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I would let myself know that I should not give up when trials and hardships come my way. There will be circumstances that will put tremendous stress on me, but sticking with school and finishing my degree while younger will help me when I am older. Now it is difficult to make time with work, kids, and religious commitments. Also, I would tell myself to apply for scholarships so that I don’t have to work so hard trying to pay off student loans.


If I were just transitioning to college life I would research and apply for valid scholarships, as many as possible, to offset the agregate student loan limit because the government, although kind enough to provide funds, does not give the dollar amount necessary to complete all educational levels for the highest degree possible without paying monthly for currently acquired government funds.


Considering I attended college for the first time 20 years ago and did not complete my first degree, I would tell myself to view college as a huge opportunity and value the experience. What you choose to act on today creates your future. Without a college education you dramatically limit your career choices and ability to provide for your family in the future. Look at college as an adventure of the soul as you seek out your passion to fulfill your best life. The challenges and successes encountered in college add depth to the core of your character and provide options to support your family and "live the dream" down the road. Transitioning to college life can be much easier if you first realize the value and nuture a love of learning and a passion for your major. This creates a perspective that the experience of college is enlightening and enjoyable. Time management and a sense of personal responsibility are paramount to make the transition and success in college as smooth as possible. Each challenge and every success only add to the person you are becoming.


I would tell myself that you can do all things through Christ that strengthens you. Keep God first in anything that you do and God will open up doors that no man can touch. The Bible says in 1 Timothy 2;15 Study to show thyself approved unto God. If you do your part whether it be school, job, etc. The Lord will do his.


Spend my time and money on things to make my life better. Get better at meeting people and developing relationships outside my own niche.


Continue on to college. In this day in age "education" is the ONLY thing nobody can ever take away from you. If I could turn back time I would have struggled through college. However, at the time it was not an option for me. I had a baby at the age of 15 and had nobody to take care of him so I had to give up the chance for college until Now. Now that I am older and my son is grown I decided it was my turn to find my place in life. Therefore, I chose an education to help achieve that goal.


If I could talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to go apply for financial aid and go to college. To not listen to those who always told me I would never be able to afford college and that I was not smart enough to do well. These were the reasons I never took higher education seriously. There are programs to help people get the aid they need, so the bills would not be so high. Most importantly, I would tell myself that I am smart enough. I made the Dean's List and was invited into Phi Theta Kappa my first year at college. Believe it or not I now have a 3.63 GPA, so get yourself to school. I have since returned over 10 years later, and have done quite well. I am now trying to continue my education and reach my highest potential, one day I will complete more than one degree.


I would tell my high school senior self to go right away and not to wait 5 years to start the next chapter of life. I would explain that school doe snot get easier with age, but actually takes more effort. I would show myself where I would be in what career I want and how it helps my family. I would explain to myself that I do not need to worry about big lecture halls or roomates because I can go strictly online and complete the same degree as others in less time.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would have told myself to research the schools and to start as soon as possible. When I was choosing a college I had very few options because my schedule was limited. I have two kids to take care of and going to school would have been too difficult. I would have probably messed up my attendance or even stopped going to school. The other reason I would tell myself to research the schools is to find a cheaper tuition. I know I have to finish school, but I also think to myself how in the world am I going to pay back my school loans. I would have told myself to start as soon as possible, so I could have been done by now. I waited two years to start college after graduating, even though I knew I wanted to major in accounting. I was preoccupied by hanging with friends, which made it harder to get back in the groove of school.


The first thing I would tell myself as a high school senior who is about to face college life is, Don't Panic! It's not an easy task to cross over from being a teenager with no responsibilities into adulthood. There are pressures from parents, employers, friends, and those you are dating to do what they feel you should do. Only you can make the right decision for yourself. When I graduated from high school, I was intimidated by college. I was also in love and wanted to get married, so I went to a local college, which ended up not being accredited. I would tell myself to make wise choices and to do research to help make those choices. Choosing a college that was not accredited cost me a lot of time and money. I am now returning to college to obtain my degree after twenty years of being out of school. The disappointment of having to start over almost made me decide not to return to school, but that would not have set a good example for my children.


The advice I would give myself would be to go straight to college after highschool and do not wait! By waiting you get lax and comfortable and your mindset changes after time. I am a 54-year-old woman and a sophmore in college. I made the mistake of waiting, and waiting, and waiting.....I love these online classes because they work with my family life and work schedule really well. In a nutshell, GO DIRECTLY TO COLLEGE - - DO NOT STOP - - DO NOT WAIT! COLLEGE IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT not only for financial benefits but self-preservation as well.


I would have allowed myself some time off before I jumped right into school because I feel I would have been able to give myself more time to realize and job shadow the things I wanted to do as a career.


