I think that one of the biggest changes coming into college is being responsible for managing your time.
For example, I actually needed to submit this post a couple of days ago. But with studying for midterms, I lost track of time. Here are some tips that can help your transition much easier.
Remember in elementary school when you got your first agenda? Your teachers give them to you for a reason. Not only do you use them so you don't forget an assignments, but it helps you manage your time efficiently. Make sure you keep track of all of your courses and assignments. Sometimes when I get overwhelmed with work, I make lists. By ranking my assignments by priority, I can effectively see what I need to focus on first. Try it out!
Believe me, I like hanging out with my friends as much as the next person. However, you need to be your own advocate! It's been tempting to blow off my assignments 'til later that night just to hang out with my friends. I would find a million other things other to do than my homework. Whenever I feel myself losing motivation, I tell myself that if I do well on this assignment, I will do well in this class. If I do well in my classes, then it'll be easier going into grad school. Don't worry, I know that graduate school is well down the line.
Since a majority of you will be dorming, you won't have your parents asking you if you have done your homework every night. Yes, it was a relief at first. However, you really have to think of why you are going to college. You (or your parents) are spending all of this money to get a great education.
I'm not going to lie, the transition can be tough at times. I'm living on my own for the first time ever in my life. Sure, it was scary at first, but it helped me grow as a person.
Okay, I really have to start my homework. See what I did there? I'm being pragmatic and managing my time well.