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I would tell myself, remember to work hard in math, even though you only need that last .25 credit, the other .75 credits matter! If you fail geometry your GPA will suffer. I would say, don't worry about Kristi and the others, they won't matter after graduation. They'll move on and you'll never see them again. I would say, pay more attention in Goverment! Mr. Comstock is right, you really need to know this information. I would say, worry about college now! For heavens sake talk to the counselers and get help applying to college, work on your GPA, stop ditching school, pay attention in class, forget everyone one that is tearing you down. I know you are suffering, I know you're depressed, I know you think life isn't worth it, but it is! Your baby brother will be born in November, and you will be his best friend, he needs you. You need to be on top of things because waiting six years to go back to school is going to be hard and you'll only feel more like a failure. If you want life to change, you have to change it.


Reflecting on my life now & being able to hold a crystal ball in my senior year, I would certainly have gone to college right out of high school. I have motivation now because I am a mother of two teenagers, recently divorcing. I'm in a very difficult financial & stressful situation in my life. If my mother had pushed me into college instead of getting a job. I gave my own daughters this very same advice with no option not to go to college. No matter what I had to do to get them there& keep them there. Currently I am the only parent who is paying for my oldest daughters college& will be ultimately stuck with mine. IF I could give anybody advice especially myself as a high school senior, I would have applied myself to school & had not given myself the option to not go to college. My life would be so different right now . That is why I will push my daughters to do the right thing& do what's best for them, not what's best for me. However, I am here now & I am going to be somebody when I grow up!!


I would tell myself not to give up and that everytime I did I would have to just start over again. It is not worth it and I should always follow through with my goals. I did not have a lot of support then so I would tell myself that I owe it to myself now to continue to push forward even if I am doing it alone. I am worth it.


Learn as much as you can about student loans. Take them seriously. Make sure you know what you want out of life and make sure you know the degree you really want. Take the time to decide, and don't rush into anything. You have time. Ask more questions, and don't be afraid to go for exactly what you want.


If I could go back in time and tell myself one thing as a high school senior, it would be to follow my heart. I was too concerned with what everyone else would think about me when I chose my major and where I wanted to go. I thought I wanted to be a nurse, but I think I was just expecting more approval from choosing that major, I knew I would be with my friends in college (who were also in nursing), and I wanted to choose a different path from my parents - both in business. Once I started classes in college, I struggled - and I think a big part of this was I wasn't following my passion. I ended up dropping out. Now, I am a mother and stuggling to give my son everything, but University of Phoenix gave me a second chance, and I'm excelling with excellent grades because I'm working towards something I love - Marketing and Advertising.


I would tell myself to go directly to a 4 year university and get you every degree you can before you start your life. I would also tell myself to work toward getting a degree in technology or engineering because these jobs are the wave of the future. I would remind myself to stay focused and make sure my credit score is kept in great standing, so that I am able to do everything I need to do to make a life for myself and my family. Most importantly to be obedient and always keep GOD first in all I do.


I would advise my younger self to not take a break in between graduating high school and going to college. Yes, college may seem to be a lot of work and scary sometimes, but in the end your future and the ones you love's future depend on the steps you will take in order to attend college and achieve your goal in life. There will be times that you may want to give up, but just remember that you are smart and can achieve anything in life. In order to succeed and assure your future is to futher your education so that you may live a fuller and happier life without the struggles.


I would tell my self to choose your friends wisely. Though others may seem interesting, it is best to primarily interact with those who are focused on their education and future career goals. Also, apply for more scholarships and avoid student loans because you will have grey hair before you are done paying them back and they will affect your ability to get credit, mortgage and car loans. Never compromise your integrity to impress others. Ask for help when you dont understand, your professors will appreciate it. Try to form study groups with classmates, they will be able to help you just as much as you can help them; and if you are feeling unreasonably discouraged, sad or depressed, do not be ashamed to speak with your campus counselor. They are there to help you through the process. Remember that your happiness and future are at stake and the decisions you make in the next four years will have a tremendous effect on your future.


