Making the Transition from High School to College: How to Prepare
High school can be a tough time for many students. Not only do you have to juggle countless class schedules and responsibilities, but you also have to learn new social etiquette and how to navigate an unfamiliar world. On top of the stresses of day-to-day life, many students are also adjusting to being away from home for the first time.
Transitioning to college is a big deal. You’re leaving home, living on your own, and learning to take care of yourself. But don’t worry, it’s nothing to worry about; you’ll probably find everything you need on campus. So, what can you do to make the transition a little easier?
How To Prepare in Making the Transition from High School to College:
Plan Out Your Classes
As a new college student, you have anxiety about the first day of school. Being anxious about your college experience is normal, but you don’t have to face it alone. Now that you’re ready to embark on your newest adventure, it’s important to start planning so you can easily tackle the transition. First, you’ll need to plan out your schedule. Like high school, college courses come in all shapes and sizes, but most fall into two categories: general education and major-specific. A general education course will focus on skills like critical thinking and analyzing different ideas. Major-specific classes, like English composition, will focus on one discipline, such as literature, philosophy, or science. Choosing courses that interest you is important so you’ll be more excited to complete your assignments.
Find Out Which Classes to Take
The transition from high school to college is a big deal. It can make or break a student’s experience, so it should be taken seriously. Choosing which classes to take for your first semester in college is a very important decision. It will take a lot of trial and error to figure out what elective classes you will need to take to get you into the program (major) of your choice.
Start Early, Don’t Procrastinate
It’s only natural to be nervous about the transition from high school to college. But don’t let that stop you. Many college students say that transitioning from high school to college is easier than the transition from freshman to sophomore year, and once you get a handle on things, the transition to college can be a positive experience. The most important thing you can do before you start school is to start planning.
Get Plenty of Sleep
You’ve made it to college. You’ve gotten accepted, packed up your dorm, and are ready to hit the ground running. Now, you have to figure out what to pack and how to prepare. College is supposed to be the best time of your life, but if you haven’t gotten a good night’s sleep, college can quickly become a miserable experience.
College students are smart, driven, and ambitious—and it’s no secret that going to college requires a lot of work. But where to begin? Preparing students for the transition from high school to college is one of the primary tasks of school counselors, but students also need to take charge of their own success.
Do Not Be Afraid to Ask Questions
Starting college can be overwhelming, and many students experience anxiety about how to make it a successful experience. Once you enroll, there are dozens of assignments to complete, exams to study for, papers to write, and friendships to develop. The best way to experience all of the excitement and adventure associated with the college is to ensure every part of your college experience is smooth sailing.
Attend As Many School Activities as Possible
When you are in high school, it can be difficult for some people to get involved in school. Some may argue that school should be focused on academics, but adding extracurricular activities to your schedule can help you meet people and make friends, plus it can help you get more out of your education.
As college freshmen, we were put on this pedestal as students, and we all had to be, as cliché as it sounds, the leaders. But what happens when people start to realize, “hey, I’m not the leader I was originally cast as?” Well, some freshmen get overwhelmed and become homesick, while others become uncooperative and disrespectful. But I’m here to tell you; that it’s okay to be homesick. It’s okay to friend group up. It’s okay to want to get out of class. Because at the end of the day, we’re all here for the same reason, and we can’t let the stress of school ruin our friendship.
College can be one of the most exciting and challenging periods of your life. But before you make that leap, it’s important to get your head around what will happen. From cramming for exams to choosing classes and making new friends, there is a lot of work to be done before you leave high school behind.