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From High School to College

From high school to college, is it really different? Or is it really just the same? This article mainly focuses on finding your road map that will guide you through your classes and college life. It talks about the importance of not rushing into everything because you are excited. The article suggest that things might make more sense after you have had a feel for the people and the environment. The article also talks about taking FULL advantage of the free thing at your hands. It expresses the importance of how it will help you adapt to your new space and it offers support from the college. The author talks about maybe find a club that you can get involved or one you think you may like. Borgman says “In addition to socializing according to your interests, pretend to be interested in other people”. This kind of reminds me of the catch phrase “fake it until you make it”. I do not know how health that is to say when transitioning into college because you don’t want to pretend to be someone or do something that doesn’t make you happy.

Borgman, Stephen. “The Secrets of A Successful Transition to College.” Psychology Today. HealthPros, 25 May 2010. Web. 10 Nov. 2016. <>.

What to do and what not to do. Mostly what not to do.

On our visit to the archives I found a book tilted Freshman’s Don’t Book. This book is from 1935. It consists of 15 pages of tips and suggestions about the “right” and “wrong” things to do as a freshman at Rollins College. While reading this book, I found more “don’ts” than do’s. Two out of the many that really stuck out to me were “Don’t talk too much are too loudly when you arrive. The upperclassmen do not seem to appreciate it and the rest of the new arrivals may decide you are a Jonah” and the other one” Don’t forget you are expected to dress for dinner each evening and for Sunday dinner. A proper atmosphere is essential to pleasant, wholesome dining. Act as if you were accustomed to dining out”. When I first read the book, I thought it was a joke and then I did some more research and I found out that this helpful hand guide was a real thing back in 1935. I thought to myself, if I had to abide by these rules, I don’t know if I would have enjoyed college like I am enjoying it now. It was crazy to read what was expected of you and what not to do back then. Things have changed tremendously.


Davis, Milford J. Freshman’s Don’t Book Rollins College. Winter Park: Joint Auspices of ODK and LIBRA, 1935. Print.

Making the Leap to College

This article says something that really puts things into perspective for me. It says “getting into college was supposed to be the hard part”. I have never thought that until I read this article in full. This article talks about some pretty heavy topics. For example, it talks about how parents keep holding on and how they don’t let their child grow and discover their own independence. I think this is important to talk about because if a parent holds on to their child so much without giving them room to find their way, is that really helping them prepare for success? I understand that parents want to help and they want their kids to depend on them, but college is about growth, education and a time for teens to mature. Another thing that this article talks about is stress, depression and other mental issues that can become a road blocker for some or all students. This article encourages students to take advantage of counseling services as soon as they start to feel overwhelmed. To tie the article all together at the end there is a long list of helpful hints for any student but especially a first-year student.



Rubin, Courtney. “Make the Leap to College and Land Well.” US News. U.S.News & World Report, 14 Sept. 2012. Web. 10 Nov. 2016. <>.

Anxiety of Transitioning to College Life

In this next article, the author discusses the importance of using the resources that the college and university provides to the students all year around. The things that the author mentions in this article are very helpful to all students especially freshmen. I believe that freshmen are there target audience because it talks about all the stressful things a freshman may encounter. For example, living in a dorm, living with a roommate, signing up for clubs all while trying to maintain good grades and all the homework that comes along with it. All these things can see stressful and overwhelming to a freshman in a new environment. Most of these things might even create a great level of anxiety.  The article goes on to provide the readers with 8 outstanding helpful tips. My favorite tip from the whole article was the number 1 tip. Which is labeled self-care.


I felt like this article spoke to me in more ways than one. Everything that I read I could relate too! It also gave me a sense of relief. I have a strong feeling that this article will help me with paper three because it relates to many things that Rollins College has to offer.



Anxiety of Transitioning to College Life, ?. “Transitioning to College Life.” Anxiety of Transitioning to College Life. Your Life Your Voice/ Boystown, n.d. Web. 09 Nov. 2016. <>.

Final Process Post

The end of the semester is coming to an end. I believe we only have about a good 20 or so days left. In classed we have started to discuss our final paper, paper three. In doing so, we actually spent class in the library on Wednesday, down in the archives. When I first walked in, I thought that it was pointless down there and how in the world is it going to be beneficial to me or my paper. However, when I sat down and opened my mind, I got to see all the really cool things that the archive can offer. So much stuff that I didn’t know about. I actually plan on going back to look at a few other things and maybe use a source for my final paper. Looking back on where I started in this class and taking a look at my mission statement, I have to say that I have come a long way. I don’t think that I am where I would like to be and I am okay with that. Because, it means that I will always be striving to reach my goals and with doing so, I will keep practicing and I will continue to gain new knowledge. Writing About Rollins, with Dr. Littler has been a great learning experience.

