The first year of college is a huge transition time, and many students who enter this time are unable to transition as well as they would like, which puts them in a position in the future where they are always feeling like they are "behind," and like they are unable to catch up. One of the most difficult things about the first year of college is that there will be so many new things to experience and deal with, but when you have an understanding of what you should be prepared for - and of what some of these new experiences will be - you will be much better equipped to conquer that first year of college! If you see yourself as someone who worked really hard in high school, and if you figure this will help you when you move into college, you should be aware of the fact that "working hard" in high school is different from "working hard" in college; for one thing, the classes are more difficult in college, and for another thing, everything is less structured, which means you will quickly have to learn to boss yourself - and you will have to be ready to truly study hard! Of course, it is also easy for "studying hard" to become such an obsession that you forget to enjoy the college experience, so as you budget your time for your first year of school, make sure you also plan to make time for truly enjoying college and getting the most out of it. And even though you might get upset when you make mistakes, realize that making mistakes will be a big part of any new experience, and this is no different when it comes to your first year of college. But the key, if you want to be successful in your first year at school, will be to make sure you are recognizing the mistakes you make, and that you are learning from them so that you do not make the same mistakes again!