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


I would tell myself to actually take time to review notes and study before the test. Cramming is inefficent. I've learned to study about a week in advanced, which has led to much better grades. So I would encourage my high school self to start this good study habits while still in highschool.


My advice to high school me is to learn better studying habits! I know you never studied, but you really should have tested out different ways! Also, HUG YOUR FREE TEXTBOOK! Love it! Name it! Cherish it!

Rae Yanna

Join clubs and really try to get into sports, because those help to bring in college scholarships. Push harder to get all A's and don't get discouraged. Everything will pan out in the end. Look at every scholarship available to you and those that may seem like they wouldn't even apply to you.


If I could talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself to work hard. Learning to study well really paid off in my senior year. Any professional skills that I learned in high school have come in handy later and I appreciate the effort I took. I would also tell myself to appreciate the good times while they were happening. Senior year was really special which I recognize as I look back. At the time it felt like a lot of stress, but in the end I had a great year.


This is for Past Me and everyone like her -introverted, shy, usualy found with her nose in a book- don't be ashamed of who you are and what you like, but also don't you dare limit yourself because you're afraid! You read about amazing things every day, but the only way you will experience them is by breaking out of your comfort zone. I like to think of there being two me's: Quiet Me, and Adventure Me. When I come to a crossroads in my life Quiet Me turns towards the familiar, comfortable path; I have to stop myself and make a conscious decision to be Adventure Me and head down that scary exciting road. It's often hard, and sometimes I'm uncomfortable, but Adventure Me has taught classes, rocked job interviews, sat in box seats, flown to the other side of the world, befriended people who don't even speak the same language I do, and so much more! It's okay to stay in a few nights and re-charge your batteries. But ever so often to need to tell yourself: "Today I am Adventure Me," then go write your own story.


If I could go back to high school to give myself advice, I would tell myself to take advantage of every opportunity and get involved. Throughout high school, I was stubborn and did not want to do anything that was not the “cool” thing to do. I was an athlete and thought that was all I needed to do. It is important to stand up for what you believe in and help others by being involved in the community, learning from working in groups with others, and seeing how others interact in certain situations. These are all life-long lessons that will be learned, and I wish I would have taken the opportunities to learn them when I was in high school to be more prepared for college.


I would tell myself to study the book more often then I study my in class notes because the majority of the exam quesions are from the book. Also, I would tell myself to bring more sneakers and rain boots because college involvs a lot of walking and a lot of rain.


If I had the ability to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself to not only focus on school, but to also have fun and join clubs. Even though grades and GPA is very important to colleges, a well rounded student is much better. Putting myself out there by joining clubs or volunteering is something that I wish i did more of. Being shy is no reason to not get involved more in the community. Therefore, I would have to myself to stop surrounding myself in school work and get involved to help other people and make more friends because connections are very important in the work world.


I would tell myself to get ready to study a lot harder than what I have been. I would definetly study harder for my sat's though my score was good it could have been better. Also I would tell myself to save as much as I could college is fun and you will me great people here but college is a huge expense. I would tell myslef to pick up more hours at work if I could instead of trying to jam in as many hours as I could close to the end of the summer like I did before. I would also tell myself not to go to technical school for the second year in a row it really damaged my gpa and though my gpa was okay I did not recieve the comolatte that I wanted to and mostly I believe It was because I didn't do so hot in technical school and I would strongly infensive that gpa's matter alot when it comes to financial aid packages. They could be the difference between getting $4000 more or less towards your tution.


If I were to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would advise myself to stay more focus on my school work and assignments and understand that work comes before play. Do things a step at a time to prevent yourself from cramming your head with too much and stressing out. Stay positive and out of trouble, and always remember that you should only worry about what you are doing, not what other people are doing. Participate in more school activities that will benefit you in you're future, so you wont seem like a lump on a log, it helps you learn to work with others, because as we all know, we'll be working with people everywhere we go. Failure is not an option, get the high grade. Challenge yourself and take it to the next level. You won't get anywhere if you don't try. No one is stopping you but yourself.


I would have told myself to apply myself more throughout high school. I did not take high school as serious as I should have, and I became very lazy with my work/attending. I would have told myself to suck it up and get to school.


I would make more emphasis on how important studying is. In high school, not as much studying was required. Now in college, assesments play a more moajor role in getting good grades. So I would make major changes to my study habbits. I would also tell myself not to procrastinate as much, becuase my time has to be planned out a lot better now so that I can balance things.


