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If I could go back into time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to research many colleges and universities. I would want myself to weigh out the pros and cons of each school to see what is the best fit for me and my personality. I would tell myself to finish college on my first attempt and to not make it a third attempt, stay focused and to not allow life to distract me from my destiny of being a college graduate. Most importantly, I would emphasize the fact of monitoring my educational funding through Pell Grants and Student Loans. I would beg myself to save any excess that may be distrubuted to me later on. I would plead with myself to not spend it because their is a cap to how much funding you will be awarded and once your cap is reached then you will no longer receive those funds. I would tell my younger self to only work part-time because anyone making over $20,000 will not receive any funding from a Pell Grant. I would tell myself to create an educational plan and to always stick to it.


High School Self, You are many things today. I want to write to you to give advice for a brighter future for yourself. Here it goes...Get involved in many essay contests to enhance your writing and critical thinking skills. Join clubs, get into sports, be proactive as a student and take pride in yourself for all your accomplishments. Make the best out of your senior year before you take on the real world. Be your best and outstand your peers but still keep the same values you were raised with. Always believe in equality and make a difference today for a better tomorrow! Warmly, College self


I would inform myself that I should try just a little bit harder because I will need the information that my teachers are telling me. The boys in school are not that important . I will have time for them later on in life. I must focus.


I would tell myself that a college education is very important in the workforce and that if I wanted a career where I could care for myself and my children and be comfortable, that I would need a degree. I would tell myself that the sooner I obtain that degree the better. After high school I focused on my career which ended almost 10 years later when I was laid off. If I could go back and do things all over again I would have definitely been focusing more on school after high school. I could have went to night classes or did an online school back then and would have obtained my degree many years ago. But, we live and we learn, I can't take back my choices. Sometimes the best way to learn is through experience, and if I knew then what I know now I would have definitely done things differently.


If I could go back to high school, I would tell myself to make every moment count, and strive to do the best you can. I would advise myself to love more and give more. In high school, people hated others, and I never took the time to be present in the moments I had. High school prepares you for greater things, you get out of it what you put in. So dear future me, please put everything you have into your education, friends, and family during this year of high school.


If i could talk to my high school self, i would have told her their is a much bigger world out there. I also would have expressed the importance of doing all those assignments i thought were pointless and watching those films that seemed out dated. I would have told myself that having a college degree mattered more than i ever thought it did. I would have killed the procrastination habit way before college instead of y first week in college. I would have told her to vaule her sleep more because college is no joke. I would have pushed her harder to try and be better than average. I would have told Freshman me that i had a chance to do something big and i should take every opportunity that was handed to me. I would stress the importance of turning to professors and teachers for guidance instead of being unconcerned with grades and preformance. I would have told high school me not to settle for anything less than extradordinary. I would have told her that she deserved to be incredible and that she has more potentials then she knows. I would of told her she could do it.


Dear Former Me, No matter what sacrifices you have to make, choose to make learning and experiencing all you can, ceasing all opportunities presented to you, and above all finishing college your priority. Life is all about choices and yours will have a profound impact on your life. Choose wisely! Be an achiever, have confidence in all that you are truly capable of. You have no idea what an amazing capacity you hold but trust me you will conquer all that life throws at you and then some so believe in yourself unconditionally. Adjusting to college is a difficult transition but it's true what they say about anything that is worth it, is worth hard work. Life is all about adjusting and learning to work hard to get through challenges. That is how you will grow into the person you are destined to be. College can be fun, enjoy this time of youth, freedom, and choice, all too soon the responsibilities of the "real" adult world will be upon you. But in the midst do not ever loose sight of your goals. Much Love, The Older Wiser Me (going back to school a second time to achieve my dreams!)


The advice that I would instill into my younger teenage self, who was looking to gain an educational background within a college setting would be to make sure that I was comfotable enough; with the strength, will power, time mangagement skills, with the overall perseverance to go to college for me; while not following the main stream of "everyone is doing it so you have to." Go to college not, because you have to follow every other persons lead. Go to college to bennifit your education so that you will gain the overall knowledge, and skils so that you may succeed within your professional career choice. I would also tell my younger self to follow my heart, set goals, and to reach out to fullfill my thirst for knowledge.


