Everyone knows that college is going to be better than high school. Unfortunately, every year some students realize that they can’t handle the difficulties that come with attending college. Here’s a list of what to expect, and how to adapt to the changes you’ll face.
College is Hard: Big surprise, right? Many incoming freshmen begin taking college courses but still treat them like high school classes. They go to class, listen to a lecture, go home and do homework. But what many students don’t realize is that in college, the cycle’s a little twisted. Many college professors rely on textbooks and assigned readings, rather than in class lectures, to teach their students a large portion of the curriculum. Personally, I hate these professors, and try to avoid them at all costs. However, they exist. So be prepared to do a lot of work outside of class in order to keep up.
Your Classmates: For most of us, we attended high schools with a limited variety of people: all students from the same town with the same background. In this aspect, college is VERY different. You will meet people from every end of the spectrum. For the most part, this is a great thing! You get to learn new things about people completely different from yourself. However, you WILL meet the stereotypical kids who are only there to party. You WILL meet the kids bursting with school spirit. And you WILL meet the kids who will stand in a cage for an entire day to prove that slavery still exists. The world is full of different people, so stay open minded.
Advisers/Counselors: These faculty members have a much different purpose in college than they did in high school. High school counselors are confidants who are there to fix a student’s problem before the student even realizes they have one. In college, however, your advisers are not mind readers. Whether you need career advice or are struggling in a class, college advisers cannot help you unless YOU go to THEM. They stress this in a lot of college tours, and I want to stress it too. Having an adviser is a HUGE help. However, if you don’t go to them, they can’t help. Remember that!
College is NOT high school. Thinking it is can be fatal to your undergrad success. The good news is, college is WAY more fun! If you’re a college Freshman this year be sure to check out my last blog post so you don’t miss out!