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If I was able to go back and talk to myself in highschool, I would tell myself to not be afraid of change. Change is always happening and we must be prepared for the unknown and to always look for the positive. I would tell myself to be different. There is no such thing as fitting in because people were made to be different and the ones meant to be great stand out. I would tell myself to be open to meeting as many people as I could and not to pass on any opportunity to have fun and experience new things. One of the important things I wished I understood before college was the challenge I would face juggling everything. The school work, test, practice, games, and the social life. I would tell myself to not waste time on drama and to stay away of unnecessary circumstances because they steal you from all of the good things you could be doing. I would let myself know that the library is going to be my best friend when studying and putting everything I have into my studies will pay off greatly for my future.


To whom who seeks advice,Some say the truth sets a person free. Understanding the reasons behind the truth and comprehend the justifications of a lie are but mere opposing sides one faces in times of despair. A lie simply eases the transition from the ordinary world to a world of corruption and endless debate. A lie told by any individual defines them as a person with a guiltless conscience. Society takes the truth for granted due to the expectations of a simple fact setting a person free. As an opinionated statement, the technique of telling the truth always contains bias additions despite what anyone says, except one. A simple yes or no answer would suffice. In order to be successful, one must answer to themselves and to their peers with a simple yes or no response. A story is more convincing to most, but the one word answer speaks for itself with no contradiction. Main point being, in a moment of despair or a moment of happiness, a yes or no answer sets a person free from others, but being true to yourself reveals the path to limitless potential. Take me for example, because I am you to become.


A quiet fear hides inside every high school senior as the year ends with strong momentum toward adulthood. I remember withdrawing into myself looking for confidence and answers as to who I supposed to be. College turns this umbrella inside out by driving you to recognize your reciprocal in people who are of different flavors and walks of life. With respect and an appreciation of a unifying humanity inside even those who are hardest to understand, you are able to discover your strongest convictions. Some opinions are more extrinsic. The greatest cushion in the transition from high school to college is the realization that your individual existence is essentially minute and insignificant in the universe. However, this idea should not be depressing; it should be a peaceful and immensely humbling tool when facing problems of every caliber. Nonetheless a high school senior should awaken his curiosity and marry it with fervent ambition because seeing and learning is done best with an open mind.


I would tell myself that college will work out. College will not be the way you envisioned it right now and with the hard economic times, the college you go to will not be your first choice. But, as you are there, you will find how many opportunities are waiting to be grabbed, both to enhance your learning and to have fun. You will find this college to be a great fit for you. College is not going to be easy but it is good practice because life is not easy. Trust yourself to always try to do your best. Do not worry so much about if you have a good roommate, that you will not pick the right major and about going to an impressive looking school. In the end, college is for you. Just keep close to you all the things that are important to you like your family, friends, and faith and you will do well. Enjoy the rest of your time in high school and your future time in college. Find happiness in both your struggles and rewards and college will work out.


In high school i would of spent more time learning new and better study habbits. Coming to college was a big wake-up call with learning how to study on your own. I also would of taken more advanced classes to i could have a good taste of the material that might come up in lectures and what to expect when taking test or learning the material on your own. Another helpful thing I would of done was become more involved with volunteering. I would of loved to spent more time in a hospital and explore more nursing options. Since high school is so easy, i would have spent more time on studying and really understanding what I was learning because it's a basic foundation for what you will learn in college; for example, english, chemistry, biology etc. Understanding the worksheets that one was given seems to be very important now because of how fast passed the classes are in college.


Don't put all of your eggs in one basket, especially a small one. It's ok to have a plan "B" every once in a while, and you need one for college. Go out and get yourself a job to save up for what you really want. Daddy will not help you in the least bit, no matter what promises he may have made. Do your reasearch. And more importantly, don't stress out. Stress will only result in confusion and half-baked essays. If you ever feel overwhelmed, just take a step back and breathe. Close your eyes for only a moment and open them to a new out-look on your life. You might not succeed the first time around, but you'll make it through the year. Everything is going to be just fine.


