your college in 5 easy steps
If you're going away to school, you will be living in new surroundings. You may be filled with both excitement and fear, and you probably have a lot of questions. Use this time to be proactive and prepare for campus life.
Here are a few things to think about before you even know for sure where you're going…
Living and Dining
•Do I plan to live on or off campus?
•Is there anything I need to buy for an apartment or dorm?
•What kind of budget do I have for living expenses?
•Is it likely that I will have a roommate?
•Will the school let me know who my roommate is in advance?
•Do I want to contact my roommate and make arrangements for arrival day?
•Will I buy a meal plan or cook for myself?
•What kind of cooking facilities are available?
•Will I have access to laundry facilities?
•Do I even know how to do laundry?
•What type of internet access is available?
•How will I access my money?
•Will I incur fees if I use the ATMs on campus?
•Should I open a separate bank account on campus?
•Have I worked out a school-specific budget?
•Do I plan to work while I'm in school?
•Where can I find a job?
•What kind of transportation is available on campus?
•Will I need a car?
•Where can I park my car?
•How will I get back and forth to my hometown?
•How much should I set aside for transportation expenses?
Health and Safety
•Are there any free or low-cost health facilities on campus?
•Do I have health concerns the school should know about?
•Will my prescriptions run out while I'm at school?
•Will I feel safe on campus?
•Do I need to take any safety precautions?
•Will campus life impact my sleep?
•How will I cope with lack of sleep?
•How long will it take me to earn my degree?
•Do I plan to participate in any clubs or organizations?
•Will I join an intramural sports team?
•Are there places to exercise on campus?
•Where is the nearest fitness center?
•Will I be able to practice my religion at school?
•Are there places of worship nearby?
•How many activities can I reasonably juggle?
Coping With Stress
•Do I think I'll get homesick?
•What will I do if I get homesick?
•Whom will I call when I get stressed?
•How do I commonly deal with stress?
•How can I prepare for the stress I may face?