University of Nevada-Reno Top Questions

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

Kellie

Kellie, You are finally a Senior! It doesn't seem real, does it? Well, just wait until graduation night...reality finally sets in as you are walking on to the field during the pomp and circumstance. I know how badly you want to grow up and be an adult ( trust me, i was in your shoes.Literally!) You are missing out! You have it so easy! Adulthood means worrying about money! It's aweful.Enjoy it while you can.It is great to look forward to things and to set goals, but don't forget to look around and join in the fun and laughter. I think every 17 year old is self conscious, don't be the average 17 year old. Please. I am begging you..stop worrying about what other people think of you. Love yourself.You are going to miss out on so many oppertunities and friendships if you don't stop worrying about "how you look" or "how stupid that comment was." Dr. Suess said it best, " Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind dont matter and those who matter dont mind." I'll be seeing you around, Love Kell

Zachary

High school is simple. Anything that comes naturally to you will be rewarded, and anything that doesn't will be ignored. You are learning, but not learning the most important lesson. Skill without effort, talent without training, leaves you only with potential. Fear that last word. Every year older you grow the insult of the word "potential" grows. All that you have been given was earned, but not by you. Your family, your country, invested in you. Pay the respect that investment is owed. Find something you love, something you believe has value, and master it. The highest prize you can earn with excuses is pity, and even when pity is deserved its bears only cold comfort. The lifetime ahead of you can be filled, with people, adventures, achievements, and deserved pride: there will be luck, both good and bad, that win or lose moments of each. The ones you treasure will always be earned. The trophies that rest on the mantle of your mind, the memories you cherish and the people you love will not be accidents. The gift of opportunity is beautiful, prove you are worthy of it.

Jenifer

Dear my past self, A few words of advice about college. The most important thing I can think of right now is to apply to as many scholarships as possible even if it may seem futile. It is also important to be more involved in your school regardless of being in the I.B. program such as doing a sport. Please take my adivce into consideration. Sincerely, Your future self

Rebekah

The best advice I could give my high school self would be to challenge myself more and more every year of high school. Your senior year should be the most difficult year, colored with Advanced Placement classes and extra-curricular activities to help keep your brain active, your study skills sharp, and your time management in tune. Many students choose to take a lighter load their senior year since they have already applied to colleges and have the credits they need for graduation, but many college freshmen struggle with the self-discipline required to be successful in an atmosphere that is more challenging academically, yet more interesting socially. Next, I would tell myself to do more career research before college. High school is not too early to be investigating careers by volunteering, interning, or shadowing professionals in the fields in which you may be interested. You may not find your future career but you may be able to cross things off the list before you waste your time and money in a major you will later hate. Most importantly, f you aren't sure when you begin college, focus on core classes and keep researching outside of class!

wendy

Looking back I would tell myself to work hard, dedicate most of your time to your school work, college isn't easy and you need the best grades to succeed. I would tell myself to apply for grants/scholarships as early as possible while still in high school to help fund the expensive college education that is going to carry you through life. I would most of all tell myself to respect myself enough to know that you can do anything you set your mind to and to never give up on yourself or your dreams of doing something great with your life. Never give up!!

Brian

I would tell myself that attendance & hard work is important. I really slacked off my senior year in high school (2010-2011) & it was one of the worst decisions of my grade school years. Then for the 2011-2012 school year, I didn't apply for college & missed out on a year of oppurtunities to further my education. I realized if I want to succeed, I need to be in control of myself & my studies. That's how it's going to be from now on. I have to learn to be more independent in order to achieve the goals I have in mind & make them come to life. I'm finally enrolled in college this year & I couldn't be happier. I can't wait to get back into the loop of things & start a new chapter. Psychology is my intended major. I plan to get my Associate's Degree, then transfer to a University to finish my Bachelor's & Master's. I'm going to take my own advice to be more independent/hard-working, make my own decisions, & just have fun along the way to making a better life for myself.

