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


Not going to college immediately after highschool, I can admit that at one time I did not have a complete understanding of the importance of education. I was stuck in my comfort zone with my great friends in my great hometown. Everything was great and i was never stressed out. I lived like life doesnt change and i did what i wanted to whenever i wanted to. I lived like an immature adult and thats exactly what i was. My teachers knew me as a smart underacheiever that could get by not taking his bookbag out of his vehicle. I showed up to class everyday simply to socialize with friends and show the teachers that i have a weak understanding of the lesson but am present and engaged. I treated school like it was a popularity contest. Life changing events like a friend dieing and totaling my car greatly influenced change and made me a stronger person. Had I been aware of my destructive lifestyle earlier and able to guide myself out of it I would have much sooner. I am well on my way to becoming a more effective human being and this scholarship would help significantly.


Listen kid, life is going to get difficult unless you change right now. Get help for your depression soon so it dosen't hurt your ability to funtion as an adult. Go to every class. Get the homework done. Don't go to FMU first, go to trident. Then go to CofC and follow your dreams. You aren't goin to want to be a history teacher when you get to where I am. Take Japanese and work for the county parks. I know that seems crazy, but i promise it will make you happy. No matter what anyone tells you, you matter. You matter to me. WE will be something one day and WE will show everyone that we were worth more than we were given crdit for, but I just need you to be responsible now. I love you dude. WE are going to be ok. Trust me.


Don’t pick a college just because your friends are going there. Think long and hard about the college you want to attend. Pick a place that has classes and programs that interest you and are going to benefit you down the road when it’s time to pick a career. Start applying for scholarships as soon as you can. The more money you have for college, the less debt you will have to pay back when it’s all over. Imagine having the career of your dreams and nothing to show for it because of all the school loans you have to pay back!!! Think smart. It’s ok if you don’t know exactly what your career path is. College doesn’t have to be rushed. Knowing your career path comes with maturity. Also understand that college is supposed to the best time of your life. You will meet friends you will have until the day you die; friends that will be in your wedding. You may even meet your significant other there. Enjoy this time while it lasts because it’s going to go by so fast. Make lots of memories.


I have asked myself this question many times, i could go on-and-on for hours about what advice i would give myself. Life as I once knew it in high school has completely changed. Although it was the end of something good when high school ended, it has been the beginning of something great since i've started in college. I would first tell myself about college so that i would have some sort of idea of what to expect. I was nervous as to what I would encounter and the challenges i would face in college. The thought of going to a new school with a higher curriculum and a one hundred percent different learning environment made me nervous and intrigued at the same time. I would tell myself to just "take it slow" and go day by day without over-loading yourself. Don't let every little problem or issue get to you, just focus on what you want and what you need to do to accomplish that. I have faced many hurdles so far. This would be my advice to my high school self boiled down as short as possible.


I would say, "Kimberly, contrary to popular belief, you do not know everything! Don't go to that University just yet. Acclimate yourself slowly into college life. Stay home with Mom and Al and attend a Technical School. Utilize your scholarship when you know what career you want to pursue. Stay in touch with your High School teachers; they have valuable advice to share. Don't use drugs or alcohol. You are not invincible. If you substitute parties for classes and studying hard, you are going to become an alcoholic and addict and waste twenty years of your life. Quit playing the victim. It happened, it's over, move on! Don't use past hurts as an excuse to give up. You are capable and you are worth it. Study hard, believe in yourself and get the education you deserve. Choose a major that you're passionate about. If you enjoy what you do, it's not work, it's living life and getting paid to do so. YOU CAN DO THIS!! And by the way...You are special and you are loved. I believe in you.


Dear Heidi, My advice for you? Oh, where do I start! The most important piece of advice is don't worry about what other people think! You spent too much time worrying if you were dressed right or you were saying the right thing. Stop. Most people are concerned much more about themselves and not paying attention to you. If you do this one thing alone you will feel the pressure is off for perfection. Perfection will never be attained so stop trying. Relax and have fun. Sleep. Get more of it! It does wonders for your mood and you will get more out of your studying if you are well rested. Sleep is underrated. Use sunscreen too! All the time. Even when it is cloudy outside and you think you don't need it. It really is not that hard to put on. Last but not least. Trust your gut! If you have a feeling about something or an instinct to do something. Follow it. Most of the time it will lead you in the right direction. If your not sure about something. Get quiet. The answers come out of the quiet. Enjoy every moment, Heidi


