February 2018

Best Music Schools 2018: Moving Up

The transition from high school to college can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be.

Prepare: Have the class read Moving Up (page 44 of the student edition). The article shares insights and advice from college instructors and administrators on how students can ease the transition from high school to college.

Key points in the article:

  • Many schools offer freshman orientation programs both during the summer and fall to help acclimate students to their new environment.
  • Time management is a major challenge as students go from high school structure to total freedom over their schedules. Administrators recommend managing tasks and deadlines in notebooks and apps.
  • The coursework in college classes is of greater volume and complexity, and requires more time to do well. Most colleges offer tutoring, especially for more difficult courses.
  • It’s normal for students to feel homesickness when they’re away during their first semester. Admins recommend students take full advantage of the many college services offered to them to help them adapt both socially and academically.

Begin: Have students read the student testimonials on this page and the administrator advice posted here, then ask them the following discussion questions:

1) What were some of the challenges students faced based off of what they wrote?

2) What solutions did they implement to make things easier for themselves?

3) Based off of your experience in high school, what challenges do you predict you’ll face in the transition to college?

4) From what you’ve learned in the article and student testimonials, what solutions can you apply to help deal with those challenges?

5) What do you think will be the hardest about your transition to college?

6) What do you think will be the easiest?

7) What are three pieces of advice the administrators offer?

8) What advice stands out to you the most and why?

9) What are some common threads among the pieces of advice offered by administrators?

10) Why do you think those things are emphasized?