Being a high schooler can be intriguing, invigorating and curious in that order. You are young with literary the world for your to conquer. However, you cannot do this if you do not heed to the advice of the seniors; people with the experience of the world, people who have been there, done that and knows what works and what does not. One such person is a college counselor. He is a trained personnel who understands teenagers and the challenges they face. Here are some top tips you can expect to hear from a college counselor.
When you get to college, you can expect to be completing assignments on a weekly basis. Deadlines have been put for a reason, and they are not suggestions. Your professors don’t make up these deadlines as the course progresses, but rather they are set by the college administration. Do not, therefore, expect to negotiate deadline matters with your tutor; it will be a waste of time since; they are just the messenger. So when college admission is due, or a certain assignment is due at a certain time, ensure that it is submitted before then. Otherwise, you will fail the course, and you will have no one to blame.
It is your life
College is fun; lots of freedom, little to no supervision, and a rich diversity of people. You can opt to attend lectures or chose not to; no one will follow you up. However, when the exams are due, it will gauge you all whether you were attending classes or not. There is freedom to do whatever you want, but again it is curtailed. You need to act not like a child but as a responsible adult. You will meet a wide range of people, some good and some bad; some will be a good influence and others will not. You have to make a decision early enough who to allow to your circle and who not to. You will encounter drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and virtually everything your teachers have talked to you about. You will be tempted to indulge, and that is another choice you will have to make on your own. However, remember the life is yours; you can live it the way you want.
Keep an open mind
As you transition from high school to college, you will definitely notice some changes. College will be a voyage discovery journey; you will meet and forge relationships with people who will probably influence your later life. You can expect to meet your future spouses, businesses partners, lifelong friends in college. Do not assume an attitude because someone does not fit in your social cluster. Everyone is in college because the qualified to be there. Be open to ideas, suggestions and welcome only those that benefit you. You have heard of students just like you who joined college and came out as entrepreneurs with their roommates. It is your stage, play it as you wish.
Before you decide on the college that you want to join conduct a thorough research. Not just superficial information from several online pages about rankings and infrastructure; dig deep and establish if the school you have in mind suits you. Settle for a school that best fits you; not your counselor, your family or your friends. Do not rely on recommendations from your teachers and family; chances are the information they have regarding colleges dates back to the many years they were in school. Research current information about the school put in on the table and analyze it.
Making mistakes is okay.
Probably you have been taught that making a mistake is a mistake. I am here to tell you that it is okay to make mistakes. You are young with a whole world ahead of you. If you are afraid to make mistakes, then you will never learn. Take risks, make mistakes and learn from them. You are not joining college just to earn a college degree but rather to learn about life. The world has no place for the cautious and the faint-hearted. If something is worth doing and it is legal then try it.
The high school counselor is the authority from whom all counsel comes from. You should, therefore, pay attention to what they have to say about college and life in general. Read and comprehend these few advice tips and take them to heart. They will help you a lot in life.