How to Successfully Transition to College

Starting college is a difficult transition for many students.  You are thrown into a whole new life where you are on your own, no longer have the comfort of being with all of your high school friends and you have a lot more responsibility.  Some students find the transition from high school to college really easy, while others have a harder time adjusting.  Here are some ways to make the transition a little bit easier.

Get involved

One of the best ways to quickly get acquainted to a new school is to get involved.  By joining a team, hall council or Greek life, you not only get to meet older students who can help you through the transition, you also make friends quickly and have things to do.  One of the huge differences from high school to college is the amount of free time you have, and how you decide to use it determines how well you do in school and how much you enjoy college.  By getting involved, you will have things to do and more people to do them with.

Have an open mind

Especially if you are going to a bigger school, it’s important to have an open mind.  You may be used to the people from your town and your high school, but when you get to college, there are people from all over that have different views on things and act a different way.  Having an open mind about things will help ensure no problems arise and may help you see a new way of looking at things.

Stay focused

The main thing to remember when starting college is what you are actually there for.  It is so easy to get caught up in your social life and forget about the academics.  Remain focused on your schoolwork and figuring out what you want to study but be sure to have time for social activities as well.  Having a balanced college experience will truly make it the best college experience and help you get the most out of your time there.

Work to stay healthy

While it is easy to fully enjoy the cafeteria and eating whatever you feel like, it is just as easy to put on the dreaded freshman 15.  Take care of your body.  Just because you are away from home and no longer have parents cooking for you doesn’t mean you have to throw away all the things you learned about staying healthy.  If you played a sport in high school, try to stay in shape in a similar way.  When you are healthy, you feel better and when you feel better, you will be a happier, healthier person that will probably do better in school.

Again, the transition from high school to college can be extremely overwhelming.  It may not come as easy to you as it does for some students.  By following some of these tips, hopefully your transition will be a little smoother and you will get the most out of your freshman year in college!

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Laura Szatkowski

Laura Szatkowski

Laura Szatkowski is a senior at Central Michigan University studying public relations and English. Laura enjoys being busy, juggling work and school, and has plans to one day spend her time traveling abroad. When not busy, Laura, the middle child of three girls, enjoys shopping and spending time with her friends and family.
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