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The transition from high school to college can be daunting for many students as they adjust to new responsibilities. High schools can help bridge the gap for students in the summer after graduation and through the first year of college, providing a source of support and information as students navigate a new environment.

Hermiston High School's Generation College club supports current high school students in the college application and admissions process. The club also connects with alumni who are now in college and supports their efforts with regular care packages and encouraging notes. Check out the video showing students baking cookies and treats for a Valentine's Day care package!

Sending care packages is just one way to support your high school alumni now in college. Other ideas:

  • Host a senior cohort night prior to graduation, in which students who will be attending the same college have an opportunity to gather and develop peer relationships that can be further developed and sustained throughout college.
  • Utilize social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) to build and maintain relationships. Consider having a “class of 20XX” group in which students can engage their friends and you can offer encouragement, tips, and reminders.
  • When on campus visits, invite alumni to share a meal with middle/high school students. Gather a group of 3-5 and ask them to host a panel discussion about life as a college student.


    The Transition to College Toolkit

    Get more ideas and ready-to-use resources! Our Transition to College Toolkit includes specific strategies to keep students and parents connected and includes customizable resources including postcard reminders, sample text messages, and suggested event agendas.