Visiting’s Fun in the Summer Sun!

Rachel Morgan

We hear it from our parents all the time. “Visit schools!” “You need to go tour the campus when you apply!” Our school counselors push the same thing: visit colleges, tour the campuses, see how you feel there. It’s a lesson that is long drilled into our brain, but also something we tend to ignore. Visiting campus takes time, and time is something that many high school students don’t have between classes and extracurricular activities. Who can afford to take a day off of school when every teacher loads you done with homework?

Well, there’s a solution to that: come visit us in the summer! Transylvania University is one university that offers summer tours of our campus. We keep some of the Admissions Ambassadors here on campus during the summer; they work in their office, field calls from prospective students, answer questions and lead tours around campus all during the summer. I roomed with one of the Admissions Ambassadors (and fellow blogger) Emily Martin last summer, and she enjoyed when she got to lead tours and answer questions – and plenty of people came to tour and explore Transylvania University.

The experience will be different, of course – there will be few classes, a much smaller student population that are here when you tour. Continue reading

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Making the Most of Your Summer

Justine Yentsch

If you’re an incoming student, it may sound to early to think about you are going to do in your first college summer, but it’s always good to think ahead. Just as there are many ways to bolster your academic experience (and resume!) during the school year, there are also unlimited options over the summer, either through the school or through other organizations. I’ve already calculated the exact number of days I have in summer (102 days to be exact), and I fully plan to make the most of them so I have have stories to tell once I get back to campus for fall semester.

First off, whatever you’re doing, you should definitely be enjoying your summer. It’s a great opportunity to relax, get back to a normal sleep schedule, and visit old friends. That being said, there’s nothing wrong with doing absolutely nothing if that’s what makes you happy and prepares you for the school year. But even if it’s just taking a roadtrip or crossing things off a summer bucket list, it’s always good to keep things interesting, otherwise the months might be pretty boring.

Some people head off to foreign countries, either with a study abroad program or with their family. You can immerse yourself in different cultures, be exposed to history, and maybe learn a little bit of another language. But you can also learn just as much by traveling to different places within your own country. Being in new surroundings can change your perspective of the world and can inspire you.

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Endings and Beginnings

Mattie Bruton

I find it simply unfathomable that I am somehow done with my first year of college already. But strangely, this doesn’t feel as much like an ending to me as a beginning. Why? Because I’ve got a whole slew of new experiences and goals lined up for the months ahead.

This summer, I’m lucky to be working a paid position with the PROs (Pioneers Reaching Out) team! That means that I get to spend my summer months living on campus (free housing!), and working with prospective Transylvania students. Truth is, I’ve loved my experience blogging for you guys so much that I knew I wanted to continue to be involved with helping potential future Pioneers with their college selection process. On the PROs team, I will interact with students interested in Transylvania via a variety of media like emails, phone calls, and even social networking sites. I can’t wait to help out college-searching high school students, and I couldn’t think of a more rewarding summer job.

But working for PROs isn’t the only thing I’ve got planned for my summer. I’ve written in previous blogs about my creative writing interests, and about Lexington’s thriving creative writing community. Unfortunately, however, due to the super-crazy-busy newness of my first year of college, I haven’t dedicated quite as much time as I would have liked to nurturing my creative side- I plan to change that this summer by signing up for Lexington Poetry Month, a yearly event sponsored by Accents Publishing. For the entire month of June, I’ll write a poem every day, which will then be posted on the Accents Publishing website- and if I’m lucky, I could even get published in their yearly anthology. Though I do have some trepidations about my work being up on a website for all to see, these anxieties are nothing compared to the excitement I feel at the prospect of writing poetry again after a long hiatus. Continue reading

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So much to do, so little time!

Lesley Goodaker

With summer in full swing it may seem like your graduation date is ages away; however, for those of you who are upcoming seniors, it’s only a matter of months before you walk across that stage. With your time as a high school student quickly dwindling, each day that passes puts you closer to your first year as a college student; nonetheless, there is still much to do and consider!

Leading into your senior year:

  • Save money from your summer job for all of your college necessities.
  • List your top college choices.
  • Request admissions information and school catalogs.
  • Consider what classes will benefit you most during your senior year.

