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

If I could turn back time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell my self five things. 1. Do not worry about paying for school. Fill out as many scholarships as possible, and even though you despise it, grammar and punctuation counts, If you can not pay for it out of pocket, there are many places you can get student loans from that will help your credit as well. 2. Do not worry about not being smart enough. You are in college; there are no dumb people in college. If you are still worried about asking a question, go to your professor?s office and ask. That is what their office hours are for and how they set you apart from the rest of the class. 3. Do not worry about sticking to a major; there are general courses everyone has to take for the first two years. 4. Do not worry about leaving your friends, because they are leaving as well, you will make new ones fast. 5. Do not worry! College is the beginning not the end. So sit back and relax knowing that you will soon be smarter than Mom and Dad

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If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would stress how important it is to have good grades and to read and read again. Also, ask questions and ALWAYS do your homework. Good grades give you opportunities to go to colleges you want and icrease your chances to get scholarships. I now truly realize how valuble education really is. When I was in high school I didn't really know what I wanted to do and I got decent grades, however I had a mentality of "well I will get through high school go to a community college, then to a university and hopefully by then I'll know what I want to do." I guess I sort of felt like everything would eventually fall into place. I think if you have good grades in high school it opens so many doors for you. Now looking back, if I would have applied myself to my fullest potential, it is possible that I could already be set in my career and be living the life I have imagined. I'm on my way now, just wish I could've done it sooner!

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If I went back in time and could give myself advice about college life, it would be to stay focused no matter what and to start applying for every college possible. When I graduated I intended on just going to community college, instead of applying to major universities and colleges in my area. When I started my first semester I was extremly disappointed. I thought I was going to see alot of fun young students walking aound, and that the atmosphere would be filled with new college students and welcoming professors. Instead I was greeted by stressed out, broke college students that had no intentions of getting to now anyone in class. This experience turned my whole perception of college upside down, and made me forget why I was really in college. I was so bummed about the school I was going to I lost focus and didnt do so well. I believe if I wouldve given myself a chance at a university I wouldve done better and probably felt better about the whole situation.

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If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, first of all I would tell myself to go straight into college. I made the mistake of taking a break from school once I graduated and that break lasted nearly twenty years. I would also tell myself that once I'm in college that I need to take it seriously, make a daily schedule that includes time for class, homework, and study time. That is the most important thing, to have a schedule. I would tell myself that most students who transition into college after high school do not take school seriously and flunk out or get low grades and that I should not succumb to those statistics. Four years will seem like forever but it will be the best thing I could do for myself and my future. I would tell myself not to waste my time or money. Do it once and do it right.

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Well if I could go back and give advice to myself. I would advise myself not to work so hard on trying to impress people and just be me. I would focus on school and how its going to affect me later in life. I would study harder and apply myself more in the subject areas that I didn't like as much. I would spend the dreadful time learning how to do things that I didn't think I could do. Also I would tell myself to take more advantage of the people that tried to help me and I pushed away because I was embarassed to get help from them . I would step up to the plate and get a job sooner than I did so I could be more prepared for life on my own. Last but not least I would let the teachers know how much I appreciated what they did to help me.

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The advice I would give my past-self would be to not take time for granted. Procrastination had always been a problem for me, because I was so used to just cruising through school on last-minute homework and easy assignments. But with college, the faculty is getting paid to educate you, and they don't care how much work you get and how much work is in your other classes. It was a pretty hard kick in the face, that discovery, and it was painful to get used to. So I would tell my old self to start planning ahead, writing things down, and studying more often and with more vigor, because simply cruising along won't get me to where I desire to be.

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I worked my butt off to graduate High School. I went to a private high school that didn't accepte some of my credits from my 10th grade year in public high school. Long story short, I had to repeat some of those classes and it put me behind in school. I needed to finish 2 years of High School english before I could graduate. After everything, I finished and graduated on time. But if I went back in time and told myself something. I wouldn't tell my self to straighten up or stop this or that. I would tell myself to go fight for those credits. If I did, I probably wouldn't of needed to work as hard and had an easier Senior year.

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Go to school now, at age 18! Don't be afraid! Transition and change is difficult no matter what your age is. It's a lot more difficult to go back in your 40's when you have to work full time, take care of your family, and have the time to be doing school work and juggling class time. All those years wasted, living in poverty, when I could have gone to school at 18 years old and could have spent these years working a decent paying job. How much better it would have been for my family!!

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I would have to say that I have done alot of things during this time span, I would tell myself to continue in school and not to take a break. I would also have to say to slow down and not try to be in such a hurry to grow up. The grass is truely not greener on the other side of the fence. Then again if you do go on to college, study not party would have to be the mato.

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I would tell myself that college is going be different, but in a good way. That the students I attend school with are more focused and I am able to learn more about the subject. That thier are fewer juvinile students to take away from the experience. Also that college is expensive and to take the courses very seriously, no matter what!

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