Preparing for College can be an extremely exciting, yet overwhelming task. Like most major things in life, you won’t really know what you are getting into until you have started. There are, however, a few simple things you can do to help yourself prepare for college and the semester ahead.
Memories Last a Lifetime
The summer before your freshman year is a great time to start preparing for college. If you are heading out of state, you may feel as though all your time needs to be used to make memories with family and friends. However, in the midst of your last “hoorahs,” you should also find a job so you can put some money aside for the fall semester. College gets expense; even if your parents are helping you. So why not make it a little easier on yourself (and them) by having a summer job. Whether you are lifeguarding, waiting tables or doing something that relates more to your major, you will certainly be thankful for the money once school begins.
Give Your Brain a Boost: Read for Pleasure
Another thing you can do to help with preparing for college is to spend a little time each day reading. Even if you just spend 30 minutes reading through your gossip magazines or the most recent edition of Men’s Health, you will help in preparing for college life. Higher education comes with a lot of reading material and it needs to be done in a short amount of time. If you get use to reading on a daily basis, you will find that it is easier to keep up with reading for classes (though I don’t make any promises that the material will be as interesting as what is in your magazines).
Socialize With Your Peers and Those Who Experienced College
Finally, help yourself to know what to expect in college by talking to students who have already finished their freshman year. There is no greater source of information than someone who has already done what you are preparing to do. So talk to your older friends or try meeting up with your resident advisor. They will all have a ton of information on professors, classes and the best place to get coffee. You can also try locating your future roommate or other future freshman like yourself on Facebook. If you know even one other person before heading off for your fall semester you will likely feel a hundred times better about going.
So put yourself out there and get excited, the next four years are going to be some of the greatest, fastest, most memorable years of your life.