Changing phase

February 19, 2011

Entering university is certainly the dream of many young people. This period, however, is a very crucial and difficult one for the same lot as well. The adjustment may not be so easy.

An undergraduate student requires dedication, change in priorities, which results in reduced contact with friends and lack of time. However, this transition does not bring only losses.

On one hand, the horizon looks bleak and on the other, college life offers new friends, a chance to meet people with different lifestyles and belonging to various strata of society.

The change makes the student mature; the friends circle also changes. At school, he meets people closest to him. In college, he will have peers of different ages and social classes. The contact with different people helps in growing academically and in overall development.

In college, the student becomes more independent. However, one of the main fears of students is about getting disappointed by a wrong career choice.

The student’s priority is the job market and how he needs to enter the profession at a very young age. The fear may be greater if the parents have invested a lot of money in educating the child. Under these conditions, he feels the pressure and want to  show that money was not spent in vain.

It is not necessary that the parents create that kind of pressure, it may be the student himself. Therefore, their targets change when entering the university.

But a majority of the students who enter college consider it as a sort of trampoline for the young to make new friends. It may not be a process so simple, and sometimes, the student may have difficulty in making friends.

The relationship between new and old friends is also another aspect that may interfere.

It is natural that the student now has more friends among fellow students, after all, and he no longer has time to maintain contact with friends he had in school. That does not mean that those friendships have to end.

Despite certain difficulties, the task of adapting to higher education cannot be seen so dramatically amongst young people. After all for many, this new stage is extremely easy and exciting.

Gaining independence would not be an easy task. Students are afraid of change. But this is a necessary transition for the growth and maturing of the teenager.

Besides independence, they must also learn to handle money, be more controlled, thinking before spending and to manage it properly.

This and other things will stimulate their creative capabilities and transform their world view. Thus, it is important to prepare the youth before the start of this new stage, by introducing accountability in the execution of tasks and autonomy in their daily lives. It helps to better adapt and consequently improves their learning abilities.