BY MICHELLE MAISONVILLE
Starting college can be scary. Students leave home, and friends and family, to live in a new city and go to school. College can also mean a heavier course load than high school, so being able to balance school with a job, a social life and other extracurricular activities is more important than before.
So how can students make their transition from high school to college as easy as possible? Current Conestoga students shared their advice as students embark on this new journey.
“Take college as one big learning experience. It might seem like some big, scary thing, but in reality the process of college is super easy,” said Vivian Walters, a first-year paramedic student. “Make friends, manage your time and money, and really invest yourself into what you’re studying.”
Daniel Raposo, a second-year heating, refrigeration and air conditioning technician student, said students shouldn’t be afraid to question their choice of program. Raposo first did a year of business financial planning but realized it wasn’t for him and switched to the heating, refrigeration and air conditioning technician program.
“Don’t be scared because now I love the program I’m in,” he said.
DeeAnna Rollins, a second-year journalism – print student, said, “Make friends with people you never thought you’d be friends with. They’re the most interesting people.
“Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions, even if you think they’re stupid … The chances are high that someone else had the same question and people will love you if you’re the one to speak up and ask.”
“And don’t forget to stay weird. Life is so much more fun that way.”
So whether you’re worried about making new friends, the heavy course load, being away from home or questioning your program choice, these students hope their advice helped ease some of that worry. Welcome to Conestoga College.