To Sierra, currently about to graduate from high school and begin life as a college student: you could not have made a better decision to take up NJ Stars on their offer for full-ride for two years at Ocean County College. I am sure you will realize how much money you will save during your education there. Having the privilege of being home and working while taking classes will give you all the time in the world to think about where you will end up after your two years have ended. Please, enjoy life day-to-day but do not forget about the future that lies ahead. Music projects will fall apart and you'll grow apart from some friends along the way. Do not, however, forget about the most important person in your life right now- yourself. Stick to plan A, and never allow others to entice you to choose the easy way out. There is no need for plan B, as long as you stick to your original goals. Other people's opinions are trivial and irrelevant. You will fulfill your dreams and exceed your highest expectations. Trust me on this one.


Before I came to this school, or college in general, I wish I had known the importance of community service and school involvement. In high school, and pretty much every school before that, I have always focused solely on my academics. While focus on school work is important, I failed to realize the importance of extracurricular activities, such as volunteer work, sports, or school clubs. Now that I am in a college environment, I discovered that extracurriculars and a healthy social life make for a more well rounded student and person all together. I would tell my high school self to be more active in my school and my community, so that the transition into the open and responsibility filled world of college is easier.


If I could go back in time and give myself advice I would tell myself a few things. Most importantly I would tell myself to be motivated. I would tell myself that college is no cake walk and there are tough times. I would also tell myself to apply like crazy for scholarships. Looking back I did not put as much time and effort into scholarships as I should have. Seeing myself now, struggling to get by and applying like crazy for scholarships and grants, I would encourage myself to give my best effort for as many scholarships as possible. Yet most importantly I would tell myself to find the one thing I am passionate about and to pursue it with my whole heart. People are always saying you don't have to know right away what your going to school for. But I say that they are crazy. Going into my freshman year as undecided really wastes time. I took classes that I did not enjoy and struggled to get an A in. I realize now that knowing what I want to do allows me to enjoy the college life and experience.


College transitions were both easier and harder than I thought. On the harder side, I didn't anticipate the first day being as frightening as it was. I had no friends at the college, and once my parents left, I realized for the first time that I was very much alone. That fear terrified me, but it also propelled me to find the friends that I did. I would have reminded myself to try hard the first semester, because I slacked off, and it showed. College transition was also easier than I thought it would be. I thought I would be sitting in my room alone all the time, but within hours, I had made some of the best friends I would my freshman year. I didn't even think to call my parents as often as I thought I would. College is both much harder and simpler than I thought it would be.


Try and apply for as much financial aid as possible! Also, do not overwhelm yourself by taking all of your hard classes and participating in Track at the same time. Relax, loosen up and enjoy what little time you actually have in college. Put yourself out there and make as many friends and experiences that you can because the time will fly by and you will surely miss it.


I would definitely tell myself to not wait, to start school right away. Going back now so many years later is a struggle and I feel very out of place among the other students. I would tell myself that I am not happy just working at a crappy job and living paycheck to paycheck, that I feel unfulfilled, and that I miss learning and the education process.


Knowing what I know now about college life and transitioning into college life, I would tell my high school self not to slack off. I was always a 4.0 student in high school and had a very hard time accepting anything less than an A. Once I was a senior in high school and was already accepted into the nursing program at York College of Pennsylvania, I slacked off. I stopped caring so much that I was a 40 student. I wanted to have my fun since "I did my time." Upon entering college, I did not think it was going to be hard since all through high school, things came easy for me. I failed my first college exam and realized just how hard this was going to be. I should have never slacked off and thought I can handle this. I should have continued to apply myself.


Attending York College I hope to accomplish my five year plan. I am majoring in psychology with a minor in sociology and I plan to become a social worker. Immediately after graduating York I would like to go on to obtain my masters in Psychology. Since I started college I have met many new friends who I hope will be my friends for life and have learned a lot. Classes are career focused and taught by knowledgeable professors who also help blend different teaching techniques. The main experience I have gotten from college is the reality of what it is like in the workforce. Right now I am working three jobs, paying for college by myself, and still keeping up my grades. If I can do this in order to get a degree than I know I can make it as a professional. Also with this, I have gotten the experience of independence and making critical choices yourself. College is defiantly the place to make mistakes and learn from them, and at York you have a large support group standing behind you waiting to caught you if you do fall.


So far in college I have opened up to so many more activities. I was not active in my high school career, and now I am a memeber oftkhe Campus Activities Board. I am meeting so many people and learning so much more about myself. I love the intimate class settings and being able to get to know my proffesors. I am so happy that I not only made the decision to come to college, but that I chose York College.


