Jeff, you control your destiny. College is a launching pad for the rest of your life, and I know you didn't always focus much on your studies back in highschool, but now you can improve yourself with the chance to better your future. The key to success is within your grasp, all you have to do is open you mind. I'm sure everyone has been telling you how hard college is compared to high school, but really it's not so bad. You just have to focus in class, and do your homework with 110% effort. Now your probably thinking about how little free time you'll have. Don't worry, if you stay on top of assignments it'll be a breeze. Just be sure if you fall behind you focus on getting back on pace right away. Aside from the educational aspect, you will meet a lot of new people, even some very special people. Although, remember why you are at school, not to imrpove your social status, but acheive a lasting education. Tough it out, the best things in life are earned with hard work. Peace.
If I could go back and speak with myself as a high school senior I would tell myself that there are 24 hours in a day, and the most important thing you can remember to do is maintain a balance. The three major, important things in life are work, sleep and play. If there are 24 hours in a day then you should divide it up and devote 8 hours to each and you'll maintain a healthy balance, making life less stressful.
I would tell myself to prepare for hard work. Academically it will be a step up from high school and self effort is very important because it is all independant. There won't be someone there making sure assignments get completed or making sure everything is clear and that you completly understand. Also don't think about the graduation at the begining and keep a positive attitude about the whole college experience. Commit all efforts to succeed in each course one step at a time. Remember to keep an open mind and don't consider only one program or major because college is a path of self discovery and there are plenty of options. Remember college will be demanding physically because it may get hard to juggle with other aspects of life. Just keep a general goal to succeed in mind at all times. Socially college will be hard too. Try not to get caught up in the social aspects of college which can blurr the vision to succeed. Succeding in college does not mean to finish with the highest GPA or achieving a high salary. Success is all about happiness so be sure to stay happy and committed.
If I could go back to my senior year in high school, I would absolutely make some changes. Like most seniors, I took the nonchalant route and took the easiest classes I could take. I would still get decent grades such as mostly B's and some A's but I put hardly any effort into any of the classes. Because of this, the first thing I would do is take classes that were challenging and make sure I got the best possible grades that I could get in all of them. High school is much easier than college, and I think that if I set more ambition and studying skills earlier on, it'd make for an easier transition into college. I'd also make sure that I was gthe one making myself stay on top of work and studying because in college the teachers don't baby you and won't remind you of assignments all the time like they do in high school. In short, I would just take senior year more seriously. I realize it's the time that people don't take that seriously, but I really wish I had. I would've benefited more.
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