Talking to a myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself not to be in such a rush to go to college. Don't go because you're expected to go. Don't go because your family tells you to go. Don't go because you don't know what else you can do. College is about setting yourself up for the rest of your life. If you don't know, take time and figure out what it is you want to do. Take a year and travel. Take a year and volunteer. Take a year and get a job.
Once you know what it is that makes you happiest in life, then go to college and learn your profession. This is, so far, the most important decision you will make. It is also the most expensive decision you will make. You shouldn't make it in haste over a summer. You shouldn't make it in haste after being undecided for a year already. You should be passionate about whatever you do. Take the time and figure out what that passion is. College can help you turn that passion into a long and satisfying life.
I would tell myself to take advantage of every opportunity given to me. I don't regret anything about my choice of college, but I do wish that I had searched more for scholarship opportunities and ways to lessen the cost of my attendance at Wells. I would tell myself to go after everything. I knew that I wanted to concentrate in English, but I didn't realize that my interest in Theatre would also bloom. I wish I had done more in high school, to really have a full resume. And I would also tell my high school self to not worry. That I will make it through. That I'll find a great group of people who will teach me so many new things about social relations and how to live by respecting other people. That I don't need to fret about not seeing my high school friends for months because when we get back together over breaks it'll be like no time has passed. And I think that with all of this advice, I would have an even better freshman year.
The advice I would tell myself is to stay true to yourself and use the resources on campus. You do not have to change who you are to fit in and accept who you are. It is okay to make mistakes because you will alot from them and grow as a person.
If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to stop worrying! It seems like a huge decision (and it is) but its not the end of the world! I would tell myself that whatever decision I make, I need to make it for myself and it will be the right decision. I would say to myself, "do not let anyone else have a major influence on your decision. And even if it doesn't work out, you can always transfer; thats not the end of the world." I would make sure I enjoyed my last moments as a high school student and get excited for my future! No matter what happens, everything will be alright.
Read more... and apply for more scholarships! Seriously, this place is great, but it's private, so it's expensive. But you should've brushed up on more political information (it's election season and you're a minority in your views here), before you came here, considering you, who is me, suck at arguing. I'm improving greatly, however! Also, don't sweat the transition, it went pretty smoothly. There's really no way to prepare for college other than taking the beginners classes and easing your way into the fray. It's not as scary as you thought it was. It's also not as relaxed. You're working your butt off, but it's so fun that you don't exactly realize it. So, don't worry, just do everything to the best of your ability, make friends with just about everyone you meet (they're awesome) and just deal with things as they come.... And don't forget to manage your schedule through the 'stickies' or 'notes' application. It's currently saving my life.
I would tell myself to study harder and appreciate it. I would also tell myself to save money, get a good job and stick with it until you have to move to school, and to get a solid job in the town of the school you are going to. Pick good roommates and the right number. Things get messy with five people in a house. Scholarships are number one priority when not having much money, so get all the help you can. The last thing i would tell myself as a high school senior is that in college you have freedom. Do not abuse it and stick to your moral guidelines and Christ. This will help stress and worries.
If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would have told myself to become more involved in the community. I had always wanted to join clubs and organizations, but was always too shy. I told myself I would join clubs in college and now I am fortunate enough to be the president of the CSAB, which is the Community Service and Activism Board (Community Service Club). We attempt to make not only the Wells College community a better environment, but the surrounding communities as well. I wish I had joined more clubs in high school that are similar to this one. It gives me a sense of accomplishment, empowerment, and fulfillment. I love the feeling of making a difference and I wish I had tried to make a bigger difference in high school by means of more volunteer work and community service.
