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Transition Into College Life

If Possible, Begin Your Transition While Still In High School

Many colleges offer accepted applicants the opportunity to stay overnight with a current student. If the college you'll attend extends this invitation to you, you should accept. By spending 24 to 48 hours in the company of someone who already attends the school, you'll begin to get an idea of what your new life will be like in the fall.

How To Prepare For Your Overnight Visit

Before you go to visit your new school, do a little homework so that you can make the most of your visit. If you are interested in writing for the student newspaper, or playing for an athletic team, send the people in charge of these activities an email. You might be able to arrange a meeting or a meal with them to introduce yourself and break the ice before you set foot on campus as a freshman. Even if you can't meet up with the people who run organizations you might be interested in, your student host will be an invaluable resource to you. He or she has volunteered because s/he's interested in helping you make your transition, so don't be shy about asking any questions that have occurred to you about life as a freshman. If your student host doesn't know the answer to your questions, s/he'll be able to point you in the direction of someone who will. Simply gaining a familiarity with the rhythms of campus life in the company of someone who already attends your school will make your transition much more smooth and comfortable when you move in yourself.

When You Do Arrive as a Freshman

Approach this experience with an open mind and an open heart. Don't be afraid to try new things, and meet new people. Try to attend as many of the orientation activities offered by your school as you possibly can. This way, you can develop friendships with other new students. It will be more fun making this adjustment with a buddy. When classes begin, be respectful of your schedule. Try your best to stay on top of your assignments and set aside some time each day to study. Also, be sure to get enough rest, and never be afraid of asking questions. You were admitted to this college because the admissions staff was confident you would succeed. Know that, and know that there are resources on campus like your R.A., to help you.