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Expect the Unexpected

Transitioning from high school student to college student presents challenges

by Published: Sep 11, 2013

College comes with a lot of dif­fer­ent choices, deci­sions and expectations.

I thought col­lege was going to be a breeze because I would be able to do all of my work, go out and have fun with­out hav­ing to worry about what my par­ents or any­one else would say.

Attending col­lege would allow me to be out on my own and learn what it takes to make my own smart decisions.

Well so far, col­lege is noth­ing like I expected.

Yes, you get free time and get to do what you want. However, you have to make sure you have good time man­age­ment to suc­cess­fully jug­gle class, home­work, work and friends.

I can’t always do what I want because school work and my job comes before going out and hav­ing fun. Otherwise, I’d get behind in every­thing and end up wast­ing all of the money I spent on school.

Possibly, the hard­est thing to grasp about col­lege is being away from home for so long.

I never thought I was the home­sick type until I found myself lying in bed almost in tears because I missed my fam­ily so much.

College is not exactly what I expected because there are so many things I knew were going to hap­pen, but I was not com­pletely prepared.

I knew I’d have to spend most of my time doing work in order to stay orga­nized and on task, but I didn’t real­ize how dif­fi­cult it was to do.

I rec­om­mend get­ting a plan­ner and lots of sticky notes to help stay orga­nized so you can record your home­work, work sched­ule, and basi­cally any­thing that will keep you from for­get­ting things and going insane.

One of the most chal­leng­ing aspects that comes with the col­lege ter­ri­tory is the egre­gious lack of sleep.

I can never get enough sleep, which makes focus­ing and stay­ing pro­duc­tive a big­ger task; there­fore, you must sac­ri­fice some of your per­sonal time to get all of your work done and enough sleep every night.

I know col­lege may seem fright­en­ing, but it is def­i­nitely some­thing that I have started to enjoy. It is just the next step in becom­ing a bet­ter, well-rounded person.