If I were to go back to high school and give myself advice, I would tell myself that I need to worry less about making the "right" decision, whether it involve which college to go to, where to live etc. First of all, there are rarely any absolute "right" and "wrong" choices, especially when one is considering their future. Every opportunity is unique and at least somewhat dependent on what the person make of it. What's more, in most cases one can't know the full extent of the decision they make. For example, while attending a school like Wells was a risk because it was small and very liberal-minded, I also learned how to socialize intimately with others and accept myself at the individual level. Going to a larger school may have led me to a different kind of personal growth but I can never know for sure. Overall then, I would just advise that instead of deeming certain choices "right" or "wrong", I remain open minded about the many doors open to me regardless of which initial choice I make.
Do not try to overwork yourself. It is okay that you do not known what to major in, try everything.
I would tell myself to just be open and honest with who I am. One of the hardest things to get a grip of when coming to college, at least where I decided to go, is that we all have bagage and no one is going to hate you for that. Too many people stuggle getting invoulved and participate in things going on around campus because they simply don't think they belong or that others don't like them. Just be yourself and you will be able to do what ever you want in college, without any added stress.
Knowing what I know now about college life, I would advise myself to learn better study habits. I basically skated by in high school without ever really "studying" for anything. I mean, yeah I would read over my notes once in a while, but I wouldn't sit down and ask myself questions about why something works. I would basically memorize everything, and never analyze what I am taking in. However, I am starting to analyze more of my work critically, and it is really helping me out with my classwork and homework. If I had developed better study skills, I would definitely be far better off now in college. Once in a while I can get by without studying, but I know very soon I will be in classes where I can't do that, so my study skills are improving; but if I had started off with good study skills when I entered college, my life would definitely be far easier.
If I could go back and tell my high school self about college I would talk about the power of having friends. I don’t just mean people that I can hang out with, but people that I can go to when I am having a problem with homework, or need to study. I know I would argue it’s not necessary when I feel I know the material, but even then having somebody to study with is invaluable because they have an opportunity to catch small mistakes that I may have made. Or if neither one of us understands the material then we are more likely able to work it out by working together because two minds are always greater than one. As a final third point, if for any reason it is necessary to miss class, then I am able to go back to that friend and be able to discuss the topic for that day. That’s really the most important thing I could tell myself. Study hard, understand the material, but must importantly have friends who can help me when I get stuck.
If i had to go back and give myself advice, I would advice that I become more open to other people. I should go out and make friends and to get comfortable talking and being around others. I would also tell myself to become more outgoing, to join clubs and to play more sports. If i had been given this advice, i feel that I would be more comfortable now in this college environment.
If I could go back in time and talk to myself during my final year of high school before college I would inform myself that there really is nothing to worry about. That things will go smoothly but it is also nice to have college credits before your actually in college so to study more instead of going out and playing video games so much. That it's also better to stay away from all the drama and to not worry about it because you don't keep all your friends from highschool into college. To have a fun time and not worry about things to much but to study and try your best at the tests that willl mean the most when you go into college.
I know you're worried about your test scores and having the money for school. You want the big city schools but just remember that you thrive on personal relationships with your professors/teachers. Remember you could walk into Mrs. Lord's class any time and strike up a conversation with her? Small schools can do that for you so remember bigger isn't necessarily better. Your test scores will be fine. They aren't as high as Jesi's scores but life isn't about test scores and GPAs. Colleges do care about the person you are and, trust me, your college essay was funny and creative! You'll get accepted and you'll have a lot of choices to make. You're worried about losing old friends and never making any new friends, but you aren't as socially challenged as you think. You'll keep in touch with the friends who really mean something to you at home, especially the ones who you can't imagine living without. Make college your own and seize all opportunities! Join clubs, make friends, and have fun! It is not the end of your world at home I promise!
If I could go back to high school and give myself one piece of advice it would be, "take more challenging courses." Throughout high school, I took advanced classes but I didn't really take any college level classes even though I could have. Coming to college, the workload was extremely overwhelming. I expected college work to be a little more difficult but not as much as it really is. I think that if I had been more prepared and challenged myself more in high school, I would have been less overwhelmed. Another important aspect I would tell myself is to become more involved in the community. Since coming to college, I have joined clubs and organizations. I also spend a lot of time volunteering. These are all things I did not do in high school. I am so happy to have all these new experiences and I wish I had discovered all these interests in high school because I think it would have been very rewarding to start sooner.
