10 Ways I Could Have Prepared for College More

1. Learn how to read properly

Reading in high school mostly entails retaining generic information about literature, articles, and other sources of information. It is essentially a matter of memorizing and retaining information, and the analysis and interpretation is done in class. In college, this process is entirely different. Not only are readings much longer in length, but they are also more dense in their content. This change requires a couple of adjustments for students transitioning to college. First, learn how to read and comprehend material at a fast pace so you don’t spend hours on that journal article you have for homework. Second, learn how to form your own thoughts and analysis of any reading you are given before a class or lecture, as the discussion will not lay it all out on the table for you; you have to do the legwork on your own.

2. Learn how to manage your time

I remember coming into college thinking I would have hours of free time given that I wasn’t sitting in classrooms from 8am to 3pm Monday through Friday. Unfortunately, I was wrong. It is true that students only spend 3-5 hours of their days in the classroom, but everything going on outside of the classroom really adds up. First and foremost, the work you put in outside of class takes much more time than it did in high school. Second, extracurriculars come up at all times of the day, all days of the week. Third, walking around campus, having meals, meeting with professors and friends, and other activities will all take up more of your time than you might expect. So, don’t expect to have hours every day to lounge around and hang out with friends; college is a busy time!

3. Learn how to talk to strangers

Especially in the beginning, the most important part of school is meeting people and making friends, connections, study mates, etc. This process entails being comfortable approaching people you’ve never met, mastering small talk, and knowing how to maintain a dialogue with people to whom you are not yet close. Luckily, everyone is in this boat at the beginning of school, so everyone will be willing to have that initial conversation. But regardless, you have to learn how to be comfortable and good and striking up a random conversation all day, every day.

4. Learn how to be a good speaker and presenter

While the amount of public speaking one might do may depend upon what they are studying, college largely requires being better and more comfortable at speaking in front of larger groups. Whether it be for a presentation, engaging in class discussion, or even doing group work, you have to learn how to be comfortable and good at articulating yourself if you want to be successful in the eyes of your professors and peers. 

5. Learn how to manage your money

College can be an expensive place! College is the first time for a lot of people to be out in the world, on their own, making their own spending decisions, and managing their own money. It is not sustainable to be going out all of the time with your friends; funds are limited! Learn how to budget where you will go out, when you will go out, and figure out how to build your social life around those plans accordingly. 

6. Have an idea of what you might get involved in before you arrive on campus

That first activities fair during the first week of school in your freshman year can be extremely overwhelming. Hundreds of organizations are looking for new members, and it is often hard to decide where you would like to be involved. Looking into organizations that reflect some of your personal interests may help narrow down what tables you should be visiting come time for the activities fair. 

7. Figure out where to get academic support

Adjusting to college-level courses can be a tough transition for many students, so it is important to know what resources are available to you to make this transition as easy as possible. Seeking out tutoring services, teaching assistants, office hours with professors, and other helpful tools can really change your outlook and performance in class.

8. Improve your writing skills

What is expected of you in high school when you write essays and papers is extremely different from what is expected in college. In high school, a fairly surface level analysis is all that is required to do decently well on an assignment. At the college level, this surface level analysis will earn you a passing grade at best. You have to learn to how to gesture outward, considering the context of your paper or essay’s discussion within a broader scope as well as delve deeper into the meaning of the details of a book or data set. Only then will your professors see you genuinely thinking critically about a topic and view your work as appropriate for an institution of higher education.

9. Figure out the best high school classes to take

Planning your high school schedule is not simply a matter of building a good looking transcript for your college applications, but it is just as much about setting yourself up to explore as many college courses as possible. While this process largely depends on AP classes (which you should research how many schools accept credit for those classes before you take them), it also depends on what random electives you might enroll in to discover some coursework you might find interesting in college as well. Exposing yourself to a broad set of academic topics in high school will broaden your scope of potentially interesting classes once in college; there are hundreds of courses, and you might not know which ones to take!

