With the kick off of our First-Year Experience Orientation last week, here are some helpful tips to high school students making that transition to college:
1. Spend more time with family. Take advantage of the long summer days and give special attention to your family—trust us, they might annoy you now, but you’ll miss them when they’re not at arm’s reach all the time.
2. Rethink your relationship. While your high school sweetheart may seem like the person of your dreams right now, chances are things may change in the near future. College is a time full of new experiences, so you might want to start thinking about your feelings toward your significant other. If things are feeling rocky or you feel the need to be independent, this summer may be the prime time to cut ties. Though a morbid thought, it is definitely not a bad thing to have a boyfriend or girlfriend in college. There are many freshmen who arrive with long-distance relationships and end up regretting it. College is a time to find yourself and figure out the next chapter of your life. 3. Get in shape. Take advantage of your free time and put it toward your health. Work on getting fit for when you arrive at school in the fall. Getting your health in check will in turn make you feel more energetic and more confident–the perfect way to start the next chapter of your life.
4. Relax. You may feel overworked from y our senior year and feel the need to lie back for awhile–which is okay! The anticipation of college can be stressful, so be sure to take the time to sit back and relax. Clear your mind and enjoy the moment.
5. Hit up your favorite hometown spots. Whether or not you are leaving for college, this is the perfect time to savor those special things about your hometown before you go! While you might be sick of seeing the same places, you may miss them and the memories they hold when you are gone.
6. Branch out from high school friends. There is no harm in hanging out with your high school friends, but know that you will have to step out of your comfort zone soon. Take this chance to start making a change and preparing for what is to come. There is no need to abandon or cut ties with your high school friends; just consider supplementing your current friends with a new social circle!
With the anticipation of college coming up, now is the time to wrap up your last moments as a pre-collegiette! Be sure to take advantage of this time before you head off and do your summer the right way.