Frankly, one university would differentiate itself from a high school in terms of significantly different level of academic intensity, amount of work required to take, diversity of multicultural stuff, etc. Nonetheless, it does not mean that colleges are horrible. In fact, by attending a university, we all learn all kinds of benefitial stuff. Some of the advices I would give myself: 1. Take my time and sit down, strengthen my advantages and eliminate as many weak points as I could. Especially, my attitude is going to be affecting all things occur in my life-time, I should keep a positive attitude in mind all the time. Staying optimistic! 2. Do not panic when face problems, technology does not solve problems, yes! Only people can solve issues, so I should believe in myself that I am a person who with full of intelligence, I can ace on any difficult tests as long as I make enough efforts. 3.Be actively involving campus-wide or any good social activies, because it definitely helps me to build my social connections later after I graduate from college. Thanks for reading, hopefully, the advices are helpful! Looking forward.


Try everything possible. Don't be afraid to ask questions, lots of them, and not just to professors. Talk to other students, get to know your classmates, they can be the most helpful resources you have. Don't procrastinate, this is your life, you're living it right now, and you don't get to do it over. Love yourself as much as your parents love you. You're smart enough to achieve anything you want to, the hard part is figuring out what you want. Use this time to enjoy life and be free, you're getting ready to enter the real world of paying your own bills and filing taxes, taks advantage of advice from your parents, grandparents and teachers. They might not be around for as long as you think.


The first thing I would tell myself would be to start looking into college's my Junior year of high school, rather than waiting until the end of my Senior year and not knowing where I wanted to go or what I wanted to be. Also to start looking into scholarships while still in high school. I believe that would of driven me into sticking out college life before turning 30 years old. However, i may be in my 30's but I know now excatly what career route I want to pursue and I'm following the passion in my heart; which I believe to be the most important quality for a solid career. At times I am glad I waited, and I am following my passion, however, there are times I look around at my friends and wonder where I would had I begun college right after high school. Following my heart, my dreams, and my passion no matter how long it took will allow me to be extremely successful and love my career for life.


If I had the chance to talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself, "Keep your head up and keep pushing through this year because everything you learn will pay off in college." I would tell myself this because during my senior year I was self-motivated but at the same time I wasn't sure that I would be able to take the things I learned from high school and take it to college with me. from being a college student I realized that a lot of things learned in high school can and will be used when in college. Another thing I would tell myself is, "Fill out as many scholarships as possible!" This is an amazing piece of advice for all high school senios because college costs a lot more many than many people think, and its better to be prepared. The last thing I would tell myself is, "Don't limit your challenges, challenge your limits." I would tell myself this because it's motivating words of wisdom, and as long as one knows what they are truely capabe of, nothing will ever stop them from making it to their destination.


I would tell myself that college is harder than you think. Teachers are more strike on homework and coming to class. You can't get by without sleeping. Also it is a lot harder making friends in college. You need to straight up and be ready to work your butt of. At the end of the day you will feel like you have done something truly matters to your plans for the furture. If you work hard now college won't seem as hard. College is more important than you think and some people are going to be hard on you about going but be harder on yourself if you don't go. You need to understand how important this is and know that you're in for the long run now. Make your dreams come true!


Dear 18 year old me, how are you? Im here to give you some much needed advice. Many have tried giving it to you already but hopefully you will take it more seriously if it is coming from yourself. We are in college now and we are having the time of our lives. There is so much that we are learning and so many new people we are meeting. Even though things are going good i want to give you some advice on how to make them ten times better on us. First of all PLEASE pay attention more in math. Trust me if you think its hard in highschool you are in for a rude awakening once you get into college. Try to get better grades and get scholarships, yes mom will always be there but she is growing tired and needs to rest so do what you can to help her out with expenses. Also spend more time with mom, dont complain about hours at the mall she drags you with her or driving her around those are the things you will miss the most when you move. Stay determined and never give up, you can do it.


