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The most important piece of advice for myself as a high school senoir would be to loosen up. College life is not as scary and daunting as you might think. The only thing that can make the transition difficult is your attitude. An attitude that will accept change and moreover gravitate toward change will be needed in the long run. It most certainly will be a long run. With at least four years ahead of you, you better be ready to embrace some major shocks and difficult times, but this is not the time to worry about those things. Take life as it comes. Capture the moment as long as it is with you and when it passes, move on. Grow up. Face challenges head on and use them as opportunities to mature and learn. Never look back with regret. Only look forward with hope. Be safe and have fun.


Minda, I know your senior year is going to be a breeze; however, you still need to focus and continue to work hard. Do not slack off or become lazy. College is going to hit you with a lot of work all at one time. So learn to manage your time wisely and learn a study techinque that works for you because believe me, there will be a lot of studying in your future. Classes will be increasingly hard than what you are used to, but do not worry, I know you are more than capable of handling it. Just focus, study hard, and remember that everything happens for a reason. Things wont always necessarily end up the way you planned, but just have faith in The Lord's plan and in the end, you realize what God's purpose was all along. GOOD LUCK! Love, Minda


If I could go back in time and talk to myself in high school, I woud have so much to say. I would tell myself to make my college decsions based on what I want in my life, not based on my parents' wants. I would tell myself to go to a University college immidiatly, instead of going to a community college first and wasting three years. I would also tell my high school self that your grades in high school are so important and that coasting by with Bs is not living up to your potential and that you are capable of so much more. I would also tell myself that working 5 days every week in high school makes plenty of money, but it doesnt make any memories. I would tell myself to take a weekend off and spend time with the people that you will eventually lose contact with and not see until your class reunion. The most important thng I would tell myself is to have fun with friends, be kind to every single person at school and to work hard.


I would tell myself not to worry so much about it. I had everything correct and ready to go for a smooth transition. I would tell myself to apply for more finnanical aid because taking out loans are just stressful. I would also tell myself that no, deciding a major did not get simpler but, it eventually comes to you. You know when you feel like youre doing the right thing.


If I could go back in time and talk to my high school self I would tell her not to be so hard on herself. The one major thing I have learned in college is that it's important to be yourself and not stress about the small things. In high school I worried so much about what other people thought of me and the type of person I wanted to portray myself as. I've realized now how silly this and I would tell myself that what other people think of you should be the least of your worries and the only person you need to be is yourself. I would tell myself to stop worrying so much and to stay optimistic. Even though things may seem hard at the time, in the end everything works out the way it's supposed to. You can put a positive spin on everything, you just have to look for the silver lining. The last thing I would tell myself is to have more fun. To enjoy my life, wherever it takes me, and to be grateful for all of the wonderful people,things, and opportunites that I have.


High school senior self, I need you to take the time to visit your advisor and talk to them about how the transition between high school and college works. Without their help, you will get lost and push deadlines back or miss out on golden opportunities. Learn how to navigate the internet for scholarships and work diligently on applying for said scholarships in a timely fashion. Talk to businesses in the community to see if they have scholarships or grants available and see how to receive them. Make sure to take every day as a chance to give service and to learn something new. My most important advice is to not procrastinate. It is the worst self-handicap you can do to yourself. I've learned that through the years it is better to complete assignments or tasks ahead of time so that if you make a mistake, you can fix it easily and not rush in the last few hours.


Hey you, the stressed out girl with the make up and expensive clothes, yeah you. Stop worrying about what everyone thinks about you so much! Right now, high school seems like the most important thing in the world and if one things mess up, your life will fall apart. Now that I have been through college, I have realized that high school is a tiny stepping-stone in your life. High school should be about the stereotypical high school things. So, go to the junior dance, go to that Friday night football game. These four years should be about figuring out who you want to be in life but with no stress! Your parents are here to help you and everything you are struggling with right now will fade away soon and will be nothing but a funny memory in the future. Also, work harder on your schoolwork and work harder on yourself. What you do now may not affect you greatly in a few years, but you will have things you wish you would have done so do not let that happen. Take every opportunity and give it one hundred percent! Everything will work itself out, do not worry.


I would tell myself to not worry so much.


