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By attending college I have learned not only material from my classes, but I have learned life long lessons. I have been able to experience living on my own, and all the responsibilities that go along with that. I have gained more confidence in myself and the different choices I will have to make in life. The classes I have taken this year have helped me know that teaching is truly the profession I want to pursue. College has also taught me to value the gift of friendship. The friends you make will be of great importance during your college career.


Returning to school has opened up a whole new world to me. Due to a work injury I have recently lost both of my jobs. Being a single parent and my youngest son is 19 this is the perfect time for me to make a career change. Because of how the economy has changed, there is not anyway that I could replace my full-time job without an education. I plan to enter the peace corps and when returning to the workforce in the states I'm planning on being a retention specielist. Being back in school has helped me to get in tuned with the younger generation and being able to understand their needs and concerns.


The greatest thing I have received from my college experience is definately independence. This school offers countless ways for you to become an independent adult, and to train on how to do that before you enter the "real world". It's a skill I think every person should have, and something that has greatly impacted my college career. Some examples are: on campus jobs, clubs, sports, financial aid advisors, and academic advisors. Using these tools, students are able to receive help when make very important decisions but ultimately reach that decision on their own accord, using their own method to achieve great things in their academic career at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.


Through out the past 4 years after graduating high school in 2006, I haven't really had the chance to have the real college experience. I have taen a couple of classes at a community college but due to financial issues I ended up having to drop those classes. I have taken an online course but I have found out that I am more of a hands on student and would rather learn within a classroom as oppose to being taught online. One of my major goals in life is to get my degree in teaching. I love kids and believe that every single child is intitled to have an education. College is so important to me and I will continue to strive towards my goal of becoming a teacher.


I always had a dream to attend college and pursue a career in health care. Attending college has taught me grate lessons never give up, how to be successful and hard working. I never quit anything half way; I always finish the task at hand. For example, one day in the ultrasound lab we learned new protocol about lower extremity veins. Beginning the finding the site of the vein was very hard and frustrating, seeing the red and blue colors blinking in the screen, and not knowing what structures is there and if it?s right or wrong. But I never gave up; I learned the protocol and mastered it. I believe attending a higher educational institution has taken me one step closer towards my career in health care and successful life. I am majoring in Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound. Everyday I learn new things about the human body and its functions and different things that one would have never thought about. For example, fetal blood circulation, one would say mother?s blood provides oxygen to the fetus, but mother?s blood never gets mixed with fetal blood. Ultrasound shows fetus inside the mother's womb. It?s very fascinating.


I have gained a large sense of who I am individually. After moving out of my parents' house and living on my own has shown me how to provide for myself and be self-motivated to accomplish things instead of having them remind me to do everything. I have set my own schedules and to-do lists in thye order of my priorities while still managing to make time for academic success. Prior to coming to college I was considering an economic or chiropractic career, but now am interested in law. This is due to the great faculty that teach these subjects here and have really been influential in sparking my interest in the subject matter. One of the biggest benefits of coming here has been living in my fraternity. Sure there are the times where we're having to budget costs due to low income and house repairs, but altogether this has given me a much better outlook on the real world than simply staying at home could have ever done. I'm living with 40 people who used to be strangers and I know trust them in many aspects of my life.


How quickly time flies by but the most important thing to remember is that one must not be afraid to branch out and try new things. There are so many opportunities available in life and it's important that one discovers who they really are as an individual such as their strengths and weaknesses because that is the starting point to be able to mentor and lead a group of people. Born in a rural state, I think it's great to have the desire to travel abroad while in school. Costs should not be a barrier as there are many scholarships that support the desire to engage in an international experience. While joining in organizations, find one or two that you can focus and make a real difference as opposed to joining too many solely to put on the resume is important because the relationships that one builds in college will make the difference for a reference or a lifelong friend. The most important advice is to choose something that you enjoy because there are many opportunities that will be available when you graduate. Finding your passion for a future career will allow you to be successful.


The advice I would give myself would be study. In the words of my mother, "when you think you're done, you're not". Studying is definitely a key aspect in keeping up with classes, homework, quizzes and tests. I would also tell myself to no be afraid to try new things. Go work out with your roommate at 10 pm. Go celebrate completing a semester with the friends on your floor. The ability to not be afraid to step up and get your foot in the door.