I started High School as a 4.0 student, yet my senior year my dad relocated to Colorado and my studies suffered. Going back I would tell myself to stay strong and devote all that I could to my studies. Instead of attending my dream college in Louisiana, I am here in Reno, Nevada, paying my way through college. One seemingly short year of my life altered where and what I am doing now. My advice to my past self is to study as hard as I do now, achieve straight A's and take school as a serious commitment and gift. Education is something I value so highly now that I am in college achieving my dreams, yet it's taken a lot for me to realize that.


to take more cna prep classes and to get a higher score on tests. also finsh afrotc, and nursing edu 1.


Looking back at highschool, one recurring theme that I noticed about myself was my ability to over scrutinize myself and to take things to seriously. Basically, I was overstressed and looking back, I had absolutely no reason to be. Sitting here in my dorm room, high school and everything that i stressed out about feels pointless now. The test grade that I thought would kill me, in hindsight now, did nothing. I am not trying to say i wish i cared less or wish I was lazier, I just wish I had been more efficient or I guess more mature with when I stressed out about assignments. Another piece of advice that I would give my past self would be to be more spontaneous with my day to day activities. I fell into these routines; waking up, eating breakfast, showering, school, work, sports, home, sleep, and then do it again. Looking back, I should have ridden my bike to school, or instead of going to work everyday, take a day off and going hike with my buddies. I'm pleased with the person I have become overall however, so I dont want to change to much.


School is the number one priorty, I'm a mother, a single parent and if i could go back in time I would definitely change many of my life choices. Focusing on shcool making sure that school is above all choices. How can you provide for another person if you cant even provid for yourself. Education is so important, having some form of career is a must now in days. I will only make life easier for you and your loved ones.


Knowing what I know now, if I could talk to my high school self, I would tell me that I need to buckle down and prioritize. That I need to be able to manage my time efficiently and alott appropriate time for school and social life. I would elaborate to myself that college is harder than high school, and I need to not assume that I would be able to get things done last minute. A very important point I would make to myself would be to not be afraid to ask for help, whether that be an academic advisor, professor office hours, tutoring center, financial advisor, etc.. I would still advise myself to join a fraternity, as it has provided me resources needed to continue my academic success and proffesional networking for jobs/internships.


If I could go back in time to my senior year of high school and give myself advice about college, I would tell myself to manage my time wisely and to set my priorities straight. College is not all about fun and once a person starts to slip, it is very difficult to hold on. Utilize all the free help available, go to the Math and Writing Center for free tutoring in math and english, talk to someone when times get rough, and never be afraid to ask for help, especially from your professor. Constantly look at the syllabus for each class because it is the Ten Commandments for success. It is also important to have a social life, meet new people, network, and make as many friends as possible because those friends will make college worth while. Get involved in extracurricular activities or join a fraternity or sorority. However, if you do decide to plege for one, remember that it is time consuming and takes a lot of work depending on which sorority or fraternity you choose. I will stress that time management is the key to success. Try to have fun but nothing is more imortant than school.


Going back to High School to relive my life would be the best investment yet. Knowning what I do now is key in making my career successful. The smartest thing I could have done was to dual-enroll at my local community college. I could follow my friends, get a head start on my education, and save a load of money (I had no clue college was so expensive). Why didn't I follow my heart? It was telling me over and over to sign up to dual-enroll. That would have been the best decision of my life.


If I could go back and time, I would tell myself that taking the 25 year old single mother route was probably not the most ideal way to go. Regardless of the hard times,my daughter and deciding to go back to college was the best thing that happened to me. I would tell myself not to get discouraged and give up when things dont fall into place. I would tell myself that you have a bunch of soul searching and new experiences ahead of you that will ultimatly lead you to the one place you dreaded the most, only to find what true clarity and happiness is. I would tell myself that although my life has not gone the way I always expected, I wouldn't have changed anything. A simple phrase I use to live by as a senior still resignates strong with my aspirations today; "It will get better". I know how important those little words were for me at seventeen years old and I would tell myself to hang on to that faith because it does get better, in a way that I never imagined.


