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I would prepare better. I would start saving money earlier, also I would start filling out more scholarships. I would have also paid my college bill during the summer, when I had more time. I was not prepared for what college had for me, but I hope that this advice allows other children to be prepared.


Stay positive. Life will end up just as it is supposed too. Everything happens for a reason, so lay back, breathe, and relax. You may want to get a job early, and save up your money. Dont waste your money on fast food, it is horrible for your body and you will regret all the money you spend. Love everyone, make sure to smile and say only nice tings. Friends are important for transiting to the college life. Learning how to study better, although you dont always need to study now; college is not as easy as high school. Keep close ties with your family, they will help you alot along the way down the road. Live, laugh, and love everyday. i love you. You will do great no matter what.


Use your college scholarships to buy a car and drive your family to secluded beach to prevent ebola. Seriously, don't go in through the Honors program unless you are seriously driven. I had phenominal grades and received lots of scholarship money - figured Honors was the way to go. I was so overwhelmed with everything - ended up physicaly ill and at the doctor more than in class. The university was not understanding. I tried to work with my advisor and professors to make up lost work and stay on track - but got the impression they thought I was faking (even though I offered plenty of doctor excuses). Ended up leaving the honors program and switching majors. Also - the food is aweful. If it's convenient - it's bad for you. Oh, they offer's very expensive and more times than not rotten. All in all, I'm glad I went away to school - I wish I would have learned to cook something...anything - buying Chipotle is so easy, so expensive, and so fattening.


I would encourage myself to always keep trying academically, and to never limit myself as a result of self doubt or lack of confidence. Anything is possible and within reach with hard work and ambition.


I would go to a different college farther from home. I would take a course on how to study in college because I did not study in high school. I would do more scholarship work my senior year of high school, so I didnt have to take out a loan for my freshman year.


If I could go back and talk to my senior self, I would first tell her that it will be hard, but it will be okay. As a high school senior I was not concerned with my transition into college, I didn't have strong attachments to my home town or any close friends I was leaving behind. My boyfriend from another high school was attending the same college in the fall, and my overall expectation of college was that it would be simple. It wasn't. The only relationship I had blew up in my face leaving me with sleepless nights and heartbreak. My classes were far too easy, and I didn't enjoy my intended major. I was quite lost. However, I wouldn't tell my high school self of all this. Had I known what would happen, I would've done things differently, and therefore wouldn't have learned from my mistakes and become the person I am today. It was hard, but it turned out okay. That is the first thing I would tell my senior self. My second piece of advice would be to never regret what makes you stronger.


I would tell myself to try my hardest to get all my grades above a "B". Make sure I apply for all the scholarships that I ameligible for even if it's not that much money. I will tell my self to apply to all my college choices even if I don't think I will attend it. Try to prefpare myslef to be away from my family, mainly my two year one baby brother. Save up some money just to have it in college so I wouldn't have to keep asking my parents for money every week.


The advice I would give myself would be to never settle for a school closer to home. I would tell myself to really go out and pick the school that is best for me. Do not be scared of being independent. Do not be scared of failure. Make the best out of any hard situation, work hard, and earn the degree that you deserve. Always remember that you are in charge of your life, not the faculty of your school, not your parents, no one but you. Do your best, and then do even better than that. Have fun, but not too much. Get straight A's, and prove to your family that you can go to school without having to be in debt.


High school came easily to me. I never needed to study and I still received a GPA over 4.0. This did not help prepare me for college though. It made my first semester, especially Calculus II, very challenging as I had to learn how to study while I learned the material for the classes. If I could talk to myself as a high school senior, I would have advised myself to learn how to study and take my classes more seriously in high school. I would also have told myself that college includes a lot more of self teaching than I had originally thought. While your professor is willing to show you examples and skim over chapters, it is ultimately your responsibility to prepare for the exams and make sure you are proficient. I feel that I took my high school education too lightly and that having taken it more seriously could have made my first semester a lot easier.


In the event that I could go back in time to warn myself of the horrors of college life I would say "dont worry." Though life seems to be uncertain and full of surprises you can't go wrong if you simply try your hardest. Don't take this experience too seriously, it is simply one short phase of your long life. Make sure to pay attention in your math classes now because it will help you later on. Oh and be sure to visit sherman fest, these college parties will blow your mind. Sincerely My enlightened future self


If I were able to get one do over in life it would be high school. I have to admit I didn't apply myself enough during my high school years. I wish I studied harder, more involved in activities and sports. Not to say that I didn't do good in school, but I know I could have done better, if I just tried harder. Grades, sports participation and extra circular activities during school are so important, now more than before. All of those contribute to a persons traits and characteristics. They build your motivation, self esteem, teach responsibility, and team work. I feel if I worked harder, I wouldn't have to work so hard right now. I feel that I wasn't focused enough on what I should been focused on. School. I had a part time job, but didn't continue to work because I didn't feel that it was important at the time. I take blame and regret what I did not accomplish in high school, like better grades and staying on the swim team. But I am changing that now. I am working on bettering myself and my future.


