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I am a senior in highschool,and im trying to prepare myself for college. Can anyone give me some tips on how to be mentally prepared for colege?

Hey me too, I don't know where to go or what to major in. Farzam A.
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Sara’s Answer

Congratulations on your upcoming High School graduation! You are asking a very important and mature question. College is indeed very different from high school. Taking the time to prepare yourself should include a number of different facets including potentially living away from home and family, navigating a new school location, following new enrollment processes, and probably most importantly creating new study habits.

If you are going away to school, be sure to focus on not just academics, but in building a new support network to support you through the transition. Early in my college career I made a good friend in my same major. Going foward, we took classes together and studied together on a regular basis. I know I did better in school because of that relationship.

Being prepared mentally can include doing your research on the new school, your new major, and how to become involved in your new campus. Talk to a few people you know who have recently gone to college or recently graduated to ask about their experiences and what tips they have for being prepared.

Mostly importantly - be excited but try not to stress. College can be a very fun experience!

Sara recommends the following next steps:

Talk to a few people who have recently transitioned from HS to College. Ask about their experience and for their advice on what will make the transition smooth.
Join a club for sport at your new school as a way to make friends and build your support network
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Ken’s Answer

Here are sites that will give you something to consider regarding next steps,


Should You Go To College

https://medium.com/the-mission/high-school-is-over-should-you-go-to-college-b5b6db6f6712Value of College

https://medium.com/the-mission/the-value-of-the-college-degree-is-crashing-heres-how-to-fix-it-cd7a1e116396

My Biggest Regret: Going to College

https://medium.com/the-mission/my-biggest-regret-in-life-going-to-college-ef2068f179cf


If you do decide to go to college, it really does not matter what school you attend, as the most important factors are how well you do with the school work, which is an indication to an employer about what kind of employee you will be, and the effort that you put forth in your networking to set up networking connections that will help you throughout your education/career journey. Here is an important video for you to watch: ## http://www.ted.com/talks/julie_lythcott_haims_how_to_raise_successful_kids_without_over_parenting?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_content=talk&utm_term=education ##

Ken recommends the following next steps:

Locate and attend meetings of professional associations to which people who are doing what you think that you want to do belong, so that you can get their advice. These associations may offer or know of intern, coop, shadowing, and scholarship opportunities. These associations are the means whereby the professionals keep abreast of their career area following college and advance in their career. You can locate them by asking your school academic advisor, favorite teachers, and the reference librarian at your local library. Here are some tips: ## https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event ##
Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .
• It is very important to express your appreciation to those who help you along the way to be able to continue to receive helpful information and to create important networking contacts along the way. Here are some good tips: ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-informational-interview-thank-you-note-smart-people-know-to-send?ref=recently-published-2 ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-tips-for-writing-a-thank-you-note-thatll-make-you-look-like-the-best-candidate-alive?bsft_eid=7e230cba-a92f-4ec7-8ca3-2f50c8fc9c3c&bsft_pid=d08b95c2-bc8f-4eae-8618-d0826841a284&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_20171020&utm_source=blueshift&utm_content=daily_20171020&bsft_clkid=edfe52ae-9e40-4d90-8e6a-e0bb76116570&bsft_uid=54658fa1-0090-41fd-b88c-20a86c513a6c&bsft_mid=214115cb-cca2-4aec-aa86-92a31d371185&bsft_pp=2 ##
Next, when you have the results of the testing, talk to the person at your high school and college who tracks and works with graduates to arrange to talk to, visit, and possibly shadow people doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can get know what they are doing and how they got there. Here are some tips: ## http://www.wikihow.com/Network ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/nonawkward-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-questions-to-ask-your-network-besides-can-you-get-me-a-job?ref=carousel-slide-1 ##
The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter the field. You might want to do this again upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take in high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school.
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Fiona’s Answer

College is a great experience, it's very different from high school because you'll be surrounded by people from all over the country, it'll really open your eyes and helps you build new friendships. I'd recommend taking advantage of open campus weekends and get familiar with the college campus, checking out their website so you know where the resources are. If you are living on campus, you'll probably find out who your roommate is at some point, definitely reach out to her and see if you can meet online or in person before college starts. Having a strong support system is helpful, and your roommate is probably looking for the same thing.

I wouldn't stress over it. Be open mind to the experience and have fun!

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