My college experience so far has been an excellent part of my life. I have learned what it is like to live on my own and how to be an independent person. I have also learned many things about myself such as what type of person I am and what my real interests are. I have met many new people, some of who are now my best friends. I have gotten so much closer to deciding what I want to do with my life and what career path I would like to take. The most important thing that I have gotten from college is truelly getting to understand life and all of its adventures. I've learned so many new things about life in general and can't wait to continue my college career and see what else there is to learn.


When I came to this school I quickly became aware of the passion that each professor has for what they do, and it shows in their teaching. The professors here really stress hands on experience when it comes to your career choice. For example, I have already had one internship with a minor league baseball team and I'm working on an internship with the Olympics. This school has taught me to take initiative, do things myself, and not to be afraid of going after the impossible. When I doubt my future, my professors are the ones telling me that I can do anything I can dream of, giving me the confidence to push on when I couldn't do it myself. I realized that I can be whatever I want, and the only person that can hold me back is myself. This summer I plan on traveling to Africa, Ghana, and Brazil to volunteer with orphans because I want to impact the lives of others. I want people to remember my life after my death. I want to leave a legacy, and my teachers have given me the confidence to pursue that dream.


I have learned so much about myself in my two years thus far in college. Not only have I acquired invaluable knowledge pertaining to specific sciences but I have become the person I want to be. I have learned how to become an active and useful member of society. I have learned how to juggle my responsibilities, support myself, stay focused, and go after what I want with all my heart. I have had some amazing professors who have helped me along the way and given me so much support and guidance in my quest. I have come to value each bit of information that I attain as something useful and precious. Every day is exciting when I get to learn something new.


Going to college was the best decision I have ever made! Not only has it excelled my current career, but it has broadened my knowledge about many other subjects including my community, world economics, and public healthcare. Due to my experience at the community college I have been inspired for my original goal of only getting a professional certification to actually going to a four year college and there after completing my Masters degree in Occupational Health so that I can one day become a Pediatrician. Without the support of the community college, it’s professors, and students I never would have realized this dream or have the confidence to pursue it. Now I am well on my way to a better education, better life, and most importantly the opportunity to live a life of helping children and their families when needed most. I hope to one day have my own Pediatric Practice that has assisted funding through grants and donations in which no child will ever be turned away due to their parents financial situation. It is my dream to help others the way doctors have helped my son. ~ Nicole Swartwout


I have just begun my college education, but I have already learned many important things. I am much better at budgeting my time and making sure I don't procrastinate, as well as finding the right balance between work and play. It has been valuable to attend because I am developing a much better work ethic and making connections that will help me throughout my entire career. It is already shaping up to be a great experience.


By attending York College of Pennsylvania, I have gained independence, new friends, and a sense of responsibility and maturity. I have had to learn to balance school work and my social life. I have also gained a new understanding of myself and what I want out of life. These lessons are of great value to me. Before attending the college I had horrible time managament skills and was quite introverted. I rarely talked to anybody and that affected my performance in class, especially when dealing with speeches given in class and group projects. Now I am able to work with all different types of individuals, no matter how difficult they may be. I have learned the skills necessary for me to succeed in my future career hopefully as a veterinarian. Studying, time management, and working in groups are just a few of the skills i learned and am still working on improving. Also, I made good friends who are positive for my life that I plan to have even after we graduate and go our separate ways.


This is something I wish was a reality. I would tell myself to stop goofing around and take the college search seriously. Had I not been too preoccupied with the present time then, I would not be in my current predicament of attending a school that I am not happy with. I would tell myself that college is a great experience and a much better fit for my personality than high school could ever be, but choosing the right school is beyond crucial. I would also tell myself to apply for scholarships, which is something I also did not do. Now I am stuck going to a school in-state because I do not have the appropriate funds to attend the college that is right for me which is out-of-state. Aside from choosing the right school, I would have told myself that making the transition was a breeze because college is a great time in life.


College has been an amazing experience for me. I have improved so many aspects of my life through social and academic experiences. If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would have a lot of useful advice for myself. I would tell myself to get ready for an extremely fast, yet exciting transition. I would say that the first few weeks of college are the most important because that is when you form initial friendships that will make the transition a smooth and fun one. The first few weeks could make or break your enjoyment for the college of your choice. Get ready for a large workload that can be difficult at times, but also is very important to your career. It is not that bad because you have so much time to complete the work and make sure that you are doing it right. There would be one thing that I would stress more than anything else. I would tell myself to do one thing everyday that you would not normally do. This will open up opportunities for new experiences that will help you in the long run.


