For many students, being accepted to college is a big step that took a lot of hard work and time to achieve. If you are considering going to college, read these tips before taking the leap into higher education!
You don’t have to know exactly what you want to do with your degree before starting.
So many students begin classes with no clue where they will end up after graduation. You are not alone. This shouldn’t keep you from pursuing your degree – if it interests you then go for it! You are there to learn as you go. The further you get into your major, the more you will understand the industry and its potential career paths. Start taking some classes and keep your eyes open to other interests and you’ll have a plan in no time.
Prior research is key and will give you peace of mind.
Research, research, research! You can never do enough to prepare. You may have already done research on your school of choice before applying, but now that you are enrolled, it would be beneficial to go a layer deeper. Additional research on your school and degree options will prepare you for the upcoming semester. Plus, you will know what to expect on your first day of classes. Research into the institution could be as simple as visiting the website, reading reviews, or even taking time to read syllabuses posted by your instructors prior to the start of class.
Taking it day-by-day will minimize stress.
College will be a completely different environment than any prior schooling you have had up until now. The class load will likely be significantly larger and the material much more in-depth. Don’t psych yourself out after looking at the syllabus. It may seem like a lot, but don’t ask yourself “if” you’re going to be able to handle this, ask yourself “how.” How will you succeed in your course work? Buy an agenda and write down tasks you must do each day. Spread out the due dates and don’t put assignments off to the night before they are due. If you have a slow day then look ahead in your planner to see if there is a busy day coming up. Balance the week by taking tasks from a busy day and distributing them to slower days. It will make a world of a difference in managing your stress and tackling your assignments.
We hope these tips will help you as you prepare to begin your journey in higher education. If you have any more questions or inquiries about South College, please contact us at (865) 251-1800 or use our Request Information form.