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


I would tell myself that there is a big transition from high school life to college life. It isn't as easy as just going to class and answering multiple choice to hopefully get it right. College really pushes you to become better at your profession and work hard at what you love. It teaches you the concepts you need to succeed and to keep progressing in your future field. I would tell myself not to give up and see the hard work as a reward and not as a struggle. When I used to study I used to not feel like I was getting anywhere and was wasting my time. I felt like I wasn't meant for college. After maturing and returning a second time I see now the reward from all the knowledge I gain. College pushes me so I can be a great engineer and I love it. I enjoy being a student and all the knowledge that my school has to offer me. I would tell myself that it will be hard, but you can do it. I would tell myself that the reward from all the work is the greatest feeling of achievement ever.


my problem is that I did not know what I wanted to major in. I wasted a lot of time. I would tell myself to major in Physics, and to be more diligent about studying.


The advice I would give my self is to study for the ACT everyday and practice to score well. This is the most easiet way to get scholarships for college in the future. Before enrolling in college really decide what your going to do in the future. College costs money and if you decide to change majors in the future its gonna waste time and money, so decide wisely and think about what you really would like to do for a living. Take every opportunity possible to learn things over the summer even though your not interested in the career field, especially the medical field. Any career field you choose is going to be hard, but believe that your going to be able to overcome then as long as you try hard. Strive hard for straight As and ask questions. When you take college classes rely on the class syallbus and yourself to take notes ahead of time. Listen to the professors lectures, and actually read the textbooks you buy. It would be a waste of money if you dont retain any knowledge from reading them. Finally ,focus on school work, and work hard to make your parents proud.


Choose a career that you enjoy. Life and people will tell you that you need to make money. Although that is true, you also need to enjoy what you are doing. What are you good at? What do you like to do? Explore your options in this avenue. Build to your strengths and then diversify as needed. This will not only enable you to finish school; but it will also help you to enjoy what you do after.


YOU DON'T KNOW IT ALL! Take the time to stop and listen. Look around you at your peers and take in what it is you see them doing. Enjoy and embrace the changes happening around and inside of you. Think about what it is you really enjoy out of your days and out of your life thus far. Use that passion and interest to fuel yourself and don't be discouraged by setbacks. Change and troubles are difficult, but they are NORMAL. They teach you more about yourself than you knew the day before. They also offer you the opportunity to learn and to offer that knowledge to someone else who may come along your way with the same troubles. Spend your free time growing and learning. Not just your coursework, but learn about the world around you. It is so much bigger than the seemingly big town from which you came. Listen, look, love the world around you. You are stuck in it so make it a beautiful place to be.


Dear Stevie, You don't have to run away to find the solace you need, nor look for it in another person. You deserve love and support, and you don't have to sacrifice yourself or your dreams to get it. You may not be able to stay at home, but you can find what you need wherever you are if you know where to look. I know the problem is that you don't. So I'm going to tell you, so maybe you can save yourself the road of abuse, addiction, and poverty I walked on my 10 years through college. Remember when your youth leader said you could tell her anything? She meant it. Tell her the truth about what's happening in your home and your relationship, about how scared and lost you are. She can help you get out. Remember the kids who told you about the LGBT center? Go there. They know counselors, shelters, even transitional living programs. Scholarships. Assistance. There is another way. You don't have to do this alone, or figure it out all by yourself. In fact, you can't. Reach out your hand. Someone will take it. Love, Steven


If I could give myself advice when I was s enior in high school, I would tell myself to definetly make better grades than what I did, and to take the ACT more seriously than I did. I would also tell myself to go to a university that I wanted to go to because that was my choice, not because all of my friends were going there.


College life is similare to high school. You are responsible to pay the unviersity, make your schedule, and manage your time.


If I went back in time to when i was a high school senior, I would tell myself to enjoy my senior year and not to stress so much over choosing an university. I would tell myself that college will be a challenge every day but that it is okay to talk to your professors for help. I would tell myself to not be afraid of the transition and to be prepared to get involved in campus life. I would tell myself to join as many clubs as I can to meet new people and make connections. I would comfort my high school self by saying that the more people you meet the more help you have to choose professors and classes. The most important thing I would tell myself as a senior in high school is that college is serious but fun! Although you spend a lot of time studying, there is a lot of time spent doing other activities as well. I would tell myself that the years spent in college will probably be the best years of my life because I will finally know the amount of potential I have.


