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To recommend going to this school and decide which major would be the best choice for me.


I actually wouldn’t have to give myself any advice except for to continue on what I’m doing right now in high school, because you’re on the right path to success and one day you will be somebody in the world that’s important, and you will feel better when you know that you will have your college degree.


One of the main reasons I chose the University of Sioux Falls is the environment. I have always lived in a small town, and, even though the city of Sioux Falls is much bigger, it still maintains the safe atmosphere. The University itself portrays an even better atmosphere because of its Christian affiliations. If I were to go to a secular university, I think I would feel very out of place and uncomfortable. Therefore, since USF is a Christian Liberal Arts college, I believe I have been more successful here. When working with peers that have similar goals and beliefs as I do, I have been able to stay more focused and believe that I do not have the same temptations that the rest of the world has to offer. Many people become carefree and uninhibited their first semester of college, but through my great college community I have been able to stay true to myself and avoid making regrettable decisions. Also, being a smaller school with smaller classes and many Christian students and educators, I think USF has provided the personal attention and care that I need, rather than getting pushed by the wayside.


I attended SFSU in order to become more independent and meet new new people. By being here, I,m doing my best to use it as a fresh start and reinvent myself.So far, it hasn't even been a week but it has broadened my mind in several ways. I,ve already attended a meeting on studying abroad, I hope to be able to go to Australia and study Dance/Drama there I was shocked by how accepting people were in my dorm and a sense of community is being built here. I love it, I like feeling a part of a community since I,ve spent most of my childhood being ostracized and feeling isolated from the rest of society. In my hometown, Stockton, California, people lament on not being able to leave due to the lack of jobs and opportunites in the region. Unlike them, I left. And I hope to stay out.


My time at The University of Sioux Falls has been beyond valuable. Both academically and personally USF has helped me become the person I am today. The small class sizes offer a greater level of participation and understanding than at larger schools. The one-on-one attention every student receives is invaluable in the academic world and is a huge benefit for the future. I feel as though I am getting an excellent education that is going to more than prepare me for my future. On a more personal level, USF has helped me grow as a person by emphasizing a life based in service to both God and others. They constantly offer community service opportunities that would appeal to a great variety of students. Campus-wide involvement in student activities is another way that my USF experience has been valuable. I have met many amazing people through activities put on by my school resulting in what are sure to be lifelong relationships. Attending this school has had a huge impact on my life; my decision to attend this school has been one of the best choices I have ever made. I wouldn't trade it for the world.


It is always an experience to live out on your own. College is a privilege, and I worked hard to get here. I never new i would of ended up here at USF... but now that I am, if I had to go through all the hard work to get here again I would. Being out on my own while attending college has made me even more independent and this will ultimately benefit me in the long run. I have made some great friends who I feel will be a part of my life for a long time. Also, the hands on learning here with smaller classroom sizes is amazing to have. I feel very blessed and grateful to be here with such great teachers.


Looking back, I would give myself the advice to stay focused. It is really easy to become consumed with friends, sports, and work. I would say "DON'T do it!" You don't want to pay $10,000 a semester only to end up retaking classes or having to go to school longer than four years. I would also state that you need to have a good balance between your social and academic lives. I say lives becuase they are really two different areas and they each deserve their own time. My advice would definitely be to stay focused on your goals and do not give up on them.


Don?t be afraid! College will be the best time of your life. There is no need to be self conscious or worried about meeting new people. You will meet some of your closest friends as soon as you get here. Be open to making friends and you won?t have any problems. Procrastination is going to be your weakness, so always try to stay ahead. At times it will stress you out to the limit, but just remember that you can do it. Don?t dwell on your mistakes but look forward to the future. And remember, don?t take everything so seriously. College is a chance for you to find out who you really are, so explore lots of new things! You are about to go through a lot of changes, so hold on for the ride. You will make it through, just keep your head up and keep your faith and values close to you. God is your rock through it all, so keep your eyes on Him and everything will turn out right.


