Heading off to college

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The end of the year is quickly approaching which means the start of prepping for college for a lot of seniors. 

Preparing for college can really be one of the most stressful things about the summer after senior year. There is so much to do, and it feels like you aren’t sure where to start. 

In the fall, you are packing up your whole life to move and live somewhere new. Whether it’s fifteen minutes away or across the country, the move is just as big. You are leaving your family and friends as well as the life you have known. 

In highschool, you have your set routine: School, a sport, a job…it is all very organized. However, once you go off to college, you are met with a lot more independence and responsibility. 

When you make the change from living at home to a dorm room, a lot changes. Your bed is smaller, you have to do your own laundry, and you have a roommate. If this is all new to someone, it can be really stressful.

Gathering together a list of all the things you will need can be extremely overwhelming. It is hard to think of everything when you’re under the pressure of it all. However, you can look up lists of “dorm room essentials” online or ask around for help with this part. 

Shopping is the part that is stressing me out the most. There are a lot of things that I need to make the transition from home to college as smooth as possible. I want to make sure that I have everything I need, so I can have a living space that I enjoy and  am comfortable in. 

It’s also different for everyone. What is at the top of my priority list might not even be on someone else’s. It all depends on what is going to make you the most comfortable and successful. 

It is also extremely important to remember that we are going to college to actually learn. So while you’re shopping and buying all the fun pillows and decorations to make your dorm fun, it’s easy to overlook the things that will actually make you successful. Maybe a new computer or a planner, whatever it takes to make sure you stay accountable and on top of your school work. 

The summer before college can be totally overwhelmed with shopping, orientations, lists, and signing up for things. However, it is so important to remember that this is the last summer before a lot of things change. 

So make sure to spend the time with your family and friends, making some memories in your hometown while you still can. 


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