When I was younger, I made a promise to myself to work hard for whatever I desire. My lifestyle is merely a reflection of my passion, a passion that works to benefit everyone, to educate, inspire, and understand others so that we can all work together to live in a better world or at least understand the values the Earth has to offer. I am young; however age does not justify my wisdom, a wisdom that I obtained through hardship and triumphs. All of this has led me to realize my passion for conserving and better understanding natural resources, as well as the importance of protecting natural habitats. I strongly believe this major will enable me to accomplish my desire, by expanding my knowledge on habitat conservation. I have chosen this field of study with great commitment in the hopes to influence others to get involved in protecting our natural resources. I feel as though it is my obligation to take part in protecting our environment. My knowledge, thus far, has opened up my eyes with a better perspective of life. I do not wish to waste time in a world where we only exist once.


Enjoy your last year of high school, especially the time you have with your friends. After you graduate your friends and you will all go your separate ways. Keep in touch with them. Make lasting relationships. Be open to making new friends, too. When it comes to working do what you enjoy. I don't know who, but someone once said "If you do what you love, you won't work a day of your life." Always remember you work to live, you don't live to work. As for school, you already know the drill. Don't procrastinate. Manage your time wisely, you have no idea how valuable it is. A social life is nice, but doing well in school is more important. Prioritize. When it comes to money you should learn how to budget. Also, knowing whether a purchase is a luxury or a necessity is pretty important. Buy what you absolutely need first. Save the rest of your money not on "stuff" but on lasting memories like family trips, studying abroad, or even a pet. Don't be stingy, though, be fiscally responsible.


There is not too much I would say to myself. I would reassure myself that everything will be okay and that it is very easy to make the transition to college. I would tell myself to not worry about things that hapened in high school and not hold on to the drama that happened. College is a new start and a fantastic experience filled with new friendships and relationships. I would mostly say to apply for scholarships and do as much as possible to get money where ever it can be found. That is the absolute hardest part of college.


None. I planned everything perfectly.


knowing what I know now in college I would go back into time and tell myself to get more involved into programs and orginizations and socailize more. I say this because in college you have to be a open minded person willing to get along with everyone, you cannot be conservetive and quite because you will not know how to express yourself to your friends and teachers. Now I'm in college, there so much to do, such as football, fraternities, parties jobs volunteering intern and they freedom of being on your own. I also would tell myself that I need to start learning how to cook because the cafeteria food is not always the best; it closes really early and its cost effective. I would teach myself how to cook instead of ordering out all the time because it really more money to eat out. I'd buy some grocery and cook food for the week I would balance my meals and I can eat healthy foods into my meals. I would also tell myself to always ask for help and dont get to comfortable even when your grades are straight A's becuase comfortability can make you lazy.


If I had the opportunity to advise my high school senior self based on what I know about college today, there are several things I would highly emphasize to my younger self, in order to help me become a more successful student. First of all, I would be sure to tell my highschool self that school, not fun, must be my number one priority, and that whether I am tired or not, I have to be disciplined enough to go to every class. I would also stress the point that the TOPS scholarship is truly an invaluable gift, and that I must do whatever possible to keep it. Finally, I would tell my younger self that there is no such thing as an umimportant class, and that I should make the highest grandes possible in each of my classes, since my GPA will be a crucial factor in my education, and ultimately, my future.


Go on and really use that as a reference in making a schedule. It really helps out on picking the right professor for you.


If I could go back and give myself advice, I would tell myself that I am on the right path. I would tell myself to relax a little because everything Im worried about will all play out in my favor down the road. I would have probably told myself to apply for more scholarships, though. Saving as much money as possible for college is a must! So many things in life happen without your control, so you should always have "back up" plans. But I would tell myself to keep up the good work.