College is the future of tomorrow. If you are looking to have a great career and a good paying job college is the first thing after high school that should be completed before anything else. You need to take advantage of all the money out there to go to school and help to develop your education. If I knew what I know now about scholarships and grants I would have taken all my options to go to school with a minimum school bill. I made the mistake of not taking advantage of what is out there to help me go to college. I have worked full-time since I graduated high school thinking it would help me create a future, but the only thing it has done is help with some expenses not a solid future for me. An education will give you a solid future when you are able to decide what and who you want to be. I always knew what I wanted to do but held myself back. You aren’t going to get anywhere by holding yourself back or being partly into something. It is all about focus and determination.


If I were to go back and speak to my high school self, I would let myself know that there was no pressure to declare a major or figure out exactly what I would be doing for 4 years. I would tell myself to take more 101 courses and not worry so much about finishing a degree program. I would tell myself to take advantage of all the clubs and organizations on campus and make sure to be active in everything campus life has to offer. Lastly, I would tell myself to study abroad for a full year rather than just a semester. It adds so much to your life experience when you live in a different country and learn a different language for a full year. You actually have the opportunity to get used to everything and really enjoy it before you have to leave.


In high school, I took my academics very seriously. In fact, I graduated with top 10 status and a weighted GPA of 4.9. While I would not go back and tell myself to not try so hard, I do feel that high school is a time for young adults to enjoy being a kid before their college years. I cannot tell you how many times I declined offers to get ice cream and see movies because I wanted to study for next week's history exam. If I could go back and give myself some advice, I would tell myself to relax a little--that high school is a time of self-discovery and fun. I would encourage myself to continue getting As, but to also recognize the possibilities that life in high school has to offer. I would recommend joining clubs and extra-curriculars because those are just as important as good grades, and they are fun too. And really, the relationships and memories people have from high school may not translate onto a transcript, but they will last a lifetime, and that is really what life is about.


My senior year was my favorite year of high school. The first thing I would have told myself is stop wishing for summer. The school year is going to fly by and you will miss your teachers-well the good ones, and your friends. The biggest lesson I have learned from transitioning into college is independence. I didn't know what independence was until I got to college. In high school everyone has lunch at the same time and everyone's classes are the same amount of time, also school gets out at the same time-2:30. This all changes in college, 2:30 no longer means anything to me. The other advice I would give myself is not to expect that I will figure out my life in high school. My senior year I set myself for an internship with a doctor, became one of 3 student athletic trainers and took AP Government. I thought I would find what I wanted to do for the rest of my life in high school. I didn't. In high school I wanted to eventually wanted to go to medical school, now in college I want to go to law school.


I would tell myself to stop trying to control every aspect around me. Life will throw you curveballs and obstacles will be put in your way. You can't let little deviations from your "masterplan" ruin your outlook on life. You need to stay focused; don't let this newly found freedom, boys, or friends sway you from what you want. You know how to study, you are prepared, but you can't trust as easily. Less than advice about the academics of college, I would give myself advice about life. This is no longer going to be a little safe bubble where you know most of the people that you pass in the halls, or the safe haven where your teachers know you by name: this is real life. Real, unprotected, adult life. I would remind myself that this is a chance to reinvent myself; no predetermined stereotypes will follow me as I walk across campus. I will be nameless and I will be faceless unless I choose to change that. To put myself out there, to remember why I was there, and to never be ashamed to say no. That is what I would tell myself to remember.


Investigate! Learn now and don not be satisfied with seemingly adequate performance. Counsel with friends who have been to college and learn all you can about the college you are enrolling in. Take the ACT until you have a score that is representative of your cognitive abilities. Showcase your talents and be an example to the community. Challenge yourself always and never be happy with just getting by. There is not strong enough emphasis placed on college at the high school level. The brevity of the choice you make at eighteen years old is not properly portrayed to new freshman. Upon my graduation, I felt that all I had to do was simply attend college and life would hand me its coat-tails. My flawed logic caused me to select an approach to college life deprived of proactivity. Life hands you nothing. You must seize opportunities. As a highschool graduate you must push through the veil of false reality that is layed upon you. It seems as though there are two versions of higher education. The first being an education that is handed to you unchallenged and void of certainty. The second is the education you create for yourself.


