Caleb Cobb is currently a freshman enrolled at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. His intended major is International Business with an intended minor in Spanish. He is a current member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon as well as the Future Finance Club. His expected date of graduation is May of 2018.
Making the Smooth Transition
Let it sink in that you have finally finished. You’re never going to attend your hometown high school again as a student. The feeling is wonderful, until you realize that you have been forced one step closer to being in the real world. An overwhelming sense of anxiety and joy describes the feelings of most high school graduates. Any high school student feels accomplished by completing the strenuous 12 years of education, but when they look what lies ahead they are usually confused.
The cost of college is substantially greater than most students realize. Generally, most colleges will have prices that reach five or six thousand dollars for their tuition and these are for in-state universities. To go to an out of state university usually cost ten thousand dollars or more for tuition alone. AVOID LOANS. Loans will make your years following your graduation ten times harder then what they will already be. Money can become a main problem for interfering with students attending particular colleges and this is where scholarships become important. Look for any and every opportunity to apply for scholarships. It doesn’t matter if you feel like you have a better chance of winning the lottery than to win a particular scholarship, still apply. The only negative that comes from applying is not getting the scholarship. The little scholarships worth a few hundred dollars mean a lot more than they appear. Earning one of these scholarships may seem insignificant, but say someone earned four or five of these scholarships. Those four or five scholarships combined could help pay for a large chunk of your tuition. To emphasize the point, apply for any type of positive financial aid possible.
College is a bit of a mystery for those who have never attended. It’s true that most high school students get general information from their high school counselors or college representatives, but they only provide examples of what to do once you get to school. The experiences compared to the advice are practically polar opposites. It’s a time to begin pushing your comfort zones to points you never would have thought possible of yourself. Meeting anyone for the first time is usually an awkward encounter but the more practice you have with it, the easier it gets. This means avoid sitting in your dorm and only leaving for classes. Go to social events that are held on campus, attempt to get involved in the Greek Life on campus, and the most important would be to join a club. Clubs not only provide social opportunities to meet new people and make connections, but being a member of an organization on campus is a fantastic addition to a resume. Freshman year is the prime time to join a club or organization because it helps to get a foot in the door for an executive position in the coming years.
Getting involved and college costs are two important pieces involved with the college experience, but there are plenty more factors that I will discuss in future articles. The best piece of advice I have for any incoming freshman is to never be discouraged. No matter what the situation or challenge may be you will overcome it and grow from it. That is the purpose of college, to grow as a person.