Myiah

Looking back, I would say to myself to "study more, focus & start looking for scholarships" ! I cant say how much the adults in my life stressed that advice to me. Most of my time was spent procrastinating you know, putting things off saying, "I'll get to it later, how hard could it be"? My friends would say to me, "girl , I'm trying to tell you what I know". Only if i knew what they knew. From my mother to everyone in between & the Lunch Lady telling me to read more, go deeper into what my project is asking of me & take a lot of notes, I don't see a reasonable reason as to why didn't I do it! Here I was thinking I had everything under control. I thought I knew what college was going to be like and my mama would handle everything like she been doing when it comes to school. The process of starting college alone is a hassle. Classes require you to know atleast the base of the subject matter even if you weren't introduced to it in highshool. "Life will throws things at you". I remember that being said to.

Cooper

“This can’t actually be happening."“I know it’s crazy, but I only have a short amount of time here before I get sent back to my time so listen up, okay?”Standing in disbelief I respond to my future self, “Okay!”“I came back to give you advise to make college even easier and to help you attain your goals even quicker. First, declare your major right away as mechanical engineering. Trust me, it’s amazing. Not only that, you’ll be able to sign up for classes earlier if you’re already declared rather than an undecided student. Second, start going to the campus now and familiarize yourself with it so you know exactly where everything is. Especially the library. You’ll be living there for the next year so start loving it! It’s an amazing building with an incredible amount of utilities for you, right at your finger tips. Take advantage them. Good luck!”“Wait! How are college parties, girls and well, everything else?!”Just as quickly as I came to see myself, I was gone. I guess I’ll have to figure out the rest on my own. I bet I can handle it.

Benjamin

I would advise myself to apply for more scholarships. I applied for many scholarships, but near as many as I should have. This would make my college education much easier on me.

Jessica

I would begin by reassuring myself that all the work is more than worth it. That maybe I could have even worked harder. Tell myself that I didn't have to be in rush to grow up so fast and figure things out. I would convince myself to step back and really take a look at all the beautiful opportunities I could set forth for myself through the expansion of my education. I would then remind myself what a stubborn decision is was to move out on my own, and probably have a good laugh at the times I thought I was going to drown in all the stress that I had only seemed to place upon myself. I would advise myself to keep following through. That even though it may seem like the end of the world it never is. Tell myself I should have volunteered more then while I had all the time in the world compared to now ,because it is more fulfilling than any paycheck. I would advise myself to continue to look forward to my future education, and be thankful that I have a chance at bettering my life and that of those around me.

Alireza

Again I will select the way that I already selected. I am happy of my situation and I don't want to change my way. I will advice to myself to keep working hard.

Kristina

Throughout high school, I worked hard in IB and AP classes. From all of the testing and studying I did, I easily expected my first year of college to be easier than the IB program. Because I was successful in my testing, I was able to gain many credits on entering UNR. Therefore, I was able to take classes that freshman don't usually take and thus, they were much more difficult. I would have told myself to not have assumed that college was going to be easier my first year. Acadamically it is harder than high school, however time-wise it is easier because I am not at school for almost 10 hours a day. I have had to learn that even some of the most general classes are hard for me. In some classes, I have had to put in more time studying than I have done before and have gone to tutoring for calculus. So, giving advice to my high school self, I would encourage for me to see high school similar to college and put an emphasis on the effort that goes into college. It is not the fun and effortless life that it seems.