Stay on top of everything in a timely matter dont let anything interfer with your education


Keep up your grades and go to the University of Phoenix its the best school.


The best advice I could have given myself as a high school senior would be to enjoy youth. Do not focus on what you will do in life. Adulthood comes way too fast. Take the time to get to know yourself before making any decisions. This could save you time and money. Rushing into something will not guarantee success. It is important to get to know yourself before you let the world get to know you.


If i could go back and talk to myself about the college life i will say, take it serious because your years will fly by and before you know it the ones that went to school with you, have already finished college and working in their proffession. The Transition will be different because you dont have your mom or dad holding your hand. Just stay focus, motivated and finish.


I would tell myself that I need to work harder in highschool to get better grades, that good grades are better than hanging out with friends everyday. I need to focus more on my school work rather than having a better social life, because good grades can get you farther in life than having good friends. School work is always the most important thing when you are in school. Getting good grades can lead you to be able to get college credits before even graduating highschool, give you a better selection of colleges you can go to, and can also give you a better chance of getting a scholarship. Which in all leads to a better chance of getting a good job where you will go somewhere in, rather than working a dead-end job your whole life.


I would tell myself that everything that I choose to do now can affect my future dramatically. This is a great time to learn self discipline and focus on what career path would more likely bring success and happiness. I would also push myself to get closer to teachers, and learn things from them to strengthen my social and learning skills. Most importntly of everything I would dream big, but within means of what I am capable to do. I would complete a schedule of smaller goals leading to my bigger ones and I would spend my time growing in the direction of my goals. Socialization is important for happiness but it should be done in moderation.


College may not seem important right now, but let's look at this from a different perspective, the perspective of your older self that has already made the mistake of thinking that. Getting a college degree is very important if you don't want to work for minimum wage for the rest of your life. I mean, come on, with inflation the way it is, you certainly won't be able to afford a house, much less anything else, and all the good jobs require a college degree. Stay focused and work hard towards your goals; don't give up and don't slack off. Get your act together now, because once you graduate high school, it's a good idea to go ahead and go to college. You don't want to be 24, unemployed, and struggling to find work because you don't have a college degree.


If i could give myself advice about transitioning into college, I would tell myself to wait, graduate with my class, and go off to a college like all your other classmates. Have the expeirence of moving away from home and making new friends. If I could tell my highschool self great advice about college, Itwouldn't be to drop out of school, get your GED, and start college earlier than all your friends because you want to be able to support your son as soon as possible. When you transition into college, it's like you became an adult over night. You suddenly have all these responsibilities and can't mess around. You have to pay a lot of money to attend college, and the professors couldn't care less if you show up for class or not. You're only hurting yourself in the long run, if you decide to goof off. So, I'd tell myself to stay in high school as long as possible. Find another way besides dropping out to care for your beautiful baby boy. Even though you're a mom,that doesn't mean you need to grow up twice as fast over night.


If i was to go back to my high school self i would encourage myself to stay in school, I dropped out in 2007 and recieved my G.E.D. I would tell myself to stick it out and learn all that i can. In high school i treated it like a play ground and wasnt focused on learning just having a good time. If i could go back in time i would learn different studying and learning style and make them a habit that way i would know how to stay focus and do my best. I've learned the hard way that you need your education so you can get the dream job that you desire.


My best advice to my past self would be to take my education seriously and complete college before life gets in the way.


Go back to school sooner. Learn all that you can about your career choice. Save as much of the money from your stipneds as you can. Be more educated about the educational feild. Talk to as many teachers as you can. Be strong. Most of all, if you can find a way to do so, go to a physical campus. You will likely learn more and have more support from your counselors if you do so. University of Pheonix is a wonderful school. They will help as much as they possibly can. Just remember to help yourself.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself, I would tell myself not to let my education go for so long of a period of time. As a person in their 40's I have found that gaining back the study habits is a little difficult. If i could talk to myself I would tell myself that as soon as you graduate, enroll into college. Life will not get any easier and times will become more difficult.


College is a very different environment from high school. In high school, though the teachers were preparing you to be more independent with studies, in college the instructors expect it. It is important to be organized and set goals with what you want to accomplish. The most important piece of advice I would give is to do what makes you happy. Don't go to school trying to please other people, such as family. Find a major which makes you happy and where you feel you will find success. Continuing your education to please other people can lead to frustration - I experienced this first hand. Now that I am older and making decisions to make me and family happy, my experience in college has been wonderful.