To past self, You were focus and determined to graduate dspite the road blocks that came your way. I am proud of you for making it this far and not following in your peers footsteps of drugs, gangs, and laziness. You set an accomplishment to be proud of and I am very proud of you. I would like to say though, get on your work earlier for the subjects are your least favorite especially communicate with your teachers and arrange one on one time to sit down and ask for help when needed. I encouraged you and stand by you when you need an extra hand or advice. Senior year was the time to take it easy and relax, but you switch gears and kick butt this year getting yourself from point A to point B and like i said before I am proud you didnt give up and you can set anything you set your mind too.


I would instruct myself to take my senior year more seriously. Some would say that a high school seniors responsibilities are to simply have fun and enjoy their last year at home. I would say that it is important to research colleges, and research the vast opportunities for a higher education, as well as getting the financial help to do well in college. I would stress to myself how important preparation and independance are. Lastly, I would advise myself to take a few summer classes in advance so that I could become more adjusted and comfortable with University of Nevada, Reno.


First off, go to College when you are ready, not when everyone else tells you. This will let you figure out what you really want out of your educational goals. If you go to school with out a focus you can get lost might not get the most for your money. Getting a higher education is worth every penny, so get the most out of it. Then make sure you pick a school that fits you. You will be tempted to go where your friends are going or you like the night life there. These things you will have at any school, I promise. Pick a school that specializes in your area of study. It might be a smaller school, but it will really help you after school is over. Finally, enjoy your time in college. This might be the best time of your life.


For starters, your high school counselor doesn't know anything and you're better off just planning your degree by yourself. Secondly, your college counsellor doesn't know anything, so you're better off just planning your major by yourself. But keep up the good work! The fact that you'll have completed your associate degree in science by the time you graduate high school really helps you focus on your interests later on in your academic career, allowing you to bypass the unforgivable amount of core curriculum other students have to take. Oh, and back to your snake of an advisor, she's not telling you that you don't have to take that ridiculous introductory biology class because you're a biochemistry minor and that you've already taken a class which is a viable substitute. Oh, and start planning to run for the student Senate now. You're going to make a dashing Speaker and your Senatorship is going to bring respect to your name. But, lastly, don't spend your time dating that jerk from California. He's going to cheat on you and you'll get a D in genetics.


After less than one semester of college, I now know that it is tough finding a job. If I could go back to talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to apply everywhere, and find a job before college. The worst feeling a young man can have is knowing that his parents still provide for him, knowing that he is draining their bank account. Sure I am going to college for less than $1000 out of pocket per year, but it leaves me with no spending money, it leaves me asking my parents for their credit card to go get gas in my car. I wish I found a job while in high school. I wish I had a source of income before college, so I could pay for all of my own expenses. That is what I would tell myself. I would say "get a job now, you don't want to be having to ask mom and dad for money every single week."


If I were to talk to my high school-senior self, I would tell her that she should really think about where she wants to be when she gets out of college. I spent a lot of time figureing out what I wanted to do with my life, and it really would have been nice to have something in mind and to just go with it. I would also tell her that if she planned on switching from the local community college to the state university, she should talk to the university councilors right off of the bat, because the councelors could help her make a plan and keep her on track to graduate. Finally, I would also tell her that looking for scholarships is more important that you would think, because financial aid doesn't last forever.


I would tell myself that i should look up and apply for scholarships in order to help pay for school.


Apply for as many scholarships as possible!


If I was able to go back in time to my high school self with the knowledge that I know now about college I would tell my self to try harder in school and apply for as many scholarships as possible. I did not take my sophmore year as serious as I should have; which led to a lower accumlative GPA than I wanted. I did not know then that a high accumlative GPA would help so much until I began looking at colleges and scholarships. I did not apply for as many scholarships my junior and senior year because I was oblivious to the price tag it costs to go to college. I know the mistakes I had made in high school and I am focused enough to do and be the best in college.


Enjoy the experience and work hard like I did.


