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How to adjust to college classes

Everyone has a different approach to preparing for life in college. Some people have a great time making new friends and learning about the best professors for required courses. However, even if you're a sociable person and an honor roll student, there are times when adjusting to life away from home can be difficult.

If you're a soon-to-be freshman, or you've been looking for pointers to help you get through your first few weeks at school, here are 15 tips anyone can benefit from.

Academics

1. Go to class
It may sound like a no-brainer, but there are plenty of students that try skipping a few lecture hall classes when they first get to school. You shouldn't, as this is an ideal time to meet new people, get a handle on college course work and get used to your schedule. Not to mention, you're paying a lot for these classes, so don't let them pass you by!

2. Become comfortable with your mistakes
Some of the world's greatest innovators only found success through a great deal of failure. Thomas Edison once said, "I have not failed 10,000 times — I've successfully found 10,000 ways that will not work." Find that silver lining in your studies. Mistakes happen to everyone, and they only make you stronger.

3. Organize study groups
Unless you're starting your own business, you'll be working with other people as soon as you enter into the professional world, so get used to working with a group. You may find that collaboration is the best way to learn more and succeed in class.

How to adjust to college classes

Your peers may help you get a grasp for tough coursework during a study group.

4. Learn how to study
You may have aced some tests before by cramming at the minute, but college isn't always the same. Learn the best study habits ahead of time. Don't just open a textbook and highlight the important things. Think critically about the content, put the information in your own words, and develop a true understanding for the material.

5. Remember, there are resources
Virtually every college has academic resources that can help you with everything from organizing a study schedule to getting tutoring outside of class. If you ever feel overwhelmed, don't be afraid to reach out for help.

Homesickness

6. Set up weekly Skype meetings
Sometimes resources on campus don't match up to the support you had at home, and that's OK. If you know you're going to miss your friends and family, set up a regular time to Skype them on a weekly basis. This will give you something to look forward to and will ensure that your schedules match up for regular check-ins.

7. Get involved in clubs
There may be no replacement for your friends back home, but making new friends and getting new hobbies can be a great way to take your mind off of those feelings of homesickness and ease into your new college experience. Find a club that interests you and dive in.

8. Reach out to RAs and campus centers
And when you're really feeling down, don't underestimate the power of a few other support networks on campus. Resident assistants are trained to help students that feel homesick and direct them to other campus resources, including counselors.

Social

9. Get to know your roommate
For some people, your college roommate becomes your best friend at school, so don't squander the opportunity. You'll likely get to know the person you share a room with on a deep level whether you like it or not, so make the best of it with a friendly attitude.

10. Put yourself out there
Whether you're thinking about joining Greek life, an intramural team or merely talking to new people in the cafeteria, remember that it's better to give it a shot than constantly think of what could have been. You went to college to seize opportunities in the professional arena, but it's time to learn how to seize opportunities socially, too.

How to adjust to college classes

Socializing in college starts with putting yourself out there and being your own person.

11. Be your own person
And one of the best ways to succeed socially is to be your own person. Your personality is forged in college by the choices you make, so think carefully about your decisions and how they'll shape you during these important years.

General

There are some general life tips you should develop in college as you enter the adult world.

12. Follow a budget
For some, college is the first time you're able to spend money without some sort of supervision. Don't let this get out of hand, especially if you have tight purse strings. Create a budget or make a spreadsheet on a computer that tracks your spending habits.

13. Set some new goals
The start of freshman year is like New Year's Day. It's a time to make resolutions and stick to them. Whether you want to go to the gym or learn a language, write down what your goals are and start working toward them.

14. Learn outside of class
If you're really passionate about getting ahead, you'll need to work outside the classroom. Cultivate a relationship with a successful professor, look for campus organizations that fit your goals and study the industry you eventually want to enter in your free time.

15. Plan your trips now
Finally, one of the best things you can do in college is plan when you want to leave campus ahead of time. From Thanksgiving to spring break, airfare is cheaper if you plan ahead of time. Moreover, if you want to go on a big trip with your friends, you'll need a few months to get everyone on board and sort out the details.

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With many schools being either partially or fully online for the past year, you’ve probably been navigating how to survive online college classes for a while now.

If you’re still having a hard time adjusting and succeeding the way you did in person, you’re not alone.

Some students will always prefer one form of learning over the other, and that’s okay.

