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    Posted on Oct 1, 2017

    We're Not In Kansas Anymore

    Transitioning from high school to college is one of the most difficult transitions to make. All this new freedom, challenging classes and having to do laundry on your own is HARD. These quick tips should make the transition to college a little better. DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this article is strictly for entertainment purpose. The opinions in no way reflect the opinions of the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences.

    1. BE CONFIDENT

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    When coming to campus, it is very overwhelming. The first tip is to be confident in not being confident. I know, that doesn't make much sense, but don't feel like you need to know everything. You won't know how to use the washers in the dorms, you won't know what places take meal swipes vs flex, and thats OK. Ask questions, learn about your campus and be confident in being a freshman! No one knows it all coming to college.

    2. GET MOTIVATED

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    Sometimes it is hard to stay motivated in college, some weeks feel like they drag on for years and there is no end in sight. Find some ways to stay motivated! Print out pictures of your future profession, focus on the long term goal, write yourself a pep talk letter. Keep looking forward and don't get bogged down by all the details of every week, remember the big picture and the future goals and dreams!

    3. DEVELOP GOOD HABITS

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    The first two weeks of the semester are the most important in terms of setting the tone for your term. Creating good study habits, eating well and being active physically and socially are all necessities to start your semester off right. Go to midnight pancakes with your friends, take up residence in Willy T, check out the arboretum. If you need help figuring out time management or study skills there are many sources around campus that can help you navigate those challenges such as involvement fairs during k-week and resources like The Study during the school term.

    4. GET INVLOVED

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    On of the easiest ways to get to know people is to obviously put yourself out there. Join clubs, go to sports games, get involved on your campus. Everyone is trying to find their niche so during the first few weeks of school explore the different clubs and organizations on campus. This is the first and last time in your life where people your own age will all be in one place at one time enjoying the same things as you so take advantage of it! Meet some people, take advantage of your campus and put yourself out there!

    5. HAVE FUN

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    College is the best four years of your life. You meet so many amazing people, you do fun things and genuinely have the time of your life. School is very important and academics are absolutely number one priority, but don't forget to have fun! Go out to dinner, go to the movies, check out Red River Gorge, do some things that are good for your soul. College is very serious, but you will get burnt out if you don't do anything fun, so explore yourself, your friends, your community and enjoy every second that you have in college, it all goes fast!

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