Thanks for stopping by. As I started to reflect on the past three years at Scripps, I thought back to my first year. While I was excited to start college and all of the new experiences that would come with it, I was also nervous. As an out-of-state student I didn’t really know anyone coming into the school and wasn’t sure how the transition was going to be going from high school to college. In college, I was given this new independence and given a new set of expectations within the classroom. I thought I would take the time to share some tips and resources that helped me and my transition to Scripps.
Find your community
Finding my community on campus has been one of the most important aspects of my Scripps experience. I think it is incredibly important to find your own community through clubs and organizations on campus, classes, jobs, etc. Personally, I found my community at SCORE, our social justice center on campus. The friends that I have made have not only continued to inspire me and push me but have also provided me with support during any challenges that I have faced at Scripps.
Talk to your professors!
This is something I wish I would have done more of sooner. Professors at Scripps are there to help and ensure that we succeed academically. One of the great things about going to a small school is how accessible professors are to students. Whenever you find yourself having trouble in class or with assignments do not be afraid to stop in and ask questions. I have also stopped by professor’s office hours just to talk to them and get to know them more. It’s been an incredible experience to be able to develop personal relationships with professors and have them become more like mentors!
Set up an accountability system
Everyone learns and studies differently! It’s important to find what works and doesn’t work for you. Whether that’s requesting accommodations inside of the classroom, using a physical planner or online version, or meeting with an academic coach. Find the systems that work for you and find a friend or group that will hold you accountable and vice versa. Once I found the tools that worked for me, I also made time to study with friends who I knew would help keep me on track.
I hope this was somewhat helpful! Please feel free to reach out with any questions and make sure to stay tuned for future blog posts from the rest of the intern team!