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Tips from alums

Tips from Summer College alumni

Now that you’ve been accepted to Summer College, it’s time to think about what you can do to ensure that you have a successful and rewarding experience! Here are some tips that we've collected from recent Summer College alums, which we hope will help you prepare for “the summer of a lifetime.”

Bring the things you’ll need

  • Please visit our What to bring page for a list of suggested items.

Make friends, meet people

  • Be open to meeting new people.
  • Make as many friends as you can.
  • Be social and get to know everyone and anyone you can because that is how you can truly enjoy Summer College.
  • Really get to know your teaching assistant (TA)
  • Be friendly with everyone and go to the activities that are planned.
  • Do not procrastinate: make use of every minute there to make friends.
  • Be prepared to meet a lot of nice people and have fun.
  • Set down ground rules with your roommate.
  • Interact with students from other courses. Have different social networks.

Work hard

  • Do some of the reading and assignments ahead of time.
  • Learn how to be organized and manage your time well.
  • Make sure you have enough time to study: work first, play after.
  • Ask for help if you need it.
  • Find a study partner.
  • Take advantage of your professor’s office hours.
  • Be ready to take on the challenges!

Stay healthy and cultivate good habits

  • Eat well. Get plenty of fruits and vegetables, and take vitamins.
  • Drink lots of fluids; it gets hot in the summertime, and Cornell requires a lot of walking.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Manage your time.
  • Balance work and play.
  • Follow the rules.
  • Be optimistic.
  • Don’t get too stressed out.

Negotiate the campus

  • Try to find the shortest route to your classroom. And know where you are going, because it is easy to get lost.
  • Bring your bike: it is one of the most beautiful campuses, and biking is one of the fastest ways to get around.
  • It is important to figure out where your class is before the class actually happens.
  • Bring a lot of coins for the bus.

Enjoy yourself

  • Allow yourself to have fun.
  • Get involved.
  • Be yourself. It is rare to be at a place where everyone is so accepting.
  • Take the opportunity to explore the campus.
  • Visit areas of interest off campus, such as Buttermilk Falls and Treman State Parks.
  • Be open to new experiences.
  • Take advantage of everything Cornell and Ithaca have to offer.
  • Prepare for an active, competitive, work-intense experience that will be one of the best summers of your life.