Key things learn from Kevin’s experience:
- A world of freedom is probably the hardest part about college life.
- You are in class a lot less.
- You become your own supervisor.
- There is no one to tell you what to do or when to do it.
- When you are in high school, every day is (more or less) the same. When you come to college, every day requires you to create a unique schedule, and you have to keep to that schedule and remember what time you need to wake up and what time you need to be places.
- With time management, you actually have more time to yourself.
- No one (except maybe your more responsible friends) will tell you to do your homework or study.
- No one will remind you about assignments, you have to take total control of your responsibilities and time.
- You have to manage everything, or no one will even make you go to class.
- You have to manage your budget.
- You need to be aware of what you are doing, how you are spending your time and money.
- You need to seek out any help you need because it won’t be spoon-fed to you.
- If you are failing all of your quizzes in chemistry, no one will have a meeting with you and your parents talking about what can be done to help you.
K-12 is all about fitting in. You learn to fit in socially, you learn to fit in academically, you learn to become part of society, you learn what is and what is not okay, you learn how to interact, you learn how to make friends, you learn how to fit in.
In university, you learn how to stand out. You learn how to take control of your life, you learn how be academically individualistic, you take chances, you stand out. In the real world, you don’t get a job by fitting in, you get a job by standing out.