I would tell myself to pick a major and make sure that is what you want to do because if you go into college undecided, or you constantly change your major you will be at risk of running out of money if you are using financial aid to fund the cost of college. If you are not sure exactly what you want to major in get out there and network and talk with people. Figure out which career interests you most then talk with your advisor to devise an academic plan. Also, college is expensive. Do not take out loans if you do not need to and maintain an exceptional GPA. By maintaining a reasonable GPA you will be eligible for more scholarships and subject to possible invitations to honor's society and scholarship programs. Enjoy your college experience but make sure academics is your number one priority, because in the end that's all that matters.


My, or our, life is busy right now because of my decisions right out of high school. If I may, I'd like to give you a few words of advice. If you continue to decide to got to the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, do not quit. You'll get sick, but you can keep going. At the very least, immediately transfer to the University of Akron or Ohio State. You are way too smart to stay out of school and not make something of yourself. No dream is unrealistic, but at some point we have to be real with ourselves and really dig deep to figure out what we want from ourselves. Take Food Science or Chemical Engineering. Don't wait 8 years like I did. Sure, I'm married and have a beautiful daughter, but it's also going to take me 8 years to finish my degree. You can do it in half that time. It really isn't that long of a time! Believe in yourself. You can do it.


I would tell myself to start looking for an internship right away. Get to know as many people as you can. Don't just sit around and wait for them to come to you. You have to make your own way in life and to do that, you have to step out and be the one to take the first step.


I wouldnt be so trustworthy of my parents. THe rest of discussion I mentioned in previous page


Get an impressive resume together. Do something amazing your senior year to put on it. Also, get some more professional looking clothes. Hottopic graphic tees are cute and great conversation starters with new people but they aren't good for being taken seriously. Just don't be nervous. College isn't as scary as you think, take a planner, write everything down, show up to class, and you will be just fine.


I would tell them to apply for tons of scholarships. I slacked in that catagory and it made me a year behind.


Advice I would give myself would be? Go to class every day


Dear past Rima, In college you will learn the true meaning of strength. Leaving your family behind to travel and study in America will be hard but trust me, you will survive. I don't want to ruin the surprise of all the firsts you will experience but all I will say is - Choose Akron, Do not be afraid to try new things and always remember that each and every person you meet is fighting their own battle and you can always learn something from every one. College is expensive so work this summer so you can have some spending money and do not buy textbooks from the bookstore on campus! Remember that making new memories is important but always treat your family with love because they are the reason you are who you are and why you are living your dreams. You know this is future you because only I would know that you have wanted to study abroad since the first time you saw that poster in the coffee shop. Living the dream is important but the most important part of that is living. So do just that, live in the moment and capture it as memories forever.


If I could talk to myself before entering college, the major advice that I would give myself is to make sure to learn better time management skills. I have experienced problems in my classes, because of too much wasted time and time spent with friends instead of textbooks. I also would recommend to be more social early on in the year. Early in semesters students, especially freshman, are all looking for friends. It can seem like you are always trying to look for people to do things with, but so is everyone else. All you really need to do is get out of the dorms and go to the rec center or union and it is very easy to find something to do. The final piece of advice that I would give would be to get involved in as many activities and groups as you possibly can. Being involved opens up many oppurtunities and connects you to a lot of great people. Most groups even give out free food at all of their meetings!


I would tell myself to go to the school with the most opportunity for internships and jobs. For example, a school in a city or larger town so that there is ample opportunity. I would tell myself that if i didnt know exactly what I wanted to do, then I should go to community college where it is much cheaper until I figure it out.


As I stated in the previous question, if I could go back to give a piece of advice to my high-school-senior self, I would tell him that life is not a joke. I slacked and goofed around in high school because I wanted people to think I didn't care. I still don't understand why I did that; to this day, when I wake up and look at myself in the mirror, I feel grateful. I'm grateful that I finally had the courage to step out of the seemingly endless slump I had put myself in. It scares me to think where my life would be right now had I made different choices in the past few years. Granted, thinking as I did when I was 18, I would probably tell myself to get lost. In anticipating this, I would end by incentivizing him of what I have become. I'm 23 years old, I treat myself right, in both thought and behavior, and for this people love to be in my presence. I would tell him that this and more could be his life; he just needs to make some good decisions.


