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How can an incoming college student best prepare for transitioning from high school to college?

With college less than a year and a half away, I'm beginning to realize that I need to do everything I can to make the transition smooth, but the problem is I don't know where to start.
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Mallory’s Answer

Hello! Kudos for thinking ahead about how to make your transition from high school to college an easy one. One thing that might help is to think about the things that work well for you in high school - classes you have really enjoyed, favorite study spots, favorite clubs or activities - and think about how you can pursue those things in your new community. Even though there are a lot of things that will be different in college one thing that will be the same is you. By the time you enter college, you will have more skills than experience than ever before. You can do it.

Mallory recommends the following next steps:

Write down three things that are working well for you in high school and brainstorm how you pursue those things in your new community
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Luke’s Answer

The best thing you can do is refine and improve study habits, develop time management skills, and improve efficiency so that school work is manageable once you've entered college, which is traditionally filled with more social opportunities. To ensure that you perform your best in classes, but also enjoy your free time and social time while you're there, refining your academic skills will reduce your stress.

Prepare yourself to leave your comfort zone in college, and to take on new opportunities and make unique friendships. Some of the best people you'll ever meet might be in your class or around campus, and if you're able to get out of your comfort zone you'll be in a great position to meet them! Discover your interests, such that you can explore them further and meet like minded people. At the end of the day, college has endless opportunities so be sure to take advantage of the independence but also be mindful that your performance in college will have an impact on opportunities (jobs, friends, etc.) that will be afforded to you once you leave.