Back to School

“College is like a fountain of knowledge …and the students are there to drink.” – Unknown

Well…it’s about that time again. The time where students are gearing up to begin their first year of college or preparing to make it through their last year. This time of the year tends to evoke very anxious and exciting feelings in people…and for good reason! You’re ready to meet new people, take new classes, and discover a whole new world! Colleges all over the United States are responsible for making people feel this way. The first week of college is always different than the rest of the year and most places usually have a “Welcome Week” to help with the transition from Summer mode to School mode. While you’re transitioning, make sure you take some time to find the hot spots on and around campus to eat, study, and hang out with friends. Doing this while you have a little free time will give you a good kick start into the year! Also, if you happen to be going to college in one of the My Explore cities, you can download the My Explore Hertz NeverLost Mobile Companion which will give you the inside scoop on where to go.

University of Southern California

The University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities and it is located in Los Angeles. “With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge.” The “Welcome to USC” video provides an excellent idea of what arriving on campus is like. Taking the time to make sure you get all of the information you want and need about campus is a very important task that you should complete during your first week to/back to school. Learn about new developments, make sure nothing has changed, and see what all the school has to offer. From academics to extra curricular activities, USC has it all! The University of Southern California wants to make sure that you have an awesome Trojan experience, so make sure that you utilize the help that is offered in order for you to figure out what academic programs are right for you, as well as what activities you want to take part in.

Howard University

Howard University
 is a historically black college that is located in the heart of Washington, D.C. and was founded in 1867. According to Colleges-USnews, “Required courses include English composition and an Afro-American studies course, at the least. Students then have more than 80 majors to choose from, including Afro-American Studies, Greek, and Music Therapy. Outside of class, Howard students may choose to get involved in one of the school’s many fraternities and sororities, academic and professional organizations, or social clubs, among other student groups.” The educational experience that you can get at Howard University combined with the extra curricular activities that are offered makes this college seem like an amazing place to go! Whether you will be new to HU or a continuing student, you need to make sure that you take advantage of all the opportunities available to you. For instance, the 1st annual Suited Cabaret event will be on Saturday, September 1, 2012. This event is a post-game celebration after Howard University faces off with Morehouse College on the football field. According to Eventbrite, this event is the “ultimate networking experience” for both alumni and current students of various HBCU’s. A celebration like this would be the perfect time for you to meet people from Howard University and it would get you pumped up about the school year! It also gives you a little something to look forward to!

University of Miami

The University of Miami in Florida believes in the motto “Live to learn, learn to live.” The University’s “Life on Campus” video does a good job of making the campus seem like a place you want to be. It appears as if the people who go to the University of Miami have the opportunity to get an amazing education while also enjoying life outside the classroom. Who wouldn’t want that?  Finding the balance between personal activities and school activities is very important. That is one reason why the Student Life at UM seems so appealing. There are more than 200 student organizations as well as a very active Greek system at the University of Miami. There is also a campus cinema and a fitness center on campus, not to mention there are always various art/culture events and concerts going on. Many academic programs are available to choose from and students at UM are very close to the popular South Beach. What a perfect environment to learn and explore in!

Beginning a new school year is always a tough but exciting process. Making sure that the first week goes smoothly is very important because it sets the mood for how you will feel in the future. Take a deep breath if you feel overwhelmed and remember that there are people who support you! Each college experience will be different but they can all be fantastic! I hope everyone is ready for Fall semester, because it is fast approaching. Have a good school year!

-Melissa Woodring 🙂


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