Some Advice For The High School Class of 2018
Start writing a post
Sports

Some Advice For The High School Class of 2018

As you prepare for college, I'm gonna learn you something.

547
Some Advice For The High School Class of 2018
Michelle Hatfield Johnson

Dear Class of 2018,

With the academic year coming to an end within the next few months, many of you will be embarking on your college journies. Starting college can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. You may think you're prepared, but the truth of the matter is college is completely unpredictable. There's no way for you to be completely prepared for everything that is about to come your way.

Given my track record of simultaneously transferring schools and switching majors, I'm certainly no expert on college. However, I would like to think I learned a thing or two in the three years I've been on this journey. With that being said, here are eight things I want to y'all to know as y'all head off to college.

1. Don't be afraid to ask for help.

A new campus, potentially a new city, and being freshmen can be really intimidating. But fear not, it is likely most of the people at your new school are more than happy to help you figure things out.

2. Try to avoid missing class as much as possible.

Trust me, I know this is easier said than done. However, falling into this habit makes it really easy to fall behind in class and professors don't typically like the "Did I miss anything last class?" question because you both know that you did.

3. Talk to the people in your classes.

Not only are you going to be making potential friendships, but now you also have study buddies and people to send you notes if you do happen to miss a class.

4. Go to your professors' office hours.

By doing this, it'll express your interest and concern for what's going in the class. It'll also help you get to know them, which is another good piece of advice.5

5. Go to the student org fairs.

Being involved on campus not only helps you make more friends, but it also will look good on a resume later on.

6. RENT YOUR BOOKS.

If you don't already know, buying college textbooks can be a big waste money, especially if you use the campus bookstore. There are many options out there, but I personally recommend using the rental services that both Amazon and Chegg provide.

7. If you have the opportunity to do something, do it.

Recently, I was able to travel to Cleveland, Ohio to watch Eastern play in the MAC Tournament Semifinal and that is an experience I'll never forget. Even though we lost, it was still fun to make these new memories.

8. CLICHE WARNING: It's not going to be easy, but it's going to be worth it.

I'm going to be straight up here, college is not easy by any means. It'll bring you a whole new level of emotions. Somedays you are going to love it, somedays you are going to hate it, somedays you may even seriously consider dropping out. This is also a time where you go through A LOT of personal growth and development. You're starting to figure out what you like, what you don't like, and what you truly want. You may gain some friends, you may lose some friends, you may even completely rebrand yourself and that's all okay.

So there you go Class of 2018, this is my advice to you. There are plenty of other things that could've made the list but, college is different for everybody and these are some pretty general things to take into consideration. I wish you all the best of luck in your future endeavors.

Sincerely,

A Class of 2015 Graduate

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Featured

'Hotel Transylvania: Transformania' Film Review

Solid animation can't raise the newest entry in Sony's colorful monster series beyond the basics

38571
'Hotel Transylvania: Transformania' Film Review
Photo Credit: Amazon Prime Video – YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6suJohjIvfo

I take a slight issue with the idea that Adam Sandler didn’t have a good dramatic role until ‘Uncut Gems,’ what about ‘Hotel Transylvania’ (he says semi-seriously)?’

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

4 Common Reasons Couples Get Divorced

Are some people just not meant to be together? Is there any way to prevent an impending divorce?

73261
4 Common Reasons Couples Get Divorced

We've all heard the statistics. Roughly 50% of married couples eventually end up divorced. This can lead to complications, problems with your children, financial issues, and no small amount of negative emotions.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

​Pets are Good for the Soul

Millions of Americans have found comfort in pet ownership. The media has been awash with stories about a surge in pet ownership, as Americans have taken advantage of the ability of pets to improve emotional well-being.

72960
Good for the Soul
Pets are Good for the Soul

America is going through a mental health crisis. This crisis predates the global pandemic, but has in many ways been dramatically exacerbated by it. In 2019, 19.86% of adults, or 50 million Americans, reported suffering from a mental illness. The emotional toll of the pandemic has been heavy, with over half of U.S. adults saying that they have experienced stress and worry related to Covid-19. Anxieties over work, uncertainty about the future and other triggers have intensified the mental health crisis. Millions of Americans have found comfort in pet ownership. The media has been awash with stories about a surge in pet ownership, as Americans have taken advantage of the ability of pets to improve emotional well-being.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

How Your Sleep Position Affects Your Health?

You changed into your pajamas, turn off the lights, and get yourself ready to sleep. How do you prefer to sleep, on the back, on your side, or on your tummy? Although there’s no scientific result that sleeping position affects your back, here are some interesting facts that have been discovered.

179603
Sleep Position

You changed into your pajamas, turn off the lights, and get yourself ready to sleep. How do you prefer to sleep, on the back, on your side, or on your tummy? Although there’s no scientific result that sleeping position affects your back, here are some interesting facts that have been discovered.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

How to Throw the Ultimate Winter Bash

As the year starts to come to an end, make sure you find the time to have some fun as well.

123282
Ultimate Winter Bash

As the year starts to come to an end, make sure you find the time to have some fun as well.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments