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You're itching to get away from home and be your own person, I know. Dad doesn't understand you, his wife is twice as bad, and mom cries when she stares at you for prolonged periods of time. You will miss it. Dad wants what's best for you and you'll learn to love his wife because you know he does. Mom will be your voice of reason in times when you need to cry. Leaving home is a beautiful idea in theory, but I promise that you will be lonely despite being surrounded by tons of people. Find Aimee Powell. She's a really good influence on you. Don't get too busy planning for later that you neglect what's happening right now. If you take care of yourself in the present, the rest will come with time. Also, the things that suffocate you now will be your breath of fresh air when you're gone. Hug your brother every chance you can and tell everyone you love what they mean to you. Most importantly, maintain your relationships with everyone you can, and nurture the new ones. You can't do it alone.


I would tell myself that no matter what challenges you face, never give up or get discouraged. As long as you do your best on everything you do, you didn't fail. Never feel ashamed to ask someone for help, even when you think you don't need it. Other people have different ways of solving problems and their way could make it easier for you to understand. Always take advantage of any extra credit opportunities that you teachers provide. The extra credit will always help your grade and it also shows your teacher that you are dedicated to making a good grade. Always get your work done early because it will give you time to thoroughly complete the assignment. Waiting until the last minute to do something will almost always hurt your grade.


If I could go back in time and give the high school senior "me" any advice, I would tell myself to dive in deep. I would tell myself to chase curiosity down every road and winding path. I would tell myself that the only was to failure, the only way to truly lose in life, is not to try. I would tell myself that the education that college provides is not only in the classroom, but in the time between classes. Your education comes from the people you meet and the friends that you'll make. It comes from the advice from a caring professor that might not sink in until a few years down the road at just the right time. It comes from the challenges and the struggles, and the will to finish what you start. Most of all, if I could tell myself anything, I would tell myself to have courage. I would post Aristotle's quote to the inside of my eyelids: "Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others."


Giving advice to my former self, I would recommend researching scholarships and applying for all that I qualify for. I would also advise myself to listen to my parents more. While at the time you may want them off your back, in the future they are the only ones who will have your back. I would advise myself to do lots of research on balancing classes and homework as well as balancing my personal finances.


If I could travel back in time and give my high school senior self some advice, I would jump at the change. I'm currently only a week into school, and already the stress of paying for tuition, meal plan, and my dorm room. It's really hard making everything work out and being able to get everything under control. I would tell myself that I should not decide to ignore the scholarships I checked out. Why? Because scholarships are essential for all years of university learning, but especially that first year, when you're not used to paying five-digit sums of money. I would tell myself that every little bit counts, even scholarships only worth $100, because there's $100 dollars less that you'll have to come up with when it's time to pay your dues. I would also tell my senior self to really enjoy the transition, and that it's easy to start making new friends, no matter how scared and nervous you are. I would tell myself not to be shy, because you're about to meet some really awesome people.


If I could go back to my sophmore year in high school and warn myself about how different college would be I would tell myself not to rush it. I started college when I was a junior in highschool and finished out highschool with college. It has impacted how fast I matured and how responsible I am. I would make myself go to football games and pep rallies instead of skipping them because I was not interested. I would have joined more clubs and participated in all the extracurricular activities instead of trying to grow up so quick. I would tell myself stay in high school and do not rush to college!


The best advice I could give my highschool self would be "You get out, what you put it." This could apply to anything in life, but specifically with college. The more time and effort that you put into anything in college, the greater the reward will be. The more time you take studying, the better your grades will be. The more time and effort you spend in making new friends, the better your friendships will be. You cant expect everything to just be handed to you. You can expect people to just come to you. If you're lonely and think you don't have any friends in college, it's probably because you did not try to make friends or you didnt try hard enough. It's just like excercising. The more and the harder you work out, the greater your results will be.


If I could go back in time and give advice to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself to study hard and often. Most seniors want to enjoy their last year of high school and worry about studying anymore. When I first got to college and took some of my first tests I ended up failing them due to the way I studied and the lack of studying. The word "studying" becomes a whole new meaning when entering college. I never really had to study in high school to get good grades, but I found out quickly that studying was a very important factor to passing college level classes. The way I had to study for each class in college varied so I had to learn quick in order to boost my gpa. If I would have been able to follow my own advice during my senior year of high school, I feel that I may have been much more prepared for the intensity and amount of studying that I faced as a college freshman.


Never give up no matter how stressful or time consuming it gets, never give up when others lack understanding or sympathy for your situation, and never give up because God was with you every step of the way to see you through.


As a college freshman looking to transfer for next fall, there would be many things I'd tell my high school senior self. First of all, I know you did hours of research on which colleges would be the best fit for you but.....way to go, you picked the wrong school. I do believe the University of West Florida can be a perfect fit for some, but it was exactly what I didn't need. Remember the type of students you associated with in high school? You need to find a college with a higher average GPA so you can be around more studious students, becuase in the future, you'll always feel like the smartest person in the room. Second, start a Best Buddies club at college. You were wrong, new clubs won't magically appear so save yourself the boredom and start a club already! And finally, stick to your gut, you're smart enough to know a good decision when you see one and you'll be very proud of yourself in the future if you continue to make great choices.


Writing letters to family and friends help with the homesickness. You won't feel it much the first year, but the second year you'll miss your family more. Also, believe in yourself. You'll make a lot of friends from being yourself so don't stress about it. By believing in yourself, your confidence will radiate outward and other people will see the confidence inside you. Lastly, don't change yourself to fit into situations that make you uncomfortable. Once people know how you stand on certain issues they'll respect your opinions even if they don't agree.


If my former self of two thousand and eight were to present itself before my very eyes and asked for advice on the challenges that tomorrow would bring, I would say one simple and straightforward word: persevere. Regardless of what obstacles thwart you in your path to success, you have to stay the course and persevere. No matter how many times you fail, you cannot allow past failures to influence any future endeavors, remain positive and persevere. Like the sailors of old, be steadfast in your pursuits. Hold sight of your goals and do not stray from the path laid before you, even if your voyage is to take you through darkened and unfamiliar waters. Do not let the words of naysayers creep into your conscience; doing so would invite the turbulent winds of self-doubt to sway you with extreme unease. Take each step in stride with the knowledge that robust character and interminable hope will be yours. Persevere and your life will be yours.


Knowing what I know now, as a upcoming second year undergraudate student, I would tell myself to go in with a strong mind, and not fall into peer pressure, be prepared to not easily grasp the material and just take full advantage of the help that is surrounding you.


The most important piece of advice I would give my high school self is that your mom is always right. Face it; every high school senior thinks they are so independent, and on top of the world, like they no longer need their parents. For me, I wanted to get out of the city I lived in for 18 years and move as far away as I could afford as quickly as possible. Mommy always told me that I’d miss it, but I swore I wouldn’t. Eventually you are here. Everyone you know that has come along with you to the same University starts changing. You lose your best friend when she abandons you for her older boyfriend; suddenly nothing feels right, and you feel kind of alone. You call your mom everyday because you miss her and all you want to do is go home. The student café is nothing like Mom’s home cooking, and sometimes, though you love your new friends, you just need someone to talk to who knows everything about you, to receive a little encouragement. Don’t be so hasty to fly out of the nest—you might fall a little first.


To be honest, I would have told myself to switch my technical program. I would have benefitted from the Automotive program because of the basic knowlodge for car maintenance. I wouldve done harder classes and worked more intensely on my subjects because of the roll over effect that it has in college. I think that college is just like highschool, but the only difference is time management and I would've told myself to set a schedule for class, work, studying, homework, etc. To be frank, I would tell myself to do a 180 degree change in order to succeed. I would tell myself to look more into scholarships and especially into what college to go to. I was too quick to pick a school, but I still love it at UWF. All in all, I would tell myself to take it way more seriously than I did back then and to be more subjuective to setting a schedule.


College is very different from high school; if I had the chance to go back and tell myself a few things it would probably make things easier. I would have made sure I had a plan B to school and how to pay for it. Bought a car and got my driver's license earlier so I could be more independent. Scholarship would have been a good idea to start looking up and filling out applications.


