As a college student, you can use the summer to re-charge. It’s also a great time to reflect back on the academic year and re-focus for what’s ahead.
This doesn’t have to be a formal process. It also shouldn’t cause you to feel anxious or overwhelmed at what might have gone wrong. Instead, look at this time of reflection as a learning opportunity, and a chance to better grasp how your time at UMBC is growing and shaping you.
So while you’ve got your feet planted in the sand and you’re soaking up the sun, here are some topics to reflect on:
1. Academically, what kind of year did you have?
- What were your successes and what were your challenges?
- Did you complete as many credits and courses as you had planned?
- Was there a particular class that gave you a new perspective?
Tip: Review your class schedule for fall semester and make sure it still makes sense given the academic year you just completed (i.e.- do you need to repeat a class? Are you enrolled in too many credits?).
Tip: Consider taking summer courses as a way to play catch-up or get ahead. Summer registration is still open and doesn’t require advising clearance.
2. From a social/extra-curricular standpoint, what was your involvement like?
- Did you get involved on or off-campus in activities/events that interest you?
- How did you do balancing your social and academic life?
- What are your biggest takeaways from getting involved? What lessons did you learn?
Tip: It’s never too late to get involved. If you are looking for opportunities on campus, be sure to check out the Student Involvement Fair early in fall semester. In the meantime, feel free to explore the list of on campus organizations here.
3. What is your current satisfaction and confidence level with your intended major of study?
- What aspects of your major are you enjoying and what uncertainties do you still have?
- How does what you are studying impact your future career goals?
- If you are still undecided or are considering changing your major, what steps can you take to make progress towards a decision?
Tip: If you are still exploring career options related to your academic major, spend time this summer talking to people who have careers that interest you.
Tip: Check out the self-exploration resources online via UMBC’s Career Center.
4. Financially, where are you right now?
- How did you budget your money during the academic year?
- Do you have concerns about paying tuition or funding other aspects of college?
- Are you aware of the financial tools and resources available to you as a UMBC student?
Tip: Check out the status of your student account on myUMBC (under the topic Billing & Personal Finances) to be sure everything is in order.
Tip: Explore the Financial Smarts @ UMBC website for great information on financing your education, living on a budget, and the concept of credit.
Finally, if you feel you are in need of support this summer, please know that UMBC is still up and running! While many faculty members will not be on campus, and staff might have limited hours depending on vacation schedules, campus offices are still open and available to assist students.