To The Ones Who Don't Feel "Ready" For Higher Education
Entertainment

To The Ones Who Don't Feel "Ready" For Higher Education

If you were ready for everything, there would be nothing to learn. And isn't learning the whole reason we pay tuition?

2258
To The Ones Who Don't Feel "Ready" For Higher Education

There is a learning curve for your first semester of college. As a soon to be senior I say this not to scare you, but actually to make you feel better. No one is 100% prepared to take on the world after high school.

No matter how much meticulous planning you (freshman year me) have done, how many questions you (freshman year me) pester people with, no matter how much you (freshman year me) daydream about the future, some things are going to take you by surprise.

And that is completely normal.

If you knew everything about everything, there would be no point going to college, grad school, and beyond. You are supposed to be unprepared because that is how learning happens.

However, just because you are unprepared doesn't mean you can't succeed. Each of us will face a unique set of challenges in college, and success can look different for each person. The things you struggle with may not be the same hurdles that your roommate or your best friend have to overcome.

After I got my college acceptance letter, the main thing I worried about was making friends. Would I be interesting and outgoing enough to meet new people? Was I really picking a school that was right for me?

I spared around two seconds to think about academic demands of college, then went right back to wondering about my social life. I did care about getting good grades in college, I cared a lot, but they had come easily in high school so I took for granted that college would be the same way.

When I got to college, I joined a team, and was lucky enough to get to know some amazing people on campus. I had a family and support system at school within just a few months.

Academic life was a different story. I floundered. I was behind on the curriculum and had no clue how to study for an exam. I had never studied for a test in my life because my high school teachers always spelled out exactly what I needed to know. In college classes, professors used phrases like, “This is easy stuff” or the ever-terrifying, “We’ll just go through this quickly because you should remember it from high school.”

I did not remember it from high school. I had never been taught those things in high school. My life as a college student started as an ungainly dog paddle while I frantically tried to keep up with waves of lectures and homework that went over my head.

Things that I stressed about before coming to college ended up being non-issues. I made great friends right away. Homework, which I had thought would be no big deal, stressed me out more than anything. I earned my first C grade in my first semester of college, and I worked harder for that class than I had for any A grade in high school.

In short, my first semester of college was completely the opposite of everything I had predicted.

College is a balancing act of lots of super important and extremely time-consuming things. Academics, friends, extracurriculars, campus organizations, plus the goal of getting solid meals and eight hours of sleep every so often.

All of these things are going to constantly compete for your attention. Some of them will come to you easily, and others will not.

The best advice that I ever received about college was, "You'll have good days and bad days." Simple, but completely true. There are days you feel like you have it all together, and days where you feel overwhelmed by the simplest things.

We put a lot of emphasis on "getting prepared for college" as if someone, somewhere, has these foolproof techniques for leading the perfect college career. All you have to do is follow their instructions step-by-step! Then you're set!

Not so much.

You might fail an exam. You could lose touch with old friends. You will probably join a club or take on an academic major that you later realize isn't the right fit for you.

I am not saying that preparation for college is a useless or bad thing. It is a great thing! You should do whatever you need to in order to feel as informed, prepared, and comfortable as you can before you walk into your freshman dorm for the first time. Talk to people, go to orientation, ask questions. This place is going to be your home for four years and you should have an idea of what opportunities are available to you while you are here.

I am just saying, don't freak out and assume you are doing college wrong on the days you make a mistake. You can prepare for every possible scenario, and there will still be things that take you by surprise.

Being prepared for college isn't about leading a perfect life. You prepare so that when the "uh-oh!" or the "If only I'd known..." moments happen, you can deal with them as well as possible.

In the competitive atmosphere that college acceptances can create, it is important to remember that preparation does not equal perfection. If you have a bad day, you aren't doing anything wrong. You are normal.

The good days and bad days will continue throughout your whole college career. Right now I don't always feel focused enough, smart enough, mature enough, to be starting my senior year of college in a few months. When those uncertainties sneak in, I try to take a step back and realize that being totally prepared is not the point.

Perfection is not the point of college. After the mistakes, the mess-ups, and the awkward moments, come the memories, the laughs, and the lessons. And that is the point.

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

119 People Reveal How The Pandemic Has Affected Their Love Lives, And Honestly... Relatable

"I haven't been able to get out of the 'talking phase' with anyone."

The reality is, there's no part of life the pandemic hasn't affected. Whether it's your work life, your home life, your social life, or your love life, coronavirus (COVID-19) is wreaking havoc on just about everything — not to mention people's health.

