A Letter from the Future to the Past

I am originally from Missouri City, Tx. I attended Hightower High School and graduated in May 2007. After high school I attended the University of North Texas in Denton where I majored in Mechanical and Energy engineering and minored in mathematics and business foundations.

I currently work for Zodiac Seats US in Gainsville, TX as a certification engineer and reside in Denton, TX.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, cooking, working out, watching and playing sports, watching movies, and helping out at my church.

A Letter from the Future to the Past

To Whom It May Concern,

I hope this letter finds you well. If you are reading this then you have just graduated from high school and are about to start college. While it still may be exciting about finally being free after 18 years of being treated like a kid and being led by an adult, please focus back up. What you have accomplished should not be forgotten. However, let it only be a small ripple by the rock you’ll cast in the pond called life.

To help out in the transition to college, here is some advice that might help you out. Do not let the freshmen year transition overwhelm you. What am I referring to as the freshmen year transition you might ask. I am simply referring to when you first start adjusting to college life.
All throughout childhood, you have been in the safety and security of family, friends, teachers, and other loved ones. In college, the time of being closely monitored by parents and teachers is no longer applicable as you are responsible for your well-being of waking up in the morning to go to class, turning in assignments on time, studying for tests, and making sure your grades are maintained.

You are responsible for being proactive and not reactive when it comes to school work. By being proactive, you attend class regularly, you study the course material before going to class, you ask the professor questions on anything you did not understand during the lecture, you attend tutorials or see the professor if more help is needed in understanding the material, and you start homework and studying for test well before the day it is due or the night before.

Remember also that the freshmen transition not only deals with academics but the life outside of college. There are always parties to go to and friends to hang out with. However the life outside of college can constantly clash with your academics. Academics must always take precedence over you social life. Remember that the decisions you make today can greatly impact what happens tomorrow. Choosing whether or not to go to the party of the year or studying for an exam the next day can make the difference between making an A and getting an F in the course.

Throughout your freshmen year you will meet many people who despite being very smart and accomplished in high school will not be returning to college next year due to being on academic suspension, academic probation, or having parents who will not finance someone with low performance in school. One of the main causes for not returning will be not making a good transition from high school to college.

So to sum it all up, be proactive when it comes to academics, make sure academics take precedence over your social life, and know that the decisions you make today can greatly impact what happens tomorrow.

I am glad this letter will serve as words of encouragement and not as an “I tried to warn you”.

Good luck, have fun, always fight the good fight and I’ll see you in a few years.

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