How to handle the top challenges during college

September 27, 2012

When you're starting out in college, it can be extremely difficult to know what to expect. For some, it is the first time they have spent any significant period away from home. However, if you are prepared, it will be much easier to get used to the new time in your life. The following are some potential issues to be aware of.

Stress from classes
Even for people who were successful during high school, taking classes at a competitive college or university can represent a whole new ball game. Unlike before, you will be forced to come to your own conclusions and think critically about advanced topics in new ways.

Scheduling your time
Let's face it - when most people start college, they may take the opportunity to determine their own schedule a bit too far in the entertainment department. And while having a fun time is a good way to stay mentally healthy, it's also important to focus on your studies. Creating a schedule for yourself that gives you enough time to get everything done is key.

Being on your own
In a survey, students from the University of Northern Iowa were asked what their top challenges in school were. The No. 1 answer given was personal responsibility, followed by class attendance and teacher attitudes. According to many students, because there is so much free time, students need to ensure that they are always keeping track of what needs to get done each day. In some cases, a person who is not constantly aware of what needs to get done can fall behind.

"The amount of free time you have in college is much more than in high school. Always have a weekly study schedule to go by," said one student involved in the survey. "Otherwise, time slips away and you will not be able to account for it." 

Maintain a good grade point average
No matter what school you get into, maintaining a solid grade point average (GPA) is important to future success. However, if you are receiving money for college, this becomes even more important. Merit scholarships may require a certain GPA in order to justify student funding.

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