When I was five and would have rather spent my life in space rather than here on Earth I had no conception of the limits that could be placed on me by technology, society, or any of the opposing forces the world holds. As I progressed through my teenage years I became as jaded as any sixteen year old could be and was fit into a mold that I thought would be as permanent and boring as gravity. Then I came to college and realization struck- freedom can be found in choice, and what institution offers more choices than a University? I would advise myself to not forget that I still hold the power to guide and rearrange my future as I see fit. Combined with this assurance I would advise myself to take advantage of any opportunity that I have the pleasure of experiencing while here and that even when I get frightened of such freedom I relish its presence. I would tell myself, the kid of my heart, the disgruntled teenager, and quickly modifying adult, who says you cannot have the sun, stars, and moon? While at this institution they are all in the palm of your hand.


If only I truly had the chance to do something like this, there would be so much to explain to myself, so much to help me improve my acadenic standing and to stay in school. I would tell myself about, staying on top of work, don't procrastinate or like in high school you'll fall behind. I would explain to myself the intricate systems that professors and colleges use to display work and assignments. I would prepare myself for understanding the idea of time management and knowing, when is the right time to have fun and when its the right time to be serious about my work and class. Most of all I would tell myself to stay competent about my financial standing, be wise with the money I have. I would make sure all of my debts were payed and anyone I owed was satisfied, I'd also tell myself to get a job on the side, just to keep a little extra money in my pocket, just in case something came up. These are the things I would tell myself, if I could.


I would tell myself not to panick. The classes are different that what you will be used to but panicking over something that you can't change puts un-needed stress upon yourself. I would also tell myself to pay more attention and not coast. It actually isn't like highschool, our highschool gave us second chances for tests and College doesn't. The first time is the only shot you have and you need to try your hardest to succeed. Get plenty of sleep, don't take a judgement of your stories as a judgment of you and definitely keep focused and try to get as many scholarships you can. At least try, you never know if you'd get the scholarships or not. Trying is all you can do, if you don't get what you want try again. And definitely try, or you may have to go to a school closer to home next year.


If I could go back in time, I would tell myself to apply for scholarships and to study. I tried to pay my way through college on my own, and I ended up in serious debt trouble and very stressed. Studying is something I have never needed to do before, but in college it is really an important part of college itself. College life is hard and it is not the time to go party everyday, so I would tell myself to take everything seriously. This is my chance to make something of myself, and I do not want to mess that up. Also, I would tell myself to start listening to my parents because it is definitely helpful. They really do know what they are talking about, and are usually right about everything. They want me to succeed just as badly as I do.


I would like to tell myself to focus on my schoolwork more. Also, to make a list of my long term and short term goals and stick to those when I feel like I am going of track. Try not to worry about boys and dating because there is plenty of time in life to find a husband and start a family, don't rush it. I would also tell myself to get more involved on campus and in my sorority. Lastly, I would like to tell myself to not sweat the small stuff, enjoy my time while I am here, and don't let yourself get caught up in all that silly girl drama.


First of all, take all the last year of high school math, so you are not stuck taking it when you forget everything. Choose the University first instead of transfering in from another school, because that will just really frusterate you. Make sure you go to the campus recration facilities as much as you can because they are free! Take the time to slow down and enjoy yourself, because it will go by extreamly fast. You also need to take advantage of the inclass discussions and resource centers, dont be shy and not engage, interact! Balance your time better between fun, work, and school. Other then that you will have a great time!


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior the advice I would give myself is to avoid the media perpetuated image of college life. On television shows and within movies college is portrayed as a party; a life of drinking, general merriment, and a lack of any true learning. The amount of time spent drinking and recovering from the ultimate hangover detract from study time, resulting in more cramming and ultimately none of the material quote on quote studied is truly learned. The media also portrays college life as one of general merriment in which every set of roommates are best friends. They spend their days doing everything together without any arguments which is definitely a fairy tale reality. Within the media the drinking and merriment don't detract from learning and everyone receives staight A's. Yet in real life smart decisions and applying oneself daily to truly learning the material by learning good study habits and getting help immediately when confused.


Lord have mercy please study and be ready to complete classes. Learn to ignore the temptations of the night life and get to the classes. Being an A student in high school does not mean that you will be getting A's in college. Financial Responsibility, ignore all the credit card offers, buy used books, and get involved in the classrooms. Utilize all the resources on campus. Advisors, professors, student organizations, voc rehab, all of these want you to succeed in college. Do not be afraid to ask questions in classes, do not be afraid to participate in activities, volunteer with community organizations, and most important .....STUDY!!! Be prepared to get lost, run out of money, do your own laundry, learn how to survive on popcorn and ramon noodles....Find the health center for when you become ill. Most important, you are not at home anymore so learn how to be responsible for yourself. Take care, have fun, and most of all ENJOY every day because it passes by really fast.


