Make friends right away. Stay out of your dorm room. Go to every single event you see a flier for. Do every bit of homework you're assigned. Get to know the people in career services. Join clubs right away and find a couple that you would like to be president of by your senior year. Take enough classes to graduate in four years. Advocate for yourself, stick up for yourself, and keep track of your finances. Now is the time to practice these skills.
If i could go back and give myself advice it would be to try harder in high school. I wish i could have gotten better grades then i had, if i didn't slack off as much i would of had a better chance of being able to play field hockey in college and having the grades to do so.
Something that I would tell myself or anyone interested in going to college is to choose your priorities. If you want to do well at school, then focus on that, set aside time to do homework and make that your priority. I am an athlete and those are my two priorites, skiing and school. Because I have devoted my time and energy to these two things first I have done very well with each. Another thing that I would tell a highschool senior is time management. Know yourself, know what distracts you, know how you study best and make it happen. If you expect to have to wait somewhere, bring homework and make good use of that 15 minutes or half an hour.
I'd tell myself that it's a lot cheaper and much more pleasant to live off-campus. There's much less hassle with meals, campus facilities, and I wouldn't have needed to wear flip-flops in the shower to prevent the growth of an eleventh toe. I would tell myself that my high school crush is nothing compared to the man I meet in college, and that I'm wasting my precious time when I could be studying. Above all else though, I'd tell myself to maintain my motivation, because it rewards me with every step of the way, and to never forget my high school mentor who changed my entire outlook on life, instilling a confidence that I had never had before.
I can't even begin what I would say to my high school self. I would sit down, and actually go through every little detailt to expect from college. It is not all fun and games. It takes up much more time in your life, instead of high school. You have to make time to study or you will never get by. Also do not be afraid of speaking up! Sometimes many of the students around you are thinking the same thing. Questions that you struggle on you should definitely ask about them. It can not only help your grades but it can help you be more prepared as a student.
I would tell my highschool self that do not give up, and that it all may seem scary but keeping a good attitude and staying on track is the best key. You can do it, and anything is possible!
I would do exactly as I did before. Things just went smoothly.
If I had the opportunity to go back in time, when I was in high school to speak to myself that would be a helpful experience. It would be helpful because I would inform myself of all tht I'd have to look forward to for college. I would tell my self that I need to make my hardest effort for the rest of high school to ensure a chance to get accepted into the schools that I was interested in attending. I would be able to share with my self that I need to prepare for great responsibilties headed my way. That I will need to acquire good budgeting skills as well as self-discipline, and study skills. I also would share with myself that I will encounter many nice and new people. And lastly would tell myself that I have many wonderful things ahead for my successful and studious future.
I would tell myself to take the economy into consideration, I loved my sociology classes and enjoy the subject but there are not many jobs in the market today for Sociology majors. I have had to go to Graduate school just to qualify for todays job market. Also I would advise myself to go away to school and live on campus, I think that you make more friends if you live on campus and when you are young is the best time to try a new experience like living away from home. Take the chance to have new experiences.
I know how excited you are about becoming independent and finding out who you are as an individual. Well, things did not quite go as planned and instead you had to attend a community college. I've realized that your plans can very quickly be redirected to some place unexpected. College is an experience where you have to work with what you've been given. Apply early and apply for anything. Money became the burden that got me to where I am. If you ever want to live your dream, I urge you to plan accordingly. The rush of being a senior in high school is very stressful but you have to focus. Know specifically what you want for the days to come and work from there. Write a detailed plan of what you expect to do every day. Get help and don't wait until the last minute! Get to know people and get involved. Also understand that going to a community college probably was the smartest decision that God forced you to make. Most importanly, give God your plan, give God your dreams, give God you.
I would tell myself (as cliche as it sounds) that "you need to get more serious about high school", and that "you really need to investigate and explore post-secondary plans". I would like to tell myself not to get so caught up in the everyday drama of school, and to not allow myself to perform less than optimum academically. I would have selectively taken myself out of certain clubs and "fun things" and concentrated more on other clubs that would have helped me progress further academically.
