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Moving Away for College? How to Make the Adjustment

by Ryan Cox on Feb 9, 2015
Ah college, the most exciting time or your life. It can also be a very scary time if you are moving far away from your home. As a young adult there are many new things that you will experience, new people that you will meet and new responsibilities that will be required from you. It can definitely be a lot to take in and be extremely overwhelming at times.

Ah college, the most exciting time or your life. It can also be a very scary time if you are moving far away from your home. As a young adult there are many new things that you will experience, new people that you will meet and new responsibilities that will be required from you. It can definitely be a lot to take in and be extremely overwhelming at times.

The transition from your grade school mindset to a college one can be a tough one. Adjusting to your new environment and expectations is crucial for a successful college career educationally and socially. So what can you expect and what adjustments will you need to make when moving away from college?

Time Management

This might be the most important thing that any young college student needs to learn right from the start. Up until now your schedule has been planned out for you, at least for the most part. You attended school all day expected to show up to class on time or you were met with consequences. Your after school activities were conducted by a teacher or coach, and you were expected to attend at all times. Your parents knew where you were at all times and set a curfew that must be upheld. This is a normal high school student’s day. But all that will change.

In college it is all up to you, especially if you go away for college. Most professors do not take role to make sure everyone is in class. It is up to you to attend class, turn in assignments on time, and write your papers. No one will be over your shoulder making sure that you are on schedule and on task. It is up to you to attend your extracurricular activities and other events. It can be tough to manage your time wisely and study for the big exam when all of your friends are going out. But, learning to manage your time wisely will help make sure you are successful academically and leave time for fun as well.

Getting Involved

Being a part of a club or organization was easy in high school. You had your friends and classmates that you had grown up with and were comfortable being around. You were familiar with your environment and had no problem being involved with your school and organizations. But going away for college you will definitely be in a new environment that will take you out of your comfort zone.

Getting involved in your college’s organizations, clubs and other groups is extremely important. It is a great way to meet new people and experience different cultures. Leaving your comfort zone can help you in so many ways. Once you leave college and enter your profession, you will continuously be meeting new people and experiencing new things. Practicing this in college is a great way to prepare you for your future. Not to mention you will develop friendships that will last a life time. Before you step foot on campus, look at the groups and organizations on campus that you can get involved in. It will help make your move to college much easier.

University Resources

While you are in middle and high school you utilize resources all the time, your parents and teachers. They are always there to help you and make sure that you are on task. They will help you study, prepare for an exam and get you to where you need to be. Having access to resources in high school is very important and will help you be successful. Well the same can be said for college.

Whichever university that you attend, they provide necessary resources to help students be successful. A lot of students to take advantage of all the resources that are available to them. You can get help with transitioning to college, studying for an exam and even tutoring help. You do not have to do everything on your own. Most universities even provide a counselor that you can talk with about your problems and struggles, a resource that can be very helpful. Use the tools that are available for you and help make your transition to college a successful one.

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