Ellen

If I could go back in time to when I was in high school I would have advised myself to push even harder. I would have told my high school senior self to take more A/P classes than I had signed up for and try to take in even more knowledge than I had. If I could go back I would have encouraged myself to step out of my box once I arrived in college. I would have told myself to take advantage of every opportunity I was given to participate in school sanctioned events, sorority events and anything else I was invited to. I would advise seizing every opportunity to meet new people and understand their life experiences and learn from them. I would have told myself to study hard because it is A LOT of work! Mostly, I would go back and advise my old self to take it all in, enjoy every single minute of it because college goes by really, really fast and if you miss it or don't enjoy it while you are there then it has simply passed you by without leaving an opportunity for ever going back.

kimberley

Education is a great privilege. Knowledge won’t provide you with success, but applied knowledge will. Always sit in the front of the class in order to dedicate attentiveness. The goal of education is not grades, but grades are a reflection of your effort. Don’t dwell on bad grades; use them to indicate areas to improve on. There will be bad teachers. In those instances, work on improving independent study skills. When others push their beliefs on you, try to understand that person’s psychological process. Maintaining an open mind is key to life.Never allow the negativity of others to interfere with personal progression. Instead, help that person to succeed. College isn’t just about helping yourself, it’s about learning to flourish and function within society. This isn’t a competition; it’s a journey of intellectual growth. Accomplishments are more enjoyable when achieved with others.Education stimulates growth in life. Communication, confidence, intellectual happiness, and strength are all benefits that accompany being educated in addition to career preparation. Knowledge is irreplaceable! Recognize your potential and run with it! You’re in control of your future. Education will be there to help every step of the way.

Bailey

I would tell myself that everything is going to turn out ok, that everything I am scared of losing will be irrelevant in the end. Leaving your friends and family is extremely difficult, but when you get the courage to do so the quality of the people that remain in your life are astronomically greater than what you had before you won't even realize that you lost anything.

Molly

The cliché saying "...if I only knew then what I know now" holds true. In high school if I could have taught myself better study techniques and engaged in more reading it would have better prepared me for college. If I would have taken my AP classes throughout high school more serious and studied a lot harder for the exams to gain the credit it would have advanced me for college. Now after being in college for two years I have realized that homework no longer keeps a students grade above water, it all comes down to tests, exams, and quizzes. Studying and reading is key to a successful college career.

Nicholas

I would tell myself to stay genuine to my interest of growing my intelligence. I would explain different ways I now know to avoid distraction and stay focussed. I would talk about my life and how I feel right now so that me in the past can gain perspective on the future. But what I would make urgent was the joy I have while working towards my improvement. I think that would really get through to me.

rachel

I would tell myself to prepare for the workload that college has. Be more efficient with my study habits, and essay writing. Those are the two skills that are most important. Also to get involved as soon as possible. By being invovled on campus only helps increase your four year experience.

Elizabeth

I would tell myself that going off to the community college first, then transferring over to a university was a great idea. Once at the community college, spread out the fun classes and the ones that are more work. Taking all of the fun ones right off the bat is not good idea, because later on it will be very hard and stressful having all of your classes give out a ton of work, essays and projects at once. Get as much general education as possible done before moving on to the university. Going to the community college first saves a LOT of money and time. It is also nice to get used to college that way first. Just make sure the classes you take transfer to the university you want to go to. Also, fill out as many scholarships as possible. It gets very expensive and all the help you can get would be nice. Make sure to buy your books ahead of time, because once the semester starts, they get even more expensive due to others are also trying to buy their books. Lastly, BE PREPARED. Get applications and paper work in beforehand so there is no rushing.

Kevin

As a high school senior I had worked hard to make myself look attractive for grants and scholarships. I took several Honors and Advanced Placement courses and achieved an unweighted GPA of 3.85. However, I feel that in the past I had not put as much emphasis on broadening my horizons with extracurricular activities. At the beginning of my Senior year, my grandmother was diagnosed with Colon cancer and began chemotherapy. Instead of continuing with the Key Club that I had joined my Junior year, I would come straight home from school in order to take care of her. It was a decision that I still do not regret. However, were I to talk to myself at that point in time, I would have told me about how colleges place much more emphasis on those "above-and-beyond" activities than simply a good GPA. It would have been much easier for me if I had begun doing activities on weekends when my parents could take care of my grandma, and to volunteer more when the time presented itself. Essentially, I would have told my past self not to abandon my family, but to work harder.

