Connecting students to post-secondary education

Hello TRIO Talent Search Seniors

Welcome to the May edition of TRIO Connect. This month we will cover the following topics:

  • SSS Programs in college
  • How to prepare for college over the summer
  • Tips for your first year of college

SSS Programs

Since you are a part of Educational Talent Search, you can be a part of Student Support Services in college. SSS provides many services to first generation students like academic advising, career counseling, tutoring, financial aid information/assistance and graduate school assistance. I highly encourage all of you to enroll in a SSS program at your college. Below is a list of schools in Wisconsin that have a SSS program. Be sure to ask about it when you attend orientation. Remember, you're a college student now, so you'll have to ask for these resources--but once you do they will do everything they can to help you!

(Don't see your school? Ask me about how to find resources on your campus!)

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How to prepare for college over the summer

  • Attend Orientation/Registration
  • Apply for the SSS program
  • Make sure you know how you are going to pay for college - accept/decline award package, loan counseling if needed
  • Get into the college mindset - once at college, you are in charge
  • Contact/get to know your roommate
  • Pack - check out your school's website for a list of what/what not to bring
  • Ask for help if you need it - contact the school or your TRIO Talent Search Advisor
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Tips for your first year of college

  • For many of you, this is your first time on your own. Make sure you have a system to keep track of class times and due dates. Include time for relaxation, sleep, and fun.


  • Get to know the campus - don’t be afraid to explore and see all that campus has to offer.
  • Use services offered by the campus - whether it is help with coursework, counseling, the fitness center, public transportation, or assistance finding a job you have paid for these services and colleges want you to succeed.
  • Get involved - Colleges offer numerous ways for you to get involved. Try new things, find a club/ organization that you enjoy, and don’t be afraid to take on leadership roles.

  • Go to class - Although people will tell you that going to class is “optional,” this is not true. The information being presented in class is important and may not be found anywhere else.
  • Participate and ask questions - It shows the professor that you are paying attention and will help you learn.
  • Accept constructive criticism - Criticism from professors is not personal. Their job is to challenge you and help you grow.
  • Be patient with yourself - You probably will make mistakes during college. You are not doomed. Correct these mistakes and make sure that you learn from them. This is part of growing up.
  • Don’t play the blame game - You are responsible for your learning. Keep track of your own grades. You should know if you are struggling in a class. If you need help, ask!