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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!


Make the Most of Your Summer

Posted by Jade

Summer provides the perfect opportunity for you to challenge yourself and grow while also having fun and taking a load off. Here are a few ideas for you to occupy your summer time with:


Work. Employment is one of the most practical ways to build your resume and impress colleges. There are often seasonal jobs such as residential summer camps that look for help specifically during the summer months. The more a job challenges you, the more it builds the skills that colleges and future employers are interested in seeing in applicants.


Volunteer/Intern. Community service is another great way to gain some valuable work and leadership experience. Colleges and employers appreciate knowing that a person is well-rounded and cares about making the world better. There are so many local opportunities available and since it is a matter of volunteering time, you can make your own schedules and decide how much time you can and want to give. Getting exposure to a potential career through internships is another great way to get your foot in the door as far as employment goes. Much like volunteering, internship schedules are usually more flexible, so you should still have time to enjoy your summer.


Summer Enrichment Programs. Enrichment programs can be another valuable and educational summer experience. Look into programs offered by local youth groups or area colleges and universities. Many of these organizations have residential or day camps for students focused on specific topics and a variety of areas of interest. These programs are a good way to explore and gain experience in fields you may want to study in college.


Visit Campuses. It almost goes without saying that campus visits should be a part of any college-going student’s summer plans. These visits are a priority when considering which colleges to apply to. Taking a few campus tours should definitely be included in your plans.


Set Goals. Set realistic goals, like finishing a book over the summer or applying for two scholarships. Also, the SAT and/or ACT are an important part of the admissions equation at most of the country’s highly selective colleges. The summer is a great time to work through an exam preparation book or take a test prep class. Setting goals is a good way to stay proactive and motivated about what you want to accomplish.


HAVE FUN! I feel like this point cannot be emphasized enough. Engage in activities that delight you, allow you to relax, and keep your spirits high and hopeful for the future. I wish someone had told me that it was important to have fun when I was pushing my way towards college. What a difference it could have made.


Back-to-School Tips

Posted by Jade

Where has the summer gone? It seems like just yesterday we began our much awaited break. Fast forward a couple of months and it’s time to begin another school year! So here are some helpful tips in order for you to have a successful year!


  1. Don’t just start with a positive attitude, keep that attitude throughout the year; it’s helpful to your friends and teachers. You’ll be more efficient and the year will seem to fly by. Positivity will also help with getting all your work done.
  2. Stay organized. School can be frustrating when you’re getting a lot of work, so it’s best to keep everything organized. For example, having a separate binder for each class will make life a lot easier.
  3. Join a club or after school activity! This is a time in your life to figure out what kinds of things interest you…so get involved and see what sparks, or ignites a passion in you!
  4. Come up with a plan/schedule to help you manage your time after school. Prioritize academics, athletics, family time, social time, etc., and devote a specific amount of time to any of these things that are important to you.


Last tip: Work hard, play hard! HAVE FUN!




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