Hello Noob. Welcome to the internet! I have gone ahead and prepared a list of the 10 skills that are most important when going into college. Read them, learn them, use them.
Math – That is right kid. Math is important. You need that stuff. Most colleges have what is called “placement testing” and yes “Math” is a portion of it. Even art majors have to have the minimum of pre-calc or something of the sort… so get those flash cards out and begin.
Communication – Here is one for my fellow nerds. You love to spend time playing video games, however sooner or later, you will have to take a speech class to graduate. Better get use to being social now, before it gets really awkward.
Sleeping – This is one of the biggest skills you need to learn. Hibernation is what they should really call it. Yet in college you will be tempted every single hour of every day(after your freshman year that is) to hang out with someone, help someone else, or even study a bit more. However the biggest success for the next day is sleep. Hit that bed up at 8pm and be proud to tell your friends the next day!
Reading – If you were anything like me, you ended up never even touching a text book in high school. I mean come on.. those things were only good at collecting dust right? Well, guess what. In college you have to learn to read. Those online summaries are only so helpful when it comes to a project where you need to implement a Naive version of some algorithm before the clock strikes 11:59pm. It is necessary to actually at minimum scan over the books for your “major” classes. Yet don’t let this frighten you.. those cliff notes are pretty efficient for classes such as History…
Go To The Bathroom – Ha ha ha, laugh it up. But seriously. If you are in high school and are a junior or senior. Stop asking for permission to go to the bathroom. In college you are a fool if you raise your hand to ask to go to the bathroom. Save it. That hand raise is more important… like questioning the lectures motives. Simply be quite and as subtle as possible make your way out of there.
Research – Research is a skill. Start working on it.
Life Skills – Do some research, gather some life skills. Learn to sign a check, learn what leasing an apartment is like, figure out what one must do to get a loan. These are real world things you will have to do, so spot sitting still. Figure it out. It isn’t that hard! You got this!
Hopefully this post lives up to my idea of the once per month minimum I put on myself. Maybe it’ll help you, maybe it won’t. Either way, i’ll be seeing you all on the flip side!