Heading off to college is a monumental event that often comes with mixed emotions.
If you are feeling both excited and anxious, rest assured that you are in good company.
Being prepared for the new experiences and challenges that you will face in the weeks ahead can dramatically reduce your anxiety level.
In the process, it enables you to more fully enjoy those experiences. What do you need to bring with you to college to be prepared for whatever life throws your way?
A Laptop and Printer
Most colleges and universities have a computer lab that you can use. However, these facilities have established hours of operation, and these hours do not always comply with your schedule.
You will find that it is easier to do your assignments, to stay in touch with folks back home, and even to manage your finances properly when you have access to your own laptop. A printer is an essential accessory that you also should have in your dorm room or apartment.
Some college students get around on a bike, but a bike is not an ideal method of transportation in all weather conditions. In addition, it is not well-suited for venturing off campus for work, shopping, and more.
If you do not already have a vehicle, now may be the time to start shopping around. Take your car to a service shop for scheduled maintenance before you leave for school. Check to see if you need to install new Nissan tires, brakes, or other gear before you are on your own in a new city.
A Great Smartphone Service Plan
When you are living independently, you need to have a convenient way to stay in touch with others. You also may use your smartphone to manage money, to aid in studying and for other essential purposes. If you can afford to do so, upgrade to a service plan that will enhance your ability to stay connected while you are on campus.
You may need to update your wardrobe before you leave home. Consider that your current wardrobe may not be ideal for the climate where your campus is located.
You may also need access to nicer outfits for social events, professional clothes if you plan to have a part-time job, and more. A full wardrobe will allow you to have a selection of various types of clothing to choose from each and every day. This can help you in many ways.
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For one, the more clothes you have the less often you have to do laundry. Also, it allows you to have a lot of variety to choose from each and every day when you are getting ready.
You can invest in all of these things once you get to college. However, things like getting your car serviced and hunting for the right outfit to wear to a special event can be stressful and time-consuming. If you can cross these items off of your to-do list now, you can enjoy your college life more fully.
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