How to Prepare the Summer Before Starting College

The summer in between high school and college can often be a confusing time. You don’t feel like a high school student anymore, but you have no idea what to expect from college. The following tips are ways to ensure you are fully prepared to start this exciting next chapter of your life.

The most important way to prepare for starting college is to go to your school’s orientation. Often students register for classes at orientation, so if there are many different orientation sessions, it’s a good idea to register to go as early as possible.

The orientation should provide you with a clear idea of what to expect regarding classes, advising services, meal plans, and more! It’ll also give you a good way to become familiar with your college’s campus, which will most likely be your home for the next four years!

It’s also a good idea to shop for dorm necessities! Good bedding, lamps, and toiletries are important to making the move into the dorm as comfortable as possible.

Another good way to make sure you’re ready to move away from home is by making appointments to go to the doctor and dentist. Making sure you’re healthy while your at home and have access to familiar facilities will be a lot easier over the summer in your home down than it would be at a school’s health clinic in the middle of finals.

While the transition from high school to college is a big one, if you dedicate time during the summer to making sure you’re as prepared as possible, when college starts you’ll be thankful. Rather than scrambling with last minute shopping, you can focus on making friends, getting ahead on school work, and making sure your freshman year of college is as great as it can be!

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