The month of August was a blur and with it came a new set of feelings and emotional stress. I didn’t know what to expect from college. I remember thinking to myself, was the workload going to be too difficult for me? Was I going to fit in? Would I make friends like the friends I had known and grown up with for the past twelve years? Before I knew it, I am walking onto campus for the first time as a new freshman, to say I was overwhelmed is an understatement. I felt completely unprepared and alone. The level of independence is what surprised me the most. Unlike high school there was no one waiting to walk you through what you need to do. My assignments were posted online and it was up to me to organize myself and allocate my time in order to meet all my deadlines. It was all up to me and there wasn’t a teacher or professor checking in to see or monitor my progress. It became very clear to me that I was accountable to myself and my success was going to reflect my level of commitment to each individ...
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Looking back, high school really didn’t prepare me for what I was going to experience in college. The high school I attended didn’t really push you that hard to get good grades; you really had to motivate yourself. I wish I would have worked harder from the beginning of high school to develop the type of study habits that would have made the transition from high school to college much easier.
College is a huge life changing event. Some people don’t adjust as quickly as others. It’s important to take the time to adjust at your own pace. Remember that you are not alone and make the effort to meet new people and make new friends, study hard, keep your grades up. Most importantly, it’s a learning process and If you decide that you made the wrong decision or picked the wrong college it is all fixable but keep an open mind in your approach to your future.
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