Early Fall:

  • Stay focused on your GPA (don’t fall victim to “senioritis”).
  • Begin researching prospective colleges.
  • Determine what standardized test scores your prospective colleges are looking for and register to take the tests.
  • Mark your calendar with registration, admissions, and financial aid deadlines for all of your prospective colleges.
  • Begin visiting colleges.
    • Take advantage of overnight visits (which Transy offers!) to get a better feel for campus life.
  • Begin working on all of your college applications (don’t forget to check out the Common Application).
    • Contact the schools’ financial aid offices to determine if you must complete additional applications for financial aid.

Late Fall

  • Complete admissions applications by their deadlines.
  • If necessary, register to retake the SAT and/or ACT.
  • Complete financial aid forms and applications.
  • Research Advanced Placement (AP) exams and determine which (if any) you will take.

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Coming Full Circle: The End of My First Year at Transy

Justine Yentsch

It’s weird to think that I’ve unpacked my dorm and have gone back home for the summer. However, I feel like the transition is a lot less jarring because of May term. In a way, May term feels a bit like August term. You have one class each day, and then plenty of time to pursue any extracurricular interests (even if those just consist of you having a Netflix marathon). But although they are similar in that aspect, the underlying dynamic is quite different.

At the beginning of August term, you’re definitely nervous. You don’t know that many people, you’re unused to the campus, and you might be intimidated by your class schedule. Even though the campus will be your home for the next four years, you might not be able to picture what you’ll look like at the end of the journey. So you decorate your dorm, bond with your roommate, and go to class. There are events to introduce campus policies, meetings for campus activities, and ridiculous amounts of free food. And you might not realize it until later, but those weeks really prepare you for the upcoming semesters. Your august term class guides you to become an effective writer and communicator in the classroom, and you get to meet one-on-one with your professor to help you decide on what classes to take and to see how you’re adjusting to life at college. By the start of fall semester, you don’t feel as lost and oblivious as you did at the start. Continue reading

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There’s Good in it All!

Lesley Goodaker

Let’s be honest. For most of us, high school was hell. While there were some good times, but, if given the opportunity, very few of us would choose to return. As I had all too quickly realized, high school is nothing like the Disney movies I grew up on (i.e. we were not “All in This Together”). Nonetheless, that doesn’t go to say that there aren’t certain aspects of high school that I don’t miss.

1. Free Time! (What is that even?)

Colleges have roughly 4 years to prepare you for a lifelong career—suffice to say there’s a lot of work. Since the fall, I have become extremely more self-motivated. Forget those daily reminders that you have a paper due at the end of the week, and three quizzes and two tests the next. For the most part, deadlines are between you and your agenda book

2. Snow Days!?!

Ha! Don’t make me laugh. For most college campuses, snows days are cancelled classes due to inclement weather are a rarity. Luckily, Transy’ small campus size makes those unpleasant walks a little more bearable.

3. Lockers

On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays last semester I had three classes in one day. While that should seem like nothing compared to my 8-block high school schedule, it would be a load off my mind (and back) to not have to go throughout y day with a Bio textbook the size of Texas, my laptop and charger (I’ll be as dead as it if I forget to charge my battery before lecture), at least three notebooks, and a workbook for German! Thankfully, Transy’s campus is noticeably lacking in hills!

4. Extra-Credit!

Extra credit? Bonus? Curve? What is this nonsense!?! While most professors, especially here at Transy, are more than willing to help you out throughout the semester, bonus opportunities are generally few and far between. If I had even a fraction of the extra credit opportunities in college that I did in high school, well, I’ll let you figure that one out.

5. Psssh!—Absences?

Remember the days when you could have a mild case of the sniffles and justify staying home? All took was 45 second call to your school and you were excused for the rest of the day? Fuhgett about it! No more Netflix marathons on the couch or playing hooky. While it’s likely that you will get a class cancelled here or there, you’ll likely spend those days playing catch up.

But never to fear! In spite of a few pit falls, college has its many benefits! Like… Continue reading

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