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If I could go back to myself as a high school senior and offer advice, I would say choose the school that best fit who you are and who you want to be. Do not base your decision on how your parents feel. You are smart and beautiful and you need to believe in yourself. Stay focus and always put in 100{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c} in whatever you do. Never give up on your hopes and dreams, because with hard work anything is possible.


Where do I begin! My 24 year old self now will tell my 17 year old self then, to focus on school, do not worry about what others have to say about you and stay commited to you. If i could go back to high school today I would listen to my teachers and parents. It is a huge reality check once you get out there in the world as an adult. You need to do all of your homework, and turn it in on time. If the teacher is talking, that means you need to be taking notes. Basically, in high school you need to not worry about being popular, focus on you and your career goals, take notes, do well on all homework assignment and tests, and stay out of trouble. You think high school is tough now, wait til you get to college.


Knowing what I know now about my adult self, I would tell my high school self to slow down. There is a lifetime of opportunities that you are giving up by rushing to be an adult. Enjoy your high school years, you will miss your friends and the experiences that you thought would last a life time. There is plenty of time to be an adult. Take school more seriously, don't skip with friends...the mall can wait, your education can't. It's much harder to finish school now with a family, if you get it out of the way early you will have more time to be with friends and family down the road. Be careful who you trust, and who you give your heart away too...anyone worth being with will love you for who you are, not for who you think they want you to be. Enjoy being young, it doesn't last forever...set goals now, and always strive to be someone others will look up to even when the right choice is the most difficult choice.


I would tell my younger self to do better in school and stay focused. In the begining years of college, I would have explored different classes in different fields to get a better grasp on what I wanted to study and what career I wanted to pursue in life.


It is not very easy the transition, be at your best. It may seem a lot to take in, but not only will you have the knowledge, but you will have skills to take with you in the working world, such as time management, routine habits, and strong work ethic. You can take these with you, and this will show the positives to potential employers that you care moldable, trainable, and able to communicate effectively and professionally.


Do not wait until you are 24 to start college, begin as soon as high school is over so you have a higher chance of getting into your career sooner and not have to wait until you are almost 30 to find a career.


I would tell myself i should of never gave up and continued on to college instead struggling for ten years, before deciding to finally turn my life around and make a difference.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would encourage myself to start college right after high school and to not stop until my degree was completed. I started my family young and am now competing for employment with younger adults who are more employable due to having completed their degrees. Stick with something because although it is never to late to start something new, being at the bottom repeatedly because of having to start over is no way to live your life.


If I could talk to high school senior Bridgett, the first thing I would tell her is never schedule a class for 8 am. Partying and spending time with your friends is great, but don't let it interfere with what your main goal is, which is getting a degree, and being the best Bridgett you can be. I would tell her to not wait until 12 hours before her paper is due to get started. I would tell her to try and befriend someone who in your program to become a study buddy with, this can also help if the two of you can split the costs of books. Speaking of books, always try off campus bookstores first, and in this day and age, online as well. I would also tell Bridgett that it will get tough, and there will be times that you want to quit, but dont! A semester off turns in to a year off which turns into 5 and then 10 years. It is much easier to just push through and get done. The only thing on the other side of college is being a full fledged adult. Take advantage of the in between.


No matter how you feel about your future, complete your general education classes. At least go to a community college to continue your education, this is your best option. Keep working towards something even if you don't know what you want to do. You will be unsure most of the time, and you will change your mind about your future, but you will have more options if you keep working to complete your general education. You will find something that interests you and start pursuing a degree in that field. Living on campus and having the college experience is good to do, but wait until you're a little bit older. You'll get more out of your education and a balanced social life as well. Always go to class even if you don't want to, otherwise you are wasting your money and your time. Enjoy the learning process and try to focus on what interests you and what you're good at.


Do not give up, education is it's own reward. Focus on the core eduction requirements and take classes on subjects you know you are not good at. The point is learning not entertainment. Talk to a counselor to help you map out a plan and key in on the basics. Everything you learn will benefit you in some way in the future. Math is your friend, the more you understand it the better your financial prospects will be. YOU are capable of learning anything if you apply yourself to LEARNING. The cost over your lifetime of not getting a degree is significantly more than the cost of school. Do not wait, the perfect time will never come and it will always take work and effort. Invest in yourself, you are worth it and you can do it.


