Now that finals week is over our High School to College series is set to resume.
As you put on your cap and gown, walk the stage, and grab your diploma, the past four years of your life is coming to an end. Some people take it in stride, while others can’t get over the fact that high school is over. Many are headed to four year universities and institutions, while others are headed to community college and some are taking a year off. Graduates all have one thing in common though, in that the next year of their lives will bring the biggest changes to date. Not only do you have to cope with your life changing, but you have to learn how to best handle the transition to college as well.
Your high school career lasted 4 years, or 208 weeks, or 1,456 days, or 34,944 hours. That’s a whole heck of a lot of memories that you made, and it’s a time of reflection for all high school graduates. But at the same time, high school graduates are worried about their transition to college. You’re going to have those nights where you can’t fall asleep and just start thinking about who you were for the past four years, so you might as well make the most out of those thoughts. Here’s the 4 best ways to not only reflect on high school, but also get yourself emotionally ready to move on to college:
1) Enjoy thinking about all of the fun times you had. Nothing can be changed now that high school is over. You were who you were, did what you did, and have a full life ahead of you. Take a second to step back and just be glad of what you did.
2) What did you do right? Think about what you did right. For each happy/successful memory you have, there’s probably a reason why it’s so good. Just think about this, and if you start to notice patterns, then know that those are traits you want to keep up in college.
3) What did you do wrong? Remember any memories where you caused drama? You probably shouldn’t bring that to college. Think of what you did wrong, and try to not act like that again, as it won’t make friends in college, a place where dumb high school drama isn’t permitted.
4) People are still people. People in college are still people, and respond to things in similar ways as high school people do. Just like #2 and #3 talk about, your high school memories can be used to your benefit in becoming popular in college.
5) Think of your memories as a “guide” to how people will react/deal with certain situations. Even though it was high school, people are still people, so go into your freshman year knowing that you’ve been in almost every situation before, and have seen how it plays out. If you use this to your advantage then you’re going to be a step above everyone else, and definitely are going to fit right in.