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If I could go back and give myself advice I would have joined a few more clubs to expand my experiences and knowledge of the world outside of high school. I would have acquired a better study habit as high school came easier than college. Once out of high school you need to balance work, school and friends. I would give the advice to stay focused on college. It is so easy, once you are out of high school, to spend more time with friends and get lost in the socialization aspect. You are on your own and free to do what you like but at what expense of your education. You don't want to spend so much time with your friends that you forget to study and do your homework. Your main focus is college and achieving the highest level you can achieve. It is important for me to do my very best and to make myself and my parents proud of what I have accomplished. I have high expectations and goals and I know with hard work I will achieve my goals. I'm looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead with enthusiam and anticipation.


The piece of advice that I would give myself as a high school senior would be make school my job. Throughout my undergraduate career I worked way too much. I stressed out about money way too much. I lost sleep working late night odd-jobs way too much. Looking back on it, I honestly get upset about how much trouble I put myself through. Even with all of that work I still ended up in debt, so what was the point? I could have relaxed, focused my attention on college, and enjoyed myself a lot more as well as probably doing better in my classes. A lot of people get this opportunity to look back and think what they wish they could have changed. I don’t actually get to change my past, of course, but I did get to help influence the path of my little brother. He is currently a freshman at Cal State Monterey Bay. He is on an athletic scholarship, so thankfully he doesn’t have to worry about money near as much. I did, though, tell him what I wish I could have told myself: enjoy your college experience kid, because you only get one.


If I could talk to my senior self I would say. "Ana, You don't feel it yet, but once you graduate highschool you will begin to feel extremely numb. You will feel scared of the world and you will find easy ways out while ignoring your dreams. You're the type to easily runaway and make excuses. Don't do that to yourself becuase you will regret it. Your not the smartest or the brightest but you have a future that needs more attention than you are giving it. Don't wait and take a easy way out. College is where you need to go, because, for the first time in your life, you will feel llike your own you way to reach your dream. It's a scary feeling, but it's also pretty darn amazing. "


I was a shy kid when I was In high school, attending a homestudies course, and working with my father to live. My parents divorced when I was 9 and I was living with my mother, who is an an immigrant worker from Mexico, so I had to pay some bills because life was hard for her due to her little knowlege of the English language. Every day was the same. I would wake up and I would tell myself, "Push harder dude, you have to succeed. You have to climb up the latter of life and grip the top. Never let go." Those words would keep me motivated and on the road with my father at his gardening company. Some days would feel hopeless and some would feel great, because I had money to pay the bills, but that was the only time I would feel great. If I could go back in time and meet my former self out of high school, I would tell myself to relax. Time teaches us alot and life is hard, but in the end the work pays off. You're going to college, so just smile and go on, college will come.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself "Daniel, set your priorities straight. College is not going to be easy, it will be hard. You've got to make friends that will help you stay on track and reach your goals. It will be worth it to actually do the studying. If you fail a class or two, don't give up. Keep right on going and try harder. It will be worth it in the end. There will be a great payoff waiting for you. I know you can do it!"


Theres quite a few things i would have loved to know back when I was in highschool. One of the first things I would tell myself is that in order to succeed you need to fall, pick yourself back up and try again. I would also tell myself that your GPA doesnt define you as a student nor person; just take it easy, try your best and everything will work in your favor. After all, some of the biggest names out there were A+ students. I'd tell myself that not everyone is going to be there for you and not everything is going to be the way you want it to be; You need to learn to let it go, move on and taking things as a lesson to improve yourself as a persona nd student. But all in all, if i could go back and talk to myself with the knowledge i know now, i would tell myself that big things are coming your way and theres no need to stress about the little things. Just be youself, work to your best ability and I guaranteed that you'll be great.


My high school senior self was already prepared to move up to Reno and starting living on my own. But, it doesn't mean that I was completely prepared. Now, knowing that college isn't overwhelming, mean, or just plain scary I would mostly just tell myself to relax. While preparing for college I bought things I didn't need to buy (and still haven't used), I said goodbye to people that I actually have plenty of time to keep in touch with, and I worked way too hard at trying to make things perfect for when I started my freshman year. In reality, I just needed to calm down. College is basically high school with better schedules and more interesting classes. And even though I probably heard that from people a million times, I think I just needed to hear it from myself, or see it for myself to really believe it. College is great though, and I would definitely tell myself that. It's some of the best times I have had, and it only seems to get better.


