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


If I could go back in time, I would tell myself only one thing. Say YES to every opportunity. College is the time where it is okay to be selfish and go out and find yourself. None of that can happen if you are stuck in old ways and timid to give things a try. Life is too short and too beautiful to not see and experience it all. I would tell myself that if someone invites you to do something or go somewhere don't even think about it, just say YES.


Save more money while working. It's not awesome to take time off school to make money.


I would tell my senior self to take college more seriously than high school and to spend more time consistantly studying. I would also explain that while partying is fun, it should not be done everyday, limit youself to the weekends and focus on school during the week. Work hard and it pays off and you'll be happier in the long run and save money.


Study hard, college is one of the most important things you'll ever do and you don't want to mess it up. Focus on your studies, and everything else will fall into place.


I would tell myself to just take a moment and relax. Time is going to go flying by and its important to relax and take in every moment. From the minute you move into the dorms, time seems to fast forward. You go through hard times, great memories, meeting friends, and loosing friends. You will learn so much information from your professors but even more about who you are and who you want to be. In order to take full advantage of that you must be ready to experience it all, really experience it. Prepare to cry, laugh, scream, and enjoy what the future is about to bring to you. Be ready to learn things about you to the point where at one time you may not know who exactly you were, are, and are going to become. You're going to be flying through life and you really will not want to miss it.


Advice to My High School Self' Hey high school self, I think I know better than anyone what you going though, and I know you have a hard time letting people see the true you. I just wanted to tell you not to be so afraid to put yourself out there, talk to everyone, have fun, and do not care so much what people think. I know sometime you feel too self-conscious, but just remember that you can accomplish great things no matter what other think. Make the most of our high school experience, don’t spent too much time wishing you were all grown up, live in the now. Enjoy being a kid why it last. Keep up the good work on you grades, do not forget to take the time to study, but remember not to get caught up in the books that you do not take the time to have fun. Most of all heed this advice because I been where you are (literally), and I know what I talking about. You older and much wiser self


Be yourself. You don't have to be the brightest, the most athletic or the happiest. All that matters is that you are happy with who you are and who you are becoming. All those people in high school, they don't matter in college. No one will remember you for being the prettiest girl in high school. College is a different world. Focus on becoming the best you. Deveolp real worth while qualities. Focus on serving others around you. Spend more time with the students with disabilties. They know whats up and will teach you priceless life lessons. Become the best you by making the world around you better. So many people need your light and your service. High school is not about the fame and the successes. Its about making others succeed, serving your peers around you. Only then will you become the best you. Be yourself


Assuming I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to not focus on a letter grade alone, but to focus more on learning. I feel that as I've come to college my focus has shifted from just getting a good grade to what I can gain from the information learned. Secondly, I would tell myself to embrace change. There are many changes that come in lifestyle, habits, wants and desires that aren't in high school. I've seen in my life that when I'm going through change, I tend to get stressed. So, the advice I'd give would be to accept change as a part of the journey. Lastly, I would tell myself to not be afraid of originality and to use my abiliites and talents to better this world. Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses, but if we are afraid to use them, our world will not improve. In short, my overall advice is to be yourself, enjoy the journey, and think outside the box.


One thing that I would first tell myself, is that college requires much more work than you would originally think. I got through high-school by studying hard, but not every day. In college I dedicate at least 3-4 hours daily to studying just to make sure that I keep up with the class and understand what is being covered in the lectures. I would also tell myself that I should start searching for and applying for scholarships in all the spare time that I had, so that I would more easily be able to finance my college education. Procrastinating these two pieces of advice would not help me in any way to further my education and invest in my future.


Work hard to get the grades that earn scholarships, because paying for college has been the most challenging part of this whole experience. Also get your associates degree before you graduate to save time and money. And don't forget to enjoy every part of your life, don't go wishing away years, they are all wonderful.


Above all, I would tell that idiot, past-self of mine to stop procrastinating and plan better for which colleges to attend. I would advise him to spend several months thinking and writing the essays that most colleges require for admissions, rather than trying to do it all in a weekend. The essays are what set most students apart, and the excellent ones often receive scholarships--who doesn't want free money? Furthermore, I would tell him to set his sights high for colleges, but to apply to a wide variety, as it were, rather than gambling on putting out a plethora of applications. Choose several high tier schools that your chances of getting into are slim (because of their highly selective admission processes); then choose several lower tier schools where you are sure you will be admitted, but also have a high chance of receiving scholarships or academic aid of any kind; lastly, apply to several even lower tier schools, where you absolutely certain you will gain monetary aid and admission. In this way, you increase the chances of not only getting into a good school, but getting lots of money as well.


