No matter where you go, your college experience will be different than your high school experience. Whether you living away from home for the first time or commute to a university or community college you will need to master time management skills. You’ll be expected to juggle school, work (depending on your financial situation) and a new social life. With tips on what to expect of the college lifestyle, your experience will be more rewarding.
Finding a Balance
If you have already taken Advanced Placement classes, you have an understanding of the demands of college-level courses. Now imagine a full course load of AP classes. Unless you are able to take an elective, that will be your work load. Expect long nights, term papers and daily study sessions, especially during finals week when the “all-nighter” is a popular study habit. The best way to avoid cram sessions is avoid procrastination. When planning a large study session, organize the main points of the exam or assignment in an outline. For multiple assignments, prioritize the work by what is most important and timely. Take breaks to avoid burning out. To avoid stressing out during finals week, stay on top of your schoolwork. Less stress will give you more time to enjoy college, make lifelong friends, and find your place in the real world.
Making time for socializing is an important part of college. Remember to keep on top of your academics so you don’t flunk out before you make friends. Try to make a friend in all of your classes. It is nice to have someone reliable to study with, and relay assignments if you get sick.
Even commuters will have to adapt to the college lifestyle. Commuters will still be meeting new people every day, be bombarded with requests to join this clubs, and learning how to manage their money while keeping their grades up. On top of that, commuters have to remember to keep up with life at home. If you're a commuter, remember to check in on your family, especially if they’re funding your education. If campus is far from home, visit your family on long breaks during the holidays.
Last Edited: November 2015
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