If I could tell my old student self something it would be not to have ever quit school. I had alot o complications in my life that lead me away from my education, but after facing different adversities in my life I have climbed my way back to the top of my education path. I would tell myself to continue on in school go to college, and become somebody that respectable and can be depended on to do a great job. I have went from a prison cell to becoming almost top of my class, and thats an accomplihment all in itself.


The advice I would give my high school self would be to figure out different career choices before graduating, research different colleges, and not to worry about the money. I would tell myself that it needs to get done either before I graduate or no more than 6 months after I graduate. Life is short and full of dreams and adventures. It is time to follow my dreams, complete my goals and dreams, and make the most out of life. The world needs a successful me and I need to be successful for the world.


Definitely be responsible and dont let the freedom of being in college deter you from your school work. I was a good kid in high school, focused on my school work, and with a strict father I didnt have much freedom like some of my friends did. When I got to college, I was living on my own with roommates, in our own apartment in a whole new city for me. With no restrictions from any grown-up, and no one telling me what time to be home and things of that nature I kind of went on a partying spree. I wasnt the only student partying all the time and going to classes. But with my first taste of that much freedom and being on my own I lost sight of my studies and my grades began to slip. Which lead me to dropping out of FSU after my freshman year and eventually attending community college again after a year and a half of a break from being in school. Wish I was more responsible back then and focused more on school then partying. Definitely regret those mistakes.


If I could go bank in time to talk to my high school self, I would tell myself not to quit high school. I wasn't dumb by any means in high school, but some bully issues caused me to stop attending many of the classes that I needed to graduate. I should of just stuck through it for the last year of high school. If I would of stayed in school, I feel that I would have quailified for more scholarships to help pay for my college today. I never realized how expensive college is until now. Before choosing an online college, I wan't to attend a traditional college. Unfortunatly, attending a traditional college kept me from resuming a full time job to pay my bills. I'm glad that I took this step to return to college a few years ago. I could never be happier for the direction my life is moving.


I would tell myself that the most important piece of advice to know is time managment. I would set goals and have a plan in acheiving the goals that I set for myself. I would let myself know that it is okay to ask for help and that you have to do what your heart wants, and not just to please others. I would let myself know that it is okay to make mistakes however, every mistake should be used as a learning experience and platform for success. I would also let myself know that all of the sleepless nights and papers written will pay off and one day will be a distant memory of the path I took to success.


The advice I would give to myself in high school would be to stay motivated and focused. Really prepare yourself for your future and no what you want to study and where you want to study. Do research into careers and schools. Do not succumb to distractions. Do everything you can with the time allotted while still enjoying yourself.


Don't be afraid to go to college! If your heart is set on a major, stick with it, don't be afraid of how long it will take to obtain that degree. Go to college, study hard, remember to relax a little, it's not as bad as it looks.


The advice that I would give myself as a high schooll senior is to keep track of deadlines. It is very important to keep track of deadlines when you are a college student. I would also tell myself to make sure I use the plagiarism checker on all english assignments in order to make sure they are accurate. I would also tell myself to make sure that I use the school library. Using the school library is very important because the school library can really help students succeed. I would also tell myself to ask teachers questions if I am ever unsure about an assignment that I am working on. If a student is uncertain about something on an assignment then, asking questions can help resolve the problem. I would also tell myself to ask questions if I am ever uncertain about anything that is happening when working in a group. There are assignments that require students to work with other students. Sometimes working with other students can be hard when things arise that students are unsure about. If uncertainties arise then, it is important for group members to resolve the situation or ask the teacher for help.


Don't wait ! Going to school when you are living at home is much easier than trying to fit it in as adult with kids and a housefold to run along with a full time job. Stop worrying about peers and work! There is time for that as an adult!


