How To Prepare For College Like A Boss

High School Graduates, Here Is How To Prepare For College Like A Boss

Know that you will never feel ready.

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The time has come! You have officially completed your normative education. Now you are onto the next step, college. As a graduating senior, you may be feeling one of two things: ready to get out of the house or ready to crawl into a hole and die because you feel unprepared.

Well for those who are wanting to crawl into a hole, this is for you.

First things first, one of the best pieces of college advice anyone can give you is - you are never going to feel prepared for the next step. It does not matter if you know what your major is going into college, once you get to your college graduation, you will be in the same boat. But know that it is okay to not be ready for the next step. And do not let this freak you out, let it comfort you because you're no different being a senior in high school than what a senior in college is feeling.

Not feeling ready, is the perfect amount of anxiety to drive you to do your research so that you can best prepare yourself for the next step. Hence, why you are reading this article.

So take a deep breath, know that you are human.

Secondly, the best way to prepare for college is to do exactly what you are doing, research. Reading advice columns written by yours truly, or heck check out other articles about preparing for college written by other creators of this site, or asking friends or family who are in or has been in college for advice is the best thing to do to prepare.

Everyone has their own unique college experiences, so by gathering as many perspectives on dorm room decor, roommates, classes, and so on will help you figure out the best ways to go about things like picking a roommate, knowing where to live, what to buy, and what to expect.

Thirdly, learn how to manage your time now. You may think you are the best at time management; however, college is a whole other ballpark when it comes to time. There are so many things, events, classes, assignments, friends that will want to take up your time. You're going to have to learn how to juggle a social life, sleep life, and academic life like you have never believed. The number one thing incoming freshmen struggle with is learning how to do this. Get ahead of the curve and begin to research and train yourself on how to best manage your time.

Lastly, take the time to ask your parents, guardian, friends mom, your neighbor - whoever, to show you how to do simple tasks that you may not know now. Such as: how to do laundry, how to fold laundry, how to grocery shop, how to cook simple meals, how to cook microwave mac n cheese (trust me, some people are clueless).

The hardest part about college is learning how to do things on your own because, guess what, mommy and daddy are not going to be there to do it for you anymore. Best to learn it now than to be that kid acting completely clueless in the laundry room and adding bleach to their dark colors. College is an exciting time to learn independence, but you have to have the skills to be independent.

Teach yourself these skills now, so that you can rock it your freshman year.

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52 College Student Discounts That Are Extremely Real And TOO Easy To Use

31. Goodwill - 20% off on Tuesdays with college ID
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College is great.

But college is also expensive AF.

The cool thing about that is everyone knows that, and everyone — businesses included — knows college kids can't afford to spend *too* much money that they do NOT have. So you know that student ID you have?

It gets you college student discounts. Lots of them.


Entertainment

1. AMC Theaters

Discounted tickets on Thursdays

2. Apple Music

50% off.

3. Cinemark

Discounted tickets.

4. Regal Cinemas

Exclusive deals!

5. Spotify

Spotify Premium for $4.99/month!

6. New York Mets

$10 tickets with college ID.

Technology

8. Apple

Free pair of Beats with Mac purchase!

9. Best Buy

Exclusive deals!

Exclusive deals

10. FedEx

20-30% off shipping!

11. Microsoft

Multiple discounts!

12. Sprint

Multiple discounts!

13. Verizon

Exclusive deals!

Insurance

14. Allstate

20% off.

15. Geico

15% off.

16. Nationwide

Exclusive deals!

17. State Farm

25% off!

Travel

18. Amtrak

10% off and bonus points!

19. Chevrolet

Preferred pricing

20. Choice Hotels

15% off!

21. Greyhound

20-40% off!

22. Jiffy Lube

$10 or 10% off with college ID!

Education

23. Barnes & Noble

Multiple discounts!

24. Inkjet Willy

10% off with coupon!

25. Wall Street Journal

$1/week for 15 weeks!

Clothes

26. Aerie

10% off!

27. Billabong

10% off!

28. Champ Sports

10% off $50 purchase!

29. Charlotte Russe

10% off total purchase!

30. Forever 21

10% off full-price online purchase!

31. Goodwill

20% off on Tuesdays with college ID!

32. JCrew

15% off with college ID!

33. Kate Spade

15% off with college ID!

34. ModCloth

10% off!

35. Toms

Free shipping!

36. Topshop

10% off!

37. Urban Outfitters

10% off with college ID

38. Vinyard Vines

15% off with college ID!

Food

39. Arby's

10% off!

40. bd's Mongolian Grill

Student Night - $9.99 bowl of stir fry!

41. Buffalo Wild Wings

10% off!

42. Burger King

10% off!

43. Chik-fil-A

Free drink with a meal!

44. Chipotle

Free drink with a meal!

45. Dairy Queen

Student Meal Deal!

46. Dunkin Donuts

10% off!

47. McDonald's

10% off!

48. Subway

10% off!

49. Taco Bell

10% off!

50. Waffle House

Other

51. 1800Flowers.com

20% off!

52. Sam's Club

Discounts vary by location!

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5 Things To Unpack From College

... And clean out!

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Here are some things that you should consider donating/getting rid of. Half the stuff you accumulate in a college dorm room by the end of the year is probably junk anyways!

1. Dirty frat/bar shoes 

I shudder thinking about what I've stepped on at a frat house with my once-white canvas sneakers. Why I buy canvas when I know dirt and sludge is going to stick to them no matter how often I wash them- the world may never know. And why white? Again, the world may never know why I always think it's going to be a good idea to wear white shoes, white shirts, white shorts, white ANYTHING where I know there's going to be pink juice on it by the end of the night. I cannot stress this enough- throw. out. your. dirty. going. out. shoes.

2. Old sorority apparel

If you're a rising junior or senior like me, or if you're graduating (sad), it might be time to think about giving some of your sorority sweatshirts and canvases either to your little or selling them on Poshmark. Your little can either keep your t-shirts and letters for themselves or give them to their littles when the time comes. Regardless, as you get older there becomes less of a need for so much apparel with your college sorority letters plastered over them (think- will you be wearing these in 10 years? Most likely not).

3. Sleeping t-shirts 

I don't know about you, but every school year I seem to collect random t-shirts from service trips, sorority functions, accepted students days, etc.; shirts that I find suitable for sleeping and nothing more. When I come home, I cannot believe the pile of these t-shirts in my possession, so I force myself to go through them at the end of every school year and donate them to Goodwill. I now only keep my softest and most cherished t-shirts for bedtime.

4. Winter clothes, boots, accessories, etc. 

Looking at my black jeans, black boots, and big furry jackets tends to depress me come May (or if I'm being honest, come, like, March). So, I went to CVS and bought a $7 plastic, zip-up storage bin to store all of this stuff in and put it in my basement until extracting it again come winter break. Adios winter clothes, and hello shorts and sandals (thank goodness).

5. Books 

If your school's bookstore didn't buy back most of your books like mine, then consider giving them to Goodwill alongside any books from your bookshelf at home that are either too young for you now, you've read too many times to count, or have been collecting dust for the past decade that you truly will never read. These plus some of the books from last semester's British Literature class Goodwill will gladly accept. Plus, more room for those summer romance novels you love too much to stop purchasing every June.

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