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

First of all, I would tell myself that I need to take as many AP classes as I can that year, so I wouldn't have to take those classes the next year in college. I would tell myself not to stress about school, that I would do great. I remember planning college since I was in the 6th grade, and by the time I was a senior I worried about everyting: failing my first semester, not making any friends, and not having enough money to pay off my tuition. If I could talk to myself as a high school senior again, I would tell myself that all my tuition would be completely covered and I wouldn't have problems with money. I would tell myself I'd have a big group of friends from all different backgrounds, friends who really worry about me and who are really there for me, I'd also clarify the fact that the classes are more interesting, so they are easier to pass because you actually listened. If I could give my senior self a few words to describe the college life they'd be: Magical, lasting relationships, entertaining, hard work, and reading.

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My college experience has been a growing and learning experience. I love my college, especially my professors they push me to do my best and to apply myself, which I did not do fully in high school. Responsibility is a word that I have come to know first hand with my time and money management through having the freedom at college to make decisions about what I do with both. I love being able learn so many things that will apply to my future and Williams provides that for me. The rest of the staff there are kind and really look out for my best interest and they care about what's going on in my life. Also, they provide lots of activities, because I can't study all the time. The Christian atmosphere there is really great, because that is my faith and it is encouraging to see so many other young Christians living out their faith also. One thing about this college is I don't have to worry about my safety, there is litteraly no crime there. I couldn't ask for a better environment to become productive member of society in.

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If I could go back to give myself advice, I would advise myself to use time wisely and be more organized. Time management is the biggest thing in college, it allows you to establish what time you have for studying, being with friends, and doing whatever. I would tell myself to make sure I have enough time to study in spurts instead of all at one time and study throughout the day instead of studying late at night. Also, I would make sure to say to have some time for God, as well as friends, because that makes life easier when you are able to step away from your busy schedule and talk to God and be with your friends. Once I establish my time management, organization is the next big thing. Being organized allows you to find things when needed and have everything in a certain place inwhich you have easy access to. Being organized has helped me quite a bit this year because whenever a professor wants something at the beginning of class I can easily pull it out of my binder and turn the item in on time.

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If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, there's so many things I would tell myself. First of all, I would tell myself that even going to a Baptist college, life isn't going to be perfect and just happy all the time. I truly believed that going to Williams would make life so easy. I expected there to be no arguments, disagreements or tension, which is really unrealistic. Life in of itself isn't perfect, how can one school be? Also, I would tell myself living in a dorm isn't nearly as hard as I would expect it to be. I was afraid of adjusting to life on campus, as well as wondering if I would even get along with my roommate. If I could talk to my 'senior self' I would tell myself to not worry, but to also expect it to not be perfect. Nothing's perfect, but that's okay. I would tell myself that I would adjust fine, and that the faculty here encourage me to do well. I would also tell myself that I couldn't have chose a better school.

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If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior then I would tell myself that education is important and that having a family should wait until after college. I really didn't plan on attending college my senior year of high school. I just wanted to graduate, get married, and start a family. I didn't think about getting a higher education and having a career instead of a job. I have two small children and am also married which has made college difficult. I also have to work and at some points throughout college have had to work 3 jobs in order to make ends meet. I am now a senior in college and plan on graduating in May of this year. It has been a long and trying road but I am almost there. So the one thing that I would say to myself as a senior in high school would be to conentrate on going to college so that I would be able to financially provide for my family.

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My first thought would be to tell myself as a young person to find a career path and stick to it. As I think about that response I realize that the best education I have received has been a result of my failures. I have worked in a corporate world, in small business and been self employeed. I have enjoyed some great positions in a variety of industries. If I had taken my adivce I would have missed so many wonderful experiences. So I guess my advice to myself would be, do not fear the known. Embrace new challenges and never limit yourself to the point that you can not allow yourself to take a chance to be your best. As I go back to school, I am doing just that and I realize I am so fortunate that I can live my dream.

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If I could go back and give myself advise, knowing what I know now, I would tell myself to take things more seriously. Scholarships are a huge deal, and slacking off in college will make you lose them. College is the major foundation for the rest of your life, and should be taken strictly and seriously. I know that now, and plan to take these actiions of seriousness, seriously. Its the time to get your life together.

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College is harder than high school, but that does not mean you cannot do it. Be willing to give your studies your full attention and manage your time (and money) wisely and you can do well. So, do not be scared. College is not as bad a place as you think.

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