If you’re a graduated high school senior getting ready to head off to college in the next few weeks, you’ve got a million thoughts running through your mind. From saying goodbye to friends and family at home to finalizing details for your first semester away, there is plenty to worry about. Today, I wanted to take a moment and share a few tips that should make the transition easier for you. (If you’re a parent, feel free to send these on to your student!)
1) Don’t panic if you don’t know what you want to study. Some students have had their career planned out since middle school, and they know exactly what they want to study in college. And that’s fine—but there is also nothing wrong with not knowing, especially early in one’s college career. You will have plenty of time to talk to people, seek advice, and discover your passion during your first couple of semesters. Don’t panic if you aren’t yet sure what to major in.
2) Be ready for a busy first week or two. There are few experiences in life that are more intense than your first few weeks at school. You’re adjusting to life away from home. You’re missing friends and family. You’re meeting new friends. You’re adjusting to a new academic environment. It’s intense, to say the least. Be ready!
3) Designate specific time for studying. On most college campuses, there is always something to do. Dedicate sufficient time each day to study, and stick to it.
4) Be open to new relationships and new opportunities. Every college is full of diverse individuals with a wide variety of life experiences. Take advantage of the opportunity this represents!
5) Talk to your roommates ahead of time. Finally, a practical note. If you haven’t already done so, have a conversation with your roommate or roommates. Get to know each other a bit. Talk about who is bringing what—there is no sense in both of you bringing a Playstation, for instance. You’ll be glad you took the time to do this.
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