1. You can acclimate to on-campus lifeThe life of a college student is very different from the life of a high school student. Living on campus with a roommate will likely be a new experience for you, and for many students, it takes some time to adjust. As a college student, you will also take on additional responsibilities (both academic and personal). Most pre-college summer programs introduce you to these challenges and responsibilities, which can help you begin adjusting to college life before you officially enroll as a student. This can also make your acclimation to “real” college life much easier and much faster.
2. You can experience college classes
3. You can learn about potential majorsPre-college summer programs also offer you the opportunity to explore a specific subject of your choosing. This is a great opportunity for you to test-drive a field of study that you’re interested in, or one that you have considered pursuing as a college major. For instance, if you loved your high school biology class and hope to become a nurse or physician, try a pre-college program at a school known for its biology and medicine concentrations. Taking college courses in a pre-college summer program can help you decide whether or not a specific field of study is right for you.
Erica Cirino is a contributing writer for Varsity Tutors, a technology platform for private academic tutoring and test prep designed to help students at all levels of education achieve academic excellence.