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Transitioning to College

Whether you are moving directly from high school to college or whether it has been several years since you have been in a formal education environment, being a college student may be a major transition for you.

The resources below can help you gain a better understanding of what you can expect during this time and what you can do to ease the impact of these changes in your life.

General Transition Issues

The transition to college can be both exciting and challenging. Recognizing what issues you may encounter and learning how to balance all aspects of your life can help ease this transition. Click on the links below to explore this topic further.

College Readiness: Difference between High School and College This brochure describes some of the challenges that students may face during the first year of their college experience.

Transition Resources

The resources below can help you gain a better understanding of what you can expect during this time and what you can do to ease the impact of these changes in your life:

Adult Learners This site was developed as a companion to the book The Adult Student's Guide to Survival and Success. It contains a number of helpful links specifically focusing on issues related to learners who are typically 22 years and older.

Moving Away From Home Feeling homesick is one of many feelings many college students feel when they are transitioning to college life. Find out more about what homesickness is and how to reduce these feelings in a healthy way.

Transition Year Developed by the Jed Foundation, a nonprofit working to promote emotional health among college students, in partnership with the American Psychiatric Foundation, this site provides resources and tools related to transition issues for the first year of college.

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Checklists
Career Checklist

Navigate your CareerPlan by referencing the checklist below.

Have you:

  1. Assessed your values, interests, and skills?
  2. Researched possible career choices?
  3. Created a resume and cover letter?
  4. Activated your eFolio account?
  5. Started the job search process?

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan checklist.

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan list of activities and resources.

Education Checklist

Navigate your EducationPlan by referencing the checklist below.

Have you:

  1. Developed SMART goals?
  2. Decided on a major or program of study?
  3. Assessed your learning style?
  4. Researched study skills and strategies?
  5. Arranged a meeting with an advising professional to select appropriate courses?

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan checklist.

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan list of activities and resources.

Finance Checklist

Navigate your FinancePlan by referencing the checklist below.

Have you:

  1. Established your short and long-term financial goals?
  2. Created a budget?
  3. Explored resources to help you pay for college?
  4. Assessed your debt situation?
  5. Developed a savings plan for the future?

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan checklist.

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan list of activities and resources.

Leadership Checklist

Navigate your LeadershipPlan by referencing the checklist below.

Have you:

  1. Assessed your leadership style?
  2. Completed a personality inventory?
  3. Formed your personal mission and vision statement?
  4. Explored the leadership resources?
  5. Participated in a campus or community activity to help build your leadership skills?
  6. Determined your Carbon Footprint?

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan checklist.

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan list of activities and resources.

Personal Checklist

Navigate your PersonalPlan by referencing the checklist below.

Have you:

  1. Explored the transition to college resources?
  2. Assessed your resiliency and ability to adapt to change?
  3. Established personal fitness goals?
  4. Examined the physical and mental wellness resources?
  5. Researched how to manage healthy relationships?

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan checklist.

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan list of activities and resources.