Your cap and gown are ordered. Your acceptance letter to your dream school is in your hand. With all the stress of high school done and a summer to adjust to the major life changes about to hit you, you may be left wondering, what’s next? If you are unsure where to start, here is a to-do list of how to prepare for your final summer at home before college.
1. Say Your Goodbyes
While you may be staying local for your college, your friends may not. The months leading up to the start of school should be spent enjoying the company of your high school friends. Plan a party, take a road trip, or explore each one’s new campus. It will bring you closer together while giving you some last moments to enjoy their company before you officially enroll in courses.
2. Get Your Records in Order
Your records and IDs are an essential part of college. Most schools have a special day or week in which freshman can gather to get all of this done, including registering for courses, taking pictures for your photo ID, and meeting with your official advisor. Skipping these days put you behind the pack or may mean missing out on dorm room picks, first choices of classes, or getting your meal plan set up.
3. Learn Some Life Skills
Your mom isn’t wrong when she says that she will not be around to do your laundry! If you are lacking a basic “home” skill such as washing your own clothing, cooking simple meals, or prioritizing your time, be sure to sit down with people who have the know-how to learn from their expertise. You’ll appreciate the education when it’s time to do your first load of laundry.
4. Start Shopping for your Dorm Room
Preparing to move into the dorm rooms can be intimidating. While some schools provide you with a comprehensive packing list, others may leave you blind about what is essential and what is not. Research your future dorm room’s setup and shop from there, making sure to grab enough appropriate bedding, linens, and classroom supplies.
5. Refresh on Tough Classes
With your course schedule set up and ready to go, you may be struggling to remember what you learned in Calculus 101 or the basics from that American History class from freshman year. No need to be scared if you’re feeling behind the pack. Remedial or review community college courses are a great way to ensure that you are on track to great grades and ensures confidence in the new classroom.
6. Relax and Enjoy!
Soon you’ll be transitioning from high school student to college undergrad. That alone can be stressful enough for many students. Make the most of your days relaxing and enjoying your freedom while you still can. Stress free time off is the perfect solution to any pre-college nerves that may be building up before you leave home.
What are your thoughts as you prepare to graduate high school and jump into the college world? Have you experienced this before? What kind of advice do you have to new undergrads?