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


Your whole life is in front of you! So live it up! Stop worrying about what other people think!! Your true friends are going to love your crazy weirdness and for who you truly are. If they dont you'll find out the hard way they dont really love you. Dont worry about boyfriends, when Mr. Right comes along you'll know it - Trust me! Love your friends and family and dont ever forget about them. Mom will always be your biggest supporter so when she pesters and nags you- just assume she is right and your wrong. Her first impressions of people are always spot on- even if it takes you years to figure it out yourself- trust her! Never once has she been wrong when it comes to your education...or dating. Give grandma a hug every single chance you get and please please remeber to tell her that you love her. Go on your trips your only going to be young once- volunteer in Africa spaying and nuetering dogs and cats and go with dad on his Alaskan fishing trip. Most of all- don't forget who you are, where you can from and love yourself.


Sticking with it.


Dear Mike, I know there's a lot of pressure about going to college, but don't let that make the decision for you. I strongly recommend that you get out into the real world and find out what you like and don't like before committing to a college degree. Getting a job is going to be the best way to really learn about yourself, meet new people, and become independent. The only way you're going to know that the piece of paper you paid so much time and money to earn was a not a waste money is by being sure that you got the right degree for you. Not only will have a better idea of what you really want to do with the rest of your life, but you'll have the background to help you make it through school with good grades. The decision is, of course, yours to make. Just keep in mind my advice that you take the time necessary to make the right decision for yourself.


If I were to talk to myself before entering the University I would tell myself to do what makes me happy and find my place in the world. As I have lived life since that point, I have made a great attempt to find my place in the world. Without a place in the world one is like a pen with no ink. I would say “your place in the world will define your calling and help you to be more.” Each person has a voice within themselves which speaks only to them; it addresses that calling, the longing for more. Not materialism, but the idea that one is destined for greatness and adventure. Greatness comes in the form of many ideas based on the individual. In this concept, you must put forth great effort in finding a place in the world consisting of greatness and adventure. By doing so you will find one idea that trumps everything else, self-care above all. Self-care involves giving the necessary attention to one’s self, both physically and mentally, to maintain a stable state of existence. If one is always looked after and needs are met, life becomes easier to live.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself that perseverance is key. I would also tell my high school self that starting out at a community college is perfectly fine and would even result in a fantastic education and the enhancement of skills that aid in doing better at the four-year college level. I would tell myself to remember that one bad grade on an assignment is no reason to freak out, it just means you have to work a little harder or clarify the teachers expectations, but it is not the end of the world! Most of all I would make sure to tell myself that as long as you keep trying and strive to do your best, things will fall into place and those things that don't work out as expected can teach you so much.


Go undeclared for the first semester or two of college. Let's be honest here, you have no idea what you want to do. You're good at maths and you did a higher level chemistry class. You're good at it, but do you like it? You and I both know the answer. Afterall, I know exactly what you're thinking. Take some time to discover yourself and who you want to be. Also, there will a job opening at the GameStop across the street. You take that job, soldier. That is a cool job, homie. Seek out more scholarships - money is cool. Now, our essays are quite good, so do them. You like answering questions about yourself, so put it to good use. Tally-ho, my good man.


Rachel, I know you have worked your buns off for twelve years, trying to impress your parents and sisters with your grades. Little do you know, gorgeous, you are going to need so much more than an "A" in senior English to be ready for college. Leaving for college means that all of the comfort blankets you have grown up with--work and parents-- are going to be long gone. It is time to really blossom as a social butterfly and meet friends that can carry you through to a new chapter in life! It is incredibly easy to breeze through college with just yourself to keep you company, but it is not nearly enough to be happy. Times are lean in college (not a lot of Ramen to go around), so why not surround yourself with friends to cheer you on and make you feel more comfortable during what will be the most stressful move of a lifetime. So you get out there sunshine; make the friends you deserve.


I would have told my senior self to take nothing for granted. Friendships are going to change and you will actually miss your family. However, embrace the change and experience exciting and new things. Also, I would have told myself that it is okay to ask for help and go to counseling. Since I've started going my sophomore year I have been able to accomplish a lot more. Follow your heart even if people look down on your major, if it is what you love than let nothing stand in the way. I promise that you will figure out your life soon enough.