KELLY

if i could go back as a high school senior i would take the time to start prepping myself for college, and getting all the college applications filled and apply for many places for financial need. if i were to start again, i would defenately start early and prepare. when i was in high school i had trouble dealing with the fcat, but other than that i had a easy start in all my classes, but knowing about about college life today makes a difference, more dedication and entrigity to be able to shine in your field of study. college is much harder than high school, because you no longer are depending on those saff and members in high school that used to hand feed you all the time while there. in college is adult life, and you are on your own. the advise i would give myself is to study hard and keep a good perserverance.

Emma

If I had the opportunity to reverse time and talk to myself as a high school senior my lecture would be centered around these three words: don't give up. Now I know that the road to a higher education will get extremely tough, you need to learn to stay strong and to never give up. I would inform myself of the difficulties of living at home, commuting, choosing classes, making new friends, how to let go of loved ones and lastly how to move on and start completely anew. Even though the transition is hard and at times you feel like breaking down and giving up, you just cant. The future has so much in store for you as long as you hold on and surround yourself with loved ones and great advice.

Chiara

I have always known I would become a veterinarian. What I have not always known is that the path to that goal would be long and difficult. Now, as an accepted veterinary student, looking back at two application cycles, six years of school, two degrees, and thousands of experience hours, a small part of me wishes the high school me had taken on the college transition a little bit differently. The memories I own of football games, meeting boys, making friends and living on my own are a little bit more vivid than the late nights at the anatomy lab and study sessions in the library. Despite the overwhelming distractions I experienced in my first few semesters, I figured college out, worked hard, played hard, got where I wanted to go and stayed true to who I am. Along with that I have phenomenal memories to cherish and a few lifelong friends. If I could go back to give the high school senior version of myself a bit of advice for the college transition, I would tell her, "don't change a darn thing!"

Lauren

I was very quiet and insecure even in my senior year and I wasted my fun senior year, so this is what I would tell myself; "Lauren, this is your last year before your life starts! Have fun while you can because life is going to be hard after this. You have still have time to get your act together though. Study hard! Miss. Flippin is going to yell at you during 1st period if you don't get you're english grade up and you will cry. Stop being lazy. You're so lucky to be at this school with all your friends. Don't get discouraged. I know going to college seems scary. School is more fun than you think it is. You can do whatever you want with your life. Doesn't that sound exhilarating? Think about that, Lauren Elizabeth. College is actually fun!"

Joshua

The first thing I would tell myself is that you should be bold and take chances. If you want to do something, do it. I'd then tell myself to not put so much time into partying with alcohol and drugs, because it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. Instead surround yourself with a group of people that you can party with that don’t need these things. Next I would tell myself not to get too hung up on grades, because the farther I’ve gotten in school they are really only good for applying to graduate school, and don’t truly reflect how much you’ve learned. Also by not focusing on grades you can reserve more time to find a passion for something that will carry you much farther in life than that "A" you got in a class you didn’t care about. I would also tell myself to try and develop better relationships with professors and individuals that can help you throughout college, especially later when you begin to look for internships and careers. Finally I would tell myself to really look into joining a fraternity, because it may be worth it.

Kayla

If I was able to talk to the high school me, I would tell myself to relish in the fact that I'm taken care of for the time being. Although I spent a lot of time feeling too protected, I wish I would have known that afterwards I would be off to fend for myself. College has allowed me to grow in significant ways that I never would have imagined while living at home. I revitalized a super cool student group, met some of the most fantastic people I may ever meet, and developed a confidence in myself I would have never imagined. I do worry about the future a lot still, but instead of being paralyzed by my worry, I face it because I know that if I don't opportunities will just pass me by. I would tell my high school me to not be scared, but rather, be prepared.

