1, 2, 3, College!
Summer is always an exciting time, especially before moving into college. However, it can seem overwhelming when trying to say goodbye to all your high school friends, pack up for your new life at school and get ready for a whole new experience of taking college courses. It’s a hard transition, but many of us have been through it too!
Once you’ve arrived at your new college or university, it’s important to get involved and acclimated to your new environment. Here are some quick tips to settling into your new home so you can Make It Count at college right away:
- Utilize your summer.
Apply for scholarships and financial aid early. Use the summer to take a class to get ahead, do an internship, or save up spending money for the year! Most importantly, spend time with your family and friends before you have to say goodbye.
- Don’t over pack.
Make a list of things you needs before you start packing. You don’t want a room full of clutter or to find out you forgot something essential when it’s too late. There are plenty of college packing lists and resources to use. Check out DECA’s Pinterest board for examples!
- Get out and meet new people.
Use student orientation and move in day as a chance to meet someone new, especially people who are living close to you. These friendships could last you a lifetime!
- Get Involved.
This is probably the most important tip. Getting involved on your campus helps you become part of the campus community immediately. Go to events, volunteer, or join a student group, particularly Collegiate DECA! No Collegiate DECA on your campus yet? You could help start a chapter and create a legacy at your school.
College is a time for growth and learning. Following these few simple steps will help make your transition easier and enable you to take advantage of all the new and exciting opportunities awaiting you. Best of luck as you start this new journey!
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