-Kalese Justice

Managing the Transition

“Research has shown that optimism plays an important role in adaptation to new educational environments”. For the most part this sentence sums up the 20 page article. I classify this article as little different than the ones I have read in the past. Of course, it talks about how first year students who transition into college will come into contact with many levels of stress and things that will seem familiar to them but now, it is presented to them on a bigger scale. This article also talks about mental health and how first-year students struggles to find a balance between all their studies, adjusting to college and trying to find a social life. This article goes on to talk about test that they held at a college and the results. The test varied from levels of optimism mixed with different levels of stress and anxiety. I found the test to not only be informal and helpful but it also made me think to open my eyes and look for what people are not saying. They might be very positive. However, they might still be carrying a lot of stress or anxiety on their back. I think that this was a great article and I am happy to have another new perspective.


Mergler, Amanda, and Peter Bowman. “Article Managing the Transition: The Role of Optimism and …” ResearchGate. N.p., June 2013. Web. 28 Oct. 2016.

New Way of Transitioning

This article talks about the transition into high school but more specifically it focuses on the vast level of education change. It talks about how students come into college without the proper skills for the class room setting. When transitioning into university there are often many emotions and or actions that students go through. This article talks about the preparation students can take and the effectiveness of programs in place to help them transition into college that are within the college. It talks more about how to use the college as a resource for all the things that you need or will need during the semester. The thing that I found different about this article that was not included in the other article was the fact that suggested taking on a small job on the side to help build responsibility.

This article has helped me think about things that would be great to include in my on-going writing about my current topic.


Venezia, Andrea. “Project MUSE – Transitions from High School to College.” Project MUSE – Transitions from High School to College. Project Muse, n.d. Web. 28 Oct. 2016. <>.

New Update!

We are now approaching our 11th week of school and things are going great in the classroom. We are now writing our final draft of paper two and this is our 5th process post. Right off the back the thing that I have been struggling with is understanding the assignment for paper two. However, I will say the thing that has helped me the most is having our blog to fall back on for sources. It has saved me a lot of time and I was able to re-read my sources and gain new understanding and meaning of each source. In addition, I found that my sources all relate to each other and have a common point. Now that I have a path, I think that it is a little more changeling to find new sources that can coexist with my previous sources so that I may use them for paper 3. Although, it takes more work, I know how to do an advance search on the Rollins web site which will help me find my sources in great detail. I am thinking of maybe finding a book or something other than an article. Especially since I can be so specific on what I am looking for in each one of my new sources.


By: Kalese Justice

The Transition to College Studies

This article gives us deep insight to a young man who was the first and only student thus far to apply to Harvard Law school and get in. I can imagine the struggle of the transition going to a private college or a regular University because I am doing it myself. However, I cannot begin to imagine what it was like for this young man to be the first of many to go to a college that holds such a title for itself. In the article the young man express that he did not tell his friends or college counselors because they knew very little about the Ivy League. In the article the man goes on to say “I just had to take it upon myself.”  I can relate with the feeling of having to take things on by myself, but this pressure would have been very hard. Especially, since he went for the Ivy League. The article is filled with lots of tips about things like “The learning curve” or “playing catch up to others” I found this very important. It gives me a new perceptive on looking at my college education.

Rodman, Melissa `C. “The Transition from High School to College: Navigating a Challenging Passage : Articles : Taconic Counseling Group.” The Transition from High School to College: Navigating a Challenging Passage : Articles : Taconic Counseling Group. The Harvard Crimson, Inc., 9 Mar. 2015. Web. 14 Oct. 2016. <>.

Surviving Your First Semester in College

Going to college is hard enough, however going to college that is in a state that you have never been to is even harder. In this post it talks about a girl who gets accepted in a college program for low income students. While being in this program she gets to come to college early and talk to some of her potential professors. Although, this is all going well, it’s only just the start. The article goes on to talk about things that this young lady wishes she would have help on in her first semester at college, her first year even. She even goes on to list out What has helped me survive my first semester in college.”  As a first year myself I find this not only helpful for my research but helpful for my personal life as well. I am glad to know that things do turn around in the end. On this website I noticed that there is similar article to the one above. I will look more into those and see what new information I can learn.



Castaneda, By Samantha. “How to Survive Your First Semester in College – Students Rising Above.” Students Rising Above. Students Rising Above™, 17 July 2014. Web. 14 Oct. 2016. <>.

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