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The advice I would give myself back in Senior year would be to finish hard, get a job and do online classes on top of that work load. I was a mother before that time, so I would not have a choice but to work. I did work that time of my life, but I gave up on school and I would tell myself to get it done as soon as possible and get my life moving. If I want something for myself, I have to work for it myself. I can not count on anyone for the reponsiblities I have, so I have to think smart and consider that college would be way easy if I did it right away whie my child was still small and I would have access to my work. I would tell myself that lfe is going to pass me by and leave me in the dust if I do not do something for myself. I am in control of my life, I make my choices, and I have to think about my future and my son's future as well. I have to save, and make money.


I would still would have not attended college because it was not a priority as it is now, all jobs looking for degrees, when I was in high school it was not a big priority. My priority was to finish high school and work at the refinery, that was everyone high school student plan, but unitl I was able to see that it is more than work at the refinery I moved to the city and found that I can work any job as long as I could prove myself with out a degree.


If I could go back and talk to myself before I graduated high school I would tell myself to give everything a shot at least once. You never know what kind of future you have for yourself if you only limit it to things that you are comfortable with. Taking risks and trying something new for the first time may be exactly what you need to push you in the right direction. Don't let the simple things hold you back, and always work towards what you believe is right, no matter what other people think of you in the mean time. Hold your head high and be yourself because that is the only person in the world you need to convince you can do it.


Find what you like and do it. Do not let anyone talk you out of it or tell you it's not good enough. Relax but be willing and ready to study hard. You can do it.


If I went back 32 years to give myself advice, I would tell myself to make education a continuous part of life. The next 32 years will culminate in an end due to changes and accountability. Towards the last five years of gainful, viable employment, at the age of 50, your livelihood will end. Your career as a legal secretary will cease to exist as the changing times dictate the chosen profession obsolete. The title of Billing Collections Specialist achieved through hard work and proficiency will be stripped from you due to unattained accredited credentials. The academically sound will thrive.


If I could talk to myself at the age of eighteen, I would tell myself to complete my Doctorate degree in Nursing from the start. I would tell myself to go for all of the dreams that I have. You have to know that once you have a family, work, and decide to go back to school it is one hundred times harder. To have to pay bills and work your way through school is very hard. Keep your head up and complete your schooling all at one time, so that you do not have to go back. You can benefit your family and community with your knowledge for more years if you complete your studies at once. You can do this!


Looking back I would tell myself to go to school while I still had my parents finacial support. I would also tell my highschool self that college is only four years and that it would come and go very quickly and that I should go and not worry about starting my grown up adult life. I would also tell myself that I should go to UC Santa Cruz even though I did not like the campus, school isn't about liking the campus, it is about getting a good education. At UC Santa Cruz I would have been able to stay with my Great Grandma and I would have had more time with her before I lost her.


Shannon Hackett continue going to school, enter College and do not doubt yourself! You are smart enough to be a nurse. Follow your dreams. You will change your life. I understand that you are tired of school but your future is at stake. You will adventually have beautiful children and a family. Obtain your degree and your life will change forever. You won't have the inevitable struggles that lack of education brings. You have no one to push you but yourself. Wake up and smell the roses. Life is hard so get your education over with now while you are smart enough to absorb the information like a sponge. Trust me it is harder when your forty. You are scared and unsure what the future will bring. I remember that feeling vividly. Stop, Breathe and continue your quest. Finish and achieve your dream of being a nurse.


If I could go back in time to talk to myself as a high school senior, the best advice I would give myself is not to slack off on assignments and homework, as they affect my GPA. I would also advise myself to seek out more information about colleges in general. No one took the time to explain these things to me; consequenlty, I was 3 people away from the top 10{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c}, which would have made it simpler to qualify for many more scholarships. I never looked in to colleges outside of my city, so I didn't give myself the option to even apply anywhere else. I would have loved the opportunity to go have the college experience at a younger age instead of my 30's as I am now.