Knowing what I know about college, I would go back in time and tell myself many things. The first thing I would tell myself is that I need to enjoy the people around me. As I have gotten older, I’ve realized that every moment I spend with someone is precious. I may only spend a minute with a person, but then that moment is gone. People are important no matter the amount of impact they have in your life. I would tell myself to put other people before myself because that is what really matters. I would also tell myself to be content with what I have in the present. I was quick to leave Ohio after I graduated from high school. I left high school and soon realized just how much I loved the people from home. I left Ohio thinking the grass was greener on the other side and I soon found out that the grass was not greener. I do not regret going to school out of state. I sincerely believe the experience further developed me into the person I am now. However, I have definitely learned to be thankful for what I have before me.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would say to her: Pamela, “Investing in an education is an investment in yourself and your future. An education is the gateway to promising opportunities and lucrative employment. You will be able to accumulate admirable savings for your future retirement plans. People who receive a college education lead healthier, happier and more stable lives. Delayed self-gratification will reap tremendous rewards! Be encouraged by the prospect of a bright, successful future. Do not waste time fretting over minor obstacles and barriers that stand in your way. Appreciate the option to go to college. Realize that your senior year in high school is just the beginning of a new life. Go for it!” If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself not to worry about how to finance my education. I would encourage myself not to fret or hesitate but embrace higher learning so that I could enjoy the lifestyle I have always desired of for myself (and my future family). In the end it will be worth it!


If I could go back and talk to ym self as a hihg school senior I would tell my self ff to start looking for scholarships sooner. In my senior year of high school I really didn't start looking for sholarships until second semester. I didnt have much luck finding any because I started so late; I was way to close to or missed deadlines to apply to all the ones I wanted to. In a summary I owuld tell myself the earlier you start applying for scholarships, the more opportunities for them.


The advice I would give to myself is to get out and the community/school and get involved. Meet people and make connections because thats what I spent my first semester doing. I would also tell myself to work harder and not to get dicouraged, in the end all the hard work will pay off.


If I were able to go back in time and speak to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to not be so anxious. Although I was a good student in high school and maintained a high GPA, I had been told horror stories of students studying six hours every night, writing thirty page papers every week, and being unable to cope with the unimaginable stress. All that I had heard about college had left me terrified and convinced that I would flunk out. I even begged my parents to allow me not to go. If I were able to speak to myself, I would explain that many people struggle in college since they didn't develope proper study skills in high school to carry over into college. Many of the horror stories told to me were also from people who had gone on to competitive and Ivy League schools. The advice I would give to myself would be to maintain good study habits, and to recognize that by attending a less prestigious school, but one that would provide a relaxed atmosphere and still prepare me for the future, college could become less stressful and quite enjoyable.


I would tell myself to be a better student, and to not make the choices I made. Learn to not put off all the assignments, and get them done as soon as possible. The best thing for my life is to complete all the classes possible, and excel. Do not be lazy, and the people you are hanging out with could distroy our future. I would like to have finished high school, and not had to go back later to catch up on what I should have done then. Make sure that you remember that this is the first step to the rest of your life, so make the best of it. Be wise, and remember that you should work for your future now because it is harder to do later in life. Do everything you can for yourself now. Be good at taking notes and paying attention to what you should, even if it is boring!


Hey, Brittany, you do not know me, but I am here to give you some advice. You are used to easily obtaining A’s, but college is nothing like high school. You will need to study harder than you know. I would advise you not to procrastinate, but I know you will not heed my advice. So I am going to tell you instead that a few all-nighters here and there will not kill you. And please try your best not to overdo the coffee and energy drinks. Plus, right now you are used to being surrounded by white faculty and students; you are more in a bubble than you realize. However, once you arrive at campus you will find it is a much bigger, diverse world out there. Do not be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and make new friends. Take opportunities that come along your away. More importantly, though, when times get hard do not quit. You know who you are deep down and you just have to stick with it. Everything will work out in the end; just take one day at a time.


Upon graduatingone starts a new chapter of their life but don't permentently close past chapters. Don't forget all that has happened or the lessons learned from those pages. My advice to you all is to simply turn to a new page and continue writing your story. Reflect on the past often, because its what has gotten you here and made you who you are today.


If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would say take the chance to go off to college now. I decided to stay home at a community college for a year, and then went off to a college in my sophomore year. I would tell myself to be more friendly. This is where you can start over. You are in a town where no one really knows who you are, so you can change how you act. I would tell my high school self to take the chance to get to know people who you normally wouldn't get to know. Also, be involved. College is a great opportunity when people take the initiative to do something. There are a lot of things to do in college, you just have to find what is right for you. I would tell myself to take chances and risks because you could look back and regret not taking a risk.


