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How different is college life compared to highschool?

I know that I will be living without my parents but what else should I be prepared for?

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Angela’s Answer

Hello! You will experience a lot of changes when you get to college. If you're going out of your home state for college, you should prepare for that. Keep in mind, you will know longer be close to your parents/family and that will be a big change for you. You'll quickly notice how many more responsibilities you will take on - ex: cleaning up after yourself, laundry, waking up on time for class.
You're also going to be making your own schedule. When building your class schedule, keep your habits in mind so you'll be successful long term each semester. I highly recommend you utilize your university's student advisors for help in building your schedule.
Good luck!
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Julia’s Answer

When you get to college, you will have a lot more freedom and independence than you did in high school. As some of the other responses mentioned, this will probably mean having more responsibilities around the house and for yourself overall. One of the biggest differences I noticed when I went to college was the time spent on school work.

Compared to high school, you will spend a lot less time actually in class, but it's important to remember that you still need to do work outside of class and that's not all "free" time. I recommend finding a routine that works for you to complete work outside of class and stick with it - whether that means taking the time between classes to work on homework or take that time to workout/catch up with friends/etc and do homework after classes end for the day. Also, in college there will probably be less graded homework assignments, but I highly recommend doing all readings/assignments (even if the professor doesn't check them) otherwise you may fall behind fast and it can be hard to catch up.

College takes a lot of self-disciple to make sure you are balancing your time and completing everything you need to, but once you get into a routine it will come naturally. Good luck!
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Madi’s Answer

Living on campus is different from high school because you generally have more freedom & responsibility. Depending on your current home life, this may be a drastic change. For example, you will be responsible for doing your own laundry, grocery shopping, setting alarms to wake up for class, etc. There won't be anyone who tells you what to do or when to come home; it will be all your responsibility. Now, that may seem scary but it teaches you how to be independent and it prepares you for your adult life. Overall, most people see going away for college to be a very life changing experience. Good luck!
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Zachary’s Answer

You choose what to do with your time, where you spend, when you do and how much of it you invest. Find balance between the academics, the selfcare and obligatory responsibilities, and the social circles. There is no one that is going to tell you what to eat, stock the fridge remind you to get up for class tell you not to stay up too late/ study/ attend class or what you should and shouldn't eat that's for you to choose. Freedom is great but as noted comes with responsibility and tradeoffs. The other adjustment that I found was the biggest is that you get a lot closer to people a lot faster, because while you spent class time with your previous peers, the time you spend with whom you live is more intimate time, seeing them in the morning or late at night stressed and not at their best chatting about life as well as class topics, that threw me for a loop in a way when I felt like I knew people for years in a few weeks. But explore try knew things don't overdraw your time and energy bank too much, remember its okay to say no sometimes. Be open, be a little vulnerable, when they say are there any questions and you have one ask it!!!
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