Shane

I can't talk about college first-hand. High School self, you probably know why, because even if I contacted you in 2007, your freshman year, you wouldn't have listened because you would have already sprouted your doubts about education. Maybe it was because you didn't grow up in a stable home with your 1.4 siblings and your picket fence. Maybe you were fourteen and mad at the World. I can't remember, so I couldn't expect you to know exactly why. When I was your age, I ditched classes and slept in the ones I did attend. You probably did the same, which is why it took me three weeks to hunt down a teacher willing to give a letter of recommendation. It wasn't your fault. The next four years are not going to be pleasant for you. The cynicism you're going to get is gonna cement your feet in the ground, which is gonna make it down-right impossible to jump out of the way when the reality train comes from the yonder horizon. Of all things, I wish I could tell you to enjoy yourself. You do get that break eventually.

shayla

If I could go back to my senior year and give myself advice, there is a nice lecture I would spill out. “Stressing is not as necessary as it may feel, everything will work out and I know you will do your best at every single thing you try. You need to learn how to put yourself, your feelings, and your priorities ahead of anyone else. It is not selfish, it is smart. The years you spend in college are the years that could possibly shape the rest of your future so put yourself first. The things that matter so much right in this moment, in high school, will not matter to you in a few years. Be happy and be you; don’t let the disappointments and choices of the people you now call your friends change who you are and inhibit your ability to reach every single dream you strive for.” Most importantly I would tell myself what major I finally have my heart set on so I can start it from the beginning and get into Nursing School without so many setbacks.

Kaitlin

Let go of high school teachers. At first I was reluctant to go in and ask my professors for help, but the best thing you can do as a college student is get to know your professors. I found going in and sitting with my professors was not only a good way to get on a personal level with them, but was more helpful than an email was to a previous teacher. Professors are there and they respect a student who's willing to come in and sit with them to better understand the subject material. Next, apply for scholarships. I went into my senior year thinking I had time and it was going to be easy to get schalorships, but at the end there were only a few left. I would advise all seniors to get on it before their senior year starts. College is expensive and without the few scholarships I did recieve I don't know how my parents would've done it. Don't stress! I had this Tom Petty quote hanging above my desk as a reminder to myself. "You have four years to be irresponsible here...the work never ends, but college does."

Julia

I have three important things to say. You may not heed all of my advice right now, but it will be good for you to have heard it as you go into the next stage of your life which is probably college. You know, it’s okay to take some time off though. Don’t go to college just because it’s what everyone does. Have an adventure! Go study abroad! Make yourself uncomfortable. I’ve learned more this way than I ever did listening to lectures. I’m not saying not to go to college, but it doesn’t have to be right awayYou will not be with the same group of people all the time anymore like in high school! You have to reach out. Study together with people, have coffeeDon’t fall into the practice of letting things you know are wrong go unchallenged. Doing it once creates a habit. There have been many times where I have an altering view, that may be different from everyone else’s, and I remain silent. You can’t be afraid to defend something even if you don’t fully understand a subject. It’s a key part of learning.

Terina

In order to make the transition into college from high school, I would have encouraged myself to pay more attention. To take school more seriously and actually try to learn what the teachers were teaching me. If I would have known what I know now, I would have been a better student. I would have gotten more involved, looked for more scholarships, gotten a job sooner and taken my time on my SAT and ACT tests, instead of rushing through them and only taking them once. I would have encouraged myself to think about the future, that school is not just about showing up, and meeting friends at lunch, but a place to start being serious about what I want and where I wanted to be in life. If I could turn back the hands of time, I would change my studying habits and stopped procrastinating about everything that I do. The most important thing I would have changed would have to be the free education. To take that for granted and take advantage of the help that was given out. Now that I am in college, and have to pay, it makes me appreciate class and the professors more.

