Get Ready For College With These Top 8 Strategies

Finally, high school is done and you have a few precious months to soak up some freedom before college begins.

Make sure that you have a great time while you are in between these worlds, but remember, there are some important things that you need to get done as well.

Here is a list of 8 things that you MUST make sure you do as you’re getting ready for college:

1. Contact Your Roommate:

  • You are more than likely going to spend at least nine months with this person, so it is important that you at least get to know them a little before embarking on that journey.  If nothing else, it is great to find out who will bring the TV, microwave and mini-fridge, so that you don’t have two of all of these large appliances taking up all of your space.

2. Talk to your Folks:

  • Before you leave it is important to make sure that you and your parents or guardians are on the same page about a few things. You should talk about expectations for how much time you will be spending at home versus at school, how you will get back and forth, whether or not you expect monetary contributions and how you will handle your financial aid situation. Having this talk ahead of time will help you avoid some conflicts throughout the year. 

3. Visit your campus:

  • I know, this one seems like a no-brainer but it must be said. Even if you know that you school has a great program for what you are studying, it is important that you take a tour to really find out if you can spend the next four years there. 

4. Understand your financial aid:

  • Financial aid can be tough and it comes with a lot of its own language. Before you go to school, it is important that you understand your financial aid situation, how much you will need to save to pay for the next semester and what sort of loans you will be looking at when the school year is over. 

5. Get a check-up:

  • While most colleges do have their own nurses available, it is best to manage any potential problems at home with a doctor who you are comfortable with. Get a physical done with all of the necessary blood work and get any annual or semi-annual tests out of the way. If you get your check-up done and your teeth cleaned in June or July, you will be all set for your six month check-up over winter break. 

6. Make a checklist and check things off:

  • It is definitely a bummer to get to school only to find out that you forgot half of the things that you needed. Make a list of items you need to purchase or bring to school and check things off of that list as you pack. Check out this list of things that are often forgotten.

7. Know your food situation:

  • Make sure you know ahead of time what sort of meal plan you will have and if there is any sort of kitchen in your dorm. Knowing what you can expect when you get there will help you decide what kind of food you need to purchase and whether or not you need a fridge, microwave or both. 

8. Develop a time-management system:

  • To make sure you have the best possible academic start it is important that you know how to handle your time. You will be surrounded by people your age, clubs, activities and sports. You MUST have a plan of attack to make sure you can handle your new social life and your academics.

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Amber Bray

Amber Bray

Amber Bray is a senior at North Central College studying journalism and graphic design. Apart from her classes Amber writes a relationship advice column, along with other pieces, for the North Central Chronicle. She also writes and designs for North Central’s online magazine, The Viewfinder. Amber is a trivia fanatic and in her free time she enjoys board games, reading and writing fiction, and spending time with friends and family.