Study hard but dont worry so about grades. Be more responsible with my school work.


The best advice I could give myself is to just relax; don't borrow tomorrow's troubles. There is no sense in stressing yourself out over things you don't know about. Also, don't worry about making friends, just be yourself; with thousands of people on campus there are going to be people you get along with. Last, put yourself out there and try new things. Get out of your house/dorm and go do something, anything. The more often you are out and about, the more likely it is for you to run into classmates and make friends; there is a time and place for homework and studying, but there is also a time and place to meet new people.


I would tell myself not to worry about making friends. In the beginning I was worried but I had no trouble finding a group to have fun with during my freshman year. I would encourage myself to get more involved in academic clubs such as biology club and geology club. Clubs are a great way to meet more people that have the same interests. It is very important to get involved in clubs on campus and volunteer in the community. Also, I would advise myself not to overplan. It is very important to make a schedule, write down all assignments, club dates, work dates, and other important dates, however, over-planning can lead to more stress. We cannot plan for everything and if we try to schedule every second of our college days we are going to feel overwhelmed and frustrated. Plans do not always workout, some plans are spontaneous, and things change so it is important to be flexible. Although it is important to designate time for studying and homework, it is also important to have time for fun. College really isn't all about the schoolwork. It is about having new experiences and making memories too.


If I could go back in time to talk to my high school self, I would tell myself to be more outgoing and not care what people think. I would tell myself to really make the most out of senior year and not take it for granted. I would tell myself to get more involved, talk to new people outside of my social circle and to not be afraid to try new things. Once high school is over, there's no going back, so you need to appreciate it while it lasts! Learn how to talk to people and be open-minded towards those who have different views than you. You need to do these things while you're still in high school because you will need these skills in college. If you want to make the most of your college life, plan on getting involved! Meet new people, join a few organizations and perfect your study habits. Don't get overwhelmed though - college isn't as scary as your teachers are making it out to be. Just have fun, study hard, and worry less.


If I could go back and talk to myself during senior year in high school, I would definitely tell myself to pick up some good study habits. I would tell myself that college life is not all fun and games. I would emphasize the need to save money. If I could talk to myself during senior year, I would ensure to tell myself to stay away from the drugs for sure, because my future self has seen some horrifying examples of the negative effects of drug abuse. I would tell myself to continue writing in my journal, even during the summer, because that would come in handy throughout the year. I would tell myself to brush up on MLA and APA formatting. I would advise myself to keep an organizer or calendar, because those are very pertinent for knowing when events are, and I would definitely tell myself that unless for something extremely important, please do not skip classes. I would reiterate that violations of the code of conduct are serious, and so are violations of the law. Most of all, I'd say "Don't do anything that I wouldn't do. Or would do in that matter."


The advice I would give myself when I was starting as a senior in high school, I would say start filling out college applications now to meet the deadlines. Start looking into your major more to make sure that's what you really want. Go on college tours to get the feel of how college campus life would be. If you apply for financial aid waviers for like ACT Test and College Applications get as many as you can. Take Act Test over if you feel you can do much better than you did. Go ask your teachers and other staff for college recommandation letters, tha'llt help you get more college acceptance letters. Also do your very best on your school work, and do lots of studying for test. Keep a great GPA because the college will determine if they would like you to attend their schooling programs. The main thing is to stay organized and responsible.


If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to not worry about college so much. The transition really is not that hard and the independence is amazing. However, while I was telling myself to not focus on college so much, I would tell myself to focus more on my school work. It was in my senior year that I began to slack off and my GPA was lowered. I, partially, believe that my old work ethics of my senior year in high school followed me into my first semester of freshmen year of college. As this is the second semester, I am really making up for it. If I could talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself that grades are still, and always be, important and they can really affect a lot of things. If I had known then how much I was working to make up for it now, then maybe I would not have slacked off so much. Hindsight is always 20/20.


