First of all, congratulations, Class of 2018! It’s finally over, and soon you’ll get to do it all over again. Let’s get right to it with 10 things you can do the summer before college starts.
- Get a job and learn about finances
I recommend getting a part-time job so that you’ll have spending money for school. Going to college is already quite an adjustment, it’d be great to alleviate the financial burdens. Consider babysitting, retail, food service, tutoring, and clerical work. I would also start learning more about finances like how budgeting and investments work.
Alleviate the financial burdens of tuition.
Make up for lost time or get a head start for when you lose countless hours during school (kidding…).
Start getting into the habit of exercising regularly if you don’t already. Your school may provide free gym service, which you can soon take advantage of. Not to mention, it will be a great stress reliever once classes start.
- Have a road trip with friends
Reinforce the relationships with your high school friends while experiencing more of the world. Win-win in my book.
- Spend time with your family
Spend time with your family while enjoying your favorite local hubs before you go away for a while. Trust me, you’re probably going to miss them more than you expect (both your family and neighborhood). Go out to the movies, beach, local restaurants, and parks. Try some new places while you’re at it.
You’re going to miss them more than you expect.
- Get to know your future classmates
Get in touch with your future roommate(s). Getting to know them will make move-in less awkward and you’ll already have a friend on the first day. Also, take advantage of your class’s Facebook group. If you don’t have one, consider starting it yourself by contacting the school. You can also join different subgroups based on interests, background, and major. Just be sure to stay away from the group about inappropriate memes.
Read books, news articles, blogs, or really anything that has words. Keep your mind in shape while gaining new knowledge about the world.
- Watch movies and TV
This may be biased since I love Netflix but consider watching some classics over the break. It’s fun and gives you something new to talk about with people you just meet. Even if it’s something that literally only you enjoy, watch it while you still have time. (The Emoji Movie wasn’t that bad. I said what I said.) Invite friends or family over and make it a movie night. If you need something new, feel free to check out movie and TV show lists online.
- Get organized
Start maintaining a calendar and stay on top of your deadlines and appointments. Decide in advance what you want to take, what you want to leave at home, and what you want to throw away or donate. It’s not fun leaving something important behind.
- Fill out the necessary paperwork.
I saved the worst for last. There is a lot of paperwork to be done, so make sure you’re regularly checking your email. Check that your financial aid application went through, get your required vaccines and physical, fill out any waivers that you need, apply for scholarships, etc. Get into the habit of responding to emails and filling out paperwork promptly.
Have an amazing summer!
This blog post was written by Mariam Diallo