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July 2015

Simple Tips to Prepare for College

The first year of college can be daunting, the notion of rigorous academic courses and tuition fees looming over your shoulder like —– but luckily I provided a small list of tips to help you with this major transition. If you take the time to carefully prepare for college life ie. staying up late, homework, social events it won’t be so difficult so here we go.

Tip #1 It goes without saying that reading is critical so during the summer you should take this time to read some of books from the recommended reading list or books that will help you in your intended major. If you’re not a fan of reading because it makes you sleepy or just don’t like reading in general it helps to use incentives to motivate you. For example, gummy bears for every other passage.3448_493400087347674_1480182243_nAdditionally, you should consider using audiobooks and other materials to cater to your unique learning style. Lastly, if you have any questions visit Sparknotes and use online resources to help you get a better understanding of the book.

Tip#2 Get out more! It really is that simple, if you are a shy or timid person then the summer is definitely the best time to develop your social skills as colleges rely on your ability to orally convey ideas and communicate effectively with group members. If you’re going to be in a room filled with lots of students than it’s easy to be shuffled around so make your voice heard because I can assure you, your ideas are just as important and interesting as everyone else. So get out of your comfort zone, smile and make some new friends it’ll be well worth it. Trust me.

Tip#3  Know your college, take a look at club organizations and how to get involved with campus activities, research academic support so you know exactly where to go if you need help, visit the campus or take a virtual tour. Most colleges have a short bio of their professors and staff, browse through the profiles to get a better understanding of what to expect in class or on campus. If you plan on living in the dorms then research your housing information, what dorm you will be living in and other relevant information.

Tip#4 Utilize time-management tools, digital or paper what ever makes you feel comfortable. For example I’m really not a fan of using a ton of apps on my phone so I usually just use my planner and post-it notes for important dates and reminders, however if you prefer apps that’s perfectly fine too as everyone has their own preference, here is a list of Lifehack’s best apps for time management.

Basic College checklist

Necessary items

  • Bedsheets, blankets, pillows, pillowcases and comforter note:check if the dorms have regular twin or extra-long twin beds as this will greatly effect your purchasing decision.
    Clothes
  • Laptop, make sure it has the necessary software like word documents and Microsoft. Additionally you should also consider investing in a decent laptop protective sleeve or carrying case and security cable. Remember your laptop is like your baby, treat it protectively and responsibly to avoid damage or theft. Amazon usually has more affordable cable locks and free two day shipping if you create a student account.
  • Cellphone with charger
  • USB Drive(s) it would be helpful to have at least two for backup.
  • Backpack
  • Composition book, notebook, calculator and  pens/pencils. You can always buy more school supplies when you get there, this allows you time to think about what you need more and develop your own studying preferences.
  • If you have a lot of electronics (tablets, phone, mp3, laptop, etc.) than you should bring a power strip and surge protector to charge all your devices at once, dorms will normally only have one or two outlets.
  • Washcloth and towels
  • Shower shoes or flipflops. This is a must if you have to share a public bathroom with other dorm residents.
  • Shower tote or caddy. It might be a long walk from your room to the shower and you don’t want to carry 10+ beauty products, shampoos, conditioners, soap, towels etc.
  • Important papers ID cards you may need, such as a driver’s license, registration forms. If you plan to get a job, bring a copy of your birth certificate as proof of age.
  • Medication make sure that you can refill them at a pharmacy on campus or near the school.

Things to buy when you get there

  • Clothes hangers.They take up space and can easily be bought, buy one dormroomtips25 (1)type at the nearest Target or Walmart and it’ll make your closet look more orderly effortlessly.
    Remember there is only so much room in your closet so maximize space by using storage boxes or DIY your space with ogranization tricks and hacks.
  • Laundry basket or hamper. You might have a long walk to the laundry room so go for lighter ones.
  • Desk lamp. Essential for late-night cramming while your roommate is sleeping however some colleges have desk-lamps in the dorms so you need to check first before making an unnecessary purchase.
  • Dishes, glasses, and utensils. Even if you’ll be eating most of your meals in the cafeteria, it can still come in handy every once in a while. Most colleges have microwaves and a small kitchen area in the dorm if not find out what appliances you are permitted to have (such as a toaster oven) and coordinate with your roommate.

Optional
If you decide to bring a DVD player, stereo, or tv make sure that they aren’t too large as you’ll be sharing a room with another person. Sometimes you might bring your own entertainment devices unknowingly they will too (example Tvs, games, etc.) contact your roommate before moving in and decide who will bring what. It would be ridiculous to have two of everything given the tiny living space but it’ll be easier to have a netflix or plex membership account to stream movies and tv shows online rather than using a DVD player. You can also personalize your living space by bringing along your favorite artwork or posters, small furniture like bean bags and decor.

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