There comes a time in most everyone’s life where they have to begin the college transition & learn how to be a ‘grown up’ … it’s exciting, terrifying, surreal, and always leaves you feeling unprepared for what lies ahead.
Like most high school seniors, Alyssa has questions about college that she didn’t really know who to ask — so she asked Madelyn.For those of you that are familiar with our youtube, you may remember our “Life & School Tips: College Q&A” we did last month… Madelyn and Alyssa collaborated on that video because Madelyn is in currently in college and Alyssa is completing her senior year of high school.
All of that to say the video had to be edited down to reasonable viewing length for the youtube machine so there were some questions that got left out, but are probably still relevant to anyone staring down the barrel of the college transition… So here’s the two extra Q’s and A’s about college life.
Q: What are some of the differences between high school teachers and college professors?
I think the main thing that I’ve noticed is that my high school teachers were maybe more inclined to sort of walk you through things, and ‘hold your hand’ whereas college professors don’t really do that. If you have not yet at this point in your life figured out how to be a self-starter and be self-motivated, you will probably need to learn pretty fast. Because college professors don’t care if you sleep through class or miss an assignment, sure your grade may suffer but they’re not going to call you or your parents and inquire about your whereabouts. You have to just learn to do things because they matter, and just become accountable to yourself.
Q: what is orientation / welcome week like & is it as weird as i think it will be?
A: Yeah. It can be weird. Especially if you’re the kind of person who’s not super into like big groups and introducing yourself, and making small talk with strangers… But as awkward and uncomfortable as it might seem sometimes I would encourage you to do as much as you can, and participate in as many Welcome Week activities as possible. Because once you’re ‘welcomed’ then you’re just there and living it, so take the welcoming while you can. So just do as many things as you can, meet as many people as you can, and just try to put yourself out there as much as you might not want to.