From High School to College: How to Transition into College Life
The transition from high school to college can be tough for most students. You’re going to a whole new place, school and town. You’ll meet new people, learn new skills and begin your journey as a young adult. Here’s some tips on how to survive your freshman year of college.
Time management is key.
In high school, most assignments are given to students and due within the next day or before the week is over. These types of assignments are intended for students to sit down and complete them as soon as possible. In college, classes are usually set up different. Professors will give students long-term assignments, that may be due in a few weeks from now. Other professors have assignments that are recurring, but due every other week or so. Every professor is different, but many give out long-term assignments. This is where time management becomes important. Many freshmen students put the assignment aside because they know it’s not due for a few weeks. They procrastinate it until the last second, or they may even forget about it over time. Make sure you start on your assignment ahead of time, working on it throughout the time frame you are given. Planners are also great so you can write in assignments and you won’t forget when they are due.
Think of “organization” as one of your courses.
Many universities offer freshman courses, such as study skills or organizational skills. They usually only count as an elective credit, but they can really help you out during your college years. They will give you tips and training on how to effectively take notes, organize your schedule, manage your time and how to study for your exam. Although it is beneficial, there are other ways you can learn new skills for college, rather than taking a college course on it. Many colleges offer informational events for incoming freshman, or informational workshops for these types of skills. Look at your colleges website or ask your academic advisor if your college offers any type of event such as this.
Utilize your resources.
Universities offer many services for their students. They are apart of your tuition, so don’t forget to use them. Career services is a good service to take advantage of. Departments like this offer mock interviews, internship resources, tips on how to make the perfect resume and more to accelerate your career. If you find yourself struggling throughout the school year, there are resources available for you. Talk to your academic advisor before it’s too late if you are struggling with work or your grades. They may be able to find a way to help you. Also, your professors should have office hours at least once a week for their students. Take advantage of this. If you have any questions or if you are having trouble with some of the material from your class, don’t hesitate to visit your professor during their office hours. They are there to help you achieve.
The first chance is the second chance.
In college, if you have an assignment due on the 23rd, then it is due on the 23rd. Many professors will not extend deadlines for assignments unless it is an emergency or illness and you have a note to excuse your late assignment. In high school, teachers can be more lenient with deadlines, offering extra time to get homework done. In college, this doesn’t fly too well. Professors see you as young professionals, so they expect you to act like so. Treat your professor as if they were your supervisor at your job. They expect you to show up on time and get your work done. College is almost the same as a full-time job, so you should treat it as so.
Sharpen your reading skills.
You’ll have to read a lot in college, whether you like it or not. Some of the readings professors will have you go over may be easy, but other items may be difficult to digest into your mind. If you find yourself coming across new or difficult words, purchase yourself a dictionary. It’ll come in handy during your college career. Another tip when reading– learn how to break down an author’s argument and how to present it. Re-read material if needed. Sometimes you may need to read a book or section a couple of times to fully understand all of the material that you need to learn. It’s okay to take your time to digest it. College reading can be difficult to grasp at first, but with time and practice, you will get the hang of it.
Going to college is a big step in anyone’s life. It can be difficult getting used to how colleges work, how to get across campus or how to finish your first research paper. Take these tips and take advantage of them. They could make a difference in your college career.