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Surviving the First Week

The transition from high school to college is one of the most complex experiences anyone ever has. The transition is both personal and psychological . Some of you will want and need some time alone, others will thrive for constant contact with others. As you settle into your college life, keep in mind you will form new habits, change, adapt, go out, stay in, etc. Let your conscience and good sense be your guides. The only person you need to impress is YOURSELF. Don’t be afraid to say no. Be yourself, work on those areas you feel ought to change—academics, personal goals, social interactions.

Maximize your strengths and minimize (do not cover up) your weaknesses. Don’t be afraid to admit when you do not know something. You are here to learn, and staff are here to assist you. As you are adapting, changing, and correcting, stay on top of your academic work. The first six to eight weeks are the most critical period of all of your college years. Furthermore, the first semester of your college career has the greatest impact. Do not be afraid to embrace this time. Enjoy it! This next year is going to fly by, take time to appreciate all that is happening!

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