At Wesleyan College, I have established a focused passion. Before attending college I was adament about becoming a doctor. I used my supposed passion for helping the ill as a pathway to receiving scholarships and acceptance into colleges. Once I completed my first semester of college, I realized that I didn't have a passion for the science I was learning and I did not appreciate the longevity of that knowledge. Wesleyan has an overflow of students who possess such great passion and determination to acheive their goals. Surrounding myself with those students allowed me to understand my own dreams and passions. Amongst those with high hopes and serious plans to achieve their goals, I realized that my "supposed" passion for helping the ill was an actual passion, just not in the same sense. Wesleyan offered me numerous opportunities to participate in volunteer services as well as providing me with the career interest of a nonprofit leader to continue to help others. Now that I have full understanding of myself and my passion, I can search for opportunities that will further me in my career goals and better prepare me for the nonprofit world.
Stay ahead and do your work. Don't be afraid to take risks and learn something new; it's college a time to find yourself and improve yourself to be the best that you can be. Go to class and take good notes because they'll help you in the future on tests. Form a good relationship with your academic counselors. Have no fear, everyone makes mistakes; as long as you're responsible and willing to succeed then you'll be fine. Make good, dependable friends; volunteer often; learn and iteract with people from a different culture; and be organized. Most importantly, remember, this is an opportunity that not every has a chance to have or is willing to accept the challenge so excell, be persistent, stay focused, be tenacious, and most of all keep in mind to fulfill your goals and dreams. Because even if you aim for the moon, you'll still land amongst the stars.
Don't be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone, but don't forget who you are and where you came from. Be accepting of everyone around you and give people the benefit of the doubt. Be brave and speak up, you're capable of great things. Don't change yourself to fit in with people because there are people who will like you for who you are, no changes needed. Keep your positive attitude and never stop smiling because it's contagious and you will help others to smile and do their best. Most importantly though, have some fun! Don't let studies take over your life. Go out with friends to give yourself a break every now and then. It'll do your mind some good. Oh! Never, ever, let your decisions be swayed by a boy! Take care of you and your future and if it's meant to be then they'll stay and if not then another one will find you.
The most important thing I would tell myself is that college is not a party. The mistakes you make in thinking it is so, costs you later on in your career when you want to get serious. It is better to come into college with the mindset that you are there to work and not to party. College is a serious place and people just don't seem to grasp that concept. Another thing I would tell myself is that having a social life is an option not a necessity. Being popular does not determine what job you may get or how great your grades are. I have experienced the problem that popularity causes, which is a drop in grades. So, overall I would tell myself not to be a social butterfly and to maintain a level head about studying and going to classes.
If I were to look back at myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself that college is NOT GOING TO BE EASY. All the skills that I acquired were not going to be efficient enough to get me through a rigorous college program successfully. Study skills must be magnified and adjusted to meet the demands of college level work. It is very important to talk to professors if there are problems in the course. Networking is very essential if you want to further your career. College life is what you make it and success or failure depends on YOU!
The connections, both socially and professionally made in college are invaluable and maintaning the health of these relationship during and after graduation can and will prove invaluable.
It has been amazing to meet so many new people and make tons of new friends. I feel as if my horizons have been expanded exponentially thanks to Wesleyan.
I would tell myself to apply to more private schools in lively cities that offer a fantastic social life and awesome financial aid.