Even if online classes still aren’t your thing, that doesn’t mean you can’t be on top of your game. There are methods to survive your online college classes in ways that will help you ace them!

I’ve been an online student long before COVID, and even long before college. I did my high school entirely online. I even graduated a little early from both high school and college, so if anyone’s got your back with tips to succeed in online classes, it’s me!

The reason I was able to thrive so well in the online school setting was because I had a solid plan for staying organized, productive, and diligent. Here’s how you can learn to do the same.

This blog post is all about how to survive online classes

Survive Online Classes by Creating a Weekly Schedule

If you’re used to viewing deadlines as the day you should complete an assignment, I highly advise you to stop!

I almost always submitted assignments two days before the deadline, ideally. This allows a buffer for any technical difficulties with finalizing or submitting the assignment. You also won’t be stuck stressing at the last minute.

So set your schedule up in a way that gets you ahead of deadlines. Depending on the course load of the class, dedicate 1.5 – 2 hour time periods to work on each class throughout the week.

To help you get started, you’ll definitely want to utilize a planner! I really like the ones below (psst…Clever Fox is THE BEST!).

For most of my childhood, I attended small public schools. The high school I attended — a small all-girls charter school — was perfect for me. The classes were about 15 to 20 girls.

I had an IEP and special education services for my math learning difference, dyscalculia . My teachers worked with me one-on-one. For math tests, I had accommodations: double time, a separate testing room, and the use of a help sheet.

I was extremely close with my classmates, teachers, and staff at my high school. I was never afraid to speak up and ask questions. Everyone offered me so much support, and not just with schoolwork. My sophomore year, my mom passed away, and I remember how people from my school came to the memorial service and were there for me.

Last fall, I was a little apprehensive about going from my small safety bubble of a high school to Arizona State University (ASU). ASU is one of the largest universities in the country. It has over 50,000 students!

There are no IEPs in college , but there are accommodations. Before my freshman year of college started, my high school special education teacher and I went to ASU to make sure I was registered with ASU’s disability services office. Through the office, I got college accommodations very similar to the ones I had in high school — double time on tests, a separate testing room, and a help sheet.

My first day of college brought fear and excitement. It took me some time to adjust to the new campus and make new friends. One of the biggest changes was the size of lecture classes.

In high school, I was so used to knowing and talking to everyone in my classes. But in college, not knowing anyone made me nervous about asking fellow students for help. It was difficult to explain to them that I had dyscalculia, or even what dyscalculia was.

Fortunately, I was able to adjust to the big lectures in pretty much all my classes — except one: College Algebra. The lecture had over 100 students.

I had help in the class. ASU gave me a smartpen and a note-taker. I also had access to tutors from the disability services office.

But the lectures felt scattered and went by too fast. The professor skipped over the more basic material I had always struggled with. I think he assumed that if you’re in a college math class, you should be able to keep up and know all the concepts from earlier math classes.

With my learning challenges, I need a lot of one-on-one work with the instructors and a lot of tutoring. I also need to be retaught some concepts over and over. Though I tried my best to keep up, I was soon behind and getting overwhelmed by anxiety.

In my second semester, I decided to withdraw from the algebra class. This was a very difficult decision for me — I’d worked so hard to get there! I felt defeated.

Still, I wasn’t going to give up. I knew my chosen major in psychology had several math requirements. To graduate, I would have to tackle statistics, algebra, and trigonometry. I decided to take algebra and trigonometry over the summer. I was nervous about this because summer classes are accelerated, but I had a plan.

Instead of signing up for summer math classes at ASU, I decided to go with a local community college. Taking my summer classes at community college meant that the classes were going to be a lot smaller. Professors were going to be much more accessible, allowing me to explain my dyscalculia and how I learn best.

The two classes took up most of my summer — five days a week and every weekend for two months straight. I made sure I had tutoring and support in the class.

The result was great. I got a B in algebra and an A in trigonometry. I transferred these credits to ASU. Although the grades won’t count toward my GPA at ASU, the fact that I passed these summer math classes with such excellent grades meant a lot to me. It gave me more confidence in myself. I still have to take statistics at ASU, but I’m not worried. I’m more comfortable with statistics than with other types of math.

This first year of college has taught me that there are certain subjects — like math — where I need a smaller class size. But there are other subjects where I’m perfectly fine with a huge lecture hall. Figuring out that something as simple as class size can make such a difference was a big insight about myself.

