Q: By the time you get this, I’ll be in college, and the truth is I’m kind of scared. It’ll be my first time away from home (I worked after high school), and I’m not even sure I’ve made the right decision. Do you have any advice for me? — P.R.
A: The transition to college can often be a difficult one. Most colleges and universities are aware of this fact, and have implemented first-year and/or student success programs to help students. These programs typically offer mentoring, tutoring, counseling, and skills development workshops. I’ve provided links to three such programs below, so you can get an idea of the services they offer. I would highly recommend that you seek out such a program in your new school.
Your transition may also be a little easier if you develop a social network early on. Look into joining a group that matches your interests (e.g., outdoor recreation, gaming, photography, dance). You may even consider joining a secular student group. A large list of such groups is maintained by the Secular Student Alliance. However, be careful to not to let your social activities be too much of a distraction from your studies.
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