No one can argue the fact that college is a life changing experience. I know from myself and a lot of my friends, college was nothing as we expected. And if anything college was a different experience for everyone I know. One thing I am sure of is that if I knew what to expect when walking through the doors of university on my first day, a lot of things would be different, easier perhaps. Therefore this blog post is for those of you who are attending college this fall and don’t know exactly what to expect.
1.Everyone looks like they know what they are doing which makes you feel a bit more lost
Matter of fact is, everyone is in your exact same situation, feeling as lost if not more than lost than you are. You probably look like you know what you’re doing to someone else too. Don’t feel isolated, almost everyone in college is new and probably is lost. Don’t be afraid to ask around and get lost a little. I promise you, by the end of the semester you will be bored of walking the same halls to lectures and back.
2.The Illusion That Everyone has their own “clique”
I can not stress this enough, no one will say no to new friends, maybe back in high school, they did. But college is a whole different story. Step out of your comfort zone and introduce yourself to the girl sitting next to you in class, and if that didn’t work sit next to someone else the next lecture and introduce yourself all over again. If there is one thing I wish I knew when I first started college, it is the fact that almost everyone feels isolated and lonely. Everyone is nervous and hoping for someone to come chat with them, so get out there and make small talk!
3.Professors won’t really care about you like your high school teachers did
Stepping into class sometimes you feel like the professor is desensitized from the students and most professors won’t make the effort to get to know you, especially if the class is huge. At the end of the day, you will all be gone when the semester is over and they will have new faces all over again. Therefor you need to make yourself visible to them, sit in the front row, take notes, go to their office hours, getting to know your professors may be a HUGE bonus not only to your marks but also to your life.
4.It will seem very tempting to skip class knowing that no one will notice
In high school we have to take permission to use the restroom, we don’t have the option of not attending a class without a valid reason. Therefore the second you enter college you will notice that attendance is your option. No one will call your parents and tell them you missed class, no one will ask you, most of the time no one will notice if you attend class or not. But this is where being mature starts playing its roll in your life. Going to class whether it’s mandatory or not is extremely important if you want to get good grades or at least pass. Studies show that students who skip classes are more likely to fail than students who don’t. I really don’t want to sound like your mother right now, but kids don’t skip lectures unless you really have to.
One last thing, don’t be nervous, scared or anxious about college. It is a fun, life changing experience that will help you grow and hopefully get you closer to the person you aim to be. Best of luck for those of you attending college in the fall, I know I will need it! There will be a couple more back to school/ college blog posts, so don’t forget to tune in and hit that follow button.