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Are there any things that you must do the summer before you go to college?

I am a senior who will be graduating in June. I already sent in most of my enrollment forms to my college and registered for freshman orientation. Is there anything else essential I should be doing this summer to prepare for my first semester of college? Is it highly recommended to intern or volunteer in the summer? Or should I treat this summer as a regular one? #college #volunteering #summer

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Kim’s Answer

If you are going to be living on campus, you need to make sure you have all the stuff to furnish your dorm. Also, sit down and work on a budget. Make copies of whatever recipes you want to borrow from your mom.

If you will be commuting, see if there is a carpool matching service available through the school. Look for alternate transportation in case your car breaks down. Will you use Uber, city bus, or what?

Give some thought to a routine. You already have your classes? Figure out when you will do studying and homework. Sometimes you can get these out of the way between classes. If you work out, figure out where that fits in.

Shop for books. Will you use e-books, buy books, or rent them? There are some great on-line sources. Careful at the bookstore!

Get totally familiar with the school's website, e-mail service, and on-line learning platform.

That's what comes to mind for now. Also, a good backpack; sturdy collapsible umbrella, and lightweight foldable jacket. Most campuses have parking so far away that you will be living out of your backpack all day. Be prepared!

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Andria’s Answer

there are a lot of things you will get advice on, however do what is best for you. sit down and think about what you want to accomplish the first year. make sure you have good time management skills. you will be on your own to get to class, do your laundry, do homework, get friends in and of course any other extra curricular activies there may be.

the biggest mistake freshman make is not having a plan and working that plan. they go not sure what to expect and they get our of control. it is great to have fun and experience life on your own but remember what is most important and that is learning and making sure your grades are good. Time management is a huge downfall for some students as they dont know how to juggle all that is thrown at them. Dont be afraid to ask for help. know your parents are there to help and support you.

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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Galina! From my own experience I just made sure that all my FAFSA was in order, my medical records were sent, like vaccinations and any other forms the school needs, as well as making sure I knew which books to buy and the classes I will be taking. Usually classes start uploading a couple weeks before they begin (please do double check) and then you can see what books you need to buy; I would recommend to get a jumpstart on it especially as a freshmen. If you are dorming or will be commuting maybe get familiar with your roommates beforehand and have a good checklist to get all necessary things for your new room. For commuting get familiar with traffic and driving to campus! As a last note if you haven't already maybe tour campus by yourself a couple times, make sure where buildings are and where your classes will be held! For volunteering and internships if you have any opportunities on hand then check them out but if not, no worries! As you become more affiliated, you will be able to find more stable opportunities as well!

Best of luck!

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Karen’s Answer

Take time to enjoy and appreciate your family.  Chances are that you will have less time to be with them when you are busy at college.  There might be days when you miss your Mom or the fun little things you did with a sibling.  Create a few more memories to take along with you to school.

With every good wish!

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Sheila’s Answer

Hi Galina:

This is a great question and I'm glad to see you are thinking ahead. Here are some thing for your consideration.

1) By now, hopefully you've already visited the campus and dorm.
2) Start researching and packing the items you will need to take to college. You should've received a checklist in advance or online.
3) Research the clubs and organizations you may want to join.
4) Research the local area in case you want to get a part or full-time job.

Based on experience, these were some of the things that I did with my young adults and it helped made for a smooth transition to living away from home to campus life. Enjoy your summer as you step into a new chapter of your life. Best of luck to you!

~ Sheila

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Greg’s Answer

You may want to spend some time researching what types of groups and activities your school has to offer and maybe reach out to them over the summer if your school has that ability. Its nice to know some people on campus before you arrive so the transition to living away from home is a bit easier.