10. Learn how to balance work and play

Often the biggest struggle that students have is managing a balance between work and play, as college gives you more time out of class but also more work to handle. As a result, it is beneficial to keep a calendar and/or have a planner to map out your plans, activities, and work schedule. It is also important to recognize that college is equally a social and academic experience. Some students may be going to school just to get a degree, while others may be going to meet new people and have new experiences. Regardless of where you see yourself on that spectrum, college is a place to explore both the academic and social realms of your life, and so planning accordingly will help you maximize your potential to enjoy both of these areas as much as possible during your time in college.
 

College Tours: Harvard University

WHY IS THIS SCHOOL AWESOME?

The bustling, metropolitan city of Cambridge, Massachusetts parallels the vibrancy of the college campus of Harvard University. Boasting the largest academic library in the United States, 10 distinct research programs for undergraduates, and about 3,900 courses, Harvard is one of the best places to explore academically. The college currently offers 49 concentrations, from “History and Literature,” the original major for students in 1636, to “Theater, Dance, and Media,” the interdisciplinary major created this past year. The myriad extracurricular options foster political engagement, entrepreneurship, and community service. The comprehensive collections in Harvard’s art museums and the historic and modern theaters provide dynamic spaces for the exciting guest artists and researchers who often speak and engage directly with students. Writers are impressed by the nation’s oldest continuously published college newspaper, and athletic students are drawn to the 42 division I sports teams, as well as club and intramural sports, at Harvard. The Harvard-Yale football rivalry gives rise to the most spirited college event each year: “The Game.” It should be noted that Crimson has won the last nine. Despite this competition, Harvard is an inclusive environment, valuing diversity and supporting students of all religions, races, and genders. All freshmen live in Harvard Yard, and upperclassmen are welcomed into their houses for the next three years in a Harry Potter-like sorting process. The academic, extracurricular, and social opportunities at Harvard provide students the agency to shape their college experience in an inspiring environment surrounded by interesting and innovative peers.

 

5 WORDS TO DESCRIBE CAMPUS?

HISTORIC, COLONIAL, CHARMING, LIVELY, and COLORFUL (the bright red, orange, and yellow leaves in Harvard Yard in the fall in are beautiful)

THE "TYPICAL STUDENT" IS...

Self-motivated, excited by challenges, and either “well-rounded” or “well-lopsided,” Harvard’s definition of individuals who display particular dedication to and talent in one field. Both types of students contribute to the dynamic and diverse undergraduate population.

Flashback to graduation day for our Co-Founder & COO, Lindsay! The typical Harvard student. 

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE?

Harvard strongly encourages global awareness to create informed, empathetic citizens. This year, the student population embodies the university’s commitment to diversity of thought and background, with 9,396 international students representing 151 countries. Need-based financial aid and some grants are extended to the 60% of Harvard students who choose to take classes, volunteer, intern, or work in a field-based immersion in a foreign country during the summer or school year.

TIPS FOR THE APPLICATION PROCESS?

Take advantage of the spaces to show who you are and what you can do. Let your sense of humor shine through your Common App essay (I’d bet admissions officers love to laugh!), and use Harvard’s optional additional essay to showcase your personality in a unique way. Pay attention to the details, including your concise Common App descriptions of your high school activities and 100-word elaboration on one extracurricular or work experience for Harvard. If you have a notable commitment to and talent in an art discipline, digitally share your jazz piano compositions, tap choreography, or portrait photography. Finally, applying Early Action reduces the number of competitors for a select few spots, shows your initiative, and is non-binding.

 

FUN FACTS?

The statue in Harvard Yard, purportedly of John Harvard, the 1638 founder of Harvard University, is known as the “Statue of Three Lies.” The statue does not actually depict John Harvard, John Harvard was a benefactor and not a founder of the school, and the university was founded in 1636.
And, did you know Francois is an alum?

