Hey guys! Welcome back. A few of you seemed really excited about this post, so I figured while I had some time I would sit down and crank it out. I hope you enjoy this. Let me know in the comments what your transition was like if you have made the transition and what you are looking forward to if you haven’t yet.
College is a big transition in anyone’s life. It is stressful, terrifying, and exciting all in one. It’s far from easy, but not impossible. College is a time to figure out who you are and what you want. No one said it wouldn’t be hard, but it is worth it in the end. The transition from high school to college is one of the most difficult things about starting college and adjusting to the new environment and way of life. The school you go to will determine how much harder it will be. Here are just a few things that I had to adjust to when transitioning to college from high school. Some of them I was prepared for and some of them I wasn’t.
Living away from home. The first college I went to was seven hours from my home. The school I transferred to is only like three. But I am still a good distance from home. I don’t see my family very much (not that I am really complaining). But it was still an adjustment. All of a sudden I was forced to get myself up, make sure I took care of myself, and get everything done. I had to be responsible because no one was there to help me.
Planning my schedule. I knew this was coming, but again, it took time to adjust to. In planning my schedule I had to know what I wanted. And that’s something I have never known before. It took my two years to figure out what I wanted to major in. I had no planning or scheduling skills going into college which really hurt me when it came time to plan my schedule.
Making new friends. This was an adjustment for me that came as a complete opposite to most people. When I was in high school I had virtually no friends. People were friendly, but I never had a solid friend group. However, when I got to college I didn’t seem to have any issues making friends. The first month I made four to five friends that stayed with me through the entire year.
Classes. This was another one that I anticipated. I knew the classes would be different. I was lucky enough that the class size wasn’t all that different. But the structure of the classes were a little different. It took me a little while to figure out that in college you can miss class and not need permission from anyone. That’s a positive in most respects. The homework was definitely different because in high school I didn’t really have any. College is definitely harder in that respect.
Professors DO care. At least the colleges I have attended. I have never had a professor that just didn’t care at all. They have always been friendly and helpful, as well as flexible. Sure they don’t take crap, but they make an effort if you make an effort. That is something that surprised me because in high school my teachers always said college professors don’t care. They are just there to make money.
Roommates aren’t that bad. Some roommates don’t get along. There are ways to remedy that. Not all roommates are terrible though. Your first roommate won’t necessarily be a bad roommate. You may get one that you don’t get along with, but you really only have to sleep in the same room. I have been lucky enough to get along with all of my roommates with minimal issues.
Dorm life is not that bad. Living in a dorm is not as bad as some say it is. It’s all really about perspective and your attitude going in. Sure, communal bathrooms suck, but it’s just something you have to live with. The rooms are a little boring, but that’s when you add your own personal touch and make it feel like home. Living in a residence hall gives you the opportunity to make some friends and be independent for the first time in your life. It’s an amazing opportunity that you should welcome with open arms.
You will change your mind. I went to college thinking I knew exactly what I wanted. I thought I would never change my mind about anything. I’ve changed my mind more times than I can count. College is confusing, but it’s your time to figure out who you are, where you want to go, and what you want to do. You are investing in yourself and you should take that seriously. I never thought I would change my mind, but I’m glad I decided to open my mind a little bit.
You can’t give up. College isn’t easy, but it is worth it. You can’t give up just because it isn’t as easy as you want it to be. You have to try and work hard. You won’t do the best at everything, but no one does. College doesn’t work that way. There are no free passes. You have to get up and put in the effort to get the results you want. If you give up you will never succeed and you will never get to where you want to be.
The transition from high school to college is not easy, but it is worth it. You can do it. You just have to keep an open mind and remember that everything doesn’t come naturally. Some things you have to work for and other things will happen when the time is right. Just live your life, work hard, and remember why you are there.
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