Did you receive some good news recently? Admitted to graduate school?
Here are three ways to prepare yourself for fall.
1. Read the news (and anything else you can get your hands on)
Knowing what’s going on in the world is important. Not only will it help you connect with your new classmates, but it will also provide depth to your studies ― you’ll be able to use current events in your class discussions and assignments.
2. Network with others in your field
Look at networking as an opportunity to discover something new about each person you talk to. Ask thoughtful questions to promote conversations about things you have in common like favorite sports, food, movies and books. You might want to shy away from charged topics such as religion, money, and politics.
Networking isn’t about asking someone to hire you or looking for a way they can help your career; it’s about finding a connection and building a relationship.
3. Set goals for the year
It’s important to set a goal for your first year. It could be to go to one academic or professional club event each week, or to take on a leadership role, or anything else you can think of! You can achieve any goal by having a clear and developed plan. By being thoughtful and focused, you will be able to concentrate on things that are beneficial to you and will make your experience in school rich and meaningful.