Knowing what I know now about college and the effects it has on families due to time consumption, I would tell my high school self to enroll in college immediately after high school. I would tell myself it is 100 times harder to raise children, take care of a household, work full time, and go to school full time later on. It is much easier to get it over with straight out of high school when your educational knowledge is still fresh in your mind, you don’t have your own household and bills to deal with, you don't have children to nurture and raise, or many other responsibilities adults do. I would tell myself having a job right after high school and thinking that is what you will do forever so you don’t need more education is not a good choice. I would say listen to your parents and teachers when they tell you to do it now. They can’t all be wrong!


If I could go back in time and speak with the then seventeen year old child I once was. I would do my best to convince her that an education is the absolute only way to fulfill her dreams. I would tell her how hard it is to juggle two children, a full time job and a full time course load, while keeping your GPA up to a 3.55. I would tell myself to take my time and enjoy being young will little responsiblities. I would stress to myself that even though I think I know what is right for me now, the truth is that is only imagined, and it wouldnt be long before the reality of life comes crashing down on her.


If I could go back to my high school self I would tell myself to research colleges better. I chose my first college to make my father happy, but in the end I hated the college, struggled endlessly with the classes, and had a horrible first semester. I had to drop out because of health issues and I wasn't prepared to get back into school immediately. Its been three years and I am just now getting back into school. I'm terrified because I know I'm going to be working harder than most to get my degree- but I am determined to get it to make my son proud. If I had chosen the right school to begin with, my life would have probably worked out more smoothly. However, I have learned from my past and know that even with the mistakes and choices I've made, my life will work out- it just would have been easier to be done with school by now and in my career making my family proud.


If I could go back in time to speak to myself as a high school senior, I would have a lot to say. I took a rigorous course of study in high school. When I graduated, I was extremely burned out. My first piece of advice to myself would be to take a year off, get some employment experience, and wind down before plunging into the new. Secondly, I'd tell myself to go straight to Community College before thinking about University. Community College offers the same quality of education that University does but at a much lower cost and in an environment that is transitionary between the strict structure of high school and the multitude of temptations at University. One of the biggest challenges I've had is learning to manage my time and ignore the distraction of community activities. Friends are important, but G.P.A. comes first. Lastly, I would tell my senior self to look into taking CLEP examinations. As a first generation college student, I'd not heard of them back then. I eventually did CLEP English Composition I and II, but I could have done much more if I'd known about CLEP sooner.


Goodness. If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would probably make myself change my outfit and wash my hair. As far as college advice goes, I would definitely tell myself to file for dependency for financial aid purposes. I was not eligible for the PELL Grant because my mom made too much money and it didn't matter that I am paying for college. Other than that, I would tell myself to take advantage of this opportunity. College is a wonderful learning experience filled with so many people who have been so many different places, and it is amazing to open your eyes and learn from them. I think the first year or so of school, I didn't realize how the other students were the people I was learning from most. I would tell myself not to worry what others think, to study hard, and try my best.


As a high school senior and prior to being a high school senior, I did not take my grades seriously, or my Grade Point Average (GPA). I now know that it is crucial to get through high school with a higher GPA and also make it through college with a higher GPA to make sure you have a better chance of getting that dream job that you have wanted your whole life. After returning to college again at the age of 19, I decided I was going to take it seriously. I now have a 3.5 GPA and I plan to raise it even more.


I would tell mysle fot never give up, and don't let yourself fall behind on school work.


If I was a high school senior I would tell myself that college is very important, and shouldn't be taken as a joke. Not going to college could keep me from learning new skills that will help me be successful. Going to college is a major benefit when it comes to getting a good job. People with higher degrees often have higher paying jobs.


If I could go back in time I would tell myself to enter college immediately after graduating high school. This is the best time to go because the longer you wait the more you forget and the more things change. When I graduated everything was not as computerized as it is today; this makes things easier and at the same time more difficult. The hardest thing for me was math. I had forgotten a lot and was working two jobs when taking the class. This is another reason for getting a good education early in life. Lots of times I have worked two jobs to help provide for my family. My husband lost a job he worked at for twenty eight years due to a plant closing. It is hard to start over at a lower pay rate and at the bottom of the seniority list. Yes it is better to get your education while you are young and save for the golden years; instead of working toward your degree after you reach your golden years. Remember: IT IS NEVER TO LATE!


Study harder and become more involved in sports and academic opportunities. Think less about others opinions and form your own. Strive for excellence and do not accept anything less. Wait til you get out of school to date and think about marriage. Remember your education is one of the most important things you can do for yourself so continue it now.


Going back to see myself as a high school senior, I would definitely tell myself not to take the easy route of enjoying normal classes. Instead I would be taking honor classes and join the work experience program that may even give me a position in the hospital, where I want to work ultimately as a Physician Assistant. I would spent my time not going out with friends, but rather do more research for scholarships that I was eligible to receive and also find out about the support services in colleges and universities I would like to attend. That would my life so much easier. I would also go straight to a 4 years university instead of taking a test drive with community college. I know now that I have the drive it takes to make things happen, and coummunity college is only a first place to start, but not to stay for too long. I would have been done with school and become a Physician Assistant by now at age 22 if I did that in the beginning.


I would tell myself to continue my education and keep pushing myself to go through college. I would just tell myself to start right after I graduate high school and not to wait so long.


take all the time and opportunities presented to me.


Dear Angela, If I were you I would take life more seriously. Someday you will have kids that you need to build a stable and secure life for. What you do now will effect your whole future so stay in college and be responsible. You have your whole life ahead of you! (When I was seventeen I attained my GED and started college to get my para-legal degree. But I was sooo young and I just didnt take it seriously. Now I am 38, have a family and I am back in school. I am serious now and very determined so I know I will do it this time. I am a freshman at Rogue Community College in Medford, Or and I am going for my Computer support tech. /Health informatics degree that also has options to transfer to a 4 year college. I am so excited because I know I can do it this time. Please consider me for this assistance. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. Sincerely, Angela Reed


To be able to go back knowing what I know now I would convince myself to work just a little bit harder. I would push myself to continue with my education right away and keep moving forward. Although I have a great life now and I am continuing my education it would have been so nice to know that I could have been farther up in my current position at work if I had some certifications behind my name. I would engage myself into more extra curricular activities and enjoyed school more than I know I did back then. i have been lucky to still be where I am right now without having known these things back in high school, but I can only imagine how much farther I would be if I had applied these as a high school senior.


Go to college after high school. Don't wait and don't give up on your dream. You need a college education to secure your future.


My advice to myself would be to continue my education immediately after finishing high school. In this day and age things are changing so fast in education that it is hard to start back to school as an adult after being out for awhile. Also any student who plans to attend online courses should make sure that they are disciplined enough to do their homework and turn it in in a timely manner.. It is difficult to make the transition because a lot of high school graduates find themselves going from a small community high school to a very large campus which can be scary for them, causing them to fail in their studies. But if they stick to it, they will soon find themselves adjusting to life on a large campus. Check out the school you plan to attend thoroughly, looking at curriculum, affiliations, faculty to student ratios and on campus living arrangements. All of these will help you make the correct decision when beginning your college career.


If I could go back and talk to that kid in high school, I would tell him not to waste so much time. There are many different higher education options that can be taken advantage of and he does not have to be afraid to explore the college experience. I would tell him to carefully think about where he sees himself in the next 10 years, and tell him that an education is one of the most important factors in future success.


My advice is simple, go on to college and push yourself to succeed. Do not wait thinking you can go to school later in life because later in life is much harder. Education is an important factor throughout your entire life, if given the opportunity get the most you can out of what is offered to you. In today's world a Master's degree is the old Bachelor's degree, school is a necessity for the real world so don't put it off.


Advice I would give to myself about college would be, to set realistic goals. Stop and think what I would be good at and if I could see myself in that role for the next 30 years. To make sure I have the funding for it since we would not be getting finacial help from home, that would minimize the need for student loans.


Concerning the preparation and transition into college, there is no greater tool than simple awareness. Realization and utilization of the tools and resources available to you even now is critical. To not do so would be to do a great disservice to only yourself. To be entirely honest with you, the transition will not be easy, and it will be tough to acclimate yourself. Even so, there are numerous things you can do now to ease the transition and ensure your success in college. Consider whether you would like to commute from home or move away. Find a school appropriate to your goals. Find out all the information you can regarding what to expect to ensure you do not feel overwhelmed. Talk to your guidance counselor. Talk to students attending institutions of plausible attendance. Look into clubs and extracurricular activities. Research scholarship opportunities. Research available career paths in your desired field and major. Look into campus lifestyles most suitable to you and your interests. Most importantly, however, don't settle for less than what you can achieve, which is considerably more than you may think. Focus, and enjoy yourself; for no other experience is equally rewarding as it is challenging.


I would tell myself to work harder, to not give up so easily on certain challenges in life. Now that im older I realize how important an education really is.


I would give myself quite a bit of advice. I would tell myself not to delay, and to go to college right away for starters. Once you delay it is much more difficult to start again. I would tell myself to try and obtain as many scholarships as I possibly could, because school is expensive and can be difficult to pay for. I would tell myself to focus on my ACT scores, and try to obtain the best ones possible. I would tell myself to have extensive conversations with counselors, and really try and decipher the best possible degree for my interests and career choices.


