Transitioning from High School to College

Many people look back on their college years as the best of their lives. You are living away from home, you have much more freedom, and you are getting a taste of the real world without many of its harsh realities. Your four years in college present you with an opportunity to meet new people and enjoy a relatively carefree lifestyle. However, the jump from high school to college can be a difficult transition for many students. Some students have trouble adapting to this newfound freedom and see their grades plummet as a result. There are many things in your life that you need to learn to juggle in order to also receive the best education you can.

Many college classes do not meet on the same rigid schedule that you experienced in high school. Some courses will meet as rarely as once a week. This opens up much more free time in your daily schedule than you ever knew before. Whereas you used to expect to be in school from 7 A.M. until 2 P.M. each day, you will now have major gaps of time to address during the day. Using this time effectively will help you achieve a balance between your studies and the other distractions that college students face. While your workload may not be littered with the busy work that so often accompanies high school courses, you will have major assignments that you will have to complete independently.

Utilizing free time during the day to get started on these assignments will allow you to hang out with your new friends during the night when everyone seems ready to do something. If you can resist procrastinating, you will actually have a freer schedule. Wasting hours during the day is a primary reason why many new college students struggle during their freshman years.

You are now living much more independently which means you must make some major decisions on your own. Even if you resisted your parents’ influence in high school, you still had them to lean on for support. Now you are away at school and you must start making your own judgment calls. Try to surround yourself with other students that you feel are responsible. Do not confuse responsible with the inability to have fun. If you are friends with well-rounded people, you will likely adapt their study habits. Successful college students are individuals that recognize their major job is to succeed in the classroom, but ones that also know that they should take in the entire experience that college life has to offer.

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