10 Things You Need in Your Dorm

Chances are, you either haven’t put any thought into what to buy for your dorm room, or your parents plan to get you everything you can imagine at Bed, Bath & Beyond. Either way, you will have some things collecting dust on your shelf, and some things you’ve never used before will become your best friends. Here are 10 things you will definitely want to have in your dorm:

1) Microfridge

Whether you want to save cold drinks for a hot day or to keep leftovers from a dinner in town and heat it up the next morning, your microwave+refrigerator combo will meet all of your snacking needs. Also, it’s nice to have things other than boxes of Cheez-its and Pop Tarts to eat in your room.

 

2) Dryer Balls

Washing machines at college aren’t great. Neither are the dryers. Chances are your clothes will stay a bit damp after a dryer cycle, and paying extra for a second cycle it probably not worth it. If you toss a few dryer balls in with your clothes, it’s pretty much guaranteed they will come out dry. This doesn’t sound like a big deal, but if you have wet clothes hanging in your room, you’re not going to want to spend the afternoon there.

 

3) Printer

This one’s pretty self-explanatory. Find a cheap printer in a store near campus and stock up on ink. When you forget to print your essay or lab-report until the morning it’s due, you’ll be grateful you don’t have to run across campus to a library before class.

 

4) Silverware

If anyone ever brings food into your floor lounge, or you want to cook a meal with your friends for a special occasion instead of going to a dining hall (which will happen more than you expect), you will want some plates, forks, and knives. Also, if you ever decide to make instant-ramen or have some cereal for breakfast, spoons and bowls are a necessity. Have at least one of everything.

 

5) Lap Desk

Working on your bed or on a couch in the lounge, sometimes it can be annoying to keep your computer on your lap for a long time. Lap desks let you work anywhere you go, and with the amount of work you’ll have to do during the week, you don’t want to waste a minute.

 

6) Comfy Chair

The wooden desks and chairs in your room are nice, but not particularly comfortable. If you ever want to invite friends to your room, you don’t want them to have to sit on the floor or all crowd onto a bed. A bean bag chair or a net chair is great, and if you can fold it up and store it in a small space when you aren’t using it that’s even better. 

 

7) Floor Lamp

A lot of dorms don’t have overhead lighting, and desk lamps don’t provide a lot of light. A floor lamp will make it a lot easier to do work in your room, to invite people over, and to walk around late at night if you need to find something.

 

8) Sports Equipment

While the weather is nice out, a lot of people will get out to play basketball, soccer, etc. If you want the ability to get people together, make sure to keep a football, frisbee, or baseball glove in your room, and it’ll help make some friends during the first few weeks.

 

9) Toolbox

Things break all the time, but at college, you can’t always find someone to fix it for you. During my first week of school, my roommate and I had to fix our own fan, I fixed the fans of two other people in my dorm and the bed frame of someone down the hall. Having a hammer, screwdriver, and wrench to take care of these issues will make sure you never find yourself helpless, and might gain you some respect from your floormates who weren’t prepared.

 

10) Shoe Rack

You will probably need a few different pairs of shoes for school. Sneakers, boots, sandals for warm days, shower-flops, dressy shoes, etc. There isn’t a lot of floor space in a college room, and you can only fit so much in a closet or under your bed. A shoe rack will save you a lot of clutter and make it easier to find the pair of shoes you need in the morning rather than digging through all of your clothes and bags to find them.

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The Perfect Story? It Might Not Be What You Think

One of the best pieces of writing advice I’ve ever heard came at a book-talk with Etgar Keret, an Israeli flash fiction writer who seamlessly weaves through the whimsical, the fantastical, and the intense. Asked what stories he chose to write about, he said (something like) this: “If I see something sad or funny on my way home from work and I say to my my wife ‘I just saw the saddest or funniest thing’ and she says ‘that’s so sad’ or ‘that’s so funny,’ I don’t write that story. If she says ‘I don’t understand,’ then I get to work. I know I have a job to do.” 

