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Adjusting to College

This is a big year of firsts. We’ll show you how to survive.



Social Skills for First-Year College Students

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Entering higher education immediately after high school can mean culture shock. While many students have visited colleges and seen what the social scene may look like, many others haven’t begun to think about that part of college life yet. There are many social skills which newbie college kids should hone, and hone quickly, to avoid being an outcast. Here are some basic personal, financial and social skills to think about as you consider college life.

 

Packing for the Dorm

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Your dorm room will be home for the next two semesters, maybe the next 4 years. If you're not comfortable and if things are not convenient in your "home," you will not be a happy camper. Of course, after you have acclimated to the dorm and to your campus, it will be easier for you to adapt, add, and alter; but you will want the first few weeks, before your next visit back to your real home, to be a good living situation.

 

How Do I Live in a Dorm?

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Adjusting to a new living situation can be stressful. You are dealing with a move; leaving home, family, pets; sharing your living space, maybe for the first time; making new friends; and adapting to a new culture--all at once! It's important, then, that you realize you are experiencing a life change so you can be prepared.

 

How to Survive your First Year of College 101

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Congratulations on starting your first year on campus! This is a year that will be a huge transition for you. Things have changed from last year: you're away from home, you have different intellectual expectations, and you have more freedom.

To deal with first year college changes and challenges CollegeBasics offers some basics dos and don'ts that can help you navigate through this extraordinary but demanding year.

 

An Attitude for Success at College

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Doubting your choice of college right now? Feeling frustrated? Are your grades not what you expected; for that matter, are your courses not what you expected?

You may be thinking of leaving school and taking a break. You should just know that about 43% of students who begin college never finish, and most who leave do so during their first year. This exit from college is not only because students are not academically prepared. Sometimes they are not attitudinally prepared.

 

Extracurricular Activities Help You Fit In

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Extracurricular Activity Matters

All learning does NOT take place in the class room. You probably already know that. In high school, beyond the class room doors you may very well have learned on your night job, been involved in community activities that taught you a lot about life, pursued hobbies that gave you lots of new skills, and taken lessons in one area or another that gave you new information. The same is doubly true at college. The main reason to be involved beyond the classroom is to increase your education and broaden your learning.

 

Time Management: A Prescription for Student Success

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Students new to the campus experience often need to adjust how they use their time.  Often college students think they have more time because they have fewer class hours, but in actuality, students only have gained more time which they must use wisely to get everything they are obligated to do at college.

 


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