Monday, May 16, 2022

From High School to College

By: Skylar Secord/Content Editor

For some, the transition between high school and college or the workforce can be worse than culture shock.  While there is no surefire way to prepare yourself for every obstacle you will encounter in the “real world” (a term I use lightly), there are certainly many thing to brace yourself for.

Something I personally notice while attending overnight conferences and festivals at universities and colleges is the devastating fact that far too many people are incapable of feeding themselves.  When you’re supplied a school lunch and parent-provided dinner and meals for eighteen or more years, you never really learn how to put together a balanced diet.  We all know about the health pyramid, but people rarely follow it, and with good reason.  According to a Harvard study and various USDA studies, the food pyramid is unbalanced and not catered to people of every dietary walk of life.  You, of course, have free will and can do whatever you want, but just try to be in some mild health, alright?  It’s indisputable that eating healthy will help you perform better in work and in life.  You’ll have more energy, more zest for life, and you’ll just feel good.  So even though those college cafeterias might be packed full of pizza and brownies, don’t indulge every single day.

A secondary, and possibly more important, skill to have is the ability to manage your time.  At university, your schedule and your life will not be as structured as they are now.  Learn how to get things done on time to save yourself the stress of getting it done late or at the last minute.  I mean, you can write a twenty-page paper in one day, but do you really want to?  I doubt it.  So use your resources and extra time to work slowly on big projects and get it done without all of the pain, stress, and 3-AM caffeine-fueled rush.  This one just takes practice and willpower, two things that can be rather difficult to find if you’re not used to utilizing either.  Of course, this is all optional, but just get your work done and don’t be a slacker.  For once, you’re paying for your education, so failing a class is a lot more important in this case than it is at a public high school.

Furthermore, try to learn how to balance a budget and a checkbook.  This part is… super easy.  Just add money you make and subtract money you don’t have.  Budget out how much money you think you’ll be spending on food, gas, etc. and go from there.  If you want to build up credit, then follow this guide because I’m a child don’t take advice from me, take advice from other people on the internet.  These people to be exact.

Some minuscule points to be made include learning your limits (work-wise of course), don’t work to exhaustion it’s just not healthy, talk to your professors, and read the syllabus.  In the end it’s all up to you.  Whatever works for you and your life is what you need to do.  So have fun, don’t die, and get a job.

Kimberly Davenport
Kimberly Davenport grew up in Montrose, Pennsylvania. She currently teaches English and digital journalism at Blue Ridge High School, and is the adviser for the school's online newspaper, the Raider Reader. Kimberly loves traveling, spending time with her family (especially her grandchildren), and can often be found reading a good book.


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