While people often say that college is the place that should prepare you for the real world, why not get prepared just a little earlier? With college being a much different ballgame than anything you’ve experienced in high school so far, it’s important to get prepared to make both college and life after college a bit more manageable.
College works in reverse of high school. While we are in high school we often spend most of our time in class, while in college, we might be spending more time outside of class working on homework and projects than what we might be spending during college lectures. If you decide to get a job in college while handling 15 class credits, along with involvement in other activities, you will want to learn how to effectively manage your time. Print out your schedule and keep a copy in your room as well as with you when you travel to classes. Write stuff out on what you have going on during the weeks. One of the biggest areas I’ve struggled with myself is managing my time. Take the syllabus seriously by reading through it completely and highlight exam dates so you feel more prepared before-hand.
Regardless if your job in college requires an interview or not, you will still want to know how to properly prepare for an interview, whether it’s for a corporate job after graduation or an internship you decide to take during your college years. Be sure that you know how to dress properly for the position you seek. Interviews are a nerve-wracking experience for many, so set up a “mock” interview with someone who can play the role of an employer and practice having an interview before hand. An interview should be an opportunity for you to “sell” what you can bring to the table for the company, while being honest. It might be helpful to act out the situation where you will be in the spotlight before the real event.
Do Your Research!
Here’s one I wish I took more seriously during my earlier years. While everyone will have different experiences with different professors, some will simply be better teachers than others. Everyone has a different learning style so it’s important that you invest in a professor whose class you feel you will be able to succeed in. Find people who’ve had his or her class before and ask how it was. Was the professor easy enough to follow? How were his/her exams? Does he/she make themselves convenient enough for extra assistance? These are a few questions to consider before registering for a course. Ratemyproffesors.com is a popular online source that students will use to give feedback on professors and may be worth checking out. Just keep in mind that some feedback might not actually be a fair representation of the professor.
I’ll be honest. Cooking isn’t my favorite thing to do and I’ve been used to people cooking for me for most of my life. This tip may not apply to everyone right away depending on what your living situation will be like. More than likely, when you go to college you will have a meal plan that will allow you access to whatever dining halls your college provides you. A lot of you may also live in a dorm and there may or may not be a kitchen in the dorm hall. However, whether or not you end up living off campus like I did my last two years of college, or have access to a kitchen, cooking may be a skill worth investing in. I’m not saying you necessarily need to prep four meals a day, but if you ever have time, why not look up a few recipes or even ways to prepare basic meals such as pasta and chicken? It’s less overwhelming than you think and may save some money in the long-run. Cooking your own food can often be a healthier alternative since you often know exactly what’s going into your body, assuming you’re reading all the labels.
Not everyone is very physically active in high school. Whether or not you want to lose weight or gain muscle, exercise has a lot of added health benefits. It can be a stress-reliever from classes and also keep the mind sharp. Some of you might have heard the expression, “freshman 15,” referring to when a student gains weight their first year from eating various types of college food. While college should offer plenty of healthy options, you might be tempted to chow down on the less healthy options as well. If you do choose to occasionally pig out, then exercise on the side can keep things in balance. As long as everything is in moderation then you should be alright. A lot of people dislike working out by themselves so finding a buddy to go with might help with motivation. Look into group workout classes or even rec sports if lifting weights or treadmill running isn’t your thing.