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Transitions: Part 1

College is one of the biggest transitions a person will make, aside from getting a full-time job post-graduation. These four years are full of newness and change and excitement and anxiety all wrapped in one. Transitions can be difficult, but I want to ease your mind about a few of them.

  1. Transition to dorm life.
  • Going from having your own space at home to living with approximately 20-30 people on the same hall can be daunting. It can also be slightly annoying to have this newfound recognition that you now have to be careful with your stuff and make sure people know it is yours. Let me tell you though, dorm life is kind of scary at first, but turns into the coolest thing ever fairly soon after move-in. Once you realize that you are living with your closest friends and do not have to drive anywhere to hang out with them, you will quickly learn to love it. Also, the dorms provide ample opportunity to share things with your friends (i.e. clothes, shoes, video games, hats, etc.). You basically shop for free in your friends’ closets and rooms, with their permission of course.
  1. Transition to college classes.
  • I talked about this in a previous blog, but the transition to college classes can be really scary. It is easy to come into college thinking that college classes will be significantly harder than the ones you took in high school. I am here to tell you that you will be just fine. Yes, Grove City is academically rigorous. That is definite. However, you learned how to study and work hard in high school and that is no different here. You will be fine. The Grove is well-known for being difficult but take it from me, you work hard, study hard, and learn so much from your classes here. And, if you need any help with your classes, the College has a free tutoring service offered to each student who attends Grove City College. Please take advantage of that, many students tutor other students, so it is a great way to not only learn but also meet new people!

College is one of the biggest transitions you will ever make in your life–moving away from family into a dorm, new classes, new experiences, etc. It can all be terrifying from an outside perspective, but when you break it down day by day, moment by moment, you will soon learn to thrive at Grove City College.

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