Is college hard? Many people think that college is hard. But how true it is? Does people says it from their experience? Does every college pass out think the same way?
We have already finished high school, finished the damn EvAU, received the grades and we have the enrollment done for our university.
It seems that our future is more less on track and that everything is going according to plan.
First of all, congratulations.
I know how difficult this time can be for you. The pressure you have on you at this stage will not return for a long time.
In my opinion, the worst is over.
However, as you can imagine what is coming now is not a bed of roses. It is your turn to continue working, and you will probably have to work more than you have ever worked.
Don’t be scared, I’m going to explain how college works and if it’s as difficult as they say.
Is college so difficult?
Yes and no.
College has many advantages over high school, but it has one major drawback.
The agenda is much more extensive and complicated.
I have bad news for you: it doesn’t matter what grades you have been getting so far, how little you will study in high school or in ESO. Here things get serious.
It is very likely that your grades will drop a lot and that you may even have to make up a subject from time to time. It is normal, you do not have to be ashamed.
In most cases the university level is much higher than the baccalaureate level. And that is a positive thing for you. Little by little you will get used to the level and in a short time you will regain your rhythm.
The first year is a very, very big change. But like all of us who have gone through the university, you will end up adapting. Many may have to start developing new methods of study (Feynman, SQ4R, Walzen, PQRST), learn to take on multiple choice exams.
You will see that the exams are much more difficult to pass, that you have time to study everything you need and that you do not even know where to start studying (Class notes, notes from previous years, manuals, books …).
Now it may seem very intimidating, but I assure you that it is going to be a great time in your life.
How to cope with the change?
The move from high school to college can be tricky, but it’s something we’ve all had to go through.
Over time you will get used to the level and little by little you will have the right work rate.
To cope as well as possible with the change, I want to recommend a book that I think is ideal for newcomers to university. “Who moved my Cheese” by Spencer Johnson.
This book brilliantly deals with the entire process of difficult change.
All throughout our lives we will have to undergo strong changes in our lives.
It is very important to know how to deal with and adapt to them in the best possible way in order to continue evolving as people.
It is a book that I recommend for all those who are going to close a stage and start something new.
Although at university we have to study more, and it is more difficult, it has many advantages over high school.
The most important is that you do not have the pressure of a Bachelor. You got the note, it’s over. You’re not going to run into that pressure ever again. Your biggest concern now is getting the best out of your career. Some will achieve it in 4 years, or in 5, 6, 7…, but they will.
It is also assumed that by being in university you have entered something that you like and what you want to dedicate yourself to. For that reason it shouldn’t matter how difficult things get, because in the end you will get enough motivation to continue.
I hope that above all you enjoy this time. Because it is a time of maturity and continuous learning of yourself. You will meet new people, you will make new friends, you will also discover your limits as a student and you will learn to be an adult.
Many say that it is the best stage of your life, and I heartily tell you that I hope it is not like that for you. I hope that university is a wonderful time in which you discover a lot about yourself, but I hope even more that the next ones are just as incredible.
Good luck to all of you and especially to the new university students, who are sure to be great.