I would tell myself that the things that I was stressing out about in high school, just don't matter after graduation. I would tell myself that no one in college cares that you were a varsity dancer, or that you couldn't go to your sophomore homecoming because of your grades. College is so much more accepting than high school, so I would tell myself to just push through because it does get better!


I would tell myself to be less frightened abou the process, and to trust myself to do my best. I would tell myself to work harder, to try and get more out of every experience, and to not worry about what others think. I would want myself to be more confident in myself and my abilities, and to strive for excellence. Take every opportunity and don't look back!


If I could go back in time I would tell myself to enjoy high school but remember to look at the future. It is important to explore avenues while still in high school such as concurrent classes offered in high school. Completing as many concurrent classes and earning as many college credits in high school is that much more helpful. I would also suggest to myself to attend a community college for the first couple of years. It seems to be a good way to save a little money by taking classes at a community college versis the Universities.


Aspen, There is a lot more to college than just focusing on grades. Financials are going to be much tougher to deal with than you originally thought. Get a job right away rather than waiting for a semester. Not only will the job help you get ahead in tuition but it will also help you make friends. Continuing on with making friends you need to be more social and get involved. Most people here need study budies as well and even studying with people will help you make friends. They are definitly important and they will help you relax and take a break from all of these continuing stresses from growing up. That is what I will say is most important. Use your friends to relax. Everyone needs a break every once in a while and it will help you from breaking down. Your first year of college will set you up for a wonderful future take time to enjoy it.


I would go back and tell myself that life doesn't necessarily make more sense or work out more perfectly just because the next chapter of your life has finally started. But that doesn't mean I did anything wrong. Just as you have already told yourself and your best friend a couple times, things will always work out, eventually. We just have to work hard for what we want. Things don't always just get handed to you, you have to strive for them and make them work. I would tell myself to continue to remember that if something is worth fighting for, then I need to and will fight for it, so keep on fighting.


Going to college is a big step and an exciting adventure. Here is some advice to make the most of your time. As a student, there are tons of free resources available to you that you should take advantage of like resume help, financial counseling, gym access and the list goes on. Another thing that will help you out a ton is to be purposeful about the classes you choose to fulfill your degree requirements. Meeting regularly with your advisor, at least once every term is key to finishing as soon as possible, which in turn protects your bank account. Getting free money for school will save you from a lot of stress. Spend several hours a week looking for and applying for scholarships. Another thing I would recommend is get involved with the community either through intramural sports or through volunteering. It will help in getting scholarships and will look good to future employers. School is important but if you don’t have a social life then you aren’t experiencing college to the fullest. You are young and your life is just beginning so don’t forget to enjoy yourself and have fun.


I would tell myself to work hard. I would tell myself that everyone there is just as nervous about the class as you are. You aren't the only one who is nervous about their future, about the school, about the classes, about failure. I would let myself know that working with people isn't hard, because everyone wants the same outcome and everyone is working towards the same thing. I would let myself know that most people are very open minded and not to be scared. I would let myself know that instructors are there to help me and not to intimidate me. I would let myself know that I had to work hard for my goals, and not be misguided by claims of hard classes. I would tell myself that nothing was hard unless I didn't give my best effort. I would let myself know that I needed to get 8 hours of sleep, otherwise the stress would get away from me. I would tell myself to always eat breakfast, otherwise I would be sad all day. These are the things I would tell myself before I started college knowing what I know now.


I went to college as a non-trad student. I would advise peers to find the non-trad student center and utilize them. World of knowledge is available with that group of people who understand your struggles and can help with them-anything from study groups to sharing child care to grown up activities. The support group is the key to succeeding in this young person's world.


Take risks, break out of your shell, embrace who you are and chase who you want to be.


If I could go back and tell my High School Senior-self advice, I would start with “fill out as many scholarships as possible because you are going to need every little bit of assistance.” I would tell myself to save every penny I was making at my high school job, “because college is more expensive than you could possibly imagine”. I would make myself contact the new Wyoming volleyball coach and try to play, even if it meant walking on. I would emphasize that “you will miss volleyball more than anything, and that you will regret never knowing if you were capable of Division One athletics”. I would encourage myself to “keep up the good work in classes, but go in for extra help in math so that you can get an 'A' in there”. Finally, I would advise myself to study harder for the A.P. U.S. History test and to get just one point higher to get those college credits. While it would be wonderful to return to the past and help myself make wiser decisions, I’ve learned and grown from my actions, and I am still pleased with where I am today.


