Transitioning from high school to college can be difficult if you are not prepared for the future. But how do you know what to prepare for if you are not there yet? Here are some current college students and the advice they offer to high school students.
Freshman at Marian University, Cora Dale, stated college is a big adjustment whether you are ready for it or not. She recommends picking a major that is right for you and not someone else.
“Going to a big fancy school is not the best or smartest decision for everyone; a degree is a degree,” said Dale.
Freshman at Indiana University, Lizzie Messenger, says no advisors, professors or any staff will care as much as those at Lebanon High School, so take advantage of the amazing adults around you. Going into college, you are thrown into a whirlwind of changes and are on your own. It is extremely easy to slack off in college, so try to learn good study habits in high school to make the transition easier.
“Get out of your comfort zone in college – Talk to people you normally would not talk to and join clubs you have never heard of to get the full experience and to find who you are in the midst of it all,” said Messenger.
Another freshman at Indiana University, Garrett Rowe, said to get involved with everything you can. The more times you are outside your dorm and being around people, the more you will enjoy your experience overall.
“There are so many awesome things to do so get active and make new friends,” said Rowe.
Tori Bennett is a freshman at Indiana State University and recommended having fun, but also staying focused in school. As long as you stay balanced, you will be fine.
“You can do whatever you want since your parents are no longer with you, but you need to be smart with the responsibility that comes along with that as well,”said Bennett.
Hannah Wirey is also a freshman at Indiana State University and said to buy a planner because it is a life saver when trying to figure out what homework you have to do. Wirey advises to make new friends, find your place and get involved with something that interests you.
Freshman at Franklin College, Maci French, wants high school students to pick the college they love and see themselves attending in the future. It is important to weigh the decision of wanting to walk thirty minutes to class at a big school or five minutes at a small school. Athletics and Greek life are also big factors in choosing your college.
“When preparing for your classes, purchase your laptop, notebooks, pens, pencils and highlighters first and wait to purchase any books or extra supplies because some professors do not even use the books and it saves money,” said French.
Haydn Parker is a freshman transferring from Ivy Tech University to Purdue University. He recommended learning how to take good notes now and how to manage your time efficiently. Learning how to do both of these things will lead you to success.
Another freshman transfer is Macie Morrett, transferring from the University of Indianapolis to Purdue University. Morrett said to make detailed schedules of everything you need to get done and when it is due. Professors do not remind you and you do not want to miss a due date.
Freshman at Anderson University, Nick Bland, suggested going to class. Sleeping in and skipping class is easy, but it will hurt you. He also mentions balancing your classes and not taking on too big of a course load.
“Do not be in a hurry to graduate. It is important to have fun while you are in college,” said Bland.
Freshman at Ball State University, Nick Dafoe, said being able to manage your time well now will make the transition to college and being on your own easier. In college, staying on top of your assignments will benefit you.
Michaela Marshall, a sophomore at Ball State University, stresses the importance of studying. The studying you do in high school is nothing compared to the studying needed in college, so learn how to study!
Another sophomore at Ball State University, Baylee Burcham, advised taking advantage of your professors’ office hours. In high school, students see their teachers every day and it is easy to get help from them, but college is not like that.
“Set up appointments with your professors so you can get some help or see how you are doing in the class,” said Burcham.
Sophomore at DePauw University, Alyssa Fisher, recommended putting some serious research into your school of choice because you will be there for the next four years of your life.
“It is exciting to see all the clubs you can join, but remember your education comes first; do not overload your plate. Figure out how much you can handle before you choose what you want to do,” said Fisher.
Sophomore at Purdue University, Lauren Hudson advises to go to class, get involved and keep yourself busy. Learn time management and self-discipline skills; you will need them.
“High school to college is a tough transition but can become easier if you get involved,” said Hudson.
Brendan Forester, sophomore at Herron School of Art and Design, wants high school students to not be afraid of their true passions. Figure out what your passion is before diving into the decision of where to go and what to do.
“My biggest regret is going into a field that I thought others wanted me to do and not doing what I wanted to do,” said Forester.
Sophomore at Indiana University, Makayla Huffer, stresses putting your schoolwork as a priority because that is why you are in college. It is super important to try new things, but do not spread yourself too thin.
“Find a couple organizations you are really passionate about instead of a ton just to fill your resumé,”said Huffer.
As you can see, the transition from high school to college is difficult for most people. If you plan on going to college after graduating high school, take some of the advice above, it might help you in the future.