4 Ways To Prepare For College

The last semester of high school and the subsequent summer before college are an exciting and busy time for many students.

There’s the endless packing, buying of supplies and general preparations for your new life in college.

However, if you’re not going away, or you’re extremely eager and get everything done in a month, the time left over can seem endless and dull.

What are you supposed to be doing? There has to be something you can do to fill the time in between naps and obsessive Facebook checks.

There is! In fact, there are many things you can do in the weeks or months leading up to the start of college.

  • Volunteer or Work

Whichever one you choose is really up to you, either one will work; the idea is to get a feel for the world outside your home and school. Getting a job or volunteering forces you to meet different people and teaches you important skills such as patience, teamwork and most of all, responsibility. And as if all that weren’t enough, it’ll look great on your resume!

  • Read

Now that you don’t have your teachers forcing you to read “school books”, you can finally read something you actually find interesting. It doesn’t even have to be a novel; it can be a biography, a collection of essays or even the newspaper.

It’s just important that you read in general, not just because it’s a great way to expand your vocabulary and use your brain, but because you’re going to be doing tons of reading in college and you may as well get used to it now.

  • Exercise

Many students dread the infamous “freshman 15,” but they don’t realize that they can stop the weight gain before it even starts. If you begin training and eating right before you leave for college, by the time you get there it’ll be a part of your everyday life.

Instead of having to make time to exercise, you’ll naturally work it into your day and you’ll already know what foods are best for you and which ones to avoid. You don’t even have to go to the gym for hours every day or stop eating bread forever; just an hour of exercise at least 4 times a week and making sure your diet is balanced will be more than enough.

  • Learn To Cook

This is probably the best thing you can do for yourself. Knowing how to cook basic meals will save you a whole lot of money down the road. In addition to the money saved, there’s also the fact that home cooked meals are always healthier than store bought or restaurant food, (unless you’re deep frying Oreos at home, but that’s not the kind of cooking I had in mind.)

Things like chicken dishes, pasta, salads, rice and all breakfast meals are simple enough to learn and to make. Learning to feed yourself is the most basic skill and the most necessary; you don’t want to depend on Taco Bell for the rest of your life, do you?

There are many other things you can do to occupy yourself for the next few months of relative leisure, these are just some of the more important and helpful ones. Not only are these things that will keep you from going insane with boredom, but they will all help to prepare you for your new life on your own.

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Mercedes Espinoza

Mercedes Espinoza

Mercedes Espinoza is a senior at Florida Atlantic University pursuing a degree in Multimedia Journalism. Although reading is her first love, writing is a close second and she can usually be found with her nose in a book or hunched over a laptop typing away. Outside of school and work, she’s interested in all things fitness as well as continuing to grow an already massive nail polish collection.