Knowing what I know now, I would tell myself from the past that life just gets better. People always say this and I never really believed it until I got to college, but they are right! Yes classes get harder and you are treated as an adult, but it is so much better than high school ever was. In college you are surrounded by like-minded people that have ambitions and actually have a direction of where they want to go. This is so refreshing compared to high school where everyone just has the mindset of "I just want to get out". You have the freedom to choose exactly what classes you want to take, when to take them, and "what you want to be when you grow up". I would give myself three pieces of advice. First to breathe, everything is going to be fine. Second, I would say play hooky every now and then, honestly. In college you actually pay for those classes so you don't want to skip. And third, have fun. You work so hard that you don't have time to enjoy life, so slow down and enjoy the ride!


If I could go back and give myself advice about college I would say, "Calm down!". It is not as stressful as you think it needs to be. Go to school and have the best time you can. Don't be nervous to go out and try something new and meet new people. Take classes that you are interested in. Go to each class with a determination to learn something new every single day. Try and become a better learner each day and change your way of thinking and learning. DONT GO HOME! Even though you only live an hour away from your family, don't go home. The best way to have the college experience is to stay there, live there, and get involved there. The only way for that to happen is to stay up there, stay with your friends, and make new friends.


Knowing what I know now, I'd tell Past Aaron to break up with his fake high-school girlfriend, and that he doesn't need to take Japanese for an engineering degree. I'd tell him to set aside more money than he already has set aside, because Present Aaron is hanging on by the skin of his teeth. Past Aaron had a tendency to worry to much, and he should know not to worry, as all the new people are just as nervous as he is. But most importantly, I'd make sure he knew to get ready to do actual schoolwork instead of coasting by on charm and never studying.


The one advice i would insist, would be more involved in school and local events. I would encourage myself to join a sport, or an extracurricular activity. Just so that i can be more open with people and more comfortable with new experiences. With being more involve it would help me sharpen my strengths and also overcome my weakness. In the educational side, i would have more resources than i do now, and even if I'm not a student there anymore i would have the schools teacher's advice on how to handle difficult situations. Being involved in school can help be discover my passion in life, because i bearly know what i want to do now.


If I could go back to my high school self, I would share the importance of paying attention to detail. In college you have to be able to pay attention to the little things, that's what makes you stand out. I would also share how to make friends when you know nobody on campus. This would have helped hugely with the transition from High School until now. The reason my first year was not as successful as I wanted it to be, was because I didn't know anyone and I didn't know how important it was to pay attention to the little things. This caused me to not meet my goals I had set for myself. I would also tell myself to stop worrying. Yes college is the real deal, and it needs your full attention, but make sure you are enjoying yourself too. It's too short to rush through.


I would say that you should look for all the scholarships that you can so you can avoid getting into debt. Also read and remember the information on important school documents. Lastly I would say to work hard in school even if the class isn't that interesting. Getting good grades is important to get into a program and also when applying for grad school. Think about all your options and don't rule out grad school.


The college curriculum is not what I expected it to be. I envisioned the structure I had known in grade school, only with increased rigor and intensity. I came to find out that college is more flexible than high school was, and what I took from a college class was essentially just what I sought to get out of it. If I were to talk to Kyle Saunders during that transition period between high school and college, I would give one prescription for getting the most out of the college experience: ask more questions. Asking questions to your professors, counselors, and classmates among others makes a person an active learner. An active learner that asks open-ended, thought-provoking questions is not content sitting back, memorizing facts from Powerpoint presentations that they will only dispose of seconds after the final. They are not seeking answers alone, but also understanding. Passive learners can get good grades, but active learners prepare themselves to be successful in whatever scenario they find themselves, because when one ask questions, one begins to think about subject matter not only in a deeper way, but in different ways that they would never have supposed without starting discussions.


If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself to apply for as many scholarships as possible and save more money. School is a lot more expensive than I had origanally thought.


