6 Things You Need To Do The Summer Before College

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.Picture1

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. Picture23. 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.Picture3

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. Picture4

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. Picture5

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!Picture6

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.

Source: http://www.hercampus.com/high-school/preparing-college/7-things-you-need-do-summer-college?mc_cid=03bc361c61&mc_eid=ff6550a2f3

Livonia Relay For Life

What is Relay For Life?
Relay For Life is a community event that takes place overnight to raise money for cancer research and the American Cancer Society. The event builds camaraderie and allows for those who have experienced cancer, whether it be themselves or a loved one, share their stories. This is a national event but each location has their own unique experience but there are three key components that every Relay has that makes the event special:

Survivors Lap: To kick off the event, all cancer survivors present take the first lap around the track to celebrate their cancer victory. The track is lined with the other participants who cheer on the survivors.

Luminaria Ceremony: Once it is dark, the Luminaria Ceremony takes place to remember those who have been lost to cancer, to honor those who have fought, and support those who continue to fight. Candles in personalized white bags are lit and placed around the track. When all the bags are lit, a silent lap is taken by all present.

What can YOU do to get involved?
Madonna University has their own team at the 2015 Livonia Relay For Life taking place Saturday June 13th at 12 pm to Sunday June 14th at 12 am at Bentley Field in Livonia.

VOLUNTEER/BECOME A TEAM MEMBER
Join our team!** If you would like to participate in the day’s events on behalf of Madonna University, complete this short volunteer sign-up form. We are in need of the following team members:

  • Set-Up
  • Team Tent Management (donations, fundraisers, etc.)
  • Walk the Track
  • Participate in Spirit Activities (hosted by Relay for Life)
  • Tear Down

Volunteer Sign-Up Form: http://bit.ly/1I5HpYT

FUNDRAISE
Not able to make it on Saturday, but still want to contribute to the Madonna University team? Here’s what we are looking for:

  • Fundraising Items (items will be sold on the day of event, and all proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society)
  • Baked goods (individually packaged)
  • Gift cards
  • Madonna Merchandise

DONATE
As a relay for life team, we are not required to raise a certain amount of funds; however we are hoping to be able to contribute to this cause.

http://main.acsevents.org/goto/madonnauniversity – Click Donate Now!

Your donation to the American Cancer Society will provide many opportunities to current patients, survivors, and their families. Below are a few examples of how your donation helps:

Helping People Stay Well
The American Cancer Society provides tips, tools, and online resources to help people set goals and stay motivated to eat healthy and maintain an active lifestyle.

Helping People Get Well
The American Cancer Society assists cancer patients with getting transportation to their treatments and offer help with free lodging for cancer patients and their caregivers who need treatment away from home.

Finding Cures
In total more than $3.9 billion has been invested in cancer research since 1946.

Go to cancer.org/research to learn more.

Fighting Back
The American Cancer Society has helped uninsured, underinsured, and low income women get breast and cervical cancer screening tests and follow-up treatment since 1991.

Source: http://relay.acsevents.org/site/PageServer?pagename=relay_learn_whatisrelay