Beginning your freshman year of college is, of course, an exciting transition, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t accompanied by fears and anxiety. If you’re stressing over beginning this chapter and how to begin the college search then don’t feel like you’re alone, it’s completely normal and so many other high school seniors are in the same position. There are plenty of things that you can do to make the transition from high school to college a bit easier. Don’t panic, we’re here to help and after reading this list we are sure you’ll be calmer.
Research Possible Majors
I remember when I was a senior I didn’t even know where to begin. I came to my college counselor meeting and had nothing prepared. I was unclear about what majors were out there and what was a good fit for me. Looking back I think its extremely important to devote a substantial amount of time to see what possibilities there are. It doesn’t mean you need to decide you want to be an engineer at that moment, but it does open doors for you and allow you to understand what lies ahead. Remember college students change their majors up to 4-5 times so nothing is set in stone! Regardless, it is important to know what you can study and what school offers a good program for it. Knowing your options can go along way in relieving your anxious feelings.
Practice Social And People Skills
College means you are constantly surrounded by people whether it’s your college roommate, your classmates, or your friends. Learning how to work in time for yourself is an essential skill to avoid a breakdown. It is a huge change for people to go from living in their room to then sharing a tiny space with a stranger. Having a roommate can be an extremely fun adventure, but it’s important to make time for yourself. Also, a lot of work in college is team-based, so if you can practice working in groups before starting your freshman year then you will be on your way! The most critical lesson I’ve learned is to have patience, without it, you will go crazy!
Take Advantage Of Orientation
Orientation is the first week of school and it can set the tone for your next four years. Get involved in scheduled activities and introduce yourself to as many people as possible. Icecream mixer? Of course, you’re going! The friends you meet in those first few days may just end up being your friends for life, that’s what happened to me! Also, your advisors are there to help you and answer any questions you need, don’t be shy to talk to them, its why they are there!