College is a huge step in any young person's life. It’s when we, with memories of high school graduation fresh in our minds, take the next big step. For most, this means leaving their family homes and old school friends and starting to go it alone. Yes, there are tears and tissues when you say goodbye, but there’s also a sense of eagerness and anticipation about what’s to come. If you’re about to start college and need some advice, take a look at this guide. From the mundane, like packing the car, to the mature, like how to deal with leaving home, we’ve got you covered…
Bring Tissues… It’s Going To Get Emotional
time for everybody. It signals the end of one stage of family life. No longer will you all be living under the same roof, and you’ll be starting to strike out on your own as an adult. This transition isn’t always easy. So on the big day itself cut each other some slack. There may be excitement but also some nerves, tension, but mostly tears! Just remind your parents and yourself that this isn’t the end, just the start of a new and exciting chapter.
You’ll Settle In Slowly
ignore these altogether. It’s just about realizing that adjusting to this new way of life is going to take some getting used too. So do have fun whilst you make friends and find your feet. No doubt your diet and work regime will cause your parents some alarm, but reassure them that you’re on track with your studies and simply experiencing college life. After the first semester, most students begin to settle into a more stable routine, which includes healthier meals!
Without the safety net of our families to fall back on it can seem overwhelming. Try solving your problems for yourself, to begin with. This is part of learning and growing at college. You’ll probably find your self-confidence growing as you master different social issues and situations. If you can, try not to bring minuscule issues to your parent’s attention. Of course, if you need help then ask. But telling them every small problem is likely to make they worry. If you do have a problem which you need help solving seek out your advisor, counselor or student guide at college.
The Pitfall Of Procrastinating
lived away from home or with friends. The distractions are numerous and there aren’t many people to tell us to knuckle down and do our work.
Over time you’ll learn that procrastinating isn’t the way forward. Instead, fill your time doing useful activities. There’s so much to get involved in at college and so much to make your free time productive. It could be joining a football club where you’ll have to attend tryouts, club practices, and team matches. Or it could be joining an art where you’ll be involved in making color guard flags for your college. It could even be a politics or debating society. Whatever your passion is, stop procrastinating and make the most of the resources around you. You could discover a new interest or develop an existing skill. It also gives you the chance to be more social and part of the college community.
Treat Teachers With Respect
be only your time you're wasting. Treat your teachers with respect because you’ll need their help. When you need extra help with your work or a reference it’ll stand you in good stead to have a great relationship with your teachers.
Start Thinking About The Next Step
work experience. You could even ask one of your professor's, who you look up to, about the career path they took. Anything you can do outside of teaching time to better your chances is a good idea. Starting clubs and societies and taking an organizational and leadership role will look great on applications post-college.
Most importantly of all, have fun! College is a truly transformative time and you’re likely to meet friends who’ll be with you for life. Throw yourself into the experience head first and don’t shy away from situations. If you apply yourself to your work and social life, you’ll have a lot of fun and a productive and balanced college experience.
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