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


If I could go back in time and give myself a bit of advice about college life and responsibilities I would focus on the word "time". Time, patience, determination, more time and alot of breathing. College is so overwhelming in the beginning and maybe a bit frightening to some and if you dwindle your time with less meaningful things and aspects of your life then expect a bit of trouble. I would give myself a lecture on what it means to be an adult with all of the adult repsponsibilites such as waking up on time, getting ready on time, being alert in class and all throughout the day, time allowance to go to and from class and campus., time for little breaks to regroup and study. Study what a big word. This means so much, and while you are in college it honestly is a neverending process. You have to be willing to put things asside and make time to study and focus, even if you have to stay up all night until the wee hours. Yes it is hard, but I would tell myself, you have to stay focused and make time, it will pay off.


Being in my second semester at Trinity Valley I look back to my senior year in high school with all my worries and questions and laugh. If I could go back in time to my senior and talk to myself the first thing i would say is calm down!! College is not how it is portrayed on televison. Like high school, college is shown on tv where the beautiful and strong are popular and everybody else tries to find a place and are considered outcasts. College to me was the opposite. I would tell myself that i was nervous but found out quickly that it is actually easier then high school. In college you can make your schedule to your convience, you can live in dorms with roomates, and last but not least if you leave home NO PARENTS. Transitioning from high school to college can be diffucult if you dont open up to people. Being more open and getting to know people is the key to having a successful fun year at college. Knowing me i would also tell myself that fun is not everything, studying and going to class regularly is very important in getting good grades.


The advice that I would give myself as a senior transitioning into the college life would be to take responsibility for the choices that I make in life. Furthermore, it is my responsibility to take the initiative to want to succeed in my education efforts. This means that I will not depend on the teacher, counselor or my mom and dad for the success that I am striving to achieve.The second advice that I would give to myself is to invest in time to learning about the university that I would be attending. I would go to the college and talk to some of the students just to get some ideas on what college would be like when I enroll. I would also talk to the counselor to see what kind of advice that I could extract from them to better prepare me for college. Furthermore, I would make sure that I know what entrance exam is required and take these tests in advance so as to not delay my enrollment chances.Finally, I would tell myself to research and apply for scholarships and financial aid in advance so that I would have the funds to afford the tuition.


If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior about college life, I would tell myself to make sure I am prepared. I would make sure that I took the next phase in my life seriously and not just expect things to happen on their own. I would make sure that I took advantage of every financial opportunity available to help with college tuition, i.e., scholarships, grants, etc.. I would make sure that I focused on my GPA and watch every grade that was put on my transcript. I would be open to all types of chances to ensure a easy transition to college life. Last but not least, I would make sure that I embraced each moment as a senior so when college life starts, I would have no regrets.


If I could go back knowing what I know now, my advice to myself and many others, would be to APPLY! APPLY! APPLY! Meaning, apply for as many scholarships, schools, and local grants if any. Do not pass up a scholarship just because it is an essay. It is not worth it to miss out on some money anyone could have had. Work harder with your grades and do not settle with just being in the top 10. Being in the top 10 percent matters most. The Government will issue a top 10 percentage two thousand dollars. So it does literally pay to be in school. But applying yourself in everything is where to start. So much can be accomplished if that effort is pushed to the max. Again, just apply to anything that you can and it will pay off. Those are the main points that I would tell myself if I could talk to myself as a senior in high school.