Now that summer is in full effect, I thought I would write some tips for students to help you get ahead in your college career. Some of the best way to get transfer or graduation requirements out of the way is to take summer school. Summer school at Berkeley City College is about 6 weeks long. While most students jump at the idea of finishing a class in 6 weeks, keep in mind you are still covering the same amount of content. You are taking the material of a 16 week course and squeezing all of it into 6 weeks. So if you think summer school at a community college is going to be a breeze, be ready to work.
Other things that you can do to help you get ahead if you are looking to transfer to a 4 year university of college:
- Get an internship in a field you are interested in studying
- Do some volunteer work in the community
- Visit schools that you may be interested in attending
- Join a student organization or club
Most 4 year universities want to see that you have been a productive student outside of the classroom. They want to see your leadership abilities and your involvement on campus and in the community. The more you can show them you will be a contributing member of their community, the more likely your chances of being accepted are. Keep in mind, you want to maintain a high level of academic performance (G.P.A.) while being involved. Don’t sacrifice grades just so you get involved in a lot of activities. It’s better to get high grades and be involved in 1 or 2 things than lower grades while being involved in a million activities.