Going from high school to college – How to handle the changes

Whatever anyone tells you, the transition from high school to college is a big jump. It can be unnerving because of a number of factors. In high school, you are the hero of the party – so to say. Most people know you, you are one of the most senior students there and the younger kids look up to you.

In college, you are nothing but a small fish in a huge pond – not many people know you, fewer people care about you and you are no longer one of the senior guys around. Then there are the different forms of initiation, hazing in the US, ragging in India and other Asian countries.

Whatever be the name, these ‘initiation’ techniques are nothing short of downright scary for young students joining their freshman year in college. Also, in college, the work load in terms of amount of studies and associated activities increases, which many students find difficult to handle.

According to statistics, in the US, one in every three students graduating out of high school drop out of their freshman year in college. While that is indeed terribly disconcerting, the good news is that there are ways to make the transition from high school to college smoother. This article aims to give you some ways in which you can ease into your college life easily. Read on for more information.

  • Like already mentioned, the acads in college are going to get tougher. In high school, not only are the number of subjects lesser as compared to college, there is also the fact that in college you definitely need to put in more number of hours to complete your study requirements as compared to high school. Sometimes twice to thrice as much. As a student, this may come as a shock initially, but you need to adjust to the new, more hectic schedule.
  • In college, there is the fact that many professors don’t take attendance. If in high school you found no opportunity to bunk any classes because of the strict watch your teachers used to keep on attendance, this may come as a very welcome breather. But keep this in mind – students who resist this ‘opportunity’ to bunk classes (in college) are generally the ones who get more marks. Try to be in this group of students. It’s not that the professors don’t keep track of the students – they just SEEM to be oblivious, in actuality, they are not. Keep this in mind.
  • You may have to create a schedule. And stick to it. In college, for each subject that you will be taught, there may not be more than two or three classes in a week. So it is imperative on the part of the students to keep track of what is being taught in which subject and stick meticulously to a study schedule drawn by them.
  • The tests in college change too. In high school, you may have observed, it’s like you have a test almost every two-three weeks (of course, there may be exceptions, but this is generally the case). In college, you may not have any test during the entire semester, with the semester exams being the only ones you have to sit for. Sometimes there may be only one or two tests during the entire semester. In such cases, it is essential that you keep on studying what is being taught in the class regularly, so that the content doesn’t pile up on you just before the exams.


I am Deepanjan Datta doing electrical engineering from the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Durgapur, India. I love to write, and develop software programs.