Brittany, My advice to you would be to use your first semester to settle in and explore the different opportunities available on campus. Make an effort to meet new people, whether it's making friends with someone who lives in your dorm or attending a meeting of a student organization you're interested in. The sooner you get to know people, the more you will fit in. Also keep in mind that the people you hang out with will rub off on you, so be on the lookout for positive people who will bring encouragement and positivity into your life rather than drama and negativity. Write your life/career goals on a piece of paper and put it on the wall in your dorm, so you can look at it everyday. This will help motivate you and keep you focused, especially on nights that you don't feel like studying or doing homework. And last but not least, just be yourself, and don't be afraid to try new things. You could even consider studying abroad for a semester. College is truly a privilege and a blessing. Don't take it for granted. Brittany


If given the opportunity to speak to myself as a senior in high school, I would have tried to forewarn myself to the differences and new expectations of college. I would talk about the feeling you get when you walk into your dorm for the first time, realizing that this is now your home for the next nine months. I would mention the new freedoms you receive by living away from home, but warn about the distractions that come with them. College gives you knowledge that doesn?t just come from the books you buy or the lectures the professors give. College also prepares you for life on your own. It gives you experience to survive outside of the life you knew as a child. It is the gateway between a life where decisions are made for you and one where you are responsible for yourself.


Throughout high school I was always organized in some way or another with an assignment notebook and folders. When I started college I thought I would do the same. During the transition of a structured day at school all day to a few hours a day I lost that organization. I would tell myself to keep organized even when it doesn?t seem to be needed through an agenda and keeping all assignments and papers in their appropriate place and keeping an eye on those deadlines. If you don?t you can get behind in class and may even fail a class. Luckily I didn?t fail a class but I did get a lower grade in one of my classes than I wanted because in the beginning of the semester I didn?t keep an eye on the deadlines and missed out on some crucial points. Not only that but throughout the entire semester I felt like I was playing ketchup with the class. I would finally have one assignment done and another one would be due. With this organization it will be very difficult to get lost in class and very difficult to procrastinate.


I would tell myself that everything you need in a college experience is right here at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. But I consider going to UNL the safe route. I feel like I would have possibly gotten more out of going to an out of state school. I would tell myself that even though it is out of your comfot zone to venture out of state, I think the lessons you will learn about true independence will serve you well in the future. If you go to the in-state school that is 40 minutes away from home, have you really left home at all? College is about getting away and finding yourself without the guidence or the safety net of your parents being in close proximity. I studied abroad last semester and for the first time that I was really on my own (after 3 years of college). That last semester I learned more about myself than I had during the entire first three years of college. To borrow from Robert Frost: I would invite myself to take the road less traveled by, because it would make all the difference.


Coming to college was the scariest thing I've ever done. I was the first person in my family to decide to further my education, which really made the process even scarier because I had no idea what to expect. Even though I've only been at the university for one full semester, I've already learned so many things that I wish I would've known at the start of it all. I wish I would've known to not be so scared that first week because I met some of the greatest people I've ever met that week. I shouldn't have been so nervous going to those classes, thinking that I was going to be too stressed, because through all the hard work, I still managed to make the Dean's List. The biggest thing though would be to not second guess my decisions., not to worry about if I picked the right school, sorority or major, because even though it's still early, I know I made the right decision. I was born to be a Husker.


Knowing what I do now about the college life, and making the transition, I would not have to tell my younger self too many things. I have adjusted well to college life. One thing I would tell my younger self is to get some Community Service hours. Many scholarships list community service as a requirement. Getting some community service would help towards being eligible for many more scholarships. Another thing I would tell my younger self is to excersise a bit more. Physical fitness is a large part of ROTC. Being in better shape would go a long ways towards making your participaton in AFROTC easier. Even if I decide AFROTC is not for me, a healthy lifestyle is good in and of itself. Those two things would make my transition into college life simpler and easier to adjust to.


