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Adjusting to College


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Adjusting to College

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