Make sure you finalize your admission. Start making a list of tasks you need to complete before you arrive on campus this fall. Have you:
- Accepted your financial aid offer?
- Contacted the financial aid office if you have questions about your aid package?
- Completed housing and health forms?
- Answered roommate preference surveys?
- Filled out meal plan application?
Read all mail and e-mail correspondence from your college, which will provide instructions on how to complete these tasks. Keep track of what is done and what is left to do. Make copies of any forms you submit.
Submit Your final transcript to your college, the N.C.A.A. and waiting-list schools.
Keep in mind that there may be limited waiting-list activity during the summer. Once a waiting list has closed, the college will notify you that its class is full.
Submit your A.P. scores If you expect college credit for Advanced Placement exams, send your official scores to your college directly from the College Board.
If your college offers a summer orientation program, be sure to attend. This will be an opportunity for you to meet your academic adviser, register for fall classes, and meet new college friends.
Your college roommate will be a new and interesting person, someone to learn from and learn about, whether the two of you are just alike or completely different. Connect with him/her.
You don’t have to be best friends with your roommate, but you will have to co-exist. Say hello and decide how best to manage your small space.
Thank the people who helped you on your way. Hug your family and friends The summer after your senior year can be a happy, but tense, time at home. While you may be excited, your family may be equally sad and sentimental about your leaving home.
Try your hand at managing all aspects of your life. Wake up on your own, to an alarm. Do your own laundry. Learn how to cook your favorite meal. Schedule your own health care appointments. Figure out when and how to exercise. Set a budget and live within it.
Find some quiet time to set academic, extracurricular and personal goals for next year. Are you ready to discover something new about yourself? College is a fresh start, a new slate. Set your goals.
College is going to be great, but it isn’t always perfect.
This summer, endings and beginnings meet in memorable ways. There is so much ahead of you!