From an author who can build whole worlds and knock them down in (roughly) the space of a college essay, there’s wisdom to this way of thinking. A college essay shouldn’t be a mere rehashing of the impressive thing you did or the harrowing event that happened to you — it should come alive in the way it’s told. After all, the wording of an essay is the essay, not just the way it’s transmitted. I always tell my students that the most important thing a college essay can do, as is true of all good writing, is transmit a piece of your mind to the reader. If an admissions officer enjoys experiencing the world through your brain — even if that means re-experiencing ordinary things — they’re more likely to want to see how your mind responds to college classes, or what kind of research questions your mind will craft. 

The problem is, a lot of smart people feel they’re poor writers, but this has more to do with unfamiliarity with process than anything else. If you’re starting to feel that “What makes a good essay?” and “How is a good essay written?” are really the same question, you’ve already understood most of what writing is about. Which is why I’ve decided to share a few tips on how I craft essays, and what a productive process might look and feel like. 

Don’t write sequentially 

There’s nothing more stifling than the feeling of “I want to write about A and about B, but I don’t know how to get from one to the next.” My advice: write A and write B, and don’t worry about the transition just yet. Sometimes, just a few words is enough to move between topics. And chances are, if you’re not inspired to write us from one place to another, readers won’t feel enthusiastic about wading through it. 

 

Ignore word limits 

People often shy away from complex ideas because they’re afraid of expressing it all in under 650 words. Yes, it’s a pain, but it’s always better to write your ideas out fully and cut later, even if that means cutting more than you save. Besides, cutting words makes you think more critically about what’s relevant, and it’s a great exercise in concision. One of my favorite moments to share with students is the time, senior year in college, when I submitted a 200-page novel to my thesis adviser. We had a ten minute meeting about it. “It looks good,” he said. “Now cut it by a third.” Walking out of his office, I had no idea what I would cut, but I managed, and my writing improved greatly from it. 

 

Embrace your nerves 

This, to me, is the most important. In college, I had a habit of pulling all-nighters before turning in stories to fiction workshops, which meant a lot of time alone feeling nervous. I expected my anxiety would go away after a few rounds, but it didn’t, so I made a rule for myself to deal with my nerves: If I didn’t freak out a little bit before sending a story out, it was too safe. To this day, I still use fear as a gauge of whether I’m writing something worthwhile--whether my work is doing anything. And there’s value at looking at college essays that way, too. Letting a committee of middle-aged strangers into your inner mind is by nature a nerve-racking thing, so if you’re feeling too collected, it might mean you could dig a bit deeper. 
 

College Tours: Yale University

WHY IS THIS SCHOOL AWESOME?

Yale is elite even among the Ivy League. With a tremendous amount of resources, personal attention for the students, and gothic architecture, students are able to do extraordinary things. Two hours outside of New York City by train, Yale students take full advantage of what is around them.

Residential College

FAVORITE SPOT ON CAMPUS?

Beinecke Library - the walls are made with thin marble that glows in the sunlight.

5 WORDS TO DESCRIBE CAMPUS?

SPRAWLING, GOTHIC, ARTISTIC, CASTLE ESQUE, HISTORIC

THE "TYPICAL STUDENT" IS...

Students at Yale are smart, driven, curious, and want to change the world.

Cathedral Library

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE?

Applying to Yale as an international student is exactly the same as applying as an American student. Difficult but not impossible!

SPECIAL PROGRAMS/OFFERINGS APPLICANTS SHOULD CONSIDER?

Yale has deans that live in each of the residential colleges. Each of these people will put on events ranging from famous speakers having tea with students to Chipotle study breaks.

Beinecke Library

TIPS FOR THE APPLICATION PROCESS?

13% of the students Yale enrolls are legacies, so they definitely count that in their admissions process. They only recommend one extra letter of recommendation if you’ve done scientific research. International students account for 15% of all admits, coming from 118 other countries.

Posing with the Gutenberg Bible

FUN FACTS?

