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5 Ways to Prepare for Going Back to College

Jul 25, 2017 | Harrison College

5 Ways to Prepare for Going Back to College

Congratulations on your exciting decision to head back to school! It can be a great way to connect with new people from all walks of life and learn more about yourself and your passions.

But going back to school can also be a stressful experience, especially for non-traditional students.

You may feel worried about fitting in or experiencing a new academic environment. Don't let this stress get in your way, though.

Here are some of our favorite easy tips that are sure to make your transition easy and stress-free.

5 Ways to Prepare For Going Back to College

1. Do Your Research

Doing a bit of research can help put your fears at ease. The more we know about a subject or experience, the better we feel about it.

This is certainly true of going back to school. It doesn't matter if it's been 5 years or a few decades, the college world has changed dramatically. Now, you have tons of info about your school at your fingertips.

Do your research on your school before your first day to learn all the tips and tricks of your campus. Learn all the best places to eat, study, and most of all, rest.

College can be stressful for even the youngest of us. You're going to need a break every now and again, so find a quiet nook where you can recharge.

2. Be Social

Let's face it, one of the best things about the college experience is the social experience. Never again will you be in such a diverse place with tons of people of all ages, genders, races, and nationalities.

Take this time to connect with your fellow students and learn more about them. And if you're shy, know that you're not alone. In fact, far from it. There are tons of adult learners in the educational world.

Learning in the classroom is only half of the experience here. The other half of your knowledge will come from your peers and colleagues.

3. Don't Worry About Others

Part of being social in college involves discussions about grades, hobbies, and dreams.

Don't worry about how or what others are doing. It's all too easy to compare ourselves to others, but this will only hurt our chances of success in the end.
Anytime a bit of self-doubt creeps in, think about this:

You've made a fantastic decision to go back to college, and that's something that should be applauded. You're actively taking steps to better yourself and the world around you.

You've got this!

4. Learn Modern Study Techniques

One of the coolest things about college in today's world is how technology plays a part of the learning experience.

Studying used to be making flash cards or reading and re-reading passages over and over.

Not anymore.

Brush up on your study techniques while learning some new, modern techniques. There are tons of great sites like Quizlet that can help you ace the upcoming exam.

5. Stay Focused

Above all else, you'll want to stay focused. Remember why you're going back to college, and always remind yourself when things get hard.

If you need a bit of extra help, don't be afraid to reach out. Be it a teacher, classmate, or advisor, there are tons of people that can keep you focused.

Remember, you're not in this alone!

Ready to Go Back to School?

If you're interested in going back to college, feel free to reach out. We can provide you with all of the information and resources you need to create a better tomorrow, today.

Whether you visit one of our many campuses or choose online studies, let Harrison College help you find your path.

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