You’ve got an exciting, new chapter of your educational journey starting with East Sussex College in September. It can be tricky starting something new, so here’s some tried and tested tips of things you can do over the summer to prepare you for college life.
Being organised is the key to having a stress-free start to college, so getting your stuff in order can be really helpful. Sorting the basics including pens, pencils and notepads, and the course specific equipment such as uniforms for example, can really help to feel prepared ahead of week one.
Aside from basic equipment, it can be really useful to plan your travel routes and learn a bit more about the area around the campus. If you’re taking the bus or train, make sure you take a look at timetables, check where your nearest stop is, and plan your route.
If you’re getting the train to college, be sure to check out the 16-17 saver railcard which gives you 50% off your rail fares, and costs just £30 a year: www.16-17saver.co.uk.
To help you feel more comfortable and at ease on your first day of college, it certainly helps if you can meet your tutors and classmates.
Your tutor will have set up some summer activities that you and your peers can engage in together. It can be a good ice-breaker!
It’s always a good idea to keep your mind engaged so you aren’t in shock when you get back to college in September! Simply suggesting reading can be boring for some, but it’s always worth engaging with different forms of media related to your course. Whether that’s following interesting people on social media related to your chosen industry or reading blogs/articles - it’s up to you!
By doing this you’re almost absorbing information without noticing, which is great preparation ahead of starting college.
As a student you can take advantage of many different initiatives and discounts that are FREE! Once you have received your college email address, you can sign up to lots of different apps that can give you discounts on a wide-range of things, from clothing and food, to stationary for the upcoming academic year.
One of the better apps to download ahead of starting college is UNiDAYS, which you can download on your phone and take advantage of a variety of discounts at the tip of your finger!
One of the best and easiest ways to prepare for college is staying up to date with the latest college news. Make sure you follow ESC’s socials @WeAreESCG on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to be one of the first to know any information that may be important to you.
Keep an eye out for posts over the summer to help you as we edge closer to September and the start of your college journey. Most importantly, enjoy the summer! Make sure you take a well-deserved break, recharge, and do things you enjoy.
T-Level work placement leads to full-time employment for Education & Childcare student, Megan Hood.
East Sussex College Performing Arts Alumnus, Harry Goodson-Bevan, has excelled in the theatre/acting industry since leaving the College, and is now starring in the Saturday Night Fever Musical playing the role of Bobby C!
Prospective students are invited into the College to find out more about the courses available, meet staff and current students, and get a feel of the campuses.