Transitioning to college

All around the country, students are starting to get ready to go to college in the fall. Some are going for the first time, recent graduates from high school. Others are returning to college after some time away. Some are confident, sure that they are perfectly ready to hit the ground running. Others are mildly terrified. Most students, however, fall somewhere in between, and waffle from scared to excited from minute to minute. There are a million articles out there about preparing to college, but this one from a counselor in Cleveland has some particularly good advice.

You should definitely check out the whole article, but a few points to highlight include:

  • Network and interact with a wide variety of people.
  • Seek out a mentor to assist with the transition to college. Limit advice from those who never set foot on a campus for the college experience.
  • Use college counselors to stay on track.

Nobody gets through college all on their own! Create your own network of friends and mentors, who can help you succeed.

One place to start is with Student Support Services, a TRIO program available at many colleges. Not sure if your college has TRIO? The Maine Educational Opportunity Association has a list of all TRIO programs in Maine. Would you like an introduction? Your METS advisor would be happy to help you find out, just ask!

Good luck!

MEEOA Yearbook 2016-2017

Each year, the Maine Educational Opportunity Association puts together a yearbook that presents data and stories about TRIO and GearUP programs in Maine. This year, one of the highlights was a comparison of the college enrollment rates of Talent Search and Upward Bound participants with Maine high school students in general. It was discovered that Talent Search and Upward Bound students are twice as likely to enroll in college as their peers! 

Click here to check out the pdf version of the MEEOA Yearbook 2016-2017.

To see previous years, please check out our yearbook archive.