Hey y’all, welcome back to Cleverly Caroline. Today I’m going to be sharing with y’all five things you can do this summer to make your transition to college easier. I asked y’all on my Instagram story to ask me questions about blogging, college, greek life, etc, and I got a few questions about transitioning to college.
Talk to People Online: All of the colleges I was accepted to had class Facebook pages where newly admitted students could network and get to know one another. In all of the groups I was in, most people posted a short bio and some pictures about themselves. During the summer, people started to create more specific group texts, snap groups, etc depending on school, major, hometown, or other interests. Getting to know people through these groups is a great way to have some familiar faces around campus right when school starts. I’m only still friends with a few people from these groups, but it was nice to know there were some people I could talk to on campus right at the beginning.
Research How to Get Involved: At BU, there is a portal for all of the clubs on campus. You can look at a list of every single one, or use filters to cut down the list based on your interests. You can also look on your school’s website to find out about other organizations (not clubs) on campus that you may be interested in like a community service center or religious group. Keep an eye on the Facebook group as well, as many upperclassman club leaders will post about their organizations to garner interest. Taking a look at all of these organizations and making a mental or physical note of which ones catch your eye can make the club fair and other welcome events less overwhelming.
Go to Orientation: This one seems simple, of course you have to go to orientation. When I say this, I mean go early if you have the opportunity. At BU, there are 3 orientation sessions in June and one the week before each semester starts. I recommend going to an earlier session if you have the chance because then you don’t have to worry about moving in and doing orientation all at the same time. I did orientation mid-June before my Freshman year and I was really grateful that I got to have a few relaxing days to get my room together without a jam packed schedule when I got to Boston in January.
Get Familiar With Your Courses: As soon as you have access to your syllabi, read them. See what projects you have, what reading assignments are like, what books you’ll have to buy. Email your professors if you have questions, it’s better to know what is expected than to be caught by surprise. It’s not a bad thing to start your assignments during the summer either, then you’ll have more time to spend with your new friends when you get to school.
Plan Out Your Semester: This coincides with my last point. Get a planner and fill it with due dates before you get to school or as soon as you get your syllabus. You don’t want to have surprise assignments or due dates. Fill in your friends’ birthdays, welcome events, sports games, sorority recruitment, or anything that you want to remember or accommodate for. Keep in mind that weekends with big games or recruitment will make it harder to do homework, so plan times the week before to get extra studying in.
I hope all the incoming freshman reading this feel like they have some new strategies for transitioning to college. I had a really great freshman year and you will too!
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Disclaimer: This post was originally published on Cleverly Caroline on July 10, 2019.