by Garret W.
Transitioning from high school to college can seem like an astounding task to many students. You may have to move away, and be out on your own for the first time (which can be equally exciting). You might not even know exactly what classes you have to take. If you do, the whole list could look overwhelming.
Lucky for you, you aren’t doing college all on your own. Well, you’re taking your own classes, but you’ll have advisors and other mentors to help you out along the way.
First off, your academic advisor is there to help you, not only on getting your degree, but also how to prepare you for your dream job. When you first enter college (usually during orientation) you’ll get a checklist from your advisor with all the classes you’ll need to graduate. A lot of times they also have a four year plan ready to go for you.
A lot of universities also have a freshman resource center (for instance IUPUI’s University College.) This is a go-to place for any freshman. They have advisors here that can help you select classes for the upcoming semester. If you still aren’t sure what you want to study yet, they also have tools to help figure out where your strengths and interests are to help make sure you end up in a career that’s best suited for you.
Professors are also a great resource for finding help. If you need help in their class, they can point you to past students who can mentor you. A lot of professors also set aside time where you can talk to them in their office about questions you may have. I’ll be the first person to admit that it’s not comfortable asking a question in a class of about 100 people. Finally, if you’re worried about finding a job or internship in your field, professors almost always know someone looking for a student or new employee and can put in a good word for you.
Finally, I have some personal advice to share. I was a first generation student which means I was the first in my family to attend college. I had no idea what was going on or what to expect.
So yes, making the leap from being a high school student to a college student is a big dea. It takes time to adjust to college, but as long as you keep a calm head and use your resources, and know you’re not alone, you’ll survive.
– Garret W. is a senior at IUPUI studying public relations in the IU School of Journalism