Keep Saving MoneyContinue saving money that you earn from your summer job. The more savings you have, the better off you’ll be while you’re in school. Many college students use the money they earn to help them pay for college.
Bridge Any College Financial GapsSummer is the time some college students realize they don't have enough funds to help them pay for school. If your family has financial struggles that weren’t captured on the FAFSA, now is the time to start a financial aid appeals process. If after a professional judgment, you still need more money to pay for college, there are ways you can fill the money gap. It's better to address this financial concern early in the summer than at the start of your busy college semester.
Give ThanksSend thank you notes to everyone who helped you plan and prepare for college, including any teachers who wrote letters of recommendation for you as well as those who gave you gifts for your high school graduation (if you haven’t already).
Gather Your Personal RecordsMake copies of your important forms including financial aid, medical, etc. for your personal records. Consider leaving copies at home with your parents, too, just for safekeeping.
Register for Freshmen OrientationRegister for the fall semester and for a freshman orientation session. You may register for fall classes during the orientation, depending on the school.
Fill Out Additional FormsCheck to see if you need to fill any forms out before orientation, like housing, meal plans, etc. You'll want to email these documents to the admissions office, rather than mailing or delivering them in person, if possible.
Confirm Transcripts Have Been SentEnsure your final high school transcripts have been forwarded to your college. If your college doesn't have these forms on hand, email your high school guidance counselor to ask for help.
Talk to Your RoomieIf you haven’t already, it’s time to call, text, or DM your future roomie. Coordinate with your future roommate on which shared items each of you will be bringing to the dorm room. You may also want to take some time to get to know one another through a series of conversations. That will make your initial interactions less forced and more organic.
Prep for Your Dorm RoomAfter you’ve talked to your future roommate(s), begin shopping for any dorm room items you’re responsible for bringing. Check out our dorm room packing list for a place to start. You don’t need to bring your entire life to college. To help you simplify your packing list, check out one of our Student Contributor’s tips on what to bring to college – and what to leave at home.
Explore Potential MajorsContact professionals who you would like to job shadow – it may help you decide on potential career options and, as a result, a college major. Your first academic year is a great time to begin building professional relationships. You can also use this last summer month to research salary trajectories for your prospective majors and career paths. To help, Monster provides a salary tool that enables you to see salaries by job title and location.
Figure Out LaundryLearn how to do laundry…because you can’t bring Mom and Dad to college. It’s a skill you’re going to need, and practice makes perfect! The Spruce offers a 10-step guide to help you conquer this must-know life skill. While you’re at it, look up how to mange your time, stress, and communication. Though you’ll hone these life skills in college, it’s great to get a head start by researching helpful tactics.
During the summer before your freshman year of college, it’s imperative to get many tasks accomplished so that you’re prepared for the year ahead. From getting paperwork completed to starting to get your dorm room essentials together, there's a lot to do within the next month in order to ensure you're ready for your big transition to college. In order to ensure you’re on the right track, here’s a checklist of the top ten items incoming freshmen should be focused on during the month of July:
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