The summer before college can make you panic and stress over this big new milestone. In a span of 3 months, you’ll have to tie up all loose ends, prepare yourself for the “real world,” and say goodbye to the many routines and rituals you’ve grown accustomed to.
It can feel like a lot of pressure, which is why it’s important to get organized and pinpoint what’s most important to you while preparing for college.
Here are a few key things you should do to prepare yourself for what’s about to come:
1. Learn life skills
Going off to college is no joke. It’s going to be an entire lifestyle change, from your financial situation to your living arrangement. Picking up a few practical skills and habits over the summer can help make that big shift as seamless as possible. Start developing simple habits such as budgeting and time management. Once you’ve got that down, you can also start learning how to commute, pay your own bills, and even do laundry!
2. Read books related to your course
Having a little background information on your course can be a great advantage inside the classroom. Find out what subjects you’ll be taking on your first semester and stock up on books or find informational websites related to these topics. This can help make your college load significantly lighter and get you on your professors’ good side.
3. Create your resume
Start organizing your credentials and cleaning out the junk from your resume. You’ll be needing your resume a lot when applying for internships, jobs, and other organizations. This is your time to figure out which credentials are relevant, whether anything is lacking, and how to make it as brief yet complete as possible.
4. Score an internship
Getting real life working experience can go a long way. Applying for internships can give you a lot of insight on what to expect once you start college. They expose you to so many entirely new cultures, people, and ideas. It also helps you prepare for the workload and tight deadlines in college. You’ll notice a significant change in your work ethic once you’ve been exposed to “real life” work experiences.
5. Spend time with family and friends
Most importantly, use this summer to have fun! This is the last summer you’ll have without any pressing responsibilities, so make the most of it by relaxing and making memories. Spend as much time with your family and friends as possible before your busy schedules get in the way. While developing skills and preparing for college are important, you should also make the most of this time and spend it doing the things you love, with the people you love.
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