Everyone in high school is excited about going to college when they graduate from high school. Preparing early for college is a great way to make sure you get off to a great start when you reach college.
Being in college requires you be driven to succeed and stay focused all the way, but obvious try to make time to enjoy this period of your life. There will be times when you will remember high school but when you working and looking back in your school days you will most probably remember college.
Preparing yourself will help you reduce the stress that is felt when you reach college, especially your first year. You also will be able to adjust to your new life sooner than the other first year students.
One of the first things to prepare when you’ve been accepted in college is to decide where you will stay. If the school is next to your home you might as well stay at home with your parents. But if you want to be independent then you can either move into a dorm or get your own apartment.
Obvious for a lot of people choosing where to live depends on their financial situation. Living off campus sharing with other students can be a cheaper option then living alone in a dorm but remember the cost of transporting to campus everyday. And since the best housing options are taken early by other students make sure you look for cheap accommodation early.
Having health insurance is very important when living for college. When you are over eighteen you probably wouldn’t be covered by your parent’s health insurance so make sure you get your own coverage. There are a number of insurance companies that provide cover for students.
When you are on your summer break make sure you make good use of the time and don’t just seat back and relax. Do something positive towards your career like taking on voluntary projects or take a part time job related to your studies. Or you might as well read more books and research more about your field.
Attending college can be very expensive, make sure you do your calculations right on how much it will cost you to attend college and see if you will be able to pay for it. If not, start as early as possible searching for scholarships that can sponsor you.
Don’t forget to budget for materials you will need. Know what books and stationary you will have to buy. Also prepare some money for buying toiletries and dorm stuff.