Are you emotionally prepared for college?
Keep It Moving and Don’t Dwell
If you manage to avoid stressful situations in life, I would have to ask you what magic potion you drank for such fortune. On the contrary, if you are like the rest of us, stressful and unavoidable situations are bound to rear their ugly heads every so often. What I am trying to say is that, you, along with everyone else in the world have no choice. So let’s accept it and move on. If you can accept that things will be stressful and often happen unnecessarily, then you will spend more time adjusting or adapting to the situation than you do stuck on how “it shouldn’t have happened.” Going back to the previous point. Be flexible, keep it moving and don’t dwell. You are better off spending your time finding solutions than fixating on what you cannot change.
In college you need to be resourceful. The answers are not always printed on paper, and your professors will not always be accessible. They will give you projects with few guidelines and the expectation that you complete it thoroughly and on time. Professors do not entertain complaints about the difficulty of the work or the deadline, so the best solution is to be resourceful. Generate your questions and find the answers without depending on anyone else. The beauty of technology is that, research can be done almost anywhere via laptops, cellphones, and tablets. This leaves little reason why you cannot get something done. On another note, resourcefulness goes far beyond academics. College is the first time that many of you will be on your own and you might find yourself in a predicament (such as a flat tire or dead battery) and you will have to navigate those waters with little help. If you trust that you are capable of finding the answer, you will tap into your own natural resourcefulness that we were all born with. As the saying goes, “necessity is the mother of invention.” If you find yourself in need, use your natural skills that you were born with to find the answer. Think outside the box and don’t stop searching until you’ve got the result you were looking for.
These are only a few of the traits a student needs for college success. It's not easy, but must be done.