My advice would be to take everything in. Don't try to do too much at one time, because being a college freshman is a one time thing. This is one of the most exciting times in your life. It is the first time where you are out on your own and your parents no longer know what you are doing and where you are. It is fun to meet new people so try to meet as many as you can. The dorms are a very different environment and are a must for at least one year. It is one experience you must have as a college freshman. Go to one of each kind of sporting event at least once so you can say you experience it. And most importantly, have fun!


Don't be afraid. I know you think there's nothing worth existing for and for a few years after highschool, there really isn't. But you can change that. Stop trying to make yourself into something you aren't. Stop trying to be an engineer, stop working jobs that are terrible and stop making yourself miserable by not persuing art. You know what? Who cares if it's not "profitable" or if your parents don't really get it? You are a lot more talented than you think. You're not /great/. Barely even good. But you're getting better everyday. You're trying. And you're happy when you create something. There's something so right about being covered in pastel dust or spending your late nights/early mornings slapping paint onto a canvas. You should be happy and art makes you happy, so you know what? Just do it. From the start, don't screw around for three years and make yourself sick with worry and nuerosis. Pick up that pencil and draw, goddamn it. And don't you dare put it down. You'll thank me later.


If I were to advise and younger and more naive me, I would definitely tell myself that the semester goes by extremely fast and tests mean everything in college. Tests are a big deal in high school, however, in college they are often the only aspect that makes up your grade and doing well on them is essential. I also would advise myself that these tests come upon you very quickly and that you cannot afford to "ease into" the semester and your classes; you must start studying and pound the material right away. I was alwasy a strait A student in high school and graduated with a 4.3 GPA so I clearly already had good study habits. Upon entering college I was dumb struck with the significance of tests in college and wish I would have been better prepared for the first few I took. If I had known this information I would have prevented myself from having to try to save my grade as the semester progressed.


In my past, I made judgment errors that caused me to not be serious enough about applying for scholarships. I was only concerned with activities in high school instead of concentrating on applying for scholarships. Because of this neglect, I had to enroll in a community college. I never had the pleasure of experiencing my first year in a university as a freshman. Therefore, I would propose to my past self to fully concentrate on getting into a university. I would tell him to never be afraid to apply for as much scholarships as he want and to turn to his family for help in a financial crisis. I would remind him that receiving scholarships will help start the building of solid foundation when he enrolls and begins college and that scholarships will allow him to gather the tools needed to be successful in becoming a piano player. I would also remind him of his past and all that he will go through in the future if he doesn't alter my future. Therefore, he should get into gear and do what he needs to do to pay for college and start his journey towards impacting others through his music.


The advice I would give myself would be to get involved with the school clubs and organizations as soon as possible. Getting involved now I see that I have missed many opportunities to create bonds with people that have similar interests as I have and also being able to go to events held by these organizations the last two years of my college experience. Another thing would be to become more organized and accountable to deadlines. Its not like high school where the teachers tell you whether you are missing things or you can easily check your grade online to see if you need to get an assignement in or make up a test. I would have to become more accountable to myself. Also I would get more interaction with the teachers and go to their office hours if needed and somtimes if I didn't need it because I still might help. College is an experience in itself and if I could go back and tell myself what to prepare for these would be the things I would focus on to prepare myself for my road towards a career.


The thing that I would tell myself first is to not wait to go to college. I told myself I would take a year off after graduation and I actually took seven years. Getting back into the habit of going to class and doing homework after so many years of not doing it is very hard. My first semester of college was like being a freshman in high school all over again. I didn't know what I was doing or where I was going. I forgot a lot of things that I learned in high school. From my senior year of high school taking Calculus, I had to start over again with Pre-Algebra. It's not fun to go back to school feeling dumber than when you left high school. Another thing that I would tell myself is that, even though most professors don't neccessarily care if you are there or not, going to class is crucial to understanding the material and passing the class. I skipped class when I was lazy and didn't feel like going to class and failed a class my first semester of college.