Coming from a family with very little education I was encouraged as a high school student to drop out of school and take up a trade. I wish I had known someone that encouraged education when I was a high school student, but there were none. If I could go back tin time and talk to myself I would tell myself how important a secondary education is. I would encourage myself to look into the future and understand the implications of not having an education. I would tell myself just how smart and inquisitive that I am and that going to school would give me the tools to think critically and to be more tolerant of others culture. I was afraid of the transition from high school to college because I thought that I wasn't smart enough. I would definitely tell myself that I am an intelligent guy and worthy of college. We can't go back in time but we don't have to live in the past either. I chose to endure hardships now so that my future will be brighter and so that I can join in conversations that I couldn't before I started college.


In high school I had a wide variety of interests, but I went to college to study nursing with persuasion. I was taught a career in the health professions was guaranteed stability. By sophomore year, it was confirmed, this was not the path for me. Now a junior and anxious to graduate, I changed my major to one most compatible that would allow me to graduate timely. I graduated a year later and found myself in student loan debt and in a career I had no interest in. If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would say, tap into your interests. Follow your heart and not what everyone else wants for you. I would stress the importance of scholarships. When it’s time to repay student loans, you then realize how much debt you are in. At this time, I am elated to have been accepted and starting in the fall for a degree in film and production. I measure success on experiences and personal fulfillment. This time around I am following my dreams by doing things that will bring personal fulfillment and allow me to live my best life!


Looking back, I would tell myself to not give up at the first sign of hardship; I feel like I failed myself briefly by waiting so long to begin my college journey. My high school self needed to hear that college was invaluable and hard work at the beginning would have saved a lot of money, heartache and late nights later on. Being able to focus solely on your education rather than cramming it in at the end of the work day is an amazing oppurtunity that should not be easily passed up. Finally, while college looks terrifyingly expensive, there is help out there. There are people and organizations that want to help you achieve your dreams so that one day your children won't have to worry about paying for college.


Education is the most valuable thing that you can obtain in your life. Do not forget this. You've learned a lot in high school, about distractions and more distractions. College is the time to kick those bad habbits and transition into high gear. Whenever you feel that you've given it your all, push harder. Do not ever procrastinate. After all, can you really think of a better thing to do with yourself other than learning? Be the master student that I know you can be. Now is the time to think of your future. Do you want to be a leader? Yes. Do you want to provide the most that you possibly can for your family and children? Yes! Well, it all comes back to this. Education. Do not ever jeperdize your education for anything because, in actuality, there is nothing that is more important. Transitioning from a high school environment will not be effortless by any means. This is serious work, and serious consequences. Sometimes things may seem overwhelming. It isn't easy, but, it is very possible, and the ability to do it is within you. Never doubt your capacity for greatness, and never give up.


High school is undoubtedly the most important time in one's life to make major decisions for their future. It is the time to fill out college applications, take standardized tests and bring up that grade point average. As for me, I sadly did not do any of those things. If I could go back in time and talk to my senior self about what I know now, I would tell myself to be more committed. Even though I did graduate, I would tell myself the decisions I make in high school effect later life situations such as being a successful student in college. Taking the time out of my day to study and grasp the information the teachers were teaching, would have set me up for a greater success rate. In college, its all about time management and dedication. Taking the time to study and complete assignments is a must. There is no hand-holding in the adult world. Although I am proud of my achievements in college so far, completing assignments with concern and concentration in high school and having the will-power to finish out strong would have been better preparing myself for the college life.


If I could give my high school self advice using the knowledge I know now I would say, "Cassie, you are so much smarter than you give yourself credit for, take those honors courses, challenge yourself, and have faith." I was so afraid to fail, and disappoint myself that I did not challenge myself in high school. I would definitely tell myself that if I try hard in high school, it will make the transition to college so much easier. Life itself would be so much easier. I never thought I was going to be capable of being on my own right out of high school, but now that I look back, I was a lot more mature than I could ever imagine I was at the time. I would encourage myself to be more independent and go away to school, because I know now that I could have done it. There is not a doubt in my mind now, I was ready for the transition then. The best advice I could give myself would be to just take the leap into the real world head on with no fears because failure was not on my path.


