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 should not 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 change to better grasp how your time at UMBC is growing and shaping you.
So while you’re soaking up the sun this summer, here are some topics to reflect on:
Academically, what kind of year did I have?
- What were my successes and what were my challenges?
- Did I complete as many credits and courses as I had planned?
- Was there a particular class that gave me a new perspective?
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. Remember, Finish 15 to stay on track!
From a social/extra-curricular standpoint, what was my involvement like?
- Did I get involved on or off-campus in activities/events that interest me?
- How did I do balancing your social and academic life?
- What are my biggest takeaways from getting involved? What lessons did I learn?
What is my current satisfaction and confidence level with my intended major of study?
- What aspects of my major am I enjoying and what uncertainties do I still have?
- How does what I'm studying impact my future career goals?
- If you are still undecided or are considering changing your major: what steps can I take to make progress towards a decision?
Tip: Check out the self-exploration resources online via UMBC’s Career Center.
Financially, where am I right now?
- How did I budget my money during the academic year?
- Do I have concerns about paying tuition or funding other aspects of college
- Am I aware of the financial tools and resources available to me as a UMBC student?
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 need 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.