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. Don't forget to apply to Fastweb's $1,000 Scholarship Success Sweepstakes; the easiest scholarship application you'll find this summer.
Bridge Any College Financial GapsSummer is the time some college students realize they don't have enough funds to help them pay for school. This is especially true this year as many families have experienced unforeseen financial difficulties because of the Coronavirus pandemic. If your family has financial struggles that weren’t captured on the FAFSA, now is the time to start a financial aid appeals process.
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. View your college’s website or connect with your college admissions team to get orientation details.
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 RoomieCoordinate with your future roommate on which shared items each of you will be bringing to the dorm room. This year it's possible you will not have a roommate, but rather a floor mate. Connect with your housing office to see what the set up will be this fall. Ask if they have a way you can connect with those you'll be on the same floor with.
Prep for Your Dorm RoomBegin shopping for any dorm room items you’re responsible for bringing. Check out our dorm room packing list for a place to start.
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.
Figure Out LaundryLearn how to do laundry. 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.
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