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3 Tips for Transitioning from High School to College

You're at an exciting time in your life. You’re finishing up your high school career and looking forward to the next big step in your life: starting college.

There is a lot to think about as you transition to life at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS). How can I be academically successful during my first year in college? How can I make sure that my transition from high school to college goes as smoothly as possible?

Here are three tips to keep in mind:

Understand the MCPHS support services available to you – and use them.

At MCPHS, we offer a variety of student support services that are designed to foster student success. Our Center for Academic Success and Enrichment (CASE) provides comprehensive academic support services to our students, including tutoring, mentoring, and academic advising. Our Office of Student Access and Accommodations team works closely with students to provide accommodations on the basis of disability. In addition, our Counseling Services team provides individual counseling, workshops and programs, and resources to students. Through these departments, students get the support they need to succeed during their time at MCPHS.

Use open communication to your advantage.

Your first year at college is full of exciting changes and opportunities. One of the biggest changes you experience may be living away from home with a roommate for the first time. This is where open communication is important. By clearly sharing your desires and expectations with your roommate or roommates, and by hearing their expectations, you can set a positive tone for the year. The Office of Residence Life is also focused on creating a positive, welcoming “home away from home” for our students, through a variety of ways, including hall council, fun activities, holiday celebrations, and more.

Get involved outside of the classroom.

While academics are an important part of your college experience, it is important to get involved outside of the classroom. College is about discovering new passions, meeting new people, and gaining a bigger view of the world, and the best way to do that is by getting involved with the community - on campus and off. At MCPHS, you will find plenty of opportunities to get involved in campus organizations, and because we call the Longwood Medical and Academic Area home, you can also take advantage of opportunities to volunteer at local hospitals. All of these experiences will help you make friends, gain leadership experience, and adjust to life at college.

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