College Advice Blog

Oct 19, 2010

Transitioning into College

The first thing that comes to most of our minds when we think about college for the first time, is freedom. No binding schedule, no need to get up at 7AM anymore, or earlier, and no parents to dictate our actions. While this is a great thing to experience, it leaves some of us confused on how to structure our schedule.

You got into college because you did well in high school, so why not practice some of the same techniques? Framing your day around class is a good way to start. If you can establish a 9-4 routine from the start, during which you attend class and get your HW done, you'll have tons of free time in the evening to relax.

Those who blow off early classes and procrastinate will find themselves stressed in the evening, unable to go out and socialize. While procrastinating worked well in high school, don't be naive and think college will be the same. College professors are paid more and better respected because they are generally wiser. They know your tricks.

Personal space is a another big part of the transition. Set up rules guarding your space, whether you have roommates or not, from the start. Small organization techniques like this will save you loads of stress when you're in a time-crunch.

-About the Author-
Greg is currently on the road with the up and coming hip-hop group and co-writing duo of B.o.B's "Airplanes" KINETICS & ONE LOVE, documenting their East-Coast college tour. He studied Economics and Anthropology at Cornell, finishing in 2010. See more of his work @ 

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