Myths About Summer Before and After Freshman Year

on June 21, 2017

What should you do during the summer breaks that bookend your freshman year of college? Many students spend time at home, some study abroad and others use this time to earn extra college credit. Still, some people worry about how to spend the breaks before and after their freshman year.


Here are a few myths about how to spend your summer:


You Need an Internship


It looks good on a resume and could serve as a constructive career experience, but many internships only accept second year students and above. A job often is a more attainable idea, and making money during the summer will keep you busy and leave you with extra spending money.


Staying productive during the summer can also help with the transition back to college and the workload that comes with the school year.


Don’t Worry About Sophomore Year


Summer break is meant to be exactly that: a break. But don’t expect everything related to college to wait for your return to campus. If your school requires that you select your next classes during the break, spend a day or two researching what required courses you can cross off the list and try to organize your schedule as best you can.


Preparing to move back to campus also is something that’s easier if you start planning early. As for rising freshmen, starting packing early and figure out where to get essentials near campus.


Lastly, try researching some extracurricular activities, student groups or study abroad opportunities you might be interested in joining.


You Need to Frequently Talk to College Friends Over Summer


It obviously doesn’t hurt to check in with your friends, but there’s no need to catch up with them every day. It’s likely that they’ll be going home to reunite with their family and high school friends or taking a vacation.


The Freshman Year Transition Is Harder Than Sophomore Year


You’ll be taking more rigorous classes once you get back to college, and the lack of a first-year orientation or similar activities means classes start much faster. Doing course readings or reviewing notetaking strategies before getting back on campus are good ways to ease back into the groove.

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