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What state of mind should I prepare myself for college in?

Nervous but excited. Don't know yet what college has in store for me.

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Sandya’s Answer

Hello Leo,

First off congratulations on going to college! You should be very proud of yourself!! College is a chance for you to grow emotionally, intellectually, and socially. Please remember that all your first-year students have the same fears that you do. One of the most important mindsets you need to have in college is a growth mindset. This means:
1. Ask a lot of questions - 90% of the time a question you have is a question someone else in your group has as well.
2. Prioritize your health and wellbeing - it is easy to get wrapped up in attending all social events and pulling all-nighters to cram for exams. However, if you are not taking care of yourself, it will impact your grades, your friendships, and your over all experience. There are so many resources available to students on campus so please make the most of them as they are FREE.
3. Again, use all free resources starting from day 1! There are Career Development Centers, Academic Advising, Educational Opportunity Programs, TRIO, and mental health resources. Look into which ones fit your needs and make it a habit to visit at least once every 2 months.
4. Enjoy the unknown - it is important to think and plan for your future but remember this is going to be an amazing experience for you! Try to make the most of it. Stressing about your future 24/7 will make you miss some of the great opportunities you have in front of you.

You got this!! I know you will do amazing, and hopefully you are more at ease.
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Orain’s Answer

Hello Leo,

I hope all is well.

Great question as going to college can be anxiety filled. From my experience, I was an international student athlete in college. My recommendations:

1. Be organize: Ensure you have track of all your classes and assignments due dates
2. Prioritize: Understand that school work is priority
3. Have responsible fun

With all that college is a great experience, have fun but also prioritize your school work first then after all is done have fun as there are always a lot of activities taking place on campus at any given day.

Additionally, there are a lot of resources for school work (including tutors, library, professors office hours, career services etc). Understand where those are your first month on campus will help you to easily get connected if the need come for assistance in school work.

I hope this helps.

Thanks

O.M
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Lynn’s Answer

Hello there. Starting college can be scary to think about - especially if you are moving away from home. My experience with college was a bit different as I still lived at home and worked full time pretty much the whole time to ensure I could pay for college. The key is to be open to the new experience. Get involved with activities and groups that you are interested in. Meet new friends who will be there to support you with challenges you may face. Do not be afraid to try new things and just have a great time as you take this next step in your life. Lynn
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Rebecca’s Answer

Thank you for your question. I am glad that you will be enter the college soon.
Let me share my experience here. The college days is one of my most enjoyable time in my life. In the college, on the academic side, it focuses to training on your critical thinking and analytical skills. There are plenty of course you can attend or sit in. This is a very good opportunities to widen your exposure on different knowledge domain.
On the other hand, there are plenty of extra curricular activities you can participate and you can join the organization committees to organize the events. You can make establish your people network from different majors. This is a very valuable experience to you and your asset in the future.
Also, you can try to stay in dorm. This is a good start for you to live independently.
Overall speaking, this will be a new page of your life. You should be exciting to expect your college life.
Hope this gives you some insights on the college life and enjoy! Good Luck!
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Alice’s Answer

Hi Leo,

I was a resident advisor for freshmen when I was in college. I had seen many lost track of their priorities during the first year. Some were due to first time away from home, being homesick, spending too much time socializing, wanting to be belonged and etc. Having a social circle/support is important, yet we need to know our priorities and manage them accordingly.

It is very tough to pick up GPA (your confidence) if the first year is being mismanaged.

Hope this helps.
Alice
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Alyssa’s Answer

Shifting from high school to college is a significant milestone for students, often involving leaving behind familiar faces and places. If you're feeling anxious about this new phase, rest assured there are strategies to help you prepare before you even set foot in your first lecture. From investigating academic resources to honing your time-management skills, the following advice can assist incoming freshmen in getting organized and laying a solid groundwork for a successful college journey. Brace yourself to be treated with the maturity of an adult.

The leap from high school to college is not merely an academic upgrade. It symbolizes the transformation from adolescence to adulthood. Even if students don't entirely feel like adults yet, that's the expectation in the college environment. Embrace the tools that help manage your time effectively.

College life brings with it a newfound independence that many students didn't experience during their high school years, when teachers and parents guided their path towards graduation. Juggling the academic and social aspects of college can be a demanding task, even for the most dedicated students. However, a plethora of digital tools are available specifically for students, and a touch of organization can make a significant difference in ensuring time is utilized productively. Smartphone apps and tools can help students curb time spent on entertainment and social media, and stick to their study schedules.
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