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The Most Important Things to Get Done Before College

18 May, 2021

Whether you are attending college right after high school or working for a few years before, it is never too early to start thinking about what to do before school starts. From getting your finances to reach out to your roommate, knowing what to expect will help you be better prepared.

Getting Finances in Order

It is not too late to look for additional money to help pay for your education, even if you will be moving to school soon. During your senior year of high school, you might apply for many different scholarships. But even after graduation, there is still time to look for this free money. Many students don’t look at the deadlines, which means they don’t get that money for school. You could also consider taking out a student loan from a private lender to cover the cost of your education. Having a college education is a costly investment, and it’s hard to get scholarships to cover the cost completely. The good news is you can take out a loan without the need for a cosigner.

Research the Area

Before moving to the area, spend some time researching campus and the local city. you’ll want to find out where to go off campus for food, shopping, and entertainment. Look at the local neighborhoods, as well as any parks in the area. That way, once you arrive on campus, you’ll have a better idea of the places you want to explore first. Of course, if you won’t have a vehicle, it can be a little tricky to venture too far off campus at first. But if you have friends with cars, you might be able to catch a ride with them.

Another way to get to know things a little better is to reach out to your roommate if you do not already know them. Many schools give you the name and school email of the person you’ll be living with. Send them an email, call them, or friend them on social media. You’ll find it easier to get to know each other if you have already had some communication over social media. And it makes it easier to talk about who is bringing what. For example, only one person needs to bring a mini-fridge or a vacuum cleaner.

Consider an Internship or Summer Job

By getting a job, you can start to pay for those expenses that your scholarships or loans will not cover. You might find yourself needing to pay for quite a few textbooks over the school year. But even if all your expenses are already taken care of, you should still consider getting a job or internship in your field. That is especially true if you do not know what you want to do with your life. By getting a bit of experience now, you’ll be better prepared to determine what you want to study. And if you already have an idea of what you want to pursue, the internship can help you decide if you want to spend the rest of your career in that field.

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