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How to Cope With College

Updated on May 20, 2019
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An Undergraduate Computer Engineering student from the Philippines . Likes Playing Video Games, Badminton, and Building PCs.

One of the main things students mistake in college, is that it would simply be the same as high school with just a bit of freedom from your parents. But oh, boy! you're gravely mistaken. In College the professor doesn't really care about you (well maybe some does) as long as he/she gets paid, money will also be problem since you'll most likely be living on your own, and also no one will be there to take care of you. So Here I'll share with you how i was able to cope up with the ups and downs of college life.

How to Cope college:

1. Don't Be Shy.
When you first enter college you'll be surprised by the plethora of new faces, people, and personalities that you'll be witnessing. If you were the shy type in elementary and/or high school and was too scared to make a drastic change in personality in between, well now's the perfect chance to make that sudden change. Express yourself the way you couldn't previously, wear the make-up, put on the jeans, because college can serve as a brand new beginning for you. One of the many regret i had prior to graduation was me being too shy to open myself up to other people, i couldn't express myself the way i wanted to because of the fear of criticism.


Surround yourself with positive people that'll help you grow as a person.
Surround yourself with positive people that'll help you grow as a person.

2. Join Clubs/Organizations.

Joining Clubs or Organizations can help you hook up with people of similar interests. it can help you make lifelong friends and discover thing about your passion that you didn't already know. Maybe it can also help you academically and with group studies and such.

Joining College Clubs or Organizations can help you discover yourself further
Joining College Clubs or Organizations can help you discover yourself further

3. Keep yourself motivated.

This one's crucial in surviving college life. Keeping yourself motivated can be a tedious task in itself because in college you'll experience lots of ups and downs from exam failures to unjust professors. Don't let your failures or downfalls get the best of you because failure is simply a part of learning, we learn from our mistakes so that we don't repeat them, our failures are experiences that help us grow. or you could always find a hobby to distract yourself from all the pent up stress that has piled up.

As the old saying goes "Don't let your dreams be dreams."
As the old saying goes "Don't let your dreams be dreams."

4. Attend seminars and extracurricular activities.

In my college life these are the tools that helped me learn more of the outside, especially the seminars. It helped me learning about things that the professor wasn't paid for to teach. Because you wont learn everything inside the four corners of the class room. Additionally, the certificates that comes from the seminars and activities can help put additional skills and information in your resume.

Knowledge isn't only aqcuired inside the four walls of the class room, expand your horizons.
Knowledge isn't only aqcuired inside the four walls of the class room, expand your horizons.

5. Choose the correct course.

This may be the most important tip i can give out. You have to make sure that before you enter college you've thought up of what you want to be in the future, your passion, your hobby, and basically the other things that you like can be a factor when choosing the correct course. I've had some friends drop out of college simply because of this. Follow your passion and think critically on what you want to become once you graduate. Discover yourself.

Discover yourself and pursue your passion.
Discover yourself and pursue your passion.

6. Make the most of it.

College is the last stage of your teenage to pre-adult life. It might be the last ounce of freedom you can taste before you enter the corporate world, and with that said make the most of it, make lots of friends, experience everything possible while you still have the energy and spirit of youth. It's ok to prioritize education above all else just don't forget to have fun every once in a while, you might not have the time to do so anymore once you graduate.

Make the most of your youth
Make the most of your youth

And so, there you have it. i was able to tell you about 5 main things that really helped me cope up with college life. Experiences, and opinions may differ depending on the person. But keep in mind that before entering college you should expect a whole new environment and atmosphere from the one you were used to, don't expect any treatment of the same kind as back when you were still in high school. In college you aren't treated and should not be treated like a kid anymore, you're basically a young adult. So to everyone who's about to start college this year, Good luck to all of you and don't forget to enjoy it!

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