Wow, seniors…you’ve almost made it! Your final year of high school is almost done, and many of you will soon be starting college.

Although finishing high school probably feels surreal, beginning college will make you feel a bit more grounded. Here are a few things to consider as you wrap up this phase of your life and begin the next:

Campus Housing

If you are living on campus, make sure you have completed all of the requirements to secure your housing. Once you receive contact information for your roommate, contact them to find out what communal necessities you should plan to bring for your dorm (refrigerator, microwave, etc.). It is also a good idea to try to learn about their habits and preferences: Do they like to wake up early? What level of noise do they find acceptable? Are they comfortable with your friends visiting your shared room? Trying to get to know your roommate before your move-in date will help you feel more comfortable when you meet them in-person.

New-student orientation

Most colleges open sign-ups for freshmen orientation in March or April. If you have not already signed up for orientation, check your college’s website or your college-based student account for more information. If you cannot find any information, your college may not have made the sign-up available yet. As soon as you have the opportunity to do so, though, make sure you sign up.

When you go to orientation, try to meet some of your classmates. You will likely find it easier to adapt to your first weeks at college if you know at least a few classmates ahead of time. Also, feel comfortable with asking questions. Orientation is meant to help you acclimate to your new college environment, so if you have questions or concerns, feel free to voice them.

Budgeting

Creating a budget (and sticking to it!) is one of the best things you can do to help yourself before you begin college. If you can learn how to create and maintain a successful budget before you go to college, you will find it easier to make changes to your spending if/when unexpected costs come up. Once your FAFSA is completed and you know what financial aid your college of choice can offer you, you can include those numbers in your budget so that you will be as prepared as possible for any extra college costs. If you aren’t sure how or where to start, websites like Mint have some good suggestions and budget templates you might find useful.

If you need help with completing your FAFSA, understanding loans, or accepting your financial aid award, contact EducationQuest today! Enjoy the end of your senior year, and have a good summer before you begin college.