The advice that I would give the "high school senior" version of myself would go something like this... "Don't be scared to put yourself out there to meet new people. I know you're going to struggle with the change of lifestyle, but finding friends right away will definately be a comfort. Take advantage of the many activities going on the few month or so of school. Be involved. Talk to people. Be outgoing, but be yourself. Suck it up and don't be so scared to meet people. Everybody is in the same boat with meeting new friends. Cliques are formed quickly, so talk to a lot of people and find where you fit. Things will fall into place, you just have to push them around a little bit. These people could be your best friends 15 years down the road when you're living in the suburbs with your husband, 2 kids, and Scruffy. Don't get caught up in worrying about how you're going to make it through the next 4 years. Get caught up in your friends. Just don't forget about your schoolwork and studying!"


If I could go back in time, I'd tell myself to start college right out of high school as going back to school as an adult is difficult for two reasons: less time (due to jobs and often families), and more bills. I'd also tell myself that college life (sororities, football games, dorms, etc.) is an opportunity to mature as a person and make lifelong friends and memories. College life is something that everyone should experience, but it's nearly impossible to have that experience as a non-traditional student. I'd also tell myself how difficult it is to find a job without a degree. Most employers require some sort of degree which leaves non-degree holders less quality job options.


After attending college for a year and a half, I am amazed at the knowledge I have gained. I have not just become more book-smart, but have attained a better grasp of who I am as a person. I wish I could have shared these bits of wisdom with myself when I was a high school senior. I would have told myself not to stress and worry so much about trying to plan every detail of my future. Everything WILL work out and fall into place eventually. There is no need to become uptight with concern over fitting in at college; all the other new freshmen are in the same boat and trying to make new friends just like you. Relax; live a little. Many people will tell you to study, study, study. That's important, but don't forget to make time for a social life, too. You shouldn't spend the whole day in your room doing homework. Open the door and spend some time with new friends. Adjusting to college is only as difficult as you make it. If you go in telling yourself it will be hard, it will. Try to have a positive mindset.


If I was to go back in time, I would tell myself to not be as worried as I was about moving. I went to college five hours from home and out of state and I was well beyond terrified before I even got to the school. All the things that I worried about; not getting along with my roommate, not making friends, and failing all my classes and losing my major scholarship seem so silly now. But now, with this major step in my life done with, I feel confident that I will be able to confidently handle all other things that come my way. My advice to my past self, and all going-to-be college freshmen would be, "Don't sweat it. Transitioning from high school to college will never be as bad as you think."


First and foremost, I would tell myself to apply for twice as many scholarships. I know that they are tedious, but every bit counts. Plus, you are never going to get every scholarship that you apply for, so the more you fill out the more money you will receive. Second, choose the school you love. Do not go to a college for any reason other than selfish reasons. We are always told to not be selfish, but college is all about our future; we have to be selfish when we choose our college. Never choose to go somewhere because there is another person that you want to follow. Third, hold on to your beliefs and your morals. More people respect you when you lead them, than when you follow them. Basically, become a leader to your peers. Finally, I would tell myself something as silly as purchase a planner. There are a lot of fun things going on in college and there are tons of assignments that you cannot forget. All of these things will make you a better person and help you enjoy collge, and you need to write them down so you can remember each one of them.


If I could go back to my senior year in high school I would have taken a class to help me with my ACT testing. The score you get on the test is so important when it comes to how much money a college is willing to give you and when it comes to scholarships. I now realize how much I will have in student loans when I graduate and a higher ACT score would have helped decrease the amount of loans I have had to take out. Another piece of advice I would give to myself is to get involved in volunteering. Many scholarships require volunteer hours and they look great when applying for jobs.


As a senior in high school I was very excited to make the trasition to college, I wasn't nervous at all, just ready to move on with my life. I thought I had it all figured out, but as I look back at what I was thinking then I am finding that I had totally wong expectations. If I was in high school again I would tell myself to be prepared to be challenged. What I thought was importanat then, now has a whole new meaning. Also I would tell myself to not be afraid to try new risks, meet new people, and open new doors. I would make sure I knew that I had been living the same way for eighteen years of my life, and that it is about to be changed.


If I could go back and give myself advice I would tell myself to go the school I wanted and not worry about money. I know money is a big issue but one should go somewhere they are going to love for more than somewhere they don't love for less. I would also go back and tell myself not to think about anyone else when making the decision on where to go. Don't think about friends, boyfriends, or even your parents. Go where you want! They other thing I would have told myself would be to learn how to study. In high school I never really had to study so getting to college was a shock when I took my first exam. Learning how to study is very important. Also do not worry so much about your GPA even though it is important, but also work on connections and volunteering. Those may get you farther than your GPA. Last of all I would tell myself to have fun. College is supposed to be hard but it also supposed to be the best four years of your life.