Well back when I was seventeen I dropped out of highschool. I didn't care about anything or my grades. I think seeing myself bac then I would've pushed myself so much harder. Now I did get a second chance at getting my highschool diploma in 2012. I worked so hard. I went back and retook classes and studied and graduated with honors in 2013. I went through a abusive marriage and still managed to push myself to get my education and I did it. I think being in highschool and going through what I did I think I would tell myself that no matter what you are going through life, that if you really want something you can do it. Just to have faith and keep that determination and motivation pushing through your vains. Because no one can do it for you but you. That by not doing what I need to do to make my life better that I am only standing in one spot in this fast pace world. I want to make it to the top. So to keep motivated and determined and I will make it to the top.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior there would be various things I would say. The first would be to persist in my studies, and keep up my grades my senior year. This is important in order to learn with endurance. Yet, also, I would tell myself the value of education that should be merited. It should not be an education for the sake of a degree title or monetary gain. Rather, education should be a constant learning process as well as refinement. I would tell myself that education can be used to think objectively and critically, as well as solving problems in order to find the best solution possible. However, this is only part of learning, that also, to pursue education use it to help others. Let this be a driving force for humanity rather than just for self- profit. With this in mind, do not rush into a degree simply for the purpose of income amount. Learn from different spectrums of each subject in college, and see where your gifts are. Pursue those gifts and turn it into a passion of yours in order to contribute for society.


Dear Tina, although no one in your personal life supports your dream for college. It is going to happen. Your first day of college will be traumatic, and your child will be survivor of child abuse at the hands of her father. This will delay your dream for many years, but in the years to come domestic violence for students will be addressed and you will be able to make your dreams come true, for you and your children. Do not let these traumas stop you. Because of these traumas, you will become well versed in domestic violcene and a valuable contributor to the professionals in your community on the topic. Although you feel a dim hope for your future, you are the only person that you have to depend on, and that is all you need. You will overcome with faith and fearlessness. Your dreams of college are your future reality.


I remember thinking about going to college as a high school senior and being completely overwhelmed. I didn't know what college I wanted to go to, didn't know what major I wanted, and had no idea how I was going to pay for it. Thinking about all of the details was so stressful for me that I almost chose not to continue my education. However, thankfully I did. If I could go back and give my high school self advice about attending college my advice would be to relax take things one step at a time. If you pick a major you don't like, it's not the end of the world. If you don't like the college you are going to, you can transfer. If you need help, ask for it. Make long-term plans but allow them to be flexible. Your plans are going to change and your educational and career paths might take you someplace you didn't initially plan on going. I would advise myself to work hard but to still allow myself time to have fun. After all, you're only young once.


Hi! I want you to know that college is not such a stressful place. All you have to do is stay focused and remember to focus on your goals. Your life is going to change forever, but it will be for the good. Do not let any distractions keep you from obtaining your degree. The degree will open the doors to your future and lead you to your destiny. Be strong and know that you can do all things! Never give up and never give in. It is okay to get tutuoring and help from classmates, they are there for the same reason as you. You can do it!


If I could go back in time, and tell my high school senior self something about college life and the transition, I would have to say to put my whole heart and soul into it. College takes dedication, responsibility, and a passion to learn. I feel as though my first time attending college right out of high school, I did not have the dedication or passion to pursue furthering my education. I let myself get distracted with my social life, and my grades suffered because of that which is one of my biggest regrets in life.


The advice I would give myself would be that I need to work hard. In order to achieve greatness I must earn it and put time and effort into my education. I would also tell myself is to take a break from school and work and live life a little bit. My life is consumed by school and my job. I am a full time student at Snead State Community College and I work thirty hours or more so I can pay for college. It has been hard trying to juggle everything but I wish I made time to be a teenager and make time for my friends and family. I would tell myself to not give up and strive for the best but also take a minute and enjoy life.