Going from special education in high school to college isn’t easy. But it’s doable. If you’re a student, you always need to be learning more about what works for you.

Don’t limit yourself just because you think a certain subject might be a struggle. These days, there are so many different options to get a college degree, including taking credits at a community college like I did. No one should have to give up on their dreams and goals because they learn or think differently.

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How to adjust to college classes

Rule #1: As always, take notes!

Are you a recent high school graduate or GED recipient coming to college? If so, we have a few tips for succeeding here at SUNY Ulster and making the transition easier.

Manage Time Wisely

Have you been told that college students need two hours of study for every credit hour? While full-time students will probably not spend 30 hours a week reading their notes, it’s important to consider the rule when designing your job and school schedule. Depending on the classes you take, you could have a relatively relaxing first month of college… only to have three papers, a major presentation, and two tests due right before midterms. Tyler Williams, a recent Ulster grad, says, “Make sure to keep up on every part of your studies; there’s nothing worse than typing a 10 page research paper the day before it’s due and having to sacrifice sleep and the quality of your work.”

Attend Classes

Even though your whereabouts are no longer closely tracked each day, there’s no reason to stop going to class. It may sound obvious, but if you want to do well academically at Ulster you must attend as many classes as you can. Don’t sleep through them, either. Not only is attendance important for getting all assignments and notes, it’s also necessary for staying enrolled. Grades are significantly decreased when you exceed the number of allowed absences, and you can get kicked out of the class altogether if you don’t pay attention to the number stated in the syllabus. It also affects your Financial Aid. Don’t risk it!

Befriend Professors

In college, faculty members are active participants in students’ lives and futures. Professors here at Ulster are happy to help students with their work and careers. In class, they will often give tips about what they want to see in your work. Taking note of this can be the difference between a passing grade and an A. Outside the classroom, they will give you valuable insight about working in your field and can recommend you to future employers and colleges. One will also be your advisor at Ulster, so make sure you start building a relationship with them early on.

Know How the Work Differs

Courses are designed differently in college; rather than having a number of small tests and homework to make up a grade, classes tend to rely on heavily weighing two or three tests and, depending on your major, the contents of your portfolio, a research paper, or a class project. Ulster professor Dina Pearlman stresses the importance of self-motivation, saying, “Often assignments will only be given once. Students are expected to research and follow through on their own. However, if you are struggling with questions, we are all happy to help and guide you.” Professors are ready to help with any material you don’t understand, as long as you take the initiative to go to them.

Take Responsibility

To succeed in college, you must know how to handle your own responsibilities. With the help of your advisor, you will make your own schedule. Be smart with it and register as soon as possible, so you’ll be able to take the classes you want at decent times. A number of classes are only available at one time during the semester, so you’ll want to be sure you get a spot in the class. When it comes to the classes themselves, be organized and know when assignments and exams will be. Ulster student Kristy Lyons has a great tip: “Check your email and portal on a regular basis. Professors send emails and post on the portal for assignments that are due.” Your college email is also how professors let you know about cancellations, so you could save driving in by just taking a few seconds to check the portal.

Know Your Limits

If you’ve never done it before, college work is a big change. Even if you did well in high school, you shouldn’t expect to get straight A’s right off the bat. You will probably have to adjust your methods of studying and thinking about the work. You may find you need some extra help to do well, and Ulster has an abundance of resources to help you. The Learning, Writing, and Math Centers are there for you, and almost all the gen eds have tutoring available from both professionals and peers. Don’t be afraid to go to them for assistance.

Work Hard, and Have Fun!

In the end, you are the only person who can make sure that you are prepared for college and will take your experience seriously. By keeping an open mind about your education and taking advantage of the opportunities available to you, there is a good chance you will be successful and have a great time at Ulster.

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Depending on where you are in the world, your exact timeline of events may be a little different. But for the most part we can assume that the beginning of 2020, specifically March, hit us like a freight train. One minute we were walking the hallways with our friends, whispering about our cute classmate, and then all of a sudden, we weren’t. Somehow along the way we landed here, wondering how we can adjust to online classes.

Morning commutes, heavy backpacks, group presentations, and every sense of normalcy disappeared. We were left with a single email, a makeshift home desk, and a whole lot of worries.

