College is a time for a change. College is probably the most stressful time in a person’s life (if they go). On television, they make college seem like it’s all fun and games. It’s college parties, hooking up, skipping class, and having money without working. That is all false! That is true if you plan on failing or dropping out. Going from high school to college is different. There is no one telling you what to do anymore. I am not talking about your mom and dad. I am talking about teachers and other education officials. In college, you are responsible for everything. It’s scary at first because there are deadlines; if you miss them, you are screwed until next semester. Don’t worry if I am scaring you; I am here to guide you. I am a senior in college, and I have made many mistakes.
Financial Aid (Important)
Financial aid is without a doubt the most stressful and intimidating source on a college campus. This is the money that will pay for your education and housing. You need this so that you don’t have to pay thousands of dollars. If you want to work in college, you need financial aid. When filing your financial aid, this should be done months before starting school. Always look up the deadlines. Every school has them on its websites. You can also search on google because many schools have the same deadlines. On the financial aid website, they take you through every step. It’s stressful, but it has to be done. Afterward, it is a breath of fresh air.
Financial aid link: https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa
GPA (Most Important)
GPA stands for grade point average. This number is on a scale of 4.0. The grades you get in college will be evaluated at the end of each semester and your GPA will determine where you are on the scale. You have a GPA in high school but keeping it up in college is where it gets important. This is why you have to stay focused. If you get below a 2.0, you will be placed on probation until you raise your GPA back to a 2.0. You will have your next semester to fix it. If you don’t, it only gets worse. You will then be placed on academic suspension. They have programs to help you get off of suspension. If you fail this, you will lose your financial aid. That means you will have to pay out of pocket. If that doesn’t scare you, next will be termination. They will kick you out of school and you will have to get your GPA back up at a different school. That is when you can enroll again. You have to take it seriously. I played a lot in college and was on probation before. It never got to suspension.
It’s easy to get off track in college. Especially when you have distractions and freedom. College is a whole new world. This is a time when it is even more dangerous. Safety is important, so you have to be responsible. If you aren’t focused, you get sidetracked and can regret everything. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself. You have to prioritize your schedule and have a plan. I found it best to have a planner. College is a new experience for freshmen, so take it easy and experience it. I know I scare you guys with the main two, but it is necessary.