Yale actually moved several times before settling in New Haven. Also Yale students/grads are called “Elis” after the man who gave the money to start the school (not me)!

As Seen in Forbes: Three Things That Matter More Than Your Resume

This article originally appeared in Forbes.

 

As the co-founder of an educational firm, I spend a lot of time looking at resumes, not only of job applicants but also of students – many of whom will create their first resume in the duration of our relationship. Our team guides students on formatting, helps them craft compelling descriptions, and offers a set of eyes for spelling and grammar checks. At the end of the college application process, it always feels good to know that we’re sending our students off into "the real world” on the basis of a professional resume for their undergraduate years.

However, the more time I spend on the other side of the table interviewing and hiring job applicants, the more I’ve come to see the resume as just one small component of a much larger picture. And by the time today’s students graduate from college, I’m not so convinced that resumes will – or should – bear the weight they have in the past.

Through my experiences, I’ve found that other aspects of the application and hiring processes do much more to bring the resume (and the person) to life:

 

Your Personal Narrative

Every interview in our office begins with the classic “tell me about yourself.” While the question may be a bit clichéd, I’m most focused on one thing in particular: the candidate’s narrative. How did her educational path influence her professional one? How do her past experiences shape her goals for the future? What details has she left out? Resumes ask the recipient to derive their own narratives; the format is inherently passive. Despite this, as a job seeker, be sure to utilize the form to make your story pop off the page in anticipation of your interview. Be thoughtful about how you’re arranging your experiences. Sometimes chronology is most effective, but not always. Remember that the headings you use and the way you organize your work history will give the recipient helpful context. Think of the resume as an outline for your story so that when you arrive for the interview, the narrative will easily flow.

 

Expressing Gratitude Thoughtfully – And Quickly

Too many times, I’ve reviewed a perfectly edited resume only to receive a thank-you note with typos and grammar errors. It’s one thing to be able to communicate effectively in a resume format and another to write a well-composed, thoughtful follow-up message. If a resume is the first impression, a thank-you note is how you want to be remembered. And here, technology can play to a candidate’s advantage. While a handwritten note is a charming touch, it should only be used to follow up after an email. I expect to hear from a candidate within 24 hours of an interview. For business owners, be sure candidates have the interviewer’s email address. Any time our office schedules an interview, we copy the interviewer on the exchange to ensure that their information is accessible after the meeting.

 

Showing Your Skills In Action  

While job applicants are traditionally expected to write or speak about their experiences, it can be challenging to showcase your abilities in an interview setting. In the college process, some innovative universities are welcoming prospective students on campus for live writing tests and are encouraging students to submit graded academic assignments with their applications. In a similar vein, we give job applicants the opportunity to show how they think on the spot, applying their skills to new problems.

We’re always sure to give candidates advance notice (no one likes to be caught completely by surprise!), but simulating an actual work scenario offers a glimpse into what cannot be gleaned on paper alone. Additionally, digital portfolios and personal websites aren’t only for artists; putting a link to a personal website at the top of a resume shows initiative and reveals a candidate’s personal passion and style. While employers may want to develop their own tests, job applicants can be proactive by sharing past writing samples or projects to offer a sample of their work in action.

 

One of the most exciting parts of my job is preparing students for their futures. And as someone who’s simultaneously committed to recruiting the best talent for our team (a goal many universities share), I’ve come to realize that we need to think about what the resumes of the future might look like. While paper resumes may be eschewed for their digital variations in the coming years, the human element – and the power of narrative – is not going anywhere.

What Exactly Does "Holistic Review" Mean?

If you’ve been to a college information session, you’ve heard the phrase “holistic review.” It’s been 7 years since I applied to college and the term still makes me roll my eyes. Yeah, yeah, sure, I would think during campus visits, but what ACT score do I really need? What GPA should I have so you don’t throw out my application before you see that I’m captain of the basketball team and cured malaria?* 

Call me an engineer, but the idea of a holistic application review seemed fluffy. I wanted facts, figures, and undeniable statistics I could wrap my head around and use as benchmarks to estimate my chances of acceptance. But the more seasons of admissions decisions I’ve witnessed, and the more research has come out, the better I understand why colleges cling to this phrase so religiously: the raw numbers you put on your application aren’t as reliable as we think.