Don't be afraid to take chances.


If i could go back and be a high school senior again, I would take my time and learn how to study. I would get out of the mind set that i didnt really have to try hard. I would try to figure out what i wanted to do before college even though it didnt matter that much. I would also have wanted to do more presentations because I am a shy person and it would have prepared me for all the speaking up in class that I had to do.


Ashley, calm down, breathe, and think! I know you love the idea of going to the same college as your boyfriend, but it may not turn out to be the fairytale you imagined. Choose your college based on which one fits your needs the best, not based on who else goes there. Once you've decided, don't stress over your roomate. I'm sure she will be fine, and if she's not, it's possible to get a room change. Orientation may seem like a waste of time while your there, but it is actually very helpful. Pay attention. You never know when you might have to go to an office that the orientation leaders mentioned, but that you didn't hear about because you were too busy talking to people. Finally, college-level work is a lot more difficult than high school level work, even AP courses. Yes, you skated through the APs and such, but you will not be able to do that in college! Do not try to, or your grades will suffer. Overall, just don't stress and be prepared for some big changes. College is a whole new ball game.


Hmmm, if I could travel back in time and give myself any advice about college, the one peice of advice would have to be, "Enjoy highschool and SAVE your money." I came to college thinking that because I wouldn't have to pay for tuition, my financial woes wouldn't be an issue...boy was I wrong. I realized that college is expensive in all aspects of it. Books are a couple hundred dollars, when the dining hall is closed food becomes pricey and then on weekends when you want to just hang out somewhere, money is something you will definitely need. SO SAVE YOUR MONEY HOWARD!!!


Choose different classes and dont take a year off to work.


If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior I would give myself some advice that many people before told me. I would leave my door open in order to meet more people and I would go around my floor to meet new people. Also, I would talk to people in my classes and make the effort to get to know them. This would have been helpful if I need help in a class and it would also allow me ot make more friends. Furthermore, I love my college but to other seniors I would say to make sure you visit the college several times so you know that is where you want to go.


I would encourage myself to try to test out of more classes. I enjoy college but much rather get credit for the work I did in high school. My senior year consisted of 5 AP courses which would have allowed me to gain up to 20 credits. I regret having wasted that effort my senior year. While most of my classmates were only attending four periods a day, I had a full schedule and that is something I definitely regret not having gotten ahead from. I would also let myself know that college is not as big of a deal as everyone makes it out to be.


The one major advice I would give myself if I had the chance to go back in time, I would tell myself to develope a study habbit. All through high school, I got away without studying and still did ok, but after going to college and not having that study habbit, i suffered academically during my freshmen year in college. College is alot different than high school. In college, the students are more independent and we are responsible to learn the materials we need to know on our own. We need to have discipline in order to succeed. College requires alot more work from the students than high school. Unlike high school, college students don't have teachers and parents there to supervise them and made sure they had all of their homework completed and studied for the test. After completing my freshmen year in college, I would tell my high school self, it would be beneficial for me to develope a good steady study habbit before going into college.


Wow first off that would be amazing if I could go back in time, but if I was going to go back I would start either as a freshman or a junior not a senior. But since I am required to be a senior I guess I will have to manage. First and foremost, I would tell myself to dump that stupid boy Matt I that wasted the majority of my senior year on. He started so much drama and was a waste of my senior year. Now that that is out of the way, on the serious stuff. I would tell myself to suck it up and apply for all the scholarships offered at my guidance office. I would tell myself to get rid of the senioritis attitude and stop being lazy. I could have saved myself a buttload of money but my main focus senior year was having fun...and Matt of course. I also would have pushed myself to retake the SATs and get a better score on them, because they are part of the reason York College will not give me a scholarship. Finally I would have taken harder classes and figuered out my major!


Dont be afraid to make friends. Grades are important, but your job doesn't care what your grades were just as long as you get a degreee and know your stuff and have good work ethic. Get as many scholarships as ypou can get. Sit down and decide what you want in a college. Take a notebook with you to a college visit , to take notes.


I would absolutely tell my self to make the best out of my college experience. Getting involved around campus is one of the greatest things i have ever done. It is not only rewarding but you meet alot of people along the way that become amazing friends. Besides that i would also tell myself to be an education major from the start. I went into college as a criminal justice major but found that i have a passion for teaching becasue it is also very rewarding. Some of the teachers i have had at York College inspired me to be a better person and i want to help other like they helped me. I would also tell myself to always try my best, college isn't a piece of cake and sometimes gives you a smack in the face so get ready because its more challenging than high school but you can't give up. Lastly i would tell myself to prepare myself for the best days of my life.


