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Risk associated in college
The idea that one is joining college comes along with mixed feelingsand reactions. Whereas it is extremely exciting and fulfilling to getan opportunity to attend college and acquire crucial knowledge andskills, it is also clearly evident that college life comes along witha number of risks (Becker et al. 52). It is critical to point outthat college life provides the much sough freedom by the youngpeople. While at college, one is free from control by the parents, aswell as gets an opportunity to interact with new people. College lifealso comes along with financial burdens and time management.
The first risk that a college life presents is the management of theenormous time that one has at his or her disposal. It is evident thatlesson time in college is little, and as a consequence, one hasenormous free time to spend. Time management becomes a risk in themanner there are temptations to get involved in immoral activitiessuch as drug abuse and sexual immorality in order to utilize the freetime. More often than not, college students have had difficultiesbalancing class time and leisure time. Due to the freedom that existsin college, students may find it difficult to attend lessons, butrather would spend the time in leisure activities. Since there isnobody who is concerned about a student’s class attendance, thismight result in poor time management. This is a huge risk since itmight compromise the ability to acquire knowledge and skillseffectively.
It is a fact that resources are limited for a vast majority ofcollege students. This will also be a major risk at college for me.The management of the little resources available for my education anddesire to adapt the college life will pose a huge a huge risk. As anew college student, it is evident that I will have difficultiestrying to balance the limited resources available. This presents asignificant risk of lack of enough funds to facilitate my studies, aswell as my upkeep in college. The numerous leisure activities mightbe extremely attractive, and the little financial management prudencemight be carried away. Considering that colleges require students topurchase their own food, there is the potential risk that thefinances available to me might not be enough to sustain me. This riskwill be enhanced by the fact that I will have financial independenceand freedom. This will be an entire new experience and approach in mylife, and therefore it might pose as a risk of mismanaging thefinances available.
The transition from high school to college implies that I will meetnew people and make new friends. This transition by itself presentsthe risk of lack of knowledge of the people am going to meet.Although it is every person’s hope and aspiration to meet goodpeople who will offer beneficial friendship, there is the risk thatone might meet bad people who are unappreciative (Grigsby 88).Colleges attract admissions from various parts of the world and thisimplies that there varying people with diverse traits. For instance,the college may have people who abuse drugs, prostitutes, homosexualsand even terrorists. My interaction with the other college studentsand the fear of whether I will meet the right people presents a riskof joining bad company and ending up as a miserable person.
The main objective of joining college in the first place is to learnthe various skills and acquire knowledge that is critical for myfuture. However, the acquisition of these skills and knowledgerequires one to sit for examinations after each semester and at theend of the year. With the risks mentioned above such as timemanagement and financial risks, there is the possibility that theexaminations might come at a time when am not prepared adequately.The risk of failing in examinations is imminent. Due to financialconstraints, attending all the lessons might be a challenge. Thiswill have the direct consequence of failing in examinations. This isa huge risk since it might lead to repetition of some units or evenretaking an entire course.
Lastly, college life will require an adjustment from a constrainedform of life to freedom. There are numerous cases where new collegestudents have abused this freedom by engaging in immoral and criminalbehaviors. The sudden adjustment may pose as a challenge andtherefore as a risk.
College life is totally different from high school life. Rangingfrom the enormous freedom, financial independence to meeting newpeople, college life has been a challenge to beginners. There arenumerous risks involved due to the freedom and lack of control fromthe management and the parents. In my case, time management,adjusting to freedom, financial management and making new friendsremain as the main risks I foresee as a new college student. Althoughfailure in examinations might be a risk, I intend to work extremelyhard in order not to be amongst the examination failures.
Becker, Howard S, Blanche Geer, and Everett C. Hughes. Making theGrade: The Academic Side of College Life. New York, 2008. Print.
Grigsby, Mary. College Life through the Eyes of Students.Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2009. Print.