Jump right in! College in an amazing time and some many opportunites are available to you. Be true to your friends that you made in high school, but make some new ones too. There are lots of groups and clubs that cover every interest, its ok to dabble in a few and experience the diversity of the world around you. Life is so much bigger than high school, and it only gets bigger and more exciting as you go along and get involved. College is one of those sitautions where what you put into it is what you will get out of it!


College life is little confusing. It's a lot of what you expected but there are some things that you won't forsee. One of the biggest pieces of advice I can give you is to do everything you can to earn scholarships. Take the ACT many times and study hard for it. It is more important to your future education than you think. Your GPA is great but keep pushing until the end. Get on the ball fast. Deadlines come faster than you may think. A lot is going to change so just be ready for it. There is a lot to do to get ready for college but it's not all stressful. You're going to college! Have fun! This will be one of the funnest phases of your life. It is also one of the most important. With friends around you and an amazing school you will have a ball. Overall I would say focus on your ACT score so you can apply for as many scholarship opportunities as possible. Always be aware of deadlines and have a blast! College is something to look forward to.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself to make sure to get enough sleep and, most importantly, to keep believing in myself. I would tell my seventeen-year-old self that people would call me crazy for moving out and taking sixteen credit hours while working 25 hours a week, devoting two nights a week to church service, and having a serious boyfriend, but that it was very much possible to balance all of these things. It wouldn't be easy by any means, but I would tell her that she shouldn't listen to those who said it was impossible, because it was very much possible. If I could, I would tell my younger self to make sure I was in bed by midnight every night so I could more fully enjoy the social life that I had, do better academically, and be a happier person when I went to work each night. Overall though, I would tell my younger self to enjoy the moment and to have fun while it lasted because the chance to be eighteen and in college comes only once to everyone.


Looking back on my senior year of high school, I would have told myself to calm down. I was so stressed about making it into college and wondering about how I would survive. Since moving out and actually attending college I have realized that all that stress only makes everything harder. If I had not been so upset about passing classes and not wanting to grow up I would have had more time to enjoy myself and to complete my assignments earlier so I would not have had to stress out about it. College is so different from high school in so many ways but when you are calm about it the transition becomes much easier.


If I could go back in time to the point when I was a high school senior, I would tell myself to start looking for scholarships and other opportunities! I realized that too late. I would tell myself to quit looking ahead at what your apartments going to look like and if you'll make enough friends, if you'll have enough money. I would tell myself to just slow down and enjoy being in high school, quit worrying about the future! I'd say things like, "join a club!" And, "take advantage of your small classes." What I would mostly stress, however, is to find a good quality friend. In the end, those are what truly matter. Not the popular kids to make you appear cooler, not the jocks to make you look more athletic. But someone who will truly stay by your side no matter what. Having as awesome friend would have been nice as I made the transition into college. I would remind myself to just slow down and enjoy the beauty that life has to offer, because growing up isn't as fun as it always seemed.


Dear High School Crystal, Please get more sleep, stop worrying about friends, study harder, you're about to get married, six months out of High School, to your best friend of 9 years. He will land a great job, as a police office, three years after your married, you will have two handsome boys. Then your husband will be convicted, of molesting a young boy, and scented to prison. You will be forced to raise the boys alone, with no child support ,your dreams for going to college will have to wait until they are older. You will start college when you are 35 and your boys will be 16 and 12. After your first semester of collage, you will be told that you have a brain tumor, on your pituitary gland. You will be working nights, going to school all day and still raising your boys. Please Study harder so that when you enter collage you will have more opportunities for grants and scholar ships to lighten the load of your normal bills and all the medical bills that will add up. DON’T GIVE UP! AND PROVE TO YOUR BOYS, ANYHTING IS POSSIBLE WITH AN EDUCATION.


i would tell myself not to stress myself out about college. its not the end of the world. It is an extreme change from the usual routine. You dont have the safety net of high school and living with parents. It is a lot of responsibility but you will make it through. Its not the end of the world. You do survive through it and it all works out. So stressing about all this little things is pointless. They are not important and they wont affect you when you go to college. All these things will work out. there are always ways to make college happen. Whether its tgrough financial aid or even scholorships like this one that give to the opprotunity to pay for books and tuition. The stress of money is a heavy load but there are ways to accomplish what you want. Things dont have to be easy just doable. So whatever you want to do you can do it. You just have to make an effort and work hard at it.