Seeing as to how I'm 10 years out of highschool, there are a lot of things that could be said. I think that most importantly, the advice that I personally would give is this: "Please don't give up!! Do not succumb to parts of the world that settles for a dead end job! Don't leave school just because of a stuggle that has been experienced. Follow through and get into college!! It will take you places you never knew existed. Above all else remember this, do NOT give up on yourself. Do NOT allow anyone's opinion steer you in a direction that you don't completely agree with, and most importantly, ALWAYS live your life with your faith first, yourself second, and then everything else after that." I made a lot of rough choices throughout my life, and this last year and the few years to come, are my steps to a new direction. I know now that had I chosen this path 10 years ago, my life would definitely be in a different place. Now, that is my new goal, to become what I didn't choose then, before it's too late. Thank you.


Youngster, I understand that at this moment in life what you desire most is to get that fancy new car, new clothes and take that beautiful girlfriend of yours out on dates. Your reasoning really isn't that bad on the subject of why you shouldn't go to school right now but allow me to provide you with reasons that even your guidance councelors couldn't. That new car you want, will impress your girlfriend but that education will inspire her. Those clothes will make you look good but you could buy more and better clothes once you become an engineer. Those dates you want to go on, imagine this, a cruise or maybe a plane ride. The destination of your trip could be overseas and it's all possible if you let go of your small time ambition and allow yourself to dream of a bigger brighter future. Also, college is as fun a place as you think it is. The work in college is as hard and rewarding as everyone told you but when you start using that knowledge it becomes priceless. You like being a know it and the first step is learning it all.


If I could go back in time to myself as a hight school senior, I would tell myself to enjoy the moment. Don't always be looking ahead so much that you miss out on what is right in front of you. Enjoy college the first time. Be active in campus clubs and go to school football games. Don't just rush from class to work and back again. Life moves to quickly and we are only young once. Once that time in your life is gone, you can't get it back. College is much harder the second time around when you have a family and a job. Work enough to pay for school and drive that old junker your parents gave you! Don't work so hard to try and buy a new car and insurance. LET THEM HELP YOU! There is no shame in accepting help form your parents to get though school. They want you to succeed. They love you. Don't be in such a hurry to be independant. Once you get there it's not always what it is cracked up to be. Breathe. Live. Enjoy the moment.


Dear Sarah, Please study for that test, put down the phone, do some homework! Fill out those scholarships before the deadlines instead of hanging out with your friends. Forget the petty drama, look into the future. Question your descions and your future career. Who are you? Don't follow the crowd, make them follow you. Be on time, wake up early, stop complaining! Knowledge is the key to great success. Take advice and don't be shy to share your ideas. Never give up on your dream, the time it will take to accomplish it is going to pass anyway. Don't be afraid of failure, it teaches you. Get involved . Show who you are to others, express yourself. Lastley, don't try to rush the future time moves quicker than you think. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw bowlines. Sail away from the harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -Mark Twain


I would go back in time, and tell myself to attend college straigh out of high school. I waited along time to do what was needed for me to grow mentally as a person mainly because i never liked school. In my age i now realized its not about doing what you like, but doing whats needed. I would explain this to the younger me so he would understand you dont know everything, and to have the life you desire then attend college.


All I can say is try harder! Put forth more effort to make the best grades you can. College is expensive and paying for it while you attend is difficult. You're smart and you can get scholarships if you just apply yourself more. Also, take Spanish every year of high school and strive to learn every word of it that you can. It is a beautiful language that will be so easily learned by you, so start now.


I worked many jobs after I graduated highschool. If I were able to go back and offer myself advice, I would tell myself the following: "Focus on school and really apply yourself to your studies. Even if you work on the side, make sure you take the time to get your schoolwork done. You may hit some bad times ahead, but don't let that get you down. You've got a support system of family and friends that are going to be there the whole way through making sure that you accomplish your dreams. Your career choice may change down the road, but don't let that scare you. Make sure you take the time to figure out what you'll enjoy doing and where you believe you can help people best. The light at the end of the tunnel may seem dim now, but you'll get there! Take it a step at a time and all will work out for the best!"