I would have taken more time searching and applying for scholarships. I see now that they are needed more than I ever imagined. I had high hopes of working when I got to college to take care of my daily needs, and my parents would do their best to pay my tuition. But now I see , With my classes and the homework and the papers and the studying, I do not have the time that I thought I would to work. I babysit every once in a while, and would love to be able to babysit more. I did make the Dean's List my First Semester and I worked extremely hard for this. I did really well my High School years acadimically but I wish I had done alittle more to earn money and scholarhsips . It would make this monetary transition much more tolerable for my family. I see my parents struggling because both of them lost their jobs last year and they have had to start over and its just hard seeing this and I cant help like I would like. hopefully its not to late to try to make up for it now.


If I could talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to be prepared to give up food. Some days my class schedule is very hectic and does not allow for time to eat. I would also tell myself to push for getting my driver's license before coming to school. Though there are people who are willing to provide transportation, I do not like having to rely on others to get things done. Having a license would also give me a little more flexibility to go places, such as the aquarium and Downtown Wilmington more frequently, assuming I had access to a car.


I would tell myself to work as hard as possible but don't sweat it if you come up short once in awhile. One bad grade isn't the end of the world and there's always time to improve. Also, something that never gets old: Be yourself. Never feel that you need to change to achieve acceptance.


Over the past year I have learned a lot about myself. I would like to convince myself from an earlier time that the career path I chose is the right one for me. I would tell myself the following. When people say, "The sky is the limit," I feel a strong urge to guide them towards my career path. Ever since I was young I fantasized of flying, as most people do. As high school graduation loomed closer, I could not decide what I would do as a career. I decided to follow my dreams and started pilot school. Another huge factor in my decision is the fact that I am fascinated to meeting people and seeing new places. Being a professional pilot is the perfect career for me because it allows me to follow my dreams, meet new people, and see new places. For me, the sky is not the limit, the sky is my office.


If I could go back in time to my high school senior self, I would say one thing: “Relax!” College is not this big scary experience that I thought it was going to be. Coming from a small town in North Carolina, I was somewhat apprehensive of moving to a college town, sharing a dorm room with a complete stranger, walking down the hallway half-naked to take a shower, and every other experience that comes along with being a college freshman. But the thing is, everyone is in the same boat as you. Every other kid there is scared out of their mind and worried that somehow they’re going to mess everything up (which will never happen, you future college students). After a few weeks there, everyone is best friends and you’re comfortable enough to finally relax and take a deep breath. College is one of the best experiences of your life and I just wish I could have realized how much fun I was going to have instead of worrying for months before move-in day. So, to my past-tense self: have fun packing for college and get ready for the time of your life!


I would tell myself to sign up for more honors and AP courses. It really makes a difference if you can get your basics such as English and History out of the way so you can dive straight into your major. This is especially helpful when you are not a hundred percent confident about your choice of a major. I would tell myself to apply to more universities as well. I only applied to three universities, but this was because I was afraid that I would not be accepted; however, I now realize that despite this fear I should have applied to multiple schools to broaden my options. I love UNCW, but I believe there are other universities that I could have attended that could offer a better program for my major.


I would go back and tell myself to get involved. There are many clubs that I could have become a part of and making a lot more friends. Having more obligations would have helped me meet new people and feel more a part of this university. It makes the experience richer and more than about going to class and getting good grades. It is about rounding your education, learning about different people, and helping others. For me, it would have made the transition from living at home to out on my own a whole lot better than coming here and not making an effort to be involved on campus.


When I was in high school, my main focus about college was the social aspect. I could not wait to have that freedom that came along with going to college. While these expectations were accurate, I would advise my high school self to be more expectant of the heavy workload and the busy schedules that were to come. Suddenly, I had less free time than I expected and this took me off guard. Also, I would advise myself to care less about what people think of me and my reputation. College differs from high school because it is much bigger and more impervious to cliques and rumors. College gives students a real chance to find their place in the world and figure out who they are without having to worry about silly high school drama and gossip. I wasted most of my freshman year on caring too much about others' opinions and I ended up losing my true self. I would definitely advise myself to focus more on becoming the person I want to be instead of trying to be someone that I thought others would like.


Knowing what I know now about college life, if I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to actually study. Being a straight “A” high school student, I thought I had everything under control and didn’t think that it actually pertained to me when adults said “College is a lot different than high school.” I realized early on that the way things are graded are a lot more harsh than in high school, mainly because there are less grades being recorded. Because of this, every fraction of a point counts immensely. I would tell my high school self to not get distracted so easily and spend a lot more time in the library, and that as rough at it is at the time, it will pay off at the end of the semester.