With school set to start up again soon, many of us will be diving (back) into the world of online learning. Although the tips here are geared towards college students, they can easily be applied to any sort of virtual work whether it be a career, internship, or community position.

Without further ado, 10 actionable tips to help you adjust to online classes and transition to virtual learning!

1. Make A Schedule For Class Time AND Homework Time

This is the one, folks. It’s first on the list for a reason. Despite the obvious differences, the more you can keep your online classes like normal classes, the better.

Make a schedule that incorporates your lectures, assignments, study time, and free time. Plan out your days, weeks, and months and stick to them as closely as you can. This will give you a nice routine and a sense of normalcy (although what even is normal anymore?).

There are tons of different scheduling methods out there: handwritten agendas, electronic calendars, block scheduling, apps, you name it. Test them all out until you find one that works for you. Then follow it like a duckling to its mama.

2. Eliminate Distractions

And we thought it was hard to focus during live lectures. Oh boy.

Whether it’s a busy household or a busy cell phone, it’s 42849 times easier to be distracted while working at home. Speaking from experience, of course. Even if you can’t get rid of all of the distractions, try to find a way to at least minimize them.

Share a copy of your class schedule with your family so they know when to keep the volume down (if that’s possible). Hide the TV remote in another room and, while you’re at it, leave your phone there too. Taking these proactive steps will help you stay more focused and keep your schoolwork on track.

3. Have A Dedicated Workspace

When you’re spending so much time at home, it’s important to have designated spaces within that home. As appealing as it may be to work from your bed, it can get old pretty quickly and the lines of your schedule may start blurring a bit.

You may find yourself working when you’re supposed to be relaxing and relaxing when you’re supposed to be working. Instead, create a welcoming study space so you know that when you’re there, you work. When you’re not, you don’t.

Soon, that one flight of stairs to your desk will feel like your old bus ride to school. But hopefully it won’t take 30 minutes.

4. Adjust How You Communicate Online

As if talking to profs wasn’t hard enough already, now we’re expected to talk to them without ever meeting them? Can they sense our fear through the little chat box in Zoom? Online communication adds an extra layer of difficulty because it’s so easy for messages to get misinterpreted. If you haven’t emailed a prof in a while, brush up on how to write a proper email as well as their expectations for responding.

Pro Tip: Don’t start your email with “hey” when reaching out to a prof and for the love of all things good, don’t talk about your new Netflix obsession on the Zoom chat. There’s a time and place, my friends. And this is not it.

5. Ask Questions In Class

Raise your hand if you’ve heard this before: “If you have a question, chances are someone else has the exact same question.”

Because it’s true. Especially now. If you’re worried it’s going to look like you don’t know what you’re doing, don’t be worried.

Honestly, do any of us really know what we’re doing with all of this new technology? We’re all in the same boat and trying to figure things out as we go. Don’t be afraid to ask your instructor for help with aggregate supply and demand or ask a classmate for clarification on the paper guidelines.

6. Use Your Resources

Believe us when we say that there are so many resources out there for online learning and working. Use them. Plus, most schools even have their own online learning resources that are specific to the technology and procedures they use. Start there and expand to the rest of the world wide web as needed.

7. Be Wary Of Zoom Fatigue

There’s a reason you feel absolutely exhausted after your fourth Zoom meeting in four hours. And it’s called Zoom fatigue. Yep. It’s a thing.

According to experts Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy , video calls “force us to focus more intently on conversations in order to absorb information.” There are no non-verbal cues or stimulus breaks, and we spend a lot of time starting at our own faces, trying to make them look invested in the conversation.

This explains why video meetings are so mentally and physically draining . A couple of ways to ease Zoom fatigue are to avoid multitasking, and switch to plain old phone calls when possible.

College is an exciting time of life, one filled with many profound transitions in preparation for an exciting and fulfilling future. One thing is likely true for all first year students: beginning college provides countless opportunities for growth, newly emerging challenges, and an accumulation of rich interpersonal experiences. Homesickness, academic challenges, difficulty fitting in, managing expectations, and many other issues can take their toll. Sometimes, the challenges of adjusting to college can be stressful and require new life strategies.

Often, having a sense of what you’re going through is helps reduce the negative impact it can have on your life. Try to be mindful of the changes that will likely greet you, and develop some ideas about how to respond as you move through the first several weeks of life here at Duke.

