Preparing for college can seem like a difficult process but the earlier you begin planning for college the easier it will be to go to college. I first began thinking about college in 9th grade and met with my school counselor to discuss what classes to take in order to meet college admissions requirements. I also went to my school’s College and Career Center to learn more about different colleges. My advice would be to start preparing early!
The best way to prepare for college is to learn how to be self-sufficient. When you get to college, you’re an adult and the professors treat you like one. If you can learn how to stay organized, meet deadlines and study all on your own (without your parents telling you to!) then you’ll be in good shape for college life. I recommend a weekly planner and actually using it. Plan out your semester in the first week and you’ll thank yourself later.
The toughest part about ending your academic term is facing final examinations. These tests can either make you or break you so you know you have to work hard to do well. I think we are all aware that obtaining a college degree isn’t easy. Life keeps you busy and just when you think you have time for yourself, life throws you another responsibility. Making time to study is difficult and some of us wish we just had more time. Sadly, there are things we cannot control so accept the challenge and strategize your plan of attack to pass those finals. Planning, organization, and rest are your tools for success.
Plan out what your days will look like on multiple calendars like a personal planner, a calendar at home and your phone and color code your events to make it user friendly. Responsibilities become less stressful when you have a visual of how much time you have to study and complete your duties.
Planning is nothing without organization. Surround yourself with things that will let you focus and think clearer. For example, if you dislike your writing, type things out in a font you like. You should also keep your book bag and desk free of clutter so that things don’t get lost and you have control of your space. Keep what you need and discard what you don’t need (my tip: do not throw graded assignments away until the end of the term so you can refer back to them, if needed)
Last but not least, rest. Keep a day, if not, a few hours to yourself to relax and destress. Whether it is through guided imagery, yoga, going out with friends or sleeping, do what you want to do instead of cramming your brain with facts for hours and hours. It is nice to give yourself breaks to keep a healthy mind and positive thoughts.
Final examinations will be less stressful if you try to make this a part of your daily routine. The hardest part is maintaining this lifestyle, but push yourself and envision your future to remind yourself that you are almost done. Good luck!