I would give myself the advice to apply for scholarships early and often. I didn't do it enough, and I realize how much money is out there and so easily accessible.


If I could go back in time, I would tell myself to relax and not be so anxious about leaving home. I would say that home-cooked meals are by far better than anything a dining hall or restaurant can provide. To be surrounded by family is something that I would miss greatly-appreciate it all now. Even though I know I missed many things about living at home, I would assure myself that I would meet people who would become life-long friends, and experience things that would make great memories. The most important thing I would tell myself is “You are stronger than you think.”


I would tell myself to go back and fill out many more scholarships. Because college is expensive and more money always hekps!


If I could talk to myself as a high school senior, my first advice would be to not procrastinate and to apply for as many scholarships an grants; whether I felt like doing them or not! The second advise I'd give is to take as many oppurtunities that you can because they look good on your college transcript and can also shape you into a greater person than you are now! My last advise would be to be careful of the friends you choose to be around with. Know that they are not worth wasting your time when you could be doing school work!


Knowing now what I know about college, I'd have a lot of advice for my high school self. First of all, I'd start by telling myself it's a lot more work than high school is. College takes drive and a lot of patience. I believe that college takes a lot of preparation. You need to be ready to begin each day. You need to have each class's homework done before the beginning of those classes. You will also need to learn time management. When in college, you need to be able to manage your time well, if you don't you'll have time for nothing else besides school. My advice to myself would also be to not stress. Stressing only causes more of a headache. College is a big change and one that you need to be ready for. Take some time before you begin a semester to prepare yourself. Another piece of advice I would offer is to take some time for yourself. All in all, college is a big change. I would suggest taking it slow and not sweating the small stuff. After all, slow and steady wins the race.


For the most part I am extremely happy with how my undergraduate career went. But if I was given the opportunity to go back and talk to my high school self I would have a few things to advise. I would definitely focus on time management. I would tell myself to really manage my time more wisely. UNCW offers so many things in the way of classes, social events and opportunities. I would say try a lot in the beginning, but don't take on too much. It's great to be social, but also don't overload yourself on classes, clubs, sports, and friends because something will give. I would also tell myself to apply for more scholarships. Financially, the school doesn't offer as many scholarship for out of state students so search for as many as possible! Otherwise, just have fun, enjoy the experience, and make those long lasting relationships that help you make it through the tough times. I wouldn't change a thing about my undergraduate choices, so I would tell myself to trust my instincts and make the right choices. And good luck!


I would apply to all scholarships and grants early. I would research my options for colleges with more time and I would focus more on my school work.


I would of adviced myself to be more patient and not so wrapped up in myself and my social life. I should of taken everything more slowly and not just to make my parents happy. I also would if asked myself not to drop out of highschool and actually finish as having a GED is fine but you miss out on so much experience.


If I could go back to high school and give myself some advice about college and this transition, I would tell myself that growing up does not mean moving away from loved ones and isolating yourself. I grew up in a very small community, and I was determined to get far away from it when college time came because i thought that's what i had to do to feel grown. However, now that i am in college, I have learned that you dont have to leave your family to grow up and figure out who you are and who you are supposed to be. I would spend more time just enjoying the company of loved ones because on a daily basis, I long to be in that small community again with the people that helped me transform into the successful student I am today.


Honestly, If I could go back I would not change a thing. When I was a senior I had a plan, I followed my plan and though it has changed I still believe It was right for me at the time. The choices I have made and the decisions that have come my way have shaped me into the person that I am. If I did not go the way that I went out of high school then I would not have experienced and learned from the obstacles I was faced with. In high school I made mistakes and though I was not perfect God shaped me into who He wanted me to be. I have learned so much within the last couple of years. Everyday I learn something new about life and myself. I choose to live day by day and do the things I feel led to do. If my plans change then that's okay, I will learn and take the steps required of me to change my path. I long to Enjoy life and refuse to worry about my future and where I need to be because it is all in the hands of someone greater!




focus more on studies and manage time wisely


I would tell my high school self to worry less about meeting friends, dating, and what how I appear to others and focus more on my student habbits and acdemic skills. I push myself to get involved in things I'm interested in even if I had to branch out alone to do them, to develope and foster my interest early so that in college I can grow even further in these skills and hobies. I would promise myself not to worry because the transition from high school to college wasn't near as difficult as it's made to seem. But most of all I would erge my younger self to become more independent and make decisions based off of my goals and aspirations not those of my friends and family.