I was such a clown in high school. I didn't care for anything but making people around me laugh. Studies were not important to me. College was never on my mind. And now, knowing the difficulty it takes to be a college student, I would tell myself to understand that life after high school is truly a beautiful struggle. Preparation and planning the future as early as you can in high school is imperative because as soon as you graduate, college and adulthood hit you hard. I would look myself in the eye and tell myself to apply for scholarships, and spend time finding a career path to focus on in college. Making the transition from a free high school education with general subjects to an expensive college education focused on a major, was the hardest for me. That doesn't include the tranformation from a dependent student to an indepedent adult. Suddenly you worry about balancing out work, responsibilities, finding time to sleep and studying. After practically warning my younger self, I would reassure her after the struggle, a fulfilling sensation that consumes will make everything worthwhile. Especially knowing that you're finally doing something and going somewhere.


That the world doesnt want uneducated people, even when you work for McDonalds. The world wants people who can think, respond, be responsible and know a little about every field. The world is 300 times harder when your uneducated and to be educated you must go to school and get a degree.


i would of ask for more information about the career you want to study for and find out what classes will help you to succeed your career goal


I would give myself the advice to try new things and not be afraid to go after my passion. It is okay to take the route that isn’t “safe” if it will make you happy. A lot of people waste time in college studying subjects that are “safe” instead of doing what they really want to do. This can be a waste of time. Life is too short to live by anyone else’s rules. Be it your fashion taste, career goals, or extracurricular activities, stop worrying about being “safe” and fitting in. Just do what truly makes you happy. It is the people who step outside if the box and follow their dreams that are looked up to the most and who receive the most happiness out of life. The sooner you explore and get to know yourself and what truly makes you happy, the sooner you will reach success and confidence.


I would remind myself that college is nescesary to get where I want to be in life. Get involved with organizations such as Chi Alpha that will help keep me rooted in my faith while attending school. Find a group of friends that will stay with you and have your back for the most part. If you can find them in your major, then that's even better. College will get you where you want to be; stay focused and keep moving forward.


to wait to have children until I completed college and to learn efficient and effective time management to properly and successfully complete college.


If I could go back and give myself advice, I would say to go to the college you always wanted to go to. It's very important to go with your gut and to do what you want to do. Remember to look over classnotes the night that you take them so they stay fresh in your memory. Also, it would be nice if more paychecks were saved to contribute to college.


Tamara, you need to get organized! Use that planner that you tossed aside last Christmas. Write all of your assignments down and make your own deadlines. Mark them off as you complete each one, breaking big things down so you don't get overwhelmed. You know that procrastination is easy; hanging out with friends is too much temptation. Find a way to get everything important in and you'll have plenty of time to have fun. Don't wait until the last minute because the stress is just not worth it! Practice making your own schedule so you will be ready when you get into college next year. Adults do it themselves, and it's sink or swim sometimes. Mom and Dad won't be there to hold your hand and guide you through a lot of the time. You are going to love college! If you get it together now, it will be even more awesome!


We all hear if we were able to go back to our past and do it all over again, we would do things differently. When I think about my years in college twenty-five years ago and compare them to my years in college now, I realize all of things I could tell myself as a high school senior. I didn't take my education seriously when I started my years in college. I was more worried about joining the campus sorority and meeting different people. I often skipped my classes. If I could have been there to give advice, I would have stressed the importance of going to class and completing all of the required work. As a senior in high school, I may not have listened to this advice. Still, I would continue to tell myself that it takes a very long time to pull up a low grade point average. In order to get the most out of your education, you have to put in the effort. I am a different student now. I am not only older, but wiser. I put the effort into school each day and now have a 4.0 average!


Through my college experience so far Ihave learned that it is definatly a learning experience, you realize and learn something new about yourself everyday! The most important thing is to keep up with attendance because it is very easy to fall behind. I cannot wait and am very enthusiastic to continue my education and am grateful to have the opportunity to attend college!


My college experience has given me much more good than bad. Ive already learned more than I thought I would coming out of high school.


From my college experience, I learned how to communicate and interact with people from different backgrounds. I gained the knowledge of how to appreciate everything and to work hard.


