Sweet summertime has finally arrived. It's the season of graduation parties, swimming and sun bathing. But don't get too caught up in the summer's relaxing sun rays. There is still a lot to do before your first semester of college. And we're going to make sure you're ready.
The summer before your first year in college requires a lot of preparation for your dorm room. Most universities give you a list of what is supplied for you and what materials you may want to bring. But there are some things they don't always think to tell you. Be sure to bring a mattress pad; this not only puts an extra barrier between you and an old mattress, but it's a good idea to get one with extra padding for comfort. It's also a good idea to bring a sealable bin so your snacks stay fresh longer and you avoid the mishaps with pests in a large dormitory. Finally, be sure to bring a mini tool box. You never know whether you'll need to assemble some new last-minute dorm room furniture or simply need tools to help decorate. We also recommend picking up the hanging devices that don't damage walls.
It's easy to get a little nervous when thinking about being on your own in college. But it's important to know there are many perks to being a first-year student. Freshmen are set up for success when they enter college. The course load of a first-year student is much lighter with easier general topics, and professors have lower expectations than those for upperclassmen. Aside from academics, colleges and universities have tons of programs and events geared toward getting freshmen active and acquainted with campus. Participating in your campus's welcome week activities is a great way to make new friends and meet the classmates you'll be with for your college career. Chances are some of the welcome week leaders and student orientation guides may be members of fraternities and sororities.
The university administration and faculty are not the only ones working to help freshmen succeed. Upperclassmen can be just as encouraging and helpful. You may find upperclassmen, some of them in fraternities and sororities, offering to help carry your things and move the furniture in your room on move-in day. Remember, the upperclassmen on your campus want you to have a great freshman experience so that you will love your university as much as they do.
Even though the university provides a lot of opportunities for you, be sure to make your own adventures too. Be open to bonding with your roommate, but don't stay cooped up in your dorm room all the time. Get out and explore the local spots around your campus. There are bound to be restaurants you've never been to and great stores nearby.
There is so much to look forward to during your first year of college. Be sure to use the resources your university provides to make your transition smooth. Take advantage of the opportunities to talk with upperclassmen in fraternities and sororities. And get plugged in with your College Panhellenic to receive information on your campus's formal recruitment process.