What you want is not outside of your reach. You have a fighting spirit in you and no matter what life throws your way, you can do this and you can achieve the things you want out of life. Stay focused on what is bettering you, your family and those around you so that you will have the right people to motivate you when you need it most. I have faith in you and I believe that you can do you best. Everyday you need to wake up, look around you and see the positives in what you arfe doing even though it may be tiring or tedious, just keep going.


I would tell myself to take schooling a little more seriously. As a graduating senior their are a lot of things that is exciting about going to college. You finally will be one your own, meeting new people, having new experiences and the schooling of course. There is a lot that I did not realize like how much getting a good education means to your future, how important it is to stay focused on your schooling and grades and how much schooling can end up costing. I would also tell myself to be more disiplined. In college you do not have your parents reminding you to "Get your homework done". Your college proffesors do not send you reminders either. It is up to you to make sure that you get your homework done and submitted or you will loose out on the points. My last bit of advice would be to take this seriously and use your time wisely. The more time you waste the more money it will end up costing you in the end, and remember that this is a learning experience so be sure and soak in all the knowledge you can.


Go to school online it is easier and works with and around your schedule.


I would have to tell myself that you should go for a degree you really want to and not listen to everyone else when they tell you what you would be good. Take the time to do your work for school and get help when need because sometimes it can get tuff but the more effort you put into it the more you will accomplish and make strides in your academic career.


As a high school senior you think you have life all figured out and your future completely planned. Be prepared for obstacles in life and drastic changes in your plans as you progress from here. Regardless of what road you eventually decide to take make sure you weigh your options carefully and your decisions are researched and intelligent ones, but above all, never pass an opportunity by to expand your education. As society grows more technical it is imperative that you keep up with the latest trends and how to use what is developed, but you must still concentrate on learning everything you can and keep your mind open to new educational opportunities.


What advice would I give my high school self? That is a loaded question. The number one advice I would give my self is put school first and don't have kids before you graduate or know that you will have a great support system. The reason I say this is in high school I always planned to go to college but, then things in my life became overwhelming and hard to handle so I took a semester off from school. When I did finally enroll, I got pregnant and my baby was due in November of that year. I knew that I wasn't planning on leaving my newborn with anyone so I decided to drop all classes because I was not going to get through finals while I had her. If I would have known how hard it was to be a new parent and go to college I would have planned thing very differently. I would have went to school right after I graduated so that I could get the feel of how it was before a child. Thats the advice I would have given Aura Jimmerson In senior year of high school.


This question is an amazing one to say the least. If I could go back and talk to my high school self, I would first of all, tell myself how important it is to try my best at school. I would also encourage myself not to try and fit in with the crowd as much as I did because that isn't the most important part of life, my future is the most important part. I would also explain to myself that there is so much more to school then just attending, it is about learning the material and taking time away from what I think is important to me to work on time management with my school work.


The manner in which I chose to respond to a difficult family life caused me to rebel in high school. I began using drugs and after high school I focused on developing personal relationships and employment opportunities that would allow me to get out of my living situation as soon as possible. My substance abuse escalated until I finally got help and chose a life of recovery on August 13, 2011. If I could sit down with myself as a high school senior I would encourage myself to get help rather than trying to cope with the sexual abuse I was experiencing at home. My choice to become numb and hide from the shame I felt caused me to set out on a path that took me 25 years to come back from. I would tell myself to talk to a teacher, a counselor, a friend, a neighbor. Taking that one step would have changed the whole course of the life that followed. I would say, "It isn't your fault, you are not to blame, you are not broken, damaged, or disposable. You are a strong, intelligent, courageous, child of GOD, and this life belongs to you."


I would tell myself that its a good idea to wait to go to college like I did. But I certainly would not wait as long as I did. I know waiting has made me take it more seriously. I just wish that I hadn't waited over 20 years to make the choice. I would tell myself not just to think about it or stuff it in the corner of my brain, but act on it. I would tell myself to think about why I want to go to school, and know that its ok if I am not sure what I want to study. That can come with time and classes. I waited because I didn't know what I wanted to study. Finally I would tell myself to take it easy. Not to be so hard on myself.