Don't become lazy senior year! Start early preparing for college, applying for scholarships, and saving money. Don't be afraid to ask questions and don't feel embarrassed or hesitatant to ask for financial aid.


If I could go back to my stressful year as a High School Senior, I would tell myself not to worry like I did. I was worried about the transition and getting homesick. The first day I was there, the staff surrounded me with people that became my close friends. This university offers so many activities to get new students involved such as bowling, game nights, fun speakers, and Bible studies in the dorms. I was immersed in great activities that helped me never get homesick and helped me grow as a young adult. The acedemic advisors have also helped me greatly. I was unsure of my desire to be an elementary teacher going into college, but now I am absolutely sure that it is what I want to do. My advisor has not only helped me plan out my schedule but has answered many important questions about life after college. The campus pastor is also always there to counsel me when I have a stressful day. I have transformed and grown more in the last two years than I could have ever imagined and I wish I could have told myself that while I was still in high school.


The first thing I would tell myself is to relax and have fun. I was really nervous heading off to college but a tended to forget that I was in the same boat as all the incoming freshman. I wish I would've been more open trying to make friends and gone out of my way more to talk to people. The second thing I would tell myself is to slow down and enjoy it. College goes so fast and in a blink its going to be done. Enjoy the time you have with your friends and the late nights spent studying because eventually they are going to come to an end. I have met some amazing people and have had some awesome times with my friends. I wouldn't trade my time with them for anything. The last thing I would say is to stay on the right track. It's easy to get distracted and caught up in the wrong things. Focus on your schoolwork and the things you are involved in because in the end, that's all that's going to matter.


College has been such a great experience. Looking back to my senior year of high school, there are a few things I would tell myself. For starters, I would tell myself to take chances. Being outgoing is harder for me than it is for some, but taking that first step in order to meet new people is definitely the key to the first year of college. Also, I would encourage myself to be active and continue to do what I love. Singing is my passion, so I would encourage myself to put myself out there and be vulnerable in certain situations. Being vulnerable is hard at first, but in the end it has great rewards. Finally, I would tell myself, a senior in high school, to simply be brave, put yourself out there, and stay true to yourself, living out the life of Christ.


As I stare with tear-swelled eyes at my student loan balance, I wonder if it was all worth it. Had I forgone an education like the one I choose, I may not have learned the law of diminishing returns, the basics of calculus, or how to speak German. But what terrifies me even more is the thought that I may not have learned the most valuable lesson: try new things. I have never been one to stand out from the crowd for fear of being criticized. But these four years have become a whirlwind of new experiences. Had I not tried new things, I would not have discovered my passion for running 10k's and painting, had the opportunity to mentor young girls with running, applied to law school, went out for the school musical, donated 250 meals to the homeless, or interned on the legislature. Those tear-swelled eyes, I realize, are of pride, not frustration. The lesson I have learned to try new things is one that cannot be included in tution prices. It is a lesson that is far more valuable than the number on my student debt statement--one I hope to never forget.


to do better in highschool. I really thought that it wouldnt do me that much good, but when i wantedthe scholarships, i could not get them. It would have been worth it to kick it into geer before now.


One thing I would tell myself is to not be afraid, I was so nervous to go to college but it has ended up to be the best thing for me. I would also tell myself to just be myself, and to not hold back on who I truely am. I would also tell myself that everything happens for a reason and that God is on my side no matter what.


I would tell myself to keep studying hard, and to talk to professors when you feel uncertain about a subject the class is covering. Try to get out and meet people. Be yourself and you will do fine in college.


College is a time for intellectual development, emotional maturation, and learning one's most pivotal life lessons. It IS the experience of a life time, but it?s not all about school. The most important lessons to be learnt aren?t those in the classroom, but those in your everyday life. Let yourself grow as an individual and don?t be afraid to stand out. Stop living life afraid of being recognized as different?instead, strive for difference. Most importantly: dont rush. College is difficult, stressful, and terribly horrifying, but they're the best years of your life. This is where life happens. Don't let it pass you by because you're afraid of doing something wrong. Make mistakes, learn lessons, and don't forget to love every second of it. Be the person you've always wanted to be and prove yourself wrong.