Mindy, please listen to this advice (although you know everything so I know you wont) Do not take a class before 10 am your first 2 years of college. You will not make it to these classes, and if by some grace of god you do, you will not be awake enough to understand what is going on. Take at least one class per semester that is just for you. Think pilates, surfing, skiing wherever the wind takes you. This will be the very last time in your life that you may be able to do these things on a weekly basis. If you have a chance to go abroad, do! You may never get this chance to broaden your horizons again. Do not let some guy get in the way. Have fun, date, even have a boyfriend.... but keep it causual. Enjoy all that college has to offer. If you are going to college close to home make sure to make friends out of your current circle of friends. College is a true melting pot of people you would never meet otherwise. Take advantage of what they can teach you. And finally Mindy, GRADUATE!


I would tell my high school self not to rush the final year of high school, to enjoy it and do things that you wont be able to do when you graduate. I would tell myself to not give up and not have any doubt in yourself, to take a chance with what life has bestowed upon you, to take every opprotunity as it passes. I would tell myself not to care what other people have to say that you are good enough to do whatever your heart desires and if anyone has an issue with it they can just deal with it. Because you have to live with yourself for the rest of your life, no one else. So do what makes you happy and keep those around who make you happy, because with life as short as it is, that's all that matters. I would tell myself that when you leave high school try to leave it as a good memory not something you regret later, something that makes you wish you had done things differently.


I would tell myself to take advantages of the resources given at college. There were so many free classes, tutoring centers, and food pantries that were available. I'm not one to do a lot of new things because I always like to know what to expect. Putting myself in new situations is hard and it's uncomfortable. I wish I would have taken advantages of those resources. There were so many free classes that were offered, such as gardening classes, couponing classes, and time management classes, that would have been very beneficial to me. Leaving a two-year college and heading to a university makes me realize how important and useful the couponing and time management classes would have been. I know I'm going to have to work hard to budget not only my time but also my money, and I bet those classes would have made it easier. I had a great experience at my community college and wouldn't trade it for anything.


I would tell myself to make sure the college I'm commiting to is where I really want to go and before accepting my admission know that I'm making a commitment that has its cost. I say this because when I first went away to college I attended a school I have never been to beforehand and decided it wasn't where I wanted to be, leading to me transferring schools and acquiring extra debt.


If I could go back in time to my senior year I would tell myself not to procrastinate, to do all of my assignments on time or before the due date. I would also advice myself to learn better study habits and not to take the easy way out in anything I do. The transition from high school to college was dfficult I didn't feel as prepared as i thought I was so I would also advice myself to prepare more in my studies and focus less in my outside activities. The "real world" is difficult and an education is the only ting that can help someone strive to a better future. Other things i would tell myself if i could go back is to all pay attention and to learn how to manage my timing so I wouldn't be so stressed about assignments and upcoming tests. In conclusion my last advice would be to never give up and to always believe in myself that no obsticle is high enough not to be able to get over it.


If i could talk to my high school self, I would tell him that he needs to have focus and dedication in order to succeed in college. Especially in your first year of it. There are so many distractions when you first make the transition to college that it can be very easy to get swept away with all of it and not be able to come back. It's extremely important that you think about your future and what you want to make out of life and go out and take it. Keep a firm image of what you want in your mind at all times and don't be afraid to tell your friends that you can't hang out tonight because you will be busy studying. There is no shame in staying in and learning, in fact its definitely better for you. All in all, just stay focused and make sure you think before you act in every and all decisions.


I would tell myself to start looking for a job and start saving your money. Start looking for scholarships and grants right away.


