So you are already accepted into the school of your choice, you landed a grant, and now you are ready to start college. You’re not. No freshman is 100% ready to face this life-changing experience. I’m not trying to scare you; I’m just painting the real picture for you: you are going to become part of an unknown environment that will challenge you in ways you never imagined.
If you get you get mentally prepared for the adventure, you’ll go through the period of adaptation much more easily. These are my 6 strategies that helped the campus feel like home to me:
1. Have a support system
Don’t even think about ditching your high-school friends. You need people you can talk to. Sure, you’ll meet tons of new friends at campus, but none of them will replace the comfort you feel when your old friends are around. Stay in touch with your friends and family; they will keep reminding you that you always have someone to rely on.
2. Get ready to do and experience new things!
My choice of a college was really far from home. I’ll be honest: I was really disturbed when I realized I could no longer ask my dad for directions. Then, I realized I needed to get ready sooner.
Everything will be new when you make the life-changing transition from high school to college. You’ll meet tons of new people who think differently. You will explore another city and you’ll have a certain level of freedom knowing that your parents are not aware of your daily occurrences. That won’t be as liberating as you might think. Get ready to face these changes all alone!
3. Learn where you can get academic help!
Here is a secret about successful college students: they know how to delegate. Think about college assignments: their complexity will go far beyond the high-school essays you struggled with. You’ll be buried in exam materials, classes, deadlines, and extracurriculars. If you don’t know where to get help, you might go crazy… or you’ll give up before realizing there is a way out.
Explore different online tutoring and writing services that will help you get through college without trouble. You don’t want to waste time looking for the right agency when your schedule is busy. Do that before the term begins.
4. Practice time management
Choose a simple smartphone app that enables you to organize your time. Use it to plan your responsibilities and social events before college starts, so you’ll develop the daily habit of organizing. That will turn out to be very useful, since your schedule will soon become overwhelming. You’ll be a much better student if you learn how to manage it.
5. Gain useful habits!
These are the things you need to practice: cooking, getting up early, budgeting, laundry, and cleaning. At college, no one asks you whether you are ready to be an adult or you still need your mom to do things for you. You have to act like a grownup, so start practicing now!
6. Stay open for opportunities
College is not all about stress and studying. It’s also a place where you’ll meet great people and form lasting relations. You need to prepare your mind to accept different cultures and get rid of all blockades. If you are willing to accept the change with an open mind, the college experience will be awesome.
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