In my college experience, I feel as though I have learned exponentially from the mistakes I have made. I would tell myself to be constantly involved in the classroom environment to better enhance the memories I reach back to for use in the future. I would takes notes as I percieve the information rather than copying the professors writings verbatim. This way I can comprehend the information given in my own creative way. I would use resources given at my college at every oppurtunity provided, as they are only there to help me. I would forge relationships with my professors and classmates to broaden my horizons. I would tell myself to take my time with my studies a little each day, opposed to devising a plan to cram the information quickly the night before. My college experience has taught me to take chances and assert myself using my inner willpower. I would tell myself to don't be afraid to share my opinion, and ask questions, as this is the only way to learn the knowledge I have not yet acquired. I would follow my passion in terms of my career.


I would advise myself to do better in the class room then focus on sports. Coaches for soccer and wrestling in the college level would of been more impressed with my grades instead of just my athletic ability. Could of possibly get a full ride somewhere with them knowing I am not going to be a waste of time because i couldn't keep up with my school work. Or even apply for more scholarships when i had the time. Also instead of taking another class to get my advanced dipolma other than having off campus.


After taking numerous Psychology courses, I have learned that asking a 17 or 18 year old child to decide on what they want to do for the rest of his or her life is not fair. At that age, kids do not have the capacity to really plan for their future. There is too much going on. If I could tell myself something that I know that I would have absolutely listened to, I would say that I do not need to make any big decisions. I would let myself know that it is okay for me to get some general classes out of the way. I would let myself know that this is the time to find out who I am. I would advise myself to enjoy everything, work hard, but do not stress. Everything will work out, and even if it takes some time, you are right where you need to be.


I would tell myself to study harder or at least more often. I would also insist that I start applying for scholarships earlier, not give up on them, and search hard for any monetary help I could get. However, some of the most important advice would be to relax more, try not to stress about school so much. In the end, everything turns out okay, even if you get a B every now and then...


If there are a couple of things that I could go back and say to myself when I graduated high school, it would be this; 1.) Have fun and 2.) Work really hard. When I was in high school, I use to be a trumpet guru and when I first stepped into college, I discontinued with music. I took my dgree way to seriously and I didn't see anytime for me to do music and so I gave up on that. For two years, I was missing something but I could not figure out what it was until I joined the Singing Statesmen. That is when I started to really notice the fun things in college. I go back to my old high school and I say college isnt about just learning about your degree, its also about learnning who you are as a person. I love talking with professors about different aspects of life and some of my professors are my friends. I learned that going to school was fun. With alot of fun also comes alot of hard work. I work on school work about 12 hours a night and sometimes more. Dont give up faith.


There are some really important changes you need to make to be happy and successful. The most crucial is having a vision for what you want to do and more importantly, who you want to be. Start simply by taking what you're good at and apply that to how you can make a difference in life. Whether that life be your own or someone elses, remember to look to do good. Create a vision around this and then make the steps to accomplish it!


If I could go back in time and give my senior self advice, it would be to study harder for AP tests and not to stress as much because it all turned out just fine. The biggest thing I would tell myself is to save money in anyway that I could, because it's hard to make and to apply for more scholarships. Knowing what I know now, I would probably not get an apartment while I had the option to stay home. That would've saved so much money. However, all that being said, there is not a lot that I would advise myself to do because I am quite pleased as to how everything worked out, this far anyway. I love my school, I love my environment, and most importantly I love what I'm studying.


I would first tell myself that your social life is not everything, however as long as your grades are a priority you must get involved in student groups to meet people and truly experience the wonders of your college years! Treat every moment in college like your last because before you know it, it's all over. The people you meet in college will be your lifelong friends, treat them as such. These are the people you will grow with, cry with, laugh with, maybe travel with and honestly enjoy the best time of your life with; therefore always be there for them. Also, I would tell myself to take a break sometimes to smell the flowers. So many times I got so caught up in homework I missed the true living part of life. Above all, be who you are and don't let anyone change that. If someone tries to change who you are you need to evaluate whether they are trying to help you out of love orselfishness and act accordingly. Lastly, don't settle for mediocrie; not mediocre faith, mediocre grades, a mediocre education or a mediocre career. Always strive for the best in life.


