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Let's face it. College is a whole new level , a different ball game. You may be your high school class valedictorian, or you may be in the honours program, or you've been in every extracurricular activity imaginable, or you may just be the average teacher's pet. Haha, kidding. But you know what, once you start living on your own at campus, interacting in a more diverse community and not to mention actually taking your college courses , all those things you did in high school would mean nothing.

Of course, let us not discard the fact that what you did in high school helped you get into college. But living in a new environment for your college life? You will have to start on a clean slate.

According to American College Testing (ACT), one in every four college students quit before completing their sophomore year - and nearly half of all freshmen will either drop out before obtaining a degree or complete their college education elsewhere.

There are some things you need to focus on to be able to survive college. And it all starts during your freshman year, the most critical year for you. Freshman year is going to make or break you. Just imagine all the adjustments you have to make living away from home, doing things by yourself. It's all a big responsibility. And then there's still all the studying you have to do as well Once you've gotten past your freshman year, things will be a little bit easier for you.

1. Learn the ins and outs of your campus. Before the academic year starts, try to attend as many campus tours as you can. Learn your way around campus. Get to know the important offices and staff who could help you on different matters: the Dean's office , the bursary , the career services office, the infirmary and even the counselling offices. Knowing where to go and who to talk to will easily help you in case you're stuck in some issues regarding your stay at campus.

2. Find ways to cope with homesickness. It is tough doing things by yourself and be alone in a new environment. And don't deny it, somehow living on campus during the first few weeks can be pretty lonely, not to mention intimidating what with meeting lots of new people from your roommate to your student assistants and professors. But you have to learn to be on your own. Avoid coming home in every break or opportunity you get. Do you know why? Because when you actually spend more time on campus and make an effort to make new friends, the homesickness can be put at the back of your mind. Sure, there will be days when you miss your boyfriend or girlfriend back home , or your mom's cooking, but you gotta do what you gotta do stay in school and ensure your future. If you happen to miss all the folks back home, well, there's always the internet.

3. Create your own space, and really make it yours. Find a place where you can relax and find a place where you can study without distractions. This will really help you with all the studying you have to do. It could be your dorm room or a cozy nook in the library, or wherever, just as long as it is a place where you are comfortable and where you can get your academic work done.

4. Be ready to face challenges and be overwhelmed. College life can be overwhelming. Academic work and daily living can be stressful. If you think the studying you have to do in high school is time-consuming and draining , college is ten times more than that. The stress can be depressing if you are not armed and ready for it, most especially since you are on your own. You will certainly meet people you might not be comfortable with, or you may run into some issues at the dorm, or there may be problems with your academics, but that's life. Shit happens, and you just have to be prepared for it. In case you get yourself in trouble, own up to it. College is definitely the time when you will learn to be accountable for everything you do.

5. Lastly , reward yourself. Make time for yourself. Keep yourself healthy. Find time to do the things that you love, things that help you relax like going to the gym, attending yoga sessions, or just spending an afternoon curled up in a couch with a good book and cup of hot cocoa. You need to recharge yourself every now and then. If you don't take some time out, you'll surely crash and burn. So reward yourself when you can. After all, with all the challenges you're up against, you deserve some time to relax.

So how about it? Do you think you're ready for college? I know you are , and I know you can make it. Just be determined to really get past everything that will be thrown your way. Meet as many people as you can, and don't forget to make real, quality connections. Make the most out of your college years and thrive in the challenging but rewarding experience.
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Xenia Maria is a video blogger on Gradparazzi, a social media and video sharing site for college students. She also blogs about working at home on The Blogger Mom.

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