Preparing for College

Are You A "Successful" Student?

For those of you high school students dreaming about going to college, what are your criteria for success? Do you have some kind of special mental image of yourself prospering academically, socially, and possibly athletically during your years behind the ivy walls? Visualization can be an important part of your preparation for college. You may even know someone who is currently in college whom you fancy as your collegiate success role model. That's good. It always helps to have a role model.

Unless you have had close contact with current college students or have a brother or sister in college, you may not be aware of what it takes to be successful in college. It's a matter of discipline and planning, mostly … an attitude, if you will. Don't be misled, though. You don't have to maintain a 4.0 GPA and be editor of the campus newspaper (or even class president) to qualify for the moniker of “successful." It would be cool, then, if someone would come up with a specification for how to rise to and conquer the challenges of four (or more) years of undergraduate (and possibly onto graduate) education.

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