The only advice I would give myself is to stay confident in myself. Do not be afraid to try new things such as joing club activities on campus or meeting new people. If you loose confidence in your self you may start to loose sight of your goal because of being afraid of failing. Staying confident may be easier said then done, but as long as you can look at the bright side of every situation, it can be accomplished.


The one thing every freshman should know is that our campus is very safe and student friendly, so take advantage of the opportunity to meet friends the first few weeks of school. The earlier you find friends to hang out, eat, and walk to class with, the happier you will most likely be. Don't sit in your room, but rather be social. College is a social experience, so be willing to go out and experience new things around campus. Schooling is VERY important, but it's easier when you have people to work out problems with.


Become more independant and less dependant on your parents. Find a job and save money to help towards your college education. Apply for schlorships early in your senior year,speak with your school counslers early on and listen to their advise as you prepare for college.


I would tell myself to visit many campuses. I really like the university that I am going to, but I only looked at this one and two others, both of the others being smaller, private colleges. I decided that I liked the division one experience better, but I do wish I had scoped out more colleges, like Ohio State, Xavier, and even another small school like Wittenberg, for example. I is never too early to began thinking about the future.


I would make sure to tell myself that even though I studied hard and was a dedicated student in high school, I need to know that I have to do a little bit extra than what I am used to. I ran into the problem of time management and not being moivated at times which hurt me in the end. I could sometimes get away with that in high school but not as much in college. I need to work hard and push through the times that i dont feel like i can go farther. Hard work pays off and even though I saw the effects of that in high school, I now know the extra effort that is needed to succeed.


If I could go back in time and tell myself something I would definitely say not to procrastinate when it came to filling out scholarships, to work really hard and apply yourself to them and not just try to get them done. I would also tell myself to work as much as possible to make as much money as I could because playing baseball doesnt give you anytime to make money and times will be hard. Another thing I would tell myself would be to think hard about what you want to major in, dont just think that becuase you play sports that you should do something with sports, there are so many oppotunities out there that you can see if you have an open mind. The main thing I would say would be to focus on studies and scholarships because they will help in the long run so much, and also to learn to not procrastinate because it will hurt you in the long run.


The most important advice for a new student is to do the thing that makes you excited, enthusiastic, and that challenges you. No student wants to be bored at school, and no one wants to spend class hours pursuing a carreer that is not going to hold their interest. Become excellent at something and take your dreams to the next level. If you follow those dreams and put in the work to become excellent, the rest will fall in to place. You will learn how to learn and become a better person for the whole universtiy experience.


So much. I would start by telling myself that in order to be successful you have to manage your time very well, which i didn't have to do very much in high school. I would also STRESS gaining study habits and test preperation abilities. I would yell over and over how college is nothing like high school and you are completely on your own in a world where no one cares if your late and they're just gonna mark you absent and fail you if you don't show up a few times. Stress that GPA is the most important thing in your life there, not girls, not parties ect.


If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would warn myself that life in the next 12 years won't be as easy as I thought it was going to be. I was not financially able to go directly from High School to College...I worked a full time job and went to college at night. It was very difficult to work 40 hours a week and then attend classes and study at night. And then when I got married and started a family, it became even more difficult and I had to take a break from college. Now, at 30, I am back to attending classes and trying to juggle my children and my schooling can be a challenge. But every class completed is proof that I can do it and a reminder to keep putting one foot in front of the other and one day, hopefully sooner rather than later, my children will see their mother walk down the aisle to her degree.


Firstly, I would tell myself that although there were great times and friendships made in my high school years, college is a great time to continue the journey onward. There is no need to dwell in the high school years; rather, to merely look back on them with fond memories. I would remind myself that even though money is crucial in paying for college, just because a full-ride is available, doesn't mean it will always be the best choice in the long run. I would tell myself to still get involved; whether that is in music programs, student organizations, going to concerts with friends, etc. I would remind myself to continue my work ethic and make it stronger so I can have more free-time and less time worrying about studying. And lastly, I would encourage myself to be patient because my future husband was just months away!


