So you’ve finally made it to the end of high school.
The long-awaited next step to college has finally arrived after four long years of working hard.
While part of you is thrilled to be entering the next chapter of your life, there’s probably another part of you which is a bit nervous.
Feelings of anxiousness surrounding what to expect are perfectly normal. However, as long as you get all of your ducks in a row, you’ll have a great experience. It’s a matter of making sure that you’ve got everything laid out for your own success. So to help you prepare for your first year in college, we’ve got a list of the basics you’ll need to cover before heading off.
Secure A Place To Live
Unless you’re planning on staying at home and attending an in-state college, you’ll need to find a place to live. You’ll either need to stay on the college campus in a dorm or find a property which leases to tenants which fall in your price range.
Since your budget may not be very large as a student, you should try to look for something which is marketed towards students near the college campus. Your chances of finding something more affordable is much more likely. Rather than leaving your housing situation to chance and waiting until the last minute, give yourself plenty of time to find somewhere to live before leaving.
Organize Your Finances
Creating a budget for yourself is important. In order to be able to pay for your basic needs, you’ll need enough money. If your parents aren’t supporting you, then you’ll need to ensure that you’ve got a source of money.
You’ll either need enough financial aid to cover your school expenses as well as your living expenses or secure a part-time job.
Purge Your Old Things
Before you set off to college, it’s a good idea to purge all of your old things. It’s not only easier on your workload to pack fewer things, but it also provides a fresh start mentally.
As you enter the next phase of adulthood, you should start fresh and leave behind any old items which are representative of the life you’re leaving behind. You can even use it as an opportunity to sell some of your old things for money which you can take with you to college.
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Enjoy Time With Family And Friends
Even though you may be in a rush to get going and start fresh, you should slow down and take advantage of time with your friends and family. One day you will likely look back and appreciate the period of your life that’s ending as a wonderful time, so soak up every minute.
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