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Going home for the summer after your freshman year of college is not always the smoothest of transitions. For some, it may even be harder than going to college in the first place! What you must remember is that this is brand new territory – you’re not at school anymore, but you’re not the same person who lived at home before.
Here are some things to keep in mind as you survive your first summer home!
Talk to Your Parents
Seriously. Both you and your parents have very different expectations of what life should be like with you living under their roof again. The sooner you discuss things like curfew, the sooner you can get on the same page and avoid unnecessary squabbles.
Embrace High School Friends
When high school friends first see each other after freshman year, everyone can seem different. All of us go through changes in college. You may not feel it, but you will have grown a lot in that first year of school and act differently than you did at the end of your senior year. Know that many of your friends might seem like different people or you might seem very different to them. Embrace these changes and avoid judgment. We’re all just figuring out who we are. Focus on the friends you still connect with and are most important to you.
Stay in Touch
You probably met a ton of new friends in college – stay in touch with them! It will feel nice to commiserate about being away from school with someone who knows how great your school is and went through that first freaky year with you. While its perfectly normal to miss these friends, don’t dwell on the fact that you’re not together – plan a fun visit or things you can do together when you’re all back at school in the fall.
Harness Your Independence
You’ve been living on your own essentially for nine months. It’s hard to strike a balance between independence and dependence living at home, but if you embrace responsibility and show your slightly more mature side, life at home will run more smoothly.
Get in Shape!
Did the Freshman 15 get the best of you? Use this summer to eat healthy and spend your spare time getting back in shape. Nothing will feel better than going back to school as a Sophomore knowing you can tackle anything your second year throws at you!
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Congratulations, College Freshmen! You did it. You completed your first amazing, scary, challenging and rewarding first year of college. Now, time to prepare for the next three. Sometimes it’s going to feel like doing an obstacle course, uphill, with no end in sight. Here are a few things to remember as a Sophomore that will make those next three years manageable and fun!
PICK A MAJOR.
If you haven’t chosen a major yet, sophomore year is the year to do it. The sooner you choose, the sooner you can register for the necessary classes and find internship opportunities. Keep in mind, you can always change your major. Don’t rush this decision, but choosing something will give you direction and clarify what it is that you want to do with your time in college. Visit Cappex for great tips on choosing a major!
MEET WITH YOUR ADVISOR.
Your advisor will ensure you are registering for the necessary prerequisites and help you find the right major for you. It’s good to just check in with them, too. It’s easy to forget about other class requirements when you’re already focused on your current class schedule. On that note…
GET PREREQUISITES OUT OF THE WAY.
Use your sophomore year to take prerequisite courses that you’ll need for graduation, no matter what major you choose. Many colleges require foreign language or math courses in order to graduate. Do these now! Then you won’t have to take them as a senior focusing on more specialized classes.
PREPARE FOR INTERNSHIPS.
Research internship options that interest you. Even if you don’t know your major yet, doing some preliminary sleuthing might clarify what you really want to do when you aren’t a student any more. It will also inform you of opportunities available and deadlines for future reference.
Focus. Focus. Focus. It’s easy to get distracted or discouraged as a sophomore or junior in college. Schoolwork is probably tougher than you’re used to, or maybe there’s just more of it. Keep going! Don’t lose sight of your ultimate goal: proudly graduating with a degree you earned through hard work.
Find something outside of schoolwork that excites you! Join a club or start a group – just make sure it is fun and you enjoy being a part of it. Homework and classes are overwhelming enough. Find a hobby that lets you explore something new, but keep it light and positive.
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