Tips For The Transition From Highschool To College

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The transition from high school to college is never easy one. In school, you are treated like a child, right up until your 12th grade, but suddenly in college you are expected to be an adult and make adult like decisions.

College is a whole different ball-game and there are quite a few differences between school and college. Here are 10 tips to make the transition easy for you!


1.Interact With People – This sounds like a no-brainer, but yes, you need to make a conscious decision to interact with people. School friends will not always follow you to college. The first few weeks maybe hard and you will feel lonely but don’t give up. Just as you feel lonely, there will be others who feel lonely too. Take time to bond with them and of course, keep in touch with your school friends too, they too will be going through the same thing. You don’t have to make best friends right away, just friends.

2. Create a schedule for yourself – In school, your subjects are broken down to you and given to you in bite-sized pieces. The same does not happen in college. Suddenly, each single subject has a lot of notes and reading to go along with it. Don’t be overwhelmed with it right away, instead, pace yourself through it and try to develop a schedule for yourself. This way, you can manage your work and your subjects and not feel like you are drowning. The motivation to learn also plays a big part in managing your college work.

3. Make an effort to be noticed – In school, teachers give you individual attention. The same will not always happen in college. And since there are so many students in a class, you might not always stand out. If you want to be noticed, you must make the effort to do so, instead of waiting for the teacher to come to you.

4. Dont blend into the background – Colleges have a huge number of students in each class. This number might be even bigger if you are in a university. It is very easy to get lost among the sea of faces but on the plus side, you have the opportunity to make plenty of friends. Make an effort to interact, try to create study groups so that you don’t have to struggle individually with everything.

5. Marks don’t matter – You may have had the highest marks at school but at college, those marks don’t matter at all. Rather, what matters is how actively you participate in class and how well you can explain what you have learnt in tests and assignments.  There is no mugging in college. Rather, your degree hinges on how much attention you pay in class and how well you work by yourself.

7. A positive attitude can work wonders – In a sea of college students, you might feel like you are being trampled underfoot. Making friends might be hard and being noticed might be hard. But since such things take time, it is important that you have a positive attitude. Keep your chin up and don’t let negative thoughts get to you. And it is not necessary that you only have to make friends within your class. You share classes with other streams too so in that case, ensure that you interact with people outside your own stream.

8. Think before you jump – School is a place filled with rules and regulations with teachers keeping a close watch. However, in college, the only person who needs to exercise self control is you. You will be exposed to plenty of influences, both good and bad and it is very easy to get swept away along with them. You need to decide what is more important, your studies or hanging out all the time with friends and acquaintances who may not always be good for you.

9. New city, More loneliness – If you have shifted cities to study, then the first few weeks will be lonelier because in some cases, you might not even know the language. Keep in touch with friends and family back home because it is very easy to succumb to loneliness. With a little help from acquaintances or friends, explore the city. If possible, invite the whole class to come with you. This way, you get to know more about the place you stay in and also bond with other classmates who are from outside.

10. Hostel feels like prison – Hostel life is vastly different from life at home. And the sooner you understand that, the better. The food is going to be different, you will have to share rooms and bathrooms and even sleeping space. Instead of feeling disgusted or awkward, keep an open mind and absorb the experience. Hostel life can be great fun if you make up your mind to look at it positively and the friends you make in hostel are people who become friends for life!


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Padma loves to read, write and listen to music. She enjoys writing about education and talking about it too. Someday in the future, she hopes to become a novelist too.

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