In the effort to bring visibility to the thoughts that many alums have on their college days - be in about the campus, the programs, athletics, or even their routines - we've started Top 5 Takeaways, a weekly blog created to educate, inspire, and prepare students who are deciding what college may be best for them. Our interviewed guests will touch on everything from academics to campus-life, from dining hall food to moving across the country. This is meant to be an authentic and true narrative - as guests can write not only about what they want, but can piece content together how they want - with no motives other than to showcase their real thoughts on real experiences. This is information that aims to serve a number of high school students across the country.
We start with a graduate of the University of Vermont (Burlington, VT) - Charles M. '07. His Top 5 Takeaways are:
- Time Management - There's always more time than you think to get involved in campus activities and intramurals in addition to your studies.
- People are friendly and just as shy as you are - Don't be afraid to be outgoing and start a conversation with a fellow student
- Think outside the box - For every system of rules there are creative alternatives to work within that system
- You are your best advocate - Be passionate and persistent when pursuing opportunities and don't be afraid to ask for support from your college staff
- Get to know your professors - developing relationships with your professors can help with job recommendations and going to their office hours shows them your dedication and work ethic, which has the added benefit of often boosting your grades.
For questions on any of this information, or on any steps in the college selection and admissions process, do not hesitate to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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