By Beverly Asante, Toppel Peer Advisor

The transition from high school to college is a big step. For some of you, this might be the first time you are away from your friends and family. This may be the last time that you see your classmates from high school. This may even be the last time someone scolds you for not doing your laundry. Why you may ask?  You’re a college student!  Congratulations baby canes, you’ve made it! Here are a few tips on how you can make your transition from high school to college that much smoother.

Be Yourself

 Oscar Wilde once said “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”   This may sound really cliché, but it’s true. I was extremely worried when I first started my college career. I didn’t have any friends.  I literally was eating alone in the cafeteria with no one to talk to for about a month. It happens, you might not have friends the first couple of weeks, but you will eventually make some. The only way you can survive in college or anywhere else for that matter is by being yourself. People will gravitate towards you more easily once they can relate to you, the real you.  So put your best foot forward and don’t forget to always be U.

Get Involved

I previously wrote a blog post about getting involved, the link for that will be listed below. However, I cannot stress the importance of it. Employers want to know that you are not a robot, studying all day in the library and that you are a well-rounded person.  You should be actively participating in clubs and organizations that resonate with who you are and your values. Getting involved shows employers that you have a balance and that you can be a leader both inside and outside of the classroom. Not to mention, you can meet some of your lifelong friends and advocates through clubs and organizations. Speaking from my own experience, joining organizations such as the debate team and the Hammond Butler Inspirational Concert Choir helped me so much. Till this very day, I hold friendships and bonds with people that constantly motivate me to be a better person.  

Go to Class

Last, but not least do not forget to go to your classes. I understand our parents are no longer here to tell us what to do and we are definitely all adults here, but going to class is very important. You can miss out on very important material if you do not attend class on a regular basis. I definitely recommend going to class and developing a relationship with your professors. Don’t ever forget that it is the little things that matter such as going to class, getting there on time, participating, and treating both your classmates and professors with respect. Professors actually pay attention to those little details and that might actually work in your favor when final grades come around.

Here is the link to all my previous blog posts including the one about getting involved,

 Thank you for reading, and don’t forget, it’s great to be a Miami HurriCane!