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Making the most of summer orientation

23 Jun

Incoming college freshmen sometimes have the opportunity to attend a summer orientation. If you can afford it (there is typically a cost involved) and have the time, I recommend it.

Here’s what may be offered:

 

  • A college campus tour
  • A meet-and-greet in your department
  • A one-on-one session with an advisor who can help you select classes
  • Informational sessions that acquaint you with college policies, such as the honor code (not cheating/plagiarizing etc.) and safety
  • Information about intramural sports, other campus activities, and Greek life (sororities/fraternities)
  • An orientation and possibly a lunch or dinner for your parents
  • Get-to-know-you events in the evenings

So, yes, it’s worth it, as you will feel more confident when you arrive on campus this fall!

Get a jump on your Work Study job

14 Jun

If you qualified for Work Study as part of your financial aid package from your college, you still have some research to do to get the best job.

By about mid-summer if not before, colleges will have job postings for Work Study students. Those jobs are not just handed over to you. You still have to submit a resume, an application, and probably a cover letter for EACH separate job to which you apply. Typically, departments on campus can work with your schedule, even as it changes from semester to semester.

It’s a first-come, first-served kind of world with Work Study jobs, so it’s important to apply diligently to get the job that will be most advantageous to you. Think about what might be resume appropriate–a job that will best prepare you for the work you would like to do eventually. Yes, it could be fun to work in the cafeteria, but if you could work in a research institute instead, couldn’t that help you down the road after you graduate? Those kinds of contacts are invaluable when you’re applying for real-world careers.

More info about the Work Study program is here: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/work-study.

Best wishes for a great summer!

Three rules for success in college

7 Jun

As you anticipate heading off to college this fall, I couldn’t resist sharing with you my Three Rules for College Success:

1. Do the reading BEFORE you go to class, checking your syllabus continually to make sure you’re pacing yourself through the semester (or quarter).

2. Go to class.

3. Take advantage of study groups and tutoring.

Best wishes as you head off to your summer orientation to meet advisors, financial aid folks, and faculty. If you haven’t signed up yet, go to your portal on your college’s website and find out how to sign up.

Have a great summer!