Right about now, if you are a soon to be college student, you are probably feeling a mixture of emotions. Excitement, sadness and fear among them. Everyone else around you may seem cool, calm and collected, but rest assured that they are sharing your same emotions. Many people are always wishing that there was some sort of guide on how to succeed in college and what to expect. While this may not be a complete novel on how to be successful in college, hopefully you can take a few tips from here to save yourself the drama and most importantly, your education!
TOP 5 THINGS TO EXPECT IN COLLEGE
I guess this is a pretty easy one to figure out. Many college kids go to school and magically seem to fall into the heavy partying scenery. So this one is not number five because most young adults understand partying, but instead they fail to recognize the harm it could possibly do to hurt your reputation as well as your future job and educational pursuits. Be careful who you get involved with if you choose to go out to party either on campus or off campus. It is easy to be taken advantage of in these situations (i.e. sexually, physically and emotionally), not to mention that college kids who party too much are generally the same ones who are either on academic probation or gone the next semester.
If you feel like going out and you are caught up on your school work, by all means...enjoy the college experience.
ALCOHOL & DRUGS
This should have been side by side with number five. Today, high school kids are experimenting left and right. Take those same kids and put them into a college atmosphere where they are responsible for keeping themselves into check...disaster will strike! In college, most people feel like they can do whatever they want, when they want and there are no consequences. Mostly because mom and dad are not around, but sometimes out of sheer ignorance and lack of worldly wisdom. This idea is false. Consuming alcohol and drugs can not only raise health issues, but it also impairs your judgement. If you feel pressured into doing these things whenever you are out with a particular group of people, it is best to find new friends who can enjoy you while you are not drugged out most of the time.
Also alcohol and drugs can quickly destroy your body. Stick with these bad habits and the freshman 15 will be the LEAST of your worries!
YOU ARE FRESH MEAT!
Confused? Well, you should not be. Anytime an individual is new to an environment, they can become a prime target to be taken advantage of from other individuals who have been around longer. There are a lot of people who are sexually active with numerous people and do not intend to have a serious relationship because they are in college. To some, all the new men and women who are entering college present a fresh chance to continue their lifestyle. In order to not fall victim to these types of people, continue to remind yourself why you are in college and focus on that. If your love life is meant to happen, let it be. Just never force a relationship. It is a recipe for disaster.
YOU & YOUR HIGH SCHOOL BUDDIES...FRIENDS?
Most high school kids look at their lives as something that is permanent. Those four years are the most grueling, heartbreaking and crazy years of their lives. Many teens need a wake-up call. After you are out of high school, in a few years or more, high school will be no more then a glimmer in your eyes. You will start to forget the names of the students that were in your classes. The people who were once your best friends will probably not be after you start college. Very few people are blessed to have lifetime friends, especially through college.
Many kids may find this sad, but it is not. It is only a part of growing up. And as you mature into an adult, the core values of what you want may suddenly become things you would have never expected. While Betty was your friend last year as a Senior in High School, she is not there right now. You and Betty probably never had a falling out with words, but you both just changed and that is okay. Always keep an open mind to new friends who not only bring out the best in you, but will also share or accept your new similar adult personality.
YOU HAVE TO DO WORK TO STAY IN!
This is perhaps the most important rule to remember since that is why you came to college. College is an extreme learning experience (more so outside the classroom), but make sure that you stay focused and LEARN while you are there. Do the best you can with your grades and never be afraid to ask for help. Either get a tutor, study group or ask a former person who was in the classes that you are currently taking. So there you have it. The top 5 things to expect from college....
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