I would encourage him to study the Word of God more. To have a deeper relationship with him. To always remember that home is heaven and to always have him as the preeminece in your life. But, it's not me telling you this that builds character, it''s experience. Don't take a break, go to college right after highschool,while the information is still fresh. You must be focus, avoid all the pressures from your friends. The work the teachers hand out may seem overwelming, but remember God wont give you anything you can't handle. The faculty will help you in anyway they can. They want to see succeed in life. they don't want you to quit on your goal. Don't be lazy and procrastination is your worse enemy. Become a Physical Therapist, because helping others is your gift. You will know more about this with Dad's stroke. Not only will he need you, but our family in Haiti as well. Don't get caught up in your success .Live as though Christ died yesterday, rose from the grave today, and is coming back tomorrow. You may be the only bible people will see.
If I can go back into time to talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself alot of information. Procrastination was one of the biggest mistakes I have done while being in college. I messed up a couple of semesters causing me to be on probation. I didnt put much effort into my work. One day I came to a conclusion that in order to be successful, you have to minimize some daily activities, for example, spending time with your friends, watching television, and going out. My first year of college I was always doing those things, but not no more. When I get a task, I make sure my homework is completed before the next day instead of rushing right before the class starts. I taught myself time management. I would make sure I have a planner, because it is very useful especially managing school and personal life. I learned alot throughout the years, and I will make sure I do not procrastinate. It is very important to read over your notes after class and do the assign readings. It will help you do better on tests and quizzes.
If I knew what I know now I would have done things differently. I would make sure to tell myself that school work comes first. Be involved in as much as you can, wether it's sports, playing an instrument or joining a club. You may think that school is boring and not work as hard as you should. School is not easy and takes alot of hard work. It will be time consuming but it will pay off in the long run. Woring hard and getting good grades will help you get into a great college. A college degree will help you live the life you choose. You will be able to make your own decisions and choose a career that suits you. No one said it will be easy or fun. At times you may want to cry and give up. We all get frustrated but you have to be strong and know what you want to achieve in life. When you get down just remember that school is a wonderful place. You will always need to learn new things in order to grow as an individual.
When I graduated from highschool I was not even thinking about college. All I wanted to do was go out and have fun with my friends. I am 29 years old now and I am almost finished with my Registered Nursing degree. If I knew what life would be like without a college degree when I graduated highschool I would of went straight to college. I would tell myself that it is only a couple more years of school compared to the rest of your life struggling to make ends meet. I would also tell myself that my friends, if they are my true friends, they would be there for me no matter what, even if I didn't go out and party with them all of the time because of school.
I would tell myself thats its good to know exactly what you are going to college for and dont waste time becuase you will waste money. Always keep an open mind and take every scholarship opportunity you can get. Alawys save a little time to yourself to reflect and stay on track. Most importantly if you have questions seeking help, there should aways be tutiors and professors who can help you. If your paying, they have the time, use all that you can get access to. Try to get things in before the deadline so you have time to improve and correct especially when it comes time to register for the following semester.
If i could go back in time and give my high school senior self some advice it would help me out greatly. I would tell myself to stay determined even though the goal seems far away. I would also tell myself to not waste any time and focus on my career path. I would tell myelf to not be concerened on what my friends are doing and to focus on my own goals and what i want to accomplish because ultimately it is my life and the decisons I make will determine the outcomes. STAY ON COURSE. SAVE YOUR MONEY. BE NICE TO YOUR PARENTS.
If I could go back and tell my high school self anything, it would be, to go to a community college first to get all of the general studies classes out of the way and then go to a four year school. I unfortunately made a mistake and went to Buffalo State College for Criminal Justice thinking that I wanted to be a police officer but now I see that is not the profession for me.
Dont think life is just going to hand you things yes there is things occationaly that pop-up out of the blue but youhave to put forth the effort to make the things come to you.
I would have started College fresh out of High School instead of waiting 14 years to do it.