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Leaving High School Behind: Tips For Transitioning to Post-Secondary


Written by Jasmeet Bhandal

You just graduated from high school. You got all your credits and finally finished your volunteer hours. You’re about to embark on your new adventure, but you’re feeling nervous because you’re leaving high school days behind.

What should you do to make your transition to post-secondary smoother?


  • There are many online resources available with a simple click of a button. 
  • Research your options and find out what suits you the best.
  • Researching and gathering information will subconsciously reassure you.

Take time to yourself: 

  • The transition process can be overwhelming but it is crucial to take some time off for yourself.
  • Read a book, have a spa day, or explore the outdoors with some friends, create some memories, and take your mind off of school.
  • Prioritizing yourself and taking care of yourself will help you build confidence that can lead to higher achievements.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help:

  • Many people have been in your exact position.
  • Reach out to family or friends you know are going through this process and be there for each other.
  • This is also a great opportunity to start networking and building connections. 

Explore new classes/opportunities:

  • This is your chance to pursue your passion.
  • You have time to find what you want to do with your life, so make it count!
  • Put yourself out there. 

All right, now it’s time for me to tell you what to work on!

Here are some skills you should work on (or enhance) that will help you succeed in your post-secondary journey:

Time Management – You’re going to be handed many new tools that can leave you feeling overwhelmed. It is important to manage your time appropriately and keep a strict schedule.

Being Organized – This is an easily transferable skill you can use in any field. The organization will make your transition easier as you will be expected to do more in post-secondary. This ties in with time management. 

Adaptability and Flexibility – You must be able to adapt and be flexible to these major changes. It’s difficult to step out of our comfort zone, but that’s how we learn and grow. 

Professionalism and Work Ethic – Lastly, you must put your best foot forward at all times. Developing a professional and efficient work ethic will be transferable to your future career paths. 


Honestly, if you skimmed over everything, keep one thing in mind when you’re leaving high school. Everything that you’ve ever wanted is at the tips of your fingers. Therefore, don’t be afraid of the future. Instead, embrace where you are today and think about how you can be better tomorrow! Make your mark in the world.

So, are you looking for more information? Then read How To Transition From High School To Post-Secondary Education next.