After completing a year and a half of college I have many things I would tell my high school self. The first thing I would say is to start saving every penny you have. College is the most expensive investment I will make. Not only paying for each individual class, but paying for supplies for each class. As an art major I don't have the delight to pay solely for books and classes, I am lucky enought to pay for hundreds of dollars of art supplies too. It is well worth it in the end but I wasn't as prepared as I should've been to pay for all the things college requires. Another thing I would prepare myself for is better experience with art off the computer screen. Since I'm a Graphic Design major I thought my primary focus would be on the computer screen and I was wrong about that. Practice makes perfect, and if I would've just spent a little more time researching my major I would've understood that I needed off screen capabilities to be a desiger. The last tip I would give myself is be prepared to loose sleep.


Hey Kayla. I know your going to college next year and your a little scared so let me give you some advice. Visit the school before you decided to go there. You might even want to set up an overnight visit if you can. You might find that your not comfortable in that environment and being comfortbale at your school is very important because it will be your new home. Another piece of advice is if your struggling in one of your classes or you think you need improvement, go to a tutor. Odds are the school offers tutoring for free and they will be more than happy to help you. Its what their getting paid for. Third, get involved. Sitting around watching televison or doing nothing all day is probably the reason for freshman 15. Colleges have more clubs than you can count so it won't be hard to find a club to join. Also during the beginning of the year school have a club fair so you wil have a chance to see the different groups and see what you like. Lastly, have fun. College will give you insight into being on your own so enjoy it.


As a high school senior, I was so eager to get away from home and to venture into the real world. If I could go back and tell myself anything I would say, "Stay at home and to study at the local university. Dorm life is not you. You will be completely miserable where you are and feel trapped amongst people who are nothing like you. Drinking and partying are not what you want to do with your time in college and that is what this college is all about so choose something else."


In high school I did not have to study for exams. Now I wish I would have studied because in college things are a lot harder and I would have better study skills. Those study skills would now make my life a whole lot easier.


I would tell myself to visit all colleges first and if I am not sure of the exact career path I wish to take, make sure that I look at a school that is able to satisfy my needs for any career path. Also, don't choose a school based on how much it costs. However, I would also tell myself not to take advantage of the student loans I will be able to get because it will end up hurting you in the end, if you are not able to find a job right away.


Get involved early on, join lots of clubs and don't limit yourself to one group of people. Give staying at school on the weekends a chance, you will find that the more time you spend there, the better it becomes, the more friends you make and the closer you become with those friends. Research the area around your school to find things to do on the weekend so your not always relying on partying as the only thing to do on the weekends. Don't procrastinate when it comes to projects, get them done and save yourself a headache. Volunteer at local organizations, it feels good to help and looks good on your resume. Make connections with companies that could potentially be an employer in the future. Have fun and enjoy your college experience, its over before you know it!


I would remember that it does not matter what others think. I would be more of an individual, and be confident in my decisions. As a freshman, I was concerned with others thought and was unsure of my major. Now that I have been in college for two years, I realize that others' opinions should not outweigh my own. Mine is the most important, and along with that, I am very confident in my choice of major. I feel comfortable in the field of education, and cannot wait to get started. If I could give myself advice now that I have experienced college, I would remind me that I need to stay strong in my decisions and trust myself to make great ones.


I will tell myself how important is to have a career, and no matter what happen never give up, and please follow your dreams because anything can be possible, you just have to look for them. And i will also tell myself how important is to stay in school and do your best with your grades.


I would tell myself to not judge anyone by first impressions and to be myself. It's important that you put your true self out there when you first meet people because they are the ones, especially in your dorm, that you will spend a majority of your time with. it helps to make good friends fast because there will be times when you need someone to talk to about school or missing home and those friends will be there for you. I would also tell myself to try not to stress over classes and to take assignments one day at a time. It is easy to become overwhelmed with papers, projects, exams, and presentations when you are taking a full load, but if you practice good time management you will be fine. My last words of advice would be to have fun. This is four years of your life where you are living on your own with people who are all around the same age as you and share some of the same goals. Make the most of your years, do your best, remember who you are, and have fun!


I would tell myself that York College of PA is the perfect college for the kind of person that I am and to take advantage of all this college has to offer to me, from its adacamic standpoint by really getting involded with the classes, class work and the professors and from its social standpoint by joining a frat, a club sport and opening up to all types of people. All of which equal to allowing myself to enjoy this college's experience to its fullest and to increase my chance of success once I have graduted from this college.