I would tell myself to hang in there. Don't give up on your dreams, even it it seems like everything is working against you to accomplish them, don't give up. You can do this.


As family and friends congratulate past me I approach and prepare to advice past me off all the new challenges I would say something like. Hi, I am you from the future; I suggest you get a haircut long hair does not look good on you. Secondly study hard and it’s not easy your current friends are not as cool as you think they will get you into trouble. I would suggest you change majors to physics its really interesting hard but worth it. Take a financial management class don’t spend your money on only on important things. Also, do not take calculus in the summer along with chemistry its really tough exceptionally with Professor Lowenkrown. Stay in your parent’s house at least for the first year it saves money. But I would not tell myself to much things since these are the life lessons I learned and help me shape who I am today as a person, living it makes much more of a difference than just taking someone else’s advice.


I would have went to college as soon as I graduated instead of waiting to go back. I would have made better choices in my life especially becoming a teenage mom. Even though I graduated with my class it was still a struggle being a full-time high school student and a full-time mom.


If I could go back and speak with myself as a high school student, I would advise myself to not take a break once graduation was over to work. Obtaining an education should be priority over anything else because once you get out of the habit of doing homework and attending classes it is difficult to get back into it without wanting to give up. It is also important to consider once you have a family it puts a strain on getting an education and on the relationship. Finish school before getting married, having children, because without your degree, jobs are limited.


My best advice is to look for online colleges and pay attention to the details of the schools. Do not focus on just going to a campus location, you do have options of online schooling, which is great since you love computers.


The first thing that I would tell myself, is not to wait. I am now twenty-eight years old and I find myself wishing that I had not waited to continue my education. I would remind myself that it is more than important to continue my education and that it will lead to a financially sound future with a career that I enjoy work at.


If I could go back in time to high school senior status, I would tell myself to not give up. As a high school student, I was going through some extensive medical situations that I had no control over. I gave up on my dream to attend college due to this situation. I had myself convinced that college had to be put on hold because with the medical situations I would be absent much of the time. I eventually gave up. After starting a family, I thought college was definitely out of the picture. If only I had not given up in high school and went ahead and filled out my applications. Needless to say, the desire was still in my heart and when the chance came about, I took it. This is the best decision of my life. I am now setting an example for my children and I tell them everyday to never give up. If I could turn back time, I would, but I'm sure things worked out the way they were supposed to. I am fulfilling my dream even though it is years later. Dreams never get too old to come true. I'm proof.


I wouldn't give myself advice at all. Even before going to college I had my own plan. Although I graduated at 15, I knew that college will be hard but if I try my best just like how I became an honor student in high school everything would fall into place. I have no regrets on how I have handled things for going to college. I am still determined!


If I could go back in time and talk to myself when I was a high school senior, knowing what I know now about college life and making the transition I would have prepared myself more liking getting a job sooner somewhere. Even though I wouldn't have found a job because normally you have to be 18 years of age. I could have found something like waitressing or something similar. I would have also prepared myself the best I could've if I were to know that my mother was going to pass away right before I graduated high school, because I had everything planned out before. I was going to do my college work so I have enough time every day to get things done but now I have to work and save as much money as I can so I can get school paid off as soon as possible. Also to pay bills so it's been an enormous transition for me but if I would've been somewhat prepared for everything that was coming my way I could've did much better. I wouldn’t suggest having your parents get neck surgery, I know regret it.


If I were able to go back in time and speak with my freshman-year-of-high-school self what would I say? First off I would say that it’s okay, I just need to breath, and that everyday I must keep in mind I am a strong, smart and beautiful women; capable of anything. I would tell myself to stay in band and concert choir; cheer and dance weren’t really that important. Schoolwork comes first before ANTHING else; every grade matters. Focus on studying, set goals, and get a job in healthcare; that’s where you’ll find your calling. Apply for scholarships while you’re IN high school. Acquire some college credits while you’re in high school. You’re only going to have four real classes your senior year, that’d be a great time to volunteer or actually start college. Don’t forget your vacation to the big apple, Broadway is still waiting.


