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The Summer After: Transitioning to College


The Summer After: Transitioning to College

David Shin

For recent high school graduates, this summer marks the calm before a 4-year marathon. That diploma sitting on your desk is no small accomplishment, but if you’re headed to college, it’s only the beginning. Here are a few tips to get you going on what many say are the most formative years of your life.

  • Start looking for work. Now.
    • If you don’t need money, then ignore this point. But if you’re like 99% of the college student population, you probably need to find a way to support yourself through college. Many schools have an online job posting board, and if you have your college email, you should be able to access it. Competition for campus jobs is tough, so do NOT wait, or else you might end up unemployed yet perfectly willing to work. Like the average person in today’s economy. 


  • Contact professors about research opportunities
    • Many people are wary about giving off bad first impressions, but what are professors going to say about an introductory email? Many professors love contact from undergraduates, especially at liberal arts colleges. It doesn’t even necessarily have to do with research. If you’re looking to take a class with a professor who has similar academic interests to yours, shoot an email! I cannot stress enough how much most professors enjoy contact from students. They wouldn’t be professors otherwise! And for those who don’t — well, you wouldn’t have to worry about what kind of impression you give them, would you?


  • RELAX!
    • You have a summer break for a reason: to take a break! It’s terribly cliche, but life is meant to be lived in the present. I’m probably saying this in vain, but don’t forget to enjoy the moment. Statistically speaking, by the time you leave for college, you will have used up 90+ percent of the time you will have spent in-person with your parents. The same often goes for siblings and friends from high school. But you’re still in high school! Cherish the time you have left with them. This article puts things in perspective.