By: Stan Popovich
Are you a senior in high school and plan on going to college in the near future?
If so, this can cause a great deal of fear and anxiety during this time of transition.
As a result, here are seven tips on how to manage the anxieties of transferring from high school to college.
1. Determine your goals and interests: It is important to have an idea of what you want out of your life after you graduate from high school. Talk to a career counselor to get an idea of what your options may be and do what is best for you. Remember that going to college is not for everyone.
2. Choose the right college: If you decide to go to college, it is important that you pick a college that you will be comfortable going to. Some people may not do well going to a large campus and may decide to go to a smaller school. Decide which college will best suite your needs rather than trying to impress others.
3. Talk to the students on campus: Make a few trips to the college you want to go to in order to find out what it will be like when you go to school there. Ask a lot of questions and make sure that you know what to expect before classes begin.
4. Visit your school’s mental health counseling department: Many students deal with various mental health issues during their time in college. Instead of waiting until you feel anxious, get to know the people at your school’s mental health counseling department before school starts. This way, you will know who to talk to if you get stressed out.
5. Learn how to manage your studies: Most college classes involve reading a lot of books, writing many papers, and a lot of studying which can all be overwhelming. The key is to learn to take things one step at time and using your time management skills in order to stay on top of things. If you are having trouble with your classes, there are many counselors on campus that can offer you some helpful tips.
Some people can get overwhelmed and may have a difficult time getting through the day. When this happens, a person should take a deep breath and try to find something to do to get their mind off of the problem. A person could take a walk, listen to some music, read the newspaper, or do an activity that will give them a fresh perspective on things.
6. Choose your friends wisely: It is important to hang out with people who won’t pressure you into doing things that could cause problems for you such as getting drunk at a party. You have the choice to spend your time with the people that you feel comfortable being with. Always do what is best for you rather than trying to please your friends.
7. Be open-minded: It is said that college is the time to discover who you are and what you want to do with your life. Do not be afraid if things do not work out according to your plans. You always have the choice to change schools or do something else that will help accomplish your goals.
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