Transitioning from High School to College

Posted: August 23, 2017 | Author: Tessa Esplin | Read Time: 2 minutes

Image of SUU libraryCollege is an entirely different social and educational environment compared to high school. From managing your own schedule to moving out on your own, a lot is changing in your life and this crucial transition will affect you, for good or bad. To help with your pre-college jitters, here are 5 things you should remember when you start college.
Remember the Magic 3. Plan 3 hours a week for studying outside of the classroom for each class, even on slow weeks. There are less tests in college than in high school, which means they are longer and tend to cover more material. Take advantage of open spots in your schedule by buckling down and studying a few hours each week.

Be Socially Smart. You will find study groups can be life savers, and building friends in classes can help you if you’re struggling to understand. Don’t be too shy to join with other students and help each other get ahead.

Network Early On. A professor’s help and advice can provide opportunities for achievement, and also help you build a lifelong network. The best way to get where you want to go is to be in the right place at the right time, and to meet the right people. Ask others to help you discover these opportunities, and network, network, network!

Leave Things in the Past. The future is bright, so be sure to keep your focus on moving forward. Take the positives from your high school experience and let go of the negatives. Remember, your future success and happiness is up to you, and only you.

Stay in Touch with Your Family. Yes, new school, new you - but the most important, constant people in your life will always be your family. Stay in touch and visit every so often. You’ll find it refreshing to dip back into your old life now and then.

If you remember anything from this, remember that you’re not alone. Get out of your comfort zone, learn from your mistakes, and study, study, study!

The First Year Experience and Orientation program provides each incoming student with valuable, personalized attention from the moment they commit to SUU until they complete their first year. If you have any questions about literally anything here at SUU, ask your ACE or email

Southern Utah University’s Counseling & Psychological Services offers free confidential counseling services to students. The staff of experienced licensed mental health professionals work with students to reduce the interference of everyday stress and also treat more serious conditions.

If you are struggling to transition into college, contact CAPS at 435-865-8621 to schedule an appointment.

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