If I could give you one piece of advise, it would be good to yourself and to stay in school. You'll have plenty of time to experience life as you live it, but please do yourself and your family a favor - think about what your doing, and the consequences that come with your choices. If I knew then what I know now about the devestation of drug use, I would have run far away and never looked back at the mere mention of using drugs. Trust me, experimenting with your friends can be a deadly choice and lead to long road of heart ache and pain. Everything good in your life will be ripped from you should you choose to embark on this path. I am one of the lucky ones, I got clean and get my life together. I am off to a late start, but I am grateful I am alive and well, and have the insight I have. As an adult, I am an excellent student, but I missed the college experience when I was young because of poor decisions. Learn from me. Don't waste 20 years doing what I did. Life is too short.


College is all about balance. You will never have a better social situation than you will in college: you have university athletics (which, come on, is SO much more fun when you're a student), performing arts, greek life, etc. Take advantage of it all the second you can. Going from class to class and straight back to your dorm will get you the GPA, but you will not gain the life skills that only a college setting can offer you. Meet someone new everyday. This is the prime time when people are really eager to meet new people, and who knows? Maybe that next person you say hello to will be your best friend or spouse one day. Balance it all out with the good grades that you are more than capable of earning. Don't let them slip. There is no going back when you do.


In high school, I was fortunate enough to never have to study for anything and still get perfect grades. It didn’t matter what the subject was or the kind of test I was going to take, I never studied a day in my life. This was fantastic in high school! I had all sorts of free time while others struggled to keep up with the workload. However, this luck would soon change and become a nightmare once I entered the University world. It was at this moment when I had a very rude awakening to my, what seemed to be, “perfect academic life.” Suddenly, the tests got harder and I now had no idea how to study for any of them. I spent months, arguably years, teaching myself good study techniques that I should have easily learned and mastered in high school. If I could give my high school senior self some valuable and priceless advice it would be, “no matter whether you need to study or not for high school tests, take the time and do it anyway.” Once you get to college it is too late and you end up digging yourself into a hole early on.


Hello, self. Stop stressing. Don't spend all of your time inside studying. College is hard, but it should be fun, too. Enjoy life... all too soon, you're going to find yourself looking for a job and shouldered with responsibilities that you never imagined. Enjoy your youth. Eat three meals a day... you're not as fat as you think you are, and you need to feed your brain. Pay attention... to everything. Take time to listen and not just to talk. Get involved. Be an advocate of something important. Stay in school and finish your degree. Learn as much as you can; the only real sin is ignorance. If you don't know something, say you don't know and then make an effort to learn about it. Admit when you're wrong, because when everything is said and done, you will have learned something new. Challenge yourself. Don't put things off until the last minute! Set goals, and then meet them. Respect your instructors... they have a lot of knowledge that they will pass on to you if you just pay attention. Make friends and network, because it will come in handy one day. Be happy.


I would advise myself to get a job by junior year of high school and save up money, then continue to work hard through college. My family was unable to pay for my college, but made too much money for me to receive financial aid, and this postponed my being able to go to school for many years. If I had a job and been more focused with a savings, I would have been much more successful in going to and completing college the first time. I would also advise my highschool self to remain more serious and focused on my school work, as there is nothing greater in life than receiving a proper education, it makes for a happier and more fulfilled life.


If I could go back and talk to my high school self I would tell myself to not mess around as much in high school. When you are in high school you try to enjoy it as much as you can because people tell you you are going to miss it and that is true but taking it seriously is a big deal. If I could go back I would focus a lot more on my academics instead of on the fun activities. I would also tell myself to not be late all the time and to make sure to do my homework every night and to never skip class. I would also tell myself that by doing all of these simple little tasks that I would drastically alter my future college life and make it easier for me in the end. Essentially I would make sure to push myself harder than I did because as I know now it really does matter.


If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would first tell myself not to slack in any way. Pick up the pace on scholarships and applying to colleges and universities. Don’t catch the dreaded “senioritis” and perform average in your classes. I would tell myself not to be discouraged because of you less than average GPA because there are opportunities for you to grow and improve. I would tell myself to keep my head up and not worry how I rank next to my peers, just to continue being a good student, and do better than your best. I would tell myself how good we are doing now in college. How studying and taking notes actually works, how we are so close to having four A’s in the spring semester, two things that seemed impossible in high school. This is senior year, have fun, study hard, have the best time of your life on Prom Night and Grad Bash, and to walk across that stage knowing you gave it your all and be proud of yourself, just like how I’m proud of myself today. You’re going to love college!