Melat

Finding your passion is key to succeeding anywhere, especially in college! Make sure you are aware of your surroundings and pay attention to yourself and what YOU love to do. College provides all the tools you need to succeed in attaining your future goals, but you have to choose to utilize the tools given to you. It does not matter where you are, but what matter's is that you work the hardest and utilize your resources wisely. Do not let anyone tell you "it" cannot be done. As Siri once answered me when I asked her simpily "why?", "You ask why but I ask why not?". Who would've thought I would be speaking to a machine? Someone believed it was possible and made it happen. So, believe in yourself, explore wisely and be audicious. Say why not? All it takes is your intial motivation to accomplish a goal, to claim your passion. P.S. When teachers, parents, strangers, grandparent's, guest speakers, and anyone who has grown wise said to you these things, they meant them. The hardest part is getting started, the rest easy. You can do it! Also, Ratemyprofessor.com, is your best friend.

Nicholas

I would tell myself to enjoy my college years and don't focus too much on school. While it is important, I shouldn't spend all my time studying and getting plenty of sleep. I would tell myself to spend time with friends and don't pass up on opportunities to have fun with them. With my graduation only a year away, I realize I may never see most of my friends again. I have a better understanding of how to balance my time between school and friends, and this is the one thing I wish I knew during my first couple years in college. I do not regret focusing on school and I will get a great job because of it. However, I do regret not hanging out with friends and doing activities with them.

gabby

best advice is to apply to a few colleges. dont listen to others experiences as your experience will be unique to you. Be patient and stay ontop of dead lines. Life will take you places you could not possibbly imagine. You can make it happen with faith and hard work. Once in school, work hard because you are very lucky, never fail a class, never drop a class past add/drop deadlines...enjoy

Samar

The greatest challenge that I faced as a college student was the transition from a mild academic lifestyle to one involving rigorous coursework. If I could go back in time I would not only give myself a great deal of advice in this regard, but would also tell myself to pursue the studies which best suited my interests and not those that would make me financially stable in the future. In my senior year, I quite often pondered what I would pursue in college. The question of money was always a huge factor in the decision I would end up making. Therefore, I would give myself advice in this regard by telling myself to pursue what ever best suited my interests. I would tell myself that although money is of great importance, being happy and passionate toward a career that was worthy of your best efforts would mean much more and bring the greatest amount of satisfaction. In regards to the academic aspect, I would tell myself to always think critically about everything being presented in any course so as to avoid becoming a "normal" member of society and allow myself to ultimately work towards changing society as a whole.

Ariel

Dear Ariel, Relax. You are clearly very stressed out, and that's understandable. You have a lot to pay for in the next few years, and you're leaving your family behind. This is not easy for anyone. Trust me, you are going to have a great time. The university is welcoming, and it's all you ever wanted in a traditional college. There is history everywhere, and builings older than your great- grandma. However, the best part is that there are still new discoveries being made on your campus everyday. Your music department will be small, but made up of the tightest knit group of musicians you will ever meet. Don't hold back, trust these people to guide you through each semester (and practice your saxophone!). Study hard, but don't sacrifice good times. Join a sorority, the marching band, student ambassadors, and student government; they will help you make new friends and lasting memories. Be that girl in the stands at a football game who loses her voice screaming for her team, the one who ran the Undie Run, who beat the boys in Sumo Wars, and an example of a happy university student.

Tyler

The best advice I could give my past self would be to take as much school as you can senior year to cushion the costs of school here at a university. I only needed to take 3 credits as a senior, which left massive amounts of free time that could have been filled with community college courses.

Jessica

Take your time, visit the schools you would like to attend and sit in the commons to get a feel for the environment. Talk to the students, faculty, and your support system about your options. College is not only a time to learn academically but psychologically and socially. If you don't feel college is for you, try anyway, there is more to than just reading books and taking tests. The experience of attending college develops every aspect of what life is about, exploring and attempting to define who we are and what do we want to make of our selves. Shoot for the stars, anything is possible when you believe.

