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Important Things To Do Before College Starts

Important Things To Do Before College Starts

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Important Things To Do Before College Starts
To some, the transition from high school to college life is one of the most liberating and relaxing times in their life. The variety of amusements and endless possibilities embedded in it is certainly an experience of a lifetime.

However, while some students may be feeling optimistic and ready for this change, others may be struggling and overwhelmed with feelings of anxiety and worry for the change that is about to come.

For those who are stressing over this new chapter in their life, there are a lot of ways to prepare yourself for a smooth transition into college life. From researching your school environment to developing strong interpersonal skills, here are five important things to do before college starts.

Know Your School Setup 

For many colleges, their freshman year experience is very different and unlike the previous years. With health protocols and the implementation of social distancing, students can expect a grave shift to online classes. 

Before classes start, it is advisable for students to check their college’s website frequently for updates about their school setup and all the necessary technology they might need to complete their online courses. 

Plan Your Dorm Room

Another exciting aspect about heading to college is having the liberty to live in a dorm room. But just like your college classes, living in a dorm is also a learning experience. That’s why planning your dorm room is a vital part of your college life. 

You can start by looking for dorm rooms on your campus because it’s always cheaper. However, living off-campus with roommates that are similarly independent as yourself might just provide you a great nurturing environment. Think about what you need first and work from there.

Get To Know Your Roommate

College as a whole is an adventurous ride, but dorm life is a new adventure on its own. Once you move in, it is best to start everything on the right foot, and that is by getting to know your roommates. 

Finding common interests with your roomie will give you things to talk about. Whether it be music, movie, or arts, it will allow both of you to open yourself up and feel less awkward. However, while it’s always nice to hope for the best, the clashing of personalities is inevitable.

Attend Orientation

After having to settle everything else, it’s time to face the music of your college life. You can start by attending your college orientation for incoming freshmen. These are usually mandatory, so you don’t want to skip them. 

During the orientation, you should listen carefully because different information about the school system, rules, and activities are usually discussed. 

Organize Your Finances

Many students who attend college have never lived alone before, and since mom and dad won’t be there to help you every time, college becomes a welcome transition to living as an adult. 

It may not be the most enjoyable part of it, but one thing you need to do before college begins is learn how to manage your money well. Otherwise, unpleasant surprises could arise at the end of the semester. Before you can start budgeting effectively, you’ll need to understand the things you’ll need for the semester.

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