You did it! High school is now officially behind you, and it’s time to start looking ahead…but where do you  begin? Here’s a list to help you make the most of your time during the summer between high school and college.

  1. Take inventory of your closet. College has so much to offer – tailgating, job fairs, volunteer opportunities and more! Make sure you have something for every occasion. Donate clothes you don’t wear anymoreand make room in your closet for new items that show off your school pride!
  2. Spend time with your family. Even if you’re not moving away for school, things won’t be the same. College is the time when you begin building your own life, so be sure to make time for extra conversations with mom and dad, and fun afternoons with your siblings.RCJ_4698
  3. Get to know the area surrounding campus. Whether or not you’re moving to a new city for college, chances are you won’t be spending as much time in the area you’re used to. Take some time to explore the best coffee shops, restaurants, and fun things to do near your new school (even if you have to do so online)!
  4. Keep a journal. It may not always feel like it, but this summer is a huge turning point in your life. You’ve graduated high school and you’re moving on to bigger things. Keeping a journal during this time will not only help you work through your feelings about all of this change, but one day, it will be nice to look back on who you were and see how far you’ve come!
  5. Hit the gym! If the gym isn’t for you, start implementing some kind of fitness routine in your daily schedule. Something as simple as a daily walk can make a world of difference in how you feel. When the hustle and bustle of college life hits you, you’ll be glad that exercise is already something that’s part of your routine, not just another thing you need to add on.
  6. Hang out with your high school crew one last time. Everyone is going their separate ways come August, so have one final get together where you reminisce, take lots of photos, and get a little too weepy.
  7. Thank your teachers. Everyone has at least one teacher who has made an enormous impact on their life. Reach out to that teacher and let them know they inspired you and made a difference!
  8. Get organized! Between classes, student organizations, and campus events, you’re going to be busy! Figure out a system of keeping track of things that works best for you now – don’t wait until you’re overloaded.
  9. Reach out to new classmates and roommates! Don’t be shy – summer is a great time to start building these relationships so that come August, you’ll already have a support system and a few good friends on campus.
  10. Relax! Watch your favorite movies, get a haircut, go for a swim, sleep in and do whatever helps you feel your best. You’ve earned a little bit of down time before the rest of your life begins!

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