This challenging time will push you to be a better leader and compassionate person. You are being built to be kind, and reimaged to be driven to make a difference in the world. Denis, you will go to a great college, meet amazing friends, and build incredible memories. You will graduate Miami Dade College in 2014 with you Associates an Art degree in Psychology. Later, transfer to earn your BA, MA, and PH.D. You will succeed in life. Denis, you will travel the world, live in Georgia, hike in NZ, and later move to New York. You will meet people from all over the world and you can always reminisce back at this part of your life. Don't give up and don't lock yourself in your room. Join new after school activities, go to the city more, learn about volunteer opportunities, and find new friends. Denis, start dreaming big again! Keep fighting for want you believe in because there is a big old world out there waiting for you to be part of. Sending you a big hug! Also, people loves it when you smile.


The end of highschool is just the begining of your learning process. Stay in school, take your grades seriously, and never think you are a failure. Take the good with the bad. Know that you are important and you will make a difference in the world!


I would tell myself that life is precious and to enjoy every second of it. I would tell myself that everything isn't set in stone the way that you think it is. Be open to new adventures and don't shy away from something or someone just because it's unfamiliar. I would tell myself to be more openminded and to learn to trust people easier because that's the only way to make a lasting relatioship with someone. Sometimes I wish I could go back and just give a good shake to the person I was and make myself wake up to the possibilities around me and to not be so afraid. I would tell myself that there is no difference really between high school classes and college classes except in terms of responsibility. You are responsible for your own destiny and life is what you make of it.


If I could go back in time to tell my high school self anything, i would definetly tell him to keep going, don't wait to start college, don't take time off to relax because life is going to shove you in very difficult directions and "coming back to it later" is going to be a statement that you will regret. Life is good now, but had you started sooner things could be a lot smoother than they are. I know you're unsure about a career path but look deep into your heart and do something that you'll love, something that when you wake up in the morning to get ready you'll feel a strong smile crawl across your face, not a groan and the thought of rolling over and going back to sleep seeming like the better option.


I would ge back and tell myself to try harder and go for the Bachelor Degree right away. I would point out how much my life would change after getting married and having children. It is not always as easy to go back and get the degree once you have started your life after getting out of school. While I do not regret the path I chose, I would tell myself to take advantage of going to college and getting my 4 year degree right out of high school.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would stress the importance of attending and finishing college while I am young. When I was younger, I did not take college seriously. Also, I would tell myself how important it is to finish what you start. Although I started college, I quit because I got married and had a child. While I do believe that my children and husband are my greatest blessings in life, I do know how much easier it would have been to attend school at 20 years old instead of 40 years old. The last thing I would tell myself was to reach for my dreams. I know that there is no dream that is too big. I tell my children this everyday. In fact, I think that I am living proof of this. When I received my undergraduate degree in November 2013, I became living proof that no dream is ever too big to complete.


stay focused, complete your initial college soon after high school, it is very demanding to return to school while raising a family and working full time


It was not until about halfway through junior - senior year that I realized what was really important about high school. If I could go back in time, I would tell my senior self to get into a studying habit. Studying is extremely important, and if you do not set time aside to REALLY focus on and complete your school work, you will find yourself at risk of falling behind, or worse: actually falling behind. You pay for everything you learn and use in college. Know what you want to study before you get enrolled, figure out what you want to do for the rest of your life before you join a college. You want to know what classes you need to take before you get there. Develop healthy schooling habits now before they try to follow you into your adult life. College is expensive, and if you fail a class, you will be paying for it TWICE. Believe me, a good credit score is the backbone for your expenses... for the rest of your life.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior there are a lot of different kinds of advice that I would give to myself. I would first tell myself not to wait to further my education. I would then tell myself to work harder and apply myself when doing school work in order to get the best possible grades. I would tell myself not to second guess myself when doing school work, because the first instinct is almost always the right one. Lastly, I would tell myself to never give up no matter what. That is all of the advice that I would give myself if I could travel back in time.