If I could go back in time to when I was a senior in high school and give myself advice, the first thing I would tell myself is to not be afraid of pursuing what I want to do in life. When I was still in high school, I knew that I wanted to work in film, but I was afraid to declare it as my major. There were people around me that told me things to discourage me from going into a career in film. I realize that now if I put my mind to it and stick with it I can have my career in something that I love. If I would have had this mentallity back when I was in high school, I could have come to the university knowing what I wanted to pursue, and thus be further in my academic journey than I am now. So the one thing I would tell myself would be to not let anyone try to discourage me from following my passion. I know that if I follow that path that I am on now I will end up in a career that I love.


As a high school senior I planned to go to college and get involved with all of the activities that I thought would look good on my resume, volunteering with groups or working on research projects even if I didn't have an interest in them. After a few months of forcing myself to pick up applications that I didn't want to fill out, I realized that with all of the organizations around campus and throughout the community, it would be a waste of time to join the first ones I found just because I thought they would make me look good to a future employer. It didn't take me long to find groups I was really passionate about, and that even helped me discover what I really want to do with my career. I would advise high school seniors to be open to exploring all of the opportunities available to them, to find their passion, and to follow it.


The advice that I would give my high school self from the knowledge that I have gained throughout my three years of college is that it is not just you. You are one person in a huge, vast, desperate, beautiful world. You are luckier than most, take advantage of what is placed in front of you and go make the world a better place. Spend four years of your life learning from experts so that you can make a difference. I wish it would not have taken me 20 years to figure out that life is much more than 20 years of school. Life is about taking opportunities to go help others. Whether it be in your neighborhood, community, or half way across the world. Find a major that can not only benefit you, but more importantly benefit those who are struggling to survive day to day. I cannot wait to make a difference, even if it is for just one person. I just wish I had seen this goal from all along to help moivate me and others. This is the advice that I would have given myself four years ago.


"Always remember that academics are the reason you are in college, so always know your priorities. Pay attention to all your resources on campus and utilize them to their greatest potential as they will be your best tools for the next four years. Keep your eyes peeled for financial opportunities and don't be afraid to ask questions. Get to know your professors and they will become a great asset in more ways than one. Stay positive, even on your toughest days, and remember why you are there. With this advice, you can't lose!"


College is different than highschool. In highschool you can get by with very little effort, but you have to try in college. So start making that transistion now. Get used to putting forth effort in your classes, because being best friends with the teacher is not going to get you anywhere once you move on to college. Second, don't be too influenced by other people when you get to campus. You are going to be exposed to a much wider variety of people and individuals in college than you ever were in highschool. Be yourself - don't try to please everyone by changing to "fit in." You won't be happy by changing. At the same time, accept other people for who they are. Just because they are different than you or have different opinions or thoughts that you've never considered doesn't make them wrong or bad in any way. You don't have to agree, but treat them with respect, and you'll be treated with respect in return.


The most important thing I would say is to not go into college with your mind set on one major. Instead, pick a broad area and take classes from all subdivisions of that area. If one of those subdivisions is interesting, keep taking classes in it to see if it is really what you want to do. When you go straight into college in a field you only think that you'd like, you might find out that it is not what you want to do with your life. That in turn will confuse and sadden you, which could lead to many unneeded changes of major and wasted hours. Another bit of advice I would give myself is to plan ahead. If you even think you might transfer colleges at sometime, take the general classes that you know will transfer for quality credit at whatever institution you may go to. However, at the same time be flexible and have fun. Allowing yourself to take the unnecessary fun class here and there will keep the whole college experience fresh and fun.


If I could go back in time to give my high school senior self some advice I would start with, apply for UNL sooner. Along with that crucial advice I would tell myself that some friends are here for good and others are likely to take a seperate path than you so there's no need to worry about that. To prepare for college I would advise myself to enjoy the taste of energy drinks and get used to long nights working on paintings, drawings, papers, and 3D models. Though my biggest advice to myself would be to keep motivating yourself through the semesters even with the bad times and just keep looking forward to the time when everything will be as it should.


Knowing what I know now, I wish I could have gone back and told myself three things: Boys will always be there, focus and prioritize, and DO NOT PROCRASTINATE!!! For my first semester, I had put a lot of my time into trying to find a boyfriend but, at that time, it did not matter. With that, I was never focused on the important things like my homework and money for school, I was worried about the little, unimportant things like boys. Lastly, I procrastinated like crazy! I always figured i would have time later but, with my busy schedule I never did. Now I wish I could go back and start those habits early on so it would not be so hard to start now it is already happening.


I wish that I would have tried even harder in high school. I didn't know how easy I had it until I came to college. I always got good grades in high school, and I had a 3.5 GPA. I think I could have done better then that now. I took my classes for granted. Knowing what I know now, I know I could have done better. It would have not only helped me then, but it would have also helped me make the transition into college.