Michael Hurwitz of the College Board and Jason Lee, a PhD student at Georgia Tech, recently performed a study indicating that students’ GPA’s are becoming unreliable indicators of academic excellence due to what has become known as grade inflation. In other words, everyone’s getting A’s so now nobody stands out. As any good scientist would, I’m slightly skeptical of this information; when examining the results of any experiment, you have to look at the inherent biases. 

The fact that this study -- which downplays the reliability of school grades and promotes heavier reliance upon standardized test scores -- was funded by the CollegeBoard is no coincidence. It’s a smart marketing play on their part. Recent changes to the SAT were inspired by test takers implying their scores were less reliable, their test “harder,” than the ACT. And any educational professional will tell you that standardized test scores, too, are skewed by things like socioeconomic status, availability of SAT/ACT prep, unique learning styles, and more variables that make face value judgments unhelpful. However, this doesn’t entirely invalidate Hurwitz and Lee’s point: college admissions officers are hard pressed to evaluate your application based on GPA alone. 

According to Grace, an LP Advisor, when she worked as a Stanford Admission Officer, this concept confused a lot of potential applicants. “Every day people would ask me, How am I evaluated if my school doesn’t report class rank? Am I at a disadvantage if my school “inflates” grades? Am I at a disadvantage if my school doesn’t inflate, or even deflates grades?” 

(If you’re asking yourself these very questions now, the answers are (A) contextually, (B) no, and (C) no.)

“The thing to keep in mind is that beyond raw grade point averages, admission officers are looking at grade and score distributions at your school as a whole. Especially at schools that don’t provide rankings, four year graduation rates, as well as average SAT/ACT scores and AP score distribution in your graduating class, will further flesh out this context. The school report, often submitted by your guidance counselor, will provide university admissions with this information.”

The takeaway? Your application will be read in the context of your school and your community. Do your best with the resources available -- take all of the Honors and AP classes you can, and aim to be at the top of your class. Then, look beyond the numbers. While they are a necessary part of the college process, seize your opportunity to be reviewed “holistically” by investing time and energy into enjoyable intellectual pursuits and opportunities to improve your community. 

It’s a good thing your GPA isn’t enough  - and your SAT or ACT score either. You’re more than that. 

*Contrary to popular belief, I, Julia Phillips, did not cure malaria -- just for the record.
 

College Tours: Wesleyan University

WHY IS THIS SCHOOL AWESOME?

Wesleyan is a highly selective liberal arts college where students are able to take advantage of research opportunities with professors. Located in between New York City and Boston, students are able to travel to either to take advantage of internship opportunities. Strong liberal arts curriculum plus a desire to help improve the world leads graduates in every direction where they have a strong support system. The campus is a variety of architectural styles surrounding a baseball/football field.

Olin Library

FAVORITE SPOT ON CAMPUS?

Foss Hill

5 WORDS TO DESCRIBE CAMPUS?

DIVERSE, ECLECTIC, LIBERAL, SPORTY, COLLABORATIVE.

The view from Foss Hill

THE "TYPICAL STUDENT" IS...

Students at Wesleyan are caring, smart, liberal, diverse and independently-minded.

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE?

Applicants regardless of citizenship attending schools outside the US and Canada are not required to submit SAT or ACT test results if actual or predicted results for national, standardized, subject-based examinations such as the 'A' levels, French Baccalaureat, ISC, German Abitur, etc. are submitted by the student's school.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS/OFFERINGS APPLICANTS SHOULD CONSIDER?

Take a look at their 5-year BA/MA program they offer in Music, Psych, and Science. If you do your four years at Wesleyan, you get your 5th year (and a Masters degree) for free!

