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What is the hardest part about the transition between high school and college?

What responsibilities were you unprepared or unaware you would have to fulfill? What do you wish your parents prepared you most to do? What advice could you give to #highschoolgrads making that leap?


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Sonya’s Answer

I agree with the previous post. You have to do your own chores and manage your own time and money. You have freedom to do whatever you want so that can become a problem. You have to discipline yourself and rein yourself in. This is what I tell new high school graduates:

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Even if you mess up your first semester or year (it happens to the best of us), don't give up. Graduates schools (not medical) look at your GPA in your last 60 hours (at least they did back in my time).
Save some of the fun for second semester. Don't go to every party. First semester spend more time in the library, study groups (where you actually study) and professor office hours. Don't worry about popularity so much. A lot of those popular people won't be there next year. You can be popular when you are a junior.
There is always a room where ever one goes to hang out between and after class. Make sure that is not your room. Everyone is willing to waste your time.
Hate to throw math at you but here you go...Your first semester grades will be 100% of your GPA. Your second semester grades will be 50% of your GPA (still a big deal). Your third semester grade will be 33% of your GPA and your fourth semester grades will be 25% of your GPA. Every semester after that will contribute less and less toward your GPA. So work really hard your first year and hard your second. 4. Even if you mess up your first semester or year (it happens to the best of us), don't give up. Graduates schools (not medical) look at your GPA in your last 60 hours (at least they did back in my time).

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Hannah’s Answer

Going to college is exciting but can be daunting if you will be away from home. These two skills I think can be good to prepare yourself before going to college:

  • Learn how to do laundry if you don't already
  • Learn how to manage time effectively. This will likely be the single most important skill to master to succeed in college and in life after graduation

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