You’ve been accepted, you know where you’re going, you might even have summer welcome dates and know when you’re moving in.
Everything seems to be falling into place. So Now what?
The summer before college can be fun or stressful; it all depends on you.
1. Clean out your closet. This way you have space to reinvent your style, and what a better time to do that than the summer before you leave for college! Throw out the miniskirt that you bought your freshman year that is so four years ago. Make piles of keep, donate and trash . The keep is obvious (clothes that are approved.) Donate clothes that either don’t fit or that you think someone else could get use out of, but anything with rips or stains? Trash for sure. Buy some more polished jeans, a few nice blouses, check out thrift stores for some funky wears, and you have yourself a college ready wardrobe!
2. Connect with your roomie! Not only can you get to know each other before you’re living with each other, but you can also figure out who is bringing the mini fridge or the microwave, eliminating the possibility that you might accidentally bring two of any item (there really is no need for 2 microwaves, now is there?) You can also figure out the other’s style and their theme, so that your polka dots don’t clash with her chevron!
3. Go dorm shopping! Whether you’re living on campus or not, it’s still a big jump from living with your parents. You’ll need new things. A shower caddy and robe, for instance, will be handy if you don’t have a shower in your dorm room. Pinterest is a great way to get dorm ideas, such as lofting your bed and putting a hammock underneath it, but double check to make sure that what you want to do is in agreement with your school’s rules. Check out this guide to dorm life for some more tips.
4. Get to know your school! Research different student groups, traditions, restaurants, etc. If you have your schedule, pull up a map of the campus and begin to figure out your daily routine. Check out your dorm. If your school’s Residential Life department has accounts on any social media platforms, check them out.
5. To rush or not to rush? Greek life is a large aspect of life at many colleges, but you shouldn’t feel bad if it isn’t for you. Research your school’s Greek life prices and requirements to decide whether or not you want to go Greek.
6. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice! If you have anyone in your family or close circle that went to the same school you’re going to be attending, or even just went away to college in general, don’t be afraid to ask them for advice; I’m sure they’ll be more than willing to lend their expertise to you!