College is not just High School continued… College can open doors for you and shape you in ways that high school couldn’t even dream of…
In college, you’ll gain knowledge, skills and experience, and will be able to adapt to a greater variety of jobs and careers in your lifetime than those that don’t attend. Statistics prove that a college diploma can contribute to landing and keeping a job, as well as making more money over your lifetime.
College can challenge and inspire you. You will choose your own courses and explore subjects in greater depth than in high school. You’ll also have the freedom to choose which extracurricular activities you participate in and how much time you’ll dedicate to them.
But, don’t worry! If you’re undecided or unsure of your path, colleges offer students a lot of help in making this transition. Check with your school to determine available options.
One of the best things about choosing your own courses is that it gives you the opportunity to explore. You can choose different subjects to discover your direction, or you can jump right into your favorite subject! You may know exactly what you want to study, or you may take your time exploring options before choosing your major. Keep in mind, colleges offer classes and majors in topics that you did study in high school - but there are many that weren’t part of a high school curriculum.
Whatever your destination… College can help get you there.
Explore Outside the Classroom
College is about learning more than just the scheduled course work. Be a joiner, and learn about many different aspects of the world on campus. For example, your school may offer students the ability to participate in their newspaper, TV and radio broadcasts, student government, sports, drama, community and volunteer opportunities. The list is endless…
How to Manage Being Away From Home
Going off to college often causes a little anxiety, to lessen the homesick feelings, there are many things that you can do: take a framed photo of your family and pets, take your favorite coffee or tea mug, if you had a special lamp, stuffed animal, clock radio, pillow; bring it with. Make a standing appointment to call your grandma, your best friend, or a parent and stick with it, you’ll make their day! Do FaceTime or Skype when you want to see your loved ones in ‘person’ and send texts to your parents periodically to let them know you are thinking of them and doing well (you’ll be relieving some of their anxiety too!) If you had traditions at home, try to recreate them at college, then you can chat after about how you celebrated the event. Ship your parents a college t-shirt and and ask them to send you photos of the places they have worn it! Remember, your parents miss you as much as you miss them, but this is a wonderful time of growth and a new sense of mutual respect. Take your BedVoyage bamboo bedding from home with you, or the bamboo travel throw or towels, they will remind you of home AND resist bacteria, mildew and odors, so they are perfect for dorms! Have fun celebrating your adulthood while you learn away from home!
Invest in YOU!
Going to college and focusing on your future is an investment in yourself. It’s important to stay focused on your goals during this time in your life, and offers an amazing time to meet new people, and discover new passions. You’ll bond with new friends that can last a lifetime, as well as prepare for after graduation and what you want your future to look like.
Whether you’ve mapped out a long-term plan or not, college can help you get there - even if you don’t know where “there” is yet. Go for it, and remember that the amount of effort you put in during this time will pay off exponentially over the years.
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