How to Have a Great Summer Before Leaving for College | 07.10.12

Posted in College Life By Student Loan Network Staff


Welcome back!  With summer vacation approaching its halfway point, many of you are probably starting to feel anxious about college.  Yes, you can’t wait to go, but you’re also starting to realize that you’re nervous about leaving home.  The best way to enter college is to enjoy these last few months at home, and here are some tips to ensure that happens.

Work Hard, Play Hard

You will want to put aside as much money as possible for spending during your freshman year, but don’t let work consume your summer.  Even if you’re working full-time, you still have the weekends off.  Use that time to hang out with your friends, or do whatever you’re passionate about.  After work, meet up with your friends instead of going home and watching TV.

Coordinate a Weekly Event

Plan an event with your friends to take place that same day every week.  This could be Poker Tuesdays, Whiffle ball Wednesdays, or anything else that you can think of.

Take a Road Trip

It doesn’t really matter where you go, but if you and some friends can take a few days off from work – and find a car to drive – then take a long weekend to go somewhere.  After this summer, you probably won’t see most of these friends until winter vacation, and nothing brings people closer together than driving on the highway together for hours.


It’s beach season, so start hitting the gym a few times a week.  Not only will it boost your self-confidence in the long run, but working out also releases endorphins and serotonin: chemicals that decrease stress, improve your mood, and strengthen your immune system.

Appreciate Home

Take some time this summer to appreciate your hometown.  Reflect on the best aspects of the area that you are from, and be proud to call it your home.  When people in college ask you about your hometown, you should be able to give a better summary than “it’s boring.”

Attend Freshman Orientation

Most colleges will either offer students the opportunity to meet your classmates at an orientation program during the summer or a few days before school starts.  Go to it!  These programs are a great way to help you transition into college.  Be friendly and outgoing.  Everyone there will be accepting and want to meet new people, so start to meet some of your classmates.

Roommate Get-Together

When you learn who your roommate is, reach out to them.  Start talking to them and get to know them better, and plan who is bringing the TV, fridge, and other such items to the room.  If they live near you, plan a time to get together to meet, but, if not, then at least communicate with them online or on the phone..  After all, you’re going to be seeing them every single day for the next 9 months.

Enjoy Summer Reading

This is probably the first summer in years that you haven’t had a list of books that you were required to read.  This doesn’t mean that you should stop reading.  On the contrary, use this summer to read books that interest you.  To save money on these books, and other summer activities, check out some student discounts that you qualify for just by being a student.

Create Summer Goals

Whether it’s getting in shape for football season or climbing a mountain, set a list of goals for yourself and come up with a list of things that you want to do before the summer ends, and make those things happen.

Family Time

Be sure to willingly spend time with your family.  Many of you will be going to school too far from home to visit regularly, and, as you spend more time from home, you will come to realize how great your family truly is.  Sit down and talk to your parents for an hour or two; take your litter brother to that movie that he wants to see; go to your sister’s piano recital.  Soak up as much time as possible with them this summer, they will really appreciate it, and so will you.

That’s all for now.  Be sure to check back soon for my next post on things to do this summer that won’t cost you a fortune.  In the meantime, I’m curious to hear from you.  What are your summer goals?  Where are you traveling this summer? Leave a comment and let us know!

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