If I could tell myself as a high school senior anything about college life it would be that it is very different from high school. I would tell myself to learn not to care what others think as much because it is something I will need to do in college.
If I could give my high school self any advice about college, I would tell myself that I need to go straight into a major I actually love so I can graduate on time. As much as English was fun in high school, History is my true calling. I would also tell myself not to focus on women as much as I currently have. Yes, the college experience is to make mistakes and learn from them, but to base your life around the opposite sex is just not worth the skipped classes and missed social events.
I would tell them to visit the campus(es) that they are interested in. While there, stand in the middle of the campus and ask yourself "Can I see myself attending here?" That is what I did. The university I am currently at was not my first choice. When I visited the campus however, I was sold on it. Also I would encourage freshmen to attend all the Orientation activities. The best way to make friends is to get out and do things. Be as active as you can and look for things you are interested in doing. Consider all of your options wisely. Weigh the pros and cons of each institutions before you make your decision.
I did not attend the school I wanted to. I wanted to spend twenty thousand (or more) a year by attending a "respectable" private college. I wanted opportunity, I wanted to escape from home. I've since learned that I'm kind of stupid. Honestly, it isn't the school you attend, but what you do when you get there.
First, don't have a job on the side. Not the first year, at the very least. I've worked all four years, and it has honestly burned me out. Secondly, take advanced courses as soon as you can. Universities tend not to mention the rarity of certain "required" classes, and you may not have time for them when your last year is starting, so spread out the 400 level classes among the 100 level ones. It is also and easy way to make your senior year your easiest year.
Even if you don't take the rest of my advice, then you should take this: GET INVOLVED. Something, anything, make friends who are responsible and spend time developing those relationships. My new friends are my most valued commodity from school, and I know those relationships will last beyond.
The most important advice I could give to parents and students about finding the right school and making the most of the experience is to be honest with yourself. The decision to attend college should be based on what you really want, not unrealistic standards of what you think you should have. Everyone dreams of that perfect school with traditional cliche experiences, but in reality that could be a lonely dream. Look for a school that fits your individual character, and a school that will bring out the best in you as a student. You want a school that will work with your dreams (even if they change) and one you can enjoy. Once you've chosen a school, socialize! To make the most out of your college experience, try everything once (as long as it isn't illegal, that's never encouraged). Talk to new people, sign up for clubs and activities, and sit down and talk to your professors outside of class. You'd be surprised how much you could learn without even being in a classroom.
For me this is difficult because I didn't have parents that pushed me towards college, so i'm not sure of the general norm that parents tell to their kids. If i were going to go to a parent and give them advice about their child's college choice I would tell them they need to find a college that has a warm feeling to it. Many times if a student gets into a college that is too big they never feel as though they fit in. That doesn't necessarily mean that the school has to be small either, it just means that if you get a nice welcoming crew, and feel as though you belong when you leave the campus follow your feelings. Feeling like you belong gives you such an upper hand when going on your own to college. It can be a hard place for some but with the right people to get you through it won't take long before you realise that you can do it and nothing is going to stop you.
In choosing the right college, parents and students have to consider what academic programs this educational institution offers. Unfortunately, finances are very important, distance to home-town, etc. There are a lot of people coming to the university I am enrolled in only because it is relatevly cheap. I would tell the parents to help their kids with the choice of an university but not to intrude too much. Once the student is enrolled, the best advice is to participate in numerous clubs and organizations on campus. Maintaining a good GPA is important but on-campus envolvment helps you develop leadership skills and meet people and establish connections.
Make sure that you are going to college for something you love and are willing to do for the rest of your life. It should be something to make yourself happy, nobody else. And when choosing the school - make it someplace that has the right program, the right atmoshpere and looks like a place you can spend the majority of you time.
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