College can either be a great experience, or the worst time of one's life depending on how important that individual makes their college years matter. I was not lucky enough to have that college experience going straight to a community campus after high school, living off campus, and now attending an online school. If I knew then what I know now, I would have taken going to college more seriously. It is important to choose your school soley based on what works for you only if at all possible since you will be the one atteding the school. A lot of people settle for schools that are close to home, far from home, or they follow a friend with hopes of not being alone. These are things to consider, but not ideal reasons when choosing which school to attend. One should also try and maintain a good GPA. Freshman seem to have a hard time adjusting their first year in college, but if they remain focus on the ultimate goal, which is graduation everything else should come easy.


I would go back an tell myself to just stop doubting my abilities and just be who I am, as a person and just go with whatever dreams that is in my heart to follow. But, the coolest thing that is sometimes the most powerful choices that we can make in our lives is to decide to experience what lives has to offer us as a person. The choices that we tend to make back then just might not been the one that we wanted at that point. So when you tend to grow up you tend to realize what our parent has taught us and what type of direction we will follow in order to reach that goal. I believe that my parent gave me some good adivice when I was in high school and I just kept them with me in my adult lives. Once you enter college for the first times it is scary but, thats when your live as a adult being and how you are going to make that work. The advice that I still give myself as an adult in college only take out what you need for college and don't forget payments.


I would tell my highschool self to stay active in looking for scholorships because college is expencive. Also, college is a great place to realy become who you are and help you discover where it is that you are capable of going. I would also emphasize the importance of good grades and attendance. I have a nephew in high school now and i have promised him a hundered dollers for every year that he gets perfect attendance because, in the work force perfect attendance is a quality that is sought after by every company. I have found in my life time that doing the right thing all the time, and being honest is the most important qualitys to have within yourself. The quality of life when you are good and honest is the way to live. You get what you put out in life so be sure you are finding your way with integrity.


College is not easy, nor cheap. It takes dedication, determination, and constant focus. I waited three years after my graduation to enroll, because I had no idea what path I wanted to take at the age of eighteen. If I had the opportunity to go back and change the path I took, I would. Starting in high school, I would have focused on academics more. I worked two jobs all throughout high school to pay for groceries, gas, car insurance, and other items too help out my family. Working two jobs and attending school was very difficult; at times I considered dropping out. I am proud that I graduated high school and am earning my degree in Human Services. Neither of my parents attended college; they are both struggling just to make ends meet. I want to earn my degree, so that I do not end up in the same situation. I am a single mother of two and work overtime nearly every week. My financial advisor mentioned yesterday that I owe $1400 by February to continue my education. If I would have attended college straight out of high school, I would not be in this predicament.


Knowng what I know now about life makes me wish I prepared myself with a plan when I was in high school. Not only having a plan, but doing research on propective college/universities, along with different carreer fields. As a senior in high school you never believe that the world can be any bigger than it is at that moment, but it truly is. I would tell any high school senior now that you want to first figure out your educational and career goals. If you choose a career that requires more education then your willng to complete chances are you will have to choose another line of business. Furthering your education can help one become more financial secure in life and this is definately necessary in today's economy. Not only that but come up with a plan to pay for furthing your education so you don't end up graduating deep in debt. Though credit isn't important to a high school senior it is important once you enter college. Taking steps to build your credit in the right direction like receiving financial guidance is vital to your overall financial health.


The advice I would give myself is to not let anyone pressure me into going to school right out of high school and it's not what you are ready for because you won't succeed. You have to be happy with youorself to succeed at anything you do.


Assuming I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would strees the importance on every subject matter that I will be encountering throughout high school. Also, I would let myself know that there are going to be some rough times, as well as good times. But I will also remind myself, there is always an end to any beginning and by keeping your self motivated in doing what you believe in you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. I would make sure that I stress there sometimes will be bumpy roads, tough classes, tough individuals that you may come in contact with your journey, but do not get discouraged there is a reward at the end of this journey. Seek individuals whom will be of help to you, whether it be old high school teacher, family members, good fiiends, co-worker, your children and spouse. But always remember your in this journey to please "others", your in this journey to "Please Yourself". Be proud of what you accomplish in everyday life, but take it one step at a TIME.