TIPS FOR THE APPLICATION PROCESS?

International students account for 12% of all admits, coming from 59 other countries. Apply early because it definitely counts; acceptance rates double in Early Decision as compared to Regular Decision.

Office of Admissions

FUN FACTS?

Eli: Classes can count twice for different majors, making it easier to double major!

Not Your Average College-Preparedness Checklist

It’s 10:00 PM the night before you drive 250 miles to get dropped off for move-in day at college. You run through your packing list one more time: two weeks of clothes? check. Shower towel? check.

Everything seems fine when you arrive, so you head to your dorm with your parents, unpack everything, give them a hug and start your journey as an adult. Two weeks later, you’re out of clean clothes to wear, so you grab your laundry basket and walk downstairs to the laundry room. Finally, as you finish loading the machine, you pause… you don’t have laundry detergent. Actually, come to think of it, you never did your own laundry at home, and you’re not really sure what to do anyway. You sit there wishing you had helped your mom out at least one time instead of having her take care of everything for you. 

Don’t let this story become a reality! Below are some things to consider before you head off to college. If you can answer “yes” to most of these questions, you may have a few awkward situations, but you should be fine. Nobody knows everything, and you’ll figure out the odds and ends along the way. If you’re saying “no” to most of these questions… it’s something to think about over the summer. Consider this your unofficial college-preparedness checklist:

  1. Have I done my own laundry?
  2. Have I washed my own dishes?
  3. Can I cook myself a meal?
  4. Have I purchased my own groceries or toiletries before?
  5. Have I fixed an electrical problem/piece of machinery before (i.e. a broken fan)?
  6. Along those lines... Do I know how to use tools?
  7. Have I ever gone to a pharmacy to get the appropriate medicine for an illness?
  8. Have I ever changed my own sheets?
  9. Have I ever taken out the trash?
  10. Have I ever vacuumed my room?
  11. Have I ever changed a light bulb?
  12. Have I ever taken public transportation?
  13. Have I ever gone to the post office? Do I know how to mail a letter?
  14. Have I ever paid a bill?
  15. Have I ever gone to the bank?
  16. Have I ever used an alarm to wake up (parents don't count as alarm clocks in college!)?
  17. Have I ever used a calendar app/personal planner?
  18. Do I check my email every day?
  19. Do I check the weather before I go out for the day?
  20. Do I have a key chain/ring to keep my keys on?
  21. Have I ever used a navigation app to go somewhere?
  22. Have I ever ordered in food under my own name?
  23. Have I ever called customer support for a problem with my phone/computer?
  24. Do I know how to find a PIN number, a serial number, etc.?
  25. Do I know my social security number?
  26. Have I ever paid/contested a parking ticket?
  27. Do I know my license plate and VIN?
  28. Have I ever applied for a job?
  29. Have I ever paid taxes?
  30. Do I know how to fill out a W-4? I-9?
  31. Have I ever traveled without my family?
  32. Do I know how to get through airport security?
  33. Do I have a passport?
  34. Have I ever schedule an appointment/gone to the doctor myself?
  35. Have I ever lived away from home before?
  36. Am I good at remembering to keep in touch with people I don’t see every day?
  37. Have I ever shared a room/bathroom with another person?
  38. Do I know how to be a good roommate?
  39. Have I ever entered a new community before (moved schools, summer camp, etc.)?
  40. Am I comfortable making small talk with new people and finding new friends?
  41. Have I ever chosen my own classes before?
  42. Do I know what I like/how to ask for help when making decisions?
  43. Have I ever booked a ticket (bus or plane) for myself?
  44. Am I comfortable figuring out how to get back and forth between school and home?
  45. Have I ever taken a taxi/Uber?
  46. Have I ever experienced the weather of the location where my school is?
  47. Have I ever sent a professional email before?

Hopefully, this list didn’t stress you out. Even if it did, you’ll figure it all out at some point, but it never hurts to get a headstart prior to heading out the door!