If I could go back and tell myself what I know now I would have told myself to learn how to study, how to effectively learn the material instead of memorizing it just for a test, and how to follow the path that is best for me instead of what everybody else thinks is best. I would tell myself if you don't learn how to study now you are going to struggle so much motivating yourself to study when you get to college, going and hanging out with your friends is definitely not more important than that test, project, or paper, even though it may seem like it now, it's not. You can't just fake your knowledge forever by memorizing it for a few days because, it is all going to build up off of that one piece of information that you knew for a day. Lastly, don't follow the path everyone else thinks you should go for even when they say "you'll never make money doing that". Money isn't everything, don't make yourself miserable in classes you hate because someone told you that you should take them, make your own path instead.


If I were to go back in time and converse with a younger version of myself as a high school senior, I would remind myself to make sure that I continually prioritize my responsibilities. I know my upmost responsibility is to put my duties to my religion first. Therefore, as a high school senior, I would like to tell myself that while I have secular responsibilities, I must take care of the most important responsibility in order to excel in my educational pursuits. Also, I would tell myself to not try to overload myself with a full-time education and a job. As I am in college now, I know that it can be overwhelming to have so many responsibilities and try to exceed the expectations of your professor regarding your performance in the class. Overall, I would continually remind myself to not waste the blessing of being able to purse an education and to prioritize my secular sacred responsibilities.


The jump between college is high school is really big. High school does not prepare for college at all. The only way to be prepared it to take AP courses in school, if you do not then going to a techincal college or a 2 year college would be best. You don't want to leave high school going to a top college and then end up failing out of the school your freshman year and losing your scholorship. It's not worth losing money given to you for being a great student in school with your grades and have it all messed up because you thought your high school prepared you for college. High school is basically a waste of 4 years that are suppose to be the best 4 years. If the college of your choice has a program that helps high school juniors or seniors transition into college, do what ever you need to so that you are able to go to the program. You could probably take classes towards your major or find out that you need some developmental courses so you need to take courses at a 2 year college and then transfer back.


If i could speak to my HS self, I would tell her three key words: take your time. You have the rest of your life to rush to fit into a cateogory. Focus on finding out the young person whom you are becoming and falling in love with her. Nothing in the world could ever make you happier than loving the person staring back at you in the mirror. Be young. Make mistakes. Change paths. Pursue options. Dance, don't just sit and watch everyone else have fun. Just be in the moment. You will never get these moments again and life will happen to you one day. Happen to life today. You will have the rest of your life to be accountable for the mistakes that you make. So make them wisely now. Regaret is something that you so not won't to truly understand the deifnition of.


I am now 24 years old, yes some may say' " oh, you've still got time", maybe they're right, I know they are right but if I could go back to my senior self at 17 years old, I know I could change my whole life. I would have told her " Brandy, your 17 years old; you have the whole world in front of you. You will do great things but don't choose to waste it on a boy who steals your heart or those drugs you decided to take, when you think life isn't worth living. You will find that awesome guy, and the drugs will mess up a lot more things than lossing a baby. Make these years count. Don't hold back because of fear." I have done great things and I will contiune, I know I have it in me.


You are entering a profound change in your life. To preserve some lessons, I will not reveal your greatest hardship yet to come. However, what I will say is during that experience, you must continue following your true passion, wolf biology, or you will find yourself returning to it later with the regret of time spent on other classes. Meet with a university advisor to plan each semester from community college on up. Do this frequently to update as you progress. If the advisor immediately suggests upper-level courses, then you must make the discernment of what you are really ready for. Act on your intuition, trust your abilities, and hold yourself accountable for the “A” grade you want. You will be a full-time student with jobs and other demands on your time. It will be very challenging, but applying for scholarships, finding study partners, and seeking a mentor will help. Be persistent with the scholarship applications, and study partners should be other students that hold themselves to a high standard. Finally and ultimately, you have to stop procrastinating from fear of failure. Address this fear, and you will make way for greater success.

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If I could go back in time to 1996 where I was a senior at Saint Stephen High, I would work harder to complete and understand the Spanish language, as this will be helpful when I travel abroad to Spanish countries during my travel nurse career. Knowing what I know now, I would also take advantage of accounting and basic finance classes so that I could be more stable in my future self with money and making ends meet easily. I would be settled on the fact that I should avoid credit cards and the evil weight of debt that comes with it until I knew how to balance and show experienced behavior with money. I would have tried to socialize more and not be the interverted shell of a person that I was. So that finding a job and mixing with coworkers wouldn't be such a struggle in my professional life.


