Guide to Preparing to Leave for College

Irene Ortega
Edited by Angela Lapuz
Published on
July 28, 2023

It's that time of year! You have accepted admission to a university to pursue your education, but you have decided to move far from home to attend. Most students really have no idea what to expect from this transition, and it is important to be informed as much as possible before leaving home for college. Fortunately, this guide is here to help and support you in all that must be known. 

  1. First and foremost, enjoy the rest of your summer!

Spend as much time as you can with friends, family, and other loved ones! It is expected that you will only be able to visit or return home from college during holidays, vacations/breaks, or other events. As a result, take in all the love you can and don't waste a second of it. Do something enjoyable and memorable before you leave.

  1. Start Planning

Begin making a list of what you will need. Whether you are moving into a single or shared dorm, or even a single apartment, it is obvious that you should start brainstorming and buying things, appliances, and other necessities. Keep in mind that if you are moving into a dorm, there are some restrictions on what you can bring with you. Certain universities, for example, do not permit furniture, candles/incense, certain kitchen appliances, excessive apparel, space heaters, duplicates of shared belongings, and so on. Make sure you read the regulations your university has in place for dorm rooms, as well as the items that are allowed to be brought in. 

  1. Know How To Be Fully Responsible

Because you are preparing to lead yourself and live on your own without the complete supervision of your parents, it is critical that you understand how to be completely independent. You can always call your parents if you have any questions, but being responsible involves knowing how to handle any situation. This could range from handling your own medical visits to understanding exactly what to do in cases of potential danger.  Know your rights, risks, and, most importantly, what to do when you're on your own in life. 

  1. Finances/Budgeting

Develop financial responsibility and ensure you have a reliable source of income, whether it is your own or that of your parents. Although you spend the most of your time studying or participating in other school-related activities, there may be instances where you are invited out to dinner with friends, or you may just want to go out alone, which evidently, requires you to spend some extra cash. Not only that but also emergent cases that require a quick pay may come up, and it is significant that you always have some source of money in your pocket. Of course, it is still important to be smart in your expenses and spend responsibly. 

In the end, it all comes down to being properly prepared and understanding what this major life transition would entail. It certainly is a thrilling moment and a once-in-a-lifetime feeling. Do not take everything for granted, and do everything correctly! Maintain communication with your friends and family back home because you will need them the most when you are gone. Above everything, take care of yourself and enjoy your college experience. :))

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