Tag: transitions

Making Memories: Why The Things You Remember About High School Will Surprise You

Senior year of high school is a busy time to be a teenager, even aside from the work you’ll put into applying to college. It’s also full of events that are specifically designed to serve as capstones for your high school experience, like prom and graduation. As you reach the end of the year, these events will come on thick and fast.

You may find that these senior events are a lot of fun and a chance to end high school on a high note. However, you might also find yourself worrying about whether you’re doing the right things to enjoy these events properly. After all, you’re supposed to remember these milestones for the rest of your life, right?

Not always. The memories you really treasure from high school may come from unexpected places, and some of the best memories won’t be formed in scheduled, traditional events. You never know which experiences will shape, inspire, or affect you in retrospect. As someone who’s been out of high school for over a decade, here’s what I’ve learned about memories, formative experiences, and the pressure to enjoy traditional graduation-related events.

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When Do I Start Adulting? Navigating Between Childhood and Adulthood When Preparing For College

Being a teenager can be an exercise in contradictions, and that fact becomes particularly visible as college application season looms. How can you pick the college that’s best for your intended future career when you still have a curfew? How can you ask for help when it seems like you’re supposed to be working on your independence? When it comes down to it, are you an adult or a child?

As with many other issues, the answer to this question is far more complicated than one or the other. Even though it’s uncomfortable, the reality is that when you’re in your late teens, you’re somewhere in between. Read on for how to get more comfortable in that middle ground as you get ready for your transition to college.

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A Guide to Being a Good Roommate

As you’ve no doubt seen in the many screen depictions of the college experience, having a roommate is often a fact of life once you get to college. At some colleges, this is by design; at others, it’s because first-years get last pick of housing options. Either way, if you’re bound for college, it’s likely that you’ll find yourself sharing a room— and needing to figure out how to maintain a good relationship with your roommate.

Like everyone, I’ve had my share of roommate annoyances, incompatibilities, and conflicts. I’ve also been the annoying roommate more often than I like to admit. However, I’ve come a long way since my first year of college, and what I’ve learned may be useful to those of you who are newly encountering this challenge.

Trying to manage an adult-like life in the same room as another person who’s trying to do the same thing is not always easy, but it can be done! With a little thoughtfulness, you too can learn to survive and thrive with whatever roommate you get.

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Things To Do Before You Leave for College

The summer before you leave for college is a busy time. You have to fill out paperwork! You have to choose your classes! You have to buy a laundry basket! Alongside the practical necessities, however, there are a number of less tangible things that it’s a good idea to take care of before you leave town.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you contemplate the end of your senior year, your summer break, and the process of getting ready to transition to college.

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Splash of Cold Water: Independence Woke Me Up

Leaving for college is always a big step, no matter how far from home you’ll be. After all, leaving home is generally one of the first steps to becoming a full-blown adult. Waking up to a new and independent life is exhilarating. I certainly wanted to be on my own. In my mind, I would finally be waking up to a bright world as a full-grown adult. What I didn’t realize back then was that my initial venture into college independence was hardly what I could call “fully waking up.”

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Making the Most of Your Summer Before College

You made it past high school graduation! Only the summer lies between you and your first year in a brand new world. Of course, there are countless ways to prepare, which can be overwhelming. So in order to break it down, I’ve come up with three categories that may help simplify your priorities. I’ve also included a few specific examples that I think were important in my own preparation.

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