Growing Up Into a College Student

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Growing Up and Becoming a College Student Growing up is not an easy thing to do. There comes a time when being responsible and independent will make one realize what growing up actually is. When students are younger, and are just starting school, their parents are always around and watching over them. The exact opposite is what most teenagers want right after graduation. It seems like most teens want to move out because they are tired of being told what to do, or feel like they are old enough to make their own decisions. They often feel like taking the step forward into independent life will be easy, but without understanding all the life skills it takes to succeed in the real world, it really is not that easy. It takes courage, stress, time management, financial responsibilities, self-dependency, and respect to grow up and be successful in college. First, growing up takes courage. Students start to have their own bills, bigger responsibilities, and own decisions. Many students enter college expecting to have good times, great friendships, and a new sense of direction. They soon find out that college comes with new responsibilities, challenges, and struggles and that it is not all just fun and games. Next, along with growing up into an independent college student comes stress. College students experience a great deal of stress; whether they have a full-time or part-time job, are trying to raise a child or children, or trying to find time in their busy schedule to have a social life. Trying to accomplish many different things with very little time can become overwhelming. Many students work full time jobs and attend college full time. Others work late and get up in the wee hours of the morning trying to get their school work done. Putting in long hours and worrying about classes adds stress to a student’s life. Also, some college students find it very hard to

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