Enjoyed your high school life? That’s good to know.
You probably had the time of your life during your prom and graduation. But you have to admit, you’re also stoked for college! More freedom, fun parties, college hotties to crush on, great co-curriculars and orgs are but a few things you are certainly looking forward to once you enter the university.
But don’t let your anticipation get the best of you. There’s still summer before college life that is waiting to be enjoyed. Here are five things to do before you move on to the university:
Enjoy quality time with your family and friends
While you are looking forward to a more independent living in a few months’ time, don’t forget to spend quality time with your family and friends.
You probably didn’t realize that going to college also meant leaving behind familiar faces and places. You know you’re going to miss them when you’re away. So, make this summer a blast and unforgettable! Gather your friends and plan a roadtrip. Go to the beach. Have a pajama party like you used to do back then. Or you can visit your favorite local burger joint and chat the time away.
Attend your annual family reunion, and reconnect with your cousins, aunts, and uncles.
Learn how to behave like an adult and gain life skills
You’ll probably miss your family more when you realize you’re going to do your own chores in your college dorm.
Laundry, cooking, housekeeping, driving, budgeting, even waking up for a quick shower in time for your first class--these are just some life skills you need to have before going to college. Learn how to wash colored and whites. Pay the kitchen a visit and cook a real meal. Make your bed once you get up.
Spend your summer practicing these skills, so you know you’ll be ready and independent when the school year kicks in.
Do some cleaning up
First off, do a closet raid.
Since you are now anticipating college life, you have to dress like it. No more frilly tops or baggy jeans if you feel like they do not represent the real you. Pick which clothes you are going to keep, and which ones you will give away or sell in a garage sale.
Also, remember to retain neat and polished pieces that you can wear to college or for your internship. You might want to invite your friends to make your closet clean up more fun. Second thing you might want to clean up is your Facebook timeline.
Just as you want your wardrobe to reflect who you really are, your Facebook page should do too, especially that it’s the go-to page for your new friends to get to know you.
Get to know the ins and outs of uni and your roommate
Don’t wait for the academic year to start to know your way around uni. Make sure you know the buildings and the ways you can get around campus. Check out the nearby places as well and familiarize yourself with the area.
As an incoming freshman, you are probably going to stay in an on-campus housing. The first college friend you will most likely have is your roommate. So before the college term starts, you might want to establish a friendly connection with the person you’re going to share your space with.
Search for him/her on social media networks, and drop a message to say ‘hi.’ It’s better to know whether the two of you will click, as living with someone you barely know can be challenging.
Prepare for your classes
The professionals at Online Essays Scholaradvisor have this awesome tip: better back up your anticipation with preparation.
As early as summer, some classes open for registration. It would be of convenience if you can register for classes as early as possible, since some classes might fill up fast.
If you are unsure of what subjects to take, you better consult your admissions counselor for some recommendations. Once you have worked out your schedule, you can now buy required textbooks and read up on summer readings.
Congratulations to making it into college! It is a huge leap, but you’ll be fine. Make the most out of it, and embrace its challenges. Cheers to more life adventures in college!
Laura Buckler is a freelance writer and personal tutor. One of her favorite things in life is reading fiction. She enjoys her work and life in general. Follow her on twitter.