If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself that there are a ton of scholarships toward your college education that you can only get as a senior in high school. Look those up and apply because you will want all the money you can get to help you get your college education. College can be very expensive to get through just to get to a job you want to be successful at so take scholarships seriously now. Even if you think that a lot of people are applying and you don't really have a chance of being awarded money, still apply because there is no damage done in trying. There can be damage done, though, if you run out of money because you did not apply for scholarships.


If I would go back in high school and warn myself about what I needed to learn before coming to college, I would tell myself to apprechiate my parents more. You don't realize how much work your mom does in doing the laundry, keeping the house clean, and cooking dinner everyday until you don't have it anymore. You don't realize how much your dad does in going to work everyday, in paying for your sport activities, and nagging you about getting you homework in until you don't have that anymore. You don't realize how much both of them in making sure that you are safe, happy, and supported until you don't have it anymore. Tell them thank you more. Tell them you love them more. Show them you love them more. Give back to them.


High school isn't everything! I know that right now sports, popularity, and dance dresses seem like life itself. You have a great reality check coming because there is so much more to life than those high school things! Enjoy high school while you are there, but know that it isn't the end. There are much bigger and better things coming your way. Prepare yourself for college as much as you can. Learn how to make friends, get a job and save up money, learn good household habits, and take your studies seriously. The struggles that come with high school life will soon fade and you will wonder why you worried about those things. A broader perspective will come with your life changing into the college experience. Don't worry and stress so much...just learn to have fun!


Don’t let them fool you. Senior year will not be the best year of your life, because the best year of your life can only be decided on the last year of your life. The transition you are about to face will be exciting, new, and full of adventure. Life after high school is still life, so you have to remember to take a moment to breathe in the new air around you, because new is good. Your life in college is going to bring you many unexpected things, many unexpected friends, and many unexpected choices. These are the times you can’t rely on your lunchtime posse to decide if you should take an internship from John Hopkins or study abroad in Italy. These are the decisions that can change your entire life. So these, these years after high school will be the best years of your life. Take a leap of faith, and definitely take a class you would never see yourself taking. So, don’t let them fool you, life after high school, is still life, and trust me, it’s amazing.


I would encourage myself to enjoy the journey of everything I go through. Whether it be tests, hours studying, church groups, friends, breakups, etc., I will never be able to experience this again. There are a lot of responsibilities and challenges that come with college but that doesn't mean that they shouldn't be enjoyed. There is beauty in the final weeks, the freezing temperature weeks, and the work weeks. In anything in life, you'll find what you are looking for. So choose to have a positive outlook and recognize the good things in your experience at college. I would also encourage myself to make a habit of working really hard at school and work during the week so that I can go out and have fun throughout the weekend. This way, I will have a good balance and make a lot of new friends, because life is always better when you fill it with friends you love!


If I went back in time a year and a half ago when I was a senior, I would look at my overwhelmed, confused self and say "hey, it's okay that you got rejected from the university that you wanted to go to the most. Having to go to a community college is not something that you should be disappointed and embarrassed about because to be honest you will get the same opportunites, and if you keep keeping school as your number one priority then you'll be able to apply to that university again and transfer. Also, don't stress out too much about not knowing what to major in; I'm sure you don't want gray hair just yet. Trust me, when you get to college and experience the 'college life,' you're going to discover yourself and after that you will know for sure what you want to do with your life. Just remember to stay positive and don't overwhelm yourself, and most importantly do not procrastinate whatsoever!"


The number one thing I’d have to say to myself is just relax, life has a way of working out and college is no different. Then I’d tell myself to just go to work, college is fun and exciting but it’s mainly work. As long as you work and study hard, and put in real effort good grades will follow. I’d also tell myself not to worry about meeting new people. Everyone at college is around new people and faces and doesn’t know people. Just do for other people what you wish other people would do for you and everything will work out.


I would like to go back and tell myself, you do not know everything. I would tell myself to listen to the advice offered by the adults around you and heed it, they quite amazingly do know what they're talking about and have been there before. The world is bigger than you and if you apply yourself and stick to it, you can accomplish much. Life is not easy, the roads you pave for yourself now determine the texture of your pavement. For a bumpy road with pot holes, and lots of traffic keep going on the path of believing you know everything, and any old job will get you by and that an education is not important; but for a smooth road, get your education, establish yourself in a career before making life altering decisions. Do not be afraid to ask questions when you don't understand, or don't know what to do or how to do something...ask. Counselors are there to help you, utilize them...trust me, this will save you a lot of hard, life-learned lessons. Trust yourself and do not let anyone dictate your will and what you can and cannot do.


