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Prepare for College this Summer: 5 Most Important Steps


That’s it! You have graduated high school! By now you have likely committed to a college, university, or post-grad program. Everything is looking up and in a few short months, the next chapter of your life will begin. This summer is a crucial time of change, but so many students forget to do a few things to help them springboard into the next stage. Do not let that be you!
  1. Organize your Life With this new chapter comes one of the biggest changes in life: moving out of your family home, even if only temporarily. You would be surprised at how much you need to bring with you and how few of those things you have now. Take inventory of what’s in your room or home that you regularly use and want to bring along. There are many checklists available online or at stores to help organize these ideas. By pulling your thoughts and items together, it will reduce the stress of moving day.
  2. Learn a New Life Skill The summer into college is the perfect time to learn something new. A life skill you otherwise wouldn’t have known is the best place to begin. Can you make yourself food? Clean your own clothes? Call to order a pizza? Maybe something more substantial is needed like the ability to start a conversation with new people or say no when you’re uncomfortable. These skills may seem silly, but they will come in handy over the next four-plus years.
  3. Create a LinkedIn Account It is never too early to begin thinking about your career and life after college. You would be surprised by how much networking now can factor into success later in life. By creating a LinkedIn account, essentially an online resume, you can begin connecting with classmates, neighbors, and family who could be the key to your success. Putting your best and most professional self forward never hurt either.
  4. Spend Time with Others Time will fly by this summer, and you do not want to regret not seeing an old friend or spending that day with your grandmother, so make sure you carve out time to spend with others. Yes, you will be back in town, and will likely see those people again, but it is a good way to grow into your adult self and begin seeing the world from a new perspective.
  5. Relax This is probably the most critical point on the list. Relax! The hard work has been completed and before you jump into a new round of rigorous activities, be sure to take a deep breath and enjoy life. Go see a movie, play at a local park, sit by the pool, do whatever it is that makes you feel at peace. You may even be able to use this tactic later when you need a way to recharge from school.
Even completed separately, these tips can be monumentally helpful in achieving a sense of understanding and readiness for what’s to come. However, accomplishing all of these together can position you in the best place possible before the coming changes arrive. Into the next step of your journey, you will feel like a new you, ready to take on whatever comes next!

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JBG Students have gone all over the world for college, and across the United States. These varied experiences have landed them in hundreds of highly esteemed institutions. We’ve included a list below as a sampling of their achievements and only a fraction of the happy successes we have championed:

McGill University                  Canada         
St. Andrew's University         Scotland
Oxford University                  England
University of Edinburgh         Scotland
In the US:               
University of Alabama    Tuscaloosa, AL
University of Arizona      Tucson, AZ
Chapman University       Orange, CA
Harvey Mudd College     Claremont, CA
Loyola Marymount         Los Angeles, CA
Occidental College          Los Angeles, CA
Pitzer College                 Claremont, CA
Pomona College               Claremont, CA
Santa Clara University    Santa Clara, CA
Stanford University         Stanford, CA
UC, Berkeley                 Berkeley, CA
UC, Davis                      Davis, CA
UCLA                             Los Angeles, CA
University of San Diego  San Diego, CA
USC                               Los Angeles, CA   The Colorado College        Lakewood, CO
University of Colorado,       Boulder, CO
University of Denver         Denver, CO       
Connecticut College          New London, CT
Fairfield University          Fairfield, CT
Quinnipiac University       Hamden, CT
Sacred Heart University    Fairfield, CT
Trinity College                   Hartford, CT
University of Connecticut       Storrs, CT
University of Hartford     West Hartford, CT
Wesleyan University          Middletown, CT
Yale University                New Haven, CT    University of Delaware       Newark, DE
American University          DC
Georgetown University      DC
George Washington University         DC  
Rollins College               Winter Park, FL
University of Florida       Gainesville, FL
University of Miami        Coral Gables, FL
University of Tampa       Tampa, FL
Emory University             Atlanta, GA  
Northwestern University       Evanston, IL
University of Chicago        Chicago, IL
Indiana University            Bloomington, IN
University of Notre Dame   Notre Dame, IN Tulane University            New Orleans, LA Bates College                 Lewiston, ME
Bowdoin College              Brunswick, ME
Colby College               Waterville, ME       John Hopkins University Baltimore, MD
Loyola Maryland            Baltimore, MD
University of Maryland  College Park, MD

Assumption College        Worcester, MA

Babson College               Wellesley, MA

Bentley College              Waltham, MA

Boston College               Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston University            Boston, MA

