College life is completely different from what we are used to when we leave high school. If you are an incoming freshman this article should help you prepare for one of the greatest changes you will experience in life. There are ups and downs when it comes to the college experience, but there is nothing that can not be conquered. Hopefully these tips will help you adjust smoothly in the transition from high school to college.

1. Don’t Be Afraid
Everyone does not take to change very well, but in due time you will get used to your new lifestyle. There is nothing to be afraid of about college. Yes, the first week may seem pretty intimidating, but it will get better. Of course you have heard other people’s college horror stories and you wonder if it is going to be you someday. I say don’t scare yourself before you actually have the experience of college. Your expectations of college will be completely different from your reality. Therefore don’t let what you are expecting to happen ruin you living in the moment of your first year on campus in college away from home.

2. Make Friends
The next topic is one of the most important things you must do, because it is literally inevitable. Make as many friends as you can in college. If not friends make acquaintances. Everyone can possibly be a benefit to your life whether it be socially or professionally. It is always good to communicate with others at campus events. There are always socials and events happening on campus, so be sure to take full advantage of every opportunity you have to socialize with your fellow students.

3. Be Safe On Campus
Being safe in high school was much easier than it is to be safe on a college campus. Whenever you go out be sure to have a friend with you. Never go anywhere alone, it is safer to go places in a group. When you go into your dorm room always be sure your door is locked to your room. Also, if you go anywhere always let someone know where you are going.

4. Be Responsible
Responsibility is key when making the transition from high school to college. In high school you have teachers being a constant reminder of when you have a test or when you have homework due. College is completely different because you are given a syllabus at the beginning of class and you’re expected to have all of your work done in time. There are limited reminders of due dates and consequences. You must be responsible for yourself and your own academics in college.

5. Keep a Schedule
Scheduling is also an important part of college. You will have to remember schedules for your classes. You will have to establish a sleep schedule, and stick to it throughout your college experience. When there are assignments due a schedule will be needed. Also have a schedule set for studying. Studying will be more effective if you set a certain time of day for studying a certain subject.

There are many more things you can do to help yourself adjust to the college life. I hope these few things are useful. Always remember to keep a schedule, be responsible, make friends, be safe on campus, and most importantly don’t be afraid. Your experience will be unique and unlike anyone else’s. Don’t expect it to be the same as what you have heard. Come to college do your best and make the most of one of the most exciting moments of your life.

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