I f i had the chance to address my younger self, I would let her know that although she should enjoy high schoolshe should take advantage of every oppurtuniy handed her. I would also let her know that the road ahead is not easy, there are a lot of obsticles that she is gonna face, but it is just to make her stronger. I would tell her that there is a whole knew world that she is in for, so gear up with the most important things : an openmind, a hunger to learn, and with a sense of who you are. I would warn her of the very long road that lies ahead, that the are going to be times where everything she knows is tested. In those times, i would tell her to turn to those who keep you grounded. I would tell her to welcome some change with open arms, that not all changeis bad event tho it hurts. I would let her know that pain will fade, and there is light at the end, you just got to keep going.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself, first and foremost save money for a rainy day just in case I needed to pay out of pocket for books and any other supplies you need in a certain period of time which I had to pursue. Next I would tell myself, do not stress myself over college and how "hard" people claim it is because when I started last semester, it was better than high school. The teachers and labs will help out as much as they can to make me understand the material, but more than half of the time the material is easy to understand. Also, I would tell myself not to worry about leaving my old friends, because it is actully fun getting to know people from all around the country and from different backgrounds and create many connections.


Avery, you are doing great in school so far, keep it up. After your senior year of high school ends, you will have the privilege of entering a whole new world of education. Try to prepare for the extra responsibilities that are to come such as filling out FAFSA forms as early as possible, choosing the right college of your dreams, and applying for as many scholarships as you can. There are so many scholarship opportunities out there that go unoticed simply because students fail to search for them. Nothing of true value is free and you have to work even harder than you are currently working in high school. Additionally, there are individuals in life who wont give you a chance or want to see you fail so be mindful of the company that you keep. Stay focused by always keeping your future in mind and avoiding compromising situations such as getting drawn into an unsafe, party atmosphere. Your entire academic future can be given or taken away in an instant if you lose your focus. Lastly, follow your passion for music, because regardless of the common "starving musician" stereotype, denying your passion will starve you of your happiness.


I would give myself the adivce to take schooling more seriously. During my first year at the University of West Florida, I didn't take my classes seriously, and so my GPA took a hard hit. It is nothing I can take back now, but I learned from that mistake and am building my GPA.


Many high school seniors wish they could go back in time to change those careless decisions they made. In my case, I went to a collegiate high school and had to make an early decision regarding my major. I didn't know that I would be changing my major and having to re-think my course of study. I know i'm still young and it's an experience, but the advice I would give to myself if I were to go back in time is to ask myself if the major I was pursuing was what I really wanted to do. I am now pursuing a major that I love, but it took me an extra semester to figure it out. I am unable to go to the university of my choice as a freshman, but I hope to enter as a tranfer in the spring. In other words, choosing a major that suits a specific student is a significant decision and should be observed in every angle. I sure wish I had someone there to ask me more questions about my future that would allow me to branch off and choose the major that i'm currently pursuing.


Dear Ellen Slow down. Don't swear so much. Your story is only just beginning, but you are still impacting the people around you permanently. Take more time to nuture your friendships, but know when to let people go. Treat everyone you meet with respect and kindness. Remember that yours are not the worst problems in the world. Push past complications and pay them no mind. Keep pushing on. You will achieve your dream if you really believe, and I know that you do. Use every stone they throw as a stepping stone. You are smarter than you know and capable of so much more than you have every imagined. Best of luck my dear, you will amaze yourself and everyone around you.


Love, accept, and embrace who you are. Be kind and gentle with yourself, because you are worth it. Remind yourself that are truly the greatest gift you can give to yourself and the world, because you are uniquely you. Know that life is going to have it's joyful moments and depressing moments, but you will remain loved and worthwhile through it all, and nothing can take that away. You can do it. I love you.


I droped out of high school because i became pregnant. I would tell myself not to drop out but to hang in there an education will make you and your childs life better. College is nothing like high school, it is way more chalenging in a good way.


If I could go back and give myself advice, then I would let myself know that it is possible. I would give myslef more confidence in my scholastic career . I would also tell myself to really shoot for my dreams because know I know that they are possible.


