Story & Photo by Courtney Burleigh
Many students begin their college years fresh out of high school, not knowing what to expect. To some, college seems like high school with added freedom, fees, people and food.
Despite being in school for more than 12 years and counting, at some point in their educational paths, students might find themselves feeling unprepared or even a bit regretful over past study habits. Some students might find themselves wishing they had more knowledge or guidance throughout the experience before entering college.
“Don’t think college is anything like high school because it’s not,” said Alex Romero, a Rose State graphic design major. “And I wish I knew how much money I was actually going to be spending because it’s a lot.”
Romero also said her professors are nothing like her high school teachers.
“I didn’t know how chill my professors were going to be,” she said. “One professor literally comes in, talks a little bit and then lets us go. I thought they were going to be like, super strict and scary, but nope.”
College study habits might also differ from those of a high schooler.
“I think it depends on the class … [for] my history class, I’m studying all the time,” she said. “But for my computer class, there’s not much I need to study for.”
College sophomore and biomedical technology major Christina Greene, however, has found she’s been studying for college more than ever.
“Having better study habits and organizational skills are things I wish I would have known about,” she said. “I wish I would have known how important a regular study schedule is, and I wish I would have put more time into learning how to organize one in high school. The importance was always stressed to us in high school but I never understood it until I got to college.”
Many students share similar regrets from the time they began college.
Jaz Harmon, a music education major at John County Community College, said besides having better study habits, she wished she had reached out to someone and asked for help.
“I wish I knew the importance of study groups before I went to college,” she said. “I struggled on my own for a long time.”
Rose State will soon open the Center for Success, Inclusion and Diversity with an opening date set for October. This facility will host study skills workshops dedicated to specific course topics and guide students to campus resources. The center is designed to help students realize they are not alone in their mission to succeed in college.
“I found out the hard way that studying and having an organized schedule is important,” Greene said. “After that, my grades have been significantly better and I’ve been less stressed.”
However, study skills are not the only speed bump students might encounter on their road to success. Harmon also said she wished she knew more about mental health before entering college.
“You have to learn how to swallow your pride and ask for help,” she said.
Along with a therapy dog, Rose State Student Access Services provides students with free tutoring, counseling and other programs meant to assist students in learning and make education accessible to every student.
“Know that having no motivation to do anything isn’t normal,” she said. “Feeling scared of everything isn’t normal and if you know you aren’t feeling right, please ask for help.”
For more information on services offered, visit rose.edu or call 733-7373.
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