Making the Transition from High School to College

The transition from high school to college can be a scary moment in one’s life, but look at it as an opportunity to learn more about yourself and explore the new world that has been opened to you. Making the transition isn’t easy, and it will take some time. Don’t panic if things are slightly rough at first because chances are, you aren’t the only one who feels this way. Just relax, sit back, and enjoy the ride.

            Developing good study habits is critical in your transition. High school classes are mandatory and a few low grades typically do not have a large negative impact on your overall grade. In college, however, one low grade could hurt you badly because sometimes you may only have a few chances to get the grades you desire. If you feel as though you aren’t performing as well as you would like to, tutoring is a helpful option. Most, if not all, college campuses offer free tutoring. Also, get to know your peers. Chances are they may be able to explain difficult concepts in a way that is easy to understand.

            Classes in high school typically range from twenty to thirty students. College classes can be anywhere from the single digits to the triple digits, filling up large lecture halls while the professor stands in front with a microphone giving a lecture. Either way, try to make a few friends in each of your classes. That way, you can help each other out and catch up on any notes you may have missed.

            High school teachers are able to show individual attention to their students. In college, some professors can show individual attention to their students while other, not so much. But make yourself stand out in class. Do not be afraid to ask questions and seek advice from your professors about assignments, projects, and class-related material.

            Beginning college makes you feel more independent but learn to set boundaries for yourself. Everything you do in life has some type of consequence, and in college is no different. Parties and other social events happen quite often, so don’t worry about trying to make it to all of them. Instead, devise a schedule for yourself. If you feel like you are caught up on all your work and studying, then go for it. But if you are feeling behind in a certain class or not on schedule for a project, focus your attention on that. In the long run, it will pay off. College is expensive, regardless if you have scholarships, financial aid, or are paying out of pocket, so make it count.

            If you are worried about money, search around campus for a part time job. Many businesses surrounding the campus can work with you on creating a schedule that will you time to study and focus on school still. Some campuses even offer a website with job listings that are friendly to students, so be sure to check those out.

            The transition from high school to college can tough, but if you stay on track with a focused goal, you should be okay. Get to know your peers who can help you along the way and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Going to college opens up a world of opportunity, so take the chance to explore and conquer it!