As a new student I was advised by the junior college I attended that I should attend the junior college as a general student and transfer later to a four year college to complete masters of nursing instead of gaining admittance to the junior college RN-associates program that I wanted to complete. I came from a blue collar background and was the first person in my family to attend college and it would have been much better advice for me complete the RN-AS at the junior college and later finish the Bachelor of Science in Nursing after I had entered the workforce with my associates degree. I had very limited funds and social support and this option would have fitted my needs much better. Not every student has the financial reality of being able to be an immeadiate student for four to six years and this needs to be taken into account when making degree plans.


Know what you want to purse as a career or at least something in the field , so you will know what courses you will need to take; because when you keep changing your major you could have been taking irrelevant classes. Make sure you pay all your dues to the college because if not it can stop you from registering for classes and other things. Make sure you surround yourself with well rounded people in other words people who know how to have fun but also know when it is time to hit the books. Make sure you know how many classes you can handle and the time of day you take them.


I would wish that I was not told "You can be anything"... I thought I could be "everything". With all the guidance, direction, and short-leashes, I had growing up, I was suddenly thrust into college life thinking I could do/be it all. But suddenly, I had a lot of "me" searching to do in college, while constantly being hounded by the folks about what I was going to be after school- this part they did dictate to me. For those 4 years, I did not realize that it was my time to make choices. I knew I liked "critters", was good at problem solving, and was repeatedly drawn to people that needed help (but not needy, whiney people). I started in Biology, then Psychology, and ended up with a BS in Marketing Management. Ten years later I went back and got a BS Psychology. But, I'm still not done. I wish now, that I knew that the few "less than stellar" grades (anything below a B) earned during my first BS would stack up... resulting in 204credits, and a terminal 2.9788888... will require years of 3cr/As to create a competative GPA for Graduate school.


Brenda, I would tell myself...put your head down and get to work! That $8/hr job isn't your dream job and it's not going to pay the bills. You know you were born to be a feel it, you believe it. Stop thinking you aren't smart enough. Now, when you get to college just remember everyone will seem smarter than you, everyone will seem more ready to be on this giant campus, in these giant classrooms. If you get lost (and you will because you KNOW you have no built-in GPS) don't worry...ask for help - you aren't the only lost girl on campus. Be smart...keep away from college boys...they're dumb and distracting. Focus, Brenda...and make time to volunteer...feed your soul, feed the hungry, just do something that matters on a global scale. The math courses will make you feel as if you cannot breathe...they've always done that to you. Use your resources on campus, they're there for you. And please listen to your professors...they're smart...smarter than you, my dear. Good luck Brenda-you can do this!!!


If i could go back in time and change any advice to my self as a senior in high school. Knowing what i know now, i would tell myself to take my education as serious as i do now in respect of paying attention in class, doing my homework, and studying to insure better grades and a higher academic acheivement as a student persuing my diploma. As a result i would have be elgible for more scholarships to help with the everlasting expenses and hardships of the college life. I would also keep reminding myself to stay focus on the goal of getting an higher education, as a result there will come great advantages and rewards at the end of the road. If i could be a bird on the wall in my high school class i would tell myself to stop playing in my present and think carefule about preparing myself for the future.


Knowing what you are going to college for saves a lot of time and money. It's better to go to college when you are ready. Look for scholorships and avoid student loans. Make youself count at your University. Applying yourself is key. Don't just be satisfied with a "C ". It's more rewarding with an "A" or a "B". It really helps out your GPA. Don't be afraid to go the extra mile. Push yourself to complete the task. Put in your mind that you will graduate. Set a date. Talk to your advisor regularly. Make sure you are on track. Set long term and short term goals. Don't wait until the last minute to study. Study 30 minutes to an hour each day. Stay ahead of the class. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Be Involved in campus activities. Be positive. Be optimistic. Don't be influenced by your peers, unless it is positive. Try to hang around like minded people. People who have a common purpose and goal. This helps the process go by a lot smoother. If at first you don't succeed try again. Make the next grade count.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I wouldn't have too much advice to give. The only thing I would tell myself would be to take more AP classes or do dual enrollment! Back then, such things seemed like a small bonus, but something that wouldn't affect me too much in the long run. Now that I am here, I realize just how wrong I was. Every little thing you can do to improve your future early on helps--from gpa, to college credit, to extracurricular activities that may win you a scholarship. The earlier you get to work on your future, the easier your future just falls into place. The harder you work in the beginning, the less work there is ahead of you in the end. It is a big deal; no matter how small it seems, it is a big deal.