Dear Jacki, College is great, and you will love it! I know that you can succeed in all that you do if you put your mind to it, but right now the paths that you are going down are going to make it harder for you to make money for college. Sometimes, you choose to have fun and in turn make bad decisions for yourself, over doing what is right-- making the good grades, and right choices. You will only benefit from taking the extra time to study for your biology tests, and doing the homework with dedication to bettering yourself. Save up your money, spend it wisely, be kind to those around you, get the good grades you are capable of, ditch the boys, and stop wasting your money eating out all the time! You are a good kid, and you will make it! With love, Jacki


If I could manipulate time in order to give myself advice about my future I know it would have taken a significant amount of stress out of my senior year. I would go back and tell myself to trust my instincts and don't ever doubt myself when it comes to what I can achieve. It was very stressful trying to decide if I should attend the University of Sioux Falls or not. As a private school the cost was out of my price range. At times I felt that I was making the wrong choice and that I would regret focusing all of my attention on USF. However through hours and hours of applying for scholarships and having a job I have been able to afford tuition this year and do not have any regrets about my choice. While at times I think it would be nice to go back in time I know that in the end I would not change any experience that I have had, both good and bad. Each of my different experiences has shaped me into who I am. You never know how drastically one choice could affect the outcome of your future.


Hey Lizzy! Take a deep breath! College is NOT as scary as you thought it would be. Your professors really care about you, and you have made some of the best, most genuine friends ever. Your classes challenge you, but they are definitely manageable. You can still make time for recreation and fun, and there are plenty of parks and camping in the area. Dorm life will teach you incredible space management, and course schedules will teach you impeccable time management. One effective planning method is to make a priority list for your homework. Finish up assignments in the order they are due, and DO NOT put off big projects just because they are not due until the end of the semester. Make sure you get at least seven hours of sleep at least five nights a week. Audition for the musical, and hang out with your friends when they invite you. Keep your dorm room open and get acquainted with your neighbors. This is a fun stage of life, so try not to be so stressed that you forget to enjoy it.


Knowing what I know now about college life, I would tell myself not to have so many expectations. As a high school senior, I had many expectations as to what college life would be like. I pictured myself having an awesome social life with all the free time in the world, basically living THE life. My dreamt up life was great; so I never really prepared myself emotionally for college. When I got to school, I had no close friends and didn?t know any faculty. I felt lost and alone. To say the least I never expected that to happen. If I could go back in time, I would have utilized all my resources in the field of college searching. I never did many campus tours, and I would spend more time doing so. There are many great people, for example; high school guidance counselors, there to help you make your decision about where to go. The second piece of advice I would give is to not be hasty with your decision about your major. Most of my friends who came into college with a major have changed it now. I say, take generals until you?re definitely sure.


That I should have asked more questions. Asked around and talked with more students and athletes of how it is around the school and campus. Just to be more aware of my surroundings.


Take the ACT once more. Pay more attention to what you are interested in, pick a school that has all the qualities you are looking for. Don't discount a school because of cost, take all schools into consideration. Don't worry about the money, the money will take of itself. Start applying sooner, take more college visits. Visit with professors and try to talk some current students that attend the schools that you visit. Visit more than just state school, go to any school that interests you. Don't sell yourself short, you can handle any school in the country. Listen to the advice of your parents when they talk to you about college, they know what they are talking about. Pay attention more in your class the last year of high school, they will help prepare you for your first year of college. Pray about what school to attend, and just follow your heart.


In High School, I feel I was very well prepared to move onto the next level. I took academics seriously and rarely cheated on any assignments or took the easy classes just to slide by. I took more challenging courses my senior year so I would prepare myself for college. Now that I know what I would like to major in, I would have taken some courses in High School that relate to my major to help me move one step further to obtain my degree. My roomate is a friend from High School and I would have changed that if I could go back in time. I would rather room with someone I do not know so that I could have made more friends instead of acquaintances. Overall, I felt well prepared going into college academically but I would have told myself to open up more and get involved in other clubs besides a varsity sport.


