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Transitioning to College

Starting College or University is a big change. Luckily, there are some handy tips that can help you cope with your first few months.

Remember, while you may never be the best, you are awesome at a combination of things that are totally unique to you.

Your friends still love you, and although university is a time for exploration and change, they are still your friends.

Schools are full of resources but don’t advertise them well. Seek them out (many of which are free of charge).

Remember who you are and who you want to be. Change is fine, as long as you become someone you want to be.

Make new friends! You will get to meet these amazing new people, but don’t forget those back home!

Study! Classes might be optional, but you need to prep yourself for the increasing workload.

Get involved; it’s a great way to meet people who share your interests (and who will make fast friends).

Don’t forget to take care of yourself! An A average isn’t good if it lands you in a hospital. Take the time to relax.

If someone brings more negativity to your life, it might be time to have a little chat with them or cut them out of your life.

Study with someone. It gives you someone to compete with. If they read ahead, you'll want to beat them.

Don't overdo it. There are lots of things to do when you start school but know how many is too many.

Set three levels of priorities: things I must do, should do (but it can wait) and ones that can wait indefinitely.

Start off the semester by making a huge calendar featuring all your due dates and the value of assignments.

Allot about two hours of study for each hour of class. That works out to six hours of study per course, per week.

Look to the future. If you have a test coming up, you should know about it and be prepping weeks in advance.

Schedule yourself time for review and to add to your notes as soon after a lecture as possible.

Look for apps to help you. Transit, time management, course directories-- you'll be surprised what your options are.

Keep applying for scholarships. Just because you've started doesn't mean you can't get some help along the way.

Take short breaks from studying whenever you need them (and even when you think you don't). Plan for them.

Visit your discipline librarian. They were trained for exactly what you're studying and can save you a ton of time.

Check out academic support options. Even if you just need an editor you can trust, they can help!

Time your breaks. If you need 15 minutes to rest your mind, set your phone to notify you when they're up.

Take advantage of the gym on campus (if you have one). Move your body and your mind will be more productive.

Don't let yourself start skipping classes. Once you start doing so, it can be nearly impossible to stop.

Pace yourself, especially if you're working and going to school. Take a lighter course load if you have the option.

Talk to an academic advisor about your graduation requirements so you're not missing something last semester.

Take courses based on what you want to specialize in, not just what will be easy or fun.

Sign up for one more class per semester than you need. After the first week, drop the one you find the least engaging.

Look up your professors online. See what their teaching and grading is like before you commit to a course with them.

It's okay to be nervous but don't fear starting school. It’s different and it’s big, but it’s waiting for you to conquer it.