CULTURE SHOCK especially if you are transitioning from one state to another state and from one university to another university. Even if you grew up in two locations in two different states like i did. if you are setting up new "home' in a THIRD location,THERE WIL BE CULTURE SHOCK. The new university and even the new department college will have DIFFERENT sub cultures, so it may take MORE than one semester or quarter to adjust.
Your cumulative GPA, weighted or unweighted, MEANS NOTHING. You are in an entirely DIFFERENT degree program. if you DO NOT maintain 3.000000 or higher GPA on 4.0000000 scale, you will be put on academic probation, and possibly not be eligible to have teaching or research assistant ship. You are competing with graduate students who have been there longer than you have. You are also at some point competing with FACULTY members for professional recognition.You HAVE to able to WORK with cooperate with OTHER pwoplw no matter how much you like or dilike individual people. Graduate school is TOUGH. Your ego is going to take a beating. You WILL be gossiped about, no matter WHAT you do..
You also HAVE to be able communicate well in Writing, in Academic English , which often is like foreign language to many people who did NOT grow up with parents who graduate college degrees who were both teachers like i did. If you do NOT know how to use a library and resources a library has, i suggest you go to library orientation in the first weeks of classes.You HAVE to do YOU OWN RESEARCH now and know HOW to use a search engine. NO ONE is going to do your homework for you OR spoon feed you links and hyperlinks.
If ALL you have right now is self esteem with no self respect, you may NOT survive graduate school. Low esteem is survivable. No self respect may NOT be survivable.I dropped out of graduate school for 7 years, but I DID go back to college and i went back to graduate school. i DID graduate. I SURVIVED graduate school, but only because i was stubborn and i REFUSED to give up on myself.
I started graduate school in Spring 1981. i graduated from graduate school on July 29, 2000. that was 20 YEARS of my life. My mother died while i was working on My FIRST bachelor's degree. My father died while i was working on my master's degree.. I have THREE bachelor's degrees. The third one had reason that made sense to me and it took only 2 years to get.
College staff can be GOLD mines of information about faculty members, staff, College and university services, like tutoring,and what is available in the local area like medical doctors, dentists, grocery stores, restaurants, bars, whether a county or town /city is "wet" or "dry", drugstores, pharmacies, and WHERE things are.
Congratulations and good luck. Remember how nervous and scared you were when you started college? Th is Act 2. LIFE ins continuing education process and it NEVER STOPS. You will make mistakes and you will have failures, small and big. Learn from your mistakes, Take responsibility for your actions and consequences of your actions, because you do not get do-overs in graduate school. You either learn, adapt and SURVIVE, or you don't.