The advice that I would give myself would be to have confidence in the decisions that I was going to make and to not take a break between the transistion form junior college to a university. Life gets crazy but education is a huge part in finding a decent job in today's society so it is really important to finish going to school.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would advise myself to go straight to college after high school. Time is lost if you decide to take a year off, or start college later in life. Stay focused, apply for scholarships and remember knowledge is the beginning of a whole new World. If you have to apply for a loan to help cover your tuition pay the interest on the loan each month, even before the loan is due, this will save you a substantial amount of money. College life is rewarding, challenging, exciting, and enables you to accomplish your goals and dreams. Study, do not be late for class, do your homework, keep your head up, make new friends, try new things, have fun and enjoy the adventure.


I have thought about this for at least the past six years, I work with children that have similar issues like myself as a kid. The children I deal with are one step towards prison and feel that no body really cares, I felt like these children in many ways and chose not to participate in a free education just like the kids at my job. The advice I would give myself is that we only have one opportunity in life to make the right choice it doesn't mean that it will be easier but will in deed give you a better chance of success. Look at school like a game of chess and remember that every one choice you make there is five or six different choices you could have made, give yourself a running start toward a goal and don't sit back and settle because in the long run you will not be happy with yourself giving you just another excuse to fall back on.


The best advice any person can receive in preparing for college is that it is imperative to learn time management skills. It is also important to learn good study habits. But the most important thing that I would go back and tell myself is that hard work and dedication do pay off and I would ensure that I knew that I could do anything I put my mind to.


I would have told myself to stick it out when I first enrolled in college near my hometown. At this time I was living with my parents, I was not working, and I was going to school for nursing. I would tell myself to stay living at home, so I would not have to get a full-time job and school would be easier. I would have had more time to focus on school if I would not have been working as well. The transition from high school to college life can be overwhelming, but it is a part of life and can be done. I have learned now how to manage my time and money more wisely, so that school is not as stressful. I may go back to school for nursing some day, but it was a lit too overwhelming at the time. I still think I would make myself get through college when I was 18, so that I could already have my nursing degree now. However, I do believe that everything happens for a reason. I do think that I will make a great psychologist, and I could also become a nurse later on as well.


I would tell myself to apply to any school and it is nothing like high school. There is no one watching over you and calling your parents to say your ditching. It is very realixed and you are own boss. Do not think that just because you have to supervsion, does not mean to ditch and slack off! Take it serious and enjoy it. Do not take four years to decided what you wanna be, just go for whatever you want and be yourself.


Take your time and do not be afraid. There are resources to help you and a support system to make sure you do not go through this alone. Do not rush. Always take your time and work to the best of your capabilities. Problems happen and life may get hard but using college as your outlet will only benefit you in the long run. Take a break when needed. Whether a short leave of absence or a snack break during a paper, when you feel overwhelmed make informed decisions and then come back to it. College can be a scary experience at first, but confidence and knowing where your support system lies will get you through and towards the path of your career.


If I could go back and give myself advice, I would tell myself to not be afraid. I would encourage myself to try, and not to be scared that I am not smart enough to attend college. I was so intimidated by everything it overwhelmed me. I have no idea why I was like this. I would also tell myself you do not have to be so shy. I would say…Cristina you can do this; you need to achieve a college degree to be financially independent. I support you; I am here right by your side.


I would tell myself to stick with in state colleges or universitiies. Less expensive and I would be done with school already!


Stay in school. Just because you are making more money than your parents at 18 years-old, does not mean that you won't need an eduaction. The economy is going to fall apart in 10 years and the construction industry will be almost nonexistent for many years. Also college is a lot easier than you think. It's just like anything else in life, if you put in the time and the work you will be successful!


My transition from high school into college was that of an emotional rollercoaster. Feelings of excitement and fear filled my head which lead to making quick and thoughtless decisions that I wish I could have taken back. If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would inform myself to take my time and think out everything before making a decision. I wasted 2 years in college pursuing a degree that really wasnt for me. Pressure from teachers and peers on choosing a field of study got to my head. As a result I'm currently living with that mistake today. I have realized that going to college right after high school, may not have been the best decision for me. I learned from this experience that not everyone may be ready to start college right after graduationg from high school, and that is nothing to feel embarrassed about. Taking your time and getting to know yourself and what fits you is most important. Even though this experience has it's flaws, it has also shaped me into the person that I am today. Experiences are sometimes needed as preparation for growth.


