WyzAnt wants to know:
If you could go back in time and give your younger self one piece of academic or professional advice, what would it be?
If I could go back in time and give my younger self one piece of academic or professional advice, I would tell myself to study more, get involved in more school activities and be more social and motivated to achieve something special. I started going to school in NYC as a High School freshman and had to adapt to many new things in my life, both academically and personally. When I think about my HS years now, I always wonder why I didn’t study harder. I didn’t even start studying until the summer before the 10th grade.
I would tell my younger self to pay more attention in math and chemistry classes, both of which bored me so much. I was fascinated with physics and yet I never got more than 86 on the exams, if I had studied longer and harder I would have done much better. Also, I was more concentrated in humanities and the arts because I wanted to be a lawyer, which I eventually figured out was not for me.
I would advise my younger self to be more social and involved in school activities, I played tennis for my school team, but we were terrible and that did not motivate me to try any harder or get better.
I would also tell young Ellie to have more friends and spend less time on the Internet—chatting with the same two friends! Since I know that I cannot go back and talk to my younger self, I try to teach my students things that no adult took the time to teach me: spend more time studying, having fun with friends and family and less time playing games and watching T.V. Do something that in 10 years you will not regret when someone asked you the above question. And most importantly, I would tell myself to know how to appreciate all my hard work and myself!