I am 47 yrs old and it took several years of traveling Central and South America to finally realize my interest. Once I started going back to college, the Spanish classes I took were able to explain many of the rules that the native speakers could not also many of my anthropology classes were able to explain cultural aspects and info on many of the archaeological sites that I had visited. I now have an associates degree in Spanish and I am two classes away from one in anthropology. I now want to take my education further to major in both Spanish and anthropology.


I have always enjoyed the opportunity to learn. The academic environment is exciting and refreshing. It is truly amazing to see the power of putting great ideas together. Students can bring fresh ideas and teachers can help the student to channel those important thoughts into great work. It has been valuable to attend college because it encourages me to think more broadly and to consider various options. To feel that one is moving forward and learning is valuable. Going back to college this year has helped me to feel like I am moving forward when I had previously felt quite stuck. It gives me something to look forward to and is a powerful motivator.


So far, I have not been able to start attending college. I was planning on going in the fall but the lack of money is what stopped me. But I went through the process of meeting with advisors and professors up at Sinclair Community College and I got a feel for what college life is kind of like. I really want to attend this spring, sense I am planning on becoming a theatre major, I want to audition for the play Dog Sees God. That would be a really good experiance for me. I also want to become an English teacher at the high school level, so I just need money so I can make my dreams a reality. I am working while living out on my own and being a person who loves school, it is really killing me not to be there. I will be the first one in my family to attend college and I really want to make something out of myself, and I know I can do it as long as I set my mind to it, so it would be valuable for me to attend so I can make a good life for myself.


Going to college may be stressful at times but i know the ending results will be rewarding. I learned how to stay focused and not give up. Since im paying to go to school i have to make it worth going. Having to wake up early every morning is difficult and it does affect my social life but in the end i will be rewarded for it. College is valuable because what i learn in school will affect my career after graduating. i have to stay focused so i can be successful in the future.


I have acquired many excellent study habits, memories, and new experiences from my time spent in college. I?ve been exposed to countless new personalities, and a student body that is truly as diverse as New Orleans itself. I feel privileged to attend a university that is so focused on studying, and I plan on taking advantage of my blessing to its full extent.


If I could go back in time to when I was in high school and talk to myself. I would not say anything at all because if I had not made the mistakes I made then. How would I be where I am now? I wouldnt, because I would try to fix those mistakes and I would not be the same person I am today. I may not be proud of everything I have done but if I hadnt done those things I do not know where I would be. I am happy with the person I have become and I will succeed in my life,during, and after college.


If i was able to go back in time to talk to myself as a high school senior, knowing what i know now about college life i would tell myself that college cost alot of money, therefore take the ACT test as much as i could until i get a 20 so that i can get TOPs and my parents wouldnt have to come out their pocket to pay for school. The second thing i would tell myself is to get ready to enter into a competive school because UNO is no joke at all-make sure you study hard as you can and say focused focused focused because you dont want to make poor grades. i would also tell myself to be more active [join organization] when i attend college so i can know more things about the campus and have the experience to be around different people.


If I could tell myself anything as a senior in high school pertaining to college paired with what I know now, I would advise savoring every moment and making every year count. College truly does fly by and you have to make every semester matter. Many students goof off their first couple of years and then panic as graduation looms because their GPA is not high enough or they have not figured out what they are going to do with the rest of their lives. Incoming freshman need to understand that their time in college is precious and it needs to be taken seriously. They should take advantage of as many opportunities as possible. Participation in college is key to making an experience a satisfying one. Never skip more than 3 classes if you want to stay on top of your schoolwork. Do not leave things until the last minute just because you think you can handle it. Attend as many campus events as you can because one day, you may look back and regret not being a part of college life. Once this chapter of your life is over, there is no going back to repeat it.


If I were given the opportunity to talk to myself as a high school senior, I'd probably slap myself in the back of the head for being overly carefree about the concept of college. I wasn't a very serious student; I was able to make good grades and I got complacent as a result. I imagined that college was just a bigger version of high school with slightly more pressure: you mess up in college and you're screwed. I would procrastinate on college and scholarship applications, confident that I would be able to get into the college of my choice regardless of my actions. All that mattered was that I get there and excel. I was right, to an extent. High school doesn't count as much in the real world if you go to college. But the pressure was a lot more than I thought it would be. However, college is also LOT better than high school. So what would I actually say to my senior self? "You're right: college equals bigger high school. But there are more opportunities than you could ever dream there. Don't screw up, alright? Have fun and enjoy it."