The first thing I would tell myself about college would be that I am going to love it, and I shouldn't be nervous about leaving home. Also, I would remind myself to stay true to who I am, being yourself helps so much when it comes to finding real friends. Another thing I would mention is to keep focused and determined when it comes to the homework. It is a lot different than high school, but if you keep your mind on what you came here to accomplish, then you won't mind working hard to finish all the work. I would tell myself to save more money during the summer, college is expensive and a good summer job can help lower the amount of student loan money that you take out. Last thing would be to soak it all up, it's a great experience and there will be nothing like it again in life.


The first thought that came to mind when I entered that first house on that sunny day in August I thought to myself, "Laura, what are you doing here? What if this all goes south, what if they don't like me, what if I make a fool of myself?" Rush week was one of the most exhausting, pressuring weeks of my life and I was scared to death. Acceptance has always been something I needed from society weather it be from being accepted into a group of friends or to a college, and rush week was about to test that need of mine. If I could go back in time, I would have to tell myself to not worry, that I wouldn't be alone at college like I thought I was going to be. I would tell myself about the 122 sisters that always have my back and how they have made this year so amazingly smooth and not to mention fun. I would then give myself a big hug and say everything works out, study hard, and try to get to sleep before 2 a.m.


I would tell myself if you are not clear on something ask for help. For example, if you are filling out scholarship applications and you are not sure of the deadline, call around or email someone and they will be more than happy to help you out. Also, if you need help with classes, financial aide, or anything on campus there is always a resource ready to help you out.


I wish i would have studied more. In high school I understood the material extremely well and didn't need to study. When I came to college I didn't have the study skills I needed to do as well as I wanted. I really need to buckle down and develop those skills for this next semester. I also wish I would have filled out more scholarships because I'm already taking out lots of student loans. The good news is that it is not too late for either. Better late than never!


To keep trying and never give up because one day you get there I promise.


If I had to ability and go back and talk to myself as a high school senior there would be so much I would tell myself! I would be able to spend hours on end talking about how I would need to just be more active once I stepped into the college scene and branch out. I would demand of myself that I would need to break out of my shell and just meet people. Meeting people and getting involved would be so much easier instead of sitting back and observing the whole process of transitioning that others do. I would let myself know that I will, be a bit overwhelmed at first, but its better to be overwhelmed rather than possibly missing out on a chance to meet someone who could become a best friend. I would let it be known that schoolwork is extremely vital, but it is also very important to be active mentally, physically, and socially. I would tell myself how I need to find that balance that works for me, and work hard in school, but also make time for myself to enjoy and take in the entire college experience, you only get to once.


If i were to go back in time, the first thing I would tell myself to do is get more involved in high school. All the extracurricular activites look good on resumes. I would also tell myself to learn how to study better, because in college you really need to know how to study. Also that college is a lot of fun and not to be scared to meet new people. The last thing i would tell myself is that its okay if you don't have you major all figured out and not to rush things because college will be one of the best experiences in your life.


If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would advise myself to not waste time being afraid of uncertainty. When I came to college, I was coming from a very small high school (approximately 250 students) and going to an incredibly large university with about 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students. I guess you could say I was culture shocked and I spent almost an entire year making the adjustment. During this time, I found the hardest thing for me was being surrounded by people who knew exactly what they wanted to major in and precisely what they wanted to do when they "grew up" and I had no clue what I wanted to major in. This indecisiveness in regards to a major turned out to be the difference between graduating in four years or five, but I don't regret taking that time to make the right decision for me. If I had hurried myself and simply chosen the road that would have been the easiest, I would not have been able to take advantage of some of the great opportunities I have discovered while taking my own path through college.


Hey Steph, It's me, yourself from the future. Listen I need to tell you some important stuff about college. First, just as you suspected, it's awesome. So much better than high school, so enjoy yourself. Unfortunately with all that, it's still a lot of work. So especially in that French class you have, you are definitely not prepared for it, so just work really hard and study at least a few hours every day. Same with finals; even though the exams were pretty easy, it's easy to forget some of that material from the beginning of the year. Also, you need to learn how to manage your time better, trust me it's possible. You certainly have time to volunteer at the health center. And you need to go find a research job in the chemistry department immediately. They have some amazing projects that you need to get on-board with. One last thing. People aren't as pig-headed as they were in high school, so don't be afraid to talk to people, just don't let anyone push you around or make you feel uncomfortable. You deserve better. All right good luck!