When it comes to romance, in particular, people are all handling things differently and there's no "right way" of making it through, regardless of your relationship status (single, taken, married, divorced, you name it). So, some of Swoon's creators sought out to hear from various individuals on how exactly their love lives have been affected since quarantine began.

Keep Reading... Show less

The Caribbean is a place where people go for vacation, but if you set out from a cruise ship you miss out on all the beautiful culture. Their exotic beaches are nothing without their zinging food and hospitality. Locals in the Caribbean are warmhearted with a zest to live life to the fullest.

This is exactly where most of their words and phrases come from, having a good time. I definitely enjoyed myself living in the Caribbean, but it's not always about lounging. They get work done too and I've learned proper phrases for accomplishments.

Keep Reading... Show less

According to Urban Dictionary, a "simp" is defined as "a man that puts himself in a subservient/submissive position under women in the hopes of winning them over, without the female bringing anything to the table." There are many other definitions for a "simp," but basically it's shaming men who are kind to women without getting anything in return.

Let's just stop attacking nice men. Work out your own issues, don't project your shortcomings onto another man. What happened to the brotherhood? Y'all can lie for each other, but can't raise each other up? You guys can encourage murder, gang rape, and violence against women — or at least stay silent about it — but can't let your brother know it ain't cool when they bring you down for being nice to women with no expectation?

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Self-Love Is The Best Love, That's Just How It Is

Do you ever feel like you can't please everyone? Self-love will do the trick.

I've been feeling a little down lately, with the understanding that friends don't last forever and that I can't always please my parents. Life has been rough for everyone lately and it's not easy to stay happy and optimistic during these times. But I promise you, you are on this earth for a reason. You are here because God formed you, to love, and to be loved.

When things are tough, realize that you have yourself always. No one can take that away from you. You will always be you. No matter who you are, what you believe, or where you've been in life, at the end of the day, you are you. You can love you, therefore giving you one reason to stay here on this Earth.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Nobody Wants To Grieve, But That's The Price We Pay For Love

Grief never comes when you think it should. It comes when a certain song comes on or the sun shines through the window just right.

Death always seems to come when life is good and everything starts to be going alright. And then out of nowhere, you're reminded of how cruel life can be. The stages of grief don't always go in order, they come in waves or all at once. Grief never comes when you think it should. It comes when a certain song comes on or the sun shines through the window just right. I take comfort in the fact that everyone experiences grief, even when you feel all alone knowing that everyone goes through a process that helps a little bit.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

What's Coming To And Leaving Netflix In August For Your Summer Viewing Pleasure

Just in time for another your end of summer binge-watch list.

Flower Films, Warner Bros, New Line Cinema

August is here, which means we will be losing some of our Netflix favorites but gaining some new ones. Here is a list of TV shows and movies we will be losing and gaining on Netflix during August.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Living With Bipolar Disorder Is An Everyday Battle, But I'm Fighting It

I went from depression, to anxiety, to bipolar disorder.

I've thought about how to write this since my diagnosis. I've thought about what kind of feelings it might bring up from my mom, former friends, and even myself. I've rewritten it a thousand times in my head, but never could quite get the words onto my notepad, but tonight I'm going to sit down and write it.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

There's No Reason To Delay The 2020 Election Because Mail-In Votes Count Just The Same

Plus, Trump can't actually the delay the election even if he tried.

Donald Trump started Thursday out in a fury, taking to Twitter to suggest the 2020 election be delayed.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

I'm A Black, Gay Fashion Lover Who Grew Up In The South, And I Want To Be A Beacon For The Future

Giving your life story is never easy, but it can be, if you want to make a difference.

Jacorey Moon

Growing up in Georgia was not always the accepting place we know it to be today thanks to Atlanta. Let me preface this by saying, I had a pretty good life growing up. I was raised by a single mother who sacrificed so that I could live the life that I lived. I was spoiled rotten. One way that my mother spoiled me was through clothing.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

These 10 Black Women Were Our 2000s Fashion Icons — We're Still Replicating Their Looks Now

We recollect on some of the Black stars who served as fashion icons during the 2000s.

When we talk about the 2000s, it's always filled with nostalgia. For most of us, we grew up during that era with the razr flip phones or sidekicks, and decade staple designers like Juicy Couture, Von Dutch, and Ed Hardy. It was time of daring fashion choices and red carpets that we now look back on and say, "what were they wearing?"

A sector of people that exemplifies the fashion icons who ruled the 2000s, were Black women. So, I feel as though it's my duty to shine light on these fashion icons. Here they are:

Keep Reading... Show less
Netflix

As a college student (really as a broke person with no cable,) Netflix is my go-to for solitude- style entertainment. My favorite types of shows to watch on Netflix by far, are dating shows.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments