7 things you must do before your first year of college

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Your first year of college is starting now and everyone from your aunt to the mailman is probably giving you more advice than you can handle. We get it, it can be a little overwhelming. Check out our seven-item action plan that will help you feel (and be) as prepared as possible for your great college adventure.

1. Meet your roommate

If you already know who you’re rooming with, reach out to them and start a conversation. Decide who’s bringing what and start learning each other's habits, schedules and more. Check out this list of great intro questions to get the ball rolling.

2. Know your schedule

Once you’ve registered for classes, you can start planning how you’ll spend your days. Map out your routes, breaks and meal times so you feel good about your day-to-day flow. Here’s an interactive campus map to get you started.

Be sure you have time to actually attend your classes. You may have heard that in college attendance doesn’t matter, and while it may not always be tracked, it matters a lot to your education.

3. Make time for your family

If you’re moving away from home, make the most of the time you have left living with your family members. Spend quality time with your parents and siblings, and give your dog an extra walk around the block. You’ll have so much fun in college, but there will still be times you’ll miss the comforts of home. You’ll be glad you spent a little extra time with everyone before you left.

4. Build your budget

This summer is the perfect time to start planning your finances for the school year. Keep applying for scholarships and start getting the money you already have from your job and savings in order. Having a plan before you start living on your own will help you tremendously. We have some great tips from people in the know to help you get started.

5. Polish your profiles

You’re starting fresh in school, why not start fresh on your social media sites? Start by cleaning up and organizing some of the pics and content you’ve shared. Everyone from potential employers and professors to your new friends will likely be looking you up online — here are a few tips to start tidying. While you’re at it, create or update your LinkedIn page with your college info and any summer jobs you’ve had.

If you’re bringing your personal laptop to school, now is a great time to clean it up, too. We recommend starting a process to back up your files in case of a computer issue.

6. Learn some adulting basics

Take a few moments to address what you know and what you don’t know. Maybe you’re lacking skills in areas like doing your own laundry, managing your time or finding a job. Talk to your parents, ask them questions and read our posts on adulting basics to get fully prepared for your college experience.

7. Set future goals

Spend some time thinking about what you want from your college experience. Write down your personal, financial and career goals, and start thinking about how you’re going to work toward them. These goals should be flexible; you can always alter them, and they’ll likely change as you grow over the next four years. This is your path and you’re in charge of your future from here on out, so having a few goals to reach for is a great place to start.

How can we help you prepare for your first semester at ASU? Let us know by asking us a question. We look forward to hearing from you.

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