If I had a chance to to back in time to talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell him that he should study English as much as he could. I am a student from Vietnam, and English is my second language. This is the weakest point when I come to the United States to study. It is really not easy to study in a language that is not my native language. Sometimes it takes me three to four days or even a week to finish a book intead of two or three days for other student. This is why I want to tell myself in highschool to study English more so that I can study better when I am in university. Also, I want to tell him that "hey you, try to find a way to make money, so you will not have to go to college or university. This is good for you and for me."


I would tell myself to forget the limitations people place on you in college. I am capable of much more than what people tell me and not to underestimate myself. I would say to take my English compisition classes more seriously because when I get into college they will help me with my English minor, the one thing I swore I would never make myself do. I would say to trust my mom and dad because they are smarter than I am. They have more life experience and want to help me succeed, not hinder me. Lastly, I would tell myself to have fun and loosen up a little bit, life is worth spending extra time with your friends at a sports game and not studying your life away. There's plenty of time for that in college!


I would say that I should try harder to get better grades and learn more of the material ahead of time. I would definantly tell myself to study some on the weekends and use my free time more productively. Another piece of advice I think I would have benefeited from was to branch out more socially, because half of the college experience is getting to know new people and experiencing new things.


I did a jump start program, and I am so glad that I did. It taught me so much about handling heavier loads and taking responsibility for the work I did. In fact, I wanted to take responsibility for my grades and work because it was so rewarding! Although there were so many benefits to my early college program, there were some drawbacks. I was still very young and I think it made me fast forward during some years that would have been great memory makers as a Junior/Senior. I also thought that I wanted to be a teacher and began pursuing that degree, little did I know that I would take an Anatomy Physiology class hoping to get by and end up loving it! That class became my inspiration to pursue Nursing and I turned around and signed up for as many health science classes that I could take. So I would tell myself not to be settled on anything right away, but to go and discover the possibilites. I would say, "Stop rushing, and be open and willing to learn what could be."


Dear past self, I appreciate how hard you are working. It is worth it. This work will get you into all of your top colleges. When you choose the University of Wyoming, you are making a good choice, even if you are concerned about the distence from home. You make the transition quite nicely, I must say. You have a great roommate, a fantastic RA, and you learn how to co-exist with the girls next door to you ( thought it takes a while and a good portion of patience). You make a good, solid group of close friends. You're going to be fine. You are going to tell friends that you are bisexual and it is not going to faze them. You will partake in research and learn and cry and grow. I would tell you more, but I don't want to spoil just how fantasitc life is for you. Lots and lots of love, Your future self


Knowing what I know now about college life I would tell myself to relax. That things will go a lot smoother than you think if you relax and focus on God, your relationships and your school work. Make sure to lean on the relationships you make at the Christian Student Center, they really will help you get through it and will show you that God will truly lead you through the best path. So never be afraid to ask for help. Also, beware of men that do not seem to fully care. I know I had heard it many times, but it would have been good to hear it again coming from someone who was in the future. Maybe if I listened to keeping close friends at the Christian Student Center and did not hang out with some of the boys that I did, I would not have as big of regrets or secrets that I fear no one will know. Most of all I would tell myself that God has a great plan for you, and to focus on that, and not to care what people think of you or your religion.


Don't freak out! Join as many things that interest you and the friends will come. Have an open mind and an open heart and enjoy the time you have.


The first thing I would tell myself, which is most likely what everyone would tell themselves, “Cultivate study habits”. The first year at college was dismal, I mean three C’s? Come on! I know that I can do better than that. Also, the late night studying right before a test has to go. That is the main reason for the low grades. Low grades impact grade point averages and now it is necessary to work extra hard to bring it up as high as possible. Secondly, I would tell myself, “Work more on your off time (instead of playing) while still studying like crazy as well”. Entering college is a balancing act, balancing work and studying hard, and excelling at both or else we will fail. Oh, and don’t forget time management. Expect to spend three hours outside of class studying for every hour spent in class.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I think the most important thing I would say is to remain focus. It takes determination and perseverance to make it in the world today. In college, you need to exercise that discipline in you studies. I believe If I had told myself that from the beginning I would be doing even better than I am currently doing. Also I think another important message is to make use of all the opportunities afforded to you when you are young. Its true time wasted can never be regained, so always seize the moment. In high school there are so many chances to secure a great beginning for the workforce. Finally, the last thing I would tell myself is to never compromise my integrity. Your character says a lot about you, and it goes with you eveywhere. If from within those high school walls you upkeep your integrity, values and morals, then odds are you're going to do alright in the big world.