  • Increased personal freedom and responsibility.
  • Different kinds of academic strategies needed for success
  • Greater levels of difficulty of academic demands
  • Greater complexity of time-management responsibilities
  • New friendships at college that differ from high school friendships
  • Much more (or much less) racial and cultural diversity than what you experienced in your home community—or similar diversity but less socializing among people of different races.
  • A greater range of values and morals in college than in your home community.
  • Being surrounded by many peers who are also high achieving.
  • Changing relationships with family members and friends from home
  • Maintaining a long-distance romantic relationship while beginning a new life that may not involve your partner from home.

Keep this in mind: Struggling is not a sign of weakness or failure. In fact, struggling is usually the first phase of developing a new strength or strategy for success and wisdom.

Below are some helpful hints in moving through the adjustment to college life:

With a new reality dawning upon Americans as the COVID-19 global pandemic takes hold, many U.S. colleges and universities are closing their doors and sending their students home to take classes online. As many university faculty adjust to a wholly new method of teaching, those with more online teaching experience are sharing their knowledge to ease the transition.

At American University in Washington, D.C., students have shifted to online classes for at least a three week period starting at the end of the school’s spring break.

“While the risk to our community remains low at this time, this could change quickly,” American University President Sylvia Matthews Burwell said in a March 10 announcement. Our precautionary actions will help limit potential exposure to COVID-19 and enhance our ability to manage and/or isolate any suspected or confirmed cases that may occur at the university.

Frank Dubois, a professor of international business at the university who has experience teaching online classes, to The College Post American University may remain online for the remainder of the spring semester.

He said the university is putting a lot of resources into ensuring faculty are prepared for the transition to online classes and faculty are holding online meetings through Blackboard to share strategies with less experienced online teachers.

“Faculty are at various levels of preparation,” Dubois said. “Some are fairly technologically savvy and it’s not going to be that much of a heavy lift to go online; some perhaps less so… Things like this happen and I think we’re fairly well prepared for it.”

At California State University Fullerton, which began teaching classes fully online this week, a similar dynamic is playing out. Timothy Green and Loretta Donovan have both taught online for a decade in CSUF’s education department, and the department chair has asked them to support other faculty in making the transition to a virtual classroom.

“One of the tools that we use is Zoom, which is a video conferencing tool and we’ve been having sessions where we show them how to use those tools,” Green told The College Post. “We’ve also been talking to them about how to structure the online classes with strategies and tips to think about as they transition to the virtual environment.”

Green and Donovan especially emphasized the importance of maintaining social and emotional learning from the classroom to the virtual classroom. In brief, social-emotional learning, also known as SEL, is an evidence-based style of teaching which takes into account a student’s emotional and social needs as well as their educational needs to aid them in the learning process.

According to Donovan, in order for teaching to be most effective, students need to feel connected and supported while learning, especially in a situation where schools are removing teachers and students from their physical classrooms in the midst of a global pandemic.

“Online teaching and learning is a real community of learners and that’s where that social and emotional support comes in…and as a faculty member, really helping to support and to just be compassionate,” Donovan told The College Post. “Our students and teachers have just been thrown out of their own classrooms, their kids have been thrown out of their classrooms, and it’s just so much for them to handle.”

Students are, of course, making their own transition into the digital learning space. In order to keep up with assignments, Dubois recommended students keep up with their textbook readings regularly, check emails and Blackboard to stay up to date. He also suggested using discussion boards on Blackboard to communicate with the professor and other students. Dubois said Blackboard can be a great tool for teachers as well and that he’s using the platform to post powerpoint slides and video lectures for students to use as resources.

“One of the problems we have with this generation of students is they don’t read emails and I’m sure not going to group text 65 students,” Dubois said. “ The critical thing from the student perspective is read your emails, read the blackboard announcements, use a discussion board in the blackboard.”

Dubois said one major challenge of learning online is managing the “synchronous” and “asynchronous” aspects of an online curriculum. Synchronous means content or assignments that students do live and in real-time with their professor, and asynchronous referring to any assignments students must complete individually on their own time.

Managing these two components of online classes can be especially challenging because many professors have exchange students who, after following advice to head home during the coronavirus outbreak, are now in totally different time zones than their professors.

“I think initially there was a big push…to go synchronous and then eventually academic leadership realized it’s going to be a little bit harder than we thought because we have students all over the world right now,” Dubois said. “We’re a very international student body. As a result, they’re everywhere, so we need to accommodate them.”

