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What aspect of college is the most challenging?

Asked Highlands Ranch, Colorado

As a student in 11th grade, I am currently thinking about my future and what path to take (Colleges). I have a very high GPA, and impressive leadership resume. I take education very seriously and often stress about college and what it will be like. Financially, socially, academically etc… what is one of the greatest challenges an individual may face in that special transition period in life/towards finding a career (College). What advice do you wish you would have been given at a younger age? #business #doctor #psychology #nursing #finance #health #social #biomedical

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Professor SIR Lloyd’s Answer

Updated Baltimore, Maryland

What aspect of college is the most challenging?

As a student in 11th grade, I am currently thinking about my future and what path to take (Colleges). I have a very high GPA, and impressive leadership resume. I take education very seriously and often stress about college and what it will be like. Financially, socially, academically etc… what is one of the greatest challenges an individual may face in that special transition period in life/towards finding a career (College).

What advice do you wish you would have been given at a younger age?

The advice I wish someone had shared with me was the following unfortunately I did not travel this positive course in academia during the 1987 I thought I was gonna become another Russell Simmons but that didnt happen and I had a rough hard negative road to trod to get to where I am now and I do not have my PHD Degree at all from and elite Ivy League Institution which is my fault. But please really read my answer to you it will change your life positively.

Yes I always advise that any one moving to higher education academia that it is good to be very versatile in your Academia Institutions - If you are in High School enroll in a neighborhood community college now while in High School to begin to receive college credits while in high school. Most community colleges will allow you to take courses online 1 at a time.Once you graduated high school then continue and receive your AA degree graduate you will be at age 20 yrs. old with your 1st degree then transfer out of state to a HBCU for your last 2 yrs. receive your Bachelors Degree graduate you will be 23-24 yrs. old with 2 degrees and then apply to a main stream triple AAA seed university and transfer such as Cal tech, New York Univ,University of NC Chapel Hill to receive your Masters Degree and after graduating you will be around age 28 yrs. old then you want to apply for your Doctoral Studies at and Ivy League University such as Brown Univ., Univ. of Penn., Cornell U., Dartmouth U., Yale or Harvard this allows for you to have a diverse academic curricula vitae' at 29 years old with your PHD. and your last phase of academia is your Post Doctoral you would like to be a principle Investigator for such Institutions of research such as world renown Johns Hopkins University or Albert Einstein University and you want to complete 1 community service project overseas for 6 months or 1 year after your Post Doctoral at your leisure. 31 yrs old and ready for any PHD career with a salary of 100K to 150K a yr at 31 yrs old

Rachel’s Answer

Updated

You will need to focus on stress and time management. In order to manage stress you have to manage your time wisely. <span style="background-color: transparent;">You have to set a routine for yourself and stick to it for the most part. Once you get into the groove of a routine it will be much easier for you to manage your time and have enough time for everything you need to do (including relaxing). Make yourself to-do lists on a weekly basis, use Google calendar or a planner to keep track of events, deadlines, and due dates. In addition to setting a routine and sticking to it, plan out relaxing activities into your day. Or set aside a time, after everything is done for the day, that you can have "me" time. I have also personally found it essential to not only find time for myself but also make use of that time in a way that is best for me and my holistic wellness. I have found the HeadSpace app to be an essential tool in helping me relax and generally feel more relaxed throughout the day, Guided meditation, even if you have a busy schedule, will make you feel more at ease and relaxed throughout the day as a whole (not just when you have the time to relax and focus on that "me" time).</span>

<span style="background-color: transparent;">Set a routine.Use Google Calendar.Set aside Me TimeWrite weekly to-do lists and use a planner.Find a peaceful and restful activity that will help you feel relaxed.</span>



Robin’s Answer

Updated Shrewsbury, England, United Kingdom

Hi Kaylan,

I found the hardest parts of leaving school at age 16 and moving to college (so equates to you leaving high-school and going to a community college) were motivation and discipline. Suddenly you are in the young adult world at 16 or 18 and expected to behave like an adult. Choosing the correct classes are of course very important, however if after the first year you are not enjoying it or want to change classes to a different line of study, then nothing is impossible. Coming from the UK, the costs of education at college (not university which are about £9,000 per year in tuition costs now) were very low. I moved away from home at 17, that was hard, and needed to work part time evenings and weekends to having extra cash for nights out.

You have great scores so far, if you can continue with the high level of concentration, studying and manage the transition into the adult world, then there is no reason why you should not succeed with great results.

As an alternative My daughter took a year out at 18 and traveled to Madrid for a year and worked as an au-pair. She had studied French, English, Spanish and Chinese at school, wanted to live in Spain for a year before going off to university to study modern languages. She is now at the end of her 3 year course and is currently working unpaid in Spain for a month with a languages school. This is part of her final year and she will need to submit a report next month on how she found the placement, what she did there and what benefits she has learned.

You've probably heard or read elsewhere - you get out what you put in - it's true, I'm now 52 and still studying or taking training courses at work and learning new things to push my self and get out of my comfort zone. Of course that's balanced with great family life too.

So, to summarize, motivation, discipline, get your work completed before the deadline and most importantly enjoy what you are doing and have fun !

Best wishes, Robin

Trisa’s Answer

Updated Austin, Texas

I wish that someone had told me to take more varied classes in college and to explore a bit more. I was very focused on engineering, so didn't take any philosophy, religion or other classes. I should have explored more while I was in college. It is the best time to take so many interesting classes. You still have to fill the requirements of your major, but spread your wings in your elective classes. You might find something that you love and never even thought about!

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