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Episode 25: Preparing for Your First Semester

September 20, 2021

When applying to college, so much of a high school student's experience is laser-focused on perfecting every step of the college application journey. As a freshman, you build your initial list of schools you want to explore. As a junior, you begin visiting schools and reaching out to admissions offices. And as a senior, you wait with anticipation for good news.

But the journey of preparing for college doesn't end with an acceptance packet.

There's a whole new set of challenges — and opportunities — once you arrive at college for your first semester. In this episode of College Admissions Insider, we'll dive into that exciting chapter.

We'll answer questions like: What is new student orientation really like? How does a first-year student make friends, find their classes and get help if they need it? And what can high school students do right now to prepare themselves for their first semester?

Our guest is Adrienne Jensen-Doray, Bucknell's director of first-year experience and orientation.

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Episode 25 Transcript

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