If I could go back and talk to my high school self, there are many things I would consider saying. I remember how during that time the choice of where to spend my next four years was crutial and I spent a lot of time doing research. I would most definitely reassure myself that Lincoln was the place for me. I not only love the program that I'm studying, but the Greek life has been nothing but fantastic to me. I would also describe maybe what the classroom settings are and how different they are from the traditional learning styles. I would tell myself to work extra hard, because these are the years you are learning about the things you love. Although schoolwork always should come first, I would remind myself to have fun. know that I can sometimes put myself in a shell when put in new environments. At lincoln, you shouldn't have to feel that way. Lastly, I would tell myself to save as much money as possible, for College is not cheap and is especially expensive being in the Architecture Program.


Looking back at my first year of college, one of the first things I would tell myself as a high school senior is to purchace your textbooks (at least the expensive ones), from somewhere other than the bookstore on campus. They really pump the money out of you and I could have easily saved over $1000 on books alone. I also would have told myself to not get a seven day meal plan and only stick with the five day one. I always went home on the weekends and I never used my meal plan on those days so I could have saved some more money there. On the academic side of things I would advise myself in high school to study extra hard and try and score good on the ACT. I was one point away on my ACT from getting a free ride from the University so I definately would advise that. Besides those few things the biggest things I would have told myself would have been to relax during that first year and have fun, because college only comes once so you should live it up and explore, and find ways to meet new people.


Do not take a semester off. You wouldn't believe how quickly your grades can turn south. Go to class, read the text books, take notes, and STUDY


You only live once, so take chances and have no regrets about the time you spent in college. Do things that scare you every day. Challenge yourself to become a well rounded person, but also remember what you love to do and be true to yourself. College is a time to explore, so try as many different things as you can and remember what you like to do and keep doing those things. You may think you know exactly who you are already, but there are always more things to try that you haven't encountered yet, and you will surprise yourself as you discover the layers that make you who you are. The better you figure yourself out, the happier you will be later in life, and the more driven you will become towards your true life goals. The better you figure yourself out, the happier you will be in the career path you choose.


You need to be prepared to spend much more time on homework and projects than you did in high school. The classess are smaller and you can get individual attention unlike the teachers in high school. You will also like the fact that they treat you as an adult and not a child. If you be yourself you will make many good friends who will encourage you in your animation/ film career. Oh yeah, you will change your mind about animation for video games and move to stop frame animation for movies or short subjects. It will be tedious work but you will really love it.


Just stay relaxed. Moving away from home is tough. Leaving friends and family makes things difficult but in college everyone else is feeling the same way. Most important thing is to go out and meet people. Alot of freshman think college is all about drinking and partying its not. That stuff may be fun for a couple years but a degree will bring you fun for the rest of your life. At times its hard just stick with it. Good Luck


I would tell myself to really look at wha I want to do and decide what the best major for me is. I would also tell myself that's it's going to be a big change for me, but that I should never lose faith in myself keep my confidence up because it will all work out in the end. Don't be afraid to meet new people and be yourself because more likely than not, there is a group of people out there who are just like you and will like you for exactly who you are.


Make more friends.


I would love to go back and talk to myself when i was a senior. I would tell myself to wake up, and don't get lazy. Getting lazy in highschool only makes college ten times more hard. Also, i'd say appreciate the time you have in highschool. It's one of the best times of your life, and it goes by quick. Finally, I'd say all your hard work you do in highschool, will pay off eventually. It may not pay off while you're still in high school, but eventually, at some point, it will. When it pays off, it's a rewarding experience that cannot be replaced.


Make up your mind about a major or a major your interested in pursueing before college. I mention this because it difficult to graduate with your intented graduating class if you were to switch majors often or take classes that don't credit to your major. The next advice is focus on academics especially during the first semester of college. The first semester is the make or break time frame. The first semester usually consists of fewer challenging courses which could allow you to set a high GPA right from the beginning. The high GPA will make up for future possible mistakes. The first semester is also a time where new college students either suceed or fail and drop out. If your not willing to put forth the effort then consider yourself one of the unsuccessful students. The last advice is don't be a room hermit. You can get your own dorm room which can come with a roommate. There may be plently of stuff to do inside your dorm room, but there are plenty of things to do outside of your dorm room. Get involved because the opportunities in college only come once so enjoy while you can.