HOW TO PREPARE FOR COLLEGE? A GUIDE FOR TEENAGERS

One of the biggest dreams and fears of teenage is college.

The last three years of school are practically spent in making sure that one gets into a good college. There are subjects to decide, there are colleges to wish for, and then there are back ups and double back ups. Amidst all of this though, people forget the most important thing and that is how do you prepare for college mentally?!

It’s a big change after all, and one that we have to mostly leap on our own!

So here are some tips to help you prepare for your college!

TIP #1     DO NOT HAVE ANYTHING IN MIND, GO AS BLANK AS A FRESHLY CREATED INSTA ACCOUNT.

A lot of people tell us things about the subjects we have chosen, about our colleges and cities probably but what’s important is that this their view. Even though these are alumni of that college, they have seen it from their perspectives. Doesn’t mean if they had a good experience you will and if they had bad, so will you. It’s like those series thing you know. Your friends might completely like Riverdale and you will hate it! The best way to get through college is on your way. The second you start following, you start misleading your own way!

TIP#2         ON A MORE SPECIFIC NOTE, ALWAYS MAKE CONTACT WITH YOUR SENIORS

There are a lot of ice-breaker sessions held at the beginning of the college but we hardly keep up with them. To make contacts in college is the most important thing. They will help you both in college and outside. It is the same in life in fact. You learn from others’ experiences and become wiser. Trust me, it saves you a lot of time!

TIP#3        BE PREPARED FOR NO SPOON FEEDING

While we are in school, a lot of reading and writing material is given to us. We have guides, books to prepare us for college entrances but that all stops in college. In college, one get the “adult” treatment. You have to work hard, create your notes, your own understanding of topics and prepare for the exams. There might be a general blueprint but the details are what you have to fill on your own.

TIP#4       DO NOT MAKE FRIENDS ON THE FIRST DAY

This might seem like a weird thing to say but it is the reality. You have got to be nice to people but you cannot make friends right away. Many people, including me, find some good people and stick with them. Even though it is good to find people of your liking, it is not good to not know the whole crowd. Mixing with others gives you knowledge that will help you survive college in so many ways.

TIP#5      MAKE INTERDEPARTMENTAL FRIENDS

Like I said previously, mixing is very important. Along with that mixing with people from different streams helps you broaden your perspective. You get to know about different careers, thinking patterns and also college patterns sometimes! You know, which department is famous for what?!

TIP#6   FOR PEOPLE CHANGING CITIES, PLEASE LEARN COOKING!

However tempting the outside fries and pizza may seem, there is no equivalent to home food and hence you must know basic cooking at least! It is healthy for your stomach and your pocket too!

TIP#7     BE READY TO PLAY A RARE GAME OF BEAM BALANCE!

Every one tells you about work-life balance and how to maintain it. But on tells you about college-life balance. A lot of us get carried with all the fun and do not focus on our studies or vice-versa. The thing is you need to find a balance. There is no college life without fun and no fun in life later if you do not have good grades!

TIP# 8    ALWAYS BE PARTICIPATIVE IN CLASS

Even though it is a very cliché thing to say, it is true. This is how you develop to face people. Do it for yourself. Later in life, when you are in a company and you want to talk in front of 100 people, it will help!

TIP#9   AT LEAST VISIT YOUR LIBRARY ONCE!

This might seem weird, but it is actually not a bad place. Your college could have access to books and reading material you might never get to see. Even though you are not a reader, at least see the place once, you can’t write off anything without trying it right!

TIP#10    ALWAYS AND ALWAYS BE YOURSELF

Last and the most important advice I would like to say is that never ever change yourselves to fit in. You can change but for yourself. Always stand up for yourself and make sure you have a good college life!

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