Transitioning from high school to college can be tricky and challenging, especially since this period marks a milestone from adolescence to adulthood. This time, you are in complete control of who you become.
You might be anxious now as you consider the new environment you will soon be exposed to. But, before you get there, let me help you by sharing what I’ve learned!
Things I Wish I Knew Before College
1. Make sure to choose a College program that fits you
Choosing a college program has got to be one of the most challenging decisions you could ever make in your journey. Your future will be affected somehow, so you must take the time to discover your true passion. Spend moments to reflect and identify the things that interest you from the things you don’t want to do.
Remember that you are starting to build your future. Thus, you should invest in finding the career path that is right for you.
2. Living with random roommates
I’d had my fair share of roommate experiences. I’ve lived with people my age, corporate people, and so on. Some people are extremely neat, while others leave their trash and hair strands lay strewn around the room until their neatnik roommate cleans it up. What I mean is that if you decide to live in a dorm for College, you must be prepared to live with a variety of people. Civility is the key to everything, and remember that you are only sharing spaces.
3. Take advantage of joining campus events and organizations
My biggest regret is that I never participated in student organizations and only occasionally went to campus events. Participating in campus clubs and activities is a great way to make friends who share your interests, meet new people, and develop a network that may be useful in the future.
4. Study smart, but don’t forget to enjoy!
You can get good grades without working yourself to exhaustion. Don’t take your education lightly, just learn how to manage and prioritize your time. You can plan a night out, have a date with your friends, and have a “me” time but make sure you are done with school stuff. It is fine to enjoy College to the fullest but don’t forget why you are there.
5. Don’t be afraid of failure and rejection
You will experience failure and rejection along the way. It could be getting rejected from a scholarship application, not getting into your dream organization, not meeting your target average, etc. In College, you will undoubtedly run into a lot of different situations. You will not be able to advance in your career if your fear of failure prevents you from accepting the possibility of making mistakes.
College is a time to discover who we want to be in the future. It is time to try new things, and making mistakes along the way is entirely normal. Just try to have as much fun as you can!
Maianne Dae is an aspiring broadcast journalist with deep interest in photography, pageantry, lifestyle, and current events. In her spare time, she prefers to watch documentaries and reality shows. She believes that inquisitive minds are what makes the world go round!