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Bucket List before you head off for College

June 30, 2016

College is one of those things that most of us have experienced or are going to experience at least once in our life. Many of us aren’t prepared for college and when we finally make it there, no matter what age, we feel like we haven’t done all we needed to do before college bogged us down. I have a friend who is currently enjoying her summer before classes start up again in the fall. Below is a bucket list of things you might want to do before college arrives at your doorstep.

Take a road trip with your high school friends: Most likely you won’t be able to see your high school friends anymore since everyone goes to different colleges or do different things after high school. Get a map out and blindly pick a place on the map and get in your car and go there.

Figure out how to do some DIY: Your Dorm room needs to be decorated. I would suggest you find out really quick how to do some cheap DIY tricks to get your room looking fab during the summer. Go to the dollar store and create something to have the entire floor talking about your room

Spend time with your family and not just your friends: Your mom may get on your nerves but she has a good reason she loves ya. Spend some time with her and then switch over and spend some time with dad. Dad’s usually don’t say much but trust me they may shed a tear or two when it’s time to drop you off to college. Spend some time with each separately.

Work Work Work: You know the Rihanna song where we only understand the work part….yeah do that this summer. You may not understand or want to take a break during the summer…don’t.  You don’t want to be super broke your first few months of college. Work and save up all the money that you can.

Get organized: College and High school are two different things. You don’t have anyone nagging you anymore about little things. College is when you will have to learn time management skills and how to be super organized. You will be living with a roommate who may not be organized so you don’t want to get your things mixed up with hers. (this happened to me. I was organized and she wasn’t and she kept our room looking like a hog pen….I love her to this day but my gawd)

Travel out of the country: This is a great one if you can afford it. I would see some part of the world and live it up before you go off to college.

Learn how to cook if you don’t know how: You will be hungry when you go to college. Trust me on this! Take a cooking class over the summer. It will be fun and you can learn something new.

Save up some money. I know, it sounds crazy however, when attending college, it seems money is sucked down the drain. Put a little aside as an emergency fund to help with any extra expenses that arise. Especially if you are reducing your hours or quitting your job (you shouldn’t quit your job to go to school), having some extra money around will help when the tough times arise. I’m thinking Christmas arrives right after fall classes end and it can be like a black hole for money. Be prepared!

Overall, just make sure you have lived a little and take care of your responsibilities before attending college. The last thing you need is for your focus to be on unfinished business or in la la land instead of the work that is going to shape your future.

Bucket List before you head off for College

  • Reply
    Sage
    July 1, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    I agree with working as much as possible to get the best possible start to the semester. My first semester was the only one where I didn’t have to work because I’d saved up so much the summer before and during high school. That semester was the most fun because after that I had multiple jobs and a full course load, which was not fun. But, I graduated debt free and have been having fun since : -)

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    Bites for Foodies
    July 2, 2016 at 6:09 am

    Travel out of the country would be the one I’d recommend!! I traveled and lived in Europe for over 8 years and it was the best experience of my life! Nothing else you can do will compare to what you learn about yourself and others while traveling!

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    Sara
    July 2, 2016 at 11:07 am

    These are such great tips! I have a son who is headed off to college this fall and he needs to get cracking on this list. He knows how to cook and do his laundry so I really hope he survives! Hahaha

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    Jason Nail
    July 3, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    I agree with your comment on learning to cook. When I left for college, my mom gave a blank cookbook which I gave back to her and my grandmother to fill with all the greatest recipes of my life. Biscuits, chicken casserole, cornbread were among some of the firsts.

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    Heather
    July 3, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    This is a great list. I didn’t learn to cook until my 2nd year in college. I gained 23 pounds the first year and was determined not to repeat that my 2nd year!!

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    paula schuck
    July 4, 2016 at 2:00 am

    These are great tips. I worked my butt off every single summer so that I could afford the school year and it still wasn’t enough most years but I managed. I am a couple of years away from the girls being ready for college but the planning started the moment they arrived financially anyways.

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    Rae
    July 4, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    One of the things that I regret is not traveling while in college. I was so materialistic that my money went other places and on things that I didn’t need but it was the latest trend so I went with it. Thank God for growth.. I can tell you that much.

    Great list, Kita. Before you know it, I’ll have to show this list to my daughter as someone sedates me. *Sigh.

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      Kita
      July 5, 2016 at 1:20 am

      My daughter already picked out her school and says she will become a Dr. it’s my boy I gotta worry about *sigh*

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    Kristy @ Mommy Hates Cooking
    July 5, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    This is such a great bucket list for everyone getting ready for college. The transition between high school and college can be so tough! Definitely agree with working as much as you can now, being a broke college kid is tough!

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    Eric Gamble
    October 11, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    Great post Kita! So this summer, I at 40 years old walked the entire Camino de Santiago from a small town in France, over the Pyrennes, and then across the entire Northern Peninsula of Spain to the Atlantic ocean! Now I share this because while walking for 40 some odd days, I couldn’t tell you how many young 17-19 year old Europeans were walking with groups of their friends!
    I would talk to them and say how impressed I was that they were doing this! Many said that they were encouraged by their parents to take an epic adventure with their friends like this before starting college or joining the military!
    I couldn’t agree more! I wasted that summer before college back in the day mainly because I had no idea of the great adventures available to me in the world!
    Definitely keep encouraging adventure!!

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      Kita
      October 12, 2016 at 3:45 am

      Yes this is great. I wasted my summers also and wish I could do it over again

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