So you graduated high school. Now what? College is 3 months away, and it’s your job to make this summer amazing while also preparing for college! This list of 8 things to do the summer before college will get you on the right path!
- Get a part-time job! When college starts, you’re going to want spending money, for late night froyo, lots of coffee, and movies. (Not to mention textbooks are pricy!) If you need it, work a full time job – I did, because I pay for all of my own schooling. But if you can, try to leave some time free. You won’t want to spend possibly the last summer in your hometown working the entire time!
- Find your roommate and start getting to know each other! It will be a lot less stressful if you know at least one person once you get to school! Even if it’s just a random assignment, make an effort to reach out and get to know them – you won’t regret it!
- Roadtrip! It doesn’t have to be big or expensive. Go somewhere with your best friends from high school – make memories to get you through those first few months of college when you miss everyone back home.
- DIY some projects for your dorm room! This page has some great ideas (although some are not realistic in terms of space – really? a plant stand?) And there’s tons of others online – just make sure you’re being realistic, make some small useful things. The last thing you’ll need in your dorm is a bunch of useless stuff taking up space!
- Make a goodwill deposit! Go through your closet – sort your clothes into things you wear, and things you haven’t worn in at least a month. Then go through it again. Be honest with yourself – you have a really small amount of space in college, don’t bring too much. While you’re at it, go through everything else you own! If you aren’t going to take it to college, do you really need it? It will make you feel great to eliminate so much stuff, and of course to drop it off at goodwill and give it to someone else. If you need a bit more cash, you could even sell it to a consignment store or have a garage sale!
- Go to your favorite local restaurants – I wish I had done this before I left for school. At first, dining hall food is awesome and there’s so many choices, until there isn’t. You’ll miss the chinese buffet down the street and the diner with the best BLT in the world. Go while you still have time. Take your grandparents with you (they’re going to see you even less once you go to school).
- Time for a social media cleanup! Those embarrassing photos from 6th grade, the whiny posts from 9th grade, the complaining about your job in 11th grade – its time to clean them up. Everyone you meet in college is probably going to want to add you on facebook, so it’s time to clean it up! This is the face you present the internet world, make it a good one! While you’re at it, make a linkedin! It seems a bit premature, but a really important part of college is preparing for your career, so start early! Get ready to add professors and friends as you grow your social and professional networks!
- Get accustomed to your new home! Between orientation and the internet, you should look into both your campus and the surrounding area. Scope out places to go, and try to get your bearings (so you aren’t the freshman wandering around with a map). Do your best to find out at least a little about the area (then you can impress your new friends with your hometown knowledge!)
These are just a starting point for what to do before you start college, but they’re a great start! Of course there’s many more nitty gritty details (dorm shopping, buying textbooks, and packing), but don’t you worry, I’ll be writing about all of those things so you know exactly what to do! Click follow so you can be the best prepared freshman out there!