1. Finalizing RecordsDouble (or triple) check with your high school guidance counselor’s office to ensure that they have your correct college selection on record so that your final transcripts will be sent to the correct school, along with any scholarships received.
2. Give ThanksNow that your college path is underway, it’s important to take time to acknowledge those who helped you accomplish your goals. Send well thought out thank you notes to anyone who helped with your college applications and admissions process – including teachers who wrote recommendations, family friends who may have made phone calls, those who proofread your essays, etc. Remember, a hand-written thank you note is second to none!
3. Financial AidFollow up with your college’s financial aid office to ensure all paperwork is complete – you don’t want to learn that any paperwork was ignored too late and miss out on any financial aid opportunities. Also remember that June 30th is the deadline for filing your Federal FAFSA form!
4. Arranging Future FinancesIt’s smart to open a student checking and/or savings account that’s local to your college campus. You’ll have easy access to banking services (think: no ATM fees) and they often offer promotions for students.
5. To and FroPlan for college transportation to and from orientation. Coordinate with your parents or any friends who are attending the same school so that all of you are on the same page and there are no surprises once the event nears!
6. Friends ForeverSpend time with your high school buddies. Once the summer ends, things won’t ever be the same again. Though they will always be your friends, you will all be in different areas, often around the country. Take this time to enjoy each other’s company while you can!
7. Dorm ShoppingOnce you talk to your future roommate about what he or she may be bringing, the two of you can divide the list of items that need to be purchased. Once you know what you’re responsible for, you can start shopping for your half of the shared items, plus anything else you’ll need like XL twins sheets or may want, like décor items.
8. Explore Potential Career PathsIf you’re unsure of what you’d like to study in college (as most students are), summertime is perfect for exploration! Contact some business professionals in fields you’re interested in to talk to them about their careers and volunteer with organizations or at events which share common interests as your potential career paths. This summer is all about discovering who you are and where your passions and career path may potentially meet.
9. Summer SavingsSet up a summer savings plan, which allows you to start saving for college as you work this summer. This extra money will surely come in handy your first year in school! Save a portion of your earnings now can help you reduce the cost you may need to borrow for college expenses later and not borrowing is always a better option if you have it!
10. Apply for ScholarshipsAs a general rule, applying for scholarships should always be on your to-do list! As a starting point, check out this list of summer scholarships.
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