Take all the information that you can in, don't slack off and do good grades because the scholarships you can get will help you so much in the future. Try to better yourself and make things easy on yourself by getting credits in high school that will transfer towards college to cut down costs. And most importantly keep your head up, things will get better after you are finished with all your schooling. Remember that when your done with college you will be having a great life.


I would have told my self to buckle down. I spent a lot of time slacking off. Alot of the things that i was expect to know coming from high school i didnt because alot of time i failed to pay attention. Also if i had put forth more effort i would been able to get scholarships and wouldnt have to struggle so hard to fund my college education.


As a senior in high school, I more than qualified to be admitted to my desired four year institution however, I sought to minimize my financial input towards getting my bachelors degree by attending a two year technical college. Looking back, I see that was a mistake: not only did it minimize what can only be described as the ?college experience? but I also allowed myself to be distracted by the mundane, be it, job, girlfriend, or otherwise. I cheated myself out of what could have been the best two years of my life. I believe my exact words would be, if not more graphic in nature, ?If you do not leave for college right after high school, regret will be your constant companion, filling your mind with deluded thoughts of ?what if??, disallowing you to focus on something so simple as the life before you. So much so that now you?ve not only missed out on an epic journey but stunted the life of both yours and those around you due to a constant state of regretful reverie!? I do believe I know myself best, fear and disappointment have always been good motivators.


If I could go back in time to tell myself in my senior year what I know now, I would say cherish the friends you have. Although I made many friends after high school, it broke my heart to lose touch with the students that I practically grew up with. Staying in contact is key after high school. I would also tell myself not to stress and to enjoy more activities. I was the braniac in high school who made the top grades, but I also missed out on a lot of experiences that I will never get back. I didn't go on my senior trip, or go to the beach for the week after graduation like all my friends wanted me to. Grades are important, but so are the memories. The last thing I would tell myself is that life is more than the A. It's also about the things that you can't learn in a classroom. I would have also told myself about my new favorite phrase, "learn what you love, and love what you learn."


I would tell myself to finish school as soon as possible. I would stress the fact that a college education is necessary to have a successful career. I would emphasize that life will always get in the way of most plans made, but that persistence and perseverance pay off.


To not give up, that I can do it. If only i set my mind up for it I can do it and to not to take a long time to go to college.


If I could go back in time as a high school senior I would do everything different. First I would eliminate the stubbornness, and listen to my parents. I would stop concentrating on what party who was going to, and the latest drama. I would also get involved in more community service, and clubs. I did have a strong GPA, I participated in cheerleading, Journalism, and I was a part of a community service club. Even though I was a member of these school events I failed to continue any of these in college. Also I participated for a limited amount of time. If I could change that, I would stick with cheerleading and the other clubs instead of giving up. Another thing I would change is my ignorance of scholarships and money growing on trees. As a senior, I waited until the last minute to complete college applications, and I also ignored scholarship applications. When attending high school I had the mind set that everything would be completed for me, or just magically appear. Unfortunately I quickly learned that college was a whole different ballgame. My advice is to take school seriously, get use to deadlines, and stay determined.


If i could go back in time and talk to myself as a highschool senior, the very first thing that I would tell myself is, "Fill out college applications and apply for scholarships the first couple of months of school!" Filling out applications on time was my biggest downfall for ending up in the situation I am in now and now being able to go straight into a 4-year university of my desire. Now that I know what its like as a college student, I would tell my senior self to not be overwelmed about the idea. The classes and workload is not all that difficult. The schedule is very flexible and convenient. In my opinion, college is easier than highschool.


I would tell my high school self, not to worry so much about choosing the "right major" at the time and focus more on school than partying. I have taken multiple classes, wasting money on an unguided education and I now feel that I have found my way. :)


If I could go back a talk to myself I would tell me to take my classes alot more serious instead of waiting until the end of the year before graduation to want to work. I also would have told me to do a lot more to prepare myself to be able to pay for college and worked to recieve more scholarships. I would have done a lot more to get back in football and possibly receive a football scholarship and be where I want to be . But most importantly I would have tell myself to reconize the resources you have in front of you and use them man dont waste time trying to handle it yourself because you dont have the proper connections at this time so just use what you got to get what you what.