Dear Gloria, I am fully aware that you will be shocked upon learning that the letter you are now reading is written by your future self. Don't laugh, this is not a hoax. By now you are planning your graduation party, what to wear while you walk to recieve your deploma, and preparing your speech to give at graduation. Also, you are planning to attend UC Clermont. I know that you wanted to attend a private college but could not due to finances. Be of good cheer, you made the right choice and all shall end well. Nevertheless, be warned - college is more that passing a class, but being challenged to think in new ways. Be open minded and allow yourself to question, think, then respond. Also, please, please, please do your best not to procrastinate - save yourself from the pain of an all night writing marathon. Another thing, instead of rushing through your work, take time to learn and remember, instead of cramming for exams. Beyond the homework and tests, allow yourself to spend time with old friends and make new friends. There is more to live then achieving a 4.0 GPA. I believe in you! Farewell!
Take time to discover what is truly important to you. Hear the advice that loved ones are giving, listen to the comments of your friends, but in the end be true to who you are. Realize that the other corners of the world have produced some amazing people as well and be willing to seize the opportunity to see things through their eyes. You may like what you see. Don't pretend to be someone that you're not and don't be ashamed to be who you are. It's not weakness to call on family when you are feeling alone and Mom will never mind you coming home to do laundry. Be excited when you get a good grade and try harder when you don't. Start each day knowing that you are heading somewhere. Making new friends doesn't have to mean that you get rid of the old. Professors are people too, so don't freak out when you see them in the grocery store. Take time to stay in touch with those who can't be with you. Most importantly, remember education is a gift that not everyone can afford - don't waste it.
Assuming I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, the advice I would give myself would be three things. They are living life to the fullest, increasing your network of friends and doing the very best you can. The transition from high school to college life is a very big change and I have found that I have less time to do some of the things I could have done while in high school. I really believe that the senior experience in high school sets the tone as to how the rest of life might look. I think experiencing as much as you can during your senior year will help prevent having regrets such as missing out on opportunities to try something new. I also feel if you do the very best you can in your senior year, that desire to challlenge yourself for excellence will only continue. Lastly, the more friends you have the easier it getting through the challenges and enjoying the pleasures of life.
As a high school senior, I was in the Post Secondary program, taking college and high school simulataneously, so the transition wasn't as rough for me as it was for most people. However, there are a warnings and bits of advice I would give myself if I could go back in time. First off, I would warn myself that my mother would commit suicide in February of 2009, exactly a week after my favorite pet would die. Having known that such personal catastrophes would occur, it wouldn't have had such a harsh effect on my grades. Also, I would advise myself not to delay on taking Trigonometry, because on my next mathematics placement test I wouldn't score nearly as well and it would set me back several classes in math. Those are the only warnings and bits of advice that I can think of that would have thoroughly helped me through the beginning of my college adventure.
I would tell myself that it will be better than expected and there are so many more possibilities for your education than I ever imagined. It will not be as hard as everyone says it is, they only say that to scare you. You can do it and will be better in college than you were in high school. You have the freedom of choice in college. You need to use that freedom of choice to make the right decision because these next four years will shape the rest of your life and how it will turn out. There is no backing down, no giving up, no giving in, no surrendering... You can and will do this, and trust me, it will be the very best 4 years of your life and you will not regret it!
Get into college now! Don't wait to go in. I know you're planning to save up an emergency fund in the bank and to get a good car and job. You will get both of those later, just use what you have and don't be ashamed about using a bus or anything. And do not, i repeat do not lend your family money! You will not see any of it back. Attending college is in fact affordable for you. Don't listen to mom or dad, their advice will not work. For advise turn to Aunt Nancy. And don't give up when student aid runs slowly and gives you problems. Student Aid will be a hastle but well worth it. And don't worry about being alone, friends will be very easy to make.
If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself not to be so nervous about college. I would reassure myself that college is a life changing experience, and that I would meet many remarkable people, and learn many valuable things. I would also tell myself to always give 110% in everything I do, because your actions and effort reflect the kind of person you are. I would say that if it seems like I have too much free time, that I'm just not studying hard enough. I would tell myself while college provides many great social opportunities, that my education always comes first.
Being able to go through your undergraduate without debt is a major accomplishment and there is nothing wrong with living at home and going to a community college for the first two years is one of the best decisions you could make for yourself. Schooling doesn't have to leave you with student loans forever, you just have to understand and make wise decisions rather than rash decisions can make all the difference
I'm a 33 year old single mother so I would tell myself to continue my college degree after high school. I lived life and worked and suffered a devastating job loss, that's why I went back to college. Stay in school so you'll always have that education to fall back, you will have so many more job choices.