I would have told myself that it is never too late to go back to school. With every intention of starting college right after high school, I became rather frustrated when this did not happen. As time went on, I kept thinking too much time had passed. This is never the case when it comes to one's education. Now as a mother of five, going back to school is teaching my children the value and importance of education.


If I got the chance to go back to senior year I would first congradulate myself for all the hardwork and dedication that I have so far put into school work, FFA, community service, sports, and even being president of the Interact Club. I would have to tell myself that the experiences and the knowledge that are gained from these positions really do pay off and help in the future. Then I would have to tell myself that no matter how it is explained, friends with benefits usually ends terribly. Listen to the people who tell you that it never works out, because it doesn't. But he does accomplish the task of getting Jordan off your mind, and right now you know that Jordan is the reason you have been crying. Admit it you miss him. But don't rush it, because timing couldn't be more perfect. You will later understand what that means; getting Jordan brings a loss, which later brings a decision that maybe the biggest one of your life. July 2nd, 2013 is your ship-out date for the U.S. Navy, but school maybe more important. Good luck and listen to your heart.


The one thing that I would tell myself is to take your time in school and never doubt your decisions, because those decisions can change your life . Don't be afraid to speak up or say something that is on your mind. Be confident in yourself. DO NOT compare yourself to others. Just keep doing what you do and listen. YOU CAN DO IT!!!!


Do your research on scholarships, complete all testings required for the college you want to attend, get a support system to where you are motivated all the time. Gain all materials necessary and get organized about the colleges and requirements, and get all testings out of the way ACTS and SATs and what not to attend a college you want. Its best to gain your first degree at a community college because its cheaper and you get the experience of what to watch out for, then you can continue on getting your degree in a university, that is something I learned the hard way, from being clueless to life lessons learned but I guess thats the best way. And you can never rely on anyone, just yourself, so if you want something done of a life change you have to do it all on your own!


I didn't make it to senior year. I dropped out in my junior year, and if I could go back, I would have so much to tell myself. The best way to dig yourself out of a bad situation is to succeed. Wishing you could disappear, and hiding from the world doesn't make everyone go away. Thankfully, I learned that in time, with a lot of hard lessons, and now here I am, in college.


If I could go back in time and give myself advice, I would tell myself that college is as important as people tell you it is. I waited 10 years after graduating before finally settling into a college that I am comfortable with. I feel that I have wasted a lot of time. Many of my High School friends are now teachers, doctors, graphic designers, and generally very happy with their life. If I had gone to college after High School I could be doing more with my life now. I feel that I would be farther in life and have a much better paying job if I had just not been so lazy. I would also tell myself to enjoy freedom while you can because once you are an adult with a job, your responsibilities come first.


I would tell myself to take the time and finish school before trying to go out into the real world and be an adult. It is very important to make sure I get my college education before having children.


Lacey, I know you are getting ready to take the leap into starting a new life as an independant. Free of high school pressures and the beginnings of a new life! Congratulations! Now that that is out of the way, I need to be honest. Do NOT move in with that boy you are seeing! Instead, PLEASE start college and get a business degree. You will save so much time, effort and stress. Not to mention, by my age, you will already have a rewarding career! You won't have to be what I am doing now, which is going back to school at age 30. However, if you do decide to follow your heart (because I know you are a romantic), your family, friends, and future self will still support you because there is hope at the end of the tunnel. Pursuing college is never out of the question for any age. Not only is it not too late, but it is easier because so many schools are teaching classes on the Internet--you don't actually have to BE in class, but just logged in on your computer or on your cell phone! Either way, go for it!


study harder, pay more attention in class, read everything possible. Work for a couple of years before entering college. Take the opportunity to explore career choices and explore more of the world before college. Take more opportunities.


