This post is all about 10 things incoming freshman need to do the summer before college.
Congratulations on making it through high school! I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t wait to graduate high school and go off to college.
You probably can’t wait to start college because you’re ready to be more independent and have more freedom! The summer before college can seem like a decade, but you should cherish that time before you begin your journey as a college student.
This post is going to show you 10 things to do the summer before college to maximize your time and best prepare for college. So let’s get started!
10 Things to Do the Summer Before College:
1. Have Fun!!!!
It’s true what they say – once you get to college your time will be very limited. While you do have more freedom, you also have a lot of responsibility.
Make sure you have fun in the summer before college!
Try new things, pick up new hobbies, travel to new places, and go out with your friends from high school. After all, you all may not be attending the same college.
2. Work and Save Your Money!
The broke college student life is a real thing.
Make sure you earn some extra cash during the summer and save it for emergencies or late night food cravings in college.
Once you start classes, you’re going to be very stressed out at some points in the semester.
Take the time to relax and catch up on some zzz’s in the summer before you start college.
4. Sign up & Attend Orientation
This process is mandatory at most universities for incoming freshman.
Tip: the earlier you get this out of the way, the better. They may have free items that they give out, and students who attend the later orientations may not get them.
5. Research Your Professors
You’re probably going to have to select your classes at orientation so you won’t get much time to research your professors. However, after you’ve done so, you can always go back to your school’s portal and change it.
Use RateMyProfessors.com to see what other students are saying about the professors at your university before you register for classes. Trust me – it’s a lifesaver!
6. Get Dorm Room Inspo on Pinterest & Start Shopping!
I’d highly recommend using Pinterest to find inspiration for your dorm and then make a list before you start shopping. Otherwise, you’ll waste a lot of money on things you don’t need, or waste time at the store.
Check out dorm room decor boards on Pinterest like this one to get some inspiration.
You should also sign up for Ebates to save money and get cash back on all your dorm room shopping this summer, both in store and online!
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7. Update Your Resume
You’re most likely going to applying for a new part-time job closer to your college. You’re also going to have to submit your resume to join some organizations on campus, get internships, and apply for scholarships.
Rather than wait until it’s requested, update it ahead of time to speed through the application process!
8. Reach out to your Roommates
If you got assigned random roommates, it’s a good idea to reach out to them before you move in. Ask them relevant questions about sharing, privacy, guests, etc.
9. Learn how to “Adult”
I’m not sure if you’ve realized this or not yet, but you’re not going to wake up to your laundry being washed and folded like you did when you were living with your parents. Your dinner also isn’t going to make itself.
Talk to your parents or look up videos on Youtube on how to do essential things like cook, laundry, make a doctor’s appointment, budget, and more because you’re going to have to do it at some point!
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10. Prepare for Classes + Set Your Calendar
I’d highly recommend printing out or saving your class syllabi and schedules on Google Drive to stay organized.
Read through any notes and instructions your professor posts or emails to prepare for your class. This is important because some professors may have a summer reading assignment.
After you get your class schedule, add all your assignment due dates and your new schedule on your Google or Apple Calendar (with reminders and alerts) to stay on top of all of your assignments!
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