Making the transition from high school to college can be a daunting task. And if not handled well enough, it could leave you feeling frazzled and stressed out. It is one thing to get admission into your choice school. It’s quite another to be prepared to face the challenges that comes with embarking on such a major move. As you go about getting ready for college, here are the 10 tips to safely guide you through your preparations:
Make a Checklist: Moving to college can be quite strenuous and taxing. To make your work easier, you need a guide to help you navigate through the murky waters of college. The last thing you need on getting to school is finding out you left out an important task or item at home. So go ahead and create a comprehensive list. The list should include all the things you need to get before leaving for college. For instance, the books required in your classes, stationery, decor and supplies for your room at college etc. Making a list will help you see the items you already own to avoid buying them twice. It will also help you note what you can take to school and what items you need to buy.
Know Your Accommodation Situation: This should be of paramount importance. The majority of your time will be spent in your living quarters. Therefore, you have to ensure that your room in college is cozy and comfortable enough for you. By now, you should know if you will be staying on campus or off campus. You should also have an idea of how many roommates you will be living with. If you have been given a room in the dorm, try to find out about your future roommate. And where possible, reach out to them. This action will help you know them better and at the same time break the ice between the two of you. Don’t worry if your school does not disclose who your roommate is. You can get to know them in person on the first day of moving in.
Gather Your Textbooks and School Supplies: Begin the buying of your textbook and school supplies as early as possible. There are several options you could consider when finding textbooks. You could either get them new, used or even rented. Getting new textbooks that you would only use for a semester can be rather expensive. A cheaper alternative is to search for the used versions of your textbooks online. Chances are there are students moving on to a new class who are willing to sell their old textbooks at a cheap rate. Your campus library could also have a reserve edition of the textbook you want. In addition, some sites like Amazon.com have options for renting used textbooks for as long as you need it. Using these cheap options could help you save money.
Schedule your Classes Ahead: Have an idea of the course you plan to take on campus. Go to the school’s website to have a feel of the requirements needed. Only choose subjects that you have an interest in adopting as a major. If you don’t know the exact classes you will be required to take beforehand, do not panic. The academic counselors present at orientation can help you through this maze. They will guide you in selecting the courses you need to take in your first semester.
Get Organized: Proper organization can save you the stress associated with settling down in the campus. Using a planner or calendar, whether online or offline, would keep you neat and organized. You can input on them the time for your classes or important meetings you need to attend. You can also write down all the assignments in your planner or calendar as soon as you are given the syllabus for each of your classes.
Plan to Attend Every Class: Try not to slack off no matter how bored you are with the class. Unlike high school, every class is important in college. Some professors also award marks for consistent attendance in class. Going to class regularly will help you develop good study habits. This, in turn, will ensure that you graduate with very good grades.
Be Prepared to Work: The era of you being coddled and pampered by your teachers in high school is over. The professors in your class will not spoon-feed everything to you. You should be prepared to do tons of research on your own. In comparison to high school, the classes in college operate at a much higher pace. It is essential that you pay attention in class so you could keep up. Get in the habit of taking notes during lectures. Doing this can keep your mind on what is being taught and prevent your thoughts from wandering. Also, submit assignments as at when due.
Gauge Your Expectations: Do not allow your expectations of life in college get in the way of you enjoying the experience. Irrespective of whatever tales you might have been told about college life, your own experience will be unique to you. So let go of whatever preconceived notions you came in with. Build your own story and savor the moments.
Be a Participant: College is a time for discovering yourself and your future ambitions. It offers you a clean slate to rewrite the story of your life. Whatever reputation you had in high school is of no importance in college. No one cares if you were the prom king or the school bully. So put away all assumed airs and become involved in the activities on campus. Find causes you believe in and volunteer. Get your head out of social media and television and interact with the people around you.
Manage Your Time: There are a thousand and one activities taking place right on campus. It is madness to think you have to attend every single one of them. This is where the art of time management comes in. Using your planner or calendar, set time aside for studying each course you will be taking. Attend activities that revolve around your interests. Avoid partying constantly as it could affect your studies. Time is a very important resource. When used in the right way, it could help you balance your social life and your academic life as a student.
An exciting phase of your life is just about to begin. And we admit that it can be quite scary at first, especially being away from friends and family. But taking the right measures will help you get prepared for college. After all, preparation is the key to success.