The summer before university is an amazing time.
You have the feeling of accomplishment from graduating high school, mixed with the feeling of anticipation of starting a whole new chapter in life. But there’s so much to do, so much to think about. Lucky for you, we’ve made a list of the key things to do right now so you’re completely prepared for September.
1. Get organized.
If you’re moving into a dorm for the first time, there is a lot you need to bring with you. Make a detailed packing list as soon as possible so you can shop at your leisure during the summer and beat the end-of-August Walmart rush.
Another tip: if you live relatively close to campus, don’t bring everything with you in one go. You’ll save yourself lots of packing stress, and you can bring those less essential things when you come up for Thanksgiving. Or you might find out you don’t even need them!
2. Spend time with family and friends.
It goes without saying that university is a huge adjustment. You go from seeing your high school friends practically all day every day to only seeing them on holidays, and you’ll start hanging with a whole new squad.
This summer is the time to make lasting memories – go on a road trip, plan a themed party, go out with a bang! And make sure to spend some time with the fam as well. Even if you feel like you’re too old for it, don’t skip out on the annual family summer vacation. Trust me – embrace this time of still being young and looked after. You’ll miss it in a couple of months when you have to do everything yourself.
3. Explore your hometown.
As they say, “absence makes the heart grow fonder.” Be a tourist in your own city and revisit those classic places you haven’t been to in years… and maybe find some new ones!
Make this experience even more special by bringing your friends along. And take lots of pictures! Even if you’ve been away from home for extended periods before, university is whole new ballgame and it helps when you’re feeling homesick to have these wonderful memories of your hometown to look back on.
4. Learn how to adult.
Cooking, cleaning, laundry, driving, budgeting … the list goes on. It’s a good idea to have these necessary life skills under your belt before you leave the nest. Don’t be the college stereotype that eats ramen and Kraft Dinner every day.
Learning some simple recipes before you leave can help you save money and be healthier. Plus, apps like Mint make budgeting a breeze. My top tip for “adulting” like a pro: turn your chores into a dance party by putting on some fun upbeat tunes… everything’s better with great music!
5. Read for fun.
You will likely not have time to do this once you get to university – or worse, you’ll feel guilty for getting caught up in a novel when you should be doing your readings for school.
Re-read old favourites like the Harry Potter series and throw in some new ones for good measure. Even better: take it outside! There’s nothing quite like enjoying a good book in the park on a beautiful summer day.
We know, we know… you’re not a kid anymore, and you’re excited to move onto the next stage of your life. But there’s something to be said for making the most of this time, where adventure is only a few months away. Enjoy your time in the nest, and you’ll have no regrets when you spread your wings on your own!