There is no doubt that I would go back and tell myself to attend college right out of high school. I made the mistake of getting married a few months out of high school. My husband discouraged me from furthering my education, telling me that it was expensive, difficult and that I could not handle it; the sad part is that I believed him. I would recomment to my high school self that you should not to let anyone discourage you from furthering your education. It is the most important thing you can do for yourself and your future. If I had moved on the college after high school, who knows where I would be now; such as, would I have a great career to look forward to, as opposed to being 50 years of age and trying to start over?


As a high school I decided to take time off before going to college. If I were able to go back and offer myself advice I would not advise myself of anything. If I would have taken a different path I would not be living the life I am now. My life is not perfect, but whose is? I do not live my life with regrets, but look to fix or try to better my life in whatever ways I can. I have three beautiful children and had I gone to college right out of high school I may not have my three wonderful children. I am not sure this is the answer that this survey was meant to be answered with, but it is truthful. I think everything in life happens for a reason. I wpould not want to change anything in the past as it would affect who I am right now; however, I will continue to try to change my future and better my life in anyway possible.


Don't put off your college education. Make sure that while you are serving your country in the U.S. Air Force, you continue your education. Be dedicated to achieving your educational goals.


Dear Tanya, Congratulations on having graduated from high school! I’m sending you this letter from the future to give you some advice on making the transition to college. One day you will be on a Roller Derby team. You’ll be lying on a wood floor with sweat in your eyes, bruises all over your body, the taste of blood in your mouth, and you’ll have an epiphany about your life. “Get Back Up” Those three simple words will coalesce into a motto about how to life your life. It took me a long time and a lot of pain to realize this, so I’d like to tell you now, while you are still young and have endless opportunities. When you fail or fall, don’t lie there for long, the game is still going. You will fall down, you will get hurt, you will want to give up, you will give up so many times, but the most important thing you can do is to get back up. The second most important thing is to join that roller derby team while you are still young. Getting back up is hard when you are older.


Knowing what I now know about life as a college student, I would go back to my senior year to give myself some advice about making the transition. First, I would express how crucial it is to be organized. Organization of notes and dates assignments are due will help one be more successful as a college student. Next, we would talk about time management skills and how to improve on them. As a college student, you take on more responsibilities, such as getting your own house or apartment and having children. It is vital that you learn to prioritize what is important and what is not. Schedules should be based on priorities. Lastly, I would tell her to stay dedicated to school no matter what obstacle is thrown at her. Preserverance in what you do yields success. My mother always told me I could do anything I put my mind too and I strongly believe that now. "There's always a way - if you're committed." -Tony Robbins


I would have talked myself into attending college sooner. I may be in a better place or position than I am at this time. Though I am using a computer for my education now. Back then I would have attended instead as social interaction is just as helpful and maybe better.


Do not procrastinate in doing your work. Do as much as you can in advance and save it. Network with people who have the same goals so that you can help each other. Don't let the negative aspect of everyday lfe get you down. Make sure some family members are on your team-Team College graduate.


I would tell myself to apply for more scholarships and to stay with my parents as long as possible. When I was 15 I got my first job at SUBWAY and that took up most of my time so I did not apply for many scholarships. I really regret this because I did not know just how helpful scholarships could be for my academic success. I would also tell myself not to move out of my parents house for as long as possible. I consider myself to be very independent, therefore, I moved out of my parents house at the age of 18. I didn't realize just how expensive it would be to live on my own and attend college. I sometimes wish that I would have stayed with my parents longer so my finances could have been taken care of way more efficiently than they are now.


FOCUS on your goals! The people you are so into now will be figments of your imagination when life matters most. Don't give so much to those will soon have absolutely no interest in your future and success. So many amazing opportunities are going to present themselves to you as long as you complete your academic goals. Once you choose which opportunity you want to go with, you will notice that the people around you will be desireable and influencial in everything you do from that point on. Follow this advice and you will be glad you did Toya, trust me! I know:)


Looking back in time, I was a very intellectual high school student. However my motivation was lacking and I could never see the big picture. I was a gifted student and assumed that my artistic talent and language skills would get me by. This is not how things ended up. The beginning of high school was rough and I honestly didn't see the point in studying things I was disinterested in. Now that I've gone through the applications process and experienced college courses, I know that I was very mistaken. I would tell myself that skills don't really mean much if they can't be proven by effort. Grades and scores seem intimidating and not very art-related. But I would emphasize the important place they hold on the road to a great art career. I would tell myself to spend as much time studying as sketching. I would urge myslef to get interested in the grades of classes I don't like and the tests I dread, otherwise all the art schools I covet will show no interest in me.