My advice to incoming college freshmen about college life is to be open minded. What you put in is what you will get out of it. There are so many things to do in college, there is not just one route. Try everything! Don't be quick to judge until you try it. Also, take school seriously since you're paying for it! Don't overload in classes your freshmen year and it's okay to not know what major your want to pursue. Also, talk to professors and ask for help when you need it. Building a good relationship with staff and faculty is important for your future. Lastly, have fun but be smart about it! Make lots of friends and enjoy your time.


Strive to expect the unexpected and do not underestimate the workload.


What advice would I give my self as a senior if I could turn back time. Well I would say that I need to work really hard on scholarships so that way I don't have to work on paying off all the tuition so that way I can focus on studying and school and not have to worry about paying all of the tuition and books off. I would also tell my self study hard to get good grades it may take a lot of studiny but it pays off in the long run. Then later when you get done studying and doing your homework then you can hang out and have some fun. One of the most inportant things I can remind myself is that don't wait to the last minute to do my homework. Do your homework first then whatever time you have left over you can spend for you time and for your hobbies. In conclusion the best advice I could give myself is that focus on sholarships to help pay off bills, study hard, and most importantly don't wait until the last minute to do all of your homework and studying.


Study as much as you can and enjoy yourself, you'll make some great friends but try to keep life balanced, its hard to do but you can do it. So get a planner to write down assignments and try to make yourself a schedule, don't worry about those who want to drop you as a friend, cause they're probably not real friends anyway. Be yourself and be proud of who you are.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself to explore careers options. Back then I thought that I would figure everything out in college so I didn't think much about it, but here I am a fourth year student and still not sure on what I want to do when I graduate with my degreee (neuroscience). I would tell myself to think harder about it so I wouldn't be so stressed about this right now. I would tell myself to be more outgoing and also not to be afraid of asking questions in college. College seemed intimidating at first when in reality there was nothing to be scared of.


The advice I would give myself is to stay dedicated and to not give up in any situations. I would tell myself to rember how much I love childrenn and to remind myself of the four Mission trips I attended. The four consisted of “Tunica” Mississippi, “Detroit” Michigan, “Harlan” Kentucky, and “Milwaukee” Wisconsin. On all four of these trips, We did Vacation Bible School to teach the children about god. Some of these situations were my life threating lung issue, pregancy while being sick, being raped, eating disorder,learning disability, and my stuggle with depression. Due to my learning disability. I was diagnosed with processing issue and attention deficit disorder at a young age. I ended in the hospital summer of 2011. Diagnosed me with pneumonia and found an abnormal lung infection. Fighting depression was a toug, this led me to my my eating disorder. Financially I was in root, from paying for all my medication due to decreasing mt work hours. Once I felt things were finally better, I discovered I was pregnant. Finding this out, I was afraid of my son’s life due to the medicine I was on and my financial situation.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would definitely tell myself to work a lot harder. I was a transfer student from a community college near my home. I was unhappy studying where I was. I transferred to a university and was so much happier immediately. Community college felt like a waste of my time. I was definitely smart enough to attend a 4-year college right away. I just didn't apply myself. Since attending the University of Nevada, Reno, I have become a much better student. Subjects I am learning seem to matter a lot more, and I am good at them. I wish I hadn't wasted my time in highschool not applying myself like I do now. I would tell myself not to be so afraid of the future. You're going to good places.


There a lot of of things I would tell myself if I could go back as a high school senior and give myself advice. As a senior in high school you think you know a lot but that is not usually the case. One of the most important things I would tell myself is to not settle for mediocrity because mediocrity cripples onself of their full potential. I would also tell myself live your life in gratitiude and in joy because that will help you tremondously at whatever college you go to. Lastly I would tell myself to think about what my life goals and true passions are in life because in doing that a person has guidance so therefore one has hope in what they are eventually going to be called to do in life.


