Even though Fourth of July fireworks are still fresh in our minds, most stores have already started advertising their Back to School sales. It might be hot and muggy outside, but fall is rapidly approaching. If youre a recent high school graduate, college will be here before you know it!
Below you can find a list of 10 things to do during your last summer before college. In just a few short months, youll be in the midst of classes, term papers, and exams. Dont let yourself look back and wonder what the heck you did all summermake your last summer before college a good one!
If youre going away to college, congratulations! Whether youll be an hour away from home or living across the country, its going to be an exciting experience. This summer, create a list of things you love to do in your hometown, or a list of things youve always wanted to do but never had the chance.
Go ahead and visit that museum or eat at that fancy restaurant during your last summer before collegeafter all, who knows when youll have the opportunity to do it again?
Its an overused cliché, but going to college really does open new doors. If youre going to have the world at your fingertips, do yourself a favor and conduct some research before you get to collegeeven if you have a potential college major (or majors) in mind.
Learn what classes are required to earn a degree in your hopeful field, and try to find out exactly what a particular career involves. Being a newscaster sounds like fun, but whats it really like? Is being an elementary school teacher really all its cracked up to be? Its a good idea to try to find out some answers now, before you spend time earning a degree you wont ever use.
Considering the fact that youll be taking classes there this fall, youve probably already taken a campus tour. Even so, if youre able to, visit your new school again during your last summer before college. Take another guided tour, or wander around and explore on your own (during daylight hours, of course!) This will be your home-away-from-home for the next few years, so get familiar with it before you arrive for classes. If youre too far away, check out photos and maps on your colleges website. Many of them even offer virtual tours.
Facebook makes it easy to stay connected with just about anyone, but you might not get to see your best friends as often as youd like, especially if youll be attending different schools. Be sure to spend some quality time with your high school friends during your last summer before college. You might not think so now, but youll be a changed person when you come home for Thanksgivingand so will your friends.
Your entire wardrobe wont fit in a dorm room closet, and the majority of colleges and universities have pretty strict rules regarding what you can and cannot bring to the residence hall with you. Find out what will be provided (a bed, desk, and chair will most likely be in the room when you get there) and figure out what youll need to pack. Creating a thorough packing list during your last summer before college is a lot easier than scurrying around with a suitcase the day before you have to leave.
If youre going to have a roommate, your college probably gave you their name and some sort of contact information. Give them a call, send them an email, or friend them on Facebook, and after youve gotten to know one another somewhat, figure out who should bring what. You dont want to wind up with two mini-fridges and no microwave!
The best things in life might be free, but being a college student is expensive. Yes, even if Mom and Dad are forking over whatever your financial aid didnt cover. Your dorm and meals will probably be paid for somehow, but youll still need books and school supplies, day-to-day necessities like toothpaste and makeup, food for your dorm room, money for going out, clothes, and other incidentals.
If you have a job during your last summer before college, its in your best interest to start saving for the fall semester.
Coinciding with number 7 above, try your hardest to create a realistic budget. What do you have to buy on a regular basis? (Deodorant, stamps, shoes, anything that runs out or wears out quickly.) What are some big purchases that see in the future? (Laptop? New phone?)
Figuring out how much money you realistically need to survive is the easy partsticking to that budget and somehow having enough money to do so is the hard part.
They might be driving you nuts right now, but spend some time with your family during your last summer before college. Youll miss them when you least expect it.
If youve managed to tackle most of this list, congratulations! Now its time to have some fun and relax a bit before you head off to collegeyoull have a jam-packed calendar before you know it! Be sure to stop by www.StateUniversity.com for helpful tips whenever you have a question about college.
Melissa Rhone earned her Bachelor of Music in Education from the University of Tampa. She resides in the Tampa Bay area and enjoys writing about college, pop culture, and epilepsy awareness.
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