The best advice i could give myself as in high school was not shared. You are a senior now and you have a life ahead of you. Your education is the key to your success. It is important that you maintain your grades and attendance because it makes a difference on your performance. If you dont wana help yourself nobody else will. There are many grants and courses offered to right now as a senior. Now is the chance to take advantage in takeing the extra step to pursue your education. The guidance of a helping hand is upon offers and you are the only one who can turn it way. If you are unsure of what you wana to study for its okay. In college you will begin to have more sources to many opportunities that can aquire to your abilites of enjoying what you like. Its not easy but its encouragement within yourself to know you are not waisting your time in pusueing you education. Dont feel you have no way out and nobody cares at home. You are the one who is able in challenging yourself with the knowledge you know to a greater and better life.


To my past self I would have started in the beginning of middle school and I would have told myself to take better advantage of participating in honor classes as well as advancing further than I did in the field of mathematics. It is beneficial to a starting engineer major to be proficient in advanced mathematics and would have sped of the process of graduation by at least two or three semesters. I also would have told my past self, beginning perhaps as a sophomore or junior, to make applying for scholarships a priority. I had the grades and test scores to qualify for many more opportunities than I chose to take advantage of and as a result I qualify for very few grants given my father's economic status. I am also a full time engineering student trying to to keep my grades up high enough in order to qualify for a graduate law program after I finish my engineering major in order to pursue a career in patent law and as such I have very little time to work. So again I would repeat the most important thing I would do over is applying for more scholarships.


Do not be afraid of failure. If you mess up, you can only improve. Be more involved with activities. Get to know your teachers, counselors, and advisors better; they can be great resources. Do not procrastinate anything and learn time management. Embrace your individuality and accept that you can not be the best at everything. Do not compare yourself with others. Tell your parents that you love them and appreciate everything they do for you. Make sure that you are always kind to others; you never know what other people are going through. Practice expressing your feelings and coming up with solutions to any problems you may have. Get out of your comfort zone and try new things. Be confident. You are a wonderful person and you can do anything if you set your mind to it.


It took me 11 years to come back to school, and it hasn't been an easy process. The transition would have been much easier straight out of highschool. Now I am required to split my time between my my wife and four wonderful kids, work and school. I can only assume that there would be much less on my plate if I had gone directly to college instead of waiting. That would be my advise, "don't wait." Just do it, it doesn't get any easier, and you will come up with a lot more excuses over time on why you can't. I still don't know if I would be here if I wouldn't have been laidoff do to the down turn in the economy.


If I could go back I would tell my high school self to take more college classes in high school. Taking more college classes would have helped push me further ahead in college! Also, don't be afraid to have roommates. They aren't always as bad as you think they could be! I would tell myself that I shouldn't go home every weekend because I missed out on a lot of college experience! I would say, remember to do your homework and go to class every day! I missed important things that would have helped me during finals! Get tutoring for the classes you’re struggling in. There are a lot of free places that offer tutoring and it can never hurt to get help. Don't stress out too much, everyone makes mistakes their first semester in college and you shouldn't beat yourself up over the little things. I would also tell myself, get a job over the holidays! You could have saved so much money!


Having been graduated from college for just a brief time and in my position as a high school guidance counselor, I have been able to reflect quite a bit on my own college experience. One main point I encourage, and wish I had done more of, is taking more college courses in high school. I would encourage every high school student who can to take at least one or two dual enrollment class while in high school. Tests are an inevitable part of a student’s life. Take them seriously! Reflecting back, I realized I breezed through all my tests and wasn’t as prepared as I could have been. My freshman year of college was very busy. I felt like I had to maintain my active involvement, and then some, because I was in college. Being involved in groups, clubs, and organizations is amazing, but don’t overdo it. Higher education is a wonderful opportunity and if we are stretched too thin we start to lose focus of our main goal, a college education. Above anything else, make sure you study and learn what you love. Whatever your dream is never let anyone tell you can’t achieve it.


Budjet your time wisley. College is about receiving the full experience! Using a planner to "lay out" your day will give you ampel time to study and plenty of time to play!


