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From Hardly Working to Working Really Hard- The transition no one Warned me abou

So I guess that you can say I am moderately shy.. I open up to people when i feel the need to or when I am most comfortable. When In public or around new people, and Im around a bunch of friends or fam, I feel most at ease so I’ll be slightly more open than I would be on my own so this helps me a lot. In school, I was not always concerned about being the best at anything. For the most part, it all came easy. I consider myself smart… by nature and in all of my years of schooling, i never really had to apply myself. I could do the bare minimum and get a good grade and I was fine with that. There wasn’t too much stress on getting the best or being the best at any one thing so I never felt like i had to be. As long I as passed or did what I had to do, everyone was happy and there weren’t any complaints. Then there came a time in my life where nothing was fairly easy anymore and that was in college. I was in a new environment with new people and I honestly felt so disconnected to everything. I didnt ask for help because I hate to ask for assistance with anything and I found myself struggling, always playing catch up. For the first time, I had to apply myself. I had to think more, had to put effort into showing up to class even when no one was forcing me to go. I wish someone was there to guide me and was there to help me out.. maybe like a big brother or mentor. People should really consider reaching out to the incoming freshmen and should not wait until they ask them for help. 8 times out of 10, they are scared to do it.. or shy.

There should be more people trying to help kids transition from elementary to middle school, from high school to college… we need more mentors and peers going through the process. Does anyone know of any cool programs that help students transition or cope with being in college for the first time?

5 Replies to “From Hardly Working to Working Really Hard- The transition no one Warned me abou”

  1. RaiC says:

    Hey! I actually know of a few different programs!

    There are a bunch depending on where you are. I know when I was in highschool, we had a program called ” Gear Up” and ” VIP” that helped us select colleges and prepare for the work load.

    But here are a few resources for you, spread the word 🙂

    This site will help you connect to people in your area

    This is for young adult transitions or for young adults who are interested/struggling with the option of the gap year

    My favorite- College Forward ! Anything you need, they can help.

    Hope that helps you. Transitioning from high school to college was certainly big for me too but thankfully, I went through a supportive program in which I lived on campus and took two classes for a few weeks on campus before my first collegiate semester started. I had the opportunity to meet other students with similar backgrounds and learned how to manage my time, as the program helped us to create schedules for our summer classes and activities. Such a great idea, more colleges should implement this program, def helped a lot.

  2. Reese says:

    Hi Vee! You sound so much like me when I started college. I was an AP student in high school and very involved in activities and clubs. I found the transition to college to be harder than I thought. I struggled finding my place and often felt overwhelmed by all the new things to learn socially, academically, and personally. I decided to get a job on campus and that helped me meet people as well as earn a little bit of money. I would also recommend joining a club or other activity you are interested in. Look for your school’s social media posts to see what is going on campus or around the area. I hope this helps make your transition easier. Good luck and keep us posted!

  3. VRuiz says:

    Thanks so much for the resources. I posted them to my social media a while back and got some great feedback.

    Hi Reese, we are def a lot alike! I took all AP courses my senior year of highschool and I was swamped and also played sports, so i def know you understand and feel where I am coming from. But yes!!!! There was sooooo much, and still is, so much to learn and so many people to meet. Im glad that you were able to get a job on campus! My bro told me that was a great way to start, so i did the same. Also, the money made things a lot better for me. I was able to shop and hang out with people i met and actually accept invites to events bc of it. I actually joined one of the cultural centers and joined some of the meetings in the center and i’ve met a bunch of people who are just like me! Im looking into getting another job at the center for this upcoming winter. I also took your advice and followed the social media accounts of some of the groups on campus and now i know when things are going on. I told my mentee about the social media account and he’s doing the same. Thanks soooo much!

  4. Sara says:

    This is a really helpful thing to keep in mind for everyone who just started their Senior year in high school! You have so many options, and you can figure out what is right for you.

  5. Sam B. says:

    It is definitely an adjustment getting used to the workload. It’s really helpful for me to use the services at my school to help me out. It was a hurdle to go there and get help (considering my pride and everything) but it was really worth it.

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