Preparing for the College Shock

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For some high school students, the idea of college is exhilarating. For others, it can seem daunting. It’s completely normal to be nervous about the transition from high school to college; you are not alone! To help make the change easier and more enjoyable begin preparing yourself now.


Harder Coursework

One of the most challenging changes you will face in college is the elevated difficulty of the classes. If you could get by without studying in high school, you won’t be able to in college! The material will be more demanding and covered more quickly, and you will need to put in a study hours be successful.


Learn how to make a study plan now! Find study habits that work well for you and practice them with the classes you’re taking today. The more accustomed to studying you are, the more stress-free the transition will be.


Bigger Classes

In many cases, there will be more people in your college classes than were in your high school classes. Don’t panic if your first college class is held in a giant lecture hall with 200 students—you will get used to it!

Today, focus on getting comfortable with asking questions and sharing contributions in your smaller high school classes. Don’t be afraid to raise your hand. This will help you gain confidence when it comes to asking questions in your college classes. If you’re confused about something, there is a good chance that others in the class are as well!


More Freedom

For many students, college will be the first time that they are living on their own. There will no longer be someone there making sure that you are getting things done, you will be in charge of that! You will have to keep track of assignments, meetings, class times, and any extracurricular activities you might partake in.


Start taking responsibility now! Use an agenda to keep track of things that are due and check it regularly. Listen to time management advice from your teachers, parents and other adults.


Greater Expenses

Of course, one of the other things that can be intimidating about college is its cost. College is truly an investment in your future; however, it’s more than likely one of the largest-cost items that you’ve ever been involved in paying for and that can feel scary. Fortunately, there are many resources available to help students pay for college. Don’t let the sticker price of a school slow you down today: Do your research early on, and you’ll find the right way to balance school costs with what you and your family can manage in the years to come.


Don’t be afraid of college. The experience is one of the most fun and enriching times in your life! Plus, it will position you for greater success in the future. If you need help preparing, visit the CFNC website today or call 866-866-CFNC.