Tips for Freshmen

It’s July. High school graduation seems like yesterday and your college move-in day looms in the near future, though I’m sure it feels light-years away. Before you let the month slip away with outdoor picnics and amusement park trips, consider a few key things you can do now to be prepared for move-in day.

  1. Contact your roommate. You’ll have a lot of things to discuss, including which side of the room each wants, whether or not to bunk your beds, what each of you will bring, etc. Give yourself plenty of time before leaving to get everything sorted out.
  2. Purchase a computer. Your campus bookstore has special student deals, so the big decisions include “PC or Mac” and “desktop or laptop.” Consider your options now and if you have an idea of what major you’ll choose, see if the department has a computer recommendation on their website.
  3. Spend time with your family. Everything will change when you head out on your own, so take advantage of quality time before you bid farewell.
  4. Know what you can bring for your room. Consult your school’s website for a list of what you can bring and what is not allowed before you make any purchases. This will help you avoid having to make returns later and will cut down on over-packing.
  5. Attend freshmen orientation. If your school hosts events for incoming freshmen, make it a priority to go to one. It’s a great way to meet some of your classmates and can be helpful in learning more about the school. You may even be introduced to your new best friend!

Do you have summer time advice for future college students? Share what you have found helpful with us in the comments below!


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