it is incredible to look back and realize just how easy I had it.

Jennifer

If I were to go back to myself as a senior I would say "hey Jenn, before you leave for college understand more about your dyxlexia and how all that documentation will transfer. Also make sure you clean out your room entirely so that mommy doesn't have to do it when your cousin decideds to move in. Lastly, love life now and in every moment that you are in, don't look back or forward too often, make sure you live for the moment and love it for what its worth, always thanking God for it. Study hard, play often, and never give up! I love you girly. Good luck."

Katelyn

If i was able to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior. I would tell myself to research more scholorships instead of feeling like the tution is really and feel guilty of how much my dad has to pay for. Another advice I would give is to complete my fafsa sooner, I could have recieve more if me and my dad had completed sooner. I would also tell me to buy knee lenght shorts and dresses since the honor code at the school doesn't allow anything shorter than that. Also not to go on a trip so close to leaving for camp because it caused alot of stress on my part and my family back home.

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