When heading down to college, it’s tough to be mentally and properly prepared.
First things first, you need to choose the right course for you, one that will match you with the type of career you want. You can go for something vocational, like Medicine, or something more general like Business or English that make for great base degrees to go into many different industries. Consider too, if you’d like to study abroad, there are some fantastic international opportunities, that will help you broaden your horizons even further. If you are unsure of what you want to study, then speak to your school counsellor, or research careers you like the idea of, and see what experience they are looking for.
However, choosing your course is not the only thing you need to prepare for. Once you attend your chosen college there are a few things you can do to prepare for college life:
The key to being mentally prepared for the college life is to have a good understanding of time management. In other words, you really need to know how to handle the stress involved with being on time, getting to class on time, and turning assignments in on time. This is something every high schooler can do normally, but during your Senior year in high school and even during summer break before college, be sure to give an extra importance on time management. College is beyond hectic. Scheduling becomes rough.
Be Extra Prepared To Be Active In The Community
Join additional classes. Meet new people. Join groups and clubs. Associate with groups of people you would have never spoken to in the past. Before going to college, set your mind on being prepared to speak to all kinds of people. Have a written goal of speaking to at least 5 new people every single day of college. You’ll get to learn about different people’s perspective on life, culture, and in general. You never know who could be your next good friend.
Make Use Of Counselors
In high school, make use of your Counselors. When you get to college, do the same. Have the mindset and set aside time every single day to work with Counselors because they truly can help you on projects, time management, and also just being able to guide you on your choices in life. It’s always exciting when this happens because you get the chance to see their perspective on your choices. Their previous experiences will help you make better choices out there in the future.
Have A Sleep Schedule 3 Weeks Before College
About 3 weeks before college, sleep at the time you should be sleeping for college life. It sounds too disciplined, but it’s the best and only way to be physically prepared to wake up for early morning 7am classes. Again, time management should be practiced before getting to college.
If you’re going to stay in a dorm, be prepared to really work hard on cleaning and being respectful of your dorm roommates. You do not want to make them angry, so remember to pick up after yourself. Be kind and respectful towards them, and you shouldn’t have to face any serious problems regarding that in the future.
There’s a lot of people who are almost never prepared for college. The key is to really know what’s important, have that mindset of preparedness, and you should enter successfully.