Henry

The advice that I would give myself is to put academics first, it may seem like it'll be easy but it's not as easy as I thought. Just show up to all your classes, pay attention, and do all the assignments and you'll pass your classes. Just because its the first semester of college and you're living in the dorms doesn't mean that you can slack off and blow off school for hanging out with friends. College is when academics get serious, theres no teachers to hassle you about your grades, what you get is what you get and you can't blame anyone but yourself, this isn't high school anymore. It's alright to explore college life and have new experience and meet new people as long as there is a balance between your college life and your social life. Procrastination is even more your enemy in college than it was back in high school. Finding that balance and not blowing off going to classes or doing homework is the key to surviving and thriving in college after high school. These are the memories you'll remember so make them good ones.

Stephanie

If I could go back in time to give myself advice on how college life would be I would say, "Choose your major early and join as many clubs/activities you can." I would also say, "Be calm, relax, and be yourself. This is your time to shine and not worry about what other people think or if you are popular or not. This is a time to make mistakes, go on road trips with new friends and get lost somewhere, you will change you mind many times, but don't worry its normal. This is a whole new start to finding yourself. You were a quiet, shy, laid back girl in high school; now its time to show people who you really are and don't be afraid to show your true colors. Always know that your family is their for you whenever you need them and mom will end up being your college friend and mentor. Enjoy this new experience and have fun. This will be 4 years of your life that you will remeber forever."

Edna

Really focus on yourself and do not get preoccupied with distractions such as dating or partying too much. Spend more time at the library and try to manage your time as best you can. There are many opportunities that the University will offer, so take advantage of them! Do not get lazy and find a hobby that will keep you motivated. It will be important for you to pay attention to your health and fitness, thus educate yourself on nutrition and work out often. Expand your horizon by joining clubs and organizations that suit your interests and that will enhance your career opportunities. If an internship opportunity comes by, take it because you might need a letter of recommendation from them one day. Stay connected to your support system such as your family and friends and do not be afraid to let them know you are struggling because they can bring positivity that is well needed into your life. Last, give back to your community and understand its dynamics. This gives you real knowledge of your surroundings since you will be stuck in the academia routine for a few years.

Tyrell

If I could tell myself something, then it would be to continue to look at all possibilities. One should never have to settle for something less than what they expect. With that, one should not limit them self, either. One should always have an initial plan and a back up plan, just in case. I would also tell myself that when making a decision, it is important to understand what you want. No one else should have influence over your decisions. It is okay to listen to another person's perspective, but what they say should not deter you from what you truly desire. I would also tell myself to not be afraid to express who you are. You should be proud of who you are. You have a lot of good qualities that need to be shown to the rest of the world. We all have our strengths and weaknesses, so you should not be afraid of what others think because it is what you think of yourself that matters. The final thing that I would say is to continue to work hard and dream big. If you continue to do that, then everything will start to come together.

Alyssa

College has so much more reading and homework. Get organized early so you do not fall behind. It is easy to fall behind and then struggle to catch up on reading. Being social is not what school is about. Make friends in your classes and study and work hard! Most of all have fun. College doesn't last forever and it is an enjoyable experience if you do not stress yourself and work hard.

Katherine

If I could go back in time, I'd tell myself to take more AP classes, that way I wouldn't have to worry about taking Chemistry next semester! I would also tell myself to plan ahead better. I would have applied for more scholarships and been more serious about college if I would have known it was going to be this challenging. I assumed that it would be easier than high school for some reason, and now I regret having that pride. In addition, I would have tried more diverse activities in high school so that I could've made more friends who would be with me in college. One of my biggest problems right now is feeling lonely. All of my friends have all gone on their own separate ways, but I guess this experience will make me stronger in that it will force me to make new friends. I would have also told myself to save up! It's nice not having to worry about money, but I am going to college completely on academic and financial need scholarships. I should have gotten a job that summer before college, which could have helped me with college expenses.