"Go to college and stick with it Nesha! You almost didn't graduate, take advantage of this opportunity. You can do this college thing, you're smart and it's is way easier than you think. If you don't, when you're 37, you'll be wishing you'll be scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed (I'll tell you more about Facebook later, it's awesome) seeing all the people you grew up with who finished school doing well and it's going to fill you with regret. Don't grow up to be a woman with regrets, attending college will pay off. You'll be able to take advantage of way more career opportunities and make even more of a positive impact. Trust me, you need an education, it helps to have that piece of paper, don't let anyone tell you it doesn't. Listen to me Nesh, go after this and work hard! I promise, future you is going to thank you. Now back to this Face book thing..."


If I could go back in time to when I was a senior in high school, my advice to myself would be to go straight to college out of high school. I would of went straight into nursing school and became a registered nurse then I would of went onto Psychology. I would also have started saving money in high school in order to pay for my college and not have all the school loans that I have now and I also would have gotten more information about student loans and paying for college in general.


The advice I would give myself knowing what I know now would be to do lots and lots of research about schools you re interested in. Make a list of the questions you have and ask each school. Be thorough with your research and enlist the help of your parents as much as possible. Second, ask lots of questions regarding your finance options. Don't settle for the information the financial aid advisors give you, they are there to do make the school money, not save you money. Keep a journal of all the information you have gathered regarding the schools you are interested in and discuss them with your parents so that you can make the best choice for you and financially, for them. Also, don't be in a hurry to start college life as it is portrayed on television, take your time and build a strong and trusting circle of friends so you can keep an eye on each other as you journey onto the next phase of your life.


Make better use of my time and realize where in life it will get me. All in all it's the attitude. Stay up on studies. Get into something you feel good about. Your never too old or too young to learn.


If I could go back in time to talk to myself as a high school senior I would definetely make sure that i'm very honest with myself. I would tell about how important it is to attend every day and submit assignments on time so that my G.P.A could be higher and I could get into a good University or College. I would also explain the importance of only borrowing money that is needed so that my loan debt wouldn't be very high. College life is different for each individual but if I would have enrolled into a well-accredited University or College, studied hard and procrasinated less, I would have graduated by 2011/2012 and the hard would would've been worth it in the end.


I would tell Torre to not waist time focusing on an immature relationship. I would tell her to lean on education hard and get as much of it as you can so that you not have to worry about establishing a career at a later age. I would tell her that it is best to get your career started early. Go to school and put your best effort forward in getting the degree you deserve.


Knowing what I know now about college life and making the transition, I would have told my high school senior self to persue getting a degree directly after high school. I did not make a decision to persue my degree until I reached the age of 39 years old. Although pursuing a higher education requires a lot of dedication and work, I have found that attending college has gone a lot smoother and has been more satisfying than I would have ever imagined. If I would have made the decision to pursue a degree twenty years ago, then I could have already reached my higher education goals and be financially set to do whatever I want to do in life. Looking back, it would have been so much easier to obtain a degree right after high school than it was waiting twenty years to start.


I would advise myself to set a plan in motion and do the research for my major. It is not wise to start college and have an undecided major because it is a waste of money, especially when you have to take out loans. A senior in high school should also know the importance of having a high GPA at the time you graduate high school. Knowing what I know now, it is important to choose the best school to for your major, so do your research. I was not aware at the time, the many colleges that were not accredited, and the course work you may have completed may not count when applying for jobs. I think the most important thing to do is to ask questions and not assume you know what to do when it comes to attending a college.


I know the road ahead is very frightening and long but, as they say, if it were easy, everyone would do it. Education is the key to success. Learn and work hard today and I promise, in 25 years or less you will have the security and resources to do what you want. Do not misunderstand however, any job one can do to make their way is a good job but a job that does not require a college degree is most likely going to be an average job with average pay that maxes out in earnings fairly quick. A college degree opens up so many more doors to positions that can lead to high paying, high profile careers. Do not settle for a job when you have the talent and drive to obtain a degree and a career. You can do this!


