Summer-before-College Series Introduction

A blog series for incoming students

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It is hard to believe that we are already halfway through July and weeks past the summer equinox!  As the days begin to shorten, many are planning on beginning new academic ventures in the coming fall months.  Whether you are a recent high school graduate, a student who took a break before returning to college, or a seasoned academic embarking on a new graduate degree, it may be helpful to get your bearings before you arrive on campus in the next few months.

I have lots of experience assisting students in their transition to college so I wanted to provide a resource for new college-goers as they embark on their journey in higher education.  The “Summer-before-College” series will include three parts presented over the next several months – think of this like a “packing list” for information (instead of Twin XL bed sheets) to keep handy in your first few semesters and beyond.  The parts of the series will be:

  • Part 1: Familiarizing yourself with your school
    • Download: New College Scavenger Hunt
  • Part 2: Familiarizing yourself with a college course
    • Download: The Anatomy of a College Syllabus
  • Part 3: Three skills for College Success
    • Download: Time Management Strategies for College Classes
  • … and, if inspiration strikes, maybe more in the future

This series is designed for students that have already confirmed their enrollment at a university or college, and is specifically designed with United States colleges in mind.  Comments have been left open for this blog post to see what other kinds of college-related guides would be helpful in the future!  If you are interested in information on applying for or choosing between colleges, picking a major, studying for finals, traveling abroad, or some other topic, please let me know in the comments below!

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