Best way to prepare for the transition for a 2 year to a 4 year institution?
I am going to be transferring to a university this fall and am afraid I'm not going to know what to do and how to juggle my classes. The past 2 years I haven't had to study very hard and my schedules weren't difficult.
I would focus on improving your time management skills, i.e., if you don't have many things on your plate right now, start by scheduling activities you like to do in a planner either on your phone or paper and sticking to the schedule you wrote for yourself. For example, try making yourself commit to a gym routine or a news reading routine. This will require a fair amount of self-discipline, but believe me this is a crucial factor to succeeding in college. I found my first year of college a lot about being able to manage my time properly. There are a lot of ways to get distracted, but keeping a schedule and allocating time to studying and time to hanging out with friends will help a ton. The big difference between college and high school is that you are often the only person laying out a routine for yourself and there are no teachers to help you out. Therefore, getting into a habit of following a routine, planning things ahead of time, and being self disciplined by sticking to your plans will have you prepared to tackle many challenges in college!
First off, congratulations on getting accepted into a 4-year. That's a major accomplishment and you should be proud of making the most of the opportunities at your 2-year college.
So how to prepare for the transition... I'd suggest that you keep doing the things that have helped you to be successful at your 2-year college. A 4-year university won't necessarily be more academically challenging than what you're used to. Even if you do find your new school more difficult, it sounds like you haven't really been challenged academically so far. So I wouldn't worry too much.
The main thing that will help you to be successful is to consistently show-up and pay attention in class. Engage with the professors and teaching assistants. Ask questions and make the most out of your time while you're in class. Often your teachers will tell you exactly what you need to do to get good grades on papers, projects and exams.
Also, procrastination is a killer. Don't leave everything to the last minute. Make sure to keep up with everything on a week-to-week basis.
Last thing is to make the most out of the full university experience. Go to the sporting events. Be socially active. Join clubs, etc. Make as many friends as you can. There's more to life than just studying and grades. Your time at university can be some of the best years of your life and lead to life long friendships.
Good luck! I'm sure you'll do great!