Who you are today is not who you'll be tomorrow, and that isn't something to fear. You will learn, change, and find your life's purpose all over again. Will you be challenged? There is no doubt about it, but you will impress yourself more than you can imagine. This is your life to live, and I want you to believe in yourself. When everything is against you, you can't give up. The world has enough challenges, and you can't be your own enemy. I want your environment to be a product of you, not where you're a product of your environment. You work hard and have responsibilities, but school is your first priority. It's okay to breathe. It's still possible to have a social life, but it's all about balance. On a daily basis, you'll be studying, but you must remember to take care of yourself mentally and physically. I hope that you will see the best in other people and learn from them, as they will also learn from you. In the end, I want you to be proud of your accomplishments and humbled by your adversities.


I would tell myself that even though I did not have sure plans for right after graduation, do not let your grades and study habits fall to the wayside. I was a great student in high school and keeping those same habits will reduce the stress that comes with poor academic performance for me. I would also tell myself to get involved with a fraternity and other clubs on campus in order to maximize my experience here. The greatest piece of advice I would tell myself is to look at everything rationally before letting it affect me. I had always dreamed of becoming a professional soccer player since I had always played at high levels of competition within my state. However, you need to always have a plan B in case your original goals do not work out.


Looking back at my senior year of high school I can see now that I did a few things wrong. If I could go back in time and give myself some advice I know just what I would say. First I would tell myself to ask more questions. I am the first person in my family to go to college straight out of high school, so this wasn't just new to me, but also to my family as well. I would also tell myself to look into more majors and try to find myself. Back then I really had no clue what I wanted to do and I still struggle with that sometimes today. The last thing I would say would be to get more organized, especially with scholarships. In high school I would get deadlines mixed up so I didn't apply for as any scholarships as I could have. I also had really bad time management skills. When I started my first year of college I quickly learned that to succeed in anything I would need to learn to be more organized.


The most important I have learned in college is the importance of time management. Don’t procrastinate with life, if you have an opportunity to be a part of something do it now. During your freshman year join clubs, organizations, honor societies. This is the time to do it. If you wait it’ll be too late to benefit you. Continue to look for ways to better yourself, whether it’s still looking for scholarships or attending a leadership seminar, every little thing counts. Befriend your professor, speak up in class, make your name and face something he will recognize. When it comes time to write you a letter of recommendation, he will write a lot better about someone who he knows than a name on the grade book. Most importantly is don’t be afraid to be yourself. College is the time to figure out who you are, if you’re worried about being judged, don’t, just be confident of who you want to be and others will respect you for it. Enjoy life while you’re young.


"Angela, there are a few things in life after high school that I would like to mentally prepare you for. First, I want you to be aware of all the opportunities arising before you. Right now, hundreds of doors are opening simultaneously and the clock is ticking. The key is to take advantage of as many opportunities as you can, while you can. When you come upon life-changing decisions, I find it would be in your best interest to map out the roads the decision will lead you and be aware of the dead ends it may have. I want you to know that stress and worry are only natural aspects of this long process. I want you to remember that life is simple when you look at the compounds that make it up, and your perserverence will not allow you to quit, therefore use as much space as you need to apply yourself in the best was that you know how. There is one important factor that I would like to include: for every topic you are poor in, you have ten times the strength in another, along with room for any improvement that you seek. Good luck!"


I guess I would tell myself not to take college lightly. Work hard and be organized and set goals for yourself. Try and be involved in activities through your college so you make sure to make the most of your time while you are there. The time in college is such a short time in your life so you want to take it all in, apply yourself and then watch all your hard work payoff when you obtain that college diploma.


Some Advice that I would give myself would be to make sure to work hard and never let things distract you when it comes to studies. Some other advice that I would give myself is to make rush for a sorority freshman year. I rushed my junior year and I wish I would have decided earlier to do so, becuase I have made so many friend that I call my best friends and will know them for years to come. my last piece of advice is to just relax and to always tell myself that I can do it and that I have a supportive family that believes in me and that its ok if I decide to change my major 4 times.