In my high school years, I would have taken the time to research my interests more, and found out excatly what career I wanted. This would have made the early years of my college experience much more enjoyable. I would also make myself move into the dorms. I choose to live with my parents and in the end I wish I had lived on campus. I became very separated from the rest of my school, missing most of the activities going on at the college. Having that close bond with other students in college is one of my biggest regrets. Other than those few things, I feel like I prepared myself well for the transition to college. In high school I kept my grades up, and knew how to manage my time well between social activities and school. Time management is one thing that I believe set me up for the success I have now. I am very fortunate that I knew how to manage my time wisely. Looking at other students at the college, I feel feel they would have taken a course on time management if offered.
I would advise myself to make more campus visits to the schools I'm considering. Not only make a campus visit, but sit in on classes that are of interest to you, in order to get a better feel of the academics at the school. I would advise myself to also complete an overnight at all of the colleges I was considering, to get a more full emersion into the social aspect of the campus and what students are like, in order to see how I would fit in. I would advise this now after experiencing the transition because I realized visiting a campus for a couple hours and getting a tour doesn't give you the whole picture. Sitting in on classes and completing an overnight won’t give you the entire picture, you can't get that until you're actually attending, however it will help you get a better feel for the campus and how you would enjoy spending your next couple years there. I think finding the right fit for you academically and socially is important, as you want to succeed in your school work, but you also want to be happy and social.
If I could go back in time with the knowledge I now have about college life, the biggest piece of advice I would give myself would be to explore. As a freshman I was relatively shy; even though my college had many great orientation activities, I didn't always put myself out there as well as I could have. Exploring new activities, foods, ideas, and classes opens so many doors. Even if you end up not liking something, trying new things can lead to new friendships and expands your perspective. I strongly believe that your experiences impact how your think and interact with other people; the more experiences you have the better you'll be able to think critically, analyze new information, make connections between different spheres of your life, and network with other individuals. Finally, I would advise my high school self not to try to fit into anyone else's mold. Each of us is unique and brings a whole new perspective to everything we do; these varied perspectives are what help us to evolve as individuals, as a culture, and as a society.
I would tell myself to apply for as many scholarships as humanly possible, just like I am now. If I would have started early, I wouldn't be in the predicament I am now. Also, get off your butt and get a job..oh, you can't drive?...WALK. YOU HAVE LEGS! Also, college isn't as scary as you make it out to be. I always thought it was this huge daunting thing, and it was going to be ridiculously hard, and people were going to be way too busy to ever make friends with anyone...which is weird, because I also thought that college was a constant party...which also scared me, because parties aren't really my thing...and parties can't happen unless people have time..and friends. Honestly, I'd have to tell myself to calm down about the social things, and worry more about the financial aspect.
I would tell myself to relax. I was nervous in high school about what I would do if I went to college, and I was worried whether or not I would "fit in" with the other students. I'm reticent, so I was worried if I would make friends. I didn't know if I would well in my classes, or how I'd handle being away from home. Now, I look back and think that my worrying was pointless. I have great friends here, and I know that we will be life-long friends. I feel comfortable here, and for the first time, I feel like I do fit in. The community at this school is great, and it's a small school which makes the community stronger. Wells is my home away from home. I feel comfortable talking to the professors and getting help from them when I need it. They will help you in anyway they possibly can. I would tell my high school self that life will get better because once that diploma is in your hands, Welcome to Wells.
