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How to Spend The Summer Before College

The summer before college can be one of the most exciting – and nerve-wracking – times of your life. It may feel like you’ve got a million things to do, or you might be wondering what you should be doing. You’ll find a hundred summer-before-college checklists out there on the Internet, but here are a few great ideas to start.

Stay fresh by reading books and taking classes that will get you ready for your field of study, suggests Full Sail University admissions representative Benjamin Overbey. “There is a wealth of training and self-paced online tutorials,” says Overbey. “Some college admissions reps can give you more details on how to prep for the major you’re enrolling in. For students wanting to gain more skills in several creative and technical areas, I like Lynda.com.”

For something that requires a bit more commitment, many colleges and universities offer pre-summer college programs, which are sort of like test runs to help students see what life and work on a college campus is like. Test prep website PrepScholar states that program subjects include engineering, writing, entrepreneurship, and more. Check with your college and see if they offer any kind of college-prep or extended orientation programs for new students.

And don’t forget the little things – everything from remembering to sign-up for orientation and buy textbooks to spending time with family and catching up on laundry. Productivity website Lifehacker has a great comprehensive checklist here. It covers pre-college essentials as well as general chores that you might forget about.

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