It’s September 2020. There are a lot of… Things happening in the world, and as a result, school looks different for a lot of students. Some are completing all of their education virtually for the first time, while others are doing a “hybrid” of online and in-person classes. Even for those who are learning face-to-face have to make accommodations for classmates who aren’t able to do the same.
It’s a very different world. Being in school was already stressful enough, and now we’ve got to deal with this too? I don’t blame you if you’re nervous. And for those who had a challenging adjustment from in-person to online classes last spring, you’re probably wondering how on earth you’re going to manage another semester like this.
I have good news though: It is possible to be a successful student in cyberspace. I’m no expert, but I did attend an online school from when I was six years old until I graduated high school at eighteen, and I think I turned out okay (though my parents may beg to differ). I picked up on a few tricks along the way, and in light of this new and very unique school year starting up, I thought I’d share some of them.
We’ve all been there: You have a paper due tomorrow and you haven’t even started the book yet, you have a thousand things to get done over the weekend, or you didn’t write your blog post ahead of time and you have no idea what to do.
Everyone struggles with managing their time (anyone who says they don’t is probably lying and playing Candy Crush in class). And look, I’m no angel either (re: writing blog posts), but I have learned a few things over the years, especially after starting college. Today, I want to take a few minutes and talk about time management and a few ways I’ve gotten better at it.
You’re in high school, or you finished it recently, and you’ve decided you want to pursue higher education. Congratulations! Get ready for a crazy but rewarding journey ahead.
But before you start your college adventure, you have some business to take care of: mainly, you need to pick a college to attend. And with there being thousands of 4-year schools in the United States alone, there’s a lot of narrowing down you need to do. Once you’ve done that, you might end up with a handful of schools you’re considering, but where do you go from there?
One of the things my family emphasized when I was looking at colleges was visiting them. I know for some people, this isn’t possible, especially if one or more of the schools you’re looking at are a long distance away. But if you can, visiting a college campus can definitely give you a better idea of the school as a whole – after all, there are some things that can’t be put into statistics and mission statements.
However, college visits can be overwhelming and confusing. When I was doing this, there were plenty of times when I felt like it was too much to take in. I know I’m probably not the only one, so today, I wanted to share some of my advice for visiting colleges, including things you might not hear as often.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of year again! The time when the temperature starts to go down and textbook prices go way, way up. That’s right, it’s college season once again!
Now let’s get one thing straight here: college is rough for everyone in some way. Especially when you’re going in as a freshman, you’ll likely have some hard days, whether you’re an introvert or extrovert – and that’s okay! In my own experience as a freshman-year introvert though, I noticed that I faced some challenges that were different from those of my extroverted peers.
That’s where this post comes in. I know that college is a hard transition for many, and at least for the introverts, I want to help you out if I can. (Sorry I can’t speak to your own challenges, extroverts – but perhaps I can convince one of my friends to blog about it…)