Your teen is now all set to enter college! Though you are excited, you may still have some jittery moments thinking about how your child will adjust to a whole new environment. Well, here are a few tips for your teen, from experienced students and a counsellor to help him/her prepare for D-Day.
(2nd year IT Engineering, Madras Institute of Technology)
- THE PAST IS PAST, SO LEARN TO DEAL WITH THE PRESENT. For example, if you have enrolled in a particular course at a college, gear up to study that well, instead of thinking that you should have chosen some other course.
- DO NOT SUCCUMB TO PEER PRESSURE. As an example, your friends may join a particular branch at a particular college, but that doesn’t mean that you should also study the same subject in the the same college.You can still hang out with your friends outside of college.
- DO NOT TAKE PUNISHMENTS AT COLLEGE SERIOUSLY. They are learning experiences which will teach you not to repeat those mistakes.
(2nd year Journalism, Madras Christian College)
- DON’T THINK OF SENIORS AS YOUR ENEMIES, as they will provide you a better understanding of how college works. So be open to ‘friendly’ ragging and try not to be defensive.
- BROADEN YOUR HORIZONS, and make new friends.
- YOU HAVE TO CHOOSE two out of these three options: studies, social life and sleep. Choose wisely!
(4th year Biomedical Engineering, Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal)
- DO NOT CARRY TOO MUCH STUFF with you. You may find it difficult to pack and unpack when moving.
- YOU WILL MISS HOME AT TIMES, but remember there are others like you. And you can always keep in touch with your parents via Skype or phone.
- RESPECT YOUR ROOMIE’S SLEEP OR STUDY HABITS as there are bound to be differences.
- HOSTEL FOOD MAY NOT BE TASTY. But you must eat regularly to maintain good health.
- MAKE LIKE-MINDED FRIENDS who will stay with you through thick and thin.
- CHECK UP RULES with your hostel warden.
- STAY IN GROUPS while visiting new places.
(a counsellor based in Chennai)
- AS A STUDENT, YOU SHOULD EMBRACE CHANGE instead of cribbing about it.
- COLLEGE LIFE IS ABOUT FREEDOM AND INDEPENDENCE. So learn to work and solve problems on your own. Don’t expect to be spoon-fed anymore.
- COLLEGE LIFE, TO A CERTAIN EXTENT, IS ALSO ABOUT FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE. Learn how to handle money. If you stay in a hostel, learn how to manage the money you receive from your parents.
- TAKE A COURSE OR SUBJECT THAT YOU LIKE AND HAVE A PASSION FOR. If you take a course that you are forced to take, you may not enjoy the subject as much.
- SET SOME RULES AND BOUNDARIES FOR YOURSELF, and stick to them. Learn from any mistakes you may make.