Brandeis University         Waltham, MA

College of the Holy Cross    Worcester, MA

Emerson College              Boston, MA

Endicott College               Beverly, MA

Harvard University          Cambridge, MA

MIT                                 Cambridge, MA

Merrimack College        North Andover, MA



Northeastern University     Boston, MA
Regis College                   Weston, MA
Simmons College             Boston, MA
Smith College                 Northampton, MA
Stonehill College              Easton, MA
Tufts University                Medford, MA
UMass Amherst                Amherst, MA
Wellesley College            Wellesley, MA
Wentworth Institute             Boston, MA
Westfield State University     Westfield, MA
Wheaton College                 Norton, MA   
Michigan State University  East Lansing, MI
University of Michigan   Ann Arbor, MI        Washington University      St. Louis, MO
Dartmouth College          Hanover, NH
Saint Anselm College      Manchester, NH
University of New Hampshire   Durham, NH  Princeton University       Princeton, NJ  Barnard College             New York, NY
Colgate University           Hamilton, NY
Cornell University            Ithaca, NY
Fordham University        New York, NY
Ithaca College                Ithaca, NY
New York University       New York, NY
Skidmore College      Saratoga Springs, NY
Syracuse University        Syracuse, NY
Union College                Schenectady, NY
University of Rochester Rochester, NY
Davidson College             Davidson, NC
Duke University              Durham, NC
Elon University                 Elon, NC
High Point University      High Point, NC
WakeForest University Winston-Salem, NC 
Case Western University       Cleveland, OH
The Ohio State University    Columbus, OH 
Bucknell University         Lewisburg, PA
Carnegie Mellon University   Pittsburgh, PA
Dickinson College            Carlisle, PA
Drexel University             Philadelphia, PA
Lafayette College             Easton, PA
Lehigh University             Bethlehem, PA
Muhlenberg College       Allentown, PA
Penn State                 State College, PA
UPenn                          Philadelphia, PA
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA
Villanova University        Villanova, PA     
Brown University             Providence, RI
Bryant University             Smithfield, RI
Providence College         Providence, RI
Roger Williams University     Bristol, RI
University of Rhode Island    Kingston, RI
The Citadel                    Charleston, SC
Clemson University         Clemson, SC
College of Charleston     Charleston, SC 
University of Texas          Austin, TX
Southern Methodist University  Dallas, TX   University of Utah         Salt Lake City, UT
Middlebury College        Middlebury, VT
Saint Michael's College  Colchester, VT
University of Vermont    Burlington, VT
William and Mary        Williamsburg, VA
James Madison             Harrisonburg, VA
University of Richmond Richmond, VA
University of Virginia     Charlottesville, VA  University of Wisconsin          Madison, WI


Get the Inside Scoop

Perry Licht
UMASS Amherst, Sophomore

Perry is a graduate of Needham High School and now studies at the University of Massachusetts where she is a Sophomore who is active in Greek Life. 

What is your major?

Right now I'm still undecided. 


What did you learn in your first year at college?

I learned that I'm capable of so much more than I thought I was.  


What has been the best part about your college experience?

The best part of of my college experience is being in a sorority and being lucky enough to live with all of my best friends.  


Did anything about the college experience surprise you?

I was surprised about how many people are around to help and support you. I thought being away from my family and home would make learning and staying happy impossible, but part of college is finding yourself a support system away from home and thriving in a new environment. 


What advice would you give seniors going into college?

Let go of any unrealistic expectations because life happens and you never know what to expect. Just know that all the hard work is worth all the fun times ahead. 


What do you wish you knew as a HS junior regarding the college process?

I wish I knew that nothing really goes as planned which is okay. You will end up where you truly belong at the end of the process.

Ryan Brown
Fordham University, Junior

Ryan, a Dover, MA native, came to us in his Junior year of high school at Dover-Sherborn to gain further insight on his college application process as well as help with his college essay. 

What is your major?

Taking the basic classes of a Jesuit liberal arts education allowed me to realize my passion for history.

What did you learn in your first year at college?
I've found people are a lot more willing to put in equal effort in group projects and papers which makes classes easier. 

Did anything about the college experience surprise you?

The people you are friends with freshman year may not be your friends for all four years. Your friendships may change over the years. This is a good thing. Be open to meeting new friends even after the first semester of freshman year and throughout college. 


What advice would you give seniors going into college?
Continue working hard at the end of the year and do the best you can on AP tests. If you receive a 4 or a 5 schools will take these as credits and allow you to skip intro classes your freshman year.

What do you wish you knew as a HS junior?

I would have liked to know to visit different kinds of college campuses in different states. Just because you think you want to go to a small school in the country side junior year doesn’t mean that will be what you want senior year when it comes time to choose a school. I recommend visiting at least one school in each the city, an urban environment, and finally one in the middle of nowhere. This will allow you not to regret anything later on in college and have “What-ifs”.

Enjoy the Summer!

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