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Transitioning to College

Making the transition from high school to college is both exciting and, at times, nerve-wracking! However, there are skills that you can bring to campus that will make the transition, if not smooth sailing, at least less bumpy.

Advocacy is the act of supporting a cause. In this case, the cause is your education. During high school, your parents acted as an advocate for you by communicating with the school concerning your educational needs. Now that you are in college, it is important for you to understand that it is your responsibility to advocate for yourself and communicate your requests both with our office and your professors.

Studying is an obvious skill to bring to campus. However, in high school you may have been given time in class to complete your homework. Not so in college. You may spend anywhere from 12 - 15 hours a week in class. You should expect to study outside of class at least 2 hours for each hour you are in class. Many students find that they need the help of a tutor.  Along with a tutor, you may find learning new study strategies beneficial in this new environment.

Test taking will also look and feel different than it did in high school. In high school, your tests may have been frequent and over a relatively small amount of information. You may have been given the opportunity to retake a test.  In college, testing is usually infrequent and the opportunity to retake a test is not given.  To handle the stress of test taking, you might want to look at Counseling Services website which offers online resources covering topics such as time management, stress management, and test taking strategies.

Organize your life! College life will be easier if you have a system in place to keep yourself organized whether it be an app on your smartphone, such as the K-State Libraries' app, or a calendar on your desk. Staying organized also means that you are paying attention to the course syllabus. This is where professors let you know when assignments are due, when exams are scheduled, and other pertinent information.

Technology may or may not have been a part of high school.  Anymore, technology skills are required if you are to succeed in college.  Adaptive technologies such as text-to-speech can be beneficial, but only if you are proficient.  Be curious!  Learn all you can before you come to campus.

Join an activity or club and become involved in campus life. Yes, your studies should be your #1 priority. However, making the effort to find a group that welcomes you is a big step in your enjoyment and excitement in being part of the K-State family.