The transition from high school to college academics can come as a bit of a surprise to most people. No matter how hard you practice your study skills and how well you think you take notes, college level courses still might throw you for a loop based on how much work they really require, and the caliber of content that is given to you to learn.
College is an incredibly transformational time in anyone’s life. No matter your path to college, the 3, 4, or 5+ years that you spend earning your degree will teach you an assortment of hard and soft skills that set you up for success later in life. Though at times your college workload may feel overwhelming and far from the expected day to day demands of adult life once you graduate, the work ethic and mix of skills that you acquire in college will set you up to tackle a wide range of problems and handle whatever life throws at you.
For incoming college students, it is that time of the year where you will have the ability to sign-up for your first semester of classes in college! This can be a big change from scheduling classes in high school as you will now have a lot more freedom and many more class options to choose from.
In my last blog, I talked about some items that you should bring to your college dorm. Since I lived in the dorms at UC Berkeley all four years of college, I’ll be sharing some items that you should not bring to your college dorm.
Coming into college, most students opt to live in the dorms for a variety of reasons. At UC Berkeley, 95% of first-year students live in on-campus housing, and at many other colleges, this percentage climbs even higher. Even after the first year, some students opt to continue living in the dorms if possible, whether that be by personal choice, employment (becoming a Residential Assistant), or convenience. Here are some factors to consider:
As the national deadline to commit to a college quickly approaches, the next step in your college journey will be to start thinking about and purchasing items you need for your college dorm room! Living in the dorms at Berkeley all four years of college, this blog contains a list of items you should consider bringing to your college dorm.
When it comes to healthy study habits, many high schoolers tend to think they study well, until they get to college. However, this doesn’t mean that you haven’t been studying well this entire time, but rather that college-level courses and the pace at which new material is presented to you changes completely, and what worked for you in high school might no longer work for you in college.
For most people, the dynamic of college life is something that is brand new, and can be difficult to navigate. Managing your time can prove to be much harder than it was in high school, and a lot of the day that was once taken up by a rather rudimentary timeline of waking up, eating breakfast, going to school, taking classes, eating lunch, taking more classes, and ending the day with an extracurricular activity, homework, or social outings, now has a bit more flexibility.
Going to college can be very daunting because you are leaving the comfort of the hometown you grew up in and venturing off into a new stage in your life. When attending college, whether online or in-person, you will be surrounded by many people from all different parts of the state, country, and world. Even if you go to a school where friends from high school are attending, you will still be in a new community with the opportunity to meet new people.
Throughout my life, I’ve always been someone to prioritize enjoying the moment: I never wanted to dwell too much on things, and I always wanted to feel present in everything that I did. Even when I felt sad or down, I wanted to find energy to pick me up elsewhere: seeing friends, watching a new TV show, going on an adventure - I found external ways of finding joy in my life, and while I found happiness and strength in embracing those things, it wasn’t until college that I realized that I couldn’t always look elsewhere for strength, and that living in the moment wasn’t always enough.
Academic Advisors can be some of the most helpful resources for students in college, particularly for those enrolled in a large university with a ton of classes/courses. Sometimes, advisors are assigned to a lot of students, which makes it a bit harder to get time to speak with them, but being proactive, consistently reaching out, and planning ahead can ensure that you get the one-on-one time you need with an advisor, and that you get all of your questions answered.
Currently, many school districts and colleges are still implementing an online class model for spring classes. Some schools are even trying to have a hybrid model, where some classes are in-person and some are online. Other schools are sending students back to in-person school by February and March of this year. Even with all of these different models, you will still probably have to do online school for some time longer. Grades are even more important now in college admissions because many universities are steering away from standardized test scores, so check out my top 10 tips on how to be successful in online classes.
When it comes to housing, most colleges have a pretty clear breakdown of what to expect in on-campus dorm arrangements - everything for pricing, meal plans, and transportation logistics, all the way to roommates, dorm layouts, and common area amenities. In many cases, colleges even promise guaranteed housing for 2, 3 or even all 4 years, which makes the housing search either much easier, or non-existent for many students. However, if you’re like me, you might attend a college that cannot actually guarantee more than 1 year of housing in campus-owned set-ups, so you’ll be responsible for figuring out arrangements for the majority of your time as a student.
Everyone loves saving money, right? Since going to college is so expensive, today I am sharing some of my tips on how to save money and make money while you’re in college.
No matter what college you go to, part-time employment while also pursuing a degree is a popular option for students. Oftentimes, the right amount of academic discipline and motivation, as well as proper planning and time management can help students optimize the free time they do have, and find a balanced schedule.
Back to school after winter break is right around the corner, which sadly means back to taking tests. If your classes are still online, then you probably are taking online tests as well. With online exams, you may be taking the test during the time that your class normally is or you may have a proctor monitoring you taking the test.
In every class, there’s always going to be one student that comes to mind when you think “successful”. However, you can be just as successful as them! Anyone can be a good college student if they have the right habits and mindset. Here are some qualities and actions that help a college student reach their fullest potential.
With the onset of COVID-19 this past spring, we all found ourselves feeling the effects of social-distancing on a variety of levels. Whether it meant struggling with the emotions and sadness that comes with missing your friends, working to find a work-life balance in school with everything shifted online, or figuring out how to navigate a huge transition in your life (college applications, new jobs, new schools, etc.), all of us were thrown into situations we had never experienced before.
During my college admissions process, there were many factors that I wasn’t completely decided on in terms of finding the perfect fit. I didn’t truly know how to rank universities and figure out my priorities in terms of tangible goals, because at that point, I didn’t know what I wanted my future to be. I hadn’t decided on my intended major, I didn’t know what location would be most exciting, and I didn’t completely understand how to navigate the financial process.
When applying to colleges, I knew that I wanted to leave my home state of Maryland. However, when the time came to actually commit to a college, I was super nervous and conflicted about leaving the comforts of my hometown to go to a school across the country where I did not know a single person.
I started coding when I was in middle school or so, and at that time, there wasn’t much representation for other young girls interested in the same things. All of the activities and online games that encouraged some form of computer science or programming - like Roblox, Minecraft, and robotics kits, were all catered towards boys, which was a bit discouraging of course, but didn’t end up stopping me from pursuing my interests.