16 Things to Do Before You Leave for College

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Going to college is an important and busy time when it’s easy to forget the things you need to do to get ready. Here are some tips on things to do before you leave for college.

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This post is all about what you need to do before you go away to college.

The summer before college is one of the most exciting yet. You’re getting ready to begin your new life while saying goodbye to old friends for awhile.

In the midst of it all, life is very hectic and it can be easy to miss the important things that you need to do to get ready to go to college.

Here are some tips to help you navigate the months leading up to college. It’s a college moving checklist of sorts.

While this list won’t have everything that you need to take care, it may contain some important tasks to check off your list.

  • Clean your room. Clean your room before you go. It’s so much better to come home to a clean room and a cozy bed during Thanksgiving break, when your tired after midterms.
  • Make a packing list. A packing list contains the items that you’ll need to make your new life at college. Review your packing list from time to time as you are packing, so that you don’t miss anything.
  • Book hotels and travel. It’s important to book hotels and travel early so that you can stay in the hotel that you want and travel the way that you want to when first moving to college. Hotels fill up quickly, especially in small towns with big universities.
  • Check your college attendance arrangements. This includes making sure that you have done everything you need to do to enroll in school and get any finances or scholarships squared away. You don’t want to have any surprises on the first day of school.
  • Pack. This may seem obvious, but packing can be difficult and it seems to take forever, sometimes. Give yourself plenty of time to pack during the summer.
  • Get rid of some things. As you pack, you may discover old clothes and things that you no longer use. If these are still in good condition, then donate them to people who may need them more.
  • Pick out your classes. The time just before and during college move-in day are busy, and you won’t have much time to spend focusing on things. It can be helpful to study your course catalog ahead of time so that you know what classes you are interested in before it’s time to enroll. Make sure you don’t forget important deadlines for both registering for and dropping classes.
  • Check your resume and clean up your social media. You’ll never know when an opportunity presents itself while you’re meeting people at college. Make sure you have an up-to-date resume and that your social media reflects how professional, presentable, and awesome you are.
  • Get a job. Having a job the summer before college can be a bummer, but it will feel good to have some money in your pocket later. You’ll always need more for going out and sundries, so it helps to have the extra cash when you’re a college student.
  • Build up your support network. If you know someone at the college or in the city or town where you will go to college, like relatives or family friends, then reach out to that person to let them know you are coming. It can be good to have a friend when moving to a new place.
  • Connect with your roommate. Your roommate will be the person that you spend a lot of time with during the upcoming school year. Make sure you reach out and get to know them before moving in.
  • Pack for the climate. It’s important to know what weather to expect when you go to college. You’ll want to pack clothes that keep you cool when it’s hot warm when it’s cold. If your college is located in a place that is known to have lots of rain, or snow, or sunshine, then you’ll want to know and plan accordingly.
  • Buy basic school supplies. Buying basic school supplies online or at home can help you save money and customize your supplies to your needs. The college bookstore will be packed in the days leading up to the start of classes, so it’s often easier to beat the rush ahead of time.
  • Sign up for a frequent flyer program. If you plan to travel back and forth from college via plane, it can be a good idea to set up a frequent flyer program with your airline. This allows you to build points as you travel, which can be used for things like discounts, upgrades, and free flights.
  • Spend time with family and friends. The days and months leading up to your departure may be the last time for a long time that you get to spend time with family and friends. Be sure to plan time and special events to enjoy together, and take lots of photos.
  • Relax. Take some time your you. While your summer is busy, and your college life will certainly be busy, you should make some time for yourself. Sleep, do a hobby, take a trip that you always wanted to take. Do something that relaxes you and make you happy before it’s time to start your new life at college.

This post reviewed some of the things to do before you go to college.

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