It’s time to start a fresh chapter of your life after school, isn’t it? Out of the school uniform and into the adult life. For some, time at junior colleges can be super exciting, for some challenging, and for some tricky & confusing. With two years in your hand and a long list of things to-do before you enter your undergrad programme, how do you make the most of this time?
Set your priorities right. Build a roadmap to help you navigate life through junior college years. Make yourself well-aware of what exactly you need to work on in the 2 years of your unforgettable college journey. Here, at St. Mary’s Junior College, we prepare students for life, inside as well as outside the classroom. Coming straight from the best of educators at our junior college, we have put together a few important things to get you started.
1. Be A Go-Getter
Most parents and even students think that junior college is all about scoring high in academics and that is what counts in securing a place in a good university; however, it is equally important to pay attention to your extra-curricular activities. Extra-curriculars are like brownie points on your university applications. They highlight qualities that might prove to be worthwhile in your college. For instance, to be able to manage hosting a debate competition in your school while preparing for a big test on the same day reveals good time management skill, which can prove valuable.
2. Count Your Achievements
College life is a breath of fresh air. You are surrounded by new peers, new teachers, a plethora of choices and a whole new environment & lifestyle. Amongst all this new is also a world of new opportunities to bank-upon. Make your presence felt, in the right way. Take part in as many competitions and events as possible. Gather as many certificates as you can. This will not only make you feel positive and hopeful but, you will never have to worry about putting together your portfolio from scratch when a certain opportunity shows.
3. Make Hay While The Sun Shines
For many students, time at junior college is accompanied with the preparation of competitive exams such as NEET, CLAT and others, to pursue their undergrad studies. Your time at junior college is a golden opportunity to explore these and there are several online resources that help you figure out your aptitude and the right career choice for you, for example, ABROEDUSHIP, hikewise, etc. Never hesitate to reach out for help, your experienced faculty is the biggest pool of resources you can have access to. Research on universities you will be applying to and career options of your preference.
4. Make Friends For Life
Enrolling in a college means creating a new friend circle. You will come across peers from all walks of life. Be selective while making friends at this phase of life. A research shows the more investment you make on your friends, spending quality time with them, trying to understand them, sharing life experiencing and feelings, the more are the chances that you will form a strong emotional connect that will last a lifetime. In college, a supportive group of friends goes a long way. You want to make sure that you stick with people that inspire you, understand who you are, support you and help you grow.
5. Patience Is The Key
The key to making the most of college life is patience. Since all you have is two years, there will be times when you may feel overwhelmed with the course work along with a hundred other things going on simultaneously. It is very important to be prepared for situations like these. Stay calm and go over one thing at a time with utmost patience. This is where priority setting and time management can come in handy.
Entering junior college can be one of the most exciting phases of life, it is sure to give a fresh perspective on innumerable things. Be open to learning and discovering the best version of yourself. This transitional phase can go a long way in shaping not just your career but you, as a mature and confident person ready to take on life’s challenges.
Brace yourselves, best is yet to come.