I have been able to receive a better education since I began attending Wells College in the fall. I enjoy learning and without this experience I wouldn't have been able to continue further my education. Also, being from a small town in New Hampshire, it has been extremely enlightening to attend a school in a different state. It has allowed me to grow as a person, meet new people, and become more open to diversity. College is a wonderful experience so far, and hopefully it will continue being wonderful. I'm aware that college isn't right for everyone, but everyone should at least give it a chance in order to get the experience. The experience will last with me a lifetime and that is extremely valuable to me.
Wells College has given me the opportunity to mature, think critically and problem solve. Since campus is across the road from the lake I have been able to escape the academic world whenever I found the need and to come back to the understanding of why I am at college and specifically Wells, to develop my knowledge of the real world and to be able to apply the life skills that Wells has given to me. I may have comecross these skills on my own or at a different college but Wells recieved me with open arms and from the first semester I felt welcomed and at home with the students and faculty. This new home lead me to these self developments in a fashion that will put me ahead of those in my department from other colleges. I am so very grateful to be attending Wells College.
My time at Wells College is invalueable. I find it hard to put a price on the education I have recieved. Not just an ordinary education, but one with massive support from faculty and staff. Wells is a community that strives to take students' strengths and turn them into marketable, educated individuals. Personally, I came to Wells without visiting campus. Most would say that is absurd! However, Wells is the type of place made up of remarkable people and a capitavting history. As a previously all Female college, I found the importance of women and their presence in the classroom remarkable. Never had I seen anything like it, and I was happy to call Wells my home for four years. There is much that goes on at Wells and I have chosen to never study abroad, or live of campus in an attempt to capture all of Wells' traditions. These traditions have become a part of my story in my undergraduate career, and look forward to new goals of becoming a Professor based on the love, support, and respect I have recieved from the faculty and staff. I have gotten an opportunity to define myself from my college experience.
The two most valuable results from my current college experience would be my new found knowledge and the realization that I can question life. The knowledge that I have gained at Wells College is top notch, not only have I learned the most recent information in such fields as Genetics and Psychology, but I have also been introduced to the histroy of such fields, something that is as equally important.
Learning how to question life, its teachings and its lessons is something else I have learned while being at college. I have learned how to think for myself, how to think critcally about events, information and the like, as a means for coming to my own conclusions. We have control over our education, shaping, nurturing, fostering, sustaining and using it. These are the lessons I have learned from my collegiate experience at Wells College.
I have gotten a lot out of my college experience at Wells College. I have learned to become a more confident woman and to be able to speak my opinions on different matters. I also learned how to think for myself and to not just listen to what other people told me and accept it as fact. Often times discussions that happened in the class room would continue on the way to lunch and would get even more people involved when you sat down to eat. Along with what I learned, I have made some of the best friends I have ever known and would hope to be able to call life-long friends. My experience has also led me to try things I would have never considered doing, like spending a summer learning to sword fight and joust. Along with trying to new things it gave me the opportunity to travel and to help people, such as participating in Habitat for Humanity in Laredo, Texas. My college experience has made me into the woman I am today, and I will be proud to say I am a Wells Woman when I graduate.
There are no simple terms to explain what my experience at Wells has meant to me. I have acquired exponentially more confidence, and grown significantly more than I ever could have expected entering college nearly four years ago. Saying that Wells is a special or unique place is an understatement, and far too vague. The college has offered me comfort and safety, as well as being a place where I have learned and grown. The opportunity to flourish intellectually while safely supported by peers and academic mentors is rare indeed.
As well as being inspired intellectually, the real-life experience which Wells offers is invaluable. Little did I know while applying to the school how necessary the experiential learning program Wells endorses would be to my after-college life and future career choices. Practical application and intellectual growth rarely go hand-in-hand in the academic world, but I feel that Wells marries the two quite well. Not only have I been taught how to think abstractly and honed my academic skills, but through completing internships while a student at Wells I, now, more than ever before, have a grasp on what I would like to do with my future.
