What You Need to Know About College vs. High School Life
The transition from high school to college is one that is full of hope, high expectations, excitement and — let’s all be honest with one another — a healthy dose of nervousness.
Nobody really knows what to expect when they see their acceptance letter, and most will feel a little fluttering of panic before their first day.
The good thing is that everybody, whether or not they admit it, is feeling a little out of their element whenever they first get to college because college life is something entirely different from what we experienced in high school. Everybody expects a change as far as academics and classes are concerned, but what about the other aspects that come with the territory?
We talked to a few ASU students about some of the ways that college life is different from high school. Here’s what they had to say:
In high school, time was managed for us and you could scrape by even if you waited until the last moment to complete homework or a project. In college, you don’t get that luxury. Procrastination will be your enemy, not your friend.
College-level academic work takes more effort than high school did, so it is important to use your time wisely and get things taken care of instead of deciding to slack off.
Living Away From Home
If you live on campus, this will probably be one of the hardest adjustments for you, but don’t let it get you down.
Think of it as a period to become independent and grow into who you are meant to be. College can be tough, and sometimes the stress can make you wish you had your parents to take care of things for you, but don’t despair. When you go home for a visit, you will start to realize how much you have grown as a person and how much you can trust and depend on yourself.
Living With a Stranger
The random roommate lottery can mean that sometimes you are able to find a lifelong friend, and sometimes it just doesn’t work out.
The good news is that even if it doesn’t, you will gain invaluable experience in how to approach people to discuss an issue, a trait that you can transfer to your career after graduation. Learning how to keep a level head in an argument and how to be the bigger person shows your strength of character and can help the two of you be civil to one another later on.
Finding a Place to Fit In
It is required that students attend high school, but people in college are here by choice.
The students are diverse, with varied interests, and finding your niche can be one of the most rewarding aspects of college life. Students get involved in events and organizations because they want to be involved and because they are genuinely interested in pursuing an active role in whatever they are participating in. Joining with others who share your passions can make you feel like you are a part of your very own unique family.
In the end, with great freedom comes great responsibility. College is very different from high school in many respects, but it doesn’t have to be a disaster of a transition and it can lead to a lot of personal growth. Knowing a little about what to expect can help it go as smoothly as possible.