It’s been a minute since I’ve been out of high school but…I’d love to hear what others would tell your freshman high school self? For me, I’d tell my high school self to:
• be less shy and be yourself – that way you can find the friends who compliment you (you’ll find your people!)
• don’t wait so long to try out for things that are new – I waited until my junior year in HS to try out as a majorette when I could have joined the team when I was a freshman. I had so much fun as a member of the team and sometimes get a little misty-eyed thinking about how I missed out on those first two years because of my insecurities.
• apply for scholarships earlier – I missed out on so many scholarship opportunities because I just waited until my junior year to start the funding search. Note to my young self – apply early and often!
Good question! I didn’t have the best guidance counselors in high school and as a first-generation college graduate, my parents didn’t know much about the college readiness process. I took my SAT once … in my junior year. Silly me, I had no idea you could take it more than once and probably should. Imagine how much I could have improved my score in a year? So, learn from my mistake. Take your SAT/ACT more than once. Ask questions. Don’t be shy to advocate for yourself. You don’t know what you don’t know. And, push yourself. Take the AP courses. They will better prepare you for what’s ahead and make you more competitive in the admissions process.