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Graduating from high school and preparing to start your life as a college student can be scary and is certainly a big transition. Now that you have graduated and know you want to go on to college, there are a few things you need to do to prepare yourself for college life. Instead of making the mistakes that many college students have made in the past, consider preparing for college life ahead of time, the right way. From choosing the right career path to picking up necessities you will need to get through the first few weeks, read on below for the top things you need to do to prepare for college life.

Choose Your Major

The very first thing that you should do before you even graduate from high school if possible is choose your major. There is everything in the world to choose from. If you love all things medical, then you may want to consider going to school to become a doctor. If you love anything to do with fashion, then choose from one of the many fashion merchandising degrees available to you today.

Buy the Necessities

The last thing you want is to be running around like a chicken with your head cut off the first few weeks of school. Buy everything you need from a coffee maker to sheets and pillows before you settle into your freshman life in college. You don’t want to be trying to find a place to buy coffee every morning or scouring the flea markets for a nightstand while still having to juggle classes and meeting new people. Get everything you need before classes start, from the toilet paper to the Ramen noodles, and you will be good to go for a while.

Weigh Working During Freshman Year

Anyone who has ever even thought about going to college can agree that is an expensive undertaking. From books to eating out and from weekend entertainment to day-to-day expenses of just living, it can become overwhelming and difficult to deal with. Sometimes getting a part-time job can help with the stress, however, it is going to take away from time for classes and school work at the same time. Talk to your family before you make any decisions on part-time work, especially in your freshman year and decide together if a part-time job is the best option for you.

Learn How to Stay Safe on Your Campus

The days when the college was a haven and you didn’t have to worry about walking around alone at night are sadly a thing of the past. Get to know your campus and how to stay safe on campus as well. It’s important for you and your family to become familiar with your campus safety procedures before you ever start your first day. Use common sense whether it’s walking home from a night out with friends or walking along the commons after class. Being aware of your surroundings at all times is the best protection out there.

These are just a few of the top things you should do to prepare for college life as a freshman. From choosing a major to being aware of safety procedures, college life should be fun. If you are prepared it will be fun, safe, and educational all at the same time.  

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