I would tell myself as a high school senior, to not give up try my hardest to go to college right away. I waited so long after raising two children alone, college right after high school, my children could have had a much better childhood.


If I had the opportunity to go back in time and talk to my high school senior self, I wouldn’t want to lay out the future or lead myself down a different path than where I am today. The roller coaster of experiences and lessons learned along the way are irreplaceable. Given the chance, I’d tell myself to: “Stop trying to be and do what others want or expect. It gets you nowhere! You will lose yourself in all the different versions of you. Fear will prevent you from doing many things, including pursuing your dreams and continuing your education. Self-mutilation scars you, not the ones who have caused you pain! Use the criticism and judgments that will come, as motivation. We are bipolar insomniacs who will be diagnosed as such, in addition to the diagnoses of PTSD and ADD. Because of this, you (me) will be in our 30’s before obtaining a college degree; we will be the first of the family, which makes struggle well worth the fight! We survive- I am the proof! Life is a journey; travel your own path. You only have one life to live and this is YOURS!”


If i could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior i would give myself some advice like don't give up on your self, work hard, and stay in school.


The number one thing that i would tell my high school self is that no matter how hard a situation is you continue with it. Do not stop trying to reach your goals no matter what!! Giving up on school after a few semesters is the worst thing you can do and you will definetly regret it down the road. I would also tell my highschool self that it is more important to have a savings account with at least 3 months of back up money than that cute outfit or shoes that you think you need. You do not want to be 33 years old struggling to make ends meet and wanting desperatly to return to school but not have enough money to do so. Just remember you have to work hard for anything that is worth having!


If I was able to go back and talk to myself as a high school senior I would make sure I knew how hard college was going to be. I would tell myself to stay focused even though there will be pressure to party and let loose. I would say don't forget how determined you were to graduate and make that high GPA. I would explain that life is going to change you won't have that teacher looking over your shoulder making sure you are understanding everything. There will be times when it just seems like to much but you have to keep going and try your hardest. The best advice I could give is manage your time and stay focused on your final goal. Don't let anything or anyone stand in your way.


I would tell myself that everything counts,its okay to fail but never give up on your dream because people stop dreaming and never settle because things are getting hard. keep going and try and do your best and do what makes you happy.


Had I the opportunity to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would stress a point I fear I already knew but was too apathetic to care: every decision counts. Every assignment I let slide, every class I did not attend, I would emphasize that each decision had its own impact on my education and current situation, however small. Adolescence seems to be a scary period of merciless judgment on part of each teenager. I would tell myself not to be afraid of what other people think, peel off the facade of casual coolness, and realize that this is my life. What I regret the most in my education is not the chances I took that embarrassed me, like giving an overly passionate speech in class, but the opportunities I missed for fear of how other people would perceive me. I would not forego any promising opportunity before me, because each one held a chance of success, or at the very least, the breeding environment for a lesson learned. I would go back in time and force that naive adolescent girl to see the magnitude of each and every decision, and opportunity lost.


I would ask myself to find a school that would make me feel fulfilled and qualified to go out into the world and make a difference not just for myself but to help others. I would advise myself not to try so hard to become a grownup, that happens too soon after school. Make friends and enoy the learning experience but be prepared to experience hardship.


I would tell myself to study harder to get a better GPA in high school, as your scores are very important for continuing your education. The other thing I would change is going right to college after high school, rather than waiting until your an adult to return to school to further your education and make a career change. I realize now after many years since graduating high school the importance of obtaining an education for a career.


I wish I could time travel and tell my younger self many different things. But, most importantly, I would tell the high school version of myself to not be so caged in. I have always been a shy and quiet person. I have always kept to myself and just used my energy at staying focused on my school and my work. But if I would have opened myself up to more people at a younger age I am sure I would have been a much happier teenager. One thing I have learned in my major of psychology is that friendship is an incredibly important tool in coping with adolescent issues. Since I have been in college, I have been much more involved in my school and my community and I have therefore made more freinds. This has allowed me to be happier, get better grades, excel at work, and experience much more of life than I did before. When I have my PhD and am able to council young people, I will always encourage them to reach out to others and know they are not alone.