I think that this particular college has been very valuable to me as a person. Wells used to be a single sex school, and I think that because of that the school is very empowering for women. This is valuable because it has made me a stronger person. This school has taught me that women can do and be anything. Wells is also a very progressive school where race, religion, and sexuality are concerned. This makes the school a very tolerant place and a comfortable college to those that may have felt out of place at other schools. This school has taught me so much about being tolerant and strong and is really preparing me for the future. I couldn't see myself having developed any better at another school.
The most valuable experience that I have gotten out of attending Wells College is taking care of my own finances. Wells College is a fairly expensive school and I am great full to have received more than half my tuition paid for by financial aid. However, due to my family's financial staus, I have had to take out loans larger than $10,000 per year. Because of those loans, I am paying $124.00 a month towards paying off my debt.
Getting the money and paying off my loans every month has taught me the importance of keeping track of my expenses, paying my bills on time, and working hard towards my job and my schoolwork. I believe that since I am paying off my loans now, while in school, I will be more responsible and pay more attention towards my finances. I realize the importance of hard work in school and maintaining good grades and how it affects my financial aid. Going to college has helped me learn this, and I don't feel I would have learned it so quickly compared to if I didn't attend college after high school.
I learned to be different; I learned to be myself. Through the experience of college I now have the confidence and trust in myself that I can make a life out of the arts and not be ashamed of it. The art world has become my world and school has given me the foundations I needed to start a successful life in this new world.
My college experience at Walter State Community College has given me an opportunity to believe in myself no matter what circumstances I was going through. It help me achieve my goal and taught me how valuable college really is in order to achieve your financial goal. By attending college I have been able to use my college experience on my resume and have been able to compete with many younger competitors seeking the same job position. College is helping achieve my goals and teach my children that it is very important to attend college in order to have a great future. I am the first person in my family to attend college. I now know how important it is and am breaking the chain of poverty to allow my children to experience the great outcomes and opportunities college has to offer.
When applying to colleges, I knew that I needed a small community where I would be challenged daily by the close contact with my professors and peers. Wells has certainly provided. I like that I can meet with my professors outside of the classroom setting to discuss assignments, or even the future. The attention of my professors not only challenges me to work harder, it has also given me the confidence to voice my opinion in all settings (not to mention back them up).
The non-competitive environment has allowed me to become involved in many diverse areas of campus life. This includes student government, sports, writing for the school magazine, and theater -- all of which have shaped the way I think and my goals for the future.
Wells is the first place for which I've ever felt any ownership. The beautiful setting on Cayuga Lake, my classmates who are passionate for learning, and my professors have made this school more than just a few buildings and a logo. I will strive to find a career for which I can feel the same kind of ownership.
The biggest thing I have gotten out of my college experience thus far is my sense of self. All throughout high school I kept to myself, and didn't step up as a leader on the athletic field, in the classroom, or out in the community. Fortunately, ever since attending Wells I have seen myself step up as a leader, on the lacrosse field and as a peer leader. I participate often in class and am very involved in my community socially and academically. I've realized how much I can get out of life when I take control of it and become an active part in it. Without my experience at Wells, I don't believe I would have grown as much as I have. I now know I can depend on myself, and I've been granted this amount of independence I've never had; but at the same time I've learned how to correctly depend on others. I know that there are people out there who are looking to help me, like my advisor and professors. I didn't really know how to trust other people and myself until my attendance here.
By attending Wells College I have learned inside and out of my classes. I've learned about myself, other people and their cultures, languages, and lifestyles. I've learned about world events, past and present. I've learned how to be independent and get along with a roommate. The most valuable of all has been getting to know other students from different countries and expanding my horizons. Learning about European and Spanish cultures has convinced me that learning about the world is important, and being open minded is key to becoming a successful individual in addition to succeeding academically within you major.