Kevin, get an on-campus job. They are terribly easy, the money is great and you can study while you do it. You just cannot beat that. Go to UNC-Wilmington. There's great weather, the classes are easier, it is by the beach, you will meet some great people, and you will meet your girlfriend there. Do not take those science classes. And if you do summer school, do it at a community college. Then transfer as you have planned to UNC or Notre Dame. A degree from UNC-Wilmington is very limiting, but while your here, enjoy it! It's not where you start, but where you finish! But keep up your grades and use and They are life savers and will boost your GPA up dramatically. Search and research what you want to major in. You will change your mind thousands of times. Other than that, do not take for granite your time in college. This is independence without the responsibility of bills. It cannot be replicated.


When I first attended college at Virginia Tech in 2006, I experienced a whole new world of living. With the divorce of my parents in high school, and moving to North Carolina the same year with my brothers and mother, I quickly had to learn how to be the man of the house and take care of my younger siblings. At college, these skills I learned were put to great use to control the juggling of class, homework, and tests. As I continued, the college experience shaped me into being a more mature adult instead of the immature boy. I developed excellent study habits, organization skills, and time management skills that have helped me be the man I am today. Going to college should be the main goal of any young person in they would like to be successful in life. Not only does the degree matter, but the skills associated with it are important as well. The college experience not only teaches you the information you need towards your major, but in the end teaches you how to be ready for the real world experience, which I believe is the most important aspect of life.


During my time at UNCW I have gone though the struggles of trying to pinpoint one thing that I want to focus on and make my career. This has been extremely hard because I have so many areas of interest, even with all the different roles I can take with psychology I know I will be happy no matter what, because I will be helping people and thats worth all the years of studying.


My college experience has given me maturity and knowledge. I believe that the knowledge I have gained in college has given me the ability to make better and more informed choices about my life. It has given me direction and inspiration in life it led me to the criminal justice field and has opened me up to the line of work I now pursue. Without college I would still be stuck waitressing in a small town, instead I have relocated to a bigger city with more possibilities. It even allowed me to relocate to an area with a four year university were I can continue to further my knowledge by completing my Bachelors degree and hopefully one day, if time and money permit, my Masters. College has been valuable for me to attend because I have been able to improve my quality of life and put dreams within my reach.


I have gained a love of learning and knowledge that I never would have experienced had I not made the choice to attend college. Never before would I have had the discipline to stay up late into the night and put school before everything else. Attending college has truly made me into the type of person I want to be. I have learned to prioritize, to set goals and go after them, and to take on challenges. I have also gained an extreme determination to succeed, and the knowledge that I can over come any hurdle. I am a single mom who works and goes to school and there have been many times where I felt it would have been easier to give up. These feelings go away every time I step onto campus and get a sense of hope for my future, a sense of accomplishment for just being there. The feeling I get when a paper or test has come back and I've done well gives me the enouragement I need to do well in every aspect of my life. College has definitely shaped who I am today.


In the first semester of college, you learn so much about yourself. Because I procrastinate when it comes to my school work and studies, I have learned that in order to get my class assignments completed in a timely manner I have to go to the library because there are just way to many distractions for me in the dorm. I have also learned that having someone live in the same room with you can be very challenging at times so it's important to talk things through and make sure you don't hold grudges against eachother. One of the most important things I have learned about classes is that you should ALWAYS introduce yourself to ALL of your teachers. Being on a personal level with each of your professors can help if you run into some problems. Not only has UNCW showed me who I am, it has also provided me with my closest friends. Everyone at the dub is so friendly it was extremely easy to adjust to college life. This school means everything to me and I honestly believe that it is the best school around.


