preparing to go to college has been one of the most time consuming processes I’ve ever encountered. from packing to making sure my scholarship is properly loaded on my account, it has been a lot of work. though I know the school year is fast approaching, I just wanted to discuss a few things you need to make sure you have done before going to college.
- Register as an absentee voter. I just went to register today, because since I’m going away from school (even though I’m staying in state), I might not be able to get to the polls before they close. This is a very important election year, and you need to make sure you vote. The choice for candidates has never been so opposite. One candidate advocates for social change and equality while the other one wants to divide us as a nation and “make America great again (for the wealthy white males)”. For me the choice is quite clear. So make sure you’re getting out and voting.
- Pack up coats. Packing clothes can be quite stressful. you want to make sure you got everything, even those one pair of boots that only look cute with those jeans, but you still need them. Since I’m staying in Michigan, I understand that I’ll need to be well prepared for the winter. My recommendation is getting a long parka, in addition to a variety of warm, rain, and light weight jackets. The weather in Michigan changes constantly, so being prepared with a variety of coats is really important.
- Go school supply shopping. There seems to be this thing where people on Twitter have forgotten that college students need supplies too. Make sure that you go to Target or Office Depot to get supplies (and great deals too). You’ll need a variety of things. Because remember you won’t be at home, so you might need a pencil sharpener or that three hole puncher you never used. A lot of colleges also have discounts on laptops or can ever offer grants to purchase a computer. At Michigan, their computer showcase has deals on laptop packages. I also know at Michigan State they have grants to fund purchasing a laptop.
- Focus on your shoe collection. Making sure you’re set for college is important. I went to get my uggs cleaned this week, so that when the winter does come I’ll be good. I know that ugg is making a new waterproof boot, which I will definitely be looking into (I already have the waterproof spray). Getting a good winter boot is important, especially if you have to walk far. Comfortable shoes are also very important. I currently have two pairs of Nike Free’s (one 4.0 and the other is 5.0). I did this because I know that I’ll be walking a lot in college and wanted to make sure I have support. I already had black ones so I bought white ones (so I’ll be able to match my shoes with my outfit). Make sure you have a variety of shoes, from heels to sandals because you never know what you may need.
- Make sure to groom yourself! And pack stuff to keep it up. The day before I move in I have a hair appointment scheduled so that I can make sure my hair is in the best condition possible. Making sure your hair, eyebrows and even nails (though I don’t recommend getting acrylics because it is sometimes hard to find a good salon) are done before moving is important. went hair product/tools shopping so that I will be able to still do my hair while I’m in school. Some students don’t come home until Christmas, so making sure you’re properly groomed before you leave will just make life easier.
I hope these five tips helped and that your transition to college is easy!