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Ways to Prepare for College

Friday, May 19, 2017

  1. Anticipate the change
    The time between senior year of high school and freshman year of college can be stressful, and that is normal. To help eliminate move-in day stress, get a head start on gathering items for your dorm, getting your textbooks and packing what you can during the summer.

  2. Hang on to your support from home
    If your strongest support system is your family at home or your friends from high school, keep them! Though you will make new friends in college, it could take some time to get comfortable enough with them to talk about personal issues. Until you have built a support system at school, continue to rely on those you know and trust from home.

  3. Research what resources and tools are available on campus
    Take some time in between shopping for your dorm and finding good deals on textbooks to see what services your school offers. Counseling services, a volunteer center and career services are offices that are likely available. People are resources too, such as your professors – go to their office hours – and resident assistants living in the dorm. If you choose to go through recruitment the College Panhellenic officer and recruitment counselors are on hand to assist you.  If you become a member of a sorority, your support system will include a big sister, chapter advisors and all chapter members.

  4. Learn and implement new life skills
    Whether you go away to college or you stay at home and commute, there are tasks you have to learn how to do on your own. If you don’t know them already, ask your parents or a friend to teach you basic cooking skills, how to do your laundry and basic car maintenance over the summer, so you’re prepared. Then when you get on campus, avoid stress by creating a routine and sticking to it. Set aside time to do your laundry, time to clean your room and to exercise.

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