Transitioning into College

My name is Jamie Szweada. I am 20 years old and a junior at Kean University. My major is psychology/pre-occupational therapy and I am also minoring in biology. I currently work as a bank teller. I spend most of my time volunteering and observing OT students in hospitals and rehabilitation centers in New Jersey. When not studying or working, I love to spend time with family and friends and listening to music!

Hello! My name is Jamie and I am a junior psychology/pre-occupational therapy major minoring in biology. Even though I am only in my third year of college, I have had my fair share of college experiences thus far that I feel are completely necessary to share with other college students. Whether you’re in the same year as me or a few years behind, these experiences and situations are relatable to anyone. I figured it would be appropriate to talk about how to get through college in one piece. Although it may seem almost impossible to some, all of the hard-work, sweat, blood, and tears are completely worth it. I will go about this in a series of steps. The first step is transitioning from high school to college.
The transition between high school and college is very difficult and unfamiliar. The workload becomes much heavier and it tends to be much harder to juggle all of the homework, essays, and studying. The transition is a huge eye opener. In this transition, you also take the time to find who you are and the role you play in this world. This is the time you define yourself. I say this because this is when you decide to choose the major that you want to pursue. You take the time to really think about the areas of study that interest you and you think about what you want to do for the rest of your life. However, it is completely okay if you decide to change your major down the line. Most students will end up changing their majors after their first year of college.
Time management and organization are very important aspects in making the transition from high school to college much smoother. Adjusting to the different structure that college has to offer may not be as easy as it seems. Some classes will require one written assignment due at the end of each week while other classes will require one exam the entire semester. Time management and organization is key. One way to stay on top of assignments and exams is purchasing a planner. Planners are decently cheap at stores like Target or Wal-mart and can be put to good use. If you’re a broke college student like myself, you can make DIY planners or to-do lists at the beginning of each week that prioritize what needs to be done. In this way, you can see what needs to be done and you can accomplish what needs to be done in an appropriate manner. It also tends to be a huge stress reliever.
Also, it is important to keep in mind of the services provided and open to use to you on campus that will greatly help towards reaching your academic achievement. Be aware of the library and it’s extensive learning services, tutoring centers, and computer labs. I advise you to take complete advantage of the services that are provided to you right on campus at reasonable times throughout each day.
Lastly, make friends! Whether you go to school away from home or a college or university in your town, making friends is an important factor in getting through college. If you dorm at school, you will miss being away from home and miss being around your family and friends you feel comfortable around. To distract yourself from missing your loved ones, make friends! Most times, they are in the same boat as you. It makes the coping and transition process much easier.
In the beginning, the transition to college seems almost unbearable and seems like a never-ending process. But I promise, things will always seem bad before they get better. Keep your head up and do everything you can to make the process of transitioning easier and painless.

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