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.
- 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.
- 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.