In mid-August 2018, over 300 of Let’s Get Ready‘s incoming college students throughout the Northeast attended Transition Day events featuring workshops, panels, and activities to prepare for their freshman year. The events were set up for alumni of the College Access Program, which provides free SAT prep to students from historically underserved backgrounds and assists them with applying to a well-matched school. Students left the event knowing what to expect during their first year of higher education and equipped to meet oncoming challenges with road-tested strategies.

Let's Get Ready staffers and students pose for the camera.
A Let's Get Ready staff member runs a "Finding your people/Belonging" workshop as students look on.

Installments of Transition Day took place at Colby College in Waterville, ME, CUNY Hunter Brookdale Campus in New York City, NY, the Epiphany School in Dorchester, MA, and at the Yonkers Partners In Education in Yonkers, NY. The students split off into groups and rotated between alumni panels, workshops on maintaining a “growth mindset” and managing life transitions. Students also participated in Grad Bag, a green initiative, where they had their pick of free, recycled dorm supplies including sheets, pillows, rugs, storage shelving, and more.

Daniella Valladares, who will be heading to the New York City College of Technology to study Radiologic Tech and Medical Engineering, attended the New York event, and was especially pleased by the alumni panels. “All my questions were answered,” she said. “My favorite part was hearing them share their experiences. They came from all different backgrounds, but went through a lot of the same things,” she adds. She found their advice on applying for internships and maintaining a positive outlook particularly helpful.

Valladares was also pleased with the new desk and lamp she received from Grad Bag.

Many students sported t-shirts and hats from the colleges that they’ll be attending which included longtime Let’s Get Ready partners such as Bowdoin College, Brown University, Harvard University, Hostos Community College, Northeastern University, and UMASS Dartmouth.

Let’s Get Ready wants to thank all the students, alumni, partnering organizations, volunteers, and staff that helped to make our Transition Day events such great successes. Please enjoy photos from the events below.

From New York City’s Transition Day at Brookdale Campus:

From Boston’s Transition Day at the Epiphany School:

From Waterville’s Transition Day at Colby College: