Raysha Duncan Purdue University Student and Peer Counselor
You’ve got your college picked out and you know where you’re headed in the fall. You’ve probably looked into housing and now you’re just waiting to hear back who your roommate is for the year. Senior year is wrapping up, you’ve probably had prom at this point or are going to soon. Summer is on its way! Time to relax! … and freak out about heading to college in a few short months. Here are some things you can do to keep preparing for the big move:
Figure out the Finances
College is an investment. You will be spending a lot of money to get your degree, and you should make sure that you have the first year (at least) figured out before you head off to school. When you chose your college, you probably narrowed your choice down based on the financial aid award. Review that again and make sure you understand it. If you don’t, or want details on how to apply for loans, be sure to call your financial aid office for help. Don’t wait until the last minute to figure things out, know well in advance if mom and dad expect you to pay your half of the bill or how much you need to take out in loans.
Read About What to Expect as a Freshman
Everybody’s college experience is different. I didn’t live in a sorority, so I can’t advise someone on how to ‘go Greek’, but there are people out there who can. It may be summer, but doing some reading on what to expect in college (and how to stay healthy living in a dorm) can be helpful. Also, you’ll be bringing in lots of knowledge that your peers may not have giving you a quick way to bond with your dorm-mates by doling out all the knowledge you learned over the summer. Carly Heitlinger’s The Freshman 50 e-book is really helpful for students adjusting to college, and so are her blog-posts from her Georgtown days.
Enjoy a Final Summer of Freedom
Not to sound melodramatic, but this is the last summer before the rest of your life. You’re not in high school cramming in summer reading and working that awful summer job. And once you get to college, you’ll soon learn that your summers are all about getting ahead and you will actually be using them whether that be doing an internship or taking extra classes or working a part-time job in the field you’re interested in. So, this really is your last summer to do what you want to do with your time. You’re not working to get ahead or get in credit hours. Enjoy it! Lay by the pool, work a part-time job, have fun with friends you won’t see until next summer…just enjoy it.