Looking back at my high school senior year, I wish I could have told myself to make more of that year. Now that I look back, I see the opportunities that I missed out on just because I had "senioritis," and had better things to do than to make memories. I also would have told myself not just to stick it out to the end, but to work harder on my academics. I've had to relearn how to work my hardest at the end, even when I know I can scrape by just fine. Hopefully people can learn what I have learned before they have to look back and say they wish they had done things differently.


If I could go back in time, I would tell myself to take school way more seriously and think about what I truely want for my future life. And I would have also told myself to not be afraid to take chances and take risks. I was too busy worrying to really live my life and find out what I want for myself, no one else just me. I would tell myself be confident you are the answer to all your problems and I need to start taking action and not care what people think of me. I would tell myself to save money and not to spend it on stupid pointless things. I wish everyday that I could go back in time and wake myself up from that coma I called a lilfe. The world is a big place and I should have been preparing myself to go out and explore and more importantly enjoy life rather than run away from it. Since I've been in college I found a very special guy and he made me realize how much I need to think about my own needs rather than the needs of others.


Get as much done as possible! College gives you plenty of time to play around and goof off!


Take classes at the community college. Even during summer! It will be worth it! I know it seems like a pain and you don't really want to do it. Do it anyway. I know it is tough sometimes, but you are doing great. Keep working hard, keep trying your best, and just keep going! Continue helping where you can, and try to make people smile. Take time to say a nice word or make a nice gesture, because it really does help people. Others appreciate that. The atmosphere at college is good. People care and try to help you out. There are some great professors that will do their best to help you along the way. Don't worry, there are good counselors too. You will meet a couple who aren't very helpful and frustrate you more, but you will also realize not everyone is like that. Keep trying. You may lose a few friends and feel alone at times, but you're not. There is always someone who is willing to help. Keep your eyes open, do your best, and anything you set your mind to you will accomplish. Believe in yourself, because you can do it.


Looking back on the person, I was in high school there are so many things I wish I could say. Like, "Don't date that guy, he's just going to use you." "Go to class today! You won't regret it, but you will regret not going." "Don't get discouraged, things get better even in the midst of trials." Lastly, I would tell myself, "You are so much stronger than you think you are." College has been a learning experience to say the least. I have learned far more about myself than I ever thought I would and yet there is still so much more to discover. I would tell myself to be patient and brave and to look forward to all the memories, good and bad, that will change who I am as a person for the better. College has not been what I expected, but it has been so much more. I would want my 18 year-old self to know that life is not going to be what you expect or even plan but that's half the fun of it. Not knowing and learning for yourself what you can do.


I would tell myself to be on time to class more often because even though the class itself might not be important, the habits and discipline that you will create by being on time will have a positive effect on your life. Also try to reach out more to all the students on campus it will make your time that much more enjoyable. Try to get to know as many people as you can on a personal level and really understand them because it will definitely pay off in the long run.


I would have told myself to apply for more scholarships than I did. I realize now that college is very expensive and mom and dad can't afford it all. I have a good GPA and I believe I qualify for more than I applied for.


Dear Lauren, This is you from in the future. I know you are just a young senior with huge dreams! I know you aren't scared to start college, you're excited. Well, I want to give you some advice because it's not as easy as it seems. I am 23 and have gone to three schools in the past four years, so I should know what college life is all about. Transitioning into college was easy; I know you will love campus life! The friends and the social aspect is amazing; you won't have any issues here. You will grow into an amazing person, but this is from a lot of hardships. I want to tell you, do not give up! The things that will happen to you will be more difficult than most people can imagine, but you become a very strong woman because of it. Money does not grow on trees. It took time to figure out what I really wanted to do, but now I struggle to pay tuition to accomplish that dream. Lastly, friends are great, but you need to go to class and participate. You can do it! Love Future You


This is a question that i frequently think about I know the one mistake i made as a high school student was not taking everyone seriously. I did not apply for many scholarships which now I regret, the main thing students have trouble in is actually taking the advice. Everyone always says take the ACT several times, apply for several schools, and apply for several scholarships but in reality not everyone listens. My one mistake is that i did not listen i'm Thankful for every adult in my life that was there to push me and to strive for higher education. Advice to all high school students those adults that want to succeed in life are the ones you should be listening to and don't just say "yeah yeah i got this". Actually follow their advice and trust me life will be a lot easier.