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


A Letter To Me.. First of all, congrats on graduating! I know you're pretty stoked about the next level! A few words of advice.. First, don't sweat the small stuff. Second, remember that you can have your cake and eat it to, the only thing is that you have to bake the cake first. Meaning, study before your social life. Your friends can wait, believe they will, school comes first. Third, on one of summer breaks, go get a job at Yellowstone! You will absolutely LOVE it. Finally, remember to seize ever moment. This period of your life goes by way to fast. Enjoy yourself! Also, call your mom everyother day! She gets mad when you slack! Good Luck mini me, see you in 19 years.


For the most part, I feel I was pretty prepared in high school for the college life. One thing I would like to change is my first semester at college. I definitely enjoyed my social life in the beginning but I do not like how I didn't sleep often which made a negative impact on my studies. Once I realized I could no longer go on with little sleep, I changed it all around the second semester and ended up making all A's.


My college experience has been very valuable. The University of Oklahom Health Science Center has prepared me to be competitive in the medical field and I am confident that upon graduation I will obtain a job with ease. The faculty and staff are helpful and available.


I would tell myself that I should have taken some college courses while in high school to get me prepared to what college classes and homework would be like so I could have made that transition easier. I would have mentally prepared by studying longer hours while I was in high school. Most seniors coming out of high school think college is no big deal, but it is not a joke. If I would have know that it would have taken me 8 years to receive two bachelors degrees, then I would have majored in zoology and applied to medical school. Im finishing up my last year and a half in school to become a radiologist practitioner assistant. With being so young as a senior you don't know what to expect until after a few years of being in college and learning how to make that transition.


The advice I would give myself would be not to procrastinate and start applying for colleges, grants, and scholarships while I?m in still in high school. Life is short and you want to do all you can in the lifespan that you have, so don?t waste your time or the time of others. In order to succeed you must put forth an effort in life.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to stop acting like you know everything cause people with attitudes like that don't get very far in life. It's true when they say your attitude determines your latitude. Dont ever worry about what your piers have to say about you cause at the end of the day your the only person that can live your life and it only matters what you think. When you get to college it is a whole different ball game. You really have to learn how to stand on your own 2 feet, you dont have mommy and daddy around your an adult now making adult decisions. Dont worry about the partying cause the most important thing now is your education and to better your present and future. Most of the time college is not what its cracked up to be. So dont waste any time or money cause not everyone finishes, only the strong survives. Take it from other people's experiences you can learn alot by just listening to the stories. Always be yourself, keep your head on your shoulders.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to relax during college and enjoy the experience. College is such a unique part of life. Academics are very important during college, but so are the social and extracurricular aspects. When adults look back on college, they usually don't recall what grade they received for each test or class, however they do talk about the friends and escapades that encompassed their college life. I would tell myself that I worked hard to get myself here, and not to lose sight of the larger goal of graduating and getting a great job, but enjoy the college years.


They say that hind sight is 20/20; well I believe that statement to be very true. I often look at where I am now and where I was as a senior in high school .There are a lot of things I wish I knew about making the transition into college life. The first thing I would recommend is to research all of the possible resources and clubs on campus. I say this because joining clubs are a great resource for learning about the campus and an easy way to meet upper classmen who may be able to give good advice. Find resources that will facilitate your acclimation to the campus. I would tell myself to plan financially for school and take out the least amount of loans needed. In college and after, I found myself in a lot of unnecessary debt that could have been avoided. The last piece of advice is to be responsible. Because you are now on your own it is easy to get distracted and get caught up in partying and hanging out. Since there is no one telling you when to do homework, be responsible and dedicate the appropriate time to studies.


If I could talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to be more confident and outgoing as I start college. Try to meet people and have a good time without worrying about what they think of you. Get into a routine and stick with it because that will help you do well in your classes without stressing yourself out, but don't use that as an excuse to miss opportunities to make friends.


Know what they want to do. Go to junior college first and feel things out the transfer to UC or State college


To find the right college, I highly reccomend that you visit the campus. It was my experience as well as many others' that you really get a certain feeling when you visit campuses. Interestingly, I was able to tell in a matter of minutes if this was a place that would be right for me. Don't just pick a college based on where your high school friends are going. Ultimately, this might turn out to be a poor decision. To make the most of your college experience, I suggest that you get involved in extracurricular activities. This is a wonderful way to meet new friends, network, and establish a place for yourself at the university. I firmly believe that the people who enjoy their college experience the most are those who really dug in and got involved in something they were passionate about. You can't just spend your entire college career studying-- you need to enrich your life by becoming involved in your community and school.


If you know what you want to major in, ask potential future employers about the quality of students from that school. Look for a school that will be able to provide you with individual attention if needed. Get involved with activities on campus including volunteer/community service stuff.