If I could give my highschool self one piece of advice, it would be college is what you make of it. You're responsible for getting and education. Not your professors, not your classmates, not your TAs. This applies to the obvious stuff, going to class and doing your homework, but it applies to everything. Figure out what you want and go after it. If you don't like your major change it. Talk to your professors, go to their office hours and ask them about the material. Neogotiate with them if you run into a difficult situation. Do extra work in the areas that interest you. Meet people. Network as they say. Learn who's important in your department and in the university. You're going to need letters of recommendation for work or graduate school. Give people a reason to write you one. Lay the ground work early and get them written before you graduate. Enjoy yourself. If you're bored, you're doing it wrong. If you're so stressed you can't enjoy youreself, you're doing it really wrong.


Your college years are one of the most unique years of your life. Enjoy these years! Explore the opportunities and activities that the college has to offer. There are so many different events in one small area, take advantage of that. Step out of your comfort zone and try something new. Stay focused and cherish these years. Later in your life, you can look back and know that you had an enriching experience. This experience will remain a part of you for the rest of your life. Make it count!


The best advise anyone could have given me would be to consider going to Colorado State. CSU has a very competitive college of agriculture and that is currently my major. I am also minoring in banking and finance services so I am taking a significant amount of business courses. CSU happens to have a business school that compares very well to UW's school of business. On top of academics, being in along distance relaitonship has been difficult. Knowing that my future girlfriend was going to a school (CSU) that is very comparable to UW would have been valuable information in making my college decision. If I could go back in time and talk to myslef last year, I would told myself to consider going to Colorado State.


Throughout high school I taught myself how to play the "game of school." I learned that success in school meant doing work promptly and handing it in on time, studying bold words and key concepts, utilizing resources and learning the expectations of each of my teachers. Approaching the university stage of life as a "game" was instrumental in my successful integration into this new world. In a game you must be flexible and adaptable. You learn as you go to problem solve and prioritize so that you can reach your ultimate goal and complete the "mission." School should never be taken so seriously that it becomes unenjoyable. Rather one must find meaning and purpose to their time in school so that completing the tasks neccesary to graduate become something that you look forward to doing because, like in a game, you have become aware of the big picture.


I would tell myself to buckle down and start my degree endeavors early. I would push myself to finish college the first time around and not take a break after one year. It would be made very clear that my future would be better with a degree under my belt in something I like doing instead of settling for the norm. I wish I would be able to go back and kick myself into gear because it would have made a big difference in my life as it is now. Then I look at what my path has given me and I realize that I am who I am because of what I did or did not do in my past, so maybe I wouldn’t change anything!


I would tell myself "Apply early for every scholarship and find out about the scholarships offered at each school. Learn as much as you can about the schools. Go beyond the majors offered. They are important but being comfortable is the most important thing. All dorm rooms are not created the same. Apply for those colleges you've never heard of. A free application is a free application. Apply to schools you have no intention of going to for the scholarships to get leverage for other schools. Don't feel pressured to apply to any one school. Don't feel pressured into staying at home, the new experiences are great."


Fill out more scholarships


Beginning college was probably the most exciting, yet scariest thing I have ever done. I was glad to be living on my own, embracing the new freedom I had to do whatever I wanted. I was excited to be done with all the high school drama and move on with my life. If I could go back in time I would tell myself two very important things. First I would tell myself not to lose sight of the real reason I was in college. I am attending college to further my education to ultimately become employed in a career that I love and will be successful in. Although college is full of freedom and exciting activities to do, I should not let these things stand in the way of studying and being the best student I can be. The second thing I would tell myself is that attending college is going to shape me into the person I will be for the rest of my life. College is all about new responsibilities and decisions my parents are not making. I am the one making these decisions and ultimately I will become the person I want to be.