Get to know yourself before you decide on good frienships freshman year. Know who you want surrounding you and influencing you because it will make your college experience more enjoyable knowing that you have a strong support system at home AND at school.


Don't be afraid to go out and talk to people. All the freshman at the college are new and don't no anybody. You won't look dumb or like a loser if you go up and talk to people and be involved in all the social activities that are possible. Friends make the college transition much easier and they will be your friends for a long time. Also, do homework ahead of time. Class syllabus' are a college student's best friend.


To be open to new things and people. To join in the campus activities while on campus. Make the most out of activities, college life, and classes. Remember that the time is short and will only be lived once.


Listen to what your elders say. They are only trying to make the journey in life easier for you.


The advice I would give to myself if I could go back in time as a high school senior would be to enjoy college to the fullest. Get involved in anything that interests you on campus such as athletics, intermurals, music, art, etc. There is something for everyone to enjoy on campus. Attend chapel weekly because it helps to bring focus to your life and is a relaxing break from classes. Try to be social and reach out to people. Go to dorm bible studies and attend activities on campus. Smile and say hi to whoever you pass in your dorm or on campus. Be assertive with people and do not let people take advantage of you. Live on campus because you will feel part of the community, and you won't have to worry about traffic, etc. Always work hard and strive to do your best. Most importantly, always keep an eternal perspective on things. College is awesome!


If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would advise myself to take a lot of time for personal reflection. I would tell myself this because I see now how many of my classmates seem to be swept up in their newfound freedom and have neglected their studies in search of ways to turn college into an endless party. College is a time to be devoted to your studies, and while friendships and community are wonderful benefits of college, they mustn't interfere with your academic life to the point where it affects it negatively. There must be a balance, and to know where your balance lies is to know your limitations and to know yourself. I would advise myself to be open to new academic possibilities because what seems like THE major for you may soon give way to unforseen interests. Lastly, I would tell myself to be prepared to meet many new people and to encounter many changes in college. I would discourage worriment (for I know I'd worry) and encourage excitement and courage because I can handle it. Most importantly, however, I must meet everything with love.


I would tell myself to strive to go above and beyond on all of my homework. I need to work hard on achieving all good grades. I need to better listen to the lessons my teachers are teaching, so I will be able to use that advice in my college years. The note taking and essays are important to work hard on as well. The ideas and concepts we learn and write about can be used in college. I need to pay attention and keep papers and notes to be able to use in the future, like college.


College has a lot to offer a person. There are going to be so many things that you are going to have questions about but as long as you are able and wanting to set in motion these questions then you will always have answers. College life is going to seem hard at first but once you get into the swing of the way things work you will feel like a person who is on the fast track to success. The college you have chosen has so many professors that genuinely care about how you are doing and you as a person. If you apply yourself to your studies you will see that many of these professors can be lifelong friends as well as the other friendships that you will form along the way. College is ultimately about discovering who you are. You will try things, fail things, and accomplish things that will form and make you into the person that your future holds. Your college career will be an unforgettable one?be ready to stretch out your comfort zone and see what else is waiting for you in this world!


Relax. Take a couple more advanced courses in high school. Though it may be more work to do in high school, college will be much more managable for you if you can put the effort in now.


When I was in high school all of my classes came naturally to me. Everything was easy and understandable and so I never put forth much effort into studying. Now that I am in college the courses are ten times harder then they were in high school. My best advice I wish I could have given myself is prepare yourself for college. Take a little time out of your night every night and study because it will be a lot harder going into college never having studied and experiencing a little extra work.


At the time that I started I had been in a serious relationship that lasted up to my second year. Because of this, I did not get as involved in campus activities as I would have liked. Therefore, I would tell myself to become more involved and worry less about that relationship. I would also have gotten to know my fellow classmates better and participated more in events going on on campus and off.


As a freshman in college I would go back and tell myself many things. The first one would be not letting the little things in life get you down and holding fueds with friends, it is simply not worth it. College has made me accept each and every person that I encounter, because friends in life are very important. Along with friends I would tell myself to treassure my family and time spent with them much more, because being away has been a tough transition, most definitely making my heart grow stronger for those that I sensed as an annoyance. Then moving right into the academic aspect, I would say that greatest thing I regret from high school is not talking more college credits or even pushing myself to take those AP exams. At that time it seemed like a burdon, but now that I am in college those test scores that I could have managed to obtained, possibly would have got me out of some of these college courses that seem like a repeat from high school days.Therefore in high school one must understand that college costs money, so taking advantage of high school opportunities is key!