My second time through college, as a non-traditional student, has been enlightening in a way that I failed to appreciate while younger. Some of the rewards, naturally, have been social: I've been able to enjoy the local beaches and downtown nightlife without being enslaved by them, and I've been able to relate to faculty and staff as valued peers instead of simply authority figures. Others bonuses have been technological: I've been able to watch newer computing and research tools revolutionize the way we conceive of campus libraries--from individual buildings to expansive informational networks easily accessed from without. But what I value most is what I’ve taken away philosophically: coming to look at education as a synthesis, and individual subjects and courses as different angles from which to examine the world, as opposed to discrete sets of facts to be memorized, recited on exams, and forgotten. The fact that higher learning leads to higher wages is nice, to be sure, but it can obscure the fact that knowledge is empowering in and of itself.


The great thing about college is that everyone's experience is vastly different. Ask most and they will say it was "the time of their life." Many college students spend their nights drinking and days sleeping, forgetting to attend class the next morning. I was not one of those students. I learned early on that being able to wake up and be at school for my Friday 8 a.m. class was only preparing me for having to wake up at 6 a.m. years later and be at school to teach my own class of students. I learned to be the adult that chose not to attend the party most of the time, in order to prepare myself for the future. And the night I chose not to be that student I realized the valuable lessons I would be missing in the class. College is vital to being a successful human-being. It allows for mistakes, bad decisions, and the opportunity to learn from them and be better the next day. College was valuable because I am now a middle school teacher, which was my dream. College has allowed me to change the lives of children every day.


My college experience has been anything but normal. I have transfered three times and have since left school for a period nearing two years. Despite this pattern, my college experience has atught me a lot about myself. In reflecting on my mistakes and mishaps, I have been afforded the oportunity to reflect on my experience and identify my true passions. From the ashes of college failure have rissen motivation, passion, a drive to once again be successful. This is the path I have begun to pursue as of late. I have taken those years of misguidance and cluelessness and turned them into a drive that I have not seen in myself since high school. So I would say that I have gotten a second chance out of my college experience. Itw as a valuable experience and one that will allow me to return to school wiser and more mature and allow me to reach my dreams of designing, building and operating underwater submersibles and ROV/AUV's and eventually obtaining a job at the highly regarded Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Now if I can overcome the challanges of financing my education like I have overcome other obstacles, life will flourish.


I for the most part have enjoyed my college experience. I have some doubts to if I should have joined a fraternity as a lot of my friends are in fraternities and I sometimes feel like I made a mistake in not trying it out. I am glad that my University is very accepting, enthusiastic and accomadating of me wanting to study abroad (in Valencia, Spain currently for 2 semesters). Was a freshmen orientation leader the summer between my freshman and sophomore year and that allowed me to change my character (become less shy). The campus is very calm and pedestrian friendly, though when it rains it pours, flooding the campus so hopefully school admins can fix that. Though UNCW was my 3rd choice, I am glad I applied was accepted, and enrolled here.


My college experience has allowed me to follow my dreams of becoming an on-site mine geologist. This experience started with taking basic studies classes, including environmental studies 195. In this class, I realized I wanted to study about the Earth. I then enrolled into geology courses and found my true passion, geology. Over the past three years, I have gained valuable knowledge in my degree field. Along with this knowledge, I have also expanded my experience in the work force because I worked full time while attending school. My education is priceless and something I will value for the rest of my life. I live to learn and want to continue my education by attending graduate school to fulfill my dream of becoming an on-site mine geologist.


Because I went to school outside of my hometown, I was taken out of my comfort zone. I was away from my friends, family, and everything that I was comfortable with. I was not able to depend on anything that I had previously relied on, so I grew alot as an individual. I have also become much more excited about my education. I have loved almost every class I have taken at UNCW. I am interested in the assigned material and I am easily engaged in the lectures, so my education is becoming even more important to me.


I have learned to never procrastinate again, because I apparently don't work as well under pressure as I thought I did. I highly suggest to get your work done on time, and do it in an efficient manner! I've met so many people with so many distinct personalities that it baffles me. I've met people who I can relate to, and others who I never could. It's interesting to think that you can't make a human connection with just anyone. I've learned about possible career options that I would never think of, and I've met professors who have seriously changed my outlook on life. I know it's cliche to say but, college really is a learning experience about life!