Students’ Perspectives on Pathways to University Readiness and Adjustment

Louise Wasylkiw


The transition from high school to post-secondary education is often difficult for students. The literature examining factors that foster a successful transition generally focuses on previous academic achievement and/or individual differences that enable students to navigate the culture of university. Through interviews with first year university students (N =19), the present study conceptualizes student readiness as a match/mismatch between an individual’s attributes and the requisites of the academic and social milieus of university. This phenomenological investigation situates the development of a work ethic as central to a successful transition to university and contributes to the limited research conducted concerning the pathways that optimize student readiness.

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Journal of Education and Training Studies  ISSN 2324-805X (Print)   ISSN 2324-8068 (Online)

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