The transition from high school to college is such an oft-repeated trope that it has become a worn out cliché. Still, the cliché remains true. College can offer a unique opportunity to reinvent yourself. The shift to college life is a dramatic metamorphosis — and even more so for a student who wants to become a better, happier person.
We offer the following tips to help make college a transformative experience:
1. The Active Networker Makeover
The glue that makes success stick is reaching out to mentors who can improve your educational experience. Make an appointment with your professor or teaching assistant (send a polite email, or take part in an online discussion). It’ll improve the quality of work you produce and help make a turnaround a reality.
2. The Emotional Intelligence Makeover
The conventional wisdom that only your brain power will get you through college misses out on the fact that college life taxes your heart as well as your head. Your emotional wits will come in handy. If you’re naturally shy, try to ease your way into new situations. Give yourself the opportunity to explore new relationships. Attempts to improve your emotional connectivity with others can reduce unnecessary stress, worry, and anxiety.
3. The Realistic Overachiever Makeover
To be successful in college does not mean you have to eschew all forms of social activity and take up 24/7 residence in the library. Too much overachievement can hinder rather than help. Pace yourself, and don’t overload your calendar. To avoid burnout, schedule leisure time to counterbalance your workload. Play loosens stress and enhances your creative ability.
4. The Turnaround Underachiever Makeover
A recent study warns that underachievement in high school can lead to poor performance in college. To avoid slipping grades (and the risk of losing out on your investment) choose a school that offers resources available to you on campus. If you’re not adept at writing a paper, get help from your school’s writing center. OWL is free and chock full of helpful tips to tighten your prose.
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