The Summer Before College: Taking Care Of Business
Spring Break is right around the corner, but after that summer will be fast approaching. Of course you have your own vision of your final summer before college. However, I hope to get you thinking about a couple imposing circumstances and preparations that must be completed before you set off on your college adventure.
- Saving Cash
First of all, if you’re planning on just coasting through summer on your parents coat tails and soaking up the sun, you may want to get started mowing lawns, babysitting, or searching for any other seasonal student occupation. The more money you make and save the more you’ll thank yourself in a couple months.
Work as much as possible, even if it means having two jobs. Over the summers I am fortunate to have a job as a laborer for an asphalt factory. It’s 50-60 hour work weeks and no Saturdays, but come August I am brimming with the satisfaction of being able to live a bit more comfortably than my peers. Plus, it’ll keep you busy and on schedule until the fall.
- Read Up
This doesn’t mean get to the nearest library and work on the librarian’s summer reading list. It means take the time to look into some of your classes you may be taking in the fall and reading a bit on your major.
This will either give you a head start compared to others in your program or give you time to deliberate if this is what you really want to major in. This is the boat most people going into college are in. In that case, use the time to explore different areas and get a feel for what your options are. It will be invaluable to you later on when you are trying to make your decision.
- Tie Loose Ends
This encompasses a variety of different aspects. It can mean an unfavorable situation among friends that needs amending, something as simple as closing a bank account you won’t be using anymore, or making sure you have all the necessary information and paperwork in to receive your financial aid.
Most likely, this will be epitomized in a running list of things to take care of before you depart off to school. The sooner you get them taken care of the better because you will either have to deal with them while you’re adjusting to college life (an already daunting task) or the next time you come making you’re hypothetical “break” more stressful.