I'd explain that college is essential for creating a life that has options. It's challenging, but it is also enlightening to one's innerself and intellectual capacity. Choosing to further your education is one of the wisest decisions you can make because we never stop learning no matter how or what we learn; so why not gain a diploma with credentials in the process of that. Choosing a college is probably the hardest thing, but make sure you choose one that is both befitting of your personality and help to guide you in the way that you hope to achieve success. Stay focused to avoid procrastination. Make sure to socialize/network with people who are both unlike-minded and like- minded as yourself because you gain different perspectives of the world and you also make lasting relationships that can be perhaps beneficial down the road. Lastly, I would say, BE OPEN-MINDED. College is like a little world within itself; different cultures, backgrounds, races, ethnicities, talents, and religions are apart of this community, so don't limit yourself to your own beliefs or background. Know that having a diverse mentality will strengthen your view of the world.


Well, I had my mind set on the school I chose so I only applied to this school. My advice would be to look around and to find as many scholarships as possible so you can be placed into the school that best fits you. And no school is perfect


You've only begun this journey into the beginning of your life, so choose wisely and embrace all that life has for you. Learn from your mistakes by becoming a stronger individual and overcoming your obsticles, you can acheive what you are destine to be in the future. Set goals for yourself to accomplish throughout your college years, this will allow you to follow the path that you're destine to embark upon. Listen to the advise of others, but in the end find your true voice by declaring who and what you desire. Embrace your inner self by staying true to your beliefs and morals, even in the face of the pressures of the world around you. Take the path less traveled by most only to find your passion, which will create flavor for your life. Once you've reach your desired goals and expectations for yourself, look back on your journey by appreciating the wisdom and insight you've gained along your adventure. This is the beginning to the rest of your life, so you can make the choice to celebrate your life's journey.


I would have to tell myself that buying the textbooks is a much better idea than sharing them between two or three people, even though it saves money. The convenience of having your own books, and being able to use them when you need them for studying for out weighs the extra cost. Also I would tell myself to take advantage of the study aids that the university provides students with. The writing center and tutors are all there to help and even though I never needed these things in high school, I shoudn't be too proud to take advantage of a great study aid. The most important thing I could tell myself though, is that I shouldn't be afraid to talk to my professors even if they seem a little intimidating. The professors are all great people who are concerned about their students progress and well being and they are more than happy to answer questions adn work around difficult situations that might come up. Overall my advice would mainly deal with academics, since that is usually where new students struggle the most during their first semester of college.


I would tell myself to take harder classes in high school and not be afraid of failing. Those classes that sometimes I was afraid I would fail, were the ones that were the most like college courses. I learned the most in those classes and can still recall most of what I learned and apply it to classes I am taking now. Also, I would tell myself to listen to all those scholarship seminars. Do not just trust that the college will give you a full ride. Even the little scholarships help make a dent. I would also say to research different places for scholarships, you can find many obscure ones that aren't very hard to obtain. Lastly, I would tell myself not to stress about going to college nearly as much as I did. College is a great time to find out more about yourself than maybe you'd ever care to know and find yourself surrounded by some of the best friends you'll ever meet.


Dear Jacob Sittig, I hope this letter finds you enjoying your senior year in high school. While I know you do not take your schooling for granted, I would like to impress upon you the importance of your education. Your education that you recieve early in your life will shape who you are for the rest of your life. In the next couple of years as you enter college, you will be introduced to an unlimited amount of new ideas, lifestyles, and kinds of people. Throughout these encounters it will be up to you to study these new ideas, lifestyles, and people, decide which way of life is best suited for you, and then follow your heart and work your hardest every day to be the best person you can be. College is a time in every young person's life when the practice of good habits can lead to amazing possibilites down the road. The choices you make in college will set the tone for the rest of your life. While I encourage to have fun and live a worry free college life, please do not forget the overall grand scheme of things. Sincerely, Someone Invested In Your Future!