I would advise myself to save more money, start looking for a job earlier, don't get carried away with drinking, school takes focus and responsibility. I would advise myself to try harder to get in the correct classes, and study more for the ones I struggle with. I would also advise myself to get involved with the clubs associated with my major, volunteer in the community, and be more social. All in all I would want myself to be a more well rounded succesful student from the start.


If I could go back in time and give myself advice about college, I would tell myself to make a plan for graduation. I would tell myself to take as many classes as I could and get it done. I would tell myself that it’s ok if you want to change majors later because you may find out that you are interested in something else. There are things I would tell myself, like the importance of making friends, joining study groups, asking questions and speaking up in class. Asking questions will help me learn more and the teachers like the interaction. Connections that I will make in college will be valuable when I get out of school. Getting a job a lot of the time is who you know, not what you know. Get involved in student clubs and activities. Those clubs are valuable for making connections and networking. Sometimes being in the club will expose you to potential employers or internships. Take advantage of the tutoring offered by the college. Most of all I would tell myself to work hard because it will pay off.


As a high school senior I was very confused about who I was and what I wanted to do in life. I felt stuck in a major that wasn't suited for me and I was afraid to change for I didn't know what I would change to. I spent days worrying about what I was going to do with the rest of my life and felt as if the pressure was on me to decide right at that minute. If I could go back in time, I would tell my naive high school senior self to relax and not put so much pressure on myself. I was so worried about what I would do for the rest of my life and I was only 17 years old! I would also encourage myself to explore other majors and see if there are any others that better suit me and my interests. I would also give myself the push and courage that I needed to leave my past major and change into a new one. I feel like my senior year definitely would have been a lot less stressful and scary if I had had the advice from myself now.


If I could stand before that which was once me, when my world was young and my thoughts considered only simple beliefs, I would marvel the modesty of my youthful dreams. I would smile as I recognize the potentiality I had yet to conceive: My early aspirations hindered by a lack of self-esteem and considerably flanked by the temperance and state of generational poverty. This time was a time in life, that did not allow for the fathoming of educational dreams; moreover, a time when survival took skill and precedent over academic needs. I would begin my discourse by offering solace to that which was once me. I would advise the world offers many ways of being. Familial ambiguity, emotional ambivalence, and psychological insecurity need not be. I would apprise the University as a place that promotes individual change, personal growth, self-efficacy, and the identification of what is what was, and what can be. I would describe the college transition as a metamorphosis that fosters innovative thoughts, empowering beliefs, inspiring hopes, and the potentiality for realized dreams. I would advise to choose education, to make haste, and to utilize intellectual engagement to develop honorable and properly informed beliefs.


My first semester, I was severely depressed. I fell behind in classes, lost 15 pounds, and suffered panic attacks. I was put on anti-depressants, and spoke with a psychologist. For a while, I considered quitting and going home. However, I realized I was sick of feeling the way I did, and only I had the power to make myself feel better. I began trying to be more positive and to talk to people. After a while, I noticed the sadness diminishing. I successfully finished my first semester with a 3.8 GPA along with some new friends. If I could go back and speak to myself as a high school senior, I would be honest. I say that this transition is not going to be easy, and that I must go into this with an open mind, or I will never survive. I would tell myself to be serious, but not to stress all the time. I would advise myself to be outgoing and happy. Overall, I would tell myself to make the best of the situation and those to come; if things are bad, they won’t be forever. No matter what, I'm going to make it.


As a senior in high school I made the decision to go play softball at Northern Illinois University. After my first year there I knew it wasn't the right fit for me and I decided to come to the University of Nevada-Reno and play softball. If I could go back in time I would tell myself to think about my decisions and make sure it's really what I wanted. I took the first offer that came my way because of my dream to play college softball and instead of being true to myself, I got excited and settled. I learned that not challenging your ability in one area can lead to not challenging yourself in all areas. I needed to take a challenge and strive for something better. I needed to be confident in all the work I had put into school and softball. I would tell myself to never settle for anything less than what I deserve and to always strive for more.


