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What are the biggest challenges that we will face once in college? And how can we deal with them properly ?

I am asking this because I've been told all the benefits about college and only one struggle which was money. I want to know the other challenges because I want to succeed in college. #collegeproblems #college #college-advice

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Herman’s Answer

Hi Katie,

You are so smart to ask ahead of time! There are other "challenges" in college, but I assure you they really aren't that scary if you are prepared for it.

Some other challenges in addition to money I personally experienced were:
1. Distractions e.g., friends, clubs, parties. You want to participate in everything fun, but sometimes you have to prioritize your studies first.
2. Time management. It feels like there is never enough time to do everything. A lot of students worked, had internships, and also participated in clubs. Its a lot of activities!
3. Finding Internships. A lot of students compete for internships. So its best to do your search ahead of time, and network with faculty and professors to help you search.

Many people regard college as the best years of their lives. I hope you have a great experience as well!

Best regards,
Herman
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Richard’s Answer

For some post graduate programs and even some jobs, getting good grades is important. With all the distractions, getting As can be difficult.

Go to class. Plan to spend 2-3 hours studying for every hour of lecture. Attend your professor's office hours and any TA review sessions. If there is a test bank, use that as a study tool to understand what your professor wants you to focus on for the test.

Treat school like a job. Get up early, get to work and when your work is done at the end of the day, you can spend time on social life or organizations.
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Raven’s Answer

Hey Katie,


Honestly the college struggle is definitely time management, if you plan poorly you can seriously stress yourself out. In college as in HS (high school) there are the same "distractions" if you will-friends, extracurricular activities, homework which is on an increased scale unlike high school, professors are very serious about being on time, getting your work in on time and so on and so forth. However unlike high school you are not going to be baby sat, you are forgoing teachers for professors which means they do not have to give you extra credit, be nice to you, remind you of assignment due dates, college is all about your choices they can be your rise or fall because everything is on you. You are in charge of yourself and your decisions! This is truly your introduction into the real world and the work force.

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