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What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I were to go back to my highschool self I would definitely tell myself to take harder classes. To take the college course classes and get the credits before you pay outrageous prices for them. I would tell myself to explore all my college options before jumping into just one and setting my mind on only one because all my friends are going there. I would tell myself to search for scholarships, day in and day out. To search for grants and use the school counslers to provide me with tons of scholarship/grant information. I would tell myself to make good decisions, and to not jump at the first "best" oppertunity that comes my way. I would tell myself to save every penny, so when I decided to move out, it wouldnt be so tight on money. At last I would tell myself to enjoy highschool, because the next step is the biggest most tiring step of them all, and you can never go back to your highschool years with someone guiding you everystep, so take advantage of that. Use all the resources you can and never give up. There's always something out there for everyone.

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Having the ability to go back in time would be thrilling and to be able to talk to myself would be somewhat hard, because I was quite rebelious in those days so I would have to get my attention. Back in the 60s and 70s the importance of a solid education and being a highschool graduate was not the topic of importance as much as the draft and being a hippie. So explaining the concept in a non-boring manner with incentives attached would be one way to grab my attention. Competition was another, and going over the plan of how to graduate; the credits needed, how to recieve them and a monthly print out of status would be helpful. The aid of other college attending students that are normal as anyone else that could take the time to talk to high school seniors about what's a head of them, show them the choices in the immediate future, let them know what they can choose and how to get there. Make them aware of the funding available and that the burden will not have to fall totally on students parents or on them, that funding is available.

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Scholarship Essay If I could go back in time and see myself as a college student I would definitely tell myself how important it is to stay in school and attend my classes. I graduated high school but I definitely had some problems, mainly with attending my classes. After being in a college setting and seeing how important attendance and participation is I am kicking myself for not attending my classes how I should in high school. I went from being a District Honor Roll student to a high school Senior who barely squeezed by. I feel that if I had gone to my classes when expected to I would have been in a much better boat come graduation time. Now that I am a mother of three children, I can see that I need to set a great example schoolwise for them. I have recently started college online and am bound and determined to not only meet the standards but exceed them. I hope that my children will do the same. I would hate for them to end up like that high school Senior that I was. I have changed my outlook on school!

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The University of Phoenix in all its deficiencies is still the one entity that provided me with a bank of skills and knowledge for a person against adversity. Simply, the University of Phoenix is the one hand that stretched down to pick me up and support me towards my goals. There are many improvements to make to the University of Phoenix, but the bottom line is that it stands true to its commitment, the University of Phoenix does provide an opportunity to learn. One thing is for sure, Im no longer a High School grad; I have become a very competent skilled professional in accounting, with excellent writing skills, socially responsible citizen, effective problem solver, informed student and a professionaly acquainted individual. I am the result of the valuable research I conducted, the dozens of books I read, the lectures I listened to, the discussions I participated in, the assignments I practiced with, and the reflections from which I learned; made possible by the University of Phoenix. It deserves my gratitude.

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Make the jump. You can spend your whole life waiting for that epiphany to come and it will never happen. You do not know what you want to do with your life because you spend too much time dissecting every decision until you forget what the purpose is. If you see a door open, walk through the door. You will not be young forever, and dragging out education into your 30’s is not the best choice for your life. You may not like this field, but that is because your real calling in life is to follow God and to have a family. The fact still remains, you need an education. You need to study, even when you feel like giving up. You need to apply for scholarships, even if you feel unworthy. You need to open your eyes to the reality of life. Life is hard and you need a degree. Study the material, believe in yourself. Just because your mother did not even finish middle school, and your siblings will spend years of their life trying to finish college and never succeed, does not mean you are destined for failure. You will graduate.

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For me, college has been such an opportunity to explore who I am as a person and to develop clear personal and career goals. In high school, you are grouped with the same people for years and it is most difficult to branch out and try something new. I have learned to be comfortable: working in groups, speaking in front of the class, and taking care of college finances and paperwork on my own. My self-confidence has grown by leaps and bounds. Attending community college has been valuable as I've been able to clarify what types of people I most want to work with as a social worker. I've done volunteer work in several different settings and now know I want to work with adolescents. Also, I have 2 years of college done without going into debt. Going to a community college close to home was definitely the best choice for me. I am now a confident, motivated woman ready to tackle the next stage of my education and I have achieved this without the huge loans many of my friends are saddled with.

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If I could go back in time and talk to my highschool self, I would say "Embrace lifelong learning." My highschool self and his peers often see educational pursuits as a "hurdle" which must be navigated in order to get to the "real world". The truth is that the most successfull employees/business owners are lifelong learners. The cessation of high school and/or college does not mean the learning stops, or at least it shouldn't. Throughout life, we will all here people say that we don't have enough college degrees or the right ones. The ultimate goal then is to look at education as a process rather than a one-time event. Learning things on-the-job and exploring certification programs does nothing but help you. Staying enrolled in college programs even if you already have a degree can keep you sharp and competitive in your career. Education is not just a "right of passage" - it's a lifestyle. You've already started, be prepared to continue on!

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One piece of advice I would give myself is that your parents are one hundred percent right about everything. You will understand as you start to experience your adult life. My mother always told me to get good grades to ensure I had a good GPA. That is another thing I wish I could go back and do over. While I graduated with a decent gpa, but I could have done much better. GPA is something colleges look at prior to acceptance. The biggest advice I would give myself is to learn to be a responsible adult. A college education is important. It helps us gain the required knowledge to succeed in the workforce and also make a decent financial living. I would tell myself that the most important thing right now is not boys, but your education. Because if you get your education now, you won’t have to cry about not having it later. There are just so many regrets now and not going straight into college when I’d just graduated is one of them.

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My college experience has allowed me to understand what I want to do with my life career-wise. I have been able to learn more about my chosen area of study and I hope to keep learning. I would like to keep attending college so that I may be able to have a career in the profession that I enjoy. This will allow me to be independant and not have to depend on others for my needs. Attending college will enable me to meet these goals. No one in my family has completed college. I would love to be the first one to accomplish this goal. Learning online has made it much easier to attend all my courses since I do not have to travel long distances to reach my classes or spend money on traveling back and forth. I have enjoyed the whole college experience ; without it I never would have been able to figure out what career I really wanted to do. Through trial and error I have come to realize what I enjoy most which is photography.

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As a high school student I was never one to pay attention, that would've all been different now knowing how difficult college is. My senior year in high school I was always the kid to talk while my teacher was lecturing the class or be writing a note. If I could go back now, I would've changed so many of my bad habits. I would have payed attention and took noted of EVERYTHING & saved my gossip conversations for lunch hour. I would have tryed my hardest to get superior grades in all of my classes. In doing so than, would have prepared myself for college life. College is not joke, it's up to yourself to do everything, if I don't listen, than I'm basically only hurting myself. If I could give advice to the high schoolers now it would be to try your hardest, don't slack, give all of you homework your all, and be the best succeeder you can be.

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