Your College Survival Guide

Thursday, June 22

You’ve mastered the art of navigating high school. Now it’s time for bigger and better things! It’s time to spread your wings as you head off to college. But before you do, it’s best to take some time to get your ducks in a row. Here are a few tips to prepare in the midst of all the hustle and bustle that is your senior year:

 

Hone your life skills.

Do you know how to properly do laundry? Are you good with time management, or wait until the last minute to complete assignments? Do you know how to balance your finances and live within your means? What about setting your own alarm and waking up on time? Have you masters making a few healthy dishes?

Being self-sufficient while at college is a wonderful thing. Master these skills now with the help of your mom and dad so that when you’re at college, you can focus on what matters the most— your education.

 

Reach out.

Your social network will likely grow when you leave for college, but that doesn’t mean you can’t maintain existing friendships back home. Thanks to social media, you can still stay in touch with family and friends. Consider also keeping a hard copy of phone numbers and email addresses in case your phone becomes lost or damaged.

 

Find a mentor.

College can be a challenging time emotionally, and you’ll need someone to lean on. A pastor, youth group leader, or a close family friend might be willing to serve in this role.

Know when to ask for help, and that it is okay to ask. Everyone needs guidance and encouragement every now and then. Behind every successful person is someone who supported and prayed for them.

 

Talk numbers.

Yes, you’re going to college, but do you know how you’re paying for it? This is often the biggest variable for high school seniors. Are your parents helping with tuition or are you going to depend mostly on financial aid or private loans? What about scholarships? There are plenty of need and merit based scholarships you might qualify for. You just need to put in the time to find and apply for them.

Do you have a budget? What happens if you run out of money? Have an honest talk about expectations with your parents or guardian and be sure you’re on the same page about finances. Some students have part-time jobs or participate in work-study programs to offset tuition. All of your tuition details should be worked out before you set foot on campus.

 

Don’t slack.

The last few months of high school do matter—and admissions people are watching. Keep your grades up, attendance consistent, and stay involved in extra-curricular activities. Maintaining good habits now means the transition into college will go more smoothly. Keep your eye on the prize and you’ll breeze through your senior year.

And in the midst of this preparation, don’t forget to live in the moment. This is the time for making memories with family and friends, ones that you can carry with you into college and beyond.

Connect with your admissions counselor to get your questions answered about preparing for life on campus and completing the enrollment process. Exciting times are ahead!