What to know before transitioning to college
August 14, 2017
The decision to attend college is a life-shaping event. Whether you are fresh out of high school or resuming your education later in life, college can impact you in many ways, both personally and professionally.
However, it takes work to reap the many benefits of a college education. Terry Webb, an assistant professor of counseling at Cuyahoga Community College’s Metropolitan Campus, recently wrote a guest column for Cleveland.com with tips to help students navigate the path from the first day of school to graduation.
Webb notes students need self-discipline to attend classes, study material and complete projects. Successful students have a willingness to seek assistance from teachers, tutors and counselors, and an ability to accept constructive criticism and utilize it to better themselves.
Successful students surround themselves with the right people away from the classroom as well – those who encourage their academic pursuits and hold them accountable to utilize study time effectively.
They also recognize that failure is part of the process. If you fail a test or a project – or even a class – use it as an opportunity to learn, not a reason to give up.
Webb reminds students they are not alone on their college journey. Success is a matter of remaining focused on your goals, working hard and seeking assistance when needed.