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Taking the big step from School to College

28th June 2019

By Izzy McLean, 15, Work Experience Student

The step from school to college can seem like a daunting one, we have nine top tips to help ease the move and boost your confidence: 

  1. Firstly, you aren’t alone in feeling nervous about making the change. Even though you may fear failure, others do still experience these feelings too and communication can help. If you need reassurance, chat to your friends or supportive teachers or college staff.
  2. Be realistic when setting goals for yourself. The first few months at college may feel intense, allow yourself time and space to settle in 
  3. Make a list of your skills, talents and achievements, or even things you’re grateful for. This will give your mind time to focus on the good things as opposed to the bad.
  4. Find your de-stressors and hobbies. Whether that is simply having a warm bath at the end of the day, taking your dog for a walk or getting some photos. These will help you when you need to unwind.
  5. Think of all the times you believed you would ’fail’ before and you didn’t. This alone proves that your mind is lying to you when it tells you that you’re going to fail. Or even, try to think of how well things could or have gone.
  6. With the fear of failure/doubting yourself, you need to remember to stop living in the future. Stop worrying about what could happen when x happens. Be present.
  7. Always, always, always put things into perspective. Because more often than not, those 5 minutes don’t matter next week.
  8. Setbacks, or what you’re thinking of as ‘failures’, don’t define you as a person. They don’t change how you’re perceived or treated. They are just steps in life that teach you how to improve.
  9. Remember, it's important to keep an open mind. Setbacks are bound to happen, sometimes they are just opportunities presenting themselves! 

Transitioning from high school to college can seem like a big leap - that is where these steps will be of use to you.

Here at City College Norwich, we offer a range of student support systems. From careers advice at our dedicated Advice Shop, to health and wellbeing support from our Wellbeing Team. They offer advice and support in numerous areas. To name a handful: money matters, eating disorders, depression, counselling, sexual health, stopping taking drugs, domestic violence, LGBTQ+, bereavement and several other areas too.

 If you wish to contact them and talk about your mental or physical wellbeing, then you can do so by emailing them at: wellbeing@ccn.ac.uk or text them via the number 07774 337 804