The time soon will arrive when incoming freshmen will get their first taste of life on a college campus.
The adjustment associated with the move from home to college will be exciting for some. Others may find the workload, responsibilities and expectations challenging, overwhelming and even intimidating.
Universities and colleges provide orientation classes and offer support services to address the changes in lifestyle. Families and friends provide support as well. Still, what are the best ways to make a successful transition from home to campus life?
How to localize
Use Twitter and Facebook to find incoming freshmen to interview. Create a community blog and ask a select number of freshmen to post their experiences for a semester or even the entire academic year.
Take an ASF approach to the topic and create a centerpiece that offers the top tips and advice for freshmen-to-be.
Get feedback from area colleges and universities. What are the common pitfalls for first-year students? How can they avoid them?
Talk to parents of students heading off to school. How do they plan to support and help their children during this time of transition? How are the parents dealing with the empty-nest syndrome?
Talk with students a year or more removed from their freshman season. What insight and survival tips can they offer?