It’s difficult to give advice without more info about you and the class, but if it’s one specific class you’re having trouble with, it could be that the professor sucks, the class is at a terrible time like 8 am, or you’re simply not interested in the subject. Here are a few situation-specific tips:
1. if attendance isn’t required and you’re ok with your grades: Skip. Seriously, do it all the time, just make sure you’re there for important stuff like tests.
2. If you’re uninterested & it’s core: This is not “mom approved,” but you’re an adult. If you’re totally uninterested, you’re never going to pursue a career in that field, and you’re not concerned about how high your GPA is, all you need is to pass. Just go enough to get through it. (Some schools have grade requirements for specific courses. You should check on that first.)
3. If your professor sucks or it’s a shit*y time: Try to find/make a friend in the class. It will give you incentive to go and give you someone to commiserate with. Also, try to separate your professor from the subject. Just because your professor sucks, doesn’t mean the subject does.
The spring semester is definitely the worst. It’s so hard to stay motivated. Here are a few things that always kept me going:
Here are a few tips:
It’s ok to not know what you want to do when you graduate high school. Most people don’t.
You can start by checking out CollegeBoard’s College Planning and College Search pages. They have a ton of info about finances, student life, and academics that will help you make an informed decision.
But more personally, I’ve been in your shoes, and I started my collegiate career at a junior college in Texas. It gave me time to figure out what I wanted to do because tuition was cheap, and I could experiment with different things. By the time I was done with core at the junior college, I had an associate degree in graphic design and photography, and I knew what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go. If there’s a junior college nearby, sign up for an orientation and talk to an adviser about what kind of programs they have. Don’t get overwhelmed. Just take it one step at a time.
The first year of college can be super overwhelming for introverts, but making connections and networking are invaluable benefits to college. Try joining a club you’re interested in. If you like to write, go to a couple staff meetings at your campus newspaper. If you’re worried about finances, get a job on campus where you can still meet people like in the library. I promise if you can stick it out for a little while, that terrible/unsure/uneasy feeling will go away. Also, living that far from campus will be horrible. It will be so hard to motivate yourself to make the drive in the mornings. Meeting people for group projects will be really difficult, and you would hardly be able to participate in clubs or organizations. Check out this article and this one to get some tips on how to handle college as an introvert.