High School to College: Transitional Tips

Roommates: Never assume anything about your roommate’s situation. Communication is key. A single roommate can live by his or her own schedule and be as messy and loud as they want. But, roommates can become close friends and be good listeners when you need to vent.

Eating:  College cafeterias = buffet lines = “Freshman Fifteen”. It’s not so much that the food is good; rather eating becomes a social situation where you end up eating longer and more.

Classes: Take classes that interest you outside of your major. Don’t blow your classes off, but don’t take them so seriously your forget about everything else going on out there.

Extracurricular: Take advantage of social/service organizations or clubs you might be interested in. Not only is it a great way to make new friends, but also a great resume builder.

Friends: The most important aspect of college is the relationships you will make. If you appear friendly and approachable, people are more likely to respond positively. Be open minded. You will meet many interesting people and build relationship that will last a lifetime. 

Contact the Career Center: Take inventories early to evaluate your interests, skills, talents and strengths. It will help guide you in your career and major choice.

Time Management: This is crucial in making a successful transition. Use your time effectively to study, exercise, make friends, plan out the day, go over notes and try new things.

Making the Grade: Responsibility of learning rests on you. Form study groups. Read all the material. Use the library. Ask your mentor and advisor for advice. Talk with professors. 

Learning Style: Match your learning style with a teaching style. It makes learning easier.

Emotional Adjustment: Get enough sleep. Stay on top of your studies. Don’t worry about grades. Get help when you need it. Don’t be afraid to take risks. Don’t be shy. If you are homesick keep yourself busy and make new friends. 

Professionalism: Be patient, relaxed and focused when dealing with school related people and situations. 

Explore the Campus: Go into other buildings other than where classes are held. Become comfortable with the campus like it’s your new home.

Professors: Be visible. Sit up from to stay awake and to be remembered=brownie points.

Sleep: Get enough sleep and don’t stay up/out to late on the weekends.

College Survival Kit:

  • Alarm clock/radio
  • Shower sandals
  • Coffee Mug
  • Sewing Kit
  • Tool kit with hammer & nails, tacks and super glue
  • First aid kit with decongestant, cough suppressant, cough drops and aspirin.
  • Bulletin board
  • Dry-erase board
  • Drying rack fro clothes and towels
  • School supplies

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