By Ashley Fortune, CollegeFindMe Intern, Incoming Freshman at College of the Holy Cross
Although the summertime is recognized as a time for travel and enjoyment, it can also be a time when you embark on a learning journey. One of my most memorable summer experiences was not at a beach, but in a lab, researching marine life!
Goodbye High School, and Hello College! As an up and coming freshman, College is a whole different experience than the last four years endured with your childhood friends. Now, you’re living in a dorm, away from home, even if you are close, you’re finally receiving that long waited independence. Also, there’s one other thing that college has that your old high school doesn’t, and that’s a bunch of new people! Depending on who you are, this may be the most exciting or the most intimidating experience you’ve faced in your life. Don’t worry though! Whether you are an avid socialite or a quiet introvert, here are some social tips to help you start friendships with your new peers.
Look out for all the hot spots on campus every weekend. Start talking to people on your dorm floors. Talk to people in classrooms. Start a nice chat in the cafeteria. Don’t be afraid to small talk at sporting events. Even give a small “hello” in the corridors. Go out with groups to parties or alone in the library to help meet someone who will catch your eye. Even if you’re not the social butterfly, try stepping out of your bubble. Again, this isn’t high school anymore. College is a place of independence, so use it wisely. As the new student in campus, you never know who you’ll meet along the way. Keep your eyes and your options open to meeting new people.
Slow and Steady
Take your time with every new friendship. There’s literally no rush into making new friends. Take some time to engage yourself with other people. Get to know every person individually when you have the chance, in order to have an individualized friendship with each one. You don’t know everyone on campus like in high school, so don’t try to make them like your high school friends either. College is a new scene with new opportunities. Slow and steady always wins the race when it comes to making a new friend!
Remember, the people on campus won’t have the same personalities or mindsets as your old high school peers. Therefore, don’t be afraid to meet a whole range of new people! Everyone from the popular athlete to the shy bookworm could introduce you to so many perspectives and adventures. Be willing to be introduced by roommates, and don’t be shy to introduce yourself. With this being said, don’t change your expectations for these new people as well. Friends are a reflection of how you see yourself, and how you treat yourself. Overall, go into college with the same morals and values that you held for yourself since the beginning, and the right friends that you meet will respect them accordingly.
Stay True To Yourself
The best personality trait that you could bring into your next four years is to be you. People are drawn to genuineness, and it shows truly. If you feel like you’re becoming someone you’re not familiar with, move on and find a new crowd. Be honest and open with those you care about, love the perspective of yourself that you’ve made, surround yourself with great people and embrace yourself!
Never be afraid to say “No” to the things that you don’t want to do. Stay in your comfort zone. Be responsible and know your limits. College can truly be a fun experience, but it’s good to keep in mind a few tips to keep you and others safe over the years. Stray away from the crowds that are unsettling, and surround yourself with people who want the best for you always.
Final Thoughts: Have Fun!
College can be both a fun and an intimidating experience for everyone, which it’s why it’s important to go into every social experience with an open mind but a few tips alongside you. Whether you find yourself at a large urban university or a small rural scene, remember, have fun, be safe and be true to yourself!
Rejections, acceptances, and waitlist are all an essential part of the college process. Many of us will face one of these decisions in our path towards a college education. Now while you may juggle a combination of the three, it is critical how you handle these decisions. In this blog, I’m going to give you a list of ideas that can help you cope with the hardest of these potential results: rejections and waitlists. Believe me or not but each option has its pros and cons depending on the person and their situation. Let’s dive in!
The Collateral Beauty Behind Rejection
Now let’s start with rejection letters. Yes, they may seem bad based on the fact that you are being denied the chance of attending that given university. Yet, it is important to know that there are many reasons why the decision came out the way it did. It may just be that you as a person do possess the qualities they’re looking for. Now, here is the plan. So what should you do? Rather than continuing to weep and cry about not getting in, use the rejection to help give you another perspective. You are amazing! Remember that, and continue your college application process. Some benefits from being rejected from a school could be based on the location of the school, financial aid, school size, and many more factors. Sometimes getting accepted to a school means that you will have to overlook other great schools. It also narrows downs your options which isn’t necessarily bad because then you can focus on fewer schools.
Regarding waitlists, there are also many benefits that people may not take into consideration when it comes to receiving this letter. When getting waitlisted, it’s the school needing more time to decide whether or not you’re going to be a good fit into their institute. This can allow you to also re-evaluate your college list and revisit the factors needed for a successful time in college. Also, by acknowledging that you are still among the applicant pool, you can continue being hopeful. Notably, colleges would like to see that you’re continuing to show your dedication to the school by taking part in some of their outreach opportunities.
So when being declined or waitlisted, do not automatically assume the worst because it won’t help the situation. If you decide to use some of these suggestions when receiving these decisions it will help you cope with your situation.
Remember, that you are as great as anyone else in that pool. If a college fails to recognize your worth as both a student and person, then so be it. Besides, they’re the ones missing out: you’ll find a school that is just as great, and maybe better!
Out of those hundreds of thousands of applicants, how can you stand out? Are you excelling in school? Do your test scores set a promising representation of you and your abilities? If no, then seek help from one of your unique talents!
Whether it be dancing, painting, acting, or singing, these qualities may be rarer than you think. Just by submitting a clip of you singing or a collage of your amazing drawings, you will set yourself apart from most students in the application pool.
While finding time between sports and school is somewhat tricky, there are tips that you can follow to manage the task. Personally, there were times where I had to deal with trying to prioritize sports and school. I was getting overwhelmed: juggling the demanding workload of school. So what should you do? Find your peace. This blog will explore some of the ways that you can make something as tricky as managing sports and schoolwork somewhat manageable.
Although it feels weird to say it to myself or even write it down here, I’m done with my college process. I am now, officially, Bucknell University Class of 2023. I have been selected to go there on a scholarship through the Posse Foundation. I still haven’t processed this accomplishment because of basketball, JSA, and school, but I know it will sink in eventually.
The question that any senior could ponder for hours is a simple one:
“What do you want major in?”
There are so many possibilities that it may seem like you’re dealing with Quantum Physics. However, this will in no way cement your future. Besides, who knows what they will focus on for the rest of their lives? Just like how you are always changing and growing, so are your interests and passions.
At this point, you are more or less a pro in interviews. You know how to use your million dollar smile. You have the jokes. You have the flair. You have it all. But a college interview is a whole new ballgame. Imagine if regular interviews were the seasonal games of a sport. College interviews would be the all-star game – you have to prepare to shine, or else you’ll be out shined by other elite players.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA is the certified report of your family’s financial standings. Each college applicant receives their FAFSA after submitting documents such as W2 forms and recent tax returns. FAFSA is the financial side of the college application process, and for many- the most important. Besides, it’s money we are talking about! Let’s dive in!