Never give up on your dream, Study hard and stay motivated. Have faith in yourself. Most of all if you feel a little stress out go to your advisor and parents for help.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell her that she needs to follow her instincts. I have found that many people along the way wanted to tell me what to do, how to get things done and in what order to live my life. I would tell that lonely and insecure girl she needs to trust her instincts. The girl I would be speaking to would be a mess with very little self-esteem. She would be stepping into a world she had no way to prepare for, she was raised by the state, and left alone to figure things out at the age of 18. This girl took time to find her voice, she did the things she was good at, mostly work. This girl took 23 years getting back to school. I would not want her to make a single choice differently. She has three terrific children and worked for 20 years in management. She just took the long way around. If this girl forced things like college she would not be as successful as she is today. I wanted more for myself and my family.


When going to college try to do the best that you can to achieve, make sure you study and work as hard as you can because at the end it will pay off. Don't give up even when you are failing get help from others such as: classmates, instructors, and mentors. Never be scared to ask for help and ask as many questions and you can to help you along the way. Never procrasinate because when you do it makes you get behind. Another is to make sure you make time when to study and limit free time, time managment is a MUST if not enforced this will put you behind. Don't give up on your dreams because when you are finished with college you will look back and say this was really worth it all.


If i could go back in time and sit down with my self during my senior year , i would tell myself that i am going to make it to college . Otheres would give advice on the transition, yet for myself who ended up becoming pregnant during my senior year, i had no idea if i was going to be able to graduate high school let alone attend college. I would tell myself that i persevered and over came every obsticles and that at 5 months pregnant i was able to walk the stage with my fellow class mates. I would also tell my senior self that i was more then capable of making it to college while juggling being a single parent as well as working full time. I would also tell my senior self to take it one step at a time and not to be afraid of stepping out of my element while reaching for the stars , becuase while holding my sons hand we are unstoppable and so are my goals set for our future as well as not falling into statistics that are agents us.


If I could go back to high school, I would get more educated on colleges and what my choices are, and not stress about who and how I would pay for college because my mother couldn' afford it. I was more concern about how I would help my mother raised my three younger sisters then persuing my dreams in finishing up my education, now at 30 I wish I could had done things differently being a mother myself now I don't want the same to repeat with my children.


In high school I was book smart, however I lacked drive, self disipline, and most of all focus. If I could give my younger self some advice I'd say. "Use that brain of yours! You have it, and the intelligence inside for a reason. Have the self disipline to make note cards for spanish, have the focus to write extensive notes on the lessons of the day, and have the drive to make high school count. Once it's over there is no going back. As far as a high school social life, befriend people with goals and it may remind you of your own goals and capabilities. You are an extremely impressionable girl, and if you spend time with unmotivated people you may become as lax as they are. When it comes to your education you canot be lax. With that said, have no shame in being a loner sometimes. Finally, turn down the immature boys of high school for the men that will court and admire you in the future. Even the boys that seem to be mature, mature more. Very few of your current peers are in your future; no need to impress them. Impress yourself!"


The advice that I would have given myself is to not wait so long to go into college. I thought that hey I could just pick up and go into college whenever it would always be there but life happens. I had a child before I knew it then became a wife. I would go back and finish my education first to be able to better provide for my family and future. Never think that you can just do something later!


Above all things to remember, please remember this: do not give up; do not let up. Start college and stick with it. Once the decision is made, see it through. The pattern of almost getting what you want and then throwing in the towel will be a common theme in your life if you do not enter college right away. Put your education first. Graduate before you pursue other avenues of your life. If you heed this advice, you will avoid so much pain and anguish. You will avoid homelessness, devastating loss of personal relationships, and destitution. If you do not heed this advice, you will find yourself fighting a constant uphill battle; you will find yourself homeless, lonely, and powerless. Take control of your life and stick to your guns. Do not give up what you want most for what you think you want now. Go to college and graduate. Your education is worth more than you can possibly imagine.


i would start off by planning to go to college. i sat out for 10 years and tryed going back. i was very discourage and gave up. but coming straight out of high school i would advise them to go straight to college.


