College Q&A: Preparing for Freshman Year
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I’m a high school senior and I’m starting college next fall. I’m really excited, but also really scared. Is there anything I can or should do now before I go? Maybe a few tips or things I can start on now (to prepare and also to pass the time of my boring senior year)?
Congrats on finally escaping the wrath of high school! Reminds me of my anxiousness back in the day… Anyway, my best advice to you is to live in the moment and really enjoy your last days of senior year. I know it’s boring and you probably have Senioritis, but you will not be seeing any of these people after graduation day. Make some more epic memories because you have a right to do so!
If you don’t want to just sit around this summer, I suggest volunteering or getting a job that you have always wanted but never did because it didn’t fit into your schedule. Because you won’t have to do any over-the-summer reading assignments and write a 6-page essay on how the character development contributes to the theme of the novel, you’ll have TONS of free time! Have you always wanted to build houses in Mexico? Work as a make-up artist for a fashion show? Then, do it! Plus, it’ll look good on your resume.
As for actually preparing for college, make sure you’ve signed up for all of the appropriate classes, bought the textbooks, and know where your classes are. I’m not sure how far away you’re going for school, but if you’re a trooper, go ahead and plan a 3-day stay around the campus and find out what the local hotspots are. That way, when you’re dorming it up the first few days, you’ll be the cool kid who knows where everything is!
Get a fake ID. And a hot pair of black pumps.
Look at you, trying to get ahead! Keep that kind of attitude once you actually get to college and you’ll be super successful. I think the best thing to do now is just enjoy your senior year, namely the fact that you really don’t have to do anything. Come next fall, you’ll be slammed with papers, tests and reading assignments. There’s really not much you can do to prepare for college right now, but it could be a good idea to do a bit of research and find out what sort of pre-reqs you need to take, what classes are offered to Freshmen, etc. That way when it comes time to pick classes, you won’t be totally overwhelmed (like I was – I called my friends crying, no joke).
Also, it might be a good idea to invest in a Smartphone. Professors/student groups/friends do most of their communicating via email, so having it on your phone will help you stay on top of things. Not to mention having a handy calendar in there that will keep you organized. Oh, and Facebook/TFLN while you’re waiting for class to start never hurt either.