Category: Transitions (page 1 of 2)

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. <>.

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. <>.

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. <>.

New Update!

This week has been a very short week for the whole college. Most people would have thought that it was nice and easy. However, for me I felt like things were out of order and unbalanced, especially with the new changes in our group. On the bring side of things, this week in class we went over a sample of what our final paper for paper 2 should look like. I was very relieved when I find out that the paper was not what I thought it was going to be. I believe now that I have seen what the final product is supposed to look like, I will be able to relate my sources to my paper. I feel more confident now that I understand how to write paper 2.

Something that I really appreciate is keeping all of our research in one place on this blog. It makes it easy to refer back to and I like how we have to write about it. For future research projects, I think will be a good idea or something similar. It just keeps things neat and makes it easy for when I need to access to it.  I have to admit I am nervous for our final project at the end, but I think that it will all come together.


By: Kalese Justice

Process Update

We are now into our 8th week of classes and this is our 3rd process post. So far things have been pretty good. This past week in class, we have been discussing different types of sources that we should start searching for to use in our next paper, as well as our final paper. One of the new sources that I learned about is called a scholarly source. A scholarly source is a written text that has been published by an author or an expert. For example, books, articles, newspapers or magazines. I learned that I can not only find these sources in a library but I can use our college online library as a huge resource. In class we went into more detail and talked about how our online library can help us find the things we need and more just as long as we are patience and really put in the time and effort.

I feel that things are going pretty swell. However, I am still feeling overwhelmed. Things are running together and I feel that I do not have a handle on some of them and then I stop and take a minute and realize that I am on top my classes. I think I just make myself anxious about doing things the right way. All in all, I am managing and I think I am on the right path.


By: Kalese Justice

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