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College Dreams Blog

No matter who you are or how you’ve prepared for college, you’re bound to have a long list of questions. Our student ambassadors had college dreams just like you do and they worked hard to achieve them. Read their stories below and share your own with us on Facebook and Twitter!

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Take Advantage of Special Programs

Posted by Jade

One of the best ways to prepare for college and get accustomed to the college environment is to experience it for yourself. This can be done prior to starting college. How? That’s easy, just take advantage of special programs for middle school and high school students. Many colleges and universities host summer camps or other special programs that allow prospective students to live on campus in the residence halls, and even take classes.

 
For example, Upward Bound, GEAR Up, and other TRiO programs usually have great opportunities for students pursuing college. They may also focus on certain groups of students such as low-income youth, first-generation college goers, English language learners, students of color, and other young people underrepresented in higher education. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to experience college!


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My Senior Year

Posted by Marissa

My senior year of college was the most challenging yet rewarding. I was highly involved on campus and was finishing my upper level English classes. Although I was very busy, I accomplished my goals and remained balanced. Staying balanced is crucial when your stress levels are high (which mine were) and very busy. I encourage you to make time for activities where you can relax for a moment and take a break from your studies/activities. At the same time, I also suggest you stay involved throughout your academic career because it definitely will pay off in the future. Not only did I build strong relationships with friends, enrich my knowledge, but I also made myself more marketable once I graduated. I had a list of things that I was involved with and I had fun while doing it–minus the stress!


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Freshman Orientation

Posted by Jennifer

The summer before you attend a university as an incoming freshman, you will attend orientation. This summer I am an Orientation Leader and I am currently preparing for this summer’s first orientation along with 17 other wonderful Orientation Leaders. Looking back, I remember I was very nervous going to my orientation because I did not know what to expect, but being on the other side of the situation is completely different. I’m so excited to meet my freshmen! Our orientation staff looks forward to this huge event with anticipation and we work so hard to make it a success! If you will be attending orientation soon, know that this program is designed to make you feel welcome, deliver workshops that will assist in your success, and ensure you have a fun, safe experience!


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