Knowing what I know now about college life and making the transition, what advice would I can give myself today, is do not take anything for granted. The younger version of me and my friends at the time thought we had all the time in the world, to get serious. The situation the world is in now, with unemployment, even if have a degree, I would not be working in my field, I would have to settle with what is available to get by. I would also tell myself have fun, but focus on the future and grab as much knowledge and experience as I could to prepare myself for the future.


Don't sweat the small stuff.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would say to go directly to the University instead of going to a junior college eventhough I'm still undecided of what major to choose but just being in a University, would calmed me. All my close friends have graduated this year and some next year. I haven't even started the university and it makes me feel like crap since I have a long way to go. Obviously I only have myself to blame but I just wish I had the brain and the motivation to go to any University instead of a junior college when I was a high school senior.


The advice that I would give myself is to always remain focused on the goals that I have set for myself because college life will have many activities and parties to attend. I would also explain that college life will have many different experiences than high school and that the college life gives you a chance to make friends that you will have for the rest of life. I would also tell myself that there are plenty resources available to help me with my classwork and to make sure that I use them and to never be afraid to ask my instructors if there is something that I do not understand because that is what they are there for to make sure that I succeed in my classes and in life.


"Make every moment a memory, and never take the time you are given for granted. Be more forgiving and make peace with your peers. Fall in love with as many things as possible in life, and keep your mind, as well as your heart, open to new adventures. Only you choose the path that you want to take in life and the roads you will travel to acheive your journey. Only accept the battles that you are willing to sacrafice everything for, because only you will pay the consequences in the end. The 'small' battles will be settled in time through your progress and acheivement. Most importantly, believe in yourself more than anything else. It does not get easier, but you get better." I gained a knew found respect for life lessons like these once I moved two hours away from home freshman year of college.


If I could go back in time, and talk to myself as a High School Senior, I would tell myself to stay very focused on my studies, as some of these classes, will benefit me once I attend college. I would hang on to any notes that have similar studies related to the areas in which my college Major would surround. I would say self practice being the bset student you can be, practice the best study habits, put that disipline in place, focus on you being tomorrow's future, you will make a difference in the world, the world will be impacted by your dreams and goals. I would encourage myself that I could be the next; Doctor, Lawyer, Engineer, Dentist, Social Worker, Psychologist or President. Life can be whatever I want it to be, with God being my helper, and the confidence I have in myself, that as I grow to do my best, I will past this on to my children, and they will pass it on to their's. Education is the key to power, and I will do well. My life may seem like a small part, but it can make a huge statement.


If I had a time machine and could go back in time to talk to myself during high school, I believe I could change my life. Unbeknownst to me, turning 18 enabled countless offers of credit to come my way, opening a virtual Pandora’s Box of debt with repercussions I would still be dealing with over a decade later. Having no idea of the importance of timely payments, low debt to credit ratios, or what hard inquiries could do, I joined the ranks of many Americans struggling with debt at a reflectively astonishing pace. At the time I was blissfully unaware that each shiny new purchase would dig me deeper and deeper into debt, preventing me from car loans, limiting rental options; even creating a roadblock to achieving one of my ultimate dreams: owning my own home. More than anything, I wish someone had sat me down and explained the importance and far reaching effects of building and maintaining a good credit score, and if I could talk to that girl, I would shake her and tell her that path she was about to embark on would not lead to a driveway.


If I could back in time during my senior year, I would inform myself to stick with college. Focus on the career of choice and start researching career of intrest. If there is a need that any help will be needed in any area ask for it. I will also recommend to myself do not give up on any goals or dreams. If there are certain goals that I wanted to reach stick with it. I also would inform myself to write down every thing that woud keep me on track and relfect back on that use that as a push for my future career. I would also tell myself do not settle for a job or career that you will not have no intrest in, the reason for that you will be unhappy and overlooked. Take charge of the situation and go out on faith. In every situation seek God and always put Him first, it is very important because this would help gain the success in the career goals and choices.