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is college hard and stressful

im a high school student that wants to go to college and get my degree ad begin my NICU journey #high-school #high-school-students #NICU # nurse

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Rudy’s Answer

Hi Tanyia

College can be hard and stressful, it can also be exciting, mind opening, liberating and enriching.
You will experience a wide range of things and it won't be all of them all the time.

Some semesters may be hard and stressful based on your course workload and the subject matter. Key here is to seek a balance where you make time for fun.
Your advisors will play a significant role helping you with that.
Also, you will meet many like minded people and will form life long friendships - they will become your support network.

I would encourage you to look at the positive side of college, it will be an unforgettable part of your life.
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Peregrin’s Answer

Great advice given already, but I'll add to it with my perspective.

College will be as stressful as you make it. If you go in with the mindset that anything less than a 4.0 and being top of your class academically is unacceptable, than you could very well end up being stressed out. The advice my mother gave me about schooling was as follows:

High school is about the basics
College is where you learn "how to learn"

Given the General Ed requirements, there are likely to be courses that are not comfortable for you, as they are different. You can embrace them or you can hate them (sometimes both ;-) ). Once you have identified a major and start honing your skills in a specific area, the expectations rise with each level class... As you learn who the professors are, what they like, what they don't like, you will find that even in subjects you may love, they could be taught by a professor that you don't. The mindset you go into those courses with will dictate how stressful it is for you.

There is more to learn in college than just the academics. You will learn how to manage your time (when you can study, when you can play, etc...), budgeting money (unless you and your family are independently wealthy), and exposure to many other experiences. Socializing and interacting with students outside the classroom can have long term benefits (friends, networks, etc...). Don't miss out on that.

The reality is that once you have your first job out of college, no one will care what your gpa was, as they will be looking more at your professional credentials first. As noted elsewhere, I would highly recommend going in with that open mind to explore and try new things. Learn how to learn, so you can apply that to anything you do. Grades are important, don't shirk the effort, but if you do your best, be content, even if that wasn't perfect. As they teach in Agile, failure is not a bad thing, learn to fail fast, learn from your failure and apply those learnings going forward... following that model, you will always do well.

Have fun.
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Terry’s Answer

Hi Tanyia

I think Rudy gave you great advise. Just to go on what he is saying. "Will college be hard"? I don't think it will be hard, I think it will be more fun, the professors are there to teach you whatever you subjects are and they will assist you in the correct direction. Colleges don't want you to fail, as Rudy stated you will be around a lot of like minded people, so your success will be the success of the college and your piers. "Stress"? That would be on how you handle your work load, so managing your time will obliviate the stress. Just don't let new friends encourage you to hang out too offend and get into the "party" life and you will be successful.

Have fun, stay safe !!!

You will luv it
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Michelle’s Answer

Hi Tanyia,

College can be hard and stressful especially when you first start. You're going to make mistakes and eventually figure out a routine that works for you. Just remember to be flexible and don't be too hard on yourself. Personally for me, freshman year was the most stressful and hard year of my college experience but it was also the most valuable and awesome year I had. I recommend joining clubs whether it's a social one or an academic one. Find your support system, and remember that balance is key!!
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