So you’ve finally done it. You’ve finally finished those dreaded high school years. You’re done with boring teachers, tedious work, and uninteresting classes. Ha, just kidding. But as you savor these summer days and get geared up for college, here are some things to keep in mind:
DO have fun and celebrate graduation, you’ve earned it. DON’T post incriminating pictures of it on the Internet, because colleges still have the right to withdraw your acceptance at their discretion. Rule of thumb: if you would hide it from colleges during the application process, keep it hidden until you’re actually there.
DO put that graduation money to good use; you’ll be surprised at how much you need to get before moving into your dorm. DON’T waste it all on video games, although I know it’s tempting.
DO apply for scholarships; DON’T think that it’s too late just because you’ve already gotten into college.
DO introduce yourself to your future roommate and DON’T forget to coordinate who will bring what.
DO start making a list of things you’ll need to pack. DON’T end up getting everything together last minute; it will add extra stress to moving.
DO work on getting requirements out of the way in your schedule, but DON’T forget to take classes that interest you as well.
DO figure out what books and textbooks you’ll need. DON’T buy them new. You can get them much cheaper used or by renting.
DO look into joining different groups and activities when you get there; it will help you branch out and meet new people. DON’T be that kid who never leaves his room or computer. Get out there and live a little.
DO keep in touch with your friends from back home, but DON’T forget to call your parents too. Trust me when I say they’ll want to hear from you.
DO get to know your professors. They’ll think better of you for it. DON’T skip all your classes just because they don’t take attendance, you’ll eventually regret it.
DO use the extra days before classes start to find your way around and figure out where your classes will be. DON’T be embarrassed to keep a map on hand; it’s better than getting lost.