I would make certain that my high school self applied for more scholarships and grants. To have to pay for college in full without scholarships leaves too much anxiety that isn't helpful when concentrating on getting good grades. It would also save me from having to already apply for loans and to avoid debt as much as possible before I graduate. Another piece of advice that I would give is to go on campus before school actually starts to find your classes. Otherwise you will end up on one side of campus when you need to be on the other side, or end up in the wrong classroom because you did not read the building's name correctly (even when they have the same classroom numbers). Also, have a good support system when going into college. Many college students suffer from depression because of stress and work overload, and it is not beneficial to be fighting depression while studying for exams. That also goes for having a job. Work seasonal and during the summer, but never during school. My senior self will quickly regret ever making that decision, especially when you switched from English to pre-med!


If I could go back and advise myself as a future college student, I would focus on what ultimately would serve as the foundation of my future, such as information obtained, the service provided to my community, and the professional relationships established. When making the transition to college, I would advise myself to relax and realize there will be things that are beyond one's control. There is no sense in stressing over situations one cannot influence, so take some deep breathes and focus on issues you can impact. Now aimed at the academic aspect of college, remember to read. You are now viewed as an adult with more responsibilities, and this includes your education. The information you obtain will not be spoon-fed to you; you are expected to prepare yourself for class. This includes reading the material before class, writing questions you have, and budgeting your time to complete assignments on time. Lastly, I would say to have a social life. College is also a time of networking and building social skills. I have met some of the most influential individuals in college, and is important that you do not burn any bridges as you make this journey.


I would give the advice of expect the unexpected. When I was a senior I thought all I wanted to do was be an architect, but now after my first semester I realize that I would rather do engineering. It is more math and science based, which is one thing I expected to be in architecture which wasn't. Architecture was more based on looks than stability. I also never expected the classes to be how they are. Some are huge and some are about the same size as high school classes. I also expected there to be more to do at the college but there wasn't much to do till after hours at Kent State. I also never thought school and work could be so stressful, my second semester I tried to do both and I was so stressed. I wish I would have known how to time manage better. So the best advice I would be able to give is to expect the unexpected and try my best.


The differences between college and the blissful life before are choices and deadlines. You now have the privilege of making your schedule fit your classes, deciding to do homework, study, or just drop the class, and remembering dates to register for classes, financial aid, and counselor appointments. Once you finish your last day of senior year, you are on your own and no one will help you unless you push and shove and demand for answers. You will hear many times that the key to success in college is asking questions; you need to make counselor appointments at least once a semester and go to your professor’s office hours for extra help. However, you will dismiss this and slack off because it’s frustrating when teachers answer with a question and counselors will not tell you what to do and say, “It is your decision,” but in your darkest hours, a light bulb will go off in your head and you will remember, “This is my life.”


Do not give in to "senioritis". It may be tough, especially in the last semester as a senior, to work as hard as you have all through high school, but it is worth it in the end. Also, apply for as many scholarships as you can to get more aid for college. When I started as a freshman in college, I was nervous about making friends and getting involved. However, just be friendly and do as much as you can to make friends, because these are the people who you will make life-long memories with. Also, dorms are not as bad as they seem! It is fun to live in semi-cramped rooms with people you do not really know because it forces you, in a sense, to be your true self and really open up. The last piece of advice I would give to myself as a high school senior would be to just have fun and stay on campus during the weekends, instead of going home, because there are fun events planned by your dorm and you do not just have to party like most people think.


The advice I would give myself as a high school senior would be to make sure I follow my passions. When deciding what college to go to and what profession to major in alot of people will be trying to give you advice. You need to remember to do something that you are passionate about. By taking this direction you will be more likley to enjoy your classes and get better grades. Many people will tell you to choose a major because of the income potential you will have when you graduate. However, just because a career path pays well it may not be the best opprotunity for you. If you choose something you enjoy the money will follow and so will your happiness. College is a big step in life and it is important to not take this decision lightly. Your college career will help shape the path of your life.


Tatiana, don't give up. Work hard because in the end, you end up choosing a college education, and paying attention and staying commited will help you. Pay less attention to your boyfriend and your own insignifigant problems and start paying attention to your future. Give it some more thought. You're not thinking straight right now because you're so wrapped up in what's going on right now. Just hang in there, you'll pull through. I know it's hard, but don't let yourself give up.


always keep focuse on your studies and do not have to muuch fun


If I could go back in time, I believe I would take more classes at my local branch university during my junior and senior years of high school. Ohio's post secondary program gave me great insight into college academic expectations. It also allowed me to start college just one credit shy of sophomore status, which means I've saved a great deal of time and money. The time I spent on my art AP coursework in high school would have been better spent in post secondary classes. The advantages are quite clear from my perspective now. AP courses require a costly and time-consuming test to determine if credit can be awarded. And then it is entirely up to the college whether they will accept the credits or not. There are no guarantees they will. As a post secondary student, however, your credits are treated quite like a transfer student's.