- You will need a bunch of textbooks for the first semester of your freshman year. The best advice that I can give is to look online and do some research as to where they are the cheapest. Trust me, textbooks get very pricey and any money that you can save on them will really make a difference!
- Coordinate what will be brought to your room with your roommate. Living with someone else for the first time can definitely be a scary experience, but talking to your roommate over the summer can truly make you feel better about it! Plan who will bring what to the room, so that you don’t end up with two fridges, two sets of curtains and two microwaves (because trust me, it could happen).
- Speaking of items to bring to your dorm, check out sales every week to see where you can get everything that you need at a cheaper price. Many stores run specials on college dorm essentials, so don’t forget to check them out! Make lists of everything that you need to get and check them off as you go. By the end of the summer, your house will be full of things to bring to college with you and you might forget what you previously purchased. (Also, don’t forget flip-flops for the shower!)
- Get crafty! Your dorm room is your little home away from home all year, so you might as well make it as cozy as your bedroom at home! Print out pictures of you and your best friends, purchase posters, make some crafts and do whatever else will make your room feel like home! (I found all of my ideas from Pinterest.)
- Contact your professors over the summer if you have any questions at all about your courses. If you have textbook questions or just want to introduce yourself, do not hesitate to reach out to your teachers! They are here to help you and are more than happy to ease any worries that you may have.
- Look out for any information about summer orientation. Your orientation leaders (like me) will make a Facebook group introducing ourselves and will be available to answer any questions that you may have. We have been through this before and are so excited to help you! Don’t be shy! Orientation is also such a crucial time to make friends and have fun. Take advantage of every opportunity that is given to you and say yes to everything!
Congratulations on finishing up your senior year of high school and we wish you the best of luck this upcoming year. We are all looking forward to meeting you (and welcoming you to Cabrini University) in the fall!