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How to Fight the Pre-College Jitters

Hello, prospective Keuka class of 2016. This post is particularly for you guys. I have been reading your posts, and a number of you seem to be worried about college and questioning whether or not this will be the right choice to make. Therefore, this post will address those areas of concern so you can have a little more insight and make a more informed decision. I hope this helps!

Concern #1: What if college is super boring?

College is what you make it. There are so many opportunities to get involved, and there is such a great variety. The thing is, how full your plate is, is up to you . I can honestly say, that anyone who wants to have fun, will.

Here is a small list of some of the things we have to offer at Keuka alone:

This is only a small list of the stuff you can do. For a complete list of clubs, go here. Also, check the college calendar to see what stuff is going on right now (the calendar does not list everything, so there is even more to do).

Concern #2: What if the workload is too much to handle?

This is a very legitimate concern–college work is more analytical and more independent than in high school, but the system is set up to help you–not hinder you. There are a lot of resources that will help you with any problems you may discover, and, as my advisor did, your faculty advisor will not let you take on a daunting full course load (18/19 credits) your first semester here. Even though I desperately wanted to, I couldn’t. Which is fine because that first semester is your opportunity to adapt to develop a schedule, to figure out best how you learn and time-manage (if you don’t know already, but even if you do, the different context might alter that some).

Here is a list of some of the resources available to you at Keuka College:

Academic Success at Keuka (ASK). This one of the most important academic help centers on campus. Here is a list of some of the resources it provides:

If you are struggling with your course load, it may not be for academic reasons. Here is a list of other resources available on campus that will help you manage your personal and physical well-being.

Finally, if you are concerned not just about your college course load, but also how it will effect your professional development, or what you will do after college, we have resources for you too!

All of these resources we have at Keuka are here to support you, and not just the academic you, but the whole you. College is not about being too difficult that you cannot succeed. Rather, it is about challenging you as you learn and grow, and helping you and guiding you along the way.

Concern # 3: How will I fit into the social atmosphere?

This is another legitimate concern. You’re being thrown into a new environment with a lot of people you do not know. But here’s the thing–most people in your class will also not know anyone, or only a few people. Before classes begin, new students participate in Transition Week, which, with the help of a peer mentor, will introduce you to college life, set you your email account, and help you get to know your classmates. As someone who has been through it before, I can say, “Never Fear.” It’s like camp where everyone is looking to make new friends. (I can also say that I am still in touch with old ones from high school, thanks to Facebook.)

Here is a list of things you can do to help establish new connections–and don’t worry–college is so different from high school. There are no cliques, and people are people. We respect diversity, and we act maturely (most of us, at least). Trust me on this.

There–I’ve addressed the three biggest concerns I have seen on the Facebook group. I really hope this helps. It feels great to be informed, and I hope this list will help you understand all of the opportunities and support available at Keuka. My advice–give it a shot. Why? Keuka is here to help you and make your time here worthwhile.

About Erica Ruscio

Hey, all you prospective Keuka students! My name is Erica Ruscio, class of ’13. I have a double major in English with a concentration in creative writing, and visual & verbal art. I also have a minor in communications.

I am the chief blogger and wordsmith for the admissions blog, Eye on the Storm, here at the Keuka Communications Office. I am in charge of posting pertinent information that will help you, as a prospective student or member of the Keuka College community, grow in understanding of what it’s like to a part of this wonderful and exciting college.

Just so you can get to know me a bit better, here are some fun stats:

Hometown: Middlesex, N.Y.

Career Goals: To become a children’s librarian and publish and illustrate children’s and young adults books

Campus Clubs: Arion Players Drama Club, Sigma Tau Delta, Lambda Pi Eta (Treasurer), Women’s Center Advocacy Club (Co-President)

Work-Studies: Admissions Blogger, Lifeguard, TeamWorks! Facilitator, and A.S.K. Writing Tutor

Most Recent Field Periods: I worked with Youth Services at Penn Yan Public Library this past summer, and I worked at Lightner Library this past January.

Activities I Enjoy: Going to concerts (any genre, mostly rock), playing guitar, camping, art (painting, drawing, design), drinking coffee (like it’s my job), running, blogging and designing websites, reading, and creative writing

Favorite book/movie: The Lord of the Rings trilogy (the books and the movies)

Why I love Keuka: The amazing and abundant opportunities and the amazing and personable faculty and staff!

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