What is the most important thing about moving on from highschool to college?
I've heard from multiple older acquaintances that college is more about studying than social life and others have said the opposite. I want to hear from others, that aren't very biased on their college experience, which is more important, or if there's another part of this "coming to age" transition that should be more important. This is a big conflict for me because I'm not sure what to pursue either.
Being successful in college doesn't equate to hours spent studying. "Studying" for 5 hours a day isn't meaningful if you're spending 3 of those hours on TikTok or Netflix. Part of the transition is learning time management and prioritization. Determining your schedule allows you to budget time for projects, self-care, social activities, and sleep!
If you're uncertain about choosing a major, colleges & universities have student resources that can help. There are career and academic counselors, you can even connect with professors for insight. Also there are mentorship or shadowing opportunities within the college or through their alumni network.
For many, college is the first time that they are not living with parents, and potentially being far away from home. It is an opportunity to explore independence and grow into yourself. Take your time, there's room for mistakes, but make sure to learn from them. Try to maintain an open mind to try new things that your college environment offers. There's no one right path, so take the chance to explore and try new things.
Aside from classes and education, it might be the first time you have to manage your own schedule, finances, social calendar, and interests. These are great skills to develop and fine-tune. College can be a great environment, and don't forget to take advantage of its many resources, whether it is clubs, gatherings, sororities/fraternities, and events.
College is a great place to learn and develop intrinsic motivation and interests. I wish you the very best experience.
Ethiopia Grant B.S.Ed., MEd., M.S.Ed., ITMH
Don't procrastinate on assignments. I promise you, if you wait until the last minute, that last minute will also be on the same night your crush invites you to a party. Spread assignments out, use your time wisely and learn to backwards plan. (This is a tremendously valuable life skill).
As far as 'the college experience', your primary focus should be your studies. Once you have your assignments complete and your other tasks prioritized, live life to the fullest. Experiment with different social settings, have fun. Just remember, you are there for a degree, probably an expensive degree, stay focused on that goal.
In the college, on one hand you would learn more advance knowledge & skills in your chosen major & minor subjects. On the other hand, the college also focus to train up your analysis and critical thinking skills which are essential to your career in the future.
Apart from learning, you will have more social life in the college compared to the high school days. There more more extra curriculum activities you can participate. This is an good opportunities to start gaining experience to organize the activities and establish network with schoolmates coming from different faculties. These are invaluable asset to you. You can consider to stay in the hall as well. You can try to live independently.
College live is one of the most enjoyable days to you!
Hope this helps! Good Luck!