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Old May 21st, 2018, 12:17 PM   #1
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I have all the credits I need to graduate and will be starting College in September. I'll be studying meteorology at the University of Oklahoma. My goal is to become a weather researcher and storm chaser. I am wanting tips from college students on how to make the transition the easiest.
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Old May 29th, 2018, 09:20 PM   #2
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I don’t know about the tips your ask8 g about bro but I will say this....
Congrats on your accomplishments and knowing what you want, sounds awesome!!!

Transitions I know about....just be open, and as easy going as you can be. Transitions are not easy for most, including other people you may need to live with. So just be chill and relax, and see where thjngs go. Don’t jump outa the gate about stuff, just be laid back and be a little bit of a drifter or follower instead of a leader till stuff comes together

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Old May 30th, 2018, 10:03 AM   #3
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Congratulations on doing it early! My cousin was able to do that at age 16 having taken AP and college credit classes in high school. From what she's told me it was a bit rough at first being accepted by the older kids but eventually they did. I'm sure you will be assigned a counselor, and the dorms are usually supervised by an adult that can help you with any issues.

If your school is one that lets you go online and pick your own roommate(s) before you move there, then I think you should make sure the potential roommates you talk to about sharing a room know right from the start that you are a bit younger.

My big sis is going in the fall, and already knows her roommate after they found each other online and chatted back and forth before deciding they were a good match. They are actually going to meet in person in a few weeks and get to know each other. She also has been talking to her counselor and knows who the person in charge of her dorm is going to be. I think that's really helpful, and if at all possible you should try to visit the campus in person for a day or two this summer and get really familiar with the layout and places nearby to eat and shop and so on. My cousin told us that made a huge difference in her comfort level, and that's why my big sis and her roommate are going to meet at the campus in July.

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Old May 30th, 2018, 11:09 AM   #4
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After hearing that Ronan Farrow started college when he was 11, I got a little jealous. lol

I've looked into attempting this, but I don't know if I could pull it off. Either way at the latest I'll be 17 when I start college because I have a late birthday.

Congratulations on starting early!

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Old May 30th, 2018, 02:48 PM   #5
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Not in college but wanted to wish you
Good luck!
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Old May 30th, 2018, 06:37 PM   #6
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Don't force friendships. A lot of people are inclined to just be friends with whoever they talk to and spend time with, and let me tell you this does not make for fulfilling friendships. I liked the first people I met, but I never connected with them, not really, and it made me miserable and lonely. Don't be disappointed if you don't find "your people" right away. It'll happen. I still make new friends every semester.

Also, seriously, be very careful with buying textbooks. They are expensive and often unnecessary. You might be able to get PDF versions from classmates, cheaper versions elsewhere, or you might not need them at all. Don't get a textbook immediately just because it's listed in the syllabus.

Make sure you're taking the classes you need and want. Don't be afraid to shop around a little; professors expect this in the first week or two of each semester (at least, they do at my school). It wasn't natural to me coming from high school, but I'm glad I did.

Go to office hours. It helps a great deal, but you'll also form a relationship with your professor, which is always good. Would especially recommend if you're not used to talking to your teachers or other authorities. It's a handy thing to get used to.

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@Freckles congratulations! I haven't graduated yet, but I have completed 3 college classes and have a few suggestions that might help you

Socializing with peers in the smallest ways can lead to friendships, so no need to pressure yourself with "how can I get this person to like me?" or other stressful, unnecessary thoughts. I became friends with a girl simply by saying, "You're *insert name*, right?" and complimenting her on some insightful remarks she made in one of our classes together. We don't really talk now that it's summer, but we learned a lot about each other, and having her to talk to made the semester a better experience.

I also second what @Elysium said about office hours. That time is designated for you to approach your professors; you will not be inconveniencing them. You can get valuable feedback, and they will appreciate you taking the initiative to come see them outside of class. In the process of balancing a busy high school schedule with the extra work of college, office hours were my saving grace several times.

Best wishes for a smooth transition!!

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Old June 1st, 2018, 03:54 PM   #8
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Thanks for all the comments and suggestions. They are all very good. With exception to one textbook all study materials are online. As some of you know I went through some personal tragedies and to cope I studied all the time so that's why I got finished early. I decided what I wanted to major in even though I pretty much knew since I was a child. I've always been intrigued by the weather and wanted to be a storm chaser and researcher. After Tim Samaras died I knew I wanted to take his place. I did surprisingly well on my SATs so getting into the college I wanted was pretty easy. Half of the applicants for the program I'll be in are turned away.
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Old June 4th, 2018, 12:14 AM   #9
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I'm just completing my freshman year of college, so I've made the transition. Since I took AP in high school, it wasn't too much harder, but it is different. A few things to think about:
1) Professors will not try and help you unless you ask for it.
2) Attend office hours if you need help. They are much more approachable there.
3) Organize your assignments, and always do things on time. Rarely will a professor let you turn things in late.
4) Study for tests earlier. Cramming works in high school, but it doesn't in most college classes.
5) Form study groups with your classmates if you can. It's a great way to do homework together and it can be fun.

Good luck!
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