Six Things I Wish I Knew Before Going to College

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September 2nd, 2008 in Advice, Resource

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“What do I need to know before going to college?” This is a question asked far too often as nervous High School graduates, and adult learners get ready to attend their first class.

There are a few things that I wish I knew before going to College that might help with those nerves.

1.) College is Just Like High School
So many people get stressed out when going from high school to college, but the fact is that people don’t change very much from one institution to another. As people grow up, their are small shifts in their personality, but your last year of high school and your first year of college feel very similar.

2.) College Teachers Don’t Force You to Learn
While it might sometimes feel like your University teachers don’t care, it is more that they expect you to be responsible for your own education.

This can either make college very difficult, or very easy, as you attend the classes that you want to attend, do the work that you want to do, and end up with the grade that you deserve.

3.) You Might Not Be the Smartest, Fastest or Best in College
Just because you were the best football player in High School, or the smartest math student, doesn’t mean that you will be once to transition to College. Many people taking the same course as you, or moving on to College sports do so because they had a talent in that field or game, and your position in College might not be at the top of the pack.

It can be very humbling to experience this, but it also means you have a new higher bar to reach for in your education or physical fitness.

4.) College is Not The Time to be Timid
No matter which course you take, you will have to work in a group, and/or do presentations, and so this is the time to push yourself. If you don’t like being in front of the class, or leading a group, then you might not only fall behind in marks, but in your ability to socialize.

The University environment demands a certain level of confidence, even in uncomfortable situations.

5.) Learn All That You Can While in College
When starting college, it seems like you’ll be there forever, but soon you will be heading into the real Corporate America, and so picking up as much knowledge as you can while in College will stand you in good stead and hopefully set you apart from your graduating class.

6.) Everyone Starting College is in the Same Boat
You might feel like the only person that is nervous about attending a post-secondary institution, but almost everyone in their first year will feel much as you do. Even if they don’t appear to be nervous, they might be, and so it is in your best interest to try to meet as many of them as you can, as things don’t seem as bad when you surround yourself with friends.

Going to University isn’t as bad as most people think. The first few days are always the hardest as you find your place in the school and make some new friends, but once you do, College can be the best time of your life.

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