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The Transition from High School to College

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Posted on May 23, 2019 by By Jordan Smith '19, a media and communication alumnus.

Courtesy: Delaware Valley University Students enjoy DelVal's campus.

The transition from high school to college can be both exciting and scary. You are moving into a period of time where you learn about your future profession and meet new people, but it’s also the first time many people live on their own and take on responsibility. Although this is an incredibly stressful transition for some, there are plenty of ways to take full advantage of all the new opportunities in front of you. 

Get to Know Your Roommate
Moving to college means jumping into a new living situation with someone who might have a different living style than you. Living with someone with different sleeping habits than you, such as staying up late or waking up early, can be daunting. If you create a strong, understanding relationship with your roommate, you can compromise and work around your differences to make the most of your time together.

Get a Planner and Add the Due Dates for Key Assignments 
Managing your time is another aspect of college life many students struggle with during their freshman year. In high school, it is easy to rely on teachers to remind you of due dates. College professors will often hand you a syllabus to refer to for due dates and tests rather than reminding you to stay on top of your work. Buying a student planner is one of the most useful things you can do to stay on top of all your assignments. Getting your syllabus the first week of classes and writing down all of your due dates will help you stay ahead in your courses. 

Try to Use Free Time to Get Ahead on Some of Your Assignments
You’ll find there will be free time before, in-between, and after classes. Depending on how you plan your schedule, you might have a long gap between your daytime classes. Some people prefer to plan their classes back to back and get them over with earlier in the day, while others prefer having breaks in-between. Using your free time to get work done and stay ahead relieves the stress that comes with procrastinating. Finishing your work after classes can help you avoid late night cramming and ensure you are producing quality work. You may find yourself procrastinating if you spend all of your free time taking naps, playing video games, or hanging out with friends. If you can get ahead of due dates and make good use of your time, you’ll find yourself with a lot less stress and more free time than you’d expect.

Use the Academic Support Resources Available to You on Campus
DelVal has resources like study groups and tutoring for students who would like extra guidance for their classes. Using the library, The Writing Center, and The Tutoring Center can help relieve some of the stress from your workload. DelVal wants you to succeed and provides resources to help put you in place to do well. 

College is supposed to be fun, but it is also meant to set you up for success in the future. If you don’t use your time and resources wisely, you won’t get the most out of your college experience. Taking advantage of all the academic resources DelVal has to offer will help you succeed in your classes while leaving you with time to enjoy your college experience.

About the Author
Jordan Smith, a media and communication alumnus, is a member of Delaware Valley University's Class of 2019.