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Adapting to College

Leaving high school and going off to college is a big change for a lot of 18 and 19 year olds. For many, it's the first time that they are living away from their parents and guardians. College is a time for teens to not just assert their independence but put into action. This is a time to step up to the plate and take responsibility for your own actions, behavior and grades. It's your chance to get the most out of your college experience. 


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However, if you are having a difficult time adjusting to college, that's normal and things may start to get easier once you have gotten used to the new environment and people. But, if you are still having problems with adjusting to college, there are plenty of resources for you at your local campus. From Middlesex and UMass Amherst to Boston University. Your school's website will have a wealth of information in regards to getting mental health help. Most importantly, don't be afraid to go and seek out help if you need it.
 
 
 
College is also the time where students can be exposed to new things such as drinking, drugs and sex. Binge drinking is also prevalent in college. The consequences of drinking too much can lead to all sorts of problems. Make sure whenever you go out you use extreme caution and are always with friends and people that you trust.
 
Have Fun!
 

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BUT--- Be smart when you go out. Poor decisions have negative ramifications.
 
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Grades Matter! When it comes to the classroom it's important that you pay attention. Things in college will be a lot different so it's important to get into a good routine when it comes to studying and taking notes in class. Make sure you manage your time so you do not get overwhelmed.
 

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By Kayla http://simplykaela.tumblr.com/

  1. Cliques don’t exist anymore - You don’t need to worry about fitting in the “in crowd”. You have a clean slate in college, and a clean reputation. Take advantage of that and make yourself known.
  2. Utilize your school’s library - It’s not only useful for research, but its a great place to study, meet up with friends, or to just kill some time between classes.
  3. Freedom - Don’t abuse it. You may be on your own, but its your responsibility to make sure you earn the grades to stay in school. Find a balance between your social and academic life. Don’t over-party and don’t over-study. 
  4. Attendance - When you start school, you’re going to find yourself smack dab in the middle of large lecture courses (200+ people) and professors who don’t take attendance and who can care less about your problems. Make sure you go to these classes because these tend to be the ones that are strictly note-based & have 3 exams. 
  5. It’s not the “teacher’s fault” anymore - It’s yours. It is your responsibility to show up to class and earn the grades that you deserve. Your parents have no say in the grades you make anymore. Develop a relationship with your professor and make a friend in the class to make sure you can get everything you need from that class.
  6. Money Management - You will learn the value of a dollar very quickly once you are in college. Books now cost over $150 on average, if you don’t have meal plans for campus food, that costs a pretty penny too. Save up your summer earnings and spend your money wisely! Trust me, this is coming from someone who spent all her money on useless items.
  7. Get involved on campus - Spend your first few weeks getting used to the big change, and then jump in to getting involved on campus. You don’t want to go through your entire college career with no experience under your belt. Get out of your dorm room and have some fun!
  8. Don’t be afraid to ask for help - Chances are, there are tons of other students in the same pickle as you. Don’t hesitate in asking for help or for tutoring. The campus faculty is there for you!
  9. Procrastination - Leave that at home. Seriously. It only gets worse in college. Things start piling up, readings start accumulating, and it sucks. Don’t wait until the last minute for everything!
  10. Be yourself - Whoever said that your high school years were the best years of your life lied. Your college years are exponentially better. You have the opportunity to reinvent yourself or discover who you are. You make new friends, learn to come out of your shell, and you’re exposed to so much more than in high school. College can make or break you. Make sure to really make these years the best ones of your life!
     

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