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SC 167 Going to College for the
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Going to College for the First Time
/ Prof. Daniel de Roulet
Most of your education—especially the last four years—has been
pointing to this moment. But now what? What should you
expect from going away to college in the fall, and what can you do
this summer to get ready?
1. Close the door on high school and focus on the
future. We know this isn’t easy. You’re leaving behind
friends, family, significant others, the familiarity of your home
and your town/suburb/city—in some cases, country—to start a new
life, and it’s hard to say goodbye. On the other hand, there
may be some advantages to leaving some of these things behind, and
college is a good excuse to make the break. We’re just
There are few times when people have the opportunity to start
life anew, even to reinvent themselves (on-line role-playing games
excluded). Are there things you didn’t like about your high
school life? Are there things you didn’t like about you in
high school? Have you been interested in areas you have never
had the chance to try out? Do you want to redefine your
relationship with your parents? Now’s your chance.
2. Learn as much as you can about your new
environment. Although nothing substitutes for actually living
through a new experience, finding out about your new environment
with soften the culture shock that many students feel at the
beginning of college. Get on line and see what you can find
out about the college’s location and surrounding community, its
campus, its students and activities, and your professors. Get
out your schedule of classes for the fall and try to find the
buildings—get a sense for whether your walk from class to class
will be one minute or fifteen. Find you residence hall on the
map and try to find some pictures of the rooms. Visit your
professors’ websites (most easily found through department
websites) and see what their interests and expertise are.
3. Do some pre-course work. Sometimes the first week
of classes is a little overwhelming, especially in terms of finding
out how much you’ll have to read and what your assignments will be.
Find your course syllabi on-line, if they are
available and up-to-date; see what books are
required for your courses at the bookstore, especially
paying attention to the edition of the textbook
required. If you find the syllabi, read them
repeatedly, so that some of the information becomes second hand to
you before your classes begin. Consider buying the
recommended edition of the book before you get to your college and
do a little introductory skimming and reading. You might get
a good deal on the books, and you’ll avoid some long lines during
the first week.
4. Begin to make a calendar for the year. Once you
obtain your course syllabi, note key exam and assignments
dates—these notes will help you manage your time, decrease your
number of surprises, and help you to decide how to best balance
study and social events. Also, write in important family and
friend dates—birthdays, anniversaries, and the like.
A little work in the summer can make for a smoother transition
in the fall. And enjoy your summer—outside of work and
thinking about college, find time to revel, rest, and recharge.
Recent high school graduates: what concerns do you
have about going to college?
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