Rick S.’s Answer
Very much depends on your school and level of courses before entering college. In general, much more studying is required in college to be academically successful. The general rule is that for every hour of lecture in class, you should spend two hours studying or doing homework. Much also depends on whether you will attend college in your town or if you are going away for the first time. If you are going away, take advantage of the student organizations at your new school, this will help ensure a network of friends that are more diverse than just the group of students attending your classes. Be outgoing and friendly and be open-minded since there will be many students with backgrounds that are different from your own.
Rick S. recommends the following next steps:
It is great that you want to continue your education and you are correct that the transition can be a bit intimidating. You may want to consider a local community college for the first year or two. It will help ease you into the requirements of college, allow you to complete prerequisites, and most likely save you some money before you commit to a major study.