Start college right out of high school instead of waiting.


School is the most important thing one can do for a secure future. Do not take time off, finish and work hard. College is not for partying. It is important to have a social life and make friends, but classes come first.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to attend community college before jumping straight into an expensive private college. Although that is what I ended up doing that fall, I only had a few core classes because I signed up too late. I would also tell myself to stay on top of my counselors because they each gave conflicting advice, consequently leading to me spending two extra semesters in community college to attain my Associates Degree. I would tell myself to look into the University of Phoenix earlier in my college career and choose Human Services as a major instead of Communications, because I switched this year. Knowing this would also have prevented that semester break last year when I was trying to figure out what university to attend. I would tell myself to get ahead in my studies as much as possible and to always read the material before the next class. I would tell myself to enjoy the moments while they lasted and that I would be successful in my college career.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, knowing what I do now, I would tell myself to stop worrying so much and prepare myself. I lost my father in 2005 and had to take on a job to care for my disabled mother. This caused me to give up on my dreams for college and even finishing high school. Eventually, though, I enrolled myself into an online high school. Since I had taken time away from school, I worried that I would never make it to college. If I were to go back, I would tell myself exactly what college is like now. I would remind myself of how strong I am, how I overcame the bullying that I went through in public school. I would tell myself that the future only gets brighter, and that the paperwork and the stress is not nearly as intimidating because there are student and faculty advisers to help when it is needed. I would have pushed myself to apply for scholarships instead of taking on all of the debt by myself. Most of all, I would remind myself to never give up on anything.


If I could go back in time to talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself that I have to take more time to get involved with activities in school. When I started at the community college, I was working a full-time job and I pushed myself to take on a full course load of classes. I never gave myself any time to just ENJOY myself in school. When I was in high school, I was very withdrawn and I dragged that personality into my college life although I wrapped it up into a "I'm too busy for that" bow. I would tell myself that college does not have to be just books and learning, even though that is a large part of it. College is about growing and learning about yourself.


do what you can, when you can, so long it's the right thing.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would strongly encourage myself to go to college and not wait until I am in my 40's. I would tell myself that even though I was so tired of school and want it to be over, I would have more opportunities in my future if I had my college degree while I was still young. I would try to explain how difficult it is having a family, working full-time and going to college to earn my degree. Of course, knowing myself I probably would not have listened and ended up on the same path but it would be worth a try.


First I would tell myself to return to school right away. Don't try to take a year off because life happens and what was supposed to be a year could turn into five years, or possibly longer. Take your work seriously, study hard, and do not be afraid to ask questions,(even the stupid ones), chances are you are not the only one needing the answer. Use your resources, whether you need a tutor, or just a shoulder, remember that the faculty is there to help you succeed. Reward yourself when you do well on a big exam. Have fun but stay focused on your goals, and be proud of what you achieve. Oh, and at graduation, no, you can not go naked under your gown!


I would inform myself to due due diligence in researching colleges, fees, and fields of study. Research knowledge would not only help in attending college, but also in daily life. My suggestion to myself would be to attend college a little sooner and go for a field that is immune to the economy being healthy or poor. While attending college make it a priority to establish healthy relationships with fellow students and professors and keep contact information to stay in touch with each other. Never burn bridges, you never know when I may need one to get across to where or who you want to be. The last bit of information I would suggest is to get a part time job and use all of the money from it to pay down student loans so I am not facing $60,000 debt and no job to pay it.


If I could truly go back in time, I definately would have made sure to focus more on my high school studies and looked more into what I wanted to study and do with my life. I would have told myself to look at all the possible colleges I could attend and to make sure to go straight on to college instead of choosing to work. I would have told myself that if I don't go onto college now, I never will or when I decide to, it will be the harder and will take twice as long to complete.




If i could go back to my high school self i would definitely tell myself to focus and take my courses more seriously. I have been bounced back now between colleges for 5 years now and still i do not feel fulfilled with myself. If i would of buckled down and studied more and paid more attention in my classes i wouldnt be in the situation i am now. When people tell you that KNOWL|EDGE IS THE KEY they are so right: the more you learn the further you will go not only in life but in your career!


Don't stop. You willl be a doctor before you meet your future husband and have a family. Don't quit. Your dream is closer than you think. Don't give up. Most important: integrity matters.


To work hard in school, attend college young and earn your degree at an early age give plenty of time to build a career and a path for yourself. It is easier to sacrifice this younger than later with a family and a full-time job.


The best advice that I could give myself as a high school student would be to truly consider the importance of education. I wish that I would have considered scholarships in high school and made a better committment to seek what I wanted to do in the the future as a career. It is important for college students to be focused on their education, but also on the importance of not placing themselves into a great amount of debt.