Last semester in my English literature class I really learned a lot about myself, and my teacher was there for me to guide me, as any teacher shoud be, and he told me, "You turn learning into play, which is what it should be." This is one thing i would tell myself; learning isn't work, learning is growing, and growing up should be something that is fun. I would tell myself to stop and reflect on the little things in life because that is when you really realize the big things; reflecting allows us time to realize what is really right and wrong in the world, and how we really feel about it--not how conformity wants us to feel about it. The last thing I would have to tell myself would be a quote by Picasso that sayss, "My mother said to me, "If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope." Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso. " I would tell myself to grow in fun, taking in everything, and becoming myself, not a college student, or even a teacher.


I would tell myself study, study, study. Also that if you need help go to tutoring because that can help raise your grades up. Also when your in class dont be afraid to ask the teacher questions or just wait after class to do it. Make sure you scedule your classes early as you can because if you dont, you might end up picking a class you dont want to be in. So all together when starting college get as much sleep as possible, manage your time, study, exercise, eat three times a day, make it to classes on time, and attend events and join clubs.


If I could go back in time and talk to my senior self. I would tell my that education is the most important thing in life; it is something that no one will ever be able to take away from me. To take all information for my mom, dad and teachers provided to you to heart has they are been out in the world and see what it is like to have to work in warehouses and dead end jobs. They only want the best for me in life and want me to get the best education possible.


I would tell myself not to assume to much about my abilities. Just because learning was easy in high school doesn't mean it will be just as easy to learn the material in college. Don't schedule early classes knowing that you don't want to wake up in time to go to them. Try to take different classes that interest you. Don't assume that the major you went in with is the one you will leave with. You might find something you enjoy more if you explore other subjects. Don't overload yourself with too many sciences in one semester. Spread them out. It's not the end of the world if you don't graduate on time. Don't worry about finding a career that will earn you a ton of money. Do what you love because you will be doing it for the rest of your life. Make an effort to make new friends instead of just sticking with the people you already know. They may be around for the rest of your life too. College isn't just about getting by. It's an experience that you should cherish.


I would tell myself to go for it. That college is actually better than high school. Not to be afraid and come out of my shell more. College is a great experience and you learn so much. It is interesting and so many classes and courses to choose from. I would definetely go to college straight out of high school because partying will always be an option. College is easier without children and a full time job. Do it the right way before you have a family. Don't screw around with your future and the lives of your future children.


I would have to say, that you need to pursue your degree. Today's society is very fast paced, so you need to keep your skills tuned. Don't neglect your dreams, pursue them. You should continue your education, because you will lose some of the skills or knowledge learned in school. You need to be persistant in what you believe or you will not succeed in life or in your career. I wish that I had done what I have stated, because now I have to return to school at a much older age to achieve the degree that I could have had in the past.


Don't be afraid to drop classes if you aren't doing as well has you want. Don't be afraid to change majors if you're not sure that what you are doing is right for you. Go where the scholarships are even if it isn't the best school, especially if you plan to get a higher degree later on.


i would say apply for more outside scholarships because college is expensive.


I would say I wish that I would have had someone to encourage me to the importance of Education and its significance in life. I would tell all high school seniors., to continue their educatiion while its still fresh in their minds. Do not give up on your dream for its closer today than tomorrow.


Enjoy yourself now and don't hold back in the future. But save up as much money as you can now, it'll make later that much better.


If I could go back to my self as a high school senior, I would tell myself several things. First, I would tell myself to "chill out" and to not take myself so seriously, but also not let anyone or any negative circumstance make me feel or appear any less than I am worth. I would also tell myself that I all I can ultimately do is my best, but that shouldn't be a cop out to do any less than that. I would also let myself know that things might not always work out how the way that they were originally planned, and almost never does, but to continue to stay positive and embrace new ideas. In summary, I would tell myself to be humble, but also to stay mentally strong.


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