I started college when I was 19 years old, but had to drop out at age 20, when my son was born. 2 years and a daughter later I am back in school and loving it. I recently finished my first quarter at the local community college, by attending classes online. I already feel more accomplished and am excited to be doing something for me, that will help me in the long run as well. Attending college after being away for so long has been tough, but being involved in discussions and learning new things has been wonderful and fulfilling. Although I am glad that I can take classes online and don't have to be away from my children for long periods of time, I am always excited when I visit the campus to take tests or go to the bookstore. Being around other college students makes me feel like I am doing something productive and I am proud to say that I am a college student.
I have learned about who I am and what I want out of life. Attending college, I have learned how to be a leader, and how to be more active when pursuing opportunities. I was able to play on a collegiate sport, meet a wide variety of people, including friends I know I will have for the rest of my life. I directed an a capella group because I took a risk to pursue my passion for singing, which I had never done before out of fear. I was dissatisfied to find the lack of community service I could participate at my college, but instead of being discouraged, I started my own club that is dedicated to helping senior citizens in all of Cayuga County. I extracted everything out of every experience: I studied abroad in Spain, did an internship at the United Nations, taught English in Spain, taught in urban schools in New York City. I also had the most incredible academic classes I have ever been in, and I know that my mind has become much more open to new ideas. The college experience has helped shape me and who I am, and I am grateful for it.
Since the start of my college life, Wells College has taught me a lot of things. I was also able to experiment in a field that was not something I would have ever thought to dabble: Theatre. I have also been able to be in a free, non-urban setting which is the complete opposite of where I grew up. Wells gave me the chance to try new things and learn things that I may never have if I were somewhere else. I have also seen that the teachers at the college are as helpful as those that I had in high school, which is a positive. I have also been able to learn to appreciate independence.
There are many reasons why college has been good for me, but I only have room to talk about one. You go to college to learn things, and that's what I've done. I'm an English major, and have taken almost nothing but English classes at my current college (I studied other things at the two-year school I attended). There are a vast number of people who will tell you, "I don't like poetry." I was one of those people, but now I'm different. I've learned that most people don't like poetry because they don't understand it. Few people are raised reading poetry, so few people are capable of understanding it without taking a college course. Wordsworth, in his Preface to the Lyrical Ballads that he wrote in 1800, said that he wished to be a "man speaking to men." He attempted to take poetry from its pedestal and bring it to the common man, and he largely succeeded. It has been a couple hundred years now, and I believe it is time to bring poetry to the common man again, starting with children. Poetry should be for everyone.
I hate, hate, hate my college. But it has taught me one very valuable lesson; how to put up with insane amounts of bull crap. It has honestly lead me to appreciate honesty, transparency and integrity so much more by being so very bad at those things. I've learned that much of life is just muddling through the bad times, that you have to make your own happiness, and that your power to be happy and find success (however you quantify it) lies within yourself, and no one else. While I have felt that Wells has been a huge waste of my money and time, it has taught me independence and self sufficiency in ways I never thought possible. Heck, waiting 6 hours in line behind a drunken hobo in a Smolensk train station without air conditioning was NOTHING compared to the eons I've wasted at Wells, trying to get things to work. So thanks Wells, for making sure that my 'this sucks and I can't take it" threshold is insanely high. I anticipate smooth sailing after college because very little will be as infuriating as your terrible operational habits!
Since coming to Wells College I have gained a family. At the start of my freshman year I joined the one hundred year old tradition of Odd/Even. A tradition in which the graduates of an odd year (Oddline) compete against the graduates of an even year (Evenline). Since joining the Evenline I not only have a bond with the people of my graduating class, but also that of the members of the Oddline. By the end of the first semester Wells College became my home and the memebers of both the Oddline and the Evenline became my family. If I had gone to any other college I would be lost in a sea of faces. Wells is a small community that watches out for each other. I am more than thankful to Wells Collge for giving me a home for the next four years. And I hope to be able to send my own children to my Alma Matter.
Wells College has allowed be to fully realize my potential and experience life to the fullest. I have learned by attending Wells that I am a powerful individual with the capacity to succeed at any venture that I decide to embark on. I have gained an amazing support system--including professors, administrators, and friends--and feel confident in experiencing success in my future.
