For many high school seniors about to don their caps and gowns and walk across the graduation stage, this summer will mean more than time spent by the pool or working part-time jobs – it also means preparing for college. There’s plenty to do over the next few months as you get ready to embark on this life-changing journey, so the sooner you start, the better!
Create a budget
Getting ready for college requires incurring many expenses that you didn’t need to think about while you were in high school, from the cost of textbooks to a laptop computer or furnishings for a new apartment. Before going on a shopping spree, budget out how much money you’ll need during the school year, and decide whether or not you will need to apply for student loans.
Make a to-do list
You’ll have plenty to do to prepare for college this summer, so write out a list to make sure you don’t leave anything until the last minute! If you’re going out of state for school, you’ll definitely want to spend your final weeks at home hanging out with friends and family, not frantically rushing around town as you prepare for the big move.
Keep your mind sharp
College courses can be challenging, so the less knowledge you lose over the summer, the better. You can keep your mind sharp by doing something as simple as Sudoku or crossword puzzles. If you know what your major will be, browse through the textbooks you’ll be using in the fall to get a better idea of what to expect.
Sign up for orientation
If you haven’t done so already, don’t forget to sign up for orientation! You may think you learned all you need to know on your campus tour, but it’s not true. Orientation is the perfect time to meet other students who you’ll be attending college with in the fall, and you’ll need to be present to sign up for classes.