It is a great way to network with so many educated people in the field of Anthropology and to have opportunities to participate in excavations. We have an awesome Anthropology Museum and a wonderful collection to learn with. The student body is terrific too. Everyone is so helpful and nice and I haven't felt like I didn't belong. It's been important for me to attend school in order to pursue my dream of one day being a Forensic Anthropologist. I had to put the pursuit of my dream on the back burner while I was being a military spouse for 15 years. It's finally my turn and it has done wonders for my self-esteem and outlook.


My college experience has been great! Even though some of my classes have been difficult, I have still enjoyed them so much. Not only do I get to take classes that I want to take, I get the classes that I need to take, and each day I get to go to class and learn something new. I’ve made so many friends in my classes that even though the University of Wyoming is a larger school; it is hard to walk from class to class without running into someone that I know. Not only have I learned a ton. I’ve also had so much fun since I’ve started college. Each week no matter what me and my friends get together and do something fun. It doesn’t matter if it’s just getting together to play cards, or taking a quick trip somewhere. So far it has been a great experience for me.


I have been fortunate enough to travel beyond my small town and expand my horizons through college goals and dreams. I believe that it was my strong will that got me in college. My plan in life is to experience the world and be captivated with the understanding of its nations’ cultures while viewing the natives’ ideas through their own eyes. I am determined to gain new insight by exploring what the world has to offer outside of my one time comfort zone of a small town. I wish to blend my thoughts of freedom, peace, and opportunity with others with the hope of organizing groups that will further promote balance in the world. I believe that in this world, when we understand each other and no longer see separation then we will be able to be one with each other and we will be able to work with one another to create a common peace of mind. I would like to take my experiences and knowledge with me to areas where I can make the greatest contributions and impact, such as, working in the United Nations to bring forth principles of hope, peace, and purpose again to our world.


I have been on both sides of the college life: graduating with an AS degree from a community college and now attending a university. The community college life in Powell, WY was a blast! I had an awesome roommate and my classes, although I had quite a few, were easy. Between horse judging trips, the gym, the dorms, and a little town in Montana, my girlfriends and I had the time of our lives! These are what I will remember as “the good ‘ol days” of college. Unfortunately this college was only good for two years so I transferred to the University of Wyoming. Because I switched my major to Engineering, my classes are tremendously more difficult. Thus, my free-time has dwindled to almost nothing. I'm not hanging out with friends anymore, I'm studying with them. This, however, has proved to be more entertaining than expected. I have learned more of what it means to be diligent and how to persevere: traits of character I will benefit from down the road. My college experience has not only taught me the skills and knowledge I need to join the workforce, but the work ethic to succeed.


I think I have learned many things from coming down to the University of Wyoming. I have been able to branch out from my normal interests and get involed with things I never did in high school. Meeting new people has also been a wonderful experience, there is such a wide variety of people who attend the University from all over the worls, and it is very interesting to see how different background motivate people in their college experiences. There are ups and downs the every college experience, and I have had to learn to stay motivated and work hard in my classes; by doing this I have seen the reward of hard work through good grades. I have learned that it is worth taking the time to do an assignment to the best of my ability, and that the professors do appreciate when students put forth a lot of effort into their assignments. All and all, I have had a positive college experience and I look forward to the years I still have to come.


A college education is something that is essential in order to be recognized in the "real world". I have been known as an over-achiever all of my life and believe that a college education is important in order to get an acceptable and rewarding job. However, after attending college for the last two years, I've also realized that the entire college experience is valuble not only to have a respectable job, but also to become a respectable person. During high school, I didn't have to challenge myself in order to receive good grades and because I lived at home with my parents, I didn't have many expenses. Going to college has taught me that it is important to be responsible financially and with your studies, because if you're not you will waste many people's time and money. College has taught me to make good decisions on my own. No one is there to force you to attend class or complete coursework, so it is up to you to do so.


I have gotten out exactly what I have put in and even more. This college has treated me well and come August 2011, I'll be on my way to starting a career as a Registered Nurse. The University of Wyoming's Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing is an excellent school. I believe they have taught me everything I need to be successful.