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Is the adjustment as hard as everyone makes it out to be?

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Scott’s Answer

It is challenging for some but others seem to make the transition a little easier. It is very challenging to go from a very structured environment to potentially something that doesn't have the structure you are used to. I would suggest networking with peers that have recently transitioned into their careers to pick their brain on things that work well vs things that don't work as well.
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Lillian’s Answer

Hi Antonella,


I assume you mean the adjustment from high school to college--the adjustment is different for everyone since a lot of it is due to personality and individual circumstances. For example, are you someone that likes to plan ahead? Are you someone who is naturally a good student? Are you someone who thrives with a strong social network?


The fact that you're asking this question now means you are looking ahead, which is great! The next step is to do some self-reflection on your strengths and weaknesses. Find ways to utilize those strengths in college. For example, if you know you are a social butterfly, use that ability to network and make friends by joining lots of clubs and organizations. Also do some research into how to help improve your weaknesses. For example, if you know you aren't great at studying, research into resources like free tutoring or study groups at your university to give you more support in this area.


I would also recommend finding a mentor. Depending on your college, there should be some kind of mentoring program in place. Talk to your academic advisor/counselor and see if they can connect you with someone who can give you well-rounded support and answer your questions about adjusting to college.

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Austin’s Answer

It can be intimidating but I would say a big thing for me was to find groups of other people with similar interests. That helps with making new friends and learning about things that you are passionate about..

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Danitra’s Answer

The adjustment can be very stressful at times. I know when I first went to college I missed home alot. I was encouraged to go out make new friends and enjoy my experience since it goes by so fast.
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Richard’s Answer

Yes. Adjusting to the increased workload at the same time as moving away from your parents is rough. Hopefully you will meet interesting people and make new friends to help you make the transition.
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Ross’s Answer

The adjustment doesn't have to be hard, but expectations are key. Preparation is key as well. You should try to be as independent as possible before you go to college with things like paying your own bills, making your own food, doing your own laundry, etc... Community college can be a good fit for the first year or two as well for people who want to live at home to make the transition a bit easier or to save money. It's also important to become part of a community at college. Make the experience much more enjoyable when you can share the college experience with others.
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