If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior with the knowledge I gained from my first year in college I would tell myself to relax. Before I went to college I was nervous about being away from home for so long in a place I didnt know with roommates I hadnt met while trying to make good grades at college. It was strange at first but I adapted quickly and made many friends. I even managed to make straight a’s in college. I would tell myself to keep my chin up because crazy things will happen. My roommates and I hit it off at first but things quickly went south to the point of having to change rooms. It was extremely frustrating but I got through it by keeping my chin up. The most important thing I would tell myself is to hang out with friends as much as possible. Dorm rooms are very small and sharing that space is not easy. Leaving the dorm room and hanging out with friends as a stress reliever can really save your sanity. All in all the transition from high school to college just takes perseverance.


I would tell myself, college is harder then high school and be prepaired from the start. I would also tell myself, college should always be a top prority. Never let the small things get in your way. Stay focused and your goals will be achieved.


If I could go back in time, I would tell my high school self to prepare to study hard in college. College courses are rigorous and difficult at times so students have to study very hard to get good grades. Grades are very important in college because it determines if you can get to a good graduate school or not. I would also tell my high school self to prioritize my time wisely in college. In my first year of college, I did not utilize my time right and so I didn't get the good grades I was accostomed to in high school. From that mistake, I learned to study very hard every chance I get. Lastly, I would also tell my high school self to enjoy every aspect of college. College is about exploring your options in life and taking every opportunity that comes to you. Looking back, I would have been more involved in school activites and joined more clubs. The people that you meet in college might be a part of your life in the long run.


Simply put, keep fighting and do not lose heart. You see everyone around you slacking off, partying with their friends, and throwing in the towel. You are part of a small group that sees what the real essence of the college experience entails. The way you study, how you dedicate yourself to service and Taekwondo, you understand that college will be a rush to get your degree. A word of warning, though; be prepared to step it up. Mercy is limited in college and so is time. If you thought you watched the clock with anticipation and fever before, some of your classes will intensify that feeling twofold; the same is true wih service and application deadlines. However, know this; your battle is not in vain. You will strive to make a much better life for yourself and enrich your surrounding environment with a career you love to invest time in. In addition, everyone that thought they were the greatest and spent their time partying, drinking, and throwing precious time away, those who once claimed to be your friends, they will be struggling so much. Proactiveness and a will to fight is the crucial key. Everyone at college shares that.


My advise to my senior high school self, is that if I had to change one thing it would be hold of on joining the military and take the ROTC scolarship that I was offered and go to UWF. Back in 2003 the economy wasn't terrible and once I graduated college the military would have taken me with open arms as an officer.


Take more AP classes in order to prepare for an easier transition to college life.


I would take school more seriously now than I did then. I thought then that college wouldn't be too hard, and I end up dropping three Ds and an F, all in Math-related classes. Now, I know that I need to study harder.


I would tell myself to learn time management. Being a student athlete at the college level is a whole new ball game, and you have to balance school work, six hours of study hall, and two a day practices for the entire fall semester. It is a lot to handle and I would tell myself that you need to plan your homework, don't put anything off, and make sure you stay on top of all your classes. I would also say to make sure you still give 110% to soccer, and then just as much effort into you school work.


A wealth of knowledge about different topics. From chemistry to anatomy and even law it's been a great experience and I'm really lucky to be able to experience all of this. I believe every person should be able to learn and experience they way I have, and I plan on using this opportunity to make a great future for myself.


All-in-all, college has been an amazing experience for me. I've never been a bad student, but I've also never been THE best. Now I am, and it's something I feel extremely proud of. Being out on my own has given me a new respect for what I achieve; therefore I'm trying to achieve all that I can. So far, I'm doing it well. In High School, living at home... I felt like my achievements reflected my parents as much as they reflected me. In reality, that hasn't changed from my transition from there to here, but it feels like it has. I guess that is all that matters, really. Now I am in charge of all that I do and in order to prove myself, I've made quite a few changes. I'm more organized, more driven, I do more research and more planning, I care more about safety, and am more careful with money. I also still relay all that I do to my parents, considering that is their right since they're funding this experience. Simply put, I've grown greatly as a person since college began.


