By: April Pickens, student writer
So you’re going to college in the fall. You’ve already found your dream college and you’re in the process of making lists about what you want to take with you, and what you’ll need to buy. While you’re doing all that planning, a few things might slip your mind- but don’t worry, we have you covered!
- Get a Debit Card. Life is a lot easier when you don’t have to carry cash around with you all the time, and paying for expensive textbooks is WAY easier when you don’t have to take out hundreds of dollars from your bank. If you don’t already have a debit card, I would highly suggest getting one. All you need to do is go to the bank with your parents, and the tellers can usually print one there for you after you set up your account. One thing to note, though: make sure you look around your college campus to make sure your bank has a physical location nearby- it’s a lot easier to be able to go to a branch of your bank when you have a problem instead of trying to fix it over the phone (trust me, I know from experience). You’ll also save on ATM fees!
- Memorize Your Social Security Number. This will help you in all aspects of your life, not just when you’re in college. Surprisingly, you need your social security number for a lot of things. Memorizing your number now will save you a lot of time and effort in the future, and it lessens the risk of someone finding it out if you have it memorized rather than carrying it around in your wallet. Always protect your SSN!
- Update Your Resume. I bet you didn’t think about this, huh? You can now update the education section of your resume to show you’ve completed your high school education and are now a student in college. While you’re there, don’t forget to update any job information or skills!
- Schedule a Doctor’s Appointment. One last trip to the doctor’s office never hurt anyone, and your doctor can give you some good tips about staying healthy in college. This is also a good time to ask if you can get any prescriptions you might need filled in three or six month quantities- it’s much easier to have three months at a time rather than going home every month just to pick up your prescriptions.
- Get a Haircut. Depending on how far away you are from home, your usual hair stylist won’t be as easily accessible anymore! Personally, I get my hair done before I leave for the fall semester, winter break, and spring break. That way, I’m already going to be home, and I don’t have to look for a new hairstylist at college.
- Learn How to Do Laundry. If you don’t already know how, this will be your time to learn. Your momma can’t do it for you anymore! My freshman year, our Resident Assistant had to sit some people down and teach them that tide pods do not go where the detergent goes- they are two different things. It was embarrassing for them, but hilarious for the rest of us. Make sure you know what you’re doing around a washer and dryer!
April Pickens is a recent graduate from Purdue University, and has been writing short stories since the age of three, so it’s probably a good thing that she is majored in Professional Writing! She plans to work in publishing and editing, and knows that this experience will further the skills she will use in future jobs and opportunities. As an intern with My College Navigation Hub, she looks forward to sharing her collegiate experiences with others (even the mistakes and slip ups), and hopefully helping students make their college years the best they can be!