Going back in time, and knowing what I know now; the best advice I would give my adolescent self is a huge percent of the people you know will not finish high-school and will lack the desire to better themselves. You don’t have to fit in any group, only fit into your self-awareness and know that you can be and do anything you want in life. Know that getting your education is not a waste of time, it is a time well invested and will reward you in ways others cannot imagine. Don’t give up on yourself before realizing there isn’t anything you cannot do; especially when it is for you. I am not telling you that your journey will be easy but your continued growth and desire to keep investing in yourself will contribute to your “know how” throughout your encounters allowing situations to not be as difficult. You will enjoy the life you have built for yourself because you made the hardest decision of investing in your education. You will win! I love you : )


If I were to go back in time to high school I would tell myself make contact and search for the best of your future. Even though I made it to a community college I would have prefer checking out the soccer opportunities I had in other colleges. I had plenty of colleges asked me to join their team as a keeper, but I decided to stay to a close college from home and not play soccer. I wish I would of approach to call the coaches and see if there was a way to get a full ride scholarship. Maybe I was scared at the time and didn’t want to travel far, but now I feel like I should of took the chance and find better opportunities for my education and soccer. I don’t know why I didn’t join the soccer team for the school I’m in, but this year I’m planning to join it. One last thing is I would tell myself to learn how to study because in college you’re going to need it. I have trouble studying sometimes and wish I had learned better ways to study.


I became a mother at the end of my junior. If I had the opportunity to talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself to stay focused. You can accomplish anything you desire. It is going to be hard being a young mom, working and attending college. Time will pass quickly and school will be finished and all of it will be worth it. I will tell myself not to worry about boys and focus on making a better life for my daughter. Education opens doors. I will tell myself that it is setting a wonderful example for my daughter. Keep strong and if you trip along the way just get back up and keep focused on your goals.


Janice, It is imparive that you take the time to finish your education before getting married and having children. Your career could be anything that you can imagine but you must finish high school and college to make that happen. Choose carefully and do not allow the experiences of your life to dictiate your direction. You are a very intelligent young lady and should be able to do anything that you want to do as long as you take the time to complete what you start. Look ahead not behind.


Dear high school senior me, First of all, begin taking college courses while in high school! Even though you don't think you have enough time, still do it! You will regret it when you get to college! Also, take as many AP classes as possible, to try to get college credits. For making the transition, it is helpful to remember that college is completely different from high school. The homework assignments are way more time consuming than high school ones. Therefore, you can't procrastinate as much as you do in high school. Some of the professors are strict graders, so your procrastinated essay might not receive as high of a grade as it would have during your four years of high school. Start learning how to manage your time! It is very important! Your time (in general, but specifically in college) is very crucial! Always make the best use of your time, even if your assignments aren't due for another four days... start working on them and finish them early! Lastly, be intentional about meeting new people at college-it definitely helps makes the experience enjoyable!


It is so important to have a college degree, finish college after high school and do not wait 17 years until you are 35 to go to college. You will struggle all of your adult life without having any kind of degree. Trust me it will be so much easier to complete school now while you are young and have a ton of energy than when you are in your mid-thirties and you are married and have 2 children and a full time job. Please listen to me, I know what im talking about. I definitely know whats best for you, because I AM you. Plus you will spend the next 17 years regretting the choice not to finish college. You will eventually have the opportunity to go back, but it will be under totally different circumstances. And who knows, going to school when you are young instead of waiting will bring your life down a much different path.