Adjusting to the Demands of College Competition studying Prioritizing New Responsibilities
Classes, Work, and Play
- There is a happy medium among getting an education, working hard, and having fun (e.g. having a social life and enjoying yourself in college)
- If you work hard, you can play hard
- College requires balance and putting certain demands into perspective
Lots of Changes
- Many college students experience mixed emotions upon arriving on campus for the first time.
- Students tend to have feelings of both excitement and nervousness
- The idea of more freedom and fun are exciting, but the thought of having to take on new responsibilities can be a little intimidating
- It’s important to have social networks in college
- Develop good relationships with your roommates and classmates
- Join clubs and organizations that interest you
- Be prepared to deal with money-management challenges (e.g. paying for tuition, room and board, spending money, campus involvement, etc).
- Learn to manage your money wisely
- Many college students get part-time jobs to help with their expenses.
- Just make sure your job does not interfere with your studies if you choose to work.
- Beware of credit card scams and overspending
Financial Adjustments Cont’d
- It’s a good idea to only have one credit card with a low credit limit that you can pay off monthly.
- In college, there is even more competition for good grades than there was in high school
- At times you will need to be competitive in order to succeed
- You will need to dedicate more time for studying and prioritizing
Critical Academic Adjustments
- Assuming greater responsibility for your own learning
- Being more open-minded and receptive to new (different) ideas
- Doing lots of reading that you will be held accountable for
- Adjusting to stiffer competition
- Setting goals and working toward achieving them
- Having and maintaining motivation
- Developing time management skills
Tips for Making Academic Adjustments
- Don’t try to make these adjustments too quickly—it takes a while for the average student to adjust to college and the demands of college
- Strive for balance and makes changes a little bit at a time
- Make small changes and stick to them
- Balance and consistency is key
Being a Well-rounded Student
- It is important to be well-rounded in order to get the most out of college
- You need to have experiences that go beyond the classroom
- Strive for more than just an impressive grade point average and a degree
- Engage in extracurricular activities and sports, and participate in campus organizations
Characteristics of Well-rounded Students
- Earn good grades and enjoy learning
- Understand that learning and studying require effort and are willing to put forth that effort
- Balance academics, work, and fun
- Involvement in extracurricular activities
- Have strong networks of friends and family for support
- Connect with faculty members
- Have a variety of interests and hobbies
- Take responsibility for actions
- Take care of their health
Things to Remember about Adjusting to the Demands of College
- Transitioning to college means lots of change and adjustments, and requires balance.
- You’ll have to adjust emotionally, socially, financially, domestically, and academically.
- Well-rounded students take advantage of what their college has to offer both inside and outside of the classroom
- Being a well-rounded student means more than just hitting the books