Making the Transition From High School to College

High school and college are very different places that each carries their own sets of perks and challenges. In high school your subjects move relatively slowly and there is a lot of time spent in class reviewing the material that is covered in each unit. You also have to be in class 5 days a week with very short breaks and you need permission to go just about anywhere at any time. In college, you have a lot of choices in making your own schedule, you get longer breaks between classes, you don’t need permission to leave class, and there is very little time (if any) spent on review. This means that you get to have a lot more freedom, but you also need to be a lot more disciplined. It’s important that you know how to take advantage of all of the perks in college without losing all sense of responsibility. Here is how to make the transition from high school to college.

Find a good roommate

Whether you’re in a dorm at Maryville University or moving in with friends and attending junior college, you want to make sure that you have a roommate, or roommates that are good for you. This doesn’t mean that they are people you always like to hang out with; it means you want to live with someone who has similar goals and priorities as you. If you’ve been friends with someone for a while, becoming roommates can be the kiss of death to your friendship. The last thing you want to do is move in with someone who makes messes, doesn’t clean and plays loud music for hours on end.

Register for classesASAP

As soon as your window opens up to sign up for classes, be sure to get registered immediately. You should have done all of your research long before that window opened and chosen a few different options for all the courses you want to take. As a freshman, your window will open the latest, so some of the classes you want might not be available, but the earlier you get in there, the better your chances will be. If you are not a morning person, it’s important that you don’t sign up for morning lectures. You want to do everything you can to increase the chances that you will make it to every single lecture.

Develop strong study habits

It’s extremely important that you form some very effective study habits from the very beginning, and that starts with getting all of your books before class begins. To save money, get to the bookstore early before the entire selection of used copies sell out. You may not get your reading assignments until the first day of school, but the first thing you should do is read the back descriptions and take a look at the table of contents. This will give you a good idea of what the course is about before you even walk in the first day. If you can hit the ground running, then the rest of the semester should be smooth sailing.

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