You finally decided where to go to school, you’ve picked your roommate or gone random, and you’re done with high school. Now what?? You might be super nervous about going to college, or you might be anxiously counting down the days. Whatever the case, here are some tips for what you can do the summer before college.
Meet your roommate.
Once you know who your roommate is, meet them! If you’re close enough that you could meet up for coffee or lunch, try that. If not, Skype or FaceTime works too. Talking to your roommate beforehand definitely gets rid of that awkward tension during move-in weekend and can start your friendship early.
Decide who’s bringing what.
Once you’re in contact with your roommate, you can consider splitting up the things you need to bring. If you have an old TV laying around, tell your roommate you’ll bring the TV. Offering to split things up is a great way to save money and space in your car. Trust me, you’ll be grateful for any space you can save in the car on that ride to Penn State for move-in.
If you’re like me, I was unable to start the “getting ready for school” process. My mom nagged me about it all the time, but I had no interest in starting to think about what I needed to bring. If you’re feeling this way too, start small!
For some reason, finding decorations for my room was the one thing that I could handle thinking about. I started looking at Urban Outfitters’ website and found a comforter that I liked. This helped me get into the preparation spirit, and I was able to do the rest of the shopping with my mom for the boring things like hangers and containers. You’ll get through it, I promise.
Enjoy those last moments with your friends from home.
Leaving your friends and family is one of the hardest, scariest parts of going away to school. Enjoy those last couple of months that you’ll get to see them every day. Maybe plan a nice vacation or day that you can spend with your friends to celebrate the time you spent together.
I wrote each of my friends a letter and made them a picture frame for their dorm. It might seem hard, but you will make new friends, and you can always visit each other!
Read up on student organizations.
I’ll be honest, Penn State does feel very big at first. As everyone always says though, you’ll find a community that makes it feel a lot smaller. Luckily, you can start looking into clubs and organizations that you might want to be a part of before you even step foot on campus.
A lot of auditions and try-outs happen the first week of school, so look up clubs related to your interests during the summer. There is also an Involvement Fair in the HUB during the first week of school. It gives you an idea of all of the great organizations that you can be a part of.
Above all, enjoy yourself. The summer before college starts is a great time to appreciate all of the wonderful memories that you had in your hometown. It is also a time to look forward and get excited about the amazing experiences you have coming your way.