Almost all students are currently studying and working from home during the coronavirus outbreak. If you’re in this boat, you might find the switch to online learning a little jarring. In some cases, it can be a struggle. Here are some tips to help you better adjust.

How to adjust to college classes

Focus on Communication

Communication is key when it comes to online learning. Make sure you’re regularly checking in with your teacher and asking any questions you may have about the material, homework, classes, or anything else. Participating will go a long way and you’ll want to understand the expectations. This is probably a big change for everyone involved, so everyone is learning as they go along. You’ll also want to keep open lines of communication with your classmates, so if you have questions and can’t reach the teacher for whatever reason, you can ask them.

You’ll also want to keep in contact with your school. This will help you keep on top of any important dates or details regarding graduation, breaks, or end of the school year information.

Create a Study and Work Area

It can be super comfy to sit on your bed and attend your class online, but this is not always recommended. Creating an area for school work can actually work to your benefit. In bed, on the couch, or in front of the TV can offer quite a lot of distractions from your class, so it’s better to have a spot set away from there.

Taking this approach as early as possible will help with productivity. You may also want to consider wearing headphones (or noise canceling headphones) so you can block out any noises in the home.

Create a Schedule

As many people have been joking, it is ridiculously easy to lose track of time during the week when you don’t have to regularly go to school, work, or take care of other responsibilities. This is also true for the day. It can be easy to start going to bed at 3am, but just as easy to get behind on your assignments if you fall into this trap.

However, creating a schedule works to keep you on top of your classwork and any other responsibilities you may have, without letting the day (or week) get away from you. You can set aside time specifically for the classes, homework, and tests. Managing time can get difficult during this period, but it will be extremely helpful in your college education going forward.

Adjusting to Online Learning During the Quarantine

Whether you’re in high school or college, this is probably an adjustment for you. Your teachers understand that (and are going through the same adjustment!), so if you have any questions or issues, don’t hesitate to bring it to their attention!

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How to adjust to college classes

Surviving the transition to university can be smoother if you know some of the differences from high school. Here are 11 differences you’ll need to cope with:

1. No one to check up on your attendance

Skipping class can be highly addictive and hazardous to your GPA, but attending lectures and actively participating helps you learn the material and the prof’s focus.

2. Bigger classes, less attention

No one will know you’re floundering unless you ask for help. Take advantage of TA labs and office hours or find a tutor. Smile at the person next to you to find a potential study partner, or join a study group.

3. No spoon-fed notes

Notes on the overhead just aren’t as clear as in high school days, so learn to take good notes.

4. Less in-class time, much more homework outside of class

High school classes often include time for homework and review. University assumes you’ll do the work (review, readings, lab reports, papers) on your own. Plan your time to include a bit of studying every day. And stick to your schedule! For tips, read how to choose your study area.

5. Challenging academic work

You’re responsible for more material (and harder assignments!) in a shorter amount of time. Develop strong study habits now. Know your learning style and strengths. Learn to write papers and lab reports well.

6. More brain power required

Unlike many of your high school classes, university requires active use of your critical thinking skills. Understanding the “why” and being able to discuss the implications or significance of material takes higher priority than memorization and regurgitation.

7. Longer-range assignments

Things can be due even months down the road! Waiting to the last minute can be disastrous. Plan ahead to keep up on readings/labs and start early on larger projects. Give yourself intermediate deadlines.

8. More electives to choose from

While you’ll still have core courses to take for your chosen major, for the most part (except for maybe Engineering) you’ll have more opportunity for electives. Take courses you didn’t even know existed when you were in high school. Discover what you enjoy. Be well rounded. Take advantage of practical courses.

9. More opportunities

University gives you more space and experiences to be able to get to know yourself better. There’s more extra curricular opportunities. Get involved on campus, meet new friends. Take advantage of any apprenticeships or internships available.

10. More freedoms and responsibilities, less time

On top of all the academic stuff, you’re now responsible for housing, food, laundry, cleaning, bills, money and social life. Learning how to prioritize and manage your time well is key to your adjustment and continued success. Read 10 Ways to Manage Stress in College.

11. More life learning

Develop a positive learning attitude. Though you may have had a “I know everything” attitude in high school, university is an ideal place to remind yourself there’s always room for growth.

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This article was written by: Justine Hwang

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