College is unlike any other time in everyone's life, and once you enter it, it would feel like there are so many possibilities and experiences ahead of you. But it's not all that. When a new chapter of your life begins, it's also an opportunity for growth. This means that you must be equipped to be a more mature version of yourself and leave your old habits behind.
While your high school life might have prepped you academically before you enter college, there are a few things that you should drop especially if they're keeping you from moving forward and growing as a person. Listed down below are the behaviors that you need to let go ASAP once you enter college.
1. Talking about someone behind their back
When you were in high school, it's easy to get caught up in all the petty drama which may lead you to backstabbing someone. Everyone does it anyway, right? But in college, no one would tolerate this! If you have a problem with someone, talk to them face-to-face and settle your issue like mature people. Don't go out and talk behind their back because you're already old enough to know that doing this doesn't lead to resolving anything.
2. Running away from your problems
It will not be easy, but you can't always run away from your problems. Reality check: it doesn't go away if you ignore it. You can't instantly solve the problem when it happens, though, and it's understandable. But the best way that you can handle the hard stuff is feeling it out, taking time to think, and then doing everything you can to move past it once you're ready.
We get that students inevitably fall into the traps of putting things off until the last minute, especially if there are easier or more important things to do. A lot of people might honor this attitude of staying up all night to cram your school works, but this has an immense effect on your performance at school the next day. If you catch yourself about to procrastinate, remind yourself that a responsible student should know what to prioritize and how to manage their time efficiently. You'll thank yourself later.
4. Disregarding other people's time
We're sure that since you started attending school, everyone has shown you the consequences of being late. That's why if you enter college carrying this bad habit, it will give you a bad reputation. Your professors wouldn't only be the one to dislike you, but possibly your classmates, too! Respecting other people's time and presence is a must especially when you go out to the real world, so you better start practicing now.
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5. Being lazy
We're a lucky generation to have resources at our fingertips that help us to keep up with our school responsibilities. But we're lazier than ever given the endless distractions we're allowing to run our lives. It's okay to do something that makes you happy like watching your favorite series or listening to music, but this shouldn't make us lazy! It's time to prioritize, and not let these distractions justify us never having enough time to do the other important stuff that we need to do.
6. Blaming others for something you did
You're not a kid anymore, so it's time to own up to your mistakes and stop blaming other people. There might be a lot of things in your life that you aren't in control of, but how you act in certain situations is all your doing. Get up from your high horse, take responsibility, and be the bigger person.
7. Comparing yourself to other students
Whether it's about grades or achievements from your extra-curricular activities, don't ever compare yourself to other students. Success is a battle between you and yourself, not with anyone else. Don't worry if others are doing better than you, concentrate on yourself, and do everything at your own pace. Believe us that as soon as you stop listening to the voice inside your head telling you you're not good enough, you'll enjoy life more!
The transition from high school to college can be overwhelming, especially if you move out of your parents’ house and live on your own. Don't worry because you're not alone in this journey. You have your peers with you who are also trying to get used to this new stage in their lives. Just move one step at a time, focus on improving yourself, and enjoy the ride!
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