There is no other community in the world like the one at Wells. We are a small school--about 550 students total--that takes academics, traditions, and our Honor Code seriously. Professors respect students and students respect professors: the largest class I've experienced has had about 25 students. My advisors feel more like life mentors.
I love Wells and it has changed my life. It has given me the opportunity to grow into the person that I choose to me.
I've learned that it is my responsibility to maintain exceptional grades and to attend my classes. It is a much different environment than high school and with a different environment comes change.
The experience that i have gotten out of college is that its move complex and easy then high school. The most valuable thing that I have gotten out of college is the knowledge that will help me become a better person in the future for myself and my kids. Attending college was the best choice i had to make, being in school is something that i love doing. The college experience is the best one that I have come in contact with and i wouldn't change it. I know it will pay off in the long run for me and my family. I enjoy being a college student more then i enjoy being an account for my job.
My college experience has been invaluable. I have learned so much, both academically and about life. My professors have encouraged me to explore things that interested me outside of their classes and provided resources to do so. I have had several internships that are not just names on a resume, but truly eye-opening experiences. My best opportunity in college has been studying in England for a semester. Being able to live in another country taught me about a different culture, and how to be adaptable and independent. After three years of college, I feel that I have a true sense of myself and what I want to do with my life.
If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself to look into more scholarships. It takes a lot of money to go to school-- even more than what is listed in the college tuition costs. I would also tell myself to look at Sociology as a major-- do not take international studies! Also I would tell myself not to take guitar or eighteen credits my first semester. I would encourage myself to look into writing classes before leaving high school as this proved to be my weakest link my first year.
If I could go back and tell myself these things I would have saved myself some money, some time, and would have had a different experience, hopefully for the better as hindsight is always more accurate.
Hey You! Yeah You! Alicia! It's me Alicia...no you are not going crazy. Came back from the future. Ha! I know it's cool. Anyways, I came back to tell you one thing. College! Enjoy it. Remember this, Alicia, ha... it's so weird that I'm talking to myself. Back to what I was saying..work on Time Management. Have all your work done, remember to study and then have fun. If not you will be stressing so much. Work then fun. It is the only way to go. Oh by the way... so you dont have to worry, you win as prom queen. Yeah, act very surprised. Trust me. (I vanish into the future).
Well the first bit of advice I?d give myself is not to become too involved your first year. There is plenty of time to experience all of what college has to offer, but take it slow. Don?t hang out with friends all the time; get your work done first. Otherwise reading will pile up and set you back even further than before. Also learn to research by using books from other libraries. The facts from books will make your arguments much stronger. Go to your professors in the very beginning of an assignment with what you believe was assigned. By talking with your professors early on you find out exactly what they want. Be productive and don?t let yourself become distracted by working in your room or around friends. Go to quite places like the library whenever doing an assignment. Beware of partying too much, it might be fun that night; but when you wake up the next morning and realize you have a 10 page due tomorrow, the fun kind of vanishes. You have to remember why you applied to college in the first place, to learn and become successful at what you want to be.
"It is not our abilities that show who we truly are, it is our choices." College is the most crucial time in development, because for the first time, you really are what YOU decide to be. The same activities you did these past four years in high school no longer define you. Your college friends (and you will make them) are there for life because they know the real you, free from parental control and influence. These friends will probably be found in the most awkward and unexpected of places, but they are definitely worth having. So go ahead and take classes you never knew existed, try activities you have never explored, challenge your beliefs and see if you still hold true to them. In college you will learn more about yourself than you could ever imagine. So choose some place you'll love, and immerse yourself into the culture. Most of all, choose to become your ideal you.
Don't worry about grades too much, college is tough, you made the right decision to play sports, take time for yourself everyday, you'll make lots of great friends, don't worry about dating so much and don't let crushs get the best of you.
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