I sub-consciously tap through the endless stream of redundant photos and videos on my snap chat feed, half-watching but sadly nearing the end of my procrastination routine. I land on a video of my underclass friend. Barely a year prior I was in her shoes. Attending summer cheer practice and eagerly awaiting the beginning of the last two semesters of high school; unsure of the many surprises senior year had in store. Similarly, to me she will enjoy the pleasure of being the cheer captain; yelling chants and counts during Friday night lights and proudly representing her school at cheer competitions. She will be captivated by a wave of college stress as she completes endless applications and dedicates hours of long nights studying in an effort to raise her GPA. Prom will roll around and finding the perfect dress will consume her life.
As I exited out the boundaries of her snap chat, I couldn’t help but wish that I could tell her despite the many pleasures senior year may bring; prepare emotionally.
All of high school is a preparation for college. We know that at the end of high school with the endless nights of cramming, crying over prom dresses and acceptance letters the light at the end of the tunnel is college, where our lives will start. But, I was shocked to realize that emotionally transitioning into college was the hard part. Those weeks that intertwined after graduation was when I realized I was laying my childhood to rest and having to grow up. So I’ve compiled a list to help seniors transitioning into college.
1. Slow down and reflect
Senior Year is a roller coaster to say the least. From the time senior pictures are taken in the fall it’s full of bittersweet memories and exciting adventures. However, after graduation when everything calms down it’s important to take time to reflect. During senior year its hard to live in the moment, because there is always an event to plan for. Just take a breath and relax. It’s OK if you’re feeling emotional and unsure for the future, allow your body to catch up with your mind, and start spending time doing things you love to keep you at peace.
2.Talk about fears
During this time it’s full of excitement. You may be the first in your family going to college or maybe this will be your first time being away from home, whatever the case, be open with your emotions and how you’re feeling. Be sure to talk about what your fears are to a trusted individual. This time is a major transition and can be really scary. It may feel like no one understands what you may be internally going through, but by just saying your fears out loud it can greatly impact the way you feel.
3.Write down your goals for college
College is FULL of exciting opportunities and pleasure. But, it can get overwhelming to process. Writing down your goals or things you would like to accomplish can really help set you up for success your freshman year. Start researching some clubs and organizations that you may be interested in or that are related to you’re major. If you want to get on the deans list your first semester try and find different resources your school may have to benefit that goal. Whatever you want to do, try and plan it out so you can get the best results.
4.Get advice from college peers
This may be the most important tip. No one understands college more than someone who’ve just completed their first year. It’s great to listen to your parents advice but, getting advice from peers is even better. Peers understand your fears and what your’re going through. They love giving advice anyway and would be more than pleased to help you.
Finally, what you’ve been waiting for. GET EXCITED ! you made it. You deserve to have as much fun and excitement that college may bring to you (in moderation of course). This is your time to turn over a new leaf and be a better and more mature version of yourself. Good Luck!