Advice for high school seniors headed to college in fall

Dick Uliano,

WASHINGTON – It can be exciting and nerve-wracking, but there are a few things a graduating high school senior should know about getting ready for college.

This summer, students should get in touch with their future college roommates.

“I would suggest talking to your roommate before you get there,” says college senior Rachel Ripps.

“Get to know them, because you’re going to be living with them for the next year.”

The authors of the book The Secrets of College Success Lynn Jacobs and Jeremy Hyman tell The New York Times freshmen should make sure the courses they choose are the right level for them. And they recommend using the drop/add process if the student feels he could get a better professor.

College juniors Daisy Kim and Nancy Miles say the best advice they have is that freshmen should complete their homework promptly.

“Oh my gosh, please, don’t procrastinate,” warns Kim.

“You’ll hear it, like, all the time but literally, it’s so serious,” says Miles.

It’s also a good idea for students to know the college’s rules for having items such as toaster ovens and refrigerators in dorm rooms.

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