Dont drop out of the Army. Take it seriously.


I would tell myself not to listen to anyone telling me that I was too poor and did not make good enough grades to go to collage. I would tell myself that you are good enough and to not wait until you are older to go back to school because collage is one of the most important aspects to getting a great job!


I would tell myself that the obstactles we have faced were huge, but the road can get much smoother if we plan and research our goals; what do we want to be when we get out of high school? Life is not easy, but it can be. I would tell myself that, even through the losses, sadness and aggrivation, you can better yourself; you can make the change that you always needed, and that our family has always needed. College is the perfect next step, but you need to think about which college that you will attentd; look into more than one; make some calls to each school and make comparisons. Finally, when you have contacted each school and made a plan of action and established which one is best for you, enroll. There is no need to overthink that part. I would, however, encourage my younger self to look into Phoenix because my time here has been nothing but wonderful, and I do not think that any other school could have helped me grow the way I needed to other than the University of Phoenix.


I would tell my 17 year old self that the guy you loved then would leave you shortly and that the college education you would receive out of high school would assist you in ways that no person could. I would tell myself this is what would happen -married at 18 was divorced at 24 re-married at 26 and divorced at 31 - with no skill set or further education to rely on you would have to sacrifice yourself and at times the relationship with your kids to place food on the table and shelter over their heads. You will miss ball games, band concerts, be late to pick them up from school and let your children down over and over again. That you better buy plenty of Kleenex because you will need them from the ages of 18-38. But through it all you always wanted to go back to school and at age 43 you will finally be on the right track to obtain a college degree. As good as that is your kids have chosen the same track as you which is not to attend college after high school.


It would be a great idea to at least look into attending college.


Dear High School Me: I am writing to you to share a bit of advice from the future. Consider pushing yourself the hardest this year instead of cruising through senior year. Get to know your professors and become involved in your department happenings. This helps you to become a name to your professors and within your department of major. More importantly, starting these relationships early will enhance your academic experience. Fall in love with two things early: your course syllabus and rubric! These two pieces of information can inform how you plan to study and ensure that you know that which is expected of you. Early is always better than late. For some professors, late is not an option. If you have created those healthy habits for studying and completing assignments, then you know to have time built into your schedule and you can make easy adjustments. The midnight "cram" is not your friend. Trust me. Finally, don’t give up or quit! Create a vision board for your dorm. Find a mentor and keep friends who will hold you accountable when things get tough.


I would tell myself to not give up, to talk to my mom about any issues I may be having, and to ignore every classmate that I have. I would tell myself to not recognize or worry about the fact that there are cliques wiithin the school, and that I am not a part of any of them. I would tell myself to focus strictly on my future. I would tell myself to follow my dreams, and to never look back because the future is brighter than I could imagine, but only if I focus on school. Lastly, I would tell myself that my family is more important than friends or boyfriends, and I should keep them close because nothing lasts forever and people can be gone in an instant. I would tell myself that in the future my family is going to consist of my mom and a sweet, handsome little boy that will call me Mommy. I would tell myself that in order to be the best Mommy possible, I need to stay in school and provide with the best possible future.


The advice I would give myself back then is to take entering college seriously because it is the base for the rest of your life. Also follow your dreams and do not discouraged by what others tell you. Only you can make the choices on what is best for your life. College will be harder than high school, but it is well worth it in order for you to achieve the outstanding goals that you have for yourself. Keep pushing and keep fighting. You will lose some friend but you will also gain some new ones along the way. Do your best and stay focused because there are a lot of people who would love to see you fail. D o not give them the satsifaction.


If I could go back and speak to myself as a teenager I would say "Don't be in such a rush! The things that you want now are mainly material, when your focus should be on your education and your spiritual develpement.!" I would tell myself to put my education before my job, and I would tell myself that completing an education is more rewarding than any material accomplishment available in this world. I would tell myself to slow down, make a plan, and make it count.


The only thing I would tell my self is make sure you stay consistent and follow your college guidlines.