BRITTNEY

If I were to go back to high school with the knowledge that I know now I would definitely change alot of things in order to prepare myself. The work load is more then I had anticipated and there is no one to hold you hand and help you through it unless you seek extra assistance. Processors tell you what is due and clarify only to an extent. It is important to remember that you are in charge of your work, knowing when things are due and seeking tutoring or extra assistance if you are struggling or in jeopardy of so. Also, financial aid is not guaranteed and as I have seen, there are times you may be responsbile for tuition so make sure to save money and work very hard. Also, most importantly work hard in high school for your GPA will continue on and reflect on your admission applications to colleges.

Lilianne

Something that a high school senior will miss most are buffer points. You will wish that you had weekly spelling and grammar tests. Or how you should be caring about that minus .5 mark that you should have not gotten. Because especially in a class that does not offer extra credit, you will be fighting for every point possible back. There may not be a lot of homework in a college English class, but that means if you do poorly on one essay, your grade may drop a whole letter grade. Why? Because a class will be made up of three midterms, two essays, and a final. You better hope you do well on everything because there is no cushion when you do bad. Also, enjoy the no plus/minus system while you can. A 90.0% is not an A, it is an A-. And an A- will not get you a 4.0, it will get you a 3.67. PS: if you think the all-nights in high school are bad, just you wait until you start cramming for finals.

Stephanie

To go back in time and be able to tell myself what to get ready for would be very convenient. I did not know what I was getting into and I didn't know how different life would be. So I would tell myself that the most important thing about college is timing. I would say this because in college you have class, labs, homework that takes more that 2 hours a week to do, and maintaining the grades you need to push forward for your career. I would say that if all of what I did in school was scheduled and I would be on top of all of my class assignments, activities, etc., then I could maintain A's. The second thing about the transition would be to get out of your shell, be brave and ask questions. I say this because in doing so I would be clearer in my classes, more concise in my work, and of course get the job done correctly. So in all I would be telling myself to be more active in my life and academic career so I can be more successful in the start of my journey through college.

Maybritt

As a high school student, I was always serious about my schoolwork and academic success, so the cliche advice of "do your work" and "take school more seriously" were values that were already instilled in me. What I needed to hear is quite the opposite. I needed someone to tell me that although obtaining an education for my future career is a substantial part of college and I shouldn't take it lightly, I should be careful not to get too caught up in the monotony of merely attending class and then doing homework, or else I would lose some of the last few carefree years I had left before life as a responsible adult began. I would tell myself to embrace the friends and time I have been blessed with, create memories, don't take myself too seriously, work for change and not just grades, and to make college a journey to remember instead of just a transitory period between childhood and adulthood. I would tell myself to look at college as an opportunity, an adventure, not a job, because that outlook would have made college a prospect to look forward to, not to dread.

DAVID

Assuming that I can go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I wouldn’t advise myself to do anything differently, because each of the experiences that resulted in down fall have presented a lesson to be learned. From the times that were good to the times that were bad, those moments define me for who I am. Over the course of life, I have been faced off with many obstacles, and all those times I have trounced them in one way or another. Some were not as difficult while others tested my skills and ability while it used my weaknesses against me. However, the commitment that I have made to myself has enabled me analyze every scenario and determine a resolution to the problem at hand, and to take advantage of every opportunity that comes my way; whether it is in education or to improve myself as a human being. By overcoming these obstacles I have gained experience; it pushed me past my limit and made me the person I am today. Through hard work and perseverance, I have become a more knowledgeable and outstanding individual.

chantell

The advice that I would give myself would be, join a group or club and get involed in some activities. College life goes by very fast and you should use this opportunity to learn as much as you can about yourself and the world around you. Study as much as you can and do all of your homework all of the time. You will only get out of college what you put into it. Never miss a class, not even one. It will take to long to get caught up. If you have questions see your professors. They are there to help you. Make as many friends as you can for these are the friends that you will have for the rest of your life. Last but not least, call your Mom at least once a week. She is going to miss you more then you will ever know.