Getting Ready for College: 5 Key Things To Remember

Chances are, if you’re reading this post, you’re not in college yet.

Maybe you’re in your last semester of high school, or maybe you’re just researching really far ahead. If that’s the case, good for you.

I didn’t even know where I was going to school until the summer after senior year.  Getting ready for college is a big step in your life, and even after all of the preparation in the world, you may still not feel like you’re completely ready.

It’s like when you make lists of everything you need and pack very carefully for a trip, and as you’re pulling out of the driveway, you have that lurking feeling that you’re forgetting something important.

And that’s okay. College readiness is a tricky topic. As long as you have a basic grasp on these few things, you’ll be good to go.  Most of your real learning and preparation is done through experience.

Study Habits

Studying is a drag. You spend all that time at school, and the last thing you want to do when you’re at home is open your textbooks. It sucks, and nobody likes it.

But if you’ve come to terms with that and still have decent study habits, the transition from high school to college won’t hit you like a ton of bricks.

Sure, you’ll probably have to do more studying in college, unless you went to a super prestigious prep school like the one on “Gossip Girl,” but you’ll be able to ease into it easier than someone who never takes the time to study.


Just taking care of yourself health-wise is very important in college. It’s important to get plenty of sleep, eat (fairly) healthy, drink plenty of water between those energy drinks and coffees, and get your exercise in.

It’s tough sometimes, but your body appreciates it. If you’re living on campus, it’s also a very good idea to get a meningitis and HPV vaccine, because those diseases are most common in college students.

Time Management

Especially if you’re working in addition to going to school, time management is a very important factor in getting ready for college and how well you will do in your classes. You have to be able to squeeze in time to go to class, work, study, do homework, and have a bit of a social life.

At times it will feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to fit everything you need to do in, but tools like planners, organizers, and even the reminder setting on your phone will be very useful.

Money Management

Remember those days you used to spend shopping at the mall with your friends? Well look back fondly, BECAUSE THOSE DAYS ARE OVER.

Kidding, kind of.

There’s a reason for the stereotype of the “broke college student.”  Most college students are pretty darn broke. I don’t necessarily know what it is, but once you enter your first year of school, you will learn the value of a dollar.

You will learn all of the awesome things you can do with Ramen noodles, and you will start attending every event on campus that says “free food” on the flyer. So as you’re getting ready for college, you might want to start practice sticking to a budget.


Remember those days when you would go shopping for new clothes because you were running out of clean clothes because you just didn’t want to do laundry? Well, maybe that was just me.  But those days are over too. As you’re getting ready for college, ask your mom to teach you how to do laundry.

You’re a grown up, now. If you’re living on campus, you’re not going to want to drive home every weekend to have mom do your laundry, and there definitely won’ t be enough space in your dorm to keep loads of clothes so you don’t have to do laundry regularly.

It’s not hard, just read the directions on the detergent bottle and don’t wash reds and whites together. And if all else fails, call home for advice.

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Carmen Bojanowski

Carmen Bojanowski

Carmen Bojanowski is a senior at Eastern Michigan University, double majoring in journalism and communications. She writes for her college newspaper, mostly covering local bands and interns at 89x, a metro-Detroit radio station. She frequents the movie theater and when she has free time, she likes spend it with her friends. Carmen hopes to one day be a music journalist.