10 Things You Need to Know Before Going to College
With a new school year approaching many high school students are entering their senior year and are planning on heading off to college, but there are a few things that they should think about first.
10. Choose a Major
So you might decide that you want to go to college undeclared and plan on “finding yourself” along the way, but college goes by faster than you think and before you know it will be your junior year and you will have to scramble to pick a major so that you can graduate on time. Try researching majors while in high school so that you will have some direction while attending college. See what degrees have the best chances of landing you a job after college and what courses/classes you will have to take in order to get it. If you want to “find yourself” then you need to be “looking”.
9. New Responsibilities
With the added freedoms that college brings it also comes with a new set of responsibilities. Now that you are in college you are expected to act like an adult, you won’t have mommy and daddy there to bail you out every time you get into trouble. Skipping class, staying up all night and sleeping until noon might sound like fun but they will severely impact your academic success. The reason that only 37% of college students finish college in 4 years is because they have not developed the maturity needed for college.
8. Manage Your Time
Once you are a college student you will have classes to go to, homework to do, study groups to attend. Balancing an academic schedule, extracurricular activities and a social life can be extremely demanding, but with a well-managed schedule you will be able to do it all. Set an alarm to wake up on time and don’t waste your day sleeping, don’t get over involved in school activities and always set apart a time for studying. Lastly don’t forget that all work and no play is a sure-fire recipe for unhappiness and will catch up to you in the long run.
7. Learn How to Study
College is very different from high school when it comes to how classes are taught and grades. Don’t be surprised when you look at your syllabus and see that there are only a couple of tests and a paper. That’s how college works, which means that those few tests are a huge part of your final grade. Bomb one, and you’ll be sitting in that class again next semester. The trick is to study a little every day and not cram everything until the day before the exam. Take 15 minutes a week to look over your notes, and you won’t have to study as much during exams.