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What should every freshman at University of Hawaii at Manoa know before they start?


If possible, I would go back in time to tell high school AshLee to be more active amongst the student body. I would have joined more clubs, such as Associated Student Body programs and the science clubs. I would also tell myself to study more and learn more study habits, rather than 30 minute study nights. Lastly, I would have told myself to be more confident in my answers and learnings, and be more confident in myself in general. I would encourage myself to be more outgoing and positive, instead of being negative and realistic. This type of attitude would have made my high school experience less depressing for myself, and more happier knowing I have confidence in what I do.


Always plan ahead and figure out what your graduation requirements and what the degree requirements are needed to graduate. In college, not everyone knows what they want to do and thus it is always good to experiment. Depending on the type of degree, there are going to be some that take longer if you didn't enroll in the program right at the beginning. As long as you live at home and are not required to pay any fees, take advantage in saving all money that is possible.


Don't be afraid that you will disappoint your parents. It's your biggest fear, but your path is no where near the path that mom has dreamt out for you. In the end mom and dad will be amazed at what you've done and maybe even a little jealous. You have no idea what you want to do with your life right now, but that's not a bad thing. You will find your calling. It will take awhile, but it will be a lot of fun trying to find out what that calling is. Take classes from different subject fields and work differnet jobs to gain as much experience as possible. That will help you find the path that you are meant to be on. You'll learn about and raise your own limits. Be patient and don't let your temper get the better of you. Most of all remember to be thankful to everyone that has helped you during your college career. They will always be there for you to lean on and will continue to be there for you even after college. You'll survive. Just don't take Chemisty 163 again.


If I could go back in time I would tell my high school senior self that I need to just relax. Once the college applications are sent off, the work is done and no more time needs to be spent worrying about where I'm going to go to school or if I'll get enough scholarship money to be able to attend the school. I would also tell myself that when I get to college I should work hard, but I should also make time to have fun. Who wants to graduate from school with the majority of their memories taking place in the library? Finally, I would tell myself to step out of my comfort zone and do something a little crazy like go cliff diving into the Pacific Ocean or join in with the students attempting to walk on a tight rope in the courtyard.


Advice I would have given myself as a high school senior would be to keep my head up; be confident. Also I would tell myself that taking the initiative now will save me from learning how to do it later. Making deadlines and making sure that I do things way in advance would be advice I would give myself to so that I would learn before going to college and make it a habit. It's been tough trying to get into the flow of doing things on my own without my parents always in my ear reminding me, I have to do it on my own. As a senior I think that advice would have made me a little more commited to making deadlines and taking risks, by not being afraid of failing.


Well, I would tell myself that going to college, even if you don't know what you're going for, is the best decision you can make. I've never met anybody that has gone and found it a waste of time. This is a place to not only gain knowledge, but to aquire experiences, friends, and to find out your true self. Join as many clubs as you can to gain as much experiences as possible. Keep close to your teachers, they are not only here to educate you, but to encourage, guide and even write you letters of recommendations for future careers and scholarships. They can open closed doors. Apply for scholarships and financial aide. There are people out there that you have never met that have money to support you and your's just a matter of putting yourself out there and asking for financial help. The worst you can get is a no, which is no different if you were not to apply at all. If your job is on campus, you save on gas money, time and you work directly for the people that work with businesses and coorporations of interest to you.


Going to college was a good choice for me because I develop into more educated human being. I took a lot of college classes that broaded my horizon in life. Since I majored in liberal arts, I'm aware of the history, religion, math and science that deeply gave me insight about reality. My college professors very nice and professional. They care about education and they do make difference in students life. I also met students that are friendly. So, I'm happy that I went to college. If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high schoo senior, I would tell myself to work hard in school, get As in your classeses, go college and get a bachelor's degree. With hindsight, this is what I to tell myself because college is where you can get a bachelor's degree and graduate degree. But also you met a professors who care and are willing to help. You will become scholar that learns about aspects of society. College is where you find your path. So, I would tell myself that the college is the right choice. It is for your future and career in life.


I would advise myself to study harder to get into the college I want to attend. I would spend most of my time trying to think of some tactics of how to become a successful learner. During my senior year in high school, I would try my best to read books as much as I can. I want reading to become a hobby and a habit for me. Going to college, I would have to read more than two or three different textbooks for different classes. Not only trying to get familiar with the in-class work, I would go out and talk with some families and friends about their experiences when they first attend college. From their experiences, I would learn what I need to prepare and expect in going to another step in life. I should not get afraid but excited to learn more of the things of the world but to have more friends and have a great experience in life.


Don't haphazardly choose a school because it has a late application deadline, even if you're fortunate enough to find a wonderful fit. Honestly, it's unnecessary to find a school where you find yourself meshing well with everyone. A niche can be found at any university. Use the first semester to survey different fields of interest. Research the professors your taking classes with before signing on. A professor that teaches well can make the most intolerable subjects more than bearable.


My most important piece of advice to myself about college would be to develop discipline and time management. Your parents aren't going to be waking you up every morning with breakfast ready and your lunch packed. It’s up to you now to get out of bed and make it to class on time every day. Most of your professors aren’t going to care whether you show up or not. So don’t waste time and money by skipping classes. Unfortunately, you will actually have to study. There won’t be any more bird courses where you can complete all the homework, score C’s on exams and still expect to get A’s. Schedule ample time to study & find buddies in your classes you can study with to make things a bit easier and more fun. A set study schedule is so important, because in many classes you may have to teach yourself most of the class material. Many professors can be more helpful at teaching the material, so take huge advantage of office hours when possible. Last but not least, maintain a healthy balance between classes and partying.