College is an opportunity to challenge yourself mentally, develop as an individual, and grow into the person you choose to become. While school can come with stresses and deadlines, life after college is often more challenging so college is often considered an "introduction into adult life." The more you give into college (time dedicated to school, effort in developing relationships, involvement on campus and in groups on campus), the more you will get out of the experience. It's also important to be mindful that your effort and performance in college will have an impact on the future opportunities afforded to you.
Life in college is what you make it, so be true to yourself and enjoy the process!
I remember it being a little bit scary at first, for sure. Going away to college is a very big life change for most people. But, it was also a lot of fun, social, and a very challenging learning experience, both in class and in life!
I can still remember the first day, when my folks dropped me off at my dorm, helped me unload, and then drove away. I didn't know anyone on my floor, and I didn't know my way around. I was scared to tears!
But, I quickly discovered that everyone else was in the same boat. So, it didn't take long to make friends, and figure everything out.
As Luke already mentioned in his answer, there were stressful times, like during exams, and when multiple papers and projects are due at one time. I really had to work hard, manage my time wisely, and learn not to procrastinate. That was a tough lesson for me, since it seemed like there was constantly something fun going on that I didn't want to miss. There was always a roommate or friends or sorority sister who wanted me to go out, when I knew I needed to stay in and study. I'm glad I figured out how to buckle down when needed, though, because having my college degree helped me land a job in a career field I enjoy.
In addition to all my studies, I also had to learn how to take care of myself without help from my parents. College was my first time living on my own, and I had to get myself up on time, manage my own schedule, get myself to class, keep track of my class assignments and due dates, do my own laundry, manage my social life, etc.
College is a major life transition for anyone, but it can also be a wonderful, and exciting learning experience. It can even be a chance re-invent yourself, if you wish - start fresh to become the best possible version of yourself! Enjoy!
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I was extremely nervous and you will too...but thats like any new experience. Keep in mind that there are tons of students who fell the same way you do. Pace yourself when meeting new friends because once you do, the nervousness will ease away.
School work will NOT be like high school so you will have to have tons of responsibility in prioritizing your schedule and make sure you study and devote time to projects and tests. You are on your own (in a since) so stay on top of your work. College was the best years of my life. I loved every bit of it. I met new people, i tried new things, joined clubs, and still made good grades. You got this!