If you’ve just graduated from high school (or are about to graduate), and you’re next move is to be a college freshman, congratulations: you’re about to have a great summer! The summer before college starts is bittersweet and a little sad, but it’s also really exciting, because you have no idea what to expect next. Your whole life is about to change! That idea alone can cause you to do things differently than you would normally do, especially the last few months before it happens.
So, whether you’re going away to college or staying home as a commuter, there are some things you absolutely need to do during your last summer as a high school student (um, kind of). This is the last summer before you and your friends all go in different directions. It’s the last summer before people start seeing you as a real adult. It’s the last summer before everyone you know kind of changes a little bit. Not to freak you out or anything, but… it’s true.
Below is a list of 12 things you have to do the summer before you go to college. Doing all of this will make you better prepared for September and beyond, while also ensuring that you have some pretty great memories to hold onto. Have fun!
Figure Out A Way To Make and Save MoneyI know that working during the summer seems really boring, but getting a job now is something you'll appreciate come September. College is a lot of work, and it also demands a lot from your social life. Wouldn't you rather have money saved so you don't have to work as much during the school year? Get a part-time job and work as much as you can now. Source: ShutterStock
Reconnect With EveryoneMake a point to get together with every friend or close cousin at least once before college starts. Who knows when you'll see them next? A lot of people change in college, and they don't like to go back to their old ways. Or, sometimes people leave for a really long time. It's nice to spend as much time as possible with your high school friends before you guys split up. Source: ShutterStock
Make Sure Your Dorm Room Feels Like HomeYou might not be able to get into your dorm room until September, but you can get ready to make it feel like home as much as possible. Go dorm room shopping and focus on buying things that will make you feel comfortable and happy, not just things that will "look cool." Do some DIY - make a big photo collage of you and all your friends so you have something familiar to look at. Spend time crafting so that you can save a little money on stuff - DIY things also make any room look more cozy. Source
Spend Time With Your FamilyAs corny and lame as it sounds, you should focus on seeing your family just like you're focusing on seeing your friends. If you're going away to college, you're going to miss them a lot more than you think! Have family dinners once a week. Let your mom teach you how to cook basic meals for when you're on your own. Listen to your dad tell dad jokes. And visit your grandparents! Source: ShutterStock
Clean Out Your ClosetYour life is about to be different, so why not make your closet different too? Do this whether you're moving to school or not. Go through your closet and get rid of the things you're not going to wear anymore. Donate what's in good condition, or even try selling some stuff to make a little extra cash to buy new clothes. You could also try organizing a clothing swap with your friends. How it works: all of your friends get together, and each bring the clothes you no longer want. Then trade with each other! It's a free way to get some new clothes. Source: ShutterStock
Learn How To Do Basic ChoresDon't go away to school with absolutely no idea of how to do laundry.. unless you want to ruin all of your clothes. You should also know some other basic tasks, like how to fix a clogged toilet, how to put up shelves, and how properly clean a bathroom. It's good to be independent and know this stuff on your own. Here's a good list of other DIY fix-it tasks you should know. Source: ShutterStock
Actually Go To OrientationI know a lot of students who skip orientation, and I think that's a bad idea. Orientation might seem lame, but it's actually really helpful. Not only will you learn more about the school, but you'll also meet people. Even if the people you meet don't become your BFFs for the next four years, it's nice to know that you at least know a few people. It's very reassuring. Source: ShutterStock
Get OrganizedClasses are probably the last thing you want to think about, but you should try preparing as much as possible. Research your options for classes and pick exactly what you want (with backups) before you make your schedule. Look on teacher rating websites to see which professors are the best. Get all of your school supplies together instead of waiting until the last minute. Source: ShutterStock
Find Out Who Your Roomie Is and ConnectDon't wait until move-in day to meet your roommate. As soon as you can find out her name, connect with her. The good news is that social media makes this ridiculously easy. If you guys can meet up before you move in, do that! Or, just chat online and get to know each other a little bit. Source: ShutterStock
Have A Girl's Night Out With All Of Your BestiesGet all of your BFF's together for one big girl's night... and I mean just girls, no crushes invited no matter what. My friends and I always did this a few weeks before we left for school each year. We went out to dinner, then had a big sleepover. It was always so much fun, and it gave us a lot of great memories. Source: ShutterStock
Research Everything About Your SchoolI'm a big planner, so I research every place thoroughly before I go there. Look into your school! Find out what people say about professors. Search social media to get tips on the best place to get food, or the best place to go shopping. Do a little Facebook stalking. If you're moving to school, you should also research the area your school is in. Find out where the good, cheap restaurants are. Scope out some fun places where you can hang out, or scenic areas to relax. Be prepared! Source; ShutterStock
Relax and Have Time For YourselfDon't forget to enjoy your summer amidst all of the college planning. It's great to be organized and prepared, but you also need to chill out a little. Let yourself relax and be a bum before you have to worry about things all school year. Binge watch TV shows, go to the movies, sleep late, and take naps. Source: ShutterStock
Are you going to college in September? Are you excited? What’s on your bucket list for this summer? Tell me in the comments!