Knowing what I know now about college and the transition, I would tell myself as a high school senior to be wiser about saving money, to just relax, and to study hard and make good study habits as early as possible. I would tell myself to be wiser about saving money, because finances are a big part of being in college. The struggling college student stereotype is definitely reality at times. Learning to relax and just have fun sometimes is also very important in college and in life in general, because if you don't, you're just going to break down at some point. The statement I would emphasize the most would be to buckle down on studying, because as a high school student, I didn't have very study habits, but I got away with it and had very good grades and an amazing GPA. But I've learned that, in college, a person can't just slide by. I passed all of my classes with A's and B's without studying much. But I know that I could have done so much better if I had buckled down and studied my hardest last semester.


Challenge yourself! As a highschool senior, I understand that you want to get out of the petty highschool stuff, but this year is extremely important in your future, although I know it may not seem like it. Once college starts, you'll wish you would have taken writing essays or practicing good study habits in highschool more seriously. But it's not about just passing the classes or having an amazing essay, it honestly is about getting the most out of your education as you can. I look back at my senior year and remember just wanting to finish, but I had teachers who were willing help me pursue my passions and not just pass or stay in my comfort zone, but actually challenge me with the sole purpose of me learning something and stretching my education. Take AP classes, even though they are hard you'll absolutely have the upper hand and understand the pressures that come along with college. Knowledge is something that nobody is able to strip you of and the earlier you start pursuing what you love, the earlier you are able to actually use that knowledge to tangiably make an impact in someones life.


I would advise my high school self to wait to get married until college was done. It is a hard process to work and go to school all at the same time. Family life doesn't interfere that much, but having to work, makes it very difficult to find time to complete classwork. Since there is the ability to do online classes, there is no need to even be near a school, but you do still need to have time to complete the required assignments. Make school your first priority, and once that is out of the way, even if only with an Associate's degree, it's better than being middle aged and trying to scrape out the time, or energy, to complete classes.


The main thing that would be told to my past self would be to not listen to a word that anyone says about college academics or the college life. College in itself is nothing at all like high school, whether it be the social aspect or the academic side of college. The classes are much, much harder, and getting up for those classes is probably the hardest part because if you hit the snooze button on your alarm, there isn't anyone there to make sure you got up. As a college student, you are literally on your own. When it comes to the social aspect, college isn't like it is on T.V. If you go out and party hard and get caught, there isn't a special someone you can talk to to get out of trouble, there are consequences to the choices you make in college because your an adult, not a child anymore. I think that is the main thing that I would try to get across to my past self. Make your choices wisely.


If I could go back in time,the advice I would give myself would be that; YES! in College you have to take things seriously, apply yourself, set up your goals and achieve them, but that is not all. Another very important aspect of going to College is to learn about life, intercat with other people with different backgrounds, grow up as a person, and to get to know yourself better. Once College starts you learnto make your own decisions taking into account the priorities. Each student decides how to manage their time between school work, social life, and jobs. College life also teaches you how to appreciate things and understand that hard work eventually pays off. While being a student one also has the opportunity to interact with people from different countries, people with different backgrounds and experiences. These people can be either a professor, a college advisor, or even one of your classmates. One wil always learn something from other individuals and more importan; you can always finds that something or that someone that inspires you and encourages you to be the best version of yourself.


If I was able to go back and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would have a whole day conversation about many things. Some of the things that I would tell myself are about financial, academic and to not give up. At first I would start by encouraging myself to enroll in at least 9 or more credits. Second, I would show myself how apply for scholarships because this is actually the first time that I have applied for a scholarship. Third, I would recommend to keep those grades up in order to qualify for university financial aid. The last thing I would tell myself is to keep my head up because there are gonna be some tough times ahead but that I will make it because I have faith in myself and know how much I can accomplish with out any one motivating and showing me the path. Remember that there is no greater motivator than myself because no one knows me as well as I do.


Go ahead and go to a four year university. Most of the scholarships out there are targeted to graduating seniors. You can’t do anything with associates except transfer, and by that time it gets harder to find scholarships.


"Remember this vitally important thing: the only person at the university that's going to care anything at all about you at the university is your advisor. Study and stay on top of your work."