Paul Goetzinger MPA
When I went into college I pretty much knew what I wanted to do and what my strengths and limitations were, in regards to my academics and courses.
I decided to not listen to others regarding what they thought I should pursue in regards to a major or career. Doing what others wanted, and going off on another course that was not my own, is what made college hard.
Being able to utilize the college resources, library, accessing tutoring and educational assistance, and knowing where things were on campus helped alleviate the difficulties.
Some students may have a lot of skills in academics, but I saw many students, who had lesser abilities, who developed skills of campus navigation, and study skills and other abilities to access resources, who went on to achieve amazing things.
So, many people might initially think it is hard, but this mindset can be eliminated over time, when a student develops the skills to use campus resources to their academic benefit.
In fact, from my experience, the college days one of my precious and happiest time in my life. You should enjoy the college days.
Below are my suggestions to prepare entering the college:
1. Join the orientation events organized by the college
2. Walkthrough around the campus if possible to have yourself familiar with the campus facilities
3. Review the syllabus to prepare
4. Speak to students in some senior years to understand their college life
5. Explore the extra curriculum activities and join the clubs/society you have interest
6. If you will stay in hall, you can start socialize with you hall mates
Enjoy your college life! Hope this helps! Good Luck!
1) Your own perception of what is hard or easy which is affected by your aptitude and preferences for subject matter to study
If you like something or are enthused about it..it's possible that it won't look as "hard" for you ..because your level of interest and effort will be high
If you don't like something, you may think it's hard because the level of interest and effort your're putting in is less.
So in short - how hard or easy something is subjective
2) There is an objective part of this answer...sure there will be some courses that generally require more effort to study and do well in
Quantum Physics is probably harder than a basic course in economics or history....but also because the level of pre requisites is much greater for the former vs the latter. In general terms, but not absolute by any means...STEM courses are more difficult/harder and require more work and study that liberal arts courses.
So decide what you like and what aptitudes you have (have done well in school before) and then chose a major that you are likely to excel in and find not as "hard".
In addition consider the following factors when deciding on a college and/or major
1) Cost vs value - not every college degree is worth the cost and none (undergraduate) in my opinion are worth going into debt for.
2) What will you do after you graduate??....not everyone is going to be teaching or go for a PHD...or even go to graduate school for a masters degree. So will you be job market ready after graduation if you don't go to graduate or professional school??
3) If you do decide to go for a higher degree..how will you finance that? Will you go to work for some time and save money and then come back..or will you borrow money (not recommended unless you get into Harvard Law or Medical or a few of the elite professional schools)
College classes are typically harder than high school classes because the course work, topics, and depth of materials are more complex, set at a faster pace, and require more studying. As long as you put your best foot forward, stay motivated and study hard, college will seem like a breeze.
Dr. Joseph’s Answer
What is HARD is staying on track and completing all your work on time!
This means that you have to start creating boundaries with friends and schedules. Please keep in mind that you are here to learn and give yourself some grace. You don't know what you don't know! But, what differentiates you from others is the time you invest in yourself to learn and practice!
I am now finishing my 5th degree and the hardest part was making sure that I have a strict schedule with myself. You have to really map out all your assignments, including actually doing the reading, then put your thoughts on paper many times. Once you start doing this on a routine, you pick up so much speed! I now can do 20-50 page papers in a matter of hours! Think about it, cover page, intro, body, conclusion, references... It is a lot of wash, rinse, and repeat! Once you get the structure down, you can become so strong at writing that you start to enjoy it! Then, you start to publish and contribute to the broader body of work that you are going after!
Dr. Joseph recommends the following next steps: