Hello, my name is Dominique Merriweather. I am a junior at Morehouse
College, where my major is political science. In this video, I would like
to simply talk about the big transition from high school to college. For
some of you all, it may be an easy transition; and for some of you, it
won't be so easy. So, let's just kind of dive into it right now.
College is different from high school. I know a lot of us were used to mom
and dad being at home, waking us up in the morning--'hey, go on to class'--
whether you're driving or getting on the bus. I know for me, the only
freedom I really had in high school was just driving myself to school. But
college is completely different. When you all go off to college you all are
really about to make a 360 degree turn. As you go in to college--if
you have a single room now-you're going to have a roommate. So hopefully
your leadership skills and your social skills are up-to-date, because you
will be interacting with that roommate a lot, being that you all are
sharing the same space.
Also, just in general, this is your chance to really be an adult. You don't
have anyone waking you up any more for classes. You don't have anyone
saying 'you have homework that needs to be done; do it, do it, do it or no
TV.' You can do whatever you want. So whether you want to college and you
don't want to wake up for any of your classes, you just sleep the whole way
through, you can do that. You have that option. No one is going to be
knocking at your door saying, 'hey, get up and go to class.' You're an
adult now and it's going to be the expectation of the college that you act
and behave as such. Simply, like I said, you're a young adult. Set your
alarm clock. If you have a smartphone set an alarm on your smartphone, so
you can get up in the morning and handle business.
Also, what's really different about college: at least for me, when I was in
high school, I wasn't really too stuck on the syllabus. A syllabus has all
your information for the coursework in high school. In high school, it's
like, 'yeah, okay, here's the syllabus, I'll just throw it in my bag and
I'll walk away.' Whereas in college, for me, it's been like a bible to me, in a
sense. Your syllabus has everything, whether your assignments, the due
dates of your papers, tests, projects, presentations. And the funny thing
about it, at most colleges, your professors won't remind you. They won't
even say anything about it. It's just going to be their expectation that
you know. They gave you a syllabus so you should be following along with
the syllabus with what exactly needs to be done.
So make those connections with your professor. You're in high school now
you're introducing yourself at the beginning of class to your teachers.
Keep that going. You're doing great; keep that up. Do it while you're in
college. Encourage other people to do it. Really build solid relationships
with your professors at the very beginning, because you never know how the
semester may go. You just never know what professor will remember certain
students based off the beginning of the year. And something that I have
learned in college, it's the small things that really count.
So this is my advice and I wish you all the best, and much success to you