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College Life: What To Expect

small group College Life: What To ExpectYou're starting out at college and you're more than a little excited. Going to college is a young man or woman's transition into adulthood. You will face situations and realities that you never have before, and you will have to find new resources and strengths to handle them. Everyone's college experience is different, but here are a few things you can expect from college life.

The People

Expect to meet new people from all walks of life. One of the great advantages to college is the diversity it provides. People from different cultures, backgrounds and belief systems all come together in one location. Have an open mind. What seems strange to you may be perfectly normal to others, and vice versa. If you stay flexible to new ideas and attitudes, you may make friends in places you never imagined you would.

The Places

You may have spent years in your home town and gotten to know it like the back of your hand. Suddenly you're in a whole new place, with different buildings, different landmarks, and a whole different layout. The first day, this may be a little scary. By the end of the first month, your college campus will probably already start to feel like home. You may be surprised how quickly you get to know your new location. When you arrive, it may seem like it will never happen. But it will happen and sooner than you think, so don't panic.

The Things

There are some things you are going to have to get used to in college. You're probably going to have to do your own laundry and your own shopping. You're going to have to learn to get along with your roommate. You may even get a little homesick from time to time. Just remember that these are things that everyone is going through. Take advantage of Freshman orientation to get to know your fellow new students and become acclimated to college life. Don't be afraid to approach the Residence Counselor for help and advice. That's what he or she is there for. And it's perfectly OK to call, write, or email friends and family back home when you need a little pick-me-up.

In addition to the above, you can also expect to be challenged academically like you never have before. You will need to rise to this occasion, and you can. Stay focused and disciplined. Set appropriate study hours and stick to them. You don't have to go to every single party or stay up late every single night. With a little planning, you can have a fun as well as academically successful college life.

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Getting Off To The Right Start In College

college Getting Off To The Right Start In CollegeThe college or university you have chosen to attend will be your home for approximately the next four years. The decisions you make over that time will affect your entire future for years afterward. Here more than ever it is important to get off to the right start. Here are a few things you can do to make sure you get off to the right start in college.

Have a Plan

There is no substitute for preparation. Do some college reading or take a few preparatory college courses before you start college, so you will have some idea what to expect. Have an idea how you are going to structure your time. Once you know what your classes are and what they will demand of you, try to schedule how many hours per day you will need for school work and try to stick to that schedule. If you have a good idea what your major will be, in doesn't hurt to map out a long term class schedule in advance. Figure out what courses you will have to take and when in order to meet all of your requirements before you go in for your first scheduling session. These decisions are not etched in stone, but they could save you a lot of heartache later.

Keep An Open Mind

You are going to encounter a lot of new ideas and attitudes in college. Some may be foreign to you, some you may find confusing, some you may even find offensive. You will do yourself a favor if you approach the college situation with an open mind. Keep in mind that people from different backgrounds and with different experiences will form different opinions from yours, and that is okay. You don't have to agree with everything you see or hear, but you should respect the diversity of culture and opinion that you encounter.

Don't Panic

When you arrive at college, you are going to be flooded with new experiences. You will essentially have a new home and a new hometown. You will meet all sorts of new people, many very different from what you are used to. The style of academics may be vastly different from what you encountered in high school. This may all be very scary at first. Remain calm. Almost all of your fellow students are undergoing the same anxieties. They, like you, will get over it. You will surprise yourself at how quickly you adapt to your situation. Give yourself a chance.

If you approach college as someone who is organized, flexible and ready to put forth a positive attitude, your transition to college life can be relatively painless, and can set the stage for a fun, exciting and successful four years as a college student.

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