10 Things You Need To Do Before You Leave For College

Do you feel like you have a million things to do before college? And do you feel like there’s no way you’re going to get them done even if you devote every second in the day to them? On top of that, you likely have friends, family, former teachers, and guidance counselors adding additional things to your list. So, I get that you might not want to hear me suggesting things to do. But, I’m trying to make your life easier.

I understand that life before going to college is busy AF. I’m going to focus on key things that if you do them now and your life will be a little easier when you actually get to college. Trust me. You’ll have enough other admin to worry about so you’ll be glad these things are sorted. Here are 10 things that you should do before heading off to college to make your life so much easier.


Contact Your Roommate

It's likely you have a roomie and even more likely that you don't know who she is. Break the ice and contact her. It will hopefully make you feel more comfortable and you can start to build a relationship. Contacting your roommate before move-in day is also a wise thing to do because you can coordinate your packing lists. You don't want to store two vacuums in your dorm because you both brought one.

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Take Time To Focus On Your Health

Some people suggest going to the doctor before going away to school. It's a good idea, but I didn't want to restrict it to just that. I want you to look at all aspects of your health from mental to physical to emotional. You know better than anyone else what that involves. It could mean finding about the health facilities on and around campus. It could mean ensuring you have enough of your medications to last until the winter break. It could be curbing your stress and relaxing. Just make sure your health is top priority. You want to be at your top of your game when you go to school so you can hopefully keep your health up.

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Ensure You're Registered For The Right Classes

It might seem obvious, but it needs to be said. There are a lot of classes to choose from and you need to make sure that they meet all your requirements. Plus, some classes can get canceled or switched. You don't want to find out too late that your schedule doesn't work. Check and recheck it. You'd be surprised the number of college students who are in their final year and suddenly realize they missed taking an essential course to graduate.

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Get All Of Your Paperwork In Order

There's a lot to pack for move-in day, especially paper work. There's instructions on what to do during move-in day, orientation forms, course forms, financial aid forms. And then we get into your personal documents you might always have like insurance, health forms, passports, resumes. Do not leave it to sort at your dorm when you're unpacking. That leaves plenty of opportunity to forget to pack something. Sort your stuff out now.

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Consider And Sign Up For Orientation Week Activities

What some people don't realize is that you can sign up for orientation week activities before orientation week at a lot of schools. If you've been getting emails from your college and dorm, read them because they likely contain information. Some of the activities might have deals or they could reach capacity before orientation week rolls around so it's best to act now.

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Plan Your Budget

You've got a million things to do when you actually get to class. You do not want to be worrying about how much you can spend on lunch. Plan a rough budget now of how much money you have and how much approximately you can spend per day, week, month, whatever. Things might change depending on how much your supplies cost or when you realize the prices of things, but at least you will have a guide to go off of. And it will hopefully save you from going crazy.

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Start A Packing List

You might want to start packing, but before you get out the suitcase, start with a list. An easy thing to do is write down the things you use on a daily basis. You'd be surprised how easy it is to forget some of them when you're packing — especially when you're stressed. A list makes it a breeze for future return trips to school and even vacations. And you can reference it when unpacking and moving back home.

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Update Your Resume

Whether you plan on applying for a job or not when you go to school, it's a good idea to update your resume. First, you'll have more time over the summer to do it. Furthermore, your summer job and high school stuff with still be fresh in your mind. When you have stuff to add from college, you can easily plug it in without messing with the format. You also never know when you might need it for applying for something at school or for your courses.

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Ensure Everything Is In Order With Your Financial Aid

You do not want to be the person calling their parents bawling that you need to come up with $10,000 within 48 hours because there was some screw up with your financial aid. You might think that everything is in order, but it never hurts to check and check again. Make sure. We're likely talking about a good chunk of change. And human error happens. Think of the thousands of students at your school. You don't want to be part of the handful that got their financial aid messed up.

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Enjoy Yourself

You have a lot of business to take care of, but I also want to make sure that you enjoy yourself, too. This is your summer before going off to school if you're a freshman, so you will want to create memories with your friends. You also deserve some time to relax. You busted your butt to get where you are today and everyone deserves a break. Besides, taking a proper vacation means that you will be fresher when you start school.

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Do you have a to-do list before you go to college? Let us know in the comments!

 

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