Free At Last…. Now What?

Published Wednesday, May 14, 2014 by Richard Hong

Congratulations on graduating from high school and kudos on entering college in the upcoming fall semester! You now have two months of peaceful catch-ups and socializing to make up for the grueling months of studying you’ve just endured. However, there are ways to prepare even further for college that won’t take up all of your summer vacation to consider:

  • Summer classes: I get it; you’ve just endured months of studying so why would you want to dive right back in? Every college will have certain elective credits that are necessary to pass in order to graduate. As such, these classes usually are filled by upper classmen who realize they need these credits and have priority in choosing classes. Rather than deal with that hassle, you can preemptively get rid of these classes. Talk to a counselor about transferring credit for the classes!
  • Travel: Now and the summer after you graduate from college are the two times that you will be commitment free and able to enjoy time away from home the most. It’s a good time to learn new culture and perhaps try out that foreign language skill that you’ve been learning so far.
  • Internship/Apprenticeship: Get a feel with real hands-on experience of the job market that you’re studying for. This way you can find out early if you really are passionate about the job or if you should consider changing majors and looking for alternatives.
  • Reach out to fellow roommate: You should be able to access contact with some people you’ll be seeing for the next few years, including your roommate for the upcoming freshmen year. Take initiative and contact him or her and try to find mutual interests. This way, when you two meet, you’ll already be amiable and on good terms.

Now enjoy your summer vacation and make the best out of it!


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