What you do this summer can help you prepare for starting college in the fall!

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Two great tips on preparing for the transition ? from the team at Lincoln College of New England!
By Edmund Lizotte, Director of Admissions

The snow has melted, the days are getting longer, and the end of your senior year is just around the corner. Soon it will be time for summer, and that means summer vacation!
First of all, congratulations on completing a major milestone in your life. Graduating from high school is a great accomplishment and one you should be proud of achieving!   
It is natural to want to take some time to relax and bask in the sunlight. But if your plans are to head off to college in the fall, there are a few things you should do over the summer to help make the transition from high school to college more enjoyable.

One: take care of your college paperwork!

The first thing you should do is complete your enrollment paperwork with your school BEFORE the summer starts. Why?  When summer hits, you do not want to be running around trying to complete your college enrollment. Here are some things you need to do to complete your enrollment:

  • Contact the college admissions office and ask them what you still need to complete your enrollment. Before your high school closes for the summer, get your Admissions Counselor a copy of your high school transcripts. This is important as many schools use your “unofficial” transcripts or progress reports to determine your eligibility for institutional scholarships. Once your high school closes for the summer, it becomes a challenge to get transcripts.
  • Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) so your college(s) can complete your financial aid award. This will also help your parents/guardians know exactly what college will cost the first year.
  • Register for your classes sooner rather than later. For many colleges and universities, course registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. The more popular courses will fill up quickly. Once you know you are registered for your courses, you can relax for the summer ? sort of.

Two: hit the beach with a good book!

Another good thing to do over the summer is READ! Yes, read; and when we say read, we mean a book or two and not just the latest issue of Cosmopolitan, Maxim, Seventeen, or GameInformer. Many schools have a summer reading list for incoming freshmen.  Reading helps to keep your mind sharp, and you don’t want to start your college experience with a dull mind! 
Another reason reading over the summer is a good thing, is that when college starts, you will find that you’re expected to do a lot of reading. The more you read, the easier it gets, and the easier it will be to complete assignments during your first year and beyond.
Here is our recommended summer reading list for incoming freshmen:

  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Into Thin Air by John Krakauer
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

Whether you read just one of these titles or tackle them all, the main point is to pick up a good book and read it over the summer.  You’ll find it will help you in the fall, and who knows – you might just read one of the books that pops up in your first-year reading assignments!
Again, congratulations on your achievement – we look forward to seeing you in the fall.  Have a great summer!

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