The advice I would give myself would be to finish high school, then go straight to college. You're more likely to succeed and know what you want to do with your life rather than if you take a break and go a few years later. I have found that I regret not going to college straight after high school. I feel like if I had gone to college right after high school, I would already have graduated and have the career I've been dreaming about. I am looking forward to finishing up my degree and acheiving my goal of getting my dream job. I am a mother with 5 children so I'm just trying to set a good example for my children.


My first advise to myself in high school is to leave the boys alone! Concentrate on school and do well. I took a lot of business classes in high school but could have duel enrolled in the community college. I would suggest to myself to enroll right away in community college and get my associates out of the way. Having had to put of college for several years delayed my career goals substatially. It was helpful, however, that I gave myself SOME time to completely understand what I wanted to do "when I grew up" but I wouldn't suggest waiting 10 years again. So, leave the boys alone, start your family AFTER you have accomplished your goals. Duel enroll in high school and community college and get your associates out of the way. Take a few years (1-3) to figure out what you want to do and then GET IT DONE! I don't regret the choices I made and I love my children more than anything, but being a young mother was very hard and not something I would advise myself in doing again.


There are many universities that one can choose. I must take in consideration all the values and resources the univeristy will give me. I would also consider a univerity that have many campuses and provide more guidance in the internship programs.


I was a high school drop out and earned a GED when I was eight months pregnant with my second child, at the age of 19. Had I known I was smarter than I had believed, I would have began my college journey much earlier. I am 31 years old. I could have been where I am today much sooner, had I pushed myself to look toward the future. Knowledge is the best accomplishment I have received. College is not hard, pushing yourself is the true struggle. So, I would tell my past self to strive for better, it is better to start your career early to achieve success than to wait too long.


Get more involved in your education and when the time comes to apply to college research multiple options. Every college has different things they can offer and its best to find one that is going to fit your needs. The most convienent is not always the best choice when you choose where to attend.


I would tell myself not to quit high school in the ninth grade and complete school and then go to college immediately after high school do not delay it for no reason.


I would advise myself to stay focused. There are so many things that can happen and get you off track while in college. You have to stay focused and do whatever you need to do to graduate. Take as many classes as you can handle and strive for excellence. Truly have an understanding of what you are learning in class. Don't study to pass a test but to remember what you are being taught for the benefit of your career. All of the choices you make in college will affect you for the rest of your life so make sure every decision you make is one you are proud of and can live with. Lastly, networking is a major key to your success in your future career. Get to know many different types of people and stay in contact with the people and professors you meet during your educational and professional journey.


I would say, "Self, go to school, pay attention, and listen to your mother because she has nothing but the best intentions for you, not those who want you to party and do drugs and alcohol. You are burning out your brain cells and wasting your life chasing love and attention that should be less important than your future and career goals. When you look back on your life in 20 years what stories would you want to have to tell your children? How mommy couquered the world despite all challenges she faced, or that you gave up and found an excuse not to finish what you started as you have done so many times. In life self, true failure is in the giving up, not the starting over and over again. How many over agains do you have before you just give up? Not many so get your mind right and for once in your life succeed instead of excuses!


As a high school senior I would reccomend that I focus on completing my general education imediately after graduation. I would take time to determine a major and focus on the standard courses that are applicable to any degree requirement. In addiiton, I would advise myself to be more open minded to the types of careers I would pursue. College requires a lot more self discipline than highschool, so I would advise myslef to plan my daily schedule and enusre I complete homework early in the week. The last piece of advice would be to enjoy the process. College is a special time and it can go by quick, so I would tell myself to enjoy the journey of learning and take risks.


If I could go back and talk to my highschool self, I would stress at how important it is to do good in highschool and to take my SAT's. I would tell myself that all the things going through my head (at the age of 18) are not as important as getting into a good college and start right after highschool. I would inform my highschool self that I am a 36 year old single mom now and sometimes I find it a bit challenging to do school work so knowing this I would tell my highschool self that college needs to be the main focus after highschool because the longer you wait and the older you get, the harder it is to remember how to write a decent paper, or to do simple math. Things seem to come easier when you're younger. I would tell myself that starting college after highschool, I wouldn't be stuck in the same the job for fifteen years and I would be doing what I am going to college for and at a younger age. I would tell myself that life would be a lot easier starting college right after highschool.