Staying Ahead of the Game: Preparing for College During the Summer

Before entering college, summers typically consisted of relaxing with friends, time by the pool, and maybe a part-time job. But now, summers are different. For one, you’re leaving in two months, moving out on your own, changing your life forever. So, summer is really time to start preparing for this change. 101 Grads has a great list of everything you should do to get ready and here are a few of our favorites!

• Make a list: You should list out exactly what you need to bring, what you need to leave home, and what you need to buy for your dorm room. Include all personal hygiene products, school supplies, books, etc. Take it from someone who over-packs every year– make a list, it’s necessary!

• Apply for scholarships: It’s never too late to apply so just do it! It can’t hurt.

Make a list…and include everything!

• Open a checking/savings account: Open up an account at a bank on or near campus. This will help you avoid pesky ATM fees if your current bank isn’t local. Two dollars here and there for ATM charges add up quickly.

• Talk to your roommate: Check out my previous post on how to break the ice and build a relationship with your roomie.

• Start saving money: Enough said.

• Make sure you go to your orientation: Orientation is a great way to learn what’s going on at your new school. Also, check their website and your student portal a few times a week. They will post announcements there, as well.

We all know that leaving for college is exciting, and a bit surreal, but there if you stay organized you’ll be good to go!

Written by Guest Blogger, Maria Cafferata

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