You've tossed the cap, high-fived your friends, and taken the perfect picture in your high school gown. Most high school graduates can't wait to unlock a new sense of freedom that comes with college. No more curfews, no more early morning classes, and no more pointless subjects.
Unfortunately, many students are not as prepared for the huge shift in independence and the responsibility that comes with college. With this chapter in your life ending, the possibility of major change often causes fear and anxiety. Surprisingly, high school does not always prepare students for a successful college transition. Luckily, there is hope for all college-bound students.
1- Attend class
Many young students look forward to the freedom of college because they finally get to have power over their daily schedule and life. First, consider how long you can reasonably keep your brain engaged on campus each day. In addition, think about when you are most alert, when you will complete out-of-class assignments, and when you will take time to eat throughout the day. While more enjoyable activities during class time may seem harmless every now and again, avoid skipping class and missing instruction whenever possible.
2- Communicate professionally
As a student in college, it is your job to communicate professionally with the school staff like you would a future employer. If you have problems with the material, don't be afraid to talk candidly with your professor during his office hours. Furthermore, if you have to miss class for an unforeseen circumstance, speak with your professor as soon as possible about the missed class. Most of all, brief and honest explanations of your emergency absence or major problems with the material is essential for success in college.
3- Understand technology
A school-assigned email account is often the preferred method of communication. Learn about your new email and check it regularly. Unlike high school, a college student is often contacted only once by the school staff. Therefore, the responsibility of following up on requests, assignments, and deadlines is left in the hands of the student. Since your education is important, be attentive in emailing both your professors and the school's staff.
4- Recognize your resources
Take some time to find out about free programs that are offered at your school before your semester begins. First of all, locate the computer labs on campus and consider planning a homework break in your daily routine. In addition, find out about free tutoring opportunities on campus and be prepared to ask for help before you have a problem. Always look for opportunities to manage your time and use free support provided by your campus.
While college is only one of many chapters in your life, don't let the anxiety of change hold you back. Enjoy this memorable stage in your life and take a little time to plan ahead. Regardless of high school, your transition into college can be a breeze. Nevertheless, always remember that you hold the key to your own success. Attend class, communicate professionally, understand technology, and recognize your resources.