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Why is college so hard?

Why is college so hard

Thank you comment icon Actually college is not hard. It depends upon how we make perceptions in our every corner of life! If you feel joyful, interactive with friends, extracurricular activities of college and passionate of knowing something.. then college will be easy for you 馃檪 Dr. Sishir Banjara

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Nivea鈥檚 Answer

College can feel tough because it's academically challenging, demands good time management, and comes with new social and personal responsibilities. But hey, it's also a time for growth and learning, so hang in there!
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Sunil鈥檚 Answer

It was hard for me since I did not know what my goals were and I was just floating through it. I approached every class with an "only interested if it is going to be on the test" mindset which was not very helpful. Another issue was that I was trying too hard to fit in and be liked. It all worked out though and I am so glad that I got that experience. Please stick with it, you won't regret it!
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Kim鈥檚 Answer

Olivia,

College was more difficult than HS for me because:

1. I skated through HS. The courses were easy, I was never academically challenged, except for algebra
2. College had fewer graded assignments. Some classes had only a midterm and a final, each counting for 50% of my grade. That was a lot of pressure! And not knowing the professor's testing style added to it. Were they testing over lecture, readings, or both?
3. Nobody stood over my shoulder. While I considered myself a good student in HS, when I got to college, attendance was not required. Wow! So, do I want to hang out with my friends on the quad and enjoy the beautiful spring weather, or, go to class?
4. HS tests often wanted me to regurgitate knowledge. College exams asked me to apply it.
5. It took the first semester, and part of the second, to get adjusted. I didn't have older friends or family to guide me, and there was no internet. . .
6. I had to make my own schedule - choose the classes, what times they met, the professors, etc.
7. Money management - all of a sudden, I was spending a lot more money than I'd ever seen in my life!
8. They wanted me to actually WRITE in my books. Sorry, I had been brought up to respect books. . .

All that being said, by the second year I was doing fine. So, if you need help along the way, ask for it! Take advantage of writing labs and other resources offered by the school. It all comes together. Remember to have some fun while your at it!

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Brendan鈥檚 Answer

College was intensely hard for me. I was surrounded by people who all felt much smarter and more prepared than me and I had several moments throughout my four years where I didn't know if I would make it through. That being said, the most challenging moments were the most defining for me as a person. Getting through different intense periods like finals weeks created a lasting personal confidence I could make it through whatever life threw at me. That doesn't mean I never failed at things - I failed assignments, courses, personal goals, etc... but I learned how to recover from those instead of giving up and learned how to make failures a low point in a broader story instead of the end of any given story.

Keep pushing through and doing your best. You got this!
Thank you comment icon Thanks for the reminder of what my Constitutional Law class felt like - I was very intimidated. However, we all got together to study for the mid-term, and I came to realize they weren't so smart after all! Hope you enjoy being a part of CareerVillage - I find it very rewarding! Kim Igleheart
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L鈥檚 Answer

Without knowing the full context of what you think is hard, I will say that nothing worthy usually comes from being easy. Doing hard stuff makes you a better person and grows you as a person. Don鈥檛 give up because something is hard. Prove to yourself that you can do it and then pick another hard thing and do that. Doing hard things are one of the most rewarding experiences in life - you dont get that kind of reward when things are just easy or handed to you.

All that said, college is one of the funnest times and hardest. Really lean into it to make the most of it and enjoy it.
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Alan鈥檚 Answer

Olivia, college is hard for some people, not so much for others. It depends on so many things: the skills one brings to it, the attitude one brings to it, the classes one takes, the life one leads, etc. Don't be intimidated by it. In some ways it might be harder, but you'll have more choices of what you're studying and more freedom to make a schedule that suits your needs. Work on your writing skills, reading skills, organizational skills and time management skills and you'll be fine.
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Michelle鈥檚 Answer

Hello, Olivia !

If you are finding that college is posing difficulties for you it may be because of the new challenges you are being presented with. College is a different experience for everyone and it depends on how enthusiastic you were about being a student prior to enrolling in college. Another factor is understanding your purpose and intent in choosing to go to college. Beyond obtaining a "good job", what are your personal goals ?

Being a college student is a new and grand step in life and if you are willing to make the stretch, it can be the best years of your life. College teaches you about yourself, about others and how to communicate. But you have to be willing. If the information load of courses has you flustered, take it a bit slower with less courses per semester and go for a course or two during summer session.

So the answer is, college is not difficult for some and difficult for others but only you can examine what is happening and know why. Just like anything else in life, when things get rough, pace yourself and even if you need a major change in your school experience, try that. An academic, on site path may not be for you, but test it, finish what you've started and see how you feel then. Create a balance of study, practical requirements, work and recreation and entertainment.

I hope that this helps. We will all encounter difficulties in life even after college but the important thing is what you do about it. Best wishes to you !
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