I would tell myself that college is the best way to go. I was not given the opportunity to attend college before now because I had to grow up faster than I wanted to. I would also tell myself that earning a college degree can only move you farther along in life and that you can achieve anything you want as long as you put your mind and heart into it. There are many financial programs available to you so you do not have to worry about paying for college. Follow your heart and your dreams because they are what is going to take you where you want to go in life. I would also tell myself not to ever let anyone tell you that you will never amount to anything because you are the only one that can reach your goals in life. You have to push yourself and be willing to put in the time and effort in order to get what you want out of life. Do it for yourself and the family you will have because they are four wonderful children and a wonderful husband. They are supporting you all the way.


I would tell myself that school will be a vital factor in success. The sooner you complete college the sooner you will get to your goal. Basically, taking 10 years to experience life will hold you back. The fun had will not be worth the time you could be spending making progress in life.


If I was dback in high school I would give my self the same advice I gave to myself the first time I finsished highschool. Thst was stay focus keep yoour head above the water and I can do it. All of that was pertaing to going to college, do my best get a degree, make something is that degree. So I did just that I went to college kept my head up, i just did not sty focus, so when i dud not stay focus I did not recieve a degree and i did not so anything with the dgree...well you know because i did not get a degree. So now that im in school now I havew set my goals rather high instead of just saying stay focus, i need to stay focus andn trust myself that I can do it. I know I waited a long to come back to college but I knwo this time is a going to be a good reason and Im gogn to make it be the best reason for me life. So decideding to go back to college is a good thing and i plan to make it a great.


If I could go back in time and give my high school self some advice, I would probably start by slapping some sense into myself. My high school self would need to realize that life only gets harder, and without a college degree it is that much harder. He would also need to know to enjoy the college experience and not just wait to grow up, because growing up is not all it is cracked up to be. Don't get me wrong, I love my wife and four kids, but what I wouldn't give to still have all those choices and opportunity in front of me. I would just have to tell myself to slow down, think things through, and above all try a little harder in my academics.


If I was allowed to go back and let myself know anything it would be to come out of the closet. It is going to be ok. Don't worry what everyone will say. Your parents will love you no matter what. Don't think that we will never have the chance to get married. It will take you a while, but you will find the man of your dream. Start saving 20 a week now for school. You don't have to start school till later, so follow your dreams. Don't drink as much, and don't start smoking at 21. Invest in Apple and soon. Keep that same outgoing nature, everyone still loves that. Become friends with your gay uncle it will help because he isnt going to be around much longer. Most of all keep your head up and follow your heart, you will do the right thing.


I would tell myself to be patient. Things are not as hard as it may seem. I would start doing time management techniques, and setting aside a few hours out of my day to for more studying and thinking. I would even start reading books more on history, education, medical, and science just for the knowledge. I would tell myself its ok if Im undescided on my major. Because I have plenty time to descide whats right for me before my junior year. I would know that even though Im leaving home, mom will be ok because she has always told me she wanted me to go to college and better my self with a Degree. To find who I am in this world and take my place in it. I will know it wont be a peice of cake getting things together and adjusted. But anything worth having s worth waiting for, and fighting for as well. The advice to myself is to look at all i have been through, come from, and fought for. And to get right there at the door and be afraid to walk in is a shame.


If I were able to go back and give my high-school self advice, it would be this: Pay more attention. Push yourself just a little bit harder, you're really the only one who matters, ultimately. Stay with the AP class you dropped because it was too hard-it wasn't- you're being lazy and you will ultimately regret it. It's a lot easier now than it will be when you're an adult. Embrace your brain instead of your after school job-the clothes you buy now will not help you finacially down the line! Put your work ethic towrds your education, and it will reap rewards you cannot imagine yet. Be the first person in your family to graduate from college. You, and your entire family will be so proud. And it will pay dividends far beyond that pride. Embrace a free education, and be thankful for the twelve free years you've been given. Not everyone in our world is so lucky. Finally, believe in yourself, and never, ever give up-you're going to turn out just fine! Love, Me


If I could go back to my high school self, I would tell her to go to college right after high school and not to give up.