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What should every freshman at your school know before they start?


I would like to go back in time and tell myselfthis: It really is important to apply for scholarships. Yes there is financial aid in loans, but LOANS, don’t do it if you don’t have to. Of course if you do have to take out loans, do what all the advisors say and borrow only what you need. This is not a joke, nor is it playtime. When you get to college, take time and get to know campus, involve yourself in extracurricular, school supported activites. Make the most of your college time, don’t bluder it by trying to be an adult. You’re really not quite to that stage in life! Be more of a free spirit, organization is great-for school and work, but let yourself go a little more. Enjoy the free festivals in town, intorduce yourself to people, be more outgoing. You are a smart, likeable person; expand on this before life jade’s you.


All through high school I worked hard in my classes and did fairly well with grades, but had not formal direction on what to do after high school. I would give myself three pieces of advice; ACT testing, scholarship applications and study habits. First, I would tell myself to thoroughly prepare for the ACT exam so I could score more than the minimum needed. When I took the ACT in high school, I had no idea how to prepare for it nor the significance of the scores needed to increase chances of financial assistance/acceptance to college. Secondly, I would tell myself to seek out appropriate people in administration to ask for scholarship applications, financial assistance with grants/loans and advanced course work in a specific area of interest. Focusing on specific class work for one area of interest would eliminate changing courses while in college wasting time and finances. Lastly, I would tell myself to change my study habits. I would show how to maximize my study time, create a more effective studying process and improve my grades with intention of academic scholarships.