Sacha I know you don’t want to go to college, but you will have a better chance in the future. You keep saying that college is not for you, but you are wrong. College is for everybody. You have a one year old daughter and you should want a better future for her if nobody else. A college education is something that nobody can take from you. You will do great in college because you have so much support from your parents. There are a lot of people who want to go to college and can’t. You have the advantages that some people dream of. You need to stop given excuses of why you don’t want to go and go. If you don’t get anything, but a degree to hang on the wall, it will show how you finish something. It depends on what college you go to, whether or not you can write your own ticket in life. At least think about it. While you thinking try looking into your future and your daughters’ future if you have a higher education than High School. Always live to better yourself and your future.


There have been times when I thought of the things that I would have done differently if I could go back in time. Out of those things one thing that would change my life today would be the choice I made for my high school senior year. If I could go back to being a high school senior, I would chose to stay in America instead of going to India for that year. By staying in America, I would have been able to get the Millennium Scholarship which would have been a strong financial support for my academic career. I would have gone straight to the university instead of attending the community college. I tried to save money by attending the community college and now I understand at what cost. If I had better financial support I would have graduated and gotten a job in better economy environment. I would definitely be saving a lot more than I saved by going to community college only if I had finished my senior year in America. The only advice I would give to myself as a high school senior would be to “Look at the big picture and plan for long term.”


When coming to college as a freshman I definitely had no idea what to expect. If going back in time to give myself a heads up, there would be a lot I would say. First would be to save more money than I did, because everything in college costs more, especially when being on your own. Also I would mention to not ponder on the little things like "what's going on with my boyfried?", because once you get to college there won't be time for one.


The advice I would give myself is that I should have had a stronger mindset in the beginning and sticked with a goal. When I was in high school, I was confident and ready to go to college and strive. I didn't realize how seriously I didn't take college and that it was just supposed to be this independent, great experience everyone deserves to be part of. In my freshman year, my major was Chemistry and it was tough. I didn't study too much, spent more time outside with friends and didn't take college too seriously. To pay for my actions, my GPA went down and I was still the same next semester and the semester afterwards. Finally, I decided to change my major because I wasn't happy and wasted more than a year for nothing. If I was read from the start, I wouldn't be going through this difficult right now. Now I can't think of volunteering and helping out my community, but worry about the grades for this semester. GPA is important for graduate school, so one thing I definitely learned is that I should have been ready from the start.


If I could tell myself something it would be to not take anything for granted and to not slack off in high school. If you work hard and never slack off then things will be easier in college. College is not easy. I would also tell myself to start saving money instead of spending it. College is not cheap, but it is neccessary to succeed in life. I would tell myself to make the right decisions, stay strong, and don't let anyone push you around or push you off the road you are focused on going down. I belive in myself!


Don't get comfortable. Be willing to change. Meet new people.


Dear Yesenia, First of all, don't stop excercising just because school got stressful... that's the most important time TO excercise! Even fifteen minutes of just walking around the park helps. Next, stop stressing over your parent's problems. When they vent to you it seems like you have to take care of everything, but don't worry about it... everything will be OK. Making it your problem is the perfect recipe for an unhappy senior year and a rough start to a freshman year of college. BREATHE and let it GO. Also, don't set goals for yourself that seem overwhelming... break them up into smaller ones you can manage. Prepare as much as you can and then expect the unexpected. This will help you go a long way in not only your studies, but also life. Don't get obsessed over numbers, stop and smell the flowers from time to time. Don't get caught up in disappointing grades, learn from the mistakes and move on, there'll be more opportunities to excel. Take care, The Future YOU


I have found an accepting and inviting place at my college. Many social/ethnic/racial groups and more are represented and are inviting to all students--even if you are not a part of that group. The amount of school pride is contagious and makes me happy to be a member of the Wolf Pack! The faculty members are supportive of students and readily available to help out when needed. They create an enthusiastic learning environment that makes me want to attend class and learn more about the subject matter. My love of learning has grown by going to UNR. I am proud to be able to give back to my university through my role as a resident assistant in the dorms. Not only am I able to impact the lives of many students, I have the opportunity to be a role model, mentor, and leader for incoming freshman and my fellow staff members. The friendships I have made throughout the years are ones that will last a lifetime.