College has done a lot for me. First off it has allowed me to work with people who are still active in their craft. I get first hand experience and can shape myself into what I want to become. I also have been broadened to schools of thought that I personally enjoy and take vested interest in. I've been able to read great works of literature and the be taught things about them that I would have never thought of. College has truly made me into a well-rounded intellectual and philosophical actor, and I personally believe the opinions and knowledge that one is exposed to in college is extremely wonderful to the molding of a human mind and imagination.


I began college in August 2009 and since then I have changed a lot as a person. I believe that this has occured due to my college experience. I believe that the most value experience I have gotten from college is my outlook on my life. When I began college I was dependent on my family and my boyfriend. As my college career continued and I moved into the dorm rooms I was forced away from them. Through my classes and the dorm life, I learned to become independent. My classes have also expanded my knowledge on the way the world works. I have learned to relax and have fun, but to be disciplined in my work.


I have gotten a lot from attending college. I realize the responsibilities i now hold as being on my own. At first, it was a scary experience but now it has grown on me. I love that i am able to do what i want without the worry of parents but it has also taught me that what my parents have told me to do over the past years does really effect me as to the person i am now. I realize i still adopt some of the things that my mom told me i should and should not do. It is really an eye-opening experience that i now take with me everywhere i go. Another thing is that i realized how much I really miss home. As a high schooler, i couldn't wait to get out of school and be on my own, but now, i miss my own room and the freedom of living with people i know instead of a roommate.


I have only been atending school for about 3 months, but within that 3 months i have learned so much more than i expected. I learned the anatomy and physiology of all 11 organ systems in the body. Way more then i expected. I am learning fast, witch will get me into a better carrer quicker. If i keep going to classes and if i learn everything they have to teach, ill better my life and the life of my unborn child in no time.


My college experience has most certainly been an eye-opening one. I have had tears, cries, laughs, sickness, and great memories! All of those experiences have made me the individual I am today. With college comes a newfound independence, and through trial and error I have learned, and am still learning, how not to abuse that independence. Attending college is a journey that I have had the privilege of partaking on. On this journey through life I have learned so much about self and what it means to be a young woman of color. I embrace my journey, my story, my testimony--because without it I cannot give a definite account of what makes me unique! College can be summed up in one word--GROWTH, and with each day I grow mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Each experience is an opportunity to learn and better myself. College has essentially come to be an emotional rollercoaster that I'm addicted to!


I have learned more in the past year and a half at college than I have in my entire 19 years of living. I have learned the importance of multi-tasking, making friends, and most of all that it really pays off to work hard. There have been many times that I have found myself at my job studying for an upcoming test. College feels like it drains your life, but I know that my hard work will pay off when I walk across the stage in two years to receive my degree. I wouldn't have survived my college years without the friends I have made while at school. While college is extremely fun, it is also tough and takes a lot out of you. My great friends have helped me get through everything, and I have been there to see them through their problems as well. Overall, I wouldn't change my college experience for anything.


When I left for college I was beyond excited to get away. All I wanted to do was grow up. But after being here at UWF, after choosing not to pay for an expensive art school (SCAD), I realized that I made too rash of a desicion. If I could go back to high school I wouldn't let something like money deter me from going to my dream school. While I will be going there in January, being here at UWF has taught me a valuable lesson about doing what you need to do for yourself, and really honestly following your dreams. I'm glad I didn't put school off, and have gotten the best grades out of my semester here at UWF, but the most valuble thing I got out of attending UWF was learning that I belonged at SCAD.


Work ethic. This is the main word I would use to describe what I have gotten out of my college experience thus far. Classes are not always easy, classmates easy to work with, nor the instructors easy to learn from, but learning how to work in these type situations is most necessary. The work place will not fall into line with the views or desires of the employees, but being able to last in a position that is not considered fun or exciting is what is required out of a good employee. Today many young people have not learned simple work ethic. When a job gets tough, or even when classes get tough, the average young person simply quits. The invaluable lessons in work ethic I have learned from my parents and teachers at Weatherford College help keep me going when most young people would quit. I know this will stand me in good stead once I get my degree and join the work force in the accounting industry because I will have already learned the single most important lesson of all time.

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